1 Ermin Bicakcic, 26, is a highly-rated talent at German side Hoffenheim Stoke and West Brom are both eyeing swoops for Hoffenheim defender Ermin Bicakcic, according to reports in Germany.The Bosnian international is rated highly in the Bundesliga and has been scouted regularly over the past two years by clubs in the Premier League.According to Bild, West Brom boss Tony Pulis is desperate to bring the 26-year-old to The Hawthorns this summer, while his old club Stoke are also monitoring the situation.Bicakcic’s current contract with Hoffenheim expires next summer and the club don’t want to lose him on a free.The former Stuttgart man has apparently refused to extend his current deal with Hoffenheim due to the interest from the Premier League and is awaiting contact from either Stoke or West Brom.
The night was cool and the dragonflies plentiful. The golden light at the end of the day cast a beautiful glow on the honey-brown black-masked Cedar Waxwings perched in the branches nearby.But the beauty of the evening was captured in the stunning sunset over Four Mile Lake in Chelsea, Michigan last night.The yellow of the sky, dramatic gray and white contrasting clouds, and dark outlined trees were a mirror reflection in the water. With the last rays of sunlight streaming through the clouds, it was next to impossible to tell where water ended and land and sky started. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Lake Erie Metro Park SunsetImagine a wedge(group) of Trumpeter Swans flying over in their V formation in this colorful southeastern Michigan sky at dusk. That’s the shot I missed as I quickly let go of my binoculars to try to focus my camera on the swiftly flying birds overhead. Nonetheless, last Friday’s sunset over…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Point Pelee National ParkThough the official start of fall is a few days away, the color changes of the marsh plants, and the warm glow of the setting sun made it feel like fall as I peered over the marsh boardwalk last night at Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, Canada. The southernmost…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Rainbow Over James Scott Memorial FountainFor someone who’s rarely had her camera with her when she sees a rainbow, I’ve had remarkable luck this year photographing rainbows. And this past week topped it off when I discovered what was at the end of the rainbow at Belle Isle State Park in Detroit. When I left…In “Michigan”
18 January 2008South Africans Alex Harris and Sibusiso Vilane made history on Thursday when they became the first South African team to walk unassisted to the South Pole.The duo set out on their epic 65-day journey on 10 November, dragging 130-kilogram sleds almost 1200 kilometres across some of the most hostile terrain on the planet.Antarctica generates much of the bad weather in the southern hemisphere, and storms there can be fierce. Temperatures range from an ambient of about -8 degrees to about -40 degrees Celsius.They completed their journey without the help of support teams putting out food or rigging up tents, and without using wind power or sled dogs, in what Harris described as “the purest form of getting to the South Pole”.Harris and Vilane are no strangers to extreme feats, with Harris becoming the second South African to summit the highest peak on each of the seven continents, the so-called “seven summits”, in 2005 and Vilane becoming the first black South African to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, in 2003.The two men spent almost a year training for the trek, dragging tyres requiring a pulling force of 30-40kg every second day, covering a distance of about 17 kilometres per training session.The trip was premised on covering at least 20 kilometres a day – they carried only an extra five days’ worth of emergency fuel and food – meaning that any mileage lost in a day would have to be made up for, or they would risk running out of supplies.They just made it, taking exactly five more days than planned – one day more and they’d have been running on empty.The physical and mental toughness it took to achieve this is hinted at in some of the extracts from Harris’s trip journal …No painkillers– extracts from Alex Harris’s journal21 November 2007have only covered distance of 45kms so far, but the last 6 days we have been stuck in our tent with high winds, so it is very frustrating23 November 2007finally on the move again. whiteout today so tough going. broke a ski in the wind the other day. did a repair job, just hope it lasts27 November 2007hi. only managed 14km in 8hrs. weather was perfect but it was the toughest day yet. soft snow made pulling desperate. but we finally made it to 81 degrees!01 December 2007at last. day 18 and did 20.48km in 8.5hrs. felt good, weather perfect and snow improving all the time. 42 more days!02 December 2007another good day. day 19. did 19.4km. my heel is starting to act up. there is a monster bank of clouds rolling in from the east.04 December 2007day 21. i battled today. heel burning like a hot poker. trying different things. sibu is fine11 December 2007day 28. last two days have been desperate conditions. zero vizibility and thick snow. only managed 15km today. heaviest the sleds have felt!13 December 2007this place deprives us of the luxury of nightime but the gloom of the day robs us of the light. instead we move through a grey twilight that knows not dawn nor dusk. it is fit for neither the living nor the dead. battled for 10hrs in the same conditions just for 15km04 January 2008day 52. feel exhausted. did 22.3km but getting colder measured -25.9 in my pocket! done 800km12 January 2008day 60 comes at last. perfect weather. still -22. did 25.4km in 10 hrs. tomorrow its on to emergency rations some juicy tidbits not mentioned before for fear of freaking the folks out. in that very windy spell in the first week, i got frostbite on my inside left thigh, about the size of my hand. not serious though as there is nothing to freeze solid and fall off. unless it was higher up my leg! anyway i have had to doctor it every day and make sure it doesnt go septic. but it is finally healing and forming scabs.14 January 2008day 62. mon 14th. gloomy day but still did 25.4km. countdown! 3 more days. 67km. unbelieveable! JTB #3. In the first week sibu and i had a huge argument about whether it was acceptable to do a #2 in the bell of the tent if conditions outside warranted it! thankfully it never came to that!15 January 2008day 63. JTB #4 We have had no painkillers on this trip. zip! must have fallen out when i was consolidating 2 kits into 1 at home16 January 2008day 64. wow, we have only 15km to go. listen to 702 thurs 4to6. you might catch us. i cant believe this day has finally come!SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
A group of Missouri senators started filibustering Monday afternoon, and continued into Tuesday, over a potential incentives package for General Motors. That filibuster has now ended.Columbia Sen. Caleb Rowden joined Wake Up Columbia on Tuesday morning:(This story was last updated at 5:58 a.m. Wednesday.)
Joe Roe This oven was used to make bread—thousands of years before agriculture Alexis Pantos Archaeologists measure the dimensions of a stone hut that once stood at the Shubayqa 1 site in Jordan. Researchers use a technique known as flotation, which uses water to recover minuscule plant remains from soil. Alexis Pantos Archaeologists grind a starchy tuber called club-rush to see whether it works as a bread ingredient. Alexis Pantos By Michael PriceJul. 16, 2018 , 3:00 PM Alexis Pantos Hunter-gatherers from the Natufian culture baked an early form of bread in this 14,000-year-old fireplace in northeastern Jordan. Thousands of years before the advent of agriculture, people were already making bread. That’s the surprising conclusion of a new study based on a curious find in northeastern Jordan.At its most basic, bread is the combination of processed cereal grains and water that have been baked, fried, or steamed. The process leaves behind telltale chemical and structural properties that researchers can use to identify the staple food. And that’s just what archaeologists found when they investigated a 14,000-year-old site known as Shubayqa 1 in Jordan’s Black Desert. The inhabitants, who were hunter-gatherers, left their home in a hurry, with the contents of their most recent meal still smoldering in two sunken fireplaces (one pictured).With the help of a scanning electron microscope, which uses a beam of electrons to return incredibly intricate zoomed-in images, the researchers identified 24 pieces of char that were decidedly breadlike. Though the bread’s exact grain remains unknown, its cellular structure resembles cereal grain species such as wild einkorn, rye, or millet, and it was likely an unleavened, flatbread. 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The discovery suggests knowing how to grow grains isn’t essential to making bread from them, which could help researchers better understand how ancient cultures met their nutritional needs. Jordanian volunteer Ali Shokaiteer (left) and lead author of the study Amaia Arranz-Otaegui (right) take samples from local cereal grains. Hunter-gatherers from the Natufian culture baked an early form of bread in this 14,000-year-old fireplace in northeastern Jordan. Alexis Pantos ‹› Archaeologists measure the dimensions of a stone hut that once stood at the Shubayqa 1 site in Jordan. Alexis Pantos
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ UEFA have confirmed the seeding for the Euro 2020 draw on November 30, as Italy risk a Group of Death with France and Portugal. Roberto Mancini’s Italy find themselves in Pot 1 after winning all 10 games in Group J, the first time in their history that the Azzurri qualified for a major tournament with a 100% record. There is a nightmare scenario for Italy, in which they could find themselves in a group containing France and Portugal. Pot 1 Belguim, Italy, England, Germany, Spain, Ukraine Pot 2 France, Poland, Switzerland, Croatia, Netherlands, Russia Pot 3 Portugal, Turkey, Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Czech Republic Pot 4 Wales, Finland, Play-off winner A, Play-off winner B, Play-off winner C, Play-off winner D Euro 2020 begins in Rome on June 12.
The Aussies were struggling at 27 for 4 in their second innings when veterans Ricky Ponting (60) and Michael Hussey (batting at 79) came to the team’s rescue on the third day of the first Test against India at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday. The duo has been facing criticism from the Australian media for their poor form with experts asking for them to be given the boot. However, the Aussie top order collapse brought out the best from the two cricketing giants. Repaying the faith imposed on them by the Aussie selectors, the veterans struck crucial half centuries to rescue the hosts. The duo was at its aggressive best adding a crucial 115 runs to power the hosts from 27 for 4 to 142 for 5 to save Australia the blushes and silence their critics. “I don’t care what people from outside the dressing room are saying. If I feel like I have got some support inside the dressing room then that’s all that really matters to me… There is plenty of motivation out there for me but first and foremost it’s for me to be a successful player in a successful team,” Ponting told newsmen after the third day’s game. The former Australian skipper had scored 62 in the first innings of the Test.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu has announced that the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu edition is now officially up for sale. The announcement applies to only the Chinese market for now. This will be the second such smartphone by the company which runs on Ubuntu. The smartphone has been priced at 1799 Yuan (roughly Rs 18,455). It will be available in the colours white or gold and can be purchased from Meizu’s official website. With this move, Meizu will be hoping to cement a user base of Ubuntu smartphones in China. The device comes with Ubuntu Touch OS and will sport identical specifications as the Android version of the device which was launched last year. The smartphone sports a 5.3-inch 1920 x 1152 pixels IPS display and is powered by a 2.1 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6595 processor. It also boasts of a 20.7MP rear camera along with a 2MP front facing camera.