first_imgIf you can tell French Chardonnay from Italian, you might have an annoying insect to thank. Microbes that live on grape plants—specifically, yeast of the species Saccharomyces cerevisiae—vary from place to place in ways that cause subtle but detectable differences in the taste of the resulting wine. Now, researchers have found that different strains of the yeast mingle and mate like crazy inside the guts of hibernating wasps. The findings suggest that wasps might help to foster yeast biodiversity, with important implications for ecology and industry.S. cerevisiae is one of the most widely cultivated fungi in the world—used not only in winemaking, but also in baking, brewing, and lab experiments. But researchers have known little about its ecology in the wild, where it grows on ripe fruit.Thanks to the new results, reported online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they know a lot more. “It’s the first evidence that shows that in the gut environment, S. cerevisiae can [produce spores], germinate, and mate,” says Duccio Cavalieri, a biologist at the University of Florence in Italy, who led the project.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)When Cavalieri and his collaborators first reported finding yeast in wasp intestines in a 2012 paper, they speculated that wasps feeding on yeasty grapes might transfer the yeast from fruit to fruit during warmer months and provide a safe place for it to wait out the winter. But they didn’t know what happened to the yeast during its months inside a hibernating wasp.To find out, they fed European paper wasps five different strains of S. cerevisiae each. After letting the wasps hibernate for as long as 4 months, they compared the gut-dwelling yeast with colonies that came from the same starting strains but were grown in the lab instead. The different S. cerevisiae strains from the wasps had bred with each other just as much as they had in the controls. In addition, some of the wasps’ S. cerevisiae strains had mated with S. paradoxus, a related species of wild yeast that doesn’t normally breed with S. cerevisiae in the wild.Together, the results show that the wasp’s belly is more than just a holding chamber for yeast. The yeast are “living, dying, battling for resources, all within this wasp,” says Anne Madden, a microbiologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh, who was not involved in the study.The fact that S. cerevisiae and S. paradoxus were able to mate inside the wasps means the gut environment could propagate hybrid strains that wouldn’t otherwise occur, the researchers argue.The findings suggest that wasps may be much more important than usually thought, Madden says. “What’s often perceived as a pest species by humans can have incredible relevance, not only to our understanding of greater ecology, but in terms of having real commercial and industrial value,” she says. “What we’re beginning to learn is that there’s wide unexplored world of microbes and bugs—insects, spiders, mites.”For instance, beers and wines have regional flavor difference influenced in part by their microbes, including yeasts. “Maintaining this uniqueness requires maintaining the uniqueness of the microbial communities,” says Cavalieri, who comes from a long line of vintners. Wasps could help. But he also thinks there’s a larger ecological context for the work.“We normally wage chemical warfare against insects all over the place,” he says. “What our findings are basically saying is that if we continue killing the wasps, we lose a fundamental part of the ecological cycle.” Cavalieri’s team is investigating whether similar processes occur in other insects, such as ants.Not everyone is convinced. Matthew Goddard, a biologist at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom, and the University of Auckland in New Zealand, notes that the team didn’t directly demonstrate that the yeast reproduced within the gut. But Cavalieri says his group’s microbiology techniques make it extremely unlikely that the yeast formed cross-species hybrids after they were removed from the wasps.last_img read more

first_img ROME—On Saturday, Massimo Inguscio will take over from engineer Luigi Nicolais as president of Italy’s largest research organization, the National Research Council (CNR). Inguscio, a well-known optical physicist at the University of Florence, has experience leading smaller research bodies, most recently Italy’s National Institute of Metrological Research, but heading the multidisciplinary CNR will be a step up. He will have an annual budget of about €1 billion and more than 8000 employees in his charge, many of whom are unhappy at being continually handed short-term contracts.“Inguscio is an excellent scientist and also a very good manager,” says Giovanni Bignami, a former president of Italy’s National Institute for Astrophysics here. “But he will have his hands full dealing with personnel. He will have to talk to the unions while also making himself heard in the ministry.”ScienceInsider talked to Inguscio on Tuesday, a day after research minister Stefania Giannini had tapped him for the new job. Questions and answers have been edited for clarity and brevity.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Massimo Inguscio says research managers should be free to hire the best people. Q: Italy spends only about 1.25% of its gross domestic product on research. Does CNR struggle for funding?A: Almost all of the CNR’s budget is used to pay salaries and basic expenses such as electricity, which means there are virtually zero funds for research. Twenty years ago there was money to upgrade existing facilities or to buy new equipment, be it a new magnet or modern tools for nanotechnology. But now we can’t do that.Q: The government’s 2016 budget contains €100 million for about 850 new university researchers. Is that a good sign?A: It is a welcome, if small, reversal compared to the general trend of decreasing finances. But these resources must be used wisely. In Italy there is no multiyear strategy. Hirings can be blocked for many years and then unfrozen suddenly. That leads to people being recruited just because they are on a temporary contract, and not necessarily because they are the best person for the job. In fact, current employment law stipulates that new jobs must be filled by people who have previously won a place on a public waiting list, even if they did so 10 years ago. That has nothing to do with research.Q: What do you intend to do about that?A: Research managers must be free to choose people on the basis of merit. The presidents of research institutions are asking the government to start up a process of tenure track, as happens in other countries. New recruits would go through a trial period, and if they prove themselves good enough [they] would then gain a permanent position. We need to have a serious hiring policy that doesn’t rely on personal contacts.Q: Many Italian scientists work abroad. Is that a serious problem?A: I am not worried about the brain drain, it is normal that people go overseas to work. The problem is that researchers don’t come to Italy. The movement is only in one direction.Q: Can the flow be reversed?A: Three years ago I became director of the CNR’s physical sciences department. While there, new efforts were made to attract foreign winners of Consolidator Grants awarded by the European Research Council, but of about 10 people that we hoped to recruit only one came. Someone comes not only because there is a place and a wage but also because they can hire postdocs and get projects up and running. I hope that the government can restart Italian research on the basis of excellence and meritocracy.Q: There have been protests against the second round of a nationwide research assessment program known as the VQR. Some scientists say the procedures penalize those, for example, who favor teaching over research. How do you view this issue? A: I think the VQR is of fundamental importance. It allows us to allocate funds to places that merit them and therefore to hire good people. It is a new methodology and there are bound to be errors, but some people are trying to sabotage the system by withholding their research papers from the evaluation. That doesn’t seem a very intelligent thing to do because they will be deemed to be inactive and so reduce funding for their institutes. If the system has problems, we have to try and fix it.center_img Vittorio Tulli last_img read more

first_imgAfter 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Experiencing traffic? Book a ‘ride-sharing flight’ to your destination PLAY LIST 01:02Experiencing traffic? Book a ‘ride-sharing flight’ to your destination01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:34After polls, Poe shares light moment with her staff02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Clutch Go delivers anew for Blue Eagles Malditas save PH from shutout Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas will parade the same lineup it used against Japan when it faces Chinese Taipei on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Leading the way for the Philippines are naturalized center Andray Blatche and star guard Jayson Castro.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Also part of the roster are June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, and Kiefer Ravena.READ: Gilas shakes off Japan to start World Cup qualifiers campaignFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Philippines is coming off a 77-71 win over Japan on Friday in Tokyo to start its campaign in the Fiba World Cup qualifiers.Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei hopes to bounce back after suffering a humiliating 104-66 loss to Australia in its home court.last_img read more

first_imgSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics View comments NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX I’d like to express special gratitude to the PBA Team Owners and Board of Governors led by Chairman Ricky Vargas and Commissioner Willy Marcial; special mention to Boss Ramon Ang and my friend, Al Chua, as well, for the moral and material support they have extended to our team.My deep gratitude to Boss Raymund Yu and Boss Terry Que, for keeping their trust in me and endorsing me to coach the Rain or Shine core team in the 2018 Asian Games, which led to my appointment as Head Coach of the Gilas Team.Special thanks to Boss Rod Franco, NLEX Management, and the whole team for their understanding and support as I served my country in my capacity as Head Coach of the Gilas Team, thereby diluting my focus and attention from my duties to them. I am now back home in NLEX to fully focus on winning our first championship.Above all, I am most thankful to SBP Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan and SBP President Al Panlilio for the opportunity to have been of service to the country in the sport I love most.To all fans and friends who wished us well, supported us, and offered their prayers, I am grateful from the bottom of my heart.I am truly blessed to have coached the best that Philippine Basketball has to offer and to have competed amongst the best in the world. I consider the past year, most especially our participation in the World Cup, as the highlight of my career.Even if I had known from the beginning that this would be the end result of my decision to accept  this coaching job, I would have had no second thoughts in making the same decision. I have no regrets in having taken the path I have taken in the past year; the only regret is that I would have wanted the team to have performed better on the world stage.I take pride in having taken over the Gilas Program at a point of crisis, where the team was decimated by the suspension of players and coaches after the Australian incident. From there we put together the team and the program with the support of the SBP, the PBA, and our basketball public, to take 5th place in the Asian Games – our best finish in the last 16 years – with an opportunity to make the finals, except for a loss to China which was decided with one possession. With the help of Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson, we almost achieved the improbable.After some struggles and adjustments through three qualifying windows for the FIBA World Cup, we were able to qualify for our second straight World Cup appearance.  This was my only promise to our basketball officials and public – that if we were not able to achieve this, I would gladly step down as head coach of the GILAS Program.After all the hard work and struggles, the stars aligned for us and the Philippines made it to the top 32 elite teams in the world – and this, only a year after the team was almost decimated by suspensions. UST’s Rhenz Abando in awe after receiving 2 pairs of shoes from Thirdy Ravena “I am sorry we could not deliver a better performance. Our players gave their best against talented, bigger, stronger, and better prepared athletes from the best teams in the world. I truly appreciate their efforts and sacrifices – and that of their families. Our times together will never be erased from my memory,” Guiao said.“In the light of all these developments, I am stepping down, as of today, as the Head Coach of the Gilas Men’s Basketball Team, in order to give the SBP a free hand in building and developing a program towards achieving our objective of competing with the best of the best.”AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelGilas went 0-5 in the World Cup, including a pair of blowout losses to Tunisia and Iran in the classification phase.The Nationals opened the world meet with losses to European powers Italy and Serbia by an average losing margin of 52.5 points before dropping a heartbreaker to lower-ranked Angola in overtime. Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss It is in this context that I view my year of leading this program in a positive light.The efforts and sacrifices of all those involved, overcoming the many trials and tribulations, putting ourselves on the world stage of basketball – I can only wish we could have performed better these past two weeks, but the odds were stacked against us.Nonetheless, I take full responsibility.I knew what conditions existed, what the limitations were, and still, I accepted the challenge. I hold myself responsible for the consequences.I am sorry we could not deliver a better performance. Our players gave their best against talented, bigger, stronger, and better prepared athletes from the best teams in the world. I truly appreciate their efforts and sacrifices – and that of their families. Our times together will never be erased from my memory.In the light of all these developments, I am stepping down, as of today, as the Head Coach of the Gilas Men’s Basketball Team, in order to give the SBP a free hand in building and developing a program towards achieving our objective of competing with the best of the best.I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve our country through the sport we love most.Para sa bayan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw MOST READ Guiao, who replaced Chot Reyes at the helm last year, coached the national team in the 2018 Asian Games where he steered the country to its best finish in 16 years.Full statement here:As regards the past performance of the GILAS PILIPINAS MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM in the recent World Cup, I am as disappointed as the rest of the country.I truly and fully appreciate the efforts and sacrifices of all the players; not just those of the recent FIBA World Cup Team, but of all those who have contributed to the program since my appointment as head coach for the 2018 Asian Games.I would also like to extend my personal thanks to the coaching staff, trainers, utilities and the  management of the Gilas Team for their hard work, support, and cooperation.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature Yeng Guiao. Photo from Fiba.comMANILA, Philippines–Yeng Guiao on Wednesday stepped down as Gilas Pilipinas head coach just a day after the Philippine team returned from a disappointing Fiba World Cup campaign in China.Guiao, who took full responsibility for the team’s poor performance, released a statement Wednesday afternoon announcing that he has decided to vacate his post.ADVERTISEMENT ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASAlast_img read more

first_imgBrazilian FC Barcelona forward Neymar might miss the El Clsico against Real Madrid as he mocked the fourth official following his red card verdict in a 0-2 loss to Malaga in the La Liga on Saturday.Referee Jesºs Gil Manzano, who booked Neymar for the second time in the match for a rash tackle on Diego Llorente to leave Barcelona down to 10 men for the final 25 minutes, included Neymar’s barb while walking off into the tunnel in his post-match report, according to the Guardian.This could result in up to three matches being added to Neymar’s suspension.The Catalans had Luis Surez out with a two-game ban in the February after the same referee wrote in his report after a Copa del Rey game against Atletico Madrid that the Uruguayan delayed his exit down the tunnel after being sent off.Real Madrid play Barcelona on April 23.last_img read more

first_imgThe fundraising researchers at Dunham+Company have released a fascinating new report that looks at the online giving behavior of donors making donations through charity websites. The Growing Importance of Charity Websites to Philanthropy is a three year summary of who is giving through charity websites and why.Key takeaways: Online giving isn’t just for younger donors: For donors 60+, giving online through charity websites increased 27% from 2010 to 2013.Online gifts are prompted by offline motivators: 3 of the top 5 motivators for giving through a nonprofit’s website originated offline (such as direct mail or an in-person ask).Direct mail leads to online gifts: So far this year, 44% of donors who received direct mail solicitations say they prefer to respond by giving through online channels.Check out The Growing Importance of Charity Websites to Philanthropy for more stats and charts.As we’re quickly approaching the busiest time of year for giving, it’s critical that both your nonprofit website and online donation process are easy to understand, easy to use, and in top working order. Donors of all ages—including those over 60—are going online to make their gifts, whether they receive your appeal through direct mail or other means. (Note: If you need a better online donation page that’s easy to set up and easy for donors to use, Network for Good can help. Get in touch with one of our fundraising consultants or join a live demo on November 14 to find out how we can help.)last_img read more

first_imgPKL 2019 highlights: Bengal Warriors beat Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans thrash UP YoddhaIn Pro Kabaddi League matches, Bengal Warriors defeated Tamil Thalaivas 33-29 to register their 14th win of the season, while Telugu Titans produced a clinical performance to beat UP Yoddha.advertisement Next Press Trust of India Greater NoidaOctober 10, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 00:29 IST PKL 2019: Players in action (IANS Photo)Bengal Warriors produced a clinical performance to beat Tamil Thalaivas 33-29 in a Pro Kabaddi League match here on Wednesday. In other match, UP Yoddha on Wednesday lost their first match of the home leg 36-41 against Telugu Titans.Sukesh Hegde (6 raid points), Mohammad Nabibakhsh (7 points) and Rinku Narwal (High 5 with 5 tackle points) impressed for the Warriors as they clinched the win to go to the top of the PKL standings at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex.Rahul Chaudhari scored seven points for the Thalaivas as they finished their woeful campaign with another loss.The star-studded Chennai-based team managed only four wins in the entire season.Tamil Thalaivas approached the match with confidence, having beaten Jaipur Pink Panthers in their previous outing, and opened a lead in the early minutes, thanks to Ajith Kumar and Rahul’s raids.Rahul moved well on the mat to pick up valuable points but Bengal’s defence got into the game with Nabibakhsh impressing.Soon Bengal were in the lead but Thalaivas regrouped well to stay in the match.Bengal looked like a side who had their eyes set on the semi-finals clash next week, and their lack of ruthlessness allowed the Tamil side to make a comeback and level the points. The first half ended with the scores 13-13.Bengal Warriors stepped up their game in the second half, thanks largely to raiders Nabibakhsh and Sukesh.Though Ran Singh pulled off a super tackle in the fifth minute of the half it was just a case of delaying the inevitable with the Warriors picking up their all-out in the eighth minute to open up a six-point lead.advertisementThalaivas’ Ajith was in no mood to be contained though and his raids made it a two-point game soon after the all-out.But Rinku Narwal produced a super tackle with seven minutes remaining to halt Thalaivas’ domination.Sourabh Tanaji Patil also chipped in with valuable raid points for the Warriors as they once again opened up a six-point lead with two minutes remaining.The Bengal defence held firm in the final minutes to clinch a victory.UP Yoddha lose first home match of the seasonThe standout performances for UP Yoddha’s came from Shrikant Jadhav and Rishank Devadiga, who scored eight points each.Rishank Devadiga also achieved the milestone of scoring 650 points in the league overall, accompanied by Shrikant Jadhav, who achieved the milestone of scoring 300 touch points overall.The first half of the match started with Telugu Titans taking an early lead as they raced to a 6-4 lead with Siddharth Desai leading from the front for the Titans.UP then closed the gap to 8-10 with the help of a bonus point and a touch point by Rishank Devadiga.The match witnessed a neck-and-neck competition but Titans managed to get a slender 12-9 lead with nine minutes left in the half.But, Yoddha soon closed the gap to level the score with two successful tackles by Amit followed by captain Nitesh Kumar and a successful raid by Rishank Devadiga in a do-or-die situation.Now, it was turn of the Yoddha as they inflicted the first all-out on the Titans with a tackle by local boy Ashu Singh.This helped UP rush to an 18-14 lead with three minutes left in the half.The Yoddha had the momentum on their side as they went into the half-time leading 20-14.The second half looked like one way traffic as UP Yoddha inflicted the second all-out of the match with captain Nitesh Kumar tackling Rakesh Gowda to give his team a 28-17 lead.Telugu Titans tried to make a comeback as they inflicted the first all-out of the match on UP Yoddha with Siddharth Desai scoring a two pointer to get both Sumit and Aashish Nagar out.The scoreline stood at 33-27 in favour of the Yoddha with seven minutes left in the half.Things were getting really close as a super raid by Siddharth Desai, which caught Nitesh, Amit and Gurdeep off-guard, to close the gap at 33-31.It was now the Yoddha who made a brilliant effort with a super tackle from Sumit to get Siddharth Desai to again move slightly ahead.UP Yoddha seemed to have lost the flair all of a sudden as a second all-out on them by the Titans made sure the Yoddha trailed in the match for the first time by 36-38 points.In spite of the valiant efforts by UP Yoddha in the end, Titans came out victorious by 41-36.advertisementUP Yoddha now stand at 69 points from 21 matches with 12 wins, seven losses and two draws.The UP side will now face Bengaluru Bulls on Friday at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex here.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow PKL 2019Follow Bengal Warriorslast_img read more

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. – As head coach Nathan Oystrick skated around the ice barking orders at his new players on Friday night, the Humboldt Broncos looked like any other junior hockey team in training camp.About 50 people sat in the stands watching the team for the first time since the April 6 bus crash that killed 16 people, including 10 players. Thirteen people survived the crash, including Xavier LaBelle, who was among those looking on.Oystrick said before camp got underway that he isn’t sure how he will pay tribute to last year’s Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team.“Right now this is about our team moving forward, but there’s definitely a lot of things in the works to honour last year’s team and the people we lost,” he said.Despite the increased attention to this year’s edition of the Broncos, the camp had all the regular smells of any hockey practice, with sweaty gear filling Elgar Petersen Arena.A pair of ribbons with the Broncos’ colours are painted into each end of the ice and a new scoreboard is in place above the team’s logo.Oystrick is a former NHL defenceman who was hired last month to lead the Broncos after former head coach Darcy Haugan died in the crash.The new bench boss said he expects around 75 to 80 people to try out for his team and that it’s a blank slate for everyone, including himself.“There was some players that definitely reached out and were interested in coming to Humboldt and trying to be some sort of a help, I guess, be a part of the community and try to do their part to give back to hockey,” Oystrick said.Brayden Camrud and Derek Patter are the two lone returnees from last year’s team. Dane Dow, a goaltender trying out for the squad, was wearing a mask that has the names of those who died in the crash engraved into it.Chris Joseph’s son Jaxon was among those who died.Joseph said that he’s excited for the new group of players, although he knows they will have a lot of weight on their shoulders.“As much as we all want to remember our team from last year, we really want the Broncos to succeed and we really want them to heal,” Joseph said.“We want the town to heal.”Oystrick said there will be an increase in resources for the team, noting that he hired three people to help support the players.He’s bringing in a person from Colorado to join the organization once a week. Oystrick, 35, was previously the head coach of Colorado Academy high school.“We need people who are willing to help our players, our staff, our community, our billets, whoever it might be,” Oystrick said. “Those people are in place and they’re excited to be apart of it.”The Broncos’ training camp runs through Sunday with a series of practices and scrimmages. They will play a few pre-season games before the regular season begins with a home game against the Nipawin Hawks on Sept. 12.“I think Sept. 12 is a big day for all of us,” Oystrick said. “Once Sept. 12 hits then it’s go time.”— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province says that it is accepting comments on a discussion paper that is part of a review of the Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area.Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester until Tuesday, September 11th, before a new allowable annual cut limit is set.The government says that the discussion paper provides the results of the timber supply analysis, including a base-case harvest forecast. It describes the geography, natural resources and current forest management practices in the Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area. The Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area covers nearly 9.9 million hectares in northeast B.C., with almost 706,000 hectares available for timber harvesting.To download a copy of the discussion paper, visit the following Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Timber Supply Review & Allowable Annual Cut webpage: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/forestry/managing-our-forest-resources/timber-supply-review-and-allowable-annual-cut/allowable-annual-cut-timber-supply-areas/fort-nelson-tsalast_img read more

PARIS — Canada is expected to lag several other members of the Group of Seven industrial countries in the first quarter even as the global economy begins to rebound, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said Thursday.The international economic think-tank estimates that the Canadian economy will show growth of just 1.1% in the first three months of this year, much slower than the United States or Japan and below the G7 average.However, it is expected to pick up steam and grow by 1.9% in the second quarter, slightly above the average.The G7 countries — Canada, the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, France and Italy — are expected to post an average growth rate of 2.4% in the first quarter and 1.8% in the second.The OECD believes the U.S. economy advanced 3.5% in the first quarter, which ends this month, but that its growth will moderate in the second quarter to 2.0%.Likewise, the OECD expects Japan’s growth will be a robust 3.2% in the first quarter but slow in the second to 2.2%.Among the European G7 countries, Germany will be the only one growing faster than Canada — 2.3% in the first quarter and accelerating to 2.6% in the second.The U.K. economy is expected to have only 0.5% growth in the first quarter and 1.4% in the second, while France’s economy is expected to contract by 0.6% in the first quarter then expand by a modest 0.5% in the second.Italy’s economy is expected to shrink in both quarters, dropping 1.6% in the first and 1.0% in the second.In an interim assessment that focused on the G7, the OECD said that the European Central Bank needs to do more to encourage banks to lend and economies to grow.It notes that countries that use the euro are making progress in reducing their debts, but that some should be allowed to meet their targets more slowly to temper the impact on their economies.© Thomson Reuters 2013 read more

With extensive flooding again hitting south-eastern Ethiopia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is sending nearly 2,000 metric tons of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil and food fortified with vitamins for tens of thousands of people affected by the disaster in the country’s Somali region.“Although it remains difficult to ascertain the exact scale of this crisis, we do know that more than 60 people have lost their lives and hundreds of thousands of people may well have been affected,” WFP Country Director Mohamed Diab said today. As access to the flood-affected area is difficult, dropping food to survivors from aircraft is being considered. Excessive rains caused the water level in the Wabe Shebelle River to rise to twice its normal size and burst its banks in the last week, washing away people, livestock and infrastructure such as bridges and roads. “There has barely been time to regroup and recover from the devastating flash floods in August and from severe drought earlier in the year. One wonders how much an already vulnerable and fragile group of people are expected to bear. At least WFP can ensure that many of those who may have already lost everything have something to eat,” Mr. Diab said. Over the years, the Somali region of Ethiopia has suffered from cycles of droughts and floods. Working closely with the Government, WFP is sending the food from warehouses in Dire Dawa in eastern Ethiopia, with some 1,375 metric tons of grain coming from agency stocks.Some emergency assistance is being flown from Dire Dawa to the Somali region administrative capital of Gode by a Hercules aircraft. Non-food items, including 5,000 bed sheets, 20 rolls of plastic sheeting, 8,000 plastic cups and plates and 100 jerry cans have also been allocated and will be delivered as soon as possible. The region was especially hard hit by drought, which covered large parts of countries in the Horn of Africa from the beginning of the year, when 1.5 million pastoralists and agro-pastoralists required urgent humanitarian aid as large numbers of livestock died, wells and boreholes dried up, malnutrition rates increased and disease became rampant. Elsewhere in the Horn of Africa, WFP is monitoring localized flooding. In northeast Kenya and southern Somalia, recent floods are hampering the transport of food aid. There are fears that heavy rains during the current rainy season will worsen the situation in both countries which are downstream from Ethiopia’s swollen rivers. This year, Ethiopia is suffering some of the heaviest and most intense rains on record. More than 600 people died in August in extensive flooding in almost every part of the country and affected some 350,000 people, many of whom are still being assisted by WFP read more

1999Bulls13-37-8.6Missed playoffs1355—— 1983Lakers58-24+5.1Lost Finals16051606+1 2009Cavaliers66-16+8.9Lost Conf. Finals17251742+17 2017Cavaliers51-29+3.2TBD1566TBDTBD 1982Celtics63-19+6.4Lost Conf. Finals16861703+17 2008Spurs56-26+5.1Lost Conf. Finals16621678+16 2014Heat54-28+4.2Lost Finals15811604+23 1985Celtics63-19+6.5Lost NBA Finals16681685+17 2003Lakers50-32+2.7Lost 2nd Round16551651-4 2008Cavaliers45-37-0.3Lost 2nd Round15061562+56 1988Lakers62-20+4.8Won Title16431662+19 2009Celtics62-20+7.4Lost 2nd Round16931653-40 1979Bullets54-28+4.8Lost Finals15811554-27 2017Cavaliers51-29+3.4TBD1566TBDTBD Forget looking at defending champions, though. The more important variable, as far as sports bettors are probably concerned, is LeBron. Between his experience, his toughness, and his ability to thrive in crunch-time situations, he has a game well tailored to the playoffs. And that shows up in the data: 1993Bulls57-25+6.2Won Title16791726+47 1990Pistons59-23+5.4Won Title16661716+50 2001Lakers56-26+3.7Won Title16471779+132 ELO RATING IN PLAYOFFS 1986Lakers62-20+6.8Lost Conf. Finals16521647-5 16351669+34 YEARTEAMRECORDPOINT DIFF.PLAYOFFSSTARTENDDIFF. Average* 2011Heat58-24+7.5Lost Finals16721702+30 1997Bulls69-13+10.7Won Title17661802+36 2010Lakers57-25+4.8Won Title16131695+82 1995Rockets47-35+2.3Won Title15311665+134 2006Spurs63-19+6.7Lost 2nd Round16851675-10 ELO RATING IN PLAYOFFS YEARTEAMRECORDPOINT DIFF.PLAYOFFSSTARTENDDIFF. 1980SuperSonics56-26+4.2Lost 2nd Round16391614-25 2013Heat66-16+7.9Won Title17571754-3 2015Spurs55-27+6.3Lost 1st Round17331721-12 Average* 2013Heat66-16+7.0Won Title17571754-3 2006Cavaliers50-32+2.2Lost 2nd Round15621564+2 2010Cavaliers61-21+6.5Lost 2nd Round17011646-55 How defending NBA champions fared the next season 1998Bulls62-20+7.2Won Title17281785+57 1996Rockets48-34+1.6Lost 2nd Round14851497+12 2004Spurs57-25+7.5Lost 2nd Round17341719-15 2016Warriors73-9+10.4Lost NBA Finals17881756-32 1978Trail Blazers58-24+5.9Lost 1st Round15581551-7 LeBron James’s teams usually find a higher gear in the playoffs 2000Spurs53-29+5.9Lost 1st Round16371625-12 2005Pistons54-28+3.3Lost NBA Finals16131689+76 2011Lakers57-25+6.0Lost 2nd Round16591624-35 2014Heat54-28+4.8Lost Finals15811604+23 1992Bulls67-15+10.1Won Title17691762-7 1991Pistons50-32+3.1Lost Conf. Finals15521535-17 1989Lakers57-25+6.4Lost NBA Finals16371677+40 * Average excludes 2017 Cavaliers.Source: Basketball-reference.com 2015Cavaliers53-29+4.4Lost Finals16311692+61 2016Cavaliers57-25+6.0Won Title16421759+117 198476ers52-30+2.4Lost 1st Round15871572-15 The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t been any good lately. And I don’t just mean their loss Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks, in which they became only the third team in NBA history to blow a 26-point fourth-quarter lead. They’re 12-13 since the All-Star break. They have one of the NBA’s worst defenses, having allowed 107.9 points per 100 possessions — in the same territory as the Orlando Magic and the New York Knicks. They haven’t won a road game against a Western Conference playoff team all season. But handicappers think LeBron James and company have a pretty good chance of winning their second-straight NBA title anyway.Their view depends on their belief in the existence of Playoff LeBron, a superhero that transcends his already-formidable regular season form to carry his team to ever-greater heights. The good news for Cavs’ fans is that Playoff LeBron exists. He just might not be mighty enough to drag this team to a title.On the basis of their regular-season record and point differential, this season’s Cavs have been in the same general vicinity as teams such as the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz. Those teams are variously 30-to-1 to 100-to-1 longshots to win the title, according to Vegas bookmakers. But the Cavs are nonetheless the second-favorite team to win the championship, with a 20 to 25 percent chance according to bookmakers.Computer systems disagree. All of them have the Warriors as odds-on favorites to win the title, with the San Antonio Spurs as the next-best bet, and the Cavs as part of an undistinguished mass of teams beneath them. ESPN’s BPI puts Cleveland’s chances at just 4 percent. Basketball-Reference’s playoff odds also have them at 4 percent. And FiveThirtyEight’s Elo-based ratings1In this article, I’m mostly ignoring the difference between Elo ratings and “CARM-Elo” ratings, which are Elo ratings adjusted for our pre-season CARMELO projections. Our forecasts are based on Carm-Elo ratings, but the Cavs’ Elo rating is 1566 and their Carm-Elo rating is 1562, so this makes little difference at this stage of the season., which heavily weight recent play, have them even lower at just 2 percent.Usually, Elo-type ratings mimic betting markets fairly well. We give the Warriors a 65 percent chance of winning the title, for instance, and the San Antonio Spurs an 11 percent chance — right in line with where markets have them. So what accounts for the huge difference on Cleveland?One explanation is that this is all just sort of irrational: the Cavs are a marquee team and bettors just can’t stomach the idea that they’re just the Raptors with better uniforms. But I’m not sure I totally buy that; NBA betting markets are usually fairly sharp.Instead, bettors expect the Cavs to find a higher gear in the postseason. This isn’t an idea they just came up with; it was already priced into their assessment of the Cavs before the year began. At the start of the NBA season, FiveThirtyEight’s projections forecast the Cavs to win 57 regular-season games. (They have 51 now, so they’ll finish with no more than 53 wins.) That forecast was almost the same as what Vegas gave them, which put their over-under at 56.5 wins. But we also gave the Cavs only an 11 percent chance of winning the title whereas Vegas put them at 5-to-2 against, or a 29 percent chance. In other words, handicappers and the computer models agree on “regular-season Cavs.” It’s just that Vegas thinks that “playoff Cavs” are different — and much better — whereas our Elo ratings make no such distinction.But is there good reason to think that Cleveland can turn it up a notch?It’s not hard to recall examples of defending champions that lollygagged their way through the regular season, only to show up as the best version of themselves in the playoffs. In 2000-01, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers finished with a 56-26 record — better than the Cavs this year, but not by that much — before winning 15 of 16 playoff games and repeating as NBA champion. And Hakeem Olajuwon and the 1994-95 Houston Rockets finished at 47-35 before winning the title despite being the No. 6 seed. In his last season in Miami, James and the 2013-14 Miami Heat had an uninspired regular season, going 54-28. But they made the NBA finals before losing to San Antonio.I’ve done a bit of cherry-picking there, however. Overall, it’s not clear if defending champs overperform by much in the playoffs. In the table below, I’ve looked at every defending NBA champion since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976-77. If the “higher gear” theory is correct, then they should systematically beat Elo’s expectations in the postseason, in which case their Elo ratings will rise over the course of the playoffs. On average, however, these teams’ Elo ratings increased only from 1644 to 1658 during the playoffs.2This average excludes the 1998-99 Chicago Bulls, the only NBA champion since the merger to miss the playoffs. So there’s a little something there, but in Elo terms, that’s pretty minor — not much more than a rounding error.3An Elo rating of 1644 is equivalent to 55.5 regular season wins in an 82-game season, while an Elo rating of 1658 is equivalent to 56.7 wins. 2002Lakers58-24+7.2Won Title16761738+62 2007Heat44-38-1.2Lost 1st Round15051479-26 1987Celtics59-23+6.6Lost NBA Finals16761659-17 * Average excludes 1999 Bulls and 2017 CavaliersSource: Basketball-reference.com 2007Cavaliers50-32+3.9Lost Finals15981621+23 2012Heat46-20+6.4Won Title16131712+99 1981Lakers54-28+3.3Lost 1st Round16101595-15 16441658+15 1994Bulls55-27+2.9Lost 2nd Round15751607+32 James’ teams have made the playoffs 11 times prior to this season. And they’ve played really well, both in absolute terms and relative to their regular-season performance. James and the Cavs did have a disastrous postseason in 2010 — when, as the No. 1 overall seed, they lost to the Celtics in the second round — but that’s pretty much the only exception. On average, they’ve gained 34 Elo points from the start of the playoffs to the end. And over James’s past six postseasons, they’ve outperformed their regular-season ending Elo rating by an average of 55 points.So let’s say that Elo has the Cavs’ underrated by somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 points. Call that a “LeBron clutch factor” or whatever else you like. I asked my colleague Jay Boice to add 50 Elo points to the Cavs’ Elo rating and rerun our playoff simulations. Their championship odds rose … but only to 6 percent.Instead, you have to add about 150 points of Elo rating to get the Cavs’ odds in the same vicinity as Vegas has them.4With a 150 Elo-point boost, the Cavaliers’ NBA title probability would be 21 percent. That’s a lot. Elo sees the Cavs’ current level of performance as equivalent to a 48-34 regular-season record. Add 150 Elo points to that total, and they’d project to a 62-20 regular season record. That’s a 14-win gain — about what you’d get from adding someone like Kawhi Leonard or Anthony Davis to the roster.Have no doubt: I’d love to plunk some money down on the Cavs at the odds our forecast and the other computer models give them. Playoff basketball is a pretty different specimen from regular-season basketball, and our model isn’t doing anything to account for that. This is something for us to examine for future iterations of the model, even if the Cavs get bounced in the first round.But I also wonder if the bookies aren’t going too far in the other direction. There are plenty of defending champions — and James-led teams — that underwhelmed in the regular season before going on to win a title or at least reach the finals. But few of them underperformed as much as the Cavs have. They also tended to benefit from down periods in the league, as the 1994-95 Rockets and 2000-01 Lakers did. This year, the Cavs will have to get past the Warriors, who might be even better than last year’s 73-9 version5The Warriors’ point differential is better last year’s — and the fourth-best in NBA history — and they have Kevin Durant., or, failing that, probably the Spurs.Nor will the Cavs’ enter the postseason with much rest. Instead, as the East’s No. 1 overall seed has been up in the air between the Cavs and the Celtics, James has averaged 43 minutes per over the team’s last five games. Kyrie Irving has gotten only two days off since the All-Star break. Kevin Love has played heavy minutes despite missing time in February and March due to knee surgery.James has beaten expectations so many times in the playoffs that transcendent things are almost expected from him. If he leads the Cavaliers to another title this year it really might be his greatest accomplishment yet. 2012Mavericks36-30+1.8Lost 1st Round15471525-22 read more

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Police were called to the home of Boris Becker following a reported dispute between the three-times Wimbledon champion and his estranged wife.Officers visited the £5 million home, a short drive from the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, at 10pm on Wednesday following the dispute, thought to have involved Lily Becker, 41, a Dutch-born model.They returned on Thursday, shortly after which Becker, 50, was seen leaving the house with a large bag over his shoulder, according to the German newspaper Bild.The couple, who have an eight-year-old son, Amadeus, announced in May that they are divorcing after nine years of marriage.Speaking of their split Lilly previously said on social media:: “Separation is the only solution. In everything, we have always been very passionate – in life, in love, in sex and in quarrels.” The alleged incident took place on the night of England’s World Cup semi-final against Croatia.It is understood that at the time of the incident Becker’s children Amadeus, and Elias, 18, his son from a previous marriage, were in the house.Following the police visit Lily Becker posted a message on Instagram about the importance of mothers to their children.It said: “You were given these children because you are who they need. You have the soul to love then even on their hard days. You have the smile that they crave and the touch to make everything okay.” Lilly Becker leaving an event in central London on Tuesday 10 July The Metropolitan Policeconfirmed officers visited the home in Wimbledon, South West London, but said no one was arrested but that advice, thought to regard appropriate behaviour and possible legal consequences, was given.Scotland Yard said in a statement: “Police were called at 22:01 hrs on Wednesday, 11 July to a domestic incident in West Side Common, SW19.“Officers attended. No offences were disclosed. Advice was given. No arrests were made.” Becker, who is commentating for the BBC at this year’s championships, has been dogged by controversy in recent months.He is fighting bankruptcy and announced in June he was claiming diplomatic immunity to do so after becoming an ambassador for the Central African Republic, only for a number of the country’s officials to deny the validity of the diplomatic passport.At the start of the Wimbledon championships Sue Barker apologised to viewers after Becker swore about his diplomatic status during a live broadcast.In June Becker’s three replica Wimbledon trophies were put on sale as part of his effort to pay off his debts. Lilly Becker leaving an event in central London on Tuesday 10 JulyCredit:Can Nguyen/Capital Pictures Becker became the youngest ever Grand Slam singles champion in 1985, winning Wimbledon for the first time at the age of 17.He refused to comment about the incident when approached yesterday. read more

first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Social Protection is to begin providing supports to jobseekers today through its new service Intreo.Born out of FÁS’s recruitment arm, the initiative aims to provide individualised services to the unemployed in order to increase their employability and get them back to work.Intreo, which will see the transfer of 1,700 staff from the Community Welfare Service and FÁS, was launched officially this morning by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Joan Burton.“Intreo is an important step in transforming the way income and employment supports are provided,” said Kenny. “It is a key element of the Government’s response to the employment crisis…it links the payment of income supports to the task of supporting people in their pursuit of employment and improving their life chances.”On engaging with Intreo, clients will enter into a so-called social contract with the Department and are therefore expected to “engage fully with the services offered”.Other key elements include an integrated ‘one-stop-shop’ reception service to simplify customer access, a single decisions process to reduce bureaucracy and speed up claims processing, an activation process to ensure all jobseekers have early access to employment services and a greater focus on employer engagement.The service is now available in Sligo, Arklow, Tallaght and Kings Inn/Parnell Street. It is expected to launch in Ballymun, Buncrana, Dundalk, Coolock, Finglas and Killarney by the end of the year, while other areas will see it rolled out by the end of 2014.Last year, the Government announced the disbandment of FÁS and plans for SOLAS (Seirbhísí Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna), which continues many of the functions of the authority’s education and training programmes under the aegis of the Department of Education.FÁS to be replaced with new agency ‘SOLAS’Column: Watching my daughter emigrate will break my heartlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ S2 Finale Recap: When No One Has Gone Before’Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Ep 13 Recap: Tearful Preparations It’s nice to see that even with its darker wartime setting, Star Trek: Discovery can still have some fun. What better way to prove that than with a classic Trek premise that led to one of The Next Generation’s best episodes? This is exactly the kind of Star Trek story I’ve always loved. Something weird is happening to the crew and the few who notice it need to figure out what. In this case, it’s a time loop. Specifically, a time loop created by Harry Mudd, who wants to steal the Discovery and sell it to the Klingons. We all knew Lorca shouldn’t have abandoned him on that Klingon ship.How he escaped and where he got this time loop device are never discussed. It’s not that important. It’s Harry Mudd, he’s nothing if not resourceful. Discovery has a cool twist on the time loop story, though. When we begin the episode, we’re not seeing the first loop. It’s happened somewhere around 50 times already. And it’s not Burnham who notices something is wrong. It’s Stamets. He’s already got the basic premise figured out the first or second time we see him. It’s a fun way to acknowledge that we’ve seen this story before. We don’t need to be reintroduced to the concept of a time loop as we’ve all seen “Cause and Effect” and  Groundhog’s Day. Instead, we can get right to trying to solve it.The reason for the time loop is that Mudd needs to figure out how to fly the Discovery before he sells it to the Klingons. On each loop, he learns a little bit more, but he’s still missing one important piece: Stamets. Without Stamets literally plugged into the spore drive, you can’t reliably fly the ship anywhere. Having Stamets be the only crew member to see the loop was a smart way to build on the effects of the tardigrade DNA in his system. He now exists slightly outside of time. I guess that’s what that delayed mirror image was at the end of the last tardigrade episode? Since Stamets knows the ship is safe as long as Mudd doesn’t know how to fly it, he can take his time in trying to figure things out. This leads to some fun and adorable scenes where he teaches Burnham how to dance with and hit on Tyler. They have to get him on board somehow.Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber; Anthony Rapp as Lieutenant Paul Stamets; Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Ash Tyler; Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham (Photo via CBS)That’s what made this time loop story especially interesting. Knowing that we’ve all seen this premise before, it focused on character instead. Burnham’s Vulcan upbringing means she’s not great at parties or dealing with feelings for a fellow crewmember. Over the course of the episode, Tilly and Stamets encourage her to explore her human emotions, and that makes for some compelling character drama. We also got to see more of Tyler’s soft side. His and Burnham’s kinda-romance is written well enough that you start to root for them. I really hope the theory about him secretly being Voq isn’t true now. Not only because it’s disappointing when we can see something coming that far away. Even with that theory hanging over everything, I’m starting to like Tyler. I don’t want him to be a Klingon spy. Though making us like a character we’re pretty sure is the bad guy would be an impressive feat for the writers of this show.Rainn Wilson continues to be a perfect choice to play the younger Harry Mudd. He brings just the right mix of goofiness and malice to the role. We take him seriously as a threat, but we’re also able to laugh at his over-the-top performance and ridiculously elaborate plans. When he taunts Lorca for having gotten the better of him countless times, Wilson is clearly having so much fun it’s impossible not to smile. It’s also so much fun to watch Mudd kill Lorca with increasingly outlandish sci-fi methods. Beaming someone out into space might be my new favorite Star Trek death. Better still, you can tell the writers understand Mudd. They’ve thought his character through to the point where Burnham’s trick to buy the team that crucial final loop feels natural and brilliant. She plays on his greed, offering herself up for Mudd to sell her to the Klingons before swallowing concentrated Dark Matter. (Side note: We now have a new candidate for most painful-looking Star Trek death.)Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd; Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca ; Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham; Anthony Rapp as Lieutenant Paul Stamets; Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Ash Tyler (Photo via CBS)It’s the resolution that comes after that where the episode falls short. One side effect of giving Stamets all the agency in this episode is that there are things he does that we don’t get to see. When we reach the scene where the crew cleverly turns it all around on Mudd, it feels cheap and convenient. It’s like in the episode’s fast-forwarding through the beginnings of each loop, it skipped over something important. We never got to see them dig through the archive or find out which systems are “non-essential.” Their solution doesn’t logically follow from the last thing we see Burnham discover. She finds out that Mudd smuggled the time crystal’s power source aboard inside the space whale, but that doesn’t have anything to do with how they defeat him. What should have been a delicious turning of the tables is instead almost a deus ex machina. We should have been able to figure out a way to defeat Mudd right alongside the Discovery crew. Instead, we were as in the dark as he was. As an audience member, that doesn’t feel good.Even though it bungled the landing, this was still a fantastic and fun episode of Star Trek: Discovery. The time travel episodes of Star Trek are far and away my favorite, and for the most part, this was a real good one. I did appreciate the retcon of Mudd’s wife at the end of the episode. In the original series’ “I, Mudd,” she was a stock nagging wife trope straight out of a 1960s sitcom. It hasn’t aged well, and this change makes it clear that Mudd’s the problem. She seems perfectly nice, if a little spoiled by her rich father. It’s just that Mudd is a terrible human being. I also didn’t mind that the episode containing so much murder ended in light comedy. Mudd was always more of a comic relief villain, and I appreciate that Discovery is keeping him that way. Even during wartime, the show is capable of pulling off a lighter tone. It also leaves the series open to bring Mudd back at some point in the future. They totally will. He’s too great a character to let him stay tied down forever.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgWhile working as a pundit for Sky Sports, Gary Neville explained that he fears Tottenham won’t be able to keep Pochettino in the club. As Real Madrid keeps looking for their next manager now that Lopetegui is gone, English pundit Gary Neville is worried that Los Blancos will come after Pochettino and Tottenham won’t be able to stop them.The Spurs board of directors have effectively failed Mauricio Pochettino with the promises they made to the manager during the summer, they failed to sign any new top players and he has recently responded by calling out chairman Daniel Levy by saying that Tottenham doesn’t have the same ambition than the other top clubs in England.For Gary Neville, that was a major red flag that he completely understands and leaves the door open for his almost imminent exit, possibly to Real Madrid.“What I would say is a bit of a worry are Mauricio Pochettino’s comments,” he told Monday Night Football on Sky Sports.“I said before the game it’s the first bricks in the foundations of potentially wanting to leave and during the game tonight the Real Madrid coach has been sacked.”“If you are Real Madrid and you are thinking ‘Where can I get a manager, where’s the next manager?’ He speaks Spanish and has been a coach in La Liga. That is an appealing job for anybody in world football.”“He knew the ground rules before he came in. He knew he wasn’t going to get £500-£600m when he went to Tottenham.”“He took the job knowing Daniel Levy, the board at the Tottenham, the restrictions, so my view is that now he probably wants that next level of job because he deserves it as he is a brilliant coach.”“That next level is available at arguably the greatest club in the world of football in Real Madrid.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“That’s where the manager might be thinking ‘is this now the time for me to step out?’ I think Tottenham, if Real Madrid want him, will have a real problem in the next few days.”“I don’t think they do, we are just putting two and two together, but we spoke about the timing of his comments, and is the timing because a job has become available?”“Pochettino has always peddled the party line well. We know what Tottenham are like in terms of being quite conservative and pragmatic with spending and they do what they can, but he has always managed things well and pushed away questions about why you can’t spend like other clubs do.”“Mauricio Pochettino is a brilliant coach but at some point he was always going to want to manage one of the super clubs in Europe. There are a couple at the moment that you can imagine will be changing manager in the next 12 months and looking at him, and he will know they are looking at him.”“It feels to me that he has laid the first foundations of a move away from the club and started to prepare the ground,” he concluded.Gary Neville & Jamie Carragher have a heated debate about TottenhamWho’s side are you on?! ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/IHsirNGD7i— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 30, 2018last_img read more

first_imgTables of catered food from Subway, as well as drinks and sweets to nibble on were provided, as well as live music via DJ Dre during intermissions. The crowd was welcomed by Hip Hop Caucus President and CEO Rev. Lennox Yearwood. Yearwood encouraged attendees to take advantage of the opportunity to interact with DOJ members while reminding them to remain patient.“Make sure that we love one another, and support one another in this process,” said Yearwood. “Please know that you have power.”DTLR Radio personality Raven Paris brought out two empowering poets/spoken word artists that possessed a powerful word for the people of color in attendance. The first was Alanah Nichole, who performed a spoken word piece regarding the “Black Lives Matter” movement, asking the crowd to question how they regard the lives of their brothers and sisters. The second was Ms. Lady Bree, who delivered a poem diffusing the stereotypes of Black vernacular and speech, garnering plenty of finger snaps and applause.Rapper Lil Key, a finalist on the reality show “The Rap Game” and a Baltimore resident, wooed the crowd with a positive freestyle about change in Baltimore. The 16-year-old artist challenged the audience to “Stand Up.”The crowd was then split into groups, allowing them to be seated with a member of the Justice Department so they could express their grief and come up with ideas for improvement. Throughout the 30-minute segment things remained calm, but emotions ran high as participants discussed traumatic experiences and the heartache bred by their circumstances. While children simply asked for police to “stop killing,” those with more experience discussed plausible means of change.One of these ideas included reopening closed Police Athletic League (PAL) centers across the city to help establish relationships between officers and children from young ages. Many expressed the grief of officers not living in the communities they police, as a 2015 report showed that more than 70 percent resided outside of city lines.  Other ideas included diversifying prosecutors, increasing funding for non-profit organizations, reducing funding for jails and increasing public school funding. Local WERQ-FM (92Q) on-air talent Lil Black moderated the latter portion of the event, as representatives of each group expressed their ideas to the audience. Black chimed in with his experiences and understanding of both sides, citing his troubled youth and maturity as an adult and father.Black also cited the importance of voting, encouraging residents to hit the polls Nov. 8.“If you ain’t voting just shut the hell up because you ain’t got nothing to say,” said Black. The group of racially mixed Justice representatives encouraged feedback and ideas, taking notes to be examined and implemented in future cases in communities plagued by police brutality and injustice. The issues of Baltimore are no secret, especially after the death of Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody and the subsequent uprising in 2015. In August, the U.S. Department of Justice released a report detailing the Baltimore Police Department’s continual constitutional violations in primarily African-American neighborhoods.  In an effort to create change, the Baltimore chapter of the Hip Hop Caucus collaborated with the Department of Justice and Respect My Vote to discuss police reform in the city on Oct. 19.Participants discuss police reform at The Motor House in Baltimore. (Photo by Maliik Obee)The Motor House building on North Avenue in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District was the gathering place Tuesday evening for residents of all ages. Children as young as 6 years old to elderly lifelong residents of the city voiced their gripes with police. Along with everyday citizens, former Mayor Sheila Dixon and mayor-elect Catherine Pugh were in attendance. Event partners included Downtown Locker Room, Baltimore City Youth Commission and the Nation of Islam.last_img read more

first_imgClub Med opens bookings for the new Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Club Med, Openings & Renovations Thursday, December 13, 2018 TORONTO — The books are officially open for Club Med’s newest Caribbean resort, the Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, opening in December 2019.With a price tag of US$100 million, the all-inclusive resort marks the very first operating resort in the soon-to-be-developed region of Michès on the Dominican Republic’s northeast coast.At 37 hectares, it’s also Club Med’s biggest project of its type in the Caribbean in the past 40 years, and will be the first full Exclusive Collection resort in the Americas, acting as the new flagship of the dedicated line in the region.As reported earlier this fall, Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda will feature four boutique villages, each with its own unique environment, activities and accommodations. It will also boast an array of included land and water sports on property and eco-friendly elements such as a tree re-planting program, a community garden as well as educational mini-sessions during which guests can learn about sustainable initiatives.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongTo read our exclusive interview with Club Med and the Dominican Republic Tourism Board about the new property and the region of Michès, go to http://www.travelweek.ca/news/miches-set-to-become-d-r-s-newest-hotspot-with-club-med-being-the-first-to-break-ground/.last_img read more

first_imgThe deadlock over the constitution exacerbated the economic crisis in Tunisia, and the International Monetary Fund withheld a half-billion-dollar loan.Inflation soared, the budget deficit swelled, and demonstrations over high food prices and lack of jobs spread.However, with the passage of the constitution, Tunisia’s image abroad has brightened, and the IMF released its planned loan. The slide of the Tunisian dinar has halted, and the stock market has perked up.Ezzedine Saidane, a Tunisian financial expert, said the World Bank is now expected to extend a loan of its own soon, and the African Development Bank will lift a moratorium on lending to Tunisia.“People feel better and are relieved somehow,” he said. “I think the mood has changed tremendously, both inside the country and outside the country.”In a message, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made it clear that it wasn’t just France that viewed the Tunisian experience as a model for the region.“I count on the government and people of Tunisia to continue to inspire the world as they did some three years ago, and serve as an example for dialogue and compromise in resolving political disputes across the region and beyond,” he said. What a turnaround.The Arab Spring, which began in Tunisia, is now being described by many as a region-wide winter, especially in countries such as Egypt, where the country’s first popularly elected leader was deposed by the military, and Libya, where militias rule instead of a central government. But Tunisia remains a bright spot, since its fractious elected assembly finally wrote and passed a progressive constitution last month.“This text honors your revolution. It can serve as an example and reference to many other countries,” Hollande said during the ceremony before Tunisia’s parliament. “You have an obligation to succeed for yourself and for all the other countries watching you. Tunisia is not an exception, it is an example.”The speeches lauded the country’s ability to transcend differences and forge the consensus necessary to produce a constitution. The president of Libya’s parliament sounded almost rueful in his praise.“Libya intends to follow the same path,” said Nouri Abu Sahmein, whose country is struggling to register voters to elect the commission to write a constitution.Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki in his address also highlighted the sacrifices the country made. “By adopting the constitution, Tunisia celebrated a triple victory _ over dictatorship, over terrorism that seeks to spread chaos and block our path to democracy and over our own divisions,” he said.The praise contrasts attitudes toward Tunisia last July when Hollande last visited and the constitutional process was stalled.“Today we are going again because it’s a success,” said an official with the French presidency, who spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with government policy.While Hollande is the only European head of state attending, the ceremony in Tunis also included a host of dignitaries from around the world, particularly from Africa.Conspicuously absent was any representative from fellow Arab Spring nation Egypt, whose relations with Tunisia have been tense since Marzouki called for the release of his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Morsi following his imprisonment by the military.On Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama called interim Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa and congratulated him on the new constitution, and invited him to visit Washington.After overthrowing their dictator in 2011, Tunisians brought a moderate Islamist party into power allied with two other secular parties. But the coalition struggled in the face of continuing social unrest, high unemployment, the rise of a radical Islamist movement with ties to al-Qaida and the assassination of two left-wing politicians. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – As recently as December, the outlook for Tunisia remained grim. International lenders were withholding money. Parliament remained deadlocked. Investigations continued into the assassination of two politicians.On Friday, French President Francois Hollande and other world leaders attended a ceremony for the formal adoption of a document being praised as one of the most progressive constitutions in an Arab nation. Top Stories The only sour note in the ceremony came when the U.S. delegation walked out of the assembly hall during the speech by Ali Larijani, the speaker of Iran’s parliament, who took the opportunity to slam U.S. and Israeli meddling in the region, calling the Jewish state a “cancerous tumor” in the region.In statement, the U.S. said its delegation left “due to the false accusations and inappropriate comments made by the Iranian representative present regarding the United States.”____Associated Press writer Sylvie Corbet contributed to this report from Paris. Schemm reported from Paris.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. 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