Find Along Chilean Highway Suggests Mass Stranding of Whales Millions of Years Ago

first_imgIn 2010, workers widening a remote stretch of highway near the northwestern coast of Chile uncovered a trove of fossils, including the skeletons of at least 30 large baleen whales. The fossils—which may be up to 9 million years old—are the first definitive examples of ancient mass strandings of whales, according to a new study. The work also fingers a possible culprit.“This is a fantastic paper,” says Jeremy Goldbogen, a marine biologist at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, California, who wasn’t involved in the study. The new findings “are revealing something that we didn’t know anything about,” he notes. “This is an awesome snapshot of deep time.”The area where the fossils were found has long been known locally as Cerro Ballena (“Whale Hill” in Spanish) due to other remains found there years ago, says Nicholas Pyenson, a vertebrate paleontologist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Two of the species that Pyenson and his colleagues discovered in the mix—an aquatic sloth and a particular type of shark—suggest that the fine-grained material that entombed the fossils was deposited as sediment on a tidal flat sometime between about 6.5 million and 9 million years ago, when the site sat on the coast of a south-facing bay.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(*)Eventually, bulldozers exposed bones across a 20-meter-wide, 250-meter-long area, Pyenson says. Besides the baleen whales (which, like their modern relatives, fed by filtering prey from mouthfuls of water), the cache included an extinct species of seal, a walrus-type toothed whale, and a sperm whale. The skeletons weren’t scattered throughout the 8-meter-thick deposit of sediment. Rather, the fossils were concentrated in four distinct levels. That pattern and other clues helped the paleontologists suss out what happened millions of years ago.For one thing, the fossils included baleen whales of all ages and sizes, including juveniles. While bones from the skeletons of other species were often isolated or scattered across a small area, suggesting that the carcasses had been ripped apart by surf as they decomposed, the skeletons of the baleen whales were largely intact and bones remained in lifelike arrangements, Pyenson says. The carcasses hadn’t been scavenged because then, as now, the area was surrounded by desert and there were no large carnivores living in the area.Second, most of the baleen whale skeletons had been preserved “belly-up”—a position that suggests the creatures died at sea, rolled upside down as they decomposed, and then remained inverted when high tides or storm surges deposited them on shore. That ultimate resting position is typical of modern baleen whales that die at sea, Goldbogen says.Finally, ripples preserved in the rocks indicate that the carcasses ended up lying crosswise to currents that had cast them onto the beach—just as in modern mass strandings, Pyenson says.Altogether, the evidence points to repeated, catastrophic deaths among the marine mammals, the researchers report today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Based on estimated rates of sediment accumulation along the ancient beach, the team suggests that the four deadly episodes occurred across a span of between 10,000 and 16,000 years.So what killed these whales? Because the carcasses hadn’t been damaged substantially, it likely wasn’t a tsunami. And because many different species of marine mammals are involved, it probably wasn’t a virulent disease. The recurring cause that makes the most sense is mass stranding due to toxins produced by harmful algal blooms, the researchers contend. Whales could have ingested the poisons when they ate fish that had, in turn, eaten the harmful algae and concentrated the toxins. Some of the other creatures may have simply breathed in poisons that had been wafted into the air by roiling surf. Small iron-coated spheres found in some parts of the sediments near the fossils may be remains of one stage of the microorganisms involved in the algal bloom, but results aren’t conclusive, Pyenson says.All the fossils unearthed at Cerro Ballena have been moved to museums in Santiago and in the nearby city of Caldera. And even though the fossil site has been paved over, Pyenson and his colleagues preserved information about the bonebeds by scanning them with lasers to create a 3D map (video). Those scans, as well as Google Earth maps and high-resolution photos of the quarry site, can be found at http://cerroballena.si.edu/.last_img read more

England crowned World Twenty20 champions

first_imgCraig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen took England to their first world title in cricket as they thrashed Australia by seven wickets in the final of the World Twenty20 2010.England vs Australia, ScoresT20 World Cup – Full CoverageMan of the match: Craig KieswetterMan of the tournament: Kevin Pietersen (248 runs)Brief scores: Aus 147-6 (D Hussey 59; Sidebottom 2-26); Eng 148-3 in 17 overs (Kieswetter 63; Smith 1-21).Paul Collingwood’s men bowled and fielded sharply to restrict Australia to 147-6 after inserting them here at the Kensington Oval.Kieswetter (63, 49b) and Pietersen (47, 31b) — both of South African extract — added 111 to engineer what is Australia’s only defeat in a world championship final since their thrashing by Sri Lanka in 1996.The duo were dismissed within three runs of each other, causing the briefest of scares in the English camp. But Collingwood added 27 in 17 balls with Eoin Morgan to seal the win with three overs to spare — a massive margin by T20 standards — thus handing Australia their first defeat of the tournament after six straight wins.For Pietersen, who’s just become a father, this was meant to. His aggressive fifty against South Africa set the tone for England’s campaign after they had barely scraped through to the Super Eights.England have been the bridesmaid on many occasions, having lost ODI World Cup finals in 1979, 1987 and 1992, and the Champions Trophy final at home in 2006.Today, they stamped their authority on the game from the first over. Australia were reduced to 8-3 thirteen deliveries into the match, and England never let the momentum slip.advertisementDavid Hussey’s 59 (54b, 2×4, 2×6) and his 50-run stand with Cameron White’s 30 (19b) pulled Australia out of a messy start.Off-spinner Graeme Swann (1-17) complemented England’s pacers again with an economical spell in the middle overs.Earlier, Ryan Sidebottom had dismissed Shane Watson, caught at slip off the game’s third ball, and Brad Haddin caught down the leg in the third over.Haddin walked off looking disappointed at Billy Doctrove’s decision. Replays showed the ball had not hit Haddin’s bat as Kieswetter dived spectacularly to his left to take that catch. In between, Michael Lumb swooped in from cover to run David Warner out with a direct hit.Australian skipper Michael Clarke was caught brilliantly by Collingwood off Swann.The England captain flew to his left at short mid-wicket to hold on to a difficult catch, leaving Australia at 45-4 in the 10th over.England lost Lumb cheaply to Shaun Tait in the second over, but once Pietersen and Kieswetter were through, the trophy was in England’s grasp.By losing this game, Australia missed out on the chance to be the only team to hold all three ICC titles at once. Ricky Ponting had led them to victory in the 2007 ODI World Cup and the 2009 Champions Trophy.England’s 35-year wait to win a major title in cricket has ended and bodes well for them for next year’s World Cup in India.last_img read more

Vivo V9 Pro 4GB RAM model to launch in India on November 1 exclusively on Flipkart

first_imgVivo launched the V9 Pro in India back in the month of September. The smartphone was launched in only 6GB RAM variant. But now, the company has listed the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model of the phone on Flipkart with the banner “Coming soon”. Vivo is yet to reveal the availability details of the phone, but some media reports making round on the internet suggest that the new variant of the V9 Pro will be available November 1 onwards exclusively on Flipkart.The phone is expected to go on sale on the same day when Flipkart’s Big Diwali Sale kicks off. The MRP of the V9 Pro 4GB RAM model will be Rs 17,990, but during the Big Diwali sale, Flipkart will be selling the phone with Rs 2,000 discount. This means that the V9 Pro 4GB RAM with 64GB storage model will be available for Rs 15,990 during the sale period, which is from November 1 to November 5. The 6GB RAM model of the V9 Pro is priced at Rs 19,990.Flipkart is also offering 10 per cent instant discount on Mastercard for First Online Payment. It is also offering Extra 5 per cent off with Axis Bank Buzz Credit Card. The V9 Pro will also be available with EMI option.As far as the specifications are concerned, the new variant of the V9 Pro is almost the same as the 6GB RAM model, apart from the differences in the RAM and storage department. The new model of the V9 Pro comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The previously launched model of the phone comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. Other specifications remain the same.advertisementThe V9 Pro comes with the same screen size as the V9. The phone sports a 6.3-inch FullView Display 2.0 (FHD+) with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 90 per cent screen to body ratio. The phone is powered by the same hardware setup as its big brother, the V11 Pro. The smartphone packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 AIE (artificial intelligence engine) chipset with Adreno 512 GPU and AI Engine inside it. On the software front, the V9 Pro runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based on Funtouch OS 4.0.ALSO READ: Vivo V9 Pro review: Good looks, great performer but a bit steep priceOn the rear panel, the V9 Pro comes with a 13MP primary sensor and 2MP secondary sensor paired with several camera modes like AI Bokeh and AI HDR. The back camera setup is followed by a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. On the front, the V9 Pro comes with a 16MP selfie shooter paired with several camera modes like AI selfie lightning and AI face beauty.last_img read more

India vs New Zealand World Cup semi-final: Fans wonder why Mohammed Shami has been left out

first_imgMohammed Shami’s exclusion from India playing XI for the World Cup semi-final clash against New Zealand did not go well with many cricket experts and fans.India team management’s decision was questioned and criticized by a fraction of fans on social media. Shami, who has picked up 14 wickets in the four matches that he has played so far, was not included in the playing XI.Instead, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was included in the side in place of Kuldeep Yadav. Shami also did not play in India’s last league game against Sri Lanka on July 6.During the New Zealand innings, Hardik Pandya limped off the field after wincing in pain during his 4th over against New Zealand. Pandya’s absence from the field was worrying for Indian team who went in with only 5 specialist bowlers in the semi-final, leaving Mohammad Shami out.India vs New Zealand Live Score, World Cup 2019 1st Semi FinalMohammad Shami’s presence could have helped Indian team after Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar set the tone with an early wicket of Martin Guptill.”Like Sourav Ganguly, I admit I am surprised by the dropping of Shami. He takes wickets upfront and if you do, the death overs aren’t as critical. India batting very deep with Jadeja at 8 but it is a big call to leave out Kuldeep against a team he has done well,” tweeted celebrated commentator Harsha Bhogle.”India’s XI is slightly conservative. Picking Bhuvi & Jadeja ahead of Kuldeep & Shami they’ve arguably picked the better all-round players at the expense of the better bowlers, but on a fresh pitch which has been high-scoring in this comp that batting depth could be precious,” wrote one of the Twitter users.advertisement”There are about 20 people sitting around me right now, nobody has a clue why Bhuvi is playing ahead of Shami. And they all know the game,” tweeted another user.”Really surprised that Shami isn’t in the squad for this crucial game,” said another user on the microblogging website.”Is Shami injured or have we wilfully not picked the guy with 14 wickets in 4 games & the best strike rate in the entire tournament?”Like @SGanguly99, I admit I am surprised by the dropping of Shami. He takes wickets upfront and if you do, the death overs aren’t as critical. India batting very deep with Jadeja at 8 but it is a big call to leave out Kuldeep against a team he has done well.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 9, 2019Shami after taking 13 wickets in 3 games and still getting replaced by Bhuvi. #indiavsNewzealand pic.twitter.com/U2uW7MaczKDev (@thatswhattisaid) July 9, 2019Mohammad Shami in every match be like#INDvNZ #ICCWorldCup2019 pic.twitter.com/0ifqjWLBVwCricket panditt (@seee774) July 9, 2019Mohd Shami right now#INDvNZ #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/nJuV2ck2FWRight Arm Over (@RightArmOver_) July 9, 2019Someone please explain why Bhuvneshwar gets picked ahead of Shami #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/wiGkHrNyB6(@Most__Ardently) July 9, 2019#Shami also has a super record against the Kiwis, in addition to his grt form, pace and rhythm this #CWC19 .. A surprise exclusion indeed, admit the experts too.. #SemiFinal1 #NZvINDKaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) July 9, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019 semi-final: Virat Kohli’s catch to dismiss Martin Guptill leaves fans awestruckAlso Read | Martin Guptill: Leading run-scorer in 2015 World Cup, goes through nightmarish time in 2019Also See:last_img read more

Golden Goal: Scott Sinclair for Plymouth v Barnet (2007)

first_imgPlymouth Argyle Facebook It was quite the calling card. With his team a goal up but under the cosh against lower-league opposition, a 17-year-old with fewer than 50 minutes of first-team football to his name was summoned from the bench and proceeded to settle matters with his first senior goal. And how – seven or eight seconds of carefully controlled chaos, it was one of those show-stoppers worthy of a more prestigious platform, but many among the 5,204 present on that perishing January afternoon left the ground speaking of little else but the moment of improvised brilliance with which this hitherto unheard-of teenager had put the fourth round FA Cup tie beyond the home side.A decade, a host of clubs and millions in earnings later, the boy who scored has grown up, spending several of the intervening years flitting between the shadows and the tabloid glare. He continues to enjoy what is by most standards a stellar football career as a much loved staple in a team of all-conquering champions. But despite his success, the prevailing and possibly unfair view seems to be that at the age of 28 his is a talent that remains resolutely unfulfilled. Only Scott Sinclair knows for certain when he felt happiest and most alive on a football pitch, but around 4.42pm on 27 January, 2007 at Underhill is probably as good a guess as any. Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Pinterest Topics Golden goal Share on Facebook Read more Golden Goal: Lionel Messi for Barcelona v Santos (2011) Share on Messenger Scott Sinclair, well in his own half, sets off on his galloping and jinky solo run, which culminated in Sinclair smashing the ball into the roof for Plymouth’s second goal. Photograph: Mark Leech/Offside Barnet With its six separate stands, the ramshackle ground which Barnet have since vacated for more salubrious digs can have staged few more breathtaking pieces of theatre than the stand-out soliloquy from Sinclair in an otherwise workmanlike but dreary production. On loan at Championship side Plymouth Argyle from Chelsea, who had poached him from Bristol Rovers for a song some months previously, the teenager was among the substitutes named by Ian Holloway, who had signed him 10 days previously.Holloway, during his time as player-manager with Rovers, had welcomed the Bath-born Sinclair to training as a 10-year-old and would later cite the child’s precociousness as a sign he knew his own jig as a player was up. “Scotty’s one of the reason’s I packed up,” he said. “If you’re bringing in 10-year-olds who can run like that, what chance have you got if you’re 37, as I was then.”Plymouth had travelled to London to face their League Two hosts in the FA Cup and took the lead through a spot-kick converted by Hasney Aljofree. A former Manchester United youth team player who now helps coach the current crop of kids at Carrington, the Plymouth defender would endorse his manager’s praise for Sinclair in his post-match interview. “I think the first day he came in for training we saw how good he was,” he said.“Every single one of the back four looked at each other and we said we don’t want to mark him because we’ve seen him do a warm-up and he is lightning. The first attack he had he skinned us so I knew what he could do when he came on today. As a 17-year-old kid he went on and won us the game.”While all who witnessed him do so can agree Sinclair cemented Plymouth’s victory in fine style, descriptions vary as to how exactly he did so. As a neutral observer accompanying a friend in the away end, I recall him chesting the ball down just inside his own penalty area before galloping down the inside left of Underhill’s famous slope and beating at least three opponents. Approaching the Barnet penalty area, he was shepherded wide by a defender until, from a seemingly impossible angle, he rifled the ball into the roof of the net past the goalkeeper Ross Flitney. features The Guardian’s man in the press box restricted his description of Sinclair’s goal to a “memorable finish” in a piece devoted largely to eulogies from others about the boy’s promise, while his BBC counterpart saw the winger beat no more than two men and hold off another before “dinking a clipped shot of the outside of his right boot” goalwards. In an interview with FourFourTwo published a few months after he’d scored the goal, Sinclair recalled something similar but claimed to have taken on “four or five players” before modestly “poking the ball past their keeper”. Believe who you like, or just check for yourself on YouTube. I haven’t, because I don’t want the reality to be more mundane than my recollection.However he scored it, Sinclair’s goal was the subject of no end of post-match praise from all who saw it, with Barnet’s manager Paul Fairclough being magnanimous enough to describe it as “stunning”, while Flitney generously conceded that “things like that happen in football and you’ve just got to applaud it”. The Plymouth defender Tony Capaldi, who can legitimately claim the assist having provided the original pass to Sinclair deep inside his own half, claimed his young team-mate’s solo effort “was the best I’ve ever seen with my own eyes”. The fact that it seems to have been the only post-match talking point suggests that it was indeed a truly special strike. Read more Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Wisely and somewhat presciently, Holloway was quick to preach caution and pointed out that Sinclair “has only scored one goal, he hasn’t played 100 league games yet so in my book: ‘Well done, son, a good start but calm down and concentrate on your football.’” Having compared his loanee to the movie character Dash from The Incredibles, he also conceded Plymouth had no chance whatsoever of signing Sinclair from Chelsea, who had sent Frank Arnesen, then their head of youth development, to Underhill on a watching brief. “When they’re buying 30-year-old players for £30m sometimes you get blocked up, so hopefully people like ourselves can nick them, borrow them and help them along in their career,” explained Holloway. “You can be at Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United and you get frustrated because you’re not going to get a chance.”Sinclair would eventually get a chance at Chelsea, the odd one here and there between loan spells at QPR, Charlton, Crystal Palace and Wigan, before signing for Swansea City where he eventually settled and became a fan favourite after a Wembley play-off final hat-trick against Reading that helped take the club into the Premier League. Despite his experience at a big club where he’d been sidelined in favour of more senior, big-priced players, his head was again turned by the lure of a big-money move, this time to Manchester City, where over a three-year nightmare spell in the wilderness he started two Premier League matches for the club and was only a slightly less peripheral figure on loan spells at West Brom and Aston Villa, to whom he was eventually sold after an initial loan spell was interrupted by injury. “This is the happiest I have been in a long time,” he said. “Now it’s about kicking on with my career in claret and blue.”One disastrous season later, with Villa relegated to the Championship, Sinclair was handed another career lifeline by Celtic’s manager, Brendan Rodgers, who had worked with him in the Chelsea youth ranks and at Swansea. Much like his solo goal for Plymouth against Barnet on the sloping pitch of Underhill, Sinclair’s playing career began innocuously and quickly slalomed downhill. After so much disappointment, maybe he can end it with a similar flourish. Golden Goal: Mick Ferguson for Coventry City v Norwich City (1984) Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Unhappy fans, terrible team – Farhad Moshiri’s cash fails to revive Everton

first_imgfeatures Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Allardyce is fond of favourable statistics but the Watford defeat left him with an average return of 1.37 points from his 16 matches in charge. Koeman averaged 1.48 points per game and Martínez 1.56 points, although both had more time to construct a team in their image. With that in mind the Everton manager admitted it was “absolutely critical” his first signing was a success. Cenk Tosun, signed for a fee that could rise to £27m from Besiktas, has started two games (being subbed in both) and made two substitute appearances since arriving in early January.It is the new stadium proposed for the banks of the river Mersey that will define Moshiri’s legacy. The club have agreed a £280m loan from Liverpool council towards the projected £500m costs – “ although the council have not signed off an arrangement that will see them receive £6m-£7m a year in interest repayments – and hope to secure the remaining funds and planning permission this year. Building on Bramley Moore is complex and expensive. Progress has been slow and the stadium constitutes Everton’s strongest grounds for optimism in the two years since Moshiri arrived. He must hope for far greater success on the Liverpool waterfront than he has witnessed so far on the pitch. The financial wherewithal of Everton’s major shareholder is not in question. Nor is the enthusiasm and ambition he has brought to the club since selling his Arsenal shares to his business partner Alisher Usmanov. However, his football knowledge, or at least the advice given to Moshiri in his first leading role at a Premier League club, has yet to vindicate Kenwright’s reasoning for bringing him on board.Under Moshiri Everton have finally accessed the finances that had eluded them throughout the Premier League era and were regarded as key to ending the club’s 23-year-old trophy drought. Financial wealth has instead ushered in an era of woeful mis-spending and recruitment at various levels. Far from following the Tottenham Hotspur model and challenging the established elite for Champions League qualification, Everton have slipped into reverse. The disconnect between team and supporters is glaring and encapsulated by the boos that greeted Morgan Schneiderlin’s introduction against Crystal Palace recently. He was singled out for a perceived lack of commitment, passion and effort by many Everton fans but is not the only expensive, well-paid signing consistently to underachieve.Since Moshiri’s arrival Everton have spent almost £277m on 18 players. They were the fifth-highest spending club in Europe last summer at £149.1m and, according to CIES Football Observatory, the sixth highest spenders across the continent over the past two transfer windows. The disastrous results explain why Steve Walsh, appointed by Moshiri as Everton’s first director of football, finds himself under pressure.Of those 18 recruits Idrissa Gana Gueye stands out as a successful purchase – plus a rare example of Walsh replicating his scouting of potential bargains at Leicester City – after triggering the £7.1m release clause in his Aston Villa contract. The £30m spent making Jordan Pickford the most expensive British goalkeeper looks a sound investment, even though at 23 he is understandably a work in progress, while Wayne Rooney has contributed with 11 goals and Theo Walcott has made an encouraging start to his post‑Arsenal career. That is a positive case presented for four of the 18. It is difficult to go any further. Share on Facebook Reuse this content Read more Premier League and Carabao Cup: 10 talking points from the weekend Share on Pinterest Allardyce’s talk of improving Everton’s away form before they slipped to a fifth consecutive defeat on the road at Watford … left many fans aghast Sam Allardyce As a football fan and chartered certified accountant Farhad Moshiri is unlikely to find cause to celebrate his two‑year anniversary as Everton’s major shareholder on Tuesday. The 62‑year‑old has invested almost a quarter of a billion pounds into Goodison Park since ending Bill Kenwright’s long-running search for a financial saviour. Tentative progress on a new stadium, deeply disillusioned fans and what in many respects is the worst Everton team this century represents a meagre return for his money.Kenwright, the Everton chairman, cited “football knowledge, financial wherewithal and true blue spirit” as principal reasons for embracing the British-Iranian billionaire when his arrival was announced on 27 February 2016. Having paid around £87.5m for a 49.9% shareholding, one that is expected to increase over time, Moshiri has loaned Everton £150m with no fixed repayment date. The loan has enabled Everton to spend significantly on players, clear £28.4m of debt, reduce annual interest charges, fund improvements to the Finch Farm training ground and their old stadium, while preparing for the new with £9.1m spent on securing the site and initial planning works at Bramley Moore dock. Everton have international talent throughout the ranks and, thanks to their prodigious academy system, a batch of young players who can benefit from this season’s hard experiences and provide the team with an identity they lack. But in terms of utilising that talent, justifying the investment, style of play and character, the team have consistently earned the damning description at the start of this article. This season commenced with the biggest spending spree in Everton’s history, designed to push the club into European contention for the long term. It has petered out amid acrimony and with the clamour growing for another expensive clear-out.Moshiri has made only modest change at executive level, appointing Sasha Ryazantsev and Keith Harris to the board, and sacked two struggling managers at significant cost, Roberto Martínez and Ronald Koeman. The decision to dispense with the Dutchman without a replacement in the bag ranks among the more damaging calls.Appointing Sam Allardyce despite opposition at boardroom and supporter level allayed the threat of relegation at a crucial time with Everton seeking funding for a new stadium. After two wins in 11 matches, disenchantment with Allardyce and his approach has taken root. His talk of improving Everton’s away form before they slipped to a fifth consecutive defeat on the road at Watford on Saturday, and of wanting to be the man who builds the team to play at Bramley Moore in four years’ time, left many fans aghast. 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Ronaldo hat-trick earns Portugal stunning draw with Spain

first_imgPortugal 3 Spain 3: Brilliant Ronaldo hat-trick earns thrilling draw Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 03:56 6/16/18 Cristiano Ronaldo Getty Images Spain looked set to beat Iberian rivals Portugal thanks to a Nacho wondergoal, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick shared the spoils. Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning hat-trick earned Portugal a dramatic 3-3 draw in their Group B opener against Iberian neighbours Spain.Spain led with three minutes to go after Nacho Fernandez hit a wonderful 25-yard drive but Ronaldo was determined to steal the headlines for himself.And he ended the day with a World Cup match-ball after hitting an outrageous late free-kick to ensure the spoils were shared in this blockbuster clash in Sochi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Captain Ronaldo had given Portugal a fourth-minute lead from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Madrid team-mate Nacho, restoring the lead thanks to David de Gea’s horrible mistake.Diego Costa replied twice to get the 2010 champions level, with Nacho’s beautiful goal having seemingly settled a high-class encounter at the Fisht Stadium.Ronaldo, though, had other ideas and stepped up to beat De Gea again with a perfect 20-yard free-kick, almost snatching all three points with a stoppage-time header.45 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick was the first that he has scored from a direct free-kick in a finals tournament, from what was his 45th attempt (World Cup & Euros combined). Moment. #PORESP #POR #ESP #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/hKzeGfa0Yl— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018Friday’s earlier games were both settled by late winners but Ronaldo was immediately in the thick of the action, tumbling under a rash challenge from Nacho, who was deputising for Dani Carvajal, another Real Madrid team-mate.Although De Gea attempted to distract Ronaldo before the former Manchester United man took the spot-kick, he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to make yet more history, becoming the first player to score in eight consecutive international tournaments.David Silva smashed a shot over the crossbar as Spain – who sacked coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament and replaced him with Fernando Hierro – tried to find an immediate response, the Manchester City midfielder then having an effort deflected wide after magical footwork from Andres Iniesta.An increasingly dominant Spain did draw level in the 24th minute, though, with a goal that survived a VAR review.Costa bullied Pepe in the air, then twisted and turned away from two Portugal defenders to rifle home his seventh goal in 11 international appearances.1 – Diego Costa scored with his first ever shot on target at a World Cup. Clinical. #PORESP #POR #ESP #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/YYfS0Oguwu— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018Technology was soon called into action again when Isco’s rocket thumped against the crossbar, but replays showed the ball bounced on the line before Portugal smuggled it away.De Gea made a terrible error in a warm-up friendly against Switzerland and he was guilty again with a horrible moment that handed Portugal back the lead on the stroke of half-time.Portugal had not recorded a shot on target since Ronaldo’s opener but, when the forward collected possession on the edge of the area and drilled a low left-footed drive at De Gea, the goalkeeper somehow allowed the ball to slip through his grasp.Spain did not allow that mistake to distract them, though, Costa levelling the scores in the 55th minute.Silva’s free-kick to the back post was headed back across goal by Sergio Busquets, with Costa timing his run into the box to nudge home.Within three minutes Spain were in front for the first time, thanks to Nacho’s spectacular 25-yard goal.A Portugal clearance rebounded kindly to the Madrid defender, who hit a first-time drive that curled beautifully out of Rui Patricio’s reach, via a double bounce off the woodwork.pic.twitter.com/A8AODWaocB— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 15, 2018Substitute Ricardo Quaresma fired a warning shot over the crossbar but there was only one man who was going to step up for Portugal.Ronaldo was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and he could hardly have placed the ball in a more ideal position for one of his special set-pieces, despite having failed to score with 44 previous free-kick efforts in World Cups and European Championships.With the Sochi crowd on the edge of their seats, Ronaldo delivered with a trademark curler that bent over and away from the wall to settle a contest that will go down in history as a World Cup classic.Key Opta stats:- Spain have now won their opening World Cup match in just two of their last 13 tournaments (D4 L7 – 2002, 2006).- Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships and Copa America).- Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo is just the fourth player to score in four different World Cup tournaments (2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018) after Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose.- Spain conceded after just three minutes and 30 seconds – it was the fastest goal they’ve ever conceded at the World Cup.- This match produced six goals, more than the previous four meetings between Portugal and Spain at major competitions (Euros and World Cup) combined (four goals). read morelast_img read more

SC allows CPI M leader Tarigami to go back to JK

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court allowed CPI (M) leader Mohd Yusuf Tarigami to go back to his home state Jammu and Kashmir. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer said the former MLA does not need any permission to go home if doctors at AIIMS allow him. The former MLA alleged that his vehicle has been taken away and he will be confined to his home. The ailing leader was on September 9 shifted to AIIMS following the apex court order. The top court had said Tarigami should be shifted “at the earliest” to “the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, from Srinagar, where he was under house arrest”. He was put under house arrest on August 5 after the Centre abrogated special status to Jammu and Kashmir under the Constitution. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The top court had earlier allowed CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury to visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet his ailing party colleague and file an affidavit on his health condition. Besides mentioning Tarigami’s health condition in the affidavit, Yechury had also referred to other issues that have arisen in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370. The court had earlier made it clear that Yechury was allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet his party colleague only as attention had been drawn to an interim application seeking the court’s orders to bring Tarigami to AIIMS.last_img read more

Toronto FC fans say win mark redemption over loss to Seattle last

first_imgTORONTO – The cheers of Toronto fans rang out and fireworks and flares were set off at the city’s BMO Field after Toronto FC’s 2-0 win against the Seattle Sounders, taking the MLS Cup.Beaming spectators who spilled out of the stadium say the win was extra sweet after Toronto lost the final last year to the Sounders in penalty kicks after a scoreless game.“That game was redemption at its finest,” said Silvio Mazzulla, who was watching Saturday’s contest with his family.“TFC played huge, there’s no reason why we can’t go back to back next year, so we’ll see what happens.”Ernesto Gaita, who was also at the MLS Final last year, said that Toronto played a strong game to clinch the title this year.“It was a long time coming,” said Gaita, who said the loss last year was hard to watch.“They deserve it, the fans deserve it and the city deserves it, so I’m happy for them and it was a great game to watch.”Vik Narula pointed out that losing last year during penalty kicks was especially painful, and said Toronto did well to make sure that it wouldn’t happen again.“This year they realized from the start that the other team was playing heavy defence, so they moved their team up and tried to get that early-on goal,” said Narula.Toronto played a dominant game, seizing control of the contest right from the start and keeping possession for over 60 per cent of the first half.A goal in the 67th minute by Jozy Altidore and a goal in stoppage-time by Victor Vazquez sealed the win on home turf.The victory on Saturday night marks Toronto FC’s first ever title in the MLS.last_img read more

Five key milestones in Brian Mulroneys formative relationship with US

first_imgWASHINGTON — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney gave a heartfelt eulogy Wednesday at the state funeral for former U.S. president George H.W. Bush, something he also did for former president Ronald Reagan and Reagan’s wife, Nancy. Here are some key moments that helped forge Mulroney’s close political and personal ties in the U.S.The Shamrock Summit: The March 1985 meeting in Quebec City between Mulroney and president Ronald Reagan would come to symbolize a key turning point in the relationship between Canada and the United States, with two gregarious leaders of Irish descent belting out “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” and visibly enjoying each other’s company. The meeting itself would provide a foundation for a number of major bilateral agreements on shared security, the environment and cross-border trade, eventually culminating in the North American Free Trade Agreement.Free Trade: Before NAFTA, there was CUSFTA — the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which eventually in Canada came simply to be known as free trade, or FTA. The agreement, which went into effect in 1987, codified one of the most important and lucrative trade relationships in the world, eliminating a range of trade barriers over the course of a 10-year period. Mulroney staked the future of his Conservative government on the agreement, which became a central issue in the 1988 federal election. It would also comprise the foundation of the deal that the following decade would include Mexico, bear the signature of George H. W. Bush and come into effect in 1994 as NAFTA.Acid Rain: By the modern-day standards of climate change, the notion of corrosive precipitation might seem quaint by comparison, but in the early 1980s it was a dominant environmental issue. The 1991 acid rain accord between Mulroney and Bush was focused on reducing the level of pollution, much of it from the U.S., that eventually found its way into Canadian rivers, lakes and forests. The original 1991 agreement was updated in 2000 to include ground-level ozone. A 2016 report by the International Joint Commission marking the 25-year anniversary of the accord found significant declines in the amount of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, particularly in the U.S., from 1990 levels.NAFTA: Arguably one of Mulroney’s singular achievements as prime minister, the continental — and controversial — trade accord created what he described Wednesday as “the largest and richest free trade area in the history of the world.” Designed primarily as a way to facilitate trade between the three countries, the agreement eliminated a wide array of export tariffs as well as non-tariff trade barriers, liberalizing trade in agricultural products, autos and textiles, while protecting intellectual property rights, establishing environmental and labour safeguards and setting up tools for resolving trade disputes.NAFTA 2.0: As one of Canada’s most powerful emissaries south of the border and a personal friend of U.S. President Donald Trump, Mulroney was enlisted by the federal Liberal government last year to help navigate the shoals of an administration that promised American voters it would either renegotiate or do away entirely with an agreement that had come to be seen as detrimental to certain U.S. interests. The former prime minister was an integral part of the “Team Canada” approach that saw political leaders and governments in Canada set aside partisan concerns to ensure negotiators were able to present a united front in their talks with U.S. and Mexican counterparts. The fruits of their labour, known in American circles as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but in Canada as the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement, “new NAFTA” or NAFTA 2.0, was signed by the three countries on Nov. 30. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jury now deciding Raymond Cormiers fate in death of Tina Fontaine

first_imgJohn MurrayAPTN NewsRaymond Cormier, 56, can now only sit and wait to find out if he will be going to prison for second-degree murder of Tina Fontaine, 15.The jury was given their final instructions from Chief Justice Glenn Joyal Wednesday and have now been sequestered until a verdict is reached.Joyal spent roughly three hours presenting instructions to the 11 member jury. One jury member was excused last week for a family illness.Although elements of the case were complicated and require careful analysis by jurors, the final decision only comes down to guilt or innocence on the charge of second-degree murder.Joyal released a copy of the decision tree to media, which outlines clearly the choices jurors need to make.Jurors must first decide if the death of Fontaine was unlawful. If it isn’t then they must find Cormier not guilty.However, if the death is unlawful, they must decide if Cormier caused the unlawful death. If he did not then they must find him not guilty.If he is found to have caused the unlawful death of Fontaine, he will be found guilty of second degree murder.No other charges, such as manslaughter, will be considered.The prosecutors case relied heavily on circumstantial evidence and on intercepts, clandestine recordings using hidden devices, produced by police after Cormier’s first arrest in October 2014.Jurors heard the recordings during the trial and were invited to follow along on a transcript but that transcript cannot be used as evidence.If jurors need to refer back to those they must rely on the recordings only.Joyal recounted much of the evidence and testimony presented over the last three weeks of trial. He painted a clear picture as to what each piece needs to have considered.Lack of forensic evidence was a big issue for defence lawyer Tony Kavanagh, as none of Cormier’s DNA was found on Fontaine’s body, on the duvet cover or in a pick-up truck allegedly used.Kavanagh even made a motion for dismissal last week after crown prosecutor Jim Ross completed presenting his case.Joyal refused the motion, among his reasons was that many cases resulted in guilty verdicts based on circumstantial evidence.Ross said circumstantial evidence that the jury must contemplate is the police recordings, which he called the heart of the case, and witness testimony.Three of those witnesses, Sarah Holland, Tyrell Morrison and Ernie DeWolfe, all have criminal records which the jury must consider alongside their testimony. They must decide if it detracts their credibility and trustworthiness, or if other evidence supports their testimony.Ross asserts that the police recordings should be enough to convict because on them Cormier admits to a murder.Kavanagh disagreed saying that the recordings are taken out of context and that Cormier was truthful in his denials.In one recording Cormier is heard saying there are three rules in crime, “deny, deny’ deny”.Deliberations may continue on in to the evening, or in to the following days.The 11-member jury consists of seven women and four men. Of the 11 jurors, five are persons of colour.@murrjwlast_img read more

Alert guard helps police nab four men stealing shuttering plates from a

first_imgNew Delhi: An alert guard helped the police nab four people who were allegedly stealing shuttering plates from a farm house in south Delhi’s Fatehpur Beri, police said Wednesday. At around 8 PM on Tuesday, Sanjay Yadav (35) employed as the security guard at Jindal farm in Jonapur heard noises coming from another farm house situated on the opposite side. He found four men loading shuttering plates in a tempo but on seeing him, the men tried to escape from the spot. “But the beat officers who were patrolling the area on a motorcycle apprehended the three men with the help of security guard,” said Vijay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (south). The fourth person was also apprehended after he was found hiding near the tempo. Shuttering plates are made using best quality metals and is basically used for supporting items for building construction slab, canopy, beam among others. The accused have been identified as Arjun (21), Deepak (18), Satish (19) and Narayan (23), all residents of ‘jhuggies’ in Jonapur, police said. A case was registered, the officer said. Large iron shuttering plate, a tempo, water pumping motor, ceiling and exhaust fan and air condition covers were also recovered from their possession.last_img read more

Bosnian Muslim army chief temporarily released from jail by UN tribunal

26 November 2007The former head of the Bosnian Muslim forces during the Balkan wars of the 1990s, currently facing trial before a United Nations tribunal on war crimes charges, is being temporarily released from jail and allowed to return to Bosnia and Herzegovina on the understanding that he will go back before the proceedings resume. Judges serving on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) confirmed on Friday that they had approved the provisional release of Rasim Delic, under certain restrictions, and a return to his homeland from 11 December until 11 January 2008. Explaining their decision, the Tribunal judges noted that Mr. Delic has cooperated with the court so far and that the Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Mr. Delic himself have issued guarantees that he will comply with all orders issued by the trial chamber and return to custody before the resumption of his trial. Prosecutors had not opposed Mr. Delic’s application.Mr. Delic, who served as Commander of the Main Staff of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina from June 1993 until September 2005, is charged on the basis of his command responsibility for murder, cruel treatment and rape committed by his subordinate forces. The charges include that he failed to take necessary and reasonable measures to punish those soldiers who executed captured Bosnian Croat civilians and soldiers in two villages in Travnik municipality in central Bosnia. He also stands accused of failing to prevent the torture, beatings and murders – including a decapitation – committed by subordinates at Kamenica Camp, a detention centre for captured Bosnian Serb soldiers in central Bosnia. In the most notorious murder, the decapitation of a Bosnian Serb soldier in July 1995, other prisoners were forced to kiss the severed head, which was later placed on a hook on the wall of the room where the prisoners were being held. Mr. Delic, now 58, is also charged over the rape by his subordinates of three women at Kamenica Camp.His trial at the ICTY, which sits in The Hague, began in July this year and prosecutors expect to wrap up their case by early next year. read more

FROM THE FIELD Changing world changing families

The agency’s Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World, says that traditional perception of men as the heads of household is no longer relevant and modern families take many different forms.Taking that into account, UN Women is urging that laws and policies should reflect that new reality.Read more here about how families around the world are changing. UN Women/Ryan Brown | Cielo Gomez (center) and her family live in Nariño territory, Colombia. She took a loan to buy land. ​​​​ read more

Every room is just rotten Video shows how pyrite destroyed this womans

first_imgSource: Riggsdoes/YouTubeITA BRENNAN BOUGHT this house in Ballycastle, Co Mayo, in 2004.Three years ago she noticed a large crack appearing above the chimney and since then she has paid almost €6,000 for structural work to piece the house back together – to no avail.The floors are caving in because of the weak foundations, there are massive cracks all throughout the house and the plaster has started to flake off the walls.Speaking to TheJournal.ie this week, the woman said she decided last year that she could no longer live there. She moved to Dublin where she now lives with and takes care of her elderly father.She is still paying her €70,000 mortgage but now feels there is no hope for what was once a beautiful home – part of a development of eight properties that won an architectural award when it was first constructed.Brennan has also been told that she is not entitled to apply for the government’s pyrite remeditation scheme because Mayo is not included in the scheme.“It’s like a condemned house,” she said. “Every room is rotten, it’s just rotten.”I’ve spoken to the remediation board – the people manning the phones there. They’ve decided that only certain countries are to be included – maybe people in Mayo didn’t squawk enough.It previously emerged that structural damage due to pyrite had been identified in a number of properties in Mayo, including some local authority developments. The county council said this year that it would carry out repair work on houses it is responsible for but private residents were told they could not avail of the government’s remediation scheme.The reason given was that funding was restricted to homes where there has been significant subfloor damage due to pyrite.Many homeowners living in houses with pyrite damage were also told they would still have to pay the property tax because they were living outside the designated areas for the scheme, though Brennan received an exemption last year from the council because of defects in her home.The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government said that while it “fully appreciates and acknowledges the extremely difficult and distressing situations that householders have to deal with when faced with the consequences of the use of defective materials or poor workmanship, building defects are, in general, matters for resolution between the contracting parties involved, ie the owner, the builder, the manufacturer, supplier, and/or their respective insurers.”“In the event that the contracting parties cannot reach a settlement by negotiation the option of seeking redress in the Courts can be considered.”Read: 418 applications for Pyrite repair funds for damaged houses>Explainer: The scheme that will fix pyrite victim’s crumbling homes>last_img read more

Sesame Street parodies Theres an app for that in latest song

first_imgWhether a device is seen as successful or not depends on what data you are looking at. Millions of sales could be the marker, or maybe it’s the number of territories it’s available in. What about if it’s got to the point where your product is so well known Sesame Street parody its catchphrase in one of their songs? Well that’s exactly what they’ve done for Apple’s iPhone catchphrase “there’s an app for that.”Sesame Street came up with a new device call the iPogo which allows the user to do lot a more than use it as a pogo stick. It’s all down to the availability of apps for the device, some of which are more impressive than anything the iPhone could ever offer.Creating such a video is humorous, but also shows just how widespread and well known iPhone is now. Sesame Street does cater to young kids after all, and they wouldn’t do this unless the kids saw the funny side too.That has to make you wonder, would Apple ever consider releasing an iPhone Junior edition for younger kids?Read more at Gizmodolast_img read more

The High Temperature weather warning has been extended until tomorrow night

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated Jun 29th 2018, 1:45 PM MET ÉIREANN HAS extended its Status Yellow – High Temperature warning until 10pm tomorrow as Ireland continues to be baked in the current heatwave.Temperatures in the high 20s have been widely recorded today, with the highest reading coming from Shannon Airport where the mercury reached 28.6 degrees Celsius at 1pm.Tomorrow is forecast to bring temperatures in excess of 27 degrees Celsius in Connacht, Munster and parts of south Leinster.A Status Yellow alert urges people to be aware of the dangers of the weather and to allow them to take action to remain safe.The HSE’s advice is for people to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, as parts of the country will have temperatures over 30 degrees with coastal areas reaching as high as 28 degrees. Roundwood reservoir in Wicklow earlier this week. By Sean Murray The ‘High Temperature’ weather warning has been extended until tomorrow night It’ll hit over 30 degrees in some parts of the country again today. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/4098476 60,810 Views Source: Met Éireann/Twitter 56 Comments The HSE has also advised people to apply sunscreen if you have to go out in the sun, and avoid extreme physical exertion like sport, DIY or gardening when the sun is at its hottest.Earlier this week, consultant dermatologist at St James’s Hospital Dr Patrick Ormond highlighted how “over 75% of the population in Ireland have ‘Celtic skin type’ where we freckle and burn easily”.“People with a fair complexion need to be extra careful in the sun,” he said with sun exposure increasing the risk of skin cancer. “Protect yourself from unnecessary sun exposure today, and your skin will thank you for the rest of your life.”This morning in Wicklow, raging gorse fires have caused the Military Road to be closed between Sally Gap and Glencree. Emergency services are at the scene and continue to fight the blazes.Water restrictions remain in place today with the hot weather set to continue into next week.Yesterday, Irish Water had identified 100 water supply schemes around the country that are now at risk as it urges people to conserve water as drought risk looms.The company remains very concerned about the possibility of having to impose long-term restrictions on water, and said it will become “unavoidable” if the dry conditions persist, as they are forecast to.However, some relief may be on the way as showers could return in parts of the country on Sunday.“It will be mostly dry with sunny spells or hazy sunshine on Sunday but showers are likely to affect western and southern areas, and later there’s a signal for heavy showers to come up from the south to affect Munster,” Met Éireann said.Looking ahead to next week, warm weather will continue with hazy sunshine, but not as hot as this week.With reporting by Céimin Burke Friday 29 Jun 2018, 1:45 PM Some temperatures reported at 1pm:28.6°C Shannon Airport28.5°C Gurteen28.1°C Claremorris28.0°C Mount Dillon27.7°C Athenry27.5°C Oak Park24.6°C Valentia23.9°C Phoenix Park22.8°C Cork Airport12.6°C Malin Head— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) June 29, 2018 Jun 29th 2018, 7:29 AM Roundwood reservoir in Wicklow earlier this week. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Share1515 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Logitech Mini Boombox lenceinte bluetooth qui tient dans la main

first_imgLogitech Mini Boombox, l’enceinte bluetooth qui tient dans la mainLogitech propose une enceinte poids plume mais qui fait le maximum. La mini Boombox, entièrement sans fil, pourra se connecter à n’importe quel équipement.Pour partager ses contenus musicaux dans son domicile, Logitech présente une enceinte appelée la Mini Boombox. Sans fil grâce à la technologie Bluetooth, elle peut se connecter à un ordinateur, un iPad ou un téléphone et délivrer immédiatement ses titres favoris. Ses dimensions la feraient passer au premier coup d’œil pour une des souris de la marque, tant elle est discrète. Elle tient dans la paume d’une main.À lire aussiiPad : l’Ultrathin Keyboard Cover conjugue smartcover et clavierElle se commande par contrôles tactiles au dessus de l’appareil, et il est aussi possible de la connecter avec un câble USB. La fonctionnalité pratique: si un smartphone est connecté, la Mini Boombox peut servir de kit mains-libres. Idéal pour passer ses appels, où que l’on se trouve chez soi.Seul son prix reste plutôt maxi. Pas encore disponible en France, les réservations sont d’ores et déjà ouvertes sur le site officiel de Logitech pour un prix annoncé de 80 euros. Le 2 novembre 2011 à 16:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Everton rules out big transfer plans for January

first_imgFor Marcel Brands, Everton’s director of football, the team is focused on the transfer market window of the summer, not on the one from this month.Everton director of football Marcel Brands has ruled out a “big” transfer window for the team in January.According to the executive, the team is focusing on the summer transfer window instead.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We don’t have big plans. It’s a very difficult period to bring players in,” he said to Sky Sports.“We don’t want to let our best players go, also other clubs don’t. I’m more focused on the summer window than the January window.”“If we sell or loan players, then maybe we have to do something, and if we do something, it has to be good,” he concluded.last_img read more

Kenai Birding Festival Starts Tomorrow

first_imgSoldotna Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shannon Davis says the weekend’s full lineup includes bird walks, art shows, and music. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Birding signs have been springing up across the area as the Kenai Birding Festival events kick off tomorrow, Thursday May 17th. The festival brings visitors to the region, which gives the Peninsula’s economy a springtime kickstart. Davis: “There is lots of activities that happen around this.” Thursday kicks off the festival with five drift boats, complete with local expert on each, will help you find all of our feathered friends. The drift area is from the outlet of Skilak Lake to Bing’s Landing – weather permitting. The event lasts from May 17-20. For the full list of events. http://kenaipeninsula.org/festival-schedulelast_img read more