first_imgYou know the story: Kids leave home to explore the world, eventually settling down in the greenest pastures they can find. But when these restless youngsters are baby fish and coral larvae, how do they choose the best place to make their new home? New research suggests that these creatures smell their way to neighborhoods where the living is good. Scents emitted by certain species of adult corals draw fish and coral larvae to healthy reefs, while the noxious odor of out-of-control seaweed drives them away from damaged ecosystems.“These are fantastic results,” says Jelle Atema, a chemical and behavioral ecologist at Boston University. The findings demonstrate “dramatic differences” in coral or fish behavior, he says, and “how important chemical signals are in regulating the interactions between corals and seaweeds and fishes.”Young fish and coral larvae are cast out into the open ocean after they are born, to swim or float away on currents to new ecosystems. Some eventually return to their spawning grounds—especially if their hometown happens to be in a protected marine habitat—while others settle elsewhere. But these days, many fish and coral larvae are finding themselves with limited options: More and more unprotected reefs have been taken over by seaweed, which smothers coral, disrupts food webs, and perhaps even poisons potential settlers.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(*)Both fish and coral larvae have been observed navigating away from those degraded reefs and toward healthy ecosystems. This behavior is particularly surprising for coral larvae, says Mark Hay, a chemical marine ecologist at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta. A baby coral is “a bag of snot with some cilia around it. How could it go one place and not another?”Hay and fellow Georgia Tech biologist Danielle Dixson decided to investigate. First, they collected water from marine protected areas with healthy reefs off the coast of Fiji and from nearby unprotected reefs where seaweed had taken over. Back in the lab, they used those samples to infuse the chemical signature of each potential habitat to create areas in a flume tank with currents running through it that “smelled” like each type of ecosystem. Then they gave fish and coral larvae collected from Fijian coastal waters a choice: Would they swim toward an area spiked with the scent of a healthy reef, or toward an area that smelled like seaweed? Would they be able to tell the difference based on smell alone?It turned out they could. Even in the absence of actual adult corals and seaweed, coral larvae were four to five times more likely to swim toward the sweet-smelling “neighborhoods” than the more putrid smelling seaweed-dominated waters from less healthy systems, the team reports online today in Science. Meanwhile, young fish gravitated to the healthy-smelling waters four to eight times more than to the seaweed-scented areas.Similar results were seen in the field, where researchers set up temporary populations of live coral, algae, and seaweed species, a mere 100 meters apart. The young corals in particular studiously avoided the noxious seaweed: “There’s a blanket of stink on the bottom over there and they just won’t go through,” Hay says. The most attractive environment for coral larvae by far proved to be a combination of adult coral and crustal coralline algae; adding the scent of algae to the plates in the field increased settlement rate by 1600% compared with the controls. What’s more, surveys of Fiji’s protected reefs showed five to eight times more new fish recruits than in unprotected reefs nearby.“Any one of those experiments alone would be pretty cool, but the combination is just incredible,” says Nancy Knowlton, a coral reef expert from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., who was not involved in the research. Combining lab and field experiments paints a “much more realistic” view of the power of smells in the water, she says. “They [the corals and seaweed] are obviously changing the whole chemical ecology of the water around the reef.”Knowlton says she is pleased to see that the research also points to low-cost tools for restoring reefs. Perhaps parrotfish, which like to munch on seaweed, could be given a reprieve from commercial fishing; their increased population could help control the seaweed and its nasty odor with little help from humans. Fishermen could also plant adult corals from attractive species—or even add a dash of crustose coralline algae—to attract more young fish and coral larvae to degraded areas, something like real estate agents baking cookies before an open house to make a home seem more attractive.Reefs face increasing pollution and ocean acidification, along with rising temperatures in a changing world, and for the past decade researchers have been full of gloom and doom, says Robert Steneck, a coral reef ecologist at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole. He, too, is happy to see these results, noting that these suggested management techniques could start a positive trend. As more and more fish and coral settled in these formerly undesirable neighborhoods, the reef would start generating healthy smells on its own, attracting even more species and eventually restoring the damaged reef to its former glory.last_img read more

first_imgNowitzki has already said he is considering a 21st season. Barring a dramatic improvement through a trade, the draft or free agency, that likely means another year of helping turn Smith into a point guard that can guide a champion the way Nowitzki credits Jason Kidd for doing in Dallas.Assuming the Mavericks stay near the bottom of the West standings, they’ll have another high draft pick after getting Smith at No. 9. That will be another young player who sees the work Nowitzki does away from the court to stay in shape, and a 13-time All-Star who is frequently the last player to quit shooting after practice.J.J. Barea spent his first five seasons with the Mavericks and was still a relatively young guard at 26 when the Mavericks won the title.“I used him a lot,” said Barea, who returned to Dallas three years ago. “If I work half of what he does, I’m going to be all right. These guys, they really didn’t get him at his best like I got him. But they still see how hard you’ve got to work to be able to play out there with us.”Nowitzki doesn’t mind admitting that practice isn’t quite as fun as it used to be.“But once the ball goes up, it’s still great,” said the 2007 MVP, who has career averages of 21.4 points and 7.7 rebounds. “I still love to compete. I still love to be out there for the guys and trying to help them with my experience and spread the floor for them and maybe getting some timely scoring here and there.”Always big on self-deprecation, Nowitzki quips that he can’t help the younger players by showing them any moves. He doesn’t have to be joking to acknowledge that his patented one-legged fadeaway jumper isn’t nearly as dangerous as it was when he was Finals MVP.What Nowitzki can offer is work ethic and experience, not to mention longevity. He became the sixth NBA player to reach 50,000 minutes Tuesday night at the Los Angeles Clippers.“It’s been two decades of fun and competing,” Nowitzki said. “Getting to 20 years is special. There’s not a lot of guys that have done it. Not a lot of guys have done it with one franchise. I’m proud of that, but want to finish the season strong.”Nowitzki always finds a way to steer the conversation back to the present — and future. Now in his 20th season, Nowitzki is comfortable with the idea that he led the Mavericks to their first title and can try to help a younger core build toward making Dallas a title contender again.“I just think I pride myself with this city, with this organization, whatever this city or this franchise goes through, I want to push it through,” Nowitzki said. “I want to be there for it. If it’s rebuilding, I want to push it through and help as much as I can. If we’re playing for a championship, then I’ll do that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Mavericks haven’t won a playoff series since beating Miami in the Finals in 2011, LeBron James’ first season with the Heat. They had a woeful start for the second straight year, all but assuring that they will miss the playoffs with consecutive losing seasons for the first time since Nowitzki’s first two.The slide out of contention means little to the context of Nowitzki’s career: a 7-footer who changed the game with his 3-point shooting, the first foreign-born player to reach 30,000 points and the distinction with Kobe Bryant (Lakers) as the only players to spend 20 seasons with the same franchise. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises FILE – In this May 25, 2011, file photo, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, holds up his arms as fans cheer during the final seconds of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Dallas. Now in his 20th season, Nowitzki is comfortable with the idea that he led the Mavericks to their first championship and can try to help a younger core build toward making Dallas a title contender again. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki made peace years ago with the reality that spending his entire career with the Dallas Mavericks would likely mean little or no chance to win a second championship.The most accomplished European player in NBA history never seriously considered leaving the franchise that courted him as a teenager in Germany and drafted him five days after his 20th birthday in 1998.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Wizards beat Pacers to win 5th straight without Wall NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City “I think the reality is that when you see this kind of consistency of greatness, there’s a tendency to take it for granted,” said Rick Carlisle, in his 10th season as Nowitzki’s coach. “And we must be careful about taking this for granted. We’re seeing a generational player that’s changed the game.”Nowitzki still starts — Carlisle pretty much declared earlier this season that he will start as long as he’s playing — but often sits at the end of close games. He’s probably the fourth scoring option, behind Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews and even rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr.But the 39-year-old played the first 54 games, an important measure for him to feel he’s contributing. Nowitzki, the only 7-footer to win the 3-point contest that’s part of All-Star weekend, is in position for the best shooting percentage of his career from beyond the arc. The number of attempts isn’t far off from his prime either.“I wish he can play forever,” said Washington coach Scott Brooks, who was at Oklahoma City when the Thunder lost to the Mavericks in the 2011 Western Conference finals and beat them in the first round the next year.“You know the time is winding down, you don’t know how many more years he has. He probably has maybe six or seven more left in him,” Brooks said, trying to keep a straight face.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

first_imgUnion Sports Minister Ajay Maken.Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday said the government was being pressurised through diplomatic channels by some companies, involved in organising the Commonwealth Games (CWG), to get their unpaid dues. Terming it unfair practice, Maken said the payments would be cleared but the government was waiting for the clearance on such companies by the investigation agencies probing the alleged irregularities in the conduct of the Games. “Efforts are being made to put pressure through diplomatic channels. It is not fair. Companies not under the scanner have been paid their money,” Maken said outside Parliament. Unpaid bills related to the Delhi Games held in October last year are turning out to be a major embarrassment for India. As many as eight countries had recently lodged an official complaint with the government over yet to be cleared payments of $74 million related to the CWG. A letter signed jointly by the top diplomats of these countries – Australia and seven from Europe (Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands) – has warned the government that putting off the issue further might affect future investment in India. These countries want India to pay back for broken contracts and equipment still stuck in customs since the Delhi Games. They have also complained bitterly about unpaid fees for organising the opening and closing ceremonies.- With agency inputslast_img read more

first_imgThere could be more trouble for News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch as the fallout of the hacking scandal escalates. Shares of News Corp tumbled by over 7 per cent on the Australian Stock Exchange on Monday, as the phone-hacking scandal in the UK widened. Eighty-year-old Murdoch, his son James, who is the chairman of News Corp’s British arm News International, and former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks will be questioned by a British parliamentary comittee on Tuesday.  They are likely to face angry questions from politicians about suspicions that Britain’s parliament was misled over allegations of phone hacking by one of Murdoch’s newspapers. The 10-member panel of politicians on the Culture, Media and Sport committee would focus on James Murdoch’s admission that parliament was misled over the hacking allegations. The Murdochs had initially declined to appear at the British parliamentary hearing, but later changed their minds amid escalating political and public condemnation of suspected media abuses at the News of the World tabloid. News International had previously pinned the blame for phone-hacking crimes on a single rogue reporter, who was convicted in 2007.last_img read more

first_imgCosta Rica stars run onto the pitch after winning the penalty shootout against Greece Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time after defending with 10 men for nearly an hour.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos Michael Umana scored the decisive penalty as Costa Rica won the shootout 5-3 after the game ended 1-1 following extra time.Greece’s Theofanis Gekas saw his penalty saved by Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas for the only miss in the shootout.Costa Rica will play the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.Costa Rica had taken the lead early in the second half through captain Bryan Ruiz but then had defender Oscar Duarte sent off in the 66th minute with a second yellow card for a mistimed tackle on Jose Holebas.The red card changed the game at Arena Pernambuco and Greece poured forward for most of the remainder of the match.The Greeks equalized in injury time when defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos smashed in a rebound to finally make the team’s numerical advantage pay.Greece continued to storm forward in extra time but couldn’t find a way past Navas, who made the victory-clinching save in the shootout after saving his team for most of the match with a succession of last-gasp stops.The victory delighted the majority of the just over 41,000 fans in Recife as the Brazilian locals shouted for Costa Rica throughout the round-of-16 game.While the Costa Rican team made World Cup history for its small Central American nation, it also ended Greece’s best-ever run. Greece was playing in the second round for the first time.advertisementAfter a scoreless first half, Ruiz slid his low shot into the right corner of Greece’s goal for the lead after a pull-back by winger Christian Bolanos from the left.Duarte made a clumsy challenge on Holebas, however, and Costa Rica reverted to all-out defense to try and hang on for the win.They nearly did it, but yet another save from Navas fell to Papastathopoulos in the first minute of injury time and he powered his shot home to give Greece hope.Team Line-ups(from):Costa Rica: Keylor Navas; Giancarlo Gonzalez, Michael Umana, Oscar Duarte, Junior Diaz, Cristian Gamboa; Celso Borges, Christian Bolanos, Yeltsin Tejeda; Joel Campbell, Bryan Ruiz.Greece: Orestis Karnezis; Kostas Manolas, Vasileios Torosidis, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Jose Holebas; Andreas Samaris, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, Giorgos Karagounis, Giannis Maniatis; Georgios Samaras, Dimitris Salpingidislast_img read more

first_imgRajkot, May1 (PTI) Scoreboard of the Indian Premier Rajkot, May1 (PTI) Scoreboard of the Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions here today. Kings XI Punjab: Vijay c Bravo b Kaushik 55 Stoinis st Karthik b Jadeja 27 Marsh c Raina b Kaushik1 Maxwell c Karthik b Kaushik 0 Gurkeerat run out 0 Miller c Smith b Kulkarni 31 Sahab Bravo 33 Patel c Ishan Kishan b Bravo0 Sharma b Kumar 1 Cariappab Kumar 1 Sandeep not out 1 Extras: (LB-1, W-3) 4 Total: 154 all out in 19.5 overs Fall of wickets: 1-65, 2-70, 3-70, 4-73, 5-100, 6-139, 7-145, 8-151, 9-153 Bowling: Kumar 2.5-0-25-2, Kulkarni 4-0-28-1, Jadeja 3-0-28-1, Kaushik 4-0-20-3, Bravo 4-0-33-2, Faulkner2-0-19-0. More PTI AH AHlast_img read more

first_imgIndia will reclaim the Test rankings top spot from Pakistan if they manage to win the second Test against New Zealand starting on Friday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.The victory in their 500th Test in Kanpur meant India is now a victory away from reclaiming the Test Championship mace from Pakistan.India had entered the three-match series against the Kiwis, trailing Pakistan by a point and needed to win the series to move ahead of its traditional rival.Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who stole the show in Kanpur, also climbed one place to occupy second position in the Test rankings for bowlers. (Also read: India vs New Zealand: Gautam Gambhir likely to replace injured KL Rahul ahead of Kolkata Test )Ashwin’s match haul of 10-225, that helped India notch up a 197-run victory in the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur on Monday, has seen him overtake England pacer James Anderson by one point.He is now within seven points of number one ranked Dale Steyn of South Africa, who leads the chart with 878 points.Another sterling performance in the Kolkata Test will potentially see Ashwin top the bowling charts for the second time this year after first claiming the number one position last year.New Zealand captain Kane Williamson also climbed up a place to occupy the second position among batsmen.Williamson edged England’s Joe Root by a point with innings of 75 and 25 runs to reach 879 points in the batting rankings, which is led by Australia captain Steve Smith with 906 points. (Also read: Gautam Gambhir’s fitness test over, Yuvraj Singh in line for ODI comeback?)advertisementHowever, to move ahead or edge even closer to Smith, Williamson will have to produce strong performances in the remaining two Tests.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Benitez now free to walk out of Newcastleby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRafa Benitez could walk out of Newcastle United today.The Mirror says the only thing keeping manager Benitez from walking out before now has been the £6million he would have had to pay to his sportswear tycoon boss for breaking his contract.But that clause has now expired, and Benitez can quit St James’ Park for nothing.However, he recognises any movement in the manager’s chair could end in relegation disaster.Even though he is putting his managerial head on the block by staying put, he doesn’t want to turn his back on the Geordie fans. last_img read more

first_img Reuters ChicagoOctober 17, 2019UPDATED: October 17, 2019 09:30 IST Patrick Day was knocked out by Charles Conwell in their USBA Super-Welterweight boxing match (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPatrick Day had been in a coma for four days following his defeatConwell had landed a flurry of punches that left him motionless on the canvasBefore turning professional, Day was a highly decorated amateur who won two nationals titlesAmerican boxer Patrick Day died on Wednesday in Chicago as a result of the traumatic brain injury he suffered during his fight on Saturday, where he was knocked out by Charles Conwell in the 10th round.27-year-old Day had been in a coma for four days following his defeat and, despite having emergency brain surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, doctors were unable to save the junior middleweight.”Patrick Day passed away today, October 16, 2019, succumbing to the traumatic brain injury he suffered in his fight this past Saturday, October 12, at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL,” his promoter Lou DiBella said in a statement”He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe Higgins.””On behalf of Patrick’s family, team, and those closest to him, we are grateful for the prayers, expressions of support and outpouring of love for Pat that have been so obvious since his injury.”Day was rushed to the hospital on a stretcher after Conwell landed a flurry of punches that left him motionless on the canvas.Before turning professional, Day was a highly decorated amateur who won two nationals titles.He turned pro in 2013 and became a world-rated super welterweight contender, capturing the WBC Continental Americas championship in 2017 and the IBF Intercontinental championship in 2019. In June he was rated in the top-10 by both the WBC and IBF.Day’s death comes after 23-year-old Argentine super lightweight Hugo Santillan died in July from injuries suffered in the ring and 28-year-old Russian Maxim Dadashev passed away two day earlier from brain injuries during his fight.advertisement”It becomes very difficult to explain away or justify the dangers of boxing at a time like this,” DiBella said.”This is not a time where edicts or pronouncements are appropriate, or the answers are readily available. It is, however, a time for a call to action.”While we don’t have the answers, we certainly know many of the questions, have the means to answer them, and have the opportunity to respond responsibly and accordingly and make boxing safer for all who participate.”This is a way we can honour the legacy of Pat Day. Many people live much longer than Patrick’s 27 years, wondering if they made a difference or positively affected their world. This was not the case for Patrick Day when he left us.”Rest in peace and power, Pat, with the angels.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Patrick DayFollow Charles Conwell Boxer Patrick Day succumbs to brain injury suffered during fight with Charles ConwellPatrick Day’s death comes after 23-year-old Argentine super lightweight Hugo Santillan died in July from injuries suffered in the ring and 28-year-old Russian Maxim Dadashev passed away two day earlier from brain injuries during his fight.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) has said headwinds like softening of demand in the domestic market and protectionist measures abroad may impact its ability to create value in the short term. The company, which has over 50 per cent market share in the domestic passenger vehicle industry, has been impacted by sluggish offtake and has seen total sales drop 33.5 per cent in July at 1,09,264 units. “India has already become the fifth largest car market in the world, though car penetration rate remains reasonably low at 3 per cent, with the country’s population exceeding 1.3 billion people. With economic growth, the low penetration offers a good growth opportunity to the automobile market and the company,” MSI said in its Annual Report for 2018-19. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHowever, in the short term there are certain headwinds that might affect the company’s ability to create value, it informed shareholders of the company. “These include slowdown in consumption leading to softened demand in domestic market, weakening of Indian economy due to protectionist trade measures adopted recently by various countries, uncertainty in commodity prices and foreign exchange fluctuations,” it added. The company will, however, continue to work on the necessary enablers to tap opportunities in the medium and long term, MSI said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”These include strengthening its customer-centric culture, expanding sales and service network, increasing manufacturing capacity, investing in new products and technology, augmenting capability and skills of employees and inculcating green manufacturing methods,” it added. Terming the weak demand situation as unfortunate, MSI Chairman R C Bhargava said the company needs to recognise that such downturns do happen from time to time all over the world. “Such occasions, while posing challenges also provide an opportunity to review what we are doing and to find ways of becoming more efficient and cost-effective,” he said in the Annual Report. Bhargava further said: “My belief is that we are near the bottom of the downward cycle and the economy, and car sales should start to accelerate in the near future. The fiscal year 2021 should again see your company coming back to its usual rate of growth.” With prolonged slowdown, MSI has been forced to take various steps, including production cuts at its manufacturing plants, in order to adjust its inventory to market demand. It had cut vehicle production for the fifth consecutive month in June by 15.6 per cent to 1,11,917 units as compared to 1,32,616 units in the year-ago month. As per industry sources, the company has also reduced temporary manpower at its facilities and freezed new hiring till the slowdown continues. A senior leader of the company’s workers union, while confirming the developments, said that only temporary workers were impacted and there was no impact on the permanent employees so far. However, a mail sent to the company regarding the jobs cuts and new hiring freeze remained unanswered. In its Annual Report, MSI said it is increasing its engagement with customers to address the short-term challenge of weak market demand by pursuing targeted marketing events to generate enquiries and encourage customers to expedite vehicle purchase. “Hyper-local marketing techniques are being used extensively for customer engagement,” it said.last_img read more

first_imgUNICEF UK supporter Michael Sheen is warning of an approaching “cold weather catastrophe” for Syrian children as winter sets in – after traveling to meet refugees in Lebanon.UNICEF UK supporter Michael Sheen travelled to the Faida tented settlement in Lebanon this weekCredit/Copyright: UNICEF UK/2013/Kate BrooksMany children fled Syria with just the clothes on their back – and are now facing rising risks of malnutrition and pneumonia in Lebanon as temperatures begin to drop and heavy rains risk flooding their makeshift shelters.Michael meets ten-year-old Akram and his mum and niece.Credit/Copyright: UNICEF UK/2013/Kate BrooksThe film and television star made the journey with UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organization, and one of the few agencies operating both in Syria and all the neighboring countries.“Syrian children have lost everything – loved ones, their homes, their education – and now winter is a new and potentially deadly threat,” explains Michael Sheen, who starred in the Queen and Frost/ Nixon and has supported UNICEF’s work for children for the past three years.“In Syria and across the region close to six million children are in urgent need of aid in what is now the largest humanitarian operation in history.”“Temperatures are starting to fall and children desperately need warm clothes and blankets if we are to prevent a cold weather catastrophe in the coming months,” explains Michael, who captained the “Rest of the World” team in ITV1’s Soccer Aid match in 2012, raising money for UNICEF’s work for children.The tiny nation of Lebanon is hosting the largest number of Syrian refugees – more than 800,000 have fled to the country, half of whom are children. More than one million Syrians are thought to be inside Lebanon’s borders in total.This weekend, around ten thousand more Syrian refugees have poured into Lebanon, to escape heavy fighting in central Syria.Lebanon’s resources are being stretched to breaking point under the strain of coping with the influx.“Refugee children are living in over-crowded temporary settlements with a lack of clean water and basic sanitation – which greatly increases their risk of illness as winter closes in,” explains Anita Tiessen, UNICEF UK Deputy Executive Director.“We expect cases of pneumonia to increase – and as food prices increase in the cold season, and winter downpours cause flooding in already unsanitary conditions, malnutrition is also a terrible danger, especially for young children.”Michael met families who are struggling to clothe and feed their children as the cold weather bites.“I spoke with the Sabat family who fled horrific violence in Syria and are now facing unimaginable challenges in the country where they sought safety for their children,” says Michael.“Their baby is malnourished and in their shack, they have no heating, and nothing to protect them from raging gales and the real risk of flooding.”UNICEF is working round the clock to do everything possible to prevent a whole generation of Syrian children being lost to the conflict.Teams are providing children with vital supplies such as blankets, warm clothes and medicine – as well as getting children access to education and psychological support.Michael witnessed the first delivery of UNICEF winter supplies to Syrian children in Faida in the Bekaa valley, who are living in improvised shacks, without access to heating and basic services.“Seeing the faces of children who had nothing receive a full supply of winter clothes – from hats to coats to thermal underwear – was emotional and showed what can be done to change lives,” explains Michael.“However, the numbers are huge, and growing every day, and without more support UNICEF cannot reach every child in desperate need.”More than one million Syrian children have now fled the country and are struggling to cope as refugees in neighboring countries.“As we begin to feel winter weather bite in the UK, I urge everyone who thinks there is nothing they can do about Syria to think again,” says Michael.“We can take action now to donate to children facing extreme conditions and help stop millions of innocent Syrian children losing their childhoods.”All money raised for UNICEF’s work for the children of Syria will be matched pound for pound by the UK Government until the end of January.You can help at home by texting ‘SYRIA’ to 70007 to donate £5 to the children of Syria or phone or 0800 044 5885 donate online, visit UKlast_img read more

first_imgBadaun (UP): Giving her own twist to a recent remark by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BSP chief Mayawati Saturday said her party wanted both Ali and Bajrang Bali — particularly Bajrang Bali as the deity is “linked with my own Dalit caste”.Addressing a rally in Badaun, Mayawati recalled Adityanath’s comment on Tuesday in which he referred to her earlier appeal to Muslims to vote for the opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh. “In this connection, I want to tell him (Adityanath) that both Ali and Bajrang Bali Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’are ours…. So we want both Ali as well as Bajrang Bali,” she said. Adityanath had said if Ali was with the BSP-SP-RLD combine, Bajrang Bali was with the BJP. Ali is a revered figure in Islam and Lord Hanuman is often called Bajrang Bali. Both Mayawati and Adityanath were served notices by the Election Commission over their remarks. “We particularly want Bajrang Bali because he is linked to my own Dalit caste,” Mayawati said. The BSP chief was apparently referring to Adityanath’s comments last year when he had described Lord Hanuman as a forest dweller and a Dalit. “I am very thankful to Yogi-ji that he has given us important information about our ancestors. So, it is a very happy moment to note that we have both Ali and Bajrang Bali and their coming together will give us very good results in these elections,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Irrfan Khan, who is currently shooting for a film after a year-long break following his neuroendocrine tumour diagnosis, says he is on the road to recovery but still needs space to heal. The 52-year-old actor received treatment in a London hospital and returned to the country early this year. In a statement, addressed to his “friends in the media”, the actor said he has been getting requests to share his story but needs more time to process it. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”Last few months have been on a road to recovery a period to heal to fight the fatigue and face the reel and real world.” “I am aware of your concern and request to talk to you, share my journey, but I am fathoming it myself inhaling and internalising, taking baby steps to merge my healing with work and trying to experiment the amalgamation of both,” Irrfan said. The actor is currently shooting for Angrezi Medium, the much-anticipated sequel to his 2017 blockbuster Hindi Medium. Irrfan said he was grateful for all the well wishes he received from media.last_img read more

Halton Police arrested two drug traffickers dealing heroin in Oakville.Officers working in the Street Crime Unit, Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau, turned their focus on local street level traffickers and were able to identify a male and female involved in the trafficking of heroin.On Tuesday April 5, 2016, officers observed a suspected drug transaction by two suspects in the area of Howell Drive and River Glen Drive in the Town of Oakville.The two suspects and a third party were arrested and a Controlled Drug and Substances Search Warrant was executed at a location on North Service Road in Oakville.Police seized the following:Heroin – street value $7200Marijuana – street value $40Crack Cocaine – street value $100Psilocybin – street value $20In addition to the seized drugs, police located and seized numerous debt lists, cell phones, scales, a tubular press machine, a BB gun, approximately $750 in cash and various cutting agents and packaging materials.Tabitha Lynch, 30 years and Brooks Schubert, 30 years both of Oakville have been charged with a number of drug trafficking related charges.Matthew Davidson, 26 years, of Oakville has been charged with possession of heroin. read more

VANCOUVER — The company building a 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline from northeastern British Columbia to the coast in Kitimat, B.C., says clearing along a section of the pipeline route has been suspended because some work began before required assessments were in place.Coastal GasLink says in a statement that an internal audit determined archaeological impact assessments were not done before construction began at two points along the pipeline route east of Kitimat. The assessments are conditions for the BC Oil and Gas Commission permit and the Environmental Assessment Certificate which allowed construction of the pipeline that will carry natural gas to a plant under construction in Kitimat.The company says it has suspended all clearing activity along a portion of the pipeline until an internal review is complete and measures are in place to ensure similar incidents can’t happen again.One of the sections that hadn’t been assessed measured 600 metres long by 50 metres wide, while the other was 240 metres by 10 metres, and Coastal GasLink says both sections bordered areas that had been assessed and were found to have a low likelihood of archeological significance.The $6.2 billion pipeline is a crucial part of the $40 billion LNG Canada project in northern B.C.David Pfeiffer, President, Coastal GasLink Pipelines Ltd., says the company is committed to protecting B.C.’s environmental and cultural values.“Coastal GasLink regrets the errors that led to construction activities taking place without having approved archaeological impact assessments in place prior to the start of construction,” he says in the statement.The company has also apologized to local Indigenous communities and requested their participation in a proposed post-impact assessment, Pfeiffer says.Construction of the pipeline caused controversy in January when 14 people were arrested while opposing the work south of Houston, but criminal contempt charges against the protesters were dropped several months later.The Canadian Press read more

A spokesman for the Secretary-General said in a statement that Mr. Annan was particularly glad that the inter-Korean dialogue, held in Seoul from 15 to 18 September, agreed to continue the exchange visits between separated families, as well as to undertake practical steps in the economic and other fields. Encouraged by the renewed commitment of both countries to the Joint Declaration that had been signed by their two leaders on 15 June of last year, the Secretary-General urged the parties to persevere with its full implementation, including the dialogue at the highest level. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 4:47 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The horror remake “Evil Dead” has opened as the top draw at theatres with a first weekend of $25.8 million.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by are:1. “Evil Dead,” Sony, $25,775,847, 3,025 locations, $8,521 average, $25,775,847, one week.2. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” Paramount, $20,875,389, 3,734 locations, $5,591 average, $86,438,449, two weeks.3. “The Croods,” Fox, $20,651,694, 3,879 locations, $5,324 average, $125,351,896, three weeks.4. “Jurassic Park,” Universal, $18,620,145, 2,771 locations, $6,720 average, $18,620,145, one week.5. “Olympus Has Fallen,” FilmDistrict, $10,163,132, 3,059 locations, $3,322 average, $71,236,633, three weeks.6. “Tyler Perry’s Temptation,” Lionsgate, $10,085,805, 2,047 locations, $4,927 average, $38,469,146, two weeks.7. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Disney, $8,010,234, 2,905 locations, $2,757 average, $212,606,952, five weeks.8. “The Host,” Open Road Films, $5,198,615, 3,202 locations, $1,624 average, $19,624,328, two weeks.9. “The Call,” Sony, $3,500,248, 2,002 locations, $1,748 average, $45,481,341, four weeks.10. “Admission,” Focus, $1,946,048, 1,407 locations, $1,383 average, $15,265,596, three weeks.11. “Spring Breakers,” A24, $1,172,022, 1,072 locations, $1,093 average, $12,616,764, four weeks.12. “Identity Thief,” Universal, $796,705, 721 locations, $1,105 average, $131,232,335, nine weeks.13. “The Place Beyond the Pines,” Focus, $703,379, 30 locations, $23,446 average, $1,089,409, two weeks.14. “Silver Linings Playbook,” Weinstein Co., $603,470, 524 locations, $1,152 average, $129,725,117, 21 weeks.15. “Jack the Giant Slayer,” Warner Bros., $522,349, 502 locations, $1,041 average, $62,469,830, six weeks.16. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” Warner Bros., $480,929, 535 locations, $899 average, $21,807,501, four weeks.17. “Quartet,” Weinstein Co., $366,786, 252 locations, $1,456 average, $17,200,546, 13 weeks.18. “Life of Pi,” Fox, $354,962, 269 locations, $1,320 average, $123,920,583, 20 weeks.19. “The Sapphires,” Weinstein Co., $292,030, 60 locations, $4,867 average, $443,982, three weeks.20. “Safe Haven,” Relativity Media, $273,674, 360 locations, $760 average, $70,327,952, eight weeks.___Online:http://www.hollywood.com___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. ‘Evil Dead’ revival possesses fans with No. 1 debut of $25.8 million; ‘G.I. Joe’ takes second read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Microsoft chairman Bill Gates choked up while reading from prepared remarks during Steve Ballmer’s final shareholders meeting as chief executive.The co-founder of the software giant said progress was being made to find Ballmer’s replacement and he thanked him for serving as CEO for the last 13 years. Only Gates and Ballmer have led Microsoft Corp. since its founding in 1975.Gates grew emotional while saying that both he and Ballmer are committed to making sure “that the next CEO is the right person for the right time for the company we both love.”Ballmer, who said in August that he would step down within 12 months, was mostly light-hearted at what he called a “unique and fun meeting.”One shareholder suggested a U.S. government cabinet post as an information technology secretary be created for Ballmer. The outgoing CEO replied that he didn’t think the job would make sense, adding “but thank you for trying to help me find work.”Gates gave no timeline for a decision on a new CEO by the search committee. He said the new leader must have “a lot of comfort in leading a highly technical organization and have an ability to work with our top technical talent to seize the opportunities.”The company is considering internal and external candidates. Among the top internal candidates are reportedly enterprise cloud computing executive Satya Nadella, business development executive and former Skype CEO Tony Bates and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner. External candidates reportedly include former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Ford CEO Alan Mulally, a longtime Ballmer friend.Microsoft representatives have declined to comment on the candidates being considered.The company, based in Redmond, Wash., said Tuesday that all of its proposals were approved. Board nominees, including Ballmer and Gates, were re-elected with each nominee backed by more than 90 per cent of the votes cast.The shareholders meeting, which took place in neighbouring Bellevue and was webcast, came at a time of transition for Microsoft.PC sales, the bedrock of Microsoft’s Windows operating software business, have been declining. The company has been late to growing areas like Internet search and tablet computing.Windows 8, released a year ago, attempts to bridge the divide between keyboard-and-mouse-centric personal computers and touch-based tablets. But customers griped that there were few touch-based apps and that the desktop mode removed familiar navigation tools like the Start button. A free upgrade called Windows 8.1, released last month, sought to address some of those concerns and added new features.At the shareholders meeting, Ballmer, 57, defended Microsoft’s move into hardware with its Surface line of tablets, which has been a money-loser so far, as well as its decision to purchase Nokia’s devices business for $7.2 billion. The acquisition was approved by Nokia shareholders Tuesday in Helsinki and is expected to close early next year.Ballmer said the time had passed when the company could put its software on a disc and have people install it on computers.“The notion of being able to deliver a DVD to somebody and call it a day — which is a beautiful economic model, I love it — that day won’t be there 10 years from now,” he said.He also addressed a shareholder question about the company’s “stagnant” stock price, which is down about 32 per cent from its split-adjusted close of $53.91 on Jan. 13, 2000, the day he took office.Ballmer noted that profits have tripled since he became CEO. In the fiscal year through June, earnings came to $21.86 billion, up 29 per cent from a year earlier.“If we can create new technologies that generate new profits, the share price will resultingly go up. I feel confident about that,” he said. Bill Gates chokes up at Steve Ballmer’s final Microsoft shareholders meeting by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2013 12:00 pm MDT read more

first_imgCCTV image of Corrie McKeague in Bury St Edmunds on the night he went missingCredit:Suffolk Constabluary April Oliver, 21, girlfriend of missing 23-year-old Corrie McKeague Corrie McKeague with his girlfriend April OliverCredit:April Oliver/BBC Look East  “It’s as probable as anything else and it makes it no less heartbreaking.” Assistant Chief Constable Simon Megicks said the inquiry had been reviewed by senior officers as well as external experts, and he had “absolute confidence in the way the investigation was conducted”.Mr McKeague, who was based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, was last seen on CCTV at 3.25am on September 24 as he walked into the refuse collection area in Bury St Edmunds. Corrie McKeague in Bury St Edmunds on the night he went missing. Mr McKeague’s father Martin told the Daily Mirror he fears the airman might have killed himself.The 49-year-old said he thought his son knew he was going to become a father, which might have affected his mental state.He said: “I just can’t help thinking this would have weighed on him heavily and he may have actually chosen to get in that bin that night knowing what would happen. The inquiry into the disappearance of RAF gunner Corrie McKeague will be stood down and passed to a cold case team, police have confirmed, as the airman’s father said he fears he might have killed himself.Mr McKeague was 23 when he was last seen walking through Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in September 2016 after a night out with friends.Police conducted two searches of a landfill site at Milton near Cambridge last year, with the first search lasting 20 weeks and the second, lasting seven weeks, concluding in December. No trace of Mr McKeague was found.It is thought Mr McKeague might have climbed into a waste bin and was taken away by a bin lorry, prompting the landfill search.Suffolk Constabulary said in a statement on Monday that investigators had been through all realistic possibilities in detail and that there was no evidence of foul play. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said: “It is extremely disappointing that we have not been able to find Corrie. I can only imagine the strain Corrie’s family have been under over the past 18 months and I thank them for their patience and understanding.”Whilst the investigation has drawn to a natural conclusion we will continue to work with the family to provide answers to their questions and help them understand what may have happened.”Since Corrie disappeared, police have been exploring all proportionate and relevant lines of enquiry.”We have now reached a point where we are unable to make any further progress, and have gone as far as we realistically can with the information we have. If any new, credible and proportionate enquiries relating to Corrie’s disappearance emerge we will pursue them.”Video: The search for Corrie McKeague Police quickly realised that the movement of his mobile phone signal matched that of the bin lorry, which had picked up the contents of a wheelie bin.The signal from the phone stopped at around the time the lorry reached the Barton Mills area about 14 miles away. The lorry was immediately impounded, but no forensic clues linking it to Mr McKeague’s disappearance were found.last_img read more

first_imgAtlantic Gold Corp reports on construction progress for its Moose River Consolidated mine (MRC mine), one of Canada’s next open pit gold mines. “Construction remains on budget and on schedule with commissioning scheduled for September 2017. Overall completion reached 70% at the end of May. MRC comprises the Touquoy and the Beaver Dam gold deposits.The Touquoy gold project is located at the former village of Moose River Gold Mines about 70 minutes’ drive via 110 km of sealed roads north-east of Halifax.The deposits are being developed as conventional surface open pit mining operations with drill/blast/load/haul activities using a leased production fleet operated by company employees. Initial production commences at Touquoy where the relatively low strip ratio and short haul to external waste dumps translates to a smaller production fleet, minimizing production costs in the process.Beaver Dam, as a satellite operation, will require minimal infrastructure to supply basic office facilities and equipment maintenance requirements. The mining fleet at Touquoy will be transitioned to Beaver Dam and expanded due to the higher rate of material movement. Ore will be crushed at a location adjacent to the Beaver Dam pit near Highway 224 and then loaded onto highway trucks which will transport it along a combination of private logging and public roads to the Touquoy processing facility.last_img read more