Earliest dinosaurs may have sported feathers

first_imgResearchers agree that birds are dinosaurs, but when did dinosaurs start becoming birds? New excavations in Siberia reveal that one sure sign of birdiness, the presence of feathers, has very deep roots in the dino evolutionary tree; indeed, dinosaurs may have been sporting feathers from the very beginning of their existence about 240 million years ago.The fossil record makes clear that birds were the only dinosaurs to survive a mass extinction about 66 million years ago, probably caused by a massive asteroid hitting Earth. But the past decade or two of research, which is marked by the discovery of thousands of specimens of early birds and flying dinosaurs, also shows that feathers were an early evolutionary innovation—even if they probably arose for reasons unrelated to powered flight, such as insulation or sexual display.Just how early has been a matter of debate. Although the best evidence for feathers has been found in a group of meat-eating dinosaurs dating back to about 150 million years ago, and from which birds apparently evolved at about the same time, there have been sightings of bristly, filamentous structures in very distantly related plant-eating dinosaurs as well. Leading examples have been Psittacosaurus, a cousin of the horned dino Triceratops found in Asia and dated to perhaps 120 million years ago; and the 160-million-year-old Tianyulong, found in China and reported in 2009.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(*)If these bristly structures represented early feathers, as researchers have increasingly come to think, it would mean that feathers evolved in dinosaurs that preceded the evolutionary split between so-called saurischians (which include the meat-eating species) and ornithischians (which comprise plant-eating species) more than 200 million years ago. (Despite their confusing name, the ornithischians are not related to birds, which are saurischians.)“There is a near-consensus now that the simple bristlelike structures in Tianyulong and Psittacosaurus should correspond to the earliest developmental stage” of what researchers often call “protofeathers,” says Pascal Godefroit, a paleontologist at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels. But he and others point out that hard evidence for this hypothesis has been lacking, largely because the single filaments found on these plant eaters lack the complexity of the protofeathers found on early meat eaters.In 2010, a team led by geologist Sofia Sinitsa of the Institute of Natural Resources, Ecology and Cryology in the Siberian city of Chita, Russia, discovered some dino fossils in the nearby Kulinda valley. At first, Russian paleontologists were not impressed, because the specimens were fragmentary and poorly preserved. Sinitsa found more fossils in 2011 and 2012, and contacted Godefroit, whose work on early birds is well known, and other researchers. “We were completely shocked by her discoveries,” Godefroit says, because the new specimens had the kind of complex, multifilamented structures typical of protofeathers.This week in Science, Godefroit, Sinitsa, and their colleagues report the details of six partial skulls and hundreds of skeletons of what they dub Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus (from Kulinda, the specific locality where it was discovered; dromeus, Greek for “runner”; and zabaikalicus, from the Zabaikal krai [region] in which Kulinda valley resides).K. zabaikalicus, which could date to as early as 175 million years ago, has filamentous structures on much of its body, including its head and thorax; but the more complex featherlike arrangements are found mostly on its arms and legs, an arrangement typical of many feathered meat-eating dinosaurs. “For the first time we found more complex, compound structures, together with simpler hairlike structures” in a plant-eating dinosaur, Godefroit says, “that really resemble the protofeathers in advanced” meat eaters.Godefroit and others do not claim that these early dinos could fly, because researchers generally agree that feathers evolved first for other purposes. But the findings do suggest that feathers might have been present in some of the very first dinosaurs, and perhaps were a widespread feature of all dinosaurs.“Kulindadromeus seals the deal that some plant-eating dinosaurs had feathers, and is the best proof yet that feathers weren’t something that evolved only in the meat-eating dinosaurs,” says Stephen Brusatte, a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. “It tells us that feathers must have arisen earlier in dinosaur evolution than most of us previously thought, and maybe even the common ancestor of all dinosaurs had feathers.”The finds are “a fantastic discovery,” says paleontologist Xing Xu of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing. But he cautions that the fossils are still too fragmentary to be certain that the more complex feathery structures actually correspond to those found later in birds. On the other hand, Xu says, the large number of skeletons—which seem to represent different ages, from juveniles to adults—promise important new insights into the stages of feather development as dinosaurs grew up.last_img read more

3-time Olympic champion Saori Yoshida retires from wrestling

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 9, 2012, file photo, Saori Yoshida of Japan celebrates after she beat Tonya Lynn Verbeek of Canada for the gold medal during their 55-kg women’s freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. Japan’s three-time Olympic wrestling champion Yoshida announced her retirement Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, saying it’s time for the next generation of wrestlers to take the stage at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)TOKYO— Three-time Olympic wrestling champion Saori Yoshida retired officially on Thursday, saying it’s time for the next generation of Japanese wrestlers to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The 36-year-old Yoshida, who also won 13 consecutive world championships, spoke before a packed news conference at a hotel in central Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer on opposite sides of Australian Open draw Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “I realize I have done everything I can as a wrestler and it’s now time to let the next generation of wrestlers take over,” Yoshida said.Yoshida had been taking time away from competition since the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where she fell short of a fourth straight Olympic gold medal and settled for silver. She has been serving as a coach for the Japan team in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsShe received the People’s Honor Award in 2012 after surpassing Aleksandr Karelin’s record for consecutive world titles. The Russian great won three Olympic gold medals and nine world championships from 1988-99.Yoshida competed for most of her career in the 55-kilogram class but dropped to the 53kg event for the first time at the Olympics in Rio after the sport’s governing body shifted the weight divisions. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Yoshida, who began wrestling at the age of three, said she was tempted to stick around until the Tokyo Olympics.“After Rio, I had the desire to compete in Tokyo,” Yoshida said. “My father told me it’s important to know when to retire. I knew I would need my best efforts to perform well in Tokyo and when I saw how motivated the younger wrestlers coming up were I knew the time was right.”Yoshida said she would continue coaching younger wrestlers and will pursue other interests. She has already appeared in several television commercials.“I have many dreams,” Yoshida said. “I would like to do something besides wrestling. I want to seek happiness and, of course, I want to give support for the Tokyo Games.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

India-England Test series ends in a tame whimper in Kanpur

first_imgKapil Dev hits out: Few lively momentsThe current Test series between India and England which began with a bang in Bombay – ended in a tame whimper at Kanpur last fortnight. The relatively empty stands at Kanpur were a fitting testimony to a series that eventually developed into a battle,Kapil Dev hits out: Few lively momentsThe current Test series between India and England which began with a bang in Bombay – ended in a tame whimper at Kanpur last fortnight. The relatively empty stands at Kanpur were a fitting testimony to a series that eventually developed into a battle of attrition rather than the decisive game that the millions of fans had expected. In effect, the victory trumpets at Bombay had yielded to the funeral tunes of Kanpur. Of course, India asserted its supremacy, winning 1-0, but at what cost to cricket’s followers?In fact, the rubber was a throwback to the barren days of the ’50s and ’60s when the crowds were subjected to one draw after another. The trend had changed in the last decade and the last three rubbers – against the West Indies, Australia and Pakistan – had proved not only, decisive but also produced absorbing cricket. Not so this time. And had not the wicket at Bombay been an under-prepared one, this could well have turned out to be the first ever all drawn six-Test series.Ultra-cautious: There is no dishonour or disgrace in a drawn encounter. Indeed. there have been countless drawn Tests which have been more thrilling and gripping than many a cake-walk victory. It was the thoroughly defensive and ultra-cautious approach of both India and England that made the just concluded series the most insipid, colourless and lacklustre in recent memory.And the worst sufferers were the paying customers who make the turnstiles click. Both the teams in general and India in particular forgot the basic fact that they owed much to the spectators and the game’s backers who shell out hard cash to make cricketers among the most affluent in the land.advertisementIn short, the customer was cheated. He – or she – had paid in the hope of watching cricket matches which provided entertainment not just statistics. Instead, the fawning masses were fobbed off with meaningless and yawn-provoking cricket at funeral pace.Yet nobody, apparently, cared – least of all the Cricket Control Board, which was further enriched by the end of the series. The succession of dead, doped pitches after the terror of the Wankhede Stadium was of their making and should be whole-heartedly condemned.For that matter both India and England need to be censured strongly for their timid and unimaginative tactics. That is especially true about India’s skipper, Sunil Gavaskar. Having won at Bombay, his sole concern and aim after that was to keep intact the gain and also his unbeaten home record.Gavaskar and Fletcher: Unimaginative tacticsHis purpose was duly achieved, and now Gavaskar has gone one better on Ajit Wadekar by becoming the first Indian captain to win four rubbers. Also, Gavaskar had a most profitable season both run-wise and money-wise after the disastrous twin tours of Australia and New Zealand. But his commitment to defensive – even palpably negative – strategy was total.Right through the series India played with just four bowlers: two pacemen and two spinners. They were never equipped to force a win after Bombay either through pace or spin. To top it, the over rate was criminally slow and time wasting stratagems nakedly clear. It is almost as if it is the inevitable price to be paid for national prestige and the big monies which are the lucrative lot of a winning side.Wary: The English side, after their debacle in the opening gambit, were both wary and cagey and yet had to do all the running to square the series. The ball was squarely in Fletcher’s court but he did not have enough ammunition and fire power to overcome India even once on the cruel over-prepared pitches. Yet, thrice Fletcher did attempt to force a decision.At Calcutta, his team was brisk and businesslike in the second innings before trying to bowl out India in the fourth innings. The trick did not work as none other than Gavaskar stood in the way.At Madras, Fletcher took the only bold decision of the otherwise pusillanimous show when he won the toss and gambled by asking India to bat first. The move misfired and once again England returned to the pavilion empty-handed. Here England had packed the side with four pacemen in a bid to exploit the early life of the wicket.Interestingly, whereas India were content to coast along with neither a pace-oriented nor a spin-dominated attack, England almost always relied on their three pace bowlers. At times they even had both their spinners in support and, thus, at least on paper, had a more balanced and penetrative bowling line-up than India.advertisementHowever, nothing worked as India countered every move with grim determination and pragmatism which implied, in this context, that only the result of the match mattered and nothing else. So on to Kanpur and with that England’s last chance to share the spoils. This led to England forcing the pace as never before with Graham Gooch and Ian Botham in full swing.But the weather had the last say and that made for the fifth utterly meandering stalemate in a row. The rain and the sparsely occupied stands at Kanpur summed up the series – cold and dead as the dodo. It appeared as if the elements and providence themselves were as sick and tired of the whole affair as everyone else.Records Broken: In retrospect, there were very few acts of courage or heroism, though there were records aplenty. Barring the enterprise of Gooch and Vishwanath and some explosive passages by Botham and that late purple by Kapil Dev, there was nothing to retain in the mind’s retina. Record-wise, the foremost feat among many was attained by Boycott. He overtook the world’s record individual Test aggregate of Sir Gary Sobers when he went past the magic mark of 8,032 runs.Among controversies, Boycott was again the centre-piece when he suddenly decided to go back home after the Calcutta Test. Whether it was ill health or indiscipline which resulted in Boycott’s sudden departure is for the English authorities to sort out.Closer home, the authorities have much to answer for the crippling blow that they dealt to the dignity and stature of the game when they changed an umpire at the eleventh hour for the Delhi Test. It was done when the tourists protested against one of the gentlemen in white coat.It was an unprecedented decision in the long annals of Test cricket. True, there had been loud voices against the home umpiring. But that has become a fashion nowadays not only when foreign teams come here but also when Indians go abroad.Yet, there was a silver lining in the current series. That was India’s first ever victory over England in one-day internationals. India won the series two-one after losing the first.The lingering doubt is that if India and England could go blazing in one-day games why could’nt they do the same in Tests? The answer is simple. In one-day matches there is no such thing as a draw. In Test cricket, the compulsions are many.STATISTICS: HOST OF RECORDSBombay: England’s total of 102 in the second innings was their second lowest total against India. Their lowest was at the Oval when they were whittled out for 101 in 1971.Bangalore: Gavaskar’s knock of 172 was his 24th Test century, two centuries short of Gary Sobers’ record and five short of world record holder, Donald Bradman’s. The Indian skipper’s innings which lasted 711 minutes is the longest Test innings by an Indian.advertisementDelhi: Geoff Boycott surpassed the world individual aggregate held by Gary Sobers when he crossed 8,032 runs. Sobers had reached the mark in 97 Tests while Boycott took 107 Tests to surpass it. There was a record eighth-wicket stand of 128 between wicket-keeper Kirmani and Ravi Shastri surpassing the previous best of 100 between Farooq Engineer and Babu Nadkarni against Ted Dexter’s team. Delhi also witnessed a record-breaking ninth-wicket partnership between Ravi Shastri and Madan Lal.Madras: Vishwanath’s 222 was his first Test double century and also the highest against England by an Indian batsman which had hitherto been 221 by Gavaskar. The late Vinoo Mankad holds the highest Test score: 231 against New Zealand.Kanpur: Ian Botham’s 142 was his third Test century against India and also the highest he has scored against this side. Gavaskar completed his 30th 50 runs in Test cricket and made his aggregate 500 for the series, his fourth such accomplishment.last_img read more

Boxing: Julian Williams vs. Takeshi Inoue possible for August 4

first_imgAdvertisementThe management for former junior middleweight title challenger Julian ‘J-Rock’ Williams (25-1, 15 KOs) and unbeaten Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs) have reportedly reached a deal to avoid a purse for an International Boxing Federation purse bid. The purse bid was supposed to have taken place on Monday, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.August 4th is the proposed date.Williams (25-1-1, 15 KO) is 3-0 since getting trucked by Jermall Charlo in 2016, beating Joshua Conley, Ishe Smith, and Nathaniel Gallimore. “J-Rock” is by far the more proven of these two and, as we’ve seen, there’s no shame at all in losing to Charlo.This is a mismatch on paper, as the 28-year-old Inoue has no experience fighting world class opposition during his 4-year pro career. #2 IBF Inoue has fought exclusively in Japan during his short career against poor opposition. In Inoue’s last fight, he squeaked by journeyman Yuki Nonaka (31-10-3, 10 KOs) last April in winning a close 12 round unanimous decision by the scores 116-113, 115-113 and 116-112. Nonaka was easily beaten by 154 lb. contender Dennis Hogan by a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision last October in his previous fight.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Lacazette & Aubameyang are Wenger’s biggest legacy’

first_imgThe signings of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are “Arsene Wenger’s biggest legacy at Arsenal”, according to Martin Keown.During his final season at the Gunners helm, the iconic coach invested heavily in two proven frontmen.Lacazette, who had been a long-standing target, was acquired for £52 million ($68m) from Lyon, with a further £55m ($72m) required to land Aubameyang during the January transfer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Wenger was initially reluctant to use the pair in tandem, but experimented with that approach towards the end of the 2017-18 campaign.There were signs of encouragement, and new Arsenal boss Unai Emery has seen a devastating duo flourish as the focal points of his attack – with both men on target in Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League victory over Everton.“Arsene Wenger’s biggest legacy at Arsenal is the firepower at the top of the team that killed off Everton,” former Gunners defender Keown told the Daily Mail.“Wenger splashed out more than £100 million last season to bring in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and they proved their worth in this victory.“Lacazette is simply ruthless. He may not have had many chances on Sunday but he made one of them count. There was no saving that ferocious strike to put Arsenal ahead.“The way he pounced on Aaron Ramsey’s pass, opened up his body and ripped the ball into the net was Lacazette at his best.“He is hungry for goals. He sat on the bench stewing on Thursday night while his team-mates filled their boots against Vorskla in the Europa League.Alexandre Lacazette Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsene Wenger's biggest legacy at Arsenal“Lacazette desperately wanted a piece of the action and it made him even more determined to prove a point against Everton.“Arsenal look far more dangerous with the Frenchman through the middle and Aubameyang coming in from the left to join him.“It effectively means defenders have two centre forwards to deal with. It is difficult for them to know who to pick up.“Momentum is everything with this Arsenal team. Once they are ahead, they are brimming with confidence and do not look like surrendering their lead.“Before Lacazette’s goal, Everton had chances but only Richarlison looked likely to score. They still lack a player who can regularly put the ball in the back of the net.“There is still plenty of room for improvement in Unai Emery’s Arsenal side but with Aubameyang and Lacazette, they have a killer instinct.”Arsenal will be back on the goal trail on Wednesday when they take in a Carabao Cup third round derby date with London rivals Brentford.last_img read more

The 3rd Annual Corfu Emerald Cup Swim Event Scheduled for June 15-16

first_imgNEW YORK – The 3rd Annual Corfu Emerald Cup swimming event is scheduled for June 15-16, and it comes with exciting new features. After a big boost in participation and spectator attendance in its second year, the upcoming Corfu Emerald Cup will be a new showcase Stand-up Paddle (SUP) Euro Tour Grand Slam event with 12,000 euro in prize money. Top racers from all over the world will compete, including five-time SUP world champion Connor Baxter, the “fastest man in SUP.”Baxter said, “I’m looking forward to paddling the same course Olympic athletes swam. What an incredible opportunity!”The Emerald Cup will be a Green Race this year, partnering with the local Let’s Do This Corfu! efforts to protect Corfu’s oceans and beaches through active recycling.The race is organized under the auspices of the Municipality of Corfu, the SUP EURO Tour, the National SUP and Surf Association and the Nautical Athletic Club of Corfu (NAOK). This international competition includes three separate race categories – Open Water Swim, Stand-Up Paddle (SUP), and Fun. The Euro Tour SUP 14,800 meter (Pro category) takes place on Saturday, June 15, followed by Sunday’s Let’s Do This Corfu Challenge, a 3,500 meter Open Water Swim and SUP race in the Fun category for everyone, athletes, spectators, families, and friends.Total prize money is 12,000 Euro at the Corfu Emerald Cup. Photo: Courtesy of Corfu Emerald CupSUP races will begin at the Angsana hotel beach, and the open water swim will start at the Church of Vlacherna where competitors will charge into the crystalline waters of Pontikonisi and drive hard toward the finish line – the world famous oasis Beach of Benitses at the Angsana Corfu Hotel (a Banyan Tree Resort opening soon). All the races will be broadcast on a live video feed viewable from the beach.On Sunday, June 16, the exciting 3,500 meter Let’s Do This Corfu Challenge will highlight a day of fun for both athletes and spectators, including activities for all ages that promote recycling to Keep Corfu Clean, followed by a post-race after-party. By just showing up and having fun participants will be supporting the important mission of keeping Corfu’s beaches clean and pristine.Situated in the heart of the Ionian Sea, Corfu has been frequented and fantasized about since ancient times. Long sought after by the Venetians, French and the British, their historical influence is evident throughout the town’s architecture and landmarks. A UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, Corfu ranks amongst Europe’s most fascinating destinations. With its many fine restaurants, bars, spas, sports facilities, and world-class beaches – all exemplified in its new flagship resort, the Angsana Corfu Hotel – the Annual Corfu Emerald Cup embodies the trademark Hellenic combination of history, beauty, culture, sport, and fun.The race course map for the Corfu Emerald Cup. Photo: Courtesy of Corfu Emerald CupChristos Epperson, best known for producing and directing the acclaimed documentary The 11th Day: Crete 1941, runs the event and is the race Director. He told The National Herald about how the project came about. “My good friend who is the host hotel owner and I were talking and I absolutely had to do something that helps Greece and her people. I am about projects that help our people, not self-indulgent endless party events that do nothing. The Cup is not just a race – it is very special. Great people coming together to show the True Greek Spirit… Emerald Cup is a ‘Woodstock’ of goodness and shows the True Hellenic spirit in all things. The Cup is a race but more important it’s a symbol that people care,” he said.Epperson noted that once the hotel opens, special needs children, who currently train in an outdoor pool in winter, will also have access to the best indoor pool facility in Corfu.  He told TNH, “I have a personal interest in working to promote the good work of the Special Olympics, especially for children. When I was a child I received extensive physical therapy and occupational therapy because of a severe sensory integration disability and dyslexia. The wonderful therapists of the Pediatrics Program of the Easter Seals Society for children and adults with disabilities helped me beyond measure. I, in turn, always look forward to opportunities to help special needs children.”More information on the 2019 Corfu Emerald Cup is available via email:info@corfuemeraldcup.com and online: www.CorfuEmeraldCup.com.Volunteers help clean up the beach #Keep Aegean Blue. Photo: All for Blue/ Aegean IslandsTweetPinShare77 Shareslast_img read more

Acted against Spirt of Cricket, accepts Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal

first_imgSri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha have accepted that their action of delaying the start of day’s play during the second Test against West Indies.was in breach of International Cricket Council’s (ICC) code of conduct.Sri Lankan players refused to take to the field on the third day at St. Lucia last Saturday after match officials accused the team of altering the condition of the ball on the previous day. They eventually resumed play ‘under protest’.The ICC said that the trio had been charged with breaking Article 2.3.1 of the Code of Conduct, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.”Also read – Chandimal appeals ball-tampering ban”This action was alleged to amount to a serious breach of the Laws of Cricket and to be contrary to the spirit of the game,” ICC said in a statement on Friday.Sri Lanka players walk off to protest ball-tampering allegationsJudicial commissioner Michael Beloff has been appointed to oversee the case and determine the sanction for the level three offence, the governing body said.Captain Chandimal was found guilty of ball-tampering during the second Test but the 28-year-old is appealing the verdict and his one-match suspension, leading the ICC to set a hearing later on Friday.Beloff has also been appointed as the judicial commissioner for Chandimal’s hearing.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Webbing a champion’s tale

first_imgRejection and distress are two words synonymous to the life of Dola Gorai, mother of 14-year-old para swimmer Anamika Gorai.Dola recalls the day back in 2013, when she visited a hospital in Bengaluru for her daughter, who’s suffering from Upper Motor Neuron Syndrome (UMNS) a disease that has left her disabled by arms and legs since birth.A disease so fatal that it restricts Anamika’s life to the age of 22-24 if left untreated, Dola’s visit to that hospital in South India was a trip to nightmare.”The doctors at first shooed us away. Later, they told us there was no treatment to Anamika’s condition,” she tells Mail Today.In fact, the rather uncanny response to Dola’s plea is a usual scenario. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, name any other metropolitan city in the country, Dola will tell you she has faced rejection there.Working at a cake shop in Durgapur doesn’t give her wings to dream of taking her daughter to Germany for treatment. In spite of being supported by husband Joy Gorai a local guitarist making ends meet is a routine task, let alone fancy a trip to Europe.”We are a middle-class family and thinking about going abroad for treatment is just a dream which we know is not possible right now. I know how we have survived so far and what struggles we faced in life. While we hope things get better in future, I think all we do is keep our faith in God,” she explains.It was right at that moment when a number of rejections from doctors across the country led to the Gorai family discovering the world of sport.As destiny may have it, what started as a physiotherapy routine to help making things better for the time being, unearthed Anamika’s natural talent in swimming. It was not long before the 14-year-old made her mark on the global stage.advertisement”A friend suggested us swimming and we started it when she was just six. I learnt swimming at first and started training her before we met Prasanta Karmakar who shaped her career there on. Nothing makes me happy than seeing my daughter smile again. It’s hard to live with the fact that Anamika is suffering from such a rare case condition. I feel gutted when I talk about it and we have full faith that swimming is the solution to all our problems,” says Dola, who will accompany Anamika at the 2018 Para Asian Games in Indonesia this month.Swimming came naturally to Anamika and she lived up to the flair right from the start. Soon after winning the state championship, the 14-year-old became the national champion in 2014 and repeated the feat in 2017 winning three gold medals on a trot.For the Para Asiad, Anamika qualified in some style. She won six medals at the IDM Swimming Championships in Berlin in July, including a gold medal in 150m Individual Medley (Group B). She participates in the S4 category and is also the Asian No. 1 in 50m freestyle.The cherry on top is that Anamika has also qualified for the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in the 50m Backstroke event.All these achievements are just memoirs compared to the real competition Anamika is fighting for her life. Being face-to-face with reality, mother Dola’s only dream is to see her daughter win a gold medal on the big stage. She wants the world to remember Anamika as a true fighter. This, if the world could see the talented 14-year-old para swimmer no longer.”I don’t have words to describe how it feels. Before, god forbid, anything happens to my child, I want her to win a gold for the country and make us proud. I want her to make the whole country proud and people should remember who she was!” says Dola.For the soft-spoken Anamika, the focus is just on the Asian Games not to forget an eye on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.”I have a bit pressure to deliver as I have had a good season. I just want to win a gold medal if possible and hope to give my best. I just want to think about the Asian Games now, nothing else matters,” Anamika sums up.last_img read more

What are the skill sets required for the Indian youth to be employable?

first_imgSkill sets are always looked at as a means to progress and succeed in anyone’s professional life; however, what is often under looked is the importance of overall-exposure in life. Exposure to life-experiences, career options and education streams at a very early stage of life plays a much important role in anyone’s professional life. Youth of this generation is often heard saying that the competition is much tougher nowadays. What are the skill sets required for the youth in country to be employable?On the other hand they need to be mindful that exposure also is much better now, with increased internet penetration and various educational apps, online courses available on something as accessible as a smartphone. Exposure comes in many ways i.e. our schooling, socio-economic environment, Hobbies like reading, traveling, sports, arts etc. Each of these adds to perceptiveness of a person.These factors decide our approach towards a professional life very early on. Skill sets are obviously very important but youths and their parents should also try to increase the life-experience exposure as much as possible; this makes them smarter, resourceful and independent to make smart choices.The necessary skill sets come after competencies and the ones that should be focused on are:Soft skills and over-all grooming i.e. communication, body-language, inter-personal skills, dressing-style etc. makes you a pleasant person to come-by.General Aptitude i.e. language, mathematics, reasoning, reading comprehension forms the base of all other skills that can be acquired at any stage of someone’s career.General awareness makes you an informed person who can conduct his basic duties and be aware of rights in a society; general awareness makes you perceptive of how you should conduct yourself in a society.In the end comes the skill sets and is just the tip of the iceberg. Skill sets at any stage in our professional life has to cascade out of current developments in our commercial/economic environment.advertisementFor example, the current trending buzzwords in India are data, energy, environment-conservation, security and safety, infrastructural growth, start-ups, electric vehicles, politics, investments, taxation regime. All these buzzwords have a full gamut of career-options surrounding them. If we pick any two of these, suppose “data” and “electric vehicles”, we see that there are companies looking for data science specialists that can help them build self-driven electric vehicles. What are the skill sets required for the youth in country to be employable?Now this would be an ideal place for a science student with background of mechanical engineering and data science where the data science is a skill set acquired most likely at a later stage or with the engineering education. There are many permutation and combination of these buzzwords and career options emanating out of them. What matters is overall exposure and the competencies to be cognizant of the career-opportunities and then developing suitable skill sets for a chosen area.CBSE has done a great job of compiling education+career options list, once a student decides a choice, skill sets are the tools they will be able to find with the help of area experts.Authored article by Gaurav Chauhan, Senior Research Fellow, Great Lakes Institute of Management, GurgaonRead more: Here’s how Ed-tech companies are helping aspirants to boost their career in a better waylast_img read more

Christian Horner questions Mercedes tactics at Austrian Grand Prix

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Christian Horner Red Bull Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Read more Hamilton has four world championships and is in his 12th season in F1 and Horner could not understand Mercedes’s strategy. “It seems a fairly bizarre thing to need to do,” he said. “For somebody to throw themselves under the bus to motivate a driver to go from fourth back into the lead.”Horner, who has won four drivers’ and constructors’ championships with Red Bull since he became principal in 2005, insisted his team was run differently.“One thing you have to do is win as a team and lose as a team,” he said. “That’s why we hardly talk about individuals. Because that puts an unfair amount of scrutiny and pressure on that individual. Our philosophy is that as a team, it is collective responsibility.”Mercedes have been largely dominant for four years. However, they now face a tight fight with Ferrari and Red Bull. Indeed the latter are increasingly competitive and have three wins this season, equalling both their rivals. The competition was proving tricky for Mercedes, believed Horner.“Obviously Mercedes have got so used to being at the front it becomes easy to become complacent,” he said. “And there is an adjustment when that isn’t happening and you are having to fight and having to scrap.“The management of the team have never been in a position where they have had to go head to head for an entire season and the closer you get to the end of the year the more the pressure builds, so it is a new experience for them.” Topics Read more Silverstone is currently contracted to host two more grands prix and is in negotiations with Liberty Media about a new contract, having activated he break clause on their previous deal, unable to meet rising costs. Horner was optimistic that an agreement would be reached, however he also believed Liberty maintained a realistic ambition for London to be a venue.“From a personal point of view Silverstone is the natural home of the British GP,” he said. “But it would be great to complement it with another race even if it was not a permanent fixture, a one-off race in London would be phenomenal. Why not have a race in London one year and one in Paris one year?“Like a European Grand Prix that toured different venues, if the economics worked for Liberty it would be fantastic.” Support The Guardian Lewis Hamilton puts Austria setback behind him and focuses on British GP Since you’re here…center_img Share on Messenger news The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Facebook The Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, has described Mercedes’s decision to have their chief strategist, James Vowles, publicly apologise for a strategy error at the Austrian Grand Prix as Vowles throwing himself under the bus to motivate Lewis Hamilton. Speaking before this weekend’s British Grand Prix, Horner was also optimistic Silverstone would remain on the F1 calendar but hopeful that London might still become a venue.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won in Austria, which Horner believed proved they were still outsiders with a shot at a title, but it was Hamilton’s team that attracted scrutiny. Mercedes opted not to pit the British driver under the virtual safety car, costing him the lead and leaving him angry and frustrated. They took the unusual step of having Vowles admit it was his fault over the radio, saying that he had “thrown away the win”. Mercedes said it had been an attempt to refocus Hamilton on the task at hand. Formula One 2018 Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Motor sport Lewis Hamilton Share via Email Formula Onelast_img read more

Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Barbecue Episode

first_imgFurther ReadingStore-Bought is Just Fine: The Best Bottled Barbecue Sauces: Making your own barbecue sauce is ideal, but sometimes a store-bought bottle will do. Here are some of the best that you can find at the market.5 Smokey American Whiskeys To Drink with BBQ: Beer is great with barbecue, but sometimes you need something stronger, more fitting of the sacrifice that the cow or pig or whatever currently sitting on the grill gave you. Sometimes, you need whiskey.The Best Red Wines for Grilling:  The rich colors and wonderful flavors of red wine can transform any backyard barbecue or a night on the porch with family and friends into a great experience.Shout out to Portland-based No Kind of Rider for our intro/exit music. Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany Editors’ Recommendations A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato center_img The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux snowpea&bokchoi/FlickrWhat new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming. For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, our round-table touches on a topic that is near and dear to many of our hearts: barbecue. Our cast of characters includes Editor-in-Chief Cator Sparks (who just returned from Morocco); our Food and Spirits Editor, Sam Slaughter; our Associate Editor, Chase McPeak; and the ever affable host, Greg Nibler.The conversation begins with a rundown of the best places to find the barbecue wherein the entire team comes to the conclusion that the tastiest ‘cue is always in the smallest town at a joint where the chairs are foldable, the cutlery is plastic, and the plates are paper.Up next, the guys talk about the difference styles of barbecue sauce, including the battle of the sauces in North Carolina, tomato- versus vinegar-based concoctions, and the culinary mystery that is Alabama White Barbecue Sauce.Finally, the conversation turns toward what the panel was all waiting for: booze pairings. Slaughter suggests (and the guys all agreed) the best booze pairing for barbecue is a definitely a whisk(e)y with a smokey, peaty flavor. Scotch is possibly the most appropriate since it calls back to the smokiness of the meat. The group also touches on wine pairings, emphasizing that a bolder, heavier, red wine is best, such as a Zinfandel or a Napa Cabernet. Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Bearylast_img read more

Marenave Resumes Fight for Survival

first_imgzoom Germany’s shipping trust Marenave Schiffahrts AG is not backing down from its fight for survival despite various hurdles that came its way over the recent period.Marenave said it is preparing an alternative future and capital increase concept, which will be presented to the company’s shareholders at the upcoming annual general meeting.“This concept has relevance not only for a valid assumption of the company as a going concern for the purposes of accounting; it is also due to be presented to the shareholders at the upcoming annual general meeting, together with the by then audited annual and consolidated financial statements for 2016,” the company said in a release.“The Executive Board and Supervisory Board of Marenave will endeavor to conclude the process by the end of 2017.”The new capital increase scheme is being devised on the back of rejection of the company’s proposed capital reduction in September, which was a condition for implementing the restructuring concept of the company.Consequently, the investment agreement involving CPO Investments GmbH & Co. KG (Offen Group) and DEVK Allgemeine Versicherungs-Aktiengesellschaft fell through.Marenave completed the sale of its fleet at the end of last month.The sale, which was carried out through a bank-driven process, saw a mix of six tankers, two containerships, four bulk carriers and a car carrier sold. The majority of the fleet was disposed of in March, May and June, respectively, while the final two ships were sold in the second half of September.The company completed its restructuring in July, when it was released from the remaining liabilities owed to the banks as it completed the sale of its car carrier.As disclosed earlier, the completed financial restructuring, coupled with the sale of the rest of the fleet, is expected to clear the way for Marenave “to build up a new fleet and carry out other maritime projects.”World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Prime minister extends term for Saskatchewan LtGov Vaughn Schofield

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has extended the term of Saskatchewan Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Schofield until the end of December.Schofield was sworn in to what is usually a five-year term in March 2012.She had a successful business career before she was appointed by former prime minister Stephen Harper.In the 1980s, she was chair of the board of a 200,000-member crime prevention program and travelled North America establishing Crime Watch groups.last_img

Kathy Ireland Named As YWCA Greater Los Angeles Ambassador

first_imgYWCA Greater Los Angeles, for over 120 years a leader in providing at-risk Southern California youth, families and communities with the tools to achieve successful lives, has introduced Kathy Ireland as its first Ambassador to support their many program and advocacy efforts.Kathy Ireland with YWCA Greater Los Angeles President & CEO Faye Washington“Kathy Ireland, one of the world’s greatest examples of self-made success in both business achievement and social activism, is the very symbol of the power of preparing to and daring to succeed,” YWCA Greater Los Angeles President and CEO Faye Washington commented in announcing the appointment. “She dominates the world of lifestyle design and is one of the most powerful brands in the world, having done so without the benefit of college education, and yet is a leading advocate for education as the true path to success, especially for the disadvantaged young people we serve. Kathy is a hero, and now she is our ambassador.”Ms. Washington also pointed out that, “the assignment salutes Kathy Ireland and continues her dedication to the health, safety and opportunity of our most challenged young people, which has characterized her climb to what Forbes Magazine described as ‘super-mogul.’”Ireland, the organization’s 2011 Phenomenal Woman Award honoree, has continued to support the YWCA GLA’s mission to educate, train and empower thousands of young people from Los Angeles’ disadvantaged communities.In accepting this initial ambassadorship, she, observed, “YWCA GLA has served as a protector of youth, families and the community for over 120 years. Under the leadership of Faye Washington, a true American hero, YWCA GLA continues to make astounding achievements. When Faye and her team offered this ambassadorship, it was an incredible experience. The gratitude and appreciation that I have for this organization is boundless. It is a privilege to roll up my sleeves and stand soldier to soldier in support of YWCA GLA advocacy.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Bourbon Street battle: Jumbo beer seller sues over trademark

NEW ORLEANS — It’s a Bourbon Street battle of jumbo beers, just before Mardi Gras’ climactic weekend: Huge Ass Beers vs. Giant Ass Beer.The New Orleans Advocate reports that the Huge Ass Beers creator is suing another string of bars and clubs on the famous New Orleans street for marketing a rival draft beer pour as Giant Ass Beer.The lawsuit filed Tuesday in New Orleans federal court alleges trademark infringement and seeks a restraining order barring the sale of Giant Ass Beer, as well as damages.An attorney for the owner of the three businesses that sell Huge Ass Beers’ plus-sized pours says his client has no comment.Representatives of the operators of the businesses that sell Giant Ass Beer didn’t immediately respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.___Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.comThe Associated Press read more

French finance minister to fight GE’s plan to cut jobs

PARIS — France’s finance minister is asking U.S. company General Electric to change its plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs in France.Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday he will talk to GE’s CEO, Larry Culp, by phone on Thursday. He committed to “stand by the employees’ side.”GE on Tuesday announced plans to cut jobs in France, mostly in its plant in the eastern city of Belfort, which currently employs more than 4,000 people.The industrial conglomerate said its strategy to cut costs will mostly focus on its gas power business.Earlier this year, the French government decided to fine GE 50 million euros ($56 million) after the company didn’t create the jobs it had promised when it announced the purchase of part of French rival Alstom in 2014.The Associated Press read more

Six UNP PC members suspended

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had his term extended for six years at the convention after proposed amendments to the party constitution were approved. The membership of six UNP Provincial Council members have been suspended, the party announced today.The six UNP Provincial Council members were suspended from the party for criticizing the party convention held recently.

A favourite proKeystone XL talking point takes a burst of friendly fire

by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 3, 2015 12:17 pm MDT WASHINGTON – Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. likes to joke that he walks around Washington carrying a copy of the State Department environmental report on the Keystone XL pipeline tucked in his jacket pocket.That’s how critical that document has been to the pipeline cause. Proponents from ambassador Gary Doer, to members of the Harper cabinet, industry players, and pro-oil lawmakers have repeatedly quoted it as a talking point.Its basic conclusion became their mantra: Canadian oil production is destined to keep growing, so might as well build a pipeline, which is safer and cleaner than shipping by rail.That document, however, is now being punctured by bursts of friendly fire. It’s coming from within the Obama administration, striking parts of its own report.President Barack Obama routinely dismisses one finding that oil from the pipeline would likely be used in the U.S. Obama has taken to deriding the project as an export route through America, not to America.An even more fundamental finding of the report is now being challenged from within the administration. The Environmental Protection Agency has questioned the inevitability of oilsands expansion. It suggests the current projection is out of date, because the price of oil has plunged since the State Department issued its report last year.“It is important to revisit these conclusions,” says an EPA letter sent this week to the State Department and released Wednesday.“Given recent large declines in oil prices and the uncertainty of oil price projections, the additional low price scenario included in the (State report) should be given additional weight during decision making, due to the potential implications of lower oil prices on project impacts, especially greenhouse gas emissions.”The State Department’s report had concluded that the Canadian oilsands would keep growing at a similar pace, unless the long-term oil price fell under the $65-$75 range and no other pipelines got built.One year later, oil is at $50 a barrel and no other pipelines have yet been built.The State Department is now in the final stages of preparing its long-awaited, oft-delayed review of the project, and gathering input from other agencies including the EPA.It will soon make a recommendation to the president, and he’ll make the final call.At the same time, there are plans within Congress to force Obama’s hand. So far, Obama has signalled he intends to veto bills that would circumvent his authority on cross-border infrastructure.Obama has said his decision will be guided by climate change — and whether or not the project would increase greenhouse gases.In its letter this week, the EPA compares the carbon emissions from the pipeline’s maximum capacity of 830,000 barrels per day to 5.7 million new passenger vehicles on the road.Environmental groups celebrated the letter’s release Wednesday.“The president’s got every nail he needs to finally close the coffin on this boondoggle,” said Bill McKibben, head of anti-pipeline group 350.org.In its response, pipeline company TransCanada Corp. said Canadian oil exports had gone up over the years, its carbon emissions per barrel had gone down, and it noted that oil sent through the pipeline to U.S. refineries would displace crude from Venezuela — which in some cases produces higher greenhouse gases. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A favourite pro-Keystone XL talking point takes a burst of friendly fire read more

UN event highlights integrated human security approach to meeting threats

“We meet at a time of great turmoil and transition,” Mr. Ban told participants as he opened the high-level event on human security, held at United Nations Headquarters.“The global economy is in crisis. The environment is under threat. Too many people around the world live in uncertainty. Old conflicts simmer. New conflicts explode. Warring parties target civilians. Violence is a problem even in peaceful countries. Women and girls are especially at risk,” he stated. “These are serious problems – but there are signs of progress,” Mr. Ban added. “I welcome growing calls by citizens around the world – especially young people – for justice, dignity and true democracy. These voices give us hope that we can transform our challenges into prospects for a better future.”The Secretary-General said the dramatic events of recent years have provided two lessons. First, it is more important than ever to find comprehensive solutions to the world’s interlinked problems. “You cannot end poverty without empowering women and girls. You cannot establish lasting peace without respect for human rights. You cannot increase prosperity or address climate change without transforming the world’s energy systems. We have to advance on all fronts.”Secondly, he said, the approach must not only be comprehensive but also broad-based. “We need traditional partners, like Governments and non-governmental organizations. But we also need academics, businesses, philanthropists and others to help end poverty, promote development and establish peace,” he stated. “The human security approach can help frame our efforts,” he said, welcoming the General Assembly’s adoption of its first-ever resolution on a common understanding of human security last September. He added that this consensus builds on more than a decade of successful projects backed by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS). Established in 1999 and administered by the Human Security Unit, the Trust Fund supports projects to translate the human security approach into practical actions, in particular those at the field level. It has financed over 200 projects in 85 countries. “The Fund’s projects have enabled communities around the world to make the transition towards peace and sustainable development,” said Mr. Ban. “They have succeeded because they focus on people’s needs. They draw on experts from different disciplines and different agencies. They transcend what we might think of as traditional humanitarian or development work.”Today’s event aims to derive lessons learned from the projects that have been implemented and to mobilize support for the advancement of human security within the UN and beyond, according to a concept paper prepared by the Trust Fund.Participants will reflect on achievements and challenges in the implementation of human security 10 years after the release of the Commission on Human Security’s report “Human Security Now.”Sonia Picado, Chair of the Advisory Board on Human Security, will introduce the work of that entity – whose international experts guide the activities of the Trust Fund – and discuss its hopes for spurring a global initiative on human security.Also participating in the event are Sadako Ogata, former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency and co-Chair of the Commission on Human Security (CHS), and Surin Pitsuwan, former Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and member of the CHS. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson will close the event, which is also being attended by members of the Advisory Board on Human Security, individuals from academia, as well as representatives of non-governmental and civil society organizations with an interest in human security and related issues. read more

Whaley Bridge Derbyshire town evacuated amid fears flooding could cause dam to

Dr Mohammed Heidarzadeh, a professor from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Brunel University London, said: “Due to heavy rainfall in Whaley Bridge area, the spillway is now broken and a big chunk of its concrete structure is damaged.”There is a possibility that the spillway could then become fully broken in a few hours.”If the spillway is fully gone, the embankment dam will be washed away very rapidly which could cause a massive flood.” Crazy that Whaley Bridge has been completely evacuated because the dam might burst. I was there last year and took this picture at that same dam pic.twitter.com/EuflDUHJIM— 🥃 (@Greg_Ivan_) August 1, 2019 The Toddbrook Reservoir dam after it was damaged in heavy rainfall. Professor Roderick Smith, from Imperial College London, said: “Extreme weather events mean that there is increasing unease about the safety of older dams: particularly the need to release excess water safely and easily.”The reservoir was damaged due to flooding in 1964, according to the Environment Agency, but another specialist said it was “unlikely” it had been in an unsafe condition before the heavy rainfall on Thursday.Professor Tim Broyd, Professor of Built Environment Foresight at University College London, said: “Dams are highly regulated structures, which includes regular structural inspections by highly qualified engineers.”It is unlikely therefore that the dam was in a previously unsafe condition.”What may have been the cause, however, is that the flow rate into the reservoir was exceptionally high, as a result of extreme local rainflows.” Experts are divided as to whether the concrete and earthwork structure will survive that long.Dr Mohammad Heidarzadeh, an engineer at Brunel University London, said such designs could be “washed away very rapidly”.“Due to heavy rainfall in Whaley Bridge area, the spillway is now broken and a big chunk of its concrete structure is damaged,” he said.“There is a possibility that the spillway could then become fully broken in a few hours.”Anna Aspinall, 36, from Whaley Bridge, said she and others had been called to help place sandbags near the dam, but were sent away after structural engineers warned “that the wall is at high risk of failing”.She said: “We are praying the dam wall holds whilst the Canal and River Trust try to drain the water from the reservoir.” The evacuation has been exacerbated by the deterioration of the roads in and around the town, following days of torrential rain.Steve Cliffe, a pensioner, said the surface of the road to his hamlet of Fernilee, 1.5 miles away, was all torn up and the community completely cut off. “We just can’t get out,” he said. Paul Nash and his partner Janet Williams barely had time to grab their cat and a few essentials before being forced to abandon their home.They cannot know when – or if – they will see it again. “If the whole dam goes, it’s going to cause absolute chaos,” he said.“Probably the village will go, because it [the river] goes straight through.”The couple joined an exodus of more than 6,000 people fleeing the centre of Whaley Bridge on Thursday as the concrete dam began to crumble.The blotched notices hastily handed out by the emergency services left no room for doubt. “EVACUATE your property now”, they read, “Take any medication and medical equipment with you.”As the heavens opened once more on Thursday night, the centre of the picturesque Peak District community was a ghost town, save for the sound of police going door to door, trying to coax out every last resident from the “red” danger zone.Evacuees were told to gather at a school three miles away in Chapel-en-le-Frith while engineers began pumping water out of the reservoir to take pressure off the stricken dam.It will take an estimated three days to reduce the volume to a safe level. Workers inspect a damaged dam after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, Britain August 1, 2019.Credit:PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS 5:13PM”If it overflows it will be a disaster” Whaley Bridge evacuated amid fears of dam collapseCommunity could be levelled if Toddbrook Resevoir barrier burstsAround 400 tonnes of aggregate brought in overnight to divert water RAF helicopter called in to aid effort Police say future of dam ‘remains in balance’Thousands of residents in the Derbyshire town of Whaley Bridge have been evacuated amid fears a dam could collapse after it was damaged by floodwaters.Concrete panels on one side of the dam on the Toddbrook Resevoir, which holds back 300 million gallons of water, partially collapsed.By 2.30pm on Thursday it was deemed too unsafe for people in the village below, who were ordered to “evacuate your property now”.There are concerns the village could be levelled if the dam, which dates to 1838, gives way. Derbyshire Police said 400 tonnes of aggregate will be brought in overnight to divert water from entering the reservoir, with a Chinook helicopter aiding a multi-agency taskforce.Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann, chairwoman of the Local Resilience Forum, said: “To move the substantial amount of aggregate into place – a Chinook helicopter will be operating in the area in the coming hours to allow precise placement and divert the flow of the water.”With all that said, at this time the future of the dam wall remains in the balance and I would remind people of the very real danger posed to them should the wall collapse.” Rebecca Simpson, who was evacuated from Whaley Bridge with her children, said: “This morning at 8.30am I walked over the dam with our dog and it was okay, but it quickly became apparent that the amount of water we had yesterday was too much and was causing a big run-off.”The sluices were opened mid morning but there’s so much water and it’s now currently raining very hard again. There’s nowhere for it to go, the river has already burst its banks and the ground is sodden.”All roads were closed midday and we all got asked to evacuate about two hours ago. Now we’re stuck in traffic in the outlying town of New Mills as everyone is trying to leave and some local roads are flooded. My children are coping well after being worried this morning.”I don’t think I would class it as scary, lots of experts on hand and it seemed well managed. The scary part will be what happens next as all services – such as electricity, gas and medical services, and the primary school – are in the direct line of the water.” Toddbrook Reservoir near the village of Whaley Bridge Toddbrook Reservoir near the village of Whaley BridgeCredit:PA Carolyn Whittle, 45, who lives in Meadowfield, on the hillside in Whaley Bridge, said she had never seen water flood over the dam in her lifetime.She said: “We are situated north-west of the mouth of the reservoir, approx 400 feet about the water level.”There is currently a request, we believe, for all to evacuate due to emergency services access.”An hour ago, there was a lot of emergency service activity and frenzy while my son was trying to reach home. Another section of the concrete on the dam face has now collapsed.”We have friend’s children here with us, who would have had to camp out at the high school otherwise.”Everyone I know is horrified that our whole town could be decimated in a matter of minutes, it’s terrible.”I’ve lived in Whaley for the best part of 45 years and I’ve never seen water flood over the dam like that, ever, nor thought that we could possibly be at risk in this way.”We’re gaining all our information from social at the moment. If we need to go, we will get in my defender and head over Disley tops. It’s closed, but mainly to stop people trying to access Whaley centre, which police are not allowing at the bottom of our road.”I’m really scared the dam will actually go. Best solution is a smaller flood of the Goyt river, with flood risks as far as Marple. When we went to see what was happening earlier, the fire brigade had arranged a tanker to pump water away from the reservoir, and a digger to dam the area where the river was still refilling the reservoir.” 11:31PMRAF helicopter deployed to prevent dam from collapsing further, police confirm A police spokesperson said: “There is a high probability that there will be significant flooding due to damage caused in recent severe weather.“People are asked to make alternative arrangements to stay with friends and family. If anyone is not able to do so then they will be accommodated, however, there is limited capacity to do so.“We understand that there will be some concern around not being able to return home, however, our priority is to ensure people are kept safe and well and are not taking unnecessary risks.“This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and we appreciate that there is significant impact on this community, however, this is an unprecedented, fast-moving, emergency situation.“We will keep people regularly updated and we are working with our partners to resolve the issue as quickly as we can.” 9:11PM”Horrified” residents fear the whole town could be “decimated” within minutes, witness says 6:33PMWhat Whaley Bridge dam looked like a year ago… Sandbags are being used to help shore up dam wall at Whaley BridgeMore than 6,000 people have been told to leave their homes amid fears the dam could burst https://t.co/BrCWXF9AtV pic.twitter.com/jJKLDsfGFZ— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) August 1, 2019 4:54PMPictures of the dam show the extent of the damage 7:47PMThe latest from Derbyshire police An RAF Chinook is being drafted in overnight on Thursday to help prevent the dam from collapsing further.Derbyshire Police said over 400 tonnes of aggregate will be used to divert water from entering the reservoir.Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann, chairwoman of the Local Resilience Forum, said: “To move the substantial amount of aggregate into place – a Chinook helicopter will be operating in the area in the coming hours to allow precise placement and divert the flow of the water.”With all that said, at this time the future of the dam wall remains in the balance and I would remind people of the very real danger posed to them should the wall collapse.”Water pumps will continue to remove water from the reservoir to relieve pressure on the dam wall. 9:01PMFurther evacuations take place downstream of river, police say Workers inspect a damaged dam after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, Britain August 1, 2019. 4:52PMDerbyshire Police say the situation is ‘unprecedented’ 5:33PM”Lucky we live up the hill”  6:14PMMother evacuated with her children: “The scary part will be what happens next” An aerial photograph shows the damage to the damCredit: PHIL NOBLE/Reuters 5:52PM”It could cause a massive flood” Toddbrook Reservoir is on the north-west edge of the Peak District National Park, sitting above the small town of Whaley Bridge.It was built in 1831, according to some experts, while the Environment Agency record it as being built between 1840-41.The structure supplies water to the Peak Forest Canal, a waterway in northern England running between the town and Ashton under Lyne.Owned by the Canal & River Trust, the reservoir is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to local wildlife.Reservoir safety is maintained by inspections under an act created in 1930 and strengthened in 1975, according to experts, but flooding and other weather events have led to concerns about safety of older structures. 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. Evacuated from work. Lucky we live up the hill #whaleybridge pic.twitter.com/3K6B3xz2h1— David Brocklehurst (@D8rok) August 1, 2019 This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and we appreciate that there is significant impact on this community, however, this is an unprecedented, fast-moving, emergency situation.— Derbyshire Police (@DerbysPolice) August 1, 2019 Trauma nurse Philomena Smith, 53, lives on a road above the reservoir.She told The Telegraph: “Many Whaley Bridge residents who were on the bridge yesterday looking over the dam said they have lived here all their lives and never seen anything like this.“If the dam overflows it will join the River Goyt and be a disaster.“Even last night many houses had started to place sandbags up against their doors.“Today the bridge is now closed and the concrete has broken away – the whole village has been evacuated and Whaley Bridge is completely closed off due to the high risk of the dam collapsing.“My husband is working in Buxton but may not be able to get home tonight.” An aerial photograph shows the damage to the dam 7:03PMTeams work to keep the water under control The Toddbrook Reservoir dam after it was damaged in heavy rainfall.Credit:PA 12:51AMWhat is the history of the reservoir? Derbyshire Police said further evacuations were taking place downstream of the reservoir as work continues to ensure the structure of the damaged wall.A small number of properties in Furness Vale and New Mills – outside Whaley Bridge but inside the flood risk area – are in the process of being evacuated.A number of roads in the area remain closed, police said. Edwina Currie, the former MP, lives in a 400-year-old cottage above Whaley Bridge. “The first job is to lower the level as safely as possible – that means taking risks further downstream,” she told the BBC.“It’s more important to try to save the dam and get it repaired.“As dusk fell last night the only vehicles in the main street of Whaley Bridge belonged to the emergency services.A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “We understand that there will be some concern around not being able to return home. However, our priority is to ensure people are kept safe and well and are not taking unnecessary risks.“This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and we appreciate there is a significant impact on this community. However, this is an unprecedented, fast-moving, emergency situation.”The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning, suggesting a danger to life, covering the River Goyt at Whaley Bridge. It states that the river could “rise rapidly” due to water rushing in from the reservoir.Police have closed railway lines in the Whaley Bridge area amid concerns a dam will burst and cause flooding, East Midlands Trains said.Trains on the route between Liverpool Lime Street and Norwich are disrupted due to the predicted flooding. read more