How the ichthyosaur got its fins

first_imgReptiles first evolved on the land, but several groups later returned to the oceans, including the ichthyosaurs. The evolutionary origins of these top predators, some of them as large as today’s sperm whales, have long been unclear. But now researchers have found fossils of a small, semiaquatic reptile that may exemplify the group’s transition back to the sea.Ichthyosaurs (which in Greek means “fish lizards”) lived from about 248 million years ago to about 95 million years ago, says Da-Yong Jiang, a vertebrate paleontologist at Peking University in Beijing. Species ranged in size from 1 meter to 20 meters long, and many of these streamlined, sharp-toothed creatures evolved to resemble dolphins and whales. Like modern-day marine mammals, which also returned to the sea from life on land, they were air-breathers.The new fossil of the presumed proto-ichthyosaur was unearthed from rocks in eastern China in 2011. Those rocks were laid down as marine sediments about 248 million years ago, Jiang says. The well-preserved fossil is quite complete, with only a portion of the tail missing, he notes. 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But most bones in the forelimbs were small and widely separated, a sign that the forelimbs were likely cartilage-filled flippers and not legs, Jiang says. The creature’s hindlimbs were reduced in size, another adaptation for life at sea. The new species’ name, Cartorhynchus lenticarpus, comes from the Greek words for “short snout” (another feature of the fossil) and Latin words for “flexible wrist.” The creature’s heavy bones, like a scuba diver’s weight belt, counteracted natural buoyancy and probably enabled it to forage in shallow coastal waters, Jiang says. Yet C. lenticarpus could probably get around well on land using its flippers, just as seals and sea lions do today. Jiang and his colleagues describe the new species online today in Nature.C. lenticarpus “is the closest thing we have to a terrestrial ancestor” of ichthyosaurs, says Valentin Fischer, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Liège in Belgium, who wasn’t connected to the research. He first saw reports of the fossils at a meeting of paleontologists a couple of years ago. Afterward, he notes, “I stood up and thought, ‘This is going to be huge.’ ”Although C. lenticarpus is on the way to an aquatic lifestyle, Fischer notes, its head and snout aren’t fully streamlined, and its flexible flippers may have been more useful for getting around on land than for propulsion during swimming. Nevertheless, he suggests, the creature could comfortably get around in terrestrial and aquatic environments.C. lenticarpus evolved just a few million years after the end-of-Permian mass extinctions, which wiped out as many as 90% of the species on land and 70% of those in the oceans. Therefore, Fischer says, many ecological niches were vacant and ready for evolution to fill them with new and interesting creatures. Reptiles returning to the seas were just one such experiment, and C. lenticarpus was just one species in that gradual evolution.“There are more ancestral forms [of ichthyosaurs] still to be found,” Fischer notes. Unearthing such species, he adds, could help paleontologists identify the terrestrial creatures from which ichthyosaurs evolved.Yet C. lenticarpus, a creature with obvious aquatic specializations, “might destroy the once-popular idea that we’re destined to find semiterrestrial ‘walking proto-ichthyosaurs,’ ” says Darren Naish, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, who also wasn’t connected to the study. “We won’t find them because ichthyosaurs and their kin emerged from a group that was already strongly aquatic.”last_img read more

London Olympics: Third straight lost for Indian hockey team, loses 2-5 to Germany

first_imgA jittery India crashed to a 2-5 defeat against Germany for their third straight reverse in Group B of the Olympic men’s hockey competition here Friday.The Germans, while recording their third consecutive win, gave a fine exhibition of their efficiency based on strong basics, the Indians, after an enthusiastic 15 minutes at the start, simply caved in under pressure.Leading the German charge was 20-year old Florian Fuchs with three strikes (7th, 16th, 37th) and Oliver Korn (24th) and Christopher Wesley (33rd) chipped in with one apiece while India’s goals came from Ramachandra Raghunath, whose 14th minute drag-flick got deflected into the net, and Tushar Khandkar (62nd).While Germany and the Netherlands are virtually assured of semi-final berths with nine points apiece, India are out of medal contention and have to be content to play for minor positions regardless of their results against South Korea and Belgium in their remaining two league games.The Indians showed a lot of dash and flair in the first quarter when they had the German defence under pressure and even struck the equaliser, but faded away once the defending champions got going.As always, India’s game was all about instinct and individual skills rather than any structure or plan in sharp contrast to the well-drilled Germans who epitomized team effort.As in the previous game, it was the Indian midfield and deep defence that were guilty of unpardonable lapses by way of leaving a lot of space for the German forwards and also poor marking inside the striking circle.advertisementThe Indian defence was repeatedly caught flat-footed by the long balls that the Germans employed with success while swinging from defence to attack in the blink of an eye. Their slick ball rotation too put the Indians in a tangle.After repelling early Indian raids, Germany took the lead. Fuchs latched on to a long ball and his first attempt came off goalkeeper Sreejesh’s pads, but even as the custodian lost his footing, the German forward reverse flicked to the second post past defenders Manpreet Singh and Ignace Tirkey.India kept their composure to force a penalty corner that Raghunath converted as a defender unwittingly deflected his attempt past an otherwise solid goalkeeper Max Weinhold.Thereafter, it was virtually a one-way traffic as Germany stepped up the pace while the back-pedalling left acres of space to be exploited. Fuchs struck again to put the Germans ahead as he swept home a rebound off Sreejesh.Goals by Korn, who put home another rebound after Sreejesh had foiled veteran Mathias Witthaus for the third goal and just before the break, Wesley scored off a Christopher Zeller pass to give Germany a commanding 4-1 lead.In less than a minute after resumption, the Germans moved to a 5-1 lead as Fuchs completed a swift Zeller move to virtually seal the game.While the Germans then seemed to step off the pedal, the Indians managed to put together a few moves leading to a couple of penalty corners, but on the day, Weinhold was simply unbeatable under the German bar.With about 15 minutes left, Sreejesh made way for the original lead goalkeeper and team captain Bharat Chetri, but by then, the damage was irreparable.In the last quarter, India with their pride at stake, managed to strike their second goal as Khandekar found the boards with a weak push that Weinhold shockingly allowed between his feet, but it was all too little too late for the Indians.last_img read more

‘Let’s do better’

first_imgAnd while the Philippines is seeded to the next edition, being co-hosts with Indonesia and Japan, Pangilinan wants the country to put its best foot forward and not let anything like what took place in China happen again.“We should develop a team as early as now. Just because we’re [seeded] as host, [it doesn’t mean] we should not prepare,” he said. “There’s a tendency kasi na kapag kasali na, we’ll take it easy. We should take it seriously.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Gilas wound up winless in five games in Foshan and Beijing, losing to European powers Italy and Serbia by an average of 52.5 points.“It’s more pressure on us because we’re playing before our countrymen,” added the chair emeritus of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, Jimmy Alapag, who is in Macau with the San Miguel Beermen in the Terrific 12 tournament, said that he would be ready when called upon for national duty—in a different capacity this time.Alapag said that he feels honored that his name is being floated as one of the candidates for the coaching post.In a related development, Ryan Gregorio, a PBA champion coach with Purefoods who is now the special assistant to Panlilio at the SBP, said that he will always make himself “available for Philippine basketball, but not necessarily as a coach. I’m retired.” —WITH REPORTS FROM MARK GIONGCO AND BONG LOZADASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man View comments This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is looking to mold the next national team in the European style of play, like the one flaunted by Nikola Jokic and Serbia. —FIBA.BASKETBALLCage patron Manny V. Pangilinan apologized for Gilas Pilipinas’ disastrous Fiba World Cup performance in China and vowed to improve on that when the country takes its turn hosting the conclave in four years.“It’s our duty to apologize,” Pangilinan said in a press briefing at Naia Terminal 3 after landing Tuesday from Beijing where he accepted the flag for the 2023 hosting. “Pero tapos na yun (that’s over and done with). Let’s do better.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Dyip import will surprise MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Starting early means naming a new coach after Yeng Guiao stepped down last Saturday.And SBP president Al Panlilio, who was also present at the press briefing, said that they haven’t discussed that part yet, even with the Southeast Asian Games having a Sept. 30 deadline.“We will have to meet,” Panlilio told the Inquirer in a separate interview, although he hinted at hiring a foreign coach—one familiar with the European style of basketball—when pressed by reporters during the briefing. “We will just have to do it quickly.”The names of Tab Baldwin of Ateneo, Tim Cone of Barangay Ginebra and even Jong Uichico, among others, have cropped up as potential replacements for Guiao.But Panlilio said that the SBP “really [doesn’t] have anything yet” on a new coach.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’last_img read more

Honor extends its festive offer on Flipkart, claims to have sold over 1 million devices during festive sale

first_imgHuawei’s sub-brand Honor has announced to extend its Diwali festive sale on Flipkart. The company claims that it sold over 1 million devices during the recent festive season sale on Flipkart, Amazon and Honor store. Honor says that Honor 9N was the star product of Flipkart BIg Billion Days while the Honor 8X was announced as best seller in the Rs 12,000-15,000 category during the Amazon Great Indian Festival sale.”The phenomenal response received during the Diwali season has also motivated Honor to extend its attractive offers on its best-selling smartphones on Flipkart such as Honor 9Lite, Honor 7S, Honor 9i and Honor 10 from November 9 till November 12 2018,” company said in a press statement. The Flipkart Diwali sale ended on November 5 but Honor will continue its sale on the website till November 12 now.Honor is offering a price cut across its wide-range of smartphones. Here are the top deals from Flipkart and Honor on some of the company’s top phones:Honor 7S: Honor 7S is available for sale at a price drop of Rs 1000. The phone sells at Rs 8999 on other days than the sale. Honor 7S comes with a 5.45-inch display and is powered by quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. The phone packs 16GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. On the optics front, the Honor 7S packs a 13MP primary camera on the rear and a 5MP front shutter for selfies. It is backed by a 3020mAh battery.Honor 7A: The phone is selling at Rs 8999 instead of Rs 10999. The Honor 7A comes with a 5.70-inch display and is powered by octa-core processor. It packs in 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. The Huawei Honor 7A comes with a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera on the rear and a 8MP front shooter for selfies.advertisementHonor 9N: Honor 9N is available at Rs 13,999 during the sale period. The original price is Rs 15,999. Honor 9N comes with a 5.84-inch display and is powered by 2.36GHz octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. The phone packs a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera on the rear and a 16MP front camera. The phone is powered by a 3000mAh battery.Honor 9 Lite: The phone is selling at Rs 14,999 instead of Rs 16,999 during the Honor-Flipkart sale. There is up to Rs 10,200 off on exchange also. Honor 9 Lite sports a 5.65-inch display and is powered by octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs expandable 64GB of internal storage. There is a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera on the rear. On the front, it comes with a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera. It is backed by a 3000mAh battery.Honor 9i: Honor 9i is selling at Rs 12,999 instead of Rs 19,999. The phone gets extra Rs 7200 off on exchange on Flipkart. Honor 9i sports a 5.84-inch display and is powered by 2.36GHz octa-core processor. It omes with a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. The phone packs a 13MP rear camera and a 16MP front camera. It is powered by a 3000mAh battery.Honor 10: This is one of the biggest price drop. Honor has set the price of the flagship Honor 10 at Rs 24,999 instead of Rs 35,999. The phone is The phone sports a 5.84-inch display and is powered by octa-core processor with 6GB of RAM. The phone packs 128GB of internal storage. The Honor 10 packs a 16MP primary camera and a 24MP secondary camera on the rear and a 24MP front camera.last_img read more

Post Kabir Singh’s success, Shahid Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter to star in Ram Madhvani’s next?

first_imgShahid Kapoor is the toast of the town these days. The actor’s latest release Kabir Singh crossed the Rs 100 crore mark within a week of its release.After Kabir Singh, the actor is all set to choose his next film. According to reports in an entertainment website, the actor is considering to star in remake of Jersey, a 2019 Telugu-language sports drama. The film will be made under Nikkhil Advani’s banner and Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.He is also in talks to star in an untitled project by director Ram Madhvani. Ram directed Sonam Kapoor’s 2016 film Neerja.It is reported that Shahid has already decided to star in the film. A source close to the development told the website, “It’s an adventure based action drama. He plays a biker in the film. The movie is expected to roll sometime around January next year. Shahid is definitely doing the film.”It is also reported that since the film’s story revolves around two brothers, the makers approached Ishaan, Shahid’s real-life brother, to play his brother on the big screen. The source told the website, “Ishaan Khatter has been offered the other part. When Shahid was told about this, he was extremely happy about the development. Ishaan too has liked the script and okayed it. The story is extremely hard hitting and emotional at the same time, and perfectly suits the two bhais.”Shahid and Kiara Advani, who featured opposite Shahid in Kabir Singh, are on cloud nine after the massive success of their film. In fact, the Kaminey actor took to Instagram to share a happy picture with Kiara and director Sandeep Reddy Vanga to celebrate the opening weekend collection.advertisementThough Kabir Singh is a hit, the film didn’t go down well with the critics. Giving the film 1.5 out of 5 stars, India Today reviewer Ananya Bhattacharya wrote, “Kabir Singh spends 120 minutes of its 154 in showing Kabir either drinking or drunk or snorting cocaine or needling in morphine or fighting with people or, slapping his girlfriend or screaming at her. Or making out. In the remaining 24 minutes, his repentance is done with, and we all go home with a happy ending. If you think it is okay, if you think it is justified because ‘movie hai yaar, it’s not real life’, you are part of the problem. Misogyny is not cool. Neither is Kabir Singh.”ALSO READ | Kabir Singh Movie ReviewALSO READ | Kabir Singh box office collection Day 1: Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani film gets fantastic openingALSO READ | Mira Rajput on Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh: So proud of you baby. It is your time to shineALSO READ | Vijay Deverakonda on Kabir Singh: I wish blockbuster success to Shahid Kapoor and Kiara AdvaniALSO READ | Shahid Kapoor reveals why Kabir Singh is the first remake in his entire careerALSO WATCH | Men and women can coexist if they understand each other, says Shahid Kapoorlast_img read more

19 days agoJames delighted playing with ex-U9 pal Mount at Chelsea

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say James delighted playing with ex-U9 pal Mount at Chelseaby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReece James is delighted playing with Mason Mount at Chelsea.Growing up the year group below Mount, the two would often train and play together, a bond that has remained from Under-9s to the Champions League.”I’ve known Mason since he was nine years old so it’s great to be playing with him now in a Champions League game,” James told”It’s a dream come true. When I was nine or 10, he was in the year above but when we played at tournaments, we were in the same [year-born] age group so we’d play together then. We were good friends and we still are now.”It’s fantastic to see the young players coming through together and it just reflects on how good the Academy actually is. Frank helps us a lot, he wants as many young players as possible to play and he’s there to give you opportunities if he feels you deserve it.” last_img read more

7 Clemson Commits Earn All-American Honors

first_img MaxPreps just released its preseason high school All-American teams, with seven different Clemson football commits receiving honors.Bowman, Bresee, Davis, Uiagalelei, and four-star defensive tackle Tre Williams all made the first-team.2019 Preseason High School All-American Football Team.🏈 @Runzekerun01✍️— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) July 29, 2019They’re joined by Murphy and four-star safety RJ Mickens crack the second team. Flowe and Burch, who are not yet part of the Clemson class but very well may wind up Tigers, are also first teamers.We didn’t need much more evidence that Clemson is parlaying its recent success into some crazy recruiting, but MaxPreps certainly doesn’t hurt matters.In college football, the rich often get richer. Clemson is benefitting from that reality in a big way.[MaxPreps] View of helmets of the Clemson Tigers.CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 03: A detailed view of the helmets of the Clemson Tigers before their game against the Louisville Cardinals at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson football is building what is, on paper, one of the best recruiting classes that we’ve ever seen. The 19-person class is currently ranked No. 1 in the country.As of today, six of Clemson’s commits are five-star players, far more than any other team at this juncture. Those six are joined by another eight four-star players.DT Bryan Bresee (No. 2 overall recruit), DE Myles Murphy (No. 4), QB DJ Uiagalelei (No. 12), RB Demarkcus Bowmwan (No. 16), DT Demonte Capehart (No. 26), and CB Fred Davis II (No. 27) are the headliners from the group.They aren’t done yet either, with five-stars Justin Burch and Justin Flowe firmly in the mix as well.last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah is a legend: Krunal Pandya after MI pacer’s match-winning effort

first_imgJasprit Bumrah is a legend: Krunal Pandya after MI pacer’s match-winning effortJasprit Bumrah’s 3/20 in four overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore was crucial to Mumbai Indians’ six-run triumph in an IPL clash here on Thursday.advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 12:53 IST All-rounder Krunal Pandya was gushing in his praise for Jasprit Bumrah (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBumrah picked up the wickets of Kohli, Hetmyer and de GrandhommeBumrah has picked four wickets in two matches so farBumrah’s performance helped MI defend 187 vs RCB at M ChinnaswamyCalled a legend by his Mumbai Indians teammate Krunal Pandya, India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah says he backs himself to deliver no matter what the situation is and always focusses on his strengths.Bumrah’s 3/20 in four overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore was crucial to Mumbai Indians’ six-run triumph in an IPL clash here on Thursday.”You go ball by ball and you try to control the controllables. You try to back yourself in the situation,” the man-of-the-match winner said in the presentation ceremony.”You don’t go too far behind, I was just focussing on my plan and trying to back my strengths. I always try to back myself in any situation and execute the plan to perfection. I have always taken care of my body,” added the pacer, who had hurt his shoulder in the previous match but got fit just in time for this game.All-rounder Krunal Pandya was gushing in his praise for the bowler, who is ranked No.1 in the ICC world rankings.”It was a great game. We were in-out throughout the second innings. The way Bumrah bowled, he is a legend. The way he’s giving consistent performances whether he is playing for India or Mumbai Indians; he is outstanding,” he said.Pandya also lauded his brother, Hardik Pandya for the 14-ball unbeaten 32 on Thursday.”Whatever I have seen of Hardik this year, he’s striking the ball very well. For me, it was excepted, what he did,” he said.”He’s in a good mind space. I’m pretty sure he’ll be delivering for MI consistently. It’s important to get a win in the second game only, sets the momentum for the team,” he said.advertisementAshleigh Barty, of Australia, right, shakes hands with Anett Kontaveit, of Estonia, after Barty’s 6-3, 6-3 win in their semifinal match of the Miami Open tennis tournament.Also Read | Mumbai Indians lucky to have Jasprit Bumrah: Virat Kohli after RCB defeatAlso Read | Missed no-ball was bad luck for us: RCB spinner Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Read | Felt like Stuart Broad when Yuvraj hit me for 3 consecutive sixes: Yuzvendra ChahalFor 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 IPL 2019Follow Mumbai IndiansFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Krunal PandyaFollow RCB v MIlast_img read more

10 Products to Help Your Home Smell Like a Cabin in the Woods

first_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Whether it be the fresh scent of summer or the flowery fragrance of spring, every season has a distinct bouquet that sets it apart from all the rest. For winter, we swap out the pungent perfume of sunscreen and barbecue for the crisp smells of leaves, smoky campfires, pine needles, and cedar trees.While these aromas are best enjoyed sitting on the porch of a secluded log cabin, you don’t have to move to the woods to experience the same satisfaction and nostalgia. To bring the great outdoors into the comfort of your own home, smell some of our favorite items guaranteed to give you all the fall and winter feels.Campfire Candle – $22The soy-based Campfire Candle from Square Trade Goods Co. will transport you to the side of a raging campfire. The scents of cedar and pine mingle with amber to create an aroma that’s both comforting and beguiling.Shop NowDouglas Fir Incense – $12The Douglas Fir Campfire Incense from Juniper Ridge perfectly captures the delicious smell of a Pacific Northwest forest. Made from tree sap and pine wood, these sticks are ideal for anyone who loves the scent of a campground.Shop NowWinter Forest Room Spray – $20The Winter Forest Room Spray from Williams Sonoma brings a deep, woodsy scent to any abode. The invigorating mist combines pine essential oils with cedar wood, cinnamon, patchouli, thyme, and citrus to create the alluring aroma of the great outdoors. The scent is also available in a variety of other products.Shop NowLog Cabin Diffuser – $36As its name suggests, the Log Cabin Diffuser from Hillhouse Naturals brings the coziness of a forest cabin right into your home. Bold spices mix with vanilla for a calming fragrance that hangs beautifully in a bedroom or hallway.Shop NowCedar Sachet – $4Grab a dozen or so of these cedar sachets from Woodlore and hide them throughout your house. These are great for kitchen drawers and bathroom cabinets. You can even tuck them away behind a picture frame to perfume your home with the woodsy scent of cedar.Shop NowMrs. Meyer’s Holiday Trio – $8If you really want to go all in on the cozy outdoor fantasy, why not incorporate it into your cleaning routine? This perky trio (including hand soap, surface cleaner, and dish soap) from Mrs. Meyer’s is infused with hints of cedar, orange, peppermint, and clove, ensuring that while you’re busy sprucing up, your indoor space will be busy spruce-ing up itself. Get it?Shop NowDiptyque Feu de Bois Candle – $35To have a Diptyque candle is to fall madly in love with said Diptyque candle, and this one, in particular, is well worth it. Meant to evoke the fragrance of a warm fire, its combination of rare wood oils will brighten up the chilliest spaces and quickly put you in the mood for making s’mores.Shop NowAromatech Forest Oil – $12Built with overtones of pine, balsam, fir, and moss, the Forest Oil from Aromatech is perfect for those who love the smell of a forest after it rains. Crisp yet muddled, bright yet complicated, this essence packs quite a punch and is sure to induce plenty of nostalgia. Pair with your favorite oil diffuser.Shop NowNorthern Lights Evergreen Forest Room Spray – $14For something a little more subtle, try the Evergreen Forest room spray from Northern Lights. Composed of Fraser fir, balsam, blue spruce, and cedarwood extracts, this concoction gently blankets any space with the earthy musk of Mother Nature herself. If you end up really digging the aroma, the brand also offers it in a variety of different candles.Shop NowSKOG Fragrance Diffuser – $62With impressions of pine, fir, woodland lily of the valley, and aged leather, this fragrance diffuser from SKOG is designed to capture the essence of a Scandinavian forest. The well-rounded scent is strong without being overpowering and is said to last for up to three months.Shop Now The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workoutlast_img read more

Cosco Guangdong Delivers Newbuild Bulk Carrier …

first_imgzoom The Board of Directors of COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited announced that COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard Co., Ltd, has delivered a bulk carrier of 57,000DWT, “GREENER”, to its Asian buyer.The delivery documents were signed by and between COSCO Guangdong and the buyer recently.The bulk carrier measures 189.99 meters in LOA (length of all), 32.26 meters in breadth and 18 meters in depth.COSCO, October 30, 2013last_img

Sabyasachi trolled over overdressed post apologises

first_imgNew Delhi: Ace fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee on Sunday offered an apology after netizens trolled him over an “overdressed women” post on Instagram. Earlier this week, he shared a post on the photo sharing platform. Some of its lines like — “If you see a woman overdressed, caked with make-up, armoured with jewellery, it is most likely that she is wounded” — did not go down well with netizens. Some called it “ridiculous” and others questioned who was handling his social media accounts. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography Sabyasachi used the same platform to issue an apology. He began by saying: “I thought a lot about whether to post this, but sometimes it is important to set the record straight and get the right message across. Having been in the fashion industry for over 20 years, I have encountered it firsthand and commented about it in many of my interviews – how, while many women use fashion and beauty for joy and self-expression, others use it as ‘retail therapy’ to fill in the gaps and voids in their lives.” Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot He also pointed out that we, as a society, often get extremely judgemental about peoples’ clothing choices, calling them ‘overdressed’ or ‘tacky’ or ‘inappropriate’. “We fail to understand that maybe some are using these as coping mechanisms to put on a brave front to make up for the lack of a support system,” he wrote. The true essence of the post, he said, was to ask people to be aware, empathetic and not judgemental of peoples’ personal clothing choices, which could be a manifestation of their internal anguish. “One of the bigger issues in society today, that very few people address, is mental health, and a little bit of awareness, empathy and kindness go a long way in acknowledging it,” wrote Sabyasachi. Talking about his personal life, he shared: “I have coped with crippling depression as a teenager for seven years. I found my coping mechanism through radical clothing choices. I was sneered at and bullied, but it helped me find my way again.” “When I was creating this jewellery collection, I referred to (Rabindranath) Tagore’s ‘Monihara’ because it talks about these issues, which are sadly more relevant today. And I, for one, have never shied away from speaking about uncomfortable truths, no matter how disruptive it might be for my personal gain. “Because when power is given, social responsibility should not be shunned. The mistake, however, was to use the reference as a blanket statement, as sometimes when we are passionate about an issue, we end up becoming overzealous and hence, tone deaf. “My sincere apologies for that.” “The original post (however flawed) was put up to invite introspection and debate about how love, sensitivity and compassion, alongside expressions of art, beauty and fashion can create a net positive in the world. I invite everyone to democratically join this debate,” he concluded.last_img read more

A list of deadly Canadian fires

first_imgSeven children, all members of a Syrian family who arrived in Canada about two years ago, died in an early morning house fire Tuesday in Halifax, the worst fire toll in recent memory in Nova Scotia. Some other deadly Canadian fires:— January 2018: Four children died in a house fire in Pubnico Head, N.S. The fast-moving fire was ignited by heat coming from a wood stove.— April 2017: An 80-year-old woman and her three adult sons died in a house fire in St. George, N.B.— February 2017: A house fire killed a 19-year-old woman and her parents in Brampton, Ont.— December 2016: A Christmas Eve cottage fire killed a Toronto family of four on Stoney Lake in Douro-Dummer Township near Peterborough, Ont.— December 2016: Four boys between the ages of three months and seven years old died alongside their father in a house fire on the Oneida Nation of the Thames First Nation near London, Ont.— March 2016: Three generations of a single family died in March 2016 when a fire decimated a home on the Pikangikum First Nation. The nine victims included a months-old infant.— February 2015: Four brothers died in a house fire southeast of Kane, Man. Their mother escaped with three of their siblings, but the boys were sleeping on the second floor of a two-storey farmhouse and could not get out.— March 2014: Three teenagers died in a fire in an empty building in Charlottetown, P.E.I.— January 2014: A fire at the Residence du Havre nursing home in L’Isle-Verte, Que., killed 32 people.— March 2011: A grandfather and his two grandchildren died in a fire in God’s Lake Narrows, Man.— June 2009: A retirement home blaze in Orillia, Ont., killed four people.— August 1980: Twenty-one people died in a nursing home fire in Mississauga, Ont.— December 1976: Twenty-two people died in a nursing home fire in Goulds, N.L.— 1969: A nursing home fire in Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Que., claimed 54 lives.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lack of cyber security training at some companies is putting your data

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – From hotels to schools and even hospitals, your personal information is in the hands of dozens of industries that are under prepared for the threats of modern cyber security.A new report titled Beyond the Phish from cyber security firm Proofpoint Inc. shows many employees are lacking the knowledge to recognize malware and phishing scams.Workers in education performed the worst, followed by transportation, energy, healthcare and manufacturing.Tallying more than 130 million responses to a quiz on security, the company found 22 per cent of all answers were incorrect, up from the previous year when 19 per cent of the answers were incorrect.The Proofpoint test looked at how much people understand about phishing scams, ransomware, the data life cycle, using social media, working safely outside the office.Last year the hotel and hospitality industry earned “the dubious honour” of scoring the worst on the test – with 24 per cent of its answers logged as incorrect. This year that industry improved slightly and logged a 19 per cent error rate.Proofpoint researchers say regular training for employees is the best way to keep data safe as under educated staff are the weakest link in the security chain.“We have long advocated for ongoing security awareness training. This research-proven approach can keep users more engaged and help them retain more of what they’ve learned,” says the report.That training doesn’t stop at management. Proofpoint highlights the need for executives to brush up on their ability to spot risks and manage their mobile devices – as they often have access to some of a company’s most sensitive data.last_img read more

As quakes wreak havoc for second year UN urges seismic threats be

The new statistics published by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) show that 20,943 people lost their lives in earthquakes last year out of a total of 29,782 people directly killed by 302 disasters.The earthquake fatalities included 19,846 who died in Japan in March while the remainder were largely accounted for by the October earthquake in Turkey, according to a news release issued by the Geneva-based UNISDR.UNISDR chief Margareta Wahlström said that the many major cities located in seismic zones need to take seriously the probability of return events even if many years have passed since the last seismic event of major magnitude.“In 2010 we saw this phenomenon as well when over 220,000 people died in Haiti, which had not been hit by an earthquake of such strength for almost 200 years,” she noted.“Unless we prepare for the worst then many earthquake-prone urban areas around the world are destined to see even greater loss of life in the future as more and more people move to cities.”In 2011 major disasters in terms of human impact and economic losses occurred in high and middle-income countries, according to the new figures. These included the Brazil floods (January), the Japan earthquake/tsunami (March), Hurricane Irene in the United States (August/September), floods in Thailand (August to December), the earthquake in Turkey (October), and the storm Sendong (Washi) in the Philippines (December).Brazil’s floods were the deadliest in the country’s history, claiming 900 lives, while those in Thailand constituted the country’s most expensive natural catastrophe, costing $40 billion.“It was notable last year that many of the disasters were in high- and middle-income countries which have the resources for better disaster prevention,” noted Professor Debby Guha-Sapir, Director of CRED at the University of Louvain, Belgium.CRED estimates the economic losses from disasters in 2011 at $366 billion compared to $243 billion in the last record year of 2005.Other major causes of disaster deaths last year were floods, which claimed over 5,000 lives, and storms, which claimed over 3,000. Extreme temperatures claimed 231 lives compared to the annual 10-year average of 14,731 between 2001 and 2010.Overall, 206 million people were affected by a total of 302 recorded disaster events last year, the new figures show. Some 106 million people were hit by floods while 60 million were affected by drought, mainly in China and in the Horn of Africa, and storms impacted on 34 million people.More than 45 per cent of the disasters that occurred in 2011 took place in Asia. Over 85 per cent of those killed and those affected globally and 75 per cent of economic damages were also in Asia.Meanwhile, Europe experienced very few disasters and impacts in 2011 with the lowest numbers killed, numbers affected and economic damages since 1990. 18 January 2012The United Nations is urging that seismic threats be taken seriously as it published new data today showing that major earthquakes claimed thousands of lives and affected millions of people in both 2010 and 2011. read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 43.66 points to 15,764.66, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 40.29 points to 22,701.93. The S&P 500 index was up 6.40 points to 2,544.14 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 17.87 points to 6,552.50.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.80 cents US, down from Wednesday’s average price of 80.13 cents US.The November crude contract was up 89 cents to US$50.87 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was up two cents at US$2.96 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down 20 cents to US$1,276.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was up eight cents to US$3.04 a pound.

Tiger Woods Used To Be One Of Golfs Longest Hitters — Until

Tiger Woods Used To Be One Of Golfs Longest Hitters — Until

With Tiger Woods restored to his familiar place among golf’s major winners, it’s tempting to allow the sports nostalgia to seep in. Tiger’s back! It’s just like the 1990s again! But as is the case in every sport, the game that Woods played 20 years ago is very different from today’s version and, if anything, makes his win at the Masters last month all the more impressive.Perhaps the biggest difference involves the sheer power of modern hitters. In 1995, Woods’s last season before turning pro, the average qualified PGA Tour golfer hit the ball 263.6 yards per drive; the leader, John Daly, checked in at 289.0 yards per drive. So far this season, the average is 292.9 yards per drive, and tour leader Cameron Champ checks in at 315.7. That’s right — the average drive distance from 2019 would have led the PGA Tour each season through 1996. Woods’s mark in 19971The first year Tiger played enough as a pro to qualify for the PGA Tour’s leaderboards. of 294.8 ranked second only to Daly’s 302.0. A 294.8-yard average today would rank just 86th of the 214 golfers on tour — tied with the slumping former World No. 1 Jordan Spieth. And just like the existing players increased their power through technology, existing major hosts have added length to offset it. Sixteen courses hosted a major in both the 1990s and 2010s; those courses averaged 7,011.6 yards back then and 7,307.9 yards now — an increase of 296.3 yards on average. Even the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Long Island, which hosts this weekend’s PGA Championship, has increased its length by 222 yards since it hosted Woods’s U.S. Open victory back in 2002.We should note that both the boom in driving distances and the Tiger-proofing craze have largely leveled off since the mid-2000s. The average PGA Tour drive continues to creep up by a couple of yards every few years, but today’s long-drive leaders, such as Champ, Johnson and Rory McIlroy, are mostly hitting it the same distance as Bubba Watson and Robert Garrigus were a decade earlier. In that sense, the game Woods left when his 11-year major drought began in 2008 was actually similar to the one he climbed to the top of again last month.Just the same, when Tiger tees off Thursday at Bethpage in the PGA Championship, the modern sport’s power will be on full display. Woods might still smash it a solid 300 off the tee like he did in the late ’90s, but he won’t be vying for the tour lead in distance; instead, that part of his game makes him just another golfer in the middle of the pack. What once was a massive distance advantage that Woods used to rack up a -13 score relative to par on par-5s at the 1997 Masters is now nothing special. These days, just about everyone hits it like Tiger — if not better.So what happened? For one thing, pro golfers took Woods’s lead and became much stronger and more athletic. Although Daly was a freak of nature — he never worked out and bombed drives while chain-smoking and pounding Diet Cokes — today’s top players have a lot more in common with current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who stands a lean 6-foot-4, hits the ball 305 yards per drive and proudly posts shirtless Instagram photos. As we’ve written before, Woods’s current pursuit of majors has been made more difficult by an influx of younger athletes to the game that he himself helped inspire. And a big part of that younger generation’s success is linked to hitting the ball really far.But another, even bigger factor is a drastic improvement in equipment over the years. Before the 1990s, driver clubheads were significantly smaller, made of heavy material like persimmon (instead of metal) and attached to the ends of shorter, heavier metal shafts (as opposed to graphite). As more and more players began switching to modern clubs — the last major won with a persimmon driver was Bernhard Langer’s victory at the 1993 Masters — the tour began to see a massive increase in driving distance (and, interestingly enough, a decrease in driving accuracy). More than just the introduction of fitter players, established golfers were also hitting the ball harder: The 60 players who qualified for the PGA Tour driving leaderboard in both 1995 and 2005 saw an average increase of 18.6 yards per drive over that span.Simply put, lighter clubs with a longer shaft and larger clubhead surface area generate more power. As a fun exercise last year, YouTuber and PGA club pro Rick Shiels hit 10 drives with both a top-of-the-line club from about 20 years ago (the Ping TiSi Tec) and 2018 (the Ping G400 Max) and measured the results using tracking analytics. On average, Shiels estimated to have hit the ball 16 yards farther in the air (and 19 yards farther in total) with the modern driver, thanks in part to a ball velocity 4 mph faster off the clubhead:Of course, the ball itself has also made it easier to drive for huge distances. The introduction of Titleist’s Pro V1 model in 2000 — which features a “multilayer” design with a solid rubber core and thin polymer casing — instantly revolutionized the way balls were manufactured, optimizing power without sacrificing accuracy. When Shiels ran a similar test between 1998 and 2018 golf balls (using the same club for each), he drove the ball 11 yards farther through the air — and 12 yards farther in total — with the current Pro V1, thanks again to a nearly 3 mph boost in velocity off the face.These clear technological improvements have led to questions over whether such advantages should be dialed back at the pro level to make the game harder again. Although the golf ball debate rages on, many top-tier courses have been remade since the ’90s, “Tiger-proofing” themselves by adding more distance to their layouts. Par-72 major championship courses in the 1990s averaged 7,006.1 yards in total length; by the 2000s, that average became 7,319.3 yards, and this decade it’s 7,456.6 yards — a 6.4 percent increase that mirrors the change in average driving distance since the early 2000s. read more

Fickell calls for Ohio State football to move forward

As fans and media throughout Columbus continue to dwell on Ohio State’s 24-6 loss in Miami on Saturday, Buckeyes’ coach Luke Fickell said he can’t and won’t. “We have a 17-hour rule. After 17 hours, it’s over with,” Fickell said. “Doesn’t mean we forget about what happened or we forget the feeling of what happened, but we move on.” With the team’s 17-hour period of reflecting on the loss over, Fickell said his team will only concern itself with present problems. “Somebody asked, ‘What do you think this team is going to be in three weeks?’ I worry about today,” he said. “I’ll worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. “(One thing) the team can’t do is worry about what’s going to happen in three weeks, three months … that will eat you alive.” Junior defensive lineman John Simon, a captain for this Saturday’s game against Colorado, is eager to move forward with the season. He expects to learn a lot about his team after coming off its first loss of the young season. “We’re fired up. It’s an exciting week for us,” Simon said. “These are the weeks you kind of look forward to. You never want to lose, but you get to see what kind of team you have this week, seeing how we’re going to react and rebuild off this loss.” The other Buckeyes’ captain on Saturday will be junior fullback Zach Boren, who doesn’t plan to need rebuilding off of a loss again this season. “We’re going to go out and try and win every game,” Boren said. “No matter if it’s by one point or 50 points, we don’t care, we’re going to go out and win every game. That’s our mentality.” If the young Buckeyes can go on to win every game, Fickell said he believes it could leave Buckeye fans remembering the Miami loss as a mere bump in the road. “It’s ultimately where you end and not where you begin. We want to see improvement. That’s what our focus is going to be,” Fickell said. “But you have to move on.” “You still (have) to spend time on Colorado,” Fickell added. “We need to make sure we focus on what we’re doing, tackling on defense, ball security on offense.” Fickell said moving on involves holding every player accountable for his play, regardless of the player’s tenure with the team. “No excuses, whether they’re young or they’re old,” Fickell said. “We have such an incredibly high standard for those guys.” Simon echoed his coach’s feelings. “We’re not going to make excuses for ourselves. Miami came to play and got the job done. But our objective this week is Colorado,” Simon said. “We’re up to the challenge. Like I said, guys are in there this morning breaking down film, game planning, so we’re ready to go.” read more

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Nicola Furlongs sister tells court of her hatred

first_imgTHE FAMILY OF Nicola Furlong told a Japanese court today how their lives have changed since she was killed in Tokyo on 24 May last year.The 21-year-old student’s mother, Angela, said they carry a “cloak of darkness” with them at all times.Nicola’s sister, Andrea, also delivered a victim impact statement today during the trial of Richard Hinds, the American musician accused of murdering the Wexford native.After the hearing they both spoke with RTÉ News about their torment.“It was very important to get all my points across today and I did,” said Angela. “I did ask the question, ‘Why? Why my Nicola? Why did she have to die? Why did he choose her? And we did ask that question. Unfortunately, we did not get a clear answer but we got the opportunity to ask that question.Andrea recalled how she told the three judges and six jurors about her relationship with Nicola – that they were sisters and best friends.The 19-year-old added, “I explained my hatred for the accused. I really feel like I got my point across there because I’m feeling it. That’s the way I’m feeling and I’m not going to try hide it.”According to reports, two of the jurors and one judge cried during the statements.Hinds was cross-examined during today’s proceedings, stating he had no explanation for the victim’s death but admitting to putting both of his hands around her neck on the night in question. He had previously told the court he had put only one hand on her throat but blamed a translation error for the discrepancies in his testimony.Footage from the taxi that took Furlong, her friend (known as Victim A), Hinds and his friend James Blackston to the Keio Plaza hotel that night was also shown in court.Hinds has denied murder. A verdict is expected on 19 March.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are active.Yesterday: ‘It’s very, very hard. No parent should have to go through it’last_img read more

Conductive ink lets you draw working circuits on a sheet of paper

first_imgThere has been some talk over the past few years about how eventually we will all be using circuits that have been printed on paper or some form of flexible surface using inkjet technology. It makes sense: printing is very cheap and fast, paper is cheap and renewable, and the whole system can be scaled easily. But before we get to a time when such a system is the norm, two researchers have come up with a similar solution anyone can use to create their own circuits without need of any device beyond a pen and paper.A material science professor and an electrical engineering professor at the University of Illinois have created a new conductive ink that can be used to draw working circuits. The method of drawing those circuits simply involves putting the ink inside a rollerball pen. In other words, we can all start drawing with this pen and end up with a working circuit on a piece of paper.AdChoices广告The ink is a liquid metal formed from silver nanoparticles, hydroxyethyl cellulose, and an acid that gets removed from the final ink. The end result is a conductive ink that remains in liquid form until placed on a porous surface at which point it dries and becomes able to conduct electricity. The other good news is the ink holds up under folding, so you can draw a circuit, fold the paper up, and later unfold to find the circuit still works.While Arduino made experimenting with circuit boards cheap enough for homebrew development, this conductive ink potentially removes the cost barriers almost completely.Conductive pens have been around for many years, so you may think this is nothing new. As far as we can tell, existing conductive pens are used for repairing or adding traces to existing circuit boards on metal, glass, plastic, or epoxy. This new ink allows similar traces to be put on pourous surfaces such as paper, but also guarantee a higher current flow allowing for a wider breadth of uses.Read more at Physorglast_img read more