Geraint Thomas defies old habits to stay mellow in yellow until end

first_imgHerein lies the challenge for Sky, assuming it causes their bosses any loss of sleep. Dave Brailsford and his men circumnavigated France to a chorus of catcalls, with occasional punches and splashes of unidentified liquid thrown their way, and a hail of eggs directed at their bus towards the end. Such behaviour is unacceptable, but dominant foreign squads do not usually meet this kind of reception in France.Eddy Merckx had a mixed reception, but Miguel Induráin navigated five winning Tours in a row – mostly in a robotic style which makes Sky look like masters of spectacle – with barely a raised eyebrow. Over the years since their debut in 2010 – when Thomas was their star performer – the British squad have become an increasingly toxic presence, thanks to a mix of dominant riding and a weight of baggage that oscillates uncertainly between ambiguity and hypocrisy.Thomas is a credit to his sport: happily hardcore, courageous in the slightly crazy way that is the hallmark of the best, and with his feet planted firmly on the South Wales ground. He does not seem like a man who will let stardom go to his head. His roots are to be found in the dilapidated, uneven track at Maindy in Cardiff, where Tom Simpson won a silver medal in the Empire Games in 1958; his successors were to be found this week at the Newport Velodrome down the M4 to the east at the national youth and junior championships, hotly contested by Welsh youngsters including a posse from the Maindy Flyers. His will be a win that should inspire affection across the piece, but his team seem unlikely to earn more than grudging admiration. Read more Share on Facebook Read more Sportblog comment Tour de France Chris Froome says abuse on Tour de France helped Team Sky bond Geraint Thomas set to win Tour de France after taking yellow jersey to Paris Twitter Geraint Thomas celebrates in yellow. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images Share via Email Team Ineos Given the variety of ways he has managed to fall off his bike over the years, it would have been unlike Geraint Thomas to complete a Tour de France without a jitter of some kind, but a disturbing skitter of the back wheel on an early corner in Saturday’s time trial barely registered on his personal Richter scale. The Welshman is legendary for the injuries he has accumulated, among them the broken pelvis with which he completed the Tour in 2013, the collarbone he smashed in the Alps last year and the collision with a metal spring in Australia in his under-23 days which resulted in a ruptured spleen. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on WhatsApp Cyclingcenter_img Tour de France 2018 Facebook Geraint Thomas Support The Guardian Topics Pinterest Share on Twitter Until the final time trial, Thomas had not put a foot wrong in three weeks and 2,000 miles. On Sunday, he will celebrate a classic Grand Tour win, where an eventual winner avidly garners seconds until they become minutes. His victory had looked to be on the cards since the final kilometres of the first stage, where the defending champion Chris Froome had gone off the road at a particularly chaotic phase of the race, and Thomas had avoided disaster. In other years, one felt, Thomas would have been on his back with the best of them. There were echoes, too, of 2012, when Froome lost time on the first road race stage, in effect settling any potential contest for the leadership with Bradley Wiggins.From that moment in the Vendée, it was relatively plain sailing for the 32-year-old: a perfectly calculated team time trial by Team Sky, a few more seconds gained on the uphill finish at Mûr de Bretagne, a second or two snatched in intermediate bonus sprints. It was in the Alps that he truly emerged as the probable winner: his surge out of the lead group at the Alpine finish at La Rosière and his sprint to win at Alpe d’Huez underlined his freshness relative to his challengers. There was no immense drama, no spectacular coup de panache, but the time was gained inexorably; from that point, the chances of an internecine battle with Froome for the leadership began to look remote.Thomas’s only time loss of any import to a potential challenger came when Primoz Roglic won the stage into Laruns on Friday. He rode his luck, as potential Tour winners must. What if Froome had not sought road space quite so desperately in the final kilometres of day one, and had not been forced off the tarmac, losing 51sec? What if the eventual runner-up Tom Dumoulin had managed to get a rapid bike change rather than swapping a wheel when he broke a spoke approaching the finish in Mûr de Bretagne, and had lost – let us say – 13sec rather than 1min 13sec? What if Roglic’s Lotto NL-Jumbo team had ridden a team time trial to match Team Sky rather than losing 1min 11sec? … 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. Keeping your head amid the chaos proves too much for many on the Tour de France; there is a massive amount to be said for a disciplined – borderline cold-blooded – win by a hot-blooded rider, a triumph of control by a man who had often pushed the envelope too far. It was epitomised by the extreme caution with which Thomas tackled the final bends in the time trial, understandable given on how many occasions in the last 10 years another – yet another – crash had been greeted by the thought he might have won something truly major if only he had stayed upright.Like their leader, Team Sky rarely looked out of sorts, which has been the story in six of the last seven Tours de France. There were minor hiccups en route to La Rosière and Alpe d’Huez, with attacks from Alejandro Valverde and Steven Kruijswijk, but those were easily fended off. The most serious attempt came from Mikel Landa on Friday on the final Pyrenean stage, and here they found allies along the way in the form of Kruijswijk and Roglic’s Lotto NL team.Arguably, the most serious contretemps was a Keystone gendarmes moment when Froome was mistaken for a fan as he rode down from the finish at the Col de Portet on Wednesday. By the quadruple winner’s standards, this was a low-key Tour – reflected in the questions over whether or not he had won Saturday’s time trial stage before it was awarded to Dumoulin – but given the grace he showed throughout the three weeks where he had to play second fiddle to Thomas, he deserved a better reception than the one he received on the roads of France. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Ashes 2019: Australia coach Langer felt physically sick after Headingley defeat

first_imgAshes 2019: Australia coach Langer felt physically sick after Headingley defeatAshes 2019: Speaking ahead of the 4th Test in Manchester, Australia head coach Justin Langer opened up about the importance of having Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting among the support staff and the heartbreak after the 1-run loss in Headingley. advertisement Reuters ManchesterSeptember 2, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 14:57 IST Ashes 2019: Australia head coach Justin Langer said the team has put behind the disappointment of Leeds defeat (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia will take on England from September 4 in the 4th Ashes TestFormer captain Steve Waugh returns to help the team after missing the Headingley lossJustin Langer said he was physically sick after the 3rd Test defeatAustralia have brought back former captain Steve Waugh to help the squad prepare for the final stretch of the Ashes series against England as the tourists look to rebound from the painful third Test defeat at Headingley.Waugh had left the squad after the first two Tests as scheduled but has rejoined the group ahead of the fourth Test at Old Trafford starting on Wednesday.With the series locked at 1-1, one victory in the next two tests will ensure Australia retain the urn in England for the first time since Waugh’s side triumphed 4-1 in 2001.”We asked him to stay for the third Test, but he had to go back for a function,” Australia coach Justin Langer told reporters in Manchester.”But he was actually going to fly there, do the function and fly back the next day. That’s how much he’s enjoying it.”He’s been like a kid at Christmas.”Having Waugh in the backroom staff, much like Ricky Ponting taking on an assistant coaching role during the World Cup, was a priority for Langer after he faced many testing moments during his first year as coach.”Guys like Punter (Ponting) and Steve Waugh, not only do they have a great presence in the group, but they are great psychologists,” Langer added.”They’ve been in the cauldron before, they’ve seen it all, so to have that those type of guys, we are talking about developing leadership in Australian cricket, to have our guys to learn from people of that calibre is very important short term.”advertisementWas not sure whether to cry or smash my hotel room after Headingley defeat: Justin LangerAustralia’s one-wicket defeat in the third Test was a bitter pill to swallow but they would put it behind them, he said.”I actually felt physically sick after it and then I went back to my room. I wasn’t sure whether to cry my eyes out or smash my hotel room,” he said.”Everyone in that change room, probably a lot of Australians felt it, felt completely sick.”You never like to let opportunities slip… that’s OK, we’ll make sure we learn from it.”Also Read | Yuvraj Singh knew in 2013 Jasprit Bumrah would be a match-winner in TestsAlso Read | World Test Championship: FAQs and all you need to know about the inaugural tournamentAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Justin LangerFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Steve WaughFollow Ricky Ponting Nextlast_img read more

Dopp Kits for All!

first_img 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in America Editors’ Recommendations Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Après-Hike: The Best Gear Kit to Sport After the Adventure Where did the Dopp Kit get it’s name you ask? The Dopp Kit name comes from an early 20th century leather craftsman Charles Doppelt, from Chicago,  who created this style of toiletry case in 1919.  Millions of them were issued to American G.I.’s during World War II, after Doppelt landed a contract with the U.S. Army. When soldiers returned stateside, the ‘Dopps’ became a must-have item. But today, they are varied in size, form and style. Here are three:L.L. BeanCalled the “Carryall Toiletry Kit”, this durable nylon zip-closure bag has a wide opening at the top for easy to see inside and access to all of its contents without that time consuming rummaging around.  With spill proof pouches and mesh pockets featuring zip-closures, function is key.Jack SpadeNamed the “Swedish M90 Dipped Travel Kit”, it is made of extra-tough CorduraTM. Cordura is known for it’s use in high-end textiles for motorcycle jackets and pants due to its high abrasion resistance and durability.  It is then printed with a distinctive Swedish Army splinter camouflage pattern.  With its fully waterproof lining and contrast, reinforced bottom, this die-cast hardware is custom to Jack Spade.Bottega VenetaThe Ebano Intrecciato VN Toiletry Case is double-sided intrecciato (braided) VN (Veau Naturel) leather that gives added luxury to this supple toiletry case. It is also very roomy with inside zipper pockets.The name Bottega Veneta means “Venetian atelier” and the company was begun to produce artisanal leather goods. The company’s artisans developed leather-weaving techniques which remain a signature of the brand.last_img read more

Ont NDP chief of staff reinstated after suspension amid Manitoba tickling scandal

first_imgTORONTO – The leader of Ontario’s New Democrats has reinstated her chief of staff, who was briefly relieved of his duties amid allegations that he failed to properly address sexual misconduct complaints in another province.Andrea Horwath says she’s comfortable allowing Michael Balagus to resume his duties, adding he takes responsibility for his part in events that unfolded while he worked as chief of staff to the former premier of Manitoba.Several women came forward last month to allege former Manitoba finance minister Stan Struthers’ tickled and groped them between 2003 and 2014.In each case, the women said they were told to “suck it up” when they reported the behaviour to senior officials, including Balagus.Horwath says Balagus recognizes that a chief of staff is responsible for ensuring a safe work environment for subordinates, and says he has worked to improve reporting protocols for the Ontario NDP.Balagus says he apologizes to the women for his part in their experiences and says he’s committed to ensuring nothing similar happens in his current role.“Events in Manitoba underline that these issues require our full attention and our full commitment,” Balagus said in an open letter.“Every person who works on our team deserves to be respected at work, and to be listened to when they advance concerns and issues – and these events have reinforced with me my personal responsibility in my role as chief of staff to ensure this is always true.”Horwath relieved Balagus of his responsibilities as her chief of staff on Feb. 13 while she investigated whether or not it would be appropriate for him to hold the role.She issued a statement on Thursday saying she was confident in Balagus’ ability to lead her team as the party gears up for a June election.One of the women who brought complaints against Struthers expressed disgust at Balagus’ reinstatement.“I feel sick to my stomach,” tweeted Joelle Saltel-Allard, who worked as Struthers’ press secretary from 2009 to 2011. She alleged her former boss used to touch her inappropriately, putting his hand on her knee while they were driving and talking about sex acts he would enjoy.Another woman, Shannon VanRaes, said she was on a flight with Struthers in 2010 when he asked if she liked being tickled.VanRaes said she told him no, but she alleged Struthers put his hand under her skirt and later made sexual comments. Later that year, she said, he got down on the floor, grabbed her foot and pulled it toward his crotch.Struthers, who has declined interview requests, issued a written statement apologizing “for any interactions I have had that have been inappropriate and that have caused any person to feel disrespected or uncomfortable.”Both women say they lodged a complaint with their boss, Jay Branch, and were told he took it to Balagus. Both women say they were later informed they would have to “suck it up.”Balagus has previously denied he was told about the complaints. Attempts to reach Branch, who worked as a journalist for The Canadian Press more than a decade ago, have been unsuccessful.Another government communications worker, Julie Kentner, said Struthers tickled her during a meeting in 2013 while they were discussing a document. Kentner said she told supervisors and they took her seriously, but she later decided not to pursue the matter formally.Struthers was one of five ministers who resigned from cabinet in November 2014 to protest then-premier Greg Selinger’s leadership. Struthers announced in May 2015 he would not run in the April 2016 election for the “good of our family” and his constituency.last_img read more

Edmonton prison guard charged with sex assault against female guard

first_imgEdmonton police have charged a former prison guard with sexual assaulting a female co-worker.Police say the man also faces a charge of assault with a weapon against the woman.The alleged crimes happened at the maximum-security Edmonton Institution before 2017, when the Correctional Service Canada alerted police.A lawsuit filed last year by four female guards claims they suffered prolonged abuse from male colleagues that included sexual taunts, waterboarding and pepper spray left on a toilet seat.Graham Trevor Spilsbury, who is 50, was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.Police say they cannot release further details as they continue to investigate other allegations.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

US sets May 1 tariff threat on Canada Mexico amid rush to

first_imgWASHINGTON – The United States has just applied additional pressure in its rush to get a new NAFTA agreement within several weeks, establishing a May 1 deadline, after which Canada and Mexico would face tariffs on steel and aluminum.Originally, Canada and Mexico received an indefinite exemption from the tariffs with no expiry date, then numerous countries were added to the exemption list and now there’s an expiry date on the exemptions, when tariffs could snap into place.The latest tweaks came in presidential orders signed Thursday. An order on aluminum said: “The exemption afforded to … Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, South Korea, Brazil, and the member countries of the EU shall apply only … through the close of April 30, 2018.”Every country seeking a permanent exemption is being asked to negotiate separate arrangements with the U.S., and quotas appear to be part of the American demand. In the case of Canada and Mexico, the U.S. is explicitly tying the issue to NAFTA.It so happens that May 1 deadline happens to coincide roughly with the last date for finalizing a new NAFTA this year.The Trump administration fears that any further delay could imperil an agreement, given political realities: the U.S. ratification process takes months to complete, the opposition Democrats could regain control of Congress in January and a firebrand leftist is favoured to become Mexico’s president Dec. 1.“We think there’s a practical time limit, not a contractual one, not a legislated one, but a practical time limit on the negotiations due to the political calendar,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told a congressional hearing this week.“It’s my view that if we don’t have a resolution within the next month or so, very likely it’ll be kicked over for quite a little while because of the election cycle. Especially in Mexico, where, as you know, there is one candidate who is running on a quite anti-American platform.”There actually has been major movement at the NAFTA table lately.On an issue seen as arguably the No. 1 American negotiating objective, auto manufacturing, the U.S. has essentially dropped a controversial proposal deemed a non-starter by Canada and Mexico. The U.S. has proposed a more flexible formula for ensuring production in the U.S., rather than a hard rule demanding 50 per cent of every car to have American content.The Canadian government is buoyed by other recent developments in Canada-U.S. trade: this week Boeing has dropped its legal fight against Bombardier and there are indications of a potential settlement in a dispute over glossy paper.Now the U.S. is making a threat: Without a new NAFTA, there could be tariffs.“I can assure you, if we don’t get a better deal within the context of NAFTA from Canada and Mexico and refigure this, we’re going to have something happen,” White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told CNN this week.He said every country will have to agree to caps on steel and aluminum exports to the U.S. The Trump administration is concerned that a glut of Chinese steel will be dumped into countries that have an exemption, then squeeze into the U.S. market.That’s why it’s seeking quotas on exports.“Every country that is not facing tariffs that we’re going to negotiate with will face quotas, so that we protect our aluminum and steel industries,” Navarro said.last_img read more

Sandvik materials handling confirmed for Rios huge Pilbara iron ore expansion

first_imgRio Tinto Iron Ore has confirmed Sandvik Mining and Construction as the preferred supplier of mobile machines for the iron ore capacity expansion to 283 Mt/y in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. This capacity expansion project includes the delivery and commissioning of nine Sandvik mobile machines before mid of 2013 at several port and mine sites in the Pilbara and several machines in the year thereafter.As the largest mining project ever undertaken in Australia it confirms Rio Tinto’s strength as Australia’s leading long-term supplier of iron ore. During the past 15 years of cooperation, Sandvik has successfully completed several materials handling projects by providing 32 mobile machines for Rio Tinto Iron Ore in Australia, including similar projects at Dampier and Cape Lambert in the Pilbara Region.“This collaborative partnership confirms Sandvik’s strong customer offering and demonstrates our capabilities of providing excellent technical solutions based on Sandvik’s vast competence in designing materials handling equipment,” says Harald Grosshammer, RPLM – Materials Handling Projects and Systems.last_img read more

House of Flying Daggers director sued for having too many children

first_imgFAMED CHINESE FILM director Zhang Yimou is being sued by two lawyers for breaking China’s one-child policy, in what they say is a protest against rich people flouting the rules.Jia Fangyi said Friday he and Guo Chengxi want Zhang to pay 1 billion yuan (€120,005,242) in compensation for the use of public services and as a punishment. Although Zhang already faces a fine that could run into the millions of euros, Jia said he and Guo didn’t feel that was enough to deter other wealthy people from defying the regulations.Policy“We made the move because the government failed to fulfil its duty in protecting the public interest,” Jia said in a telephone interview. “We believe that more and more rich people in China are having more children with money, therefore leaving a destructive effect on China’s efforts to control population.”People caught breaking China’s family planning policy must pay a “social compensation fee” based on their annual income.Zhang, who directed “House of Flying Daggers” and “Hero,” admitted Sunday to having three children with his wife, Chen Ting. Local authorities in the eastern city of Wuxi, where his wife is from, said the births came without approval and before the two were married.The couple issued an apology to the public for the “negative social impact that this has created”.Reports had circulated online since May that Zhang, 62, had fathered seven children from two marriages and relationships with two other women. The People’s Daily newspaper, published by the ruling Communist Party, reported that Zhang could face a fine of up to 160 million yuan (€19,029,124).Court caseChinese media reports said the lawsuit had little chance of succeeding because the two lawyers were not directly related to the case. Calls to the Wuxi Intermediary Court where it was filed rang unanswered.Jia declined to rate his chances of success, saying only that, “We hope the court could handle the case in an innovative way and the public continue to monitor the development of the incident”.Zhang is one of China’s most famous film directors, most recently of “The Flowers of War” starring Christian Bale. He also designed the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Read: China to relax one-child policy, abolish labour camps>Read: China passes law ‘forcing’ children to visit their parentslast_img read more

John Cena to host the Teen Choice Awards ZZ on his WWE

first_img August 1, 2016 at 11:11 am WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel July 31, 2016 at 5:31 pm 3 COMMENTS Twitter goddessroleplay Booker T retires the SpinnaroonieWWE Hall of Famer Booker T issued the following tweet on Sunday.#BREAKING July 30th, 2016: The Spinnaroonie is officially…. RETIRED!— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) July 31, 2016 WhatsApp Pinterest Videos Articles John Cena WrestleMania: SNL Weekend Updates Michael Che And Colin Jost Got Strowman Charlize Theron Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Videos Articles Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Now Playing Up Next John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him Vin Diesel Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -1:01 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Demond Theepitomeofsarcasm Jso WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Andy Grove July 31, 2016 at 10:59 pm Comments are closed. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ugh i hope he didnt retire the soinaroonie cause he pulled his hip trying to do it. Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next John Cena to host the Teen Choice AwardsWWE.com is reporting that John Cena will be hosting the 2016 Teen Choice Awards airing tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 CT). Cena will be hosting along with recording artist VIctoria Justice. Cena is nominated for Choice Male Athlete.ZZ on his WWE releaseZamariah “ZZ” Loupe issued the following statement over on his Instagram account commenting on his release from WWE this past week. goodbye to the best gimmick move of all time u will be missed *tear Spinnaroonie for WWE Hall of Fame 2017.last_img

Hassane stars for new club

first_imgBy Sulayman BahFrance-based Gambian attacking midfielder Hassane Kamara` continues to fare for Stade De Reims after joining on loan. Kamara  joined Stade de Reims, a club in the French top tier, from third division club Châteauroux on a four-year deal that runs until 2019.The 22-year-old played couple of games for his erstwhile club who got demoted from the second tier following an unprepossessing outing the previous term. During those moments, he was tracked by a legion of top clubs before Stade De Reims won him over. Kamara –first featured by Foroyaa Sport late 2013 – has been shipped out on a season-long loan to second division club FC Paris in a bid to ready him up for first-team duties next campaign. Hassane, who, can field either as an attacking or defensive left-footed midfielder scored on his debut for Reim’s reserves prior to being loaned. Kamara could be a massive inclusion if summoned to a Gambian squad with only Hamza Barry as an established attacking midfielder.last_img

Carlos Queiroz James needs to start playing regularly again

first_imgNew Colombia manager Carlos Queiroz says James Rodriguez must play regular football again in order to be in peak condition for the national team.James has notably struggled to break into Niko Kovac’s plans at Bayern Munich this season, which has led to doubt on whether the German giants will take up their €42m buy option at the end of his two-year loan spell from Real Madrid this summer.The 27-year-old has found himself regularly overlooked in favour of Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry at Bayern with just six Bundesliga starts to his name.Now Queiroz, who was appointed as Jose Pekerman’s replacement as the new Colombia manager on Thursday, plans to hold talks with James to discuss his situation in Munich.“I will need to talk to James,” said Queiroz, according to SportsMax.“For a player of his calibre he needs to be playing as much as possible, that’s very important.“But when you have a chance to play for Real [Madrid], Manchester United or Bayern [Munich], sometimes players have to make sacrifices.“I want to talk to him soon, though.”The former Real Madrid coach had been long expected to take charge of Colombia upon Pekerman’s exit in September and made them wait until now once Iran’s Asian Cup campaign ended.Now Los Cafeteros hope that Queiroz will lead them to go even better than their third-place finish in the 2016 Copa America in this year’s tournament in Brazil.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“I can’t guarantee that [we’ll win the Copa],” admitted Queiroz.“But I can ensure that we will put this shirt in its highest position possible.“[But] everybody wants the same – to win. So it’s complicated.“You always have to try to win, football’s a simple game. And if it’s doing it in a rock-and-roll style, we’ll do it, if it’s samba style, we’ll also do it.“Pekerman has left a fantastic legacy. It’s an honour to be here, and I’m grateful to the FCF [Colombian Football Federation] for wanting me.”Queiroz’s first game in charge of Colombia will be against Japan in a friendly on March 22.#BienvenidoQueiroz 🇨🇴 pic.twitter.com/0gtavH2WNV— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) February 7, 2019last_img read more

Sea slug found to track seaweed by sniffing its defensive chemicals

first_img The researchers conducted a series of lab and field experiments to monitor slug and seaweed interactions, and to gather information about the chemicals that came into play. In so doing, they discovered that the slugs were able to track down the seaweed they were looking for by detecting the chemicals that the seaweed normally uses to deflect predators, halimedatetraacetate and 4-hydroxybenzoic acid. They then learned that the slug stabs the seaweed with an appendage called the radula, which it also uses to suck out cytoplasm. Doing so allowed the slugs to obtain energy from the sun, as is normally done with plants—it also provided 60 percent of its carbon intake. As if all that were not enough, the slugs also grabbed some of the halimedatetraacetate and used it as a means for warding off prey. Tracking and preying on the seaweed, the team reports caused an increase in slug population by 12 to 18 fold even though the slugs used the plants to help with their own reproduction efforts only on average for 36 hours.The researchers report that this is the first instance of the identification of a marine organism mining chemical compounds from an herbivore. They noted that the seaweed did not submit to the invasion without putting up a fight, however, the plants dropped branches where the slugs had attached, severing the relationship between them. The move also likely helped the plant avoid fungal infection, the researchers note. Such branch dropping, they added, led to a reduction in overall growth of the seaweed plant by approximately 50 percent on average.The team also note that such behavior has been seen in terrestrial ecosystems, which they suggest is interesting because prior studies have shown that terrestrial and marine herbivores split from a common ancestor approximately 400 million years ago, implying that such abilities evolved separately. More information: Marine and terrestrial herbivores display convergent chemical ecology despite 400 million years of independent evolution, Douglas B. Rasher, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1508133112AbstractChemical cues regulate key ecological interactions in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. They are particularly important in terrestrial plant–herbivore interactions, where they mediate both herbivore foraging and plant defense. Although well described for terrestrial interactions, the identity and ecological importance of herbivore foraging cues in marine ecosystems remain unknown. Here we show that the specialist gastropod Elysia tuca hunts its seaweed prey, Halimeda incrassata, by tracking 4-hydroxybenzoic acid to find vegetative prey and the defensive metabolite halimedatetraacetate to find reproductive prey. Foraging cues were predicted to be polar compounds but instead were nonpolar secondary metabolites similar to those used by specialist terrestrial insects. Tracking halimedatetraacetate enables Elysia to increase in abundance by 12- to 18-fold on reproductive Halimeda, despite reproduction in Halimeda being rare and lasting for only ∼36 h. Elysia swarm to reproductive Halimeda where they consume the alga’s gametes, which are resource rich but are chemically defended from most consumers. Elysia sequester functional chloroplasts and halimedatetraacetate from Halimeda to become photosynthetic and chemically defended. Feeding by Elysia suppresses the growth of vegetative Halimeda by ∼50%. Halimeda responds by dropping branches occupied by Elysia, apparently to prevent fungal infection associated with Elysia feeding. Elysia is remarkably similar to some terrestrial insects, not only in its hunting strategy, but also its feeding method, defense tactics, and effects on prey behavior and performance. Such striking parallels indicate that specialist herbivores in marine and terrestrial systems can evolve convergent ecological strategies despite 400 million years of independent evolution in vastly different habitats. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Sea slug found to track seaweed by sniffing its defensive chemicals (2015, September 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-sea-slug-track-seaweed-sniffing.htmlcenter_img © 2015 Phys.org Foes can become friends on the coral reef Credit: Australian Museum (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the Georgia Institute of Technology has found that one species of sea slug (Elysia tuca) uses chemicals produced defensively by one type of seaweed (Halimeda incrassata) to track down the seaweed. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study and other behaviors of both the slugs and seaweed they observed.last_img read more

Your walking habits may predict future mobility problems

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Accurate Group Launches EquityClear Solution

first_imgAccurate Group Launches EquityClear Solution in Headlines, Technology Share Accurate Group recently launched EquityClear solution, designed to help lenders streamline and accelerate title and lien clearance to produce more accurate, actionable title data for home equity loans. With EquityClear, Accurate Group facilitates the title search, automates the review of lien and vesting history using both public and non-public data sources, and provides a more accurate and useful title report to the lender.Benefits to lenders include greater efficiency, reduced expense and burden on loan officers and underwriting teams and better decisions on borrower qualification. EquityClear also enables lenders to reduce overall risk by ensuring a standardized process is applied to every loan and that liens are reviewed and cleared by a fully qualified, neutral third party. Borrowers benefit from less documentation and faster loan closings.“As the economy strengthens and home values continue to increase, lenders have the opportunity to significantly increase revenues from home equity loans and home equity lines of credit,” said Paul Doman, president and CEO of Accurate Group. “EquityClear transitions the burden of title and lien clearance from the lender to Accurate, freeing lenders up to spend more time on new business development and client service, while also accelerating the loan closing process.”As a complement  to its traditional appraisal and title solutions, Accurate Group offers a specialty suite of products that enables lenders to close home equity loans faster and with less overhead, while  remaining compliant with industry regulations. EquityClear is the latest addition to this unique product suite. EquityClear leverages Accurate Group’s proprietary process automation technology to streamline the title and lien review process, accessing information from multiple data sources. The technology is complemented by an in-house team of certified, U.S.-based title experts who evaluate each report before delivery to the lender without impacting total turnaround time.“As the leading home equity appraisal, title and compliance company nationwide, lenders can be confident in the thoroughness and accuracy of the title information we provide,” Doman said. “We are offering them a way to benefit from the latest technology and repeatable consistent review processes without taking on additional internal infrastructure.”center_img accurate group EquityClear Paul Doman 2015-03-09 Samantha Guzman March 9, 2015 489 Views last_img read more

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