Infant burials could help solve the mystery of who settled the New World

first_imgFive years ago, Ben Potter made a dramatic discovery: the partially burned remains of a cremated 3-year-old child, left to rest in a hearth at Upward Sun River, one of the oldest settlements in Alaska. But the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, archaeologist never expected what waited underneath the hearth. More recent excavations have yielded two well-preserved burials, of an infant who likely lived for about 12 weeks and a fetus who died shortly before birth. The discovery provides a window into daily life and burial practices at the 11,500-year-old site, and an unprecedented opportunity to analyze the DNA of some of the Americas’ earliest inhabitants.Upward Sun River, near the Tanama River in central Alaska, is one of the most important archaeological sites discovered in the Beringia region of the Arctic in the last 25 years, says John Hoffecker, an archaeologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, who wasn’t involved with the research. Most Paleoindian sites found in Alaska are short-term hunting camps, which fit with a long-standing vision of the region’s earliest settlers as nomadic big-game hunters who crossed the Bering land bridge about 14,000 years ago in pursuit of prey like woolly mammoths and elk. Upward Sun River, in contrast, shows signs of longer term occupation, including the remains of the earliest known residential structures in Alaska. The hearth over the two buried bodies contains traces of salmon and ground squirrels, indicating that the occupants did not solely depend on bringing down large mammals, Potter and colleagues report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This evidence of a wider variety of food sources is “causing us to reevaluate what some of the subsistence [behaviors] would have been like in these early sites,” says Greg Hare, an archaeologist with the Government of Yukon in Whitehorse, Canada.The burials, too, make the site unique in Alaska. The two skeletons were carefully arranged in the same pit and are almost entirely complete, a level of preservation that “boggles my mind,” says G. Richard Scott, a physical anthropologist at the University of Nevada, Reno. They were interred with antler rods and stone projectile points, which Potter believes were once lashed together to form a spearlike weapon called a hafted biface. “You can even see the whittling marks left on the edges of [the antlers],” which could help reveal how the weapons were made, Potter says. The grave goods were coated in red ochre—a common practice in Paleolithic burials around the world—and radiocarbon dating of one of the antlers shows that they are the earliest known example of the hafted biface technology in North America.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(*)Because the burial and the later cremation are the only two examples of mortuary practices in Paleolithic Alaska, it’s all but impossible to be sure why two bodies were buried and one was burned, Potter says. The salmon found throughout the hearth is a food source available only in the summer, which indicates that the burials and the cremation likely occurred during the same season or in two subsequent years. One speculation from Potter’s team is that the buried children were twins. According to this hypothesis, one fetus died in the womb shortly before birth, which is known to boost the risk of premature birth, developmental problems, and death of the surviving twin. The other infant survived birth but died a few weeks or months later, and the bodies were interred together. The cremated child likely died later in the season or the following year and was burned in the hearth before the community abandoned the site.The only way to settle the question of how the children are related to each other—as well as to other Paleoindian groups and living people—is to analyze their DNA, Potter says. “The most exciting thing is going to be the genetics,” Hoffecker says. “There’s still a question here as to exactly who these people are at Upward Sun River.”Anthropologists debate how many groups of people were present in Beringia at different times and where each of them may have come from. Potter notes that burials of children within residential structures have also been documented in Ushki, a site in eastern Siberia, so the practice could link communities on either side of the Bering Strait. Hoffecker points out that the biface stone points are very similar to those found at the Anzick site in Montana. “If it’s possible to successfully analyze the DNA [from the burials], it could open the door to all kinds of new insights into the colonization of the New World,” Hare agrees. Potter says ancient DNA analysis is already under way, with cooperation from the tribes living in the Upward Sun River area today.last_img read more

Manipur National Day celebrated

first_imgManipur National Day, marking the first day of the session of the elected State Assembly on October 18, 1948, was celebrated in the State on Friday. However, civil society organisations had organised the functions at only select places in Imphal.Jitendra Ningombam, president of the Committee of Civil Societies, Kangleipak, said that the first sitting of the Assembly session was held at Darbar Hall in Imphal. M.K. Priyobrata was the first Chief Minister of the State. Leishemba Sanajaoba, the titular king of Manipur, said the State had sown the seeds of democracy since the first-ever people’s administration was seen in this frontier State.The first election was held in Manipur from June 11 to June 27, 1948. Altogether, 53 MLAs were elected.Manipur had been under British rule from 1891 to 1947. The Britishers had restored Manipur’s independence at midnight of August 14, 1947.last_img read more

Vasyl Lomachenko stops Crolla in 4th, defends lightweight belts

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Crolla couldn’t escape Lomachenko’s combinations on the ropes late in the third round, but made it to the bell at Reiss’ discretion. Nothing got better in the fourth, and Lomachenko hurt Crolla before finishing him in dramatic fashion.“I’ve been doing this for well over 50 years, and I’ve never seen anything like that guy,” said Bob Arum, Lomachenko’s Hall of Fame promoter. “He’s almost breathtaking.”Lomachenko headlined at Staples Center for the first time in his brief professional career. The Ukrainian has developed a significant fan base in the boxing-savvy Los Angeles area, where he lives and trains.“I feel at home here,” Lomachenko said. “I feel like I’m in Ukraine here.”Lomachenko’s profile has grown exponentially in recent years as he headlined at Madison Square Garden, in Macau and other Los Angeles-area venues before his step up to Staples. Lomachenko’s next fight is likely to be even bigger, whether as a unification bout or a showdown with one of the other lightweight greats of this era.“I want Mikey Garcia, (but) I want to unify titles,” Lomachenko said. “That’s my goal. I want historic fights.”In the co-main event, longtime super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez remained unbeaten when his light heavyweight debut against Tommy Karpency was stopped by Karpency’s corner before the fifth round.Karpency got in the ring with a black eye, and his nose was damaged early by Ramírez, the rangy puncher who had just one previous stoppage victory since 2014. Ramírez appears determined to make a career at 175 pounds instead of returning to 168, where he has dominated most of his competition for a few years.LA celebrities in attendance included Don Cheadle, Rosie Perez, director Peter Berg and Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay. Vasiliy Lomachenko, left, from Ukraine, hits Anthony Crolla, from Britain, during a WBA and WBO lightweight title boxing bout Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES— Vasyl Lomachenko wanted a bigger challenge and a more prominent opponent than Anthony Crolla for this Hollywood showcase.When he couldn’t get one, the lightweight kingpin took it out on his overmatched foe.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Lomachenko defended his WBA and WBO 135-pound belts with a violent fourth-round stoppage of Britain’s Crolla on Friday night, demonstrating his pound-for-pound excellence with another virtuosic display.“For me it was very comfortable, because I worked with two hands,” Lomachenko said. “By the second round, I knew it was going to be good for me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs) brutalized the mandatory challenger for his WBA belt throughout their brief fight, and the Ukrainian nearly ended it late in the third round when he knocked Crolla into the ropes.Lomachenko started to celebrate by leaping on the ropes, but referee Jack Reiss allowed the fight to continue to the bell. Lomachenko shook it off and finished crisply after the break, ending it with a right hand that dropped Crolla face-first onto the canvas with an apparently broken nose. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ 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 Fresh off loss at Golden State, Clippers return for playoffs “I thought it will be very hard for me, because his style is always in defense,” said Lomachenko, still smiling despite a cut near his left eye from a fourth-round head butt. “I always need to find a key for his defense. After the second round, I understand him, and it is what it is.”Even when Lomachenko can’t get an ideal opponent, he still puts on a show — and the raucous crowd of 10,101 at Staples Center enjoyed it.While he waits for the promotional stars to align for a big-money showdown with Mikey Garcia, Lomachenko had hoped to take on Richard Commey in a three-belt unification fight in this matchup. Commey’s injured hand forced Lomachenko’s promoters to make this fight with Crolla, rather than surrender his WBA belt.Lomachenko then showed why it was a bad idea for Crolla (34-7-3), whose toughness wasn’t enough.Although Crolla retreated and dodged Lomachenko’s attacks from the opening minute onward, Lomachenko picked apart Crolla’s defense with his peerless combination of athleticism and technique, working the body and head with equal aplomb.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View commentslast_img read more

Meet Punjab PSEB Class 10 topper Shruti Vohra: Check top three rank holders here

first_imgThe Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) released the merit list, subject wise pass percentage, toppers and result statistics of the Class 10 examination today, May 22, on the official website, statistics:Total candidates appeared: 330437Total candidates passed: 190001Number of girls (appeared): 146458Number of boys (appeared): 183979.As published by the board, in this year’s Punjab Class 10 board results, Shruti Vohra, a student ofRopar’s DAV Public Senior Secondary School topped with flying colours.Topper’s score:Marks: 642 marksPercentage: 98.77 per centOther toppers:Second position:  Amit Yadav, who scored 98.62 per cent i.e. 641 marks, bagged the second position.Third position: Simmi Kumari of Sai Public Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana scored 98.31 per cent.Sports category:First position: Under the sports category, Amandeep Verma of BCM Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana secured the first rank by scoring 99.08 per cent.Second position: Jyoti Panwar, also from BCM Senior Secondary School, secured the second rank with 98.62 per centThird position: Nancy, a student of Play Ways Senior Secondary School, Patiala scored 98.31 per cent. This year, the class 10 boards were held from March 14 to March 29 at various test centres across the state. Last year, the pass percentage was at 72.25 per cent with girls performing better than boys who secured a pass percentage of 78.03.About PSEB:Established in the year 1969, the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) was established through a legislative enactment of the state assembly. In the year 1987, an amendment to the previous act was passed to give autonomous status to the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). The board is responsible to design the curriculum and course pattern and regulates the education policies in the affiliate schools.advertisementlast_img read more

Astros Seek 11th Straight win, Dodgers vs Nats

first_imgA look at what’s happening all around the majors today:___TEXAS 10-STEPThe Houston Astros have won 10 straight games, matching the Texas Rangers for the longest streak in the majors this season. They’ll try to get No. 11 when they open a series against the Kansas City Royals. This roll has Houston running away with the AL West already, 13 1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners and 15 clear of the Rangers. Mike Fiers (2-2, 4.96) starts the opener for Houston against Ian Kennedy (0-5, 5.12).CONTENDER CLASHFresh off a series win over the NL Central-leading Brewers, the Los Angeles Dodgers return home to open a three-game series against the NL East-leading Washington Nationals. It’s the first meeting this year between two of the top squads in the NL. Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-5) takes the hill for the Dodgers against Washington’s Gio Gonzalez (4-1).BACK IN ITToronto has its season back on track after a miserable start and trails the first-place Yankees by only 5 1/2 games. Now the Blue Jays will try to get starter J.A. Happ into the win column in the opener of a series at Oakland. Happ (0-3, 4.50) missed six weeks with a left elbow issue, returning last week and allowing two runs in four innings in a win over Cincinnati. Sean Manaea (4-3, 3.91) is set to pitch for the Athletics.GOOD RETURNSJunior Guerra has been excellent since coming off the DL, a run he’ll try to extend when his Brewers open a home series against San Francisco. Guerra (1-0, 1.84) injured his right calf on opening day and has made two starts since returning, going 1-0 with an 0.77 ERA. Jeff Samardzija (1-7, 4.63) is up for the Giants.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

England captain Sarah Hunter adds to call for women’s Lions team

first_imgWhile existing Lions tours go to New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, Hunter believes France and North America – as well as New Zealand – may be more suitable for the women’s side. “The same teams that the Lions play aren’t necessarily the strongest in the women’s game so how would the format look, who would we play, when would it happen?” she said. “But it would be brilliant if we could get to the stage where there is a British & Irish Lions tour in the women’s global calendar. It would be really exciting and something for players to strive for, to bring the best players across the four nations together would be really exciting.” The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Rugby union She said: “It would be incredible, wouldn’t it? [Jason Leonard] has been a big advocate of women’s rugby; when he was RFU president he was such a supporter of our game. He came out to Salt Lake City when we had a summer tour there. Maybe we need to get into him a bit more.“As players we haven’t heard anything. Players often talk about it when it comes up, who would you pick from Scotland, who from Ireland, you start picking your squad. It definitely comes up.”England’s dominance in the Six Nations, particularly over the other home nations, not to mention that they are professional whereas Wales, Ireland and Scotland are not, could lead to an Anglo-centric Lions side but Middleton insists that would not be the case.“It is a great idea,” he said. “It is becoming more feasible. Even though some of the scores in the Six Nations made it look like there was a clear disparity between England and some of the other nations, Jade Konkel is a fantastic player for Scotland and has been one of the standout players all year. You have got [Ireland’s] Claire Molloy who would get into the side, [Wales’s] Jaz Joyce, so there are lots of individual players across the home nations who could come together in world rugby. It would be amazing; you would like to think it is the next step.” Reuse this content Share on Twitter Women’s rugby union USA men could be rugby world champions this weekend – no, really news Read more England women’s rugby union team The Observer Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Topics Since you’re here… The British & Irish Lions are coming under increasing pressure to create a women’s team after the England head coach, Simon Middleton, and the captain, Sarah Hunter, threw their weight behind the proposal.The Lions have expressed ambition for a women’s team, but no more than that, and Hunter revealed players remain in the dark as to whether it will materialise. The creation of a women’s Barbarians side – who face England on Sunday at Twickenham – in 2017, however, has given rise to optimism that a Lions team will follow. With the former Rugby Football Union president Jason Leonard now Lions chairman, Hunter is hoping the wheels are set in motion. Share via Email Barbarians Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest British & Irish Lions Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

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Ince tells Mou: Stop being boring & free up Pogba!

first_imgManchester United Ince tells Mourinho to stop being boring & release the shackles on Pogba & Alexis Chris Burton 18:02 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alexis Sanchez, Paul Pogba, Man Utd Getty Manchester United FA Cup Paul Pogba A. Sánchez Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea The former Red Devils midfielder wants to see key creative influences offered the freedom to express themselves in the FA Cup final clash with Chelsea Jose Mourinho must “loosen the shackles” on Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez if Manchester United are to win the FA Cup, says Paul Ince.There is the argument that the Red Devils have struggled to bring the best out of their creative players on a consistent basis this season.That has led to criticism of Mourinho’s methods, with the Portuguese accused of being overly cautious and favouring a defensive mindset. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Ince wants to see that philosophy changed, starting against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, with United needing to grant freedom to their star turns in order for them to flourish.The former Red Devils midfielder told Paddy Power: “Jose must loosen the shackles if he wants to lift the trophy. United getting the win is as much going to be down to Mourinho as it is his players.”If he actually loosens the shackles, and allows players like Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez to play freely, then he will get the result. We saw that against Tottenham in the semi-final and City in the derby.”If he doesn’t, and he plays negatively, we will not doubt see another boring game and it will be down to Mourinho if he loses it.”Chelsea have been hideous recently and it appears Antonio Conte has checked out. They should aim to smash three or four past them, rather than taking it easy. I’d say Chelsea are there for the taking.”United may need Pogba or Sanchez to provide the inspiration against Chelsea, with 27-goal top scorer Romelu Lukaku still nursing an ankle problem.It may be that he is only fit enough to start on the bench, which will leave Mourinho in the unfortunate position of having to lead the line with strikers he has been less than complimentary about in recent weeks.Ince added: “If Lukaku can’t play, that will be interesting to see because of Mourinho’s recent comments when Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford featured.”He pretty much suggested that they were at fault for the team’s performances – and to me that was a crazy thing to say.”It doesn’t exactly give your players confidence when heading into a cup final, or indeed when the summer transfer window is opening.”last_img read more

Little confident Scotland’s ‘natural ability’ will bring success

first_imgKim Little believes there are plenty of positives for Scotland to take into the rest of their first Women’s World Cup, after their opening fixture ended in a 2-1 defeat to England.Nikita Parris’ penalty broke the deadlock after a controversial VAR decision, before Ellen White doubled the Lionesses’ lead just before half-time.But Shelley Kerr’s side played much better in the second half, as Claire Emslie’s goal made it a nervy finish for England, and Little is confident they can show more of their quality in their next two games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Obviously I’m disappointed we didn’t get any points from the game, but I think from our first to second-half performance you can see the improvement in what we’re capable of,” she said.“We have natural ability in our team and I think it was eventually going to come through at some point.“We flattened in midfield to create less space for England and make it easy to pick up the ball, especially for myself and Caroline [Weir]. We had a bit more belief too, but we know we have that ability.“We play against and with a lot of the [England] players so we know what we’re capable of and the level of quality we have in comparison to them. But they have a little bit more experience than us maybe.“We can’t do anything about it now, that’s three points gone but there’s six more we can get. So we’ll look forward and hope to do that.”Scotland’s next clash in Group D sees them take on a Japan side with a lot less experience, with just six of their squad from the 2015 Women’s World Cup, who reached the final, involved in this summer’s tournament.Kerr’s side then conclude the group stages with a fixture against lowly-ranked Argentina, who are back in the competition for the first time since 2007.Kim Little Georgia Stanway England Scotland 2019Asked whether the close nature of the result and goal scored would give her side positives going into those games, Little said: “Yes, I think so.“It’s nice to get a goal and I think we deserved that. We created some good chances in the second half.“[Emslie] scored a great goal and got in some good positions,” the midfielder continued.“Just the quality in the final positions, getting good balls into the box, is maybe what would have made the difference.“I think when they scored the first goal we then naturally dropped off because of the pressure of going 1-0 down, so we need to learn from that and maybe be more on the front foot if that is to happen again.”Little also expressed her “appreciation and gratitude” at playing at her first World Cup, and her first major tournament, having missed the 2017 Euros due to injury.The 28-year-old is widely considered one of the best players in the world and played a huge part in qualification for both tournaments, but ruptured her ACL before Scotland headed to the Netherlands.A leg break in October added yet another down to a rollercoaster journey to this summer’s competition, but made Little even more grateful to be on the pitch on Sunday.“It’s great to be here with my team-mates and represent my country at a World Cup,” she said, adding that her thoughts while lining up were: “Just appreciation and gratitude for being here and being able to play football on the biggest stage and taking in the occasion, to enjoy it.”Scotland face Japan on Friday, June 14 in Rennes, before heading to Paris to take on Argentina on Wednesday, June 19.last_img read more

Ayush ministry identifying to deliver traditional medicinal services at grassroot level

first_imgNew Delhi: The Ayush Ministry is in the process of identifying 12,500 health and wellness centres across the country to deliver traditional medicinal services at grass-root level with special focus on preventive health care keeping in view the rising instances of chronic lifestyle diseases, official sources have said. The Central government aims at strengthening its flagship health insurance scheme Ayushman Bharat by integrating traditional medicine therapy with allopathy at the primary health centres to check rising non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and obesity. It is stressing on seamless integration of two pillars of Ayushman Bharat — Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) — to achieve the “health for all” target. According to official sources, the need for appointing AYUSH doctors has been increasingly felt at the Primary Health Centres level, particularly following the success of a pilot project launched in 2016 in three districts – Bhilwara (Rajasthan), Surendranagar (Gujarat) and Gaya (Bihar) — ayurvedic medicines, dietary regimen and yoga classes are being used to treat non-communicable diseases. The CSIR has, for instance, developed anti-diabetic ayurvedic drug BGR 34, which has proved a milestone in curing diabetic disease.last_img read more

Coal power in Canada must disappear by the end of 2029 new

first_imgOTTAWA — The death knell for coal-fired electricity in Canada is set to ring in just over 12 years.Ottawa put the final regulations in effect this week with such strict pollution standards for coal-power plants that only one plant in Canada can possibly meet them.The Boundary Dam coal plant in Saskatchewan uses carbon capture and storage technology that traps carbon emissions in the ground rather than releasing them into the atmosphere.The other 14 power plants in Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia will have to convert to other fuel sources, introduce carbon capture technology or close before the end of 2029.Canada has significantly cut its dependence on coal largely due to the closure of all coal plants in Ontario.A United Nations report this fall said coal needs to be less than two per cent of the world’s energy supply by the middle of the century, down from almost one-third today, as part of efforts countries need to take to avoid catastrophic consequences from global warming.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Volkswagen vows to build 22 million ecars over next decade

first_imgFrankfurt: German automaker Volkswagen is saying it plans to ramp up its production of electric vehicles over the next ten years to 22 million and reduce its carbon footprint over vehicle life cycles by 30 percent. Previously the company said it would aim for 15 million. That’s ambitious considering it made fewer than 50,000 battery-only vehicles last year. The company is pivoting to electric vehicles as it seeks to comply with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions in Europe, and a push by China for more low-emission vehicles. The company also disclosed Tuesday that operating profit at its core Volkswagen brand, one of 12, fell to 3.2 billion euros ( 3.6 billion) from 3.3 billion last year as the company faced bottlenecks certifying vehicles under new emissions tests.last_img read more

Deploring electionrelated violence in DR Congo top UN officials appeal for calm

1 December 2011Top United Nations officials today deplored the violence that marred this week’s elections in certain areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and urged all sides to exercise restraint and to resolve any differences through peaceful means. Top United Nations officials today deplored the violence that marred this week’s elections in certain areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and urged all sides to exercise restraint and to resolve any differences through peaceful means.Millions of Congolese went to the polls on Monday to cast their votes in presidential and parliamentary elections – only the second time since its independence in 1960 that the country held democratic elections. They are now awaiting the announcement of the preliminary results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).The UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in DRC, which has been monitoring election-related violence, is investigating reports that more than 10 people have allegedly been killed by security forces and supporters of political parties, and many more wounded through the use of live ammunition, in the capital, Kinshasa, since 26 November.“Clearly, political differences cannot be resolved through killings, and security forces should not use disproportionate force in the conduct of crowd control,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “Such violations, as well as violence committed by supporters of political parties, must be investigated and perpetrators brought to justice without delay.”Deploring the killings and other acts of violence committed over the past few days, Ms. Pillay stressed that political leaders from all sides have a crucial role to play at this important crossroads in the history of DRC.“It is their responsibility to resolve tensions through peaceful means,” she stated in a news release. “They must realize that they may be held criminally responsible for their actions as well as for acts committed by their supporters.”The High Commissioner urged all sides to exercise restraint and to resolve differences peacefully to prevent the country from sliding into a cycle of post-electoral violence.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Roger Meece, also deplored the violence that marred the elections in certain areas throughout the country, and called on all political leaders and the general population to remain calm.He shared the concerns expressed by observers regarding the reported irregularities and the need to assess their impact on the electoral process, according to a news release issued by the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MONUSCO).Earlier this month, UNJHRO issued a report that detailed numerous human rights violations during the pre-electoral period in DRC, and warned that such incidents could threaten the democratic process and result in post-electoral violence.The report documented 188 violations apparently linked to the electoral process that occurred between 1 November 2010 and 30 September this year, including acts of intimidation, threats, incitement, arbitrary arrests and violence.The violations most frequently infringed individuals’ freedom of expression, the right to physical integrity and the right to liberty and security of the person, as well as the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. read more

US orders for longlasting manufactured goods rose 36 per cent in May

US orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose 3.6 per cent in May, led by aircraft orders by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2013 9:35 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses stepped up their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in May, and a gauge of their investment plans rose for a third straight month.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that orders for durable goods rose 3.6 per cent, matching April’s gain. Most of the increase was due to a surge in commercial aircraft orders, which tend to fluctuate sharply from month to month. Still, businesses also ordered more computers, communications equipment, machinery and metals.A category of orders that’s viewed as a proxy for business investment plans — which excludes the volatile areas of transportation and defence — rose 1.1 per cent. That matched similar gains in April and March.This category of orders hadn’t increased for three straight months since the fall of 2011. The consecutive increases raise hopes for a pickup in U.S. manufacturing in the second half of the year.Some economists had feared that orders that reflect business investment would be weak in May. Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said the pickup in orders should translate into stronger economic growth in the July-September quarter.U.S. manufacturing has struggled this year, in part because economic weakness around the world has slowed demand for American exports. Economists say that some businesses may also be acting more cautious because of deep federal spending cuts that began in March. One measure of manufacturing activity fell in May to the lowest level in four years.Overall demand for durable goods, which are items expected to last at least three years, rose to a seasonally adjusted $231 billion in May. That’s 7.7 per cent more than the level a year ago.The gains suggest that businesses are growing more confident in the economy. More demand for durable goods could accelerate activity at U.S. factories.The overall economy grew at an annual rate of 2.4 per cent in the January-March quarter, a figure that will be revised Wednesday. Economists think that figure will remain unchanged.But many analysts think growth has slowed in the April-June quarter to an annual rate of 2 per cent or less. Analysts are more optimistic that economic growth will accelerate in the second half of the year.The durables report showed that demand for transportation products increased 10.2 per cent in May, led by a 51 per cent surge in orders for commercial aircraft. Orders for motor vehicles and parts fell 1.2 per cent.Excluding transportation, orders increased 0.7 per cent in May. That followed a 1.7 per cent rise in April.Orders for heavy machinery rose 1.2 per cent. Demand for computers increased 1 per cent. And demand for primary metals such as steel rose 0.9 per cent. Orders for communications equipment shot up 12.6 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Oil hits 3month high on strong China exports Japan economic growth

Oil hits 3-month high on strong China exports, Japan economic growth Oil prices rose Monday as positive news on exports from China and economic growth in Japan followed last week’s solid jobs report in the United States.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery gained $1.75 to close at US$104.41 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That’s the highest closing price since March 3.Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, rose $1.29 to US$109.15 a barrel in London.China reported Sunday that exports rose seven per cent in dollar terms in May, up from a 0.9 per cent increase in April that followed slumps in February and March.The surge in exports reinforced confidence that the U.S. and European recoveries will drive stronger demand for commodities, including oil.Japan raised its estimate for economic growth in the January-March quarter to 6.7 per cent from 5.9 per cent, as investment by companies was stronger than first thought.On Friday, U.S. employment figures also suggested stronger demand for oil. Employers added 217,000 jobs in May, the fourth straight month of decent growth.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline gained five cents to US$2.98 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose two cents to US$2.89 a gallon and natural gas fell seven cents to US$4.65 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 9, 2014 3:38 pm MDT read more

Ban speaks to Malala attacked Pakistani schoolgirl to stress education and womens

In a Skype conversation from Madrid, the Secretary-General called the 14-year-old who was attacked by the Taliban for opposing restrictions on going to school “a symbol of hope, a daughter of the United Nations.” Later today Mr. Ban will formally kick off the campaign tagged “MDG Momentum – 1,000 Days of Action,” urging countries to ramp up efforts to meet the anti-poverty targets set in 2000.“The UN will always be with you and the many people like you,” he told Malala. Ms. Yousufzai told Mr. Ban that she volunteered herself to work for the rights of girls and the rights of all people. “When we work together we can achieve our goal and our goal is simple: peace and happiness in this world. The way to see peace is through education. It is an honour for me to be associated with the UN. I want to tell the world how important education is.” She added that she wants to be a leader and “to serve this whole world.”Ms. Yousufzai was shot in the head and neck on 9 October 2012 for opposing Pakistani Taliban restrictions on female education as she left school in Mingora, in the Swat area of Pakistan. Two other girls were also wounded.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the youngster was “pro-West,” had been promoting Western culture and had been speaking out against them. “If we educate a woman, we educate a family, a community and a country,” Mr. Ban told Ms. Yousufzai.He told the youngster that he was “deeply impressed” and looked forward to meeting her. Also today, Mr. Ban called for accelerated action in the next 1,000 days from governments, international organizations and civil society groups to reach the MDGs by their deadline at the end of 2015.The eight time-bound MDGs address education, gender equality, poverty and hunger, child mortality, maternal health, combating AIDS, malaria and other diseases, environmental sustainability and a global partnership for development. read more

Opinion 5 things we learned from Ohio States 5028 victory over Cincinnati

Cincinnati junior wide receiver Chris Moore (15) runs away from OSU redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple (13) after making a catch during a game on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28.Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State Buckeyes followed their bye week with a 50-28 victory against the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday night in front of a record crowd at Ohio Stadium.The Buckeyes tied and broke school records, and set individual season and career highs en route to their third win of the season.The Lantern sports editors compiled a list of five things we learned from the OSU victory, but not all were positives for the Scarlet and Gray.1. J.T. Barrett is as good, if not better, than advertisedWhen senior quarterback Braxton Miller went down for the season with a torn labrum, many questioned whether the OSU offense would be able to function at the record pace it did in 2013.If anyone still has questions after Saturday, they weren’t watching the game.Sure, Cincinnati might not have the greatest defense in college football, but redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett accumulated 409 of OSU’s 710 yards of total offense against the Bearcats and did not commit a single turnover.OSU also set a school record for first downs in a single game with 45, breaking the previous record of 39.Questions about OSU’s offense? Anyone?2. The offense line is starting to gelNot only did the Buckeyes nearly break the school record for yards in a game, they did so with great balance.The Buckeyes rushed for 380 yards while passing for 330 and allowing just one sack.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott emerged as OSU’s workhorse back as he accumulated 182 yards rushing on 28 carries, while adding 51 yards receiving from five catches.Barrett and Elliott both highly praised their offensive line following the game, and rightfully so.3. The pass defense is far from a finished productGoing into the matchup with the Bearcats, all eyes were on Cincinnati redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel, and the biggest question for OSU was whether the pass defense could slow down the gunslinger.The answer was no — definitely no.Kiel finished the game with 352 passing yards and four touchdowns, including three potentially game-changing connections with junior wide receiver Chris Moore.Those three receptions for Moore were his only three of the game, but he broke through the porous Buckeye pass defense on all three to total 221 yards and three touchdowns. Even if he had 10 catches, those numbers would look bad for OSU. But seeing them come on three plays is a huge red flag that can’t be ignored.Sustained solid play for the defense is completely irrelevant if it can suddenly break down at any time. If the Buckeyes don’t adjust, giving up plays of a similar nature will haunt them in the future.4. The defensive line is really good, but maybe not as dominant as hoped forThe Buckeye defensive line has been touted as one of the best in the country, and had a chance to showcase its pass-rushing prowess against the Bearcats.The thing is, OSU only got to Kiel for a sack one time. On one hand that looks like a bust, but on the other hand, that one play changed the course of the game.Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa’s sack and strip of Kiel led to a safety and gave OSU a 16-7 lead that turned into a 23-7 advantage on the ensuing possession.After the game, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett commended Bosa’s play, but said the line was disappointed to not get to Kiel more often. The play was a bright spot, but you can count on the defensive line to come out with a chip on its shoulder next time OSU takes the field.5. Anthony Schlegel’s still got itYou’ve likely seen a video, or at least a picture, of former OSU linebacker and current assistant strength and conditioning coach Anthony Schlegel tackling a fan who sprinted onto the Ohio Stadium turf just before halftime of Saturday’s game. The joke was on him, as Schlegel made like it was 2005 and slammed the fan onto the turf like a rag doll. From the press box, former OSU coach and coach Urban Meyer’s mentor Earle Bruce screamed, “I knew it! (He was) the best tackler we ever had!”From the looks of the tackle, it would be very hard to argue.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Maryland on Saturday in College Park, Md. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Jure Dolenec to miss EHF EURO 2018

jure dolenec Slovenia will be in a real trouble in their aim to finish among the best at upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia. After Matej Gaber, the most important guy in defensive line of Veselin Vujovic team, another big name will miss tournament in Croatia. His name is Jure Dolenec, the “brain” of Slovenian attack. FC Barcelona Lassa right back didn’t get a green light from club’s doctors to join his national team as his knee injury is still not fully recovered…Slovenia will play against Macedonia at the start of Group in Zagreb. ← Previous Story Denmark beat France for the end of Golden League Next Story → Prokop selects squad for title race at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 read more

I think theres still a sense of ignorance in the UK towards

first_img WE’RE SUPPOSED TO be chatting about Sunday. Tottenham at Spotland. The FA Cup Fifth Round. Arguably the biggest game of Rochdale’s history. But we get a bit sidetracked.Brian Barry-Murphy wants to chat more about the League of Ireland.“I feel quite strongly about this, to be honest,” he begins.“I think there’s still a sense of ignorance in the UK towards the League of Ireland. Clubs still see that there’s cracking players that come out of the league like Kevin Doyle, Shane Long, all the boys that went over to Preston. But I still think they don’t really rate the league over here. They’ll be players coming over to England and clubs will still be humming and hawing about taking them.“The league has been outstanding over the last three or four years particularly. There’s such a draw to staying at home now because of European football so maybe you don’t see as many players come over as before. But I think the players get an unbelievable grounding in the League of Ireland. One of the best things that I found out when I came over was that my grounding in the league was harder than any apprenticeship you would have had over here in club academies. Different, I suppose. Now, there’s still a route for the guys who go over really young and progress but I think there’s a huge upside to guys staying and playing in the league and coming over as more developed players.”One of those players is Ryan Delaney.The defender arrived at Rochdale in January on a two-and-a-half deal from Burton Albion but it was his superb loan spell at Cork City that reinvigorated him and provided a much-needed confidence boost after a difficult cross-channel initiation.The 21-year-old has gone straight into the first-team and started the last four games for the club. Later today, he’ll face Fernando Llorente, Lucas Moura et al.“Delaney is a prime example,” Barry-Murphy continues.He came over to Burton and never got a chance after doing well at Wexford. He went back to the League of Ireland and had an unbelievable season with Cork City and people still didn’t seem to realise who he was over here. Which is strange for me.”It’s almost 20 years now since Barry-Murphy left Leeside and pitched up at David Moyes’ Preston. Across two decades, there have been just three further permanent clubs, a testament to his character and dedication. Sheffield Wednesday was enjoyable but brief. There was a long stint at Bury before he signed for Rochdale in 2010. Barry-Murphy pictured playing for Cork City against UCD in 1999. Source: Andrew Paton/INPHOBut, since 2013, he’s taken a step back. Initially there was a player/coach role, with manager Keith Hill keen on using Barry-Murphy as an on-field mentor for the team’s younger charges. But injuries were becoming more frequent and his last game was back in November 2016.These days, at 39, he concentrates on being first-team coach and he’s quick to point out just how much of an influence his formative days in the League of Ireland have been to him both on and off the field.“I’ve done study after study over here and I enjoy them all but the facilitators and educators go on about different coaching experiences and teaching the players different ways,” he says.“Some of the best things I ever learned were from playing in the League of Ireland against certain players. At the FA, down in St George’s Park, they’ll say to me, ‘Where did you learn this?’ and I’ll say, ‘I saw Paul Doolin do it against me one day. I didn’t know what hit me but I remembered it forever.’ Like, I remember playing against that Dundalk side and Johnny C (John Caulfield) and Deccie Daly saying to me, ‘Yer man Doolin is some player now so you’ll have to watch his runs from midfield’. And I was prepared for it but I never saw the runs because he was always making them when I wasn’t watching. I picked up all these things that you could never coach. Paul Doolin? Fuck. He was unbelievable. As long as I’ll live, I’ll never forget the stuff I picked up against those type of guys.”There’s a brief pause. I move to ask another question and get a couple of words out but Barry-Murphy is excitable now. He’s lost to nostalgia. He’s on a roll.“LIAM COYLE, EOIN! LIAM COYLE!” he roars, defiantly.They used play the ball into Liam Coyle’s feet and he’d flick it around the corner or over his shoulder and they’d be in behind you and you’d be green as grass thinking, ‘How did they get in behind me there?’ Unreal, like. And Liam was crippled! He’d be going around with those big bandages on his knees. He was a wizard though, wasn’t he? Like, that group of players were unbelievable and they’ve been consigned to that sort of mentality of, ‘Ah well, they mustn’t have been good enough to go over because they never did’ but it was because they never really got a chance. A different time, I suppose.” By Eoin O’Callaghan 28,510 Views Feb 18th 2018, 9:31 AM Ireland international Meyler misses penalty as Chelsea reach FA Cup quarter-finalsCan a former League of Ireland favourite inspire an upset of Man City and more FA Cup talking points Short URL Follow us: ‘I think there’s still a sense of ignorance in the UK towards the League of Ireland’ Having eased from the pitch to the dugout, Brian Barry-Murphy is preparing for the biggest day in Rochdale’s recent history. center_img Barry-Murphy doesn’t have much of a hankering for his playing days. Certainly, there’s been a buzz and an energy in the build-up to today’s fixture but having battled through about 400 games in the lower leagues, he knows these days are the exception rather than the rule.And he’s been a bit-player in recent seasons anyway. It was a slow, patient transition and one he had prepared for.“It was inevitable, really,” he says.“My body just had loads of issues. I’d had so many knee surgeries. And even last season, I came back to play in one of those Checkatrade games and I snapped my Achilles and it was a bollocks, like. You miss the days like Sunday, don’t you? But it wasn’t a big transition for me. It was very easy, to be honest.  I was in a coaching mindset from quite a while back anyway. Barry-Murphy in action for Rochdale back in 2010. Source: Neal Simpson“I was on the verge of retiring five years ago, but Keith Hill came back to the club as manager. I’d had loads of injuries but I continued in this player-coach role, though I didn’t really consider myself a player. He knew I’d played really well for him in his previous stint at the club so after he came back from Barnsley he wanted me to instil his beliefs in the players through action rather than words. So, what he was doing verbally, I was doing it on the training pitch. And it just worked brilliantly. We had loads of players who came through our academy so it was used for that purpose – to bring on those younger players.I was gaining unbelievable experience from the manager while I was finishing my training and doing my A licence and things like that. So in return I felt like I owed him. If I was going to be a player-coach, I wanted to give him something back in terms of doing things properly on the training ground, even though I was rarely, if at all, selected for games. I felt some sort of justification in that I thought I was helping the younger players and all the players at the club, really. And there came a time about a year or two ago when players started to overtake me so much and I wasn’t able to keep up with them on the training ground and I started dropping out of training more and more and that’s what we were after, really. Once the players became too good for me, I was like a horse that had served its purpose. But it was worth it because the guys progressed so much in such a short space of time.”This season has been a traumatic one for Rochdale. They’re currently rooted to the bottom of the League One table and time is running out if they’re to avoid relegation. But the FA Cup has been a distraction for them.They went to Doncaster and won in the Third Round. They forced a draw against Millwall at The Den and were unfortunate not to win. Still, they made up for it the following week by squeezing past them in the replay at Spotland and securing an unusually lucrative and high-profile tie with an elite Premier League side. Barry-Murphy says his Rochdale players will be encouraged to go for it against Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham later today. Source: NurPhotoInexplicably for someone who has spent 20 odd years in English league football, it’s also a pretty rare glamour fixture for Barry-Murphy to be involved with.“Down through the years we’ve had nothing, really,” he admits.“We had some good home draws: Leeds and Nottingham Forest but nothing from the Premier League to have a go off. So, it’s great for the club, the manager but especially the academy. Our academy has brought through some unbelievable players and sold them on: Craig Dawson, Rickie Lambert – some great calibre players – and it’s good to get some recognition by facing a top team, really.”Barry-Murphy has been heavily involved in pushing talented youngsters into the first-team. 16-year-old Daniel Adshead made his debut for the club in the drawn game against Millwall and could feature against Spurs.The teenager is still in secondary school and was doing homework on the team bus as it made its way to south-east London for the Fourth Round clash. A reminder, if ever Rochdale needed it, of just how wide the gulf between the two sides is.“It’s the biggest game in the club’s history, really,” Barry-Murphy says.It’s a bit of a fanfare for the team at the moment and the town too, because they’ve had some tough times, so it’s brilliant for them. It’s been really hard going for loads of different reasons in the league but we’ve had some unbelievable results in the Cup, in tough fixtures, so it’s a reward for the lads. It’s great for them. But this is a completely different kettle of fish altogether. It’s a step up from anything we’ve played against at any level over the past three or four years. Tottenham are a top European team now. They’re established.“But we just try and give the players as much information as we can so they’re prepared. Our manager is very strong, even though we’ve had a tough season. We stick to the way we play and we’ll try and be aggressive and be on the front foot. There will be times when we won’t be able to but a lot of our group is made up of players from our academy. They seem genuinely excited by it and want to have a go. They’re not showing any signs of nerves or apprehension so we’ll go with that and encourage them to be themselves and express themselves. There’s no real point in trying to be cautious. They’re keen to have a go off it so why not let them have a go? That’s always been the attitude at our club. Why hold them back?”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 11:50 AM 33 Comments Share125 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

QLDs population increase demands for a larger theatre

first_img“I can see the appetite in South East Queensland for the performing arts is enormous, and as our city is maturing I can see that there are a lot of opportunities,” said Mr Kotzas.The dialogue has gained momentum following Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s announcement last month of plans to fund a study over the next 12 months looking at the demands across the sector. Part of the $3 billion Queens Wharf development, a consultant, who is yet to be appointed, will investigate the size and features of the city’s next live venue, along with the appropriate location.Though South East Queensland is being serviced well at the moment, looking at Brisbane’s current population, Mr Kotzas says Queensland is on a trajectory to have a fairly significant population growth by 2030, and that a 1,500-seat theatre would be the most appropriate choice. “I’ve not done a formal study personally on this, but when I look around and I see the number of smaller theatres throughout Brisbane and South East Queensland, the obvious thing that our sector needs is a theatre that sits somewhere between the Playhouse (800) and the Lyric Theatre (2,000),” he explains.While the CEO admitted a number of smaller theatres are faring well currently, he also emphasised that the sector should be aspiring for growth. Though he admits a 2,000-seater would be too much of a stretch, keeping in mind the audience’s experience. “If you’re an audience member, you want to be in a theatre that’s fairly full and that you’re feeling that you’re a part of a theatre community that enables you to have a very good theatrical experience. “So a 1,500-seater – that, I imagine, feels like the natural growth for the whole of the sector in South East Queensland.”However a number of people disagree with Mr Kotzas’ proposal, including La Boite theatre’s Todd McDonald, Queensland Theatre Company’s Sue Donnelly and Brisbane Arts Theatre’s Ruby Foster, who all argue what the city is missing is an intimate 500-seat theatre. But Mr Kotzas is convinced the study will determine his solution to be the right one.“When I look at the capacity of QPAC at the moment, we’re now at 82 per cent occupancy – we’ve got 1.4 million attendance,” he said.“I can see there’s a demand coming in the future and the number of people that want to attend the theatre will be at a level where one big venue cannot accommodate that, nor can the existing little theatres combined together.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more