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World Cup 2018: Messi takes Argentina to last-16, Peru sign off on a highWorld Cup 2018: Messi takes Argentina to last-16, Peru sign off on a high

first_imgLionel Messi and Argentina finally got things going at the World Cup.Messi scored an exquisite 14th-minute goal to give the two-time champions the lead in a must-win game against Nigeria on Tuesday, but it wasn’t until Marcos Rojo’s 86th-minute strike that Argentina was assured of a place in the round of 16 with a 2-1 victory.Victor Moses scored from the penalty spot in the 51st minute for Nigeria, putting Argentina in danger of being eliminated without winning a match in Russia.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIt took an unlikely goal by Rojo – a center back – to save Argentina with a cushioned volley into the corner.The win gave the Argentines second place in Group D and allowed the soccer-mad nation to forget about the 3-0 loss to Croatia last week that sparked days of soul-searching within the squad and back home.READ REPORTCroatia on the other hand ended Iceland’s chances at the World Cup and helped out Argentina at the same time.Ivan Perisic capitalized on a defensive error to score a 90th-minute winner Tuesday, giving Croatia a 2-1 win over Iceland and first place in Group D on Tuesday.READ REPORTIceland could have finished second in the group with a victory because Argentina beat Nigeria 2-1 at the same time.Instead, the Croats will face Denmark on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod and Argentina will take on France on Saturday in Kazan.WORLD CUP DAY 13 – HIGHLIGHTSFrance and Denmark produced the World Cup’s first 0-0 draw at the 37th attempt amid boos and whistles from fans on Tuesday.advertisementThe slow-paced game was out of step with a vibrant tournament. But it advanced both teams to the round of 16 unbeaten, with the bonus of no players suspended and no serious injuries.READ REPORTThe draw would always have ensured that outcome, and became inevitable in the second half. Events elsewhere in Group C made this game all but irrelevant.Back at the World Cup for the first time since 1982, Peru isn’t leaving Russia empty handed.WORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe Peruvians failed to score a goal in their opening two matches, but the team finally gave its fans a reason to celebrate when it ended Australia’s hopes of advancing to the knockout round with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday.READ REPORTThe Australians had to beat Peru and hope Denmark lost to France in the other Group C match, but neither result occurred. France and Denmark drew 0-0 in Moscow.Andre Carrillo’s 18th-minute goal – a half-volley from inside the area – was Peru’s first in a World Cup since its last appearance 36 years ago. Peru hadn’t won a World Cup match since defeating Iran in 1978. France-Denmark play first goalless draw of World Cup 2018As France took on Denmark, Didier Deschamps equalled Raymond Domenech’s record tally of 79 games as France manager.He named Presnel Kimpembe in the starting XI, as he became the fourth to make his first start with France in a World Cup match, after Franck Ribery (2006 vs Switzerland), Morgan Schneiderlin and Lucas Digne (2014 vs Ecuador).But after 90 minutes (and added time), France and Denmark produced the first 0-0 draw in this edition of the World Cup. The goal-less draw ended a record 37-game streak of not having a goalless draw. Peru win a World Cup match since 1978Andre Carillo’s opener (first since 1982) gave Peru the lead in a World Cup game for the first time since 1978, when they had lead against Iran. That match was also the last time they had managed a win (4-1) in the tournament, which is the fourth longest gap between victories in the competition.Paolo Guerrero, who scored the second goal, became the first No.9 to score for Peru at the World Cup and also at the age of 34y 176d became the third oldest South American player. Only Uruguay’s Obdulio Jacinto Varela (36y 279d) and Argentina’s Martin Palermo (36y 227d) are older.Tim Cahil also became the first Australian player to appear at four separate World Cups. Diego Maradona gets Argentine crowd going at World CupArgentina fans broke out into spontaneous chants of “Diego! Diego” when Diego Maradona was shown taking his seat at the St. Petersburg stadium before the Argentina’s World Cup match against Nigeria.The 57-year-old Maradona briefly danced with a woman in the stands as fans took photos of him. He was also seen displaying a banner of himself in the stands. As Messi gave Argentina the lead he was seen thanking the Gods.advertisementBut Maradona appeared to need assistance to walk as a man was seen helping Maradona stay on his feet as he was led away from his seat overlooking the pitch and into an adjacent room in the video posted by Fernando Schwartz, a well-known sports journalist in Mexico.A photograph also posted on Twitter appeared to show two medical staff attending to Maradona.The Argentine website of sports broadcaster ESPN said Maradona was taken to hospital but newspaper La Nacion said he was treated for low blood pressure in the stadium and was able to leave the stadium normally shortly afterwards. Messi reaches century as Argentina qualify with their oldest ever XIArgentina have won all four of the games they have played against Nigeria at the World Cup.Argenita named their oldest ever team for a World Cup game – with the average age being 30 years and 189 days. In goal was Franco Armani, aged 31, become the 17th different goalkeeper to start for Argentina in the World Cup. No country have had more goalkeepers.Lionel Messi scored with his 13th shot of the 2018 World Cup, after 662 minutes of football, with his last previous World Cup goal came against Nigeria as well in the last edition.His 14th minute goal from Messi was the 100th of this edition of the World Cup and also his 100th in a different stadium (including club and country).Other’s hwo have scored the 100th goal of a World Cup are Andres Iniesta (2010) and Neymar (2014).READ MOREMessi also became only the third Argentinian after Diego Maradona (1982, 1986, 1994), Gabriel Batistuta (1994, 1998, 2002)to have scored in score in three editions of the World Cup, in 2006, 2014 and 2018. The goal was Messi’s 6th World Cup goal, and also the first he has scored with his right foot.Marcos Rojo scored with Argentina’s only shot on target in the second half, which was only his third goals for his national team. He had scored in the 2015 Copa America, and both of his World Cup goals have now come against Nigeria. Iceland’s poor record against Croatia continuesBefore the start of the match, Iceland had beaten Croatia only on one occasion and after the game their record read 1 win, 1 draw, 5 losses.Mateo Kovacic became the first outfield player at the 2018 World Cup to play at least 80 minutes in a single game without misplacing a pass.Croatia have now won three consecutive World Cup games for the first time in their history. With the loss, Iceland also crashed out, meaning both the debutants in this edition went out in the group stage.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Kumar Sangakkara named Marylebone Cricket Club’s first non-British presidentKumar Sangakkara named Marylebone Cricket Club’s first non-British president

first_img Reuters LondonMay 2, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 10:30 IST Kumar Sangakkara has appeared twice on the honours boards at Lord’s (Kumar Sangakkara Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMCC was founded in 1787 and has been based at Lord’s, which it owns, since 1814Marylebone Cricket Club is the guardian of the Laws of cricketKumar Sangakkara scored 12,400 runs in 134 Tests and 14,234 runs in 404 ODIs for Sri LankaFormer Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has been named as the first non-British president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and will take up his one-year post in October.Sangakkara’s nomination was announced by current president, Anthony Wreford, at the MCC annual general meeting at Lord’s on Wednesday.Former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Sangakkara, who scored 12,400 runs in 134 Tests, appeared twice on the honours boards at Lord’s.He hit 147 in the drawn Test against England in 2014, and 112 in Sri Lanka’s one-day international win on the same tour.”It is a huge honour to be named the next President of MCC and it is a role that I am thoroughly looking forward to,” the 41-year-old said in a statement.Introducing MCC’s next President…Congratulations, @KumarSanga2.Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) May 1, 2019MCC was founded in 1787 and has been based at Lord’s, which it owns, since 1814. It is the guardian of the Laws of the game.”For me, MCC is the greatest cricket club in the world, with its global reach and continued progress for cricket on and off the pitch,” added Sangakkara.”The year 2020 is going to be yet another significant one in cricket, especially at Lord’s, and I am thrilled that I am going to be able to play a part in supporting its future as President of MCC.”Sangakkara’s tenure will include another busy year at Lord’s next year, with two England Test matches against West Indies and Pakistan and the launch of The Hundred – the England and Wales Cricket Board’s new 100-ball cricket format.advertisementAlso Watch: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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Kumar SangakkaraFollow MCC presidentFollow Sangakkara MCC presidentFollow Marylebone Cricket Club Kumar Sangakkara named Marylebone Cricket Club’s first non-British presidentKumar Sangakkara’s tenure will include another busy year at Lord’s next year, with two England Test matches against West Indies and Pakistan and the launch of The Hundred.advertisementlast_img read more

Infosys to Transform CMA CGMs Information SystemInfosys to Transform CMA CGMs Information System

first_imgzoom French shipping giant CMA CGM has signed a strategic partnership with technology company Infosys to accelerate the transformation of its information system.Under the agreement, the seven-year partnership will aim to simplify and transform CMA CGM’s IT applications and improve customer service excellence.As part of the deal, and at the request of CMA CGM, Infosys will open a center for development and innovation in Marseilles, as well as take over the CMA CGM IT development center in Dubai, allowing it to strengthen its presence in the Middle East.Additionally, Infosys will provide CMA CGM with the skills needed to maintain its applications and develop its SAP projects, and with new high value-added technologies that will improve its agility and responsiveness.As part of its ongoing digital transformation, CMA CGM will use Infosys Nia’s artificial intelligence platform and its scalable automation platform, AssistEdge, to modernize its customer service, improve the execution processes and improve its internal performance.“Innovation and digitalization are at the heart of our strategy. Our ambition is to create a competitive advantage by offering our customers state-of-the-art technologies. The partnership with Infosys is key to attaining this objective. By setting up their Center for Innovation in Marseille, CMA CGM, as well as the region, will benefit from both their expertise and their proximity,” Rodolphe Saadé, CEO, CMA CGM, said.last_img read more

Fan support crucial for potential season 5Fan support crucial for potential season 5

first_imgLos Angeles: The makers of ‘Lucifer’ say fans support will play an important role in getting a potential fifth season for the show. Executive producers Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson said the team will soon know if the series will be going in for another run at Netflix. “They’ll hopefully let us know within a month (by June 8). That tends to be how they do things with first-season shows, that they will hopefully let everyone know within a month. The bingeing and all the fan support helps with that,” Modrovich told TVLine. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’The show was brought back from the dead for a fourth season in 2018. “To that point, the fan support is super-important, and in particular the (first) month is going to be crucial towards whether or not we get a season five, because they are paying attention,” Henderson added. He admitted the fan support had been “amazing” and “everything you could ask for”. Lauren German, who plays Chloe Decker, recently upped hopes for a fifth season in a teasy tweet last week. Henderson and Modrovich recently spoke about their ideas for a fifth season should it get renewed.last_img read more

Egypt back to square one as army returns to politicsEgypt back to square one as army returns to politics

first_imgCAIRO – Three years after a popular uprising forced out ex-general Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s army is again pushing a commander to stand for president after he ousted the first civilian head of state.On Monday, the army endorsed its Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s candidacy for an election he is expected to win amid a strong nationalist fervour since he overthrew president Mohamed Morsi.In just over six months, Sisi has managed to win accolades from a vast section of Egyptians for leading the ouster of Morsi and crushing the Muslim Brotherhood movement to which the Islamist belongs. Morsi was toppled after one turbulent year in office following mass street protests amid allegations of grabbing power and ruining an already deteriorating economy.Announcing its backing for Sisi, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said that “the people’s trust in Sisi is a call that must be heeded as the free choice of the people”.Sisi is soon expected to resign as army chief and announce his candidacy in a presidential election scheduled to be held by mid-April.A victory for the 59-year-old would keep alive a tradition of Egyptian presidents being drawn from the armed forces.Mubarak and all of his predecessors came from the military, starting with the charismatic colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser, who ruled Egypt between 1954 and 1970.And after Mubarak’s ouster, it was Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi who ruled Egypt until the election of Morsi in June 2012. But Tantawi’s tenure was marred by deadly street protests before Morsi was elected.Sisi is riding a wave of nationalist fervour, however, amid a heavy handed crackdown on Morsi’s supporters, which according to Amnesty International has left at least 1,400 people dead.To Sisi’s supporters, he is the best option for ending three years of political instability following the 2011 uprising that ended Mubarak’s reign.And to his critics and experts it is the military’s decades-old iron grip on Egypt that has once again brought an army man to the forefront after civilian leaders blew their shot at power.“There is definitely a political vacuum with no civilian parties able to throw up a good leadership,” said Mohamed Ghorab, an activist from a group that campaigns against military trials of civilians.“We saw this with the Muslim Brotherhood, (and) they failed. We hoped that another liberal party would come up and fill the vacuum, but that didn’t happen.“Hence given the backing from a section of the society, the military is now filling the vacuum,” he said in his personal capacity.‘Old demons of repression’ returningSince Morsi’s ouster, Sisi has emerged as a nationalist icon, but simultaneously Egypt is also witnessing the return of the feared security services which were widely hated under Mubarak.In recent months a deadly crackdown that began against Morsi’s Brotherhood has widened, with activists who spearheaded the anti-Mubarak revolt finding themselves behind bars.Top anti-Mubarak campaigners Ahmed Douma, Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Alaa Abdel Fattah have been detained for organising protests the military-installed authorities say were illegal.The authorities had defended the removal of Morsi on the back of mass street protests against his rule.“Their current policies are a betrayal of all the aspirations of bread, freedom and social justice” of the anti-Mubarak revolution, said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui of Amnesty International in a statement marking the third anniversary of the 2011 revolt.She charged the security forces had also not been held to account for using “excessive” force in dealing with protests staged by Morsi’s supporters who continue to demand his reinstatement.Analysts say the repressive old regime of Mubarak is returning to the fold, but that it is unleashing even more force on dissent than before, now that the military is clearly at the helm.“Even if the military authorities try to maintain a democratic face, it is now clear that Egypt is being overtaken by old demons of repression, authoritarianism and personal power,” said Karim Bittar of the Institute of International Strategic Relations.“The hopes aroused by the revolution of January 25, 2011 among the liberals and progressive (people of Egypt) are about to go up in smoke.”last_img read more

Implementation of sanctions against DPR Korea on track UN saysImplementation of sanctions against DPR Korea on track UN says

16 April 2007The implementation of sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK), imposed last October after the country claimed to have conducted a nuclear test, is on track, the head of the Security Council’s sanctions committee said today. The Sanctions Committee, created by the Council, met today in New York to discuss progress made in implementing the measures, which expressly ban the support by Member States of the country’s nuclear-related, other weapons of mass destruction-related and ballistic missile-related programmes.Thus far, 68 countries and the European Union have reported that they are in the process of implementing the sanctions, the Committee’s chairman Ambassador Marcello Spatafora of Italy, told reporters after the meeting.Of these countries, 31 stated they already have the appropriate legislation in place, 27 have informed the Council that there are measures which have already been or will be adopted to put the sanctions into operation, and a further 10 have notified the necessary officials in their governments with the intention of implementing them.Expressing his satisfaction at the current pace of implementation, Mr. Spatafora said, “there was not a single case in which we, the Committee, had the perception or the feeling there was some resistance or backtracking.”The sanctions were unanimously adopted by the 15-member Council in resolution 1718 – invoking Chapter VII of the UN Charter which allows for enforcement measures – after DPRK’s 9 October underground nuclear test.The binding resolution called for DPRK to “suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile programme and in this context re-establish its pre-existing commitments to a moratorium on missile launching,” and also to “abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.”Member States, the Council said in the resolution, are also to prevent the import from or export to the DPRK of “any battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large calibre artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles or missile systems” as well as “related materiel including spare parts” and other items determined by the sanctions committee.Other items to be set out in separate lists are also banned, including those “which could contribute to DPRK’s nuclear-related, ballistic missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes.” Luxury goods are also prohibited from being exported to DPRK. read more

UN relief agency welcomes €30 million European grant for DarfurUN relief agency welcomes €30 million European grant for Darfur

Kenro Oshidari, Sudan Representative UN World Food Programme (WFP) said this latest donation will help the agency “to purchase and pre-position food assistance in Darfur before the rainy season, which is about to start and will last until October.” Needs are expected to rise in Sudan, according to WFP, which estimates that while 2 million people now depend on its assistance, as many as 800,000 more may require food aid during the ‘hunger gap’ before this year’s harvest, which normally starts in October.Besides helping to feed those people, the European grant will also help WFP achieve its aim of purchasing food in ways that benefit local markets and farmers, according to the agency.In that light, it anticipates that 32,000 metric tons of food will include more than 15,000 tons of locally-produced sorghum, 2,230 tons of local salt and 4,000 tons of beans purchased regionally.In all of Sudan, which is also recovering from a civil war in its southern region and hosts refugees in other areas, WFP’s emergency operation is targeting food aid for 5.5 million people, at a cost of $685 million, 74 percent which has been received. 4 May 2007The United Nations food relief agency today welcomed a €30 million donation from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), to help feed over 2 million people in the violence-torn Darfur region of Sudan. read more

UN expert urges US not to deport thousands back to hurricaneravaged HaitiUN expert urges US not to deport thousands back to hurricaneravaged Haiti

6 March 2009An independent United Nations human rights expert today asked the United States Government to reconsider deporting tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants in light of the physical and financial damage inflicted on the impoverished Caribbean nation by a series of hurricanes last August. In a news release issued in Geneva, Michel Forst voiced deep concern at reports that the US Department of Homeland Security, and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, is planning to deport the immigrants.According to a recent evaluation cited by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Haiti, Hédi Annabi, the four back-to-back storms that struck the country from mid-August to mid-September “comprehensively destroyed what little infrastructure there was.” A total of some 800,000 Haitians either lost their homes entirely or were badly affected by the storms which also left 800 people dead.In addition, the global financial crisis has worsened a food emergency brought about by the widespread destruction of the country’s crops during the hurricanes, and critical infrastructure, including bridges and roads, have been wiped out. The storms are believed to have destroyed around 15 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). “Considering the extent of the damage to homes, schools, roads, bridges and businesses in Haiti, it is highly unlikely that sufficient repairs can be carried out in time for this year’s hurricane season, and as a result many thousands of Haitians will be left without protection,” Mr. Forst said. Mr. Forst has written to the Secretary of Homeland Security, urging the Government to reconsider its decision. “While acknowledging that the hurricanes and storms that drowned low-lying parts of Haiti in mud and misery had been ‘severe,’ you have concluded on the basis of recommendations provided by the US administration that ‘Haiti does not currently warrant a Temporary Protected Status (TPS),’” he noted. When other countries in the region have been struck by natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes, with similar devastating impact to the destruction inflicted on Haiti, those countries have been granted TPS, Mr. Forst added. “It would therefore be normal to continue to provide support and assistance to all undocumented Haitian migrants living in the US, until the situation has improved in their homeland,” he said. According to many experts, TPS is the least expensive and most immediate form of humanitarian assistance the US could provide to Haiti, since it would allow the Haitian Government to invest all its limited resources in reconstruction, and the redevelopment of its struggling economy.Today’s development comes ahead of a visit to the country on Monday by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former US President Bill Clinton, aimed at raising awareness of efforts to help Haiti’s Government and people bolster their economic security.Following that, a delegation from the UN Security Council will begin a visit to the country on 11 March. Ambassador Jorge Urbina of Costa Rica, who is leading the mission, briefed reporters today in New York on the main purpose and programme of the visit.“The members of the Council intend to convey a strong message of continued support to the Government and people of Haiti in rebuilding their country after the natural disasters that took place last year, consolidating peace and stability and promoting recovery and sustainable development,” he stated. The Council is expected to meet with President René Préval, Prime Minister Michèle Pierre Louis and several government ministers, as well as representatives of the National Assembly and the Senate, party leaders and parliamentarians.The delegation will also meet also with the electoral authorities to review the preparations for the upcoming polls, and members of the UN Country Team and the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH. “By carrying out such an extension programme, the Council wants to underline the importance of the mutual commitments made by the international community and Haiti,” Mr. Urbina said. read more

SEAL THE DEAL Invasive species pose huge threat to ecosystems UN saysSEAL THE DEAL Invasive species pose huge threat to ecosystems UN says

11 November 2009It’s no longer than a grain of rice. But the mountain pine beetle is an insidious environmental predator, laying waste to swathes of forest in north-western Canada and exposing the local ecosystem to what could be a devastating new front in the battle against climate change. The beetle is one of hundreds of what scientists call invasive species – animals, plants and organisms that “arrive, survive and thrive” in previously inhospitable territory and damage their host environment. Now, as global warming alters temperature and precipitation patterns around the world, the threat posed by invasive species is rising, and scientists and United Nations officials are calling on participants at next month’s climate change conference in Copenhagen to agree to action to strengthen their ecosystems and to protect biodiversity. “Climate change is creating some difficult conditions for a number of living organisms and most of the invasive alien species are more resistant, more opportunistic than the organisms in a given place,” says Kalemani Mulongoy, the principal officer of scientific, technical and technological matters at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Montreal-based CBD, set up in 1993, is a legally binding agreement between 187 countries, linking traditional conservation efforts to the economic goal of using biological resources sustainably. It covers all ecosystems, species, and genetic resources, and provides technical advice to governments as they try to maintain fragile ecosystems. The CBD considers the combined effects of climate change and invasive species to be the main drivers of biodiversity loss across the planet. “It happens in all ecosystem types: freshwater, terrestrial, plants, animal, microorganisms, they span the gamut,” adds Stas Burgiel, policy director at the Global Invasive Species Program (GISP), an international partnership of scientists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), intergovernmental organizations and policymakers assists the CBD and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in decision-making. Invasive species “can change whole ecosystems by altering hydrology, fire regimes, nutrient cycling, and other ecosystem processes,” according to GISP. “Biological invasions by non-native species impose an enormous cost on agriculture, forestry, fisheries, as well as on human health.” “As the conditions are changing due to high temperatures, drought or abundant rain, a number of organisms will be outgrown by invasive alien species,” says Mr. Burgiel. According to the CBD, biological incursions by invasive species result in significant economic losses. In the United States alone, the yearly damage and control cost of invasive species is estimated to be more than $138 billion. Worldwide, it is estimated at $1.4 trillion annually. For the mountain pine beetle, mild winter temperatures have led to increased survival, culminating in the largest epidemic in the history of the Canadian province of British Columbia. In recent years the beetle has also moved to higher latitudes, resulting in the infestation of an estimated 13 million hectares of pine forests, and forecasts predict that it will to kill up to 80 per cent of the pine volume in British Columbia by 2015. Lodging itself in the inner bark of mature trees, the beetle lays eggs that will hatch into larvae and burrow out to the surface. The exit holes then leave the tree vulnerable to fungus which, once established, will overwhelm and kill the pine. The rotting trees release tons of carbon dioxide as they die, boosting greenhouse gas emissions and nullifying the “sink effect” whereby large forests absorb and store carbon dioxide. Invasive species are encroaching on fragile ecosystems across the planet. In the Western US and in North Africa, the tamarisk plant is an aggressive colonizer, able to survive in parched and saline soils for extended periods of time. As climate change decreases precipitation in these areas, the shrub sinks its roots deeper into the soil, depleting available water resources and out-competing indigenous plants for nourishment. In West Africa, an average decrease of 40 to 60 per cent in the flow of major rivers – a result of global climate change – may be a factor contributing to the proliferation of the water hyacinth. The hyacinth clogs numerous lakes and rivers, threatening the survival of fish, and local plant biodiversity to the detriment of the communities and industries that profit from these resources. Warmer air temperatures and longer growing seasons may also increase the geographic ranges of some diseases as tropical insects adapt to temperate climates, putting new populations at risk. “Vector-borne diseases such as West Nile virus also have a link to invasives” says Mr. Burgiel, referring to the Asian tiger mosquito and its role in transmitting dengue fever and West Nile virus to Western countries. Since its introduction into Italy eight years ago, the mosquito has spread to 22 of the country’s northern provinces. “When a pathogen hitchhikes on an organism, you get public health issues,” he says. Given genetic programming that allows them to thrive in a multitude of environments, invasive species are more adept at survival than native species, raising serious concerns about the fate of indigenous organisms in environments where global warming precipitates seasonal change. “Sea level rise will certainly favour those species that can deal with the change from a freshwater environment to a saltwater environment,” adds Mr. Burgiel, “while some plants may grow faster in rich carbon dioxide environments.” Since the 17th century, invasive species have contributed to nearly 40 per cent of all animal extinctions, posing the greatest threat to biodiversity on isolated ecosystems, such as islands that lack natural competitors, and predators that usually control populations of the invaders. In response to these threats, GISP supports implementation of Article 8 of CBD, which calls on parties to “prevent the introduction of, control or eradicate those alien species which threaten ecosystems, habitats, or species.” “Recently, there has been a call to think about climate change within a lot of the discussions about biodiversity conservation,” adds Mr. Burgiel. “We urge States at risk to use the precautionary approach, don’t make unnecessary introduction of invasives, and prevent those that you can control.” The biodiversity implications of climate change will be discussed at Copenhagen through the concept of ecosystem-based adaptation, which aims to strengthen ecosystems against climate change by making them as healthy as possible. “We’ve starting to get a hand on what the potential impacts and dynamics might be, but in terms of translating that into policy guidance for governments, I think that’s where we still need quite a bit more work,” says Mr. Burgiel. “It’s easy to say ‘start with precaution,’ but a little more detail about what they might need to do at a particular site or with national legislation is where we’re struggling. We have some ideas but that needs to be improved.” read more

Trumps Huawei threat pulls out big guns — with potentially devastating consequencesTrumps Huawei threat pulls out big guns — with potentially devastating consequences

“This could potentially lead to Huawei’s destruction,” said Scott Kennedy, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “You can’t underestimate the significance. It’s their most important company and threatening it in this way will generate a massive public response as well as from the Chinese government. The bilateral trade talks were on thin ice and this could derail them entirely.”At the heart of Trump’s concerted campaign is suspicion that Huawei aids Beijing in espionage while spearheading China’s ambitions of becoming a technology superpower. The Justice Department also accuses it of willfully violating sanctions on Iran, and last year engineered the arrest of the eldest daughter of Huawei’s billionaire founder.Huawei, which has denied those allegations, said Thursday it was “ready and willing” to engage with the U.S. to ensure product security. Restricting it from doing business “will only serve to limit the U.S. to inferior yet more expensive alternatives,” it said in a statement. The Trump administration is pulling out the big guns in its push to slow China’s rise, with potentially devastating consequences for the rest of the world.The White House on Wednesday initiated a two-pronged assault on China: barring companies deemed a national security threat from selling to the U.S., and threatening to blacklist Huawei Technologies Co. from buying essential components. If it follows through, the move could cripple China’s largest technology company, depress the business of American chip giants from Qualcomm Inc. to Micron Technology Inc., and potentially disrupt the rollout of critical 5G wireless networks around the world.The Trump administration action is a grave escalation with ChinaEurasia Group “The negative impact on the global 5G market will be significant,” said Charlie Dai, a Beijing-based analyst at Forrester Research, nothing that Huawei is one of the market leaders globally. “Nokia and Cisco could address the gap to some extent, but the overall adoption will be slowed down, which eventually will be harmful to telco carriers and consumers around the world.”The Commerce Department said Wednesday it will soon put Huawei on an “Entity List” — meaning any U.S. company will need a special licence to sell products to the world’s largest networking gear maker. Since American companies dominate semiconductors, that could smother Huawei’s production of everything from 5G base stations to mobile phones. It may not even be able to use Google’s Android, the most popular operating system globally for smartphones. A similar move last year against ZTE Corp. — China’s second-biggest telecom equipment company — nearly forced the company out of business.This could potentially lead to Huawei’s destructionScott Kennedy, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies “The Trump administration action is a grave escalation with China,” Eurasia Group analysts Paul Triolo, Michael Hirson and Jeffrey Wright wrote in a note. If fully implemented, the blacklist would “put at risk both the company itself and the networks of Huawei customers around the world, as the firm would be unable to upgrade software and conduct routine maintenance and hardware replacement.” Trump issues executive order that appears to target Huawei amid trade war with China US, China trade conflict was 20 years in the making Huawei CFO’s extradition case may hinge on a fateful meeting with HSBC in a Hong Kong teahouse The threat is likely to elevate fears in Beijing that President Donald Trump’s broader goal is to contain China, leading to a protracted cold war between the world’s biggest economies. In addition to a trade fight that has rattled global markets for months, the U.S. has pressured both allies and foes to avoid using Huawei for 5G networks that will form the backbone of the modern economy..@Huawei 5G, RIP. Thanks for playing. https://t.co/Rltwqj52AW— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) May 15, 2019The administration did the right thing by banning Chinese spy companies like Huawei from our networks. There’s still time for our European allies to safeguard their security by joining us, as @JohnCornyn & I wrote last month:https://t.co/l62KEUT0tl— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) May 15, 2019U.S. suppliers to Huawei including Lumentum Holdings Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. are indicated to open lower in pre-market trading, after shares in Asian suppliers including Sunny Optical Technology Group and AAC Technologies Holdings Inc. dropped as much as 5 per cent on Thursday.In Europe, STMicroelectronics NV fell, while Huawei competitor Nokia Oyj gained 2 per cent. Huawei has said it devotes about a third of its budget — some $11 billion annually — to the acquisition of American components. It counts 33 U.S. companies among its top 92 suppliers.The negative impact on the global 5G market will be significantCharlie Dai, a Beijing-based analyst at Forrester Research China’s government said it will take “all necessary measures” to defend its companies.“We resolutely object to any country, based on their own laws, unilaterally sanctioning Chinese entities,” Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said at a regularly scheduled briefing in Beijing Thursday. “We also object to the generalization of the national security concept and abuse of export control methods.”The lack of alternatives is one reason that it’s far from certain the U.S. will make good on its threat to cut off Huawei. Observers for months had been dismissing the possibility, in part because it would hurt some of America’s largest tech corporations. The Trump administration has also been pressuring allies to bar Huawei equipment from their communications networks for security reasons. But the U.S. effort had largely failed, as even the U.K. declined to join the American call for a boycott.If the U.S. handicaps Huawei by cutting off suppliers, countries and telecoms carriers around the world that are already spending billions to build 5G networks may have to resort to pricier equipment from Nokia Oyj and Ericsson AB. Tying up a chunk of the world’s 5G gear supply would slow the build-out of a technology that underpins future services from self-driving cars to smart homes and advanced medicine.Huawei appears to have anticipated this possibility. It’s been developing and designing its own chips for years, which it now uses in many of its own smartphones. It’s reportedly even developing its own operating software to run phones and servers.For now, though, it remains heavily reliant on American technology.Huawei’s base station, smartphone, server and maritime cable businesses simply cannot run without Qualcomm baseband and processor chips. There are alternatives — but from American peers such as Intel Corp., Micron and Broadcom Corp.It also depends on smaller American suppliers in key areas: Lumentum Holdings Inc. for optical cable; Amphenol for fiber-optic connectors; Inphi Corp. for analog chips; Qorvo Inc. and Analog Devices Inc. for radio-frequency semiconductors in both 4G and 5G; and Western Digital Corp. for storage. Texas Instruments Inc. supplies it with digital signal processing chips. Huawei even uses Oracle Corp. software in products sold to state-owned companies.ZTE provides a roadmap for what may happen next. Huawei’s much smaller rival in 2017 ran afoul of the Commerce Department for violating the same Iranian sanctions, and then lying about it. The subsequent ban on American exports pushed the company to the brink of extinction, before Trump intervened as part of trade negotiations with Beijing.A blanket ban would hurt not just U.S. companies, but also alienate American allies around the world. Many have resisted Washington’s attempts to steer them away from Huawei, for reasons ranging from economics to just the simple fact that the Shenzhen-based company’s 5G technology is for now considered superior.That’s why some observers, including the Eurasia Group, argue that the White House is unlikely to bring the full force of a blacklist to bear. Instead, it argued, the Trump administration is likely to issue export licenses to all of its American companies while retaining the option in future to pull them if needed.Roger Sheng at market research firm Gartner Inc. draws parallels with the Chinese fable of the Monkey King, whose powers are constrained by a magic circlet that his handler constricts — painfully — when the deity misbehaves.“The U.S. is putting a circlet around the head of Huawei,” said Sheng, who is based in Shanghai. “The impact goes well beyond its 5G ambitions because without American suppliers like Qualcomm and Marvell, it can’t even maintain normal operations.”With assistance from Debby Wu, Dandan Li, Philip J. Heijmans, Miao Han and James MaygerBloomberg.com read more

Following latest clashes UN Mideast envoy urges respect for Jerusalems holy sitesFollowing latest clashes UN Mideast envoy urges respect for Jerusalems holy sites

The appeal comes in the wake of reported clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque compound earlier today. “I urge all to do their part in ensuring that visitors and worshippers demonstrate restraint and respect for the sanctity of the area,” Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement issued in Jerusalem.“Political and religious leaders have a responsibility to act against extremists, who undermine the rule of law. I encourage all to stand firmly against incitement and violence, especially during the sensitive period of the Jewish High Holy Days and ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha.”Mr. Mladenov also took note of the statement by the Prime Minister of Israel that the status quo at the sites will be maintained. read more

Earthbound hack makes for memorable marriage proposalEarthbound hack makes for memorable marriage proposal

first_imgProposing marriage to your girlfriend (or boyfriend) has to be a memorable affair. Catching them by surprise is all part of the expeirence, and this guy managed to pull it off perfectly.He hacked into the game Earthbound and added a message to his girlfriend Liz, asking her to marry him. The two of them have been playing through the game and doing a live feed using UStream, so the moment was captured live for all to see. It also helped that he’d managed to get her to dress up and relaxed the whole situation with a large glass of wine.AdChoices广告Liz is genuinely surprised and clearly very happy when the message starts scrolling across the screen. Best in-game marriage proposal yet? I think so.The video is quite long, but you can jump ahead to the 20 minute mark to see the proposal happen.Read more at Joystiqlast_img read more

Nouvelle grève des médecins généralistes prévue le 8 avril prochainNouvelle grève des médecins généralistes prévue le 8 avril prochain

first_imgNouvelle grève des médecins généralistes prévue le 8 avril prochainFrance – MG France et trois autres syndicats de médecins généralistes libéraux invitent ces derniers à fermer leur cabinet le jeudi 8 avril prochain. Ne tombez pas malade le 8 avril prochain : une nouvelle grève des médecins généralistes est prévue. Il s’agit une nouvelle fois de revendiquer la revalorisation des honoraires de la profession et de dénoncer un “système de santé sans pilote et à la dérive”. 18% des médecins avaient répondu présent à la grève du 11 mars dernier.À lire aussiDémographie médicale : les déserts médicaux gagnent du terrainLes médecins réclament toujours l’augmentation du tarif de la consultation, qu’ils voudraient faire passer de 22 à 23 euros afin de l’aligner avec ceux des autres spécialistes, ainsi que l'”arrêt des mesures vexatoires de l’Assurance-maladie”.En effet, MG France est actuellement en procès contre l’Union nationale des caisses d’assurance-maladie (UNCAM) afin de faire appliquer le tarif spécialiste de 23 euros aux médecins généralistes puisque ces derniers sont depuis 2004 reconnus en tant que tel. MG France, le SNJMG (Syndicat National des Jeunes Médecins Généralistes), Union collégiale et Union généraliste invitent également les généralistes à une grève de la télétransmission le lundi 19 mars dans le but d’empêcher le projet de taxation des feuilles de soins.Le 19 mars 2010 à 12:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Marée noire au Nigéria Shell tente de limiter les dégâtsMarée noire au Nigéria Shell tente de limiter les dégâts

first_imgMarée noire au Nigéria : Shell tente de limiter les dégâtsUne marée noire s’est produite mardi alors qu’un tanker chargeait du pétrole à une centaine de kilomètres au large des côtes du Nigéria, selon Shell. C’est un appareil défectueux qui aurait causé l’accident, la plus grande catastrophe écologique du pays en 13 ans. La compagnie pétrolière tente maintenant de limiter les dégâts.Cette catastrophe est “comparable à ce qui s’est produit en 1998 avec la marée noire Exxon Mobil, en termes de quantités, c’est la plus importante depuis lors”, explique Peter Idabor, le directeur de l’Agence Nationale de Réponse et de Détection des Marées Noires du Nigéria. En effet, la compagnie anglo-néerlandaise Shell est à l’origine d’une gigantesque marée noire qui s’est déclarée mardi dernier près des côtes du Nigeria.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueSe basant sur des images satellitaires datant de mercredi matin et diffusées sur son site internet, l’ONG SkyTruth estime que “la nappe mesure 70 kilomètres de long, jusqu’à 17 kilomètres de large et que sa surface est de 923 kilomètres carrés” explique le site RFI. L’accident se serait produit lors d’un transfert de pétrole du champ Bonga, une installation majeure à 120 kilomètres des côtes, vers un tanker, a expliqué Shell. Un conduit défectueux aurait permis à l’équivalent de près de 40.000 barils de se déverser dans l’Océan Atlantique.Aujourd’hui, si la fuite a été colmatée, Shell tente de limiter les dégâts et de minimiser la catastrophe écologique. Pour cela, la compagnie a envoyé vendredi sur place cinq navires et deux avions qui attaquent aujourd’hui la nappe à l’aide des 210 tonnes de dispersants qui ont été acheminées sur place. Des containers en plastique ont également été déployés afin de bloquer le pétrole et de l’empêcher d’atteindre le rivage. Shell affirme que l’épaisseur de la nappe s’est réduite et qu’elle se morcèle, des informations difficiles à vérifier de source indépendante, relève l’AFP.Des fuites bien plus importantes ? La production du champ en eaux profondes, dont la capacité s’élève à 200 000 barils par jour, a été interrompue jusqu‘à nouvel ordre. L’usine de Bonga représente près de 10% de la production de pétrole mensuelle du Nigéria, le principal exportateur de pétrole brut du continent. Il s’agit de la pire marée noire au large du pays depuis un incident en 1998 impliquant la société Mobil. Mais des activistes estiment que des fuites largement plus importantes ont eu lieu sur terre au cours de cette période, dans la région pétrolifère du Delta du Niger, dans le sud du Nigeria.  Le 26 décembre 2011 à 19:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Whitecaps urged to spend on talent by MLS commissioner Don GarberWhitecaps urged to spend on talent by MLS commissioner Don Garber

first_imgMajor League Soccer commissioner Don Garber had some advice for The Vancouver Whitecaps that sold the teenaged Alphonso Davies to Bayern Munich in a deal last July that could reach US $22 million.At the State of the League address obtained from Vancouversun a day before Saturday’s MLS Cup clash between Atlanta FC and the Portland Timbers, Garber said“Greg Kerfoot and his colleagues need to use the money to bring in someone who is as exciting as Alphonso.”“It’s not quite a warning shot, but more along the lines of opening your jacket to show off your holster. The meaning is clear: It’s time for the team to get its house in order.”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“We have been buying for so long, and then as we’ve gone through the analysis, it’s hard to justify that investment and the investment that we have to make in player development,” Garber said.“We’ve got to have something that turns this model around, or else it’s going to be unsustainable.”The Whitecaps, for their part, have vowed to spend big-ticket money to bring in difference-making players this season, and the hiring of coach Marc Dos Santos has resonated positively with a fan base hungry for success like their Cascadia Cup foes.”last_img read more

Emails Needed Urging Congress to Include WOTUS COOL GMO Bills in OmnibusEmails Needed Urging Congress to Include WOTUS COOL GMO Bills in Omnibus

first_imgCongress will finalize the language for the Omnibus spending bills to be debated on the floor later this week. There are three elements of particular importance still under consideration, and it is imperative that soy growers contact your House and Senate offices to encourage lawmakers to include this language in the Omnibus.The requests are as follows:Please include language providing two-year preemptive relief from state genetically modified organisms (GMO) labeling legislation while USDA explores a compromise on the best path forward to provide consumers the information they’re looking for, without stigmatizing biotechnology.Please include language that repeals the Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule, for which the World Trade Organization approved more than $1 billion in potential retaliation. In addition to potentially placing soybeans at risk of retaliatory tariffs, the COOL rule adds significant costs and logistical barriers for the animal agriculture industry, which represents the top customer of American soybean meal.Please include language that will prohibit funding for the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. ASA supports efforts to abolish the rule, which is alarmingly broad, and fails to clearly define its jurisdiction.Find a pre-written email to your House and Senate offices has been loaded into the Soy Action Center here:We will keep you updated on the progress of the Omnibus as it moves forward.last_img read more

The Matrix remembered at 20 Keanu classic or cyberpunk snoozeThe Matrix remembered at 20 Keanu classic or cyberpunk snooze

first_img Tags Share your voice Sadly, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions were pretty disappointing. They pushed the original’s philosophy to the point of pretension, the effects weighed down the action, and Neo’s rise to near-divinity made him hard to relate to. Things took an even more mediocre turn with tie-in game Enter the Matrix. The 2005 game Path of Neo was a better effort, but I just never bothered with the online multiplayer Matrix Online. However, last year I watched the one that started it all for the first time since I was a teenager and I’m pleased to report that it’s lost none of its glorious sci-fi luster. I haven’t had the strength to revisit the rest of them, and probably won’t, but the original will always be a classic. — Sean Keane (London) An amazing one-off 499_fishburneLaurence Fishburne making shades and leather coats cool. Getty Images Whoa. What I remember most about The Matrix, aside from being blown away, was my wife’s reaction. She walked out of the theater absolutely giddy, saying to anyone within earshot, “That was the best movie I’ve ever seen!” It was just such a charming, honest response. We all felt that way, but she simply couldn’t resist saying it out loud. And she doesn’t usually care for action movies. Now, the less said about the plodding, pointless sequels, the better. In my reality they don’t exist. The Matrix was an amazing one-off, a movie that holds up remarkably well 20 years later. I recently watched it with my teenage son, and of course he loved it as well. “Did they ever make any sequels?” he asked at the end. “Sorry, bud,” I replied. “They never did.” #parentingwin — Rick Broida (Detroit)  The Matrix generation The Matrix Reloaded Premiere - Black CarpetNever mind the sequels, Keanu. L. Cohen This came out in June of 1999 in the UK and I went to see it with all my friends. We were 18, we’d just finished school forever, we were off to university or off around the world, it was nearly the year 2000 — and The Matrix summed all this up for us. This sense that everything was about to change and we were going from our coddled, safe little worlds into the big adult universe. Plus we were all huge fans of John Woo and anime, and seeing those influences reflected in a huge Hollywood movie was unreal. It felt like our generation was taking over the world. — Nick Hide (New York) Existential crises I had my first real existential crisis while watching The Matrix. At 14, I’d gone to the local cinema with my dad to see an action movie that had been filmed in Sydney. Sydney! In Australia! My grandparents lived there! Instead, about a third of the way through, I began doubting my existence and wondering whether I’d always lived in the Matrix, giving in to the crushing weight of solipsism that only a nerdy teenager in the suburbs truly understands. I remember I went to the bathroom midway through and stayed in my cubicle for about 15 minutes touching the walls like a baby boomer trying acid for the first time.  I returned to the cinema, a shell of a person, and fielded questions from my confused dad, who was pretty stoked to see a cool action movie, thank you very much, and thought I was massively overreacting. He was right.  That same year I discovered reality-bending flicks Being John Malkovich and The Truman Show which, combined with having to prepare for the year eight school disco, made for a troubling time of self-reflection. I realized I’d taken the red pill (at a time when that didn’t have the connotations of being an angry men’s-right activist) and I couldn’t turn back… — Claire Reilly (Sydney) Should we walk out? Carrie Anne Moss Stars In The Matrix 1999 Warner Bros And Village Roadshow FilmThe Matrix redefined movies, drawing on anime and martial arts action. Getty Images I saw The Matrix with a group of friends back when I was in college. We had no idea what it was about; all we’d seen were a few vague trailers. After 10 minutes, we were all looking at each other wondering if we should just walk out. What was this thing? An office movie about very green lights? We decided to stick it out.  Then I saw the Bullet Time effects. I thought, “This will be the perfect movie to own on DVD. You can slow it down and even reverse the whole thing with full clarity.” DVDs were finally becoming more affordable and looking at still images on a VHS tape wasn’t great.  By the time we walked out of the theater, we were acting like grade-schoolers messing around with fake kung fu while quoting the movie. These days, there are so many different trailers for films and they’re all very easily accessible. But back then, you caught the trailer before a movie or on TV. Maybe you’d download it from Apple’s Trailer site, but that required time and hard drive space. The Matrix was great. It’s too bad they never made any sequels. — Iyaz Akhtar (New York) Landing hard   2018 New York Comic Con - Day 4Twenty years later, fans like this cosplayer at New York Comic-Con are still inspired by The Matrix. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images I don’t have a good reason why I’ve never seen the Matrix. When it came out, I was 10, and I guess I never pushed to see it in the theater. What I do remember from the time, though, was my classmates re-enacting the famous Bullet Time scene on the playground, pretending to be Neo and inevitably losing balance and landing hard on their backs. Maybe that’s why I’ve never gotten around to watching it in the 20 intervening years — so much of the Matrix ended up so widely referenced in pop culture I felt like I knew it. I’ll get to it. Eventually. — Erin Carson (Louisville) Seminal texts Believe it or not, I honestly can’t remember the first time I saw The Matrix. I’m not sure I even saw it at the movies. But I did see it many, many times after 1999, because that was the year I began a Media Studies degree — and Media Studies teachers looove The Matrix. At least three different lecturers showed us the Wachowskis’ postmodern sci-fi flick in my first year alone, all of them giddy that Neo owns a copy of seminal cultural studies text Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard. My teachers were delighted to illustrate concepts like postmodernism and hyperreality with a movie we had actually heard of. And yes, the effects were pretty awesome. — Richard Trenholm (London)  The Phantom Menace was better Hugo Weaving In 'The Matrix'Hugo Weaving is the bad guy in The Matrix. Archive Photos/Getty Images I must have been 17 when The Matrix came out. I think I was in my first year at university. I saw it at Showcase Cinemas in Coatbridge, Scotland, with my brother and all of our friends.  It seems strange in hindsight but I was such a hard-core Star Wars nerd at that point in my life that I got really frustrated at how good The Matrix was. “This is going to steal the shine of The Phantom Menace,” I thought. And I can’t believe I am typing these strange words once formulated in my broken brain. I even remember reading a line in a review that amounted to, “George Lucas has no chance of competing with this” and screaming “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” into the ether like Luke Skywalker.  So I enjoyed The Matrix, like any normal person. But at the same time I resented it. It was everywhere I went — that was the worst part. People bought those stupid leather coats. Every house party had the soundtrack blaring. My brother bought the movie on DVD and watched it — no joke — over 100 times.  Then The Phantom Menace came out. I was so desperate to like it I convinced myself it wasn’t bad. It seems insane in hindsight but I told myself (and others) it was better than The Matrix.  Look, it was a weird time for me. — Mark Serrels (Sydney)  Made-up moves I’m (only slightly) ashamed to say I’ve never seen The Matrix, so all the references go right over my head. I used to do tae kwon do when I was a kid, and there was this one time I was fighting someone and a few people in my class shouted, “Do The Matrix!” and I had no idea what they meant. I just made up a bunch of moves and hoped it would slide.  It’s one of those movies on my “I should watch this” list, but we all know that’ll probably never happen. — Abrar Al-Heeti (San Francisco) Red pill or blue pill?I don’t remember when, where or how I watched The Matrix for the first time. I was 7 when it came out, so all I have is a vague memory of a scene where Morpheus offers Neo a red pill and a blue pill and references Alice in Wonderland. I’ll support anything that references Alice in Wonderland. You remember the scene: “After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill — you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: All I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.” — Jennifer Bisset (Sydney)  What are your memories of The Matrix? When did you first see the movie? Was it your last VHS or your first DVD? Did you immediately get yourself a Nokia 8110 and learn kung fu? Or could you never understand what the fuss was about? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Comments TV and Movies reading • The Matrix remembered at 20: Keanu classic or cyberpunk snooze? Apple 16 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 The Matrix changed things. In 1999, this cyberpunk action movie exploded into theaters heralding a new millennium, a new era for filmmaking and a time when bending over backwards and flailing your arms while making whooshing noises was the coolest thing ever. Twenty years have passed since The Matrix opened in the US on March 31, 1999. (It debuted on April 8 in Australia and on June 11 in the UK.) Computer-generated imagery (CGI) was revolutionizing special effects, video tapes were giving way to DVDs and mobile phones were fast becoming a must-have. The Matrix captured all that. It’s a movie everyone remembers — even if they haven’t seen it. Two decades on, we asked sci-fi fans among the global CNET crew to share their memories of the Wachowskis’ Oscar-winning, franchise-starting original. In your playground, college dorm or family home, was The Matrix a groundbreaking instant classic or a pretentious cyberpunk snooze? A whole new universe  Keanu Reeves ushered in a new era in the 1999 movie The Matrix. Ronald Siemoneit/Getty Images I was in Mexico City when The Matrix came out, and Trinity had me at the first frame of that kick we experienced in 360 degrees. It was my last year of high school and I was contemplating a degree in cinematography, so this movie opened my mind to a whole new visual effects universe. I remember spending long hours chatting with my friends about the camera angles and stunts and eagerly considering if we would take the blue or red pill. Morpheus’ “bring it on” hand gesture became part of our slang and I’ll never look at a spoon the same way. I have seen The Matrix several times over the years and it remains one of my favorite movies because it still touches on relevant themes, the effects hold up amazingly well after 20 years, and the costumes are as cool as ever. — Tania González (San Francisco) Bullet timing Carrie-Anne Moss In 'The Matrix'Carrie-Ann Moss answers the call. Archive Photos/Getty Images “You think that’s air you’re breathing now?” I first entered The Matrix when it was in theaters in 1999, and my unsuspecting 12-year-old mind was blown — the combination of philosophical elements and Bullet Time slo-mo effects made it stand out from every other cinematic experience I’d had. It was the first DVD I bought too, so I watched the government lobby shootout and the subway fight between Neo and Agent Smith over and over (to the point where they kinda lost their impact), in addition to getting stuck in the special features and seeing how it all came together. As the 2003 sequels grew closer, my friends and I got really caught up in the hype. The Animatrix animated short film anthology gave us a delicious helping of backstory and acted as a gateway drug for anime. See All Now playing: Watch this: Apple 1:32 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 2019 movies to geek out over • The Matrix remembered 77 Photoslast_img read more

Oceanic ecosystem in the wake of hurricanesOceanic ecosystem in the wake of hurricanes

first_img Greater prevalence of anal cancer precursors for women living with HIV than prior reports A federal program to rebuild the ecosystems of the Louisiana Delta at the mouth of the Mississippi River took a hit last month when Hurricane Katrina roared through the gulf. The Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center, which is charged with rebuilding an ever-eroding Louisiana coastline, lost about one-third of its 50,000-to-80,000 plants – which strengthen marshes and island barriers. The plants were located in a greenhouse at the 90-acre facility in Galliano, La., southwest of New Orleans. Relatively speaking, the plant materials center took a small hit. Coastal Mississippi, however, did not fare so well. Nor did southeastern Louisiana.”It was a catastrophic event,” said Gary Fine, Manager of the United States Agriculture Department’s Golden Meadow center, which is one of 26 plant materials centers across the country. Fine and a group of mainly volunteer workers – such as high-school students – may make a trek to the beaches of Mississippi to “try and help them replenish,” Fine said.Before coming to Louisiana, Fine worked in Kansas rebuilding the planes.”I grew prairie grass in Kansas and I’m growing wetland grass here,” Fine said, explaining that the program was initially developed by the government in the 1930s to replant the dust bowl area of the central planes.It’s up to Fine’s crew to discover what plants, for instance, can tolerate a great deal of salt. The saltwater from the ocean, combined with rising sea levels, erode and sink the coastline. The stabilization of the Mississippi River’s channel – the construction of levees – has cut off sediment-laden overflow that once nourished adjacent wetland areas. Hurricanes and tropical storms ravage the coast, as well.By working with plant geneticists, crossing and breeding certain species that can help strengthen the coastline, Fine is using nature’s bounty to protect the ecosystems from its wrath by strengthening marshes and island barriers with hardy vegetation.One of a number of projects Fine is working on involves rebuilding ridges and maritime forests. Using bulldozers to shape the ridgeline, and recreating the maritime forests with plants grown in containers at the facility, the group is able to stabilize the coastal region. Because with each hurricane season, the Gulf of Mexico coastal regions become more vulnerable. Such plants include; ‘Vermilion’ smooth cord grass; ‘Fourchon’ bitter panicum; ‘Brazoria’ seashore paspalum; and ‘Fourchon’ bitter panicum.When the coastline recedes, migratory birds from South America can no longer make the trip across the gulf. By rebuilding the maritime forests and coastline, Fine’s group is recreating the habitat that sustains the wildlife.It’s one reason Fine likes working in the delicate coastal region.”It’s exciting and rewarding,” he said, adding, “It’s a fragile environment but it’s a dynamic environment.”by Allison Cooper, Copyright 2005 PhysOrg.com Citation: Oceanic ecosystem in the wake of hurricanes (2005, October 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2005-10-oceanic-ecosystem-hurricanes.htmlcenter_img 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.last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impaGrace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Last season he led the NFL with 107 receptions, becoming the third-oldest player in history to accomplish the feat.As a player, he there is not much else he can provide. But as a mentor there is plenty, and the co-winner of the 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award feels an obligation to help whoever he can.Just as was done for him, he said he talks with as many wideouts as he can, mentioning Demaryius Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, Odell Beckham Jr., A.J. Green and Antonio Brown.“They’re not always picking my mind, but just checking in on them, see how they’re doing, see how their offseason is going,” he said. “I like to check on them and make sure they’re enjoying themselves and getting better.”That mindset, one of trying to help not only teammates but opponents, is one Fitzgerald said was not particularly common back in the day. The prevalence of social media has helped build camaraderie, as has the number of charity events they attend.There is also the Pro Bowl and other league-related functions that provide an opportunity for players to mingle, get to know each other and talk shop.While they may be rivals on the field, off of it friendships are formed. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — Over the course of his NFL career, Larry Fitzgerald has earned a reputation for being a pretty nice guy.Entering his 14th (and possibly final) NFL season, Fitzgerald said he has always made it a point to offer advice to anyone who may want or need it, in large part because it was given to him in his early days.On Tuesday, Fitzgerald said he saw it happen as a ball boy for the Minnesota Vikings with stars like Cris Carter, Jake Reed and Randy Moss, who helped each other and then later him. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, left, greets Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff on the field after the Cardinals won an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) “I think it’s actually strengthened the league,” Fitzgerald said. “The competition’s still great, but I don’t know how it could hurt to be able to have resources like we are able to have now to pick guys’ minds and to be able to find things they do well and try to implement it to your game to try to improve.”Fitzgerald admitted there were times earlier in his career when his willingness to chat and befriend opponents rubbed some teammates the wrong way, but he contended that it never impacted his game so it was a non-issue.After all, it is possible to be a nice guy and great football player.“We can be exchanging pleasantries, but the next time I come line up for you I’m still trying to take your head off,” he said. “It’s no different.“It doesn’t diminish my competitive spirit at all.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 11 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Fitzgerald mentioned Torry Holt, Marshall Faulk and Shannon Sharpe — “I could name 100 guys who called me on my phone, ‘Fitz, I saw you play last week, you need to do a better job of getting out of this break.’”The receiver made sure to note the conversations were not demeaning in any way, but instead were always meant to help him improve as a player.“They don’t have to do that — Terrell Owens watching tape with me in the offseasons — that stuff means a lot to me,” he said. “I want to be a resource to the younger guys if they have questions for me; I want to be somebody that they can rely on and I can help them reach their goals just like I was able to reach mine.”The No. 3 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh, Fitzgerald certainly entered the league with high expectations. He has delivered, however, with 1,125 career catches for 14,389 yards and 104 touchdowns in the regular season and another 57 catches, 942 yards and 10 scores in the playoffs.Entering 2017, he is the Cardinals’ franchise leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, and has caught at least one pass in a record 195 (and counting) consecutive games. Top Stories last_img read more

Interior agriculture ministers on Limassol factfinding missionInterior agriculture ministers on Limassol factfinding mission

first_imgThe government aims to have a closer dialogue with the public through consultations with communities across the country, ministers of agriculture and interior said on Monday.Speaking from Limassol during a meeting in Ayios Tychonas with stakeholders from 14 different communities around the city, Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said they believed it was far better to see the problems up close.The issues brought up during Monday’s meeting ranged from infrastructure, housing and planning zones, Petrides said.Though some problems differ according to district and community, some are common.“There are requests which are justified and some which are not that justified and we have an honest conversation with the community leaders,” he said.Solving such problems would require coordination between the interior and agriculture ministries, Petrides said, so both himself and Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis decided to undertake the visit together.Kadis said he was happy with the developments as cooperation would help a solution.“These meetings are useful and our intention is to repeat these meetings in other areas so we cover all of Cyprus.” You May LikeiMemoriesYour memories are fading away – save them today with a discountiMemoriesUndoTripsaver.TravelDelta Airline Flights From Only $69.99 One-Way!Tripsaver.TravelUndoKiwiReportBear Pleads To Man To Save Her Drowning CubsKiwiReportUndo LED-lighting the way by 2020UndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more