A virus is taming Australia’s bunny menace, and giving endangered species new life

first_imgFor more than 150 years, Australia has been plagued by rabbits. First introduced by an English settler as hunting fodder in 1859, the European rabbit population soon ballooned to an estimated 10 billion, contributing to extensive environmental damage and the extinction of some native species. Over the past century, biologists tried—and largely failed—to stem the tide with fences, poisons, and pathogens.Now, an accidental approach seems to be taming the invasion. Since scientists unintentionally released a deadly rabbit virus in 1995, it has wrought havoc on the bunnies—and allowed some endangered native mammals to recover, according to a new study in the journal Conservation Biology.Ironically, Australia’s viral progress began with a mortifying error. Government researchers were experimenting with the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) on Wardang Island, off South Australia’s coast, when renegade flies picked up the pathogen and transported it to the mainland. Luckily, the containment failure became a smashing success: The virus eradicated an estimated 60% of Australia’s rabbits, acting with particular lethality in arid areas. 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Native vegetation bounced back, and populations of large herbivores such as kangaroos increased.Still, no one was quite certain how RHDV’s advance was affecting some groups of animals, including Australia’s small desert mammals. Several rodents, such as the dusky hopping mouse and the plains mouse, had nearly vanished during the rabbit takeover. So had the crest-tailed mulgara, a hamster-sized marsupial that preys on lizards and insects. Both the dusky hopping mouse and the plains mouse are considered vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the mulgara is listed as endangered in South Australia.Recently, however, scientists have noticed hints of a startling comeback. Driving through the desert at night, for instance, biologists now “see dusky hopping mice in your headlights everywhere,” says Reece Pedler, an ecologist at the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. “It’s become pretty clear that something major has changed.”To get a clearer picture, Pedler and colleagues pulled together 45 years of mammal trapping surveys conducted by the state government, mining companies, and nongovernmental groups. When they compared records from before and after RHDV’s arrival, they found that small mammal populations had skyrocketed in the years following the introduction of the rabbit virus. The crest-tailed mulgara increased its “extent of occurrence”—the area in which a species has been sighted—nearly 70-fold. The dusky hopping mouse and the plains mouse more than tripled and doubled their occurrence, respectively.The surveys suggested that RHDV deserved credit for the resurgences. South Australia’s small mammal populations tend to boom after heavy rainfalls, but Pedler notes that the biggest recoveries happened in dry years. Correlation may not equal causation, but, Pedler says, “everything is pointing toward the reduction in rabbits” as the cause of the rebound.The findings fit with what other biologists are seeing. According to Brian Cooke, an ecologist at the University of Canberra who was not involved with the new study, “there have been remarkable changes in arid zone vegetation since RHDV was released 20 years ago.” Cooke’s own research has documented ecological benefits in a different suite of species: When he removed rabbits from experimental plots, he observed recovery in kangaroos and wombats. “With data for small mammals pointing in the same direction, it is making an even stronger case” for the benefits of RHDV, Cooke says.Why would a bunny bust lead to a native mammal boom? Pedler offers two explanations. First, the end of rabbit overgrazing allowed native vegetation to grow back, providing food and shelter for mice and mulgaras. But that’s not all. When Pedler and his team poured over the trapping records, they observed precipitous declines in rabbit predators such as feral cats and foxes. The virus had likely rippled through the food web, starving these invasive predators, which had been devouring native species along with rabbits—a chain reaction called a trophic cascade.Australia annually spends millions of dollars removing cats and foxes, which are responsible for most of the country’s mammal extinctions. According to Pedler, however, further viral introductions offer an efficient ecological alternative to traps and poisons. “Cats and foxes could be controlled much more cheaply, at a much larger scale, by removing their rabbit prey,” Pedler says.Thanks to RHDV, the small mammals now recovering from the rabbit menace may qualify for downgrading on IUCN’s “red list.” And viral control could soon become even more effective. Later this year, Australia plans to unleash a new strain of RHDV, which is expected to work better in moist climes. “Rabbits are so ubiquitous they are just regarded as part of the background by many people,” says Cooke—but perhaps not for long.last_img read more

10 Thoughts on Oklahoma State and Central Arkansas

first_imgGundy: “I don’t know if we’ve had two blocked PATs since I’ve been here. I’m not happy with that at all.” #OKstate— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) September 13, 20159. Jimmy Bean and J.W. are unsung and wildly importantTheir respective counterparts (Emmanuel Ogbah and Mason Rudolph) get the glory and the headlines, but old bros Bean and Walsh are going to be two big reasons OSU has a big season (if it has a big season). Bean gets so many opportunities opposite No. 38, as does Walsh when OSU gets inside the red zone. The Cowboys ranked No. 109 in the country last year in red zone TD percentage — that’s something I hope Walsh can help change as the season chugs on.10. These things can fluctuate significantly from week to weekI’ll have some more notes later on tonight, but I’m still not sure we learned anything we didn’t know before this game. The defense is really good (probably). The offense is average to above average (probably) and OSU will be 3-0 going to Austin (hopefully).Here’s the thing we’ve learned in general with college football — looking at you, Auburn — teams can change significantly from game to game and even quarter to quarter. OSU looked in the first half like a team that would struggle with Kansas later this year. In the second half, it looked more like a team that could at least be competitive at the top of the Big 12.I’m not prepared to give up on what this offense could be quite yet. As Oklahoma State moves away from the air raid and towards, uh, something that isn’t really the air raid, I get excited about letting a defense that seems up for the challenge take over games. Was Saturday a good time watching college football? Nah, not really. But this team has some fun characters and some outstanding players.2012 should have taught us not to buy into FCS games too much. Nobody got hurt and Rudolph seemed to find his gallup in the second half. On to UTSA.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! BOX SCOREMrs. Pistols and I have been trying to plan a mini vacation recently. This is difficult for two reasons. The first is that the PGA Tour has like three weekends off over the course of 11 months (I tried to exaggerate that but I’m not sure that’s actually an exaggeration). The second, of course, is because of OSU football weekends.All that to say, in retrospect we should have planned it for this weekend because FBS-FCS games are disgusting to me (#RememberSavannah).As such, I’m reticent to make any broad, sweeping conclusions about what this OSU team is or isn’t because I have no idea if Central Arkansas is better or worse than OSU just playing its second team in practice.But still, there was enough action (or lack of action) to have a few thoughts about the Pokes’ 32-8 win over UCA. Here we go.1. The offense got a free passHere’s what disappointed me about the way Oklahoma State’s offense showed out in the first half. First of all, Samford (!) toasted UCA to the tune of 28 points in the first half of last week’s game. OSU could only muster 10.Second, you pretty much know your defense is holding UCA to 14 points or fewer. So why do you come stumbling out of the gates like a wounded racehorse with these sideline screens and backwards passes? Don’t you use this game to say “man, how good can we be? What gear can I open this thing up to?” and then use that as a sort of barometer for the rest of the year?Especially when you know UCA is out there not letting Chris Carson and Rennie Childs beat them.Gundy: Too many penalties. Missed about six passes. UCA’s defense was essentially “stop run.” Defense was excellent. #okstate— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 13, 2015You don’t get any more free passes this season, and it felt like this one was a little bit wasted on the offensive front. Like, we get that Mason Rudolph can throw a bubble screen. Taylor Cornelius can probably throw a bubble screen. But can Rudolph hit Jalen McCleskey on a deep slant? Can Jeff Carr run a wheel route? Do you feel better about a jump ball with Brandon Sheperd or Marcell Ateman?At one point in the third quarter, Central Arkansas put 10 men in the box at the goal line, and OSU proceeded to shove a handoff to Rennie Childs who got promptly blistered and put on his backside. I’m the most novice of football bystanders, but even I could tell that was going to be a disaster. What are you even trying to do there? It was like trying to force the USB cord into your computer over and over even though you know it’s wrong because you’re so frustrated you put it in the wrong way again.I don’t know if that’s a Mike Yurcich thing or a Mason Rudolph thing, but it’s not anything I want to see again. I’m not saying you come out and run four verts every down. That would be silly. But dare to dream a little bit, guys. Dare to drop 40 on a FCS team that got torched by Samford last weekend.2. We need to talk about that Chris Carson leapI feel like more often than not when people rave about athletes jumping over other athletes, it usually turns out that Athlete A jumped over Athlete B while Athlete B was bent over and essentially the equivalent of Spud Webb if Spud Webb was slouching a little bit.Not so here. That’s a 6’0 cornerback and Carson goes for the whole dang thing (and gets it).WHAT WAS THAAAAAAT#okstate pic.twitter.com/NKZFaHuhIE— Jordan Smith (@Doafhat) September 13, 2015Speaking of Carson. Is there a worse person on the roster to throw swing passes out wide to? Like, would we be better off throwing swing passes to Vincent Taylor or Chris Carson? Just something for you to think about the rest of the weekend.3. Mason Rudolph’s second half was on pointThere have been 1,065 games in Oklahoma State history, Saturday’s was just the 12th in which a QB has thrown for 400 or more yards. Rudolph was downright lousy in the first half, overthrowing everybody but the cheerleaders in the back of the end zone (and if Yurcich would have called a pass play inside the red zone, he probably would have overthrown them as well). Mike Gundy said as much at halftime.Mike Gundy at halftime: “We have to throw the ball better.” What does Rudolph have to do? “I’m not sure, he just needs to hit those passes.”— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015So Rudolph corrected things to the tune of 7/9 for 194 yards and 2 TD second half.“My feet weren’t right,” Rudolph told Fox Sports Southwest about the first half. “Had some feet issues with some balls being high. But the whole offense made some good adjustments and corrected things in the second half.”4. Is David Glidden elite?That’s tongue in cheek, but Glidden was outstanding on Saturday night collecting four receptions for a career-high 145 yards and 2 TDs. That was his first ever (!) 100-yard receiving night.Mason Rudolph’s first TD pass in Boone Pickens Stadium (of very many). pic.twitter.com/rHLD2YmazP— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) September 13, 2015Somebody asked me last week why I didn’t think Glidden was a go-to receiver for OSU. It’s not so much that I think he couldn’t be. It’s just that OSU has so many dudes (12 of them caught passes on Saturday) that I’m not sure he’s definitely your guy when you’re down 10 in Morgantown here in a few weeks. Maybe I’m wrong. Either way, I love him.https://twitter.com/pistolsguy/status/642885294082002944/photo/15. (Don’t) Fire YurcichI got a lot of this during the game. I get where it’s coming from, really, but Mike Yurcich isn’t going to receive a pink slip anytime soon. Especially not a few games into a season.#FireYurcich @pistolsguy, You still behind him?— Wes Cyrus (@wes_cyrus) September 13, 2015I have less of an issue with the end output Oklahoma State is showing and more with how it is getting there. It’s almost like it’s trying to be a hurry-up team that is fine with scoring 25-35 points a game no matter what team it’s playing. That’s great against Central Michigan and Central Arkansas. It’s going to give Mike Gundy nightmares once the Big 12 starts.I’m going to write about this more next week, but it’s time for us to start adjusting what we should expect from an offense that isn’t really running the Dana-Monken air raid we grew so accustomed to. That’s not Mike Yurcich’s problem as much as it is ours.His problem is that this offense seems to have not found its soul yet. Either you’re an eff-you air-it-out attack (see: Waco, TX) or a grinding, efficient machine that posts a proper points per possession number and turns games over to its defense (see: Tuscaloosa, AL). This team, so far, is neither.6. I’m in love with OSU’s defense (so far)It’s early, and OSU still hasn’t played anybody, but the front line of the defense has been unbelievable. We always knew the secondary and linebackers would be solid to very good, but this really can be an elite D if Emmanuel Ogbah and Co. keep playing like they have been so far in September.I listened to Tony Dungy talk the other day about how he would rather have J.J. Watt than Rob Gronkowski because football is all about how much you can pressure the quarterback. A high-powered defensive line negates the most important parts of an offense in its offensive line and QB. OSU’s has done that so far.It’s really not fair. Emmanuel Ogbah is a monster. pic.twitter.com/MFltlzPW8R— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015Again, I don’t want to project this onto the next 10 games, but we have to look for some bright spots with the way the offense has looked over the first eight quarters and the defense has provided them.It’s a strange thing to expect to hold teams to 20 points or fewer, but until we get into the Baylor-TCU portion of the schedule, that’s exactly what I expect.7. Run blocking is absolutely appallingThis is part of the reason I’m hesitant to crucify Yurcich. I’ve watched my kids block the door to their room at bedtime better than OSU’s offensive line did at times on Saturday night.Gundy: “I’m not pleased with the way we’re blocking right now.” #okstate O-line continues to be a problem.— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) September 13, 2015Granted, Central Arkansas pretty clearly was shutting down the run, but I wondered at one point during the game if Chris Carson was wishing he’d gone and backed up Nick Chubb instead of trying to stiff arm six guys on every run play to the outside.8. Grogan Groganed again?I’m not sure about the first, but the second one was an offensive line issue. Either way, this should literally never happen, much less on two straight extra points. Can you imagine if it was to tie a Big 12 game in the 4th quarter instead of a couple of pointless kicks against Central Arkansas? My gosh.last_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Real Madrid planning swap deal for Dele Alli?

first_imgReal Madrid Share on Messenger Share on Facebook The Mill is only one of an assortment of hacks weeping salt tears at the news that Diego Costa’s £57m move to Atlético Madrid is finally done, bringing the curtain down on one of the great interminable transfer sagas of our age. Chelsea will look to swiftly move on from Costa’s departure by tying Eden Hazard to an eye-watering £300,000-per-week deal.Should their long-term target stay at Stamford Bridge, Real Madrid suits will hop on the London Overground to Tottenham and try to prise Dele Alli away with a swap deal involving fringe player Mateo Kovacic and, presumably, several bags of cash. Real Madrid also like the cut of US tyro Christian Pulisic’s jib – whatever Alexi Lalas may say – and have the Dortmund winger next on their wish-list.Staying with Europe’s bright young things, Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans has explained he didn’t fancy a move to Arsenal because of concerns about game time. “I had to be honest with myself and take a look at the midfielders Arsenal have got,” Tielemans said, as Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka ran directly into each other behind him. Arsenal are tracking another wonderkid – MK Dons’ 16-year-old striker Dylan Asonganyi, who is also wanted by Manchester United.Jürgen Klopp has run the rule over his jet-heeled, profligate Liverpool charges and decided what he needs is a new pacy winger, in the form of Spartak Moscow’s Quincy Promes. The Holland international was injured for the 1-1 draw on Tuesday, but Klopp still waxed lyrical about him in his press conference. “He has speed, he’s good in one v one situations and all that stuff,” Klopp cooed. With those attributes, a cool £50m should do it.Not every Premier League manager can daydream about making it rain in January. Slaven Bilic has been on the brink at West Ham for so long, he practically is the brink – but should his reign come to an end this weekend, Huddersfield’s David Wagner and former Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel are top of the list to pace the London Stadium’s two-mile technical area. Bayern Munich are keen on Lyon’s Willem Geubbels, who made his Ligue 1 debut this weekend despite being born in 2001. That’s made the Mill feel even older than usual, but there are a few 30-somethings still in demand, including Edinson Cavani and Antonio Candreva, wanted to beef up Chelsea’s squad in January. Then there’s Atlético Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro, who’s the latest inconsistent striker to be linked with Everton. Finally, with Christian Benteke out injured and not that good even when he wasn’t, Roy Hodgson hopes to solve Crystal Palace’s goalscoring woes with a move for – and you’ll like this – free agent Rickie Lambert. Tottenham Hotspur Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Football featurescenter_img Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Rumour mill Topics European club footballlast_img read more

Talking Horses: sounds like Colin Tizzard wants to hire a stable jockey

first_imgAyr 1.50 Snougar 2.20 Skywards Reward 2.50 Acdc 3.25 Charmant 4.00 Lake View Lad 4.30 Massini’s Lady 5.05 Chu Chu Percy Leicester 2.10 Bollin Ace 2.40 Newberry New 3.15 Trojan Star 3.50 Finnegan’s Garden 4.20 Rouge Et Blanc 4.55 Alberto’s Dream Newcastle 5.45 Natch 6.15 Team Showme 6.45 Lukoutoldmakezebak 7.15 Ravenhoe 7.45 Darkest Light 8.15 Grandfather Tom (nap) 8.45 Fuel Injection Sandown 2.00 Brianstorm 2.30 No Hiding Place 3.05 Soul Emotion 3.40 Rathlin Rose 4.10 Big Jim 4.45 Lip Service (nb)  Share on Pinterest Horse racing tips Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Among those facing said problem right now is Colin Tizzard, who has the likeable Sizing Tennessee in the four-miler on Tuesday and nary a rider to stick on him. This is a beast with actual course-winning form this season, who might have beaten Black Corton there in October if he hadn’t fallen two-out. In Wincanton’s winner’s enclosure yesterday, Tizzard was asked if he had a jockey for Sizing Tennessee. Having replied that he was talking to “several” but couldn’t get a commitment, the trainer appeared to broaden the discussion into an unexpected vent about jockeys in general. “Like everything else, we’re second choice all the time,” he said. “Every jockey never agrees to ride for us. They’ve all got other people to ride for. We’re second choice for everybody.” It’s as well the weighing room was out of earshot, or Tizzard might have been mobbed by jockeys, crying: “Me! I’ll do it! Give me the job, Colin, and I’ll never look at another trainer again…” The reality, of course, is that Tizzard doesn’t want just anybody. He has his favourites, like Tom Scudamore, Harry Cobden, Aidan Coleman and Tom O’Brien, as well as Robbie Power when he can get him. All of those men have other jobs, so, while they’re keen to get on Tizzard’s talented animals, they can’t always give an immediate ‘yes’ when asked. It seems the trainer would once more like to have an identifiable stable jockey, having had his son, Joe, and then Brendan Powell in that role in the past. Perhaps a deal will be done this summer. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sizing John a dramatic withdrawal from Cheltenham Gold Cup with pelvic injury Share on Facebook Read more Show Read more Share on Twitter Quick guide Friday 9 March racing tips Topics Thank you for your feedback. Was this helpful? Friday’s best bets, by Chris CookOne of the untold stories of each Festival is how hard trainers find it to book a high-profile amateur jockey for the National Hunt Chase or the Kim Muir. It can be a very unrewarding experience, like trying to nail down mercury. You think you’ve got a yes and then yer man’s name turns up in the declarations next to someone else’s horse. Share on Messenger Horse racing The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share via Email Share on WhatsApp features It’s Grand Military day at Sandown and this time I’ve managed to stick to my sort-of rule about not betting in such races, the quality of jockeyship being rather more variable than usual. But I do like Lip Service (4.45) in the last, when the professionals are back in action. This beast left the underperforming Tony Martin yard and joined Fergal O’Brien last summer. On his only run since, he was a respectable fourth of 19 at Cheltenham’s November meeting in a race open only to conditionals. He’s had a wind op since then and O’Brien presumably feels he knows the horse better now, as he’s dispensed with the hood that Martin was using. Paddy Brennan climbs aboard. Only a modest improvement on the horse’s form with Martin would be needed to win this and Lip Service has three siblings who would have been up to the job at their best. He’s proving popular at 5-2. I feel like forgiving Big Jim (4.10) for his defeat here last time, when he couldn’t cope with trying to track Gino Trail and his jumping went to bits. In this weaker contest against just two rivals, he could get back to the form that got him a win at Warwick the time before. Tara Bridge is no pushover but Big Jim looks overpriced at the general 5-2. The nap is the 11-10 shot Grandfather Tom (8.15) at Newcastle. His four runs so far show him to be progressing nicely and he impressed with the way he battled back to score after letting a challenger up his inner at Lingfield last time. Support The Guardian Hide Talking Horses Reuse this contentlast_img read more

French Open 2019: Teenager Vondrousova beats Konta to reach final

first_imgFrench Open 2019: Teenager Vondrousova beats Konta to reach finalFrench Open 2019: Marketa Vondrousova of Czech on Friday became the first teenager to reach a Grand Slam final for 10 years as she beat Johanna Konta 7-5, 7-6(2).advertisement Reuters ParisJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 18:51 IST Marketa Vondrousova celebrates winning her semis match of the French Open against Johanna Konta. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUnseeded Marketa Vondrousova defeated Johanna Konta to reach French Open finalsTeenager Vondrousova of Czech defeated Konta 7-5, 7-6(2) in the semi-finalsMarketa Vondrousova will face Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in French Open finalUnseeded Czech Marketa Vondrousova became the first teenager to reach a Grand Slam final for 10 years as she beat Johanna Konta 7-5 7-6(2) at the French Open on Friday.The 19-year-old lost the first 10 points of the match on a rainy Court Simonne Mathieu but the left-hander had more guile than her more powerful opponent in testing conditions.She will take on Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in Saturday’s final after she prevented an all-teenager final by beating American Amanda Anisimova in three sets.Vondrousova will hope to go one stage further than Ana Ivanovic in 2007, the last teenager to reach the Roland Garros final, when she lost to Justine Henin.Konta, bidding to become the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam final since 1977, will be kicking herself after squandering leads in both sets.The 28-year-old, who had never won a round at Roland Garros before this year, had three set points when she led 5-3 in the opener, but on first lashed an easy volley well over the baseline with the court at her mercy.From that point on Vondrousova began to use her splendid array of drop shots, lobs and superb anticipation to take charge, helped by regular errors off the Konta racket.She broke the Konta serve to level at 5-5 and then held with an exquisite drop shot and lob volley combination.Vondrousova claimed the first set with a defensive lob that landed plumb on the baseline.The Czech, whose tattoo says no rain no flowers an appropriate message considering the conditions and the court’s setting, surrounded by greenhouses lost focus at the start of the second set as Konta moved 3-1 ahead.advertisementKonta consolidated her lead to 5-3 but again the wheels came off as her game began to disintegrate.Serving for the set she lost a volleying exchange at 15-30 and then double-faulted at 30-40.Konta bashed away a forehand winner to take the set into a tiebreak but Vondrousova showed remarkable calm to move 6-2 ahead and then clinch victory with a disguised dropshot.Vondrousova, who has won more matches then any other player on the WTA Tour since the Australian Open, will become the first Czech to win the French Open since Hana Mandlikova in 1981 if she overcomes fellow Grand Slam final debutant Barty on Saturday.Also Read | French Open 2019: Noavk Djokovic sets semi-final clash with Dominic ThiemAlso Read | Andy Murray to play doubles at Queen’s ClubAlso ReadFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow French Open 2019Follow Marketa VondrousovaFollow Johanna Konta Nextlast_img read more

Why Harry Potter is the fairy tale we need now instead of Cinderella or Snow White

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 28, 2017UPDATED: June 27, 2019 10:50 IST Why we need Harry Potter.As JK Rowling said, “It is most important to remember that we all have magic inside us”, and her creation Harry Potter stands on this belief. It’s been 22 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published and the magical world we were dropped into has made us laugh, cry, sympathise, love, hate and believe all at the same time.As most would be proud of saying that they belong to the Harry Potter generation, what needs to be looked into is whether it is just another fantasy novel or something much, much more.As millennials who belong to the Harry Potter generation but also grew up reading Snow White and Cinderella as bedtime stories, we understand now what we learned from Harry Potter. What Harry Potter taught us refuted all that we had read in the world of Rapunzel or Ariel. Harry Potter deserves to be a fairy tale and more for all it can teach the children of any and every generation.Not only is the world of the Harry Potter series a well chalked out world in itself with a ministry, a judiciary, political propaganda, jobs, schools, sports even food and newspapers, it is also a world that parallels the truths and vices of our own.When you come down to it, what is the purpose of a fairy tale? It is to tell the children how the world functions without being very harsh. So, how does a bunch of stories that repeatedly follow the plot of a damsel in distress being victimised and ultimately rescued by a prince benefit the young minds? They essentially teach our daughters to be helpless and our sons to be misogynists.advertisementOn the contrary, Harry Potter uses the world of magic to teach and show so much more. It talks of power, politics, love, family, friendship, school– ideas that we as a society need today!No woman is less, no man is invulnerable The characters in the Harry Potter series are not helpless victims, but instead, are ready to fight. If you loved Fleur because she looked like a princess, then don’t forget that she was also a dragon slayer– a combination that every modern woman tries to work towards. No girl in Harry Potter was one step behind the men, in fact, most were almost ahead. For those who are fonder of the movies, it is as Harry told Ron in Deathly Hallows Part 1- “Without Hermione, we’d die!” Harry Potter teaches girls that it is okay to be smart, that they don’t need to dumb themselves up to be desirable, and that they are so much more than how they look.What the series also spelled out was that it is okay for you to be a man and vulnerable, to depend on people, to move beyond your ego. Even Harry was vulnerable, even Harry needed help, even Harry got scared, even Harry cried, and Harry was the chosen one. It makes you believe that it is okay to be in touch with your emotions because feelings have nothing to do with your gender!The true picture of awkward teenage yearsSnow White talks of a princess who looked beautiful even in rags, Harry Potter talks of awkward teenage years, of the pimpled faces, monster diet and trying to stand out from the crowd. It spells tales of being different, troubled, bullied– things that children go through– and tells you to stay strong, to look over and find friends, to know someone just like you exists and that not every best friend needs to turn out to be a love interest.Take it from Harry and Hermione– a girl and a boy can be best friends. Ask yourself, is the contrary really a notion you want to pass to the coming generation? Even love in the books is not a single ‘forever’ emotion; it grows, changes, comes in different forms with different people and it tells you that no relationship is perfect, you need to work on it and it is okay to grow out of it. It is okay to feel that way since it is a part of life.Talking about debates we hush up in front of childrenIn the world of magic, the stories JK Rowling told were not all happy. She talked of racism, sexism, politics, power, and people– everything that we need the coming generation to be sensitive of and about. In the face of Dobby or in the class concept of mud-bloods, she talked of skeletons in our closets and made us aware that there still exist some evils we need to deal with.advertisementHarry Potter taught us tolerance; it told us how no one is inherently good or bad or that power is a concept, not a corrupting tool. We realised that Draco chose to slightly change the path his family followed, even Voldemort had a story, and power was something that Dumbledore also held. It made us so much more sensitive and so much more conscious that we understood the nuances of our world and only wished to have known them sooner.The first glimpse of politics and why understanding it is importantThe world of Harry Potter above everything else gives a lens to look at ourselves. It is our actions and the political consequences of our actions throughout history that the wizarding world is based upon. The Malfoys look down upon the Weasleys because they have the wealth, position and power to do so.Dobby is bound for life because he does not have the power to be free, and in the bigger scheme of things, even Dumbledore is caught up in politics of power. Politics also influences how Hermione is looked down upon, how the minister and ministry functions, and how fear is the trigger to most decisions and power. The Order of Phoenix is the most vivid description of power struggles and how they come about.The power to inspire change lies withinWhat Harry Potter primarily teaches us Millennials is that we hold the power for change inside us. We can cause major changes by standing together and driving forward to the good, to the truth.Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Neville, Ginny and every other student was in the end just a student but even so, they took the responsibility to bring down the dark corrupting forces in their world. Harry Potter teaches us that each of us is in part responsible for the goodness of the world we live in. The responsibility exists, and our contribution, no matter how less, matters.Over the years, we have picked up and leafed through the Harry Potter books, way more than once in many of our cases. What we did not realise when we were kids is that they were gradually changing us.As we grew in years, so did Harry. The problems he faced in Hogwarts or outside were ones we could all relate to though we never had the privilege to go to Hogwarts or learn magic. Harry Potter was about teenage life, about school, about growing up, and about identifying the difference between right and wrong. Little by little, JK Rowling’s words and the lessons seeped into us, making us pretty exemplary human beings.While princes, princesses and dwarfs may teach our kids that miracles exist, Harry Potter propagates that those miracles exist because you make them happen!Read: 10 activities to boost your brainRead: 18 Anagrams in Harry Potter you probably did not noticeadvertisementGet 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Harry PotterFollow Life Lessons From Harry Potter Why Harry Potter is the fairy tale we need now instead of Cinderella or Snow WhiteWhat Harry Potter primarily teaches us millennials is that we hold the power for change inside us. We can cause major changes by standing together and driving forward to the good, to the truth.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Legacy of Life Living Organ Donor Policy Gives Gift of Life

first_img limited costs associated with travel and accommodations parking costs limited amounts for loss of income meals to a maximum of $38 per day for seven days (no receipts required for meal allowance) If you would like to become a donor or want more information, visit www.motphalifax.net or call 1-888-362-8555. -30- When Christine Beck’s husband Mike started dialysis treatment in spring 2011, she quickly saw the toll it was taking on his quality of life. It was then that she decided to become a living organ donor. And she knew it wouldn’t be easy. For the better part of a year, she travelled back and forth from Torbrook to Halifax for tests to make sure she was physically ready. After she was physically and financially prepared, she met with a social worker to make sure she was ready mentally. “Since we live in rural Nova Scotia, almost every test, and of course the surgery itself, involved travelling into Halifax and taking time off work,” said Ms. Beck. While Christine and Mike planned to absorb the cost, others aren’t so lucky. There are eligible living organ donors who may like to donate but, financially, giving the gift of life is out of reach. The province is reducing barriers to organ donation. In November, Nova Scotia introduced the Living Organ Donor Policy, which will help increase the number of living organ donors. “We all worry about money and our finances, but removing this worry from our minds can make the decision to be a donor that much easier,” said Ms. Beck. Nova Scotians who choose to be living organ donors can now be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses for their donation. “We want to make it easier for those who want to be a living organ donor. Reducing barriers to organ donation is a win-win-win, for donors, recipients and the health-care system,” said David Wilson, Minister of Health and Wellness. John Thompson is familiar with the living organ donor process and the struggles donors and recipients face. He welcomes the policy change and says it should make a difference. A social worker with the QEII Health Sciences Centre, he works with the Multi Organ Transplant Program to assess living kidney donors during the final steps of the donation process. “When I meet with a living organ donor they tell me they’ve seen how kidney disease affects someone’s quality of life and they want to help improve that person’s ability to work, their ability to be active, and their ability to be more involved with their families,” said Mr. Thompson. He also says that while living organ donors want to make a difference, for many, the financial strain can be significant. The new policy applies to all living organ donors who donate to a Nova Scotia recipient or to a donor-recipient pair who are part of the Living Donor Paired Exchange Registry, operated by Canadian Blood Services. Under the policy, eligible donors can claim up to a maximum $5,500 with receipts for:last_img read more

Towards devastation

first_imgSouth Asia is the hardest-hit region of the world under devastation by environmental degradation triggering climate change. India is the largest in size, both in the geographical area and population, and therefore, has the largest share of the human suffering. Environmental Performance Index (EPI) shows that out of the five bottom-ranking countries in the world, three are from South Asia: Bangladesh at 179th, India at 177th, and Nepal at 176th. Pakistan’s performance is also very bad which ranks at 169th. Only Sri Lanka is better placed at 70th rank. No wonder, the whole region is reeling under the vagaries of climate coupled with unsafe air and water. Also Read – A special kind of bondA recent working paper of Asian Development Bank (ADB) on environmental performance in Asia says that Asia as a whole shows rather unsatisfactory performance – the second-lowest EPI score among regions at 50, lower than the world average of 56. Environmental Health Index (HLT) level is assessed at 49, which is 21 per cent lower than the world average of 62. In comparison, the region of Europe and North America, where a large number of developed nations are located, has achieved an HLT of 93, nearly double that of Asia. Low performance in environmental health indicates greater risks that the population in Asia is exposed to on average in terms of polluted air, water, and excessive heavy metal exposure. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn South Asia, India’s EPI in 2018 was only at 30.57 which was a degradation of 0.01 per cent in the last decade, making it the second-worst performing country in the region only after Bangladesh. Bangladesh has improved its performance by 0.67 per cent, though its EPI is worst in the region at 29.56. The best-performing country in the region is Sri Lanka which improved its performance by 1.24 per cent, scoring 60.61 on EPI. South Asian countries also performed badly in regard to environmental health (HLT). India is the worst performer which scored only 9.32 in 2018 though the country was able to improve it by 5.69 per cent. Sri Lanka was the best performer which scored 64.70 but could improve only 0.76 per cent in the last decade. Nepal and Bangladesh performed only a little better than India, scoring only 10.54 and 11.96. Pakistan is improving by a decadal improvement rate of only 1.51 per cent with a score of only 16.80. The paper said that low performance in environmental health is the major contributor to the laggard countries’ bottom ranking mostly in South Asia. The HLT index for Bangladesh, India, and Nepal were all assessed to be around 10, which is over 80 per cent lower than the world average of 62. The EPI report highlights air quality as a particularly problematic area. For example, in India, it is estimated that exposure to air pollution caused 1.24 million deaths in 2017, which were 12.5 per cent of the total deaths. In this sense, air quality deterioration is triggering a severe public health crisis that demands urgent actions. Countries in Asia received a relatively better assessment on ecosystem vitality, as the regional average Ecosystem Vitality Index (ECO) score of 51 is only slightly lower than the world average level of 53. Despite a much smaller gap with leading countries, Asia has been still ranked the third-lowest region in terms of ecosystem vitality, which indicates considerable room for continuing regional sustainability endeavours. In South Asia, Bangladesh is the worst-performing country with ECO score on 41.29, though the country has improved its performance by 0.01 per cent in the last decade. India is performing only a little better scoring 44.74 but has been degrading in the last ten years by 0.58 per cent. Nepal is also degrading by 0.89 per cent but has a little better score at 45.38. Sri Lanka is the only country which scored 57.88 which is almost five per cent above the world average. More than half of the Asian countries have seen their ECO decline or remain stagnant. Rapid industrialisation and economic growth in Asia over the past decade could be a major reason behind this trend. Increasing production activities, resource extraction, transportation, and consumption, all invariably impose burdens on the ecosystem and reduce vitality. A closer look at the carbon dioxide (CO2) emission profile of countries in Asia reveals that the atmospheric CO2 is the largest contributor to human-induced climate change, and is also the most heavily weighted component in calculating ECO. Consistent with the trend of declining ecosystem vitality, CO2 emissions per capita has been on a constant rise for most Asian countries in the last 40 years. The highest per capita CO2 emission in India was only 0.58 ton in 1980 which has increased to 1.69 in the present decade. It is the highest in the region. However, the annualised growth rate for the country has declined from 5.4 per cent to 4.5 per cent. The annualised emission growth rate in Nepal is the highest at 6.5 per cent in the last decade. The best-performing country in the region is Sri Lanka that has been able to achieve a negative annualised growth rate of CO2 emission at minus 0.2 per cent in the last decade. All the countries in the region have substantially increased CO2 in terms of quantity, from two to four times and more. Given the scenario, the worst-hit South Asian countries need to strike a fine balance between growth and environment to avoid devastation due to environmental degradation and climate change. There must be suitable changes in climate change laws and the adoption of cleaner technologies. Environmental governance should be improved to implement corrective measures. IPA (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Marrakech to Host Africa Think Tank Conference on Sustainable Future in…

Marrakech – More than 70 think tanks and institutions from over 40 countries will be taking part in the Africa Think Tank Conference, scheduled for May 2-4, 2016, in Marrakesh, under the theme “Building a Sustainable and Secure Future for the People and Institutions of Africa”.OCP Policy Center, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania (TTCSP) are jointly organizing this conference to provide African think tanks with a platform to discuss issues of common interest and fasten new ties for the African think tank community.The Africa Think Tank Conference will cover several areas, including the implementation of development objectives, climate change issues in preparation for the COP22 (Marrakesh, November 2016), and ongoing efforts to introduce Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). This event will be an opportunity to further strengthen relations between African think tanks and discuss strategies and programmes to increase their capacity to support the building of a sustainable and secure future for the people and institutions across the continent. read more

King Mohammed VI to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Marrakech

Rabat – Following his visit to Marrakech to launch several restoration projects, King Mohammed VI is reportedly set to  celebrate New Year’s Eve in Morocco’s Red City.This year, the King has chosen to spend his New Year’s Eve celebration in Morocco, unlike the last year when he rang in the New Year in Hong Kong, accompanied by his royal family members.In 2014, he spent the Holiday season in Turkey. In 2013, the King chose Morocco’s Switzerland, Ifrane, where he usually goes for skiing holidays. During his visit to Marrakech, King Mohammed VI launched the restoration of the tourist route from Ben Youssef Square to Jamaâ El Fna Square.He also paid a visit to several of Marrakech’s historical sites, which were refurbished as part of the first phase of the El Mellah Neighborhood Urban Upgrading Project.In an attempt to ensure high security during New Year’s Eve celebrations across the Kingdom,  Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) has deployed 50, 000 officers to reinforce existing Morocco’s security and beefed up security in many hotels and tourist sites.Edited by Constance Guindon read more

Insurance coverage for medical marijuana on the horizon industry experts say

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2015 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Insurance coverage for medical marijuana on the horizon, industry experts say TORONTO – Canadians who have been prescribed medical marijuana could one day see their insurance company footing the bill, experts predict, following the introduction of new Health Canada rules that allow for the sale of cannabis oils.Health Canada announced revamped medical marijuana regulations earlier this month after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that users of the drug should be permitted to consume it in other forms, such as oils and edibles, rather than having to smoke dried buds.“You’re going to see insurance companies slowly start to creep into the sector,” says Khurram Malik, an analyst at Jacob Securities Inc., noting that the new regulations will allow medical marijuana producers to sell gel caps similar to those made from cod liver oil.That will allow for more precise dosing, Malik says.“When you’re trying to smoke a plant you have no idea how much you’re consuming, so that makes doctors a little nervous,” he said.Experts say the changes are a major step towards legitimizing the drug in the eyes of doctors and insurers.“When something doesn’t look different than other medicines, it becomes much easier for people to get comfortable with the idea that this is, in fact, a possible treatment option for patients,” says Bruce Linton, the chief executive of Smiths Falls, Ont.-based Tweed Marijuana Inc. (CVE:TWD).However, medical marijuana producers still have one major hurdle to overcome before insurers begin routinely funding the drug — cannabis currently doesn’t have a drug identification number, known as a DIN.“If it was issued a DIN by Health Canada, it’s quite likely that the insurance companies would cover it,” says Wendy Hope, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc.“To obtain a DIN, the new form of medical marijuana would need to go through the full Health Canada approval process like any new drug.”As it stands, most insurance companies don’t routinely cover medical marijuana. But some insurers, including Manulife, say they will consider making an exception if the employer has specifically requested it for one of its employees.“It’s up to the employer to ask if they want to have it covered,” says Hope.Earlier this year, Sun Life agreed to pay for a University of Waterloo’s medical marijuana prescription through his student health plan after the student union went to bat for him. Jonathan Zaid, 22, uses the drug to combat a syndrome called new daily persistent headache.Some health insurance companies may pay for medical marijuana through a health spending account, says Hope. But, she adds, “my understanding is it doesn’t happen often.”Malik says the primary reason why medical marijuana doesn’t have a DIN is a lack of rigorous, clinical research on its efficacy.“The evidence is very circumstantial — not your typical 10-year, double-blind study that doctors and big pharmaceutical companies like to see,” Malik said.He suspects that’s about to change.“You’re going to see a lot of Canadian companies partnering up with universities overseas that are a little more progressive than the ones we have here, at least in this space, to drive this research forward and legitimize it in the eyes of doctors and get DIN numbers on these things,” Malik said.Malik says there is a financial incentive for insurers to pay for medical marijuana, rather than shelling out for pricier chronic pain drugs such as opiates.“From a dollars and cents standpoint, if marijuana is the same thing as a narcotic opiate, they would much rather cover marijuana because they’re in the business to make money,” Malik said.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

Critical food aid shortages hit Africas refugees hard UN warns

Across Africa, some two million refugees are facing critical shortages in food assistance, the United Nations warned today. Refugee operations in 10 African countries have experienced cuts affecting the quantity and quality of food assistance for approximately two million refugees, according to a joint press release from the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “Millions of refugees depend on WFP food and our work to treat and prevent malnutrition to stay alive. But in Africa they are in danger of being overshadowed by large humanitarian crises elsewhere,” WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said in the release. Food rations have been dramatically cut – in some cases by up to 50 per cent – in large operations including Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Mauritania, South Sudan and Uganda. Refugees in Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Burundi and Ethiopia have had specific commodities cut including micronutrient fortified blended foods, needed to ensure an adequate quality diet. RELATED: Famine hits parts of South Sudan, UN warns “We can’t imagine how difficult life is for thousands of refugee families with no food, and often denied the possibility to work or provide for themselves in other ways,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. “Refugees are extraordinarily resilient, but cuts in food assistance – sometimes as high as 50 per cent – are having a devastating impact on the health and nutrition of thousands of families.” The number of refugees in Africa nearly doubled from 2.6 million in 2011 to nearly five million in 2016, the release said. While donor funding for refugee assistance increased during this period, it did not keep pace with rapidly rising needs. As a result, the humanitarian response is significantly underfunded. read more

Ohio State loses first home opener in 36 years 3521 against Virginia

The sun sets behind Ohio Stadium before the Buckeyes’ first night game and home opener against the Hokies on Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn front of a record crowd at Ohio Stadium, the Ohio State football team lost its first home opener since 1978.OSU fell to Virginia Tech, 35-21, in front of 107,517 spectators after winning its first home game in each of the past 35 seasons.The game marked the first regular-season loss for the Buckeyes since coach Urban Meyer took over before the 2012 season.After the game, Meyer thanked the Ohio Stadium crowd and had praise for Virginia Tech.“Our opponent really did a good job preparing for us and exposed us a little bit, where some of the weaknesses right now on our team are,” he said. “And it was rather obvious what it is.”Meyer went on to say his team can improve going forward, and said he looks forward to getting “back to work” this week.The Hokies had a 14-point lead at halftime and took the lead for good with a touchdown with 8:44 remaining on the clock. OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was sacked six times in the second half on top of throwing three interceptions after the break.Meyer said Barrett made a “gutsy effort” despite difficulties around him on the offense. The quarterback faced near-constant pressure from the Hokies’ defensive line and saw more than one of his passes fall through a receiver’s hands.“Obviously not good enough, but a quarterback is the product of those around him, and we all have to get better,” Meyer said.Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said his team’s preparation heading into the game was the key to coming out of the Horseshoe with a victory.“I thought coming in we had a good game plan offensively and defensively, and I think we were doing the right stuff,” Beamer said. “For the most part, it worked out that way tonight.”While Beamer’s team controlled the majority of the game, the Buckeyes’ still had some amount of fight left late in the second half.OSU had one last chance to tie the game with a drive that started at its own 29-yard line.Barrett picked up 22 yards on third and 19 before moving the ball past the 50. A sack made it third and 16 for the Buckeyes before Barrett threw his third interception of the game. Virginia Tech junior cornerback Donovan Riley took the turnover back for a touchdown for the final score of the game.The touchdown marked the game’s final points after OSU had stormed back to threaten Virginia Tech after the early deficit.Trailing 21-7 and struggling to move the ball in the second half, the Buckeyes ran consecutive options to freshman running back Curtis Samuel resulting in two first downs. Two plays later, Barrett hit redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas for a 53-yard touchdown, bringing OSU back within seven.Meyer said that play came when the Buckeyes’ started to click on offense, which was what they needed to get back in the game.“Mike Thomas turned a short one into a long one,” he said. “That’s what has to happen against a zero — that’s a good secondary.”Sophomore safety Vonn Bell intercepted Virginia Tech redshirt-junior quarterback Michael Brewer on the ensuing drive to give OSU the ball inside the 50.“I expect for plays to be made,” Bell said of the interception. “I do it for the team, my unit and this coaching staff. It’s just another play for me.”OSU’s drive stalled, but sophomore punter Cameron Johnston pinned the Hokies inside the 10-yard line.On second down with 12 yards to go, sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa sacked Brewer and forced a fumble to give the Buckeyes the ball in the red zone.OSU took just 12 seconds to score on the next drive when sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott scampered in from 15 yards out to tie the game at 21.Redshirt-senior kicker Kyle Clinton booted the kickoff out of bounds to give the Hokies a short field. Brewer capitalized with a 10-yard touchdown pass to put Virginia Tech back on top, 28-21.One OSU drive stalled before the Buckeyes forced a Virginia Tech punt. Barrett threw an interception on third and 18 to end the Buckeyes’ next possession. The Hokies settled for a field goal try on the ensuing drive, but missed wide to the right.The second-half surge and Virginia Tech rally came after both teams were stymied to start the game.Both teams stalled on their opening drives before the momentum swung in the Hokies’ favor for most of the first half as they took a 21-7 lead.Much of Virginia Tech’s success offensively came on third down as it went nine of 17 in third-down situations.Bell said that was a product of the Hokies making plays “when they needed to.”“We need to make plays to get off the field when we have to get the ball to the offense in those types of situations,” Bell said.Barrett finished the game nine of 29 on pass attempts for 219 yards and one touchdown. He carried the ball 24 times for 70 yards, hindered by seven sacks. Elliott finished second on the team with 33 rushing yards and a touchdown while Thomas led all receivers in the game with 98 yards on six catches.Senior linebacker Curtis Grant led the team with 9.5 tackles while sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa had 1.5 sacks.Brewer finished the game with 199 yards through the air to go with two touchdowns.Despite the loss, junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington said Meyer made it clear the Buckeyes can still have big aspirations going forward.“Coach Meyer let us know in the locker room that 11-1 isn’t bad,” he said. “We just have to come back hungry next week.”The loss marked the first of three consecutive home games on the OSU schedule. The Buckeyes are set to play Kent State Sept. 13 at noon before taking on Cincinnati at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27. read more

Diana superfans flock to Kensington Palace to lay tributes and share cake

first_imgBuckets of flowers in Kensington were near empty by the end of the day, as tourists and Londoners decided to pay tribute in person.Kensington Palace said: “The Duke and Prince Harry are grateful for the many flowers, letters and messages they have received about their Mother.” Royal fans for the late Diana, Princess of Wales, cut a cake outside Kensington PalaceCredit:AP Well-wishers look at tributesCredit:Getty Well-wishers look at tributes “You can think of it as happiness and you can think of it as sadness,” he said. “Today is sadness, but yesterday William and Harry were here and that brought a lot of happiness.”Diana was someone special. She’s got a couple of good sons and one of them will become king.“That will be a real burst of happiness, and if Diana was here she would be really proud of her family.” Members of the public gather at the tributes of flowers, candles and photographs Credit:AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “They are very aware that there are a lot of people who felt protective of them and they wanted to acknowledge that and show their appreciation.” The Duke and Prince spent today privately at Kensington Palace. Anglican priest Frank Gelli gave an informal service, while others played music they claimed was inspired by the Princess or shared memories with new friends.Some sported Union flag suits, some wielded selfie-sticks and others wore t-shirts adorned with the face of the Princess and her sons. A day earlier, the brothers had made an unannounced trip to the gates to view flowers in front of a small crowd.A Royal source said the Princes had wanted to show their gratitude for the “continued goodwill” they had experienced from the public. Hundreds of well-wishers descended on the gates of Kensington Palace today, to celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, with cake, flowers, and prayer.Visitors from all over the world brought handwritten notes, personal photographs and candles to place on display outside the late Princess’ former home, 20 years to the day after she died. Flower tributes at Kensington PalaceCredit:Barcroft Flower tributes at Kensington Palace Royal fans for the late Diana, Princess of Wales, cut a cake outside Kensington Palace  Royal fan Terry Hutt Credit:PA  Royal fan Terry Hutt  Members of the public gather at the tributes of flowers, candles and photographs  Among well-wishers visiting the palace was John Loughrey, who took a large cake decorated with the Princess’ image to the gates to share out.Terry Hutt, 82, had been camped outside since midday on Wednesday, and has visited the palace on August 31 every year for the past 20 years.last_img read more

The hotel resort had become a war zone Irish man who lost

first_img Short URL By Paul Hosford 15,156 Views https://jrnl.ie/3869742 16 Comments Source: The Late Late Show/YouTubeTHE HUSBAND OF an Irish woman killed in a terrorist attack in Tunisia says the holiday resort became “a war zone” on the day his wife was shot.Declan Carty went looking for his wife after a gunman went on a killing spree that claimed 38 lives. Three Irish people were killed in the attack, Carty’s wife Lorna (54) and Laurence (56) and Martina Hayes (55) from Athlone, Co Westmeath.Carty told Ryan Tubridy on last night’s Late Late Show about that day.“There was seven or eight of us by the lift and next thing there was a crash of glass and bullets ricocheting around the place.”He said he knew something was wrong following the attack when his wife wasn’t anywhere to be found following the attack.“I knew if Lorna could have been there at all she would have been there because she would have been worried about me with the heart condition I have. I knew if she was mobile at all, she would have come looking for me. I waited maybe ten minutes or so and said “I’m going” and headed to the beach.“On the way out I crossed bodies, but someone had covered them with a towel.“The blood was running around – it had gone from a holiday resort to a warzone.”After reaching the beach, Declan said that he found Martina Hayes’ body under a towel. He and his wife had met the Hayes family while on holiday.“I thought, ‘what am I going to do here? Am I going to lift the cover off all these people?’ and then I thought – the towel.“I knew she was down on the beach and I looked down and saw the towel – it was a blue striped towel. I saw her body on the sunbed. My worst fears were at that stage.“I lifted the towel and it was Lorna and she had been shot in the chest, so she was just lying in the sun – oblivious to it all.”Declan said that the presence of people taking photos meant that he couldn’t grieve in peace. He said he lay down next to his wife and grieved.Later in the interview, Declan read “That Day”, a poem by Ray Hegarty who was also present when the attack happened. Source: The Late Late Show/YouTubeA Dublin Coroner’s Court jury this week returned verdicts of unlawful killing for all three deaths and recommended that a link to a Department of Foreign Affairs smartphone App alerting tourists to risks associated with travel abroad be permanently displayed on all travel websites and form an integral part of all travel bookings from now on.In a statement after the inquest, the Carty and Hayes families said no words could express their pain.Read: Husband of Irish woman shot dead while on holiday in Tunisia found her beneath a beach towel Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘The hotel resort had become a war zone’ – Irish man who lost his wife in Tunisian terror attack Declan Carty told Ryan Tubridy on last night’s Late Late Show about that day. Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 11:01 AM Share339 Tweet Email Feb 24th 2018, 11:01 AM last_img read more

IMF Europe chief quits amid crisis

first_imgThe head of the International Monetary Fund’s Europe department has resigned a year after taking on the role. Economist Antonio Borges, who led the unit since November 2010, submitted his resignation “for personal reasons” and “will relinquish his responsibilities immediately”, the IMF said in a statement. British-Iranian Reza Moghadam, director of the IMF’s Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, will replace Mr Borges from 17 November. The European department runs the fund’s largest emergency lending programs and oversees its giant bailouts of Greece, Portugal and Ireland. Mr Borges made an embarrassing blunder in October, when he made a statement to the press that impacted on markets, issuing a correction hours later. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Theres a Kickstarter Campaign for a Wet Hot American Summer Tabletop RPG

first_imgHave you ever watched 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer and wished you could attend Camp Firewood? Of course, you did, that place looked great. Especially compared to other movie summer camps. No murder in this one. Well, The Devastator, a humor press, is putting out a tabletop RPG where you can have a Wet Hot American Summer of your own. No matter where you live.The company launched a Kickstarter today in hopes that die-hard fans of the cult comedy classic will help them make Wet Hot American Summer: Fantasy Camp a reality. If you’re one of those fans, The Devastator is offering some pretty good reasons to fund it. Most importantly, writers and actors from the original movie are already on board. Co-writer and director David Wain is completely behind the project and will provide the forward to the rule book. Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Ian Black, and Marguerite Moreau will also provide game tips as their characters from the movie. Even if you don’t normally play tabletop RPG’s original writing from those folks is worth the price on its own.The Devastator promises that even those who are turned off by Dungeons and Dragons, for example, should be able to enjoy this one. It’s light on math, with a heavy focus on storytelling. The game itself will feature three customizable story paths: Save the Camp, Superstardom and Bonfire Bonking. The key word there is “customizable.” There might only be three story paths, but it sounds like the direction you take it can change every time you play. Particularly since you can choose to play as a camper, a counselor or one of the camp’s staffers. Besides, as co-author of the game, Lee Keeler said in a press release, “Who wouldn’t want to play an RPG with drugs, sex, and talking vegetables?” That’s not a bad point.Mock up of the game book for Wet Hot American Summer: Fantasy Camp. (Photo via Kickstarter/The Devastator)Wet Hot American Summer was one of those movies that few people saw when it came out in 2001, but everyone who did knew it was something special. It was one of those movies that brought weird loners and comedy nerds together. If two strangers met and had both seen the movie, chances were pretty good they were going to get along. It’s also one of those small independent films where everyone in it went on to be a huge star, making it extra fun to watch now. That’s also what made it so exciting when most of the cast came back for Netflix’s prequel, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. The series was so good Netflix has planned a sequel series that will happen this summer, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.Until then, we’ll have to watch this Kickstarter and hope this comes sooner.last_img read more

Lanes closed on northbound Interstate 5 near Genesee

first_img KUSI Newsroom Lanes closed on northbound Interstate 5 near Genesee Updated: 1:54 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three of the four lanes on northbound Interstate 5 near Gilman Drive in the University City area are closed because a person has fallen to his death in an apparent suicide from a bridge over the freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.KUSI will update this article with more information as it is confirmed.center_img June 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 11, 2018last_img

Police 2 hospitalized 1 dead after driveby shooting in North Miami gunman

first_imgBuissereth said, “We have at least 30 on the ground. There could be more.”According to police, the shooting reportedly happened at 1:15 a.m.Buissereth said at least two cars that fled the scene were also struck by bullets.“There was two other vehicles that were involved that were victim vehicles — in two separate vehicles — that saw what happened,” she said. “They fled the scene during the shooting. There’s a possibility that they may have gunshots in the vehicle because so many shots were fired on the scene.”According to police, the shooter or shooters fled in a four-door, white vehicle.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have confirmed three people have been shot in North Miami and one died as a result of a drive-by shooting, as the hunt continues for the shooter or shooters responsible.North Miami Police had to shut down roads in an area of North Miami as they opened an investigation into the fatal shooting outside a Shell gas station near Northwest Seventh Avenue/State Road 441 and 125th Street, early Monday morning.“Upon arrival, officers discovered that there was one black male, approximately 20 years old, lying on the ground,” said North Miami Police Officer Natalie Buissereth. “He was already deceased from his gunshot wounds.”The two injured were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.“At this time, we’re told they are in stable condition, and they’ll be fine,” said Buissereth.By noon, the roads were open but the gas station remained closed and surrounded by crime scene tape.Dozens of evidence markers could be seen outside the gas station. last_img read more

To the displeasure of some locals Tailgate Alaska grabs land use permit

first_imgOne of the biggest winter sports events kicked off over the weekend in Thompson Pass. Tailgate Alaska is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. But, not everyone is in a joyful mood. Some Thompson Pass enthusiasts are not happy after the Alaska Department of Natural Resources granted a land use permit to event organizers and are hoping to appeal the decision.Listen nowWhen you go to the Tailgate Alaska website, this is the first video will you see. If you click on the link about tickets, you will find a video of Tailgate Alaska founder Mark Sullivan telling you what activities come with a ticket.In its ten years of existence, the festival known for its skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports has been criticized by residents in nearby Valdez. Those concerns grew after the Division of Mining, Land, and Water of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources recently granted a four-year land-use permit to Tailgate Alaska organizers.Lisa Wax is a long-time Thompson Pass enthusiast and has been involved with events in the area like the World Extreme Skiing Championships the nineties.“My reaction was devastated,” Wax said. “The State has decided to reward their failure.”Like most of Tailgate’s critics, Wax said she has concerns about the event’s lack of safety plan.“Skiers might be skiing up a mountain and one of these people that just doesn’t have the experiences start gets on a snowmachine and starts cutting above them and doesn’t have the background of avalanche safety often times never been on a snowmachine or in the backcountry at all,” Wax said.Other concerns include environment impacts on the area and the lack of economic impact on Valdez. Now, Wax and others are appealing the permit.“You know they are staying thirty miles outside of Valdez,” Wax said. “They are coming in with their trailers and campers all packed. And, they are bringing their food and fuels. As several people indicated in the comments, they have very little interest in Valdez and only use the town on an absolute desperate basis.”The permit allows organizers to hold the event for ten days between March 15th and April 15th near Worthington Glacier on Thompson Pass. They can allow an unlimited number of people into the festival. They are responsible for snow removal, creating parking spaces, and setting up and cleaning up the area after they are done.Clark Cox is the South Central Regional Manager of the Division of Mining, Land, and Water.“The general public that comes to recreate and hangout in the area is kind of no different than anywhere else in Alaska,” Cox said. “You’re responsible for your own actions.”Cox said DNR gets complaints about events like Tailgate Alaska all the time even though they are not responsible for what goes on within them.“In a way, we rely on those folks to be the eyes and ears,” Cox said. “We can’t possibly be in every remote location where we issue every easement to every permit to every lease. So, that’ where someone letting us know what they have seen, take some pictures, document it and send it to us, and let us do our evaluation with that permit, lease, or easement holder. That’s how the system works.”Wax and others have 20 days from the time that the permit was issued to submit comments to DNR Commissioner Andrew Mack. If the appeal is successful, the permit will be revoked.KCHU attempted to contact Tailgate Alaska founder Mark Sullivan about the permit issue via phone, but was unable to leave a message due to the voicemail box being full. An email message was sent to an address posted on the Tailgate Alaska Facebook page, but was not returned in time for this story.last_img read more