With a move for Aston Villa star Christian Benteke seemingly stalling, Liverpool are now targeting Zenit St Petersburg forward Salomon Rondon.The Venezuelen striker has been prolific at Malaga, Rubin Kazan and now the Russian champions, which has alerted the Reds.But just how good was the 25-year-old this year? Check out the video above…
(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 T. Rex, Triceratops and other stars of the age of dinosaurs have made news lately. Here are some recent dinosaur findings.Predator or scavenger? Debates about T. Rex’s eating habits have raged for years. Was it a hunter, like the terror in Jurassic Park, or scavenger, picking the meat off dead prey? Evidence of a bite in a hadrosaur backbone seems to indicate the prey was alive when the king’s tooth bit into it, says a video clip on Live Science. But that’s just one data point, “the least you can have,” one skeptic cautions.Tooth conveyor belt: Some huge sauropods may have replaced their teeth every month. Science Now said that analysis of “well-preserved fossils” of Camarasaurus and Diplodocus led scientists at Stony Brook University to estimate the beasts replaced their teeth every 62 days and 35 days, respectively. The fossilized dentin shows rows of material ready to replace teeth worn down by their heavy diet of plant material. Science Daily added some Darwin from a researcher: “At least twice during their evolution, sauropods evolved small, peg-like teeth that formed and replaced quickly,” said Dr. Michael D’Emic. “This characteristic may have led to the evolutionary success of sauropods.” The BBC News refrained from the e-word, merely stating that analysis of teeth can reveal feeding habits.Big new ceratopsian: The name Nasutoceratops probably doesn’t roll out of a kid’s memory bank, but a large new horned dinosaur with that label has been found in Utah. “It belonged to the family of herbivore ceratops dinos, of which the famous triple-horned triceratops was a member,” PhysOrg reported, claiming the location of the fossil “sheds light” on moving continents. One mystery remains, however: how did two dozen large animals coexist on a landmass? Africa, with four times the area of the assumed continent of Laramidia, has only five large mammals. Also unknown is the purpose of the four-meter-long dinosaur’s oversize snout.Battle of the boneheads: More evidence that bone-headed dinosaurs like pachycephalosaur butted heads like rams was reported by Live Science. Analysis of wounds in 100 skulls by researchers at the University of Wisconsin makes head-butting the most likely explanation. It’s possible they used them for display, though, or perhaps for both functions.Tale of a tall tail: A huge well-preserved dinosaur tail of unknown species, probably a kind of hadrosaur or duck-billed dinosaur, is being excavated in Mexico, Live Science and PhysOrg reported. Found by locals, it’s about 16 feet (5 meters) long. The BBC News has a video report. Excavators have also found part of the animal’s hip, and hope to find more as the work continues. The tail would have been nearly half the length of the animal.Warm or cold blooded? The belief that dinosaurs were cold-blooded has been “put on ice” according to Live Science. Researchers at University of Adelaide came to the conclusion that dinosaurs must have been warm-blooded. They did this not directly, but by inferring the energy requirements for thrashing in living crocodiles and large mammals. As usual, not every expert agrees. Given the number of decades this aspect of dinosaurs has been debated, it’s hard to predict if a new finding will overturn the latest claim.Big fish: The largest bony fish that ever lived, some 16 meters long, was a contemporary of dinosaurs, PhysOrg says. Surprisingly, Leedsichthys (Leeds fish) was most likely a plankton eater. The gills, though “Extremely delicate and rarely-preserved,” were preserved well enough to show the mesh structure, resembling the honeycomb pattern in a beehive. The article claims that the same meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs wiped the big fish out, too. Maybe that reporter didn’t see the Live Science article that claims an “absence of any sign of a fish extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago, when a mass extinction wiped out the dinosaurs.” But when the same article puts seahorses in the same phylogeny with tuna but not with swordfish, who you gonna believe?Someone had to ask: PhysOrg posed the question, “How did dinosaurs have sex?” (and no, the big bang theory does not apply here). Someone needs to answer, “Very carefully.” Alongside the headline is an artist’s rendition of a huge, bulky triceratops. Comparing dinosaurs with tiny birds and giraffes does not seem to shed light on the question. Speculator of the day John Long concluded, “I truly believe the day will surely come, probably when we least expect it, when a remarkable new dinosaur fossil pops up solving the age old mystery of how dinosaurs really did do the deed.”Some day, when you least expect it, John, someone may pop up to you and say, “Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!”Does anybody remember the claims about dinosaurs from ten years ago, or even five? Science news is often like short-term thrills that wear off until the next fix. Debates about warm-bloodedness, extinction and feeding habits have raged on for decades – decades, and no resolution is ever forthcoming by scientific “experts” (people who used to be spurts, but are now ex-spurts). The latest claim by Dr. Science gets good press, till another claim comes along later and dislodges it.And where, anywhere, does anyone see the need for evolutionary theory? Dinosaurs once lived and are now gone, but that’s not evolution. Fossils of huge animals that flourished in a rich world of life show evidence of design with subsequent decline. Our world, rich and diverse as it is, is impoverished compared to the world filled with large, healthy animals and plants that once lived on it. It seems as if some catastrophe* happened.*Implausible? Science Now just reported that a megaflood appears to have carried house-sized boulders hundreds of miles, from China to India, as easily as modern rivers carry sand.
Read Next MOST READ BIEBS IS BACK: Bieber will return to play in the celebrity game on Friday night after winning MVP honors in the 2011 game. He will play on Team Lakers, co-coached by actor Michael B. Jordan. They will play against Team Clippers, who feature Academy Award winner Jaime Foxx.ALL-STAR SINGERS: Fergie will sing the U.S. national anthem and Barenaked Ladies will perform the Canadian national anthem. Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D will take the stage at halftime. Kendrick Lamar also is set to perform Friday night in Los Angeles as part of the weekend festivities. LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Arellano stuns Perpetual, nears NCAA men‘s volleyball crown NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with teammate Jordan Clarkson during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The stars will be out in Los Angeles, on the basketball court and all around it.The NBA’s All-Star festivities are back at Staples Center, with the usual events on All-Star Saturday night and a new format for the game Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry drafted players from the pool of All-Stars and the winning team gets a $350,000 donation from the NBA to the charity it chose. The league is hoping the new format that replaced the traditional East-West matchup will make it more competitive after a couple of lackluster games the previous two years.Perhaps the players can heed the words of Kobe Bryant, who won the MVP award on his home floor when the All-Star Game was last in Los Angeles in 2011.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel like we have a sense of responsibility and we are voted in for what we do during the season, which is play hard,” Bryant said following that game. “And we come here, that’s what the fans want to see. They want to see us go at it and see us compete and that’s what I try to do and that’s what I try to tell my teammates to do.”Bryant is gone now but Beyonce and Jay-Z, Jack Nicholson and Justin Bieber are among the celebrities who attended that game and are scheduled to be back for at least some of this weekend. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Some things to watch as Los Angeles hosts the All-Star Game for a record sixth time:LEBRON IN L.A.: James refuses to discuss his free agency during the season, but figure on it coming up in Los Angeles since there’s been such speculation about him signing with the Lakers. The Lakers, after a trade with James’ Cavaliers last week, would have enough salary cap space to offer a maximum contract to James and another star if he opts to become a free agent and leave Cleveland this summer.HOMECOMING KINGS: The Los Angeles area is home to a number of All-Stars, including 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City and runner-up James Harden, along with Oklahoma City’s Paul George and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan.SIDELINED STARS: James’ team will look much different than the one he drafted after a number of injuries. DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love, John Wall and Kristaps Porzingis all were forced to pull out. George, Andre Drummond, Goran Dragic and Kemba Walker were added as injury replacements by Commissioner Adam Silver.DUNK LIKE DAD: Larry Nance Jr., one of the players who went from Los Angeles to Cleveland in the four-player trade at the deadline, will be back in his former home arena to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest. He’ll try to follow in the footsteps — or flight path — of his father, who won the NBA’s first slam dunk title in 1984. Rookies Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Dennis Smith Jr., and Indiana All-Star Victor Oladipo round out the field.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments
Indian gymnasts had a mixed opening day at Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany as Dipa Karmakar qualified for the Vault Finals while Aruna Budda Reddy ended her campaign due to a knee injury.After an injury-marred campaign at the Asian Games in August, Dipa came up with a commendable performance, finishing sixth out of 16 gymnasts in the qualification round with a score of 14.100.However, Aruna, who had won a bronze medal in the women’s individual vault event at the Melbourne World Cup, hurt her knee during the first vault and was ruled out of the competition.”Aruna was going to perform a higher difficulty vault. In warm up, she was confident but unfortunately during the competition, her landing was little early and it hurt her knee. So she did not perform the second vault. She is going for MRI today,” said Riyaz Ahmed Bhati, Vice-President of Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI).Among Indian men gymnasts, Rakesh Patra scored 14.000 points on the Rings and finished at the 14th place out of 29 gymnasts, while Ashish couldn’t produce his best, signing off at the 24th spot out of 37 gymnasts with a score of 13.200.The second day of the competition will see Dipa on Beam, Rakesh on Parallel Bars and Ashish on Vault.The Cottbus event is part of an eight-event qualifying system for the 2020 Olympics under which the gymnasts will make the cut based on their top three scores.(With inputs from PTI)
Newcastle striker Gayle opens door to West Brom stayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United striker Dwight Gayle says there’s a good chance of signing permanently with West Brom.Gayle scored a classy treble away at Rotherham United on Saturday to move up to 13 goals for the season.It prompted calls of ‘sign him up’ from the sold-out away end, and Gayle has left the door open for a permanent switch.”I don’t know really, it could be on the cards,” he said. “For me the most important thing is getting promoted this season and finishing in the top two.”We all know what we’ve got to do and we’ve got a lot of hard work before the end of the season to do that. I’m loving it here at the moment and hopefully that continues.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Cardiff make offer for Watford target Adrien Tamezeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City have made an offer for Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze.The Daily Mail says Cardiff have made a £10m move for Tameze and hope to fend off competition from Atalanta and Watford to sign him next week.Tameze, 24, is valued by Patrick Vieira but the offer is difficult for Nice to turn down. Neil Warnock also hopes to add a right back and a striker with Cardiff having made an offer for Anderlecht’s Ivan Santini.Cardiff City defender Paul McKay is joining Morecambe on loan. Neil Warnock wants the highly rated 22-year old to gain more game time and can cover a number of positions. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Zabaleta apologises to West Ham fans after Carabao Cup exitby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United fullback Pablo Zabaleta has apologised to fans after their embarrassing Carabao Cup exit at Oxford United.Zabaleta admitted West Ham were well below-par during their 4-0 defeat at Oxford and said sorry to the travelling supporters.Stand-in captain Zabaleta told the official club website: “If you look at the performance, it’s not been anywhere near our standard and also in the way we lost was not good.”We are not the first Premier League team to be knocked out of the Carabao Cup. We saw Spurs (at Colchester) and we saw some other Premier League teams struggling to win games like that.”Obviously we just need to move on now and look at the mistakes we have made and think about Saturday (away to Bournemouth).”We return to the Premier League again and we don’t have too much time to recover. It’s only another 48 hours and we have another game and mentally we need to be strong for Saturday.”We feel sorry about the performance and sorry to the away fans who came to the game because obviously we don’t want our fans to see this kind of performance. It was just a bad night.”
VICTORIA – Hydro rates in British Columbia will increase three per cent in April after the province’s independent energy regulator overruled a government promise to freeze rates for one year.Energy Minister Michelle Mungall said Thursday she’s disappointed with the B.C. Utilities Commission’s ruling, but it has prompted the government to immediately start planning to help those who are struggling to pay their power bills.“I would have liked to have seen a much different response for British Columbians, but I appreciate their rationale,” she said. “I understand it and will be moving forward with other alternatives for making life more affordable.”The commission rejected a request from the government to freeze rates, saying other increases have done little to meet the revenue needs at BC Hydro.“The panel ultimately found there to be insufficient regulatory justification to warrant lower increases because even these increases do not fully recover BC Hydro’s forecast revenue requirement, which includes items such as operating costs, new capital expenditures, and carrying costs on capital expenditures,” the commission said in a statement.Mungall said the government will work with the Crown-owned utility on a so-called lifeline rate program that could result in some hydro customers with demonstrated needs getting a lower rate for electricity.She said the government will also consider providing a grant of up to $600 for hydro customers facing financial emergencies.The NDP government campaigned last spring on promises to tackle rising hydro rates and last November Mungall announced plans to request that the utilities commission freeze the scheduled April increase.The commission has also formally approved rate increases of four per cent in 2016 and 3.5 per cent last year.Mungall said the government will conduct a review of BC Hydro in a bid to find savings and keep rates low. The scope of the review will be announced in the next few weeks, she said.“The (utilities commission) are very clear in a nutshell that this is a mess,” Mungall said. “There’s a mess that is at BC Hydro. It needs to be cleaned up and I hear that.”Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said the rate hike is just another broken promise by the NDP government.“This is a government that stumbles into messes that cost all of us because they put rhetoric ahead of planning,” Wilkinson said in a statement. “It’s clear, British Columbians can’t afford this government.”Green Leader Andrew Weaver said he’s glad to see the government respecting the independence of the utility commission, but the increase shows a need for income security across the province.
Mumbai: German auto major Volkswagen, which has been facing headwinds for long and got restructured under its subsidiary Skoda, Friday rolled out the 1-millionth car from its Pune facility, which was commissioned in 2010. The 20,000 cars per annum Pune plant produces four models –the Polo, Ameo and Vento and the Skoda Rapid. Besides meeting the local demand, the facility also exports to some 50 countries across Asia, Africa, North America and South America. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The rollout of the 1-millionth car is an important milestone for us,” said Gurpratap Boparai, managing director, Volkswagen India. The German auto giant, which is the world’s largest auto company by volume, has three direct entities in the country-Volkswagen, Volkswagen Group Sales, and Skoda Auto apart from the luxury car unit Audi India. “We would like to build further following this milestone and work towards higher localisation, ramping up production and manufacturing world-class products for this and other target markets around the world,” Boparai said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs part of its Skoda-led ‘India 2.0’ project, which aims at more India-specific cars, the three entities have been proposed to merge into Skoda. The Volkswagen group will be investing Rs 8,000 crore in the country as part of this revival strategy over the years and has already set up a technology centre at the Pune plant to start local development under this. Volkswagen globally represents by 12 brands –Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Scania, Seat, koda, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Man, and Volkswagen Passenger Cars. Meanwhile, in another development, Skoda India has offered an assured buyback scheme for its Superb model range. Made available exclusively through its vehicle finance arm, the scheme will allow the owners of these lower range cars to buy a brand new Superb at low EMIs, the company said. Called koda EasyBuy, the program offers an assured introductory buyback value of 57 percent for a new Superb at the end of the three year contract term.
After four rounds of polling, there is not a single credible voice that confidently argues that Modi wave still prevails. Waves come and go but they go away for definite reasons. Anti-incumbency is no fickle-minded mood change. Once the elections are over, political analysts would split their hair over what made the Modi magic vanish. But the poll observers on the ground are already left with no doubt that the jobs crisis has caused maximum damage to Modi’s prospects in 70 per cent of the seats where polling is over. Also Read – A special kind of bondSome basic problems like poverty and agrarian crises are chronic ones and not all of them turn into poll issues all the time in all elections. While addressing one of her election rallies in UP, when Congress’s charismatic star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi declared that in the five years of Modi’s rule 5 million jobs were lost, tens of thousands who had gathered stood up spontaneously and roared in one voice ‘Modi Hatao!’ The message has obviously sunk well into the popular mind that demonetisation and a ham-handed GST had precipitated a very acute crisis of job losses. Also Read – Insider threat managementIt is not an urban jobs crisis alone, as data reveal the rural jobs crisis is no less severe. The job-crisis for women is acute but it is not a one-sided affair across the gender divide, and men, mostly the main bread-winners in the families, suffer an equally crippling employment crisis as well. The statistics put out even by the official agencies show that the jobs crisis among the youth is mind-boggling. The jobs crisis among the educated might be grave but what is shocking is that the low-skilled millions in informal India are also coming under a creeping employment problem. In short, it is a generalised jobs crisis. When the foremost voice of opposition in a democracy like Priyanka Gandhi comes out with a startling revelation that Modi massacred 5 million jobs in five years, not a single leader of stature in the ruling establishment dares to step out to challenge it. The same finding by the meticulously researched State of the Working India Report 2019 of the eminent Azim Premji University had barely been out a couple of days earlier. Based on CMIE’s large-sample surveys, the report showed that five million people lost their jobs between 2016 and 2018, coinciding with the demonetisation of November 2016 and the introduction of GST in July 2017. Naturally, no one could dare to counter Priyanka. Silence and subterfuges cannot check the shifting preferences of the voters over the burning employment question. The writing on the wall on the employment issue was clear to Modi himself. That was why he stooped down too low to the cheap level of withholding NSSO’s Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2017–18 in January 2019, which led to the resignation of two eminent academics from the National Statistical Commission. The PLFS report said that under Modi unemployment had hit a 45-year high of 6.1 per cent. It might look a small number. But going by the 2018 figure of 466 million persons in the Indian labour force, this small figure of 6.1 per cent translates into a big unemployed army of 28.43 million people. Unfortunately, it is a weakness of the otherwise rich English vocabulary that the term unemployment lacks precision and means different categories — those who are part of the labour force and ready for a job but who have never got one as well as those who were already having jobs but have lost them. Or, in other words, it stands for both, a lack of employment and job-losses. To compound the confusion, those who are never part of the labour force are also treated as unemployed in certain contexts. So figures, sometimes, tend to obfuscate the gravity of the problem. Why did Modi lose his popularity among young voters? 30 per cent of young India is neither in jobs nor in education nor training. If 23 million Indian youngsters apply for 89,400 jobs advertised by the Indian Railways, that gives the enormity of the problem of educated youth unemployment. If labour force participation of women in India under Modi had fallen from 16.81 per cent in 2016 to a miserable 10.97 per cent by February 2019, the agony years of demonetisation and GST, the thinking sections of the middle classes disgusted by Modi’s jumlas would naturally start wondering what sort of Shreshth Bharat he and his RSS are trying to build. Even among the 10 per cent women who are coming into the workforce, one in every three women (as against one in every five men) in urban India in the 15–29 age-group were unemployed in 2017–18 as per the NSSO data, and these are mind-boggling figures indeed. Modi flaunts his Mudra, where 40 per cent beneficiaries are supposed to be women and 33 per cent SCs-STs-OBCs. At the end of his term, RBI raises an alarm that 53 per cent of Mudra advances have become NPAs and 75 per cent of the Mudra self-employment ventures have folded up. The figure is 80 per cent for start-ups under Modi’s Start-Up India! Modi’s loyal court statisticians and economists might claim that the overall labour force participation rate in India came down only marginally from 52.9 per cent in 2011–12 to 50.4 per cent in 2015–16. But the starker meaning of these figures is that around half of India still remains out of the workforce. Actually, Priyanka’s and Azim Premji University’s figures do not fully capture the full impact of job losses – manufacturing jobs actually fell in absolute terms from 58.9 million in 2011–12 to 48.3 million in 2015–16, a whopping 10.6 million over a mere four-year period. Statistical jugglery is no answer to a profound livelihood crisis when the future of millions is bleak. A desperate Modi Government could only come up with yet another subterfuge of citing inflated EPFO enrolment, to claim 7–10 million jobs were created in 2017–18. Only later it dawned upon many that these were not new jobs but new enrolment of those already in jobs for the previous 5 years. CMIE’s current survey in 2018, on the other hand, showed that 11 million people with jobs lost them in that very year. BJP’s election manifesto waxes eloquent on 12 major themes and it is no surprise that employment creation is not one of them. It is really astonishing that a party running an incumbent government facing a burning employment question comes out with a poll manifesto that doesn’t offer a single specific promise on job creation. In any case, Modi promised to create 2 crore jobs every year in 2014 and this unmet promise itself has robbed the BJP manifesto of 2019 of any credibility. (The views expressed are strictly personal)