British Open: Rory McIlroy’s opening shot breaks woman’s cell phone

first_imgFIFA claims progress in letting women attend games in Iran Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer McIlroy had to take a provisional tee shot and ended up with a quadruple-bogey 8 on the first hole.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Benefits of township living Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy looks up after playing out of the long rough on the 1st hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championships at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, Thursday, July 18, 2019.(AP Photo/Peter Morrison)PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland—Rory McIlroy’s opening tee shot in the British Open hit a woman out of bounds and broke a cell phone in her pocket.The R&A said a 34-year-old woman from Northern Ireland was standing along the side of the first fairway when she was hit by the errant shot.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

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City star Silva reveals what has been the best decision he’s made in football

first_img 3 Appearances: 262Goals: 53Assists: 77Wins: 178Defeats: 42 David Silva, left, said Roberto Mancini was a key factor in why he signed for Manchester City DAVID SILVA’S MANCHESTER CITY CAREER IN NUMBERS Silva has been an absolute revelation for City over the past eight years He told FourFourTwo: “Genuinely, they were the team who wanted me the most and went the extra mile.“Other teams were interested, but Mancini got in contact a long time before the end of the season to see if I wanted to come here, and to say I was a big part of his plans.“When someone puts so much effort into demonstrating they want to sign you, you follow your heart. That was the best decision I’ve ever made in football.”Silva, 32, has been in Manchester for eight-and-a-half years – winning three Premier League titles and League Cup’s, as well as the FA Cup, along the way.And under current boss, Pep Guardiola, Silva says he is performing to the best of his ability – while admitting he struggled with the transition at first. Most Read In Football The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 FA Cup: 1 (2010/11)Premier League: 3 (2011/12, 2013/2014, 2017/2018)League Cup: 3 (2013/14, 2015/16, 2017/18) Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion latest The Spaniard has won three Premier League titles in Manchester revealed Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions David Silva said he followed his heart when he signed for Manchester City in 2010 as they went the “extra mile” – a decision he says is the best he has made in his career.La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid were both keen on the Spanish playmaker, however Silva says the role of former City title-winning boss Roberto Mancini ultimately proved key. He added: “Pep Guardiola has put me in a position where my best qualities are most to the fore.“There are subtle differences when you’re playing centrally, but that’s definitely the best place for me because I always love to have the ball.“He’s not really asked anything different from me [since arriving in the summer of 2016].“You always have your struggles when there’s a new coach and it was no different with Pep.“A new coach brings a new philosophy, so there are new things to learn. Ultimately, everyone is responsible for getting the best from themselves.” Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3 SORRY scrap 3 LATEST Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos BEST OF last_img read more

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Willian gives strong answer when asked if Hazard is thinking of Madrid move

first_img 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea The 28-year-old has previously described the Spanish club as his “dream” move and labelled former France midfielder Zidane his “idol”.But Willian insists Belgium international Hazard is not allowing his mind to wander. The Brazilian said: “No doubt, he’s focussed here.“He’s never said something about Real Madrid or stuff like this. He just wants to continue to play for Chelsea.”Chelsea are currently in Ukraine preparing for the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie with Dynamo Kiev Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Zidane is back in the hot seat at Real Madrid for a second spell Eden Hazard is fully focussed on Chelsea and has not discussed a potential move to Real Madrid, according to team-mate Willian.Blues forward Hazard, whose contract expires in summer 2020, has been heavily linked with a move to Real following the reappointment of Zinedine Zidane as head coach. 2 REVEALED OFF targets JIBE REAL DEAL Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Willian and Hazard have been playing together since 2013 tense Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City punished Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT While Willian insists Hazard is not distracted, he refused to rule out a potential move for the former Lille man, who arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2012.“First of all, I hope he stays with us. But in football you never know what can happen,” said Willian, who helped the Blues build a 3-0 aggregate lead by scoring against Dynamo last week.“Of course, Eden is a fantastic player, one of the best players in the world. He’s my friend, one of the best players I’ve played with in my whole career.“I just have to say I hope he stays with us. That’s it.” Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST CHELSEA NEWS gameday cracker Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri said he was unconcerned by the speculation about Hazard and only wishes to retain players committed to the club.“At the moment, I didn’t speak with Eden about Zidane so I don’t know,” said the Italian.“I am not worried because you know very well my opinion – I want in my team only the players who want to play for Chelsea, so I cannot be worried.”last_img read more

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Areola stuns on debut with incredible one-handed catch as Real move top of LaLiga

first_imgAreola grabbing the ball last night night vs Osasuna#RealMadridOsasuna pic.twitter.com/DyUYvj695C— Passmasters (@MidfieldMasters) September 26, 2019Luka Jovic continues to wait for his first Real Madrid goal and was disappointed when a possible maiden strike was ruled out for offside after a VAR review.Zinedine Zidane fielded something of a second-string line-up with Real visiting Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano home in just two days, with Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard all on the bench.And while that quartet are all expected to return to the starting XI on Saturday evening, many fans suggested Areola deserves to keep his place in goal ahead of Courtois, who has struggled for form this season. for some reason with Areola, i havent been so nervous when the ball’s inside the box… with courtois i have to keep sweating all match https://t.co/39TXRgvP5d— Jenna (@JennaChami) September 25, 2019 Though he didn’t actually have to make a save, with Osasuna failing to record a single shot on target, Areola made a stunning one-handed catch that emulated some of the best catches in NFL history. Areola joined Real Madrid on loan from Paris Saint-Germain earlier this year Areola has absolutely no business putting in a better shift in 45 minutes than Courtois has done in all of his games, yet here he is catching balls with one hand and I’m totally here for it.— Xav Salazar (@XavsFutbol) September 25, 2019 Areola 1 match 1 cleansheetCourtois 40 matchs 0 cleansheetA vous !— SR4 Captain Courage (@SR4capitaine) September 25, 2019 Areola is sooooo much better than that clown courtois why cant we buy him— R (@GlRLYPlSCES) September 25, 2019center_img 1 AFP or licensors Real Madrid moved top of LaLiga with a 2-0 defeat of Osasuna at the Bernabeu which made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season.Brazilian youngsters Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo scored in either half to secure the win, with the latter marking his first appearance for the Spanish club with a debut goal.Alphonse Areola also made his Los Blancos debut with Thibaut Courtois rested ahead of Saturday evening’s Madrid derby, and he caught the eye with a commanding performance. Areola should be our first choice goalkeeper bruh no joke, At least for next 2-3 games. Courtois needs a wake up call— Nikhil (@iNikhil) September 26, 2019 I see Areola benching Courtois #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/lMo2D5rSvS— Man like Paschal (@DeLazyAtrtist) September 25, 2019last_img read more

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Guardiola insists he will not stand in Arteta’s way if Arsenal come calling

first_img update Getty Images – Getty latest LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has insisted he will not stand in Mikel Arteta’s way if Arsenal come calling.The former Gunners captain has served as Guardiola’s No.2 since he arrived in England and the pair have forged a close friendship at the Etihad. Arteta was on the verge of landing the Emirates hot seat before Unai Emery was appointed in summer 2018 and he is now in the frame again.Guardiola said: “I said many times with my players, staff, they’re free to do what they want to do.“With Mikel, it’s about being a friend, I want the best for him.“What I want is that we stay together this season and next season but I don’t know what’s best for him. on target Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta rookie error Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Arteta is once again on the radar to take over at Arsenal Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff LATEST “But on Saturday he travels to Newcastle.”Guardiola also said he had not spoken with Arteta about the Arsenal job.He said: “I often speak with Mikel but I don’t know his future plans. We want to protect him and hopefully he can stay with us.”Guardiola and Arteta have won back-to-back league titles together at City, but the champions currently find themselves nine points behind leaders Liverpool. PEP TALK statement 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti appointed stalemate Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship last_img read more

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Drug for pedophiles to be tested in Swedish trial

first_imgThe trial participants are recruited through Preventell, a Swedish “helpline for unwanted sexuality” run by the Centre for Andrology and Sexual Medicine at the Karolinska University Hospital. Since it was set up in 2012, the helpline has received about 1500 phone calls from men seeking such help, said the center’s director, Stefan Arver. This proves that “people with these thoughts really want help,” he said.The drug that the team will test is called Firmagon, also known as Degarelix in its injectable form. It belongs to a class called Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonists, meaning that the drug competes with the body’s natural GnRH and binds to its receptors in the brain, which ultimately blocks the production of testosterone in the testes. Currently, the drug—a form of “chemical castration”—is approved only to treat prostate cancer.Other types of medicines are already prescribed—and sometimes mandated by law—to treat sexual offenders, including other drugs that change testosterone levels and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a class of antidepressants. But some of these drugs are only effective after several months, and their use is “based on very weak evidence,” Niklas Långström, a psychiatric epidemiologist at KI, said at the press conference.This is in part because research in this area is rife with complex ethical issues. Doctors who discover that patients have committed a criminal offense, such as downloading child pornography, must often report them to the police, so “few people will come forward” to seek help, said forensic psychiatrist Donald Grubin from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. The use of placebos in randomized controlled trials, the gold standard in drug testing, raises questions as well. “Ethics committees don’t look kindly on giving sugar pills to potential offenders,” Grubin said.Swedish regulators did sign off on a controlled study, however; the KI team plans to give half of the participants a placebo, whereas the other half will receive the drug. To assess its effect, potentially “just 2 weeks after injection and lasting 3 months,” the team will use a series of existing tests to measure three parameters: high sexual arousal, self-regulation, and empathy. Testosterone is involved in regulating these three “most important risk factors for committing repeated sexual abuse,” Rahm said. The study will not measure possible long-term effects on actual criminal offending.Rahm says he opted for crowdfunding because public funding and a contribution from a private foundation fell short, while the team wanted to remain independent from the drug’s manufacturer, Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The funds collected will help pay for the drugs, the salary of a research nurse, and functional magnetic resonance imaging experiments.The trial is part of a broader project that will also search for genetic, neurological, and hormonal markers linked with a risk of acting on pedophilic impulses. Any markers the team may find would likely not be used to screen potential abusers, Rahm says, but rather to identify people most likely to respond well to treatment, or to confirm a psychiatric assessment.Most currently used testosterone regulators are GnRH agonists, which stimulate GnRH receptors rather than blocking them, causing an initial surge in testosterone production before lowering the hormone’s levels in the body. They are often used to treat prostate cancer in men or to suppress spontaneous ovulation in women undergoing fertility treatment. These drugs “take months to have any effect and the initial flare […] is not something you want in the acute phase”—the period when a person with pedophilic disorder is most at risk to act on his impulses, Rahm says. As a GnRH antagonist, Firmagon doesn’t have these downsides. Swedish researchers have started a clinical trial to assess whether a prostate cancer drug could help prevent pedophilic behavior—and they’re counting on online donations to help finish it.The team is reaching out to the public to collect £38,000 ($53,000) through a campaign launched today on Walacea, a U.K. crowdfunding website for scientific research. They hope to show that the drug, which lowers testosterone levels in the body, will reduce the pedophilic impulses that might cause people to abuse a child. So far, the researchers have recruited “four or five” participants, but they ultimately aim to enroll 60 men, the trial’s principal investigator, Christoffer Rahm, said at a press briefing to announce the campaign in London on Wednesday.The trial will not enroll sex offenders, said Rahm, a psychiatric researcher at the Karolinska Institute (KI) near Stockholm; on the contrary, the project “wants to shift the focus [to] preventing child sexual abuse from happening in the first place” by targeting men who have sought help to deal with their pedophilic impulses.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Discovery of recent Antarctic ice sheet collapse raises fears of a new global flood

first_img Some 125,000 years ago, during the last brief warm period between ice ages, Earth was awash. Temperatures during this time, called the Eemian, were barely higher than in today’s greenhouse-warmed world. Yet proxy records show sea levels were 6 to 9 meters higher than they are today, drowning huge swaths of what is now dry land.Scientists have now identified the source of all that water: a collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Glaciologists worry about the present-day stability of this formidable ice mass. Its base lies below sea level, at risk of being undermined by warming ocean waters, and glaciers fringing it are retreating fast. The discovery, teased out of a sediment core and reported last week at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Washington, D.C., validates those concerns, providing evidence that the ice sheet disappeared in the recent geological past under climate conditions similar to today’s. “We had an absence of evidence,” says Anders Carlson, a glacial geologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who led the work. “I think we have evidence of absence now.”If it holds up, the finding would confirm that “the West Antarctic Ice Sheet might not need a huge nudge to budge,” says Jeremy Shakun, a paleoclimatologist at Boston College. That, in turn, suggests “the big uptick in mass loss observed there in the past decade or two is perhaps the start of that process rather than a short-term blip.” If so, the world may need to prepare for sea level to rise farther and faster than expected: Once the ancient ice sheet collapse got going, some records suggest, ocean waters rose as fast as some 2.5 meters per century.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)As an analogy for the present, the Eemian, from 129,000 to 116,000 years ago, is “probably the best there is, but it’s not great,” says Jacqueline Austermann, a geophysicist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Global temperatures were some 2°C above preindustrial levels (compared with 1°C today). But the cause of the warming was not greenhouse gases, but slight changes in Earth’s orbit and spin axis, and Antarctica was probably cooler than today. What drove the sea level rise, recorded by fossil corals now marooned well above high tide, has been a mystery.Scientists once blamed the melting of Greenland’s ice sheet. But in 2011, Carlson and colleagues exonerated Greenland after identifying isotopic fingerprints of its bedrock in sediment from an ocean core drilled off its southern tip. The isotopes showed ice continued to grind away at the bedrock through the Eemian. If the Greenland Ice Sheet didn’t vanish and push up sea level, the vulnerable West Antarctic Ice Sheet was the obvious suspect. But the suspicion rested on little more than simple subtraction, Shakun says. “It’s not exactly the most compelling or satisfying argument.”Carlson and his team set out to apply their isotope technique to Antarctica. First, they drew on archived marine sediment cores drilled from along the edge of the western ice sheet. Studying 29 cores, they identified geochemical signatures for three different bedrock source regions: the mountainous Antarctic Peninsula; the Amundsen province, close to the Ross Sea; and the area in between, around the particularly vulnerable Pine Island Glacier.Armed with these fingerprints, Carlson’s team then analyzed marine sediments from a single archived core, drilled farther offshore in the Bellingshausen Sea, west of the Antarctic Peninsula. A stable current runs along the West Antarctic continental shelf, picking up ice-eroded silt along the way. The current dumps much of this silt near the core’s site, where it builds up fast and traps shelled microorganisms called foraminifera, which can be dated by comparing their oxygen isotope ratios to those in cores with known dates. Over a stretch of 10 meters, the core contained 140,000 years of built-up silt.For most of that period, the silt contained geochemical signatures from all three of the West Antarctic bedrock regions, the team reported, suggesting continuous ice-driven erosion. But in a section dated to the early Eemian, the fingerprints winked out: first from the Pine Island Glacier, then from the Amundsen province. That left only silt from the mountainous peninsula, where glaciers may have persisted. “We don’t see any sediments coming from the much larger West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which we’d interpret to mean that it was gone. It didn’t have that erosive power anymore,” Carlson says.He concedes that the dating of the core is not precise, which means the pause in erosion may not have taken place during the Eemian. It is also possible that the pause itself is illusory—that ocean currents temporarily shifted, sweeping silt to another site.More certainty is on the way. Next month, the International Ocean Discovery Program’s JOIDES Resolution research ship will begin a 3-month voyage to drill at least five marine cores off West Antarctica. “That’s going to be a great test,” Carlson says. Meanwhile, he hopes to get his own study published in time to be included in the next United Nations climate report. In the 2001 and 2007 reports, West Antarctic collapse was not even considered in estimates of future sea level; only in 2013 did authors start to talk about an Antarctic surprise, he says. Research is due by December 2019. “We gotta beat that deadline.” By Paul VoosenDec. 18, 2018 , 4:10 PM Discovery of recent Antarctic ice sheet collapse raises fears of a new global flood NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team/Flickr A 30-kilometer crack angles across the Pine Island Glacier, a vulnerable part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.last_img read more

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Vanishing Bering Sea ice threatens one of the richest U.S. seafood sources

first_img When ice failed to cover much of the eastern Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia in early 2018, oceanographer James Overland chalked it up to a freak chance. Then, it happened again this year, with late-winter sea ice falling to some of the lowest levels seen in at least 4 decades.Now, scientists are studying whether this is the meteorological equivalent of drawing the ace of spades twice in a row, or another sign of the systemic changes sweeping the Arctic as a result of climate change. “I’m not ruling out that we really have a new regime over the Bering Sea,” says Overland, who works at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) in Seattle, Washington.A lasting shift could dramatically transform a region with some of the nation’s most valuable fisheries and indigenous communities whose way of life relies on ice. Already scientists have documented changes in algae as well as zooplankton, fish, and seabird populations. 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But in the past two winters, ice cover bordering Alaska peaked at the lowest levels seen since routine satellite monitoring began in 1978. In 2018, the coverage was 50% of the average high. This year it was 65%.The decline came as a surprise. Some computer climate models had suggested the northern Bering Sea would remain covered in winter ice for decades to come. Instead, unexpected wind shifts and rising water temperatures could be accelerating ice loss. Historically, cold winter winds blowing from the north drove ice south from the sea’s northern reaches, says Phyllis Stabeno, a physical oceanographer at PMEL. But in each of the past four winters—and especially the past two—winter winds have instead blown from the south for a month or more, bringing warmer air and pushing against the ice, slowing it’s southward advance. “We’re beginning to scratch our head and say, ‘Is it random? … Or has something shifted?’” Stabeno says. Pacific Ocean 2017 Km St. Lawrence Island Receding freeze In winter 2018, ice cover in the Bering Sea reached its lowest extent since constant satellite monitoring began in 1978. 0 2003 Bering Sea 2018 By Warren CornwallMay. 15, 2019 , 3:45 PM (MAP) A. CUADRA/SCIENCE; (DATA) NATIONAL SNOW AND ICE DATA CENTER center_img 2012 Vanishing Bering Sea ice threatens one of the richest U.S. seafood sources 300 1989 RUSSIA Melting sea ice drifts in the Bering Sea off the coast of Russia in 2016. TIM PEAKE/ESA/NASA VIA GETTY IMAGES UNITED STATES Aleutian Islands One possibility is that a warming climate is changing the polar jet stream—the powerful river of air that flows around the Arctic from west to east—by making it more “wavy,” apt to meander north and south. A wavier jet stream has been blamed for shifts in the “polar vortex” that brings icy weather to the northeastern United States, and it might also favor warm, southerly winds over the Bering Sea, Overland says. But other scientists have argued the data don’t yet point to clear connections between climate change and the jet stream.The ice retreat could also reflect an unexpected warming of the Bering Sea, says Seth Danielson, an oceanographer at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks who tracks Bering Sea temperatures. In early 2018, temperatures in the northern Bering Sea were as much as 2°C higher than normal, and Danielson expects the data to show the warm trend continued this past winter. He suspects a troubling feedback: Low ice coverage in 2017 would have allowed open water to absorb more heat, paving the way for even more ice loss in later years. He estimates that every additional degree delays the start of ice formation by 3 weeks. “It doesn’t take too many degrees of warming to severely cut down the number of days of ice,” he says.Regardless of whether they prove lasting, the ice changes are already rippling through the ecosystem. Sea ice is home to the algae that underpin much of the food web in the northern Bering. The algae bloom in 2018 was small, as was the number of zooplankton feeding on it, according to NOAA. The small forage fish that feed on the zooplankton in the sea’s northern reaches were scarce as well, and people in the region reported an unusual die-off of common murres, a seabird that feeds on these fish.A massive “cold pool” of water in the central and northern Bering normally confines commercially valuable fish such as walleyed pollock and Pacific cod to the southern part of the sea. In 2018, the pool was the smallest ever seen, presumably because of the lack of winter ice. Research ships caught fewer fish than normal in the usual fishing grounds. With the cold pool virtually gone, it appears many of the fish had sped north.If such changes persist, they could scramble one the most lucrative U.S. fisheries. Boats in the southeastern Bering Sea haul up a cornucopia of seafood: king crab, halibut, turbot, and cod. The pollock fishery—the region’s largest—alone produced $1.3 billion worth of fish in 2017. If the fishery shifts north, existing fish-processing factories could be stranded too far from the fishing grounds to be economical, Foy notes.Native Alaskans living at the edges of the Bering Sea, meanwhile, already know what less ice can mean. Thick sea ice typically serves as a road to reach winter crabbing grounds and to hunt walrus and other marine mammals. But recent changes have made travel more treacherous and hunting more sporadic. Around Little Diomede Island, which sits in the Bering Strait, ice has formed later and less regularly in the past 6 years, says Opik Ahkinga, environmental coordinator for the native village of Diomede. In February 2018, fierce winds from the south pounded the island, something she hadn’t witnessed before. That year she made her first holes in the ice for crabbing in late March. But just 2 weeks later, the ice broke away, she wrote in an email. “Hearts were broken.”last_img read more

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 begins with conflicts, racism and dismal Indian batting

first_imgLess than 10 days into the grand event, it is being said that the 2003 cricket World Cup has already found its player of the tournament. Robert Mugabe. The controversial president of Zimbabwe and patron of its cricket board ruled the early stages of the Cup more than any pyjama-clad,Less than 10 days into the grand event, it is being said that the 2003 cricket World Cup has already found its player of the tournament. Robert Mugabe. The controversial president of Zimbabwe and patron of its cricket board ruled the early stages of the Cup more than any pyjama-clad superstar. Till now no World Cup has been so conflict-riddenThe ICC may have battened down the hatches against the tidal wave of ambush marketing but Mugabe’s politics ambushed attention and the eighth World Cup like no cheeky advertising campaign ever could.The Cup is churning – in chaos that never ends, every day bringing fresh controversy, every phone call a portent of fresh scandal, new disaster. The cricket is lost in space, far away somewhere. Instead of spotlighting genius, cricket’s World Cup has run straight into dictators, substance-abusers, political activists, suspected racists and a bunch of dithering Englishmen in Africa.No Cup has been so conflict-ridden. It is no wonder even the Christian Science magazine and the Jewish Chronicle have devoted pages to the Cup – after all every scourge of the modern world seems to be upon it. Shane Warne and his Chamber of SecretsROPE A DOPE: Warne’s explanation didn’t find too many sympathisers even in AustraliaWhen it comes to modern-day scourges, Warne has worked his way through them all, one at a time. Bookiegate, a scandal over a tawdry phone call, trying to conceal his failure in a very public anti-smoking campaign and the man responsible for international cricket’s first positive dope test. For one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the century, it was not a fall from grace but rather one of his regular visits to the halls of infamy. Cricket suspected more than just one man’s folly, specially as Australia are only one of three countries with drug codes in cricket and annoyingly self-righteous when it comes to the bad practice of others.CUP SIDELIGHTS HUNKOMANIA: A World Hunk XI picked by female readers of The Star included (in order) Wasim Akram, Stephen Fleming, Alok Kapali, Makhaya Ntini, Corey Collymore, Craig White, Zaheer Khan, Brett Lee, Dravid, Chris Cairns and Tendulkar.BAGGAGE MAN: The Indian team is accompanied by an entertaining baggage man, Achmat. The Indians were startled by his informality and irreverence, but were soon seen exchanging the traditional South African greeting of “Howz it, brother?”SPEED GUN: It’s official. The time available to batsmen to react to a ball being bowled at him by, say, Brett Lee (below) is 400 milliseconds. An Australian invention, Silicon Coach, that can measure any activity is currently being used at the “elite” level in Australia Tim Noakes, a member of the World Cup Appeals Committee on Drugs and professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town, asks, “Warne’s said on record that he has not taken a performance-enhancing substance.advertisementBut why then did he need to take a diuretic? If he was using it to get fitter and stronger and to recover from an injury then that’s clearly a violation and Australians must ask who prescribed it to him.” The possible explanations are two: that a diuretic was part of his medical requirements (not the case as it is a treatment for high blood pressure and Warne has not sought a medical exemption for that condition) or that any nutritional supplements he may have taken was contaminated by the diuretics that showed up in his test. Warne’s statement that he took a fluid tablet before his comeback game on January 23 has also been questioned. Writing in The Melbourne Age, Peter Brukner, associate professor at the Centre for Sports Medicine Research and Education at Melbourne University, said, “One would have thought that the last thing an athlete would want to do on a hot day is to dehydrate himself… it has been shown that dehydration leads to impaired performance.” Diuretics are on the IOC’s list of banned drugs because they can be used as weight-loss tablets that help boxers, rowers and weightlifters achieve required weight levels quickly and because they can act as masking agents for anabolic steroids, used to speed up an athlete’s recovery from injury. Warne, whose other newsworthy act in South Africa was to make an unsubtle beeline to chat up the statuesque woman who led the Australians out at the opening ceremony in front of 25,000 people, slipped again- except this time it showed.Nasser Hussain and the Philosophers’ StonesHIT WICKET: Hussain (right) with coach Duncan FletcherSticks and stones may have broken protesters’ bones in Mugabe’s Harare but thousands of words flying around England’s besieged cricket team and its refusal to play in Zimbabwe have hurt them too.Captain Nasser Hussain was caught between weeping young players and a cricket board that didn’t want to give up the cake, but couldn’t be bothered to make a trip to the bakers in a slightly rough neighbourhood with an armed escort. Public understanding turned against Hussain & Co once Henry Olonga and Andy Flower decided to wear black bands in Zimbabwe’s first match to mourn the “death of democracy”. Olonga, the first black man to represent Zimbabwe, and Flower, the most accomplished cricketer from his country, made a rare political gesture in cricket, one an ICC insider called “powerful and brave”. advertisementA notice put out by Mugabe’s Zanu PF partyNot the words being used to describe Englishmen. The England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) took its opportunism to the brink: it tried to get the ICC to cancel its opening match in Harare without making a formal declaration that it would not go, a legal ploy which sought to limit damage claims.South Africa’s board president Percy Sonn, a lawyer himself, thundered, “There has been a huge disrespect shown to our ability to host a tournament, despite the fact we have spent millions of rands on meeting their concerns.” Sonn declared that South Africa and Zimbabwe would stage a counter-boycott of their tours of England. It was an unsafe country where recently a stash of poisoned gas had been found, and where subway trains would regularly “crash into walls”. The ECB’s new chairman, David Morgan, didn’t meet with Sonn for days after he arrived and didn’t attend the opening ceremony in Cape Town despite the fact that he was invited and in town. MAIN MAN: The onus of preserving and destroying is back with TendulkarInstead England have been shown a documentary film about the humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe to help them make up their minds. England’s Plan B is to get the match moved or to share points should Zimbabwe refuse to play away from home.Should the ICC,which has played tough so far, concede points at this stage, there will be an uproar that will once again unite the African and Asian lobbies in world cricket because when Australia and the West Indies refused to visit Sri Lanka in 1996 due to security concerns, they readily forfeited points. To make an exception for England would lead to a long aftershock of chaos.Tendulkar and the Batting Order of the PhoenixHYPED REALITY The average runs scored by India’s much-vaunted batsmen in the 10 innings up to the Holland match.15.3-Tendulkar14.7-Ganguly33.5-Sehwag19.4-Dravid29.5-Yuvraj8.7-KaifIf there is chaos, can India be far behind? Like the legendary phoenix, the Indian batting order is rumoured to have the capacity to rise from the ashes.Now with only six wins in their last 15 matches (including the match against Holland), the ashes are threatening to go cold in South Africa with little chance of glorious resurrection. A Dutch team made up of special-education teachers, university students, lawyers, real-estate agents and cigar salesmen – including a player by the completely unreal name of Jan Feiko Kloppenburg – left cricket’s gazillionaires red-faced after their first game.advertisementThe Dutch may have been as keen to procure a signed Sachin Tendulkar shirt as they were to get his wicket but captain Roland Lefebvre was brassy enough to suggest that the world’s best batsman had “looked tame” in his first 50-plus score in eight innings. Tendulkar had an eerily quiet run-up to the Cup due to a combination of injury and unsettled form. The question of where he would bat is part of the Indian team’s official secrets act, the epicentre for a dozen conspiracy theories.When Tendulkar walked out to open against Holland – a turnaround choice made by Sourav Ganguly – the dam burst: the maestro was at the top of the order to stop the growing growl in the media about how his genius was wasted down in the middle or perhaps it was a gesture to placate a disgruntled superstar pushed off the centrestage by that audacious arriviste Virender Sehwag. A member of the Indian touring party said, “If we want to win this World Cup, we need Sachin to have a good tournament. We need him to be where he is most comfortable, and there we need him to play like the best batsman in the world.” Tendulkar will open in more innings than was previously expected in the group stage.The onus of stepping up to the plate – not merely with the slash-and-burn tactics of lesser mortals like Sehwag but with the composite gifts of creator, preserver and destroyer – is back on Tendulkar again. The World Cup has begun but the players have yet to take centrestage for their deeds on the field. As the campaigns around South Africa 2003 have kept repeating – it’s time.last_img read more

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Watch : Pedro’s incredible backflick goal for Chelsea against RB Salzburg

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementChelsea are looking good in the preseason matches. Frank Lampard’s side are showing fluidity in attack. However, there are still some lapses in the defensive unit of the Blues. The Blues scored 5 goals in the match against RB Salzburg and the fourth one scored by Pedro was sensational.Ross Barkley provided a beautiful cross towards Pedro. Pedro backlicked the ball towards goal. After the wonder goal the comparisons had been started with the wonder backflick goals scored by Olivier Giroud and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Christian Pulisic opened the scoresheet for the Blues in this match at the 20th minute. He earned a penalty few minutes later and Ross Barkley scored from the spot. Christian Pulisic again scored for the Blues at the 28th minute of the match. Pedro scored the fourth goal at the 57th minute of the match.Michy Batshuayi scored the fifth goal at the 88th minute of the match. RB Salzburg pulled three goals back and that would be a concern of Frank Lampard. The defensive unit of the Blues are leaking goals in this preseason and that is not a good sign. Otherwise, the attacking half of the team is looking stable in the new 4-2-3-1 formation of Frank Lampard.last_img read more

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