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Twilight Of Empire

first_imgIn his latest book, The Post-American World, Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria, lays out the contours of the ascending new global order in which the United States will lose its unchallenged supremacy.Zakaria makes the case that the “rise of the rest,” notably China, India Brazil, Russia, as well as others, is the “great story of our time,” one that will reshape the world as we know it.It so happens that this challenge to U.S. global hegemony comes at a time when the country is already struggling on both the military and economic fronts. The Bush administration’s Iraq misadventure (as well as growing belligerence on Iran), combined with its gross mismanagement of the U.S. economy, serve only to hasten the American decline and box in its options in the emerging new world.  The coming decade will mark the inflexion point and how the United States navigates the transition, not so much Iraq, Iran and the Middle East, or even the U.S. oil and mortgage crises, will be the central focus of the next president. The speed with which that other superpower, the Soviet Union, was devoured in 1991, ought to be a cautionary tale for Americans. The Republican presidential candidate John McCain clearly does not grasp these sea changes and under his watch, the Iraq war may well prove to be the swan song of “shock and awe” of American military prowess.It is not the instruments of destruction, but illusion and fear that are the strongest arrow in the quiver of power. It is ironic that just as its failure in Afghanistan lifted the iron curtain and exposed the brittleness of the mighty Soviet Union, Bush’s, and now McCain’s war mongering bluster and hubris over Iraq and Iran, are laying bare the chinks in America’s armor.The vision of American Empire, albeit with a generous and benevolent face, which Bush articulated and sought to shape with this country’s military might has already evaporated. The current wars may well prove to be the last preemptive interventions of any superpower in world affairs.While terror and violence will not go away any time soon, a new world order with diverse power structures is an optimistic development, which will hopefully prod countries to direct their energies on social and economic development instead of pursuing instruments of violence.Barack Obama seems both intellectually and temperamentally better suited to steer America through the thicket of these rapid transformations, even though the forces of history, rather than individuals, will shape the final outcome. It remains an open question whether Americans, beset with economic anxieties and spooked by Bush about terrorism, will embrace history or resist it.The presidential campaign ought to be about substantial issues of survival and mutual coexistence, instead of about middle names, preachers, inconsequential flaps and other hype. We can indulge in these old sports, but when we emerge from the spectacle, we will have been transported to a new dawn.Zakaria opens his book with the declaration: “This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.”Unless Americans pay heed, that may not be how we close the next decade.   Related Itemslast_img read more

The rush after Russia – Premier League clubs struggle with new transfer deadline

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest There are only three weeks until the Premier League transfer window closes, the day before the new season begins and 22 days before top-flight clubs in France, Germany and Spain are obliged to put their own chequebooks away. The early deadline, agreed last September, represents a massive change to the rhythm of Premier League summers; last year clubs in the English top flight completed more deals in the 24 hours of transfer deadline day (17) than they did in the last two weeks of July (16). This summer all that activity and a great deal more will have to be compressed, like clowns in a mini, into an uncomfortably small space. Premier League The great danger for English clubs is that they fail to sell unwanted players before the window closes but are nevertheless forced to complete deals for their replacements. This would leave them in an abysmal negotiating position as they then seek to rid themselves of the sidelined squad members. Clubs from elsewhere in Europe will, by August, be emboldened to submit cut-price offers to now-desperate employers. Indeed, one of the reasons for the slow pace of this window may be that clubs likely to profit in this scenario are tactically delaying their bids while they wait for prices to crash in a few weeks’ time. “It’s a good idea to close the window before the season starts but only if every country does it on the same day,” one Premier League director of recruitment says. “What we’ve done has given all the other clubs an advantage.”Over the next two months much will be discovered about the effects of the new system and the best tactics to exploit it. “People will learn,” says Angel. “Next year there won’t be a World Cup and people will realise that this is too short a period. It’s a learning curve. I don’t think people have really thought about it. But they’ll see the difficulties they encounter this year and they’ll probably look to do things a bit differently. I think next year will be very different.” Read more Read more Share on Messenger Liverpool sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson for world-record £66.9m fee Share on LinkedIn Despite that, clubs have been slow to adapt to their new system. Fewer deals have been completed this summer than in the same period last year, with Premier League clubs unfamiliar with their newly constricted calendar and constrained to an extent by the World Cup yet to change their ways. With time running out the industry is braced for a three-week spree of unprecedented proportions as officials suddenly find themselves in a rush, rather than in Russia.“It’ll be like January, where everything happens in the last 10 days,” says Leon Angel, chairman of Base Soccer, whose clients include Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Ashley Young. “The activity in the market has been very slow recently, which I think is because of the World Cup. That’s quite normal. But I think the clubs haven’t got to grips with the fact that they’ve got only three weeks left.”When Liverpool signed Fabinho from Monaco on 28 May and over the following few weeks Manchester United agreed deals for Fred and Diogo Dalot while Arsenal brought in Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus and Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, it seemed clubs were determined to complete their transfer business early. But that momentum has stalled: Burnley, Everton and Tottenham are yet to sign anyone while Bournemouth, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Manchester City have brought in one player each.“Some deals are always done by early June and that happened this year in the same way as previous years,” says Angel. “For example Manchester United signed Fred, which was all tied up before the World Cup started. But the last few weeks have been particularly quiet, I would say. Premier League clubs are used to coming back for pre-season at the start of July, not having to think too much about transfers for a few weeks, and then doing their business in August. However, we have certainly seen an upturn in activity that would not normally occur in the first couple of weeks of July.” Transfer windowcenter_img European club football Premier League clubs voted by a margin of 14 to five, with one abstention, to bring forward their incoming transfer deadline. Italy’s Serie A will experiment with a similar rule, though given their season starts later they will be able to sign players until 17 August. Teams will still be able to sell players abroad, with clubs in most European leagues open for business until 31 August and a few – those in Portugal, for instance – unshackled until mid-September.The decision was intended to reduce the uncertainty that can undermine players hoping still to complete moves after the season starts, with the decision taken while memories were fresh of the 2017-18 campaign’s troubled opening exchanges. Last August found several high-profile players caught in an awkward twilight zone: Virgil van Dijk was out of the Southampton team amid rumours of a move to Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho was agitating for a move to Barcelona – both transfers were eventually finalised in January – while Gylfi Sigurdsson was absent from the Swansea team in advance of his switch to Everton. Meanwhile Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played for Arsenal in a 4-0 defeat by Liverpool on 27 August, four days before he pulled on a Liverpool shirt himself after moving to Anfield. This year players should not be troubled by such conflicts. Share on Facebook The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share via Email Share on Twitter Topics World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries review the tournament features Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Incat Crowther Opens New Office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

first_imgzoom Incat Crowther announced the opening of an office in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.The office has been created to meet the growing demand for Incat Crowther’s products and services in South America and puts Incat Crowther at the centre of the South American Offshore Oilfield industry.The Incat Crowther Group has experienced significant international growth. This is a result of a track record of diverse vessel designs and unique consulting services. The office in Brazil is a reflection of this growth and will initially target specialised high speed aluminium ships for the local offshore support market. These include Fast Supply Vessels, High Speed Crew Vessels, Offshore Support Vessels, Dive Support Vessels, Oil Recovery Vessels and Patrol Vessels.The Brazilian office is the point of contact for Incat Crowther’s local clients and will provide support during the development stage as well as the construction stages of the vessels.As Incat Crowther has grown, it has developed robust business systems resulting in ISO9001 certification in 2012. The Brazilian office capitalises on the capability and expertise of the Incat Crowther Group, by using well established cloud-based systems and procedures to deliver services locally with the quality and customer service core to the Incat Crowther culture. Incat Crowther understands the increasing demands of targeted vessels in the region and the short time frames in which accurate engineering solutions need to be presented.Raoni França, General Manager, Incat Crowther Brazil says “Incat Crowther’s presence in Brazil is crucial to our commitment to providing high quality, responsive services to our Brazilian clients”.The Brazilian office is already involved in several large projects. These include three 42.5m DSVs for Sistac Marine, twelve 48m UT4000 crew boats under construction at ETP Engenharia, and a three classes of crew boat at Arpoador with the first 45m P3 crew boat (BS Maresias) recently successfully delivered. Incat Crowther will make further announcements about new projects in South America in the near future. Incatcrowther, November 22, 2013 My location Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

A snapshot of Trumps first 100 days summarized in numbers

first_imgWASHINGTON – In his first 100 days in office, President Donald Trump has produced hundreds of tweets, fired scores of rockets at Syria, signed dozens of executive orders, made one big move on the Supreme Court and signed no major legislation.He’s grumbled about the pointlessness of judging presidents by a 100-day standard: “It’s an artificial barrier. It’s not very meaningful.” Yet some of his predecessors have achieved great successes early on, at the peak of their honeymoon-hued political power.Here are Trump’s first 100 days — in numbers:—10: The number of major bills he said he hoped to introduce and pass in his 100-day campaign promise. They included health reform, tax relief and child care.—0: Major bills he’s signed. Trump now suggests that 100-day pledge, titled, “Donald J. Trump Contract With The American Voter,” wasn’t really his idea: “Yeah, somebody put out the concept of a 100-day plan,” he told the Associated Press.—29: Number of bills he’s actually signed — which is high. It’s more than any predecessor since the Second World War. Most are housekeeping items. Some revoke regulations imposed by Barack Obama. One involves public-private partnerships on weather forecasting. Others rename federal buildings, like the new Faleomavaega Eni Fa’aua’a Hunkin veterans’ building in American Samoa.—31: Executive orders signed so far. Also historically high. Trump ordered construction of the Keystone XL pipeline; eliminated funding for aid groups involved in abortions; asked his departments to cut two regulations for every new one; ordered studies on trade abuses by other countries; and imposed his famous travel ban on certain Middle Eastern countries. Many of these are works in progress. Politico’s site put it less charitably, in a story headlined: “Trump’s Executive Orders Are Mostly Theater.” The trade studies have yet to bear fruit, the hard work on deregulation hasn’t happened, the travel order is stalled in court. Also, executive orders have big limits. They can’t contradict a law passed by Congress, and can be easily overturned by the next president.—1: Supreme Court justice named. This could have long-term consequences. Trump saved the conservative balance of the high court, replacing the late Antonin Scalia with Neil Gorsuch. It might have another major consequence: a fight over Gorsuch led Republicans to water down the Senate’s filibuster rule, bringing the chamber one step closer to eliminating its 60-vote requirement for bills to pass.—18: Things he said he’d do on his very first day in office. He’s done about half. Promises he’s kept: withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and replacing Scalia. Some, he’s broken or ignored: labelling China a currency manipulator, seeking limits on congressional terms.—3: Senior White House staff who were fired or resigned. Michael Flynn was fired as national security adviser for lying about communications with Russia. For weeks thereafter, the White House defended him; it’s stopped defending him amid news he failed to file legal paperwork disclosing income he received as a foreign agent. Boris Epshteyn quit a communications post; the White House wouldn’t say why. Deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh left to start a super PAC.—59: Tomahawk cruise missiles fired at a Syrian airfield. This came as a shock. Trump campaigned as a non-interventionist and was indifferent on Bashar Assad. The big questions now: Was this a one-off, or will Trump insist on regime change? Will he keep using the U.S. military for humanitarian strikes? Then there’s the uncertainty involving North Korea. Trump has warned of possible confrontation and said he’d sent an aircraft carrier there. It was actually going somewhere else.—507: The number of tweets from the president since Inauguration Day, on his personal Twitter account. He’s tweeted 33 times about the news media, three times about Justin Trudeau, five times about Canada. Almost all the Canadian references were positive. The one exception came last week: “Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!”—46,000,000: The times Trump’s tweets were liked. He does his most prolific tweeting in the morning. More than 200 messages have come in the window between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. His most active tweeting day is Wednesday. The longer-term pattern is stable: he tweeted 147 times in February, 143 times in March, 138 times in April, through Friday afternoon.—84: Percentage of unfilled political positions, where Trump hasn’t named anyone. According to a database compiled by the Washington Post, Trump has only named 16 per cent of the 556 political staff requiring Senate confirmation. This could prove difficult in some places — including one issue dear to Canada. Trump wants to quickly renegotiate NAFTA, but his trade czar’s office lacks multiple layers of management.—43.1: Trump’s approval rating, in an average of polls by RealClearPolitics. It’s the worst score of any new president in the history of polling, according to Gallup. There are bright spots for Trump. The second-worst score belonged to Bill Clinton; he left office extremely popular. The other silver lining: almost everyone who voted for Trump still backs him, according to surveys.—15: Major bills signed in 100 days by Franklin Roosevelt — whose frenzy of early activity produced the myth of 100 days. FDR created massive social-safety net and public-works programs to combat the Great Depression. He also legalized regular beer sales. But his biggest achievement came two years later: old-age pensions. And that’s important to remember.Most presidents achieved some success in their first 100 days — but their legacy came later. Obama is a good example. Upon taking office, he signed a massive, $787 billion stimulus bill that invested in roads, education and renewable energy. But his signature item, health reform, came more than a year later.“Most presidential historians would say the first 100 days is not an indicator in any way of the success or failure of an administration. It takes a lot longer time,” said Terry Madonna, a professor of presidential history and Pennsylvania pollster.“There’s a lot of pressure put in the first 100 days. Even Trump — he touted the first 100 days, and what he would do. Now . . . he’s playing down the notion.”Madonna says a better barometer is the first midterm election, meaning: let’s check back around November 2018.last_img read more

Low profile for Canada on Tiananmen anniversary amid Kovrig Spavor jailings

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked Tuesday’s 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre by saying he has real concerns about China’s human-rights record, including the repression of an estimated one million ethnic Uighurs.Trudeau offered that statement when questioned by a journalist about the anniversary during an event in Vancouver, but his government had yet to speak proactively about it.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the European Union’s Federica Mogherini urged China to address its decision to kill hundreds, perhaps thousands, of pro-democracy student protesters in 1989.That followed a statement in the Senate on Monday by Liberal Sen. Jim Munson, who covered the massacre in Beijing as a CTV television journalist, in which he criticized the Chinese communist government for erasing all traces of the event from its history. Canada-China relations are at an all-time low following the arrests of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and Ottawa’s calls for their release have prompted angry dismissals and admonishments from Beijing.The pair continues to languish in Chinese custody, on allegations of espionage, in what is widely viewed as retribution for Canada’s arrest last December of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wangzhou on an extradition request by the U.S.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Annan names Belgian UN official as new chief of protocol

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Alice Hecht of Belgium, the former head of the Division of Administration of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), as his new Chief of Protocol.She succeeds Aminata Djermakoye of Niger, who will return to the UN’s European headquarters in Geneva.Ms. Hecht joined the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in 1974, handling projects related to demographic and socio-economic trends in Africa.Subsequently, her positions included Chief Administrative Officer of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), charged with eliminating Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and of its predecessor organization, the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM).Mr. Annan’s spokesman praised the outgoing chief for her “very able and dedicated work.” He said she “performed her duties and responsibilities with poise, grace and elegance, combined with a strong commitment to excellence.” read more

Andrea Kacsits netting success on off court for Buckeye volleyball

Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits (4) scans the court during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerAndrea Kacsits has a future in volleyball, but it may have nothing to do with her standout play on the court.Kacsits, a sophomore middle blocker for the No. 24 Ohio State women’s volleyball team, has already started 48 matches for the Buckeyes, including each of OSU’s 20 games this season. She is one of five Buckeyes to record triple-digit kills in 2013 with 113.Senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo said Kacsits is a unique player.“She’s one of the hardest working teammates I’ve ever played with,” Mandolfo said. “And the most passionate about everything and what she does.”Mandolfo called Kacsits a “powerful leader” on the team.Coach Geoff Carlston said Kacsits is important to the team, on and off the court.“She’s a great person for our team and our university as a whole and she’s hard working,” he said. “She brings a lot of positivity to our program when it comes to the outside community.”That hard work and positivity has paid off for Kacsits, as she is starting to get some recognition for her work outside of the university as well.The Rockford, Mich., native began an internship at Sports Imports over the summer, and has thrived in her new role.Sports Imports is a sports equipment company specializing in volleyball net systems. Kacsits’ job is to design the top net tape and poll pads for teams ranging from middle school to the collegiate level.“When you order a top net tape for your net, or you can order pads for the polls, I make those for different colleges, middle schools, high schools (and) sports clubs,” she said.Kacsits, a communication major at OSU, said teams send in order forms with specific details and she mocks up a design and sends them back to her internship leader. The internship leader then sends the examples back to the coach, who can decide whether or not to go forward with the design.When the Buckeyes travel to Madison, Wis., Nov. 17, Kacsits and the Buckeyes might get a chance to see her designs in person.“I did Wisconsin actually,” she said. “So when we go to Wisconsin, if they bought them, I’ll see my pads.”Sports imports marketing director Meghan Simons, who played for Carlston when he coached at Ohio University, said Kacsits designed the pads for the Side-Out Foundation’s Dig Pink fundraiser and helped design the pads for this year’s NCAA Tournament.Outside hitter Katie Mitchell, the only other sophomore on the team, said she has her own ideas for what should happen if the Buckeyes make a run in the tournament.“It would be awesome and I think we should probably politely ask to take (the pads) home afterwards,” Mitchell said. “Having a teammate with that kind of talent and ability is pretty neat.”While she has since found success, Kacsits wasn’t always on track to pursuing design.“I started my freshman year in health sciences and I hated it, just, so much,” Kacsits said.She added that she had done graphic designs for her high school teams and had always enjoyed it. After a conversation with her mother, Kacsits decided she should get back into design.At that point, she went to Carlston to tell him her plans, and he put her in contact with Simons.“(Carlston) gave me (Simons’) number and she needed an intern for the summer,” Kacsits said. “She liked my work and we just vibed really well so I got this opportunity.”Kacsits said her internship is a huge opportunity, especially since she had no job experience going in.Carlston said it is clear that Kacsits is enjoying herself, but also working hard.“Andrea is so excited about it, and she’s getting a lot out of it and learning a ton every single day,” Carlston said.If the Buckeyes want any chance to see designs created by one of their own at the NCAA Tournament, they will first have to fight their way through the rest Big Ten season.OSU is scheduled to host No. 13 Nebraska Friday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena after coming off three games on the road. read more

George Michaels former partner flushed his drugs down toilet

first_imgHe said: “Of course I wish we’d never split up. But things would have had to change or we would both be dead.”I wish we’d both been able to clean up.”I started to have a drink problem at about 50. I couldn’t sleep, I drank to sleep, that’s when it all started. It fell apart.””George would text saying he wished we were together still — like in the beginning.”Our psychiatrist encouraged us to stay together even though it was a dysfunctional relationship.”I asked him if I should leave George and he looked me in the eye and said, ‘I think you are the only reason George stays alive’.”He added: “There was never a day I didn’t worry about him. Right until the end, I still loved him.” In 2008 he was cautioned for possession of class A drugs, which included crack cocaine, and class C drugs and in September 2010 he received an eight-week prison sentence and a five-year driving ban after he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drugs and possessing cannabis.Goss, 58, said Michael’s drug use and his own drinking led to arguments between the pair, telling the paper: “When I confronted him, he never denied it, never apologised. He was hard on me about drinking, because I developed a problem.”He added he believes if the pair had stayed together they could now both be dead. George Michael (L) smiles with his partner Kenny GossCredit:AFP/Getty Images In an interview to raise awareness about the pair’s charitable Goss-Michael Foundation, Goss told The Sun on Sunday: “I would find drugs and flush everything down the toilet, thinking, ‘If I just get rid of it he won’t get more’. He was absent-minded, so would just think he’d lost them.”He added: “I don’t think George necessarily thought he’d die young, but every time I looked into his eyes I thought, ‘My God I’m losing you, what is going on’.”Goss said when they first met, Michael only smoked a small amount of marijuana adding: “That was a gateway drug to the others. But it escalated. At one point he was smoking 25 joints a day. George Michael’s former partner Kenny Goss has claimed he used to flush the singer’s drugs down the toilet to try to end his addiction.Michael, who was found dead on Christmas Day at the age of 53, was killed by heart disease and a build-up of fat in his liver, which can be linked to drug and alcohol abuse.Goss, who was in a relationship with the Wham! star for 15 years, said he would get rid of the drugs he found around the house but watched the singer decline in front of him. George Michael (L) smiles with his partner Kenny Goss 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. The following May he pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs and was banned from driving for two years. “I saw him smoke weed all the time but never hardcore drugs. I heavily disapproved so he wouldn’t be around me in that state.”He shielded me and his family. He had another group of friends he’d do that with.”Michael’s battle with substances was well documented and in October 2006 he was found slumped over the wheel of his car.last_img read more

Homeless man drugging dogs in park to sell them on police warn

She tweeted a warning to London dog walkers, writing: “I have been given info re: a homeless man in the park stealing dogs, he is being paid £200-300 per dog…. Pc Sharon Page said she and her colleagues were in the process of investigating the reported thefts in the park, adding that small dogs were particularly at risk. However, wealthy residents using Green Park to walk their dogs have been told by police to be on the look-out for a thief, who reportedly drugs pedigree pets and hides them under his coat in order to sell them on. In one of London’s most prestigious parks, streets away from the hustle and bustle of Mayfair, it would be impossible to think that a notorious dognapper was at large. 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. read more

Hollande I have ended my partnership with Valerie Trierweiler

first_imgFRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS Hollande has split with his longstanding partner Valerie Trierweiler after his affair with an actress nearly 20 years his junior.The announcement came after rumours in the French media that Hollande would formally announce the rupture today, on the eve of a planned visit by Trierweiler to India for charity work.Saying he was speaking as a private individual, Hollande announced:“I wish to make it known that I have ended my partnership with Valerie Trierweiler.”Trierweiler, 48, remains holed up in a presidential residence in Versailles outside Paris after leaving hospital last Saturday, where she was treated for a bout of “tiredness” brought on by press revelations of Hollande’s affair with actress Julie Gayet, 41.Trierweiler is due to fly to Mumbai tomorrow for a charity trip organised by French relief organisation Action Against Hunger, in what will be her first public appearance since the scandal broke.Hollande, 59, announced his separation from Segolene Royal, a senior member of his Socialist party and a presidential candidate in 2007, just after she lost the election to Nicolas Sarkozy.Trierweiler is not married to Hollande but assumed the role of First Lady at official functions after Hollande’s election in 2012.- © AFP, 2014Read: Blast at church in Rome ahead of Francois Hollande visitRead: French actress sues Closer magazine over reported affair with Hollandelast_img read more

They Swim Among Us Are Octopuses Actually Extraterrestrials

first_img Anything with eight arms, three hearts, camouflaging skin, and seemingly vast intelligence has to be alien, right?So says a team of 33 international scientists, who recently published a paper suggesting octopuses may actually be extraterrestrials.Published in the March issue of the journal Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, the controversial (and probably false) conclusion states that the awesome animal either borrowed its genes from afar “future,” or “more realistically” hails from the cosmos.The octopus is traditionally believed to have evolved some 300 to 500 million years ago from the primitive nautiloids—now considered its distant cousin. So why is the soft-bodied cephalopod so different from its hard-shelled progenitors?That’s what molecular immunologist Edward Steele, astrobiologist Chandra Wickramasinghe, and 31 other researchers wondered.“The genetic divergence of octopus from its ancestral coleoid sub-class is very great,” according to the paper. “Its large brain and sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies, instantaneous camouflage via the ability to switch color and shape are just a few of the striking features that appear suddenly on the evolutionary scene.”Transformative genes leading from the original nautilus down the line—to cuttlefish to squid to octopus—are not easily found in any pre-existing life form, the authors argued.Fair enough; that seems like a legitimate case for study.But the idea that octopuses arrived on Earth in “an already coherent group of functioning genes” within cryopreserved fertilized eggs, which “arrived in icy bodies several hundred million years ago” is a much harder pill to swallow.These scientists are not the first to consider such outlandish theories: Hawaiian mythology considers the octopus the only living holdover from our world’s previous incarnations.In the 2016 book Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness, author Peter Godfrey-Smith decries that the mollusk “is probably the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien.”But while most people still believe octopuses are a product of simple marine evolution, this paper is worthy of review—even with wary eyes.“So this article is useful, calling for attention, and it is worth thinking about,” virologist Karin Moelling of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics wrote in a commentary on the study, as reported by Quartz. “Yet the main statement about viruses, microbes, and even animals coming to us from space cannot be taken seriously.”Nonetheless, the paper survived a year of intense peer review, as Steele told Cosmos: “It has thus passed some severe and torturous tests already,” he said.I’m sure lines like this didn’t help the process along:“Given that the complex sets of new genes in the octopus may have not come solely from horizontal gene transfers or simple random mutations of existing genes or by simple duplicative expansions, it is then logical to surmise, given our current knowledge of the biology of comets and their debris, the new genes and their viral drivers most likely came from space.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Watch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’Watch: Stunning, Rainbow-Colored Blanket Octopus Caught on Camera Stay on targetlast_img read more

Kickstart a Career in Data Science with This Extensive Excel Training

first_img If you’ve worked in an office at any point over the past thirty years, you’ve doubtlessly dabbled with Microsoft Excel—that number-crunching powerhouse that acts as the lifeblood of companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 conglomerates.But you’ve also likely only scratched the surface of what this incredibly powerful and versatile program can do, and if you want to succeed in an increasingly data-driving world, you need to know how to do more than simply craft spreadsheets and simple charts.The Excel Data Analyst Certification School will teach you how to become a full-fledged data pro with Excel, and a lifetime membership is available for over 95% off at just $49.Led by industry experts, this extensive training will help you earn a wide range of analytical positions by showing you how to use Excel’s most powerful elements and tools.You’ll have unlimited access to sixty modules of content on your computer or smartphone, online assessments that you can use to refine your skills, and there are a series of courses that show you how to do everything from produce data visualizations to complex business intel reports.You’ll even be able to validate your training with a CPD-certified diploma when you’ve finished your training.Harness the true power of Excel with a lifetime membership to the Excel Data Analyst Certification School for just $49—over 95% off its usual price. Excel Data Analyst Certification School: Lifetime Membership – $49See Deal This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Lovren likely to miss Bayern Munichs clash

first_imgJurgen Klopp admits Dejan Lovren is still battling with injury problems and remains a doubt for Bayern Munich after missing Liverpool’s mid-season training camp.Klopp’s men are currently second in the Premier League on goal difference with a game in hand over Manchester City.With the Reds out of the FA Cup, the club headed to Marbella to make the most of a free weekend. But travelled without Lovren as he remains out, having suffered a hamstring blow against Wolves in early January.The Croatia defender had initially been named in Liverpool’s group, yet Klopp confirmed on Tuesday that his rehabilitation would instead continue back on Merseyside.Considering the fact that Virgil van Dijk is suspended and Joe Gomez is still out injured leaves the Reds with Joel Matip as the only fit centre-back to face Bayern in the Champions League last-16 first leg on February 19.Klopp told Liverpool’s official website of Lovren’s absence: “Dejan is not here and Joe [Gomez] is not here.“That’s never a good sign, I would say, but we will try everything to make Dejan available for Munich. It will be a tight race.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).Robbo trying to get in on the Salah/Lovren bromance 🔴— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) February 12, 2019“For him, it makes sense in the moment to be in another place to do what he has to do. It wouldn’t have helped if he was here, so we will try everything – that’s clear.”Other players who missed out from the training session on Tuesday include James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho but Klopp insisted this was purely due to precautionary measures.“None of them are serious, all will be fine,” he said.last_img read more

Osaka boosts IR hopes after winning bid to host World Expo 2025

first_img Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Load More Osaka’s bid to win one of the three Japanese casino licenses to be issued by next year were handed a huge boost on Friday with the city selected to host the 2025 World Expo at a Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) ballot in Paris.The southwestern port city will now host the event from 3 May to 3 November 2025, with around 28 million visitors expected to attend – boosting the economy by around US$18 billion. It also adds even greater strength to Osaka’s IR bid. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts Already considered a leading candidate to be granted a casino license, it is hoped that the city’s IR consortium partner would help cover some of the costs of construction on the Yumeshima Island site where both the expo and the IR would be located. It has also been suggested that the chosen consortium would pay for an extension to Osaka’s metro train line to the island.In a recent note, brokerage Nomura said, “A win for both the World Expo bid and the casino license would be expected to boost investment returns and have a positive impact on Osaka’s economy.“This would likely stimulate redevelopment around Yumeshima and benefit companies with real estate in the area and Osaka-based construction companies. We also believe that drawing more foreign visitors to the area would increase the stability and growth prospects for the many hotels already being developed in the area.”Osaka’s World Expo bid was based around the theme “Designing Future Society for our Lives” with the aim of boosting global efforts towards sustainability.The Japanese city beat out competing bids from Ekaterinburg in Russia and the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.last_img read more

Sustainable fisheries

first_imgCommercial fishermen delivering chum salmon in Kotzebue. Photo: Hilary Upicksoun.What does it take to be a sustainable fishery? One that provide healthy food and healthy oceans? A new Frontline Documentary entitled the Fish on my Plate by bestselling author Paul Greenberg tackles that question. Greenberg visited Alaska and traveled the world’s oceans and fish farms to find out, eating only seafood for a full year.Listen NowHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Paul Greenberg – NYT bestselling author: Four Fish,  American CatchStatewide callers Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

BSE closes points 40907 up on Jan 13

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 409.07 points up to stand at 21,167.56. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 101.30 points up to stand at 6,272.75.Apollo Tyres and Financial Technologies (India) Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 5.19% and 4.98% along with Bharat Forge and TCS with an increase of 4.28% and 4.26% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Exide Industries and Ranbaxy Lab with a decrease of 6.02% and 5.55% along with JP Power and Unitech with a decrease of 3.34% and 2.82% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 74.81points at 12,031.12 while the banking sector is up 306.24 points at 12,645.04 and the realty sector is up 11.87 points at 1,360.13.The Indian currency is up 0.65% at Rs 61.50 per dollar. read more

US judge criticises plan to reunify children with parents

first_imgIn this 28 June file photo, protesters chant `Families belong together!` as they walk to the front doors of the federal courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, to bring attention to the US immigration policy. Photo: APA federal judge, responding to a plan to reunify children separated at the border, said he was having second thoughts about his belief that the Trump administration was acting in good faith to comply with his orders.The Justice Department on Friday filed a plan to reunify more than 2,500 children age 5 and older by a court-imposed deadline of 26 July using “truncated” procedures to verify parentage and perform background checks, which exclude DNA testing and other steps it took to reunify children under 5.The administration said the abbreviated vetting puts children at significant safety risk but is needed to meet the deadline.Chris Meekins, deputy assistant Health and Human Services secretary for preparedness and response, filed a declaration that he is fully committed to meeting the deadline. However, he does not believe “the placing of children into such situations is consistent with the mission of HHS or my core values.”US District Judge Dana Sabraw took umbrage at Meekins’ statement, disputing the official’s interpretation of his orders and saying that safe reunification could and will occur by 26 July.”It is clear from Meekins’s declaration that HHS either does not understand the court’s orders or is acting in defiance of them,” the judge wrote late Friday. “At a minimum, it appears he is attempting to provide cover to defendants for their own conduct in the practice of family separation, and the lack of foresight and infrastructure necessary to remedy the harms caused by that practice.”Sabraw, an appointee of President George W Bush, said Meekins’ statement calls into question his comments in court hours earlier that the administration was acting in good faith.Sabraw said in court Friday that the administration had largely complied with orders but, at the same time, he indicated he will be monitoring its actions ahead of the deadline.The judge said the administration must provide a list of names of parents in immigration custody and their children by Monday and complete background checks for them by Thursday. He scheduled four hearings over the next two weeks for updates, including one on Monday.”The task is laborious, but can be accomplished in the time and manner prescribed,” he wrote in his order.last_img