The gloves are off and the fight is on between Formula One title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.Sunday’s explosive Azerbaijan Grand Prix more than made up for last year’s dull race in Baku, bursting the budding ‘bromance’ and replacing it with something much more heavyweight. (Formula 1: Daniel Ricciardo wins chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix)Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said as much after a crazy afternoon that saw mutual respect and camaraderie tossed aside amid angry accusations.”Nobody wanted to see the schmoozing anyway, so now the gloves are off,” the Austrian told Sky Sports television after Hamilton had dubbed the Ferrari driver a “disgrace” and suggested they sort things out “face to face”. (Azerbaijan GP: Record-breaker Lance Stroll realises Formula One dream)”The sport needs the rivalry. What we have seen today is the ingredient of a great championship,” said Wolff.The most memorable seasons have been fuelled by controversy, passion and a fierce rivalry sometimes spilling into outright enmity.Baku, with the championship favourites colliding and a podium of drivers who could scarcely believe their luck, provided enough drama to keep the championship bubbling away for months to come.In Spain last May, Hamilton had spoken about how enjoyable it was to be battling a rival who was not a team mate — his main opponent for the past three seasons — and the admiration he felt for Vettel’s speed and consistency.The Briton had warned then, however, that it might not last and on Sunday he was proven right.advertisementBATTLE LINESThe battle lines were drawn the moment Vettel went into the back of Hamilton’s Mercedes during the second of three safety car periods, the German shaking his fists and pulling alongside to bang wheels in a gesture that looked a lot like ‘road rage’.The frustrated and angry man of 2016, who raged at rivals and had to apologise to race director Charlie Whiting in Mexico last November after an expletive-laden radio rant, was back.The stewards were clear in apportioning blame, imposing a 10 second stop-and-go penalty on the German for steering into Hamilton.The championship leader, now 14 points clear of Hamilton after finishing fourth to the Briton’s fifth, was also given three penalty points which could prove significant.They bring Vettel’s tally in the last 12 months to nine and means another such sanction in Austria in two weeks’ time would trigger an automatic race ban for the following round at Silverstone.There were some who felt such a penalty should have been applied already, even if the moment of madness ultimately cost Vettel a victory that would have fallen into his lap after Hamilton had to pit to fix a loose head rest.”Deliberately driving into another driver and getting away pretty much scot-free as he still came fourth, I think that’s a disgrace. I think he disgraced himself today,” said triple champion Hamilton.”Imagine all the young kids that are watching Formula One today and see that kind of behaviour from a four-time world champion. I think that says it all.”Vettel’s assertion that Hamilton had ‘brake-tested’ him, by slowing so suddenly that the Ferrari ran into the back of the Mercedes, was also undermined by the evidence.The governing FIA confirmed that Hamilton’s car data showed he “maintained a consistent speed and behaved in the same manner on that occasion as in all the other re-starts during the race”.Mercedes non-executive director and retired triple champion Niki Lauda said he had never seen anything like it.”Vettel is a decent guy normally. This I don’t understand. He is crazy. Lewis will hit him one day. Not with the car but with his fist,” he said.
Global Citizens: Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, More janet-jackson-weeknd-headline-global-citizen-festival-nyc Content Not Available Twitter Janet Jackson, The Weeknd To Headline Global Citizen Festival NYC https://twitter.com/GlblCtzn/status/1026906524722049024 Email Facebook Other performers include Cardi B, Shawn Mendes and Janelle Monáe with a special guest appearance by John LegendPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 7, 2018 – 2:54 pm The bill for 2018’s Global Citizen Festival NYC on the Great Lawn in Central Park on Sept. 29 was announced on Aug. 7. GRAMMY winners Janet Jackson and the Weeknd will headline with Shawn Mendes and GRAMMY nominees Cardi B and Janelle Monáe. Started in 2012 by the Global Poverty Project, The free, ticketed event is a reward for acts of activism and is closing in on 16 million such actions, each trying to make the world a better place.GRAMMY winner John Legend will appear as special guest and the event will be hosted by Deborra-lee Furness and Hugh Jackman. Nominated for an Oscar and winner of Emmy and Tony awards, Jackman began 2018 with the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. His wife, Furness is both an exceptional actress and activist, known especially for her work on behalf of orphans and pro-adoption.Cardi B and Shawn Mendes have both had No. 1 albums this year as well. Her debut Invasion Of Privacy peaked in April, and his self-titled third studio album reached the top in May, his third No. 1 album. Of course we’ve also learned to expect Legend to live up to his name, repeatedly, but 2018 was the year we learned he could deliver a great live performance as Jesus in the televised special version of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” News On Dec. 2, 2018, Global Citizen is heading to Johannesburg, South Africa for the Mandela 100 Global Citizen Festival, as we reported last month, with headliners including Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Ed Sheeran. Also, back in 2011, a year before the first festival, Legend headlined a Global Citizen concert in Australia to raise funds to fight polio.While activist impulses are based on a generous spirit, this event and its community are made up of dedicated people who have gained for themselves from their commitment to giving and working for change. September’s festival in the park is likely to be both a fun and enriching opportunity to feel that spirit.Information including how to earn tickets for Global Citizen Festival NYC are available on the organization’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
Meghan Markle and Prince HarryGetty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry may be making quite the drastic decision when it comes to their baby. And we have to say that the Royal Palace may not be too pleased.Apparently, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry don’t want their baby to be identified by as a royal, it has been revealed.Harry apparently has hinted that he does not want their child to be valued on its royal background. Prince Harry recently spoke to 12,000 students at London’s Wembley Arena and said: “You don’t judge someone based on how they look, where they’re from, or how they identify.” The Prince has struggled with his royal status since the death of his mother when he was just 12.Since then, he has prided himself on being “one of the guys”.While on tour in Afgahniation in 2013, he proudly told journalists: “I am one of the guys, I don’t get treated any differently.” Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesIngrid Seward editor of Majesty Magazine said: “I don’t think there’s been a member of the royal family that hasn’t said they want their children to have a normal upbringing.”Even the queen said she wanted her children to have as normal an upbringing as possible. But with the media attention, it’s actually not possible to have a totally normal upbringing.”Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are trying to carve their own path it seems but the Queen and the Royal Palace seem to be having none of it. It seems that the Queen is afraid that the Duchess of Sussex will overshadow the Royal Family. The Queen had to reportedly step in to settle the apparent feud between Kate Middleton and Megha Markle.
File Photo of Tofail AhmedAwami League advisory council member Tofail Ahmed MP has come down heavily on leaders of the National Unity Process-led by eminent jurist Kamal Hossain. “People don’t like those who somersaulted in politics and those who don’t have any principle,” said Tofail while addressing a discussion marking 72nd birthday of prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday.He said Kamal Hossain became AL MP contesting from Bangabandhu’s constituency. But he left the party and never won any election again, he added.Tofail, also commerce minister, said, “We will see they are (national unity leaders) talking differently after some days.” “How can you call it a national unity while Awami League-led 14-alliance is out of the process?” he asked.He also asserted that no one would be able to foil the national election as it will be held any time before 29 January 2019.AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said, “Communal forces have only one target and that is to remove Sheikh Hasina.”He also said AL would not declare any programme countering BNP.
Security personnel stop an auto-rickshaw for questioning at a roadblock during a lockdown in Srinagar on 12 August 2019. Photo: AFPIndia’s government said Tuesday it is easing its lockdown in Kashmir in a “phased manner” after cutting phone and internet access for over a week to prevent protests over its decision to end the Himalayan region’s autonomy.Fearing unrest, India cut communications and imposed a curfew in the sector of Kashmir it controls on 4 August, a day before its surprise presidential decree to strip the Muslim-majority region of its special status.An Indian home ministry spokesperson said on Twitter that the restrictions “are being eased out in a phased manner” in the tinderbox Kashmir Valley.Normal communication in the more peaceful Jammu division of the region “has been restored after assessment by relevant local authorities”, the spokesperson added.There was no independent confirmation of the easing of restrictions. On Tuesday afternoon people in Kashmir could still not be reached by phone and the internet still appeared to be inaccessible.The spokesperson said that medical services are being provided “without any hindrance” and the availability of medicines has “been ensured” in every hospital in the valley.Security personnel stand guard a street during a lockdown in Srinagar on 12 August 2019. Photo: AFPA main highway through the region “continues to function normally”, with 100 heavy vehicles “plying daily” carrying fuel and other essentials.Earlier, attorney general KK Venugopal told India’s Supreme Court security appeared to be improving in Kashmir.”The situation in J&K (Jammu & Kashmir) is being reviewed every day and there are signs of improvement,” Venugopal said, as the court heard a plea by a political activist against the lockdown.Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since their independence from Britain in 1947.Rebel groups have for decades fought against Indian soldiers deployed in the part of Kashmir controlled by New Delhi, seeking the territory’s merger with Pakistan or outright independence.The conflict has left tens of thousands dead, mostly civilians.
Apple executives used the company’s WWDC keynote Monday to announce a slew of software updates for the iPhone, Apple TV, Apple Watch and Mac — but one product was curiously missing: The Homepod, Apple’s smart speaker, wasn’t mentioned once during the two-hour presentation.The absence of the Homepod was especially notable because the conference marked the one-year anniversary of the device’s unveiling. Apple used last year’s WWDC to introduce the smart speaker to the world, with Apple CEO Tim Cook promising at the time that it would “reinvent home audio.”Apple had originally planned to launch the Homepod before the end of last year, in time for the holiday season. The company missed that deadline, and instead started to sell the device in February.It rolled out a significant software update to the Homepod last month, bringing stereo-pairing and multi-room audio to the device. Apple also announced recently that it would start selling the Homepod in Canada, France and Germany starting June 18. The initial reaction to the Homepod has been mixed, with some hailing its sound quality, while others have criticized missing support for third-party apps a limited implementation of the company’s Siri assistant.Apple did announce some major updates to Siri for mobile devices Monday, announcing that the company’s smart assistant would soon support something called Shortcuts — custom routines that can be assigned to any command phrase. However, there was no word on when these, or any other Siri updates, will arrive on the Homepod.Updating Siri on the device could possibly help Apple find more customers for the device. Homepod sales have been disappointing, according to multiple reports. Bloomberg reported in April that some Apple stores were seeing excess inventory. Strategy Analytics estimated last month that Apple only sold 600,000 Homepods in Q1, with Amazon selling 4 million Echo devices during the same quarter.Part of Amazon’s dominance can be explained with much cheaper price points: Amazon’s Echo Dot speaker sells for just $50, and the company’s full-sized Echo retails for $100. Apple’s speaker on the other hand costs $349. This has resulted in some rumors that the company may introduce a cheaper version of the Homepod this year. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety
Explore further Male silverback Gorilla in SF zoo. Image: Wikipedia. (Phys.org) — In trying to figure out when humans and apes diverged, researchers have had to rely on fossil evidence and the rates of mutations that occur when both groups propagated their species. The problem is, up till now, most of that data can from the analysis of human genetic evidence which was then applied to both humans and apes, which could of course have led to errors as it’s based on guessing that mutation rates in apes are the same as humans. Now, to get around that problem, a team of researchers has gathered genetic data from both chimpanzees and gorillas and has found, as they describe in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that it appears that the two diverged some time earlier than has been thought. More information: Generation times in wild chimpanzees and gorillas suggest earlier divergence times in great ape and human evolution, PNAS, Published online before print August 13, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1211740109AbstractFossils and molecular data are two independent sources of information that should in principle provide consistent inferences of when evolutionary lineages diverged. Here we use an alternative approach to genetic inference of species split times in recent human and ape evolution that is independent of the fossil record. We first use genetic parentage information on a large number of wild chimpanzees and mountain gorillas to directly infer their average generation times. We then compare these generation time estimates with those of humans and apply recent estimates of the human mutation rate per generation to derive estimates of split times of great apes and humans that are independent of fossil calibration. We date the human–chimpanzee split to at least 7–8 million years and the population split between Neanderthals and modern humans to 400,000–800,000 y ago. This suggests that molecular divergence dates may not be in conflict with the attribution of 6- to 7-million-y-old fossils to the human lineage and 400,000-y-old fossils to the Neanderthal lineage. To calculate when a species diverged, researchers look at the average age of members of the species when they give birth and mutation rates. The older the average age, the more time it takes for mutations to cause changes. Insects that produce offspring in a matter of months, for example, can adapt much more quickly to environmental changes than large animals that produce offspring many years after they themselves are born. To find such data for both chimps and gorillas, the research team worked with many groups in Africa that included studies of the animals that totaled 105 gorillas and 226 chimps. They also looked at fossilized excrement that contained DNA data. In so doing they found that the average age of giving birth for female chimps was 25 years old. They then divided the number of mutations found by the average age of birth to get the mutation rate. In so doing, they found it to be slower than humans, which meant that estimates based on it to calculate divergence times were likely off by as much as a million years.The end result of the team’s research indicates that humans and chimps likely diverged some seven to eight million years ago, while the divergence of gorillas (which led to both humans and chimps) came approximately eight to nineteen million years ago. To put the numbers in perspective, humans and Neanderthals split just a half to three quarters of a million years ago.The team suggests their research model could also be used to find the divergence points of other species as well, so long as a genetic record can be obtained. © 2012 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: New genetic data shows humans and great apes diverged earlier than thought (2012, August 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-genetic-humans-great-apes-diverged.html Climate change and evolution of Cross River gorillas
Kolkata: Deepak Ghosh, block president of Trinamool Congress in Birbhum, who was shot at by some unidentified miscreants at Khairasol, succumbed to his injuries at Mission Hospital Durgapur on Monday.According to private hospital authorities, the victim died due to multi-organ failure after he received three bullet injuries. Two bullets were removed from his body by the doctors during an operation, while the third one could not be removed owing to the critical condition of the patient. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the authorities, the doctors decided to take out the third bullet if the patient had shown some signs of improvement. But the efforts went in vain when the victim succumbed to his injuries on Monday morning, triggering a war of words between the district leaders of Trinamool Congress and BJP. Birbhum district president of Trinamool Congress, Anubarat Mondal trained his gun at BJP saying a conspiracy was hatched by them to kill Ghosh as he had been instrumental in strengthening their party’s organisation in the district. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”I knew him very well. He was an active party leader. The goons of BJP killed him. They fired five bullets at him yesterday. He had been attacked by the BJP workers before but managed to survive,” Mondal said. Senior Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim, who is also in charge of the party in the district, reacted sharply to the incident stating that RSS and BJP together are getting criminals into the state from Jharkhand with an intention to eliminate our party leaders. The BJP believes in violence. As they are unable to gain political ground in the state, they are trying to unleash violence. People in Bengal will give a befitting reply to them, Hakim maintained. The district BJP leaders have, however, denied the allegation and termed the incident a result of an intra-party clash within Trinamool Congress. It may be mentioned that Ghosh was returning home on a motorcycle on Sunday afternoon when some miscreants blocked his way and shot at him from a close quarter. Three bullets pierced his body and the victim fell on the ground. Alerted by the sound of gun shots, locals rushed to his rescue. The miscreants who reportedly came on motorcycles fled the spot immediately after the incident. After being informed police reached the spot and started a probe in this regard. Police are conducting raids to nab the culprits. It may be stated that Ghosh was attacked earlier as well by some miscreants.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 By: Ross MarowitsSource: The Canadian Press TORONTO — The erosion of free trade with the U.S. and Mexico would be bad for Canada’s largest airline, Air Canada’s chief executive said Tuesday.“We see the economic value and the economic contribution that NAFTA has facilitated,” Calin Rovinescu told the Forum of the Americas in Toronto.Although bilateral air agreements are not part of the agreement, he said the largest foreign carrier in the United States by flight frequencies and cities served has relied significantly on connecting and business traffic coming across the border.Rovinescu said free trade has been good and will continue to be beneficial for Canada and the United States, in particular.“I would be very concerned to see a further erosion of this,” he said, referring to NAFTA.“My confidence is there that the negotiators…will come to something sensible, but we certainly have seen the benefits of this.”The 23-year-old agreement faces an uncertain future after U.S. President Donald Trump launched renegotiations with a threat to tear up a deal he describes as being bad for the United States.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesRovinescu said Air Canada (TSX:AC) makes a $75 billion to $100 billion annual economic contribution when factoring in the model that estimates the economic benefit from airlines equalling five to seven times revenues.“Serving those 70 or so cities in the United States has enabled us to make more than our fair share of economic contribution,” he added in a question session with Canadian Chamber of Commerce president Perrin Beatty.Air Canada’s CEO added that he’s disappointed by Boeing’s trade action against Bombardier’s C Series aircraft, which the airline has ordered.He said the C Series is the first new innovation in the smaller narrowbody segment in more than two decades that is shaking up the 100- to 150-seat airplane market.Airbus and Bombardier recently announced that the European aircraft manufacturer will purchase a majority stake in the C Series program and build an assembly line at its plant in Mobile, Ala., for the U.S. market. The move is aimed at allowing the aircraft to avoid the imposition of export duties. Tags: Air Canada, America, Canada, Donald Trump, Mexico Air Canada CEO says NAFTA erosion would be bad for country’s largest airline << Previous PostNext Post >>