Watch the Arctic’s sea ice slowly disappear

first_img Researchers have identified what they’re calling the “last ice area,” a 2000-kilometer stretch of ocean northwest of Greenland where the Arctic’s summertime sea ice might survive for a few more decades. As reported in Geophysical Research Letters and depicted above, sea ice coverage in the Arctic Ocean has declined, on average, by more than one-third from 1984 through 2018. Only in two portions of the last ice area—one patch immediately north of Greenland, and another swath centered more than 1300 kilometers to the west along Canada’s northernmost islands—does near-total sea-ice coverage persist from year to year, the researchers say.Unlike the rest of the Arctic Ocean, ice thicknesses in these two regions range up to a maximum of 4 meters or so. But the team’s new analysis also reveals that ice loss there is occurring at twice the rate it is elsewhere in the Arctic Ocean. These two areas of persistent (for now) sea ice may be the final northern realms where wildlife largely dependent on sea ice for survival, such as polar bears, walrus, and narwhals, can hold out in a warming world, the scientists say.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(*) By Sid PerkinsNov. 12, 2019 , 4:30 PM Watch the Arctic’s sea ice slowly disappearlast_img read more

Top Chinese researcher faces questions about image manipulation

first_imgCao Xuetao Cao’s work came under scrutiny after microbiologist Elisabeth Bik, a consultant in San Francisco, California, who searches for doctored images in papers, noted on PubPeer that several images in a 2009 paper in The Journal of Immunology on the suppression of T cell proliferation “look unexpectedly similar.” Parts of several images of flow cytometry events “appear to have been swapped differentially between panels,” she wrote on 14 November. “Could the authors please explain what happened here?”Other PubPeer contributors have been examining that image and others among Cao’s more than 300 papers. Bik reported in a recent tweet that they have flagged more than 60 of Cao’s papers. But, “I am not accusing anyone of misconduct,” Bik tweeted on 18 November. “Please keep in mind that many of these duplications might just be honest errors.”Even if honest errors are involved, numerous people identifying themselves as Chinese scientists tweeted support for Bik’s efforts. On 18 November, China’s engineering academy told local media that it would investigate, but provided no details.The case has renewed discussion in China about the power wielded by elite scientists such as Cao, who simultaneously leads one of the nation’s top universities—ranked 12th in the latest Times Higher Education list—and directs three additional laboratories or institutes in different cities. They are the National Key Laboratory of Medical Immunology in Shanghai, the Center for Immunotherapy at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, and the Institute of Immunology at Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, according to various sources.In addition to being a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Cao is a foreign member of scientific or medical academies in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He also heads four Chinese academic societies, though these positions are honorific and take up little time, says Cao Cong, a science policy expert at the University of Nottingham’s campus in Ningbo, China. (He is not related to Cao Xuetao.)Running Nankai University, however, likely “demands 100% of [Cao Xuetao’s] efforts,” says Cao Cong, preventing him “from devoting significant time to running the two labs in Shanghai and Beijing.” That means Cao Xuetao must rely on large teams of graduate students and postdocs to do the actual research, says Huang Futao, a higher education scholar at Hiroshima University in Japan. But such high-flying scientists often “do not have sufficient time or energy to supervise” those researchers, he notes.This year, at least one-quarter of the retracted papers recorded by the website Retraction Watch were by Chinese authors, says Xiaotian Chen, a library and information scientist at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. The country has launched several initiatives to improve the record. For example, in August 2017, officials announced that more than 400 authors on some 100 retracted papers would face disciplinary actions ranging from bans on research to cancelation of promotions, honors, and grants.Cao Xuetao, ironically, has been involved in efforts to improve research integrity in China. On 13 November, he gave a speech to some 6000 people in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing that touched on research “integrity, ethics, and morality.” The talk was live-streamed to universities and 800,000 students watched, according to China’s Xinhua News Agency.“But it is hard to change the culture,” Chen says. “The cost of research misconduct is either very low or does not exist in China. Academic misconduct in the U.S. and Europe usually leads to resignation or dismissal, but that practice is not very common in China.”How the authorities handle the Cao Xuetao review will be a test case, says Cao Cong. Over the past 2 years, key government, Communist Party, and scientific bodies have issued guidelines for research integrity and set penalties for misconduct. If Cao Xuetao is found guilty of violating those rules but no action is taken, he says, “it means that various policies to maintain the integrity of scientific research are empty talk.”With reporting by Bian Huihui. Top Chinese researcher faces questions about image manipulation One of China’s most prominent scientists is facing a barrage of questions about images in dozens of papers produced by laboratories he leads. The Chinese Academy of Engineering has launched an investigation of the publications, by immunologist Cao Xuetao, president of Nankai University in Tianjin, and the case is getting extensive attention in both traditional and social media.Cao has defended the scientific validity of the papers, says he is cooperating with the review, and has promised to work with journals to correct any errors. “I most sincerely apologize for any oversight on my part,” he wrote 17 November on PubPeer, the publications review website where researchers first raised questions about the papers. “I remain confident about the validity and strength of the scientific conclusions made in those publications.”The episode highlights long-standing concerns about China’s scientific enterprise, observers say, including whether star scientists can effectively oversee the far-flung research empires they often lead, and whether officials are making progress in stamping out chronic research misconduct.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(*)center_img By Dennis NormileNov. 22, 2019 , 2:35 PM VCG/Getty Images last_img read more

Allegri up for Bayern Munich job?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Max Allegri has been linked with the benches of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Tottenham and now also Bayern Munich. The former Juventus boss is biding his time before starting a new adventure, having ended his spell in Turin with five consecutive Serie A titles. According to the Corriere dello Sport, Allegri is the prime candidate for the Bayern Munich job if the Germans sack Niko Kovac. That is more than a possibility after a shock 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend. Allegri would be the third Italian tactician to lead Bayern after Giovanni Trapattoni and Carlo Ancelotti. Meanwhile, Manchester United are also seriously considering the axe for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following another dismal Premier League showing, a defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.last_img read more

Bonucci: ‘Juve can do it all’

first_imgLeonardo Bonucci said Juventus are capable both of playing Maurizio Sarri’s style of football and “suffering” under pressure after beating Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1. The Bianconeri kept the ball for long periods in Moscow, but with a slow tempo and little effectiveness, until Douglas Costa’s scorching run. “Douglas Costa’s goal allowed us to take the three points. At most, my goal-line clearance would’ve helped us take one point, but it was an important moment anyway and we need to be more careful,” Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia. “The team tries to play the football that the coach wants for long periods, but when we need to suffer under pressure, we can do that too. “Lokomotiv Moscow were focused on the counter-attack and they were dangerous with those in the first half, as we had to improve our passing distribution. We increased the pressing after the break, had more shots on goal and eventually took home the three points. “We’ve achieved our first target for the season, which is qualify for the Round of 16, so now we want to end this mini-run of games well on Sunday against Milan.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Parma defiant over Inter targets

first_imgParma boss Roberto D’Aversa has warned Inter that they “will have to look elsewhere” in January, amidst Matteo Darmian and Dejan Kulusevski links. Inter have been heavily linked with the Parma pair in recent weeks as Antonio Conte seeks more squad depth, but D’Aversa issued a hands-off warning to the Nerazzurri and their coach. “Conte will have to look elsewhere,” he told Tutti Convocati. “I have a great relationship with him. I have issues with numbers. The squad has improved in quality, but it’s still small. “More than fixing his situation, I have to think of my own.” Darmian has missed just two of Parma’s games this season through injury, while Kulusevski has already registered five assists. However, the latter is only on loan from Atalanta, who may choose to cash in on the Sweden starlet while his stock his high. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Howard criticises Afro-Asian bloc for ICC leadership snub

first_imgFormer Australian prime minister John Howard on Wednesday hit out at the Afro-Asian members of the International Cricket Council for not disclosing the reason why they rejected his candidature for the ICC vice-president’s post.Howard’s ambition to head the International Cricket Council after India’s Sharad Pawar was thwarted by the powerful Afro-Asian bloc at an ICC Executive Board meeting in Singapore on Wednesday.”Those who’ve indicated they don’t support it have not given a reason. Even in private discussions, they’re very reluctant to give a particular reason. It’s certainly an unusual situation because I haven’t been told, nor have the representatives of Cricket Australia been told, why this attitude at this stage should be as it is,” he said.”My nomination went forward with the full support of both Australia and New Zealand and I’m disappointed at the outcome. I wanted to do this job, I felt I could do it well and I would have devoted my full time to it,” Howard was quoted as saying by the ‘Sky News’.Howard said if his candidature was rejected because of his past link with politics, it would set a “bad precedent”.”That’s not been said although it’s been widely speculated. If it was in some way based on past political positions, well that’s a very bad precedent to be establishing,” he said.Howard’s tough stance against Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and past criticism of Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan were believed to be the key factors behind ICC’s decision.But a defiant Howard said he would wear it as a “badge of honour” if African members rejected him because of his hardline stance against Zimbabwe President Mugabe while in office.advertisement”I wear the criticism as a badge of honour. I don’t apologise in any way for the criticism I offered of the Mugabe regime. If it was in some way based on past political positions, well that’s a very bad precedent to be establishing for the ICC,” he said.”I’m out of politics. I don’t have any political agenda internationally other than of course promoting good relations between Australia and our long-term friends, many of which are cricket-playing nations in both Asia and Africa.last_img read more

Tendulkar should be conferred the Bharat Ratna, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday joined the chorus in bestowing the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, on champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar.”Sachin is a Bharat Ratna. There is no doubt that he should be conferred the Bharat Ratna award. Sachin deserves all honours and I am his great fan,” Ganguly said.Tendulkar is one short of scoring a record 100th international centuries.Here to lead Bengal in a crucial Ranji tie against Baroda, Ganguly’s statement assumes significance after the Government of India made necessary changes in eligibility criteria for making sportspersons eligible for the Bharat Ratna award a couple of days ago.The prestigious honour will now be awarded in recognition of exceptional service/performance “in any field of human endeavour”, thus bringing in almost all the areas that were earlier left out of the ambit.Till now only those people were considered eligible for the award who had excelled in art, literature, science and public service of the highest order, leaving out other fields such as sports.Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken has said that this move has cleared the decks for Tendulkar, legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand and others.Reports indicated that the change has been brought in through a notification from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) following a recommendation by the Home and Sports Ministries.On Thursday, a research report in Australia described Tendulkar as the greatest ever batsman ahead of even Sir Donald Bradman.last_img read more

Punjab vs Delhi: Weather may delay start of CK Nayudu final

first_imgWeather holds the key to the under-22 CK Nayudu Trophy final between first-time finalists Delhi and Punjab, starting New Delhi on Tuesday. Thick fog engulfed Delhi for most part of Monday and the forecast for Tuesday is no better.The visiting Punjab team, which reached here on Sunday, was keeping its fingers crossed. Their coach-cum-manager Sunil Saggi said that host Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) hasn’t even decided the pitch on which four-day match would be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla.”It all depends on the weather, including our team composition and the strategy,” Saggi told Mail Today. “The composition of our team, led by Kunwarveer Singh Raina, will also depend on the kind of pitch that is provided. They haven’t decided the pitch as one of the pitches was wet today.” In the semi-finals, Delhi crushed Himachal Pradesh by an innings and 177 runs while Punjab beat Madhya Pradesh.Delhi are practising for five days, and are gung-ho about their prospects in their maiden final.”Our confidence is high and we have the talent to fight it out. But I believe every final is tough and the opponents usually match each other. We have been consistent and the approach will also count,” Delhi coach Amit Bhandari told Mail Today.”Whoever bats well and plays tough will win. Also, considering the heavy weather here, it will also depend the ball will also swing, and it will be a factor. It should be a close match.” The team will be led by Milind Kumar.advertisementOne fact that should provide motivation to Delhi is that almost all their leading batsmen contributed significantly in the last match. Milind, who scored a century in this season’s Ranji Trophy, made a half-century as did Mohit Sharma, Dhruv Shorey.With 403 runs, Vaibhav Rawal is the top scorer for Delhi.Varun Sood is the highest wicket-taker for Delhi this season, with 27 scalps.However, Punjab have a tremendous opening pair in skipper Raina and Jiwanjot Singh. Jiwanjot has so far hit three tons and is the second highest scorer of the team with 509 runs, after Kunwarveer (513).Punjab’s bowling will be led by medium pacer Shubek Gill and Sagar Kumar, who scalped three and four wickets respectively in semi-finals.last_img read more

Euro Cup 2012: Poland-Russia match ends in draw, throws Group A wide open

first_imgA fiercely-struck equaliser from Jakub Blaszczykowski gave Poland their reward for a battling display in a 1-1 draw with Russia that showcased flowing, end-to-end football. PhotosDefeat would have the left the Euro 2012 co-hosts needing a win against the Czechs and some luck Saturday to reach the quarterfinals, but a draw leaves Group A finely poised ahead of the final round of games.Russia go into their match with Greece as the group leaders on four points, followed by the Czechs on three, Poland on two and Greece with a solitary point.The match was played in a tense atmosphere after clashes before the game involving Russian and Polish fans saw at least 100 people arrested, Warsaw police said.Alan Dzagoev, Russia’s two-goal hero in their opening win over the Czechs, darted forward to knock in Andrei Arshavin’s corner and put Russia ahead on 37 minutes.The diminutive midfielder from North Ossetia lost his marker and appeared to deflect the ball in at the far post with his shoulder.Poland striker Robert Blaszczykowski evened the scores on 57 minutes, cutting inside from the right as the Russian defence backed off before unleashing a powerful, curling left-foot effort that left the outstreched Vyacheslav Malafeev with no chance.Both teams started aggressively, with Russia striker Alexander Kerzhakov pulling the Polish defence out of position but failing to develop any chances without falling foul of the offside trap.The Poles started slowly but gained confidence after defender Sebastian Boenisch forced an unconvincing save from Malafeev on seven minutes with a header from Ludovic Obraniak’s free kick.advertisementFour minutes later, Robert Lewandowski, Poland’s goalscorer in the 1-1 draw against Greece on Friday, flicked the ball up before firing in a volley from the edge of the area, but he missed the target.Eugen Polanski hit the back of Malafeev’s net with a calm finish on 15 minutes after a neat Polish passing move, but he was two yards offside when he picked up the ball and the goal was disallowed.Poland upped the pressure and only two last-ditch tackles from Russian center-backs Sergei Ignashevich and Alexei Berezutsky stopped the Polish forwards going one-on-one with Malafeev.Headed chances for Russia forward Alexander Kerzhakov and Poland defender Marcin Wasilewski yielded little, before Kerzhakov’s cross on 27 minutes sliced open the Polish defence, but Arshavin was unable to tap it in.After Dzagoev’s opener, Poland pushed for an equaliser but saw Blaszczykowski’s powerful effort parried by Malafeev.Former Chelsea left-back Yuri Zhirkov then fired wide from range as Russia enjoyed a brief period of dominance.Early in the second half, Poland created a good chance for Lewandowski on the counter, but his charge was stopped by a brave punch from Malafeev.Following Blaszczykowski’s equaliser, both sides continued to trade shots, but the goalkeepers stood firm.Poland’s Przemyslaw Tyton, in for the suspended Wojciech Szczesny, had little difficulty saving from Dzagoev on 67 minutes after a good Russian move.A minute later, the same was true for Malafeev stopping Polanski’s close-range shot from a wide angle.The pace of the game slowed slightly, but that did not stop Lewandowski setting up Obraniak on 80 minutes, although the Bordeaux midfielder’s low shot lacked the power and accuracy to really test Malafeev.The final Group A games on Sunday see Russia face Greece, while Poland take on the Czechs, with the winner of that game certain to qualify.last_img read more

The wait for luxury wheels gets longer

first_imgDespite the general slack in demand in the automobile sector, the market for luxury cars is still booming with most manufacturers having waiting period from three to 18 months.Dealers of luxury cars say that despite the general slowdown, the demand for luxury cars has not been hampered but is growing. “There is no slowdown in the luxury car market especially for the young super rich. People understand the value of luxury and they are not only ready to pay for it but are also ready to wait for it. We have buyers who are ready to wait as long as 12-16 months for super sports car,” a senior executive at Exclusive Motors, the sole distributor of Lambourghini in Delhi, said.Due to high demand and slow delivery, buyers for luxury cars brands, including Mercedes, BMW, Porsche and Maserati, generally have to wait for six to eight months to get their car.”The demand is good in the luxury segment. The company booked 500 cars in the first five days for which delivery will be done by latest August. But the next slot of buyers may have to wait longer,” Michael Perschke, head, Audi India, told Mail Today.Waiting period is more in the super luxury segment. “For entry-level models, waiting period is maximum two to three months. Waiting period is more for imported cars as manufacturers import cars only against confirmed bookings and full payments. For cars which are assembled locally waiting period is less,” said a BMW showroom owner in Mumbai.advertisementFor some costly models of Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini, waiting period is as high as 15 months. As these cars are customised as per specific needs of the buyer, delivery time is long, say carmakers.”Company’s aim is to satisfy customers’ needs. Cars are customised as per the buyers’ needs. That is why it takes time,” Sirish Chandra, head (communication), Porche India, said.last_img read more

WWE legend Rick Flair vows to ‘never drink again’ after near-death experience

first_imgMOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Still, the “Limousine Ridin’, Jet Flyin’, Kiss Stealin’, Wheelin’ Dealin’, Son of a Gun” said he remained sober while performing for his countless fans.“I never drank when I was working,” he said. “But as soon as work was over, I went right to the mill.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Retired professional wrestler Rick Flair, the subject of the documentary “30 for 30: Nature Boy” participates in a panel during the ESPN Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Aside from his trademark “Woo!” yell, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Famer Rick Flair is perhaps best known for his overly outgoing personality and carefree attitude.The 68-year-old retired professional wrestler certainly knew how to live his life, and admitted his penchant for consuming alcohol on a daily basis.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel planscenter_img What he initially thought as a minor issue turned out to be way worse, as his kidneys began to shut down and was on the brink of congestive heart failure, according to The New York Post.“My daughter [Charlotte] told me that the doctor told her to go see me — that I wasn’t going to make it,” Flair shared. “I had no idea it was that bad. Wendy never told me.”As it turned out, Flair’s years of alcohol abuse was the main culprit—a condition he didn’t even know he had.“I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, but obviously I was,” he admitted.Flair also confessed that he had never taken a pain pill in his life, but often relied on booze to ease the pain from his wrestling injuries.ADVERTISEMENT But a after a recent health scare that nearly cost him his life, Flair has changed his tune and has vowed to “never drink again.”WWE: Pro wrestler Ric Flair out of surgery and restingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It scared the sh*t out of me,” the “Nature Boy” recalled his harrowing experience in an interview with People TV.  “I never want to go through this again.”Flair recalled experiencing an upset stomach last month, which prompted his fiancee, Wendy Barlow, to rush him to the hospital. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU sends UST reeling to fourth straight loss Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

Late Ott goal rescues point for Azkals

first_imgTawfik Ali put Yemen in front with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.With a second straight draw against the Yemenis, the Azkals improved to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Tajiks are ahead of Yemen on goal difference after beating Nepal, 3-0, in Dushanbe for their second straight winWhile the result didn’t clinch the Azkals an Asian Cup berth, it could ultimately prove crucial as the Filipinos next face Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.A victory in the Nepalese capital will seal qualification for the Azkals with a game to spare as Yemen will still play Tajikistan in Dushanbe. View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ As proven in last month’s 2-2 draw in Bacolod, the Yemenis were always quick to punish the Azkals for their mistakes.And it was an error from Dennis Villanueva that nearly handed the Yemenis the lead four minutes before the break.Villanueva sent his pass out of defense straight at Ala Al-Sasi who took a first time shot from 25 yards only to be denied by the crossbar. The follow up from Al-Matari was weak with Neil Etheridge quick to collect.The Azkals opened the second half with another half chance, but the ball from Ott to Younghusband inside the area was a tad too heavy.The woodwork rescued the Azkals for the second time in the 56th minute when Nabil Hazaea found space in the area and had Etheridge beaten. Two minutes later, Kane had to clear Ali’s header off a corner kick off the line.Yemen finally got its reward just three minutes after the hour mark when Ali poked the ball home after the ball ricocheted off Mulders inside the area.Needing a response, the Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Younghusband who took a touch for Mulders.Mike Ott did a fine job staying onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals summoned their never-say-die spirit to inch closer to a first Asian Cup appearance in 2019. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES FILE PHOTO – Mike Ott. Photo by tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMike Ott struck in the 89th minute as the Philippines salvaged a 1-1 draw with Yemen early Wednesday to stay on top of Group F of AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar.The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai first division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim With four regular starters out due to injuries, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was forced to improvise with his lineup.JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane was a surprise starter at central defense in his Azkals debut, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot.Manny Ott’s absence meant Pika Minegishi was deployed up front with Phil Younghusband placed in an advanced role at midfield.The Azkals came out with more energy and vigor in the opening exchanges but the Yemenis’ speed on attack always posed a threat.Mike Ott forced a corner in the second minute with a deflected effort off a pass from Phil Younghusband.But other than that early opportunity, the Azkals were left wanting in the final third.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Folayang, Nguyen set friendship aside for ONE lightweight title bout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavorslast_img read more

Tennis association, Bouchard settle liability lawsuit

first_imgBouchard, 23, told a jury in federal court in Brooklyn that she had taken two steps into the training area en route to take an ice bath when she lost her footing “and hit the back of my head on the floor.” She recalled being in “shock” as she found herself “staring at the ceiling.”The player’s lawyers argued that the USTA was at fault for the unsafe conditions. The defense countered that she should have known not to go into the area unless she was accompanied by a trainer.Bouchard, once ranked No. 5 in the world and a Wimbledon finalist in 2014, was forced to withdraw from the U.S. Open and from subsequent tournaments in China and Japan, her lawsuit said.The accident sent Bouchard, now ranked No. 116, into “a downward spiral that she has not been able to recover from,” her lawyer Benedict Morelli told jurors.Kaminsky responded that though Bouchard fell in the rankings she didn’t lose any of her lucrative off-court endorsement deals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Tennis star Eugenie Bouchard leaves Brooklyn Federal court, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in New York. Bouchard testified during her negligence lawsuit against the United States Tennis Association that a wet floor caused her to slip and fall inside a locker room at the 2015 U.S. Open. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — The United States Tennis Association and popular Canadian player Eugenie Bouchard reached a settlement in her liability lawsuit on Friday, ending a trial at which she testified about slipping and falling on a wet locker room floor at the 2015 U.S. Open and suffering a head injury.Asked how she felt as she left the courthouse, Bouchard responded, “Just relief and happiness right now,” adding she was ready to get back to playing tennis.ADVERTISEMENT “Everyone who sponsored her before the U.S. Open continues to,” he said, adding she remained “very marketable” because of a large following on social media.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Woods 4 back with everyone around him at Honda Classic ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ She said she felt “vindicated” by a jury’s verdict in an initial phase of the trial finding the USTA mostly liable for the accident.A second phase, at which Bouchard was expected testify about how the accident had harmed her career and the jury was to decide what damages the USTA should pay, was interrupted on Friday by several hours of closed-door talks between the parties. They emerged with the deal but declined to disclose the terms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingUSTA lawyer Alan Kaminsky said that he was satisfied with the outcome and that the sport’s national governing body “certainly wishes Ms. Bouchard the best in her career.”The accident occurred after Bouchard had just played in a mixed doubles match and returned to the locker room at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens shortly after 10 p.m. Minutes later, she fell on the tile floor of a physiotherapy room inside the locker room. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA PLAY LIST 01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Mongolian sumo wrestler retires over assault

first_imgPalace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Jazz shut down Rockets for 118-91 victory Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Sumo wrestler Takanoiwa, center, leaves his sumo stable master’s building in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. The Mongolian wrestler has decided to retire after assaulting a younger wrestler during the ongoing regional tour in the latest blow to Japan’s national sport.(Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — Mongolian sumo wrestler Takanoiwa has decided to retire after assaulting a younger wrestler during the ongoing regional tour in the latest blow to Japan’s national sport.Takanoiwa, 28, who last year was a victim of assault that led to the resignation of compatriot and grand champion Harumafuji, hit a lower-ranked wrestler at a hotel in Fukuoka on Tuesday, the Japan Sumo Association said.ADVERTISEMENT Australia appoints 76ers coach Brett Brown for Tokyo Olympics In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever LATEST STORIES The wrestler did not sustain a major injury but has swelling on his face after being hit four or five times with an open hand and fist, the JSA said.Takanoiwa, whose real name is Adiyagiin Baasandorj, was hit with a remote control device in a bar by fellow Mongolian Harumafuji on Oct. 26 last year, which led to the grand champion’s retirement the following month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSumo has been rocked by a series of scandals in recent years as it attempts to maintain its popularity. Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ You can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothing Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts during IPL 7

first_imgWhile the governing council of the Indian Premier League has done its best to ensure that incidents of fixing – as witnessed in the sixth edition – doesn’t return to haunt one of the most prolific domestic T20 tournament in the world, even franchises are doing their bit to refurbish the image of the tainted league. And that is the main reason why the Delhi Daredevils management has asked its players and coaching staff to not accept any gift during the seventh edition of the IPL.The management decided that nobody should accept a gift -irrespective of whether it is big or small.Speaking to Mail Today, one of the officials said that despite the IPL guidelines allowing players to accept gifts, the Daredevils management felt that it was in the best interest of both the league and the individuals concerned that no gifts are accepted.”Despite the guidelines of the IPL, allowing players or support staff to accept gifts, it was the decision of the management – GMR group – that nobody should accept any gift – irrespective of whether it is big or small. The IPL guidelines state that while token gifts can be accepted by a player, the individual needs to inform the IPL authorities if they are accepting something that is exorbitantly priced. But then, we felt that doing away with the whole concept of accepting gifts was the best thing to do,” he said.Another official echoed said that it was a move in the right direction as sometimes dubious people pretend to be fans and increase proximity by sending gifts. “The IPL is a format which has a lot of fan following. It creates an environment for dubious characters to gain access to players and officials on the pretext of wanting to click pictures or get autographs or gift things to an individual. This is definitely a positive effort,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Dame Helen Mirren wins Glamour Icon award

first_imgDame Helen Mirren won the Icon award at the annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London on Tuesday night (03.06.14).The Oscar-winning actress, 68, was thrilled to be presented with the prize by Ryan Reynolds, with whom she is currently filming ‘The Woman In Gold,’ and used her moment on stage to urge young stars not to be afraid of getting older.She said: “There are a lot of really young women here who are very beautiful, incredibly talented, and I salute you and respect you all. I’m so proud to be a member of your sex.”Your 40s are good. Your 50s are great. Your 60s are fab. And 70 is f**king awesome. I’m not quite there yet, but almost.”Dame Helen Mirren won the Icon award at the annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London.Davina McCall was named Glamour Hero for her gruelling 500-mile cycle, swim and running journey from Edinburgh to London in February, which raised 1 million pounds for Sports Relief, and ‘Orange Is The New Black’ actress Taylor Schilling, 29, won the Editor’s Special Award.Other big winners included ‘Grace of Monaco’ actress Nicole Kidman, who won the Outstanding Contribution award, and Taylor Swift, who was awarded Best International Solo Artist, but neither of them were able to attend the glittering ceremony.Supermodel Naomi Campbell, Little Mix, singer Paloma Faith, presenter Emma Willis, ‘Modern Family’ star Sarah Hyland and ‘Godzilla’ actress Sally Hawkins also picked up prizes.’The Hunger Games’ star Sam Claflin – who plays Finnick Odair in the franchise – was named the Man of the Year at the ceremony, which was presented by Graham Norton in London’s Berkeley Square Gardens.advertisementlast_img read more

Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind could be out for six months

first_imgManchester United midfielder Daley Blind could be sidelined for up to six months with a knee injury suffered on international duty with the Netherlands.”Blind is not ready, he has a brace on his knee. He needs 10 days’ rest. Then we’ll have another scan and say more about his injury,” manager Louis van Gaal was quoted as saying on the club website.”It’s not as bad as the doctors thought after the match but it shall be a long story, I believe, six months or something.”Blind limped off in the 6-0 win over Latvia in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Nov. 16.United had doubts about 12 first-team players for this Saturday’s Premier League match at Arsenal in the wake of the international break but Van Gaal was hopeful winger Angel Di Maria, keeper David De Gea, full back Luke Shaw and midfielder Michael Carrick would be fit.”It’s difficult to say if anyone is back because we have to wait for Friday’s training session to decide if they’re back,” the manager said.”Di Maria has trained today normally so I don’t think that is a question mark but Shaw is. De Gea is good, no problem. I think I have to wait for the reactions tomorrow in training with Carrick but I also expect he’s ready to play.”United are seventh in the table, one point and one place behind Arsenal after 11 games with both teams struggling to put together a consistent run of form.last_img read more

Micromax Canvas Tab P470 launched in India for Rs 6,999

first_imgMicromax on Friday launched the Canvas Tab P470 in India. It costs Rs 6,999 and will be available in stores December 20 onwards.The tablet supports 21 local languages, which is rather unique for a tablet. Other than that, it is a rather standard low-cost Android tablet.It has a 7-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1024×600 pixels. The product is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat.The tablet is 3G enabled and has slots for two SIM card slots, which also means it supports voice calling.On the back, it has a 5-megapixel camera, and on the front it has a 3-megapixel camera. Internally, it sports a 3,200mAh battery.The tablet comes preloaded with the usual set of Google apps. Of course, this means that it has apps like Hangouts, Google Drive, Chrome, and Gmail amongst others.The Canvas Tab P470 comes back of the heels of the Canvas P666, which was powered by an Intel atom processor.In the past month Micromax also launched the Canvas Selfie smartphone, and it also launched a new subsidiary called Yu. It announced the first Yu smartphone called Yureka on December 18.last_img read more

Microsoft Lumia 1330 could have 14MP rear camera

first_imgSeattle based Microsoft is silently working on a sequel to the Nokia Lumia 1320 phablet. Only this time, the alleged Lumia 1330 will be sans the Nokia branding. The Lumia device (codename RM-1062) was recently spotted on the GFX Benchmark site (via Phone Arena). The alleged device is being touted as The device.As per the GFX Benchmark listing, the Microsoft Lumia 1330 is tipped to feature a 5.7-inch display with a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. Moreover, it is reported to be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor (unknown clock speed) with Adreno 305 graphics and 512MB of RAM. The said device reportedly comes with 32GB of internal storage.The alleged Microsoft Lumia 1330 is further rumoured to sport a 14-megapixel rear snapper as well as a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfie lovers.    The report also confirms two variants of the same device (RM-1066 and RM-1067) recently spotted on certification website FCC. The said devices are said to be two possible variants of the Lumia 1330, with one being a single-SIM variant while the other a double-SIM one.The Lumia 1320 was announced last year along with the Lumia 1520 and was billed as a budget Windows Phone phablet.last_img read more