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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra has lightweight Mahindra as a final elimination round foe on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and a win—regardless of how Star and San Miguel Beer fare in their last games—will give the Kings top ranking after having beaten both sister teams.Tenorio and Justin Brownlee scored 22 points each to pace the Kings, while Meralco got 21 points from Baser Amer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAt 7-4 the Bolts are still assured of playing in a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals.Earlier, TNT KaTropa found it hard shaking off a determined Rain or Shine side, needing some big buckets inside from huge import Joshua Smith in eking out a 105-102 decision. Alaska and Star will clash on Wednesday, and if the Hotshots defeat the depleted Aces, there’s a strong chance the Painters could avoid the seventh or eighth positions.GlobalPort, which battles San Miguel Beer at the end of the elimination round on June 2, would also need another win to make it to the next round without a hitch, in case Alaska loses.“I don’t know if we still have a chance [at a top two finish],” TNT coach Nash Racela said. “All I know right now is that we are not at a twice-to-win disadvantage.” Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Throwing his weight around inside the paint with the Elasto Painters losing import Duke Crews at the halfway mark of the third quarter, Smith hit two critical lay-ins before Ranidel de Ocampo canned two free throws with 3.6 seconds left for what turned out to be the final count.The Texters thus closed out with an 8-3 record and qualified safely in the upper half of the quarterfinal draw.And with two more playdates remaining, TNT still has a chance at making the top two if some of the leaders lose their remaining games.Rain or Shine, which won this tournament last season, ended its elimination round stint with a 5-6 record after a second consecutive defeat.The Painters are assured of at least a playoff for the last quarterfinal slot and could even get a free ride to qualify in the middle of the pack depending on the results of the last two game days.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Read Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—Fan-favorite Barangay Ginebra crept closer to the No. 1 ranking in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs after pulling out the stops on both ends in a gripping endgame and surviving Meralco on Sunday night, 90-89, before a boisterous crowd at Ynares Center here.Joe Devance and LA Tenorio scored the Gin Kings’ final four points inside the last 38.9 seconds before Meralco sealed its fate with a blown fastbreak play which could have turned things around as Ginebra claimed a piece of the elimination round lead with idle Star at 8-2.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa lifts Creamline Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgWelcome to India Today Online’s coverage of the first cricket Test match between India and New Zealand from the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. Score | PhotosIndia vs New Zealand Day 1Pujara: I am happy that I have made a comeback and I have started well. I like to thank my father for supporting me. It is my immense love for the game that keeps me going. We were playing in tough conditions on the A tour to the West Indies. I knew that I was facing these kind of bowlers and I knew the ground well. I was better prepared. The pitch is slowing down and it is starting to turn. MS Dhoni is telling me to score a double ton and we will look to go past 400.Summary: The day belonged to Cheteshwar Pujara. He has nicely slotted back into the Indian Test team after a gap of 20 months. His first Test century lit up what has been an even day for both India and New Zealand. Both the openers fell to poor shots while Tendulkar was sent back by a wonderful delivery from Boult. Kohli and Pujara shared a 125 run stand before Martin accounted for Kohli. Raina too fell cheaply before Dhoni and Pujara steadied the ship.5:05 pm | 86.6 overs: STUMPS – India score 307/5 on Day 1. Chris Martin to Pujara, no run, back of a length delivery and it nips back in just outside off, Pujara defends it to mid off and that will be stumps. Pujara (119*) and skipper MS Dhoni (29*) remain unbeaten.4:50 pm | 84.1 overs: PUJARA GETS A LIFE! Chris Martin to Pujara, no run, loud appeal for a catch but not given, New Zealand cannot believe it, good length ball that darts back in around the off stump, the ball flicks the glove as Pujara takes the bottom hand off, van Wyk dives to his left and collects it, umpire Gould does not give it out, that is a poor decision. The TV replays clearly point out that he was out.advertisement4:30 pm | 10 overs remaining: New Zealand have taken the NEW BALL. We should have called it a day now, but they’re short by ten overs.MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease4:05 pm | 72.4 overs: WICKET! Raina departs cheaply. His poor form continues. Jeetan Patel to Raina, out Caught by van Wyk!! Oh boy, this is a very unlucky way to go. Quicker ball fired down the leg side, Raina looks to tickle it down to fine leg, gets a feather edge and van Wyk moves to his right to collect a sharp catch, Jeetan is thrilled to bits. Raina c van Wyk b Jeetan Patel 3(13) (India 260/5 in 72.4 overs)3:37 pm | 69.3 overs: 100 UP FOR PUJARA! Franklin to Pujara, 1 run, the crowd erupts as Pujara gets to his first Test century, take a bow, Che Pujara! Short of length ball on the middle and leg stump, Pujara clips it to long leg and punches the air in delight, he is just soaking in the adulation here, many more to come I am sure. And that’s his break-up for the century – 169 balls, 14 fours, 1 six. This is also his maiden international ton. He also has 14 first class centuries to his credit.  3:42 pm | 68.4 overs: Chris Martin to Pujara, FOUR, to third man. And Paujara moves on to 99. You bet, he has batted like Rahul Dravid. Good decision by skipper MS Dhoni to bring him on No. 3 position.Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease3:38 pm | 68.1 overs: WICKET! Thank God it’s not Pujara! Chris Martin to Virat Kohli, out Caught by Guptill!! The Phantom breaks this dangerous stand. Good length ball in the zone outside off and gets it to kick up a touch, Kohli plays away from the body and looks to force it to the off side, gets an outside edge that flies to Guptill at second slip, Kohli is gutted as he walks back. Virat Kohli c Guptill b Chris Martin 58(107) [4s-8] (India 250/5 in 68.1 overs)3:28 pm | 66.2 overs: Chris Martin to Virat Kohli, no run, loud shout for an LBW from Martin but not given, length ball and it nips back in off the pitch, Kohli plants his front foot across and looks to work it to the leg side, he misses it and gets rapped on the pads, but that ball was sliding down the leg side.3:03 pm | 60 overs: India are 219/3 at the stage with Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle.2:30 pm | THIRD SESSION2:10 pm | TEA: India are 182/3 in 54.0 overs (Pujara 54, Kohli 32)advertisement2:05 pm | 51.6 overs: FOUR and that brings up Pujara’s 50. He is definitely living up to his expectations. Franklin to Pujara, FOUR, fantastic shot! Short and a touch wide outside off, Pujara latches on to it and cuts it away off the back foot, to deep backward point, for a boundary.1:32 pm | 44.1 overs: Nicely driver by Pujara towards the boundary. Doug Bracewell to Pujara, FOUR, wonderful shot! Full outside off, Pujara gets onto the front foot, leans in to the delivery and drives it with perfect timing, through the gap on the off side, to the sweeper cover fence.Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease12:54 pm | 34.5 overs: WICKET! It’s a big one …Sachin walks! Boult to Tendulkar, out Bowled!! Lovely delivery! Good length on middle, angled across, pitches and jags back in to the right hander, Tendulkar tries to push at it but the ball goes through the gap between bat and pad, and crashes in to middle stump. Tendulkar reacts as though the ball stayed a little low, however, replays suggest otherwise. Tendulkar b Boult 19(62) [4s-2] (India 125/3 in 34.5 overs)12:30 pm | 29.6 overs: India are 111/2 at the stage. Boult to Pujara, no run, pitched up outside off, Pujara lets it go through to the wicketkeeper.12:12 PM |  25.3 overs: Four and that brings up the 100 to Team India. Patel to Pujara, FOUR, that’s a cracking shot! Too wide by Patel, Pujara had the time to rock back and slap it wide of point12:10 pm | SECOND SESSION – The players are coming back out to the middle. This session is going to be a very important one for both sides.LUNCH – India are 97/2 at the stage. Sehwag and Gambhir got starts but couldn’t convert them into big scores. The Kiwis have got rid of the openers and if they can get Tendulkar soon after lunch, they’ll feel that they have an upper hand. Join us at 12:10 for the next session11:30 am | 25 overs: India are 97/2 at the stage with Sachin Tendulkar and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease. They are batting at ease after Virender Sehwag provided the hosts with a quick start.10:55 pm | 15.3 overs: Sachin opens his account. Boult to Tendulkar, 1 run, off the mark with a single, down the leg side and Tendulkar glances it to fine leg for one.Sachin Tendulkar, right handed bat, comes to the crease10:45 am | 14.3 overs: WICKET! Oops Sehwag falls three runs short of his 50! Doug Bracewell to Sehwag, out Caught by Guptill!! No drop catches this time. In fact, it’s a sharp catch! Short of length but too close to the off stump, Sehwag still goes for the cut but he ends up guiding it straight to second slip, he hit that hard but Guptill did very well to hold on. An entertaining knock comes to an end, but India needed more than just 47 from Sehwag.. Sehwag c Guptill b Doug Bracewell 47(41) [4s-9] (India 77/2 in 14.3 overs)10:40 am | 13 overs: India are 65/1 at the stage. DRINKS! Drinks are on the field now . A good first hour for India, but New Zealand are just getting some rhythm going now. Things would have been very different had they taken the catch in the last over..advertisement10:38 am | 12.5 overs: Driven away towards the boundary. Easy 4 there. Doug Bracewell to Sehwag, FOUR, edged and between 1st slip and the keeper! Oh dear, oh dear. Good delivery that – full and close to the off stump, Sehwag pushes away from the body and gets a thick edge, it goes right between van Wyk and Ross Taylor and both of them leave it to the other. Taylor reacts late and attempts to go for the catch but it’s a bit too late.. will that prove costly?So Pujara has stepped into Rahul Dravid’s boots. Hope he lives up to the expectations. Cheteshwar Pujara, right handed bat, comes to the crease10:20 am | 9.6 over: WICKET! And Boult gets his man of the last ball of the over. Boult to Gambhir, out Caught by van Wyk!! That’s the first strike. The bowling has been good in the last 2 overs and that ultimately consumes Gambhir. Perfect length in the corridor of uncertainty outside off, Gambhir pokes at it as he always does and gets an edge to the keeper. Gambhir started well, but has to walk back now. Gambhir c van Wyk b Boult 22(36) [4s-4] (India 49/1 in 10 overs)10:10 am | 8.2 overs: DROPPED! It was a tough one though. Chris Martin to Sehwag, 2 runs, a harsh man will call that a chance. It would have been an incredible catch had he taken it. Martin digs it in short, Sehwag looks to pull but it gets a bit too big on him, goes off the top of the bat but just clears mid wicket. Flynn ran back from that position and tried to get there but couldn’t.10:10 am | 8 overs: Two quick fours off Sehwag in that over off Doug Bracewell even as India total reach 39 for no loss.9:50 pm | 3.6 overs: An easy FOUR there Boult to Gambhir, 4, edged, in the air, but safe! Good delivery that – full and moving away, Gambhir was drawn into the drive but only manages a thick edge, luckily for him it went between the slip cordon and gully9:46 pm | 3 overs: India are 8 for no loss against the Kiwis even as Chris Martin has completed his over. Sehwag and Gambhir are going easy there.9:42 pm | 2 overs: Boult to Sehwag, no run, angled away from Sehwag who leaves it alone.9:35 pm | 0.6 over: Chris Martin to Sehwag, no run, a bouncer to end the over, Sehwag stays away from that one.9:30 am | Gambhir and Sehwag are at the crease. Gambhir is on strike. Chris Martin will open the attackNot many surprises in the Indian playing eleven. Pujara was an obvious choice and Raina has pipped Badrinath for the number 6 spot. The tougher question is: who will bat at number 3? Will it be Pujara – who is touted as the next Rahul Dravid, or Kohli – who has already tasted success at that position in ODIs?Teams:  New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Flynn, Ross Taylor(c), Kane Williamson, James Franklin, Kruger van Wyk(w), Doug Bracewell, Jeetan Patel, Trent Boult, Chris Martin India (Playing XI): Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav Taylor: The pitch is hard. We have played here in the IPL and seen that the wicket is hard. It was a disappointing tour of the West Indies but we had 1 and a half weeks to get over it. Chris Martin, Jeetan Patel and Franklin come in to the side. Dhoni: The wicket will assist spinners later on. The last game we played here was a draw. It’s good to see a wicket like this in the sub-continent. There is something for the batsmen and the bowlers. The break helped us, especially in the fitness aspect. We’ll miss Rahul Dravid and Laxman. They’re legends of the game. Rahane, Ishant, Piyush and Badri are missing this game. 9:00 am | TOSS: India have won the toss and elected to bat Pitch report: It’s evenly rolled, but it’s very dry, with no grass whatsoever. We expect the pitch to take turn as the Test match progresses. The pitch has a bit of dampness, which will aid faster bowlers initially. With the humidity around, it might swing, but it will be tough conditions for the Kiwis.last_img read more

first_imgKlopp deflects agent comments on Liverpool exit: It was German humour!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has brushed off comments from his agent saying he could leave Liverpool because of the weather.The Liverpool manager’s agent Marc Kosicke suggested in a recent interview that Klopp could be tempted to switch Merseyside for a hotter destination.Speaking on the eve of Liverpool’s Champions League opener against Napoli, Klopp said: “There is nothing in that story.”He wanted to make a joke so now I have to be serious.”It is German humour but obviously nobody got it…I am completely fine with the weather.”Let me spell it out, the weather has never been a reason for me to choose a city and it’s certainly not a reason for me to leave the country.”Maybe at the moment (in England) it’s the most healthy weather in the world – we have enough rain, it’s cool, pretty much the opposite of this room!”There’s nothing in that story. He’s my agent and my friend.”When I speak about the weather it was about the wind which can have an effect on football, but that is not allowed in England. But that is not to a reason leave the country. I am fine.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgIvan Perisic admits it was painful missing out on Man Utd moveby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich winger Ivan Perisic has revealed it was “painful” to miss out on a move to Manchester United. The Croatian was on the cusp of being signed from Inter Milan by Jose Mourinho two years ago.”How close was I going there? Very close,” he told The Athletic . “It was an amazing thing for me when Jose called me. It was difficult to say no to him. In fact, I really, really wanted to join him and play for United.”It was a dream of mine to play in all the big leagues. But it didn’t happen. It was painful for me. But I don’t want to go into the details. I only found out myself the real reasons two years later.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgzoom Antwerp-based tanker owner and operator Euronav has been linked to a sale of TI Topaz, a very large crude carrier (VLCC).Euronav allegedly entered into a sub-sale agreement with Greek-based company New Shipping on May 25, according to information provided by VesselsValue.Once the transaction is completed, the 319,400 dwt TI Topaz will be sold for USD 21 million.Built at South Korean Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard in 2002, the tanker features a length of 333 meters and a width of 60 meters.Market value of the 161,135 gross ton ship currently stands at USD 23.9 million.Following the sale of TI Topaz, Euronav’s fleet will comprise a total of 56 vessels, the company’s data shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_img And the second panel box, before and after. [Photo & text: sa] February 25, 2005 Continuation from 2/23 – Arcosanti site electrician Michael Bittman, aka Dr. Sparks, at the completed, well labeled wall panel. [Photo & text: sa] There are some exceptions to the electric lines connected to the public grid. A small solar plant in Unit 8, see installation of the supporting solar panel reported on 6/16/03, supplies power to Units 8, 9 and 10, as well as to the lighting of hallways and walkways all through the East Crescent. More of this on 3/2. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

first_imgThese insights have the potential to make a big difference to how we treat sexual disorders in male babies in future – and are also relevant to the whole debate about male and female identity.Paul Fowler, Study Author. Source:Fowler, P. Move over testosterone, another hormone is also vital for making boys – and it doesn’t come from the testes. The Conversation. By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Feb 15 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)A new study has revealed that testosterone, which is produced and released by the testes, is not the only hormone involved in fetal development of the male penis. It is now thought that the masculinization process also involves a hormone called androsterone, which originates in other tissues, including the placenta.Sebastian Kaulitzki | ShutterstockThe results not only shed light on a previously unknown “backdoor” pathway of masculinization, but could also explain the link between placental dysfunction and disorders of male genital development.center_img During male fetal development, testosterone from the testes is converted into the male sex hormone 5α-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by the genital tubercle – the primordial structure that either develops into a penis or clitoris.In one in a few thousand cases, babies are born with “ambiguous” genitalia, where their gender is not quite clear. Previously, the understanding was that this is caused by problems associated with testosterone.However, recent studies have shown that penis development also relies on a second, alternative or “backdoor” pathway, where DHT is produced independently of testosterone from the testicles. However, the details of this other pathway remained unclear, including the source DHT.As reported in the journal PLOS Biology, Fowler and collaborators in Glasgow, France and Sweden have conducted a study that explains more about this second process.Using mass spectrometry, the team measured levels of steroid hormones in fetal plasma and tissue during the second trimester – the most vital phase for penis development. The researchers also measured gene expression in tissues known to be involved in hormone synthesis.The study revealed that the hormone androsterone, which can also be converted to DHT, was the main steroid hormone present in the blood of the male fetus and that both androsterone and testosterone were present at lower levels in the female circulation.In addition, the enzymes required to convert androsterone to DHT were mainly present in non-gonadal tissues including the placenta and the liver.Given that androsterone can be made from progesterone, Fowler and colleagues suggest that placental progesterone is the androsterone source in the alternative pathway.Our results demonstrate that masculinization of the male fetus depends not only on the testes, but also on other tissues, especially the placenta. They also suggest an explanation for why disorders of placental insufficiency can lead to hypospadias and other abnormalities of growth of the male external genitalia.”last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 15 2019Results from a large clinical trial indicate that patients with rheumatoid arthritis are likely to experience the same level of cardiovascular benefits from statins as other individuals, without additional risks. The findings appear in Arthritis & Rheumatology, an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology.Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have an approximately 50 percent higher risk of experiencing cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke compared with the general population. By lowering LDL cholesterol, statins are known to help prevent cardiovascular events in certain high-risk individuals, but it’s unclear whether they are safe and effective for patients with inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.To investigate the potential risks and benefits of statins in moderate risk patients with rheumatoid arthritis, researchers designed the Trial of Atorvastatin for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (TRACE RA), a multi-center, randomized, double-blind trial comparing the statin atorvastatin with placebo.The trial included 3,002 patients with rheumatoid arthritis who were over aged 50 years or had rheumatoid arthritis for more than 10 years, without clinical atherosclerosis, diabetes, or myopathy. Patients were randomized to receive atorvastatin 40mg daily or placebo.During a median follow-up of 2.5 years, 1.6 percent of patients who received atorvastatin and 2.4 percent of patients receiving placebo experienced cardiovascular death, heart attack, stroke, transient ischemic attack, or any arterial revascularization. After adjustments, there was a 40 percent lower risk of cardiovascular events for patients taking atorvastatin, although the difference was not statistically significant. This was because the overall rate of events was low.Related StoriesResearchers identify new clues on tissue damage in rheumatoid arthritis and lupusFirst safe, reliable, noninvasive way to monitor rheumatoid arthritisResearchers develop NO-scavenging hydrogel for treatment of rheumatoid arthritisAt the end of the trial, patients taking atorvastatin had significantly lower LDL cholesterol as well as significantly lower levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation, compared with patients taking placebo. Adverse events in the atorvastatin and placebo groups were similar.The paper’s lead author is Professor George Kitas of Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, while co-senior authors are Professor Jill Belch of the University of Dundee and Professor Deborah Symmons of the University of Manchester.”The trial found that the statin reduced levels of cholesterol by similar amounts as has been seen in other populations studied. The results also show that it is as safe for patients with rheumatoid arthritis to take statins as for the general population,” said Prof. Symmons. “In addition, because of the low overall rate of cardiovascular events in the trial population, there is no indication for all patients with rheumatoid arthritis to be prescribed a statin. This is unlike diabetes where the great majority of patients are recommended to take a statin.”The study authors recommend that patients with rheumatoid arthritis be prescribed statins according to national or local guidelines for managing cardiovascular risk in the general population.An accompanying editorial notes that the study provides information that will be useful for researchers and clinicians who focus on rheumatoid arthritis, and the results may be helpful when considering cardiovascular risk across other rheumatic diseases. Source:https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/arthritis-rheumatology/large-clinical-trial-finds-statins-safe-and-likely-effective-prlast_img read more

first_img The 25 Most Mysterious Archaeological Finds on Earth Photos: Viking Warrior Is Actually a Woman 30 of the World’s Most Valuable Treasures That Are Still Missing The discovery of cannabis pollen near a Viking settlement in Newfoundland raises the question of whether the Vikings were smoking or eating pot while exploring North America. The researchers also found evidence the Vikings occupied this outpost for more than a century, way longer than previously believed. Located in northern Newfoundland, the site of L’Anse aux Meadows was founded by Vikings around A.D. 1000. Until now, archaeologists believed that the site was occupied for only a brief period. The new research, published today (July 15) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that the Vikings lived there possibly into the 12th or even the 13th century. [In Photos: Viking Outposts Possibly Found in Canada]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65940-were-vikings-smoking-pot-in-newfoundland.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Bog finds In August 2018, an archaeological team excavated a peat bog located nearly 100 feet (30 meters) east of the Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows. They found a layer of “ecofacts” — environmental remains that may have been brought to the site by humans — that were radiocarbon dated to the 12th or 13th century. These ecofacts include remains of two beetles not native to Newfoundland — Simplocaria metallica, from Greenland, and Acidota quadrata, from the Arctic. The layer also held pollen from Juglans (walnuts) and from Humulus (cannabis), two species that don’t naturally grow at L’Anse aux Meadows; rather, the Vikings could have picked up all of these plant and animal species when they sailed south. [Photos: 10th-Century Viking Tomb Unearthed in Denmark] They also found the remains of dung from grazing caribou, as well as remains of wood and charcoal. The layer from the peat bog is similar to other “cultural layers from across the Norse North Atlantic,” the archaeological team wrote in the journal article. More evidence Additionally, the archaeologists performed Bayesian analysis — a type of statistical analysis — on radiocarbon dates from artifacts previously excavated at L’Anse aux Meadows. That analysis also suggested Viking occupation for up to 200 years. “This does not imply a continuous occupation,” the researchers wrote, noting that the Vikings could have abandoned and reoccupied L’Anse aux Meadows when it suited them. Did the Vikings use pot in Newfoundland? The finding of cannabis pollen raises the question of whether the Vikings used cannabis for making clothes or for medicinal-recreational purposes while they explored North America. Paul Ledger, the lead author of the paper and a postdoctoral fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland urged caution on the interpretation of the findings, noting that pollen can easily be carried by the wind. Ledger urged caution on the interpretation of the findings, noting that pollen can easily be carried by the wind. It’s also possible that some of the other “ecofacts” were brought to the peat bog by indigenous peoples who lived in Newfoundland, and not by the Vikings. [Fierce Fighters: 7 Secrets of Viking Seamen] Ultimately, “the results presented here [in the journal article] pose more questions than answers,” the archaeological team wrote. Reaction from other Viking researchers Viking researchers not affiliated with the research team urged caution about the results. “I think it is too early to draw any conclusions,” said Birgitta Wallace, a senior archaeologist emerita with Parks Canada who has done extensive research on the Vikings in North America. Wallace told Live Science that she isn’t convinced that the Vikings left behind these ecofacts. “I think it is highly unlikely that the Norse [another word for Vikings] would have returned in the 12th and 13th centuries, as there are no structures on the site from that period that could be Norse,” Wallace said. “We do know that there were indigenous people, ancestors of the Beothuk, on the site at that time.” Patricia Sutherland, a visiting scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature who has also done extensive research on the Vikings in North America, said that while the Vikings could have been in Newfoundland during the 12th or 13th centuries, it is too early to say for sure. “It seems premature to suggest such a scenario on the basis of the ‘ecofacts’ listed in the paper,” Sutherland said. It’s possible that some of the beetles and plant pollen found in the layer were brought to L’Anse aux Meadows by the Vikings around A.D. 1000, and they continued to flourish after the Vikings left, Sutherland said. The research team plans to continue their work at L’Anse aux Meadows in August, Ledger said. Editor’s note: This article was updated to fix a statement about the interpretation of the cannabis pollen. 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first_img Golf 07 Jul 2019 American Daly not allowed to use golf cart at British Open Golf 11 May 2019 Woods, Koepka, Molinari to tee off early in first round at PGA Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and American Justin Thomas carded 67, while former champion Rickie Fowler was among just a handful of players to struggle, shooting 71. (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Ed Osmond) (Reuters) – Edoardo Molinari was among many to take advantage of ideal conditions at the Scottish Open on Thursday, vaulting into a four-way share of the first-round lead in North Berwick.Edoardo, older brother of reigning British Open champion Francesco, carded eight-under-par 63, a score matched by fellow Italian Nino Bertasio, American Matt Kuchar and France’s Romain Wattel at the Renaissance Club.While Francesco is having a week off to prepare for next week’s Open at Royal Portrush, Edoardo is attempting to qualify as one of the top three finishers this week not also already exempt.Soft conditions and little breeze left the course at the mercy of the field on a day when more than half the players broke 70. Related Newscenter_img Related News Golf 11 Jul 2019 Golf – Social media critics no problem but not granny, says Kuchar {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

first_img Tags / Keywords: Markets 27 Jun 2019 Trade-war winner Vietnam is now a target for Trump’s tariffs Related News Vietnam goes from trade war winner to Trump target. Economy Nation 08 Jul 2019 US not being clear of its priority targets in trade war with China Nation 10 Jul 2019 Malaysia has potential to profit from US-China trade war, says Azmin Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} For manufacturers like IREX, Trump’s recent action means they can’t sit back either.”Our sales department is looking for new markets, so if the U.S. increases Vietnam tariffs it won’t impact IREX’s business much,” said Trang, the company’s COO.- Bloomberg HANOI: Americans are buying solar panels from Vietnam like never before, but local manufacturer IREX Energy JSC isn’t celebrating.After U.S. President Donald Trump slapped higher tariffs on China, production in neighbouring Vietnam went into overdrive. Chinese manufacturers, who face a 55% U.S. tariff on their goods, relocated some production to Vietnam, while local businesses saw a jump in orders. In June alone, U.S. imports of solar cells from Vietnam surged 656% from a year ago.That trade boom in everything from Ikea furniture to Nike Inc. shoes is now prompting more scrutiny from the US and making businesses like IREX concerned.”We are worried that the US may raise tariffs on our solar panels,” Pham Thi Thu Trang, the company’s chief operating officer, said from Ho Chi Minh City. “Though the U.S market is huge, it is a complicated market when it comes to its politics.”Communist Party-led Vietnam has steadily opened up to foreign investors over the years to become a manufacturing hub in the region, with household names like Samsung Electronics Co., Intel Corp. and Nestle SA setting up factories there. It’s that trade openness, as well as its low-cost labor and proximity to China, that’s helped Vietnam successfully navigate growing global protectionism as companies seek out refuges from the trade war.It’s very quickly climbed the ranks to become a significant U.S. trade partner. Vietnam’s annual trade surplus with the U.S. has exceeded $20 billion since 2014 and reached $40 billion last year, the highest in records going back to 1990, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. For the first five months of the year, the surplus is already 43% higher than a year ago at $21.6 billion.The Trump administration is now pressuring the nation of 97 million people to slash its trade surplus, threatening one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.Trouble began in May, when the U.S. Treasury added Vietnam to a watchlist of countries being monitored for possible currency manipulation. Then, in response to U.S. pressure, Vietnam announced a crackdown on Chinese exporters rerouting products through the Southeast Asian nation with fake Made-in-Vietnam labels to bypass Trump’s tariffs.Trump described Vietnam last month as “almost the single-worst abuser of everybody” when asked if he wanted to impose tariffs on the nation. And just last week, the U.S. slapped duties of more than 400% on steel imports from Vietnam which originated in South Korea and Taiwan.Vietnam officials have been left reeling. The government says it’s committed to buying more U.S. goods, from Boeing Co. jets to energy products to help narrow its trade surplus with the world’s largest economy. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc last week told officials to monitor U.S. reactions to the nation’s monetary policy more closely.”They are very nervous and confused. They don’t know what Trump’s next move will be,” said Alexander Vuving, a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii.Vietnam has not been adept at responding to charges against its trading practices in Washington, where a cadre of lawyers are needed to quickly engage the government, said Nestor Scherbey, a licensed U.S. customs broker and consultant based in Ho Chi Minh City. “It’s like being charged in court and not showing up.”Cheap LabourCapital Economics Ltd. estimates that if Trump levied a 25% tariff on imports from Vietnam as he did with Chinese goods, Hanoi would see a 25% drop in export revenue, equivalent to more than 1% of the nation’s gross domestic product. That would erase the estimated 0.5 percentage-point gain it has had over the past year as a beneficiary of the trade war.Even before the trade tensions, Vietnam was benefiting from businesses looking for low-cost alternatives to China as wages there grew. That trend will likely continue, which should help to sustain Vietnam’s economic trajectory, according to Adam McCarty, chief economist with Mekong Economics in Hanoi.”It’s not going to stop the underlying economic motivation to move basic factory work from China to Vietnam,” he said. “China is getting too expensive.”Vietnam’s leaders have also long worked to buffer the country from trade shocks by hedging its reliance on any single market, including the U.S., the nation’s largest export destination. Vietnam has inked more than a dozen free trade agreements such as the just-signed deal with the European Union that will eliminate 99% of customs duties, and the revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership, which eventually provides duty-free access to markets such as Canada and Japan for many products.”Vietnam’s foreign policy for decades has been the opposite of what Groucho Marx said: he’d never want to join a club that would have him,” McCarty said. “The Vietnamese approach is to join every trade and investment club they possibly can.”last_img read more