Controversial Proposal for Wolf Conservation Gets a Reboot

first_imgWhen the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed in June to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list—while adding a subspecies, the Mexican wolf, in the southwest—the agency found itself caught between the objections of environmentalists and the concerns of ranchers who fear greater losses of livestock. The controversy heated up earlier this month, when the agency excluded several top scientists from an expert panel that would review the plan, apparently because of their views that the wolves need protection.Now, FWS is hoping for a fresh start. The agency has extended the public comment period on the proposed changes to 28 October, and they will begin a series of public hearings around the country. The first will be held tonight in Washington, D.C. The agency also announced today in a press conference that it will launch a new scientific peer review of the proposals that it says will be truly independent.Few endangered species arouse passions in the United States like the wolf. It’s an amazing comeback story. After more than 2 centuries of persecution, the gray wolf was reduced to a tiny band of survivors in northern Minnesota. But since the species as a whole was added to the endangered species list in 1978, wolves have rebounded in many places and now number more than 5200. 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Smaller packs in Oregon, western Washington, and northern California don’t qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act, the agency argues, because they are not separated from larger populations. The service contends that the gray wolf is not at risk of extinction “in the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.”Service Director Dan Ashe said that state management plans will ensure that wolves will continue to prosper. Even though wolves remain absent from many states that historically had the predator, Ashe said that bringing them back is not the job of FWS. “The goal is not to recreate the past, but is to protect species from extinction.”By delisting the remaining gray wolves, the agency can focus its efforts on the southwestern United States, where just 75 Mexican wolves hang on in New Mexico and Arizona. This change is unlikely to mean much new money headed to wolf recovery actions, Ashe admitted. But he pointed to emerging partnership with landowners to protect the species. The Turner Foundation, for example, has put together a coalition of ranchers and family farmers who are trying to learn to work with wolf recovery. Part of the federal effort will be to expand the zone in which wolves are released by several orders of magnitude.In order to properly vet the science behind the proposed changes to wolf listings, FWS has asked the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in Santa Barbara, California, to run a peer review. An academic research institute affiliated with the University of California, NCEAS will vet prospective reviewers and select five to six scientists. The process will be led by Steven Courtney, an affiliate of NCEAS with extensive experience in peer review. All scientists, including those that FWS had objected to previously, will be eligible. “We looked at the criticism and agreed with it,” Ashe said. “The service was too close to the selection of the panelists.” This time around, FWS will have no role in the selection of the panelists other than giving NCEAS the scope of work. Assistant Director for Endangered Species Gary Frazer expects the review to be completed before the end of the year.“People are free to disagree” with the agency’s proposal, Ashe said. “We’ll certainly hear some of that this evening” at the Washington, D.C., hearing. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), a nonprofit group that advocates for greater protection for vulnerable species, said it expected hundreds of people at a rally this afternoon in D.C. “The Fish and Wildlife Service is walking away from recovery even though wolves occupy just a fraction of their former range and face continued persecution,” said Brett Hartl of CBD in a statement. Other hearings are scheduled for later this week in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Sacramento, unless the federal government is shut down.last_img read more

New species of humpback dolphin

first_imgAfter 17 years of study, scientists have determined that humpback dolphins inhabiting the waters of northern Australia and New Guinea are unique and should be classified as a separate species: Sousa sahulensis (pictured). Informally called the Australian humpback dolphin, the newly recognized species joins three other close relatives in the Sousa genus: the Atlantic humpback dolphin (S. teuszii), the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (S. chinensis), and the Indian Ocean humpback dolphin (S. plumbea). S. sahulensis, whose name refers to the Sahul Shelf, an underwater geological feature that stretches between northern Australia and southern New Guinea, made its scientific debut online in Marine Mammal Science on 31 July. So what makes S. sahulensis unique? Most obviously, it has a lower dorsal fin than those of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean humpback dolphins. It is also dark gray in hue, with a darker gray cape over its back, whereas its closest humpback neighbor, the Indo-Pacific version, is distinctly white. The researchers do not know how many Australian humpback dolphins exist, but suspect that there are unlikely to be more than a few thousand—and that, like the other humpback dolphins, they are threatened by coastal development, ship strikes, and accidental and intentional killing by people.last_img read more

Seabird losses from Deepwater Horizon oil spill estimated at hundreds of thousands

first_imgThe 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill is often cited as the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history—yet its impacts on the marine life of the Gulf of Mexico have gone largely undetermined. Now, new findings published this month in Marine Ecology Progress Series estimate that the number of seabirds lost as a result of the spill may number well into the hundreds of thousands. Birds are especially vulnerable to oil, which can coat their feathers and cause death by dehydration, starvation, or drowning. Seabird mortalities can easily be underestimated following a spill as bodies are lost at sea or go undiscovered. So researchers turned to two different estimation methods—one whereby total mortalities were estimated from the actual number of dead birds recovered, and another in which information on the geographic extent of the oil slick and seabird densities were used to estimate potential mortalities. The scientists found that although the two approaches were based on different data sets, they returned roughly similar estimates of 600,000 and 800,000 oil-related seabird deaths, respectively. Although the number of seabird mortalities from the spill likely centers around 700,000, sources of uncertainty in the estimates indicate the number of deaths could actually lie anywhere between 300,000 and 2 million. In comparison, an estimated 250,000 seabirds were lost during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and longline fisheries are estimated to contribute to 160,000 to 320,000 seabird deaths globally each year. For some seabirds, such as the laughing gull (Leucophaeus atricilla), the Deepwater Horizon impact translates into an estimated loss of more than 30% of its Gulf of Mexico population. Energy company BP faces civil penalties based in part on the number of birds and other wildlife lost in the spill, therefore the mortality estimates could influence the amount the company will be required to pay.*Update, 31 October, 4:29 p.m.: In response to this study, BP has issued a statement noting that the research was funded by The Murray Firm and Cossich, Sumich, Parsiola & Taylor LLC, two law firms representing clients with environmental impact claims against BP. 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Colonoscopy

first_imgDefinitionA colonoscopy is an exam that views the insideof the colon (large intestine) and rectum, using a toolcalled a colonoscope.The colonoscope has a small camera attached to a flexible tube that can reach the length of the colon.How the Test is PerformedYouare likely given medicine into a vein to help you relax. You should not feel any pain. Youare awake during the test and may even be able to speak. But youprobably willnot remember anything.You lie on your left side with your knees drawn up toward your chest.The colonoscope is gentlyinserted through the anus. It is carefully moved into the beginning of the largeintestine. The scope is slowly advancedas far as the lowest part of the small intestine.Airis inserted through the scope to provide a better view. Suction may be used to remove fluid or stool.Thedoctor gets a better view as the scope ismoved back out. Therefore, a more careful exam is done while the scope is beingpulled back.Tissue samples (biopsy)orpolypsmay be removed using tiny tools inserted through the scope.Photosmay be taken using the camera at the end of the scope. If needed, procedures, such as laser therapy,are also done.How to Prepare for the TestYour bowelneeds to be completely empty and clean for the exam.A problem in your large intestine that needs to be treated may be missed if your intestines are not cleaned out.Your health care provider willgive you the steps forcleansing your bowel. This is called bowel preparation.Steps may include using enemas, not eating solid foods for 2 or 3 days before the test, and taking laxatives.advertisementYouneed to drink plenty of clear liquids for 1to 3 days before the test. Examples of clear liquids are:Clear coffee or teaFat-free bouillon or brothGelatinSports drinksStrained fruit juicesWaterYou willlikely be told to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other blood-thinning medicines for several days before the test.Keep taking your other medicines unless your doctor tells you otherwise.You will need to stop taking ironpills or liquidsa fewdays before the test, unless your health care provider tells you it isOK to continue.Iron can make your stooldark black. Thismakes it harder for the doctor toview insideyour bowel.How the Test will FeelThe medicines will make you sleepy so thatmay not feel any discomfort or have anymemory of the test.You may feel pressure as the scope moves inside. You may feel brief cramping and gas pains as air is inserted or the scope advances. Passing gas is necessary and should be expected.After the exam, you may have mild abdominal cramping and pass a lot of gas. You may also feel bloated and sick to your stomach. These soon go away.You should be able to go home about 1 hour after the test. You must plan to have someone take you home after the test, because you will be woozy and unable to drive. The nurses and doctors will not let you leave until someone arrives to help you.When you are home:Drink plenty of liquids. Eat a healthy meal to restore your energy.You should be able to return to your regular activities the next day.Avoid driving, operating machinery, drinking alcohol, and making important decisions for at least 24 hours after the test.Why the Test is PerformedColonoscopy may be donefor the following reasons:Abdominal pain, changes in bowel movements, or weight lossAbnormal changes (such as polyps) found on sigmoidoscopy or x-ray tests (CT scan or barium enema)Anemia due to low iron (usually when no other cause has been found)Blood in the stool, or black, tarry stoolsFollow-up of a past finding, such as polyps or colon cancerInflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease)Screening for colorectal cancerNormal ResultsNormal findings are healthy intestinal tissues.What Abnormal Results MeanAbnormal pouches on the lining of the intestines, called diverticulosisAreas of bleedingCancer in the colon or rectumColitis (a swollen and inflamed intestine) due to Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis, infection, or lack of blood flowSmall growths called polypson thelining of your colon (which can be removed through the colonoscope during the exam)RisksHeavy or ongoing bleeding from biopsy or removal of polypsHole or tear in the wall of the colon that requires surgery to repairInfection needing antibiotic therapy (very rare)Reaction tothe medicine youtake to relax, causing breathing problems or low blood pressureReferences Kimmey MB. Complications of gastrointestinal endoscopy. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger and Fordtrans Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease: Pathophysiology/Diagnosis/Management. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2010:chap 40.advertisementNational Comprehensive Cancer Network. NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines): Colorectal cancer screening. Version 2.2013. Available at: http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/pdf/colorectal_screening.pdf. Accessed October 24, 2013.Pasricha PJ. Gastrointestinal endoscopy. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldmans Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 136.Review Date:10/14/2013Reviewed By:George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

Prepare to be terrified at ESC Silicon Valley 2017

first_img Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous Spotlight topics for Embedded.com in 2018Next Meet a new era of materials science at ESC Silicon Valley 2017 4 thoughts on “Prepare to be terrified at ESC Silicon Valley 2017” zeidman says: Max The Magnificent says: I don’t know about you, but some of the things I’m seeing and hearing are beginning to make me a tad uneasy as to what the future holds for us.The optimistic side of me — the part that loves technology — envisages a time when we all enjoy the benefits of things like 3D holographic computer interfaces, tactile displays, and augmented reality (AR) systems that make me squeal in delight.By comparison, the pessimistic side of me looks at some of the technologies that are starting to appear and thinks, “But what if…”(Source: pixabay.com) For example, I love my Amazon Echo, but I have a niggling feeling of disquiet about having something that’s constantly listening to what’s going on in my home. It’s not that I think the folks at Amazon (or Google, or Apple) are interested in accessing my conversations — at least, not at the moment — but who is to say what tomorrow will bring? Theoretically, the only time anything is transmitted into the cloud is when I use the keyword “Alexa,” but what if someone did decide to spy on my family at some time in the future?The way artificial intelligence (AI) is going, will it really be all that long before someone can create an AI agent that can locate and take over someone’s Echo and start listening to everything that’s going on?And this won’t stop with smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. Pretty soon, just about everything from your electric toaster to your dishwasher to your television will be speech-enabled, which also means they will be cognizant of your every utterance.Do you recall my recent article XMOS + Setem could be a game-changer for embedded speech? In that column, we discussed how the folks at XMOS now have the ability to disassemble a sound space into its individual sources. Take a roomful of people chatting, for example; in addition to being able to identify and resolve the locations of the individual speakers, the system provides the ability to simultaneously listen to all of the speakers all of the time.Now imagine you are wearing an augmented reality (AR) headset. Suppose you focus your attention on two people chatting at the far side of the room. Now suppose that your headset has the ability to “wind down” all of the other voices to a background hum, and to amplify the voices of the people you are observing. This could be very useful or very invasive, depending on who is doing what to whom.Did you see the recent Gizmodo article: How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You’ve Ever Met? It turns out that, behind the profile you build for yourself, Facebook is constantly evolving a “shadow profile” (they don’t like this term) for you based on the content of the inboxes and mobile devices of other Facebook users.The bottom line is that Facebook and Amazon and Google know more about you than you think they know. I remember some time ago hearing that one or more of these companies are working on building avatars for each of their users. I’m not talking about visual representations of the users here, I’m talking about embodiments or personifications in the form of artificial neural networks (ANNs).Do you remember the way it used to be when you were looking at a book on Amazon? The system would tell you “A lot of people who bought this book also bought…” and it would give you a couple of other suggestions. Although it was clever at the time, this was really based on simple number-crunching. Now the system is much more predictive, offering proposals and recommendations based on all sorts of factors, and we’re still in the early days of what’s possible.The idea behind the avatars is that your “Mini-Me” would be trained using all the items you’ve previously bought along with all the items you’ve looked at and rejected. Over time, your avatar will continue to be educated based on the items you search for, the links and images you click, the pages you look at, and the amount of time you spend there.The goal, of course, is to be able to sell you more things more efficiently. Rather than show you so many offerings that you become annoyed, the system will instead present tens or hundreds of thousands of items to your avatar. The only ones you see will be ones to which your avatar gives the equivalent of a “thumbs up.”None of the above is bad in and of itself, but it does make me wonder if we really know what we are doing and where we are headed with our latest and greatest technologies. In fact, these are a few of the topics I will be discussing in my Advanced Technologies for 21st Century Embedded Systems session at the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley, which will take place December 5-7, 2017, in the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California.Happily, this talk will take place in the ESC Engineering Theater, which means it will be open to anyone to attend so long as they are flaunting a Free Expo Pass, but you do have to register. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. November 20, 2017 at 1:38 pm antiquus says: November 19, 2017 at 9:48 pm Max The Magnificent says: November 20, 2017 at 1:40 pm “@Antiquus: “…Who would imagine that a “speaker” is listening?…”nnWhen I was a student, speakers were huge — great big boxes with big base units and mid-range units and high-frequency units — I wish I could go back in time with one of today’s s November 20, 2017 at 4:38 am Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. “@Zeidman: “…Or will new technologies arise to protect our privacy…”nnThat’s what I think will happen — like the “Anti AI AI” software they lets you know if you are talking to an AI rather than a human being.” “Yes, a lot of scary technology coming down the pike, Max. I wonder if we will just evolve (intellectually and emotionally, not physically) to deal with it. For example, we’ll just be complacent giving up what we think of now as privacy. Or will new techno “Even the name “smart speaker” is a misleading misnomer that will go down as one of the great marketing concepts of the century. Who would imagine that a “speaker” is listening?”last_img read more

Tyreek Hill ties Bedlam with a 92-yard punt return

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær preaches belief on historic return to Camp Nou

first_imgThey will need it, Solskjær admitted. He admitted it repeatedly, in fact. The mystique may be there, and it can provide strength too, the United manager preferring to talk of belief rather than fate, but it can break on reality. Manchester United have won three of four games away from home, scoring in the last minute at Juventus and at Paris Saint-Germain, and the Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde talked about United’s “spirit”, noting “they have something special in the final minutes – in fact they won a Champions League here that way”. But he preferred not to hear destiny calling, and so too did Solskjær.“We all take examples from the past to motivate us for the future; you can think it can happen again but in the end I think the destiny has to be written by you, not because it happened again,” Valverde said. “You have to seek it, and we will to seek our destiny tomorrow. I suppose United will do that too.”United won the treble that night in 1999. Barcelona, the league virtually secure, the Copa del Rey final awaiting them, aspire to a treble of their own. It would be their third and if they do not achieve that now, absurd though it sounds, their season is likely to be judged a disappointment. If they do not make it into the semi-final for the first time in four years, it will be considered a disaster. They lead 1-0 from the first leg and have not lost a European game at the Camp Nou for 30 matches, going back to 2013. Their record reads: 27 wins, three draws, 93 goals scored, 15 conceded.And Lionel Messi is back, Valverde confirmed: “He was dazed after [the clash with Chris Smalling at] Old Trafford, but he’s fine now.” That said, Barcelona have not gone beyond this stage since 2015, falling here three years in a row, and Messi has not scored a quarter-final goal since April 2013, 12 games ago. “He’s closer to scoring tomorrow, then,” Barcelona’s manager shot back. “When you talk about stats a lot, that’s fine and all, but the past doesn’t tell you what will happen in the future.” Facebook Share on WhatsApp Ole Gunnar Solskjær scores his famous goal in 1999. Photograph: Colorsport/REX_Shutterstock Topics “We [also] didn’t keep the ball as well as we should have at home, we didn’t create enough chances, and you have to do that against Barcelona. You can get some freak results, but that doesn’t normally happen. We have to perform better than 80%-20%; we need to stamp our authority on the game because if you give Suárez, Messi, Coutinho time on the ball, too many chances, you will suffer. So I hope we will not just camp outside our box.”This will be hard, in other words. “Even harder than Bayern in 1999?” he was asked. That again. “In football anything can happen and we know that if we keep a clean sheet we can still be in the tie in the 93rd minute, because we are bigger than them, physically taller, but it is about the quality. We need to defend well but we also need to score,” Solskjær said.“I don’t mind if it comes in the 93rd minute.” Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Share via Email Instead, it’s football. Valverde admitted that the thing he most feared about United was their speed: “If you give them space, they run well, they’re decisive.” And asked if he expected United to begin on the attack, he replied: “I imagine they’ll try to do something similar to what they did at other grounds.”Solskjær, though, was clearly unsatisfied with previous performances, aware that this task is greater. He demanded more from his forwards and greater concentration from them all. He also demanded they have the ball: there would be little point parking the bus.“We slept,” Solskjær began when he analysed the goal that gives Barcelona a slender lead. “I won’t say for a second because they kept the ball for a long time but they kept the ball, kept the ball, and we switched off, Busquets got half a yard and played that pass. Belief is important, but concentration is another. Here, though, the past seemed to play, ever present albeit as something to escape that neither coach wanted to be trapped by. If United will always have Paris, Solskjær was clear that it is not enough; it was tempting to see a team that has already come further than anyone expected – and may even have come too far. Tempting, too, to wonder if that suggested that rather than making progress inevitable, it made a fall more probable: play like they did in the Parc des Princes and the result won’t be the same.Asked if he believes in fate, Solskjær responded: “I believe that you get what you deserve in sport, if you put your life, effort and determination into it. Belief is massive. Everyone has talent, a certain ability, but we saw against PSG that we can get back from 2-0 down against a fantastic team. Historically, Barcelona are the best in the world over the last 10 years so we know that this will need a fantastic effort.“Sometimes people say it has to be our year, that it was 20 years ago, that I played with the No 20, that we’re back at the Camp Nou. But to go through we have to deserve it. You can’t just say that it’s fate.” Share on Messenger It is, as everyone knows by now, 20 years since Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored that goal in European football’s biggest stadium and on European football’s biggest night. And, if it has often felt inescapable over the last fortnight, inevitably it was there again when he finally returned two decades later, playing on the screens of the press room as he got up and made his way to the Camp Nou pitch for the first time since 1999, BarçaTV recalling the moment more than the man in the middle of it.“I don’t know how I will feel when I get there – there will be many emotions and it is a fantastic memory for me of course,” Solskjær said before heading out. He was 26 then; he is 46 now. “That was the only time I have ever been on the pitch, actually. I came here to the clásico in 2016 with my young son; we bought two tickets and sat high up in the stands. And I came again 10 days ago [to watch Barcelona-Atlético], but that’s it and I don’t really look back that often. I’ll just focus on tomorrow, on a better performance.” Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Hide Read more Share on Twitter Show Pinterest Twitter Thank you for your feedback. Ole Gunnar Solskjær insists his strikers must step up against Barcelona Champions League Share on Facebook The Joy of Six: Barcelona v Manchester United Share on LinkedIn features Was this helpful? Manchester United Share on Pinterest Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer: Man Utd players have clean slate – to a point

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Man Utd players have clean slate – to a pointby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the players have a clean slate – to a point.Predecessor Jose Mourinho fell out with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba, but Solskjaer says he is prepared to take a fresh look at every player.He told MUTV in his first interview: “Playing games is the best time of your life!”The more games you get, the better it is. For me as a manager now it’s great because you have to rotate, so you’ll get to see many players; they’ll get that chance and everyone in”Everybody in the squad knows ‘I’ve got a chance now’ because whatever’s gone, whatever’s happened has happened.”Now it’s just about from here everybody starts with a clean slate and we want players to perform and to give them a chance.”Asked whether that meant everybody in the squad had a ‘blank piece of paper’ going forward, Solskjaer said: “Well you’ve got to start somewhere.”Of course you look at a couple of performances I’ve seen the last few games, but you look at the merits, you look at the team, you pick a team now and you move on; they’ll all get chances.” last_img read more

Wasim Jaffer creates Asian record with double century in Ranji Trophy quarter-final

first_img India Today Web Desk NagpurJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 17:25 IST Wasim Jaffer has scored 969 runs, including four hundreds, at an average of 80.75 from nine matches in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWasim Jaffer scored 206 for Vidarbha to help them take the first-innings lead against UttarakhandJaffer has become the first Indian and Asian batsman to score two double centuries after turning 40 in first-class cricketJaffer’s 206 on Thursday was also the ninth time he has gone past the 200-run mark in Ranji TrophyWasim Jaffer is aging like fine wine. The India batsman, who is the highest run-getter in the Ranji Trophy history, has been in fine scoring form in the ongoing season of the premier domestic tournament.On Thursday, Wasim Jaffer became the first Indian and the first Asian batsman to score two double centuries after turning 40 in first-class cricket. The 40-year-old slammed a double hundred in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final for Vidarbha against Uttarakhand in Nagpur on Thursday.Jaffer scored 206 runs from 296 balls and stitched a 304-run stand for the second wicket with centurion Sanjay Ramasamy to help Vidarbha take the crucial first-innings lead against Uttarakhand, who had posted 355 in their first innings.Wasim Jaffer 200* – Vidarbha vs Uttarakhand @ Nagpur #RanjiTrophy 2018-19 QFHis ninth 200+ fc score, incl two 300+ scores!314* for Mumbai218 for India A267 for Mumbai212 for India202 for India256 for Mumbai301 for Mumbai286 for Vidarbha200* for Vidarbha#VidvUttMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 17, 2019Following Jaffer’s departure, wicketkeeper-batsman Akshay Wadkar and Aditya Sarwate joined hands to add to Uttarakhand’s woes. While the former had remained unbeaten on 65, the latter was unbeaten on 26 as Vidarbha reached 486 for 5 at tea, stretching their lead to 131, on Day 3 of the quarter-final.Notably, Jaffer had scored his first double century (286) after turning 40 during the 2017-18 season of Ranji Trophy in a drawn match against Rest of India in Nagpur.Thursday’s 206 was also the ninth time Jaffer had went past the 200-run mark in first-class cricket. He also has two triple centuries against his name at the domestic level.Jaffer, who last played for India in 2008, is nearing a tally of 1000 runs in the ongoing season of Ranji Trophy. The Vidarbha No. 3 has scored 969 runs, including four hundreds and a two half-centuries, at an average of 80.75 from nine matches so far.Jaffer, who has scored more than 10,000 runs in the Ranji Trophy, made the switch from Mumbai to Vidarbha ahead of the 2015-16 season. The veteran opener has been one of the key players for Vidarbha over the years and played a key role in helping them to their first-ever Ranji Trophy title in 2017-18.advertisementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya brings in crucial balance to Team India: Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni gives us a lot of confidence, says Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Dhoni, Shaw and Bencic with Federer shine in #10YearChallengeAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Wasim JafferFollow Ranji trophy 2018-19Follow Ranji Trophy quarter-finalFollow Vidarbha vs Uttarakhand Wasim Jaffer creates Asian record with double century in Ranji Trophy quarter-finalRanji Trophy 2018-19: Wasim Jaffer, who has been in fine form in the ongoing season of India’s premier domestic tournament, hit a double hundred to put Vidarbha in a commanding position in their quarter-final match against Uttarakhand in Nagpur.advertisementlast_img read more

Costamare Partners Eyes Four Containerships

first_imgzoom Costamare Inc, an international owner and provider of containerships for charter, is going to sell four containerships to its Marshall Islands-based wholly owned subsidiary Costamare Partners LP (MLP), according to a registration statement issued today.The Registration Statement on Form F-1 has been issued with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the initial public offering of common units representing limited partnership interests in MLP.The number of common units to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been finally determined.The company said that an application will be made to list the common units on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CMRP”.The proceeds from the offering are said to be used to buy four ships, reduce indebtedness and for general partnership purposes.The vessels in question are reported to be 8,800-teu MSC Athos and MSC Athens, the 8,800-teu Value (built in 2013 each) and the 9,500-teu Cosco Beijing (built in 2006).Costamare was upgraded by Zacks from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, NASDAQ said.The firm currently has a USD 25.20 target price on the stock. Zacks‘s target price suggests a potential upside of 11.01% from the company’s current price.World Maritime News Staff, October 02, 2014; Image:Hamburg Hafenlast_img read more

Wild goat spotted by the Water Station

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There has been a wild goat spotted travelling about the city of Fort St. John for approximately the past month according to Facebook posts.The goat was last seen close to the highway by the Water Station leaving Fort St John.BC Conservation Officer, Tristan Montjoy shares, to give the goat adequate space and not to approach the goat as it is a wild animal and could act out aggressively. Montjoy does not know why the wild goat is in the area. Motorists are being advised to travel with caution.last_img

Records show Lamont putting priority on business leaders

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has made it a priority in his first months in office to reach out to top executives across Connecticut, embarking on a charm offensive in a state that has seen some of its best-known employers, including General Electric, move away.Lamont, a former businessman, has called or met privately with at least four dozen executives from large and small companies since taking office in January, according to a review of his daily schedules obtained by The Associated Press through public records requests.In an interview, the Democrat said he hopes the personal connections might make companies more inclined to reach out to him if there’s a problem, rather than broadsiding the administration with a move to another state. Lamont often references the “gut-punch” Connecticut suffered when General Electric announced in 2016 it was moving its longtime headquarters to Boston. The following year, before he was governor, he helped to organize an event with business leaders and policymakers to discuss why GE left and what Connecticut should do to encourage companies to stay and grow here.“I just told myself, I would never let that happen again,” he said.Despite his focus, companies have left the state on his watch for various reasons. Critics argue the state is still pursuing anti-business policies and higher taxes, especially on smaller businesses.Lamont’s calendar is a Who’s Who of Connecticut business leaders, including Vivek Sankaran, CEO of Pepsi North America; Chris Swift, CEO of The Hartford; Dave O’Neill, COO of Indeed.com; and Wolfgang Baiker, president and CEO of pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim.In some cases, Lamont was seeking feedback on specific state legislation, such as a proposed minimum wage increase or a public health insurance option. He also invited CEOs to the governor’s residence to give input on the next president of the University of Connecticut, part of an effort to meet the educational needs of employers. But most of the contacts from the one-time cable TV entrepreneur have been get-to-know-you conversations or congratulatory calls to a new CEO or to a company that just increased its hiring — milestones a Lamont aide uncovered by regularly scouring local newspapers.“These are introductory meetings. These are what can I do to help? What are your needs in terms of workforce? How can we help you recruit,” Lamont said. He said he’s “always surprised when they say, ‘It’s the first time I’ve ever met a governor.’”Joe Carbone, president and CEO of The Workplace in Bridgeport, which co-ordinates regional workforce development policy and programs, thought he was getting pranked when Lamont’s aide called to say the governor wanted to visit. Carbone hung up on him — twice — and didn’t think Lamont was actually coming until the governor appeared at his office and then stayed for an hour.“He fired one question after another, after another,” Carbone said. “It was a big surprise, but when he left here, I just felt so comforted. I heard it. This guy gets it.”Still, Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano remains concerned that companies like United Technologies Corporation, which announced plans in June to move its headquarters from Farmington to the Boston area, as part of a merger with Raytheon Co., still aren’t choosing to invest in Connecticut. UTC recently announced a $45 million investment in Florida.“Companies large and small are telling us our state is not the top choice for growth,” said Fasano, of North Haven, in a recent statement.In a state that lags behind the rest of New England in job recovery from the 2008 recession, Fasano blames Lamont and his fellow Democrats for passing policies that he says have made the state less competitive.But Lamont notes that UTC Chairman and CEO Greg Hayes, whose name appears on the daily schedules, called to him to say the company was still committed to its presence in Connecticut.Bigelow Tea President Cindi Bigelow said her family’s Fairfield-based company, which currently employs 200 people in Connecticut, needs to expand. Like many larger Connecticut companies, Bigelow Tea has a footprint in multiple states.“The regulations are so much more challenging here,” she said. “(Lamont) is allowing me to rethink that position over the next six months and the year.”Bigelow said she’s been impressed so far by the outreach from Lamont and his administration and their willingness to hear from CEOs. She recently spoke with the governor about proposed family medical leave legislation.“I am cautiously, extremely optimistic that this governor is really trying to listen to people that have the interest of the state at heart,” said Bigelow.Not all of Lamont’s outreach has focused on major employers. And some of Lamont’s interactions haven’t appeared on his public schedule. He often decides on the spur of the moment to visit a business, like the Little House Brewing Co. in Chester.Co-owners Carlisle Schaeffer and Sam Wagner were busy working on a brew when Lamont came by last week. The brewery was closed for production and the two were covered in grain, yeast and hops.Embarrassed, Schaeffer said they cleared a spot at the bar for Lamont, gave him a light lager, and began chatting about new legislation that allows local craft breweries to sell more product off-premises.“He wanted to know our story, where we came up with the ideas for the brewery, how we started it,’” Schaeffer said. “It was just a nice, quick little surprise.”Susan Haigh, The Associated Press read more

Haldimand aims for 2 hike

Haldimand council will attempt to keep residential tax increases in the range of 2 per cent this year when it gathers next month to consider the county’s levy-supported operating budget.Council took an important step toward completion of the 2019 budget process Tuesday when it approved a capital budget for this year in the amount of $30.7 million.The capital budget sets the stage for 300 new tax-supported projects this year.“We’re at a point where, during budget preparations, there aren’t a lot of surprises,” Mayor Ken Hewitt said Wednesday in a news release.“Staff have applied strong financial principles and asset management practices that result in a predictable, flexible and sustainable capital program. By planning for the long-term, we’re in an excellent position to address priorities and respond to community needs.“The numbers and projects outlined in the 2019 budget and the 2019-2028 capital forecast reinforce council’s commitment to making prudent infrastructure investments that result in safe, reliable services for residents.”A key component of Haldimand’s capital plan involves a drive to eliminate all gravel roads by 2025. This is three years earlier than previously reported.As part of its capital deliberations this week, council earmarked a 0.75 per cent increase in the levy this year for Haldimand’s Gravel Road Conversion Program.With a one per cent increase in the levy worth about $640,000, this represents $480,000 in new money to bring all roads up to a tar-and-chip standard or better.Other highlights from this week’s capital budget talks include:$15.7 million towards roadway and active transportation improvements. This will fund initiatives such as paving, road reconstruction, resurfacing, gravel road conversion, pedestrian crosswalk installation, sidewalk and curb replacements, and street lighting. $3.4 million toward community partnership projects and enhancements to parks, trails, arenas, museums and libraries. $2.9 million toward essential equipment such as ambulance and fire apparatus, winter-control vehicles, and fleet-related items. $2 million toward storm sewer and municipal drain improvements and maintenance. $1.7 million toward bridge repairs, bridge rehabilitation and other structural projects such as culvert replacement. $550,000 towards tree conservation and forestry management initiatives. As it stands, Haldimand’s 10-year forecast calls for $224 million in capital spending between now and 2029. This is not a fixed number and can be adjusted as circumstances demand.Haldimand council has set aside three days to transact its levy-supported operating budget. They are April 2, 3 and 4. The sessions begin in the council chamber at the county administration building in Cayuga at 9:30 a.m. and will run till 4:30 p.m. if necessary.Budget talks are public business so anyone interested is welcome to attend. Budget documents can be found on the county website at HaldimandCounty.ca/Financials/Budgets/.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

UN experts urge Iran to observe human rights norms in case of

The acquittal of an Iranian intelligence officer last week after a two-day trial for the alleged killing of journalist Zahra Kazemi left “unanswered questions,” according to a joint statement issued by Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression Ambeyi Ligabo, Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy, and Special Rapporteur on torture Theo van Boven. Ms. Kazemi was arrested on 23 June 2003, while working as a journalist outside Evin prison in Tehran, the Iranian capital. She was reportedly beaten and subjected to other forms of ill-treatment in detention, and died of her injuries 17 days later. Many reports indicate that the trial proceedings did not meet international standards of fairness because key evidence that might have incriminated judiciary officials, the prosecutor’s office and the intelligence ministry was ignored by the court, the statement said. It also voiced concern that journalists and other foreign observers were barred from full access to the courtroom after the start of the trial. “The independent experts fear that by failing to ensure an open trial and the independent functioning of the judiciary — which should take into account all findings that could shed light on this case — the authorities are favouring a climate of impunity for law enforcement officials and setting the ground for the recurrence of similar human rights violations in the future,” the statement added. “The experts underline the need for prompt and impartial investigations whenever acts and practices of torture are alleged,” it concluded, calling on the authorities to comply strictly with international human rights norms, in particular with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ratified by the Iran. Under the Covenant, States Parties undertake, among other pledges, to safeguard “an effective remedy” for any person whose rights are violated even when the abuse has been committed by persons acting in an official capacity, and to ensure that competent authorities shall enforce such remedies when granted. In another development, a visit by the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to Iran, scheduled for 25 to 28 July, has been postponed at the request of the Government, which has proposed it take place in October at the latest. read more

Former Trump campaign chairman to register as foreign agent

Former Trump campaign chairman to register as foreign agent by Jeff Horwitz, Chad Day And Julie Pace, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2017 7:47 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 8:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for lobbying work he did on behalf of political interests in Ukraine, led at the time by a pro-Russian political party, his spokesman said Wednesday.Manafort is the second Trump campaign adviser to have to register as a foreign agent since the election. The confirmation that he intends to register comes as the Trump administration has been facing heavy scrutiny over the foreign ties of former campaign advisers and other Trump associates.By registering retroactively, Manafort will be acknowledging that he failed to properly disclose his work to the Justice Department as required by federal law.The Justice Department rarely prosecutes such violations of the Foreign Agent Registration Act, but Manafort will now have to publicly and specifically detail his foreign agent work. That includes which American government agencies and officials he sought to influence, how he was paid and the details of contracts he signed as part of the work. Before, Manafort had been able to keep much of that information out of public view.Manafort began discussions with the government about his lobbying activities after Trump hired him in March 2016, Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said, although it was unclear whether those conversations occurred before or after Trump forced Manafort to resign in August. Asked by The Associated Press on Wednesday whether Manafort intends to register as a foreign agent, Maloni said: “Yes, he is registering.”Manafort’s resignation from the campaign came immediately after the AP had reported that Manafort’s consulting firm between 2012 and 2014 orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party without disclosing that it was working as a foreign agent.Manafort’s decision to register as a foreign agent comes about one month after former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn registered with the Justice Department for work he did that could have benefited the Turkish government. The filing came after Trump fired Flynn in February, saying that Flynn had misled administration top officials about his contacts with Russia.The White House did not immediately respond to questions about whether Trump was aware that Manafort needed to register as a foreign agent.Earlier Wednesday, one of the Washington lobbying firms that worked on the influence campaign under the direction of Manafort and his former deputy, Rick Gates, itself registered after the fact with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. The Podesta Group acknowledged its work could have principally benefited Ukraine’s government. The other firm involved, Mercury LLC, later said it also would register soon as a foreign agent for its work.Gates did not respond to text messages left by the AP on Wednesday. His voicemail box was full.The Podesta Group and Mercury had previously disclosed their lobbying work to Congress under the Lobbying Disclosure Act, but neither firm had registered with the Justice Department. A foreign agent registration requires lobbying firms to disclose more details about their work than is required under the congressional registration.The Podesta Group disclosed details of $1.2 million worth of lobbying it did from 2012 through 2014 on behalf of a Brussels-based non-profit, the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.In a statement to the AP, Kimberley Fritts, CEO of the Podesta Group, said that the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine had certified to the Podesta Group that it was not a vehicle of a foreign government or political party, which is why the lobbying firm only previously registered with Congress. Fritts did not say what information had been brought to light to change that determination.The European Centre did not immediately respond to phone messages and emails from the AP.As part of the lobbying, the Podesta Group contacted staffers for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., both strong supporters at the time of sanctions against the government of then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, whose political party Manafort worked for as a political consultant.By October 2013, as relations deteriorated between the Obama administration and Yanukovych, the lobbying effort appeared to intensify. Three times that month, for example, Podesta lobbyists contacted staffers for Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., who had sponsored sanctions legislation.One of the staffers was Dan Harsha, now associate director of communications at Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Harsha said he did not recall specific lobbying conversations but said congressional staffers were aware that the European Center was a pro-Yanukovych entity.“How many obscure European think tanks were able to hire sophisticated A-list lobbyists?” he said. “It was widely assumed the think-tank was a conduit for Yanukovych and it was treated as such on the Hill.”___Associated Press writer Stephen Braun contributed to this report. read more

Redskins QB McCoy injured Sanchez in against Eagles

PHILADELPHIA — Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a serious injury to his right leg and was replaced by Mark Sanchez in the second quarter of Monday night’s game against Philadelphia.McCoy limped off the field after completing all four passes for 50 yards and the Redskins trailing 7-3. The Redskins said that McCoy would not return, but didn’t immediately provide details about the injury.McCoy took over and made his second straight start after the gruesome season-ending leg injury to Alex Smith. McCoy’s start in the Thanksgiving game against Dallas was his first since 2015. McCoy, who started for Cleveland and San Francisco earlier in his career, had appeared in nine games over the last three-plus seasons with Washington, until Smith was injured.Sanchez, signed two weeks ago, played for the first time since Jan. 1, 2017, when he was with Dallas. Sanchez, a former Eagle, was eased into the lineup. On his first snap, he handed the ball to Adrian Peterson, who raced 90 yards for a touchdown. The 33-year-old Peterson had the longest rushing TD of his career, the longest rushing score in Redskins’ history and he became the oldest player in NFL history with a 90-yard rushing touchdown.Sanchez was once the franchise quarterback for the New York Jets and led them to the AFC championship game his first two seasons in the NFL. Sanchez was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft and drew comparisons to Joe Namath in New York. He was 4-2 in the post-season and helped the Jets beat Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in consecutive road playoff games in January 2011. But Sanchez had an NFL-leading 52 turnovers in 2012-13 and lost his starting job to Geno Smith. He spent two seasons with the Eagles and one with the Cowboys.His lasting image of his time with the Jets came in 2012, when he fumbled after running into the backside of guard Brandon Moore. It was returned for a touchdown by New England’s Steve Gregory in front of a national television audience on Thanksgiving night and was infamously labeled “The Butt Fumble.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDan Gelston, The Associated Press read more

Football Urban Meyer talks improving running game in Big Ten Teleconference

Urban Meyer watches the Buckeye offense in the first quarter of the game against Indiana on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAs No. 3 Ohio State prepares for a Week 7 game against Minnesota, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said in the Big Ten Teleconference there needs to be something that changes in the running game.He said the offensive coaches have talked about everything, including placing both sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior running back Mike Weber on the field at the same time more often. However, he said that’s not the major issue of why the running game needs to improve. It’s the defensive sets Ohio State running backs are facing. “Everybody is packed in there on us, so somehow we have to get out of that,” Meyer said. “There’s a variety of ways to do that. One’s throwing the ball a bit more, one’s trying to get on the edge a bit more … as opposed to slamming up in there all the time.” In Saturday’s 49-26 win over Indiana, Ohio State rushers averaged 3.2 carries, with Dobbins recording 82 yards on 26 touches with a rushing touchdown. Meyer also said there is no update on the status of freshman running back Brian Snead. Snead has been practicing with Ohio State, but has not been with the team on game days after not traveling with the team to Arlington, Texas, to face TCU on Sept. 15 because of what Meyer referred to as “disciplinary actions.” Penalties hurt Ohio State Despite coming out of the first six games of the season with wins, Ohio State has still struggled with penalties in the first half of the season. The Buckeyes are No. 118 in the nation, averaging 8.5 penalties per game and have recorded 80.83 penalty yards per game, which is No. 119 in the country. Meyer said this is an area of concern for his team moving forward. “I’m not one of those guys that goes crazy on penalties, especially when you are playing aggressively, etc., but that is far too many,” Meyer said. “That’s something we have addressed constantly.” Meyer said the main area of concern is penalties in the kicking game, saying that is the point where he loses his mind because those penalties are “devastating.” Ohio State to face top Minnesota defense Meyer and the Ohio State offense will face a Minnesota defense of which the head coach thinks very highly. Through five games, the Golden Gophers have allowed 23.4 points per game, with opponents averaging 324.2 yards of offense per game, third-best in the Big Ten behind Michigan and Iowa. Minnesota has been effective in defending the pass game, as one of four teams in the conference to allow fewer than 200 yards passing per game, with opposing quarterbacks completing 57.7 percent of passes. What makes Meyer the most concerned is what the Golden Gophers do defending what he considers the best part of the Ohio State offense: the big play. “They don’t, big plays, they are one of the best teams in the country in giving up big plays, they keep it all in front of them,” Meyer said. “We are kind of a big play offense. That’s the biggest challenge I see right now.” Ohio State will play Minnesota in Ohio Stadium at noon on Oct. 13. read more

Defunct Dynamic Airways lodges US200000 bond to refund passengers MOPI

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRefunds for Dynamic Airways tickets to commence on May 2April 19, 2018In “Business”Refunds for Dynamic Airways tickets to conclude on May 25May 21, 2018In “Business”Dynamic flight cancellations: Disgruntled passengers can claim from $40M carrier bondJanuary 5, 2017In “Business” … list of 609 passengers who are eligible for the refund submitted  The Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MOPI) says it has initiated the process to access a bond for the sum of two hundred thousand United States dollars (US$200,000), which was lodged by Dynamic International Airways, LLC, in collaboration with their local handling agent, Roraima Airways Inc.According to the MOPI, “the funds will be used to refund passengers in Guyana who purchased tickets to travel on the now defunct Dynamic Airways, provided that they have not been able to use the whole or part of same to travel.”This publication was informed that Roraima Airways Inc has submitted to the MOPI, a list of six hundred and nine (609) passengers who are eligible for the refund.The MOPI says it will publish the names of the eligible passengers in the local press, and details for these individuals to uplift their refunds.Moreover, the MOPI, in a released statement, has assured the affected passengers that the Ministry is working assiduously to have the process expedited.“Passengers eligible for a refund whose names are not published are asked to contact Roraima Airways Inc to access same” said the MOPI.Dynamic Airways suspended its operations on October 3, 2017 to facilitate its reorganisation of its Chapter 11 Case under which the airline filed for bankruptcy.In an issued statement, the airline had said that it remains committed to honouring all outstanding financial obligations whether to passengers, airport authorities or the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority.The voluntary Chapter 11 petition was filed by Dynamic Airways with the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of North Carolina.This chapter of the Bankruptcy Code generally provides for reorganisation. Moreover, Chapter 11 allows a debtor to propose a plan of reorganisation to keep its business alive and pay creditors over time.This includes the lawsuits from Hajj flights that Dynamic operated in 2014 for Air India, and an arbitration award against Dynamic Intl., finding that the airline was in breach of contract by failing to pay commissions to BKP Enterprises in connection with the Hajj flights.Just a month after filing for bankruptcy, one of the airline’s creditors had moved to the courts to force the airline to liquidate its assists after Dynamic owed some US$1.19 million. read more

MKB Veszprem is on the winning track again

After surprising defeat and a little break during EHF week, Hungarian champion, MKB Veszprem is on the winning track again. One of the best teams of in the first part of the VELUX EHF Champions League celebrate easy win over team from neighbourhood Balatonfuredi 32:23. Tamas Ivancsik was the best scorer 8 goals and Jamali scored 5. MKB Veszprem ← Previous Story Vuk Lazovic joins Vardar Skopje Next Story → DKB Bundesliga derby night: Kiel’s 14th win in a row against Flensburg – Lion’s storm in Hamburg!