ScienceShot: Why Octopuses Don’t Tie Themselves in Knots

first_imgWhy don’t an octopus’s arms become hopelessly entangled? Their appendages can move with seemingly infinite freedom, forming far more postures and positions than their brains could possibly keep tabs on. The key, according to a study published online today in Current Biology, is chemicals in their skin. By examining amputated octopus arms (don’t worry, they grow back) of the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris, shown), researchers have found that the creature’s suckers don’t latch on to its own arms the way they snare everything else. Petri dishes coated with intact octopus skin became “immune” to the zombie arms. The same occurred if the skin was ground up into a mush and spread over the petri dish, implying that a special substance in the skin is responsible for repelling the suckers. That’s important because octopuses have been known to dine on their comrades. So somehow a chemical in their skin not only keeps them from tangling themselves up, but it also prevents them from eating themselves alive.last_img read more

Fun couple Kiefer Ravena, Alyssa Valdez win charity beach volleyball game

first_imgView comments MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Joshua Pacio-Hayato Suzuki rematch ‘a 50-50 bout,’ says Filipino veteran Rene Catalan Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Ravena, the NLEX Road Warriors star in the PBA, and Valdez, the face of Philippine volleyball, pulled off the comeback victory in a game where proceeds will go to Mindanao State University-Marawi College of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation Academy.“It’s been an honor being able to play the game that we love and at the same time being able to help our young brothers and sisters in Marawi,” said Soriano. who is also the founder of BVR. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“With the help of all those who supported, the CSPEAR Sports Academy of MSU-Marawi will be able to teach more and more kids so that these children’s lives will be filled with laughter instead of anger, love instead of hate, and hope instead of fear. That, for me, is the true value of sport.”Banko-Perlas 1’s Dzi Gervacio and Bea Tan, meanwhile, won the gold in the women’s division after dominating National University-Boysen’s Roma Doromal and Kly Orillaneda. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño In men’s action, Air Force’s Ranran Abdilla and Jessie Lopez topped Cignal’s Fauzi Ismail and Edmar Bonono, 21-17, 21-18, to bag the title.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Couple Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez, superstars in their respective sports, showed they also have the chemistry as teammates on the sand court.Ravena and Valdez teamed up to edge Charo Soriano and John Vic de Guzman, 23-21, in a highly-amusing celebrity and charity match during the Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) December Open at Sands SM by the Bay on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal threaten Novak Djokovic bid for historic Grand Slam

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew It is such a rare feat that only Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) — all calendar Grand Slams — have pulled off the sweep in the sport’s history.Djokovic, who turned 32 on Wednesday, is playing down his potential date with destiny even if it would put him halfway to a 2019 calendar Slam of his own.After losing to Nadal in the Italian Open final last weekend, the Serb was in no doubt that it was the Spaniard who would likely be celebrating a 12th Roland Garros title in a little over two weeks’ time.“Nadal, number one favorite, without a doubt — then everyone else,” he said.Djokovic, who will be top seed in Thursday’s draw, could be forgiven his caution.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue World number one Djokovic completed his first private stranglehold of all four Slams with victory at Roland Garros in 2016.Having clinched the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open titles and then a seventh Australian Open crown in January this year, the Serb is tantalizingly close to another ‘Djoko Slam’.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFederer and Nadal, with 20 and 17 career Grand Slam titles each respectively, may be ahead of 15-time major winner Djokovic in total hauls and have also completed career Slams.However, not even Federer or Nadal have managed to hold all four of the sport’s greatest prizes at the same time. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss At Roland Garros in 2018, he was shocked by Italian journeyman Marco Cecchinato in the quarter-finals, a defeat which was such a crushing body blow that he even contemplated skipping Wimbledon.Federer is returning to Roland Garros for the first time since 2015 having turned his back on clay court tennis to focus on Wimbledon.10th anniversaryThis year marks the 10th anniversary of his one and only Paris triumph and should the 37-year-old defy the odds and clinch the 2019 title he would become the oldest Grand Slam champion of all time.Age hasn’t dimmed his ability with Federer saving match points to beat Gael Monfils in Madrid and in Rome against Borna Coric as he found his feet again on European red clay.“It’s been interesting and fun, but not so challenging, to be honest,” said Federer despite his Rome campaign being cut short by a leg injury.Nadal, whose record at Roland Garros stands at a staggering 11 titles and a win-loss record of 86-2, claimed a ninth Italian Open title and a record 34th Masters on Sunday.His three-set win over Djokovic was timely as it was his first title of 2019 and had followed three successive semi-final losses at Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.The last two of those were against Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas, both of whom play with a one-handed backhand, just like Federer.Thiem, the 2018 runner-up to Nadal at Roland Garros, has defeated the Spaniard four times on clay. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “There is a new wave coming through with the one-handed backhand that can counter some of Rafa’s spins and lefty play,” said Federer, a four-time runner-up in Paris.Outside of Djokovic and Federer, world number four Thiem and sixth-ranked Tsitsipas are the most likely candidates to dethrone Nadal.The same cannot be said for Germany’s Alexander Zverev, for so long touted as the brightest star of the so-called ‘Next Gen’.The German’s run to the quarter-finals last year remains his best Slam performance while he has yet to get beyond the last eight at any of the European clay events in the run-up to Paris.“He has lost his self-confidence, he gets very angry, gets down and destroys himself,” said compatriot Tommy Haas, a former world number two.“What he urgently needs is a success.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rafael Nadal (R) of Spain poses with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after winning the ATP Masters tournament final tennis match at the Foro Italico in Rome on May 19, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)Novak Djokovic can become only the second man in history to have twice held all four Grand Slam titles at the same time with victory at the French Open.However, a returning Roger Federer and rejuvenated Rafael Nadal will once again stand in his way.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ LATEST STORIES Louie Gonzales hopes to turn JRU into one of NCAA’s most hardworking team Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View commentslast_img read more

From Bhubaneswar to Munich, Indian boy scripts history as he heads for Bayern Munich

first_imgIn a cricket crazy nation like India, other sports have really found it hard to come up with an youth icon or an inspiration that can really help a sport grow further and push youngsters to take it up. Although, football has always been right up there in terms of popularity, lack of infrastructure and proper backing from the government have dented many hopes and dreams of becoming a footballer and playing for India.For the longest of time, Indians have remained passionate spectators to the European leagues like the Premier League and La Liga. Dreaming of representing a club like Manchester United and Real Madrid is not only a distant dream but a joke when you state your desire to represent the biggest clubs of the planet. However, recently, with clubs looking to expand their brands to Asia and scouting for talents, the situation has improved.Clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal have all held camps in India recently and sent their legends to improve the game and promote football but a club that has really been upping the ante is the German powerhouse Bayern Munich. Bayern have sent coaches and have held camps throughout India to scout and then train young players around the world at the famed Allianz Arena. Throughout the world, over 1000 kids have been looked at and around 100 have been selected to live their dream: A chance to train with Bayern Munich.LIVING THE DREAMOne such kid from the impoverished slums of Bhubaneswar, dared to dream and was allowed to take part in Bayern’s latest camp at Pune despite him being underage and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Chandan Nayak, 11, whose father left him when he was young and mother works as a housemaid scripted history when he was chosen to train with the Bavarians at the grandest stage of them all. Idolising Lionel Messi, Chandan wishes to live his dream and be like Messi.  What gives the talented kid hope is his idol’s journey, who much like him was scouted at the young age of 13 by Barcelona as he impressed for his first club Newell’s Old Boys and the rest is history.advertisementChandan as he flies to Munich on the August 25 will look to impress on his trial after wooing everybody including Sunil Chhetri, who was the head coach of the camp. Initially, Chandan was not allowed to play in the camp as he was underage at 11 and the camp being for people in the age group of 14-16. But on insistence from his coach, he was allowed to take part and he impressed everybody including coaches from Munich and that earned him a dream move to Bayern for two months.  Although there were initial hiccups regarding passports and a birth certificate, the Odisha government gave him full support and made sure his dreams are not nipped in the buds.With the time finally here for the young and aspiring Chandan to finally realise his dreams as he trains with his idols and in much better facilities, the young boy from Bhubaneswar will definitely look to woo the coaches and become India’s second player to cement a permanent place and contract with an European club after Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who recently became the first Indian to start a match in the Europa Laeague.last_img read more

DAKOTA CITY INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS MEETING TO TAKE PLACE

first_imgA Dakota City task force will host a public information meeting tonight (Tuesday) to share their findings on city infrastructure needs.The meeting will take place at the Dakota City Fire Station at 208 S. 21st Street. at 6pm.Dakota City has identified 23 fire hydrants that need to be replaced, along with 134 street panels, 15 catch basins, and more than 10 miles of stormwater mains that need to be inspected.The task force recommendations would be funded by a proposed ½ cent sales tax that voters will decide on May 15th.The Dakota City Council passed a resolution April 19th that adopts the task force recommendations if the measure passes.last_img

Melaka won’t give Kelantan an easy run

first_imgSuper League Almeida and Simic promise 100% against Kelantan to not skew relegation battle Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 07:10 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Melaka United, Super League Melaka United Super League Melaka United v Selangor Melaka United Selangor Melaka United secures another season in the top flight but intends to keep the winning run into the final match of the campaign. Melaka United will get to play in the Super League in 2018 after securing a 2-1 win over Selangor on the penultimate day of the 2017 league season. The win leaves T-Team FC, Sarawak and Kelantan as the three teams that will play for their place on the final day – to see who will join Penang in the Premier League next season.When Eduardo Almeida took over in mid season, it looked like a lost cause for Melaka in their fight for survival. However, three straight wins including this one against Selangor, helped pushed them up the table as other teams faltered. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The Portuguese has also found a working formula up front with Marco Simic firing in the goals as Jeon Woo-Young pulls the strings in midfield. The inclusion of Felipe de Souza has beefed up the potency of their attack with the team scoring 12 goals in those three matches.”I feel very happy for everyone. We had a very hard job and hard work to arrive at this target. Thank you for the management for always trusting in me. We win 2-1 and we stay in the Super League and it’s all that matter.””We’ll do everything to make a good game because we take it very seriously. Maybe there are some teams depending on us to fight for a result so we won’t take it easy,” said Almeida after the match in an interview with the host broadcaster.With Melaka taking on Kelantan in the final match and Sarawak going up against T-Team, fans of the latter two teams will be hoping that Melaka do give it their all to win the match. It’s not only Almeida who mentioned it was important to take the match seriously, Simic also echoed the same sentiment.”If you see the second half of the season, maybe we are one of the top half team. There’s still one more game. Now everybody can relax because we have achieved our target of staying in the Super League.””I don’t see the reason the players don’t play 100% in the last game. It’s a sport mentality to win every game. I don’t worry about the team, I’m sure we’ll play for 3 points,” said Simic.With eight goals to his name thus far in the Super League, Simic is eyeing to hit double figures and the professional in him will be aiming to do just that against Kelantan next month.last_img read more

Daniel Farke: ‘Here I work every day to try to do something special’

first_img Pinterest Norwich cement their total hold over an Ipswich hampered by a lack of style Facebook Norwich City Share via Email interviews Share on Messenger Read more Share on Twitter Topics When Norwich City visit the Emirates Stadium for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal, they will be led by a man who could once have been described as the Arsène Wenger of the German lower leagues. Daniel Farke, the 40-year-old appointed as the Norwich coach in May, rose to prominence by becoming the dominant figure at SV Lippstadt, a fifth-tier club he transformed on and off the pitch. Unlike Wenger, Farke decided to leave after delivering success and a new stadium.“I never wanted to become a coach,” Farke says. “Working as a head coach always seemed to be a bit short term. You lose five games and you’re out of a job. I always wanted to work on the long term and help structure things. I wanted to be a sporting director. So I began studying economics in university [in Paderborn] while still a player so that I could learn about contracts, taxes and things like that. I was only playing in the third tier so I had time to do that after training.” Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Arsenal Norwich City players celebrate after their 1-0 win at Ipswich Town on Sunday. Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images Carabao Cup Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest He felt a similar communion with Stuart Webber, the Norwich City sporting director, who got in touch at the end of last season after being impressed by how Farke followed up his success at Lippstadt by guiding Dortmund’s reserves to promotion. Webber, who had attracted Wagner to Huddersfield before moving to Carrow Road, convinced Farke to make a similar move.“I knew Norwich is a massive club, and in Germany we all know about the famous win over Bayern Munich [in 1993] but I didn’t know each and every player,” he says. “I came over several times and had many discussions with Stuart Webber and also many other people. And I realised I wanted to come here. I have this feeling that the club and the city are open-minded and they want this time of change. They want to implement a new structure and I really felt honoured I should be allowed to be responsible, together with Stuart Webber, for leading this change. You are the club’s first manager from outside Britain or Ireland, you are a non-native speaker and there are high expectations. The supporters are addicted to this club and they want to be back in the Premier League as soon as possible. It’s such a big challenge and that’s the reason I wanted to join. It is the most interesting task I’ve had.”It did not get off to a smooth start. There was a high turnover of players in the summer – 16 out, 12 in – and a 4-0 defeat at Millwall left the club in the relegation zone after five matches. Now Norwich are in the Championship play-off places and the derby victory against Ipswich Town on Sunday means they travel to Arsenal on a nine-match unbeaten run. Farke has shored up a leaky defence so successfully they recorded five consecutive clean sheets in the league for the first time in Norwich’s history. But Farke says they are still a long way off playing his preferred style, which he describes as similar to that of Tuchel or Pep Guardiola.“I always want my players to be the protagonists on the pitch. I like us to be in possession. There are some other philosophies that are good, such as working against the ball and creating counteractions. Jürgen Klopp, for example, did that in his first years at Dortmund and Red Bull Leipzig do it now. In that way you work a lot on pressing and when you win the ball it goes immediately in the other direction. That can be successful and really attractive. But I like more to be in possession, more like Guardiola or Tuchel or like Bayern Munich.“It’s so hard to create chances against a really compact and solid defending opponent that some managers say: ‘Listen, if it’s so difficult, just give them the ball, wait till you win it back and then you counterattack.’ I’m the other way around, although of course counterattacking is necessary. When it’s so difficult to create chances against a solid defence, then the difference between a good team and a really good team is you are able to do it. And that’s my philosophy. We work a lot on controlling the game, the structure of possession and controlling the ball. That is always our most important topic but, to be honest, I want to be good against the ball too and in counterattacks and set pieces, so it’s always a fluid process.“And it’s important to have a plan B, C, D and E. We always have clear principles but you have to have different plans of how to bring these principles on to the pitch. That’s one reason why our base formation is fluid: sometimes we play 4-1-4-1, sometimes 3-5-2, sometimes 4-2-3-1. I want the players to be really flexible. That means a lot of work for players. It’s up to me to keep it simple.”He dismisses claims that such an approach is too idealistic for the Championship. “People say the same thing in Germany: the second league is a fighting league, it’s not so much about philosophy, it’s about winning headers and duels and getting the second balls,” he says. “Yes, you have to do all those things. But when everyone does them, there must also be a difference between teams. Our quality on the ball should be the difference. That’s what I try to implement. If you are always hunting and chasing, you get exhausted. The idea is to exhaust the opponents, not yourselves. And I believe in this even more here because you have a higher workload and no winter break.”Norwich’s incentive to get back to the Premier League is clear: this is the last year they will receive parachute payments following relegation in 2016. But with teams such as Middlesbrough, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa spending heavily and Norwich in the midst of a transition, Farke says it is unrealistic to target automatic promotion this season. “But I’m not a coach because I just want to fulfil realistic expectations. Otherwise I would have just worked in economics. Here I work every day to try to do something special.” Shortly after retiring at 31, the former striker took a coaching course – “but not because I wanted to become a coach, it was to earn some knowledge about what it is like to be a coach because as a sporting director you have to appoint and work with coaches”. Six months after hanging up his boots he was given a chance to fulfil his sporting director ambition at Lippstadt, the club where he had spent most of his playing career. The catch was he would have to combine his duties with the role of head coach for 10 matches until the end of the season. “The problem was we won nine of those matches and drew the other one,” he says. “But I also thought: ‘This coaching is not too bad,’ and the players said: ‘We like working for you as a coach.’ And because it was only the fifth tier it was possible to do both jobs.”That is what he did for the next six years, leading Lippstadt to the third tier. “In a small club you have to do everything: negotiate with the bus company, do all the contracts, all the press work, all the coaching work. It was really exhausting. There was very little time for other experiences and to see how other coaches work and how people work in different countries. And then I became really focused on a new stadium. I had to sign a contract for three years because all the sponsors said: ‘We will only support if Daniel Farke is sporting director and coach.’ There were offers from other German clubs but Lippstadt was kind of like my own home club and I felt really responsible for people.”Shortly after the completion of the 4,000-capacity Stadion Am Bruchbaum, Farke stepped down with the intention of taking a year’s sabbatical. But less three months later he got a call from Michael Zorc, the sporting director of Borussia Dortmund, who needed a coach for their under-23s following David Wagner’s departure to Huddersfield Town. Dortmund are the biggest club in Farke’s native region. His grandfather, Franz, played for them in the 1950s. It did not take long to realise this was an opportunity to be seized, especially after he met the head coach of the first team, Thomas Tuchel, whose ideas about football matched his own. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

How Sir Stirling Moss dodged goats to win unique 1957 Pescara Grand Prix

first_imgTopics Richard Williams Share via Email Facebook Share on Facebook Formula One In the first, at Spa in 1960, he broke both legs and crushed several vertebrae but was back at the wheel within seven weeks. The second crash, at Goodwood two years later, ended his career.There were no more accidents until he was 80, when he stepped into the empty shaft of a two-person lift at his house and fell 30ft on to a concrete floor, breaking his ankles and chipping several vertebrae. Six months later his fans could watch him racing again at the annual Goodwood Revival.Now, at 88, the effects of that persistent chest infection have taken him out of public life. But nothing can remove him from a place among the nation’s legends. Share on LinkedIn Fifteen miles long and consisting entirely of normal two-lane roads, the course started in the town and headed up into the hills, passing through several small villages before swooping back down to the seafront. There were no safety precautions of any sort. One driver reported seeing a herd of goats crossing the road during a practice session, and towards the end of the race itself, when only a handful of cars were left running, the gaps between the remaining competitors were so great that children played games on the roads, scattering when they heard the noise of an approaching Ferrari or Maserati.This was a return to the origins of the sport in races held on open roads from town to town. It was a variety of motor racing never permitted in mainland Britain, where competition on public roads was prohibited by law.Moss won the 1957 race at the wheel of a Vanwall, the first time a British car and driver had triumphed in a world championship race on foreign soil. In heat that reached 100 degrees he trounced the Italian teams, laying down a marker for the long period of British domination that would soon change the face of Formula One.Researching a book about that historic race a few years ago, I came across some fascinating and previously unreported stories. A couple of the best concerned Jack Brabham, a future world champion, who on this occasion shared the driving of the Cooper team transporter on the gruelling 1,200-mile journey from Surbiton to Pescara with one of the team’s mechanics, in the days before motorways. Read more Motor sport Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Reuse this content The silver trophy, about 18 inches high, took the form of a figurine of a racing driver, and there was no difficulty in recognising the man on whom it had been modelled with impressive accuracy: the incomparable Sir Stirling Moss. As I knocked on the door of his Mayfair house one morning last summer, carrying a bag holding the figurine safely packed in bubble-wrap, it was with the poignant feeling that I might be delivering the last trophy of his phenomenal career.His retirement from public life was announced the other day, reminding us that between 1948 and 1962 he entered 529 speed events of all kinds, winning 212 of them. Many of the trophies are on display in his house. The one I delivered was to commemorate a race he had won 60 years earlier: the Pescara Grand Prix of 1957, the only world championship race held on the longest circuit ever to feature in the series.He was to have been the guest of honour at a weekend dedicated to the anniversary of that unique event. His face was all over Pescara – on the posters, the T-shirts, and the labels of the bottles of red wine specially created at a vineyard in the foothills of the Abruzzi mountains, above the town. Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Stirling Moss, left, after winning the Italian Grand Prix at Pescara, with Tony Vanderwell, designer of his winning Vanwall. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images Spectators look on as Luigi Musso drives his Ferrari 801 in the hills above Pescara, before retiring on lap 10 with a split oil tank. Photograph: Bernard Cahier/Getty Images Twitter Read more Sadly, a troublesome chest infection forced him to send his apologies. He would have enjoyed the festivities, including a parade of priceless old racing cars assembled from all over Italy.Back in 1957, Pescara was added to the world championship calendar at the last minute, after petrol rationing in Europe – a result of the Suez crisis – had caused the cancellation of several races. There had been important races in the resort halfway down Italy’s Adriatic coast before the war, but the postwar events had been sporadic and relatively minor. Now, for one weekend only, the circus was back in town. In the race itself, Brabham ran out of petrol on the very last lap. Wanting to get the car out of the way, he freewheeled into the forecourt of a filling station. Like all the commercial premises bordering the circuit, it was closed for the day. But suddenly, to his surprise, a man leapt out of the kiosk, gesturing his willingness to help. With a few litres in the tank, Brabham was able to resume his run to the chequered flag in seventh and last place.In another contrast to the modern era, all the drivers stayed on to joined Moss at the victory banquet that evening, attended by the mayor of Pescara, whose successor was present 60 years later at the commemorative dinner. “There was none of that getting into your helicopter in a huff and flying off to your Monaco pad,” recalled Tony Brooks, whose Vanwall blew its engine that day. “It was courteous to attend the dinners. And they were fun. Drivers spoke to each other. If there was any nonsense in the race, we’d sort it out at the dinner.”Moss and Brooks loved the challenge of the road circuit, with its trees, telegraph poles, ditches and stone walls. Brabham, who preferred artificial tracks, detested the experience. “It was a tiring circuit,” Moss said, “but you got a tremendous amount of fulfilment from it.”Among the memorabilia in Moss’s house are two framed steering wheels, each bent out of shape by a racing accident. Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Facebook comment Since you’re here… Inside the mind of Adrian Newey: the F1 design guru opens up The Forgotten Story of … Jochen Rindt Share on Messenger Pinterest last_img read more

Ultimate aim is to win gold at Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu

first_img Next Ultimate aim is to win gold at Tokyo Olympics: PV SindhuPV Sindhu, who became the first Indian to bag gold at the world championships, said her aim is to win gold in next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service ThiruvananthapuramOctober 9, 2019UPDATED: October 9, 2019 15:49 IST India star shuttler PV Sindhu (File Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu is committed to improve her performance at the prestigious quadrennial eventSindhu had missed out on the gold as she lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin in summit clash in the 2016 OlympicsSindhu became the first Indian to bag gold at the world championships in AugustAce shuttler P.V. Sindhu, who recently became the first Indian world champion, on Wednesday said all her focus now remains on clinching the top honours at next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.Sindhu had missed out on the gold medal as she lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the summit clash in the 2016 Olympics.However, now the 24-year-old is committed to improve her performance at the prestigious quadrennial event and turn the silver she won in Rio into gold.”Right now, my focus is on the 2020 Olympic Games and my main aim is to work hard and give my best in Tokyo,” Sindhu told reporters on the sidelines of an event where she was facilitated by the Kerala government.”My ultimate aim is to get gold. I know it’s not going to be easy and I need to work hard,” she added.In August, Sindhu became the first Indian to bag gold at the world championships after a dominating win over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final.However, her form dipped a bit as she made early exits from the China Open and Korea Open to slip to the sixth spot in the latest rankings. Sindhu will now look to bounce back at the French Open World Tour Super 750 tournament starting in Paris on October 22.Also Read | Denmark Open: Saina Nehwal requests External Affairs Minister to help get visas for her and coachAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Tokyo Olympics 2020last_img read more

Hunker Bag Co.: Rock Star Quality

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep Denton Hunker knows how to crank out a great beat as the drummer of Green River Ordinance, but he also has a natural rhythm seated at a sewing machine. That’s right—he’s a rock star who knows how to multitask. He’s created the Hunker Bag Co., which produces a line of rugged, hand crafted bags perfect for his life on the road, but useful for just about any lifestyle.He grew up in Mesquite, Texas, where his grandmother taught him valuable skills on a 1950s sewing machine. He now lives in Nashville, but stays close to his roots and memories of his grandmother as he produces made-to-order leather bags featuring Martexin waxed canvas, all brass hardware and the Hunker logo.“I believe that a good bag does two things,” says Hunker. “It holds and protects your personal possessions and takes you on an adventure every day.”The website features a variety of different bags including Duffel No. 1 (from $300), The Mail Pouch ($200), The Wilkerson Brief ($225), The Highwayman Rolltop ($250), Utility Pouch (from $70) and Docking Traveler ($80).Hunker is currently on tour with Green River Ordinance. They play a wide variety of cities from now until the middle of November. Check their website for specific dates.  And pack up your concert traveling gear in one of Hunker’s bags. Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens last_img read more

SITC Names Boxship Newbuild

first_imgzoom Intra-Asia shipping and logistics company SITC International Holdings held a naming and delivery ceremony for its 1,800 TEU container ship SITC Fujian at CSBC Corporation’s Keelung Factory in Taiwan.SITC Fujian is the third vessel in a series of four 1,800 TEU container ships ordered at CSBC back in September 2013, with the design based on an updated BANGKOKMAX type.With the latest addition, SITC now operates a fleet of 68 vessels, including 33 owned ships.last_img

Yogi hosts lunch for newly elected BJP MPs from UP

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday hosted a lunch for all newly elected MPs of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from the state. The lunch was followed by a meeting at the party’s state headquarters. Addressing the newly elected MPs, Adityanath said that the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the “master management” of BJP President Amit Shah and the dedication of party workers was collectively responsible for the BJP’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC He assured the MPs all possible help in undertaking development work in their constituencies and asked them to work in close coordination with party workers since Assembly elections were due in 2022. “We must continue working in the right spirit. We cannot sit back and relax after this victory,” he said. State BJP President Mahendra Nath Pandey, also a newly elected MP, and Organizing Secretary Sunil Bansal were present at the meeting. The Chief Minister also asked the MPs to focus on their constituencies, especially in view of the upcoming by-elections in 11 Assembly constituencies. Smriti Irani, Ravi Kishan and Sanjiv Baliyan were among the MPs who attended the lunch.last_img read more

Fifteen suicides among fulltime soldiers in 2016 militarys surgeon general

first_imgOTTAWA – A new report from the Canadian military’s surgeon general says 15 full-time soldiers took their own lives last year, many of whom had been diagnosed with mental health disorders.Brig.-Gen. Andrew Downes’s annual report on military suicides comes only a few weeks after the federal government released a strategy to prevent suicide among service members and veterans.The issue has become a priority in the Canadian Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada as more and more current and former members have come forward with psychological injuries.Unlike previous reports, Downes does not say how many reservists killed themselves in 2016, while Veterans Affairs is expected to reveal next month how many vets have taken their own lives.But the number and break down of regular force members who killed themselves in 2016 was exactly the same as in 2015, with 14 men and one woman.A total of 150 full-time military personnel have taken their own lives since 2006, which marked the start of major combat operations in Afghanistan, compared to 118 between 1995 and 2005.Nearly two-thirds of the men in 2016 had been diagnosed with two or more mental health disorders, specifically depression, anxiety or PTSD.The report says the majority were also dealing with at least one significant stressor, including a failing relationship, work or legal problems, the recent death of a relative or friend, or a physical health problem.The report also continues to show that members of the Canadian Army are more likely to kill themselves than not only the general population, but also fellow service members in the navy and air force.Yet for the first time since the war in Afghanistan, those who have deployed on missions were found to be less likely to take their own lives.“This most recent finding fell just short of statistical significance,” the report says, “but does suggest that the pattern seen during and following the Afghanistan conflict may be shifting.”last_img read more

Canadian carbon project aims to prove clean coal works

“Once people hear that the economics are very good, maybe we won’t have everybody dash to gas and throw out coal. We hope the rest of the world can learn from our plant.”A technology that holds the hope for cleaner use of coal will be tested on a commercial scale for the first time in Canada next year, aiming to resolve big uncertainties about the vast amount of power it will need.Saskatchewan Power Corp. (SaskPower) hopes that a US$1.24-billion refit of its 45-year-old Boundary Dam power plant to capture carbon dioxide emissions will make investors think twice about shifting to gas-fired plants from dirtier coal.“This will come in on time and on budget,” Michael Monea, head of SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiatives, told Reuters in an interview.The company hopes that its carbon capture technology will reduce Boundary Dam’s power output by only a quarter or thereabouts, making it the world’s first commercially viable large-scale CCS project at a coal-fired power plant.Success could spur interest in CCS technology from China to the United States as an effective way to fight climate change.“We need this as an example of carbon capture and storage actually happening,” said Camilla Svendsen Skriung, of the Norwegian environmental group Zero.The plant is designed to capture one million tonnes a year of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from April 2014. It will also trap the pollutant sulphur dioxide.SaskPower agreed last month to sell the carbon dioxide it captures to Canadian oil company Cenovus Energy – when injected into an oil well, the gas raises the pressure and forces more oil to the surface. Monea did not reveal the price agreed.Monea said that the key to proving that clean coal is possible is to limit the “parasitic load” – the amount of power needed to capture the carbon and sulphur.“The big deal for us is parasitic load. The old 140 megawatt plant will be new again, so will probably generate 150 to 155 megawatts. Then the capture plant may mean we lose 40 megawatts of power,” he said.“I am hoping that we will net higher than 110 megawatts (after the carbon has been captured).”COSTS AND PENALTIESThere are a few other commercial carbon capture projects, such as the one at the Sleipner natural gas field off Norway run by Statoil, which re-injects a million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year beneath the seabed.However, high costs and low penalties for emitting carbon mean that such projects have failed to catch on for coal-fired plants as part of efforts to slow climate change.“Once people hear that the economics are very good, maybe we won’t have everybody dash to gas and throw out coal,” Monea said. “We hope the rest of the world can learn from our plant.”SaskPower says that the plant will reduce carbon emissions by about 90 percent – the equivalent, it says, of taking 250,000 cars off the roads in the province every year.Almost 200 nations have set themselves a deadline of end-2015 to agree a United Nations-led pact to combat climate change, with its implementation set for the start of 2020. But after past failures, there is little prospect of a global price on carbon emissions that would help to make carbon capture more viable.Monea said that lessons from the Boundary Dam refit, aided by a federal government subsidy of $240 million, will cut costs and mean that future refits can be completed without state aid.The costs of the Boundary Dam refit were comparable to those for replacing it with a new natural gas plant, Monea said. The plant has ready access to water, which might otherwise be a constraint.The cost of the refit means that power prices paid by SaskPower’s clients will rise by a few cents from the 10 to 11 cents per kilowatt that they pay now, he said.The European Commission last month said that it failed to find a winner in a contest to fund EU carbon capture and storage projects, deepening doubts that the technology can soon emerge to help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.© Thomson Reuters 2013 read more

OPP report uptick in opioid overdoses

The opioid epidemic in North America is increasingly hitting home in Norfolk County.At Wednesday’s meeting of the Norfolk Police Services Board, Acting Insp. Jim Millson noted that front-line officers have administered life-saving doses of an opioid antidote to four individuals so far in March.“I have noticed an uptick in calls, yes,” Millson said. “This month alone our officers saved four individuals with naloxone. For some reason – in March – we have seen an uptick.”Norfolk OPP recently reported they were called upon twice in the same day to save a woman from opioid overdoses. On Monday, front-line officers saved two Norfolk men with naloxone in the span of an hour.A 28-year-old Norfolk man was pulled back from the brink in Simcoe around 6:30 p.m. Monday while a 37-year-old man – also in Simcoe – was saved around 7:30 p.m.“Officers arrived on scene and located a homeowner conducting chest compressions on the male,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said of the latter incident in a news release.“Attending officers were informed that a dose of naloxone had already been administered. Officers still noted that the male was in medical crisis from what appeared to be an opioid overdose. An officer immediately administered approximately three more doses of naloxone and revived the unconscious male, who was transported to a local area hospital by ambulance for further treatment.”Insp. Joe Varga, chief of the Norfolk OPP, praised the officers for their cool under pressure.“Officers that attended both of these addresses were able to quickly identify an opioid overdose and administered naloxone, ultimately saving both men,” Varga said.“When someone is overdosing, minutes can make the difference between life and death.”At Wednesday’s meeting of the police services board, chair David Murphy noted that the woman saved from an overdose twice in Norfolk earlier this month made the national news.Naloxone temporarily reverses the effect of an overdose by blocking the uptake of opioids into the nervous system. An opioid overdose kills by depressing the respiratory system to the point of collapse.Naloxone is safe and easy to administer but it is considered only a temporary solution. The chemical buys victims time to get to hospital for a more permanent solution.Opium-based narcotics include codeine, morphine and heroin. Chemists have since figured out how to synthesize these compounds in the laboratory using artificial methods.Synthetic derivatives include fentanyl, carfentanil and other dangerous substances such as purple heroin.The synthetic variations are much more potent than the natural compounds. A few grains of fentanyl are powerful enough to kill individuals who have not built up a tolerance to these substances.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Obama outlines toneddown goals for rest of year but even those priorities

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Regrouping after a feud with Congress stalled his agenda, President Barack Obama is laying down a three-item to-do list for Congress that seems meagre when compared with the bold, progressive agenda he envisioned at the start of his second term.But given the capital’s partisanship, the complexities of the issues and the limited time left, even those items — immigration, farm legislation and a budget — amount to ambitious goals that will take political muscle, skill and ever-elusive compromise to execute.“Those are three specific things that would make a huge difference in our economy right now,” Obama said. “And we could get them done by the end of the year if our focus is on what’s good for the American people.”A breakthrough on any of the three issues would be a welcome development for a political system whose utter dysfunction was put on full display when the government was partially shut down for 16 days and the nation came perilously close to default. Both parties are looking for signs of whether that squabble and its eleventh-hour resolution will make it easier or harder for the two parties to find common ground in the future.Still, the scaled-back vision for what might be feasible in the short term could be disappointing for Obama’s liberal supporters, who have been looking expectantly to the president to enact as much of his agenda as possible before Washington is consumed next year by midterm elections and the end of Obama’s presidency draws nearer.Obama began the year calling for gun control legislation, expanded preschool education, an immigration overhaul, a higher minimum wage and for initiatives to address climate change. But like other moments in Obama’s presidency, fierce interparty divisions and fiscal showdowns have at times overwhelmed the capital and sapped it of any energy to move on other legislation.Obama’s gun control push, spurred by a shocking elementary school shooting in Connecticut, collapsed in the Senate. And immigration legislation attracted bipartisan support in the Senate but has stalled in the Republican-led House, a blow to Obama’s hopes that Republicans would be motivated to support it after losing the Hispanic vote by wide margins in 2012.Meanwhile, legislative efforts to increase wages, expand access to pre-K schools and reduce pollution have been nonstarters in the divided Congress.White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama will continue to press other priorities like college affordability, gun control and climate change, where the president has resorted to executive action after determining Congress was unlikely to act. But he said achieving a bipartisan budget deal or an immigration overhaul would represent no small accomplishments for the country.“There’s no question they’re all difficult, given the current environment,” Carney said, adding that “the president is not at all convinced by the skeptics who say that we can’t get things done.”By focusing on the budget, immigration and the farm bill, which combines agriculture policy with anti-hunger measures, Obama chose three heavy lifts that are already in the congressional pipeline. Yet each is fraught with difficulties, and chances of success for each one are limited.“This White House hasn’t really demonstrated that it can walk and chew gum any more than Congress has,” said William Galston, a Brookings Institution scholar and former Clinton administration official.Even in the first hours after the government shutdown ended, as Democrats and Republicans opened budget negotiations fault lines were beginning to emerge that could lead to deadlock if both sides adhere strictly to their previous positions. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., rejected the possibility that Democrats might agree to cuts to entitlement programs in exchange for relief from automatic spending cuts.In exchange for entitlement cuts, Reid said, Republicans would have to agree to higher taxes — setting up an eerily familiar ideological clash between the two parties now charged with reaching consensus on a budget. Republicans will face intense pressure in their districts not to raise taxes, while Democrats will press Obama not to chip away at the nation’s safety net.“If he buys into the idea that cutting Social Security benefits or cutting Medicare benefits is going to improve the economy, that’s a disaster for him and it’s a disaster for his party,” said Roger Hickey, co-director of the liberal advocacy group Campaign for America’s Future.Further complicating the chances for any legislative successes this year is the poisoned atmosphere created by the recent fiscal standoff. House Republicans in particular bristled at Obama’s refusal to negotiate on the debt ceiling and at his belittling view of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.“This recent fight has spoiled the opportunity for getting anything major done by the rest of the year,” said Ron Bonjean, a former top House and Senate Republican leadership aide. “There are a lot of hard feelings.”At the same time, Republicans are smarting from having deployed a strategy aimed at undermining Obama’s health care law that failed, exposing deep GOP divisions and potentially giving Obama a temporary upper hand.And the White House is hoping the hangover from the shutdown, which both sides acknowledge accomplished little, will produce a thaw in the intense pursuit of ideological posturing, creating an atmosphere more conducive to compromise and progress.“We hope it is,” Carney said. “We have to hope for the best and assume the best here.”___Follow Josh Lederman on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joshledermanAP and Jim Kuhnhenn at http://twitter.com/jkuhnhenn Obama outlines toned-down goals for rest of year, but even those priorities are no easy task by Josh Lederman And Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press Posted Oct 18, 2013 2:17 am MDT read more

Saputo says price war helped consumers but hurt its Canadian profits

Saputo says price war helped consumers but hurt its Canadian profits by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2015 11:38 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – A year-long price war led by its two large Canadian rivals has benefited consumers, but hurt Saputo Inc.’s profitability, the cheese and dairy processor says.“You’ve got Canada that is a very stable market, very little growth and the only way our competitors are able to pickup marketshare is to steal that volume from someone else,” CEO Lino Saputo Jr. said Thursday after releasing the company’s third-quarter results.The company’s profits increased 7.3 per cent from a year ago despite a 12 per cent drop in Canada caused by heightened competition and the delayed opening of a new distribution centre in the Montreal area.Saputo singled out Agropur, a co-operative of dairy farmers, and to a lesser extent Italian multinational Parmalat for leading the price war.“You wonder where the end game is. If you’re not making money can you really invest in your business so is that good for consumers, I don’t know,” he said, adding he hopes the battle will soon end.Saputo said the company will take “all necessary actions” short of layoffs and closures to improve the profitability of the Canadian division.Saputo (TSX:SAP) earned $154.6 million or 38 cents per diluted share for the three months ended Dec. 31. That was up from $144.1 million or 37 cents per share a year earlier.Revenue increased 20 per cent to $2.82 billion, above analyst estimates of $2.66 billion. However, analysts had estimated 41 cents per share of adjusted earnings and 39 cents per share of net income.Canadian revenues increased five per cent to about $1 billion, including a contribution from the bakery division which has since been sold Canada Bread Co. for $120 million.The United States was Saputo’s biggest market, generating $1.39 billion of revenue and earnings that grew 15 per cent. Revenues from international markets grew by $172.5 million to $422 million, while earnings increased 63 per cent to $37 million, despite a $6.8-million writedown due to lower export prices.With 35 to 39 per cent marketshare in Canada, Saputo has few opportunities for acquisitions in Canada.But Saputo told analysts the company is focused on the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil, where a deal could range between US$500 million and US$3 billion.Note to readers: This is a corrected story: A previous version incorrectly said revenue failed to meet expectations read more

Ban receives report probing new information on Dag Hammarskjölds death

The second Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Hammarskjöld served from April 1953 until his death in a plane crash in September 1961. At the age of 47 years, he is the youngest to have held the post and was awarded a posthumous Nobel Prize.“The Secretary-General is pleased to announce that the Independent Panel of Experts…has now submitted its report on its findings, conclusions and recommendations,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York.In March 2015, the Secretary-General appointed Mohamed Chande Othman, the Chief Justice of Tanzania, to head the Panel. The other two members are Kerryn Macaulay, Australia’s Representative on the Council of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and Henrik Larsen, a ballistics expert at the National Center of Forensic Services in the Danish National Police.“The [UN chief] wishes to thank them for their important contribution to the ongoing search for the truth about the conditions and circumstances related to the tragic death of…Dag Hammarskjöld, and the members of the party accompanying him on that fateful night of 17-18 September 1961,” reads the statement.The Panel, says the spokesperson, visited Zambia to meet with new witnesses and gathered additional new information from Member States and other sources, including national and private archives in Belgium, Sweden and the United Kingdom.“The Secretary-General will study the report carefully and expeditiously, and, subject to any considerations of a medical or private nature, will make the report of the Panel, as well as his own assessment and options on the way forward, available to Member States and the public as soon as possible,” adds the statement. read more

UN calls for funds to ease deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza and

Mr. McGoldrick’s comments were released as part of the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan for the occupied Palestinian territory, which calls for $350 million to assist 1.4 million people, the maximum number of people that the UN can, he said, realistically reach in the current “non-conducive political and resource climate.”“Our plan for 2019 prioritizes assistance for people assessed as being most in need of protection, food, health care, shelter, water and sanitation,” said Mr. McGoldrick. “It enables us to maximize limited funding. But much more is needed, and we stand ready to do more, if funding and operational space are improved.”The Humanitarian Coordinator described 2018 as a challenging year for UN agencies and aid workers in the region, particularly in Gaza. There were recurrent outbreaks of violence and a significant rise in casualties from demonstrations at the border fence between Gaza and Israel, referred to by Palestinians as the “Great March of Return.”Since March, over 150 Palestinians have reportedly been killed, and more than 10,000 injured, by Israeli forces in connection with the demonstrations: consequently, the funding requested for health services in 2019 has gone up, reflecting the surge in demand on an already overburdened health sector in Gaza.The economy of Gaza is also a cause for concern, he added: the World Bank described it as being in “freefall” in a September press release, with unemployment, poverty and food insecurity on the rise. Mr. McGoldrick said that an increase in partner funding is expected, in order to meet the most urgent needs of those living in the occupied territories, to protect the rights of those living under occupation, and provide basic services for the most vulnerable. read more

Water companies warn parts of UK could see drought this summer after

first_imgDrought alert…A general view of where the River Kennet usually flows along fields near the village of Lockeridge, just West of MarlboroughCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Water supplier Affinity, which covers large areas of the south-east of England, says it is “monitoring the situation closely with clear plans in place”.”January to March saw rainfall 50 to 70 per cent below average in our region” the company said.”We have not seen the rise in groundwater levels we expected, and some rivers have seen flows decrease.”Kent and Sussex are almost entirely dependent on groundwater from rain. A spokesman for Southern Water said: “The winter of 2016-2017 was drier than average, particularly in the months leading up to Christmas.”This means there are lower water levels across our regional water sources.”Water companies say work has started with farmers to reduce the impact of the continuing dry weather as summer approaches.Environment Agency officials have admitted that the dry weather could lead to drought management measures’ for some regions. They say they are working with water companies, businesses and farmers to minimise the impact of the continuing dry weather.Environment Agency spokesman George Leigh said some rivers, ground waters and reservoirs are lower than normal for the time of year.”Below average rainfall could increase the likelihood of drought management measures in some areas” he predicted.But he said bringing in restrictions is a decision for South East Water and other water companies hit by the dwindling levels.Britain has experienced parched weather in the six-month period between October and March – the driest since 1995 and 1996, according to the Met Office.According to long-term forecasts, the next three months will also be dry, making water restrictions likely.But South East Water’s head of water resources Lee Dance said that while the winter has been drier than usual, the company does not envisage water shortages this summer.Bob Ward, of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, said “It’s not yet a crisis, but we’re beginning what may become a period of drought.”A continued lack of rainfall could lead to water restrictions.”center_img Water companies have warned that parts of UK could see drought this summer after the driest winter in more than 20 years.Lack of rain over the autumn, winter and early spring has left some rivers and reservoirs,particularly in the south and west, with dwindling levels.With weather experts warning that there is little sign of rain to come, many farmers and gardeners are desperately watering their crops as the ground dries out.Until now water companies have played down talk of hosepipe bans, but as the dry weather continues the public has now been warned that restrictions could be on the way in some areas unless reservoir levels are replenished by prolonged rainfall. Drought alert...A general view of where the River Kennet usually flows along fields near the village of Lockeridge, just West of Marlboroughlast_img read more