Morphological and molecular characterization of salps (Thalia spp.) from the Tristan da Cunha archipelago

first_imgThe identification of salp species by morphological features alone can be challenging. This study combined morphological and molecular approaches to characterize different salp reproductive forms (oozooids and blastozooids) collected from the remote Tristan da Cunha archipelago. Novel cox1 barcoding primers developed in this study proved successful for the identification of Thalia salp species and generated much needed barcoding data for this taxonomic group.last_img

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Liverpool get back on track as Wolves top-four bid stalls

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – Liverpool emerged from their recent mini-slump to get their Premier League title procession back on track with a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth at Anfield yesterday.Their 22nd successive top-flight win at home, breaking the English record set by Bill Shankly’s side in 1972, was sealed by goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane after Callum Wilson had given Bournemouth a shock lead.It restored their 25-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table, and three more wins are all that are now required to rubber-stamp Liverpool’s first title for 30 years.Goals were in short supply elsewhere, especially at Molineux where Wolverhampton Wanderers spurned a golden chance to move above Chelsea and into the top four, as they were held 0-0 at home by relegation scrappers Brighton and Hove Albion. Brighton’s point was all the more precious as the other sides in the relegation mire lost.They have 29 points in 15th place, two points ahead of a trio of sides immediately below them. Alexandre Lacazette’s late goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 win over West Ham United, putting them level on 40 points with Tottenham Hotspur who are away at Burnley later yesterday.West Ham remain above 18th-placed Bournemouth on goal difference.Watford, like West Ham and Bournemouth, have 27 points after they came back to earth with a bump, following their 3-0 win over Liverpool last weekend – Jordan Ayew scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win for Crystal Palace. Bottom club Norwich City’s hopes of survival took another hit as they lost 1-0 at Sheffield United who moved up to sixth place, level on 43 points with Wolves. Norwich are still only six points from the safety zone but time is running out.Newcastle United’s relegation fears look all but over, though, after a 1-0 win secured at Southampton by Allan Saint-Maximin’s late goal. Southampton played a large chunk of the match with 10 men after Moussa Djenepo was sent off after via a VAR review for a stamp on Isaac Hayden. Liverpool were far from their best but midfielder James Milner said it was important to respond from three defeats in their last four games in all competitions, especially as they face Atletico Madrid next week seeking to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the Champions League last 16.“It was important that the boys showed great attitude to come back after some iffy results,” Milner said. “It’s impossible to go through a season without an iffy spell, but it’s about how you are going to come through that and the boys are working hard.” They made the worst possible start when, after nine minutes, Wilson slotted home for Bournemouth although he appeared to get away with a shove on Joe Gomez in the build-up.Juergen Klopp was furious and celebrated like a man possessed when his side were gifted a 25th-minute equaliser when Jack Simpson lost possession just outside his penalty area and Mane played in Salah to finish lethally for his 70th goal in his 100th Premier League start.Mane then fired Liverpool ahead after racing on to Virgil van Dijk’s through ball. Mane also hit the woodwork in the second half and although the hosts laboured at times they stretched their unbeaten league run at Anfield to 55.last_img read more

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Shafer envisions ‘hard-nosed’ football program

first_img Published on January 14, 2013 at 2:41 am Related Stories Shafer excited about addition of ‘hard-nosed’ Bullough as defensive coordinatorShafer hires Chuck Bullough to be Syracuse defensive coordinatorShafer officially named as Syracuse’s next head coach; Spent last 4 seasons as defensive coordinatorShafer sheds light on offensive coordinator search during introductory press conferenceShafer to lead Orange with intensity, put ‘fear of God’ into opponents New football head coach Scott Shafer addresses the media at his introductory press conference. Shafer touches on his vision for the program and coaching changes. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Indomitable Lions, Pharaohs Battle for African Title

first_imgDemola OjoCameroon’s Indomitable Lions and the Pharaohs of Egypt will battle for the right to be crowned AFCON 2017 champions when they meet in the final this night in Libreville, Gabon. Both teams are aiming to cap remarkable revivals by winning the Africa Cup of Nations when they meet in a final that few thought possible at the beginning of the 16-nation competition.At the outset of the tournament, it was the likes of Algeria, Senegal and defending champions Ivory Coast who were considered the favourites, with Egypt no more than dark horses in their first appearance since 2010.However, a blockbuster match between the most successful countries in the 60-year history of the competition is a fitting finale; Egypt are seven time African champions while Cameroon are four-time winners, tied with Ghana. Egypt have now re-established themselves as a giant of African football in their path to the final, topping their group ahead of Ghana, beating North African rivals Morocco for the first time in over three decades in the quarterfinal, and then overcoming a powerful Burkina Faso on penalties in the semi.The Pharaohs haven’t necessarily dominated their matches, but a resilient defence (just one goal conceded in Gabon), breathtaking pace on the counter attack and know-how at set pieces have helped carve a path to the final.Cameroon, meanwhile, have been one of the surprise packages, shrugging off the absence of several major stars to power past some of the tournament’s strongest teams in their path to the final.The Indomitable Lions qualified from their group at the expense of the hosts and have knocked out both Senegal and Ghana to make their first final since 2008. Then, with a side containing the likes of Rigobert Song and Samuel Eto’o, they lost 1-0 to the Egyptians in Ghana’s capital Accra. Today’s match is a chance for revenge.The Egyptians had won three consecutive Cups of Nations between 2006 and 2010 but missed the last three tournaments amid political upheaval in the country before Argentine Hector Cuper led them back onto the scene here.The Pharaohs have not exactly been a joy to watch – they have built their success around a rock-solid defence and have relied heavily on the star quality of Mohamed Salah at the other end. Having scored the winning goal against Ghana in the group stage and again in the semifinal against Burkina Faso, Salah has been an influential figure in attack despite not showing his best form.Egypt have a great record in finals – just one defeat in eight Cup of Nations finals and two wins out of two on such occasions against Cameroon, with the first coming on penalties in Cairo in 1986.In head-to-head stats, Egypt and Cameroon have clashed in 24 official matches. The North Africans have claimed 12 wins compared to five for their opponents, while seven matches have been drawn. The teams’ most recent meeting took place in Omdurman, Sudan, in May 2012. The Pharaohs claimed a 2-1 victory over the Indomitable Lions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Asha Bhosle’s daughter Varsha used her lost pistol

first_imgSinger Asha Bhosle has said that her daughter Varsha committed suicide here with a pistol that belonged to her and which she had lost nearly 30 years ago, police said.Varsha, 56, shot herself in the head recently. She was the second of the three children of Asha and Ganpatrao Bhosle and stayed mostly with her mother at Prabhu Kunj building in south Mumbai’s Peddar Road.Initially, police recovered a Belgian-made pistol from the spot which was registered in the name of Anand, Asha Bhosle’s youngest son.”We spoke to Asha briefly Tuesday night, when she claimed that her daughter committed suicide with the pistol she had lost. Asha had informed police about the lost pistol and her licence had been revoked,” Inspector Pradip Lonandkar said.Lonandkar said that police also have another pistol in their possession registered in the name of Anand. “Anand is not in town and might return soon. We are likely to question him Thursday,” he said.Investigators said that they were inquiring how Varsha found the lost pistol and whether she had hidden the weapon 30 years ago.Police sources said that the post mortem report confirmed that Varsha died of haemorrhagic shock due to bullet injuries. Three loaded cartridges were also found in the pistol she used to kill herself.Varsha, who used to work as a freelance journalist, was divorced from sports journalist Hemant Kenkre. She wrote columns for web portal Rediff.com, The Sunday Observer newspaper and the Gentleman magazine, among others.She had also been a playback singer for some Hindi and Marathi movies and performed in a few concerts alongside her mother.She was depressed for many years and had also tried to commit suicide in 2008 and 2010 by consuming heavy doses of sleeping pills.advertisementlast_img read more

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Combat sweat with natural fabrics

first_imgIt’s best to wear natural fabrics to beat the heat and to keep skin problems at bay, say experts.Follow these simple tips and deal with sweat: Loose clothes don’t touch your body and allow your body to breathe. Believe it or not, but loose fitting apparel like peplum tops, flowy tops or loose pants will always keep you cooler than a pair of skin tight tank and fit denims.Keep yourself cool by switching to breathable and sweat absorbing fabrics. Always dress up in clothes with natural fabrics it will keep your temperature low. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAvoid wearing dresses with embellishments as they weigh down your clothes and leads the fabric to touch your skin, trapping the body heat. Embellishments also don’t let air pass through the fabric, thus causing sweating.Wearing a light coloured and relaxed fit T-shirt can save you from sweating. They can be played around in different styles.Summer style is incomplete without chinos and denim shorts. When it comes to shorts, fit and length is the key. You can pair up denim shorts with cotton Polo T-shirt to get the comfort and style.last_img read more

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