How have India fared in World Cup semifinals from 1983

first_img Next How have India fared in World Cup semifinals from 1983As the Indian team gets ready to face New Zealand in their 7th World Cup semi-final in Manchester on Tuesday, it is important to look at the team’s record in the last-4 stages in the tournament’s history.advertisement Ajay Tiwari ManchesterJuly 8, 2019UPDATED: July 8, 2019 11:08 IST India take on New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia have played 6 World Cup semi-finals till dateIndia have won 3 while losing an equal number of World Cup semi-finalsIndia will look to beat New Zealand in order to book a final berth for July 14India have qualified for their 7th World Cup semi-final and are slated to meet New Zealand in Manchester for a high octane clash on Tuesday to book a place in the all-important final at Lord’s on July 14.Incidentally, this is the 3rd time in a row that India have made it to the last-4 stage of the World Cup, having won the tournament in 2011 before losing to eventual winners Australia four years ago.Their opponents for Manchester, New Zealand and 5-time winners Australia are the only two teams with more semi-final appearances than India – 8 each (including World Cup 2019). India would love to better their overall record of 3 wins and 3 losses in the last-4 stage of the tournament.Here is how India’s previous semi-finals at the World Cup panned out:England vs India, Manchester 1983 – India won by 6 wicketsThe first time India made it to the semis, frankly no one had given them any chance of doing so. But the underdogs stunned all experts to land in the 1st semi-final against England in Manchester.Impressive bowling performances from the likes of captain Kapil Dev, Roger Binny and Mohinder Amarnath bundled out the hosts for a mere 213 in their 60 overs. In reply, Yashpal Sharma hit a fighting 61 and a swashbuckling 51 from Sandeep Patil helped India cruise home with more than 5 overs to spare. The rest as we all know is history.India vs England, Mumbai 1987 – England won by 35 runsEngland exacted sweet revenge in this grudge semi-final as the 2 teams again met in Mumbai for a place in the final. Indian bowlers including Kapil performed well once again but couldn’t prevent Graham Gooch from scoring a fluent 115 as England posted a challenging 254/6 in their 50 overs.advertisementThe Indian pursuit never assumed threatening status as Eddie Hemmings and Neil Foster shared 7 wickets between them and Mohammad Azharuddin (64) was the only Indian to cross 50. India’s hopes went up in smoke as soon as Azhar fell with the team score at 204/5 as India lost the last 6 wickets for the addition of just 15 runs.India vs Sri Lanka, Kolkata 1996 – Sri Lanka won by defaultOnce again playing hosts to the World Cup, India must have fancied their chances going into the semi-final against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens and their joy knew no bounds when Javagal Srinath removed the explosive opposition openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharna for scores of 1 and 0 respectively. Impressive rearguard efforts from Roshan Mahanama and Arjuna Ranatunga boosted the Sri Lankan total to 251/8 which still looked a chaseable score for the Indians.And when India were sitting comfortably at 98/1 with superstar Sachin Tendulkar going great guns, victory seemed preeminent for India. Though what followed was nothing short of being one of the greatest embarrassments in the sport’s history.As soon as Sachin was dismissed, caught down the leg-side of Jayasuriya, the Indian innings went into a downwards spiral losing 6 more wickets for the addition of just 22 runs. The crowd at Eden Gardens erupted and started throwing bottles on the ground along with burning seats and paper cuttings in the stadium. The unruly scenes prompted match referee Clive Lloyd to award the match to Sri Lanka as the conditions weren’t deemed fit to complete the match marking it only such occasion in a semi-final of a World Cup.India vs Kenya, Durban 2003 – India won by 91 runsWhile India punched above their weight in the World Cups before the new millenium, in the early 2000s under Sourav Ganguly, they managed to become a genuine world force and they proved it in ample measure by reaching their 2nd final in 2003. Kenya who had a dream run till the semi-finals were easily brushed aside by an Indian side which was on a roll with the captain Ganguly hitting his 3rd century of the tournament helping his team post 270/4.Kenya’s chase was rocked early by the bowling trio of Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra who left the opposition reeling at 104/7. Some late-order fightback from skipper Steve Tikolo and Collins Obuya took the team score over 150 before Sachin Tendulkar struck twice to seal Kenya’s fate.India vs Pakistan, Mohali 2011 – India won by 29 runsA match worthy of it’s billing saw both teams’ fortunes ebb and flow as Wahab Riaz picked a 5-for restricting India to 260/9 when at 141/2 in the 26th over, India had looked well set to score over 300. Pakistan didn’t find the going easy either as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.All Indian bowlers picked a couple of wickets apiece but Misbah-ul-Haq kept his team in the game as he kept running out of partners at the other end. Misbah was the last man out for 56, as India booked their place in the final against Sri Lanka at Wankhede, which, as we all know they won as well.advertisementIndia have qualified for their 7th World Cup semi-final and are slated to meet New Zealand in Manchester for a high octane clash on Tuesday to book a place in the all-important final at Lord’s on July 14.Incidentally, this is the 3rd time in a row that India have made it to the last-4 stage of the World Cup, having won the tournament in 2011 before losing to eventual winners Australia four years ago.Their opponents for Manchester, New Zealand and 5-time winners Australia are the only two teams with more semi-final appearances than India – 8 each (including World Cup 2019). India would love to better their overall record of 3 wins and 3 losses in the last-4 stage of the tournament.Here is how India’s previous semi-finals at the World Cup panned out:England vs India, Manchester 1983 – India won by 6 wicketsThe first time India made it to the semis, frankly no one had given them any chance of doing so. But the underdogs stunned all experts to land in the 1st semi-final against England in Manchester.Impressive bowling performances from the likes of captain Kapil Dev, Roger Binny and Mohinder Amarnath bundled out the hosts for a mere 213 in their 60 overs. In reply, Yashpal Sharma hit a fighting 61 and a swashbuckling 51 from Sandeep Patil helped India cruise home with more than 5 overs to spare. The rest as we all know is history.India vs England, Mumbai 1987 – England won by 35 runsEngland exacted sweet revenge in this grudge semi-final as the 2 teams again met in Mumbai for a place in the final. Indian bowlers including Kapil performed well once again but couldn’t prevent Graham Gooch from scoring a fluent 115 as England posted a challenging 254/6 in their 50 overs.The Indian pursuit never assumed threatening status as Eddie Hemmings and Neil Foster shared 7 wickets between them and Mohammad Azharuddin (64) was the only Indian to cross 50. India’s hopes went up in smoke as soon as Azhar fell with the team score at 204/5 as India lost the last 6 wickets for the addition of just 15 runs.India vs Sri Lanka, Kolkata 1996 – Sri Lanka won by defaultOnce again playing hosts to the World Cup, India must have fancied their chances going into the semi-final against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens and their joy knew no bounds when Javagal Srinath removed the explosive opposition openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharna for scores of 1 and 0 respectively. Impressive rearguard efforts from Roshan Mahanama and Arjuna Ranatunga boosted the Sri Lankan total to 251/8 which still looked a chaseable score for the Indians.And when India were sitting comfortably at 98/1 with superstar Sachin Tendulkar going great guns, victory seemed preeminent for India. Though what followed was nothing short of being one of the greatest embarrassments in the sport’s history.advertisementAs soon as Sachin was dismissed, caught down the leg-side of Jayasuriya, the Indian innings went into a downwards spiral losing 6 more wickets for the addition of just 22 runs. The crowd at Eden Gardens erupted and started throwing bottles on the ground along with burning seats and paper cuttings in the stadium. The unruly scenes prompted match referee Clive Lloyd to award the match to Sri Lanka as the conditions weren’t deemed fit to complete the match marking it only such occasion in a semi-final of a World Cup.India vs Kenya, Durban 2003 – India won by 91 runsWhile India punched above their weight in the World Cups before the new millenium, in the early 2000s under Sourav Ganguly, they managed to become a genuine world force and they proved it in ample measure by reaching their 2nd final in 2003. Kenya who had a dream run till the semi-finals were easily brushed aside by an Indian side which was on a roll with the captain Ganguly hitting his 3rd century of the tournament helping his team post 270/4.Kenya’s chase was rocked early by the bowling trio of Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra who left the opposition reeling at 104/7. Some late-order fightback from skipper Steve Tikolo and Collins Obuya took the team score over 150 before Sachin Tendulkar struck twice to seal Kenya’s fate.India vs Pakistan, Mohali 2011 – India won by 29 runsA match worthy of it’s billing saw both teams’ fortunes ebb and flow as Wahab Riaz picked a 5-for restricting India to 260/9 when at 141/2 in the 26th over, India had looked well set to score over 300. Pakistan didn’t find the going easy either as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.All Indian bowlers picked a couple of wickets apiece but Misbah-ul-Haq kept his team in the game as he kept running out of partners at the other end. Misbah was the last man out for 56, as India booked their place in the final against Sri Lanka at Wankhede, which, as we all know they won as well.Australia vs India, Sydney 2015 – Australia won by 95 runsAfter their 2003 final heartbreak, India were looking for some revenge of their own but Steven Smith’s 105 and Aaron Finch’s 81 put the match beyond India’s control as Australia finished with 328/7. Revenge notwithstanding, the Indian batting cracked under pressure from the opposition bowlers Mitchell Starc, James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc as the famed lineup folded for 233 as MS Dhoni top-scored with 65.After their 2003 final heartbreak, India were looking for some revenge of their own but Steven Smith’s 105 and Aaron Finch’s 81 put the match beyond India’s control as Australia finished with 328/7. Revenge notwithstanding, the Indian batting cracked under pressure from the opposition bowlers Mitchell Starc, James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc as the famed lineup folded for 233 as MS Dhoni top-scored with 65.Also Read | New Zealand have won just 1 out of 7 World Cup semi-finalsAlso Read | Pressure will be a constant companion: Sachin Tendulkar ahead of India-New Zealand semi-finalAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah one of India’s major contributors just like Rohit Sharma: Sachin TendulkarAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World CupFollow India vs New Zealandlast_img read more

It’s Hoodie Season: 6 Hooded Sweatshirt Options to Keep You Warm this Winter

first_img Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier The times, they are a-changin’; at least when it comes to stylish menswear. Take, for instance, the athletic staple that is the hooded sweatshirt. For our money’s worth, the best men’s hooded sweatshirts can exude both casual style and a bit of bold refinement; there really is a hooded sweatshirt out there for everyone (and at every price point). The best men’s hooded sweatshirts can even be worn a bit like a classic crewneck sweater or a cardigan, so feel free to pair up some of the options below with easygoing pieces like a crisp Oxford shirt and tan chinos. The best men’s hooded sweatshirts — and a whole world of potential new style choices — are yours for the taking. Express Weekend Vintage Fleece Hoodie – $55Although better known for work week style staples like slim suits and shirting, Express has done a nice job with the aptly named Weekend Vintage Fleece Hoodie, the type of grab-and-go piece you can throw on over a crisp white tee or an Oxford shirt to blend the casual and the formal.Shop NowFrank And Oak Airy Summer Hoodie in Charcoal Heather – $40A stylish hoodie available for under $40 when on sale? Sign us up. It’s even better that it comes from our stylish neighbors to the north, Canadian-based fashion luminaries Frank And Oak. Wear this with your favorite pair of broken-in denim and high-top sneakers.Shop NowEverlane 365 Fleece Hoodie – $65Everlane continues to slowly but surely take over your wardrobe, and this time, they’re doing it more casually. We appreciate the fall and winter-friendly color of this particular number, along with the quality price and the potential to be worn with everything from jeans to chinos.Shop NowUniqlo Long-Sleeve Hooded Sweatshirt – $30Want a hoodie that blends a fall-ready color with a very, very agreeable price? You want this number from Uniqlo. It nods to current trends but doesn’t veer too far into full-on fashion territory, no overly loud colors here, and we appreciate that.Shop NowRhone Apparel Nylon Tactel Hoodie – $148On the other end of the spectrum in terms of affordability and functionality is the Nylon Tactel Hoodie from Rhone Apparel. Made to tackle everything from a morning run to an evening at home, this slim hoodie also happens to be made with sweat-wicking stretch fabric.Shop NowOnia Jamie Cashmere Hoodie – $345If you want to up the ante even further, well, there’s the luxurious Jamie Cashmere Hoodie, a bold and fun hooded sweatshirt that’s truly unlike anything else on the market. Shop NowIf you’re searching for a sweatshirt sans hood, however, take a look at The Manual’s picks for best men’s crewneck sweatshirts. They’re simply enough to dress up or down, depending on your mood and weather. The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 How to Shave With a Straight Razor Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Rashtriya Shamavani Parv CM Kejriwal seeks forgiveness from those he hurt unknowingly

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday sought forgiveness from “anyone he had hurt through any of his statements or works” on the occasion of “Rashtriya Shamavani Parv” observed by the Jain community.On this day, followers of Jainism seek forgiveness or forgive. Addressing an event on the lawns of the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Kejriwal also said his government had been “following the path of dharma” and had been able to give good Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murdereducation to underprivileged children and affordable health care services to the poor with the help of the taxpayers’ money. “On the occasion of Shamavani Parv, I seek forgiveness from those who I have hurt knowingly or unknowingly through any of my statements or works… I hope you will find it in your heart to forgive me,” he said. Thanking taxpayers, Kejriwal said, “You people elected me. My government is following the path of dharma. With the help of the taxes paid by you, we have able to reduce electricity rates and provide free water supply to help the common man in these times of inflation.”last_img read more

Brooke Kinsella Named As Victim Support Ambassador

first_imgVictim Support in the UK has announced its new official ambassador, actress Brooke Kinsella MBE.The passionate anti knife crime campaigner will work with Victim Support over the next year to help promote our major campaigns and fundraising initiatives in the media and with partners.This week Brooke is calling on the public to help Victim Support meet growing demands on the national telephone helpline Supportline, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this week.Although crime has been going down overall for several years, more and more victims are reaching out for telephone and email support. So Brooke is asking the public to donate to help extend the Supportline service as well as urging Londoners to volunteer to take calls.Actress and knife crime campaigner Brooke Kinsella said: “I am proud to be Victim Support’s Ambassador.“The charity’s Supportline is helping more and more victims deal with the impact of crime. But as demand outstrips funding there is a risk that desperate people may be left without support.“Victim Support was there when I needed them. So I’m calling on the public to donate whatever they can to raise £80,000 or give their time, and make this essential lifeline available for everyone who needs it.”Chief Executive of Victim Support Javed Khan said: “I’m delighted to welcome Brooke as Victim Support’s Ambassador.“When Brooke and her family tragically lost her brother Ben in an unprovoked knife attack, we supported them, so I know how much value she places on the help that is given for victims.“I look forward to working with her to ensure that all victims’ needs are heard.”Supportline volunteers are trained to talk to victims of crime anonymously and in confidence. Supportline gives emotional support and practical information over the phone and by email, and puts people in touch with Victim Support’s local offices, who can give more intensive and face-to-face support where it is needed.After Ben Kinsella was tragically murdered In June 2008, his family set up the Ben Kinsella Trust in his name. The Ben Kinsella Knife Crime Awareness Exhibition is aimed at children and young people from 9 to 18. The exhibition educates young people on making positive life choices, the laws and consequences of knife crime, staying safe and aims to stop young people from ever carrying a knife.Source:victimsupport.org.uklast_img read more

King Mohammed VIs Visit to China Milestone in SinoMoroccan Ties Chinese

Beijing – King Mohammed VI’s visit to China is a milestone in Sino-Moroccan relations, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang Ming said Wednesday in the Chinese capital.This visit will no doubt give strong impetus to cooperation between Beijing and Rabat, Ming told the press.Concerning King Mohammed VI’s talks with Chinese President, Ming said the two leaders are very attached to human exchanges between China and Morocco and to strengthening mutual knowledge between the two peoples and confidence between the two countries. The two leaders showed their strong common will to further develop Sino-Moroccan cooperation in infrastructure, economy, trade and industry, Ming said, noting that the talks were an opportunity for both parties to discuss reforms in China and Morocco, the Middle East situation and other international issues.King Mohammed VI, who is on an official visit to China, held talks Wednesday with President XI Jinping, followed by the signing of the joint declaration on the establishment of strategic partnership between the two countries, as well as 15 bilateral agreements relating to the legal, economic, financial, industrial, cultural, tourism, energy, infrastructure and consular fields.With MAP read more

UN mourns passing of US television anchorman committed to press freedom

20 July 2009The head of the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) today paid tribute to the United States journalist Walter Cronkite, best renowned for his work as a television anchorman, who has died aged 92. “Mr. Cronkite was a singular voice in American life for many years and showed an admirable dedication to his craft as a chronicler of news large and small,” Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, said.After he retired from his role as a television anchorman in 1981, Mr. Cronkite helped launch the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a non-governmental organization (NGO) devoted to press freedom worldwide, and served as its honorary co-chairman.“Both in his own work as a journalist, and later with the CPJ, Mr. Cronkite was an example to others,” Mr. Akasaka said. “Freedom of the press is intrinsic to democracy and good governance across the world, and he was tireless in his efforts to ensure that everyone could enjoy it.”Mr. Cronkite moderated a nationally broadcast “town hall” meeting addressed by then Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2001, in the wake of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.As Mr. Akasaka noted, “with a life spanning decades of key developments on the global stage, Mr. Cronkite was a towering figure in the media world – he carved out a reputation for telling the news as it is and inspired the best in journalistic traditions.”The UN annually commemorates World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, calling on Member States to uphold press freedoms and support the work of independent media. Marking that occasion earlier this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that journalists should be able to do their jobs “free of intimidation and harassment” and reminded that a free press contributed to democracy and stability. read more

Ban welcomes Lebanons increased support for Special Tribunal

1 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today Lebanon’s decision to increase its financial support for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), which was set up to try those alleged to be responsible for the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri. During a phone call with Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude for the Government’s decision to take on 49 per cent of the 2011 budget for the tribunal.According to his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said the decision was a very positive step that would allow the tribunal to continue to uncover the truth about the former leader’s assassination, and said he was confident that the Government would continue to respect Lebanon’s international obligations and cooperate with the STL.Today Mr. Ban also visited Bongha, the home town of the late former president of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Roh Moo-hyun, where he paid his respects at a memorial and met his widow. Mr. Ban served Mr. Roh as foreign minister and earlier as diplomatic adviser. Later on, Mr. Ban also visited Seoul, where he met former president Kim Young-sam at his residence.Mr. Ban’s visit to his native country this week included his address to the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan. The forum brought together representatives of governments, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world to discuss how to make aid more effective and helpful to those in need. read more

Stocks move broadly lower as trade war anxiety lingers

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks moved broadly lower in early trading Monday as investors opened the week heading for safety amid heightened anxiety over the U.S.-China trade war.The early losses come amid a mostly quiet day on Wall Street as the latest round of corporate earnings nears its end. But, investors are coming off of a week of wild swings that ended in yet another loss because of mounting escalations in the long-running trade dispute between the U.S. and China.Technology companies and banks bore the brunt of the selling in the early going. Chipmaker Qualcomm fell 1.2%.Bank of America, Citigroup, and credit card companies including Visa all fell broadly as bond yields dipped. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury fell to 1.68% from 1.73% late Friday. Financial companies, such as banks, rely on higher yields to charge more interest on loans.Facebook fell 1.4% and Google parent Alphabet fell 1.2% to lead communication stocks lower.Utilities shifted between small gains and losses and were holding up better than most sectors. Investors usually seek the shelter of utilities and bonds when they want a more secure place to put their money because of concerns over economic growth.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 0.8% as of 10:10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 189 points, or 0.7%, to 26,107. The Nasdaq composite fell 0.9%.OVERSEAS: Stocks in Europe edged lower while indexes in Asia moved broadly higher. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lagged and shed 0.4% as that city continues to deal with increased tensions from pro-democracy protests. The Hong Kong airport shut down on Monday when thousands of demonstrators occupied its main terminal.Stocks in Argentina nosedived following a round of primary voting that could drastically change the leadership of the country as it faces a deep economic crisis.FEAR FACTOR: Anxiety and fear over the U.S.-China trade war is hovering over the market and has taken stocks on a wild ride in August.The S&P 500 index zoomed up and down last week, but ended in its second straight weekly loss. The wild swings follow President Donald Trump’s threat to impose more tariffs on Chinese goods, followed by China’s move to allow its currency to weaken.Trump has said he’d be “fine” if the U.S. and China don’t go ahead with a meeting next month, dampening investors’ hopes for a path to resolving the economically damaging trade war.GLITTERING RESULTS: Barrick Gold rose 1.8% after reporting a fourth quarter surge in gold production and a profit that met Wall Street forecasts. The company reaffirmed a solid 2019 forecast for gold production.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Sherritt International reports 482million Q1 loss revenue up from year ago

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 30, 2014 5:55 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sherritt International reports $48.2-million Q1 loss, revenue up from year ago TORONTO – Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S), which is embroiled in a fight with a group of dissident shareholders seeking seats on its board and other changes, said Wednesday that it lost $48.2 million in its latest quarter.President and chief executive David Pathe said he’s pleased with the support he’s received from shareholders in the company’s fight with the group led by Clarke Inc. and its chief executive, George Armoyan.“While costly and distracting, this proxy contest has highlighted the positive activities that are underway at Sherritt and the potential that I believe we have,” Pathe told a conference call with financial analysts.Sherritt shares are up roughly 20 per cent from where they were when it first disclosed plans by the dissident group to try and replace three of the company’s directors.Pathe also said he’s had many valuable conversations with shareholders throughout the process.“We appreciate the support and constructive feedback we’ve received. We’ll use what we’ve learned in those conversations to improve the execution of our plans going forward,” he said.The mining company said Wednesday that its results were affected by higher financing costs related to foreign exchange losses as a result of a lower Canadian dollar and costs related to the start of commercial production at its Ambatovy nickel and cobalt mine in Madagascar.Sherritt said the loss amounted to 16 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31 compared with a profit of $23.1 million or eight cents per share a year ago.Revenue increased to $120.9 million from $107 million.The dissident group said the results confirmed Sherritt’s need for new directors and other changes at the company.“Sherritt needs leadership that will not wait for the nickel price to bail them out of their consistent lacklustre performance, but instead will take immediate and concrete action to improve operations,” the group said in a statement.However, Pathe said the company is building momentum with the commercial production at Ambatovy and the completion of the sale of its coal business this week.“The market has begun to recognize the progress we have made in our business and the improvements in our operating environment,” Pathe said in a statement.“Our near-term focus continues to be paying down debt, meeting our cost-reduction targets and moving Ambatovy forward.”Late Wednesday, the dissent group issued another statement calling on current and recent directors to pay back an estimated $2.2 million in compensation its says was “improperly taken from the shareholders in the past four years.”The statement said Sherritt’s board has paid each director $150,000 a year for purportedly being barred from entering the United States due to the restrictions of the U.S. Helms-Burton Act which is designed to discourage business with Cuba, where Sherritt has operations.“In fact, to the knowledge of the concerned shareholders, no Sherritt director appointed in the past five years has been barred from the United States, but the board has continued to make the payments,” it said.And while the board has announced it would not make such payments in future, “that is clearly not sufficient,” the dissidents said.“By changing its policy, the board has admitted that making the payments was wrong and not in the best interests of shareholders. However, it has done nothing to correct wrongful payments made in the past.”The comments were the latest salvo in what has at times been a nasty and personal fight between Sherritt and Armoyan, with both sides launching attacks.The dissident group is seeking three seats on the Sherritt board as well as changes to company’s bylaws to require unanimous board support for any major acquisition and on how both Sherritt directors and executives are paid.The group has also said that they believe Pathe, who became CEO at the beginning of 2012, needs to be replaced.The Clarke-led group holds a 5.4 per cent stake in Sherritt.Last week, proxy advisory firms ISS and Glass Lewis recommended shareholders support the management nominees for the board.Glass Lewis also recommended shareholders support management in its fight against all of the dissidents’ other proposals to be voted on at Sherritt’s annual meeting.However, ISS said shareholders should back a dissident motion to stop “special payments to directors that are not aligned with shareholder value.”Sherritt’s annual meeting is set for May 6 in Toronto.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Sherritt shares closed down two cents at $4.64 on Wednesday. read more

Air France pilots join embarrassing train garbage strikes

by Raphael Satter And Mstyslav Chernov, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2016 3:55 am MDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Air France pilots join embarrassing train, garbage strikes PARIS – About a quarter of Air France pilots are striking to demand better working conditions — the latest challenge to travellers and France’s image as it hosts Europe’s biggest sporting event.Weeks of strikes and demonstrations over the country’s labour reforms and other industrial disputes have led to panic at the pumps, violent protests in the streets and, most recently, garbage rotting in the gutters. It’s a litany of headaches which some Parisians fear will scare away visitors.“I’m telling you, France has become a very ugly country,” Francoise Cuip, 60, told a reporter in Paris’ well-heeled 16th district. “It’s my country, but that’s the way it is.”French leaders had hoped to put the disruption behind them as the country turned its attention to the European Championship soccer tournament, which is expected to draw over 2 million visitors, but unions are planning to keep up the airline and trash strikes through Tuesday.Up to a fifth of flights are cancelled Saturday, Air France said, both domestic and international. Among those affected were flights carrying spectators to cities holding matches.French train drivers have also been on strike for days; France’s SNCF rail company was disrupted in the southeast, with cancellations possible. In Paris the rail link between the capital and Charles de Gaulle Airport was disrupted, with few trains running along the usually busy route.Meanwhile garbage was piling up uncollected because of a continuing strike and blockages by collectors.On the streets of the capital, there was exasperation at the drumbeat of disruption.“When it’s not the trains, when it’s not the metro, it’s the trash,” said Catherine Jacob, 48, who was walking past an overflowing garbage bin near Paris’ Trocardero. “In terms of hygiene, it’s not good for the tourists, it’s not good for the residents. Tomorrow we’ll have rats in the street.”Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter that the city was “mobilizing all means, public and private” to clear the garbage.The strikes are occurring for different reasons, but the labour unrest is tapping into nationwide discontent as the government tries to change laws regulating working hours and layoffs.The influential CGT union, which is driving much of the action, may meet with the government over the weekend. read more

UN hails landmark pricing deal for faster rollout of gamechanging HIV treatment

. “What we are talking about today with this life-changing announcement is about the quality of medicine, is about equity, is about the dignity, is about access to medicine as a human right,” Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), told a press conference at UN Headquarters. The pricing agreement, he explained, will help ensure that the treatment will be made available to 92 countries, and people there will be able to benefit from “one of the best medicines we have” for first-line treatment. At around $75 per person per year, the HIV treatment regimen containing dolutegravir (DTG) will be available to public-sector purchasers in these countries. The agreement is expected to accelerate treatment rollout as part of global efforts to reach all 36.7 million people living with HIV with high-quality antiretroviral therapy. UNAIDS estimates that in 2016, 19.5 million – or just over half of all people living with HIV – had access to the life-saving medicines. DTG, a best-in-class integrase inhibitor, is widely used in high-income countries and is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an alternative first-line HIV regimen. It is also a preferred treatment by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents, among others. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom also welcomed the agreement, stating that “this will save lives for the most vulnerable, bringing the world closer to the elimination of HIV […] WHO will support countries in the safe introduction and a swift transition to this game-changing new treatment.” The agreement was announced by the Governments of South Africa and Kenya, together with UNAIDS and many other partners. Earlier today, during an event entitled “Fast-Track: Quickening the pace of action to end AIDS” held on the sidelines of the General Assembly, Mr. Sidibé called on world leaders to maintain “global solidarity” to end AIDS. UNAIDS leads global efforts to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. read more

Mens Basketball No 14 Ohio State takes on No 3 Purdue in

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) guards a Hoosier in the first half against Indiana on Jan. 30 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 14 Ohio State (20-5, 11-1 Big Ten) will face No. 3 Purdue (23-2, 12-0 Big Ten) in its biggest road game of the season so far at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night in Mackey Arena.The Boilermakers are currently leading the conference, one spot ahead of Ohio State, with an unblemished 12-0 Big Ten record. A Purdue win would give the Boilermakers a two-game lead over the Buckeyes in the conference, while an Ohio State win would put the Buckeyes in a tie for first with the tie-breaking head-to-head matchup giving Ohio State the leg up.  The Boilermakers have won their past 19 games and are coming off a win in which they held off Rutgers for a 78-76 road win. The Buckeyes most recently defeated Illinois at home, 75-67.Projected Starters for PurdueC — Isaac Haas — Senior, 7-foot-2, 290 lbs., 14.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.3 apg F — Vincent Edwards — Senior, 6-foot-8, 225 lbs., 15.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.1 apgG — Dakota Mathias — Senior, 6-foot-4, 200 lbs., 12.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Carsen Edwards — Sophomore, 6-foot-1, 200 lbs., 16.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.0 apgG — P.J. Thompson — Senior, 5-foot-10, 185 lbs., 8.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.0 apgProjected Starters for Ohio StateF — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 275 lbs., 11.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.1 apg F — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 20.2 ppg 8.9 rpg, 1.7 apgF— Andre Wesson — Sophomore, 6-foot-6, 220 lbs., 2.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.0 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.8 apgG — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 12.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.3 apgPurdue leads the Big Ten in both scoring offense, averaging 84 points per game, and 3-point field goals made, averaging 10 per game. The Buckeyes rank sixth in the league in 3-point defense.Purdue presents a challenge to the Buckeyes defensively because of its size and the combination of both the long-range and interior offensive threats from all five starters.“They have a lot of size down low. They’re a very smart team, veteran team,” senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “I like their team composure. I don’t think there’s a lot of teams like that, the way they show how together they are. [Wednesday] we’re going to have to be smart about the shot selection we take and driving in with such length in the post.”But senior center Isaac Haas is one player in particular who will be difficult for the Buckeyes to defend because of his size. In the past four games, the 7-foot-2 Haas averaged 19.3 points and six rebounds per game, while shooting 60 percent from the field. Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop said it will require a team effort to attempt to defend him.Another challenge for the Buckeyes is the road environment at Purdue. Ohio State is facing a tough Big Ten road environment for one of the first times this season, with a lot at stake.“I’m anxious to see how we perform in a very hostile environment against an elite team,” Holtmann said. “Anxious to see what we can take from that good and bad. There will be a lot of good in stuff and then a lot that we will have to continue to work on.”Holtmann compared the game preparation to the challenge of when the Buckeyes faced then-No. 1 Michigan State in December. There are some key differences, but the Buckeyes are now preparing for a battle as an underdog against a potential national championship contender.“It’s been a while since we were the underdogs and I think that’s a good thing for us. I actually enjoy being the underdog,” Tate said. “It’s been so long and we kind of got used to it. We are motivated and excited for the opportunity.”Kam Williams will not travel with teamOhio State head coach Chris Holtmann said Tuesday redshirt senior guard Kam Williams will not travel with the team to West Lafayette, Indiana, but will have his status re-evaluated Thursday. Sophomore forward Andre Wesson started in place of Williams against Illinois. “[Williams has] got class he needs to attend to tomorrow,” Holtmann said. “So he’ll be here in Columbus, finishing up work. He’s got a project and going to class.”Holtmann added he believes Williams has “accepted responsibility” and that the team expects him return to the starting lineup in “short order.” read more

Oxford University scientists gave babies trial TB vaccine that did not work

first_imgThe baby trial began in July 2009 and almost half of the 2,800 infants taking part were given the new jab.In 2013, the outcome of the trial on the infants was announced and concluded that the new vaccine offered no increased protection. Professor Beverley, a principal research fellow at the University of Oxford until 2010, complained formally to the university. An inquiry was launched and concluded that although there had been no wrongdoing, it “would have been good practice for the potentially adverse reaction observed in the monkey experiment to be reported to the authorities in a more timely fashion.” Professor Helen McShane, one of the lead scientists who developed the new vaccine, has said that the purpose of the monkey study was to “test the aerosol delivery” to the animals, not to “yield safety information”. She said it was a “failed experiment” because “there was no difference “ between the groups. Prof McShane told the Telegraph that there was no delay in providing data from the monkey experiment to regulators. She said she did not think that families in South Africa were exploited and that regulators had signed off the information sheet that was given to parents.    Almost 1,500 babies in South Africa received the new jab and parents were paid in the region of £10 for taking part.The South African regulator which approved the trial admitted to this newspaper that the information sheet given to parents “could be construed as misleading”, raising questions about whether families were sufficiently informed.The scientists at Oxford who carried out the trial maintain that the jab was safe for children and that their experiment was approved by several regulators in advance. They said they followed the infants’ development for two years after the immunisation was given – a time period approved by the regulators. The monkey study that concerned Prof Beverley began in November 2006 and the application to test the vaccine in the Western Cape was submitted 18 months later.Around this time, Prof Beverley said he heard that the animals in a study had to be euthanized “rather rapidly”. All the monkeys were infected with TB, but one group was given the widely used BCG jab, a second was given no immunisation and a third was given BCG plus new vaccine.  He said people affected by tuberculosis were often poor and “not very highly educated”, making it particularly important that they were given “clear, understandable information.” Oxford University is embroiled in an ethics row after scientists were accused of questionable conduct over a controversial trial of a new vaccine on African babies.Professor Peter Beverley, a former senior academic at the university, complained that scientists planned to test a new tuberculosis vaccine on more than a thousand infants without sharing data suggesting that monkeys given the immunisation had appeared to “die rapidly”.“Certainly here in this experiment there was no evidence whatsoever that this is an effective booster vaccine,” Prof Beverley said.He claimed the information was not given to regulators when an application to do the trial was initially submitted.In the monkey study, five out of six of the animals infected with TB who were given the experimental vaccine had become “very unwell” and had to be put down.  An information sheet given to families in South Africa participating in the trial said the vaccine had been tested on animals and humans and was “safe and effective” in animals.  Professor Jimmy Volmink, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University, told The Telegraph the information sheet did not appear to reflect the evidence from the monkey study, which was “not right”.center_img She added that the monkey trial contained a “limited” number of animals and Professor Beverley was “disgruntled”.South African Medicines Control Council, which was one of the regulators who approved the trial, said that a “large body of data” – apart from the monkey experiment and which included previous human trials – was considered as part of the approval process.  They also said that the monkey experiment was “not a trial of the vaccine in monkeys” and that “there was no suggestion that the vaccine was unsafe in the monkeys or that it had caused disease or death”However, when asked about the information sheet that was given to parents, the regulator said, “In retrospect the information on efficacy achieved in the animal studies could be construed as misleading”, although the “evidence of safety in the previous human studies was fairly reported”.  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.last_img read more

GPL outlet at Mon Repos mall robbed by armed bandits shots

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedArmed duo rob 5 in E-Networks Store located at Mon Repos MallAugust 2, 2017In “Crime”E-Networks staff, customers robbed at Cornelia Ida by armed duoAugust 3, 2017In “Crime”Armed bandits rob GPL Parika office, customersAugust 18, 2017In “Crime” Police are now on the hunt for three men who reportedly stormed the Mon Repos mall on the East Coast of Demerara and robbed the customers and staff attached to the Guyana Power and Light customer service centre on Thursday afternoon.Police officers standing in front of the GPL outlet that was robbedBased on information received, sometime after 13:00hrs Thursday, the unmasked men entered the branch and held the staff – one of whom is reportedly pregnant- at gun point.The bandits allegedly tied up approximately four persons, including the security guard and ordered them to be quiet.Full details have not been revealed into the matter, as the affected persons were visibly shaken when news reporters approached them for comments.However, residents and vendors in the area told the media that the three bandits were seen rushing out of the building, one armed with a knife and the other two were seen with handguns.One man disclosed that a gunshot was heard when the men exited the building and another was heard just before they (trio) entered a silver Toyota Allion and escaped.“They drive out the street and turn to BV (Beterverwagting) side,” the resident told INews.Additionally, persons in the area also lambasted the police, highlighting that several calls to the Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara police station went unanswered.At the scene, investigators and police officials were seen panning the area and taking  prints.Investigations are ongoing. read more

Pee on Your Cell Phone Guard Against STDs

first_imgA consortium of UK organizations has ponied up over $10 million in funding to research an inexpensive portable STD test that could give instant readings via your cell phone.The test would consist of a disposable USB “dongle” that could plug into your phone or laptop. All you would have to do is urinate (yup, ya still gotta pee on things in this crazy future-world of ours) and insert it into your device for an instant reading of herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.  No word if you’d be able to share the results on Twitter to let the world know you’re #GonorrheaFree.AdChoices广告The tests could be distributed through vending machines in bars and snog-a-licious nightclubs for less than $2. In theory, people would be more likely to privately self-test with this readily-available option, and then use this knowledge to help stop the spread of STDs. It may even eventually become standard club etiquette to ask an attractive stranger to urinate on your phone before boot-knocking can commence. Who says romance is dead? Not me, certainly.In the future, not only will cell phones facilitate the sending of naked pictures, but will let you know if you should keep it at that.via BGRlast_img read more

Signature dun accord pour protéger 720000 km² de forêt boréale au Canada

first_imgSignature d’un accord pour protéger 720.000 km² de forêt boréale au CanadaCanada – Écologistes et industriels du bois ont signé un accord pour protéger quelque 720.000 km² de forêt boréale au Canada en encadrant l’abattage des arbres. Un accord qui met fin à des années de guerre ouverte entre les défenseurs de l’environnement et les groupes forestiers. Le 18 mai, les principaux groupes forestiers et acteurs écologistes du Canada se sont enfin entendus en signant un accord historique visant à mieux protéger la forêt boréale. L’accord a été conclu entre l’Association des produits forestiers du Canada (APFC), au nom de vingt-et-un grands groupes industriels, et neuf grandes organisations écologistes, dont Greenpeace et la Fondation David Suzuki.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasLes industriels du bois, tels que AbitibiBowater ou Cascades, se sont ainsi engagés à suspendre tout nouvel abattage d’arbres sur quelque 29 millions d’hectares de forêts. Un engagement pris pour protéger des espèces vulnérables, comme le caribou des bois ou le carcajou.Ayant obtenu de la part des groupes forestiers l’effort qu’ils attendaient depuis des années, les écologistes qui avaient lancé plusieurs campagnes de boycottage contre les producteurs, vont désormais pouvoir les suspendre.”Nous sommes très heureux que ces efforts aient mené au plus important plan de conservation de forêts ouvertes à l’exploitation de l’Histoire”, s’est félicité Steve Lallick du Pew Environment Group.Le 23 mai 2010 à 14:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Photo: Triple H “buries the hatchet” with ESPN personality

first_img Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Twitter Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahon WWE COO Paul “Triple H” Levesque tweeted out a photo with ESPN personality Michelle Beadle backstage at RAW on Monday night in Anaheim stating that the two were able to “bury the hatchet” and reconnect. Beadle stated last year that she would be boycotting the WWE product over Triple H’s friendship and support of boxer Floyd Mayweather.“Awesome to reconnect with old friends and bury the hatchet… Good things to come. @MichelleDBeadle @StephMcMahon”Source: @TripleHRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Triple H Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTcenter_img Now Playing Up Next WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Videos Articles Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Google+ PHOTO: First look at the entrance set-up for ALL IN live tonight from Chicago Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Video: Turnbuckle and rope breaks off during WWE live event in Anaheim on Sunday 6/24 WWE Live Results: Anaheim, California (Ronda Rousey in action, Tag Team Main Event)last_img read more

Soy Growers Call on Congress White House to Unite on Trade Infrastructure

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) issued its annual response to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, and called on the Obama Administration and members of the House and the Senate to work together on issues vital to soybean farmers, including trade, infrastructure and rural development.”Congress and the administration are at a crossroads,” said ASA President and Texas farmer Wade Cowan. “They have an opportunity to come together on issues that can drive real progress for soybean farmers across the country. In his address tonight, President Obama focused on several projects that we at ASA believe are essential to our success moving forward.””First, Trade Promotion Authority is long overdue,” said Cowan. “The United States is currently involved in the negotiation of major trade deals, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which have the potential help to protect and expand agriculture market access in the Pacific Rim and Europe. Soybeans are the nation’s leading farm export, and it’s critically important that Congress pass and the President sign a completed TPA package that will lay the groundwork for robust and comprehensive trade agreements.””We cannot improve trade without modern ports,” continued Cowan, “and we are pleased to see the president discuss our nation’s infrastructure needs as well. We depend on ports in nearly every coastal region of the United States to carry our soybeans abroad, and we must continually invest in this supply chain to stay ahead of our foreign competitors.”Cowan also noted ASA’s enthusiasm with the administration’s work towards the normalization of relations with Cuba. “It is encouraging to see that steps are being taken to normalize relations with Cuba, though there is more work to be done,” he said. “Congress must work to fully end the long-standing embargo and allow open trade and investment that will enhance Cuban citizens’ access to affordable food and provide the U.S. farmers with expanded market access opportunities.”Finally, Cowan welcomed President Obama’s commitment to broadband internet connectivity, and in particular rural broadband internet access. “The president’s support for bringing broadband and wireless services to ‘every community’ including those in rural America is extremely important for our farmers, especially in light of the precision agriculture tools we use in our operations,” Cowan added. “As we become ever more connected, this effort will ensure rural communities share in the opportunities afforded by modern broadband access, and their collective progress will continue.””In the eyes of America’s soybean farmers, these are no-brainers,” concluded Cowan. “These are bi-partisan issues around which we believe all parties can coalesce and find consensus. We are committed to working with them to see these plans to fruition, and we hope they will echo that commitment.”last_img read more

37 receive recognition for good work

first_imgJust over a third (37%) of respondents receive praise and recognition when they do good work, according to research by engagement consultancy Dragonfish.Its survey of 1,200 employees at UK organisations with more than 1,000 staff members also found that less than half (43%) of respondents feel valued for their contribution to the business.The research also found:46% of respondents fully understand what is expected of them at work.40% of respondents are given the opportunity to be involved in business decisions that affect them.55% of respondents do not feel trusted by their line manager, and 55% of respondents do not trust their line manager in return.61% of respondents feel they are not helped by their line manager to understand their strengths and areas for improvement.Richard Webley (pictured), managing director at Dragonfish, said: “The problem might start with line managers but the responsibility for the employee experience [and] the organisation’s culture ultimately sits with executive teams. Senior leaders need to realise that if they want their organisation to be a long-term success, one of their most crucial tasks is building a workforce that is happy at work, full of people who want to be part of the organisation and are committed to making it a success.“Without the building blocks in place that come from a clearly defined and shaped employee experience, even the most well thought through business plan can fall flat and deliver disappointing results.”last_img read more

New Study Sheds Light on Peopling of the Arctic

first_imgQajaa, a grass-covered deep-frozen midden with remains from Early Paleo-Eskimo cultures to the19th century CE. Ilulissat Icefjord, West Greenland. Photo by Claus AndreasenArchaeologists have been arguing for decades about how human beings got to the new world, and genetic research released today deepens the mystery. An article published in “Science” magazine shows that there must have been at least four pulses of migration from Siberia through Alaska since the last Ice Age, and the Yupik and Inupiat people now in Alaska actually replaced an earlier population.Download Audio:Based on the largest genetic sampling of bones found in the Arctic yet, a group of Danish researchers say the modern Native people of Arctic Canada and Alaska are only related in the very distant past to earlier waves that came across thousands of years ago.  In fact, says lead author Maanasa Ragavan, the earlier arctic population – known in Siberia as “Saqqaq,” and on this side as “Paleo-Eskimo” and “Dorset,” was here for thousands of years, and was also genetically distinct from the earlier migrations that resulted in the Athabascan and other American Indian populations.“We propose that we remove the Paleo Eskimos from that particular migration wave, and basically grant them a separate migration pulse of their own, which is the Paleo Eskimos, including the Saqqaq and Pre-Dorset culture and the Dorset culture,” Ragavan says.Dr. Eska Willerslev, who heads the genetic lab, is flatly amazed that the people along the arctic coast and those on the interior of the continent literally had nothing to do with one another, even though their geography overlapped.“I was actually surprised that we don’t find any evidence of admixture between Native Americans and Paleo Eskimos,” Willerslev says. “I mean, given that in other studies when we see people meeting each other, they may be fighting each other but normally they actually also have sex with each other, and that doesn’t seem to have been the case here.”The picture that emerges is of a people now vanished, who developed a stable culture that lived off the lean country of the Arctic for at least four thousand years. Archaeologist William Fitzhugh of the Smithsonian Institution theorizes that they could only have done that by being very conservative:“When you have people that are so close to nature as the Paleo Eskimos had to be to survive, they had to be extremely careful about maintaining good relationships with the animals, and that meant not in a sense polluting your relationship by introducing new ideas, new rituals, new materials and so forth,” Fitzhugh explains.Then about 700 years ago, a new wave out of Alaska and Siberia known as the “Thule” people simply replaced them. The genetic evidence shows there was very little interbreeding, and the Thule people, from whom the modern Inuit population is descended, replaced the conservative Dorset.“Socially and economically, they just were no match for this onslaught from this Thule machine that moved in in very quick order.”Fitzhugh says the Thule migration, equipped with sled dogs, bows and arrows, and a near military whaling discipline, only took about a hundred years to sweep all across the upper part of the continent, and that was the end of the Dorsets.“They were in a sense sitting ducks. And either they were pushed out into the fringes of the arctic area where they couldn’t survive economically or else they may simply have been annihilated,” Fitzhugh says.It was thought there was a remnant Dorset population in a remote part of Canada, but the genetics show that not to be the case. They are gone. Fitzhugh says archaeologists need to dig more in Alaska and Siberia to puzzle out these migrations.The genetics indicate they are likely to have come from the same area – an environment somewhere in the Russian far east so severe as to have almost fossilized the culture:“And it may be that this is a continuation of a Siberian Mesolithic, Neolithic tradition which has just somehow kept on going in the eastern arctic because of the isolation and the abundance of animals that kept them without annihilating them through some sort of huge climatic changes or other things. It’s really an amazing story of continuity and survival.”Willerslev says from a scientific point of view they could really use more archaeological genetic data from lower latitudes but that can be hard to come by because it is often the wish of modern tribes that ancient remains not be disturbed.last_img read more