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Colin CroftIf things are to change for the West Indies, the change must start with the Indian tour beginning this week.When he took over as president of the West Indies Cricket Board, the Reverend Wesley Hall had said there was a desperate need to do away with old methods.After all,Colin CroftIf things are to change for the West Indies, the change must start with the Indian tour beginning this week.When he took over as president of the West Indies Cricket Board, the Reverend Wesley Hall had said there was a desperate need to do away with old methods.After all the West Indies had lost to South Africa at home last year, only the second time that they had lost a series at home since the 1995 defeat to Australia.In truth, the West Indies should have lost to Pakistan in 2000 too but for one of the worst umpiring decisions ever when debutant West Indian umpire Billy Doctrove ruled Courtney Walsh “not out” after he hit a ball to short-leg with the home team a few runs short of their target at St John’s, Antigua.In due course, Jimmy Adams, then captain, made the winning run. The problem with West Indies cricket is their recent away record. Of the last 27 away Tests, the West Indies have lost 23, with one win and a draw against England in 2000 and a win and a draw against Zimbabwe last year.Coming back: (From left) Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Cameron Cuffy at a training camp before the India seriesThere have been weaker teams and worse results in the history of Test cricket but no team has ever kept trudging through such a wasteland of defeat.Nothing seems to be learnt from the losses and the team continues in the same fashion, seemingly unconcerned by their defeats. Sports psychologists keep reminding us that winning is a habit, just as is losing.advertisementThe West Indies seem to have developed the habit of losing. All attempts at getting to lose that habit are being directed at technique rather than at the attitude of the players. Somehow, the latter seems to be more necessary.Wes Hall, in fact, says, “We know there is an intestinal resistance to change. But we have to change or perish, it’s as obvious as that. We have to look at this ‘dinosaurial’ syndrome.”As a first step, the West Indies decided to break with convention and conduct a protracted camp for the home series and called in some names from our legendary past to pass on tips to the players who will be facing the Indians over the next two months.Sir Gary Sobers, Andy Roberts and Gus Logie were some who were involved in the week-long camp held in Trinidad.When I asked Sir Gary about the possibility of developing the will to fight back in a team that had been consistently beaten in the past seven years, he said, “I’ve been sitting on the outside, so I don’t have the information to make an accurate assessment. But when you have been losing 3-0, 2-0, 5-0 for four or five years, morale cannot be very high.” He believes, “The Indians are coming to win. This is where we will find out how much these boys have improved or how badly their morale has been damaged.”The way ahead for the West Indies, says Sir Gary, is to put the past behind.The way ahead for the West Indies in this series, Sir Gary says, is to put the past where it belongs- behind them. “They need a bit of insurance by having a good start in the series. They need someone to talk to them, to make them realise the circumstances of the game and boost their morale.”Sir Gary, Roberts and West Indian coach Roger Harper spent long hours in discussion about inputs that would benefit the team. The problems that beset West Indian cricket are many.Harper says that the claim that West Indian players were technically strong is a “great myth”. In my conversations with him, the former Guyana captain said, “We have a lot of technical deficiencies-it’s not a case of us having great technique and not being able to execute it. Our techniques are not up to Test level.”His understanding of the situation is that even though the previous generation of West Indian cricketers had no coaches, his generation of players had a number of people who filled in the role and mentored players who-and this is important-“wanted to be the best”.”It was an informal structure that worked wonderfully well. You had old experienced players who took it upon themselves at the club level to develop the young players, imparting the technical knowledge and shared their experiences. After the 1980s, that sort of thing did not happen.”advertisementOlder players-former Test and first-class players-left the game, some migrated or, because of economic reasons, weren’t able to put in enough time at the club level with the younger players.Of the last 27 away Tests, the West Indies have lost 23 and won only two.IT all led to a situation where a generation of players did not grow up in the same way as those cricketers who represented the Caribbean did from the 1970s through to the 1990s.”Young players were coming through without the proper background they needed to have when they got to the first-class level, much less the international level,” says Harper.To this end, the 22-member training camp included four newcomers and two players who had spent three years in the wilderness. The new players in the running are opening batsman Devon Smith of the Windward Islands, off-spin all-rounder Gareth Breese of Jamaica and fast bowlers Adam Sanford of the Leeward Islands and Darrell Powell of Jamaica.Opening batsman Stuart Williams of the Leeward Islands and wicketkeeper-batsman Junior Murray of the Windward Islands, two players who have not featured in recent selections but have played against India, were also called in.Two of the West Indies’ key batsmen-Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan-are returning from injury. Lara has only recently started net practice following a near three-month break from the game and Sarwan returned to first-class cricket after two months off due to a back injury.This is a series that is being highly anticipated everywhere in the Caribbean but especially in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago where 45 per cent of the populations are of Indian descent. After losing so regularly, it would be very difficult for the West Indies to beat India even though we are at home. But it can be done if there is resolve.The two touring Indians spinners-leg-spinner Anil Kumble and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh-have already proved that they are quite capable of blowing opposing batsmen away.The Caribbean pitches-except perhaps Barbados and Jamaica-could be very helpful to them. The West Indies batsmen would have to take out their dancing shoes if they are to cope with the Indian spin twins.The West Indies would do well to win and bring some pleasure back to the Caribbean population. My guess is that fast bowler Adam Sanford could be a surprise selection and a surprise performer-even though this is his debut year in first-class cricket.He belongs to Antigua and Barbuda and has already taken 37 wickets at 24.24 in the Busta Cup Series, the West Indies’ premier first-class competition.If Sanford fires well and the rest of the players rally around Lara, if he is fully fit to play, then the West Indies could be more than competitive. They can actually surprise us all and win.Former West Indian fast bowler Colin Croft is an expert columnist for the website cricinfo.com.
Bo Perasol says Maroons treating Tigers showdown as ‘knockout game’ View comments “As much as I love winning individual awards, I would still exchange this for trophies for the team, especially with the Azkals,” Schrock said. “I’m happy to bring the Philippine flag up in the international stage.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rice industry paralysis MOST READ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I hope the award makes an impact and I shouldn’t be the last and only [Filipino] player to make it on the list,” Schrock told the Inquirer last Saturday. “Personally, I’m very grateful for the award, the opportunity to display my hard work and skills at the highest stage in Asean.”Vietnam star Nguyen Quang Hai led the AFF’s Best XI after leading the Golden Stars to the AFF Suzuki Cup title last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe 33-year-old Schrock led the Azkals to a fourth semifinal appearance in the AFF Suzuki Cup last year, before captaining the national team in its first AFC Asian Cup appearance in the United Arab Emirates in January.Just last month, he was awarded the Golden Ball as the top individual player of the Philippines Football League where he spearheaded Ceres’ march to the title—and an unbeaten campaign. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ National football team captain Stephan Schrock chalked up another milestone as he became the first Filipino player to make the Asean Football Federation’s Best 11 players for 2019.The Filipino-German midfielder, who plays for three-time Philippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros FC, received the award in a special ceremony in Hanoi, Vietnam, last Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 with 53000 mAh battery set to launch in India today: Expected price, how to watch livestream
#BigisBack says Xiaomi India. The smartphone maker is set to launch the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 in India today at an event in New Delhi. Mi Max 2 is the successor of the last year’s Mi Max and is expected to sport a much bigger display — 6.44-inch to be precise. Xiaomi will livestream the launch event of the Mi Max 2 on Mi Community at 11:30AM. You can watch the livestream of the event here .Xiaomi Mi Max 2 was first launched in China, back in the month of May. It is now finally coming to India after a long wait. The successor of last year’s Mi Max is packed with 6.44-inch display and powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor. Xiaomi India has been tweeting and posting about the launch of the Mi Max 2, followed by hash tag #BigisBack.Xiaomi launched the Mi Max 2 in China in two variants, one with — 4GB RAM/64GB memory and the top-end variant comes with 4GB RAM/128GB. However, the company may bringing both variants to India, or it may just bring one of the probably. Going by the camera set up, the Mi Max 2 comes with a 12-megapixel camera on the rear, while fits a 5-megapixel camera on the front. Further, Mi Max 2 is backed by a by a massive 5,300Mah battery.On the pricing point, the 64GB storage model was launched in China at 1699 RMB, which is roughly around Rs 15,953, while the 128GB model was launched at 1999 RMB, which roughly estimates around Rs 18,765. Although we are not sure if Xiaomi will bring both the variants to India, however chances are that the company might just bring only the 64GB variant, and skip the high-end 128GB. The reason behind not bringing the 128GB could be that the 128GB model may push the price of the phone above Rs 20,000.advertisementThe company will officially confirm the India price at the launch today. However, chances are that the company may keep the price of the Mi Max 2 in India below Rs 20,000 similar to the price of the Mi Max. To recall, Mi Max was launched in India at a starting price of Rs 14,999, although the premium version was sold for Rs 19,999. There are no words about the availability of the Mi Max 2 yet.Xiaomi Mi 6 not coming to IndiaXiaomi mainly focuses at bringing budget devices to the Indian market like the Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A, and is skeptic on bringing its premium smartphones in the country. It is almost after almost a year that the Chinese smartphone maker is bringing a high-end device to India. Logically , the company should have brought the the company’s latest flagship phone — Mi 6, but no, Xiaomi may not bring the Mi 6 to India at all. This was earlier confirmed by India Today Tech. There are several reasons for not bringing the Mi 6 to India, but one of them is because Mi 5 didn’t do that well and didn’t possible meet the company’s expectations.
IG/collegegamedayJoey Galloway is one of the best wide receivers to ever play at Ohio State. From 1991-1994, Galloway put up 2,085 total yards from scrimmage and scored 23 touchdowns, per sports-reference.com. He also did some damage in the return game, averaging 25 yards on kick returns during his career and scoring a touchdown as a senior. Today, he’s back in Columbus, and he got in some work with quarterback-turned-receiver Braxton Miller.New WR @BraxtonMiller5 gets in some work under Buckeyes legend Joey Galloway’s guidance. https://t.co/sq6pFh0QcT— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 10, 2015Obviously things are much easier against air, but it looks like Miller has soft hands, and is adjusting well to the move.
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Singapore: Flight operations at the international Changi Airport here were affected due to unauthorised drone activities, days after one of its runways was shut down due to unmanned aircraft sightings, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said. The CAAS told Channel News Asia (CNA) that approximately 15 departures and three arrivals were delayed, while seven flights were diverted on Monday. Last week, 38 flights were affected when drones were sighted in the vicinity of the airport, forcing one of its runways to shut down. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London “As a precautionary measure, arrival and departure flights were carefully regulated for short periods of time between 8.07pm and 9.07pm,” the CAAS said. One of those affected was Singapore Airlines which diverted its flight scheduled from Jakarta to Singapore on Monday night. The flight “experienced an extended holding period at Singapore Changi Airport and was subsequently diverted to Batam,” an SIA spokesperson was quoted as saying. The CAAS said that investigations into the matter were going on and the authority will not hesitate to take enforcement action against those responsible for such acts that pose a threat to aviation and endanger security and safety of others. Offenders could face a fine of up to USD 14,788 or a jail term of up to 12 months, the CNA report said. Singapore prohibits flying of drones within 5km of the airport without a permit.
London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson raised the stakes Monday in a pivotal week of the Brexit saga by threatening to purge ruling party lawmakers who try to block a no-deal divorce with the EU. The warning came as heavyweights from the governing Conservatives such as former finance minister Philip Hammond plotted a way to keep the premier from taking Britain out of the European Union without an agreement on October 31. Johnson insists that he must keep the chaotic option open to get Brussels to relent at the last moment and agree a better economic deal for Britain. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHe poured more oil on the political fire by deciding last week to suspend parliament — a legal but highly contentious manoeuvre — for over a month. This means pro-European lawmakers will have just days to try to tie Johnson’s hands and avoid a painful split from Brussels when they return from their summer break on Tuesday. Johnson has upturned political traditions and inflamed passions on both sides of the Brexit chasm since taking over from Theresa May in July. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHis strategy of counter-punching his domestic opponents and playing a game of chicken with Brussels has helped his flagging party to shoot back up to the top of opinion polls. But he enjoys a majority of just one in parliament — a margin that has prompted many to assume that he wants Brexit to happen by any means possible and then to hold a general election. Trying to stop him will be tricky for MPs like Hammond and former justice minister David Gauke. Their first step on Tuesday will see them try to seize power from the government over what legislation is put up for a vote. Almost two dozen moderate Conservatives have backed similar attempts in the past. About 15 of them were reportedly hoping to meet Johnson on Monday in a bid to avoid the standoff and save the party from potentially splintering in two. The Financial Times said Johnson “abruptly” cancelled the meeting after talks with top members of his team at his Chequers residence on Sunday. “The hard right has taken over the Conservative party,” former Conservative minister Nick Boles told the BBC. “The Conservative party has fallen prey to an almost religious obsession with the hardest form of Brexit.” Johnson has staked his leadership on a promise to get Brexit — already delayed twice due to parliamentary resistence — done at any cost next month. His government unfurled a formal “get ready for Brexit” campaign Monday that included a website advising EU and UK nationals on how to deal with potential problems such as their phones not working abroad. Both Brussels and London now view a no-deal end to the four-decade partnership as the most likely outcome. EU negotiator Michel Barnier wrote in The Sunday Telegraph that the current agreement’s most contentious element — a so-called backstop to keep the Northern Irish border open in all post-Brexit circumstances — was “the maximum amount of flexibility that the EU can offer”. Johnson’s insistence that there were other solutions — including one involving high-tech border technology — was punctured further by the leak of a UK government report showing that none of them worked. “It is evident that every facilitation has concerns and issues related to them,” The Guardian quoted the August 28 dossier as saying. The report added that its findings should be kept private “given (its) potential negative impacts on the renegotiation with the EU”. Main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Johnson on Monday of “hijacking” the results of the original 2016 Brexit vote. “We are working with other parties to do everything necessary to pull our country back from the brink,” Corbyn said.
CALGARY – A painting of Emerald Lake in the Rocky Mountains by Winston Churchill has sold at auction for much more than expected.Churchill painted the work during a visit to the area near Field, British Columbia, in 1929 in the years before he became prime minister.The heavily damaged painting was initially listed on the Sotheby’s of London auction site and was estimated to sell between C$11,000 and C$15,000.The painting sold for C$87,257.“My family and I are obviously delighted at the sale price,” owner Bill Murray wrote in an email to The Canadian Press from his home in Devon, England, Tuesday.“Even in its damaged state, it is a wonderful painting and the link with Sir Winston’s visit to your area in 1929, is just about unique.”The painting was a gift from Churchill to Murray’s father, Sgt. Edmund Murray, who was his bodyguard from 1950 to 1965.“Having read all the pre-sale reports in the Canadian media, I am not really surprised that this great painting attained such a high figure. Churchill paintings are much sought-after,” Murray said.“Had it not been damaged, it would have fetched a much higher price and perhaps ended up in a private collection in Russia or China, never to be seen again.”There’s no official word on who bought the painting or where it will ultimately end up, but Murray said he has his suspicions.“I am pretty sure that it will go to Canada, although Sotheby’s are very discreet when it comes to letting out information about the buyer, even to the seller.”The painting was originally mislabelled as Lake Louise, Alta., but Calgary historian David Finch saw a photo of it and let it be known it was Emerald Lake.“To be clear, I’m the obnoxious Canadian who challenged the location of the painting, came to be involved but I am not an expert at painting or Churchill history — an innocent bystander,” said Finch.Finch said Churchill had been painting for years, a hobby he picked up to cope with depression. He said the trip to Canada and the U.S. gave him a chance to escape his troubles at home.“He’d been run out of England with his tail between his legs. His government had fallen. He’d lost his own seat. He was desperate for an escape from all his trials and tribulations so he and his brother and his two sons came on a tour of North America,” said Finch.Finch said he’s no art critic but Churchill painted a lot of paintings over the years and this likely isn’t his best work.“I don’t think much of it but somebody obviously does to pay that kind of money for it,” said Finch.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
WASHINGTON — The Latest on Google CEO before Congress (all times local):10:25 a.m.A House committee has kicked off its grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is asking if tech companies are “serving as instruments of freedom or instruments of control” in the U.S. and beyond.McCarthy, a California Republican, says Google had to testify because of the “widening gap of distrust” between tech companies and the American people.Pichai is facing the Republican-majority committee before Democrats take control of the House in January. Lawmakers are asking him about alleged bias in the company’s search results, as well as its reported plans to launch a censored search engine in China.___3 a.m.Google’s CEO faces a grilling from U.S. lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands.CEO Sundar Pichai’s appearance Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee comes after he angered members of a Senate panel in September by declining their invitation to testify about foreign governments’ manipulation of online services to sway U.S. elections. Pichai’s no-show at that hearing was marked by an empty chair for Google alongside the Facebook and Twitter executives.Pichai went to Washington later in September to mend fences. He took part last week in a White House meeting with other tech industry executives that focused mainly on getting government and businesses working more closely on accelerating emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.The Associated Press
At least five Indian fishermen belonging to Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy from Neduntheevu in northern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, IANS reported.The navy authorities also recovered a mechanised boat from the fishermen. Straying of Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen into each other’s waters is a recurrent problem as territories on the sea are not clearly demarcated.According to media reports, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami last week wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to secure the release of eight fishermen from Tamil Nadu lodged in Sri Lankan prisons. (Colombo Gazette)
The century mark was reached earlier this month when Honduras signed what is officially known as an Additional Protocol to a Safeguards agreement with the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), affording agency inspectors greater rights of access to information about a country’s nuclear programme and to its nuclear sites.IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei referred to additional protocols as absolutely essential for effective verification and invited all States to conclude them.Additional Protocols grant the IAEA complementary inspection authority to that provided in underlying safeguards agreements, typically concluded pursuant to provisions of the NPT, thus facilitating its task to verify that all nuclear material has been declared to the Agency and is for peaceful nuclear activities.As well as affording greater rights of access, they grant inspectors added authority to use advanced technologies to track that nuclear materials are not being diverted, and that there are no clandestine, proscribed nuclear activities in a state.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) some 6.2 million people – almost half the country’s population – are either severely food insecure or in need of livelihood support. “Huge numbers of Somalis have come to the end of all their possible resources and are living hand-to-mouth,” said Steven Lauwerier, the UNICEF Somalia Representative, underlining that there is only a small window of opportunity to arrest the looming humanitarian crisis and save lives. The situation of children is particularly concerning: close to one million children are estimated to be malnourished this year, including 185,000 severely malnourished and in need of urgent lifesaving support. There are also grave fears that this number could increase to 270,000 over the coming months. The ongoing drought and other shocks have left communities – that have already been battered by decades of conflict – with little to no resources to fall back on, the two UN agencies said in a joint news release. Whole villages have lost their crops or seen their livestock die. The prices of water and locally produced food have risen dramatically, and thousands of people are on the move in search of food and water.RELATED: Drought drives food price spike in East Africa, UN warns The drought has also led to an increase in waterborne diseases with more than 4,000 cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea/Cholera this year. “Humanitarian assistance has saved lives in the drought-affected north over the past year, but as the crisis spreads we have no time to lose,” added WFP Country Director Laurent Bukera, noting that together with its partners, the UN agency is “moving as quickly as possible” to reach people with lifesaving support.Humanitarian assistance has saved lives in the drought-affected north over the past year, but as the crisis spreads we have no time to loseWFP Country Director Laurent Bukera The two agencies further noted that humanitarian access remains conqueringly limited in some drought-affected areas of the south, but that WFP and UNICEF are reinforcing their joint efforts to scale up the response in areas that are accessible, where millions of lives are at risk. The agencies have been responding together to the drought by providing food and water vouchers to hundreds of thousands across the most affected areas of Somalia as well as nutrition assistance. As additional resources are mobilised, the joint response will continue to expand in the most vulnerable regions. However, with growing needs, more funds are needed. UNICEF and WFP together still require more than $450 million to be able to provide urgent assistance required in the coming months.
Click through to d0wnload the full January 2015 bus and coach news release and data table. Bus and coach registrations rose 48.6% in January to 715, the most successful start to a year since 2008.Growth was driven by a 90.4% rise in purpose-built buses, following the fulfilment of several large orders.The converted bus market also saw significant growth, with a 42.6% increase in the month. “January’s increase in bus and coach registrations is good news for the sector, however, given the variable nature of demand in this market, one month of growth, while encouraging, should be viewed cautiously,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Ohio State junior linebacker Nick Bosa (97) runs a drill in warmups prior to the 2018 Spring Game in Ohio Stadium April 14. Gray beat Scarlet 37-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignIn the third quarter of the matchup between No. 4 Ohio State and No. 15 TCU, junior defensive end Nick Bosa left the game with an apparent groin injury.The injury occurred with the Buckeyes down 14-13, with 13:49 remaining in the quarter.Bosa left the game with five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. The fumble led to a touchdown by redshirt junior defensive tackle Davon Hamilton in the first quarter to put Ohio State up 10-0.Bosa will not return for the remainder of the TCU game.Story updated at 10:03 p.m. to update Bosa’s status for TCU.
To the untrained eye, it seemed like a pleasant landscape painting perfect for a spot on the wall under the staircase.Imagine one homeowner’s surprise when they discovered their painting was a genuine Constable, worth up to £1.5m and the missing piece in the development in one of his famous works.An oil sketch of Waterloo Bridge, now considered by experts to be by John Constable, has been “rediscovered” by an auctioneer Sotheby’s specialist Julian Gascoigne, who spotted it during a visit to a home in London.“That’s a very nice Constable,” he told its owners, making small talk as he got ready to leave their house.“What Constable?” replied the owner.The painting is now known to have been in a treasure trove of works owned by Camille Groult, who established the most significant collection of British art in 19th century France, and passed to his descendants.The current owner, who does not want to be named, had invited Sotheby’s to attend the house to see other paintings, unaware that their landscape was a genuine Constable.When Mr Gascoigne spotted it, he said he – with permission – tucked it carefully under his arm and hopped in a taxi to take it back to the office for careful examination. The finished painting now hangs in Tate Britain, and is famous as the work Constable hung beside JMW Turner’s seascape in the fiercely competitive 1832 Royal Academy exhibition.The sketch was known to exist and was included in a 1984 Catalogue Raisonne, but its whereabouts were never known. The story of its origins is understood to have been lost as the painting passed through the family line of Groult, who was famously private.“We can now see what Constable’s first thoughts were,” said Mr Gascoigne, of how the sketch contributed to knowledge of The Opening of Waterloo Bridge.“It’s very exciting. Working in the commercial art world, this is what you live for: the lure of finding something previously untraced.”The painting is offered for sale on December 6 at Sotheby’s, London, for an estimate of £1-1.5m. Oil sketch for The Opening of Waterloo Bridge 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. After a process which took several months, the country’s leading Constable experts and scientific examination of pigments, specialists were satisfied that it was a genuine Constable: the first preparatory sketch for his The Opening of Waterloo Bridge.
Angleterre : déjà 500 espèces éteintes outre-Manche, découvrez les imagesAngleterre – Les spécialistes parlent d’une sixième grande extinction : en Angleterre, près de 500 espèces animales et végétales se sont éteintes en 2.000 ans, la plupart lors des deux derniers siècles. Avec le réchauffement climatique, ce bilan pourrait encore s’aggraver : 943 espèces sont en danger d’extinction aujourd’hui.Ont été exterminés par l’Homme : le grand pingouin pour sa viande mais aussi pour servir d’appât de pêche et pour son plumage, le bourdon Bombus subterraneus à cause des techniques de l’agriculture moderne, ainsi que de nombreuses espèces de libellules, papillons et coccinelles qui vivaient exclusivement en Angleterre.Le rapport de Natural England, un organisme du gouvernement britannique, préconise des mesures contre le réchauffement climatique. Selon le Lost Life report, un quart des espèces animales et végétales anglaises seraient menacées de disparition ou verraient leur effectif baisser dangereusement. Même les espèces les plus communes sont menacées comme les moineaux, les grenouilles rousses et le crapaud commun.Tom Tew, responsable de Natural England, explique que “chaque espèce a un rôle, comme les rivets d’un avion ou les briques d’un barrage, la structure de l’environnement est fragilisée lorsqu’une espèce disparaît”.À lire aussiEn donnant de l’ecstasy à des pieuvres, des scientifiques découvrent un lien évolutif avec l’Homme492 espèces ont disparu en Angleterre depuis 2.000 ans, la plupart ces derniers 200 ans, marqués par les révolutions industrielles et agricoles. 24% des papillons ont disparu, comme 22% des amphibiens, 15% des dauphins et des baleines ou 12% des mammifères terrestres. Quelque 943 espèces sont également en danger d’extinction, c’est pourquoi certains experts parlent d’une sixième extinction massive due à l’Homme et ses activités (pollution, pêche intensive, chasse…).Découvrez 10 espèces définitivement rayées du sol britannique en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/angleterre/especes-menacees-10-especes-vivantes-disparues-en-angleterre_art6313.htmlLe 14 mars 2010 à 13:16 • Emmanuel Perrin
Fukushima : neutraliser l’eau radioactive avant toutDepuis le tsunami du 11 mars qui a fortement endommagé la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima au Japon, l’objectif des autorités est de contrôler les 3 réacteurs d’ici janvier 2012. Celles-ci ont annoncé mardi 17 mai un nouveau plan d’action, notamment destiné à traiter des fuites d’eau radioactive.L’équivalent de 36 piscines olympiques : c’est la quantité d’eau contaminée par les radiations de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima que les services de secours doivent avant tout neutraliser. C’est désormais leur priorité numéro 1, selon le nouveau plan d’action mis en œuvre par Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), l’opérateur de la centrale.À lire aussiVous avez du mal avec le bricolage ? Voilà le robot qu’il vous faut !Cette eau, initialement injectée par pompage pour refroidir les réacteurs, s’est ensuite infiltrée dans les fissures provoquées par le séisme et les explosions consécutives, et s’est accumulée dans les bâtiments de la centrale, entraînant notamment une importante fuite de ce liquide hautement radioactif dans l’enceinte de confinement du réacteur numéro 1. Il est donc urgent de traiter ce problème.De son côté, afin de préparer la conférence ministérielle sur la question prévue à Vienne, en Autriche, du 20 au 24 juin, l’Agence internationale de l’énergie atomique (AIEA) a dépêché sur le site japonais une vingtaine d’experts de 12 pays, qui, du 24 mai au 2 juin, évalueront la situation sur place afin de lui remettre un rapport.Le 18 mai 2011 à 11:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
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A suspected Russian spy worked at the US embassy in Moscow for a decade before being quietly dismissed last year, reports said Thursday.The woman, a Russian national, was hired by the Secret Service and came under suspicion following a routine security sweep carried out by the State Department, according to sources quoted by the Guardian, which broke the story, and CNN.The probe found she was having regular unauthorized meetings with the main Russian intelligence agency, the FSB.“We figure that all of them are talking to the FSB, but she was giving them way more information than she should have,” an official told CNN.The woman had access to the Secret Service’s intranet and email systems, the reports said, giving her a window into potentially sensitive data including the schedules of the US president and vice president.But “she did not have access to highly classified information,” the source told CNN.The Guardian meanwhile reported the Secret Service attempted to contain the embarrassment by letting her go when Russia ordered the removal of 750 personnel from the American embassy during a diplomatic spat that followed allegations of Moscow’s interference in the 2016 US presidential election.“The Secret Service is trying to hide the breach by firing [her],” a source told the British newspaper.“The damage was already done but the senior management of the Secret Service did not conduct any internal investigation to assess the damage and to see if [she] recruited any other employees to provide her with more information.”Queried by AFP, the US State Department said they were looking into the report but do not comment on intelligence matters.Relations between the US and Russia have been particularly fraught since the election of Donald Trump, despite the president’s personal warmth with his counterpart Vladimir Putin.The Cold War era rivals are also deeply divided on issues ranging from the conflict in Syria to the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and the Iran nuclear deal.