Aliens in Antarctica: Assessing transfer of plant propagules by human visitors to reduce invasion risk

first_imgDespite considerable research on biological invasions, key areas remain poorly explored, especially ways to reduce unintentional propagule transfer. The Antarctic represents a microcosm of the situation, with the numbers of established non-native species growing. Information to help reduce potential impacts is therefore critical. We measured the propagule load of seeds, and fragments of bryophytes and lichens (the number of other plant or animal fragments was too low to draw any conclusions) carried in the clothing and gear of visitors to the Antarctic, during the 2007/08 austral summer. Samples were collected from different categories of visitors associated with national research programs and tourism and different categories of clothing and gear, new as well as used. We also collected information about the timing of travel and the regions visitors had travelled to prior to Antarctic travel. Seeds were found in 20% and 45% of tourist and science visitor samples, respectively. For bryophyte and lichen fragments the proportions were 11% and 20%, respectively. Footwear, trousers and bags belonging to field scientists were the highest risk items, especially of those personnel which had previously visited protected areas, parklands/botanic gardens or alpine areas. Tourists who visited rural/agricultural areas prior to travel, and/or travel with national programs or on smaller tourist vessels had the highest probability of transferring plant propagules. Travel either during the boreal or austral autumn months increased the probability of propagule presence. Our assessment is applicable to other areas given evidence of propagule transfer patterns in those areas that are broadly similar to those documented here. The current work provides a sound evidence base for both self-regulation (e.g. taking care of personal equipment) and organization-based regulation (e.g. issuing guidelines and holding regular inspections) to reduce propagule transfer of plants to the Antarctic.last_img read more

Fears of World Cup without Messi as Argentina stutter

first_imgBuenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | Argentina’s poor run of results in the South American qualifiers has left everyone contemplating the unthinkable: a World Cup next summer without Lionel Messi.The dreaded question looms large after an uninspiring draw at home to last-placed Venezuela this week left Argentina adrift of the automatic qualifying places for Russia 2018.Veteran coach Cesar Luis Menotti described the latest performance as “scary” and had some choice words for coach Jorge Sampaoli, who like his predecessors is struggling with how best to use Messi’s verve in a team which has failed to find its spark.“The truth is, it was a shock. Seeing all this was a shock! I played two games against Venezuela: in Caracas we won 7-0 and in Rosario 11-0. Eighteen goals in two games!“And now I see that it’s hard for us to beat Venezuela? There’s something that we’re not doing well,” said Menotti, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1978.The goals have dried up. Argentina were on a run of 309 minutes without scoring in these qualifiers when they finally got an own-goal against Venezuela.Menotti levelled most of his scorn at the tactics used by Sampaoli, the former Chile and Seville coach. “I don’t understand the team.“It’s not the same thing to lead Seville as it is Argentina. Especially if you have Messi.”The diminutive 30-year-old cuts an increasingly isolated figure on the pitch, bereft of teammates who can give him the right pass at the right time, according to former Argentine international Alberto Marcico.“Messi is more isolated, in the past he was better served by those around him.”Messi’s current lieutenants, Juventus’ Paulo Dybala and Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi, haven’t been able to provide the service the star is used to in his slick club side Barcelona, and more often than not he is crowded out by defenders waiting to pounce when the ball finally comes.— ‘Like Tango’ —The over-reliance on Messi is striking for Menotti, saying Sampaoli must change how Argentina use him.“They use drones, they give talks, they put put fourteen guys to work and when he gets the ball, Messi bolts forward to see if he can take everyone on. It’s very difficult,” he said.“Football is like Tango. You can’t run around all the time.” Messi in action recently“Football has pause. It has acceleration, it has rhythms, it has changes. The way Argentina play makes you dizzy, and that’s the worst enemy of a footballer,” Menotti told FoxSports.For commentator and former player Diego Latorre, Argentina’s problems go deeper than Messi.“Psychological issues play a very important role in how a game develops, and this team still has a block in its nervous system that can’t be turned off.”Argentina’s priceless forward line is too easily shepherded down blind alleys, playing “like a pack of hungry wolves without teeth who finish up meekly in a corral after 90 minutes,” Latorre wrote in the daily La Nacion.Aside for an over-reliance on Messi, the team has a heavy psychological burden to bear.“They lost three finals, and that’s heavy,” said Marcico, referring to the 2014 World Cup final — lost to Germany in extra-time — and successive Copa America finals in 2015 and 2016.Now, Argentina have just two matches to redeem themselves, hosting fourth-placed Peru in Buenos Aires next month before an awkward final match away to Ecuador at altitude.The top four in the table qualify for next year’s finals, which the fifth-placed team will face a play-off with New Zealand.Former national coach Marcelo Bielsa, now with Lille in France, remains confident that Argentina will prevail in their two remaining matches.“I am absolutely convinced that Argentina will qualify,” he said.But the fear remains that the burden of a nation’s expectations can crush the best of talents, and leave mighty Argentina without a place at a World Cup finals for the first time since Mexico 1970.And it could also leave the world without the spectacle of arguably its greatest player slaloming through defences in Russia next July, depriving him of one last chance to crown his career with ultimate football glory.RELATED VIDEO:Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — West Kootenay Wildcats

first_imgThe West Kootenay Wildcats travel to the Central Okanagan Sunday to do battle in the B.C. Hockey Female A Championships.The Cats kick off the tournament Sunday in Vernon against the host club in the 8 p.m. feature game.West Kootenay closes out the round robin Monday against Prince George and Tuesday against South Island.Wednesday is playoff time before the provincial champ is crowned at 8 p.m. Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to honour the Cats with Team of the Week accolades.The team includes, back row, L-R, assistant coach Todd Stevens, assistant coach Simon Wheeldon, head coach D’Arcy Caron and trainer Mike Bonacci. Middle back, Kali Horner, Jessica Bonacci, Haley Elias, Emilie Tebulte, Jordan Zilkie, Hailey Herridge and Dakota Mular.Middle, front Taylor Harrison, Kendra Waterstreet, Reece Hunt, Reese McCrory, Emma Caron and Emma Wheeldon.Front, Brady Stevens, assistant captain Julie Sidoni, captain Merissa Dawson, goalie Catalina Hartland, assistant captain Paige Gattafoni and Shayla Elias.Missing trainer Jason Zilkie and assistant captain Madelaine Vockeroth-Fisher.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

first_imgFINISH LINES: Masochistic, Daily Racing Form’s early 7-2 favorite for the $2 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5, worked four furlongs Thursday in a bullet 47.60, breezing. Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson recorded a quarter mile clocking of 23.40 with a five furlong gallop out time of 1:01 flat. “Awesome” is how trainer Ron Ellis described the move. Masochistic will pass the Grade I “Win and You’re In” Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 8 and train up to the BC Sprint. “He runs well fresh,” Ellis said . . . On opening day next Friday, Lady Shipman will take on males in the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes for three-year-olds and up at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Lady Shipman is a virtual win machine, having won 13 of 19 career starts at tracks including Parx, Woodbine, Pimlico, Belmont, Gulfstream and Saratoga. If the four-year-old daughter of Midshipman fares well in the Eddie D., it could be on to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint against males on Nov. 5. PRAT LOOKS FORWARD TO BREEDERS’ CUPWhat a difference a year makes.On Sept. 17, 2015, Flavien Prat suffered serious injuries in a riding spill that would force him to miss the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland six weeks later.Fast forward to Sept. 17, 2016. The 24-year-old Frenchman wins the Grade I Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine aboard The Pizza Man and is now is healthy as a horse for his Breeders’ Cup foray at Santa Anita come Nov. 4 and 5.“September 17, 2015, we’re at Los Alamitos, Flavien takes a spill and hurts his back,” recounted his full-time agent for the past two years, Derek Lawson. “September 17, 2016, we ride the Pizza Man at Woodbine and win a Grade I.“Flavien was out for three months after the spill, but he’s back now and in the best condition he’s been in. All the other stuff is behind us now.”Evidence of that was bold and clear when Prat tied perennial Southern California riding king Rafael Bejarano for the recent Del Mar riding title. Each won 38 races.“He has 137 wins so far this year,” Lawson pointed out. “He’s developed a super-great relationship with two other French riders, Julien Leparoux and Florent Geroux. They’re all buddies, they all win tons of races and they challenge each other on the race track.“Each has his own set of riding skills they use at various points in a race, and when they’re competing against each other, it’s fun to watch.”Geroux will be at Santa Anita Saturday to ride Zipessa for trainer Michael Stidham in the Rodeo Drive Stakes.“The big thing was winning the Del Mar title,” Lawson continued. “Even though it was a tie, there are dead heats in racing, and I told Flavien, ‘Hey, we dead-heated for a win.’ It was a lot of fun and now we start at Santa Anita and see how we do in the Breeders’ Cup.”            Prat’s expected Breeders’ Cup mounts include Lord Nelson in the Sprint, Avenge in the Filly & Mare Turf, and With Honors in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. NYQUIST SETTLES IN FOR PENNSYLVANIA DERBYKentucky Derby winner Nyquist is on the scene at Parx in Bensalem, Pa., for Saturday’s $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby, and trainer Doug O’Neill will fly out Friday to join the champion two-year-old colt owned by Paul and Zillah Reddam.“I talked to the boys this morning,” O’Neill said Thursday at Santa Anita. “He tracked and visited the gate today, stood in there, met the gate crew, and we’re optimistic about Saturday.“Getting him there usually is fine, but still, going from a van to a plane, back to a van, new stalls, anything can happen, but so far, so good, a very smooth transition.” PLUM DANDY STEPS UP IN GRADE IN FRONTRUNNERSimon Callaghan is looking forward to seeing Spendthrift Farm’s Plum Dandy run in the Grade I, $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at 1 1/16 miles come Saturday, Nov. 5.But first things first, and that would be the FrontRunner Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Oct.1.“He broke his maiden impressively at Del Mar,” the trainer said of the son of Medaglia d’Oro. “He relaxes good and he gets the distance well, but it’s a big step up from maiden company to a Grade I where there are more established two-year-olds.”Also probable for the FrontRunner are Del Mar Futurity winner Klimt, Rafael Bejarano, and third-place Futurity finisher Midnight Pleasure, Martin Garcia. Klimt worked five furlongs Wednesday for Bob Baffert in 1:00.40. CHROME TO WORK SATURDAY FOR AWESOME AGAIN            Mighty California Chrome, riding a five-race winning streak, will work seven furlongs early Saturday at his Los Alamitos headquarters for the Grade I, Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race Saturday, Oct. 1, at Santa Anita.“He’ll ship to Santa Anita early Sunday,” trainer Art Sherman said by phone Thursday from the Cypress track.California Chrome worked six furlongs last Saturday at Los Al in a bullet 1:13.20. The five-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit won the Pacific Classic last out by five lengths on Aug. 20 and has won each of his last five races by daylight margins, boosting his career earnings to a North American record $13,252,650.Three-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder, meanwhile, is scheduled to work six furlongs at Santa Anita early Friday morning for Richard Mandella, who conditions the six-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes for B. Wayne Hughes.Beholder will attempt to turn the tables on 2015 Three-Year-Old Filly champion Stellar Wind in the Zenyatta Stakes on Oct. 1. Stellar Wind upset Beholder in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on July 30.If ever there was a horse for course, however, it’s Beholder, winner of 13 races from 14 starts at Santa Anita.            The Awesome Again and the Zenyatta are two of five Grade I, “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge events on the second day of Santa Anita’s 23-day Winter Meet.Santa Anita hosts the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for an unprecedented ninth time on Nov. 4 and 5.Supplementing the headline events will be the FrontRunner Stakes for two-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; the Chandelier Stakes for two-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles; and the Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 ¼ miles on Santa Anita’s renovated turf course.Victory gives the winning horse in each race a fees paid berth to its respective Breeders’ Cup event.On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship for three year olds and up at six furlongs will serve as a springboard to the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5.Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet starts on Friday, Sept. 30 and concludes on Sunday, Nov. 6. Friday’s feature is the $100,000, Grade III Eddie D., named for one of the game’s greatest riders, Hall of Fame member Eddie Delahoussaye. The ever-popular Cajun will be on hand to present a trophy to the winning connections.Entries for next Saturday and Sunday’s races will be taken a week from today, Wednesday, Sept. 28. Friday’s opening day card will be drawn on Tuesday, Sept. 27.First post time opening day will be 1 p.m. First post Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, will be 12:30 p.m. -30- A YEAR LATER, NO PRATFALLS FOR FLAVIENCHROME ARRIVES SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITABEHOLDER BREEZES FRIDAY FOR ZENYATTAPLUM DANDY RIPE FOR FRONTRUNNER STAKESNYQUIST SETTLES IN FOR PENNSYLVANIA DERBYMASOCHISTIC IN BULLET BREEZE FOR SPRINTlast_img read more

Science’s Got Troubles

first_imgNumerous news articles point to moral shortcomings in Big Science that threaten public trust.The US Constitution was a great idea. But John Adams once said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other” (US Archives). Similarly, the “Scientific Method,” as it is popularly conceived, is a great idea with a long train of spectacular successes. But science is always mediated by fallible human beings. Misuse of scientific methods could produce fake science or even evil science.We have all heard how foreign countries have tried to manipulate elections with disinformation campaigns. Imagine what would happen to public trust in science if political entities, or even artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, became so clever with scientific disinformation that journal editors and reviewers could not tell the true from the false. An experiment like this was actually run recently. The Wall Street Journal tells how 3 researchers submitted 20 bogus papers to journals. Seven were accepted, and four were published – including one that quoted sections of Hitler’s Mein Kampf as supporting evidence.Despite the most rigorous safeguards, rules and regulations are only as good as those who follow them. Professors and grad students are busy, distracted by various temptations and motivations that can be less than noble (q.v. the IgNobel Prizes). For a dose of reality about how scientific sausage is made, look at some of the worries in Big Science going on right now, and pay attention to the implications in each proposal: science has been failing in many ways.Predatory publishers: the journals that churn out fake science (The Guardian). Pay a fee and pad your resume with all your published papers, good or bad. This is a worry about predatory journals with temptations of filthy lucre, showing that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, even in science. On the flip side, the article complains about how mainstream journals routinely deny publication to maverick ideas.Ghost authorship haunts industry-funded clinical trials (Nature). Big Science is haunted. “Drug companies make big contributions to analysis in the trials they fund but can fail to report their contributions,” Matthew Warren writes. There are even ghosts in the data. A large number of trials give funders access to the data and even the methods:About 21% of the academic authors indicated that a funder, or one of their contracted employees, had been involved in the design, analysis, or reporting of the research in a way that had not been declared in the paper. This “ghost authorship” could potentially be more widespread than this, write Rasmussen and her colleagues, as academic researchers who had a relatively small role in a study may not have been aware of the extent of industry involvement.Rasmussen says she was surprised by how common these undeclared contributions and associated issues were. “It’s incredibly inaccurately reported,” she says. “The roles of the funder were often downplayed or even omitted in the publications, funder employees rarely had first or last authorship despite having played a role in every single part of the trial.”No mixed motives in those papers. Money can buy politics; it can also buy science. And sometimes, people’s lives are at stake, trusting the results of a clinical trial that could have been manipulated to profit the funder. Science Daily posted a related story on this problem.How three research groups are tearing down the ivory tower (Nature). The subtitle points out another shortcoming in Big Science: overlooking indigenous people. “The people who should benefit from research are increasingly shaping how it’s done,” the authors say, complaining that “traditional research” has tended to be “myopic.”How leading experts can be fooled.What ‘data thugs’ really need (Nature). Keith Baggerly argues, “Science needs to develop ways and means to support the checking of data.” Retracted papers, lawsuits, halted clinical trials, sloppy research, faulty statistics, retaliation on whistleblowers – these are all addressed in Baggerly’s tour of the sausage factory. “Corrections are much rarer than they should be,” he worries. You can’t expect vigilantes to shore up science’s ideals of self-correction.Biased Estimates of Changes in Climate Extremes From Prescribed SST Simulations (Geophysical Research Letters). Lack of integrity is not the only potential source of fake science. Carelessness about bias can also do it. In this paper, researchers found that data on surface sea temperatures (SST) can be fraught with bad assumptions or bad methods. “Our results illustrate the importance of carefully considering experimental design when interpreting projections of extremes.” Note to world leaders: these are the climate scientists who inform politicians, telling them that “science says” we must take drastic measures or we will die (e.g., “Terrifying climate change warning: 12 years until we’re doomed,” Fox News). They’re also the ones telling politicians how to nudge skeptics into following the consensus without questions (“Confronting Climate Science in the Age of Denial,” PLoS Biology).Science’s credibility crisis: why it will get worse before it can get better  (The Conversation). Bad news: Science has a credibility crisis. Worse news: It will get worse before it gets better, argues Andrea Saltelli, because poor ethics invades modern science. Psychology and economics have taken embarrassing hits, but other branches of science cannot escape what Jerome Ravetz warned in a book in 1971, that science can become diseased without ethics. Social scientists, still smarting from the “science wars” of the 1970s, are reluctant to confront the problem, fearing their image (by popular opinion, “scientific realists” won the war).John Ioannidis has recently received prominence for producing statistics on the “science of science,” showing how widespread fake science has become, but he is optimistic that science’s reputation can be resuscitated. The author of this article, Andrea Saltelli from the University of Bergen, does not share his optimism.Here we clash with another of science’s contradictions: at this point in time, to study science as a scholar would mean to criticise its mainstream image and role. We do not see this happening any time soon. Because of the scars of “science wars” – whose spectre is periodically resuscitated – social scientists are wary of being seen as attacking science, or worse helping US President Donald Trump.Scientists overall wish to use their moral authority and association with Enlightenment values, as seen in the recent marches for science.If these contradictions are real, then we are condemned to see the present crisis becoming worse before it can become better.Austrian agency shows how to tackle scientific misconduct (Nature). This optimistic headline quickly informs the reader that Austria got worse before it got better: “A decade on from a major academic scandal, officials there have got their act together,” the editorial says. Of course, it will never happen again, will it? The Editors list four lessons learned from the scandal, and describes laws intended to prevent future scandals. But like Constitutions, laws are “made only for a moral and religious People.” They are “wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”There were so many recent articles on this subject, we will continue tomorrow.(Visited 424 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s musos dish on being a woman in music

first_imgIt’s tough being a woman in any industry; women are treated differently and some say they need to work twice as hard. Singers like Toya Delazy speak about the women who inspired them, and share their experiences in the music industry. Zanne Stapelberg says Sibongile Khumalo, a musician from Soweto inspired her to be versatile in her career. (Image: Supplied) • South African foodies cooking up a storm • For women, by women – Pink Taxi Egypt • Celebrating 60 years of the Women’s Charter • Maasai women lead solar revolution in Kenya • Powerful women shape Africa Melissa Javan Being a woman in the music industry is no different from being a woman in other industries, according to South African women in the field. Many of them agree it is challenging, and that men are treated differently, but that has not chased them from following their dreams of making it on stage.In years gone by, Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie and Yvonne Chaka Chaka were among those who carried the torch for women in South Africa’s music industry. Now artists such as Karen Zoid, Lira, Zolani Mahola and Yolande Visser are making a name for themselves on the national and international music scene.For Zanne Stapelberg, a Cape Town-born classical singer and producer, your dreams will be achieved if you are passionate and work hard enough. In celebration of Women’s Month, Stapelberg and several other female artists spoke about who inspired them to follow music as a career, as well as what it was like to be a woman in the industry.Stapelberg became a member of the Cape Town Opera Studio in 2000. At the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2014, one critic lauded her as a “national treasure”. Her awards include the Kanna Award for Best Classical Production at the 2014 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, with the Odeion String Quartet.She was inspired by Sibongile Khumalo’s versatility, Stapelberg said. “She [Khumalo] is a formidable opera singer, but has also established herself as a remarkable jazz singer. She has shifted and redefined the boundaries of what it means to be a singer.”Inspired by this, Stapelberg had never been able to classify herself as an artist who sang just one genre. “[Khumalo] made it possible for me to believe that I could be more than just one thing.”This mother of three did not think of herself as a woman in the music industry, she admitted. “I think of myself as an artist. And being an artist is both extremely fulfilling and very difficult. I produce, write, teach and perform. I have managed to create a living for myself through freelance work.”Toya Delazy – named Latoya Nontokozo Buthelezi by her parents – said musicians such as Lebo Mathosa, Nhlanhla Ncinza of Mafikizolo and Fassie inspired her to pursue a career in music. Toya Delazy says she does not conform to the entertainment industry’s stereotypes and that has made her successful thus far. (Image: Facebook) Delazy was nominated for the Best Female Southern Africa award in the 2014 African Muzik Magazine Awards as well as for Music Video of the Year for Memoriam at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs). A year earlier, she won three SAMAs: Newcomer of the Year, Best Pop Album, and Best Producer.A singer, pianist, dancer and performer from KwaZulu-Natal, she said women had to work twice as hard as men in the industry. There were sectors, for example hip-hop, where women did not get much exposure. “When you look at the female emcees, no one is giving them [the] support that the males are getting. It’s hard work for a chick out there. I guess I stand tall, because we have accepted the challenge to prove the contrary,” Delazy said.She decided not to change herself to suit the industry’s stereotypes, she added. “The industry tends to take a sexual approach – entertainment wise – when it comes to women. I took us off the car bonnets and used the artistry to communicate my view on a better life filled with dreams, which eventually became reality.“I kept real to myself and owned my style. I didn’t compromise to fit into an industry that is created to entertain men.”Josie Field, a Johannesburg-born singer and songwriter, pointed to Claire Johnston and her band Mango Groove as her inspiration. “Growing up, I admired her voice, Mango Groove’s songs and sound. The band was amazing and their songs are world class. Josie Field says though women are always treated different to men in careers, the advice is to stay true to who you are. (Image: Facebook)“It was amazing to hear a South African woman and her band making world-class hit songs.”Over nine years in the business, Field has released four albums and received six SAMA nominations by 2012, including Best Female Artist. Her first album, Mercy, was released in 2006.She was not fazed by the fact that women were treated differently in any career field, she said. “It’s great being a female artist in this country. Musically there are always more men involved than women, but I love it.”About being treated differently as a woman – whether good or bad – her advice was: “It’s easy to handle. You just remain true to yourself and keep other people’s issues at arm’s length.”last_img read more

Mega Beauty Supermodel Brand 22 inch Jet, Love it, hair is perfect colour

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Kompany: Don’t put City on pedestal yet

first_imgManchester City Kompany: Don’t put Man City on pedestal yet Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 11:44 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) VincentKompany-cropped Getty Images Manchester City Arsenal v Manchester City League Cup Premier League The captain said this Manchester City team still have a lot to achieve if they want fulfill their ambitions Vincent Kompany insisted Manchester City should not be put on a “pedestal” following their Carabao Cup success as he challenged the club to win more trophies.Captain Kompany put his injury woes behind him with a goal to lead high-flying City to a 3-0 victory over Arsenal in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley.Sergio Aguero and David Silva were also on target as Premier League champions-elect City claimed their first title of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Premier League and Champions League are still on offer for Pep Guardiola’s side, who have earned plaudits from far and wide amid their stunning season.But Belgian defender Kompany said this City team still have a lot to achieve if they want to be considered one of the greatest at the Etihad Stadium.”We’ll have to see when the trophies are coming. If we win more and consistently, if we can the Premier League then go again and again, then this team will be better than the previous one,” he told reporters.”We have scored hundreds of goals as well with [previous manager Manuel] Pellegrini. It’s been a feature of this club for many years now.”I kind of want to keep that hunger in the team, so I don’t want to put people on a pedestal when we haven’t achieved all of our targets yet. So, for now, well done, keep going.”City, who are poised to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a 4-0 first-leg victory against Basel, host Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.last_img read more

Hydro Ones planned merger with US energy firm Avista passes another hurdle

first_imgTORONTO – Hydro One Ltd. and Avista Corp. say their proposed merger has cleared another hurdle in the U.S.The two companies say the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has completed a review of the deal and found no unresolved national security concerns.The friendly deal announced last summer for the Ontario-based utility to acquire the U.S. energy company received antitrust clearance in the United States in early April and consent from the Federal Communications Commission on May 4.Avista shareholders had previously approved the deal on Nov. 21, 2017.The transaction still requires several other approvals, including from utility commissions in the states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska.The companies say they anticipate closing the transaction in the second half of the year.Avista Corp. is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses.Companies in this story: (TSX:H)last_img read more