Pedro delighted with Kantes new Chelsea deal

first_imgChelsea forward Pedro is thrilled that team-mate N’Golo Kante has committed his long-term future to the clubThe French midfielder signed a new five-year contract on Friday morning, amid reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain.Kante has proved himself to be a valuable member of the Chelsea team and the news couldn’t have been better timed with the club in danger of being hit with a transfer ban in the near future.Speaking ahead of their game at Spurs today, Pedro revealed his delight with the news.“I’m really happy to play with him, and for this news, because he’s a fantastic player,” Pedro told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He’s also a good person and a great example for the younger players, so I’m very happy and the club has made the best decision.”Pedro added: “He runs a lot during training and in the game, and recovers a lot of balls.“But it’s not just recovering the balls and running, he’s also a clever player inside the pitch, he’s always in a good position to give balance to the team so he’s very important here, he’s crucial.“He’s shy, quiet, calm and humble. He’s a very good guy, he doesn’t speak a lot but he’s a really good person.”The Chelsea-Spurs game at Wembley will begin at 18:30 (CET).last_img read more

A Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack Is Once Again A Top 40 Album

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 14, 2017 – 3:05 pm For The Record: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ News Twitter Facebook Case in point: Vince Guaraldi Trio’s beloved soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas sees some extra love each year around the holiday season. The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame-inducted set —currently the seventh-best-selling holiday album of the Nielsen era (1991–present) — has returned to Top 40 status on the Billboard 200 for the third consecutive year.Heralded as “one of the most beloved holiday albums recorded,” the 11-song LP of Guaraldi’s jazz-inspired orchestrations of Christmastime standards such as “Little Drummer Boy,” “O Tannenbaum,” and “What Child Is This,” along with unforgettable original compositions such as “Linus And Lucy” and “Christmas Time Is Here,” have captured hearts and brought smiles to faces of all ages since the holiday special first premiered in December 1965.Vince Guaraldi Trio’s ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’: For The RecordRead more Email The beloved holiday soundtrack by the Vince Guaraldi Trio picks up steam each year around the holidaysBrian HaackGRAMMYs Dec 15, 2017 – 12:17 pm The comforting nostalgia of the holiday season always sees music fans returning to the classics. Whether it’s to relive fond memories, to pass a holiday tradition on to children and young relatives, or simply to celebrate the simple joys of the season, this time of year always sees a spike in sales for the beloved music we all grew up on. ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Soundtrack Is Once Again A Top 40 Album ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ Soundtrack Charts Top 40 charlie-brown-christmas-soundtrack-once-again-top-40-albumlast_img read more

6 killed as bus rams autorickshaw in Mymensingh

first_imgAt least six people were killed as a bus crashed into a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at Kashni of Tarakanda upazila in Mymensingh on Friday afternoon.The deceased could not be identified yet.Read more: ‘At least 40,000 killed in road accidents in 5 yrs’Tarakanda police station officer-in-charge Mazharul Haque said the bus rammed the three-wheeler on Mymensingh-Haluaghat road around 3:00pm, leaving five passengers dead on the spot and another injured.The injured died on the way to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.All the victims were the inmates of the auto-rickshaw, including its driver.last_img read more

DNA evidence suggests humans hunted moa to extinction

first_img Explore further Moa were endemic to New Zealand—prior research has suggested they likely evolved to their flightless state over millions of years. Their closest relatives are South American birds known as tinamous—which can fly. Prior research has suggested that moa were already a declining species when humans (Polynesians in 1300) first arrived in New Zealand, due to volcanic or other environmental factors. In this new effort, the research team refutes earlier findings, claiming that they have evidence that proves that humans were solely responsible for the birds’ demise.To find out if the birds were in decline, the researchers performed two types of DNA analysis (mitochondrial and nuclear) on 281 different sets of fossilized bones from four different species. The age of the specimens ranged from 12,966 to just 602 years ago. In so doing they found no evidence of a species in decline. Normally, they note, a species in trouble becomes less genetically diverse as the population dwindles. In the case of the moa, there were no such signs, instead, it appeared the population was healthy and even growing right up to the time that humans first appeared. Two hundred years later, they were all gone.The researchers note that prior to the arrival of humans, the moa had just one predator, a type of large (Haast’s) eagle that has also gone extinct, likely due to the demise of its main food source. There is no evidence that Haast’s eagles increased in population, decimating the moa. The team also notes that large mounds of moa bones have been found at various sites, which also included eggshells. The archeological evidence suggests humans ate moa at all stages of their life, which would of course have made it very difficult for the birds to reproduce.Taken together, the researchers conclude, the evidence indicates that the sole blame for the extinction of the moa lies with early humans who hunted them to extinction. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: DNA evidence suggests humans hunted moa to extinction (2014, March 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-dna-evidence-humans-moa-extinction.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img Giant Haast’s eagle attacking New Zealand moa. Artwork: John Megahan. Copyright: PLoS Biology. Via Wikipedia. Scientists use fossilized feces to reconstruct moa diet More information: Extinct New Zealand megafauna were not in decline before human colonization, Morten Erik Allentoft, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1314972111AbstractThe extinction of New Zealand’s moa (Aves: Dinornithiformes) followed the arrival of humans in the late 13th century and was the final event of the prehistoric Late Quaternary megafauna extinctions. Determining the state of the moa populations in the pre-extinction period is fundamental to understanding the causes of the event. We sampled 281 moa individuals and combined radiocarbon dating with ancient DNA analyses to help resolve the extinction debate and gain insights into moa biology. The samples, which were predominantly from the last 4,000 years preceding the extinction, represent four sympatric moa species excavated from five adjacent fossil deposits. We characterized the moa assemblage using mitochondrial DNA and nuclear microsatellite markers developed specifically for moa. Although genetic diversity differed significantly among the four species, we found that the millennia preceding the extinction were characterized by a remarkable degree of genetic stability in all species, with no loss of heterozygosity and no shifts in allele frequencies over time. The extinction event itself was too rapid to be manifested in the moa gene pools. Contradicting previous claims of a decline in moa before Polynesian settlement in New Zealand, our findings indicate that the populations were large and stable before suddenly disappearing. This interpretation is supported by approximate Bayesian computation analyses. Our analyses consolidate the disappearance of moa as the most rapid, human-facilitated megafauna extinction documented to date. (Phys.org) —A new study conducted by an international team of researchers points to humans as the cause of the sudden extinction of all species of moa in New Zealand approximately 600 years ago. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes DNA testing they carried out, along with archeological evidence, which they claim, proves that humans were the cause of the demise of the large flightless birds.last_img read more