New Hope for an Endangered Fish in Madagascar

first_imgEven for an imperiled species, the Mangarahara cichlid was on its last fins. The colorful fish was thought to have vanished from the wild, and only two individuals remain in captivity—both aging males. But thanks to a serendipitous chain of events, a small population was discovered in Madagascar last month, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) announced.“This is a very exciting discovery,” says Michele Thieme, a conservation biologist with the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C., who didn’t participate in the discovery. “It’s rare to find a fish species that was feared extinct in the wild.”The Mangarahara cichlid (Ptychochromis insolitus) is one of several species of cichlids native to Madagascar. They are interesting from an evolutionary perspective because they retain many ancestral traits of cichlid forbears, says Melanie Stiassny, an ichthyologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. 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But its habitat—the Mangarahara and Amboaboa river systems—are mostly dry now, their water diverted for rice and other crops. And deforestation has added to silt to streams that feed into the rivers. “This is clearly an endangered species,” Stiassny says. Previous searches had come up empty-handed, says Brian Zimmerman, the curator for fishes at ZSL’s aquarium at London Zoo. “We thought it was likely the fish was extinct in the wild.”But a few specialist hobbyists have raised these cichlids. In fact, ZSL had acquired a dozen fish in 2002 from a couple who had managed to breed them from wild-caught fish, which had been collected by French ichthyologist in the 1990s. It’s not always easy, or safe to do: A zoo in Berlin had tried to breed its pair of Mangarahara cichlids, but the male killed the female “when the courtship got out of hand,” Zimmerman says.With only two fish known left in captivity, Zimmerman started contacting hobbyists in May about finding a female. No one had any more of the fish. A month later, though, he got an e-mail from a man in Madagascar who ran a hotel and raised tilapia in ponds. “I’m pretty sure we can find it,” the man wrote. After seeing a blurry photograph, Zimmerman arranged a trip to Madagascar in November.Zimmerman and his colleagues searched for days near the Mangarahara River with no luck. But when they arrived in a village called Merotandrano, on a small tributary of the river, a fisherman gave him a Mangarahara cichlid that had been dead only a few days. Zimmerman hiked about 2 hours from Merotandrano to a few deep pools where villagers had set out traps. “They went charging into water,” Zimmerman recalls. “They were shouting: Joba mena!” That’s the local name for the fish, which means “red girl,” although in fact it’s the males that have trailing red edges on their fins.The group trapped 18 fish and took them to the hotelier’s private ponds, about a 30-hour drive away. The next step is to determine if they will breed there. After that, Zimmerman hopes to move some fish into a forest reserve higher upstream from the pools.“The discovery of Mangarahara cichlids in the wild could potentially open the door to captive breeding and restoring this species,” Thieme says. “It’s truly a ray of hope for the long-term survival of the species.”last_img read more

Man United fans can breathe freely , Paul Pogba is not returning to Juve

first_imgAdvertisementPaul Pogba left Turin for Old Trafford in 2016 and there have been no media spur of any rumours surrounding Paul Pogba until recently. In the preceding summer transfer window , there were talks of the French Midfielder moving to Barcelona to bolster the Catalan midfield but the talks did not develop into anything concrete. Since the season has been underway, rumours of Paul Pogba’s departure were making headlines again after his ugly training ground bust-up with United manager Jose Mourinho.Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba arguing on the touchline.To the relief of some parts of the United fanbase, Juventus have ruled out re-signing Paul Pogba from Manchester United. Mourinho had not denied the possible of a move for the World Cup champion and had thus fueled rumours. However Juventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici clarified the ambiguity.“We love Paul Pogba, we’ve a fantastic relationship with him but we’ve never thought about his return at Juventus and we’re not going to think about it,” Fabio Paratici said.Meanwhile , Jose Mourinho is facing his own set of problems following the match against Newcastle after allegedly hurling abuses in the touchline and showing his little finger intending an insult. Parts of the act are believed to have been caught on camera. The FA is further investigating Jose’s conduct and we are due to learn whether or not the Portuguese boss will be handed a misconduct charge.Advertisementlast_img read more

Turning it on

first_imgOf the many congratulatory messages sent to Ravichandran Ashwin after he took his 200th Test wicket, on September 25 against New Zealand in Kanpur, was this tweet by former Test captain and one of India’s greatest spin bowlers Bishan Singh Bedi: “Two hundred Test wkts in 37 is awesome @ashwinravi99-Weldone,Of the many congratulatory messages sent to Ravichandran Ashwin after he took his 200th Test wicket, on September 25 against New Zealand in Kanpur, was this tweet by former Test captain and one of India’s greatest spin bowlers Bishan Singh Bedi: “Two hundred Test wkts in 37 is awesome @ashwinravi99-Weldone Son..keep up the good work..@ this rate U cn get to 300 end of season! Go fr it!” It may have been written in SMSese, but Bedi, known to be stingy with his compliments, particularly to fellow spinners, was not being facetious. With 12 more Tests to be played at home this season, and with pitches expected to be doctored to suit India, Ashwin could well reach that figure at the rate he’s going. Though the rained-off Port of Spain Test came in the way of Ashwin getting to that milestone in 36 Tests-which would have equalled Australian leg-break bowler Clarrie Grimmett’s 80-year-old record-the 300-wicket record had Ashwin written all over it. The way the wheel has turned for Ashwin is as remarkable as his bowling. Remember, Ashwin started off as an opening batsman at the junior level, and only started bowling off-spin after he was dropped from the team. Soon after, he was spotted by former Tamil Nadu left-arm spinner Sunil Subramanian, and began training at the TNCA Academy. His height and high-arm action allowed him both turn and bounce-a deadly combination, as many a batsman would confess. It was during Ashwin’s Under-19 years that Subramanian added variety to his armoury, and soon word spread that a tall off-spinner was perfecting a carrom ball to go with the classical offspinner, the floater and the arm ball. He made a splash during the 2010 IPL and Champions League tournaments, and within months was drafted into the national team. With Harbhajan Singh’s prowess on the wane, Ashwin became India’s leading Test bowler. With such variety, Ashwin was bound to succeed; and he did, initially, before he overdid it. That, and an ever-growing impatience to take wickets proved to be his undoing. Ashwin was down, and almost out, but for a chance encounter with former Aussie off-spinner Bruce Yardley during the 2015 World Cup. Yardley convinced him to bowl more off spinners, and to spin them harder. Ashwin was soon back in the game-consider that the last 14 Tests have given him 84 wickets and the No. 2 spot on ICC rankings.advertisementAshwin is now possibly India’s most valuable player. As Kapil Dev says: “More than Virat Kohli, I would pick Ashwin first in my XI for any home Test. He can take 10 wickets a match, and can score Test centuries. On these pitches, I am yet to see a foreign batsman picking him properly.”That’s a statement that even Kohli wouldn’t mind. Ashwin is to Kohli what Kumble was to Azharuddin in the 1990s, when he established himself as India’s great match winner and improved Azhar’s captaincy record in the process. Azhar feels the similarity, saying, “In those days Kumble never wanted to give up on bowling and I can see how Ashwin also wants to bowl long spells. When a bowler wants to finish off other teams, the captain knows he is special; so Virat knows that if he is ever in a tight situation, there is someone he can turn to.”In Kanpur, Ashwin was bothered more by a corn on his bowling hand than the Kiwi batsmen. While they showed some resistance early on in the first innings, Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja began varying not just their length but also the angles. And with sharply turning deliveries, the Kiwis made cardinal sin of batting with hard hands and fidgety minds.Virat himself knows the value of bowlers like Ashwin. “As a captain, it always gives you more assurance. Both [Ashwin and Jadeja] obviously know what they are doing and they are going to pitch the ball in the right areas. Both of them are pretty open to hearing suggestions, but when they are convinced about what they want to do, they tell you that. And as a captain, I personally like that.”However, he has not as yet found his bearings on less spin-responsive pitches. While Ashwin takes a wicket every 44 deliveries in matches on the sub-continent, he needs 80 when the team travels abroad-his corresponding bowling averages are 20.59 and 42.73. “I would love to see Ashwin picking up wickets and running through teams outside the subcontinent. That will then turn him into a Great,” says former India captain Sourav Ganguly.Some feel his dislike for the Kook-aburra ball, with its less-pronounced seam, may be a factor – Ashwin’s only 5-wicket haul outside the subcontinent came earlier this year on the West Indies tour where the Indian-made SG Test-like Dukes ball was used. He has sat out or been dropped for Tests in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and England. But right now, with India only playing at home this season, the spiral will most likely be upwards.advertisementlast_img read more

iPhone 8 may launch on September 12, new 512GB variant could be introduced this year

first_imgSeptember 12: That is the date when Apple may introduce the iPhone 8, along with the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus. This is according to a report by Mac4Ever, which predicts that iPhone 8,  iPhone 7s, and iPhone 7s Plus would be launching on September 12 and that the three phones will go on sale from September 22, just a little over a week after the launch. Although these dates pertain to the market in the US because in India chances are that the iPhone 8, iPhone 7S and the iPhone 7s Plus will only arrive in October.Of the three phones, the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus are supposed to be the regular updates to the iPhone 7 and the iPhoen 7 Plus. The iPhone 8, meanwhile, is said to be special version of iPhone that Apple is preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. It will be very expensive — rumours hint at a price of above $1200 — and will have a radically new design.     September 15 launch, September 22 for shipmentWe suggest you to take this news with a pinch of salt as nothing is confirmed yet and these are only speculations. However the dates do seem to make a lot of sense given the fact that Apple may target the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with these dates. The Note 8 is expected to go on sale around mid September. So it can be little worrying for Note 8 if the iPhone 8 actually starts shipping from September 22 as the Note 8 shipment starts from September 15 and it could affect the decision of potential Note 8 buyers. advertisementAlso Read: iPhone 8 face recognition to unlock phone in a millionth of a secondTo recall, the iPhone 7 was launched on September 7 and shipment began from September 16.512GB storage variant of iPhone 8A separate leak from Chinese leaker GeekBar suggests that the iPhone 8 is tipped to come in a new 512GB storage variant. Through past rumours we already know that Apple could launch a 64GB and 256GB variant of the iPhone 8. Furthermore, the tipster hints that this year iPhone’s flash storage could be varied. The 64GB and 256GB could have Toshiba and Sandisk’s flash while the 512GB could house chips from Samsung and Hynix.OLED display, bezel less designThe iPhone 8 will sport an OLED display and bezel less design. This has been rumoured for long. A new leak from a Weibo user has also hinted on the same. The leak hints at a bezel less display. But not only this, the leaked image also shows off a digitizer and a connecting cable in the iPhone 8. When looked closer at the top, you can see three round cut outs which possibly could be for the proximity sensor, a front camera and an iris scanner.  As rumoured before, the leak shows no signs of home button and an additional piece could be seen at the back of the device. It is unclear what is it.Powerful Face IDA recent report from Korean Herald has also hinted that the iPhone 8 could come with a powerful face recognition feature which can unlock the device in millionth of second. This means that the iPhone 8 could ditch the fingerprint sensor and instead come with a face recognition feature. 3D sensor that can mute notificationsA separate rumours predicts that the iPhone 8 could come with a 3D sensor which can also mute notifications by simply looking at the display. If this report is to be believed then there are chances that Apple could ditch its traditional physical mute button.last_img read more

Portugal’s Silva Olympiacos Coach

first_imgPIRAEUS – With its owner facing corruption charges, Olympiacos named Former Sporting Lisbon boss Marco Silva its new head coach.No details about the contract given the 37-year-old were revealed. Silva is regarded as one of the best coaches in soccer-mad Portugal where he took his team to the national title last year.He replaces countryman Vitor Pereira, who lasted just six months before being dumped by owner Vangelis Marinakis, who allegedly was banned from soccer in June during a probe into wrongdoing allegations but he’s stillk largely in charge after being released on bail. He’s been in similar trouble before but nothing happened.The 46-year-old Pereira led Olympiacos to a Greek league and cup double but was fired because he was talking to the Scottish team the Rangers about taking that job.Olympiacos won its 42nd Greek league title and fifth in a row in April before clinching the Greek Cup for the 27th time when it beat Skoda Xanthi 3-1 in the final.Greek soccer has been charged with being a cesspool of corruption, with fixed matches, bribes, and players, owners, referees and other associated with the game said to be taking money.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Team LeBron Rallies to Beat Team Giannis, 178-164

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from former teammate Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word.Oh, this mattered to James — and Team LeBron as well.Team LeBron, down by 20 in the second half, finally got firing and went on to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game on Sunday night. MVP Kevin Durant scored 31 points for Team LeBron, the one that James drafted and led to victory in the captain’s-choice format for a second consecutive season.“You put me on the floor, I love to compete,” James said in the postgame interview room. “I’m a competitor, no matter what it is. I was competing to see if I could get to this table first.”He wasn’t kidding. He then turned to NBA spokesman Mark Broussard, asked if he was the first player to get into the room and grinned when told he was.“See what I’m talking about?” James said.Klay Thompson scored 20 points, and James and Kawhi Leonard each had 19 for the winners.“It’s all sweet to me,” Durant said after getting his second All-Star MVP award, to go with the one he claimed in 2012. “It’s hard to rank because everything’s special. But it’s cool to be out there with some of the best players to ever play the game. And to win MVP in front of my family and friends is pretty sweet.”Giannis Antetokounmpo — the first-time captain — led everybody with 38 points on 17 for 23 shooting for the club he drafted. Paul George and Khris Middleton each scored 20 points for Team Giannis, which got 17 apiece from Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook.“Just being the leader of a team, it wasn’t as tough as I thought,” Antetokounmpo said. “My teammates, the guys in the locker room, encouraged me to step up and take it serious and play hard.”The highlights, as would be expected, were absurdly good, time and again.Curry slammed the ball off the floor on a first-half fast break and watched it ricochet toward the rim with an apex that flirted with the top of the backboard. Too high for most humans — but Antetokounmpo isn’t most humans. The freakishly long Greek star slammed Curry’s unconventional alley-oop pass home, with both benches reacting in disbelief.Curry then slammed an alley-oop on the last play of the game, to himself, for a dunk that closed the scoring in his hometown.“I thought we put on a great show tonight,” said Kemba Walker, Charlotte’s lone player in the game.It was not a defensive showcase, as always.Team Giannis set an All-Star record with 23 field goals in the first quarter, topping the mark of 22 set on four other occasions — by both the West and the East in the first quarter of the 2017 game, and by the West in both the second and third quarters of the 2016 game.The 53 points tied a one-quarter All-Star record as well, matching the total by the West in the third quarter of the 2016 games and by the East in the first quarter of the 2017 game. But when it was time to get competitive, things tightened up considerably, at least by All-Star standards.But when Team LeBron used a flurry of 3s to get back into it in the third quarter, everyone on the bench was standing — sometimes running from the bench and onto the court during play, the celebrations a bit more exuberant than what’s usually allowed.“We got the win,” said Houston’s James Harden, who scored 12 points for Team LeBron. “That’s all that matters.”And the All-Star farewells for Miami’s Wade and Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki— the adds to the game by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, in honor of their career bodies of work — were festive, as everyone wanted.Nowitzki entered the game late in the first quarter and made his first three shots — all of them 3-pointers — before heading back to the bench. Wade checked in not long after Nowitzki took the floor, then started the second half and achieved his primary missions for his last All-Star Game as a player.He got an alley-oop lob from James.And he threw an alley-oop lob to James.Wade dunked, James dunked, and the close friends who entered the NBA together in 2003 and won championships with Miami in 2012 and 2013 got a couple more moments to savor in their final night as on-court teammates.Wade finished with seven points in 10 minutes, and Nowitzki never returned after his nine-point, four-minute opening stint. When the third quarter ended, every player gathered behind them as Wade and Nowitzki were honored with commemorative jerseys at midcourt.“Thank you to the commissioner and the NBA for allowing us to both be on this stage again,” Nowitzki said.“Exactly what Dirk said,” Wade said as he took the microphone. “We’re very thankful for this opportunity. … The game is in great hands. It’s easy to walk away right now.”TIP-INSTeam Giannis: Antetokounmpo was awarded a first-quarter free throw — but instead of shooting it, he tossed a pass to himself off the backboard. It isn’t legal, and didn’t work, but he didn’t mind. … Embiid had 12 rebounds and Antetokounmpo added 11. … Team Giannis gave up 96 points in the second half after leading 95-82 at the half.Team LeBron: James spent part of halftime on the court listening to J. Cole’s performance, then grabbed a hug from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. … New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, who was dealing with a muscle strain in his shoulder, played five minutes and made both of his shot attempts.SPLAT BROTHERSOrdinarily “Splash Brothers” in Golden State, Curry went splat — courtesy of Thompson.Early in the fourth quarter, Curry shot a 3-pointer from the right wing while getting fouled by someone who’s usually his teammate. Thompson gave a dismissive wave, as if to ask “Why’d I do that?” when Curry’s 3 swished. And Curry made the free throw to seal the four-point play.“I felt like the opposition for once. … It sucked to be on the receiving end,” Thompson said. “But it’s all fun and games in the All-Star Game and that was a crazy shot.”DUAL COACHSPEAKTeam Giannis coach Mike Budenholzer of the Milwaukee Bucks and Team LeBron coach Michael Malone of the Denver Nuggets did their postgame news conference together. That doesn’t happen in normal games, and they were asked if they liked speaking alongside one another.“Probably not a good idea,” Budenholzer said.OLADIPO SPEAKSVictor Oladipo’s season is over with a leg injury that kept him from playing in the All-Star Game as well. The Indiana Pacers star, however, was watching. “Wish I could be there playing with you guys but I know this will be a good game to watch!” Oladipo tweeted. “I was on Team LeBron last year but this year it’s all about #TeamGiannis! Lets Go Fellas!!!” Oladipo was replaced on the Team Giannis roster by Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell.NO-FIGHT NIGHTThere were no fights, though that didn’t stop the league from bringing in renowned boxing ring announcer Michael Buffer to deliver his famed “Let’s get ready to rumble” proclamation just before tip-off.UP NEXTThe next All-Star Game is Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago.—By TIM REYNOLDS , AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Cowboys Get Rolled in Bedlam

first_imgBedlam: A scene of uproar and confusion.There was much uproar on Saturday night in a rowdy Boone Pickens Stadium, but the Oklahoma Sooners left no confusion as to who the better team was, dominating the Cowboys 58-23.Forget the fact that No. 2 only played a few snaps, and his only completion went to the other team for a touchdown. The Cowboys played generally uninspired football and their inability to tackle, wrap up, or drag down anyone wearing crimson caught up quickly. The Sooners ripped off two 60+ yard dashes in the first half that gashed the Cowboy defense and exposed the inability to defend the run yet again.The Sooners came out firing from the beginning and, just as much of the season has gone, the Cowboys were left playing from behind with a predictable offense and again no sign of a running game.Walsh played his heart out, and I don’t think he could have done much more than what he was asked. He played a heck of a game, but big plays by the Sooners were too much to overcome.The regular season will conclude with a 10-2 record, and will hopefully have the benefit of a healthy Mason Rudolph to take into bowl season. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

England’s Joe Root concentrates on West Indies not Lord’s pitch fungus

first_imgA series decider against West Indies it may be, along with a chance for England’s less than secure batsmen to seal an Ashes berth, but on the eve of the Lord’s Test, Joe Root found himself fielding questions about fungus.The home of cricket is hosting a Test in September for the first time and in keeping with lawns all over the country, autumnal weather has brought the appearance of “fairy rings” on the turf, including one patch on the pitch, a metre in diameter and just short of a length.Spores from fungus are the cause and, though Marylebone Cricket Club are unconcerned about it adversely affecting how the surface will play, Root said: “I have no idea whether it will make any difference. Whether it is just a visual blemish, or whether it will have an impact, we’ll have to wait and see.” news Support The Guardian Asked if it could at least prove a visual distraction for the batsmen in the middle, he politely replied: “It depends whether you are looking at the ball.”More pressing on Root’s mind is completing his second series win as the England captain this summer. He claimed this winter’s Ashes tour remains far from his thoughts but the chosen XI have nevertheless presented Toby Roland-Jones with a golden chance to force his way in for the first Test against Australia in Brisbane on 23 November.Chris Woakes, the seamer to miss out, lacked pace in the defeat at Headingley following his two-month layoff with a side strain. A shortage of overs was the general diagnosis and although he bowled 33 in the second Test and a further eight on T20 Finals Day, Root has still opted for local knowledge of Roland-Jones on his home ground.The Middlesex player has claimed 14 wickets in his first three Tests this summer and on the subject of who is now first choice, Root replied: “The way [Woakes] has played for England over the last year or so and such a focal point of our team it is hard to look past that and when someone like Toby comes in and does as well as he has, it is a great problem to have.”Either way, both quicks are Australia-bound but which batsmen make the touring party is less certain. Tom Westley, the Essex No3, feels in need of a significant score to press his claims after one half-century in seven innings, while Dawid Malan and Mark Stoneman are similarly striving to nail down their spots.Root’s advice? “The best way to look at it for any player is any time you go out and play for England it is an opportunity to do something very special. As much as possible you want guys to have that attitude. Hopefully [Westley] can show the strong character he has as a person.“One of the biggest challenges coming from county cricket is there is not a lot of analysis and feedback available. You generally get a laptop and watch back your innings but you do not get all the different camera angles and the exposure international cricket gives you.“That is something you have to deal with. People have their opinions on how you play. It’s about trying to find a way of overcoming that, going out there, knowing your own game and being strong enough to trust that, so you know if you are at your best, you will be successful in this arena.” England cricket team … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Topics England’s third Test decider against West Indies carries unexpected intrigue Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Read morecenter_img Share on Twitter Cricket West Indies cricket team Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Joe Root Reuse this content Share on Messenger England v West Indies 2017last_img read more

Neymar, Pogba and the rise of ‘The Unsellables’

first_imgWages and transfer fees at the top end of the game grow ever higher. In the case of certain players, it means their options are severely restricted when it comes to their next destination. In other cases, clubs simply cannot find another employer to pay the transfer fee and wages for players they no longer want on their books.There are some unhappy players out there at big clubs who might well want to move on before this summer’s transfer window is over. In this category, Neymar is the most obvious example. It is no secret that the uneasy marriage between the Brazil No.10 and Paris Saint-Germain could well be coming to an end. However, there could yet be an impasse.While PSG would probably settle for their money back – some €222m – there are not many clubs out there willing or able to furnish that outlay. Barcelona would be one interested party but will need to make room in the budget for the transfer fee and wages. Besides, they have other transfer priorities to work upon, with Antoine Griezmann now reckoned to be in the frame. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Neymar makes around €700,000 per week at Parc des Princes, meaning that only a very, very select few clubs can match his salary expectation. With the bases loaded at most top teams, as it were, there is simply nowhere else for him to go. If PSG cash in to the tune of €222m and Neymar earns the same at his next club as he currently does then that means an outlay of around €400m over the course of only a four-year contract.The size of PSG’s pay-packet had the double benefit of convincing Neymar to depart Barcelona for an inferior institution and guarding against rival bids from elsewhere, should Neymar decide to pack his bags. Once he recovers from injury, the only option he might have available to him is to wait it out another year when his transfer value will diminish in proportion to the time remaining on his contract and try again next summer.Paul Pogba, meanwhile, would appear to be in a hurry to leave Manchester United. His end-of-season promotional trip to Japan turned into a nightmare for his club once the France World Cup winner made it known that he would ideally seek a new challenge for next season.It will not be straightforward. The duration of Pogba’s contract – another three years should the club take up their one-year option – means the value of any transfer would exceed the €100m world record fee United paid to Juventus three years ago. Real Madrid could probably afford it – even allowing for their record-breaking summer thus far – but it is by no means guaranteed that they will go in for the 26-year-old. If Madrid or Juventus fail to be convinced, his only option would probably be to stay putOn the other hand, United are stuck in a bind with Alexis Sanchez. Perhaps the most damaging signing of the Jose Mourinho reign, Sanchez’s reported near £600,000 weekly wage has distorted the salary picture inside the club and made it a hell of a lot more difficult to tie existing talents like Marcus Rashford to new deals.Neymar Brazil Qatar Friendly 05062019Paul Pogba Juventus Real MadridWhile United would want Rashford to commit to extended terms, he quite rightly can point to his own output compared to Sanchez in the year and a half they’ve been alongside one another. That’s one reason why United would happily accept any kind of deal for the Chilean.The problem comes with a very simple question: Who’s going to match that wage?Sanchez is well within his rights to work the terms of his contract should no suitable alternative materialise. And United? Well they would be stuck with the remnants of another Mourinho-Ed Woodward transfer botch.It’s a similar situation that Arsenal have got with Mesut Ozil. The indications are that Ozil is happy to stay in north London – and why wouldn’t he be for £350,000 a week? Arsenal, however, need space in their wage budget and – ideally – more money to improve the squad in the transfer market. But it’s not going to be easy to get those sums in any deal involving Ozil.Unai Emery showed last season he is no fan of Ozil and would happily dispense with him. The key obstruction – aside from his own inconsistent form – is the massive wage Ozil earns. Arsenal are stuck with a player they’d now rather not have with little in the way of a resolution anywhere on the horizon.Alexis Sanchez Manchester United 2018-19Gareth Bale, Zinedine Zidane, Real MadridMesut Ozil Arsenal Chelsea Europa League final 2019That dilemma will sound familiar to Real Madrid. They paid a world record sum to sign Gareth Bale but the Welshman has outgrown his purpose at Santiago Bernabeu. That fresh contract he signed in October 2016 weighs heavily though, with his transfer value still high and his wages – like Ozil’s – gargantuan.Real Madrid would dearly love to move him on and – despite his injury troubles – would feel entitled to recoup a good portion of the €100m transfer fee they paid to Tottenham six years ago. That is easier said than done.It is a consequence of the stockpiling of talent that has taken place at a select number of top clubs over the past few years. The stratification of talent and finances thanks to broadcast and commercial deals as well as reforms in competitions like the Champions League has brought about a sort of shadow Super League, which is already in play.Top talents are scarce, they cost a lot to sign and cost a lot to pay. And no one from outside that top band has a hope of getting one. For clubs it means more difficulty in getting them out the door and for players it means a lack of options.It is the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United who are driving wages and transfer fees for that small band of players ever upward.And if anything goes wrong, they are stuck with an unhappy performer on their hands.last_img read more

SC grants CBI 2 more weeks to complete probe in accident case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday granted two more weeks’ time to the CBI to complete the ongoing investigation in a road accident case in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer have sustained critical injuries. A bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose extended the time for completing the probe after the CBI moved an application seeking four more weeks on the ground that the statements of the rape survivor and her lawyer have not been recorded so far. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bench also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to pay Rs five lakh to the lawyer, who is in a critical condition. The court had on August 2 directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the investigation within seven days, adding that the agency could avail additional seven days in exceptional circumstances, but in no case the time frame would be extended beyond a fortnight. The top court had earlier ordered transfer of all the five related cases in the matter to Delhi but later modified its order putting in abeyance shifting of the accident case till the probe was completed. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The modification was done stating that due to shifting of the case, the local court was facing technical hurdle in passing orders of remand for the accused who are being arrested in course of the probe. The court had said the order transferring the accident case “shall remain in abeyance for the period during which the said case remains under investigation, which we have stipulated in the order dated August 1, 2019, to be completed in a maximum period of 15 days, preferably within seven days. The order dated August 1, 2019, is modified accordingly”. The woman, allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in 2017 when she was a minor, is battling for life after a truck rammed into the car she was travelling in with some family members and her lawyer. Two of her aunts died in the accident recently. She was airlifted from a hospital in Lucknow and brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for better care as she continued to be critical.last_img read more

Jay Leno To Auction OneOfAKind HarleyDavidson Ford F150 For Charity

first_imgFord Motor Company and Jay Leno, renowned auto enthusiast and star of Jay Leno’s Garage, are teaming up to auction the TV legend’s personal one-of-one 2000 Harley-Davidson F-150 at the 45th Anniversary Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale.Ford and Jay Leno are teaming up to auction the TV legend’s personal one-of-one 2000 Harley-Davidson F-150All proceeds will benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the country’s leading organization helping people affected by multiple sclerosis through cutting-edge research, advocacy and education. Live TV coverage of the auction of this custom F-150 will air on Velocity on Jan. 29.“Jay Leno and Ford Motor Company share a passion for special vehicles and charity,” said Jim Owens, Ford Performance marketing manager. “We enjoy working with celebrities like Jay Leno who support a worthwhile cause that makes a positive difference in people’s lives. It’s a great story, because organizations can receive the help they need, while automotive enthusiasts get a chance to own a one-of-a-kind vehicle.”Leno will be on the block to help auction his Harley-Davidson F-150, (Lot #3006). Representing the first collaborative effort between Ford and Harley-Davidson, this distinctive pickup captured the imagination of auto enthusiasts across North America when it was introduced in May 2000.The truck is the only one in existence that features the SVT Lightning powertrain. Equipped with a supercharged 5.4-liter Triton V8, this custom monochrome black F-150 features distinctive Harley-Davidson orange pin-striping and badging and 20-inch styled chrome wheels. It cranks out approximately 360 horsepower that exits through a specially tuned single-inlet dual-outlet exhaust for a more robust sound.“This is an opportunity to own a truly unique vehicle from my personal collection,” said Leno. “Not only is this Harley-Davidson F-150 the only one of its kind, it’s providing much needed resources to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The next owner can feel good knowing that they’re getting an outstanding truck and supporting a great cause at the same time.”This custom Harley-Davidson F-150 has been titled to Leno since it was first presented to him by Ford Division President Jim O’Connor at Ford World Headquarters in May 2000.In addition to the latest Ford Performance models, Ford will have its full 2016 vehicle lineup on display at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, including the new Explorer and F-150, as well as all-new Lincoln sedans and SUVs. Auction-goers will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of their favorite Ford Motor Company models for on-site ride-and-drives.Visit the Jay Leno’s Garage website on Jan. 18, for more information about the Harley-Davidson F-150 and an exclusive video featuring Leno and the truck.For auction information, visit the Barrett-Jackson website or Facebook.last_img read more

Grains mixed livestock higher

first_imgWheat for Dec. was up 1 cent at 4.9975 a bushel; Dec. corn fell 2.75 cents at 3.5900 a bushel; Dec. oats lost 5.25 cent at $2.8625 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans dropped 2.25 cents at $8.8075 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Dec. live cattle was up .92 cent at $1.1732 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle rose .70 cent at $1.4932 a pound; while Dec. lean hogs gained .78 cent at $.5905 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img

Abdullahs of Kashmir

first_imgOne of the spoilt dynasts of Indian politics, Omar Abdullah, has made the demand of taking the state of Jammu & Kashmir to the pre-1953 status and has called for having a separate prime minister and president for the state. This separatist call must be unreservedly condemned. The Abdullah family of Kashmir have treated the state as their personal fief; they have exploited the people and have based their politics on threat, coercion, violence and have made repeated calls for dismembering India. They have pandered to terrorism and separatism; they have peddled the narrative of Pakistan on Kashmir and have presided over one of the most gruesome episodes of ethnic cleansing that has taken place post-Independence. They come across as parasitic political elements who have no allegiance to the Indian Union, have no commitment to India’s freedom and her future. It was the same family which had tricked Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee into entering Kashmir and had then incarcerated him, subjected him to great pressure, physical pain and mental trauma ultimately leading to his sudden death while Nehru looked the other way. This subversive and mischievous demand is, as Arun Jaitley has argued, “intended to create a separatists psyche.” Also Read – A special kind of bondPrime Minister Modi has rightly asked Congress and the “Federal Front” parties to clarify their stand on this demand made by Omar Abdullah, since National Conference is an inseparable ally of the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress and is, at the same time, defying logic, a fundamental constituent of the Federal Front. The theatrical Farooq Abdullah was a star attraction at the January 19 Brigade Rally organised by Trinamool Congress. Let Congress and the other parties make their position clear on Omar’s demand – do they support a separate existence for Kashmir, do they support his call for separating Kashmir from the Constitutional framework of India, do they adhere to this divisive call, is it the agenda they wish to fulfil, if, by chance of fate, they ever come to power at the Centre? Will the separation of Kashmir be their objective, will their foreign policy be directed towards that end? These are questions that these parties, especially Congress and the lead party of the Federal Front, Trinamool Congress, have to answer to the people who are in no mood to tolerate separatism. Also Read – Insider threat managementBut the Abdullah family’s tryst with separatism goes back a long time, as exposed first by Dr Mookerjee while participating in a debate on Kashmir in the first Lok Sabha on 7 August 1952. Dr Mookerjee pointed at how Sheikh Abdullah, Omar Abdullah’s grandfather had increasingly resorted to the language of separatism, “Since when did the trouble start? Let us look at it dispassionately. Since Sheikh Abdullah’s return from Paris some time ago statements started to be made by him which disturbed us. Even then we did not speak out. His first statement he made in an interview which he gave when he was abroad, about his vision of an independent Kashmir. And then when he came back he amplified it, then again retracted from it and gave an explanation, and then speeches which he has made during the last few months were of a disturbing character. If he feels that his safety lies in remaining out of India, well, let him say so; we will be sorry for it, but it may become inevitable…” Sheikh Abdullah’s call for an “independent Kashmir” was first made on foreign soil. We remind Omar of these words and throw these back at him. If he and his family feel that their safety lies in remaining out of India, let them articulate it so, but they cannot pass off their urge to be separate from India as the wishes of the people of Kashmir! He would, Dr Mookerjee said, “give whole-hearted support to the scheme (separate provision) as an interim measure” only if Sheikh Abdullah accepted the sovereignty of the Indian Parliament. “Let Sheikh Abdullah declare that he accepts the Sovereignty of this Parliament. There cannot be two Sovereign Parliaments in India. You talk of Kashmir being part of India, and Sheikh Abdullah talks of a Sovereign Parliament for Kashmir. It is inconsistent, it is contradictory. This Parliament does not mean a few of us who are opposing this. This Parliament includes a majority of people who will not be swayed by any small considerations. And why should he be afraid of accepting the Sovereignty of this Parliament of Free India?” The New India of today has no interest in pampering separatism; it has no patience with sentiments and attitudes that challenge the Sovereignty of India. But the Abdullahs of Kashmir have a history of flashing the card of separatism while living off the Constitution of India and all the largesse that comes with it. Their politics has always promoted internal and communal conflict while fanning the flames of separatism. Their approach is best described in the words of the legendary and sagacious former Governor of Jammu & Kashmir and one of the most respected administrators of our times, Jagmohan. His words are worth recalling, one should keep these in circulation in our collective mind. In his opus, “My Frozen Turbulence in Kashmir”, Jagmohan writes how as he was battling “against heavy odds and dealing with the manifold problems of internal subversion and external conspiracy, Dr Farooq Abdullah and his partymen were playing a highly destructive, even unpatriotic, role…” The National Conference and its leaders, records Jagmohan, “did not enjoy any respect at all. They were not in a position to do anything positive. But they could inflict damage. They could float rumours; they could incite public through unscrupulous means. They could even pose as collaborators of the subversionists. They could whisper into their ears: “Please don’t misunderstand. What you have been doing from outside, we have been doing from inside.” They could even champion the cause of terrorists.” Jagmohan pointed out how Farooq Abdullah’s MLAs and former ministers openly celebrated “Maqbool Bhatt” Day, with one of his trusted MLAs Abdul Rashid Dar, “calling upon his party, the National Conference, to join the freedom struggle. He declared that he was placing his services at the disposal of the J&K Liberation Front (JKLF). What do these statements reveal, asks Jagmohan, “do they not show that the commitment of the National Conference to India is only a ruse, a stance, to secure power and rule? As soon as the power goes, loyalty to the Indian ideal goes.” They never utter a single word “against terrorists and their crimes”, and keep abusing our security forces instead. On February 15, 1990, Farooq Abdullah himself called for international intervention in J&K, keeping alive the legacy of his late father. In a statement released to the press, he said that the “entire Kashmir is writhing in pain due to continuous acts of barbarism and brutality by the army and para-military forces.” He said the Valley and Srinagar had been “converted into Nazi camps”, he said that the “Kashmiris are witnessing their beloved country being converted into a vast graveyard” and appealed “to the national and international upholders of humanity to intervene in Kashmir and have an international inquiry made into the general slaughter of Kashmiris at the hands of the army and para-military forces.” Sheikh Abdullah was the original proponent of “Tukde Tukde” politics; Farooq Abdullah ably succeeded and exceeded him in pushing the contours of that “Tukde Tukde” politics. Today, Omar Abdullah, the third generation of the dynasty, has emerged as one of the most vocal and articulate proponents of the legacy of that “Tukde Tukde” politics. The Abdullah’s cannot think and act otherwise, for them to accept India’s unity and sovereignty is anathema. They are essentially history-sheeters of separatism. The only answer to their cancerous politics is to decisively and democratically reject them while asserting and endorsing Narendra Modi’s vision of a “New India.” (The author is Director, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, New Delhi. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Ban hails move by creditor nations to cancel nearly 8 billion in

24 December 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the decision of the 19-member Paris Club of nations to cancel the remaining 20 per cent of Iraq’s debt from the Saddam Hussein era – amounting to $7.8 billion – and called on other creditors to take similar action to help the country rebuild its economy. “This is a major achievement and acknowledgement of the Iraqi Government’s determination to implement necessary reforms despite overwhelming challenges,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“The Secretary-General takes this opportunity to call on creditors, other than those of the Paris Club, to advance Iraqi debt relief to facilitate the country’s path to prosperity and reintegration into the regional and international economy,” the statement added.According to the statement, the 22 December decision by the Paris Club, an informal grouping of creditor nations, was taken in the context of the International Compact with Iraq, which is co-chaired by the United Nations and the Iraqi Government.Under the Compact, launched in May 2007, the Government of Iraq will work to meet basic needs, protect the rights of all citizens and ensure the optimal use of the country’s resources for the common good. read more

Africa requires massive funding to help stem health crisis experts tell UN

Professor Jeffrey Sachs made his plea during a panel discussion organized by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) on “the economics of health in Africa.” The panel was convened as part of the build-up to ECOSOC’s high-level segment, which will be held from 16 to 18 July. Moderator Sarbuland Khan of DESA explained that by contributing to the debate on an issue of such critical importance, the Council would help produce “fresh ideas and innovative solutions to long-standing problems.” In his remarks, Professor Sachs emphasized that Africa could not handle its health crisis alone. Offering an example of the continent’s limited ability to cope, he noted that Rwanda has one doctor per 65,000 people. “We can’t call that a health system,” he said. “We have to call this a global tragedy of the first order that has not been addressed by the international community and cannot be addressed by Africa itself.”Decrying the present low levels of assistance, Professor Sachs noted that at the end of the 1990s, the bilateral and multilateral combined help for Africa’s efforts to fight AIDS totalled only $70 million per year, or roughly $3 per HIV infected person. Professor Sachs advocated the creation of a global fund for AIDS, one for malaria, one for TB and one for childhood diseases. He said the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) should take leading roles in operationalizing the funds.Also addressing the panel, UNDP Associate Administrator Zephirin Diabre agreed that better health was key to unlocking Africa’s development potential. Noting that Africa has the largest number of people with AIDS — some 23 million out of a global total of 33 million — he said, “the real tragedy is that these facts and figures are so well known to everybody.”Dr. Ebrahim Samba, WHO Regional Director for Africa, agreed with other panellists that outside assistance was critical. “With the needs facing us in Africa today, even if they were to increase the [domestic] budget many-fold, this would not be sufficient for us to turn the tide of the disease burden,” he said. Dr. Samba pointed to next week’s African Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases, to be held in Abuja, Nigeria, as an example of a growing political will on the continent.In Abuja, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is expected to outline key priorities in the fight against AIDS when he addresses the Summit on 26 April. Over the past year, the Secretary-General has been meeting with government and private sector leaders to discuss how to boost the profile and urgency of international action on AIDS. After a 5 April meeting with the pharmaceutical industry in Amsterdam, he stated that encouraging the active participation of all partners in the fight against AIDS had become his personal priority. read more

Fight against child labour gaining momentum in Kosovo UN agency says

“Public authorities, communities and families all have their share of responsibility in fighting these abuses and they should act on these responsibilities,” Lindita Boshtrakaj, ILO National Programme Manager for the child labour project in Kosovo, said today. To illustrate the plight of families forced to send their children to work in the fields, ILO focused on the story of Sevdije Morina, a mother of five in the Kosovar village of Vrajak, whose children help her with the hard farm work – harvesting onions and grapes. “I was forced to stop sending them to school so that they could work more in the fields and the vineyard,” she said, according to ILO, adding that the children often handle pesticides and dangerous tools.Her 12-year-old daughter Haxhere said: “There have been cases when we’ve been injured when hoeing. And once I cut my hand with an axe. Since we did not have a car or other transportation, we had to walk the six kilometres from Vrajak to Ratkoc to take the children to hospital.”Coming from poor families, some of them have to start to work as early as the age of 10, ILO said. “Working on a garbage dump or in agriculture, they risk their health and even their lives. For many of them, combining school and work is a major challenge,” ILO said.The UN agency also reported that for dozens of children collecting waste at a local dumpsite in Koshtova, a small village on the outskirts of the northern town of Mitrovica, working conditions may be even more difficult than for the mother of five and her children. “They often hurt themselves when they collect the garbage or run to meet a new truck arriving at the dumpsite,” it said. “They rush because the winner of the race takes all and can fill his or her bag alone. Everybody accepts this tacit agreement to avoid fights between the children.”The ILO reported that it and Kosovo’s Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare are working to find quick and adequate solutions, and so far, the project has led to the formulation of the Kosovo Action Plan for Prevention and Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour. The so-called Administrative Instruction 05/2013 on the Prevention and Prohibition of Hazardous Child Labour in Kosovo was approved in July 2014, which contains the updated Hazardous Child Labour List drafted with the help of the ILO. And since March 2013, members of the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce are obliged to observe the ILO’s four fundamental labour principles, including the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, and the elimination of child labour, forced labour and discrimination at work. So far, according to ILO, 40 members of the Chamber of Commerce adopted codes of conduct on combating child labour in their supply chains and communities. In addition, occupational safety and health issues will be mainstreamed into the compulsory education (grades 8-9) and upper secondary school curricula. The ILO is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, and helps advance the creation of decent work and the economic and working conditions that give working people and business people a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress.Its four strategic objectives are: promote and realize standards and fundamental principles and rights at work; create greater opportunities for women and men to decent employment and income; enhance the coverage and effectiveness of social protection for all; and strengthen tripartism and social dialogue. read more

At African Union Summit Guterres outlines UNAU approach to combatting terrorism

“The African Union (AU) is a vital partner in confronting the global challenge posed by terrorist groups, said Mr. Guterres, adding that he had been calling for a “higher platform of cooperation” with the AU, and he is proud the two organizations are indeed building that platform across the range of challenges and opportunities confronting the continent. He recalled that in April 2017, the two organizations signed the Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security, which includes cooperation in the field of countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism. “I believe this work can be strengthened even further with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) setting out a road map for future collaboration and capacity-building support on countering terrorism within the context of that Framework, he explained.One of the first reforms Mr. Guterres instituted as Secretary-General was the creation of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, which, he told the African leaders, has worked closely with the AU and other partners to develop regional strategies and national action plans for the prevention of terrorism and violent extremism in the Horn of Africa and Africa, as well as central and southern Africa.Looking ahead, the UN chief said he believed a comprehensive approach to combatting the transnational threat of terrorism in Africa can be developed around four key priorities: By addressing the deficit in international counter-terrorism cooperation at the global, regional and national levels. Mr. Guterres will in June convene the first-ever UN Summit of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies to build on Member States’ priorities and his discussion today;Enhanced ratification of existing legal counter-terrorism instruments, conventions and protocols; Tackling the root causes and underlying conditions, including the lack of economic opportunities, extreme poverty, marginalization, exclusion and discrimination; andPlacing a special focus on expanding opportunities for young people – especially since youth under the age of 25 form the largest demographic group in most developing countries and they are often the ones most at risk of being recruited and radicalized by terrorists.Underscoring that terrorism is not only a threat to peace and security but also to sustainable development, Mr. Guterres called on the international community to mobilize resources in support of African countries as they strive to balance security and development.“We face a serious challenge – but I believe it is one that we can meet with solidarity, common action and a shared resolve,” he said. read more

Make manifesto commitment to address mental health crisis in Britains classrooms Prime

first_imgPrime Minster Theresa May  Prince Harry attends the official opening of The Global Academy Prime Minster Theresa May Credit:Chris Radburn Prime Minister Theresa May should make a manifesto commitment to address the “mental health crisis” in classrooms, a royal-backed charity has said.YoungMinds, the country’s leading charity on mental health issues for young people, has said that the education system is “fundamentally unbalanced” and must shift its focus towards the well-being of students. “When I founded the school it was important to me because we want the kids to be prepared for life not just prepared for life not just for work,” he said.“The essence of it to make children feel comfortable to open up if they need to. Having a culture of openness definitely helps with academic achievement too.” Prince Harry spoke to The Telegraph's Bryony Gordon  Prince William, Prince Harry and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive to open the Global Academy Prince Harry, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visited the school on Thursday for its official opening.It followed five days of intense campaigning by the young royals on the issue, with Prince Harry speaking of his own therapy, and the Duke of Cambridge disclosing he still feels the shock of their mother’s death.Letter to The Daily TelegraphSir,Children and young people face a huge range of pressures – from exams to cyber-bulling, from body image to finding a job when they finish education. An estimated three children in every class have a mental health condition, one in four experience emotional distress, and rates of self-harm are skyrocketing.Alongside 2,000 teachers, 1,000 mental health professionals, 4,000 parents and 1,000 young people, we have written to the Prime Minister urging her to address the mental health crisis in our classrooms. We are now calling on all parties to make manifesto commitments to do the same.While it is not the role of schools to replace the specialist support that mental health services provide, they can and should play a crucial role in developing the skills young people need to cope and flourish in today’s world. But at the moment the education system is fundamentally unbalanced, with an over-emphasis on exams and too little focus on student well-being.  Prince Harry spoke to The Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon Credit: Andrew Crowley The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry tour a TV studio during a visit to open the Global Academy  We want to see greater recognition for good work schools do on well-being, proper funding for well-being initiatives, and mental health as an integral part of teacher training. It is time to ensure that the well-being of students is as important as academic achievement in schools.Signed:Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMindsAnna Feuchtwang, Chief Executive of National Children’s BureauRuth Sutherland, Chief Executive of SamaritansDr. Peter Hindley, Chair of the Child and Adolescent Faculty at the Royal College of PsychiatristsHeidi Stewart, Director of Enterprise & Innovation, Rethink Mental IllnessJenny Edwards CBE, Chief Executive of Mental Health FoundationJulie Bentley, Chief Executive of Girlguiding & Girlguiding’s Youth Advocate PanelDenise Hatton, Chief Executive of YMCA EnglandChris Martin, Chief Executive of The MixJo Hobbs, Chief Executive of British Youth CouncilMark Lever, Chief Executive of The National Autistic SocietyDr Hadyn Williams, Chief Executive of British Association for Counselling and PsychotherapyMartin Pratt, Chief Executive of Association of Child & Adolescent Mental HealthJamie Bristow, Director of The Mindfulness InitiativeAdam Shaw, Chairman of The Shaw Mind FoundationEvan Grant, Trustee of Cameron Grant Memorial Trustcenter_img Prince William, Prince Harry and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive to open the Global AcademyCredit: REUTERS The YoungMinds report, which will be officially launched in parliament on Tuesday,  said: “Schools will have different baseline standards of wellbeing, based on demographics and other factors. Comparing schools directly may be misleading, but measurement is essential to drive improvement.“The Government should provide schools with the tools to measure their own progress in this area, and results should be published and available to pupils and parents.”In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, a group of mental health and children’s charities have called for  mental health to be an integral part of teacher training.The charities have also written to the Prime Minister about the issue, in a letter that was also signed by more than 2,500 teachers, 1,000 mental health professionals, 4,500 parents and 1,200 young people, urging her to rebalance the education system. Prince Harry attends the official opening of The Global AcademyCredit:Chris Jackson Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMinds, said that the education system is “heavily skewed” so that schools focus on academic achievement rather than well-being. “It is crucial that the new government makes the mental health of our children an absolute priority,” she said.  “At a time when rates of self-harm are skyrocketing, and when teachers are seeing a sharp rise in anxiety and stress among their students, this cannot be right.” Last week, a school was praised by Prince Harry for putting mental health on equal footing with physical education.Rather than traditional PE lessons, students at Global Academy, a university technical college in Hayes, west London, have a weekly one hour a week of physical well-being classes and one hour a week of mental wellbeing class.Prince Harry, who officially opened the school on Thursday along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Thursday, said the school’s approach will encourage young people to speak about their feelings.He told students that “mental health has been viewed as quite a dry depressing subject for a lot of people. And [as] soon as you talk about it, it actually, it turns people away.“So, you can bring that light hearted humour to it and encourage people to just to speak about it… [it will put] a smiles on people’s faces.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry tour a TV studio during a visit to open the Global Academy Credit: Dominic Lipinski The school, which was set up by the commercial radio tycoon Ashley Tabor to, teaches vocational media skills for 14 to 19-year-old alongside academic qualifications.Mr Tabor, whose company Global runs more than a dozen radio stations including Classic FM and LBC, said he wanted the school to have a culture of mental well-being underpinning its ethos. It comes after Prince Harry was  praised for his bravery after revealing in an interview with The Daily Telegraph he had sought counselling to help come to terms with the death of his mother.The Prince spoke to The Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon for the first episode of her podcast, Mad World, in which she will interview high-profile guests about their mental health experiences.He disclosed that he had endured two years of “total chaos” while struggling in his late twenties to come to terms with losing his mother Diana, Princess of Wales. 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