Sevilla become latest La Liga club to announce player wage cuts
IN SPORT.ES “In relation to the professional teams, the ERTE will mean a 70 percent reduction to the working week for coaches and players, in the men’s and women’s first teams, as well as for the coaches and players in the academy.” In a statement released on Wednesday, Sevilla confirmed they would be applying for an ERTE (Temporary Reduction of Employment Action) for over 350 members of staff, including the first team players, who will lose 70 percent of their salaries. The club explained that the effects of the coronavirus crisis have forced the club to take action. CEST Sevilla have become the latest Spanish side to announce temporary wage cuts as a measure to deal with the financial repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Espanyol, Osasuna and Alaves are the four La Liga clubs that have so far taken similar action, while Real Madrid are looking into how to cut costs as well. Upd. at 19:43 EFE El Sevilla presenta un ERTE “The ERTE will affect 254 employees in the sporting structure and 106 in non-sporting departments,” Sevilla explained. 08/04/2020
Bombers sweep to South Okanagan Junior Fieldhockey title
Elle Schlegel, with a hat trick, led LVR during the opening game Friday against Dr. Knox.Zoe Baxter, on nice far post pass from Gioia Valk, and Valk from a penalty stroke, also scored for the Bombers.Against Oliver, Baxter scored twice to lead LVR with Valk adding a single.Bomber keeper Nicola Anderson earned the shutout in goal.Saturday, against the toughest competition of the tournament, Schlegel scored a hat-trick to lead the Bombers to victory.After the teams played to a 2-2 draw at halftime, Schlegel struck with wonderful reverse stick hit from 14 meters out giving LVR the victory.LVR competed the sweep as Baxter, with a pair, Erica Potkins and midfielder Ariel Fulgin scored in the win over Pen-Hi of Penticton.LVR now travels to Chilliwack Friday to compete in a Senior Tournament. L.V. Rogers Bombers swept to a 4-0 record during a Junior Girl’s Fieldhockey tournament Saturday in Oliver.LVR defeated Dr. Knox of Kelowna 5-1, host South Okanagan Hornets 3-0, Maple Ridge 3-2 and Pen Hi Lakers 4-0 to claim top spot in the tournament.“The team played extremely well with midfielder Marisa Price playing double duty on the back line and in the midfield causing all kinds of trouble for the opposition with her fast running and quick checking,” said Bomber coach Bruce Walgren.“Newcomers Alba Zalbua, Africa Bajils-Garoz, Ruka Kato and Haruka Sugimoto and Paris Miesner really and provided the team with an extra dimension with some great speed and checking always keeping the opposition off balance.”
Saving the day
Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge MOST READ 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LATEST STORIES Brownlee finished with 32 points, none bigger than the triple that broke the final deadlock and iced the final count. He also had a steal on the other end to limit the Batang Pier’s chances of turning the game around and helped seal the Gin Kings’ second victory in three games.“It certainly wasn’t pretty,” coach Tim Cone said. “We were turnover-prone tonight. The zone really bothered us, gave us a hard time finding high-percentage shot.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNorthPort’s zone was so disruptive, the Batang Pier managed to stay in contention until the end despite a poor performance by import Prince Ibeh, who managed just eight points.“That was an ugly one, but we’ll take it,” Cone said. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? NorthPort absorbed its first loss in four outings.Meanwhile, in the earlier game, CJ Perez came through with a performance that underscored his label as a favorite in the Rookie of the Year race as he led Columbian to a 120-105 shredding of NLEX.Perez had 39 points on a 16-for-21 clip, a performance he adorned with nine rebounds, three steals and three assists to lead the Dyip to their first win after three straight losses.Meanwhile, Meralco Bolts coach Norman Black said the team is ready to move on from the sudden transfer of veteran forward Jared Dillinger to Barangay Ginebra.“Life goes on,” Black said on Friday night. “[There are] so many players out there. We’ll just develop the next guy. [G]uys get older. They move on. We move on.”ADVERTISEMENT Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Borja, Corpuz rule IronKids PBA IMAGESIt was one big performance after the other in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup as one team ended its losing streak and another squad put the brakes on its opponent’s winning run.Justin Brownlee had two key plays in the stretch as defending champion Barangay Ginebra ended NorthPort’s winning start to the conference with a pulsating 73-70 victory over Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Dillinger surprised the Meralco camp when he signed up with Barangay Ginebra despite what Black termed as a “gentleman’s agreement” that the veteran forward would stay put.Meralco earlier dropped Dillinger to the unrestricted free agents list to make way for newly acquired Raymond Almazan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Cavs to trade Clarkson to Jazz for Exum, picks
‘People evacuated on their own’ The Cavs are rebuilding and want to give as much playing time as they can to Sexton and Garland as well as rookie Kevin Porter Jr., one of their three first-round picks this year.Exum had fallen out of Utah’s rotation and the Jazz had been looking to move the No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 draft. The native of Australia is averaging just 2.2 points and 7.5 minutes this season.Cleveland has been successful in developing young players and will try to do the same with the 24-year-old Exum, who has battled injuries and has two years left on his contract. He’ll make $9.1 million this season and next.“That’s my guy,” Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell said of Exum after Utah’s loss in Miami. “Moments like this you realize it’s a business. He’s a guy with such an incredible spirit, having gone what he’s gone through injury-wise. I wish him all the best. He’s been a great teammate, a great dude. We’re definitely going to miss his presence. All the guys are going to miss him for sure.”This is the third trade between Cleveland and Utah in the past three years. Previous deals involved Rodney Hood and Kyle Korver.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201702:30SEA Games: Agatha Wong wins 2nd gold medal in wushu01:39SEA Games 2019: Nicanor rallies to bring home 1st fencing gold for PH01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – DECEMBER 09: Jordan Clarkson #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles downcourt during the second half of the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 09, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the Cavaliers 110-88. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — Jordan Clarkson wasn’t going to be a part of Cleveland’s future. Now he’s in the past.The Cavaliers agreed Monday night to trade Clarkson to the Utah Jazz for guard Dante Exum and two future second-round draft picks, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China MOST READ When Pops met Martin’s son Santino Cleveland will get a pick in 2022 and one in 2023, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the teams have not yet had the required conference call with the NBA to approve the swap.The deal came together shortly before the Jazz played in Miami and the Cavs hosted Atlanta. Clarkson warmed up on the floor at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse before he was informed of the trade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Clarkson figured to be on his way out of Cleveland. He’s in the final year of his contract and had been coming off the bench behind Collin Sexton and rookie Darius Garland, a backcourt the Cavs hope to keep together for years.Clarkson, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, scored a season-high 33 points in his final game for the Cavs on Friday. The 27-year-old is averaging 14.6 points, 2.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 29 games this season. View comments Kim Clijsters targets March return 7 years after retiring LATEST STORIES NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas
Remembering Liverpool’s free transfer signings under Rafael Benitez
9 9 9 9 Jan Kromkamp from Villarreal, 4 January 2006 – Right-back Kromkamp arrived at Anfield in a swap deal for much-maligned Spanish full-back Josemi. The Dutchman made just 17 appearances in all for the Reds, but one of them was in the incredible 2006 FA Cup final triumph over West Ham at the Millennium Stadium. The fact he was shipped out to PSV in August 2006 says all you need to know. Mauricio Pellegrino from Valencia, 5 January 2005 – click right to see more Liverpool free transfer signings made by Rafa Benitez – Described by a Liverpool fan forum as being slower than evolution, current Southampton manager Pellegrino was signed in 2005 from Valencia, but it soon became obvious he was painfully over the hill. He may have looked good in the more leisurely world of La Liga, but the Premier Leagues pace exposed just how pedestrian the Argentine was. Pellegrino made 14 appearances, including a starring role in a 2-0 defeat at Southampton which was described by Alan Hansen as the worst performance Ive seen since I left the club in 1990. Boudewijn Zenden from Middlesbrough, 4 July 2005 – Zenden may have arrived on a free transfer, but he had plenty of pedigree and proved to be a valuable squad member during his two seasons at Anfield. The Dutch international had played for PSV, Barcelona and Chelsea before he went to Middlesbrough, scoring the winning goal for them in the 2004 League Cup final. During his first year with Liverpool, Zenden made just seven Premier League appearances, and of the 47 matches he appeared in across two campaigns, 21 came in European competition. It was in the Champions League that Zenden experienced his best moments in red, scoring in the penalty shootout win over Chelsea in the 2007 semi-final, and playing in the final defeat against AC Milan. He left for Marseille with Super Cup and Community Shield winner’s medals in his pocket. Philipp Degen from Borussia Dortmund, 3 July 2008 – A double title winner in his Swiss homeland with Basel, Degen arrived from the Bundesliga with a track record of being injured, but with plenty of warm words from Benitez. “He is an offensive player with great energy and a winning mentality,” the Liverpool manager commented in the summer of 2008. “His strength is going forward and I am confident he will be prove to be a quality addition to our squad. Sometimes you can find these players on the market.” Or maybe not. He duly broke two ribs on his Liverpool debut against Crewe in the League Cup, then injured his foot on his second outing, against Spurs. After making just 13 appearances in two seasons, Degen’s contract was cancelled by mutual consent, and he returned to Basel. When Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League in 2014 against the Swiss club, Jamie Carragher tweeted: “Thought the night couldn’t get any worse but it has, Phillip Degen is now warming up in front of me.” Fabio Aurelio from Valencia, 5 July 2006 – Another full-back signed on a free, Aurelio had won two Spanish league titles and the UEFA Cup under Benitez’s management at Valencia, but his time there was blighted by injuries, which explains his lack of transfer fee. The Brazilian was a brilliant talent when fit, and managed 134 games in a red shirt over the course of six seasons, but every time he looked to be hitting top form, injury would strike again. The highlight of his time with Liverpool was a stunning free-kick goal in a 4-1 win at Manchester United in 2009, while he also scored a brilliant set-piece goal in a thrilling 4-4 Champions League draw at Chelsea. 9 Maxi Rodriguez from Atletico Madrid, 12 January 2010 – By January 2010, the financial constraints imposed on Benitez and Liverpool by the doomed ownership of Hicks and Gillett were beginning to bite hard. So the Spaniard turned to a free transfer signing in an attempt to boost a flagging campaign. Rodriguez was best known for a wonder strike last 16 winner he scored for Argentina at the 2006 World Cup, and was 29 by the time he arrived at Anfield. Like Zenden, five years previously, he was a midfielder capable of operating on the wing, and proved a good squad player. Rodriguez only played half a season under Benitez, and was used sparingly under his much maligned successor Roy Hodgson, before finding his goal scoring touch under Kenny Dalglish. In just over two weeks in the spring of 2011, the Argentine scored seven Premier League goals, including hat-tricks against Birmingham City and Fulham. The following season he scored in Premier League and League Cup wins at Chelsea, just nine days apart, and bagged three goals in two games against Blackburn. Rafael Benitez made plenty of signings during his six-year tenure as Liverpool manager, but despite making some big money signings, he was also forced to look in the bargain bin for new additions.Take a look at the slideshow above to see how many of Rafa’s free transfers you remember from his time as Liverpool boss. Robbie Fowler from Man City, 27 January 2006 – Possibly the most popular signing in Liverpool’s history. Scouser Fowler was nicknamed ‘God’ during his first spell at Anfield, which tells you all you need to know about the esteem in which Liverpool fans held the ‘Toxteth Terror’. For three consecutive seasons in the mid-1990s, the young Fowler scored over 30 goals in a red shirt, before serious injury slowed him down. With Michael Owen taking his place as the Reds’ teenage striker sensation, Gerard Houllier offloaded Fowler to Leeds in 2001, to the dismay of Liverpool fans. After a spell with Manchester City, Fowler made a shock return to Anfield under the management of Rafael Benitez in 2006. Second time round on Merseyside, he was very much a bit-part player, but scored another 12 goals for the club to take his Liverpool tally to 183, and in 2007 he was given the proper farewell in front of the Kop that was denied him six years earlier. 9 9 9 9 Andriy Voronin from Bayer Leverkusen, 6 July 2007 – The same summer Benitez splashed out a Liverpool transfer record fee on world class striker Fernando Torres, Ukraine forward Voronin joined from Leverkusen as a free transfer punt. While Torres more than justified his £20m fee, freebie Voronin failed to light up the Premier League, hitting the back of the net only six times in his entire Liverpool career. He did score a brilliant winning goal in Champions League qualifying away to French club Toulouse, and was excellent in a record 8-0 group stage win over Besiktas, but was sent on loan in 2008. He returned 12 months later, but left Anfield after failing to net in 12 appearances in the disappointing 2009-10 season. Milan Jovanovic from Standard Liege, 8 July 2010 – Something of a joke among Liverpool fans, not least because his performances belied his baffling description in a scene from Australian soap opera Neighbours as “one of the greatest [footballers] in the world”. In fairness to the Serbian attacker, despite being signed by Benitez, he never played for the Spaniard. Instead, his Liverpool career coincided with the arrival of Roy Hodgson, by which time Jovanovic had already agreed to move to Anfield. A standout performer in the Belgian league, winning the title twice and the Golden Boot, he started just 13 matches for the Reds and was subbed in eight of them. Of his two goals, one came in the humiliating League Cup exit against fourth tier Northampton, and Hodgson’s replacement Kenny Dalglish shipped the Serb back to Liege in the summer of 2011.
Blackpool announce lifelong fan Simon Sadler is club’s new owner
scrap Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions 3 Blackpool are now under new ownership – which will come as a huge boost to supporters Former Inter Milan chief executive and former Manchester United chief operating officer Michael Bolingbroke, who joined the board as executive chairman in early April after previously working as a consultant for a month, will retain his role whilst Sadler “familiarises himself with the operations of the club”.Alongside Bolingbroke, managing director Ben Hatton and non-executive director Ian Currie will also continue in their positions in the short termSadler will be joined on the board by Brett Gerrity, described as “a solicitor, a long-term Fylde coast resident and a close and trusted friend”, and who will serve as “a proponent of constructive engagement between the club and its supporters”. getty Blackpool fans had an ongoing campaign stemming back many years against the Oyston’s ownership of the club Owen Oyston has been ousted at Blackpool revealed PAYBACK 3 ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane getty LATEST SORRY latest Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion TROPHY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 The Seasiders were seized by the High Court from former owner Owen Oyston in February, with joint receivers Paul Cooper and David Rubin placed in charge.It has taken four months to find a suitable buyer, who should now settle Oyston’s £25million debt to the club’s former president Valeri Belokon.Sadler, born and raised in Blackpool, is currently CEO of Hong Kong-based asset management business Segantii Capital Management, a company he founded in 2007.As part of the deal, Sadler has purchased the stadium, training ground and Blackpool Football Club Hotel Limited.“It is my great honour and privilege to become the owner and custodian of Blackpool Football Club,” said Sadler, who also owns Sir Stanley Matthews’ 1953 FA Cup winner’s medal, which is on loan to the National Football Museum in Manchester. Lifelong Blackpool fan Simon Sadler has completed a 96.2 per cent acquisition of the club following approval of the purchase by the English Football League.The deal concludes a protracted saga surrounding the League One side, whose fans have long campaigned for the Oysten family to be displaced. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3 MOST READ IN FOOTBALL JIBE In a statement on the club’s website, Sadler added: “By providing financial stability and investment over time, my intention is for the club to achieve its full potential. I will ensure that the club is managed with the interests of all stakeholders in mind.“I would like to thank the joint receivers and the current board, management and staff for having chaperoned the club during this time of transition.“I would also like to thank the fans and the wider community for re-engaging with the club after a lengthy period of turmoil.”Fans had staged a boycott of home matches in protest at Oyston’s ownership before finally returning once he was removed from office. Assessing the takeover, Bolingbroke said: “We are very pleased to welcome Mr Sadler as our new owner, and Mr Gerrity as a board member.“Mr Sadler is investing in a club with undoubted potential, and his investment will benefit not just the first-team squad, but also help improve the club’s training facilities and academy programme and will actively assist in the club’s re-engagement with the Blackpool community.“Exciting times are ahead!””
Klopp echoes Pochettino’s views in calling for transfer deadline to be changed
What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is in agreement with the German Jurgen Klopp and Unai Emery go head-to-head on Saturday in the battle of the early league leaders OFF Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Klopp wants the early closure of the transfer window to be scrapped “You want a team not only together but together and focused on the future, but that is not possible as long as there is a door open.“I don’t understand why this decision is not already reviewed at least. At first it was a good idea but it didn’t work out so let’s change it again.”Liverpool host Arsenal on Saturday as the only two Premier League teams with a 100 per cent record go head-to-head.Earlier this week Gunners boss Unai Emery joked he never wants to play the Merseysiders and while Klopp brushed that quip aside he admits it is sentiment he is happy for his players to reinforce.“It’s not what he thinks. He made a joke. We cannot make a serious question of it,” added Klopp. LIVE on talkSPORT 3 Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week FAREWELL Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship MOST READ IN FOOTBALL 3 LATEST Getty Images – Getty Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update deals BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Norwich vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTDerby vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSwansea vs Birmingham (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 3 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the early closure of the English transfer window should be scrapped.Earlier this week Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino also expressed his disappointment over the change, and called for a realignment with the rest of Europe, whose business does not have to be concluded until September 2. Getty Images AFP or licensors With defender Dejan Lovren still attracting interest from continental clubs, Klopp faces having to deal with a potentially difficult situation with his now fourth-choice centre-back as he has no option to replace the Croatia international.That is why he believes it is now time to revisit the decision, brought in last year, to close the window before the first match of the Premier League season.“I don’t care when it closes, I only think it must close at the same time (as the rest of Europe),” he said.“When they spoke about ‘Let’s finish it before the season starts then everyone knows their squad’ – that’s a good idea. But then the rest didn’t do it and that makes no sense.“Can somebody explain what is the benefit for the Premier League? We don’t really have a problem but for other teams, their key players are still on the market and everything can happen. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman on target Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ stalemate latest “But what I said is we want to be the team nobody wants to play against.“We need the opponent in the game to think, ‘That’s too much. Too quick. Too strong. Too fast. Too greedy. Too angry’. Whatever.“That’s what we want and not what people say before the game. That’s not important.“We have to make people think at the end, ‘That was not a joy for us today’.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action.We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever.
New ‘living fossil’ joins coelacanth
27 October 2006A PhD student from Johannesburg’s Wits University has uncovered a 360-year-old fossil of a small boneless fish species still found swimming, largely unchanged, in today’s waters – again proving that South Africa is a rich repository of evidence of the evolution of life on earth.The lamprey, a parasite that sucks the blood of other fish, joins South Africa’s coelacanth as one of the world’s remarkable “living fossils”.Robert Gess, a student at the Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research, found the fossil fish after slowly chipping away at 300 cubic metres of rock with a penknife. The rock was recovered after blasting for the construction of the N2 bypass around Grahamstown nearly 25 years ago.The find is described in the 26 October 2006 issue of Nature, the world’s most prestigious scientific journal, in a paper co-authered by Gess and his supervisors, Professor Bruce Rubidge of Wits and Dr Mike Coats of the University of Chicago.“Apart from being the oldest fossil lamprey yet discovered, this fossil shows that lampreys have been parasitic for at least 360-million years,” Rubidge said. The find is 35-million years older than the next-oldest lamprey fossil so far discovered.The fossil of Priscomyzon riniensis, a species of lamprey that lived 360-million years ago. Lampreys are boneless, so fossils of the fish are rare (Image: Nature)Lampreys are long, eel-like parasites that attach themselves to and feed on other fish. Of the 46 000 known species of vertebrates, lampreys and hagfish are the only surviving jawless vertebrates. Lampreys are also the most primitive of the vertebrates, having changest the least from their earliest ancestors. Other than having no jaws, lampreys have no paired pectoral and pelvic fins, and no scales.A drawing taken from the fossil parasite. The lamprey’s mouth parts are clearly visible (Image: Nature)“This fossil changes how we look at lampreys today,” said Coates. “They’re very ancient, very primitive animals, yet with highly specialised feeding habits.”The new fossil shows that the anatomical evolution of lampreys has been more conservative than scientists thought, Coates said. Although they’ve lengthened slightly, they specialised early and successfully in their evolution and so have remained largely unchanged for the past 360 million years.The find is also remarkable for being a nearly complete soft tissue impression. Without bones or much cartilage, lampreys don’t fossilise easily, so preserved specimens are rare.“These are pretty insubstantial animals,” Coates said. “Lacking a bony skeleton, they rot down, leaving no hard parts like a skull or ribs. So if a fossil site is discovered that yields impressions of the delicate remains of these animals, then this site needs to be explored thoroughly for other examples of exceptional preservation.”The scientists will continue to sort through much of the indeterminate material that is emerging from the ongoing dig.Dedication and passion“This discovery is a monument to the dedication and passion of [Gess], who has spent many months patiently excavating and unearthing the elusive secrets from the prehistoric past,” Rubidge said.Gess has named the specimen Priscomyzon riniensis. The first name is Latin, meaning “ancient lamprey”, and Rini is the isXhosa name for Grahamstown. Preserved showing the underside, the fossil is less than five centimetres long and features a set of 14 teeth surrounding the mouth that is proportionately larger than its descendents today.“The most striking feature of Priscomyzon is its large oral disc, edged with a soft outer lip, supported by an annular cartilage, and surrounding a circular mouth,” the authors wrote in Nature. “This is the first clear evidence of a Palaeozoic lamprey with an oral disc.”According to the scientists, this find greatly adds to what was a severely limited lamprey fossil record and, for the first time, places the origin of modern lamprey morphology deep within the Palaeozoic period. It adds essential new detail to the emerging and changing picture of early vertebrate evolution.Until now, the lamprey fossil record included only those that show a side view but reveal little of the gill basket and feeding apparatus.The new South African fossil shows that these anatomically specialised fish are holdovers from ancient marine ecosystems. Obviously exceptional survivors, these animals predate the advent of modern fish and have survived the world’s four major extinction events.“There are few representatives of these early branches in vertebrate evolution that are still around today,” Coates said. Although highly specialised in their own right, these primitive animals are used as surrogate ancestors for comparative research on living jawed vertebrates.“It gives us a calibration point,” Coates said. “We study lampreys because, in many respects, they’re so primitive. They never had jaws, they never had [true] teeth, they never had fins, they never had limbs. Lampreys provide a glimpse of conditions early in vertebrate evolutionary history.”The lamprey lifecycleNearly 50 species of lampreys are found today in temperate rivers and coastal seas. Some live in fresh water for their entire lives, but most are anadromous, hatching in fresh water, migrating to the ocean to grow and mature, and migrating back to fresh water to spawn and reproduce.When adult lampreys return to fresh water, they stop feeding during winter and spawn the following spring. Eggs hatch after about three weeks and become blind larvae, called ammocoetes. After four to seven years, the ammocoetes metamorphose into juvenile lampreys called macropthalmia, which migrate out to the ocean and become parasitic adult lampreys, living just a year or two and growing up to 60 centimetres long.Lampreys have a sucker-like mouth with a ring of cartilage that supports the rim of the mouth. It fastens on to a living fish with its teeth, rasps at the host’s soft tissues with its piston-like tongue, produces strands of mucus to trap the food and feeds on the body fluids. A fish attacked by lampreys may be severely injured or even killed. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
67 Minutes for Mandela
Nelson Mandela’s birthday is on 18 July, and the call is out for people everywhere to celebrate his birthday by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world.“Mr Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place. We’re asking you for 67 minutes.” (Image: Mathba Molefe)Nelson Mandela’s birthday is on 18 July, and the call is out for people everywhere to celebrate his birthday by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world.The idea of Mandela Day was inspired by Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.Website: www.mandeladay.comUN website: www.un.org/mandeladayPlay Your Part, a social network that links individuals eager to make a difference with community organisations.The celebration of Mandela Day aims to serve as a global call to action for people to “recognise their individual power to make an imprint and help change the world around them for the better”, says the Nelson Mandela Foundation. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)“Nelson Mandela has been making an imprint on the world for 67 years, beginning in 1942 when he first started to campaign for the human rights of every South African. His life has been an inspiration to the world,” the foundation said.By devoting 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.Take action, inspire change, make every day a Mandela Day – find out about volunteer opportunities or pledge some of your time: www.mandeladay.comMandela said at the time of the campaign’s launch that he would be “honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace and reconciliation”.Former US president Bill Clinton said the core of Mandela’s example was that “the power of public good does not require public office, just a well-placed heart and a determined mind.“In return for everything Madiba has taught us, we each owe it to him to support his work and legacy by doing and living our own as best we can, not just on this day, but throughout our entire lives.”As City Press editor Ferial Haffajee wrote in June 2013, “The excellent Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has already made clear what the icon wants by way of legacy. he does not want a legacy cast in copper, concrete or marble, no monuments or highways, but a living legacy of volunteerism and service.“What better direction can we ask for as a nation? As we begin the long clamber up his shoulders to work out how we complete the long walk to freedom, Mandela has shown us how. It is ours to do, to serve, to give and to complete the work of freedom.’For more information, visit www.mandeladay.comRead more: Ways to play your partWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
2014 Retail Data Breaches
2014 Retail Data Breaches2014 was a year where data breaches dominated retail news and changed the corporate landscape of many retail organizations. The phrase, “It’s not if you will have a breach, but when you learn that you’ve had a breach” became part of our common language. We also found that while most breaches were intended for financial gain, others were also initiated for malicious intent, simply to damage brands and cause financial loss. This will certainly be an ongoing topic next year as well as business continue to react to these cyber threats and proactively address future opportunities. Below are the primary data breach stories that made retail loss prevention headlines in the US in 2014.Target Says Data Breach Puts up to 110 Million People at RiskWhile the incident actually took place in late 2013, the Target breach dominated many of the early headlines in 2014. Target said that the thieves who accessed its data system from late November through mid-December also obtained personal information on 70 million customers, an exposure of data that’s well beyond the financial information on 40 million people it initially reported. Target said, “The theft is not a new breach.” But spokeswoman Molly Snyder later said the possibility exists that the personal information exposure involves different people than the financial one. If so, as many as 110 million people had data stolen from Target’s system.- Sponsor – Neiman Marcus Investigating Possible Credit Card Data Theft Neiman Marcus said it is investigating a security breach involving credit card information that may have been stolen from its customers during the holiday shopping season. The Secret Service, which is already probing a similar breach at Target, has launched an investigation into the matter.Company spokeswoman Ginger Reeder said in a written statement, “We have begun to contain the intrusion and have taken significant steps to further enhance information security.”Michaels Warns of Possible Payment Card BreachMichaels, the biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer, said it is investigating a possible breach on its network and advised customers to check financial statements for fraudulent activity. “We are concerned there may have been a data security attack on Michaels that may have affected our customers’ payment card information,” Chief Executive Chuck Rubin said in the statement. “We are taking aggressive action to determine the nature and scope of the issue.” It was not immediately clear how many cards might have been affected, when an attack might have occurred or whether the systems were currently compromised…eBay Suffers Cyber Attack, Users Asked to Change Passwords Need any more proof that cyber is one of the world’s most pressing concerns? Look no further than retail giant, eBay, which just reported a massive breach in its system. According to the firm, around late February or early March, cyber thieves stole sensitive customer information, such as: email addresses, encrypted passwords and birth dates. And while it said no financial information was compromised, the situation was serious enough for the company to urge its 145 million users to change their passwords…P.F. Chang’s Confirms Credit Card Breach Nationwide restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s Chinese Bistro confirmed news that customer credit and debit card data had been stolen in a cybercrime attack on its stores. The company had few additional details to share about the breach, other than to say that it would temporarily be switching to a manual credit card imprinting system for all P.F. Chang’s restaurants in the United States…Goodwill Investigating Possible Data BreachGoodwill Industries International, a nonprofit agency that operates thrift stores around the country, said that it was investigating a potential security breach that may have led to the theft of customers’ credit card data. In a statement, Goodwill said it had been contacted by federal authorities and a fraud investigation unit about a possible data theft at its American store locations. Goodwill said it was working with the authorities…Supervalu investigating potential data breachSupervalu Inc said it is investigating a potential data breach that could have affected some of its retail food stores, including some of its associated stand-alone liquor stores. The intrusion may have resulted in the theft of account numbers and other numerical information from payment cards used at some point-of-sale systems at the company’s owned and franchised stores. “The intrusion was identified by our internal team, it was quickly contained, and we have had no evidence of any misuse of any customer data,” Supervalu CEO, Sam Duncan, said in a statement…Nearly All U.S. Home Depot Stores Breached New data gathered from the cybercrime underground suggests that the apparent credit and debit card breach at Home Depot involves nearly all of the company’s stores across the nation. As with cards put up for sale in the wake of those breaches each card is listed according to the city, state and ZIP code of the store from which each card was stolen. A comparison of the ZIP code data between the unique ZIPs and those of the Home Depot stores shows a staggering 99.4 percent overlap…Staples stores investigated: suspected payment card breachMultiple banks say they have identified a pattern of credit and debit card fraud suggesting that several Staples Inc. office supply locations in the Northeastern United States are currently dealing with a data breach. Staples says it is investigating “a potential issue” and has contacted law enforcement. It appears likely that fraudsters have succeeded in stealing customer card data from some subset of Staples locations…Kmart Says Hackers Stole Card Data in Attack Sears Holdings Corp’s Kmart discount chain, the latest victim of hacker attacks on retailers, detected a security breach yesterday and is investigating the incident with law enforcement officials. “According to the security experts Kmart has been working with, the Kmart store payment data systems were infected with a form of malware that was undetectable by current anti-virus systems,” the company said. “Kmart was able to quickly remove the malware. However, Kmart believes certain debit and credit card numbers have been compromised…”Has Dairy Queen Been Breached? Sources in the financial industry say they’re seeing signs that Dairy Queen may be the latest retail chain to be victimized by cybercrooks bent on stealing credit and debit card data. Dairy Queen says it has no indication of a card breach also acknowledges that nearly all stores are franchises and that there is no established company process or requirement to communicate card breaches to Dairy Queen headquarters…Possible Credit Card Breach at Bebe StoresData gathered from several financial institutions and at least one underground cybercrime shop suggest that thieves have stolen credit and debit card data from Bebe Stores Inc., a nationwide chain of some 200 women’s clothing stores…Sony to lose $200 million following cyber attack Sony Pictures has suffered an estimated loss of $200 million on account of the recent cyber attack over the film “The Interview”, according to various analysts. The $200 million figure is expected to rise, given the expenses that the company will incur due to lawsuits that former employees have filed as a result of their personal data being stolen from Sony’s database by the hackers… Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now