Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists there are no concerns over Roberto Firmino ahead of tonight’s Champions League game at Red Star BelgradeThe Brazilian striker has only found the net once in nine games, amid suggestions that he could be in need of a rest.Aside from playing more Premier League games than any other player since the start of last season, Firmino had been actively involved in Liverpool’s run to the Champions League final.He also represented Brazil at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.But Klopp remains unconcerned over Firmino and claims that he remains a key member of the squad regardless of his lack of goals.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“No. He’s hard-working, sometimes better, sometimes a bit less, but good. That’s how it is,” Klopp told reporters on YouTube.“It will be all fine for sure. If he didn’t score in the last few games then… one in nine? All competitions? Didn’t he score against Red Star? That was the one goal he scored? Okay, good.“I am not concerned. Things like this happen. He is a very important player for us. I was not really happy with our defending first half in London and he was involved in that. That’s what I’m talking about.“In the end, everything will be fine. We know about these situations. Sometimes it is clicking easier than in other moments, that’s all. There are no concerns.”The Group C game between Red Star and Liverpool will begin at 18:55 (CEST).
0 Jason Clarke as Louis in Pet Sematary. Kerry Hayes/Paramount Pictures Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to honor the memory of the 1983 Stephen King novel Pet Sematary, but what’s this? It’s clawing out of the grave and lurching back to life!King’s chilling novel made it into theaters in 1989, and it’s back for a 2019 remake. This new version is also part of the resurrection of King’s stories on the big screen, as his much-loved horror best-sellers get a second go-round of movie adaptations following the success of It.Grief, loss and resurrection are at the heart of Pet Sematary, as an ordinary family wrestles with the dilemma of bringing back their loved ones, whatever the price.Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz are the parents who relocate to the countryside for a bit of peace and quiet. It’s the oldest setup in the book: a family with a troubled past moves to an isolated house that harbors secrets of its own. There’s a creepy neighbor, a creepy basement, a creepy forest — everything but the creepy kitchen sink.Creepiest of all is the family cat, who becomes a disheveled but sinister presence in the family home. The audience is pretty much ahead of the story for the first half, but it’s still an effective horror slow-burn. Things get spooky as next-door neighbor John Lithgow, alternating between avuncular and unsettling, reluctantly gives a glimpse into the nature of the horror. Small tests and small sacrifices lead to bigger tests — and more extreme sacrifice.What makes the story stick is the killer premise. Even if you haven’t read the book or seen the previous film version — which I haven’t — you can still see what’s coming. A terrible decision lies in wait for the family, and that horrifying temptation, that grim inevitability, irresistibly draws the characters and audience to peer into the shadows.When the characters do embrace the darkness, the film becomes like a fever dream shot in entertainingly delirious style. And then the next day dawns, and everyone has to live with the consequences. Paramount The first half does such a great job of building a sense of dread that once it passes the point of no return the film doesn’t seem to know where to go. When it descends into the nightmare, the film promises a deliciously macabre second half in which the family members have to live with their terrible decision. But instead it fizzles out, separating the characters and diluting the tension before a strangely undramatic final conflict.As much as it’s updated with cell phones and laptops, Pet Sematary still has an old-school feel. The vaguely retro atmosphere even extends to the dark place looking like a soundstage shrouded in dry ice and littered with polystyrene rocks. There’s also a slow-motion window smash that’s straight out of the VHS era.Not all of the retro-ness works quite so well. There’s a flashback-based subplot that looks oddly dated, even if it does provide a few shocks.The film is also littered with little details that demand your attention and then lead nowhere. Are they red herrings? Are they Stephen King Easter eggs? Are they carelessly forgotten plot threads? The answer will be different for each viewer. In fact, there are so many odd little things left hanging it almost feels like a choose-your-own-adventure story, like next time you watch the ending will be different. Maybe next time the ending will be less of an anticlimax.The resolution may not live up to the promise of the earlier dread and horror, but this revived Pet Sematary is well worth digging up. Movie reviews Originally published April 4. Share your voice Tags 77 Photos Post a comment TV and Movies 2019 movies to geek out over
Galveston company tapped to build section of border wall Mani Albrecht/CBP Media RelationsGround views of different border wall prototypes as they take shape during the Wall Prototype Construction Project near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry on the U.S./Mexico border south of San Diego, California.U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has selected a Galveston-based construction company to build part of the wall between the United States and Mexico. The company, identified as Slsco Ltd by CBP, also known as SLS Construction, is contracted at $145 million to build a six-mile-long levee wall in the Rio Grande Valley. CBP says construction will begin in February. Monday, November 5, 2018Final early voting turnout highAlvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaElection signs at an early voting location at Spring First Church, in Spring –a suburb north of Houston– on October 28, 2018.855,711 people in Harris County voted early in the midterms, including both in-person and mail-in ballots. By Thursday last week, turnout surpassed the entire number of votes cast in the 2014 midterms.This year’s turnout broke records and approached totals from early voting in the 2016 presidential election.Election day is Tuesday, November 6. News 88.7 will have live coverage of the results starting at 7 p.m. HEB bringing back Selena-themed shopping bagsSan Antonio-based grocer HEB announced a new run of reusable grocery bags featuring the Tejano singer Selena.Last time the store released Selena-themed bags, they reportedly sold out in minutes, and some re-sold on online for up to $50. We heard our fans – on #SelenaDay, we’re pleased to announce that we will have a new, limited-edition @SelenaLaLeyenda #SelenayHEB bag for sale, targeted to arrive in December. Sign up to be the first to know when it’s in stores & online at https://t.co/0cqiwd5RPX. pic.twitter.com/Tplb21dlz9— H-E-B (@HEB) November 3, 2018HEB says the new bags will go on sale in December. New animal shelter expected to double county’s capacityHarris County breaks ground on a new animal shelter Monday.The county announced the new 48,000 square foot facility will double its capacity to care for the 18,000 animals it receives each year. The facility will be built on existing county property and expand by 7.9 acres.The campus will include a medical clinic, cat and dog housing, a walking trail, and four large dog parks. Ahead of election day, Paxton holds lead on NelsonPaxton photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP – Nelson photo: Justin Nelson campaignAttorney General Ken Paxton appears to hold a firm lead over his Democratic challenger, Justin Nelson. That’s despite the fact that Paxton is under indictment for state securities fraud charges.The latest UT/Texas Tribune poll gives Paxton a 12-point advantage over Nelson. That’s tighter than Governor Greg Abbott’s lead over former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez or Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s over businessman Mike Collier. But it suggests statewide Republican support for the incumbent AG is holding strong, despite a well-funded advertising blitz by Nelson. Share
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Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uThe latest racially motivated attack by a knife wielding White supremacist happened in Portland, Oregon, a city and state with a long history of racist violence against people of color. We’ll discuss the increase in racist attacks in America since Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House, with Ryan Lenz, senior investigative reporter for the Intelligence Project, published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Also, the Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on law enforcement and politics.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Journal information: Nature In this new effort the researchers analyzed data collected from 1,750 sheep and found that there is a third category of sheep, those that have one type of each allele—they get the benefits of both—the live longer than the sheep with the biggest horns and mate more often than the sheep with tiny horns. This, the researchers suggest, explains why big horns haven’t become predominant—though they may lead to producing more offspring in the short time, those with smaller horns win out in the end by breeding over more seasons. Thus, natural selection results in splitting the difference to ensure the best chance of survival for the species as a whole.The researchers note that the same allele exists in both humans and mice, and has been found to be involved in bone density and sexual development. They suggest more research will need to be conducted to discern if the gene is a factor in either longevity or successful procreating in either species Soay is a small breed of bighorn sheep—they live in mountainous terrain on an island called Hirta and have what would appear to be a genetic anomaly. Some of the males have extremely large horns, while the horns of others are much smaller. Because research has shown that the males that have the larger horns are much more successful at mating, there is the question of why all the males don’t have large horns.To find out, a team working in a prior effort studied the genes of the sheep and discovered a particular allele (alternative forms of the same gene) responsible for horn size, called Ho. The sheep all have two of them—those sheep that have two of the large-size variant have large horns, while those with two of the small size variant had small or even no horns at all. But there was a catch. Sheep with smaller horns, for reasons that aren’t yet known, tend live longer. Three rams on the island of Hirta, St Kilda with different horn morphologies. The male on the left displays the scurred (vestigial) phenotype, meaning that it cannot compete with the normal-horned males for access to mates during the rut. Credit: Peter Korsten Citation: Researchers unlock genetic twist in differences in horn size with sheep (2013, August 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-genetic-differences-horn-size-sheep.html Explore further More information: Life history trade-offs at a single locus maintain sexually selected genetic variation, Nature (2013) DOI: 10.1038/nature12489AbstractSexual selection, through intra-male competition or female choice, is assumed to be a source of strong and sustained directional selection in the wild. In the presence of such strong directional selection, alleles enhancing a particular trait are predicted to become fixed within a population, leading to a decrease in the underlying genetic variation. However, there is often considerable genetic variation underlying sexually selected traits in wild populations, and consequently, this phenomenon has become a long-discussed issue in the field of evolutionary biology. In wild Soay sheep, large horns confer an advantage in strong intra-sexual competition, yet males show an inherited polymorphism for horn type and have substantial genetic variation in their horn size6. Here we show that most genetic variation in this trait is maintained by a trade-off between natural and sexual selection at a single gene, relaxin-like receptor 2 (RXFP2). We found that an allele conferring larger horns, Ho+, is associated with higher reproductive success, whereas a smaller horn allele, HoP, confers increased survival, resulting in a net effect of overdominance (that is, heterozygote advantage) for fitness at RXFP2. The nature of this trade-off is simple relative to commonly proposed explanations for the maintenance of sexually selected traits, such as genic capture (‘good genes’) and sexually antagonistic selection. Our results demonstrate that by identifying the genetic architecture of trait variation, we can determine the principal mechanisms maintaining genetic variation in traits under strong selection and explain apparently counter-evolutionary observations. Soay ram on the island of Hirta, St Kilda. Credit: Arpat Ozgul Dome-headed dinosaurs did more than just butt heads © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from the U.K. and Australia, working with sheep data obtained from a small island off the coast of Scotland has learned why it is that some sheep have large horns, while others do not. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they studied data obtained over a 20 year period to discover the seeming contradiction with the sheep. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 Science X Network Explore further A composite image of the Western hemisphere of the Earth. Credit: NASA Duarte noted that ever since the 1969 earthquake that struck off the coast of Portugal, he has been wondering how it happend—the area is not part of a subduction zone. It is quite the opposite, in fact. Duarte described is as like the plain of Kansas covered in water. It lies at the opposite end of the world from the so-called ring of fire, which hosts 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes. Notably, most of those quakes are due to tectonic plates pushing against one another. Over by the Iberian Peninsula, the opposite appears to be happening—the African and Eurasian plates are pulling apart as the former creeps east toward the Americas. Duarte noted that back in 2012, other researchers conducting seismic wave tests found what appeared to be a dense mass of unknown material beneath the epicenter of the 1969 quake. Some in the field suggested it could be the start of a subduction zone. Then, last year, another team conducted high-resolution imaging of the area and also found evidence of the mass, confirming that it truly existed. Other research has shown that the area just above the mass experiences routine tiny earthquakes.Duarte suggests the evidence to date indicates that the bottom of the plate is peeling away. This could happen, he explained, due to serpentinization in which water percolates through plate fractures and reacts with material beneath the surface, resulting in the formation of soft green minerals. The soft mineral layer, he suggests, is peeling away. And if that is the case, then it is likely the area is in the process of creating a subduction zone. He reports that he and his team members built models of their ideas and that they confirmed what he suspected. The earthquakes were the result of the process of birthing a new subduction zone. Citation: Geologists suggest Horseshoe Abyssal Plain may be start of a subduction zone (2019, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-geologists-horseshoe-abyssal-plain-subduction.html More information: Delamination of oceanic lithosphere in SW Iberia: a key for subduction initiation? European Geosciences Union 2019. meetingorganizer.copernicus.or … 019/EGU2019-6001.pdf New ’embryonic’ subduction zone found A team of geologists led by João Duarte gave a presentation at this past month’s European Geosciences Union meeting that included a suggestion that the Horseshoe Abyssal Plain may represent the start of a new subduction zone. They presented evidence of possible peeling on the bottom of the tectonic plate that lies off the coast of Portugal.