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Rhino fossil found preserved in volcanic eruption

Paris, Nov 22 (IANS) Researchers have identified the skull of a rhino that perished in a volcanic eruption about 9.2 million years ago, making it a rare find as less than two percent of such fossils are preserved.

The fossil, found in Turkey, is thought to be that of a large two−horned rhino common in the eastern Mediterranean region during that period, according to researchers led by Pierre−Olivier Antoine and colleagues from the University of Montpellier, France.
The researchers said that unusual features of the preserved skull suggest that the animal was “cooked to death” at temperatures that may have approached 500 degrees Celsius, in a volcanic flow similar to that of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Italy in 79 A.D, the journal Public Library of Science ONE reports.
The rhino’s grisly death was near−instantaneous, and followed by severe dehydration in the extreme heat of the eruption. “The body was baked under a temperature approximating 400 degrees Celsius, then dismembered within the pyroclastic flow, and the skull separated from body,” the researchers said.
The flow of volcanic ash then moved the skull about 30 km north of the eruption site, where it was discovered by the four member research team, according to a Montpellier statement.

Barath getting help from Windies legend Greenidge

Port−of−Spain, Nov 21 (IANS/CMC) Trinidad and Tobago opening batsman Adrian Barath has turned to a West Indies legend to improve his batting as he attempts to regain his place in the regional side.

Barath has sought the services of former West Indies opening batsman Gordon Greenidge ahead of three major cricket competitions in the region, reports CMC.
Greenidge, who formed a prolific opening partnership with Desmond Haynes in the heyday of Windies cricket, is facilitating a ten−day training exercise for Barath which began Monday.
“Currently I am in training under the watchful eyes of Gordon Greenidge which is somewhat of a private thing at the moment,” said Barath currently preparing with the national squad for the Caribbean Twenty20 series.
“Greenidge organised a ten−day programme which began on Monday (last week) and is conducted on afternoons after we have concluded national training, so it’s really an interesting thing.”
Barath, who scored a century on his Test debut against Australia back in 2009, was left out of the West Indies squad currently on tour of Bangladesh.
Kieran Powell, opening the batting with Chris Gayle, scored a century in each innings as the Caribbean side won the first Test by 77 runs.
However, Barath is hoping to regain his place in the Windies team and believes the batting clinic with Greenidge will help him achieve that goal.
“I intend to use this opportunity to gain as much knowledge and confidence so I am looking forward to the next five days,” said Barath.
“Additionally, this presents the opportunity for me to build a relationship with him and understand what made him such a special player, especially since in his time they did not have the facilities and technology we have today, so it would be interesting to find out what they did in order to perform consistently at the highest level.”
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French oil giant sells stake in Nigerian offshore

Paris, Nov 20 (IANS) French oil giant Total has announced that it has sold 20 percent of its stake in a Nigerian oilfield to Sinopec, a subsidiary of China Petrochemical Corporation.

Total said the transaction, which would bring the largest hydrocarbon producer in France $2.5 billion, remained subject to the approval of Nigerian authorities, reported Xinhua.
The OLM 138 block contains the Usan field which started production in February 2012 and accounts for less than 10 percent of the company’s equity production in Nigeria, Total added in a statement.
“The transaction is aligned with Total’s active portfolio management… This sale of an asset operated from a minority position will allow us to focus our resources on the material growth opportunities in Total’s portfolio,” said Yves−Louis Darricarrere, the group’s president upstream.
Celebrating 50 years of presence in Nigeria this year, Total’s production in the West African country was at 287,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2011.
Total, which operates in more than 130 countries all over the world, announced a 20−percent rise in its adjusted net income to 3.34 billion euros ($4.27 billion) in the third quarter thanks to a rebound of refining and chemical activities.

India get past Hong Kong China in women’s squash

Nimes (France), Nov 17 (IANS) India outclassed Hong Kong China 2−0 in a playoff match here and will take on Ireland in the 5−6 classification tie in the WSF Women’s World Team squash championship.

Dipika Pallikal overcame Annie Au 11−5, 11−8, 5−11, 9−11, 11−5 in 53 minutes to put India in front and then Anaka Alankamony defeated Tong Tsz−Wing 11−5, 11−7, 11−9 in 40 minutes to give her team an unbeatable lead Friday.
The third singles was not played.
India next take on Ireland who got past New Zealand 2−1 in a match that lasted more than two hours.
Meanwhile, top seeds England eliminated Malaysia 2−1 to set up a title clash with No.2 Egypt who brushed aside Australia 3−0 in the semi−finals.

Frenchman Agnel sets 400m freestyle record in short course

Paris, Nov 16 (IANS) France’s double Olympic champion Yannick Agnel timed three minutes 32.25 seconds in the short course 400m freestyle, setting a new world record in the event at the French championships held in Angers of France.

Agnel cut 0.52 seconds from the previous mark of 3:32.77 set by German Paul Biedermann in Berlin in November 2009, reports Xinhua.
The 20−year−old claimed a surprise double gold in the men’s 200m freestyle and the 4x100m relay with the French team in his first Olympics in London this summer. He also won a silver as part of the 4x200m relay team.
“I was targeting a time close to the world record,” Agnel said. “Now, I haven’t fixed my limits.
Agnel is set to compete in the European short−course championships in the French city of Chartres Nov 22−25.

Egypt end India’s dream run in women’s squash

Nimes (France), Nov 16 (IANS) Second seeds Egypt ended India’s run in the quarterfinals of the WSF Women’s World Team Championship squash here with a 3−0 win.

World No.2 Raneem El Weleily and eighth ranked Nour El Sherbini led the Egyptian team’s charge while the 10th seeded India, surprise quarter−finalists, had little to offer by way of resistance. India’s top brigade had no response to the higher ranked Egyptians going down in straight games Thursday.
It was only in the first game of the first match where Dipika Pallikal was point−for−point with Raneem. From there on, Raneem stepped up the pace and played some flawless drives ensuring Pallikal was scurrying around the court.
In the second singles, Nour El Sherbini too shut the doors on Joshna Chinappa, using her speed and accurate drop to ensure Egypt entered the semis where they take on Australia who upset fourth seeded Hong Kong.
After defeating higher−ranked Ireland and Argentina in the pool stage, India overcame the Netherlands seeded eighth, in the pre−quarter−final.
The other semi−final will be between top seeds England who put out Ireland 3−0 and third ranked Malaysia, the 2−0 winners over New Zealand.
The results (India’s match):
(2) Egypt beat (10) India 3−0: Raneem El Weleily bt Dipika Pallikal 16−14, 11−4, 11−7 (31 mins); Nour El Sherbini bt Joshna Chinappa 11−7, 11−6, 11−9 (26 mins); Nour El Tayeb bt Anaka Alankamony 11−6, 11−3 (12 mins) − dead rubber.

India stop Dutch to reach quarters of World Team Squash

Nimes (France), Nov 14 (IANS) India created history by making their maiden entry into the quarter-finals of the WSF World Women’s Team Squash championship here Wednesday after defeating eighth seeded Netherlands 2-1.

India, seeded 10th, had defeated higher ranked Ireland and Argentina in the pool stage to qualify for the knock-out pre-quarter-final round and they went one better by upstaging the Dutch.
Anaka Alankamony went out first against Milou van der Heijden and the Indian teenager showed great maturity and resilience to play a simple medium paced basic game to overcome her opponent 3-0.

In the second singles, Dipika Pallikal, ranked 13, was up against former World No.2 Natalie Grinham. From the outset, Natalie was firing from all cylinders. Dipika gave everything she had but in vain as the Dutch girl used her drops and lobs to a great effect to win 3-0.
In the deciding match, India No.2 player Joshna Chinappa dropped the first game against a charged up Orla Noom. However, the Indian gathered herself in the second, using effective cross cross-court drives and drops.
The third game once again was close, going Orla’s way. The match once again turned around with Joshna using a wide array of shots which caught Olra Noom flat footed time and again to take the fourth game.
Joshna was on a roll and convincingly won the final two games to ensure India made a historic entry into the elite group of eight.
It was only the third time India has participated in this event which has been running since 1979. In 2002, the Indian women finished 18th and in 2010, 11th.
The results (pre-quarter-finals):
(10) India beat (8) The Netherlands 2-1: Anaka Alankamony bt Milou van der Heijden 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (42mins); Dipika Pallikal lost to Natalie Grinham 8-11, 4-11, 3-11; Joshna Chinappa bt Orla Noom 5-11, 11-9,8-11, 11-2, 11-3 (49m).

India enter pre-quarters of World Team Squash

Nimes (France), Nov 14 (IANS) After beating seventh seeds Ireland 2-1 in the first qualifying round of the Women’s Squash World Team Championship, 10th-seeded India topped Pool G by dispatching Argentina 3-0 to secure their place in the pre-quarterfinals here.

India will next play eighth seeded Netherlands. This is only the third time that India have participated in this event which has been running since 1979. India finished 18th in 2002 and 11th in 2010.
Against Argentina Tuesday, Anaka Alankamony led the way for India beating Maria Eugenia Bonilla 11-4, 11-4, 11-7 before Joshna Chinappa took just 19 minutes to overcome Cecilia Cerquetti 11-6, 11-3, 11-4.
In the final match, top-ranked Argentinean Antonella Falcione battled hard against World No.13 Dipika Pallikal, who won 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 against an opponent ranked 100 places below her.
Earlier, Pallikal paved the way for India’s 2-1 win over Ireland with a four-game victory over experienced Irish champion and World No.10 Madeline Perry.
In the second singles, Chinappa played with great spirit against World No.23 Aisling Blake, but let slip a 2-1 lead to lose the tie.
However, teenager Alankamony held her nerve to see off Laura Mylotte 12-10, 11-3, 11-7 to give India a sensational victory.
“It’s huge,” said India’s national coach Cyrus Poncha when asked about the significance of the success in the event so far.
“Our aim was to top the pool and make the quarter-finals is our goal. Beating Ireland definitely gave us a lot of confidence and we hope to have a great performance against the Dutch tomorrow.
“Last year, it was a first for us to finish in the top eight in the men’s World Team Championship. So if we can make the top eight here this year, it will be a huge achievement and another significant step forward for Indian squash.”
The results: 10-India beat 7-Ireland 2-1 (Dipika Pallikal bt Madeline Perry 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8; Joshna Chinappa lost to Aisling Blake 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11; Anaka Alankamony bt Laura Mylotte 12-10, 11-3, 11-7).
10-India beat 17-Argentina 3-0 (Anaka Alankamony bt Maria Eugenia Bonilla 11-4, 11-4, 11-7; Joshna Chinappa bt Cecilia Cerquetti 11-6, 11-3, 11-4; Dipika Pallikal bt Antonella Falcione 11-8, 11-7, 11-8).

India qualify for last 16 in women’s squash

Nimes (France), Nov 14 (IANS) After upsetting seventh seeds Ireland 2-1 in the first qualifying round of the Women’s Squash World Team Championship, 10th seeds India clinched pole position in Pool G by dispatching Argentina 3-0 to enter the pre-quarter-finals here.

India will next play eighth seeded Netherlands. This is only the third time India has participated in this event which has been running since 1979. India finished 18th in 2002 and 11th in 2010.
Against Argentina Tuesday, Anaka Alankamony led the way for India beating Maria Eugenia Bonilla 11-4, 11-4, 11-7 before Joshna Chinappa took just 19 minutes to overcome Cecilia Cerquetti 11-6, 11-3, 11-4.
In the final match, top-ranked Argentinean Antonella Falcione battled hard against World No.13 Dipika Pallikal, who won 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 against an opponent ranked 100 places below her.
Earlier, Pallikal paved the way for India’s 2-1 win over Ireland with a four-game victory over experienced Irish champion and World No.10 Madeline Perry.

In the second singles, Chinappa played with great spirit against World No.23 Aisling Blake, but let slip a 2-1 lead to lose the tie.
However, teenager Alankamony held her nerve to see off Laura Mylotte 12-10, 11-3, 11-7 to give India a sensational victory.
“It’s huge,” said India’s national coach Cyrus Poncha when asked about the significance of the success in the event so far.
“Our aim was to top the pool and make the quarter-finals is our goal. Beating Ireland definitely gave us a lot of confidence and we hope to have a great performance against the Dutch tomorrow.
“Last year, it was a first for us to finish in the top eight in the men’s World Team Championship. So if we can make the top eight here this year, it will be a huge achievement and another significant step forward for Indian squash.”
The results: 10-India beat 7-Ireland 2-1 (Dipika Pallikal bt Madeline Perry 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8; Joshna Chinappa lost to Aisling Blake 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11; Anaka Alankamony bt Laura Mylotte 12-10, 11-3, 11-7).
10-India beat 17-Argentina 3-0 (Anaka Alankamony bt Maria Eugenia Bonilla 11-4, 11-4, 11-7; Joshna Chinappa bt Cecilia Cerquetti 11-6, 11-3, 11-4; Dipika Pallikal bt Antonella Falcione 11-8, 11-7, 11-8).

‘US to be world’s largest oil producer by 2020′

Paris, Nov 13 (IANS) The US would lead global oil producers by around 2020, outpacing Saudi Arabia, thanks to an “extraordinary growth in oil and natural gas output” in the world’s largest crude consumer, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said.

During the launch of the 2012 World Energy Outlook, the IEA pointed “energy developments in the US are profound and their effect will be felt well beyond North America and the energy sector”, Xinhua reported Monday.
Rising energy output in the US “driven by upstream technologies that are unlocking light tight oil and shale gas resources will mean a sea-change in global energy flows”, it predicted.
“North America is at the forefront of a sweeping transformation in oil and gas production that will affect all regions of the world, yet the potential also exists for a similarly transformative shift in global energy efficiency,” according to Maria van der Hoeven, IEA’s executive director.
The IEA report expected the US, almost self-sufficient in energy, to become the largest global oil producer overtaking Saudi Arabia by 2020 and to report continued fall in oil imports “to the extent that North America becomes a net oil exporter around 2030.”
“North America emerges as a net oil exporter, accelerating the switch in direction of international oil trade, with almost 90 percent of Middle Eastern oil exports being drawn to Asia by 2035,” according to the agency.

France’s industrial output down

Paris, Nov 10 (IANS) France’s industrial production fell by 2.7 percent in September from a month earlier due to sharp decline in refining activities and the ailing auto industry hit by global economic recession, official data showed.

France, one of the world’s largest exporter of manufactured goods, saw its manufacturing output fall by 3.2 percent mainly due to 12.1-percent drop in coke and refined petroleum products “because of maintenance operations in a refinery”, according to report by the national statistics bureau Insee.
Auto industry suffered a setback in September following 16.2 percent-drop, pulling down the total transport sector by 11.3 percent after it had risen by 7.7 percent in August, reported Xinhua.

“Due to a fall of oil production and a decrease of beverages production, after the heat-wave observed in August”, output of food processing activities went down by 1.6 percent while of mining and energy businesses registered a slight rise of 0.6 percent over the period.

Three Dinamo Zagreb fans sentenced for Paris clash

Paris, Nov 9 (IANS) Three Dinamo Zagreb fans were sentenced and fined by a French court after clashes with Paris Saint-Germain fans ahead of a European Champions League football match.

The three got four months in prison and were fined between 800 and 1,000 euros each, reports Xinhua.
The court also banned them from travelling to Paris and the region for five years.
The court said the Croatian fans “came to fight and only for that”, noting that at the site of the brawl, one was carrying a crutch without any medical reason, another was carrying a truncheon and the third had a belt rolled around his hand.
Supporters of the two teams clashed in street fights at the popular night haunt of Place de la Bastille Monday night, which led to over 100 arrests.

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