Two more species of balsam, Impatiens rugosipetala from the State’s Lower Dibang valley, and Impatiens tatoensis from the West Siang district, were also discovered and described earlier this year.“Three new species of balsam were discovered from Arunachal Pradesh in 2016, and five [were discovered] in 2015. Since 2013, at least 16 new species of plants under the genus Impatiens, commonly referred to as balsam, have been discovered from Arunachal Pradesh,” said Rajib Gogoi, a scientist with the Botanical Survey of India (BSI), who has been working on balsams in Arunachal Pradesh since 2012, told The Hindu.He said that botanists have found 55 species of balsam from the northeastern State, 16 of which are new discoveries to science. In 2017 alone, scientists discovered and published their findings on five other new species of balsam, taking the total number of balsam species discovered this year to six.Impatiens arunachalensis, which bears purple flowers and a pink throat, was discovered from the Upper Siang district. Since only 50 plants of the species were found at a particular location, scientists described the conservation status of the plant as critically endangered.Another species, Impatiens zironiana, with lanceolate pale yellow floral buds flowering and fruiting in the rainy season from July to September, was discovered from the Lower Subansiri district. Impatiens lohitensis In August 2017, a research paper describing Impatiens walongensis, a new species of balsam, was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Phytotaxa.The species was discovered from Arunachal Pradesh’s Anjaw district, one of India’s easternmost. About a meter tall with ovate elliptical leaves and light pink flowers, the plant was named after Walong, the locality where it was found. Impatiens walongensis is the latest but not the only new discovery of balsam in Arunachal Pradesh. Soil requirementKnown for their starkly differing flower shapes, which are produced along the stem with vivid colours like pink, red, white, purple and yellow, balsams grow in rich moist soil. Across the world, about 1,000 species of these angiosperms or closed seeded plants are known to occur.In India, about 210 balsam species were known till these new discoveries from Arunachal Pradesh emerged. Now, the number of balsam species has increased to 230.“What makes the Impatiens interesting is the high endemism among these plants. In most cases, while collecting the specimens, only a handful of plants are spotted. Since these plants have a very small habitat, they face a threat from the fast-changing landscape of the region,” said Souravjyoti Borah, another botanist associated with these discoveries. Mr. Borah, who has been working with Mr. Gogoi on genus Impatiens, pointed out that inaccessibility and the difficult terrain of the region were among the reasons why it took so long for the new species to be discovered.The researchers also had to dissect and study their morphology in the field itself.Study on hybridsBoth botanists emphasise that balsams have immense horticultural importance. Studies on hybrids of the plants have been undertaken in parts of the country to produce flowers that can sustain in different environmental conditions. Different hybrids can be created from wild balsam species, so it is important to know the actual number of balsam species in the wild, Mr. Borah said.
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ The 2001 Syracuse Orangemen entered their bowl game against Kansas State as an underdog with something to prove.Despite finishing the season 9-3, good for second in the Big East behind Miami (Fla.), SU was shut out of a more prolific bowl game. And to top it off, the team wasn’t even favored against a 6-5 Kansas State team in the Insight.com Bowl.But Syracuse didn’t let the pundits stop it in its 26-3 rout of Kansas State in the 2001 Insight.com Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz. Led by running back James Mungro’s 112 yards and three touchdowns, the Orangemen (10-3) became the sixth SU team in 112 years to win 10 games.It was the Orangemen’s 12th win in a bowl game, a number that still stands today.‘The fact that Kansas State was favored was an incentive to us,’ Mungro told reporters after the game. ‘We just wanted to go out and prove to America that we are a better team.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game was a rematch between two teams that played in the 1997 Fiesta Bowl. Kansas State won that version 35-18. But outside of the school names, the two games held no similarities.Mungro, who ran for over 1,000 yards during the season, ran 65 yards for a score to give SU a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The Orangemen would never look back, moving down the field with ease on four touchdown drives while holding Kansas State to just a first quarter field goal. Johnnie Morant had two big catches for a total of 93 yards and a score, and Syracuse outgained Kansas State 109 to 33 in rushing yards.But as quick and dominating as the SU offense was, its defense was even better. Kansas State entered the game averaging 255 rushing yards per game but were shut down completely. Orangemen junior linebacker Clifton Smith was a big reason for the Wildcats’ offensive ineptitude. Smith led the SU defense with 12 tackles and a sack.Syracuse forced Kansas State to four turnovers — two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. One Wildcats quarterback, Eli Roberson — KSU switched between two QBs throughout the game — was just 2-of-15 for the game.‘I think we played very aggressively because we were underdogs,’ Smith told reporters after the game. ‘Even with playing two quarterbacks, we knew they were a running team. But it’s nothing new in terms of our ability to stop the run.’Winning was nothing new for SU head coach Paul Pasqualoni’s 18th-ranked Orangemen. The team may not have been able to play in a New Year’s Day bowl, but the win against a previously Kansas State team that was favored by nearly a touchdown provided confirmation for Syracuse. The team was just as good as its record read.Even more impressive was SU’s record after its first two games. The team went 10-1 following an 0-2 start and had an eight-game winning streak.‘I feel very satisfied,’ Pasqualoni told reporters after the game. ‘We played 10 teams with winning records and nine of them went to bowl games. We are only the sixth team in 112 years of Syracuse football to win 10 games.’– Compiled by Asst. Copy Editor Rachel Marcus, firstname.lastname@example.org Published on December 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: email@example.com
Published on September 25, 2017 at 10:18 pm Contact Billy: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ HAMILTON, N.Y.— Colgate had its best scoring chance. Countering after a Syracuse corner, Jared Stroud received a pass at midfield that led him beyond the last line of a pushed-up Orange defense. But near SU’s 18-yard box, a sprinting Tajon Buchanan recovered from his forward position and stifled Stroud. A box-to-box effort following Buchanan’s corner warded off the breakaway about 20 minutes into the game Monday night.“That was probably our only real mistake of the game,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “It’s nice if your last man is the quickest guy on your team.”At Beyer-Small ’76 Field, No. 11 Syracuse (5-3-2, 0-2-1 Atlantic Coast) didn’t face much more pressure, allowing just one shot on goal to Colgate (3-6, 0-1 Patriot) in the Orange’s 2-0 win for SU’s first shutout of the season. Johannes Pieles and Hugo Delhommelle each scored for the Orange.The clean sheet that seemed so certain for the first 87 minutes of the match came under fire with 2:20 remaining. As a ball squirted out of a group of players in Syracuse’s penalty area, Colgate’s Steven DeLeo found himself all alone near the six-yard box. He tried to slot a left-footed shot into the goal’s bottom-left corner, but SU goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert threw his body in front of the ball and sent it wide for a corner.“It’s the biggest challenge I think for a goalkeeper, if you do not have that much to do during the game,” Hilpert said. “Even though I didn’t get a lot of shots, I just got one shot today. Communicating helps a lot to stay focused.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse went with a slightly altered defensive alignment on Monday. Justin Earle, a freshman, made his first collegiate start and just second appearance. He featured in the middle of SU’s back three, sandwiched by Kamal Miller on his left and Sondre Norheim on his right. Not tested defensively, Earle mostly acted as a fulcrum when the Orange played the ball from side-to-side. His biggest contribution may have come with his voice.With 10 minutes remaining in the match, Earle shouted: “Come on guys, we never stop.” Syracuse kept the ball in front of its back line basically all game, and much of that was due to Earle’s communication. He and midfielder Mo Adams yelled opponents’ uniform numbers to teammates to ensure they marked up.“I knew he was ready to come on and get the job done,” SU sophomore defender John-Austin Ricks said. “He’s one of those people who loves to communicate, loves to talk, loves to be a presence on the field. I’m happy for the guy that he did such a great job and he held us together.”After 10 games last season, Syracuse had six shutouts. It took until the 10th game of this season for the Orange to get its first. Coming off three consecutive losses, it was the result SU wanted.“The difference between being a good team and an elite team,” McIntyre said, “is keeping clean sheets and keeping that foundation from which to build.”With this result, Hilpert moves into a tie for fourth on Syracuse’s all-time leaderboard with 18 career shutouts and a tie for fourth in wins in Syracuse goalkeeping history, with 27.Following Hilpert’s lone save and two ensuing corners for Colgate, McIntyre shouted from the sideline: “Finish the game.” Two minutes later, the game was complete and for this first time this season, SU’s opponent had a zero beneath its name on the scoreboard.“It was about time,” Hilpert said. “Having a win and a clean sheet today is the perfect restart.” Comments
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has condemned Russian hackers for leaking confidential medical files of star US Olympic athletes.Athletes affected include tennis players Venus and Serena Williams and teenage gymnast Simone Biles.A group calling itself “Fancy Bears” claimed responsibility for the hack of a Wada database.After the leak, Ms Biles said she had long been taking medicine for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The hacker group had accused her of taking an “illicit psycho-stimulant”, but she said she had “always followed the rules”.The Rio Olympics quadruple gold medallist had obtained the necessary permission to take prescription medicine on the WADA banned drugs list, USA Gymnastics said in a statement.Wada said in a statement that the cyber attacks were an attempt to undermine the global anti-doping system.Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was “out of the question” that the Kremlin or secret services were involved in the hacking, Russian news agencies reported.The hackers accessed records detailing “Therapeutic Use Exemptions” (TUEs), which allow the use of banned substances due to athletes’ verified medical needs.“By virtue of the TUE, Biles has not broken any drug-testing regulations, including at the Olympic Games in Rio,” USA Gymnastics said.Fancy Bears said TUEs amount to “licences for doping”.The leaked documents allege that Serena Williams was granted permission to use drugs commonly used to treat muscle injuries, such as anti-inflammatories, while Biles is said to use Ritalin – a treatment for her ADHD.Former – Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority head Richard Ings said: “Nothing I see here gives me cause for alarm,” adding it looked “totally normal”.“The issue here is privacy breach.”Russia’s track and field team were banned from the Rio Olympics over an alleged state-backed doping programme. All of its athletes are barred from the ongoing Paralympics.“Let it be known that these criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia,” WADA Director-General, Olivier Niggli, said.This is the latest twist in what was already the biggest doping scandal in the history of sport, and further evidence of the bitter divisions it has sparked.The hack appears to be an act of revenge – retaliation for Wada’s damning report into Russian state-sponsored cheating.Although the Russian government has denied any involvement, it has always maintained that the country has been made a scapegoat for a much wider problem, and this will only add fuel to that fire.Although the athletes concerned have broken no rules, the revelations – along with the threat of more leaks of other competitors’ medical records – will inevitably exacerbate the controversy surrounding TUEs at a time when sport’s leaders are desperately trying to restore trust.Many athletes will now be nervously wondering if their private medical details records are the next to be made public.And with the future of WADA currently in the balance, the fact its security was so badly compromised will raise more questions over the entire anti-doping system, especially after the account of Russian whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova was hacked last month, leading to fears for her safety.US Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart called the hack “cowardly and despicable”.“In each of the situations, the athlete has done everything right in adhering to the global rules for obtaining permission to use a needed medication,” he said.The US Olympic Committee has had “zero adverse findings from the Rio Olympic Games that weren’t 100% within the medical guidelines set forth by anti-doping authorities,” spokesman Patrick Sandusky said.Earlier this month, Mr Niggli said WADA was experiencing almost daily cyber attacks originating from Russia.Fancy Bears, which is also known as Tsar Team (APT28), has pledged to release confidential records from other national Olympic teams.It’s an old adage in cybersecurity that the weakest point of any supposedly secure system is the people that use it.WADA says it believes this hack was made possible thanks to a successful spearphishing attack. Phishing is a term given to the technique of tricking a user into giving up crucial information – often by clicking a link that takes them to a malicious website disguised as a familiar one, such as the log-in page for a bank or social network.Spearphishing takes this one significant step further. While a phishing attack is often aimed at many people in the hope some will fall for it, spearphishing is highly targeted. Hackers perhaps identified a small number of people, or even just one person, and wrote a phishing attack specifically designed to trick them.Other than pushing a message of vigilance among staff, spearphishing is incredibly difficult to defend against. Attackers often scour the internet, looking for added information on the target that might make an email more believable. Sometimes even knowing a person’s favourite football team is enough to tip the balance in making a spearphishing email seem genuine.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Nico Rosberg took a stunning second practice session on Friday because pole position at the Singapore of a technical problem and struggling to get Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton a good lap in before that.was demoted to third by Red First qualifying went better for Hamilton – he Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Hamil- was fourth quickest, 0.15secs quicker than ton was a massive 0.704 seconds slower than Rosberg but the German was faster in the Iheanacho congratulated by teammate John Stones after scoring against Bournemouth yesterdayRosberg after a difficult qualifying session, befitting what has been a troubled weekend throughout. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took fourth ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel will start last after a technical problem as Jenson Button starts 13th. Rosberg’s was a remarkable performance – he has surely never been as superior to Hamilton when both have been gunning for pole.For his part, Hamilton has looked out of sorts all weekend, missing half of the second session, again on the first runs in the top 10 shoot-out and then he made a mistake on the entry to Turn One on his final lap.It was in some ways reminiscent of Hamil- ton’s weekend at the European Grand Prix in Baku in June, when he crashed out of qualifying and lined up 10th.However, it later emerged that his car may have had a problem – Mercedes’ data was showing it was producing less aerodynamic downforce than Rosberg’s, which would explain the lack of grip.RosbergAt least this time he starts close to the front, but unless Rosberg makes a poor start – a Mercedes weakness at times this season – Hamilton will find it difficult to beat his team-mate, whom he leads by two points in the championship.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram