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Underwater photo competition showcases stunning images of marine life

Underwater photo competition showcases stunning images of marine life

Diving northern gannets Kat Zhou/UPY 2024 Snowy-white northern gannets (Morus bassanus) plunge into icy waters off the Shetland Islands in Scotland in search of food in this action-packed photograph. The seabirds are almost as big as an albatross, with a wingspan of up to 180 centimetres. They are also uniquely adapted to high-speed diving, with strong neck muscles and nostrils inside their bills that can be closed to prevent water entering. The shot was one of the most spectacular in the 2024 Underwater Photographer of the Year competition, which celebrates the wonders of the marine world. Here are some of New Scientist’s top picks from the many entries. Virgo wreck near Recife, Brazil Fabi Fregonesi/UPY 2024 In this photo by Fabiana Fregonesi, a school of fish swarm around a wreck, forming a shape resembling a boat’s sail for a fleeting moment. The vessel, called Virgo, was deliberately sunk in 2017 to become a dive site near Recife, Brazil. “The feeling I had at the time was that the ship was ready to set sail, beginning …

Guiding the EU’s quest for economic competitiveness – POLITICO

Guiding the EU’s quest for economic competitiveness – POLITICO

Given the stakes, Brussels policy circles are now abuzz with recipes for economic competitiveness. But beneath the surface, these appear to be driven by opposing ideological views: On the one hand, there’s the established liberal view, which sees free trade and competition policy as key for competitiveness, while perhaps acknowledging that the need for economic security may justify a higher degree of public intervention than usual. On the other hand, there’s the interventionist view, which pushes the need to overcome the established model in order to face the brave new world of geoeconomic and industrial competition. This means, state control of strategic industrial sectors, watering down competition policy and using trade policy instruments — like tariffs and foreign direct investment restrictions — to protect Europe’s market. This new debate is thus deeper, more complicated and more divisive than in previous incarnations. Competitiveness needs to be reconciled with the new challenges of today’s world, including economic security, decarbonization, shrinking fiscal space and economic nationalism in China, the U.S. and other trading partners. And for Europe to …

Dancing on Ice viewers left stunned as ITV competition delivers ‘brutal’ elimination

Dancing on Ice viewers left stunned as ITV competition delivers ‘brutal’ elimination

For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails Dancing on Ice viewers were left stunned as the ITV competition broke tradition with its latest elimination. In a big change for the long-running programme, hosted by Holly Willoughby and Stephen Mulhern, two couples left the competition after the pair that received the fewest votes from the viewing public was immediately cut from the running. Usually, only one couple from the bottom two is knocked out of the programme after performing a final “skate-off” routine. Emmerdale actor Roxy Shahidi and her dance partner Sylvain Longchambon received the lowest scores from judges’ marks and viewer votes combined, and were automatically eliminated from the show on Sunday (11 February). Shahidi had been recovering from a shoulder injury at the time of her performance. “I’m so, so sorry, it’s such a brutal way to go out like this,” Willoughby commiserated, adding that she was “gutted” for the pair. In response, Shahidi …

FREE Keelings Fruit or Veg for every reader at Iceland and The Food Warehouse | UK | News

FREE Keelings Fruit or Veg for every reader at Iceland and The Food Warehouse | UK | News

We’ve teamed up with Iceland and The Food Warehouse with a fantastic offer! You can get one free Keelings product in-store in participating Iceland and Food Warehouse stores from Thursday February 15 until close of stores on Monday February 19, 2024. The Keelings range at Iceland and The Food Warehouse offers a wide range of fruit, vegetable, and salad items, providing fresh, great quality produce in the market at low prices. The range includes a wide variety of items; white potatoes; broccoli; easy peelers; cucumber; seedless grapes; sweet peppers; mushrooms; blueberries;apples and much more, starting from just 79p. To show you how good the Keelings range is, Iceland and the Food Warehouse invite you to try it for yourselves and pick up one free product from the Keelings range, there’s 67 to choose from. To receive your free Keelings product, simply present the voucher from your newspaper at the checkout. See terms and conditions for exclusions. You can also shop and save at Iceland and the Food Warehouse, with a huge £1 value range, Birds Eye …

Competition watchdog pulled into dispute, again

Competition watchdog pulled into dispute, again

More from this theme Recent articles The competition watchdog has been called on to intervene again as the turf war between England’s largest school management information system (MIS) providers takes another twist. Schools Week understands complaints have been lodged with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) after ESS SIMS announced its customers would be breaching their contracts if they sent copies of their databases to third parties. But concerned headteachers and the MIS company’s leading rivals have argued that the practice has been commonly used to transfer information during provider switches. Lawyers from Stone King – which has previously taken action against ESS – said they “have been approached by a number of very concerned clients in relation to this issue”. Tony Pidgeon, a partner at the firm, said: “We believe the stance taken by ESS will have a significant impact throughout the sector on the ability of schools to successfully switch provider and we are in the process of reviewing the matter in detail with those clients.” In a note to customers in December, …

Otherworldly beauty of fungi on show in photo competition

Otherworldly beauty of fungi on show in photo competition

A trio of Cribraria slime moulds Barry Webb/IGPOTY PROVING that stunning, otherworldly nature is never too far away, these images are finalists in this year’s International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition. Pictured above is Barry Webb’s composite shot of a trio of Cribraria slime moulds, found next to a decaying pine log in the forests of Buckinghamshire, UK, after weeks of searching. Webb’s initial motivation to simply take pictures of slime moulds has developed into an “obsessive quest” to document as many as possible, he says, “always striving to produce images that capture their otherworldly beauty”. Standing at mere millimetres, these organisms were once classed as multicellular fungi, but are now considered a unique type of single-celled protozoa in their own right. It is when they merge together in the joint hunt for food – sometimes in slimy masses, other times in pinhead-like clusters, as seen here – that they become known as slime moulds. The “heads” of these Cribraria, akin to tiny watermelons, are the slime mould’s fruiting bodies that form when …

Watch: Chile Debuts All-Female SWAT Team At UAE Competition With Humiliating Results

Watch: Chile Debuts All-Female SWAT Team At UAE Competition With Humiliating Results

It’s a veritable train wreck.  Keeping in line with the Chilean leadership’s new focus on “gender equality” and President Gabriel Boric’s goal of creating a “feminist government,”  the nation has fielded an eight member all women’s team at the annual UAE SWAT Challenge in Dubai.  The international competition is meant to give elite police forces from around the world a chance to test their mettle and receive recognition.   Unfortunately for Chile, most countries organized their teams around merit instead of equity and woke ideology; this has put Chile at a distinct disadvantage.  The South American nation set out to send a message about gender inclusivity while other more selfish countries set out to win.  The women’s group, hand picked from a variety of police departments, debuted in high spirits but were quickly thwarted by the competition’s obstacle course.  Specifically, the zip line and the pool… Criminals beware, unless you have a zip line handy.  The female team faced the daunting challenge with some interesting strategies, which included cheating, with one team member trying to …

Fierce competition for LAPD interim chief is like ‘Game of Thrones,’ insiders say

Fierce competition for LAPD interim chief is like ‘Game of Thrones,’ insiders say

An interim Los Angeles police chief could be named as early as this week, as city decision-makers are beginning to feel the crunch of picking a temporary successor for outgoing leader Michel Moore, who is set to depart at the end of the month. The Board of Police Commissioners, the LAPD’s civilian policymaking body, is set to discuss the hiring of an interim chief at its regular weekly meeting Tuesday at police headquarters. After hearing from members of the public, the commission will go into closed session for “Discussion and possible Board action” on the matter, according to an agenda posted Friday. If a decision isn’t announced Tuesday, one almost certainly will be in the coming days as the clock continues to tick on finding a replacement for Moore, who will step down roughly a year into what was set to be his second five-year term. Moore had said he planned to serve for two or three years, and he will remain on as a consultant for the next few months while the city conducts …

The Apprentice review: It’s cliché bingo as this ludicrous competition returns

The Apprentice review: It’s cliché bingo as this ludicrous competition returns

For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails It’s that time of year again. Alan Sugar has taken a break from his haphazard Twitter habit to gaze menacingly upon the Gherkin. Prokofiev’s “Dance of the Knights” is blasting. And a new group of aspiring entrepreneurs, fluent in LinkedIn hyperbole, have packed their best block-colour shift dresses and blue shirts with white collars into wheelie suitcases. Yes, it’s BBC One’s The Apprentice, and this lot are ready to bulls*** their way through 12 weeks of challenges designed to test their commercial nous (or, more accurately, to dramatically reveal their shortcomings). Somehow, the show is in its 18th season. It’s remained exactly the same for almost two decades, aside from one switch-up, which now means that contestants must provide a “business plan” for their grumpy Amstrad overlord to peruse – cut to staged footage of the hopefuls queuing to drop off their folders with one of Sugar’s lackeys, like kids handing over a WordArt-laden homework project. …