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Dispute over Idris Elba play Tree as writers claim they were ‘pushed off’

Dispute over Idris Elba play Tree as writers claim they were ‘pushed off’

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A row has arisen over a play created by Idris Elba after two writers who worked on it claimed they were shut out and suffered "intimidation and disrespect".Tree, which will premiere at the Manchester International Festival, is credited to Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah.Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley said they worked on it for four years but were "pushed off" and got no credit.In response, the producers said Tree "needed to go in a very different direction with a new writer attached".Manchester International Festival and London's Young Vic theatre, along with Elba's production company Green Door Pictures, acknowledged that Allen-Martin and Henley were "involved in exploring ideas" for the show.They said they were "grateful" to the ...
Australia 3-2 Brazil: Matildas fight back from 2-0 down to claim first win

Australia 3-2 Brazil: Matildas fight back from 2-0 down to claim first win

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Media playback is not supported on this device Australia battled back from 2-0 down to beat Brazil in an extraordinary five-goal thriller and inflict a first group-stage defeat on the South Americans in 24 years.The Matildas suffered a surprise loss to Italy in their opening game and their campaign looked in serious trouble when they trailed to a Marta penalty and Cristiane's fourth strike in two matches.But the Matildas levelled through Caitlin Foord's poked finish and Chloe Logarzo's cross-shot either side of half-time, with Marta needing to be withdrawn with a knock at the interval, h...
USA 13-0 Thailand: United States claim biggest ever Women’s World Cup win

USA 13-0 Thailand: United States claim biggest ever Women’s World Cup win

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Media playback is not supported on this device The United States recorded the biggest ever victory in the Fifa Women's World Cup as they crushed Thailand 13-0.The 2015 winners were 3-0 up at half-time, scored four times in 10 minutes in the second half and then added six more goals in the last 16 minutes.Alex Morgan scored five times for the United States with two goals apiece for Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis. Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored to beat Germany's 11-0 win over Argentina.The United States' previous biggest win in th...
Collision that formed the moon also brought Earth water, planetary scientists claim

Collision that formed the moon also brought Earth water, planetary scientists claim

Science
May 21 (UPI) -- Without the moon and water, life on Earth wouldn't be possible. New research out of Germany suggests both were delivered by Theia, which collided with Earth 4.4 billion years ago. Scientists have long puzzled over the origins of Earth's water. Earth was formed in the inner solar system, and the inner solar system was dry. The solar system's wet materials were relegated to the outer solar system. Water-rich carbonaceous meteorites, for example, hail from the outer solar system. Non-carbonaceous meteorites from the inner solar system are without water. At some point during Earth's early history, carbonaceous materials delivered large quantities of water. But the details and timing of this delivery process aren't well understood. "We have used molybdenum isotopes to answer ...
Bigger, slow-breeding species need extra protections, conservationists claim

Bigger, slow-breeding species need extra protections, conservationists claim

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May 17 (UPI) -- To better protect larger, slow-breeding species, conservationists, biologists and other decision makers rethink the "endangered species" definition, the authors of a new study suggest. Researchers warn that slow-breeding giants, like elephants and rhinos, might not reveal themselves as "endangered" until it is too late. A slow decline among a population of slow-breeders can, in some cases, be more worrisome than a more precipitous decline among fast-breeders. To account for this, scientists suggest conservationists pay less attention to the size and distribution of a population, or the speed of its decline, and focus instead on the relationship between mortality and fertility rates. "Critical thresholds in so-called vital rates -- such as mortality and fertility rates amo...