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Just 84 highly Amur leopards remain in the wild, study finds

Just 84 highly Amur leopards remain in the wild, study finds

Science
July 13 (UPI) -- Scientists estimate there are only 84 Amur leopards left in the wild in China and Russia. The leopards live along the southernmost border of the Primorskii Province in Russia and the Jilin Province of China, and they're highly endangered. This new estimate was recently reported in the scientific journal Conservation Letters by scientists from China, Russia and the United States. The scientists teamed up to gather information from camera traps on both sides of the border. There are no records of the leopards in other parts of its former range, so this estimate along the border represents the total global population of the subspecies in the wild, researchers say. The camera traps allow scientists to identify each leopard by its unique spot pattern, providing a precise esti...
Croatia v England: 'Maybe, just maybe, this time it will be different'

Croatia v England: 'Maybe, just maybe, this time it will be different'

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Croatia v EnglandDate: Wednesday, 11 July (19:00 BST). Venue: Luzhniki Stadium, MoscowCoverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live, with live text commentary onlineFootball is sold to the world as fun. As colour, as sunshine, as joy. Football is sold as winning.Football is experienced as doubt. Football is watched feeling sick. It is wishing matches finished, wanting to walk out of a stadium even as you've been desperate to be there, being convinced that the most heartbreaking possible scenario is the most likely thing to pass.And usually it does. F...
Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong marriage savaged: 'She was just his plus one'

Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong marriage savaged: 'She was just his plus one'

Entertainment
The Geordie star was once one of the most respected presenters in the business along with his hosting partner Declan Donnelly.Now after two stints in rehab, a drunken car crash and an appearance in court, Ant's reputation is now under the microscope.To make matters worse, ex wife Lisa has started to tweet about her heartbreak after months of silence.The tipping point was when claims emerged that the successful make-up artist discovered Ant is in a relationship with their ex PA, Anne-Marie Corbett.Now Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir has savaged the 11-year-marriage – claiming Lisa was more of "a plus one" than a wife.The harsh words come as Lisa and Ant, who had been a couple for 20 years, are still dealing with their relationship and what the outcome will be. &nb...
RBI must act as an alert inspector, not just off-site surveyor, says bank union

RBI must act as an alert inspector, not just off-site surveyor, says bank union

Finance
Reserve Bank union today requested Governor Urjit Patel to monitor banks through a combination of risk-based supervision, off-site surveillance and on-site inspections of operational systems. In a letter written to the governor, the union suggested that the RBI should undertake random supervision of bank branches in all parts of the country periodically - possibly 10 per cent of bank branches comprising all regions on an annual basis. "We would request you that RBI monitoring of banks should be a triad - a combination of risk-based supervision, off-site surveillance and random on-site inspections of operational systems, which, we feel, will give the best result instead of RBI totally dispensing with on-site inspections," the union said in the letter. "We strongly feel that RBI must remain ...
China's markets just became more important to the rest of the world after a landmark day

China's markets just became more important to the rest of the world after a landmark day

Finance
Close to 230 China A shares debuted on index provider MSCI's emerging markets benchmark on Friday, a move investors expect will attract billions of dollars in inflows to the mainland market. The partial inclusion of the A shares — yuan-denominated stocks traded on the mainland — to MSCI's Emerging Markets Index takes place in two phases, with the second step only coming in August. Among the names included were a mix of financials, consumer and developer names such as Kweichow Moutai, which makes premium liquor; BYD, an electric vehicle manufacturer; China's largest lender Industrial and Commercial Bank of China an...