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Southampton take big step towards safety with win at Swansea

Southampton take big step towards safety with win at Swansea

Sports
Southampton took a huge stride towards securing their Premier League survival and simultaneously relegated West Brom with victory at Swansea City, who are now perilously close to joining the Baggies in the Championship.Manolo Gabbiadini's strike means the Swans are now three points adrift of Southampton - and safety - and will go into Sunday's final game of the season occupying the final relegation spot.Southampton's considerably better goal difference over Swansea means even a defeat at Manchester City will keep them up, as long as the Swans do not make up a 10-goal swing when they face Stoke.Huddersfield are 17th, level on points with Southampton, but have a game in hand at Chelsea on Wednesday - a point at Stamford Bridge would be enough to keep the Terriers up.With so much at stake, bo...
Mount Etna is 'sliding towards the sea'

Mount Etna is 'sliding towards the sea'

Science
Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna, is sliding towards the sea. Scientists have established that the whole structure on the Italian island of Sicily is edging in the direction of the Mediterranean at a rate of 14mm per year. The UK-led team says the situation will need careful monitoring because it may lead to increased hazards at Etna in the future. The group has published its findings in the Bulletin of Volcanology. "I would say there is currently no cause for alarm, but it is something we need to keep an eye on, especially to see if there is an acceleration in this motion," lead author Dr John Murray told BBC News. Space project to monitor all volcanoesThe Open University geologist has spent almost half a century studying Europe's premier volcano. In that time, he has placed a net...
Cassini: Saturn probe turns towards its death plunge

Cassini: Saturn probe turns towards its death plunge

Science
The international Cassini spacecraft at Saturn has executed the course correction that will send it to destruction at the end of the week.The probe flew within 120,000km of the giant moon Titan on Monday - an encounter that bent its trajectory just enough to put it on a collision path with the ringed planet. Nothing can now stop the death plunge in Saturn's atmosphere on Friday. Cassini will be torn to pieces as it heads down towards the clouds.Its components will melt and be dispersed through the planet's gases.Ever since it arrived at Saturn 13 years ago, the probe has used the gravity of Titan - the second biggest moon in the Solar System - to slingshot itself into different positions from which to study the planet and its stunning rings. It has been a smart strategy because Cassini wou...
Government actively working towards bank consolidation: Arun Jaitley

Government actively working towards bank consolidation: Arun Jaitley

Finance
NEW DELHI: The government is "actively working" towards consolidation of banks, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today. The meeting of top bankers with the finance minister, where ministry officials and RBI Deputy Governor S S Mundra were present, was called to take stock of lenders' financial position and speedy resolution of bad assets. "Consolidation of banks was not on the agenda as far as this present meeting is concerned. But I can tell you, we are actively working in that direction," Jaitley told reporters at a question-answer session, post first round of the discussions. "I can't give you further details because some of these are price sensitive, but you can take it that there is a movement going on in that direction," he emphasised. The minister hinted that a solution is c...