Horses read each other’s ears

first_imgScientists know that humans, chimpanzees, and other primates can convey surprising amounts of information by means of a glance and tilt of the head. But what about animals with eyes on the sides of their heads, like deer and horses? What kind of social cues do they use to communicate? Now, mammal communication experts report that, at least for horses, a great deal of information is conveyed through the position of the animal’s ears as well as its eyes. To find out which facial cues equines use, the scientists placed two buckets of feed in front of a wall with a life-size photograph of a horse’s head. The head faced either left or right. They then released 24 horses, one at a time, and let them choose which bucket to dine from. If the eyes or ears of the pictured horse were covered, the freed horse randomly selected either bucket for its dinner. But if the eyes and ears in the photo were visible, the horse (such as the one in the photo above, pictured with study author Jennifer Wathan) used these cues to guide its choice, and most often picked the bucket that the pictured horse was facing, as in this video. The study, reported today in Current Biology, serves as a reminder that creatures with faces shaped differently from those of humans and other primates can nevertheless exchange social signals, the scientists say. None of this is likely to surprise people who work with horses or dogs, they note, but then it sometimes takes a while for science to catch up.last_img read more

Cyclone ‘Bulbul’: West Bengal govt pegs losses at ₹23,811 cr

first_imgWest Bengal has incurred a loss of ₹23,811 crore in the devastations caused by cyclone Bulbul that has affected around 35 lakh people in three districts, said a report the state government submitted to the visiting central team said on Saturday. The report was handed over to the members of the central team during a meeting with state Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha at the secretariat and a separate report would be sent to the Centre. Members of the team called on the State government officials on Saturday, a day after they visited the cyclone-hit areas in North & South 24 Parganas and Purba Midnapore districts to assess the extent of damage caused by the storm.“The state has incurred a total loss of ₹23,811 crore in the three districts ravaged by cyclone Bulbul where over 35 lakhs of people have been directly affected. A total of 5,17,535 houses were damaged in the cyclone,” a senior official said, quoting from the report. Altogether 14,89,924 hectare of agricultural land have been damaged, it said adding that the power department has incurred a loss of ₹597 crore. As many as 4,35,000 tarpaulin and 6.2 lakh water pouches have been distributed by the state Public Health Engineering department, the report said.“Reports on losses incurred in North and South 24 Parganas and East Medinipur districts due to the storm and requirement in those areas were handed over to the central team. We would submit a separate report to the Centre,” the IAS officer said. The central team have made ground visits, conducted aerial surveys of the affected areas and met officials of the three affected officials.“We visited the areas affected by the cyclone to assess the extent of devastation. We have spoken to all the people concerned,” a member of the central team said.“We have taken note of what we have gathered from our meetings in these districts. We will now submit a report to the central government,” he said. The team members included joint secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs K.B. Singh, assistant director of department of expenditure under the Union finance ministry Sumit Agarwal, director of department of agriculture Narendra Kumar and deputy director of Union Power Ministry O.P. Suman. Cyclone Bulbul had made landfall late on November 9 between Sagar Islands in West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh. Altogether 14 people, including fishermen of a capsized trawler, died in the calamity. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier welcomed the visit of the team to the cyclone-hit areas. After conducting an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas, she had said on Wednesday that the loss incurred by the state due to the catastrophe might go up to ₹50,000 crore.last_img read more

UEFA Europa League, AZ Alkmaar vs Manchester United LIVE Streaming: When and Where to Watch Online, TV Telecast, Team News

first_imgAZ Alkmaar will host Manchester United at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague on Thursday, in the second matchday of the UEFA Europa League 2019-20. In the previous week, Manchester United defeated Astana 1-0 in their group stage opener, whereas, AZ Alkmaar drew 2-2 against Partizan.Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described the artificial turf as ‘one of the worst astro turf pitches’ he has seen for a long while. Speaking to the media ahead of the Group L clash, Solskjaer said, “I’m surprised they have chosen to play on this pitch when I have looked at it.”The surface has further forced Solskjaer to drop Paul Pogba from the squad as he suffered an ankle injury. Along with Pogba, striker Anthony Martial and defender Phil Jones will miss the trip. Both, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw are still unavailable.Calling it a massive game for the club, Solskjaer said the upcoming clash is important for all the players and team is now just focused on this one.Meanwhile, AZ Alkmaar coach Arne Slot has said Manchester United is a tough nut to crack even if they play their young players.What time is kick-off?The game will kick off at 10:25PM IST on October 3. There are 24 Europa League games tonight with 12 of them in the early 10.25PM slot and the remaining 12 will start at 12:30AM on October 4.What TV channel is it on?Sony will show every game from the Europa League LIVE in India this season. AZ Alkmaar vs Manchester United will be LIVE on Sony Ten2 SD and HD on Thursday night.How can I stream it?The Europa League AZ Alkmaar vs Manchester United live stream will be available on Sony LIV app in India for premium users. AZ AlkmaarfootballManchester Unitedole gunnar solskjaer First Published: October 3, 2019, 7:27 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

What can Liverpool and Lyon teach Man City and PSG?

first_imgA charge often levelled against Paris Saint-Germain when they fail to win matches in Europe is that they simply don’t get the kind of challenge they need in Ligue 1 in order to compete with the continent’s best teams.It’s all well and good hitting three and four goals every week in France against teams with fractions of their budget but there exists a perception that PSG cannot raise their game when required.It’s believed that the French champions are incapable of playing like they are 1-0 down, which is a problem, as it transpires, when they go 1-0 down. Certainly, to watch their game at Anfield against Liverpool was an exercise in frustration. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! They have some of the very best players in the world in their positions – certainly their front three and maybe Thomas Meunier and Presnel Kimpembe too – but the way the team cajoles the ball from side to side without making an impact is wasteful.Neymar on an off-day is a liability. He appears to make little or no effort to track his man or even put in anything other than an apologetic challenge when faced one-on-one.Anfield is unique and is now one of the most difficult places in Europe for visiting teams to go. The phrase ’12th man’ is thrown around a lot but one arena in which it’s not a cliché is Anfield on a European night.Liverpool have a history in this competition which gives their fans an expectation whenever they play. The players respond to that.They took to PSG in an old school manner the other night. They won six corners in the first 10 or so minutes and hung damn near every one of them around the goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. To test him. To see if he fancied it.Neymar James Milner Mohamed Salah Liverpool PSG UEFA Champions League 09182018James Milner hit Neymar so hard in one early tackle that the collision of leg on leg was picked up on the pitch-side microphones.There was no respect in the challenge and certainly no red carpet was laid out for the world’s most expensive player or his cohort on the other side of the attack – the World Cup-winning Kylian Mbappe.Liverpool haven’t spent as much as PSG have on their team. There have been big signings but sensible ones. Of all the starters the other night, only Alisson was a new face.There is more to Liverpool than stacking up superstars. That scattergun, top-heavy policy has brought significant hurdles for PSG because they have more than €400 million worth of talent up front but are playing Marquinhos in midfield and Juan Bernat at left-back. They can’t play a €100m player in every position.Liverpool have something that PSG don’t. They have identity and a sense of collective purpose. It drips from the walls of Anfield and that helps. But it is also evident in every player. They work tirelessly for each other in and out of possession.Their front three is well regarded for their goals first and foremost but their standards are set in other departments too. They run hard and compete.Players seem to have to graduate into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans – consider how long it took for Andrew Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to break in last season and how this season’s new signings have had their minutes restricted. There are levels that must be reached – and continue to be reached – for that trust between coach and player to be maintained.Jean-Pierre Papin PSG PSLook at Klopp’s treatment of Salah the other night. The Egyptian forward played poorly and gifted PSG their second goal. He was hauled straight off.It is hard to see Thomas Tuchel behaving in a similar manner with Neymar. If the PSG coach tried to teach Neymar a lesson, you get the feeling the Brazilian would hand in a transfer request.When PSG suffer, their talented players don’t appear to have the guidance, the gumption or the requisite fear to get them clear of danger.As striking legend Jean-Pierre Papin told Le Parisen, “With PSG, [Neymar, Mbappe and Edinson Cavani are] not heroes, they’re egos. At some point, whatever your status is, you have to serve the team.”There’s a difference between stars we see abroad and those we have in France. In France, we’ve got the impression that they’re impossible to manage. “Why can Liverpool put their players into line and not here? When Neymar was playing with Barcelona, he defended from time to time.”But Neymar and PSG will win Ligue 1 again, and win it easily. Champions League seasons can be decided on a red card, a dud offside call, a piece of magic. But form over the course of a league season usually dictates that the best team wins.Maxwell Cornet Manchester City Lyon Champions League 19092018And PSG are the best team in France. Lyon won’t come close to matching them, for example, but like Liverpool they have something PSG don’t.Coach Bruno Genesio came into the game at Manchester City on Wednesday under severe pressure. No one around Lyon really expected anything from the fixture. They brought 600 fans. This season alone they have lost to Reims and drawn with Caen.Genesio would not have been sacked after a defeat here but a loss against City and another against Marseille this weekend would have had plenty of question marks over his reign.Lyon survived and they worked hard for the 2-1 victory they achieved. In Tanguy Ndombele, they have the outstanding young central midfielder in Europe. In Nabil Fekir, they have a world-class schemer.They will not match PSG over the course of a Ligue 1 season but playing like that they would probably knock them out over two legs in Europe. There was no coasting. There was grit and hard work and an adherence to the game plan. Like it was for PSG the night before, this was a bad day at the office for City. Who knows what might have happened if Kevin De Bruyne had been fit or if Pep Guardiola had been allowed to coach his team from the sideline?There is a worry, however, that they are still lacking something in Europe, now that they’ve now lost their last four games in the Champions League. That is an unwanted record for Guardiola – a winner twice in this competition – and for a club lavished with such spending.They are still a good bet for the Premier League but have a smaller margin for error in Europe. Maybe it’s because English teams expect so little against them that the fear of defeat isn’t so profound.And maybe the same could be said for PSG. But nobody ever says that City have it too easy in England. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Zaheer Khan will be contracted for 150 days a year, clarifies Sourav Ganguly

first_imgIndia’s new bowling consultant Zaheer Khan will be offered a contract of 150 days per season, informed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member Sourav Ganguly.”Zaheer was contacted for 150 days per year,” Ganguly told reporters at Eden Gardens.While the BCCI has already clarified in a statement that Zaheer’s appointment is on a tour-to-tour basis, it is clear that he will be spending around five months with the Indian team.Zaheer reportedly did not wish to commit more than 100 days but with CAC insisting, it is now a done deal for 150 days.There was no end to controversy surrounding India cricket head coach appointment as even after Ravi Shastri was picked by CAC, there was drama surrounding the appointment of support staff.Fresh controversy started when reports emerged yesterday that Shastri was unhappy with the appointment of Zaheer as bowling coach as he wanted to bring his trusted man Bharat Arun for the job.Reports in some quarters claimed the Committee of Administrators (CoA) felt that the CAC, comprising Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman went out of their ambit in picking the coach.Hurt by these criticism and reports, the CAC wrote a letter to the CoA chairman Vinod Rai and said the appointments were made after informing the new coach Shastri and India captain Virat Kohli.The CoA later released a media release in the wake of the CAC letter and clarified that Zaheer and Dravid have been appointed as the consultants and they would be a part of the team during specific overseas tours.advertisementlast_img read more

16 days agoCasper exclusive: Man Utd must follow Man City with sporting director hire

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say Casper exclusive: Man Utd must follow Man City with sporting director hireby Andrew Maclean16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveClass of 92′ graduate Chris Casper says Manchester United should follow in the footsteps of their rivals by hiring a sporting director.The Red Devils have gone from perennial champions under Sir Alex Ferguson to floating in the Premier League abyss six years after the great Scot’s departure. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have been and gone, and current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be next with his team sitting 12th on the table.Every United fan and their dog have had an opinion on where the club’s gone wrong, with recruitment the term heard frequently amongst pub banter and social media threads.United are looking for a sporting director to rectify the problem, with a range of names thrown around from RB Leipzig mastermind Paul Mitchell to ex-United leader Rio Ferdinand.But news of an appointment has dried up and recruitment has faltered as a result, as Solskjaer’s sudden shortage of attacking options can attest.United are undoubtedly leaps and bounds behind league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool, and Salford City sporting director Casper thinks filling the new position will allow for maximum efficiency throughout the club.Asked if it would be smart move, Casper told “Yeah I think so. Especially when you look at Txiki Begiristain with Man City and Michael Edwards at Liverpool as their sporting directors. “I think it’s just about having that link with the manager, I think it’s really important. The strategic plan and the plan the owners are looking to achieve, I think that’s got to be clear in how you want to achieve it and you need to someone who is going to help co-ordinate that. “You can lack support for all the different departments, and especially for the manager on the side of recruiting staff, recruiting players and take away a lot of the nonsense that managers in the past have had to deal with, speaking to agents and trying to deal with players and things like that. “The head coaches that Man City and Liverpool have got are unbelievable coaches and they can focus on what they do best and that’s working with players on the training and getting the best out of them. And it’s clearly working for them because they are the best two teams in the league.”Solskjaer has intimated United would be targeting young and hungry British players in their recruitment drive this past summer.Signings Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James all meet those requirements, which Casper thinks is a wise idea for the future.He added: “It’s sensible. It’s got to be a long-term strategic plan. “It can’t be short-term, over one year or 18 months. It has to be a five, ten-year plan of what they’re going to do. You look at Manchester City, obviously not with British players, but they have a certain identity of a player that they want to bring in and they’ve been doing it for the last eight to ten years. “That’s a long-term strategy and plan that’s flourishing. That’s what Man Utd has to look towards now and hopefully this is the start of young players being given an opportunity. “It’s the biggest club in the world and they’ve got to get back to hopefully where they were seven or eight years ago, regularly challenging for the Premier League and Champions League.” last_img read more

Belgian Minister of Economy Visits DP World’s …

first_imgzoom Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, His Excellency Johan Vande Lanotte, this week visited DP World-operated Saigon Premier Container Terminal (SPCT) as part of his official visit to Vietnam.His Excellency took the time to congratulate Belgian company Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering (DEME) on its major dredging work in the Soai Rap River for the Soai Rap Programme Management unit (SRPM), which will benefit the surrounding region, and to compliment SPCT on running the only operational terminal in the Hiep Phouc area.The newly dredged 54 kilometre long channel, with a draft of 9.5 metres, is scheduled to open mid-year, allowing SPCT to serve vessels with a nominal capacity of up to 5,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units) or 50,000 dwt (deadweight tonnage) close to Ho Chi Minh City. When completed, the 16 month project will benefit all South Vietnam, boosting the logistics sector and creating new job opportunities.Mr Vande Lanotte was welcomed by SPCT Chief Executive Officer William Khoury and other senior officials, who briefed him on the operational efficiencies that have made SPCT and the adjoining Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park a hub serving both the intra-Asia market and deep sea trades, reducing logistics costs for Vietnamese exporters and importers.SPCT Chief Executive Officer William Khoury said:“We are delighted that the dredging work is nearly complete and are very pleased to welcome His Excellency to our facility to view the work in progress. We congratulate DEME for carrying out the dredging work as planned.” Rashid Abdulla, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Asia-Pacific Region, DP World, said:“Connecting people and goods is an efficient way of driving economic growth and the dredging of the Soai Rap River channel will enable SPCT to serve customers even more efficiently, supporting Vietnam’s economic development.”Located along the western shore of the Soai Rap River 16km from Ho Chi Minh City center, SPCT is a state of the art facility which began operations in October 2009. Phase I of the development has two berths and storage capacity for up to 15,000 TEU at a time, including 650 refrigerated container slots.SPCT is a joint venture between DP World and the Tan Thuan Industrial Promotion Company (IPC) – Vietnamese state-owned company. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close DP World, January 23, 2014last_img read more

KOTC Orders Three Gas Carriers from HHI

first_imgKuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) has signed today a contract with South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for three very large gas carries (VLGC).The three 84,000 cbm LPG carriers are expected to start delivery in 2019.The deal is said to be worth USD 213.3 million, KUNA news agency reported, with KOTC paying around USD 71 million per ship.The order is part of KOTC’s fleet renewal plan.Based on its website data, KOTC currently has a fleet of 28 ships, comprising 12 very large crude carriers (VLCC), ten product carriers, four LPG carriers and two bunker vessels.The contract signing comes as HHI reveals a 52 percent increase in value of new shipbuilding orders in 2017 when compared to the figures from the previous year.However, it should be noted that the 2016 baseline was pretty low taking into account that the year was very difficult for the shipbuilding industry due to low ordering activity.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Council Invests in More Teachers

first_img The council will also continue its Inspiring Schools pilot project for one more year, aimed at supporting the needs of students within complex classrooms. This project provides grants to schools identified by the Regional Centres for Education and Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. The council received a report from participating schools, which identified additional staff being hired and benefits for students and classroom conditions. The $2 million Inspiring Schools grants are cost-shared by the council and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Government increased the council’s budget for 2018-2019, to $20 million, to enable it to build on work from last year. The council has $1.78 million remaining in its budget for the 2018-19. For the remainder of this year, the council will focus its attention on advising on implementation of the report on inclusion, as well as student assessment issues, including a new policy and report card changes. The council also continues to advise on streamlining TIENET, in line with changes recommended to the program planning process in the inclusion report. maintain the junior high and high school class caps by again investing $8.9 million to fund 99 junior high and high school teachers across the province. This was recommended in the Students First report on inclusive education fund 40 teachers to work with junior high math and literacy teachers in supporting students in complex classrooms. This is the second year for the pilot project at a cost of $3.6 million invest $1.3 million to fund 14 attendance support workers, who are also teachers, for the second year of that pilot project. The Council to Improve Classroom Conditions will fund 57 new high school teachers in the 2018-19 school year and continue investments. The council will also continue to support the 153 teacher positions created last year supporting smaller classes, complex classrooms, and attendance. The 57 new teachers will be hired for schools outside the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. The cost in this budget year is $3.4 million to March 31, and $5.2 million for the full school year. The goal is to create greater equity across the province, given that more than two-thirds of the council’s class size funding for 2017-18 went to schools within the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. This year, the council will also continue to:last_img read more

AG Fraser says she cant release final version of controversial report

first_imgAPTN National NewsAuditor General Sheila Fraser tells APTN National News there is no chance she can release the final version of her office’s report on the Conservative’s G8 and G20 spending.A draft version of the report caused a firestorm earlier this week after it was obtained by The Canadian Press. The Conservative party leaked a later version to reporters.The draft version said the government mislead Parliament by spending millions of dollars on projects that had nothing to do with the summits.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll spoke with Fraser.last_img

Ottawa accused of human rights museum meddling days before grand opening

first_imgAPTN National NewsControversy has surrounded the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg for years.Now, just days before its grand opening, fresh concerns are being raised about potential political interference by the federal government on what will be presented in the museum.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.last_img

South Peace Caribou Closure Town Halls

first_imgThere will be a 1/2 hour presentation about mapping, socio-economic impacts and feedback from stakeholders by the Concerned Citizens for Caribou Recovery as well as a question and answer period. Saturday, March 2nd, 2019  9 am-NoonGeorge Dawson Inn, Dawson CreekSaturday, March 9th, 2019 9 am-NoonPomeroy Inn & Suites, ChetwyndFor more information; CLICK HERE DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek & District Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Town Halls regarding the Caribou Recovery Programs in the South Peace.Two upcoming information sessions will be held in Dawson Creek and Chetwynd. The events will be hosted by the Concerned Citizens for Caribou Protection group and the Chamber of Commerce from the participating town.Each session will give updates on information on the provincial and federal governments and guest panellists including MP Bob Zimmer, MLA Mike Bernier, Blair Lekstrom from the City of Dawson Creek and Dan Rose from the Peace River Regional District.last_img read more

Qatar to Play Saudi Arabia Football Team Amid Gulf Crisis

Rabat – Qatar will play Saudi Arabia at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup on Thursday, the first meeting since their diplomatic crisis in June 2017.The match will be played in the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the regional political conflict alongside Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt. The game will kick off at 8 p.m. local time (4:00 p.m. GMT). The four countries are imposing a land, air, and sea blockade on Qatar, accusing it of financing terrorism and destabilizing the Gulf region. Doha’s officials firmly deny the allegations.Qatar views the blockade as an attempt by the Gulf powers and Egypt to punish them for pursuing an independent foreign policy.Read Also: Saudi Arabia Unexpectedly Invites Qatar’s Emir to GCC SummitQatar Football Association’s (QFA) media officer Ali Al Salat says it is time for the two nations to put their conflict aside and focus on the tournament.“We want to win this match, not because of the political matters but to get to the top of the table,” Al Jazeera quoted Ali Al Salat as saying. He stressed that there is no need to mix political issues with sports.Air blockade on QatarSince the four countries imposed an air blockade on Doha, the 25-person Qatar-squad had to fly to the UAE via Kuwait. Qatar will now play without fans because they are banned from entering the country.In the UAE, it is illegal to show any kind of support or sympathy with Qatar. Any support is punishable by up to 15 years in jail.Qatar-based channel beIN Sports is the exclusive broadcaster of the competition in the MENA region. About 20 beIN Sports’ journalists are currently in the UAE to cover the tournament. However, some Doha journalists were barred from entering the country despite holding valid accreditation. read more

Second woman is investigated by police over transphobic comments

A second woman is being investigated by the police following allegations that she made transphobic comments on social media, the Telegraph can reveal.Womans’ rights campaigner, Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, has been interviewed by two separate police forces after being accused of committing a hate crime by Susie Green, who runs a charity helping transgender children.The news comes after it emerged that devout Catholic, Caroline Farrow, had been asked to attend an interview by the Surrey force, for allegedly using the wrong pronoun to refer to Ms Green’s transgender daughter.Ms Keen-Minshull, a mother of four, said investigating people because of their legally held views was a complete waste of police time.The 44-year-old was first interviewed by West Yorkshire Police last year, on suspicion of malicious communication, following a complaint from Ms Green, who runs the Mermaids charity.Two officers travelled to Wiltshire where she lives, and questioned her for several hours over six Tweets she had posted.That case was eventually closed with no further action, despite officers undertaking a victim’s review following a request by Ms Green.But she has revealed that she is now the subject of a second police investigation, this time by the Wiltshire force. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Caroline Farrow is being investigated by Surrey Police Caroline Farrow is being investigated by Surrey PoliceCredit:REX/Shutterstock Susie Green is a trans rights campaigner who runs the Mermaids charity Jackie Green, 25, became the youngest person in Britain to transition when she changed her sex from male to female aged 16.Ms Keen-Minshull, who set up the charity, Standing Up For Women, admitted that her comments on YouTube were uncompromising, but said she is perfectly entitled to express them.She said she was still waiting to hear from the police whether she would be charged over the remarks.She said: “I think it is outrageous that the police are wasting valuable time investigating people because their views might not be liked by some people. It is McCarthyist and it is terribly frightening.”The police are keen to show that they are incluisve by flying rainbow flags and wearing rainbow laces in their boots, but what really matters is that they are there when somebody is the victim of a homophobic attack. It seems they are struggling to work out what their priorities are.”Meanwhile Ms Green has said she has now withdrawn her complaint to Surrey Police over the actions of Mrs Farrow. The conservative Catholic commentator, was contacted by Surrey Police on Monday asking her to come in for an interview over a series of comments she had made towards Ms Green on Twitter. Susie Green is a trans rights campaigner who runs the Mermaids charityCredit:REX/Shutterstock Ms Keen-Minshull explained that she had been interviewed by police at the end of January on suspicion of harrasment following two YouTube clips she posted in which she criticised Ms Green for supporting her daughter’s transition. read more

Gerd Hofele Michael Kraus to Goppingen is not impossible

Five years after leaving Goppingen, Michael Kraus is rumoured to be linked again with a hard-to-imagine transfer to Frisch auf Goppingen. The main reason might be the austerity measures that might take place at HSV Hamburg, where the player plays after joining 2010 from Lemgo. Now, Goppingen’s manager Gerd Hofele is also hoping that such transfer is not “impossible”.source: hofelekraus ← Previous Story Eight Montpellier players involved in betting scandal?!? Next Story → Luc Abalo to miss the game against Montpellier?

Oh nuts Now I need to find a new pocket for my

first_imgGentlemen? Read the title and take note. According to a report published in the Journal of Andrology, a number of studies show that the radio frequency electromagnetic radiation that’s emitted from cell phones may actually decrease your sperm count. Not only that, but it will cause a decline in quality, as well as a decrease in sperm motility, which is a biological term referring to the ability to move spontaneously and actively.The study, published in the Journal of Andrology, is actually a combination of several similar studies done over the past few years. However, the evidence is still there to support the theory that RF-EMR can affect sperm.The author of the article, Dr. Sandro La Vignera from the University of Catania in Italy, referred to a 2008 study of 361 men in an infertility clinic. The study concluded that there’s a direct link between how long you have your phone in your pocket and a decrease in semen quality. The studies that were examined by La Vignera looked at sperm that was examined on its own, in animals, and samples from men who carried cell phones. As we mentioned, the results showed decreased concentrations, reduced motility, modified morphology (the size and shape of the sperm), and decreased viability (the ability to seal the deal).One study performed on rabbits showed that rabbits that were exposed to cell phones emitting at 800MHz for 8 hours a day over a 12 week period had a decrease in sperm concentration six weeks into the study. Sperm motility started to decrease at Week 10.Though the published report has a lot of evidence, La Vignera still admits that more studies need to be performed. However, it does show that there’s definitely a link between phone use and sluggish sperm. Still, the debate of whether or not cell phone radiation is actually harmful continues. John Walls, vice president for public affairs at CTIA, has said that the peer-reviewed scientific evidence has overwhelmingly shown that wireless devices aren’t a risk to public health and don’t cause any undesirable health effects.We do know that mobile phones actually release a very low level of radiation, so it’s still being determined whether it’s the radiation that’s affecting the sperm, or whether it’s the heat from the phone in your pocket (or both). The optimal temperature for spermatogenesis (the process by which germ cells divide and eventually turn in to sperm cells) is considered to be 95 degrees Fahrenheit, so raising that temperature could have an adverse affect on the process.If you never want to have kids, you might want to stick a few phones in your pockets and carry them around every day. However, if you’re thinking about making a family, you might want to carry your phone away from the family jewels.via Examinerlast_img read more

Wandering bear caught in Camas neighborhood

first_imgWildlife officials captured a bear early Friday afternoon that had been spotted near Lacamas Lake.Around 11:20 a.m., Camas police notified Washington State Fish and Wildlife officials that the bear was in the 1700 block of 31st Court. With 30 minutes, Sgt. Jeffrey Wickersham and a few other officers arrived in the area and found the bear lying under a tree in a neighbor’s backyard. They used a dart gun to sedate the bear and removed it from the property“It couldn’t have gone better,” Wickersham said.The bear had apparently been wandering down one of the main streets in the residential area.last_img

Indian child killer sentenced to death 23 days into arrest

first_imgA view of the district court that convicted Naveen Gadke of raping and murdering a baby girl in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India, on 15 May 2018. — ReutersNaveen Gadke was arrested on April 20 and charged with the rape and murder of a baby girl in central India.Three weeks later a court sentenced the 26-year-old odd-job man to death in the fastest such trial known to have happened in modern India, a nation where public outrage is running high because of a series of rapes and related killings.Police, prosecutors and the district court in the city of Indore worked at a furious pace to get the conviction quickly, amid a backlash on the streets, including marches in this city of about 2 million, 550 miles south of Delhi.This is in a country where prime minister Narendra Modi’s government last month introduced the death penalty for rapes of girls under 12 years in response to public pressure but which has a notoriously slow court system, with cases taking at least six years on average to final ruling, according to governance tracking group Daksh.But the pace of the trial, the intensifying push for speedy hearings in rape cases, and questions about the legal defense provided to Gadke – who pleaded not guilty – have raised concerns among some legal rights advocates.They are fearful there will be wrongful convictions and hangings when a defendant cannot afford to hire a good lawyer.“While expeditious trials are ideal, these should not be at the cost of fair trial safeguards like the right to adequate time to prepare a defense and the presumption of innocence,” said Leah Verghese, senior campaigner at human rights group Amnesty International India, in an email response to questions.Senior Supreme Court lawyer Rebecca John said she was concerned. “As a principle, I am opposed to rushing through investigative processes and trial processes” she said.But reflecting the mood of the nation, well-known Supreme Court lawyer Dushyant Dave, a vocal supporter of capital punishment, said India “needs to send at least 500 people to death in the next one year to end this endemic” of rape.“Our system is archaic and extremely inefficient,” he added.Such views have resonated with the mother of the dead three-month-old girl as she sat on the front yard of a 200-year-old palace where her homeless family sleeps in the open.She told Reuters she was happy with the swift verdict but her daughter would get justice only when Gadke is hung to death, just as quickly.“Once such men are hanged, no one will dare to do anything like this to any girl,” she said.Rape victims and their families cannot be identified under Indian law.Gadke could not be contacted as journalists are not allowed to speak with convicts in jail as per a home ministry directive.Sachin Verma, Gadke’s lawyer, said his client told him that his estranged wife “framed” him, but said little else.Reuters could not trace Gadke’s wife to seek comment.SLAPPING AND SHOVINGAt trial, the mother, police officers and the prosecution lawyer said security cameras showed Gadke taking away the infant as she lay asleep by her parents. Fifteen minutes later, he was seen coming out of the basement of a nearby building, where her blood-smeared body was found, police said.Medical tests, completed quickly under instructions from government officials, confirmed she was raped, and the semen from a vaginal swab was found to be a DNA match with Gadke, according to court documents reviewed by Reuters.Gadke’s lawyer Verma, who specializes in matters related to crimes against children, said he reluctantly took the case on state government orders.That was after four other lawyers refused to defend Gadke, Verma said. In a sign of how high temperatures were rising in the community, around a dozen lawyers attacked the defendant outside the court when he first arrived, slapping and shoving him, according to police.Prosecutors presented 29 witnesses, including police and shopkeepers who found the victim’s body, and “everybody supported the prosecution”, said Verma. He presented no witnesses for Gadke’s defense.Verma said he could have done better if he had more time to prepare for the case.“They had to create a story and they had to decide quickly,” said Verma, who is expecting to receive 4,000 rupees ($58) from the state government for representing Gadke. “My client told me: ‘Everyone has already decided I am guilty. What’s the point of all this?’”Special prosecutor Mohammad Akram Shaikh said that they had “conclusive evidence” against Gadke.Judge Varsha Sharma, who deals with matters related to crimes against children and ruled on the case, declined to comment.SENDING A MESSAGEPolice pressed charges against Gadke within seven days of the crime, said Police Inspector Shivpal Singh Kushwah.“All of us wanted to send a message that the law can work fast, and we succeeded,” he said.The court sat for seven straight working days to hear the case, unusual in India where one court is often dipping in and out of several cases on the same day. A government-run laboratory conducted tests on forensic evidence within four days of a police request. This usually takes more than a month, Kushwah said.After hearing details of his crime from Shaikh and the witnesses, Judge Sharma found Gadke guilty and ordered his death by hanging.“This falls under the rarest of rare case and it would be appropriate to hand such a criminal the toughest punishment,” the judge declared.The sentence has to be confirmed by a higher court, for which Gadke will be provided a different lawyer by the state government. The court’s decision can be challenged in the Supreme Court. An appeal to India’s president is the last resort. The entire process can take years.ACCELERATION DEMANDEDEven before Gadke’s trial, there were growing calls to speed up child rape trials.Lower courts take an average of five years to complete cases of prisoners sentenced to death, high courts one year and four months, and the Supreme Court two years and one month, according to a 2016 report by the Centre on the Death Penalty in the National Law University of Delhi.The university study found that 74 per cent of 373 death row prisoners they interviewed were economically vulnerable. The majority were from low castes and religious minorities. In the Indore case, Gadke did various jobs like cleaning utensils in eateries.By contrast, trials involving India’s rich and powerful sometimes take more than 10 years. Gurmeet Ram Rahim, a wealthy self-styled godman who had many followers, was convicted last year on charges of raping two followers – 15 years after the case was registered.Government statistics show that since 2012, when a young woman was gang raped in a moving bus in Delhi igniting national uproar, reported rape cases have climbed 60 per cent to around 40,000 in 2016 – about one every 15 minutes – with child rape accounting for about 40 per cent.last_img read more

Gunman Kills 4 Then Himself After Mass at Brazil Cathedral

first_imgBy PETER PRENGAMAN and C.H. GARDINER, Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A man opened fire in a cathedral in southern Brazil after Mass on Tuesday, killing four and leaving four others injured before taking a bullet in the ribs in a firefight with police and then shooting himself in the head, authorities said.The mass shooting, a rarity in Latin America’s largest nation, happened right after the midday service had ended at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, a city about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Sao Paulo.In this frame grab taken from a security camera provided by Campinas City Hall, two people shot by a gunman lie wounded at the entrance of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Campinas, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. A man opened fire inside the cathedral in southern Brazil after Mass on Tuesday, killing four and leaving others injured before turning a gun on himself, authorities said. (Campinas City Hall via AP)“It’s so sad,” said Wilson Cassante, a press officer with the archdiocese. “It’s hard to imagine the pain this has caused.”Hours after paramedics were seen taking bodies and injured out of the church, authorities identified the shooter as 49-year-old Euler Fernando Grandolpho of Valinhos, a nearby city in the densely populated state of Sao Paulo.Grandolpho, a systems analyst, was not a member of the church, authorities said. According to public records, Grandolpho had held various jobs with government entities, including a stint as an assistant to the prosecutor in the public ministry in Sao Paulo.Authorities said they had not identified a motive. A backpack found near the dead gunman had his identification but no note or other clues, police investigator Jose Henrique Ventura told reporters outside the church. “Thanks to the intervention of police, something much bigger was avoided,” said Ventura, adding that the four injured were in stable condition.Danielle Coutinho told EPTV that she was sitting in the church chatting after Mass when the shooting began. A man sitting close to her was shot as she and others ran.“I saw people getting shot. I can’t get it out of my head,” she said in tears. “It was horrible.”A firefighter walks next to a victim killed at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec.11, 2018. Authorities say an armed man entered the cathedral in southern Brazil on Tuesday afternoon and opened fire, killing at least four people before killing himself. (Denny Cesare/Futura Press via AP)Brazil has long struggled with gun violence, and is routinely the world leader in total homicides. Last year, nearly 64,000 people were killed. President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain, campaigned on promises to crack down on violence, in part by loosening gun laws so more civilians could arm themselves.Still, mass shootings like those in the United States are unusual.Hamilton Caviola Filho, a police investigator, told news portal G1 that authorities had reviewed surveillance footage from inside the cathedral.The shooter “came into the church, sat on a pew, with time to think, and then got up and starting shooting,” said Caviola Filho.The investigator also said that before shooting himself in the head, the suspect took a bullet in the ribs from responding police. In total, the suspect fired at least 20 shots, said Caviola Filho.Father Amaury Thomazi, who celebrated Mass before the shooting, posted a video recounting the chaos that followed the burst of gunfire.“Nobody could do anything or help in any way” to stop the rampage, Thomazi said, calling on people to pray for the dead, the injured and the shooter.last_img read more

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The research was presented Saturday, April 25 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego.Among the advice new parents receive is to read to their babies early and often. The hope is that sharing books together will help children’s language development and eventually, turn them into successful readers.”We are excited to show, for the first time, that reading exposure during the critical stage of development prior to kindergarten seems to have a meaningful, measurable impact on how a child’s brain processes stories and may help predict reading success,” said study author John Hutton, M.D., National Research Service Award Fellow, Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Reading and Literacy Discovery Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “Of particular importance are brain areas supporting mental imagery, helping the child ‘see the story’ beyond the pictures, affirming the invaluable role of imagination.”Professional organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and advocacy groups have encouraged parents to read to their children from birth to foster early learning and create connections in the brain that promote language development. Direct evidence of effects on the brain, however, was not previously available.To show whether reading to preschoolers affects brain networks that support reading skills, Hutton and his colleagues studied 19 healthy preschoolers ages 3-5 years old, 37 percent of whom were from low-income households. Each child’s primary caregiver completed a questionnaire designed to measure cognitive stimulation in the home. The questionnaire looked at three areas: parent-child reading, including access to books, frequency of reading and variety of books read; parent-child interaction, including talking and playing; and whether parents taught specific skills such as counting and shapes.The children then underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which measured brain activity while they were listening to age-appropriate stories via headphones. The children were awake and non-sedated during fMRI, and there was no visual stimulus. Researchers were interested in whether there would be differences in brain activation supporting comprehension of the stories in areas known to be involved with language.Results showed that greater home reading exposure was strongly associated with activation of specific brain areas supporting semantic processing (the extraction of meaning from language). 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