Earliest fish had sex

first_imgFossils of thumb-sized fish that lived about 385 million years ago hint that the oldest jawed vertebrates copulated and fertilized their eggs internally, pushing back the origins of this form of mating by at least 10 million years and into more primitive groups of these fish than previously known. A new analysis of Microbrachius fossils, which include the most primitive subgroup of vertebrates with jaws, called antiarch placoderms, reveals that some of these armored fish (presumed to be males) have a deeply grooved bone that extends from each side of their pelvis. That feature resembles the “claspers” used by modern-day sharks, skates, and other cartilaginous fish to channel sperm during mating—and, the researchers report online today in Nature, likely served the same purpose in these ancient swimmers. Microbrachius fossils that don’t sport the grooved bones, presumed to be females, instead have dermal plates beneath the pelvis; ridges and bumps on the inside of those plates probably helped the females firmly hold the males’ organ during side-by-side copulation (artist’s representation above). Today’s paper also suggests that external fertilization, or spawning, in fish evolved later than internal fertilization—precisely the opposite of what most scientists have long proposed. One big question now is whether even more ancient species within the antiarch placoderms bred in the same way as the fossils described here. If so, that would push back the origins of copulation within the group to 430 million years ago.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo Searching For ‘Edna’ Who Helped Him When He Begged For a Burger

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is a global football icon who is known for his flashy persona and his flashier public life. Cars, Jets and all that money can buy – in short, the life a footballing god.Contrary to his public image, Ronaldo in an interview with Piers Morgan for ITV revealed that he used to beg for burgers when he just a kid at Sporting Lisbon in Portugal. His humble beginnings in Madeira, a far cry from the reality of his current stardom. “We were a little hungry. We had a McDonald’s next to the stadium, we knocked on the door and asked have you got any burgers,” Ronaldo said.During the interview, Ronaldo expressed that he wanted to find ‘Edna” and two other girls and his wish to invite them for a dinner with him in Lisbon or Turin.”There was always Edna and two other girls. I never found them again.”I asked people in Portugal, they closed the McDonalds, but if this interview can help find them, I would be so happy.”I want to invite them to Turin or Lisbon to come to have dinner with me because I want to give something back.”And as fate would have it, Morgan took to Twitter to announce that they may soon be reunited.Morgan tweeted on Wednesday: “UPDATE: We may have found Edna…”UPDATE: We may have found Edna… https://t.co/7VC5Tj9lv6— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 18, 2019During the interview, Ronaldo broke down in tears when he was shown a video of his father praising him and even picked between having sex with his girlfriend or scoring his best-ever goal. cristiano ronaldoMadeiraMcDonald?sPiers Morgan First Published: September 19, 2019, 11:31 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com 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

Aamir Khan: Was I ready to play a 55-year-old in Dangal?

first_imgBollywood superstar Aamir Khan might be a perfectionist but, occasionally, he doubts himself as well, about what he can or cannot do.ALSO READ: See EXCLUSIVE photos from the sets of Dangal in Ludhiana ALSO READ: Why is Aamir Khan scared of Salman Khan? According to a report in Pinkvilla.com, the 51-year-old star confessed about his reaction on reading the Dangal script. Dangal, his upcoming film, is a biopic of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who trained his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari who made records as Indian wrestlers in the Commonwealth Games.Speaking at an event held in Delhi, the PK star said, “When I read the script of Dangal I got excited but then I thought this guy must be around 55-years-old which is closer to my actual age. Am I ready to do that on screen?The perfectionist star who is known for going to great lengths for ever role, on the lines of method actors in Hollywood like Robert De Niro and Daniel Day-Lewis, underwent rigorous training sessions to get the bulked up, muscular body he has developed to play the wrestler.During the first phase of Dangal’s shoot, Aamir reportedly gained over 25 kg to play the role of the ageing wrestler. While his wait before shooting was 68 kg, he bulked up to 93 kg for the film.2 days to go before I shoot for young Mahaveer…. @avigowariker pic.twitter.com/RkdmQAV5c0 Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) June 13, 2016However, he drastically lost weight to play the character in the latter half of the film.advertisementThe sports biopic is being directed by Nitesh Tiwari (director, Chillar Party) and also stars popular television actor Sakshi Tanwa and actor Sanya Malhotra.Dangal is slated to release on December 23, this year.last_img read more

Michigan’s Players Stomped On Michigan State’s Midfield Logo After Their Win

first_imgmichigan star chase winovich celebrates a win over wisconsinANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Chase Winovich #15 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field celebrating a 38-13 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Two hours before kickoff for Michigan vs. Michigan State, Wolverines linebacker Devin Bush, after an altercation with a few Spartans, attempted to tear up his opponent’s midfield logo with his cleats. After the game, the whole team headed to that same spot to celebrate.Michigan knocked off Michigan State 21-7 on Saturday in a defensive battle that saw the Spartans wind up benching their starting quarterback. The Wolverines, behind a nice performance from Shea Patterson, had just enough offense to get out of East Lansing with the win.After the game, Michigan’s players grabbed the Paul Bunyan Trophy and eventually headed to midfield to celebrate.According to reporters on scene, Michigan State’s players initially guarded midfield. But the Wolverines waited them out.As soon as MSU goes to the locker room, Michigan gathers at midfield and bounces up and down on the Spartan logo. https://t.co/d5oQGBvTTX— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) October 20, 2018Michigan celebrates right on the logo pic.twitter.com/YwpqoONGky— Max Marcovitch (@Max_Marcovitch) October 20, 2018Michigan celebrating on the Spartan logo with Paul Bunyan. pic.twitter.com/LlLUtN1N5a— Brandon Justice (@BrandonBJustice) October 20, 2018In the below clips, you can see Michigan’s players jumping up and down and stomping on the Spartans’ logo.Jim Harbaugh, with his team’s win, now moves to 2-2 against his main in-state rival.Michigan vs. Michigan State is great every year, and the 2019 version is already shaping up to be a great one.last_img read more

Guptill got to know how Dhoni felt: Fans react to New Zealand’s Super Over heartbreak in World Cup final

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 10:35 IST Martin Guptill was run-out in the super over as England won the World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)New Zealand’s openers Martin Guptill has had a torrid World Cup 2019 with the bat but will always be remembered for the two run-outs he was involved in.On July 11, New Zealand had defeated India to qualify in their second successive final of World Cup. Credit for that would partly go to Martin Guptill for that memorable run out of MS Dhoni in the semi-final. Dhoni’s wicket was the final nail in the coffin for India in their 240-run chase. Indian Cricket Team and the fans were left heartbroken after getting knocked out.Come July 14, Martin Guptill’s run-out in the super over restricted New Zealand to 15, thus helping England to win their maiden World Cup title on the basis of more boundaries in the final.New Zealand needed 2 runs to win the World Cup final and Guptill got run-out in his attempt of running back for the second run.This match will certainly go down as one of the best finals in the history of Cricket World Cups. Both teams played high attrition cricket on a pitch where run-making was not always easy.England’s pacers Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett were brilliant upfront before Lockie Ferguson bowled a sensational final spell to produce some thrilling moments in the World Cup finale.Guptill’s dismissal in the final prompted scores of memes and attacks on social media, with MS Dhoni fans pointing out Karma’ as the main reason behind Kiwi openers run-out in the super over.advertisementButler in an interview said he is a Dhoni fan, Never thought he is this much loyal #MSDhoni #butler #Guptill pic.twitter.com/DhukOiLl45#WeAreEngland Veri (@VickyVjAddict) July 14, 2019Guptill must be feeling how Indians felt when Dhoni got run-out…..@ENGvsNZ #CWC19Final #Guptill pic.twitter.com/vovFb6pBdrNihal Chaturvedi (@nihalpandit_) July 14, 2019New Zealand WC tour in Four pics #Stokes #Guptill #cwc19 #CWC19Final #CWC2019 pic.twitter.com/nonvXb7MGTMr Right (@ms_its_me) July 14, 2019Too much beauty in this picture that’s sportsmanship. Congrats England Love Newzealand, our hearts broke for you .This wasn’t win and loose match it was win and win.#CWC19Final #NZvENG #CWC19 #Guptill pic.twitter.com/OJ1dz9GbYbSayyed Adnan Seddiqi (@Dr_Shelby_) July 14, 2019Retweet this if you are feeling happy after watching this #Guptill #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/w0m6PVGjvEAnkit Routray (@buntyspeaks18) July 14, 2019Karma is real#Guptill pic.twitter.com/t5n3xZMFbkANKIT Bharti (@ANKITBh94446072) July 14, 2019Also Read | India lost the least matches but England won the World CupAlso Read | England 1st country to win Cricket World Cup, Football World Cup and Rugby World CupAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Martin GuptillFollow MS DhoniFollow New Zealand vs England Guptill got to know how Dhoni felt: Fans react to New Zealand’s Super Over heartbreak in World Cup finalDuring the final match of World Cup 2019 at Lord’s, England were crowned as the World champions after Martin Guptill’s run-out in the super over.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Djokovic rolls at US Open as Barty Pliskova fight through

first_imgNew York: Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic cruised into the second round of the US Open while French Open champion Ashleigh Barty and third seed Karolina Pliskova struggled but advanced. Serbian star Djokovic, who has won four of the past five Grand Slam singles titles, dispatched Spain’s 76th-ranked Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. “Getting out of the blocks, it takes time for you to feel comfortable on the court,” Djokovic said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “Later in the sets I was able to take advantage in the big moments and move on and that’s what’s important.” Djokovic, trying to become the first back-to-back US Open winner since Roger Federer won from 2004-2008, will next face either American Sam Querrey or Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero. “I’m quite pleased with my performance and looking forward to the next one,” Djokovic said. Djokovic owns 16 Grand Slam titles and is chasing the record 20 won by Federer with Spain’s Rafael Nadal on 18. Together the “Big Three” have won the past 11 Slam titles and are again heavy favorites. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Serena Williams opens her quest for a 24th Grand Slam singles crown against Russia’s Maria Sharapova, a five-time Slam winner, in the night feature before Federer meets Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal. Williams, chasing the all-time record 24 Slams won by Margaret Court, is 19-2 all-time against Sharapova with 18 consecutive triumphs. Australian second seed Barty overcame a horrible start to oust 80th-ranked Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Barty made 19 unforced errors to drop the first set in 28 minutes, but took the last three games in the second set and broke in the third and seventh games of the final set to advance. “I was really pleased to be able to solve this riddle,” Barty said. “Zarina was able to put me in difficult positions. I just kept making good shots. I felt like I had good control and could put it in difficult spots on the court.” Pliskova, a 2016 US Open runner-up, edged 138th-ranked Czech compatriot Tereza Martincova 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) after an hour and 46 minutes, finishing off the tie-breaks solidly but humbled after exchanging six service breaks with the qualifier to open the match. “Not my best performance today for sure,” Pliskova said. “Not happy that I lost three breaks of serve in a row. That’s not possible for next time.” Pliskova, Barty, Wimbledon champion Simona Halep and top-ranked defending champion Naomi Osaka of Japan could top the rankings after the US Open. Osaka and Halep must win the title. Pliskova needs to at least reach the quarter-finals. Barty is the front runner, defending fewer points from last year’s Open than Osaka. – Venus, Nishikori roll – ========================= Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams ripped China’s Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-0 in 66 minutes. “I felt like I executed my style of game the best I could,” the 39-year-old American said. “I was so pumped up today, it just kind of leaked out.” Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, reached the men’s second round 6-1, 4-1, when 205th-ranked Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti retired with a back injury after 47 minutes. “I played great tennis from the beginning,” Nishikori said. “I’m happy with the way I played.” Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev, coming off an ATP title at Cincinnati and runner-up efforts at Montreal and Washington, defeated India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in just 85 minutes. “I can’t say I’m feeling amazing about my game but to win by that score in the first round is great,” Medvedev said. “I hope I can continue to play well.”last_img read more

Many Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh without shelter water Oxfam Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – Oxfam Canada says hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, who have been fleeing violence in Myanmar in recent weeks, are without shelter and clean water in flooded refugee camps.The international development agency says nearly 480,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh and more than 70 per cent are without adequate shelter, while half have no safe drinking water.It said in a release Wednesday that heavy rains and floods in camps have left people facing extreme hardship, and have slowed down the building of emergency shelters and clean water tanks, and the delivery of aid.Oxfam says is has reached nearly 100,000 people with clean drinking water, emergency toilets, water pumps and food rations and is planning to help more than 200,000 people during the first phase of its response.Oxfam Bangladesh’s humanitarian co-ordinator Paolo Lubrano says most of the families are huddled under sarongs and urgently need help.Due to the volatile and chaotic situation, Oxfam says it is concerned about abuse and exploitation of women and girls.“Women and children are particularly vulnerable, sleeping under open skies, roadsides, and forest areas with little or no protection,” Lubrano said.The head of the U.N.’s migration agency said Wednesday there are increasing reports of sexual violence directed at Rohingya Muslims.Director-general William Lacy Swing of the International Organization for Migration said he was “shocked and concerned” about the reports of sexual and gender-based violence among Rohingya in Bangladesh.IOM said rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, child marriage and other forms of gender-based violence have been identified. It did not specify who was responsible for the violence.An agency statement on Wednesday said IOM doctors have treated dozens of women who experienced “violent sexual assault” since August, but that the known cases likely represent only a “small portion” of actual cases.The military in Myanmar is accused of burning down the homes of Rohingya Muslims, forcing members of the persecuted minority to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.-with files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ford to slash Toronto council seats cancel regional chair electionsreport

first_imgTORONTO – A published report suggests the Ontario government is poised to reduce Toronto city council to just over half its current size.The Toronto Star, citing unnamed sources within the Progressive Conservative government, reports that legislation will be introduced “as early as Monday” to reduce the number of council seats to 25 from 47.The report comes on the eve of a deadline for candidates to register for the municipal election on Oct. 22.Premier Doug Ford has scheduled a news conference for Friday morning, just hours before the 2 p.m. deadline.Mayor John Tory will also speak to the media Friday morning to discuss the reported plan. Tory told television station CP24 that he had a “very animated conversation” with Ford Thursday night and would have “much more to say” in what he called a major statement.Tory declined to comment directly on the Star report, saying he wanted to collect his thoughts and choose his words carefully before reacting, but added he is concerned about anything that “affects the wellbeing of the people of the City of Toronto.”Reaction from other politicians was swift, with Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath saying Ford “cooked up a backroom plot to use his new power to meddle in municipal elections.”In her statement, Horwath said Ford wants a smaller number of councillors “to make it easier for him to control Toronto city hall.”Toronto city councillor Joe Mihevic posted a tweet calling the reported Ford plan a “destructive attack on local democracy” while fellow councillor Joe Cressy tweeted that Toronto’s residents “will suffer because of this back of a napkin plan.”Councillor Janet Davis weighed in by calling the reported move “a gross misuse of power” while former Ontario premier Bob Rae labelled it “chaotic and disrespectful.”Once councillor, however, spoke in favour of the reported plan. George Mammoliti told a Toronto TV station that the city needs to start getting its fiscal house in order “and the way to do that is with a smaller city council.”The newspaper also reported that the Ford government will cancel planned elections for regional chair positions in two Greater Toronto Area communities — Peel Region and York Region.Such a move would put a damper on the political redemption hopes of Patrick Brown, whom Ford replaced as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives.Brown, who stepped down as Tory leader in January amid allegations of sexual misconduct that he denies, had thrown his hat into the ring to become the chair of Peel Region.Horwath said reports that Ford is cancelling those regional elections “are deeply chilling.”Representatives for the Progressive Conservative government did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Thursday.last_img read more

Another endangered killer whale off West Coast has lost weight NOAA

first_imgSEATTE, Wash. – A U.S. government agency says a killer whale that is part of the endangered southern resident population appears to have lost weight.The whale known as K25 is a 27-year-old adult male who has been documented in aerial photos since 2008 and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says he appears thinner.The department says his “notably poorer body condition compared with recent years” coincides with the loss of his mother last year, adding that males rely on their mothers and other family members to meet their increased energy demands.The agency says its long-term monitoring has show adult males have an increased mortally risk following the deaths of their mothers, which highlights K25’s vulnerability.Aerial photos also show that several females in the three pods that make up the endangered southern resident population are pregnant, although the department says there’s a high rate of reproductive failure.A sickly killer whale from the same pod disappeared earlier this month after experts from Canada and the U.S. tried to save the emaciated female.last_img read more

Law firm in midst of residential school payout controversy shuts doors

first_imgBy Kathleen MartensAPTN National NewsThe Calgary law firm at the centre of a residential school compensation scandal is closing its doors at the end of the month.A lawyer for Blott & Company surprised a B.C. Supreme Court hearing Friday with the news.His client is laying everyone off, lawyer Roy Millen told Justice Brenda Brown, and will cease to operate as of June 30, 2012.David Blott’s practice, which only worked on compensation or IndependentAssessment Process files, was being wound down by the court anyway. It was punishment for what Brown described in a June 5 court order as a violation of clients’ trust and breaching the IAP, in part, through a “loan scheme.”Blott’s dealings – and those of his associates – with physical and sexual abuse victims of Indian Residential Schools were investigated after complaints were filed with the court late last year.The judge kicked him out of the IAP earlier this month and froze the 15 per cent commissions the government of Canada paid on each file. Blott had approximately 3,200 files yet to put through the IAP.The judge appointed a “transition co-ordinator” to oversee those files and their transfer to new lawyers. That person is retired B.C. Supreme Court justice Ian Pitfield.Pitfield attended the hearing today and heard suggestions from a variety of parties involved in the IAP on how to handle the transfer of files.He also listened to Millen demand Blott be paid for the work he’d already done on the files – although much of that work will have to be redone – even the 1,159 files not yet submitted to the IAP, despite a looming deadline in September.Millen’s equation could net Blott nearly a quarter of a million dollars.Blott’s firm has already earned more than $10 million from the IAP, and the associated company Honour Walk, also of Calgary and operated by Thom Denomme, has earned at least $6 million, according to the investigator’s report.In a written ruling released late Friday, Brown agreed Blott should be paid between $500 and $1,500 for work on some of the files, plus the commission fee.The lawyer for the government of Canada, Catherine Couhglan, instead argued that money should go towards paying off the $3-million cost of the investigation.Brown will rule on who pays for the investigation at a later date. As well, parties to the hearing are still waiting for her decision on whether to censure the lending companies – BridgePoint Financial of Toronto and Settlement Lenders of Edmonton – for their role in the Blott-loan-lending arrangement that at times charged what court heard were criminal rates of interest.Loans and other third-party services for profit are prohibited under the IAP. This is to protect survivors and their compensation awards.Another associated company – Funds Now – operated by David Hamm of Calgary may also be censured. It charged Blott clients 20 per cent for finding the loans then later reduced the amount to 10 per cent.All of these firms, investigators noted, operated for about 5 years – the length of time the IAP has been in place.Further, Brown has allowed the Law Society of Alberta access to the files to check the quality of work and other issues.Meanwhile, Blott’s move to close his doors puts the pressure on Pitfield to move quickly. Brown says Blott and his associated companies must deliver the claimant files and related paperwork to Pitfield before the end of June.Sources say Pitfield wants to meet with claimants and discuss new lawyers with them in person.The Law Society of Alberta put Blott under the supervision of a lawyer-manager at the end of April in response to the court’s investigation. Its president, Steve Raby of Calgary, told APTN National News Blott met the test for interim suspension at that time but doing that would confuse clients and further delay their compensation claims.Raby said earlier this week that decision may be revisited.kmarterns@aptn.calast_img read more

CRA aims to help make taxes less of a pain in the

VANCOUVER — Taxes may foster fear and panic among many small and medium-sized businesses owners in Canada, but a new government initiative aims to make them less of a pain in the app.A new mobile application released Thursday by the Canada Revenue Agency for Apple iOS, Google Android and BlackBerry allows business owners to create alerts for payments, returns and remittances.Minister of National Revenue Kerry-Lynne Findlay introduced the app in Vancouver, saying the technology was developed after members of the business community told government they wanted convenient reminders by a mobile device, not by mail, about agency deadlines.“It is more about just trying to help small businesses focus on what their priorities are, which is their business, and not having to get all these paper reminders and be in a bit of a panic,” she said.The free download — a first for the agency — is available on the CRA website and at app stores.Ms. Findlay said the app is recommended for small and medium-sized businesses with annual revenues less than $20-million and fewer than 500 employees.Laura Jones of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said the app is a less formal and more modern way to remind people about their tax obligations. “A letter from CRA can be a bit scary,” she said. “Even if it is just a reminder about filing, it can give you that sort of moment of panic.”The app may sound like a small thing, but most small businesses have fewer than five employees and do not have administrative assistants, she said.“They are juggling an awful lot of different obligations from various levels of government, as well as their own obligations to their customers and their employees. So something as simple as having a reminder can make a big difference in your day.”The Canadian Press read more

Researcher of the month Miriam Richards

Miriam Richards leads a group down a Glenridge Quarry trail.Miriam Richards used to think insects were boring.The associate professor of Biological Sciences changed her mind greatly during her formative university years, so much so that she now spends a good portion of every day thinking about and researching them.In particular, she researches and talks about the social and ecological attributes of bees. Her research team’s work came into the spotlight recently with the release of the Niagara Community Observatory’s fourth policy brief, “Niagara’s Natural Park: The Restoration of the Glenridge Quarry into a Naturalization Site,” which outlines the restoration of a former landfill site near Brock’s St. Catharines campus.Richards outlined the return of flora and fauna after the naturalization by discussing the inventory of bee species found at the site since 2003. While not quite up to the usual standards of other similar parks with 150-160 species, her research team found 125 different species of bee at this site, demonstrating its ability to exist as a natural oasis in an urban environment. The bees will assist in pollination of fruit and flower plants, providing a vital service to the environment at a time when bee populations in different parts of the country and the world seem to be declining.Richards noted during her talk at the naturalization site that there are places in China where human workers need to literally paint the pollen on the fruit trees by hand, since the pollution has driven away the pollinating bees.To keep up with similar work being done across the country, Richards is part of the CANPOLIN initiative (Canadian Pollination Initiative), a five-year Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Network that will address the growing problem of pollinator decline in agricultural and natural ecosystems in Canada.Researchers at 26 universities across the country are working with government agencies, NGO’s and industry to deliver critical insights and sustainable solutions to the pollination problem. To make sure the researchers are all approaching their work the same way, CANPOLIN is working on a standardized way of identifying and counting the various species. Canada has some 900 documented species to date, while there are approximately 19,000 bee species worldwide.For those feeling the need to reach for an epipen, Richards is quick to note that bees only sting if provoked, and there are many, many species without the ability to sting.To see the policy brief, visit the Niagara Community Observatory.Links:• Miriam Richards faculty page• Past research profiles read more

Canadian dollar advances amid rising oil dip in manufacturing shipments

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Tuesday amid rising oil prices and a surprise move by Russia’s central bank to defend the ruble.The loonie edged up 0.15 of a cent to 85.94 cents US as traders also digested data showing Canadian manufacturing sales declined 0.6 per cent in October to $52.7 billion. It was only the second decrease in 2014. The drop reflected lower production of aerospace products and parts and a decrease in primary metal sales.The currency had dropped two-thirds of a U.S. cent Monday, squeezed by a greenback that strengthened ahead of Wednesday’s rate announcement by the U.S. Federal Reserve and falling prices for oil and metals.The January crude contract in New York erased early losses to inch up two cents to US$55.93 a barrel following a drop of almost $2 on Monday. Oil rose even as the HSBC manufacturing purchasing managers index for China slipped 0.5 points to a seven-month low of 49.5.China’s growth fell to a five-year low of 7.3 per cent last quarter.Oil prices have collapsed since mid-summer, down about 50 per cent amid a huge supply/demand imbalance.Also focusing financial markets Tuesday was a surprise move by Russia’s central bank, which hiked its key interest rate to 17 per cent from 10.5 per cent in a move to prop up the ruble, which has lost half of its value this year, in large part because of western sanctions and plunging oil prices.It’s the biggest interest rate hike since 1998, a year when Russia defaulted on its sovereign bonds.But the move was in vain as the ruble lost further ground against the greenback.Elsewhere on commodity markets, February gold saw early gains evaporate and bullion fell $13.40 to US$1,194.30 an ounce. March copper dipped two cents to US$2.86 a pound. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar advances amid rising oil, dip in manufacturing shipments by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 16, 2014 6:44 am MDT read more

Little Cities of Hope The Nature of Substance Use Disorder

By Joe ChristmanWhat is Substance Use Disorder?According to SAMSHA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school or home.The American Society of Addiction Medicine, ASAM, in a 2011 public policy statement define addiction to be a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.Addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence. People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life.Addiction is also a developmental disease often beginning during childhood or adolescence and may last a lifetime if left untreated.The debate or disagreements about the nature of substance use disorders remain: essentially, is it a voluntary or involuntary behavior and should it be criminalized or treated like a health issue?There is a stigma surrounding a substance use disorder or addiction that, in my view, is a major obstacle to effective treatment, meaningful dialogue and positive efforts to reduce deaths and provide recovery for people who use opioids to regain control of their lives.I acknowledge that the first time someone takes an opioid it is most often by choice to achieve a desired emotional state or a pleasurable experience or following a prescribed treatment plan for pain control. After 30 years of research, we know that the ability to choose can be affected by the opioid. The National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA, has proven that addiction is a complex brain disease that takes hold in the brain and causes a person’s ability to control their behavior to become disrupted, thereby demonstrating the compulsive nature of the substance use disorder.So, what is our community to do? First and foremost is to reduce or remove the stigma surrounding substance use disorders by recognizing both criminalized and non-criminalized opioid use. Certainly, people need to be held accountable for their actions, but in order to break the cycle, there must be some hope injected into the equation. Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) is accessible and counseling and harm-reduction programs are available, and naloxone is a lifesaving option readily available.It’s a great start, but in order to land the plane it is going to take our community to ensure that someone with a substance use disorder feels like there is more to it then “we have help available.” We need to foster an environment where those suffering from a substance use disorder, addiction or a choice will accept that help and receive our support and that is the nature of substance use disorder.How can I learn more?Learn more about recovery and its multiple pathways at the upcoming Recovery Day on Sept. 7 from 12-3 p.m. at the Price City Peace Gardens.Learn more about community resources and Opioid Use Disorder at the upcoming Community Education Dinner on Nov. 4 at USU Eastern in Price, UT at 5 p.m. Register on Eventbrite today: https://communityeducationdinner.eventbrite.com/ read more

IUF urges President Granger to address plight of sugar workers

The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Association (IUF), an international trade union confederation, is urging the Guyana Government to actively look into the plights that have befallen the thousands of sugar workers who are suffering due to the sector’s ‘restructuring’.File: Workers protesting the closure of Wales EstateIn a letter from the IUF, through its General Secretary, Sue Longley, to President David Granger, dated May 10 2018, the international body said;  “taking account of the information we have been receiving, we cannot help but be saddened by what has taken place as thousands of sugar workers, in recent months, have been made redundant.”Moreover, the entity noted that from their vantage point, “[they] cannot fail to express [their] view that very little thought has been given to address the well-being and welfare of the thousands who have been affected.”The IUF further noted that according to the information they have received regarding the impact of the Government’s decision, it has been highlighted that the outcomes have resulted in nothing short of significant disruption of village economies and the social fabric of communities.“For us, [this] is disturbing,” they said in the letter to Granger.In addition, the body said that it is aware that even though Government was advised to pursue the necessary studies to better grasp the eventualities that will flow from its reform plans, the Administration did not move in this direction.“We must share with you, Mr President, that this was necessarily the wisest of positions. Nevertheless, we are where we are and today too many of your country’s men, women and children have found themselves facing tough and difficulties times. We are sure, Mr President, that you cannot be comforted by this fact,” the IUF Secretary General said.He also referred to a recent visit to Guyana where he and his colleagues had the opportunity to meet with a group of the affected workers.“For us, hearing first hand from the workers, their stories of survival and struggle as they live day in and day out, was heart rending and very moving. It is difficult for us to imagine what has taken place in the days and weeks that followed that interaction.”The IUF further warned that if Government leaves the situation unchecked, it would prove to not be in the best interest of Guyana and its citizens “who like all of us are seeking better and brighter days ahead.”Meanwhile, the Guyana Agricultural and General Worker’s Union (GAWU) has since expressed appreciation towards the IUF’s support, noting that they too hope that the President will consider, rationally, what the IUF has written and will seek to remove the steadily increasing burdens that the former estate workers face.The Wales Estate was closed by Government in December 2016, followed by East Demerara, Skeldon and Rose-Hall estates later in 2017.Government had said that it did not have the funds to upkeep these estates in the sugar sector and as such, an excess of 7,000 sugar workers were made redundant and left jobless. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInt’l Union calls on Govt to reverse decision to close Wales Estate…threatens further actionMarch 9, 2016In “latest news”Govt’s approach to Sugar industry not inspiring confidence- JagdeoMay 28, 2018In “Business”Court action likely over unpaid severance – UnionFebruary 23, 2017In “latest news” read more

Newcrest looks to University of Queensland to help achieve sustainable mining goals

first_imgThe University of Queensland (UQ) and leading gold miner Newcrest Mining have agreed a new initiative providing funding for eight new PhD research projects at the institution.The aim is to develop interconnected and systems-based solutions to transform the sustainability performance of mining operations, UQ said.The opportunities will be targeted at high-calibre graduates from a range of disciplines including mining, chemical and civil engineering, as well as business and social science areas.UQ Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research Partnerships, Professor Mohan Krishnamoorthy (pictured on the left), said: “The alliance with Newcrest represents a strategic opportunity to co-develop the cutting-edge innovation necessary for a sustainable mining future.”Newcrest Mining Head of Technology and Innovation, and UQ alumnus, Andrew Logan, said research into complex mining challenges was essential to sustainably produce the minerals needed for modern living.“Newcrest relies on innovation to unlock complex orebodies and academic research, with practical outcomes, provides industry with the necessary understanding for sustainable and safe mineral development,” he said.The students will be supported for four years by both organisations and work on inter-related projects focused on specifically identified mining challenges.UQ staff from the Sustainable Minerals Institute and other faculties will work with Newcrest to support the group through additional development activities. As part of the funding arrangements Newcrest will offer competitive top-up scholarships and provide opportunities for on-the-ground experience in Newcrest operations and corporate offices.This funding announcement is part of a five-year partnership agreement signed between UQ and Newcrest Mining in August.last_img read more

I thought Ive had enough of this Brian Carey on volatile owners

first_img 13 Comments So, when he is at one of Europe’s best-known arenas and grading some of the world’s best talent, does he think back to those days on a touchline with his head in his hands after watching his side concede from another set-piece? And, in a dysfunctional way, does he yearn for those days?“I haven’t missed the nonsense and relying on some guy who doesn’t want to track back”, he says.“But I must admit I was at a couple of Bundesliga games last week and I thought, ‘Wow, this is incredible – I miss the atmosphere’. It was just a moment where I thought, ‘This is amazing to be involved in this’. But I haven’t overtly missed it up to that point. Overall, I’m going to continue with this for as long as I can and that’s where all the energy is going right now”.‘I was always opting for Ireland and it turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made.’‘That’s propaganda – that’s like going to Russia 50 years ago’: Staunton, Wales and Croke Park Friday 24 Mar 2017, 10:00 AM Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 18,380 Views https://the42.ie/3303273 And this was the beauty of him and how clever he was. He lined John Sheridan up to take a corner one time. He’d noticed the opposition’s goalkeeper would stand close to the six-yard line – off his goal-line, basically. And Sheridan was that good with his delivery, Charlton got him to line up an out-swinger but cut across the ball and drive it near-post. Kevin Moran arrived and the keeper was stranded. Fantastic detail. Firstly to notice it and then to have a player like Sheridan to deliver it and Kevin scoring from it. But that was the plan. And when people have a plan, they have a greater chance of being successful.Carey, who knows a thing or two about management and the importance of spirit within a squad, also points to the way Charlton got to his players. In an era of player-power and coaches ‘losing the dressing-room’, Carey’s words almost resonate more when placed in a modern context. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO“He treated them like men”. he says.The game was changing a bit but under Jack the players ran that extra mile, that extra yard for each other. There was a real bond, a real spirit that Jack created. And that’s great management. He brought those players together and created the right environment. He also put the players in a great frame of mind. These lads loved playing for Jack. I scratched the surface of international football and it’s the proudest moment of my life wearing that jersey.The social side of it was fantastic. I remember he took us to the races and on the way back, there were the lads on the bus singing, ‘We love you Jack, we do’ so then we get off the bus somewhere in the middle of Dublin and head for a pint”.Carey continued to be on the periphery but a competitive appearance would elude him. He got close – very close – but not close enough. He had joined Brian Little’s Division 1 side Leicester City in late-1993 but Charlton decided against bringing him to the World Cup the following summer.“We had the qualifier in Belfast against Northern Ireland”, Carey remembers. Source: Paul Marriott“Myself and Phil Babb were numbers 19 and 20 in the squad that day so we weren’t on the bench. But we were in the dugout – just sitting there and getting abuse up in Windsor Park!I was fourth or fifth choice centre-half with Jack. So, when the announcement came it wasn’t a big surprise. I did play the last warm-up game in the March against Russia at Lansdowne Road. There was a corner and I smashed a half-volley but someone blocked it on the line so maybe if that had gone in things would’ve been different! I was just the type to get on with it, really. I can’t honestly say that I had a plan to get in the World Cup squad. I wasn’t thinking like that. It was just about getting ready for the next game”.Carey would never represent Ireland again after that but he continued playing right up until 2005 – a three-year stint at Filbert Street with the Foxes (where he was part of their promotion to the Premier League in 1994) and then a return to Wrexham, where he remained either as a captain, coach or manager for 15 years. Mar 24th 2017, 10:00 AM BRIAN CAREY’S FIRST senior start for the Republic of Ireland came against Wales.It was February 1993 and Jack Charlton’s side were enjoying a solid World Cup qualifying campaign. They had navigated two tricky away fixtures in Copenhagen and Seville against their Group 3 rivals and remained unbeaten after four games.Wales stopped by Tolka Park for what was an annual event – the fourth meeting between the sides in four years.Carey, a towering centre-back who made his name with local side Cork City before earning a move to Old Trafford in 1989, was still registered as a Manchester United player at the time but was on loan at Wrexham.He was on the fringes of Charlton’s international group and, somewhat crucially, was still 24. At the time, the centre of Ireland’s defence was proving problematic. Mick McCarthy had retired and ageing veterans like Kevin Moran and David O’Leary were creaking towards the exit door too. With another World Cup on the horizon, Charlton needed new blood. Alan Kernaghan and Phil Babb were options – as was Carey.He featured as an overage player in an U21 game against Switzerland in 1992 and Charlton was watching from the stands. He liked what he saw and gave Carey a first senior cap in a friendly with the US at Lansdowne Road the following month. Still, he had to wait almost twelve months to pull on a green shirt again. Source: Allsport/INPHO“I was an uncompromising centre-back so I fell into his category of someone who could do the defensive stuff, first and foremost”, Carey says.“I was rough, rugged, no-nonsense  but still very new to the professional game but I got away with it that day and we won 2-1. I was playing alongside David O’Leary at centre-back. He was coming towards the end of his career and I was beginning my international career, if you like. He was there to guide me through but he went off after about 10 minutes – Mark Hughes flattened him, I think – and they brought Roy back to centre-half with me and he showed me how to do it. But it was a bit of a blur, to be honest. Definitely more of a blur now”.Kevin Sheedy and Tommy Coyne scored that day, cancelling out Hughes’ opener, in front of a crowd of 9,500 on Dublin’s northside.Though his time in the senior setup was brief, Carey enjoyed Charlton’s ways and outlines how, though the basics were crucial, he was incredibly sharp and insightful when he needed to be.“It was no-nonsense with Jack. The tactics were very simple and everybody bought into it. There was a formula there that we all followed. Get it forward, don’t put the ball at risk, good starting positions on their goal-kicks, win your headers, win second balls, put their back-four under pressure, continually ask questions of their back-four. Like it or lump it, it was very effective. He was very organised – even down to the nth degree.center_img ‘I thought ‘I’ve had enough of this” – Brian Carey on volatile owners, Big Jack and a fresh start The Corkman has spent his life immersed in the daily grind of football but it’s time for a change. Source: Mike EgertonIn 2008, he took over as assistant boss at the Racecourse when Dean Saunders arrived. The pair developed an understanding over their three years together in the Conference and when Championship side Doncaster came calling, Saunders couldn’t resist – and neither could Carey.There was relegation in their first season, followed by an instant return and by January 2013, the club was top of the Championship table. Wolves, who were struggling, started sniffing around and pinpointed Saunders and Carey as their desired transfer-window targets. The deal was a rolling one-year contract. But when Wolves went down five months later, Saunders and Carey were sacked: a fifth managerial dismissal in 15 months. Source: Mike EgertonCarey took a step back, invested some more time in personal business projects and was hired by Blackburn as a development coach. But when League One outfit Chesterfield sought the services of Saunders in the summer of 2015, he wanted Carey as his assistant once again. He agreed but it proved another chaotic environment.Two-year contracts were signed but, after just six months, Saunders was sacked and Carey went with him.And that’s when he cut the chord and began to devote his experience and expertise to his own company: Sporting Referrals.“When Chesterfield happened, I just thought, ‘I’ve had enough of this’”, he says. By Eoin O’Callaghan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share11 Tweet Email “People at Wolves and Chesterfield gave me a job for a couple of seasons and after three or four or six months decided, ‘Actually, you no longer have a job’. I just got fed up. And I wanted anything where I had a bit more control. At the same time, I had been down in Portugal and Spain and spoke to some people there. They said, ‘Here are our facilities – if you know anyone who wants to use them, let us know’.Over the years, a lot of teams came across from Ireland, predominantly, and they’ve been stuck. They’ll forever say to me, ‘Can you organise a game for us?’ Or, ‘Can you take a coaching session for us?’ Or, ‘Can we come to Blackburn?’ Or, ‘Can we come to Wrexham?’ It may have been a schools team or whatever and I’d accommodate them. But over the last few years as well, you’ve had some companies absolutely ripping off these kids, overcharging them completely and it was costing them a fortune to go away on trips. What you had was non-football people organising football trips but unable to bring the kids into clubs, unable to get them good quality fixtures. That’s what I’ve been doing all my life. So, over the last year or 18 months, I’ve worked with professional teams, professional organisations. I have a group from Sweden coming over shortly. I’ve just worked with a school from Belfast last month. I had Dundalk down in Portugal in February. I had Cork City and Dundalk there last June. So, there have been all sorts onto me – just looking for that little bit extra that I can probably get for them”.Carey isn’t completely gone from the cut and thrust of club football, though. He’s a First Team scout for Tottenham – a job that takes him up and down the UK and Europe every week. When we chat, he’s on his way back home from St. George’s Park having watched England take on Norway in an U-19 fixture.“I was in Germany last week for four days and Denmark the week before and I’ve been able to combine both jobs so far”, he says. Source: Neal Simpson“I really enjoy both, to be honest. I’m not too sure what will happen in the next while. But it’s been very enjoyable and successful and it’s been busy. So long may it continue. In other words, if a coaching opportunity came up tomorrow would I jump ship and go back? The answer to that would be ‘no’. In terms of Sporting Referrals, I’m in charge at the moment and I needed that – after so many years of relying on everyone else.I met someone today who has just been sacked and he just said to me, ‘It’s amazing – my phone has just stopped ringing’. He’s no longer in a job so people don’t call him anymore – agents, people wanting something off him. He’s been out of work for about five or six months now.I meet more and more people that are looking at it and are saying, ‘I wouldn’t go back into it if another opportunity comes along’. Like, everybody loves the game. But the other side of the industry is crap. Very often it’s run by – and this is my experience – people who don’t have a plan. And they think they can do it themselves. And they don’t rely on people who have spent, maybe, 20 or 30 years in football. They have been successful in business for 10 minutes and think they know better. Everybody has an opinion about football. And they’re entitled to those opinions. But surely the guy who has been doing it for 25 or 30 years has more of an idea? Like, if you needed a lawyer tomorrow, you wouldn’t employ them and then tell him how to do their job. You wouldn’t dream of doing it.Carey discusses the clubs doing it in the right way, those with some clear objectives mapped out: Southampton in the Premier League and Huddersfield in the Championship.“Huddersfield is a fantastic example that’s floating under the radar, I think, of a team that’s making some real noise”, he says.“Stuey Webber  – a good friend of mine – is running it and along with the manager David Wagner and the owner, they’re all in it together. It’s just a fantastic success story. What they’re doing in comparison to some other clubs out there is just incredible. And that shows the strength of the partnership they have there. No one panics if they haven’t won in a few games because they have a plan. And they’ve all bought into it”.last_img read more

Future Final Fantasy XV Updates Will Enhance Gameplay and Deepen Story

first_img Cool Gifts for ‘Final Fantasy’ LoversGEEK PICK: Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition HD Stay on target Even though Final Fantasy XV is finally out in stores after being in production for the better part of a decade, it isn’t quite finished yet. Over the course of the upcoming year, the game will receive a number of free updates that will add new gameplay elements as well as brand-new cutscenes that are meant to deepen the overall story and the plotlines of certain characters.The upcoming changes were detailed on Square-Enix’s blog by FFXV director, Hajime Tabata. The first thing to be addressed in the patch will be the often criticized Chapter 13. Tabata didn’t go into much detail about how this segment will be changed, but he did say that the magical ring item has been buffed to make this portion less annoying to play through.Some aspects of FFXV‘s story weren’t thoroughly fleshed out. As such, new cutscenes that help explain the plot and character motivations will be introduced. However, Tabata makes it clear that this will take some time because these portions will need to be localized and voiced for multiple regions.Over on the gameplay side of things, a New Game Plus mode will be added that allows users to carry over stats from previous playthroughs over to a new game. New bosses with unique rewards and achievements/trophies will be introduced, as well as new playstyles like low-level runs and God Mode. Expect limited-time hunts also.There is no specific time frame on any of these updates right now, but considering how long fans have had to wait for Final Fantasy XV, I’m sure a few more months won’t hurt them. In addition to all of these free pieces of DLC, there will also be priced downloadable content that will trickle out during the holiday and over the next year. For December, a free update will allow the PlayStation 4 Pro version of the game to run at or close to 60 frames per second.last_img read more

How Facebook was able to siphon off phone call and text logs

first_imgThe news that Facebook’s Android app has been collecting call and text histories is yet another black eye for the social media giant. But just why was Facebook able to siphon off records of who its users were contacting — and when — in the first place?The short answer: Because Google let it. The longer answer: Well, it’s complicated.The social network acknowledged on Sunday that it began uploading call and text logs from phones running Google’s Android system in 2015 — first via its Messenger app and later through an option in Facebook Lite, a stripped-down version of its main app. Facebook added that only users who gave appropriate permission were affected, that it didn’t collect the contents of messages or calls, and that users can opt out of the data collection and have the stored logs deleted by changing their app settings.Facebook did not respond to multiple requests for more specifics. The kerfuffle over this data collection, first reported by the website Ars Technica , follows a week of turmoil for the social network involving charges that it allowed political consultants to steal the data of 50 million users in order to influence election.There’s a reason Facebook’s actions were restricted to Android phones. Apple locks down app permissions tightly, which offers more privacy protection to iPhone users. “Apple’s fundamental approach is to collect the minimum amount of information to keep the service running, and keep customers in control of the information,” said Rich Mogull, CEO of the security firm Securosis.But Android has long been more indulgent.Until recently, in fact, Google let app developers gain access to a phone’s call and text logs. All they needed was an app that required access to user contacts. Once users agreed, Android would then also grant access to those communication histories.last_img read more