Dog pooping, Jesus toast honored at this year’s Ig Nobels

first_imgCAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS—For just one moment last night, you might have guessed this was a typical scientific awards ceremony. An international team of biologists led by Vlastimil Hart of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague was describing an experiment on dogs. The researchers were trying to measure the animal’s ability to detect Earth’s magnetic field.But the moment of normalcy soon passed as the team explained its experimental method. After observing 70 dogs defecate 1893 times and urinate 5582 times over a 2-year period, the researchers noticed that the dogs sometimes aligned the axis of their bodies with the geomagnetic field. As the team reported last year in Frontiers in Zoology, on days with random geomagnetic fluctuations, the dog’s orientation while pooping and peeing also tended toward random. “And here’s the proof!” said Hart, as he and colleagues tossed baggies of what was claimed to be the experiment’s leftovers out to the audience in the packed Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. (This reporter did not check the contents.)Of course, this was no ordinary scientific award ceremony. Hart’s team was accepting one of the coveted 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes that celebrate research that “makes you laugh, and then makes you think.” The prize, organized by the Annals of Improbable Research, includes $10 trillion—actually a $10 trillion bill in Zimbabwean dollars, which is worthless—handed out on stage by one of several past winners of the real Nobel Prize, including Frank Wilczek and Richard Roberts.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Many animals are known to be able to perceive magnetic fields, from pigeons to mice, but the assumed purpose is for navigation. Even if canines really can sense Earth’s magnetic field, why would they align their bodies while crouching momentarily in one place? In his paper, Hart argues that dogs may be “calibrating” their inner compass. Perhaps like humans, dogs do some useful cogitation while doing their business.Dog poop wasn’t the only research to scoop a prize this year. Also recognized was a study with an enticing title that read, in part, “Seeing Jesus in toast,” which was first published online this past January in the journal Cortex. If you do see Jesus, Elvis, or any other face in the random light and dark spots on a piece of toast, you are “completely normal,” explained Kang Lee, a neuroscientist at the University of Toronto in Canada. The human brain seems to be so finely tuned to detect faces that most people experience pareidolia, the perception of nonexistent objects such as faces in a random signal.To find out exactly where in the brain pareidolia arises, Kang and colleagues scanned the activity of people’s brains while showing them images of light and dark pixels arranged randomly. For half of those images, the researchers told their subjects that there was a hidden face or letters. Sure enough, the subjects claimed to see the nonexistent faces and letters 34% and 38% of the time, respectively. The part of the brain that lit up with activity during those moments of pareidolia was the right fusiform face area, known to be responsible for facial recognition.To confirm that the people’s brains really were processing images of faces, the team used a technique called classification, which creates a composite image by mapping people’s brain activity to different images. Eerily, a facelike classification image emerged from the collective brain activity of people experiencing pareidolia.The other winners of this year’s Ig Nobel Prizes were equally zany and creative, from a measurement of the friction between a shoe and a banana peel to the modulation of the pain caused by a burning laser while people viewed good or bad art. See the full list here.last_img read more

Maharashtra to hold competition to promote startups

first_imgThe Maharashtra government will conduct a Business Plan Competition (BPC) to give a boost to industrial and economic growth and promote budding entrepreneurs and startups.Organised by the Maharashtra State Innovation Society (MSInS), the State government on Monday issued guidelines for conducting the BPC. Each district will have one such competition in every financial year. “Any individual, organisation, group or establishment can participate in the competition with an innovative business idea aimed at addressing a problem faced by the district, which can be converted in to a business model,” said the guidelines.In the districts, the BPC will be organised annually by the respective District Innovation Councils. Applications will be invited through the MSInS web portal in various sectors. The competition will be divided into three categories wherein applicants will suggest an innovative solution to an existing problem, or come up with an innovative product/process or service for the growth and betterment of the district.It also aims to provide a platform to schools, colleges and other institutions or individuals to propose innovative business ideas to address issues faced by local communities and society. The Maharashtra State Innovative Start-up Policy, 2018 provides for organising various events and competitions throughout the year to provide global exposure to the startup ecosystem and to further deepen the engagement between the Government of Maharashtra and the startup ecosystem.Participants will have to submit proof of concept and the business plan to participate in the competition. A total of 100 applications will be chosen from the entries in each district, and applicants will be asked to present their ideas on stage. “The winner will get a work order of up to ₹5 lakh from the department that the business model is related to. The district-level innovation society will mentor the winners for six months and they will be invited to participate in the Maharashtra Startup Week,” the guidelines said.last_img read more

NBA star Redick in racial slur storm

first_imgJJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Philadelphia 76ers star J.J. Redick defended himself on Sunday after the emergence of a video in which he appeared to use a racial slur to address NBA fans in China.In an online video compilation of NBA players sending seasonal greetings to fans celebrating Chinese New Year, Redick appears to refer to “chink” fans.ADVERTISEMENT “I just want to wish all of the NBA chink fans in China, a very happy Chinese New Year,” the 33-year-old says.Redick responded to the controversy on Twitter early Sunday, blaming a verbal slip for his use of the word.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Just saw a video that is being circulated of me wishing a happy new year to NBA fans in China,” Redick wrote.“Clearly I was tongue tied, as the word I purportedly said is not in my vocabulary. I’m disappointed that anyone would think I would use that word. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next View comments Meralco cuts off Ginebra Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “I love and respect our friends in China.”Redick joined the 76ers this season, the latest stop on a career that has included previous spells with the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers. /cbbcenter_img 60-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon PLAY LIST 01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:50Trending Articles06:12TD ‘Quiel’ may intensify into tropical storm — Pagasa01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Indian cricketer Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman set to retire

first_imgThe sun may soon set on one of the most joyous visuals in world cricket the wristy elegance of Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman.The stylish Hyderabadi cricketer is all set to call it a day after the two-Test series against New Zealand, commencing on August 23, in his home town.Laxman is expected to make the announcement on his retirement in a day or two.The man who has earned the moniker ‘Very Very Special’ for his masterful strokeplay has been out of form for the last two seasons, and reportedly told his close friends and a few sports correspondents on Friday that he had decided to retire from international cricket. He also said he would like to make an announcement to this effect before the commencement of the India-New Zealand Test series, for which he has been picked.”I would take a final call after discussing with my parents, wife, well-wishers, coaches and other friends,” he is learnt to have said.Laxman did not respond to calls and text messages when Mail Today tried to contact him to get confirmation about the reports on his retirement. Sources close to him, however, confirmed that he had made up his mind.Laxman made his Test debut in 1996 against South Africa and has so far played 134 Tests, scoring 8,781 runs including 17 centuries and 56 fifties, at an average of 45.97. He also played 86 ODIs, scoring 2,338 runs with six hundreds.The most disappointing aspect of his glorious career would be his failure of not playing in any of the four World Cup editions during his career span.advertisementSources said Laxman had, in fact, decided to announce his retirement much before the selection of team.”The retirement of Rahul Dravid brought a lot of pressure on him to follow suit, as he had not performed well in both the Test series in England and Australia. Since then, he was toying with the idea of quitting the international cricket,” sources said.In fact, Laxman’s average during the four-Test series against Australia was 19.38 and before that, he had just averaged 22.75 in the series against England.In between these two series, however, he had put up a good show against the West Indies in a three-Test home series by scoring 298 runs with a stupendous average of 99.33.Following the pathetic performance in Australia, Laxman was under pressure to quit, as there was criticism against him that he was blocking the way for youngsters. He was apprehensive that he might not be picked for the series against New Zealand, but the selectors have thought otherwise.They picked him in the squad as they apparently thought a senior cricketer like him would form the backbone of the team in the absence of Dravid. Thus, Laxman decided to play for the last time for the country. “Obviously, he wants to retire with grace by putting up a decent performance in the home series,” sources said.last_img read more

Tata Tiago launch delayed from March 28 to April

first_imgTata Motors much anticipated hatchback, Tata Tiago has yet another delay in its launch, with media reports stating that the car will now come sometime in April and not on March 28, as earlier reported. Reasons for the delay is not yet known.Tata Tiago, previously called Tata Zica, has undergone its second delay in launch, with the previous launch in January was pushed to March 28, after the car went through a name change due to the spread of Zika virus International emergency.ALSO READ:Tata Tiago launch scheduled for March 28However, the company is accepting bookings for the Tata Tiago hatchback at Rs 10,000, which has Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi as its global ambassador.Along with the Tiago, Tata Motors also has plans to bring facelift versions of the Zest, Bolt, Indica Vista and Indigo along with the new Nano in the market by 2017.DimensionsThe upcoming Tata Tiago hatchback will come with a wheelbase of 2400mm and will be 3746mm in length, 1647mm in width and 1537mm in height, with a ground clearance of 170mm.Moreover, the new hatchback will have a fuel capacity of 35 litres with kerb weight of 1080kgs and will sport 14″ alloy wheels.ALSO READ:Workers strike called off at Tata Motors plant in GujaratFeatures: The new hatchback will come with advanced gen ABS, EBD, corner stability control and speed sensing door auto lock along with dual front airbags and energy absorbing body structure for superior safety,.The upcoming Tata Tiago hatchback will come Follow-me halogen headlamps with fog lamps on the front. Moreover, the Tiago will also have a boot space of 242 litres.advertisementThe new hatchback will also have ConnectNext Infotainment by Harman, 8 speakers, AUX-IN, USB and Bluetooth Connectivity.Engine:The upcoming Tata Tiago will come with both petrol and diesel mills.ALSO READ:After Mahindra, now Tata Motors might introduce a down-sized millThe new Tata Tiago will come with a 1198cc displacement, three-cylinder, MPFi with MULTI DRIVE Revotron petrol engine churning out maximum power output of 84bhp and maximum torque of 114 Nm @3500 rpm, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It is also the first engine in its class with multi-drive mode (CITY & ECO).While the 1047cc displacement will come powered with three-cylinder, CRAIL with MULTI DRIVE, Revotorq diesel engine producing 69bhp and maximum torque of 140Nm @1800-3000 rpm, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It is also the first engine in its class with multi-drive modes (CITY & ECO).Competition:Tata Tiago will compete against the likes of Hyundai Grand i10 and the Maruti Suzuki Celerio in India.Price:We expect the Tata Tiago prices to start at around Rs 4 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) with the top variant for Rs 6 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) .ALSO READ:Tata Motors launches Signa range of commercial vehicleWatch this space for more information on Tata Tiago.last_img read more

Salman was not laid back during Sultan: Ali Abbas Zafar

first_imgMumbai, Jun 22 (PTI) Salman Khan is often known for his laid back and relaxed attitude but surprisingly director Ali Abbas Zafar says the superstar was completely dedicated while working on “Sultan”.”He (Salman) was not laid back at all. On paper he knew he cant afford to be laid back as he had to work hard for this film as he is racing against a steam engine…In wrestling, weight goes up and down. Physically, this film has been very challenging,” Ali told PTI.Even after going through the grueling training sessions and workouts in the gym, according to Ali, the 50-year-old actor never complained.”Only on hard days he used to say can I have an ice cream… But the day he was done he had four ice creams,” Ali added.The “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” star had to alter his weight from 100 kgs and then as per the instructions of Ali, he came down to 90 kgs and then to 82 kgs.”At the age of 50 to do all this within six to eight months takes a lot of hard work. Even when he was not working on sets he had to train for four hours. This is phenomenal for an actor enjoying such stardom,” he said.Apparently “Sultan” is the first sports film that Salman has done in his career.”This is Salmans first sports film and you do make some changes keeping his personality in mind. We wanted to make “Sultan” with him only. Whatever changes happened, it happened on the sets not on script level,” he said.advertisement”His understanding and experience helped us to make a better film. He did small changes and not the big things,” he added.The “Dabangg” Khan loves to flaunt his chiseled body on screen and “Sultan” required him to wear “langots”, considering the fact that he plays a wrestler.The “Gunday” helmer reveals that Salman was initially shy to wear a langot.”He is a very shy guy. He is very conscious about his body. He is the poster boy for everyone in the gym. Salman Khan is the bible of body building,” he added. (MORE) PTI KKP DK SHD RYSlast_img read more

LeEco’s Le Max2 outshines Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s Plus with CDLA technology

first_imgLeEco’s second generation Superphone, Le Max2, has abuzz in the smartphone industry in India, leaving its competitors far behind. Powered by unmatched specs and sublime aesthetics, Le Max2 also pioneers the futuristic CDLA audio technology. This gives Le Max2 a definitive edge against Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s Plus.LeEco’s second generation Superphone, Le Max2, has abuzz in the smartphone industry in India, leaving its competitors far behind. Powered by unmatched specs and sublime aesthetics, Le Max2 also pioneers the futuristic CDLA audio technology. This gives Le Max2 a definitive edge against Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s Plus.In a fast-paced world where people are glued to their smartphones round the clock, viewing content in some form or the other, a common concern among users is the quality of the audio-visual experience. With the growth in content consumption on the go, millennials demand that the overall video experience on their smartphones is well complemented with the audio. Therefore, not only how content is viewed but also heard on a smartphone becomes critical from a consumer perspective and this is an area most smartphone manufacturers have not shifted their focus to.So, here’s LeEco’s Le Max2 that boasts the company’s proprietary and world’s first Continual Digital Lossless Audio (CDLA) technology that will enable users to experience digital lossless audio.What gives Le Max2 a clear edge over Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s Plus are its superlative specs, one of them being the CDLA technology LeECo is pioneering in India and the world. In its second generation Superphone, LeEco has ditched the 3.5mm audio jack, and has instead opted for a USB Type-C port. The new CDLA music standard is all set to redefine audio experience in smartphones with its breakthrough technology and intelligence.advertisementAs competition surges in the smartphone industry, it becomes imperative for phone manufacturers to offer a distinct benefit proposition to users, but minus the hefty premiums that are usually attached to such unique features. Keeping this in mind, players like LeEco have taken impressive steps to ensure that their second generation Superphone Le Max2 that offers users an unmatched audio experience.An apples-to-apples comparison also shows that Le Max2 wins hands down when it comes to its display and camera quality and storage capacity, in addition to flaunting the Type-C port. Le Max2 also sports a powerful 21-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera, supports PDAF, optical image stabilization (OIS) and has 4K video recording capabilities, way ahead of its peers.All these superlative specs of Le Max2 will cost users only Rs 29,990 (6 GB + 64 GB version), while its competitors offer similar or lesser specs at a remarkably high price of Rs 48,900 (Galaxy S7) and Rs 54,600 (iPhone 6s Plus).With its distinct offerings and superlative specs, Le Max2 makes for an ideal choice for people looking to buy their next smartphone!So don’t wait because registrations for Le Max2 are already underway and are open only till 28 June 1 PM followed by the flash sale at 2 PM the same day.You can register either on LeMall or on Flipkart. Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by LeEco.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma’s historic 111* sets up India’s 7th successive T20I series victory

first_imgTeam India gave the perfect gift to the 50,000 fans present at the newly-rechristened Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International cricket stadium on the eve of Diwali as they crushed the West Indies by 71 runs to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series on Tuesday night.Chasing a mammoth 196 for victory, the Indian bowlers kept chipping in with wickets at regular intervals to win the first international cricket match hosted by the stadium in Lucknow.Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah ended up with two wickets each as India restricted the Windies to 124 for 9 in 20 overs.India vs West Indies 2nd T20I: HighlightsThe win helped India register its 7th successive T20I series win after the draw against Australia in 2017. Since then, they defeated New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Ireland and England in bilateral series besides winning the Nidahas Trophy.The win also extended India’s unbeaten streak in T20I series to nine. Before the series win over New Zealand, India had drawn with Australia and defeated Sri Lanka in a one-off T20 International.India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma blasts record 4th T20I hundred on Diwali eveThat’s that from Lucknow. #TeamIndia win by 71 runs and take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three match T20I series.#INDvWI pic.twitter.com/vceDTuMRX1BCCI (@BCCI) November 6, 2018It was yet another one-sided contest after Khaleel started the damage early on by picking up the wicket of in-form opener Shai Hope in the second over of the run chase.advertisementKhaleel struck again as he removed Shimron Hetmyer to reduce the visitors to 33 for 2 inside the powerplay overs.READ – Rohit Sharma overtakes Virat Kohli to become India’s highest run-scorer in T20IsKuldeep then joined the party as he snared the wickets of Darren Bravo and Nicholas Pooran in the 8th over to leave the Windies reeling at 52 for 4.Bumrah ended any hopes of a Windies comeback as he sent his Mumbai Indians teammate Kieron Pollard back to the pavilion in the 11th over.Also Read – Gavaskar, Manjrekar escape unhurt after glass door of commentary box shattersBhuvneshwar and Bumrah then wrapped up the contest with the wickets of Khary Pierre, Denesh Ramdin and Keemo Paul to end the match in India’s favour.Earlier, Rohit Sharma became the leading Indian scorer in Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) as he cracked an unbeaten hundred to help the hosts post 195/2 in their 20 overs after being put into bat.Hitman @ImRo45 now becomes the leading run scorer in T20Is for #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/6MHyYM34JPBCCI (@BCCI) November 6, 2018Rohit remained unbeaten after smashing 111 runs off 61 balls, his innings studded with eight fours and seven sixes as the tourists, who are trailing the three-match series 0-1, could not find an answer to the Indian stand-in captain’s brilliance after opting to bowl first.Rohit, who hit counterpart Carlos Brathwaite for a four in the third ball of the last over to bring up his fourth T20 ton — the most by any batsman — now has 2108 runs in the shortest format of the game. Regular skipper Virat Kohli is behind him at 2102 runs.What a player @ImRo45 #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/Ig7UhubLxIBCCI (@BCCI) November 6, 2018The Indian openers had to weather some good fast bowling by West Indies at the start, but from the moment Rohit broke the shackles with a six off the first ball of spin he faced, he looked unstoppable.Rohit smashed 20 runs off the last over with Lokesh Rahul (26 not out) for company. Rahul hit two fours and a six to further propel the score.Shikhar Dhawan (43 off 41; 3×4) also returned to form and joined hands with Rohit for a 123-run opening wicket stand.For the hapless Windies, Fabian Allen returned best figures of 1/33 as all the bowlers were taken to the cleaners by Rohit.The win helped India better its lead in the head-to-head record against the reigning world T20 champions. The two sides have met 10 times with the Windies winning 5 and India 4. One match ended in no result.last_img read more

Huddersfield Town 0 Everton 1

first_imgRicharlison’s early goal proved decisive as 10-man Everton eased the pressure on Marco Silva with a 1-0 win over Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town, with Jordan Pickford pulling off a pair of brilliant second-half saves.Silva has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks following a dismal run of two wins in 10 league matches, with Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round defeat to Millwall compounding Everton’s misery.Richarlison’s third-minute strike put them ahead, but despite offering little for much of Jan Siewert’s first game in charge, Huddersfield were handed a lifeline when substitute Lucas Digne was sent off. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Pickford made a superb stop from the resulting free-kick, and outdid his earlier effort late on to deny Elias Kachunga and secure a much-needed win.With Idrissa Gueye left out amid links of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, Tom Davies was recalled into Everton’s midfield, and the youngster made an immediate impact.Having made a clever run into Huddersfield’s box, Davies kept his cool to find Richarlison who, despite Jonas Lossl’s best efforts, tucked home at the second attempt.| Just what we needed. @Richarlison97 #EFCawayday pic.twitter.com/H0NAHhBVnH— Everton (@Everton) January 29, 2019Cenk Tosun headed Everton’s next chance wide, before turning provider with a subtle flick into Seamus Coleman, who sliced wide.Davies tested Lossl as Everton looked to double their advantage, but an injury to Leighton Baines forced Silva into a change.Digne was introduced but 11 minutes later he received his marching orders after hauling down Adama Diakhaby on the edge of Everton’s box.The impressive Pickford had to be alert to prevent Aaron Mooy’s free-kick restoring parity and he was on hand again with 10 minutes remaining, lunging to his right to parry Kachunga’s header wide and get Everton back on track. What does it mean? Siewert facing an uphill battleWhile Silva will have been impressed with Everton’s resilient response to their FA Cup exit, Tuesday’s encounter proves just how much work Siewert has to do at his new club. Huddersfield had their chances after Digne’s dismissal, but failed to take them – a problem that plagued former boss David Wagner – and the Terriers are now six points behind 19th-place Fulham, who came from behind to beat Brighton and Hove Albion.Pickford to the rescueEverton’s goalkeeper has not quite looked the same since his derby day mistake at Anfield, but the England international came to the visitors’ salvation with two fantastic saves.Digne makes a dismal cameoBaines impressed on his first Premier League start since August, though Silva would likely have had little concern about Digne’s ability to step in. The former Barcelona full-back, however, got caught cold by a long ball, and had no choice but to stop Diakhaby’s run and receive his marching orders.Key Opta Facts- Huddersfield have failed to score in 50 per cent of their home Premier League games (16/32) – the highest percentage in the competition’s history.- Digne’s red card was Everton’s third sending off of the season in the Premier League – only Leicester City (4) have seen more players sent off in the competition in 2018/19.- The Terriers have now failed to score in each of their last four games in all competitions – the Terriers last went longer without finding the back of the net in October 2002 (run of five).- Richarlison has scored 11 goals in all competitions for Everton this season, the same tally as Everton’s top goalscorer in all competitions in 2017-18 (Wayne Rooney). – Huddersfield are winless in their last 11 meetings with Everton in all competitions (D5 L6), since a 1-0 win in a top-flight match in March 1956.  What’s next?It does not get any easier for Siewert, as Huddersfield head to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, while Everton host Wolves at Goodison Park. read morelast_img read more

Prepare Now for Dry Period – ODPEM

first_imgJamaicans are being urged to begin preparations for the dry period, by increasing water storage and conservation measures. The advice, from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), comes against the forecast for below normal rainfall for the next three months. The dry spell usually begins in January and Director General of ODPEM, Ronald Jackson, said the public should make preparations now before an actual drought. “Typically, every January, we are faced with the beginning of a dry spell in our country, which is usually what we call the primary dry period. We are asking the public that even before the Met Office (Meteorological Service) declares a drought that they begin to practise certain mitigation measures and also preparedness measures, well in advance of such a declaration, because we are trying to promote a culture of prevention and readiness,” he said during an interview with JIS News. Mr. Jackson said mitigation methods include water conservation, rainwater harvesting and proper storage of water. “This will certainly assist us going through the proposed dry period,” he added. He said that the dry period is expected to last until the month of May leading into June.last_img read more

Greenpeace Boards Support Vessel in New Zealand Port

first_imgzoom Five Greenpeace activists, who were arrested after breaking into Port Taranaki and boarding a support vessel on January 31, have been released and are on their way home.The activists boarded the Mermaid Searcher in protest of oil and gas exploration when it arrived in New Zealand to collect resupplies for the Schlumberger-owned 125-metre long ship Amazon Warrior.According to New Zealand media reports, the activists appeared in court and were charged with unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle and with willful trespass.The Amazon Warrior is blasting thousands of square kilometres of the New Zealand seabed in search of oil and gas, Greenpeace climate campaigner, Amanda Larsson, earlier said.Prior to their arrest, the activist were warned by the police that officials from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) were travelling from Wellington to charge them under the controversial 2013 Amendment to the Crown Minerals Act.The Amendment makes it an offence to interfere with oil exploration ships at sea, and was passed under the National Government without public consultation or a Bill of Rights Act review.In April last year, Greenpeace activists, including Executive Director Dr Russel Norman, swam in front of the Amazon Warrior, 60 nautical miles off the Wairarapa coast, stopping it from seismic blasting for the day.The activists and Greenpeace were charged for the first time in New Zealand history by MBIE under the Anadarko Amendment. They face a year in jail and up to $300,000 in collective fines. They have pleaded Not Guilty and will face trial in April.last_img read more

I3 Technology StartUp Competition Provincial Winner Announced

first_img Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization. Target industries include clean technology, information technology, and life sciences. To learn more about the I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition, visit www.innovacorp.ca. Zone 1 (Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties) Water Drills International Inc., Jim Proudfoot and Lynn Christie, New Glasgow Zone 2 (Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties) Ventgrid Inc., Gord McPherson, Andre Veinotte and Anthony Smith, Chester–Zone 3 (Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties) The Bait Savour, Vince Stuart, Meteghan Centre–Zone 5 (Victoria, Inverness and Richmond counties, and Cape Breton Regional Municipality) J&K Scientific Inc., Krishnat Naikwadi, Edwardsville, Cape Breton Regional Municipality A Halifax biomedical company is receiving a $100,000 seed investment from Innovacorp to further its research to treat superbugs. Innovacorp announced DeNovaMed Inc. as the provincial winner of the I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition, marking the end of a five-month search to find the top start-ups in Nova Scotia.”Innovacorp’s I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition once again highlights the innovative and competitive entrepreneurial spirit that exists across Nova Scotia,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “This competition is helping deliver on jobsHere – the government’s plan to grow the economy.” DeNovaMed Inc.’s founders used computer-aided drug design to develop a new class of compounds with the potential to treat infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria, or superbugs. In the next 12-18 months, the company plans to evaluate its best compounds in animal models of infection, with an ultimate goal of bringing to market a truly new antibiotic. “Winning this competition allows us to grow our business, hire additional staff and market our product around the world,” said Christopher McMaster, CEO of DeNovaMed Inc. “The exposure and credibility of being named first is invaluable. Combining the cash, seed investment, and in-kind services with that, will really help us grow our business.” The provincial I-3 competition was launched Sept. 13. In the weeks after the launch, Innovacorp received 142 submissions from entrepreneurs across Nova Scotia. The purpose of Innovacorp’s I-3 competition is to find and support high potential early stage Nova Scotia knowledge-based companies, and encourage entrepreneurial activity across the province. The businesses chosen as first and second place award winners from across the province are excellent examples of types of companies that will fuel future economic growth. “DeNovaMed has a solid plan for future growth and we’re enthusiastic to be a part of its future success,” said Clifford Gross, president and CEO of Innovacorp. “Its compelling intellectual capital puts them in great standing in the rapidly growing market for effective antibiotics.” The I-3 competition allows Innovacorp and its partners to improve the business-building assistance they provide to knowledge-based companies in Nova Scotia.In total, $800,000 in cash, seed investment, and in-kind business-building services was awarded to the 10 winners. In addition to the $100,000 seed investment given to the provincial winner, the first-place zone winners each received $100,000 in cash and in-kind services and the second-place winners won a $40,000 package. DeNovaMed Inc. was selected as the provincial I-3 winner from among the five zone winners. It was the winner in Zone 4. The other winners were:last_img read more

La date limite approche pour répondre au sondage en ligne sur les

first_imgLe gouvernement provincial invite les parents, les élèves, les enseignants et les directeurs à répondre à un sondage en ligne au plus tard le vendredi 11 avril afin de contribuer à l’élaboration d’un bulletin scolaire amélioré en langage clair. Le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance cherche à obtenir des commentaires sur ce qui fonctionne bien et ce qui pourrait être amélioré en ce qui a trait aux bulletins scolaires provinciaux. « Il s’agit d’une occasion pour tous les Néo-Écossais de transmettre leurs idées sur la façon dont nous pourrions mieux répondre aux besoins des élèves et de leurs familles », a dit Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. « Nous devons faire en sorte que les familles reçoivent une rétroaction positive qui aide les élèves à déterminer leur niveau d’apprentissage et les améliorations possibles. » Le comité utilisera les résultats du sondage pour fournir des renseignements clairs aux élèves et à leurs familles, et pour aider les enseignants à maximiser l’apprentissage et les accomplissements de tous les élèves. Il est prévu que le comité présentera son rapport à la ministre le 30 avril. Le sondage se trouve sur le site www.ednet.ns.ca/reportcardreview/index-fr.shtml .last_img read more

US presidential candidate sues Google for hindering her campaign

first_imgSan Francisco: Tulsi Gabbard, one of the presidential candidates of the US Democratic Party, has sued Google for at least $50 million accusing the company of meddling with her campaign. Gabbard’s alleges that the search engine suspended her campaign’s advertising account for six hours following the first Democratic debate, EnGadget reported on Thursday. “In the hours following the 1st debate, while millions of Americans searched for info about Tulsi, Google suspended her search ad account w/o explanation. It is vital to our democracy that big tech companies can’t affect the outcome of elections,” a tweet from Gabbard’s official account read. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Gabbard’s campaign team also believes that its emails were being placed in Gmail spam folders at “a disproportionately high rate” compared to other Democratic contenders. “Google’s discrimination against our campaign reveals the danger of their dominance and how the dominance of big tech over public discourse threatens core American values,” another one of the presidential candidate’s tweet read. However, according to Google a spokesperson, its automated systems flag unusual activity from advertisers, like a sudden increase in spending. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The company says that in this case its system triggered a suspension that was pulled back in a short while. For now, Gabbard has filed a lawsuit against Google, details about which still remain unclear. According to the lawsuit, she sides with Senator Elizabeth Warren in the call for large tech companies to be broken up. While this lawsuit may not go anywhere, it is believed to be the first time a presidential candidate has sued a major tech firm, the report said. Gabbard is a military veteran serving as the US Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district since 2013. She is also the first Hindu member of the United States’ Congress.last_img read more

42 of Canadians see climate change as a national emergency poll

first_imgA new poll shows most Canadians believe climate change is currently a national emergency, or will become one soon.“Forty-two per cent of Canadians would now describe climate change as an emergency,” David Coletto with Abacus Data, explained.“Another 20 per cent say that it’s not yet an emergency but they think it will be one in the next few years.”The survey also found 70 were in support for what’s known as the Green New Deal, an idea of reducing greenhouse gases through a transition away from fossil fuels and major investments in green infrastructure.The survey found that climate change ranked second highest when asked about issues facing Canadians — only one per cent behind the rising cost of living.Coletto said the environment is going to be a hot issue on the federal campaign trail.“More and more Canadians are going to ask candidates and their leaders, when they come to the doorstep, what their plan is,” he explained.There has already been a divisive debate around the federal carbon tax.Voters head to the polls in October.The online poll was conducted from July 16 to 19 and surveyed 2,000 Canadian residents aged 18 and over. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of the same size is plus or minus 2.19 per cent, 19 times out of 20.Read the complete poll findings below:Climate Emergency Poll by CityNewsToronto on Scribdlast_img read more

Dikshit calls urgent meeting with DPCC working presidents

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Congress Chief Shiela Dikshit has called an urgent meeting with the three working presidents of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee on Tuesday, a senior party leader said.The meeting comes in the backdrop of Congress mulling its options to align with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi in its bid to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections, days after having unanimously decided to go it alone in Delhi. “An urgent meeting has been called with the three working presidents Devender Yadav, Haroon Yusuf and Rajesh Lilothia, at Sheila Diskhit’s residence,” a party leader said. The leader, however, did not elaborate on the agenda of the meeting.last_img read more

In Pictures, the 1st Day of the Colorful Gnaoua Festival in…

Rabat – The Gnaoua festival has already worked its magic on Essaouira. The city of wind has vibrated on the sound of magical Gnaoua music coming from Moulay El Hassan Place for the first evening of the Gnaoua World Music Festival.From June 21 until June 23, the 21st Gnaoua World Music Festival is a musical communion full of emotions, as much for the artists as for the public. This year’s festival has followed the tradition, starting with a colorful opening parade from Maâlems (Gnaoua singers) in Essaouira’s Bab Doukkala.Adnane ZemmamaAdnane ZemmamaThe ceremony was attended by André Azoulay, adviser to the King and founding president of the Essaouira-Mogador Association, and Neila Tazi, the event’s producer. Adnane ZemmamaAdnane ZemmamaAdnane ZemmamaThe show has kicked off with a mesmerizing encounter between the legendary American jazz fusion band Snarky Puppy and the unbeatable Maâlem Gnaoui Hamid El Kasri, who together delighted the festival-goers with fresh and resounding melodies, the fruit of a four-day artistic residency in Essaouira.Adnane ZemmamaThrough exclusive compositions, Snarky Puppy, a collective accustomed to collaborating with artists of all stripes, conquered the music lovers who danced and sang relentlessly to the new rhythms brought to the most famous songs by Maâlem Hamid El Kasri, such as “La Illaha Illa Lah”, “Bania,” or “Assalat Ala Nabi.”Adnane Zemmama“Being able to play, like tonight, alongside great musicians and spend several days learning new things from them is an incredible opportunity,” said Snarky Puppy’s bassist and composer Michael League to the MAP.“Gnaoua music has a particular spiritual significance that submerges the body and makes it go into a trance,” the three-time Grammy award winner added.A new generation of maâlems from Casablanca, made up of Ismael Rahil, Brahim Hamam and Khalid Sansi, were then invited to the mythical scene, located between the beach and the old medina of the port city, to give a warm show, shouting loudly that a Tagnaouite (Gnaoua) youth is there to ensure the succession of this oral heritage.Adnane ZemmamaFollowing the energetic band, the Moroccan group of fusion rock, hip hop, funk and folklore, Hoba Hoba Spirit took the stage to present their latest 13-track “Kamayanbaghi,” released in January 2018, reflecting the richness and diversity of the festival which always has new music in the program.Adnane ZemmamaThis unique musical event in Morocco began in 1998. Its purpose is to connect people with music and to allow listeners to forget life’s reality for a moment and indulge in spirituality.“Since the birth of the festival, its unique character has given it a place of choice in cultural events that have confirmed to the world that Africa is more than ever a land of dialogue and creation,” said Neila Tazi.The Gnaoua festival attracts an audience of 300,000 visitors each year. It offers a varied program to celebrate the Gnaoua heritage and to invite the best global jazz artists to come and perform in Essaouira.At the festival, the singers, called maâlems, begin to chant in Arabic or Gnaoui. The message is usually spiritual. read more

No one believes An Garda Síochana Calls for shakeup to garda management

first_imgIn February 2017 An Garda Síochána indicated the full results of the audit would be available by the end of Q2 2017. The latest revelations come as part of what is a never-ending crisis. It is a mess. Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said that she is concerned. This is not good enough.“The Minister must demand a comprehensive explanation from Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan about this latest debacle. The Minister must also make a detailed statement to the Dáil.”Explanation? Source: Eamonn FarrellThe Tánaiste this afternoon released a statement looking to clarify the timeline of events and action taken in relation to the breath tests and court summonses (or fixed charge notices, which is what they should have been). THE TÁNAISTE HAS called a massive administrative and logging error by gardaí “appalling and staggering”.Yesterday, it was revealed that gardaí miscounted the number of breath tests they carried out over the past five years by almost one million.It was also revealed that 146,856 summonses to court were wrongly issued to drivers over the past 10 years. The assistant commissioner of An Garda Síochána said it was also possible that some of these people could take legal action against the State.In an interview with RTÉ News, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald called the scale of the error “appalling and staggering”. Short URL 20,523 Views 88 Comments Also on the 10 June 2016 the Department was informed that an audit was under way in relation to mandatory alcohol testing.The audit began because of concerns that were raised about the data held in relation to breath tests. An Garda Síochána indicated in June 2016 that solutions had been put in place in both circumstances.Fitzgerald said that it was for situations and cases like this that the Policing Authority was established. She said that she spoke to the chair of the Authority, who would be examining “the full facts about how this happened, why it happened.”Fitzgerald also said that the Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has assured that measures have been taken so that the breath test mistake won’t occur again.“I have made it clear to the Commissioner,” Fitzgerald said in a statement this evening, “That the practices that allowed this misreporting to happen within An Garda Síochána over many years need to be fully addressed and the new systems that she has put in place will need to be robust, tested and verified in the time ahead.”Read: Garda errors led to thousands of drivers being wrongly convictedRead: Gardaí recorded almost one million more breath tests than they actually carried out Share4 Tweet Email By Gráinne Ní Aodha The public will be concerned about the discrepancy in relation to the million figure, which means effectively that it was across the whole system.“So it does raise issues around supervision and accountability in relation to this issue.”Solidarity TDs meanwhile are calling on the Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to resign, saying that ‘no one can believe a thing coming from An Garda Síochána’. Paul Murphy: “This equates to every single Garda in the country logging 65 false breath tests.” Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.iePaul Murphy TD said “The cliché about this being the straw that broke the camel’s back would normally apply when it comes to Commissioner O’Sullivan’s tenure but the reality is that she should already have vacated her position over the victimisation of the whistle-blowers.”Ruth Coppinger agreed, saying: ‘No one believes An Garda Síochana’: Calls for shake-up to garda management The Policing Authority is to examine the full facts of how and why two massive garda admin errors occurred. Friday 24 Mar 2017, 5:48 PM In relation to the fixed charge notices An Garda Síochána issued a press statement on 10 June 2016 and wrote to the Department to indicate they were conducting a nationwide audit. https://jrnl.ie/3305299 As a result of this audit a further report was provided to the Department on 14 March 2017 and the final figures were presented by An Garda Síochána at their press conference on 23 March 2017. Image: RollingNews.ie Ministers Shane Ross and Frances Fitzgerald should immediately face the public and tell us what they are going to do. The first place they should start is with the Commissioner by demanding her resignation.Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said that confidence in management at An Garda Síochána was “already on the floor”.Some of these scandals surrounding the gardaí were the penalty-points scandal, the controversy surrounding the tapping of phone calls at garda stations, and the force’s treatment of whistleblowers. Image: RollingNews.ie Mar 24th 2017, 5:48 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Zelda Plus Raspberry Pi Equals Ocarinapowered Home Automation

first_img Long before Breath of the Wild, there was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It’s one of the best games (if not the best game) ever to hit the Nintendo64, solely because it featured a freaking ocarina with phenomenal magical powers.Not really, obviously. OOT had tons going for it, but the spell songs were definitely one of the things that made the game so memorable. If you’ve ever wished you owned your very own magical musical sweet potato, you’re closer now that you might realize to making that happen.There is mysterious power in these notes… to control your smart home, that is! Thanks to one intrepid tinkerer/Zelda fanatic, you too may soon be able to experience the wonder of Link’s ocarina your everyday life.You won’t be able to magically fill bottles with milk, but you could theoretically open doors a la Zelda’s Lullaby… just like creator Allen Pan does in his YouTube video. Allen’s also cleverly linked Song of Storms to a humidifier, uses Bolero of Fire to crank up his thermostat, and Sun’s Song to brighten up the living room.One thing that makes Allen’s setup so wonderful is the fact that he’s not specifically using smart home gear. His smart lock, for example, is the fantastic hand-built thing you see down below. The black cylinder emblazoned with the iconic logo hides the brains of the operation (a Raspberry Pi) and listens for a song to be played. It responds to each note by lighting up a LED and then zap commands wirelessly to the device that needs them.Allen hasn’t posted any instructions yet, but he did tell one commenter that tutorial videos are coming. In the meantime, grab yourself another Raspberry Pi and some ESP8266 WiFi modules and prepare for a truly epic build. Rhythm Game Spin-Offs We Want After ‘Cadence of Hyrule’Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild Stay on targetlast_img read more