Captive orcas speak dolphin

first_imgTwo years ago, scientists showed that dolphins imitate the sounds of whales. Now, it seems, whales have returned the favor. Researchers analyzed the vocal repertoires of 10 captive orcas (Orcinus orca), three of which lived with bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and the rest with their own kind. Of the 1551 vocalizations these seven latter orcas made, more than 95% were the typical pulsed calls of killer whales. In contrast, the three orcas that had only dolphins as pals busily whistled and emitted dolphinlike click trains and terminal buzzes, the scientists report in the October issue of The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. (Watch a video as bioacoustician and co-author Ann Bowles describes the difference between killer whale and bottlenose dolphin whistles.) The findings make orcas one of the few species of animals that, like humans, is capable of vocal learning—a talent considered a key underpinning of language.*Correction, 8 October, 2:24 p.m.: In the video, Ann Bowles describes the difference between killer whale and bottlenose dolphin whistles, not killer whale and orca whistles, as was previously reported.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(*)last_img read more

Confusion over Pakistan’s departure for India, no decision yet on Dharamsala

first_imgIn a late night development on Tuesday, Pakistan has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to shift the March 19 World Twenty20 match against India from Dharamsala to a different location due to security concerns. However, NDTV reported that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has allowed the men and women’s teams to depart for India to play the World T20 .As far as Himachal is concerned, no matter which team plays, we’ll provide them safety- Virbhadra Singh #Dharamshala ANI (@ANI_news) March 9, 2016But India Today understands that the Pakistan team won’t travel to India today. The Pakistan cricketers were due to depart at noon on Wednesday from Lahore for New Delhi, according to original plans. Meanwhile, reports suggested that the India-Pakistan match is likely to be shifted to Eden Garden in Kolkata.”If the organisers decide to shift the Pakistan match out of Dharamsala, the likely venue will be Kolkata,” India Today consulting editor Boria Majumdar said on Wednesday. “Mohali already has a couple of Pakistan games and an India game. Cricket Association of Bengal President Sourav Ganguly has also expressed his willingness to host the match. West Bengal Chief Mamata Banerjee will extend full support,” he said.  BCCI sources also said Kolkata was the ideal alternate venue for the India-Pakistan clash. “Logistically, and from security point of view, Kolkata is the ideal place for the match as they would not have to travel to Dharamsala… It’s feasible from broadcasting point of view as they would not have to the cost for taking the expensive broadcasting kit to another venue,” a BCCI official told PTI.advertisementAs per the ICC itinerary, the Pakistan team is slated to camp in Kolkata where they will play two warm-up games (against Bengal, March 12 and Sri Lanka, March 14) and one in the main round against Group A qualifier March 16.As per the schedule, Pakistan were to arrive late Wednesday evening and fly out to Dharamsala on March 17 but if the match is shifted they will remain in Kolkata till March 20 before heading to Mohali where they face New Zealand March 22.After a recce of Dharamsala, the PCB were reluctant to play there citing security concerns.”The Himachal Pradesh chief minister has not committed full security for the match and the Indian government has also not come up with any assuring statement… Under the prevailing circumstances how can we allow our team to play there?” PCB chairman Shahryar Khan said on Tuesday.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

US boxer Patrick Day in coma after vicious KO

first_imgUS sports broadcaster ESPN reported that Day had emergency brain surgery and went into a coma, but did not say whether he fell into the coma or it was induced by the doctors.No details of the head injury were given and the promoter, Matchroom Boxing, did not issue a statement on Saturday night other than to say Day was transported to a local hospital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“Please pray for Pat!! Come home safe!,” Conwell wrote on his social media Twitter account following the fight.Conwell, a 2016 American Olympian, was dominating the super welterweight fight dropping Day in the fourth and eighth rounds and then landed a right hand in the 10th which caused Day to stumble. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Seconds later he rocked Day with a massive left hook that resulted in Day falling backwards and his head bouncing off the canvas. Referee Celestino Ruiz called off the fight at one minute, 46 seconds of the round.Day lay on the canvas for several minutes while receiving medical treatment before being removed from the ring.Day was coming off a loss in June to Carlos Adames in New York. He has 17 wins and four losses and one draw in his pro career which began in 2013.Day was fighting on the undercard of Russian Dmitry Bivol’s World Boxing Association light-heavyweight world title defence against Lenin Castillo.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuecenter_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Team Lakay’s Adiwang scores impressive win, Kingad falls to Johnson in ONE: Century This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 12: Patrick Day is taken out of the ring after being knocked out in his Super-Welterweight bout against Charles Conwell at Wintrust Arena on October 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Dylan Buell/Getty Images/AFPAmerican Patrick Day was in a coma after suffering a serious head injury Saturday night following a vicious knockout by unbeaten Charles Conwell during a boxing card in Chicago, US media reported.The 27-year-old Day was unconscious when he was taken from the ring in a stretcher and loaded onto a waiting ambulance at the Wintrust Arena. Fight broadcaster DAZN said Day suffered a seizure in the ambulance and needed a breathing tube once he arrived at the hospital.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

first_imgFormer captains Rahul Dravid (India), Ricky Ponting (Australia) and former England women’s team wicket-keeper Claire Taylor have been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.Dravid became only the fifth player from India to be named in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame while Ponting is the 25th from Australia to do so. Taylor is the seventh woman overall and the third female player from England to be named in the list.The three players were chosen by former inductees and members of the media.Dravid said “to find your name in a list of all-time greats across generations is something one only dreams of while setting out on a cricket career.”Ponting, who scored more than 13,000 runs in both tests and one-day internationals, said “I loved every moment of my journey as a player and am so very proud of the team and personal achievements along the way.”Taylor said it was a great honor to be inducted “alongside some of the greatest names of the men’s and women’s game from across the world and throughout the generations, players who I looked up to during my playing career and hold in great esteem.”Dravid and Ponting have both scored more than 10,000 runs in Tests and ODIs.Dravid aggregated 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with 36 centuries and 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs with 12 centuries, and was in 2004 named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year as well as the ICC Test Player of the Year.Dravid, who played a solitary Twenty20 International, was also a brilliant slip fielder and finished his Test career in 2012 with 210 catches, which is a world record.advertisementPonting too ended his career in 2012, amassing 13,378 runs in 168 Tests with 41 centuries and 13,704 runs in 325 ODIs with 30 centuries. Named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and as the ICC Test Player of the Year in 2006, Ponting reached four ICC Cricket World Cup finals, winning in 1999, 2003 and 2007.He captained Australia in a record 26 successive unbeaten ICC Cricket World Cup matches from 2003 to 2011 and led the team to victory in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2006 and 2009. He also featured in 17 Twenty20 Internationals.Taylor, who scored 103 runs in 15 Tests, 4,101 runs in 126 ODIs and 615 runs in 21 T20Is, was named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2009. She was named the player of the tournament in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 and in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2009.She ended her career with an average of more than 40 in both Tests and ODIs. In Tests, she finished with 18 catches, In ODIs, she had 41 catches and five stumpings and in T20Is she had 12 catches and two stumpings.last_img read more

Lascelles lands new six-year Newcastle deal

first_imgTransfers ‘Over the moon’ Lascelles lands new six-year Newcastle deal Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 00:29 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lascelles - Cropped Getty Images Transfers Newcastle United Premier League The 23-year-old defender has committed his long-term future to St. James’ Park by signing a new contract with the club until 2023 Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has been rewarded for a fine start to the Premier League season with a new six-year contract.Lascelles, 23, signed a new deal on Friday that will keep him at St James’ Park until 2023, having scored two winning goals already in 2017-18, against Swansea City and Stoke City.Newcastle 10/1 to be relegated Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The defender joined from Nottingham Forest in 2014 and spent an additional year on loan with his former side, meaning this is his third campaign with Newcastle’s squad.Rafael Benitez made him captain at the start of last season, in which Newcastle won promotion from the Championship.”I’m over the moon,” Lascelles told the club’s website.”Since I came to Newcastle, I’ve been happy; I love the city, the football and the fans. Everything about it, I enjoy so I’m happy to be tied down for the next six years here.”We’ve got a group of ambitious lads, the fans are excellent and the manager has got trust in me, so I’m really happy here and I want to take the club as high as it can go.”More from our exclusive NUFC TV interview with @Lascelles16, who has today signed a new contract with #NUFC— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 6, 2017Benitez has been impressed by Lascelles’ development since his own arrival at the club last year.”As soon as I made the decision to make Jamaal the captain of Newcastle United, he rose to the challenge and he has developed as a player and a character,” said Benitez.”He has proven himself to be a very good leader and a good role model too.”He has also improved as a player, responding well to our advice and guidance and getting better with every game.”I would like to congratulate him on his new contract with the club, it is very well deserved.”Lascelles has appeared in all seven of Newcastle’s Premier League games this season, with Benitez’s men due to play away to Southampton after the international break.last_img read more

Giveaway: North Street Bags Offers Up Daypack and Travel Pouch from Latest Collab

first_imgNorth Street Bags is something of an outlier in the bag-production world. Not only do they try to source all their materials within the United States, but they go the extra mile and make every attempt to get their fabrics, trim, and hardware parts specifically from the Pacific Northwest. And, if that wasn’t good enough, they also imagine, design, and build all of their backpacks, duffels, totes, and bike panniers in small batches in their Portland, Oregon, production facility.By building every bag in-house and sourcing the components locally and from elsewhere in United States, the folks at North St. can guarantee a quicker turnaround and adapt to customer needs on the fly. It also keeps costs low, since they don’t have to deal with wasteful transportation, excess inventory, and long-term commitments that are likely to arise when sourcing overseas.Now you have your chance to own a Davis daypack and Pittock travel pouch from North Street Bags’ latest collaboration: NSB X Kiriko Made.Kiriko Made, another Portland-based brand, focuses on creating unique garments and accessories out of vintage fabrics and denims sourced directly from Japan. The Manual is proud to say our very first collaboration was with Kiriko Made a little over three years ago.Two first-prize winners will each receive:NSB X Kiriko Made Davis DaypackThe lightweight daypack features a roll-top closure, waterproof drop liner made of sailcloth, and an exterior of 1000 percent denier Cordura nylon. With contoured shoulder straps and a slim profile, the daypack is extremely versatile going from the forest to Fifth Avenue without missing a beat. The uniquely patterned Kiriko Made fabric is featured prominently on the exposed portion of the pack, adding a flash of visual interest and style swerve not often seen in built-to-last backpacks.Two second-prize winners will each receive:NSB X Kiriko Made Pittock Travel PouchThe travel pouch is made from the same materials and Kiriko Made fabric. It’s the perfect size for storing cables, chargers, or other odds and ends that tend to sink to the bottom of daypacks.Enter below for your chance to win a daypack and travel pouch from North Street Bags and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more chances to win. Editors’ Recommendations The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men 8 Sling Bags That Are More Than Just Man Bags 12 Best Travel Backpacks to Take With You on the Road 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Ooni 3 Portable Pizza Oven Produces Perfect Pies on the Golast_img read more

Town Hall Meeting at Heroes Circle Oct. 25

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the announcement during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 2). The Government is to host a town hall meeting at Heroes Circle on October 25, where all members of the community and stakeholders will be invited to participate in discussions on the proposed development of National Heroes Park.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the announcement during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 2).He was responding to questions posed by Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting.“We will answer their questions and address their concerns. In keeping with this commitment, a contract has been prepared for the retention of the Social Development Commission – the agency mandated to lead interventions and sensitisation of communities regarding government programmes – to lead this aspect of the project going forward,” Mr Holness explained.He said the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has also initiated consultations with the Member of Parliament and Councillors of the Central Kingston constituency, and stakeholders such as the Wolmer’s Trust, technical and professional persons, and members of the construction industry, to seek their input on the way forward.The Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Construction America (CCA) for the crafting of technical plans for the development of a ‘Centre of Government’ at National Heroes Park.The MOU will see the establishment of a model for a purpose-built space to house the Jamaican Parliament, ministries, departments and agencies, possibly a Jamaican museum, and other commercial and residential buildings.Prime Minister Holness also informed that the Government is engaged in a project feasibility study, which will consider viable options and modalities for financing and implementation of the Government Oval Project.“Depending on the outcome of that study, financing and/or implementation of the Government Oval Project, in whole or in part, may be finalised by way of an open and competitive process where local and foreign entities are able to compete for participation,” he informed.The Prime Minister also reiterated that the Master Plan for the development does not propose the demolition of virtually all buildings around the National Heroes Park, including the existing Ministries of Finance, Education, and Labour and most of Allman Town.“It proposes redevelopment of the area around the park. The development proposal has considered the accommodation of government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to the east, west and south of the National Heroes Park as well as the further upgrade of the adjoining residential neighbourhoods, which include Allman Town,” Mr. Holness noted. He was responding to questions posed by Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting. The Government is to host a town hall meeting at Heroes Circle on October 25, where all members of the community and stakeholders will be invited to participate in discussions on the proposed development of National Heroes Park.last_img read more

Federal food safety watchdog says brand of baby formula recalled

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal food safety watchdog says a brand of baby formula has been recalled due to rancidity and the product being off-colour.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Abbott Laboratories is recalling its Calcilo XD powder.The CFIA says there have been reported illness associated with the consumption of the product, but it did not specify how many were affected.The agency says rancid food has an unusual odour and should not be consumed as it may cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.It says the formula was distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.The CFIA says it’s conducting a food safety investigation which could lead to other products being recalled. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New Premier tells Albertas Indigenous peoples I am looking forward to consulting

first_imgNicole Robertson, of Calgary said she voted NDP after once having a one-on-one conversation with Prentice about murdered and missing Indigenous women.She said he didn’t give her any straight answers.However, it was the promise from the NDP on the matter that swayed her support in their direction.“To me that’s really important. We are at an all-time breaking point, a national crisis in this country,” said Robertson. “In Alberta there’s a high number (of missing and murdered Indigenous women). I’m hoping this new government will assist in the prevention of missing and murdered Indigenous women and our men.”“To Alberta’s Indigenous Peoples, the trust that we have been given tonight is a call to be better neighbours and better partners.” Rachel Notley Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsHopes are high among many of Alberta’s Indigenous communities after Tuesdays historic election that saw a 44-year run of Conservative rule come to an end.The NDP, led by Rachel Notley, committed to a renewed partnership with Alberta’s Aboriginal peoples that included a promise to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and making it law in the province.Notley also outlined commitments to tackle issues like supporting a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women; working to solve land claims and addressing consultation issues.A high number of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Albertans turned out to vote and according to a sample from Elections Alberta, they voted NDP.Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam attended the packed NDP celebration in Edmonton Tuesday night and congratulated Notley in person on her win.His band, north of Fort McMurray and the tar sands, has long-standing environmental concerns over oil exploration and development.He said he’s looking forward to working with Notley to revisit tar sands regulation.“We have to build that new bridge with the new premier of Alberta,” said Adam. “Ms. Rachel Notley is more than willing to sit down with Aboriginal people and leaders across this province of Alberta, so be it, I’m game to do it.”He said some Alberta chiefs were unsure of the prospect of a new government and were still hanging onto the promises made by the former government led by Jim Prentice who resigned as leader of the Conservatives and gave up his seat in the legislature.“Some of the older chiefs wanted to support Prentice because of the commitments he made prior to the election, but those commitments aren’t there anymore,” said Adams. “They had 44 years to live by it. Why so long?”Assembly of First Nations regional chief Cameron Alexis told APTN National News that the NDP were the only party to reach out to First Nations in the province.“I sincerely thank premier-elect Notley for recognizing the Indigenous peoples of Alberta and the will to work with us,” Alexis said in a statement to APTN. “She further reached out to ask for the Aboriginal votes! This was not evidenced by the other parties! We look forward to a positive relationship with the NDP and begin the path to move forward on all issues relative to First Nations and all Albertans.”Social media is believed to have played a strong role on influencing Indigenous voters.Calgary based social media blogger and activist Lowa Beebe said she saw lots of election information distributed and shared via social media.“This is now a tool in our history. Our communities always worked together and were stronger together, well on social media we are now together,” said Beebe. “It’s us talking and having discussions on this new medium that’s here to stay.”Promises from NDP Platform[wooslider slideshow_speed=”4.5″ slider_type=”attachments”] Katherine Swampy, one of five Aboriginal candidates in the campaign, ran in the riding of Drayton Valley-Devon which includes her home community of Maskwacis.She spent long days door-knocking and said it was the first time her community members had anyone from a provincial election include them in their outreach.Swampy came in third.“My achievements in this election were not just my own, it lifted my entire community,” said Swampy who added that many people were inspired by her. “I was told that my efforts as an Aboriginal woman had an effect throughout the province as this election had more Aboriginal voters than ever before.”As for the success of her peers and the promises that they made, Swampy is confident they will follow through.“It was the only party that had any type of platform that included Indigenous people. I am super proud. I’m unbelievably proud that we are the new government.”During her victory speech Notley acknowledged Alberta’s Indigenous people.“To Alberta’s Indigenous peoples, the trust that we have been given tonight is a call to be better neighbours and better partners. And I am looking forward to consulting with you and learning from you,” said Notley in her victory speech.It was a line that took Chief Allan Adam by surprise.He said he’s never heard an Alberta leader mention Alberta’s Aboriginal peoples in a victory speech.“Finally, we are going to go somewhere if she means what she says,” said Adam.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Morocco’s BCIJ Dismantles a New Terrorist Cell in Nador

Rabat – A Nador-based terrorist cell affiliated with ISIS was dismantled on Friday by the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), the Ministry of the Interior announced.The cell, composed of four active members, three of which were arrested this morning, was operating in the north of Morocco, in the towns of Bni Bouifrour, Bni Nsar, Driouech and Martil.According to the ministry’s statement, the dismantled cell was planning attacks on strategic buildings, tourist sites and specific individuals. The suspects had engaged in propaganda activities for the benefit of ISIS and were trained by the terrorist group in the hand manufacture of explosives.The BCIJ’s raid resulted in the seizure of electronic equipment, documents inciting violence, and sketches reproducing the ISIS logo.The communique also explained the investigations of the BCIJ revealed that the members of this cell planned terrorist operations in Morocco, through the use of explosives, targeting sensitive and tourist destination in hopes of inflicting maximum damage and casualties. The cell also planned to conduct many assassinations. read more

Kim looks to Russia as sanctions bite North Korea’s economy

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Two months after he failed to win a badly needed easing of sanctions from President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is travelling to Russia in a possible attempt to win its help as the U.S.-led trade sanctions hurt his country’s already-struggling economy.There are no signs of a financial or humanitarian crisis in North Korea. But some observers say the sanctions, toughened over the past several years, are gradually drying up Kim’s foreign currency reserves and he is desperate to find ways to bring in hard currency. His propaganda service is already saying that North Koreans can survive with only “water and air.”Russia, along with China, has called for the easing of the sanctions, though both are members of the U.N. Security Council, which has approved a total of 11 rounds of sanctions on North Korea since 2006. Some experts say Kim may ask Russian President Vladimir Putin in a meeting set to take place in Vladivostok on Thursday to voice strong opposition to the sanctions, enforce them less stringently and send humanitarian food aid to North Korea.It’s still unclear how much assistance Kim could get from Putin. Along with China, Russia isn’t likely to want to openly evade the sanctions and face diplomatic friction with the United States. More than 90% of North Korea’s foreign trade has gone through China, with which it shares a long, porous land border.Analyst Go Myong-Hyun of the Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies said Kim’s Russia trip, the first by a North Korean leader since 2011, may have been planned long before the February breakdown of the second summit between Kim and Trump in Vietnam. Go said North Korea and Russia had wanted to discuss economic co-operation if the summit had resulted in an easing of sanctions.What will still likely be on the agenda is a request by Kim for food aid. In February, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations, Kim Song, issued an unusual appeal for “urgent” food assistance. North Korean officials blamed the shortage on bad weather and the sanctions.Analyst Cho Bong-hyun of Seoul’s IBK Economic Research Institute said North Korea needs more than 1 million tons of food aid, so it would want Russia to provide hundreds of thousands of tons of corn, flour and other foodstuff. Russia could send North Korea food, but mostly in a secret manner, Cho said.Kim will also likely raise the issue of thousands of North Korean workers in Russia, who must return home along with other overseas North Korean workers worldwide by the end of this year under the U.N. sanctions.“There is a high possibility that Kim will ask Putin to be flexible on the issue as it’s related to the inflow of dollars,” said analyst Shin Beomchul of the Asan institute. He said North Korea may seek to persuade Russia to overlook North Korean visitors with short-term non-employment visas engaging in illegal work.In May last year, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said North Korea sends an estimated 50,000 workers aboard, mostly to China and Russia. Most work at factories, construction sites, lumber camps and restaurants. They often toil in tough working conditions and large portions of their salaries are taken by North Korea’s government, according to activists and defectors.After Kim failed to get sanctions relief from Trump in Vietnam, he called for national unity under the banner of self-reliance to surmount the sanctions. His state media called self-reliance “the treasured sword,” a term previously used to refer to his nuclear weapons.“It is necessary to sweep away the whirlwind of sanctions by the hostile forces,” Kim said in a rare speech at the country’s rubber-stamp parliament earlier this month.The Vietnam summit collapsed after Trump rejected Kim’s calls for the end of five of the 11 sanctions that he said impede his country’s civilian economy in return for partial steps toward nuclear disarmament. They include a ban on key exports such as coal, textiles and seafood; a significant curtailing of oil imports; and the repatriation of North Korean overseas workers by December.These sanctions, approved one by one since 2016 when Kim began a series of nuclear and missile tests, are inflicting more pain than the six previously imposed sanctions that largely target North Korea’s weapons industry.The new sanctions especially affect North Korea’s official external trade. According to China Customs figures, China’s imports from North Korea dropped by 88% and exports to the North by 33% in 2018. South Korea’s central bank said North Korea’s economy contracted 3.5% in 2017 from a year earlier.North Korea monitoring groups in Seoul say the prices of rice and other key commodities at hundreds of markets in North Korea remain largely unchanged. South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers last month that it hasn’t detected any signs of mass starvation.Some experts say Kim has likely used some of his foreign currency reserves to import goods from China to maintain price stability. Some say North Korea’s huge trade deficit may have been offset by illicit border trade with China that is likely thriving again with lax enforcement of the U.N. sanctions. Others say North Korea is trying to locally produce items it had imported.“It’s certain that North Korea is releasing a large amount of money,” Go said. “When its money runs out, it’ll face an urgent situation and step up calls for sanctions relief.”There is no independently confirmed data on the size of North Korea’s foreign currency reserves. Go said some economists estimate them at $5 billon. Outside speculation varies over how long North Korea can withstand the impact of the sanctions without major economic and social chaos.Cho speculates North Korea will likely hold out for the next three to five years. But others say it could face a drain on its foreign currency reserves sooner, by December or next year at the earliest.Whether the sanctions will eventually force Kim to fully give up his nuclear program is unclear. Kim considers his nuclear weapons a stronger security assurance than any non-aggression promises the U.S. could offer. In his April 12 parliamentary speech, he described the sanctions as a plot to disarm North Korea before trying to overthrow his government.If there is an indication of a humanitarian crisis in North Korea, many experts say China will likely make large-scale food shipments to prevent the exodus of refugees from the North.Thae Yong Ho, a former minster at the North Korean Embassy in London who defected to South Korea in 2016, said in a recent blog post that there are rumours among North Korean residents that Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, in May. He said North Korea’s hard-line stance will continue for the time being if it gets help from Russia and China.___Associated Press researcher Yu Bing in Beijing contributed to this report.Hyung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press read more

UN blue helmets bring Christmas cheer to Haitian orphans

28 December 2009United Nations peacekeepers have been playing the role of Santa Claus in Haiti during this holiday season, bringing gifts, warm meals and a little cheer to the least privileged children in orphanages and schools in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Metaphorically, if not literally, exchanging their blue helmets for Santa’s red cap, members of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) deployed in various regions from Port-au-Prince, the capital, to Cap-Haïtien in the north-east and Les Cayes in the south-west with dances, songs and general merriment.“Christmas is above all a festival for children,” Captain Benoît Pierre, head of coordination between UN Police (UNPOL) and the Haitian National Police.A Chinese UNPOL contingent distributed meals to 42 children between the ages of three months and six years at the Sourire d’amour (Smiles of Love) orphanage in Frères, near the capital.“These children have no parents. We want to see to it that they can celebrate this moment and have a toy. Beyond the security aspect of our mandate, we wanted to show our solidarity,” Captain Pierre added. Apart from the songs, dances and many gifts, UNPOL officers also presented the orphanage with 700 kilograms of rice and other foodstuff. In Tabarre in western Haiti, UN peacekeepers from Nepal added an environmental dimension to the celebrations, planting trees with the 150 students of Caradeux school as well as organizing games and distributing presents. “We know that Christmas is one of the most important holidays for Haitians and a great moment for children,” Major Prabin Ghimire of the Nepalese contingent said. “That’s why we wanted to take part in this celebration and make the children happy.”In Bosquet, also in the west, the UN’s Bolivian contingent brought cheer to 150 other schoolchildren with toys and cakes.“We wanted to organize this party for the children so that we could celebrate Christmas with them,” Captain Andres Saldias said. “They have very little to rejoice about and nothing is organized for them on this great holiday.”In Cap-Haïtien, the Chilean contingent brought in Father Christmas to distribute gifts to 60 children, who then enjoyed a warm meal and took part in games such as musical chairs and an egg race. “Children must have the chance to enter into the spirit of the holiday,” Lieutenant Andrea Fuentes stressed.Nor was Christmas Day itself the deadline for the festivities. In the south the Uruguayan contingent scheduled a post-Xmas day of football, dance competitions, an obstacle race and other activities as well as a showing of a film on the Cirque du Soleil circus.“We believe that the children of Haiti are the future of the country and it is a real delight to offer them a day of peace and love,” Captain Nelson Puchi said.MINUSTAH has been on the ground since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest. Currently there are more than 9,000 military and police personnel deployed and nearly 2,000 civilian staff. read more

Can The Eagles Beat The Bears Can Houston Stop Andrew Luck

sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): The NFL’s 2018 regular season is finally in the books. Before the playoffs get rolling, let’s look back on an interesting Week 17 and preview next weekend’s wild-card round. We’ll end with giving our Super Bowl predictions again, just to keep us honest.Salfino (Michael Salfino, contributor): I will have to revise my Saints-Steelers Super Bowl pick.sara.ziegler: LOLThe AFC had all the drama yesterday, so let’s start with the Ravens/Steelers/Colts/Titans business.neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): I was very much hoping for that Colts-Titans tie. But alas.sara.ziegler: If the NFL were scripted, we would have ended the regular season on a tie.neil: Particularly this of all regular seasons.Salfino: What’s interesting to me about the Ravens is that teams are not punishing Lamar Jackson for running.joshua.hermsmeyer (Josh Hermsmeyer, NFL analyst): I’m unclear on why teams don’t force Jackson to beat them with his arm as well. It’s worked in the past against other highly mobile QBs, and there seems to be no great reason why it won’t work again.neil: That’s part of what makes the Ravens so interesting, that their second-half playoff push basically coincided with the QB change and this rush-heavy identity that seems so different in a league that set new records for passing in 2018.Salfino: Yes, the Ravens and the Chiefs are the offenses you really can’t prepare for in a week, IMO. I have no idea how a team can prepare for Jackson in one week. But LAC at least just faced him. Is that advantage Chargers? To me this is the most interesting game of the wild-card round.sara.ziegler: The Ravens nearly let Sunday’s game slip away, though.Salfino: The problem is that it’s so hard to stay disciplined and not chase him. Defenses are taught to be aggressive.Jackson allows the offense to play 11 on 11, and all of defense is predicated on the defense playing 11 on 10.joshua.hermsmeyer: Also strange is that we can make legit comps between Jackson and Josh Allen. Bill Belichick kept Allen in the pocket during Week 16 knowing the main danger he poses is from his legs. And New England won.Salfino: Yes, the Patriots are just taught to be super disciplined so they can counter that probably better than most teams.sara.ziegler: Did the Browns figure that out a little bit too against Jackson? The Ravens rushed for 8.5 yards per carry in the first half and just 4.5 in the second.Salfino: Maybe as the game wore on, but by then the damage was done. The Browns were just getting gashed. The Ravens were running on 3rd-and-long and converting. It was like a college game — old-school college before the passing explosion.joshua.hermsmeyer: Credit as well to the play-calling, I think. It’s a very creative scheme the Ravens are rolling out.Salfino: Is the Ravens defense overrated? Where are the blue chip players? They are just coached so well. Wink Martindale should get interviews.neil: And Jackson’s own speed is really something to behold. On that first TD Jackson scored, it looked like he was shot out of a cannon.Salfino: Jackson also looked like he was playing at video game speed even on the shorter second TD run. He just darted into the end zone like everyone was standing still.I think the Ravens offense is underrated and their defense is overrated.sara.ziegler: In the other afternoon AFC game of note, the Steelers came out incredibly flat before rallying for the win, which wasn’t quite enough.neil: Pittsburgh’s season will go down as one of the all-time collapses, I think?Salfino: The Steelers have to be the most disappointing team in recent memory. They were top 10 in all the key defensive stats except interception percentage — which is fluky, but man that killed them. They have Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 5,000 yards, two All-Pro WRs, and the running game was fine. Yet they just blew one game after the other.joshua.hermsmeyer: Antonio Brown has been inefficient this year, but he was missed.Salfino: The Steelers were sixth in yards per play and sixth in yards allowed per play and didn’t make the playoffs. This is almost impossible. I thought it was impossible.neil: After Week 11, we gave them a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs.sara.ziegler: I was surprised all season that they were as high in Elo as they were.Salfino: Being third in sack rate and 28th in interception rate defies conventional wisdom that pressure creates turnovers. Maybe PIT was super unlucky, too.sara.ziegler: They reeled off six wins in a row, but they never looked dominant.neil: Some of that was probably residual, Sara, from last year, when they had Le’Veon Bell, etc. But the narrative all first half was how they didn’t need Bell.sara.ziegler: Yeah, and James Conner filled in well for them!Salfino: Is MIN more disappointing than PIT? This is going to be a brutal offseason for Kirk Cousins. No player in memory is going to be under more pressure than he will be next year.neil: This is a fraught question for Sara ….sara.ziegler: I can’t even talk about it.neil: Yep.sara.ziegler: Well, Mike, we all know how well Cousins does with pressure.neil: 😬Salfino: I really thought Cousins was a franchise QB. He did pretty well with just garbage offensive talent in 2017 in WAS, and this year he just never really could get it going. He played so tight.neil: Sunday was sort of symbolic of the whole 2018 Vikings.They controlled their destiny at home (granted against the Bears).Cousins goes 4-for-11 for 2.1 yards per attempt and two sacks on third and fourth down.Terrible overall performance.Salfino: It seemed like Cousins averaged about a yard per attempt. If I were the coach of the Vikings, I’d tell him to take chances and not care about INTs. They’re overrated.neil: The Minnesota defense was uncharacteristically bad on third down, too. Allowed 57 percent conversions after giving up only 28 percent all season before Sunday.sara.ziegler: sara.ziegler: 🤣Salfino: I think the Bears just crush the Eagles. This spread is all Foles-narrative-driven, and I don’t believe in fairy tales.sara.ziegler: Wow, Mike.LOLneil: Anybody picking the Eagles probably does have visions of this being yet another Bears team that got into the playoffs on defense with a weak QB performanceAnd promptly lost. But that’s not really this team. Trubisky has been progressing.(The defense is still amazing, of course)joshua.hermsmeyer: You can dink and dunk on Chicago. This will be the defining image of the season for me.Salfino: Cousins showing Thielen how to run routes was both hilarious and sad.joshua.hermsmeyer: One silver lining for the Vikings is that the situational football we typically use to judge Cousins as a disappointment is among the least predictive of future performance in all of football: throws under pressure, third-down conversions. Kirk deserves his share of the blame, but the entire offense looked out of sync yesterday and for a lot of the second half of the season.sara.ziegler: Cousins has his redemption narrative all set for next season, LOL.Salfino: The Eagles benefit from the Vikings’ struggles. I can’t believe that the Bears are only 6-point favorites.neil: Particularly with Nick Foles not necessarily 100 percent.sara.ziegler: The Eagles don’t even need Foles, Neil!neil: Carson Wentz? Nick Foles? Nate Sudfeld? No problem.sara.ziegler: Well … Wentz? Some problems.Everyone else? Fine.neil: Philly was always a backup QB’s dream city during the McNabb era. Some of that has carried over, I guess.Salfino: Foles has got to be the most volatile QB in NFL history. We should quantify that. He’s below average for his career and is treated like a franchise QB based on about 16 games, if we include all of 2013.neil: Yeah, the gap between his best 16 and worst 16 starts has to be one of the biggest ever.Salfino: I can’t even imagine the Bears losing to the Eagles. They are just going to chew Philly up. The Eagles’ best playmaker is still 100-year-old Darren Sproles, who is amazing, but come on.joshua.hermsmeyer: I can’t think of Foles without wincing that he lost $1 million because of four snaps.This is just brutal.sara.ziegler: Ooof.Salfino: Foles is going to get $100 million in about three months, so I will not feel sorry for him.joshua.hermsmeyer: hahsara.ziegler: LOLThe one other meaningful game yesterday — aside from the games that cost coaches their jobs — was Colts-Titans. Anyone surprised that the Colts dominated that one?neil: I mean, Blaine Gabbert was starting for Tennessee, Sarasara.ziegler: FairSalfino: Titans-Colts is QB wins to me. Luck vs. Gabbert. Come on. Murder. She. Wrote.joshua.hermsmeyer: Oh gawd not QB WinzSalfino: YES!!!Give me the better QB, and I’ll take my chances.joshua.hermsmeyer: smhMarlon Mack outrushed Derrick Henry, so why not RB winz?Salfino: No RB winz because winning yards per carry gets you nothing in win probability.Josh, you and I agree broadly but just quibble about how much credit quarterbacks get in the passing game.joshua.hermsmeyer: This is true.neil: Either way, it’s been great to see Andrew Luck bounce back from the injury and lost season to play well and lead a playoff push.sara.ziegler: I’m still amazed by the Colts’ turnaround.They were at 4 percent to make the playoffs on Oct. 15.Salfino: Luck should be in the MVP conversation. I understand it’s Patrick Mahomes. But Luck has done a lot with a lot less than Mahomes. Luck does seemingly have great coaching now though. Frank Reich, who the Colts backed into, was the hire of the offseason. I think better than Matt Nagy even.joshua.hermsmeyer: Luck truly played himself back into game shape. Early on, his throws were routinely Derek Carr short, and by the end of the season he was mostly back to the old Luck.sara.ziegler: So let’s turn to this weekend’s games.Colts-Texans and Seahawks-Cowboys on Saturday, Chargers-Ravens and Eagles-Bears on Sunday.Which underdog has the best chance?neil: Three of the 4 underdogs are +2.5 per Vegas.Salfino: Colts-Texans is the game of the week to me in terms of having no idea who will win. The Texans are a strange team with great strengths (QB, pass rush) and crippling weaknesses (offensive line, pass coverage).On paper, the Colts are a terrible matchup for the Texans because Luck led the league in lowest sack rate as he completely transformed his game to protect his health. So smart.neil: Indy also also beat Houston in Houston less than a month ago.Salfino: I am going to fade the Seahawks: 25th in yards allowed per play and 31st in sack rate allowed. That’s so bad. I can’t believe they even made the playoffs.neil: Ironically, our Elo gives Seattle the best chance of any wild card weekend team. 😉Elo has a tendency to react strongly to recent hot streaks, for better or worse.Seattle has won six of its past seven, including a win over Kansas City.Salfino: If you have Russell Wilson, anything is possible. I will stipulate.joshua.hermsmeyer: I like Seattle for my part. Turnovers are wildly unpredictable, and that drove their defensive Defense-adjusted Value Over Average for much of the season, but they are built to win close games like this one where both teams appear to want to “establish the run.”Salfino: The football story of the week when it comes to the chess aspect of the game and coaching is whether the Chargers having experienced the Ravens offense can now shut it down. But they don’t really do much on defense except play that Seattle, straight-up style. So do they even have a bag of tricks?sara.ziegler: Seems strange to me that the Ravens are favorites over the Chargers.Baltimore is hot right now, but L.A. has been solid all season.Salfino: Well, Baltimore has had the best home-field advantage in football when you factor in road vs. home record. So LAC are up against it.neil: Never underestimate the extra value of home-field advantage in the NFL playoffs, too.sara.ziegler: Yeah, that all makes sense.I still like the Chargers. I’m being obstinate, LOL.neil: Well, this is a little bit of a counter to the QB Winz debate from above. L.A. clearly has the better QB.joshua.hermsmeyer: I like Philip Rivers and the Chargers as well. Particularly if the Chargers keep Jackson in the pocket.Salfino: No Super Bowl team has won a road game since the 2012 season. But I’ll say that the most likely road winners this week in order are the Colts (they win), Chargers (I can see it but don’t think they adjust defensively), Seattle (Wilson gives them a chance) and Eagles (no chance unless Mitch Trubisky craps the bed).sara.ziegler: 🔥joshua.hermsmeyer: The Baltimore defense prevents completions, that’s their best skill. But Rivers has completed passes at 1.8 percent over expected this season.Salfino: New England really gets tested if the Colts win. (They would have to play the winner of Baltimore-LAC.) If the Texans win, Houston is just made for an easy Patriots victory in the divisional round.Little worried about how Rivers has looked of late. But probably just random variance. There’s not much data on QBs this old late in the season and into the postseason other than Brady.sara.ziegler: I’m worried about how Rivers looks, too — at least in this Mina Kimes drawing: joshua.hermsmeyer: looolneil: That’s still accurate.I loved that segment on NFL Countdown Sunday, where they talked about Rivers’ trash talk. Which somehow never includes swearing.sara.ziegler: I’ve always really liked him. A perfect fantasy football QB.Salfino: Philip Rivers is great. A Hall-of-Famer IMO. But unbelievably he has as many career playoff wins as Mark Sanchez. He needs more pelts on the wall.sara.ziegler: Very fair.Is anyone taking the Eagles over the Bears?neil: I recuse myself.LOLsara.ziegler: Wait, we can’t make predictions about our favorite teams?I’ve literally been picking the Vikings to lose all season.neil: I gotta hand it to you, those were accurate predictions.sara.ziegler: LOLneil: As opposed to this one: Salfino: Remember, Foles was LUCKY to beat the Falcons last year. He had a ball go off a Falcon’s knee, or they probably lose that game. Then he turned into Cinderella, and I have no idea how or why.sara.ziegler: He did get to face the Vikings last year — that undoubtedly helped.joshua.hermsmeyer: If Foles can be efficient and healthy, and the Eagles are patient, I can totally imagine a game where Biscuit implodes and the Eagles move on. I think the spread has some of that in it.Salfino: I do not believe in the Eagles defense at all. But I also don’t like how Nagy hasn’t given Tarik Cohen consistently more touches than Jordan Howard. And the Bears are all banged up now at WR.I agree with Josh on Trubisky, but the Bears and Nagy can’t put him in a position to lose that game. The Eagles have no playmakers. Dare them to score.sara.ziegler: Yeah, it could be closer than it seems. Of course, if Foles can’t play, then the Eagles will REALLY need a fairy tale.All right, let’s wrap this up with our Super Bowl predictions, so we can continue to look ridiculous when our picks all lose.Salfino: I’m going Saints-Chiefs, but that’s predicated on the Colts beating the Texans and giving the Patriots a nightmare matchup in the divisional round. It’s so public to fade the Chiefs that I’m fading the public. Offense!Mahomes wins MVP and Brees wins Super Bowl MVP. Seems fair.neil: I’ve been saying New Orleans over K.C. for these past few chats, and that’s still possible, so I’m sticking with it. (Despite the defensive concerns!)sara.ziegler: I took the Bears last time, and now having watched them flatten my own team, I probably need to keep them. Bears-Chiefs, Chiefs take it down.joshua.hermsmeyer: Chiefs-Rams rematch, Chiefs win. Because that would be the best ending to the best offensive season in the NFL probably ever.neil: What’s the score on that one, Josh? Is it the first Super Bowl whose score will be mistaken for an Arena Bowl?joshua.hermsmeyer: 36-35 with the game decided on a 2-point conversion.neil: Ooh, going low. I like it.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

OSU wrestlers look to build momentum as season winds down

The Ohio State wrestling team will have two tough tests this weekend as it faces No. 19 Illinois and No. 4 Minnesota on consecutive days. First up for the Buckeyes is a match at Illinois (3-4-1, 1-3-1 Big Ten) at 8 p.m. Friday. Right after the meet, the team will drive back to Columbus to prepare for the Golden Gophers (13-3, 4-0 Big Ten). The Buckeyes (2-7, 1-3 Big Ten) say they know they’re in for a tough weekend, and they will be looking for upsets throughout it to pull off a victory. “We have to upset a couple of their high-ranked athletes,” coach Tom Ryan said. “We need a couple surprises; the team knows that.” Ryan said he feels his team matches up better with Illinois and feels it has a better chance at victory in the first dual. “If our guys fight,” he said, “we match up fairly well with the rest of the teams.” Peter Capone, a redshirt freshman who wrestles at 197 pounds, said he knows a sweep this weekend would be great for the team. “It would mean a lot,” he said. “It would be huge for the program.” The most difficult part, Capone said, is going to be the travel back from Illinois right after the dual finishes. “It’s going to be hard,” he said. “We’re going to be really tired on the way back.” If the Buckeyes can manage to win both duals this week, Ryan said he believes the team will earn a much-needed confidence boost heading into its final two meets. Redshirt junior captain Sean Nemec, 157 pounds, said the back-to-back duals are different from what he is used to. The team usually will have duals Friday and Sunday, but because of the Super Bowl, Ryan said, this week’s duals are Friday and Saturday. Nemec said the biggest problem for wrestlers is when they aren’t smart about their weight, but to prevent that, OSU will be back in the gym Saturday before it faces Minnesota. “Come back, try and get a little sleep,” Nemec said. “Then come back in, work out a little bit and try to get your weight back down.” While team members say they hope to beat Illinois, they know the odds of pulling out a victory against Minnesota are slim. “You’ve got to have your mind made up before you step on the mat,” Ryan said. “This isn’t something that I’m not going to try to do. I’m going to get this done.” As the 2010–11 season wraps up, the team prepares for the Big Ten Tournament in March. The back-to-back duals will help the team build up its endurance for the tournament, which will have multiple matches in a day. “It’s a good opportunity for our guys to get used to a couple of the key tournaments at the end of the year,” Ryan said. Despite the Minnesota meet being the day after OSU wrestles Illinois, Ryan said, fatigue should not be a factor for his team. “You wrestle for seven minutes,” he said. “We’re not talking about a Hawaiian triathlon. They’ve been training their whole life for this.” Nemec said he believes if his team can manage to pull out victories over the two ranked teams this weekend, it could help the Buckeyes build momentum toward the end of the season. “It’ll be real big,” he said, “especially to get momentum going heading into the end of the season.” OSU will travel to Champaign, Ill., to wrestle Illinois at 8 p.m. Friday; then the team is scheduled to return to Columbus to host Minnesota at 7 p.m. Saturday. read more

Dijana Stevin joins RK Jagodina

Hungarian Siofok? No! Danish Viborg HK, no! Serbian right back, Dijana Stevin (27) joins national vice-champion, RK Jagodina. Two times in a row second in Serbian Super League behind RK Zaječar, RK Jagodina will be much more competitive with the left-handed player who played last season for Buducnost Podgorica and French Nimes.Stevin didn’t past a trial in Danish team last week. ← Previous Story Bozen wins Italian Super Cup – “1st Divizione Nazionale” begins next weekend! Next Story → Gro Hammerseng is back – Larvik wins with +27! Dijana StevinRK Jagodina read more

Les fondateurs de Google vendent une partie de leurs actions

first_imgLes fondateurs de Google vendent une partie de leurs actionsÉtats-Unis – Sergey Brin et Larry Page, les deux fondateurs de Google, ont annoncé leur intention de vendre chacun 5 millions de titres sur cinq ans. Si l’on se base sur le cours actuel, cette opération leur rapportera 5,5 milliards de dollars (soit environ 3,9 milliards d’euros).Larry Page et Sergey Brin contrôlent aujourd’hui 59% de la société Google, et sont donc majoritaires dans les décisions du conseil de direction de la société. Après la vente des 10 millions de titres qu’ils ont décidé de céder, leur majorité de contrôle passera à 48% et les deux fondateurs du numéro 1 de la recherche sur Internet pourront donc voir leurs décisions rejetées si l’ensemble des autres actionnaires le souhaitent.Toutefois, il est à noter que le PDG de Google, Eric Schmidt possède le même type d’actions que Larry Page et Sergey Brin, à hauteur de 9,5%. A eux trois, ils conservent donc la majorité absolue au conseil d’administration avec 58% des droits de vote.Avec la cotation actuel du titre Google à 547 dollars US au Nasdaq et à la Bourse de Londres, la vente des 10 millions d’actions rapportera quelque 5,5 milliards de dollars sur cinq ans aux deux fondateurs de Google. Leur part du capital de la société passera quant à elle de 18 à 15%.Le 26 janvier 2010 à 10:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

First AllFemale Spacewalk Scheduled for March 29

first_imgI just found out that I’ll be on console providing support for the FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK with @AstroAnnimal and @Astro_Christina and I can not contain my excitement!!!! #WomenInSTEM #WomenInEngineering #WomenInSpace— Kristen Facciol (@kfacciol) March 1, 2019NASA, meanwhile, seems less excited about this historic event.“As currently scheduled, the March 29 spacewalk will be the first with only women,” NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz told CNN in an emailed statement—the only mention of the all-female excursion.“It was not orchestrated to be this way,” she continued. “These spacewalks were originally scheduled to take place in the fall.”So it’s just a coincidence that this momentous occasion transpire at the end of Women’s History Month.McClain will also join Nick Hague for a March 22 outing. Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor The first-ever all-female spacewalk is scheduled for March 29, featuring astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch.They will be supported by women on the ground, including flight director Mary Lawrence and control team member Kristen Facciol. Holy smokes, my twitter exploded with excitement over women doing awesome things in space and I LOVE that. But here’s hoping this will be the norm one day!Also hi new friends! Let’s be unapologetically excited about space and life together! ♥️— Kristen Facciol (@kfacciol) March 2, 2019Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to fly into space in 1963. But it would be nearly two decades before another lady left Earth’s atmosphere.NASA opened the space program to female applicants in 1978. Five years later, Sally Ride launched with the seventh Space Shuttle mission, becoming the US’s first woman in space.She helped pave the way for femmes like Judith Resnik and Christa McAuliffe (who died in the 1986 Challenger explosion), as well as Kathryn Sullivan (the first American woman to walk in space) and a growing number of female explorers around the world.But it’s ridiculous to think that, in the nearly 60-year history of sending humans to space, no two women have ever embarked on a spacewalk together—even coincidentally.Better late than never, though.Koch and McClain’s seven-hour spacewalk will be broadcast on NASA TV later this month.The pair, along with Hague, were members of NASA’s 2013 astronaut class, which consisted of 50 percent women.More on Looks Do Matter When It Comes to STEM SuccessSpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Docks to Space StationFormer Astronaut Mark Kelly Announces Bid for Arizona Senatelast_img read more

Coal company sues state over Millennium coalexport terminal

first_imgSEATTLE — Developers of a massive coal-export terminal proposed on the Columbia River have sued the state of Washington over the project.Utah-based Lighthouse Resources filed suit in federal court in Tacoma on Wednesday, alleging that state officials violated federal laws in delaying and denying permits for its Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview project.The $680 million project would move coal mined in U.S. Western states through a terminal in Longview for export to South Korea, Japan and other Asian markets.Developers want to build three 220-foot docks on 58 acres of state aquatic land already leased by Northwest Alloys.Millennium currently has one dock and wants to add two new docks, two new ship loaders and an access trestle.last_img read more

Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016

first_img Recommended for you Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Providenciales, 03 Feb 2016 – Clement Howell High School assisted the Department of Environmental & Maritime Affairs (DEMA), the Turks and Caicos National Trust and the Turks and Caicos Reef Fund (TCRF) in celebrating World Wetlands Day 2016. 18 Students from the school brought along a willingness to get their hands dirty in order to assist with conservation efforts at one of Provo’s most important wetland sites.“DEMA and the National Trust were delighted to see just how enthusiastic the students were to assist with our on-going conservation efforts in the area. They demonstrated stewardship in an area that is often taken for granted and neglected and hopefully this would encourage the rest of the community to do the same!” said DEMAs Environmental Outreach Coordinator, Amy Avenant.Red mangroves were planted along the site, which will hopefully grow to create a buffer between the road and the wetland. This would be important as the mangroves act as natural filters that improve the water quality, as so often polluted runoff flows straight into the wetland – a critical habitat for resident and migratory birds, and other fauna and flora. The mangroves also create a natural buffer for any materials (litter) that may find its way to into the wetland.DEMA, the National Trust and TCRF would like to remind youth between the ages of 15 and 24 to participate in the International World Wetlands Day Photo Contest. The contest will run from 2 February to 2 March, 2016. The winner will win a free flight to a famous wetland of their choice courtesy of Star Alliance Biosphere Connections, and other prizes will be given to runners up. To enter the competition Young people are invited to take a photo that shows “people making a living from wetlands” Upload up to 3 photos on the World Wetlands Day website Other members of the public can participate by voting for their favourite photo and help contribute to the selection process.World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February, and day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:clement howell high school, dema, national trust, Turks and Caicos Reef Fund, World Wetlands Daycenter_img Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surgeslast_img read more

Google and Hallmark Cards rank among Americas best employers for women 2018

first_imgGoogle (pictured), Hallmark Cards, Harvard University and Principle Financial Group are among the organisations recognised on the America’s best employers for women 2018 list, compiled by business media organisation Forbes and market research firm Statista.To compile the final list, which comprises 300 US-based organisations, more than 40,000 employees of organisations with at least 1,000 staff were surveyed, including 25,000 female workers.Respondents were asked to rate their organisation against criteria such as working conditions, diversity and whether they would recommend their employer to others, with notable gender gaps in responses being taken into account.Female respondents were also asked to rate their employers on areas such as parental leave, discrimination and pay equity.Banking and financial services organisation Principle Financial Group topped 2018’s list, followed by healthcare and social business Penn Medicine in second and packaged goods firm Hallmark Cards in third. Harvard University also made the top 10 to come in ninth place, while technology organisation Google ranked as 17th on the final list.Other organisations featured on the list include cosmetics business Estée Lauder Companies, clothes retailer H&M, Stanford University, homeware brand Ikea, professional services firm Deloitte and oil and gas organisation Royal Dutch Shell.The top 10 organisations are:Principle Financial GroupPenn MedicineHallmark CardsBayCareOregon Health and Science UniversityKeller Williams RealtyBoston Children’s HospitalProvidence Health and ServicesHarvard UniversityGwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS)Kerry Gumm, director of human resources strategy at Principle Financial Group, said: “It really does start with the culture of the organisation. It’s not about sequestering women off to a corner. It’s about elevating them and giving them the right resources and voice.“One thing no-one can do is assume that we’ve got it right. We should celebrate where we’re making progress, but at the same time recognise the workforce is changing significantly, how we work is changing rapidly.”last_img read more