Whales and dolphins squeal with delight

first_imgLike a dog wagging its tail in anticipation of treats to come, dolphins and belugas squeal with pleasure at the prospect of a fish snack, according to a new study. It’s the first direct demonstration of an excitement call in these animals, says Peter Madsen, a biologist at Aarhus University in Denmark who was not involved in the study. To hunt and communicate, dolphins and some whale species produce a symphony of clicks, whistles, squeaks, brays, and moans. Sam Ridgway, a longtime marine biologist with the U.S. Navy’s Marine Mammal Program, says he heard distinctive high-pitched squeals for the first time in May 1963 while training newly captured dolphins at the Navy’s facility in Point Mugu, California. “We were throwing fish in, and each time they would catch a fish, they would make this sound,” he says. He describes it as a high-pitched “eeee,” like a child squealing in delight.Ridgway and his collaborators didn’t think much of the sound until later in the 1960s, when dolphins trained to associate a whistle tone with a task or behavior also began making it. Trainers teach animals a task by rewarding them with a treat and coupling it with a special noise, like a click or a whistle. Eventually only the sound is used, letting the animal know it will get a treat later. The whistle was enough to provoke a victory squeal, Ridgway says. Meanwhile, beluga whales would squeal after diving more than 600 meters to switch off an underwater speaker broadcasting tones. “As soon as the tone went off, they would make this same sound,” Ridgway says, “despite the fact that they’re not going to get a reward for five minutes.” He also heard the squeal at marine parks in response to trainers’ whistles.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(*)Ridgway suspects the squeals are tied to the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with the reward centers of mammal brains. Since 1956, scientists have identified reward systems involving dopamine neurons in rats, dolphins, monkeys, and humans, among other mammals. Dopamine release can take about 100 to 200 milliseconds, so Ridgway pored over 4 decades of recordings made in open waters to time the animals’ responses. He found that the dolphins take an average of 151 milliseconds to make their squeals and belugas take about 250 milliseconds. Though Ridgway and colleagues didn’t directly measure dopamine in the brain, that’s enough time for dopamine to spark the sound, he and colleagues report online today in The Journal of Experimental Biology.Ridgway, who is semiretired, says the victory squeals were never a specific research project, but he wanted to publish the results to tie together 52 years of observations.Marc Lammers, a biologist at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology in Kaneohe who studies cetacean communication and behavior, says dopamine release is a novel way to explain these emotive calls. But conditioned responses in captive, trained animals may not necessarily translate to involuntary pleasure sounds in wild animals, he adds. Wild belugas and dolphins emit bursts of these sounds in a variety of settings, from feeding sessions to aggression or courtship aimed at other animals. What’s more, squeals, squawks, or creaks sound differently to us than to cetaceans, which hear at a much higher resolution, Lammers says. “They’re our best attempt at putting a label on a certain type of sound, rather than describing the acoustic quality of the sounds themselves,” he says. “Just because that’s what it looks like or sounds like, or that’s the context—it’s hard for us to know what’s inside the animal’s head.”Wild dolphins and whales have been shown to produce mews, rasps, buzzes, and creaks to alert other animals when food is available. But this study doesn’t show that victory squeals are an intentional form of communication, either for food sharing or simply emotional sharing, says Paul Manger, a biologist at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. “To support the idea that somehow there’s a social context to it, they’d have to take the experiments further and show some intentionality; intention to share or deceive,” Manger says. Further work using two dolphins at a time could help clarify whether the calls have some social context, or are just involuntary cries of delight, he says.(Video courtesy of Sam Ridgway, National Marine Mammal Foundation)last_img read more

Indian Patents Double

first_imgPatent registrations in India doubled last year and have risen ten fold in the past five years.India’s controller general of patents granted a 15,261 patents in 2007-08 as against 7,539 granted in 2006-07. It has alreadyawarded 6,000 patents in the first quarter of the current year.But this is not a reflection of a rise in Indian ingenuity. Nearly 91% of the patents granted are to foreign holders.  Related Itemslast_img

Danny Kingad: student by day, fighter by night

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I am still studying, but I learned how to manage my time with the help of my coaches and senior teammates,” the Team Lakay member said. “I love this sport, I love to compete because this is my passion.”Kingad (5-0) is in his second year of his Physical Education major and he had to lessen the units he takes per semester so he can properly juggle his time training and studying.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd in the process of finishing his degree, the 22-year-old plans to disprove the stereotype that professional fighters don’t put a premium on education.“I am giving everything I have in training for this fight and bringing home the belt will be a testament that pursuing your passion is not a hindrance in securing your future through education,” said Kingad. MOST READ Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPThere are two things that Filipino mixed martial artist Danny Kingad wants, the ONE Flyweight title and his college diploma from University of the Cordilleras.Kingad is set to face ONE Flyweight champion Adriano Moraes for the title on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena and as he hits the bags at night preparing for the fight, he does the same thing on his books in the morning.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “It is also a way of breaking the stigma that fighters have in our society.”Kingad is aware that being a professional fighter is not a lifetime job and having a college degree will open avenues for him in the future.“Education is very important because my career as a fighter will not last for long time,” said Kingad who had his first professional fight in 2014. “By the time I reach 38 or 40-years-old, I need to retire and have another job to support my family.”ADVERTISEMENT Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad PLAY LIST 01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Zaheer leads India comeback after Watson’s slow ton

first_imgAustralia’s strong start gave way to an Indian comeback on Day 1 of the Mohali Test. Opener Shane Watson’s fortuitous, sedate hundred was followed by Zaheer Khan’s fine old-ball spell.Scores – India vs AustraliaBrief Scores: Australia 224-5Dropped on zero by Virender Sehwag at gully off the day’s second ball off Zaheer, Watson was let off again on 37 by MS Dhoni off Pragyan Ojha.After the fall of Ricky Ponting (71) and the end of their 141-run stand, Australia slowed down as Watson crawled to his second Test hundred off 258 balls. The dull finish to the day was spiced up only by Ponting’s spat with Zaheer.Ponting, having elected to bat, had some luck himself. He was caught down the leg-side off a no-ball from Ishant Sharma, who was wayward, bowled plenty of no-balls and then left the field in the noon session after a knee problem.Ponting’s run-out, thanks to a direct hit from Suresh Raina, turned things around. Australia’s scoring rate slipped dramatically, from a little under five runs in the morning, to under two in the evening.After Ponting’s fall, at 154-2 in 41.4 overs, Australia made 90 runs today at 1.86 runs in 48.2 overs. Watson too slowed down near his hundred, partly since he’s been out three times in the 90s.Zaheer had earlier in the day trapped Simon Katich in front with the in-swinging ball. The delivery would be used again with the old ball to remove Mike Hussey and Marcus North, all left-handers.Hussey played inside the in-coming ball and was hit in front, while North left a similar delivery which gently dislodged the off-bail on its way.advertisementThis is Watson’s third hundred in a week, having made two in Australia’s warm-up game against Board President’s XI at the start of this tour.While Pragyan Ojha continued to be economical, Harbhajan Singh, like Ishant, was off-colour but made up with the wicket of Michael Clarke in the evening session. World No. 1 India had had the better of Australia when the two had last met in a Test series, in India in 2008.The hosts had won 2-1 the series in which Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly retired from Test cricket.The Mohali wicket, normally known for pace and bounce, is expected to get slower and lower as the game progresses.India have left out Murali Vijay, Amit Mishra, Sreesanth for this game. Cheteshwar Pujara too would have to wait longer for his Test debut.Raina and Ojha have been retained, while Gautam Gambhir returns to the team after a break.Australia are playing by their strengths, going in with three pacers and Nathan Hauritz as the lone spinner.  Teams:Australia (Playing XI): Simon Katich, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting (c), Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Marcus North, Tim Paine (w), Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, Doug Bollinger.India (Playing XI): Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni (w/c), Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma.last_img read more

BHIM-Aadhaar Pay app will boost honesty in income tax payment:

first_imgPrasadNagpur, Apr 14 (PTI) The BHIM-Aadhaar Pay mobile application launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will boost “transparency and honesty” in payment of income tax in the country, Union Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here today.”The essence and the idea behind the Prime Ministers Digital India initiative is that if we send Rs 100 from Delhi, then it must fully reach to the poor beneficiary. That is the reason some 28 crore bank accounts have been opened for the poor in the last two years,” said Prasad.He was addressing a programme to mark the culmination of “Digi Dhan Mela” organised by the NITI Aayog at the divisional sports stadium located in Mankapur area.Apart from Modi, Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal, Hansraj Ahir, Ramdas Athawle, and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were present on the dais.Modi today paid tribute to B R Ambedkar at Deekshabhoomi here, where the Dalit icon had embraced Buddhism, to mark his 126th birth anniversary.He launched BHIM-Aadhaar mobile application, a biometric-based payment system which will make payment through thumb impression a reality.Prasad said, “as many as 113 crore Aadhaar cards, 108 crore mobile phones, 50 crore internet users, 35 crore smart phones have been connected under Digital India.”He said that 72 mobile manufacturing companies have entered India since Modi government assumed power.”The whlole world is discussing about the Aadhaar initiative of India,” he said.The minister said that the launch of the “BHIM-Aadhaar Pay” app will boost transparency and honesty in payment of income tax. “It will also help in making the Indian Army as well as Indian roads the strongest in the world,” he said.advertisementOn the occasion, Prasad announced a 20,000 square metre “Incubation centre” in Nagpur for making it “new IT centre of the country.”Addressing the gathering, Union Highways Minsiter Nitin Gadkari termed the Digital India initiative “a very big and progressive thinking to fulfill the dreams of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.””Digital India will provide economic and social justice to the poor and farmers. The Digital India initiative will have a lot of positive impact on various sectors in the country,” he said. PTI CLS NSKlast_img read more

Man Utd defeat Stoke to trim gap at the top

first_imgManchester United 3 Stoke City 0: Valencia, Martial and Lukaku trim gap at the top Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:50 1/16/18 RomeluLukaku - cropped Getty Images Alexis Sanchez may be bound for Manchester United but Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku showed they have ample firepower against Stoke. Manchester United closed the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Manchester City to 12 points with a 3-0 win over struggling Stoke City at Old Trafford.Manchester City were beaten in the top flight for the first time this season on Sunday, 4-3 at Liverpool, and United’s victory, along with reports they are set to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez at the expense of their neighbours, means there is a fleeting instance this term of the bragging rights residing on the red side of town.Stoke, with newly appointed manager Paul Lambert watching from the stands, acquitted themselves well and carved out some clear first-half chances, only for Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial to breach the Premier League’s most porous defence with fabulous first-half finishes, while Paul Pogba was influential in the hosts’ midfield. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Martial and Juan Mata passed up chances to compound the Potters’ misery after the break, meaning Romelu Lukaku’s 72nd-minute third goal felt wholly inevitable, as thoughts began to turn towards the Belgian’s prospective new strike partner.Lambert must now rouse a side in the relegation zone who have suffered eight defeats in 11 league games, with 50 in their goals-against column this season.The #MUFC striker controls @AnthonyMartial’s pass, turns past two defenders and fires low and hard past Butland – get in! pic.twitter.com/ygIIvqhww1— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 15, 2018Stoke’s caretaker boss Eddie Niedzwiecki handed a debut to right-back Moritz Bauer and the £5.5million signing from Rubin Kazan was a touch fortunate not to be punished for hauling Martial down inside the area after six minutes.It was Bauer’s opposite number Valencia who raided forward from full-back to cut inside Josh Tymon and arrow an excellent left-footed shot into the top corner shortly afterwards.Xherdan Shaqiri called United goalkeeper David de Gea into action as he looked to add to his catalogue of spectacular volleyed goals, while Stephen Ireland – making his first Premier League start since April 2015 – should have done better when he hooked a shot wide from inside the United box in the 17th minute.There was a more glaring miss from the former Manchester City midfielder when he lost his footing and shovelled an attempt past the post from Shaqiri’s ball into the box, before De Gea was bested by Peter Crouch in the air and Phil Jones bailed out his goalkeeper with brilliant block to deny Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.Martial had an effort deflected behind off Kurt Zouma as United look to reassert themselves and the France forward accepted a pass from Pogba to curl a wonderful shot beyond Jack Butland from 20 yards and make it 2-0 after 38 minutes – an advantage preserved when De Gea got a strong hand down to Shaqiri’s thumping strike in the final action of the half..@AnthonyMartial’s scoring record v Stoke at Old Trafford:2015/16 2016/17 2017/18  pic.twitter.com/hkzo2NglI3— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 15, 2018Butland rushed out early in the second period to thwart Martial, by which point Stoke’s resolve seemed to have dissipated.The ex-Monaco youngster should have had a second before the hour when he bundled between Kevin Wimmer and Bruno Martins Indi to sidefoot at Butland from close range.Under pressure from Jesse Lingard, Zouma then sold Darren Fletcher short with an awful pass and Lukaku scampered towards goal, with the ball finding Mata via Lingard.The Spanish playmaker threaded the ball narrowly wide of Butland’s far post and chose to forgo precision for power when he lashed over the bar in the 65th minute.It remained for Lukaku to offer a timely reminder of his centre-forward qualities, taking down a drilled pass from Martial to muscularly turn and finish with aplomb.Marcus Rashford came off a bench lacking rumoured Sanchez makeweight Henrikh Mkhitaryan to test Butland with a deft backheel, while fellow substitute Mame Biram Diouf fired into the side-netting after De Gea saved to crown Stoke’s misery. Key Opta stats: – Manchester United have won 28 of a possible 30 points in Premier League home games against Stoke.- Stoke have conceded 50 Premier League goals this season – five of the previous six sides that conceded 50+ goals at this stage of the season were relegated (exception: Swansea in 2016-17).- Stoke have conceded more league goals than any other team in Europe’s big five divisions this season (50).- Antonio Valencia has scored three Premier League goals for Man Utd this season (19 apps), as many as in his previous four seasons combined (103 apps).- Paul Pogba has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 Premier League games (4 goals, 10 assists).- Romelu Lukaku has had a hand in 13 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions for Man Utd at Old Trafford this season (10 goals, 3 assists).- Anthony Martial has scored in all three of his Premier League appearances against Stoke at Old Trafford.- Stephen Ireland made his first Premier League start since April 2015 vs Sunderland – 996 days ago.- Jack Butland (43) has conceded more Premier League goals this season than any other goalkeeper.- In contrast, David de Gea has kept more clean sheets in the Premier League this season than any other goalkeeper (13). read morelast_img read more

Premier Stephen McNeil Thanks Diana Whalen For Her Service

first_imgDiana Whalen, Deputy Premier, Justice Minister, and MLA for Clayton Park West, says she will not re-offer in the next provincial election. Premier Stephen McNeil thanked her for her service. “Diana is a hard-working representative,” said Premier McNeil. “She is a key member of cabinet and caucus, a strong example for other women entering politics, and a dear friend. “She was always willing to do what was right for the people of Nova Scotia.” Ms. Whalen served as an MLA since 2003. Before that, she served as a municipal councillor and worked as a management consultant. She is the province’s first female deputy premier. “I entered politics to serve my community, and I’m proud to have been part of this government,” said Ms. Whalen. “I’m especially grateful to my constituents for the confidence they’ve placed in me, and for their continued support and friendship. “Because of my recent health issues, I have decided it is a good time to make a change. It’s been a privilege and honour to serve as minister and MLA. ” Ms. Whalen said she will stay in her role as minister and deputy premier until the next election. – 30 –last_img read more

Winnipeg school says teaching best way to deal with antiSemitic bullying

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Winnipeg high school hopes that teaching its students about the Holocaust will help put a stop to a recent spate of anti-Semitic bullying.Ted Fransen, superintendent with the Pembina Trail school division, says earlier this summer during the holiday break a group of students from Shaftesbury High School sent hateful, anti-Semitic messages to another student through social media.When the division found out, its leaders contacted the police and the B’nai Brith.Fransen says they are bringing in Cantor Moshe Krause, a Holocaust survivor who became known for singing to fellow prisoners at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp to buoy their spirits, to the school next week to speak with students and staff.Fransen says he hopes it will be a rich learning experience.A letter was also sent out to parents by the school’s principal, Catherine Birch, saying the school community was “saddened by these events.”“We’re leaving the punitive pieces to the police, because there’s a justice element to this,” says Fransen.“We’re going to make full advantage of being an education institution and doing a learning piece with the students.”Police have spoken to a number of those involved and say no criminal charges are being laid.“This is indeed a natural reaction of a strong and cohesive community,” says Birch.“The actions of these students do not represent who we are as a school community. Shaftesbury is committed to our values of diversity and inclusion.”(CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Raises Over 500000 For Charity

first_imgFormer St. Louis Cardinals baseball superstars and World Series champion teammates Ozzie Smith and Vince Coleman joined forces to once again win a title – this time on the golf course – at the 12th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino.The tournament was held at Shadow Creek for the third consecutive year and was highlighted by the winning duo’s score of 11-under par, 133. More than $500,000 was raised for charity as a result of the 2013 event.Smith and Coleman, who each took home $20,000 for their designated charities, followed up their first-round score of six-under par 66 with a five-under par 67 on day two. They were able to overcome a late surge by the second-place team of Ahmad Rashad and the “Great One” Wayne Gretzky to win by four strokes. The two teams were tied heading into the 17th hole but Smith/Coleman birdied the final two holes while Rashad/Gretzky bogeyed their final two holes.Click here for MJCI Final Results.Defending champion Brandi Chastain and this year’s teammate Ken Griffey, Jr., shot a seven-under par 65 to take the lead after day one. However, the All-Star athletes struggled on Sunday and finished the 36-hole tournament at three-under, 141. Fan favorite, NBA legend and tournament host Michael Jordan teamed up with NFL Super Bowl champion and “sack master” Dwight Freeney to finish in a tie for ninth at Even par, 144.When asked about the team win Coleman said, “I told Michael ‘give me my teammate. I know Ozzie and I love him. If there is anyone I want to go down swinging with it’s him.’ We’ll definitely be back but we won’t be able to defend together, because if I know Michael, he won’t make us partners again.”Discussing their strategy, Hall of Fame shortstop Smith said their approach was simple. “We said, ’Let’s make birdies. Let’s not give anything back.’”Bringing additional fun and laughter to the tournament, the multi-talented Will Smith lent his support to friend and tournament host Michael Jordan when he attended the gala celebration Friday night headlined by musical star John Legend and again Saturday for the first round of the celeb-only tournament. At Shadow Creek, Smith appeared on the first tee and was introduced by the announcer as “the guy who’d like to play the role of Michael Jordan ,” and the crowd roared.Hosted at Shadow Creek, MJCI marks only the third time the exclusive golf course has opened its doors to the public. Proceeds from the charitable tournament are benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, James R. Jordan Foundation, Opportunity Village and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm. Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised more than $6 million for over 45 charities.MJCI celebrities in attendance included Michael Jordan, Flex Alexander, Marcus Allen, Anthony Anderson, Miles Austin, Brian Baumgartner, Jerome Bettis, Wayne Brady, Dez Bryant, Chevy Chase, Brandi Chastain, Don Cheadle, Chris Chelios, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, Michael Crabtree, Brian Cushing, Richard Dent, Kevin Dillon, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Michael Finley, Josh Freeman, Dwight Freeney, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Penny Hardaway, Ron Harper, April Holmes, Brett Hull, Dan Jansen, Brody Jenner, Bruce Jenner, Andre Johnson, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Kenny Lofton, Greg Maddux, Chi McBride, Win McMurry, DeMarco Murray, Kevin Nealon, Hakeem Nicks, Jonathan Ogden, Paul O’Neill, Jake Owen, Patrick Peterson, Michael Phelps, Ahmad Rashad, Jerry Rice, Salli Richardson, Rob Riggle, Stuart Scott, Bruce Smith, Ozzie Smith, Will Smith, Jason Taylor, Alan Thicke, Andre Ward, Winky Wright, Adrian Young and others.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Zendaya Named As TrickOrTreat For UNICEF Spokesperson

first_imgActress, platinum recording artist and author Zendaya, this year’s Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF spokesperson, is asking kids in the U.S. to make a difference in the lives of other kids by raising funds for UNICEF’s lifesaving programs.Zendaya will be appearing as a “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF superhero” in print, online, and broadcast public service announcements to encourage participation in the 64-year-old American tradition. Donations collected through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF provide medicine, nutrition, clean water, emergency relief and education to children around the world.In addition to going door-to-door with traditional orange boxes to collect coins for UNICEF, for the first time kids and parents can now set up individual fundraising pages on Crowdrise for their friends and family members to donate. Also new this year, participants can turn their Halloween party into a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fundraiser by setting up a donation page and including a link to it in their party invitation. To get started, visit www.trickortreatforunicef.org.“I loved Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF when I was younger because it was such an empowering experience to be able to make a difference. Kids need more than candy; they need basics like medicine, nutrition and clean drinking water, and millions of them wouldn’t have these things without UNICEF,” said Zendaya, 18-year-old star and producer of Disney Channel series KC Undercover airing this winter, and former contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. “I’m really excited to celebrate Halloween this year by inspiring a new generation of kids to be Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF superheroes that help save other kids’ lives.”The campaign relies not only on children and parents, but also on educators to teach their students the value of helping kids in need. This year K-8 teachers can participate through the 2nd annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF School Challenge. The competition will provide 15 grand prize winning teachers with $1,000 technology grants. All entrants will be asked to describe how they will teach their students about issues facing children globally and the importance of giving back. To be eligible to win, teachers must submit Trick-or-Treat donations by Dec. 1, 2014. To enter the competition, visit www.trickortreatforunicef.org.Additionally, this year’s Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Teachers’ Guides can be used as a resource for educators to help provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to make an impact through the campaign. Using readings, photos, videos, music, maps, and games, they introduce students to UNICEF’s work, child rights, and a variety of issues affecting the health and well-being of children around the world.last_img read more

Kenneth Cole Named As UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgThe Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today appointed the Chair of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and leading fashion designer Kenneth Cole as a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador.Michel Sidibé (right), the Executive Director of UNAIDS, introduces fashion designer Kenneth Cole as an International Goodwill Ambassador.Credit/Copyright: UN Photo/Mark Garten“We are entering a crucial phase of the response to HIV and I know that Kenneth can make a significant and powerful contribution towards our shared vision of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030,” said Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, speaking at a press briefing in New York.“His commitment, compassion and resolve will magnify our efforts to include everyone and to ensure that no one is left behind,” he added.The announcement was made at a special event held on the eve of the three-day United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, which starts tomorrow at UN Headquarters.In his new role as an International Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS, Mr. Cole will work to rally the global community by continuing his longstanding role as an advocate for an inclusive response to the AIDS epidemic.He will help with the communication of clear benchmarks and goals in the AIDS response, including amfAR’s mission of finding a cure for HIV by 2020, in order to realize UNAIDS’ vision of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.“I am confident that if people are put at the centre of the AIDS response we can realize one of this century’s greatest humanitarian achievements – the end of the AIDS epidemic,” said Mr Cole.“I am honoured by this appointment as a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador. It is my hope to help intensify efforts to end the epidemic for everyone, everywhere,” he stressed.Mr. Cole has been a leading voice in the global response to AIDS for more than 30 years and continues to be a passionate champion for people living with HIV.In addition to managing his business interests, Mr. Cole has been chairman of amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, since 2005. According to UNAIDS, he was instrumental in the launch of amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure campaign, which supports amfAR’s recently opened Institute for HIV Research, based at the University of California, San Francisco. The mission of the institute is to accelerate progress towards developing a cure for HIV.Meanwhile, the UN reported today that Thailand is the first Asian country to cross the threshold towards zero mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, as well as being the first country with a large HIV epidemic to ensure an AIDS-free generation.“Thailand has turned around its epidemic and transformed the lives of thousands of women and children affected by HIV,” Mr. Sidibé said, adding that “Thailand’s progress shows how much can be achieved when science and medicine are underpinned by sustained political commitment.”The Minister of Health of Thailand was presented with the certificate of validation during a ceremony which took place in New York on the eve of the UN General-Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS.“Thailand has demonstrated to the world that HIV can be defeated,” Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of WHO’s South-East Asia Region, said while presenting the certificate of validation. He also said “this is a remarkable achievement for a country where thousands of people live with HIV.”The UN World Health Organization (WHO) also applauded Armenia, Belarus, and the Republic of Moldova for their remarkable accomplishments in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.“This is a tremendous achievement – a clear signal that the world is on the way to an AIDS-free generation,” said Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, adding that “it is immensely encouraging to see countries succeed in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of these two infections.”last_img read more

SWN returning to New Brunswick as Mikmaq plan renewed resistance

first_img(People round dance around burning tires on the highway during demonstration last fall against SWN Resources Canada’s shale gas exploration work. APTN/File)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAnother round of battles loom between the Mi’kmaq in New Brunswick and a Houston-headquartered energy firm exploring for shale gas deposits in the province.SWN Resources Canada has submitted two proposals under the province’s environmental impact assessment process to drill exploratory wells in separate parts of New Brunswick. The projects were registered with the provincial environment department on Monday, according to an official.The company plans to drill one well in Chipman, which is in central New Brunswick, and a second well near Richibucto, which is in an area that saw intense demonstrations against shale gas exploration last autumn.The Mi’kmaq community of Elsipogtog is only about 17 kilometres west of Richibucto and its War Chief John Levi said SWN should again expect resistance.“We are just getting ready to go back out there and stop them. It’s going to be rough,” said Levi. “It ain’t no game. This is our livelihood that is at stake. We are not going to allow it. It’s like they are trying to kill us slowly.”SWN Resources Canada, which is owned by Houston-based Southwestern Energy Company, could not be reached for comment.The Mi’kmaq, in an alliance with Acadians and residents of Anglophone communities in the region, led months-long protests against SWN Resources Canada. The Mi’kmaq feared the discovery of shale gas would lead to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.The company ended its shale gas seismic exploration work this past December amid burning tires and highway clashes between demonstrators and the RCMP.The RCMP also launched a heavily armed raid of an anti-fracking camp anchored by the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society last Oct. 17. The camp was blocking a compound holding SWN’s exploration vehicles. The raid triggered day-long clashes and the burning of six RCMP vehicles. Police arrested about 40 people that day.The company has applied to have its exploration wells approved under the province’s phased EIA process which allows some components of proposed projects to unfold amid the environmental review. The environment department is currently putting together a technical committee to review SWN’s proposed wells, according to a provincial official with knowledge of the file.SWN wants to build two well pads for vertical drilling that will range in depths between 1,000 and 4,000 metres. The company wants to determine the geology of the area by examining rock samples coming out of the holes, according to the provincial official who has read the company’s proposal.The environmental assessment will also include input from the public.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

IRS proposes update to Form W4 to increase accuracy

The IRS has proposed an update to the Form W-4 that it says will increase its accuracy and reduce its complexity. But experts say it may prove a bit more difficult for employees to complete.The form, which is used to help employers know how much to withhold from paychecks for federal taxes, requires more detail about outside income, deductions and exemptions on the form itself. Those used to be exiled to worksheets that not all employees completed.The IRS is making the update in the wake of the overhaul of federal tax law. It’s a draft and open to public input until July. A final version will take effect in 2020. Existing employees will not have to fill out the new form, but new hires will come Jan. 1.Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press read more

Brazzaville Zahlé Kraków and Fabriano designated UNESCO Creative Cities

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), Zahlé (Lebanon), Kraków (Poland) and Fabriano (Italy) as new members of its network of “creative hubs” promoting socio-economic and cultural development worldwide through creative industries.Brazzaville, designated “City of Music”, is the first African member of the Creative Cities Network, which was launched by UNESCO in 2004 to develop international cooperation among cities that have recognized creativity as a driver for sustainable development.Zahlé, Kraków and Fabriano join the Network in the categories of Gastronomy, Literature, Crafts and Folks Arts, respectively.“In implementing local initiatives, policies and strategies, Brazzaville, Zahlé, Kraków and Fabriano have all tapped into creativity as a source of enrichment for the contemporary urban landscape and the daily life of citizens,” the Paris-based UNESCO stated in a news release. As new members of the Network, the cities commit to strengthening participation in cultural life through fostering access to the creation and enjoyment of cultural activities, goods and services, promoting creativity and creative expressions, and integrating cultural and creative industries into local development. Organized around seven categories, reflecting different dimensions of cultural life, the Network serves to facilitate the exchange of experience, knowledge and resources among its member cities as a means to promote the development of local creative industries and to foster worldwide cooperation in the cultural and creative sector, all for sustainable development.With the latest additions, the Network now comprises 38 cities from all regions of the world. More cities are expected to be designated before the end of the year. Announcement of the new designees comes on the second day of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Summit, being held in Beijing through Wednesday, 23 October. The meetings and related events are being held in the Capital Museum in Beijing, which itself was named a UNESCO “City of Design” in 2012. “This is a summit for creativity,” declared Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO as she opened the event. She added: “Standing at the intersection of the past and the future – cities are places where tradition meets modernity, where the ‘local’ and the ‘global’ interact, where the economic, social and cultural dimensions of sustainability interweave most tightly.” read more

Ohio State mens soccer trounces Rutgers 41

The field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium awaits a match between OSU and Rutgers on Oct. 25. OSU won, 4-1. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternIn its final homestand of the regular season, things got off to a quick start for the Ohio State men’s soccer team.OSU (7-5-3, 4-2-0) won its third straight with a blowout of Rutgers (5-9-1, 1-5-1), 4-1, in the first-ever matchup between the two schools.Sophomore forward Danny Jensen scored his second goal of the season with a header just 36 seconds into the game. He took a high pass sent from the corner by senior midfielder Max Moller and put it high into the net.Then, in the second half, Jensen wasted even less time before adding his second goal of the night – that one coming 29 seconds in. Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris left the ball behind him in front of the box for Jensen, who swooped in and put it into the near corner of the net to put OSU up, 3-1.“Probably the most important thing that the team talks about is the first five minutes of every half is going to be what sets the tone, so we give everything for that,” Jensen said.Jensen’s two-goal effort was the first multi-goal performance of the season for the Buckeyes.“My teammates put me in the right position to score, and I finally put a few in the back of the net,” Jensen said. “It’s a huge monkey off my back. Especially coming toward the end of the season, winning games like this feels really good.”After Jensen’s first goal opened up the scoring, the Scarlet Knights knotted the score in the 22nd minute. Freshman forward Jason Wright deflected a free kick from sophomore midfielder Erik Sa. OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov was playing the free kick toward the middle of the net, so he didn’t have a chance to stop the deflection into the far corner.The goal — which was his eighth of the season — brought Wright within one of the Big Ten lead.“He’s a quality player,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “He’s scored a lot of goals this year and he holds the ball well up top. He’s dangerous.”In the 36th minute, defender Liam Doyle gave OSU the lead back when he scored his second goal in as many games. The junior twisted a free kick from just outside the box into the upper-left corner of the net.The score was Doyle’s fifth of the season, putting him into a tie with Sarris for the team lead.The British defender has taken advantage of his chances when Bluem has called his name this season — three of his goals have come from penalty kicks, while the other pair came on free kicks.“We do have a lot of confidence in (Doyle) to be successful with those penalty kicks and free kicks,” Bluem said. “I’m glad to see him get a free kick tonight, it was a beauty.”The teams went into the half with neither Ivanov nor his Rutgers counterpart, sophomore David Greczek, making a save. Overall, OSU held the lead in first-half shots, 6-3.Junior defender Kyle Culbertson put the exclamation point on the match late in the 65th minute with his third goal of the season. Culbertson received a feed directly in front of the net from senior midfielder Ryan Ivancic and simply poked his foot out to direct it in. Sophomore forward Christian Soldat was also credited with an assist on the score.The win marked the first three-game winning streak of the season for the Buckeyes, as well as the second win decided by more than two goals – the first came in their previous game, a 3-0 victory against Bowling Green on Wednesday.“It feels amazing, but you can’t relax,” Soldat said. “It’s the Big Ten, one of the top conferences in the country, so you can’t relax, but it feels great to be clicking.”Jensen agreed that the team is playing at a higher level late in the season.“We’re starting to understand each other a lot more and hitting our stride at the perfect time,” Jensen said. “It’s awesome.”For the game, OSU outshot Rutgers, 11-6.Ivanov was pulled from the game with about 17 minutes to go for redshirt-senior goalkeeper Andrian McAdams. That marked the first time OSU has played without Ivanov on the field since Sept. 20, 2013, against Dayton, when Ivanov had to sit out because of a previous red card – a game that McAdams started.“Andrian is a soldier,” Bluem said. “We wouldn’t be where we are without Andrian McAdams. It’s very difficult to be a backup, especially when you’ve got a quality first-team goalkeeper like Alex Ivanov. But he is, without getting to play very much, one of the most important guys on the team, because if something happens to Ivanov, he’s coming in.”OSU is set to conclude its regular season home schedule on Tuesday against Kentucky. That game is set to kick off at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Nikon develops a grown up digital camera for kids

first_imgBuying a camera for your kids to play with can be quite an expensive affair. When I was a kid there were disposable film cameras widely available that offered up decent shots for very little investment. And if the camera broke, it was no great loss because you could usually save the roll of film.But now digital cameras are the norm, and even the kid’s versions can be fairly expensive, or offer kid-features, which means your child soon grows out of the camera and wants something “better,” meaning more like dad’s camera.Nikon may have come up with the perfect solution by developing a digital camera aimed at kids, but with a grown up spec, look, and feature set. Purely viewed for its ability to capture images, the Nikon Coolpix S30 offers up 10.1 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom, built-in flash, SD card slot, ISO 1600, and a focal distance of 29.1-87.3mm. In other words, any member of the family would be happy to use it for holiday shots, and here’s some sample shots to prove it.The reason you won’t mind leaving it in the care of your kids is due to the fact it is water resistant up to 3 meters, can survive a drop of 80cm without damage, doesn’t mind dust, and is symmetrical making it very easy to hold in small hands. There’s also no complex shot modifications and only 3 large buttons to deal with (on/off, record, and shutter), so they really can just point and shoot.Shaky hands aren’t a problem either. The S30 has facial recognition (up to 12 faces), a “camera shake correction function, ” and a motion sensor that can adjust the shutter speed to get a better shot. If you want to label an image you can leave a voice note, and there is the ability to record 720p video with it too. The only advanced feature the child has to figure out is an Album designer, but then a parent can always get involved to help.As for the price, it’s $150. If you consider the S30 will produce images good enough for most situations, that is likely to be a good investment for a family camera as long as your child lets you borrow it to take some photos every so often.More at Nikon (translated), via Tech-On!last_img read more

La Guadeloupe crée sa seconde réserve naturelle

first_imgLa Guadeloupe crée sa seconde réserve naturelleLe jeudi 21 juillet, la réserve naturelle nationale de la Désirade, une des îles de l’archipel des Petites Antilles, située à l’est de la Grande-Terre, a officiellement été créée en Guadeloupe. S’étendant sur 62 hectares, elle est la première réserve naturelle à caractère essentiellement géologique de l’outre-mer.Le décret donnant officiellement naissance à la réserve naturelle de la Désirade a été publié le jeudi 21 juillet au Journal Officiel. 62 hectares d’un paysage d’affleurements d’origine volcanique seront ainsi préservés, devenant la seconde réserve naturelle de Guadeloupe, et la première à caractère essentiellement géologique de l’outre-mer, soulignent les ministères de l’Ecologie et de l’Outre-mer.À lire aussiUn aperçu du déplacement des continents au cours des âges”Les sites retenus dans le périmètre de la réserve constituent un concentré de ce qui fait l’originalité de la Désirade : ce paysage étonnant, sculpté par l’érosion marine, abrite un site géologique emblématique, cette île constituant un élément clé dans la reconstitution des premières phases de l’évolution de l’arc antillais” explique un communiqué publié sur le site Internet du ministère de l’Outre-mer.Les Antilles abritent déjà plusieurs sites protégés Outre l’intérêt géologique de l’île de la Désirade, la création de la réserve naturelle, la 162e du pays, vise également à protéger la flore et la faune qu’elle abrite. Plusieurs espèces rares et menacées vivent sur l’île, comme le cactus tête-à-l’anglais. La Désirade abrite également de nombreuses espèces d’oiseaux marins, parmi lesquelles des frégates, des pélicans ou encore des phaétons. Cette nouvelle réserve vient compléter un réseau de cinq sites protégés déjà existants dans les Antilles : Petite Terre en Guadeloupe, les îles Saint-Martin et Saint-Barthélémy, et la Caravelle et les Ilets Sainte-Anne en Martinique. Elle “permettra de consolider les coopérations internationales en matière de protection et de gestion du patrimoine naturel” affirment les ministères de l’Ecologie et de l’Outre-mer.Le 26 juillet 2011 à 09:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New housing construction lags in San Diego County

first_img March 7, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – New figures released by a real estate research group show that the number of new homes built in San Diego County remained flat, at fewer than 10,000 units.According to the Real Estate Research Council of Southern California, 9,579 homes were built in 2018, declining by one unit from the year before.The trend is not surprising to Matthew Adams with the Building Industry Association of San Diego County.Adams said to keep pace with the region’s long term housing needs, we need to be building anywhere from 15-19,000 new units annually. Currently, the county is adding less than half of that. Adams blamed too many costly regulations for slowing construction.“We have to cut the time it takes to go from concept to construction of housing. Right now, it takes years and if we’re going to get serious about it, we have to reduce it to months,” Adams said.He added that new environmental laws and regulations, such as a state requirement for solar panels are factors in pushing up the costs of construction.While the county continues to lag in the production of new housing, real estate economist Gary London predicted the next year or two will be even worse. London cited more expensive building materials, a shortage of construction labor and a possible rise in interest rates as some of the reasons that housing construction may continue to decline.He said communities and policy makers also need to look at growth differently. Without the addition of new housing, London said the region’s economy will suffer.“What I tell policy makers is ‘we don’t really have a housing crisis, we have a prospective economic crisis.’ We can’t grow our economy if we can’t build housing for the people that are employed in the jobs that we want to either sustain or grow in this region,” London said. New housing construction lags in San Diego County Posted: March 7, 2019 Sasha Foo, last_img read more

India police probe Twitter claim over fire at Rohingya camp

first_imgA man walks through the site after a fire broke out in a Rohingya camp in New Delhi, India, April 15, 2018. Photo : ReutersIndian police are investigating a fire that destroyed a Rohingya Muslim settlement in New Delhi last weekend after a Twitter user claimed responsibility for setting the blaze.About 40,000 Rohingya from Myanmar have settled in India in recent years after fleeing violence, persecution and poverty at home.Prime minister Narendra Modi’s government has taken a tough stance on them since coming to power in 2014, calling them a security threat who should be deported.The fire started early on Sunday and engulfed the shantytown, forcing its 226 residents to flee. No one was hurt but many of the Rohingya lost U.N. refugee documents.It was the fourth fire in the settlement in six years and police said they were investigating its cause and the claim of responsibility.”This is an open-ended investigation and we are looking into the Twitter matter,” Chinmoy Biswal, a deputy commissioner of police, told Reuters.”We are trying to find out more.”Delhi lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Thursday filed a complaint asking police to investigate the Twitter user who claimed responsibility for torching the houses of the “terrorists”.The tweet was later deleted.Rohingya in India live mainly in Jammu, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi in the north, Hyderabad in the south, and Rajasthan in the west.They face suspicion and resentment from many Indians at a time of simmering tension between some members of India’s majority Hindu community and its Muslim minority.About 700,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since a Myanmar military crackdown in response to Rohingya militant attacks last August.The government of India is concerned that Rohingya might try to enter illegally from Bangladesh.last_img read more