Ship noise makes cuttlefish change color

first_imgThe blare of human noise causes birds to pipe down and frogs to breed less frequently. Now, scientists have found a humanmade sound that has a far more colorful effect: The boom of a ship’s engine makes common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) change the complex swirls of skin hues, stripes, and spots that they use for camouflage and communication. Like other cephalopods such as octopus and squid, cuttlefish rely on visual and tactile signals to communicate; there’s been little evidence so far to suggest they perceive—or respond to—sound. But when researchers placed a loudspeaker near cuttlefish tanks and played the sound of an underwater engine, the animals swam more and changed colors more often. They also raised their first pair of arms, which are used to sense water movements, more frequently, the team reports in this month’s issue of The American Naturalist. The sounds of crashing surf had no effect, providing the first evidence that engine noise may stress the animals out. The fast color changes could hinder camouflage when ships are near, increasing the animals’ chances of being spotted by predators. Cuttlefish distracted by human clamor in the sea may also find it difficult to woo mates or sense the movements of potential prey, the researchers suggest. Because cuttlefish are important both as predators and prey in marine ecosystems, the changes might also ripple into wider impacts on life underwater.last_img read more

BCCI secretary in favour of more u-19 and India ‘A’ tours

first_imgNew cricket board secretary Sanjay Jagdale is quite clear about his priorities. One of his top priorities is to push for organising “good tours” for India ‘A’ and India under-19 teams so as to build a strong bench for the senior national side.Jagdale, who is aware of the available young talent as he looked after junior cricket as joint secretary and convened the selection committee meetings till recently, wants matches on these tours to be played on different kinds of pitches to help players improve their skills.The Indore-based Jagdale has taken over the reins of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at a crucial stage vis–vis the imminent transition in the national team.Soon senior pros like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Zaheer Khan would be on their way out and the selectors will have to find com-petent youngsters to step in.That’s why Jagdale wants to organise meaningful junior tours that would throw up youngsters who could slip comfortably into those big shoes.”The BCCI is a well organised and well structured body. Whatever scope of improvement is there, I would like to organise tours for India ‘A’ and India under-19 teams with an eye on the future,” Jagdale, who turns 61 on Thursday, told MAIL TODAY in an interview.”I want these to be good tours, which are given more weightage, as preparation is a long-term process.”These tours will help build the bench strength for the senior team and also take care of the fitness-related issues. I’ll try and see that the unfortunate England tour is not repeated.” A former Madhya Pradesh captain, Jagdale, however, felt that tours like England, where the Indian team failed to win a Test or a One-day International or the lone Twenty20 International, happen rarely.advertisementHe said that players are the best judges of their injuries and illnesses, and that they will have to be honest about it. “Ultimately, it comes down to the individual, even if you have physiotherapists accompanying the team. In tennis, if Novak Djokovic gets spasms, he will have to decide if he can play the next tournament or rest,” he said.”I feel most of the players are honest. But still situations like the recent one can be avoided.There’s no foolproof formula to avoid injuries.” A former national selector, Jagdale said that the recent accomplishments of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team were the maximum that a side could achieve.”The team was No. 1 in Test cricket and it won the World Cup. You can’t go higher than where we were two months ago.Most of the credit for that should go to the players,” he averred.Despite that Jagdale is keen to unearth players that would add muscle to the bench. “I want to focus on India ‘A’ tours, which have produced players like Virat Kohli. I believe we are at a crucial stage (of transition) and we have to keep an eye on the future,” he stressed.”There’s talent, but talent alone is not enough. What you do with the talent is important – like how you apply yourself to the game, how much hard work you can put in, and how much can you sacrifice.” Jagdale feels the Vizzy Trophy all-India inter-varsity tournament has been a source of throwing up talented youngsters.But sadly the tournament was not played last season. The BCCI promised to organise it this season before backing out.Now, the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) says it will revive it.”BCCI tried our best to help the AIU financially. The University Sports Board will have to come up with some strong ideas. We are open to it. If they come up with something constructive we’ll think about it again,” said Jagdale, himself a product of university cricket.Jagdale pointed out that Sunil Gavaskar too was spotted while in school.He made his Ranji Trophy debut largely on the basis of his heavy scores during the Indian schools team’s tour of Sri Lanka in 1970.”Immediately after Sunil scored a double century there he was called midway to Mumbai and made his Ranji Trophy debut,” recalled Jagdale, a member of that team.last_img read more

Shooting World Cup: Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary Win Gold as India Finish on Top in Rio

first_imgRio de Janeiro: Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary staged a remarkable comeback to claim the mixed 10m air pistol gold, ending India’s campaign on a rousing note in the World Cup here.Representing the other Indian team in the same event, Yashaswini Deswal and Abhishek Verma won the silver as India picked up the maximum possible medals on the final day of the tournament. World number one in women’s 10m air rifle, Apurvi Chandela, had earlier partnered Deepak Kumar to win India their fourth gold on the concluding day of the event. The pair won the top medal in the mixed air rifle event.The results ensured an unprecedented top finish for the country across all four ISSF World Cup stages this year including the lone junior world cup.Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar, representing India 2, who won the previous two World Cup editions of the same event, won bronze as India continued to reach never-before-seen heights in rifle and pistol shooting.In the air pistol final, the pair of Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary prevailed over Yashaswini Singh Deswal and Abhishek Verma 17-15 in a nerve-wracking contest. Manu and Saurabh, who have now won each of the four ISSF Mixed Team Air Pistol world cup golds this year, were at various stages of the final down 3-9, then 7-13 and then finally 9-15 before winning the next four duels straight to stage a remarkable come-from-behind win.The winning pair had earlier shot 394 out of 400 in round two of qualification, including a stunning 100 each in the final 10-shot series, to top the eight team round while Yashaswini and Abhishek, both fresh from their individual gold medal winning exploits in the competition earlier, came in second with 386.Hungary and China 1 were left fighting for the bronze, which was won by the pair of Pang Wei and Jiang Riaxin of China.Earlier, Apurvi and Deepak blew away the Chinese pair of Yang Qian and Yu Haonan 16-6 in a one-sided final. India won eight of the 11 single-shot duels between the teams, where the combined score of one pair is compared to that of the other and the higher total awarded two points.The first to 16 points wins and this is the format which will be used in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.After comfortably getting through round one of qualification, the pair of Apurvi and Deepak topped the board after 20 individual shots in round two, featuring the top eight teams from the previous round.Their total of 419.1 enabled them to get straight into the gold medal match where they found themselves against the Chinese pair who had come in second with 418.7.Anjum and Divyansh shot 418.0 to lie fourth and qualified for the bronze medal match against the Hungarian pair of Eszter Meszaros and Peter Sidi, who shot 418.6 to finish third.Anjum and Divyansh also won their bronze-medal match against the Hungarians with relative ease, chalking out a 16-10 result.India finished the tournament at the top of the medals tally with five gold, two silver and two bronze. The latest exploits also helped India finish on top of all four ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup stages this year. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. abhishek Vermaindia shootingiss world cupISSF First Published: September 3, 2019, 9:18 AM ISTlast_img read more

Cricket: Mohammed Kaif calls it a day!

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Image Courtesy: India Today)Sixteen years after guiding India to a famous Natwest Series victory at Lord’s Mohammed Kaif called it a day from all forms of cricket.Kaif ended his career which begun in 1997 and spanned for over 20 years. He played for India from 2000-2006 featuring in 13 Tests and 125 ODIs. He was also a part of the team that reached the World Cup finals in 2003.Kaif who was picked following his under 19 triumph in 2000 became an integral part of the national side producing some crucial performances. His notable performance came in the 2002 Natwest Series finals where he and Yuvraj stitched a 100 run partnership to guide India home.Having played only for a limited time in the international circuit, Kaif continued to shine in the domestic level. He led his state side Uttar Pradesh to their maiden Ranji Trophy title in 2005. He also featured for teams such as Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.“I am retiring today as it’s been 16 years since the historic Natwest Trophy win in which I was glad to play my part, and I’d like to remember that as I bow out,” he wrote in a letter to the BCCI. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have worn the India cap, and to have gone on to play 125 ODIs and 13 Tests for India, and for several other moments,” he added.Following his retirement Kaif looks to be a part of the coaching team. Having coached Gujarat Lions in the IPL he will look to continue the same in the domestic circuit. Wishing Mohammed Kaif all the best in his future endeavors.Also Read:India vs England: Rohit Sharma powers India to the finish line in the 1st ODIlast_img read more

CSKA Bounces Panathinaikos, 74-55

first_imgATHENS – Panathinaikos was rocked out of the Euroleague basketball tourney on April 22, falling 74-55 to CSKA Moscow, which won the series, 3-1.Even a capacity home crowd couldn’t get the Greeks cranked up against a team which had delivered two punishing losses in Moscow before Panathinaikos eked out a third game win.Unable to hit from three-point land, Panathinaikos couldn’t match CSKA’s muscle and physical presence and hit only 4-of-21 from long range.It was still a game at the half with the losers trailing only 37-32 at that point, and they hung close at 45-41 before the Russian team went on a 13-0 run to effectively close it out.Nikos Pappas was again his team’s top scorer, with 18 points but shot only 1-for-8 from the three-point arc.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

MS Dhoni’s advice has helped me a lot, says Pant after maiden Test call-up

first_imgRishabh Pant is ecstatic after getting his maiden Test call-up for the series against England and says that his dream has come true.Pant, who has played four T20Is for India and scored 73 runs so far, is thrilled to be a part of the the Indian Test dressing room and says that everyone has been extremely supportive and it has been a huge positive.”Every time I come to the Indian dressing room, there is one thing that has always stood out for me — it is the positivity in the dressing room. Everyone is supporting and backing each other, which is the most important factor about this Indian dressing room.When asked about Mahendra Singh Dhoni, there was a sense of idolism and appreciation from the wicket-keeper batsman. There have been calls for him to replace Dhoni and many believe that the time has come especially after Dhoni’s patchy run in T20Is but Pant is in no hurry to fill his shoes. Instead, he is glad that he can discuss everything with Dhoni and receive help from the experienced wicket-keeper.”Similarly, with Mahi bhai, I used to ask him everything from my IPL contract to my wicket-keeping. He’s advised me on everything.”He’s always told me that when it comes to wicket-keeping, your hands and head is important, the body balance can come into play later, but the key is the hands and head coordination. I worked on what he told me and it has helped me a lot.”advertisementDREAM COME TRUEPant was chosen ahead of Parthiv Patel as the second wicket-keeper as Wriddhiman Saha failed to recover from his thumb injury and in fact suffered from a shoulder injury. Pant is all set to deputise Dinesh Karthik, who was a part of the playing XI in the last Test India played against Afghanistan in June.Pant’s good form with India A and prior to that, a fantastic domestic season and Indian Premier League, has earned him a Test call-up and he and his family are absolutely thrilled with the prospect.”It was a great feeling to hear that I had been included in the Indian Test squad. I always wanted to be a part of the Indian Test squad and it was more like a dream come true for me. It was an amazing feeling, not only for me but also for my family and my coach Tarek Sinha sir, who helped me understand the game very early in my life. He has always wanted me to play Test cricket for India and when I got the call, he was very happy and proud and I enjoyed that moment,” Pant told The positivity in the Indian dressing room is infectious @RishabPant777 tells @RajalAroraThe youngster speaks about the confidence hes garnered from the India A stint, maiden Test call-up and his keenness to learn more. #ENGvIND (@BCCI) July 23, 2018Pant has shone bright for India ‘A’ during their tour of England. He has scored four fifties including twin half-centuries in the last unofficial Test against England Lions. Prior to that, he had scored over 900 runs in the 2017-18 season of the Ranji Trophy and 684 runs from 14 matches for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL as well.MINDSET IS THE KEYMainly regarded as a hard-hitting batsman and more suited to limited-overs cricket as of now, Pant has made a statement with his good form in red-ball cricket over the past few months.Speaking about the adjustment he made in England after his success in white-ball cricket, he said that there is not much difference between the two formats and hinted that it is mainly the shot selection and mindset that changes.”I reckon there isn’t too much difference, but it has got more to do with shot selection. In red ball cricket, with the field placements, you can look around; take your time, because you have five days to play. Whereas in limited overs cricket you have limited number of balls to play and score.”I have so far enjoyed my preparation with red ball cricket. The Duke ball swings a lot when you’re here in England and initially when I started playing here with India A, I realized that the swing will come a lot into play in these conditions,” Pant explained. Rahul Dravid said he is happy with Rishabh Pant’s selection in the Test team (BCCI Photo)India ‘A’ coach Rahul Dravid was all praise for Pant and said that he has the temperament and skills to bat differently and adapt to situations. Dravid, who has coached Pant at Delhi Daredevils and India ‘A’, added that Pant will always remain an attacking batsman and he has to learn to play according to the situation.advertisementPant echoed the words of his mentor and thanked Dravid for his immense help.”The only thing he always tells me is that you need to be patient about everything, be it on the field or off it. Also, how I need to work harder on my game when it comes to red ball cricket since I’m a positive batsman, but at times you need to play to the situation. See the pace of the game and change your game accordingly. These have been my learning from him wherein he has helped me a lot,” he noted.Pant, along with the Indian ODI team members have had enough time to get acclimatised to the English conditions. While the likes of Virat Kohli and Co. have only played white-ball cricket, Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay has had the chance to play four-day games. Rishabh Pant hit four fifties during India A’s tour of England (Getty images)Speaking about his experience so far and his mindset going into bat in the windy conditions, Pant said that he is trying to adapt to the situation and play to the team’s need.”Whenever I walk into bat, I go with the mindset of what the team needs from me. In the game against West Indies A, there was a situation wherein I had to be more patient because there were enough overs and therefore I took my time and got India home.”Also, in the game against England Lions, India A were not in a good position. We had lost four to five wickets and Ajju bhaiya (Ajinkya Rahane) and I were batting and I had to play according to the situation. So, I thought I’m going to take my own time and get set because in red ball cricket that’s what you do – you need to take your own time and play as per the situation.”last_img read more

Museum of Industry Welcomes Quilt Exhibit

first_img FOR BROADCAST: Nova Scotians will learn about one of the oldest quilting techniques at an exhibit this summer. A private collection of star-themed quilts will be on display at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton from Wednesday (July 1st) to September 7th. The exhibit opens to the public at 2 P-M on Wednesday (July 1st). Admission to the museum is free on Canada Day. -30- Nova Scotians will learn about one of the oldest quilting techniques at an exhibition this summer. A Century of Stars, a private collection owned by Diane MacLeod Shink, is an exhibit of antique and vintage quilts on display at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, from Wednesday, July 1 to Monday, Sept. 7. Ms. MacLeod Shink is a well-known lecturer, certified appraiser and co-author of Canadian Heritage Quilting — Quick Creative Designs. She will be at the opening reception on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Admission to the museum will be free to mark Canada Day. Stars, the oldest of quilt motifs, come in many sizes and have been a favorite of many quilters for centuries. The exhibit displays a variety of quilts from the past 150 years with unique fabrics that often reflect the personality of their makers. The Nova Scotia Silk Star quilt is one of the most vibrant in the collection. Made in Halifax in the late 19th century, the six-pointed-star pattern is composed of multicolored silks using a paper-piecing method. Jenny’s Star, locally made in River John in the late 1950’s, is a Lemoyne star quilt made from cotton print purchased at a local store. The stars were hand-appliquéd onto their backing of bleached sugar bags. More information about the exhibit is available on the Museum of Industry website at or by contacting Denise Taylor at 902-755-5425 or .last_img read more

Elderly man attacked with hammer succumbs to injuries

first_imgKolkata: A person was arrested at the New Town police station for allegedly hitting the head of a person with a hammer and attacking a few others at Swamijinagar in New Town. The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon.According to locals, a person identified as Kumud Biswas (61), who is a resident of Swamijinagar, was having a cup of tea at a roadside tea stall on Tuesday afternoon. Around 5 pm, the accused person identified as Adhir Bawali, who is also a resident of the same area, came there with a hammer in his hand. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBefore anyone could understand anything, Bawali reportedly hit Biswas on his head multiple times. When others present at the tea stall tried to stop him, Bawali allegedly attacked them too. Hearing the scream of the victims, locals ran to the tea stall. Seeing resistance, Bawali fled the spot. All the injured persons were rushed to a private hospital in Baguiati where two of them were treated and discharged. Biswas was undergoing treatment but his condition was critical. On Wednesday afternoon, Biswas succumbed to his injuries. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayInitially after the incident, a person identified as Gopal Sikdar lodged a complaint at the New Town police station. On the basis of the complaint filed, a case was initiated at the New Town police station on charges of punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt, voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means and attempt to murder. However, as Biswas died charge of murder will added to the case. According to the police, Bawali was drunk when he attacked Biswas and other people. However, police are trying to find out whether Biswas had any enmity with the accused. Bawali will be produced at the Barasat Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) court on Thursday and appeal for police custody.last_img read more

Aretha Franklin And Train To Perform At National Christmas Tree Lighting

first_imgThe National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have announced that Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will be performing at the 91st annual National Christmas Tree Lighting.Additionally, The Avett Brothers, Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, acclaimed soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming, multicultural operatic trio Forte, and Nolan Williams, Jr. and Voices of Inspiration will join singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe, Latin music superstar Prince Royce, jazz legend Arturo Sandoval and the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning band Train in performing a collection of holiday favorites.The 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place Friday, December 6 on the Ellipse at President’s Park in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will kick off the holiday season in our nation’s capital and can be viewed online LIVE at beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET with the exclusive National Christmas Tree Lighting pre-show. This year, folk Americana duo Aberdeen Green, singer/songwriter Del Travar, and The U.S. Army Blues will perform in the pre-show co-hosted by 94.7 FRESH FM’s Tommy McFLY and ABC7/WJLA-TV’s Jummy Olabanji. The event can also be seen on public television throughout December. Broadcast times can be found by checking local listings or visiting by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, and produced by Bounce AEG, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is the first event in a four-week holiday celebration in President’s Park. This year’s ceremony marks the 91st annual National Christmas Tree Lighting, an American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923.For the sixth consecutive year, UL is the premier sponsor of the National Christmas Tree Lighting. As an independent safety science company, UL’s mission is to promote safe working and living environments for all people. More information can be found at Other event supporters include GE Lighting, Amtrak, Guest Services Inc., Hargrove, Hilton Garden Inn – Washington DC Downtown, Hudler Carolina Tree Farms, Loews Madison Hotel Washington D.C., Mesh Int’l, Nicolas Holiday, Uber, United and Willard InterContinental Washington D.C.More information about the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting can be found at and on Twitter.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Premonsoon showers bring welcome respite to DelhiNCR

first_imgNEW DELHI: Rain lashed parts of Delhi-NCR region in the morning on Wednesday bringing the much-needed relief to those who were reeling under sweltering heat. The rain hit the Delhi-NCR region around 8 am and there are reports that other parts of North India too witnessed heavy rainfall.Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning for rainfall and thunderstorm. Rain with thunderstorm was witnessed in parts of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday, the weather office said, adding that the weather condition was likely to continue till Friday. The temperature dipped in Delhi on Wednesday after an intense spell of rain lashed the city in the morning, bringing the mercury level down by several notches. The maximum temperature was recorded at 35.7 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature was 22.3 degrees Celsius. A total of 1.4 mm rainfall was recorded till the evening. Thursday will be partly cloudy with chances of light rains, said an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official. According to Skymet, the pre-monsoon rains are because of three phenomenon — Western Disturbance, induced cyclonic circulation and the South Westerly winds. “The rains on Wednesday were because of the back to back Western Disturbance. The Western Disturbance creates cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan. Also, the South Western winds from the Arabian Sea are increasing the moisture,” said, Mahesh Palawat, Vice President, Meteorology and Climate Change at the Skymet Weather. The condition, he said, will continue on and off till Friday at least. The rain will also decrease the heat wave and keep the temperature in control in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, and parts of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, Mahesh Palawat said. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 82 per cent. Other states that were affected by the weather were Punjab, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. There are also chances of the formation of cyclonic circulation over West Rajasthan, West Bengal, and Sikkim as per the IMD. The formation of a cyclonic circulation could lead to heavy rainfall in the regions. The air quality in the national capital improved significantly after this morning’s downpour, authorities said. The level of PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) was recorded at 64 and PM10 at 156, the SAFAR said. Delhi’s air quality was oscillating between ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ for the last few days due to a dust storm in northwest India, which led to a sharp increase in the PM2.5 level. Meanwhile, monsoon showers are expected to hit Kerala coast on June 4 and deliver less rainfall than average in 2019, the country’s only private weather forecasting agency said on Tuesday, dampening prospects of higher farm and economic growth in the $2.6 trillion economies.last_img read more

Hudbays Rosemont mine pushes ahead despite concerns on water impacts

TORONTO — A controversial mine being developed by a Canadian company in Arizona shows the lengths to which the industry will go to feed the world’s unrelenting demand for copper.Hudbay Minerals Inc. and a previous owner have been pushing to get approval for the Rosemont mine for more than a decade amid local opposition and skepticism from regulators about water issues in the semi-arid region.To secure approval for the nearly US$2-billion mine the company has proposed numerous measures to reduce impacts on the environment, including what it says is an “unprecedented” use of dry-stack tailings.The company plans to squeeze water for reuse from about 528 million tonnes of processed ore, the equivalent weight of close to 5,000 CN Towers, to reduce water use by about half compared with its consumption if it were to use conventional tailings.The plan, along with commitments to restock aquifer water and other steps, proved enough for regulators after the Army Corps of Engineers approved the final key water permit for Rosemont earlier this month and the U.S. Forest Service granted the final administrative approval Thursday. Critics, however, say the measures still don’t go far enough, as concerns about water rise in the face of climate change and other countries take measures to further crack down on water use in mining.“This mine is the wrong mine in the wrong place,” said David Steele, spokesman for the Save the Scenic Santa Ritas advocacy group, named for the mountain range where the deposit sits.The group is concerned about a broad range of impacts, including water, for a mine that will include a pit some 1.8-kilometres across and almost a kilometre deep and involve shifting over 1.1 billion tonnes of waste rock.Kathy Arnold, Hudbay’s director of environment, said in a statement that the mine plan was done with the environment and laws in mind, and approval shows they met government requirements.“Regulators grant permits considering their policies. If you can meet those requirements, you get a permit.”There have, however, been disagreements among various regulators through the process as to how well the company’s plan will limit impacts, Steele said.“They’re going to reject years and reams of technical studies that have said this mine threatens the water resources of southern Arizona. That’s a problem.”Assessments by the Environmental Protection Agency raised concerns about water impacts, concluding in a 2017 report that “the Rosemont Mine will cause or contribute to significant degradation of waters of the United States” and that “discharges of fill material into streams and springs to construct the mine site will cause unacceptable adverse impacts to wildlife and wildlife habitat.”The Army Corps of Engineers, which awarded the final water permit, had itself noted in 2016 that the mine would contribute to the degradation of outstanding Arizona waters.Some of the mitigation plans for the company’s use of 7.4 billion litres of water a year, such as restocking the aquifer from the Colorado river, have added complexity and uncertainty because of drought and reduced water levels generally. This past week seven U.S. states reached an agreement to cut water use from the Colorado in the face of a 19-year drought and depleted reservoirs.Even at the stream level though, there can be disagreement on how well a plan actually lessens the impacts of the mine, said Tom Myers, a hydrologic consultant based in Nevada.“A spring is a lot more than simply a source of water at the surface of the ground. It’s an ecosystem. You can’t simply replace water and say, oh, we’ve mitigated it.”Despite the impacts, the company says mining in drier places can be more prudent.“Mining in an arid environment is probably more environmentally appropriate than mining in a wet environment where there could be the risk of acid rock drainage, leaching of materials, or tailings facility structure failure,” said Arnold.While some risks are lessened in drier areas, countries with more extreme water woes are taking measures to crack down on water use.Copper-rich Chile last month said it would more than double the areas protected from mining as copper and lithium miners compete with locals for scarce groundwater.The country also moved several years ago to block Barrick Gold Corp.’s giant Pascua Lama mine high in the Andes over concerns it was damaging glaciers and water supplies.Copper producers in the country have already invested to reduce water use, including BHP’s opening of a US$3.4-billion desalination plant last year to pump water to the world’s largest copper mine. Anglo American installed floating solar panels at a Chilean mine to both generate energy and reduce water evaporation.Companies are responding to water stresses as they expect increasing constraints in the future. A report by CDP, which advocates for environmental impact disclosure, said that by 2030 more than a quarter of operations at the world’s 12 largest miners will be exposed to high water stress areas, especially in mining heavy countries like Chile, Australia and South Africa.The increased concerns come as many mines require increasing amounts of water to process diluted ore, said Luke Fletcher, a senior analyst at CDP.“In the last decade or so we’ve seen lower ore grades and deeper ore bodies, and that will require a lot more water to process.” Companies in this story: (TSX:HBM, TSX:ABX)Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press read more

Security Council welcomes targeted sanctions as useful tool

In a statement to the press following the Council’s open meeting on the so-called Stockholm Process, the President of the 15-nation body, Ambassador Gunter Pleuger of Germany, said that members urged further work to refine the tool of targeted sanctions.They also welcomed Sweden’s initiative to launch the Stockholm Process, the third step in an international course of action dealing with targeted sanctions based on proposals presented by Switzerland and Germany, the Council President said. The initiative “has provided a valuable contribution to the debate on how to strengthen the capacity of the United Nations system and of Member States to implement targeted sanctions,” he added. “A number of concrete recommendations have been put forward to this effect.”Speaking at the outset of the Council’s meeting, Hans Dahlgren, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, presented the Stockholm Process’s final report. He said sanctions were “something between words and war,” and that like other tools, they could be truly effective only if they were sharp enough, focused enough, and designed for the particular operation they were intended to perform.Targeted sanctions were designed to focus specifically on the individuals, or other entities, that are responsible for threats to, and breaches of, international peace and security, Mr. Dahlgren said. Ideally, they would leave other parts of the population unaffected, as well as international trade relations.There had been growing concern over the negative effects of economic sanctions on vulnerable populations and overall societies, he added. The collateral effects of sanctions on third States had been highlighted, and rightly so. At the same time, many key actors intended to be the targets of sanctions have evaded and circumvented those measures by different means. The Stockholm process recommended different strategies, depending on the type of sanctions, to counter sanctions evasion and maintain the accuracy of sanctions.UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Danilo Turk, stressed the need for enhanced monitoring accompanied by other ways of ensuring that States have the capacity to effectively implement targeted sanctions.”There are a number of key elements that need to be addressed,” he said, “including, among others: improving coordination among all relevant actors; organizing the design and use of sanctions lists; and studying ways by which to probe the deterrent value of targeted Security Council sanctions and their integration into an overall strategy for preventive diplomacy. read more

Cisco posts higher 4Q earnings but says it will cut 4000 jobs

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cisco posts higher 4Q earnings, but says it will cut 4,000 jobs by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Aug 15, 2013 4:24 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Cisco’s earnings and revenue grew in the latest quarter as demand for its computer networking equipment increased. But CEO John Chambers called the global economy “challenging and inconsistent” and the company said it is cutting about 4,000 jobs, or about 5 per cent of its work force.Cisco’s revenue guidance for the current quarter was weaker than Wall Street expected, and shares fell sharply in extended trading.The company’s stock fell $2.51, or 9.5 per cent, to $23.87 in extended trading after the results were released. The stock closed up 6 cents at $26.38 in the day’s regular trading session.Cisco Systems Inc. earned $2.27 billion, or 42 cents per share, in the three months that ended on July 27. That’s up from $1.92 billion, or 36 cents per share, a year earlier.Adjusted earnings were 52 cents per share in the latest quarter, squeaking past Wall Street’s expectations by a penny. This figure excludes charges stemming from a patent settlement with TiVo and other one-time items.Revenue rose 6 per cent to $12.42 billion from $11.69 billion.Analysts, on average, had expected revenue of $12.41 billion, according to a poll by FactSet.Cisco’s performance is widely regarded as a bellwether for the technology industry. That’s because the San Jose, California, company cuts a broad swath, selling routers, switches, software and services to corporate customers and government agencies. Cisco’s fiscal quarters end a month later than most other major technology companies, giving it additional time to assess economic conditions.Cisco’s product orders grew 4 per cent year-over-year, the same as in the third quarter of this year. Orders in the Americas region grew 5 per cent, while Asia declined 3 per cent due to economic challenges in the region, Chambers said. Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia increased 6 per cent. On its own, Europe was up 9 per cent.Chambers said that economic conditions in Europe still “vary significantly” by region, with the north and the U.K. showing “very positive progress.”“We remain cautious, however, given the instability of the southern region,” he added.The caution is evident in Cisco’s guidance. For the current quarter, the company said that said it expects revenue to grow 3 per cent to 5 per cent year-over-year. Analysts are expecting $12.72 billion, a 7 per cent increase from last year’s $11.9 billion.Over the long term, Chambers said that the company still expects revenue to grow 5 per cent to 7 per cent, and added that Cisco is in a “better position in the market today than ever before.” read more

Sony buys Michael Jacksons stake in music catalogue for 750M

Sony buys Michael Jackson’s stake in music catalogue for $750M LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Michael Jackson’s estate has agreed to sell its remaining stake in a lucrative music catalogue to Sony Corp. for $750 million, the entities announced Monday.The agreement for Jackson’s half-share of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalogue will give the company sole ownership of works by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and other hit making musicians, including Eminem and Taylor Swift.The deal is another posthumous blockbuster deal for Jackson, whose estate has erased the singer’s massive debts through a mixture of new music and movie ventures and re-releases of the singer’s most popular music. Jackson’s estate benefits his mother and three children, known as Prince, Paris and Blanket.“This agreement further demonstrates Sony’s commitment to the entertainment businesses and our firm belief that these businesses will continue to contribute to our success for years to come,” Sony Corp. president and CEO Kazuo Hirai wrote in a statement.The sale does not include rights to Jackson’s master recordings or songs that he wrote, and the singer’s estate will continue to have a stake in EMI Publishing, Inc.“This transaction further allows us to continue our efforts of maximizing the value of Michael’s Estate for the benefit of his children,” the co-executors of Jackson’s estate, attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain, wrote in a statement. “It also further validates Michael’s foresight and genius in investing in music publishing.”Jackson purchased the ATV portion of the catalogue in 1985 for $41.5 million, and he later merged it with Sony. It remained his most lucrative asset at the time of his death in June 2009 at age 50, though by that point Jackson was hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.The deal for Jackson’s half of the Sony/ATV catalogue is expected to close by the end of March. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2016 10:14 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this March 5, 2009 file photo, US singer Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, which he announced at a press conference at the London O2 Arena. Jackson and Sony Corp. announced Monday, March 14, 2016, that the singer’s estate had sold its half interest in the massive Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog to the company for $750 million. The catalog includes music by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and other stars, but the deal does not include rights to Jackson’s master recordings or songs he wrote. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File) read more

Dates for postWrestleMania 2016 WWE European tour

first_img Twitter Google+ Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Dean Ambrose to appear at Cauliflower Alley Club reunion after his WWE contract expires Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Kurt Angle WWE kicks off their semiannual week and a half long European Tour today Cesaro Videos Articles Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Impact Wrestling leaving channel 5Spike in the UK, New deal with 5STAR announced Now Playing Up Next WWE has released the following live event schedule for the upcoming 2016 European tour in April 2016 following WrestleMania 32.* 4/14 live event in Florence, Italy* 4/16 live event in Birmingham, England* 4/17 live event in Nottingham, England* 4/18 Monday Night RAW taping in London, England* 4/19 Smackdown/Main Event tapings in London, England* 4/19 live event in Manchester, England* 4/20 live event in Belfast, Northern Ireland* 4/20 live event in Newcastle, England* 4/21 live event in Dublin, Ireland* 4/22 live event in Sheffield, England* 4/22 live event in Paris, France* 4/23 live event in Glasgow, ScotlandSource: WWE.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Facebook Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

8 Gambian athletes off to Ethiopia

first_imgBy Sulayman BahEight Gambian athletes have left the shores of this country for Ethiopia to partake in the African Junior Championship, the NOC announces.The ten-man delegation headed by Bamba Njie and gaffer Lamin Marikong left Banjul on Monday via Dakar. The participation of the team to the Addis Ababa meeting, is bankrolled by Olympic House, the GNOC.The Gambian team to stay in Ethiopia from 5th -8th March 2nd for the African Junior Championship includes teenage track sensation Tijan Keita who clutched gold in the 400 meters with a time of 47.39 and shattered the African record in the process in the first edition of the championship in Warri, Nigeria in 2013.Addressing the athletes at the GNOC resource Center on Monday, the Second Vice President of GNOC Abdoulie MB Jallow advised the athletes to be good ambassadors of the country while in Ethiopia. He lamented, there are many good athletes out there but they are the chosen ones so they must show an exemplary comportment.Mary Decker, Development Officer of GNOC told the athletes to adhere to the advice of their coach and head of delegation.“Be disciplined; respect yourself and your colleagues. Put in your minds that you are not going to Ethiopia to participate but to compete, get to the finals and improve your rankings” she challenged.The delegation is expected back on March 09th, 2015.Team line-upBamba Njie………………..Head of delegationLamin Marikong………….CoachAthletesAlieu Joof………………..100m and 4x100m relayAssan Faye………………..200m and 4x100m relayAlhagie Sonko…………….200m and 4x100m relayEbrima Camara………….. 100m and 4x100m relayTijan Keita…………………400mFatou Sanneh……………..,100m and 200mMariama Manjang…………100m and 200mDemba Marong…………….800m and 1500m]]>last_img read more

Two juveniles arrested for Nassau primary school break in security under review

first_img Related Items:#ClaridgeRoadPrimary, #juvenilesarrestedforschoolbreakin, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 19, 2017 – Nassau – Our children being killed in unacceptable rashes of violence … our children are being hunted for some of the most cold-blooded murders in the country and early this morning, Police confirm that our children are being arrested for breaking and entering in a case which grabbed national headlines due to its outrageous nature.Police say two juveniles were arrested on Wednesday evening and found still in their possession were some of the stolen goods from a brazen theft at Claridge Road Primary School.   Early Monday morning, when they likely should have been getting to school themselves, the two children broke into the primary school and ransacked classrooms and stole computers and microwaves.Education Minister, Jeffrey Lloyd was put on the hot seat about the type of security the school had – it seemed the culprits cased #ClaridgeRoadPrimary, because at the time of the break in, there was no guards on duty.   It was less clear in the Minister’s responses to media if there is video surveillance which would greatly assist the Police investigation.What is more clear from Minister Lloyd is that schools are supposed to be a place of safety, the culprits violated that and went into about a dozen classrooms on the prowl for what was not theirs.   The Minister, who was talking to media on Monday said of the culprits, that the school was “targeted by marauders and miscreants who are obviously hell-bent on continuing to create chaos and assault the peace of our loving society.”#MagneticMediaNews#juvenilesarrestedforschoolbreakinlast_img read more

Judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust law in chip market

first_img Posted: May 22, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News May 22, 2019 AP, Updated: 11:49 AM AP Judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust law in chip market NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Qualcomm unlawfully squeezed out cellphone chip rivals and charged excessive royalties to manufacturers such as Apple in a decision that undercuts a key part of its business.The decision vindicates the U.S. Federal Trade Commission two years after it filed its antitrust lawsuit against the San Diego chipmaker. It’s a potentially costly setback for Qualcomm, as the decision could slash its ability to extract big royalties from phone makers.Qualcomm said Wednesday that it would appeal, suggesting the case could still take a few years to resolve.“We strongly disagree with the judge’s conclusions, her interpretation of the facts and her application of the law,” Qualcomm General Counsel Don Rosenberg said in a statement.The outcome seems likely to reduce the licensing fees paid to Qualcomm, but it’s unclear if device makers will pass on any of their savings and lower their prices. The royalties represent a relatively small portion of smartphone prices that now top $1,000 for some premium models.In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo a sign advertises 5G at the Qualcomm booth at CES International in Las Vegas. Apple and mobile chip maker Qualcomm have settled a bitter financial dispute centered on some of the technology that enables iPhones to connect to the internet. The surprise truce announced Tuesday, April 16, came just as the former allies turned antagonists were facing off in a federal court trial that was supposed to unfold over the next month in San Diego. The resolution abruptly ended that trial. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, ruled Tuesday that Qualcomm Inc. must renegotiate licensing deals with customers. It must license its patents to rival chipmakers at fair prices and can’t sign exclusive agreements that block competitors from also selling chips to smartphone makers like Apple. Qualcomm must submit to FTC monitoring for seven years.The case has geopolitical ramifications. If Qualcomm suffered a big hit to its profitability, that could mean less spending on research and development — a knock to an American tech icon as the U.S. embarks on a politically sensitive race with China to update to 5G, a new wireless technology.“The Trump administration views Qualcomm as almost the crown jewel for the U.S. in terms of U.S. technology development. Similar to the way China views Huawei,” said Angelo Zine, CFRA analyst. “It will be interesting to see if this gets revisited.”Qualcomm’s rivals are mostly Asian companies, including Huawei, Zine said. The Trump administration has set bruising sanctions against Huawei and pushed European allies not to use the Chinese company’s technology due to national-security concerns of China spying. The U.S. government is also in a spiraling trade war with China.The Trump administration’s attitude to Qualcomm can be seen in a case from last year, when it blocked a Singapore company, Broadcom, from buying Qualcomm over concerns about national security and who would dominate 5G technology.Trade group Computer & Communications Industry Association said Tuesday’s ruling was a win for wireless technology, as it would mean more competition.Qualcomm has justified its “no license, no chips” system as a repayment system for the $40 billion it has spent through several decades working on wireless technology essential to smartphones.Last month Apple and Qualcomm settled a bitter financial dispute centered on some of the technology that enables iPhones to connect to the internet. The deal requires Apple to pay Qualcomm an undisclosed amount. It also includes a six-year licensing agreement that likely involves recurring payments to the mobile chipmaker.Apple had already lost an earlier battle with Qualcomm in March when a federal court jury in San Diego decided the iPhone maker owed Qualcomm $31 million for infringing on three of its patents.Qualcomm shares dropped 12% to $68.18 in afternoon trading.___Liedtke reported from San Francisco. Michelle Chapman in Newark, New Jersey, contributed to this report. FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Baker and McKenzie sees benefits of supporting working carers

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live 2015: Law firm Baker and McKenzie has consolidated its parental policies to enhance its support for working parents.At the beginning of 2015, the organisation brought together its maternity, paternity, shared parental leave and adoption policies to form its ‘new parent policy’, providing staff with greater flexibility.The law firm has tailored its benefits approach according to the demographics of its workforce and its business needs, with the aim of creating a competitive and supportive benefits package to recruit and retain top talent.Speaking at Employee Benefits Live 2015, Debbie Dunkley (pictured), head of reward and employee relations at Baker and McKenzie, explained that the benefits offered by the firm are designed to support all working carers, whether that be staff looking after elderly parents or those with children, for example.Baker and McKenzie offers employees eight appointments a year with provider My Family Care to address carer challenges, such as emergency childcare, eldercare, or at-home support. These sessions can be directly accessed by staff without the need to go through line managers.Further support for working carers includes coaching sessions before, during, and after parental leave, ‘tea and talk’ groups for informal discussions about carer responsibilities and challenges, as well as agile and flexible working policies.The firm also developed ‘Baker Benefits’, provided by Thomsons Online Benefits, which includes carer benefits and additional services that are well-suited to its employee demographic.To help communicate the benefit schemes available to staff, Baker and McKenzie publishes blogs written by employees discussing why certain benefits are important to them.Dunkley explained that providing benefits that support working carers has tangible advantages for staff and for the business. Its latest employee survey, which was conducted with Towers Watson, recorded engagement levels of 88%. Almost all (96%) respondents said they were proud to be associated with the firm, 85% said that the benefits offered meet their needs and 89% would recommend the organisation as a good place to work.The law firm has also seen a 35% increase in benefits take up and a 30% decline in unpaid leave. Its absence rate is down to 1.1% and it has a turnover rate of 11%.Mary Watt, head of human resources and development at Scottish Water, who also spoke at the session, explained that the organisation had viewed the introduction of shared parental leave as a chance to increase equality of opportunity for both male and female staff.Scottish Water, which employs staff across the generational spectrum, wanted to gain a greater insight into employees’ caring responsibilities. Through an engagement survey, it found that around 10% of staff have some form of caring responsibility. Feedback also indicated that employees would like the organisation to increase communication around staff benefits related to working carers.One of the ways in which Scottish Water has addressed the issue is to enhance its agile working policy. This was designed to support all staff and the diverse caring responsibilities they may have, such as children, grandchildren and older relatives.The initiative also aims to increase retention and further develop the talent pipeline. In addition to benefits to the business, such as cost savings and reducing the firm’s carbon footprint, agile working has also helped drive loyalty and engagement.The organisation’s 2015 engagement survey, Your voice, found that 92% of respondents are satisfied with Scottish Water as an employer and 91% are committed to the organisation.last_img read more

4 Indian women forced to work as bar dancers in Dubai rescued

first_imgDubai: Four Indian women who were tricked into working as bar dancers in the UAE flew back home on Friday after being rescued by Dubai Police following a tip-off from the Indian consulate, according to a media report. The four women, from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, were deluded into believing that they will be working for an event management company. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us However, when they reached Dubai, their employer locked them in a room and were then forced to work in a dance bar and solicit customers, Consul General of India to Dubai, Vipul, told the Gulf News. According to reports, one of the women managed to send an SOS to her family back home via WhatsApp. As soon as the message was brought to the attention of Vellamvelly Muraleedharan, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, he alerted the consulate, which then informed Dubai Police. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Vipul said he was thankful to Dubai Police for their swift response to rescue the four women, all in their twenties. “After being rescued the women were taken to our shelter. Today we put them in a plane bound for Kozhikode,” he was quoted as saying by the daily. The Consul General said he will write to the Tamil Nadu government, seeking firm action against the agent who sent the women to Dubai. Advertise With Us The Indian mission in Dubai has repeatedly urged jobseekers to check their visa status with the Pravasi Bhartaiya Sahayta Kendra (PBSK) – earlier known as Indian Workers’ Resource Centre. Jobseekers can also verify their visa status on the Amer website before travelling to the UAE. The case follows a similar incident last year when another group of women were rescued from a dance bar by Dubai Police at the behest of the Indian consulate. Among them was a 21-year-old from Hyderabad who was lured to Dubai on the pretext that she would be getting a job in a jewellery store only to end up working in a dance bar.last_img read more