first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The wedding of the most wanted Hollywood bachelor George Clooney with his human rights lawyer girlfriend Amal Alamuddin grabbed headlines last weekend around the world, but it their choice of venue that had Greeks proud. The wedding was hosted in Venice, Italy but the was the luxurious Venetian palace that Clooney and Alamuddin chose to celebrate their big day, actually belonged to a noble family of Greek origin.The construction of the palace, built in 1550 by the family of wealthy merchants and seamen of ‘Cochinna’, was assigned to the architect Gian Giacomo de Grigi. Nicolas Papadopoulos (Niccolò Papadopoli), who in 1905 changed his surname to Papadopoli Aldobrandini, was an Italian politician.He came from an aristocratic family of Greek origin and in 1905 got permission to add his name to the last name of his wife, Maddalena Aldobrandini, who was the daughter of a wealthy family of intellectuals.The couple then bought the famous palace, which became known as Palazzo Papadopoli.From its construction until 1837, when it passed to the Papadopoli family, the palace changed several owners who have created impressive libraries and gathered priceless art treasures from across the world.Papadopoulos made ​​renovations and bought two adjacent buildings to create gardens, which was unusual for those times.The Palazzo Papadopoli was one of the first buildings of Venice that had electricity and telephone connection but was also known for its legendary parties.In 1922, the Palazzo passed to Papadopoulos’ heirs, the noble family Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga. The top floor was given to the Institute of Marine Sciences from the 1980s to 2005.In 2007, it was sold to a Swiss company and is now owned by the luxury hotel chain ‘Aman’.Source: Greek Reporterlast_img read more

first_imgSevilla boss Pablo Machin is keen on securing a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League suggesting they will give it their all in the last group tieThe La Liga side who are the record holders of the competition with five titles in the last 12 years – lost 1-0 at Standard Liege on Thursday night, meaning they must beat FC Krasnodar in their last game to qualify.“We have failed again and when this happens in Europe, your position becomes complicated,” Machin told reporters, as cited by Football Espana via the club media.“We were not allowed to play the game we wanted to play and they hurt us on the break, then when Pablo (Sarabia) was sent-off we struggled, that moment killed us.Top 5 La Liga players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in La Liga next…“We now know that to progress is not going to be a stroll in the park and that we will have to fight tooth and nail.“But we are at home in front of our fans and they will push us on to qualify in what will be a difficult match.“This has been a demanding group.”last_img read more

first_img Facebook Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan Blocks Ticket Bots ticketmasters-verified-fan-successfully-blocks-ticket-bots Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan Successfully Blocks Ticket Bots Twitter Email News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Watch: Adele wins Album Of The Year for ’25’ The program to block ticket bots and brokers from buying tickets shows a 90 percent success rateRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 8, 2017 – 6:12 pm The battle against ticket bots has plagued the ticket sales industry, and especially the live music business. But Live Nation’s Ticketmaster seems to be making strides with their Verified Fan program. Verified Fan separates actual music fans from bots and scalpers by allowing fans to pre-register to order tickets. Once the system verifies an actual human is looking to purchase tickets as opposed to a bot, the fan receives a pre-registration code that “unlocks the opportunity to purchase tickets.”According to Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, they’ve had a 90 percent success rate so far, which is crucial for fans who want to land a ticket to see their favorite artists. The demand is always higher than the number of tickets available. For example, more than 10 million Adele fans attempted to buy tickets for her 2016 tour, but only 400,000 seats were available.As demand for live shows continues to increase, blocking bots is good for both fans and business alike.”There’s probably not been an industry with compounded growth as consistent as the live music business,” Rapino said. “Live concerts continually ranked in the top three things that a consumer wants to attend every year as their escape.”Apple Secures Deal With Warner Music Grouplast_img read more

first_img Share your voice Random Post a comment 13 Photos Bill Gates Bill Gates has some suggestions for your 2019 summer reading list. Bill Gates/Gates Notes Summer vacation is almost here in the northern hemisphere. Woo-hoo! You’re heading to the beach. You could pack a romance novel or a lightweight spy caper. Or you could pack the five books Microsoft founder Bill Gates recommends you read. Get ready to get heavy.Gates’ summer reading list is an annual tradition. He released the latest version on his Gates Notes blog on Monday, giving you plenty of time to hit your local bookstore for some thought-provoking reading to pack with your sunscreen and bathing suit.”I’ve recently found myself drawn to books about upheaval (that’s even the title of the one of them) — whether it’s the Soviet Union right after the Bolshevik revolution, the United States during times of war, or a global reevaluation of our economic system,” Gates wrote, saying most of these books deal with the idea of disruption. 0 UpheavalJared Diamond’s Upheaval delves into “how nations managed existential challenges like civil war, foreign threats and general malaise” through a group of case studies. Gates acknowledged this might sound like a bummer, but said he left the book feeling optimistic about our ability to solve problems.Nine PintsIf you made it through all the bloodshed of Game of Thrones, then chances are good you can handle Nine Pints by Rose George. The subtitle clues you into the subject: “A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood.” “It’s filled with super-interesting facts that will leave you with a new appreciation for blood,” Gates said.A Gentleman in MoscowNow we detour into the realm of fiction with Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow. This bestselling novel follows the rich Count Alexander Rostov who is living under house arrest in a hotel in Moscow in the 1920s. The book spans several decades. Gates called it “fun, clever, and surprisingly upbeat.” Presidents of WarMichael Beschloss’ Presidents of War tackles the complicated history of US presidents and the conflicts the country became involved in, including the War of 1812 and the Vietnam War. “Beschloss’s broad scope lets you draw important cross-cutting lessons about presidential leadership,” said Gates.The Future of CapitalismGates said he doesn’t agree with everything in Paul Collier’s The Future of Capitalism, but that the author’s “background as a development economist gives him a smart perspective on where capitalism is headed.” Gates recommended this as a good analysis of the problems around capitalism today.While these five titles make up the official summer reading list, Gates also threw in a plug for his wife Melinda Gates’ The Moment of Lift, a book about the women who have inspired her. “I know I’m biased, but it’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year,” he said. These books should keep you busy until the end of 2019 when we can expect Gates’ annual list of his favorite books of the year. 1:08 Tags How to check out digital library books Inside Microsoft’s HoloLens development lab Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

first_imgInvestors looking to buy gold at current levels should maintain some caution, as many analysts predict metal prices to head lower by year-end before seeing a recovery next year.”Gold is still extremely vulnerable during 2015 but the 2016 to 2020 period could be supportive for gold,” MarketWatch quoted a report by Jon Bergtheil, analyst at Citi Bank.Prices of gold have been under pressure for the past two years as the ultra-loose monetary policies across major economies failed to push up inflation levels. Investors flock to yellow metal as a hedge against inflation.”Money-printing had almost always resulted in inflation but in today’s excess global production capacity environment and with the oil price having collapsed, that inflation has been deferred,” Bergtheil said.Crude oil prices, which fell by 50% since June last year on oversupply issues, led to a sharp decline in inflation rates across many nations. Besides, oil prices are estimated to remain under pressure in the coming months. As gold prices move in opposite direction to the U.S. dollar rate, continued appreciation of the greenback on the expectations of interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve is likely to put some pressure on the yellow metal prices going forward.Despite some weakness in the economy recently, most of the U.S. central bank committee members are still in favour of raising rates sooner rather than later.Gold prices are expected to extend their decline reaching a five-year low of $1,100 an ounce during this year before seeing a rebound in 2016 underpinned by a demand recovery in Asian countries, thebulliondesk said citing a report by GFMS Thomson Reuters.The report said any prospects for gold prices to climb up would be hindered by a rise in relative health of the U.S. economy.However, from next year onwards, the prices are estimated to find some support due to a demand recovery in India and China, the world’s largest gold consumers.Demand from these countries has been weak so far this year. While Beijing’s anti-corruption moves reduced the appetite for metal in China, bad weather conditions reduced the demand for gold in rural areas of India. Rural population accounts for two-thirds of gold demand in India.last_img read more

first_imgRajasekhar in KalkiTwitterJeevitha has revealed that director Prashanth Varma’s upcoming Telugu film Kalki, which is slated for release on June 28, is a different mass entertainer which suits the image of her husband Rajasekhar.Kalki is produced by C Kalyan under his banner Happy Movies and presented by Shivani and Shivatmika. The maker, who recently completed its shoot, held a press meet on Monday to announce its release date. Addressing the media, Kalyan said, “Kalki is an out and out commercial potboiler. The trailer has received a tremendous response and the same will happen with the film once it releases.”Producer C Kalyan added, “Very soon, we will release the songs and also announce the pre-release event’s date. Music Director Shravan Bhardwaj has given good tunes and is composing a terrific background score. The post-production is on in full swing and Kalki will release on June 28.” Jeevitha with C Kalyan and Prashanth VarmaPR HandoutTalking about it, Jeevitha said, “Kalki is a different mass entertainer which suits the image of Rajasekhar perfectly. The film has created a superb buzz in social media and the trailer is already trending on YouTube. Director Prashanth Varma has showcased the film and Rajasekhar in a new style which all the fans and audience will love. Prashanth Varma’s stylish narration will be the highlight of the film.”Prashanth Varma is confident about its success. The director of Awe fame said, “Kalki is a superb thriller. The audience will love the film and enjoy it like an India-Pakistan cricket match. The thrills are an edge of the seat and C Kalyan has given me free hand on the budget which will show on the screen in a grand manner. The song “Horn Ok Please” sung by Lalitha Kavya will be out on Wednesday.” Kalki song Ok horn please posterPR HandoutBesides Dr Rajasekhar, Kalki features Adah Sharma, Nadhitha Shwetha, Poojita Ponnada, Scarlet Wilson, Rahul Ramakrishna, Nasser, Ashutosh Rana, Shiddu Jonnalagadda, Charan Deep in the important roles. The film has Dasaradhi Sivendra’s camera, Shravan Bhardwaj’s music, Nagendra’s art, Gautam Berusu’s editing and Naga Venkat and Robin-Subbu’s fights.last_img read more

first_imgNeo JMB leader Abu Sayeed alias Karim alias Shyamal was produced before the journalists at the office of Detective Branch of police in Bogra on Saturday noon. Photo: Sohel RanaDetective Branch of police overnight arrested most wanted JMB leader Abu Sayeed, a death row convict, from Omarpur area of Nandigram upazila in the district.Sayeed alias Karim alias Shyamal was the main accused of Khagragar bomb blast in Burdwan in the West Bengal state of India.A team of detectives of Police Headquarters and detective branch of police in Bogra conducted a drive at the Nandigram upazila around 1 am last night and arrested him and recovered firearms, ammunitions and a motorcycle.He was the southern wing chief of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), superintendant of police of Bogra Md Asaduzzaman told a press conference Saturday afternoon.Police sources said Sayeed joined JMB in 2002. In 2005, he was awarded death penalty in a case of launching bomb explosion in Naogaon. He fled to India in 2007.He got married to Khadiza, a daughter of militant outfit member Yadul in Murshidabad district and used to operate militant activities there.In 2014, Sayeed was accused of Burdwan blast. A case was lodged against him there.Following the Burdwan blast, National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Kolkata declared a reward of one million Indian rupees for credible information on his whereabouts. In 2015, he fled to Bangladesh.last_img read more

first_imgA group of BNP leaders placing wreaths at party founder Ziaur Rahman`s grave in the city. Photo: Prothom AloThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) fears prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s comment alleging compalicity of its chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman with 21 August 21 grenade attack may influence the verdict of the case.A day after the prime minister had brought fresh allegations naming Khaleda Zia, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday expressed his party’s concern about fair judgement in such a context.Premier Hasina on Tuesday said there is no doubt that BNP, its chief Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman were involved in the brutal grenade attack on an Awami League rally on 21 August 2004.The BNP secretary general came up with his party reaction while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at party founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave in the city, marking the Eid-ul-Azha, reports UNB.”The prime minister’s comment has exposed that the government wants to completely control the judiciary. They also want to detect who are involved and who is not in advance,” he said.Protesting at the prime minister’s comment, Mirza Fakhrul said it will be impossible for the investigators and judges to work neutrally and independently to deal with the 21 August case when the prime minister, who is also the chief executive, makes such comments.”Our chairperson has already been in jail. They (govt) are again plotting to convict her in the name of so-called trial,” he claimed.Fakhrul said they are spending Eid days with ‘broken heart’ since the BNP chief is in jail.The BNP leader also alleged that the judiciary cannot work independently now due to government’s interference as “they (govt) have completely politicised the judiciary and are now trying to politicise the verdict as well.”Earlier, Fakrul along with party senior leaders and activists went to Zia’s grave around 11 am and offered Fateha there.They also off.ered a munajat seeking eternal peace of Zia’s departed soul.last_img

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uIn wake of the backlash against him after seemingly fawning over Donald Trump, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank has written an open letter to the city of Baltimore. We’ll examine the substance of the letter with a man who knows Plank well, former Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes. Plus, the Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report from Annapolis on the efforts at bail reform.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

first_img Male wolf spiders cannibalize females Citation: Study finds cannibalism helps some spiders produce more offspring (2012, August 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-cannibalism-spiders-offspring.html Photo of Agelenopsis pennsylvanica in funnel web. Image: University of Michigan. More information: Sexual cannibalism is associated with female behavioural type, hunger state and increased hatching success, Animal Behaviour, In Press, www.sciencedirect.com/science/ … ii/S0003347212002916AbstractPrecopulatory sexual cannibalism may represent the most extreme form of sexual conflict because it necessarily truncates the reproductive potential of the victim. Three of the most prominent mechanisms invoked to explain incidence of precopulatory sexual cannibalism are the ‘adaptive foraging’, ‘aggressive spillover’ and ‘mate choice’ hypotheses. These hypotheses argue that sexual cannibalism is either (1) the result of female choice, where females gauge the benefits of suitors as perspective mates versus prey, (2) a neutral (or deleterious) by-product of selection on aggressiveness in nonreproductive contexts, or (3) a mechanism by which females express their mating preferences, respectively. We tested the predictions of these hypotheses in the funnel-web spider Agelenopsis pennsylvanica using staged laboratory encounters. We then tracked numerous fitness proxies of cannibalistic versus noncannibalistic females to determine whether cannibalism was associated with increased female performance. We found that more aggressive females and those deprived of food were more likely to engage in precopulatory cannibalism. Cannibalism was not associated with male condition, male body size or female body size, nor with the mass of females’ egg cases, the number of eggs therein, or the mass of individual eggs. In contrast, there was a positive association between the mass of the egg case and the number of offspring that emerged in cannibalistic females, but not in noncannibalistic females. Thus, offspring of cannibalistic mothers appear to have increased hatching success in heavier egg cases. This may represent a novel advantage associated with sexual cannibalism.via BBC Explore further © 2012 Phys.org , Animal Behaviour This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The researchers, led by Aric Berning, set out to learn more about why the common female funnel grass spider quite often eats male spiders that come near, prior to copulation, which would seem counterproductive, unless it’s seen as a sign of discrimination, i.e. they only eat the ones they don’t want to have as a mate. To learn more they captured a bunch of the spiders and brought them back to the lab. The females were allowed to build webs, and then males were subsequently dumped into them to see what would happen under different circumstances. They found that the females were likely to eat any male that arrived if they were hungry, or just feeling particularly aggressive. In other scenarios, they found the females a little more discerning, allowing some to mate with them, while eating others. In some extreme cases they found some females that refused to eat any males at all, and some that ate every male no matter what else was going on.But they found something else too. In instances where the females dined on a male or two before eventually copulating and producing young, the egg cases they produced tended to be a little more robust than usual and inside of them, were more young than were found in egg cases produced from females that had not eaten males prior to producing the cases and offspring. So it seems that eating a few suitors before giving birth appears to give the females some added vigor in producing and protecting offspring, something that has never been observed in any species before.The researchers don’t know why things work out this way, but speculate that eating males might offer the perfect combination of vitamins and minerals for assisting with case production, or perhaps it prompts a hormonal response. Either way, it appears that the relationship between male and female funnel web spiders is much more complex than it might appear at first glance. (Phys.org) — Researchers have known for years that many female spiders kill their mates, either before or after mating and some even eat them, and while many theories have arisen as to why this occurs, this newest instance appears to be the most bizarre yet. A team of biologists from the University of Pittsburgh have found, as they describe in their paper published in the journal Animal Behavior, that females of one species of spider that eat males, tend to produce thicker egg cases out of which emerge more hatchlings, than those that don’t. Journal information: Animal Behaviorlast_img read more

first_imgIt was an opportunity for theatre enthusiasts to learn and gain hands-on experience from the masters of theatre when the 18th Bharat Rang Mahotsav’s “Master Class” witnessed the presence of legendary theatre personality Joy Michael on Friday in the national Capital. The session was moderated by Sumit Tandon.The famous director has been associated with theatre for decades and holds a big contribution in establishment of one of the oldest theatre group “Yatrik” in 1964.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The session also held the association of Yatrik’s very first members: Sushma Seth, Salima Raza and Kusum Haider. Struggling with the ailing health, Joy Michael spoke few, but very valuable words of wisdom to audience. “It is a great pleasure to be here. I love working with young people. It is always a pleasure to watch them succeed and come back to share with us.” Sharing their memories regarding the conception of their reparatory group, veteran actor Sushma Seth mentioned: “We were a group of passionate young people who just wanted to perform theatre. We did not have any resources but Joy always kept her home open for rehearsals.”   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“To make children learn something, theatre is the best medium. It is the most apt medium of understanding something,” she added. Providing a vote of thanks to the eminent guests and Joy Michael on behalf of National School of Drama, Director Prof Waman Kendre said: “It is impossible to thank Joy Michael for her work in theatre. I think that National School of Drama would prefer to be at her loan forever.”last_img read more

first_imgIf you think playfulness is associated only with childhood, you may be wrong.A new study suggests that playfulness in adults is a positive trait which may help them to see things from new perspectives, turn monotonous tasks into something interesting as well as help them when choosing partners and in romantic relationships.The study showed that playful people are able to reinterpret situations in their lives so that they experience them as entertaining or are able to reduce stress levels. People who describe themselves as playful are also viewed by others as such. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPlayfulness should not be equated with humour. Instead we need a new vocabulary to describe it, said Rene Proyer from Martin Luther University (MLU) in Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.“Playfulness is an independent personality trait that shares certain aspects with five global dimensions – including extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, openness to experience and emotional stability that are frequently used to describe personality – but which cannot be interchanged,” Proyer explained. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the study, the researchers identified four basic types of playful adults.“There are people who like to fool around with friends and acquaintances. We describe this as other-directed playfulness. By contrast, light-heartedly playful people regard their whole life as a type of game,” Proyer said.Another category includes people who like to play with thoughts and ideas – this describes intellectual playfulness. These people are able to turn monotonous tasks into something interesting.The psychologist describes the final group as being whimsically playful. “These people tend to be interested in strange and unusual things and are amused by small day-to-day observations.”Conversely, playfulness in adults has also been associated with negative connotations. Playful people are sometimes not taken seriously or are seen as unreliable, as they may easily change perspectives.last_img read more

first_imgJust when Google is facing large walkouts and protests against its policies, another consumer group has lodged a complaint against Google’s user tracking. According to a report published by the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), Google is using various methods to encourage users to enable the settings ‘location history’ and ‘web and app activity’ which are integrated into all Google user accounts. They allege that Google is using these features to facilitate targeted advertising. BEUC and its members including those from the Czech Republic, Greece, Norway, Slovenia, and Sweden argue that what Google is doing is in breach of the GDPR. Per the report, BEUC says “We argue that consumers are deceived into being tracked when they use Google services. This happens through a variety of techniques, including withholding or hiding information, deceptive design practices, and bundling of services. We argue that these practices are unethical, and that they in our opinion are in breach of European data protection legislation because they fail to fulfill the conditions for lawful data processing.” Android users are generally unaware of the fact that their Location History or Web & App Activity is enabled. Google uses a variety of dark patterns, to collect the exact location of the user, including the latitude (e.g. floor of the building) and mode of transportation, both outside and inside, to serve targeted advertising. Moreover, there is no real option to turn off Location History, only to pause it. Even if the user has kept Location History disabled, their location will still be shared with Google through Web & App Activity. “If you pause Location history, we make clear that — depending on your individual phone and app settings — we might still collect and use location data to improve your Google experience.” said a Google spokesman to Reuters. “These practices are not compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as Google lacks a valid legal ground for processing the data in question. In particular, the report shows that users’ consent provided under these circumstances is not freely given,” BEUC, speaking on behalf of the countries’ consumer groups, said. Google claims to have a legitimate interest in serving ads based on personal data, but the fact that location data is collected, and how it is used, is not clearly expressed to the user. BEUC calls out Google saying that the company’s legitimate interest in serving advertising as part of its business model overrides the data subject’s fundamental right to privacy. BEUC argues that in light of how Web & App Activity is presented to users, the interests of the data subject should take precedence. Reuters asked for comment on the consumer groups’ complaints to a Google spokesman. According to them, “Location History is turned off by default, and you can edit, delete, or pause it at any time. If it’s on, it helps to improve services like predicted traffic on your commute. We’re constantly working to improve our controls, and we’ll be reading this report closely to see if there are things we can take on board,”. People are largely supportive of BEUC on the allegations they made on Google. However, some people feel that it is just another attack on Google. If people voluntarily and most of them knowingly use these services and consent to giving personal information, it should not be a concern for any third party. “I can’t help but think that there’s some competitors’ money behind these attacks on Google. They provide location services which you can turn off or delete yourself, which is anonymous to anyone else, and there’s no evidence they sell your data (they just anonymously connect you to businesses you search for). Versus carriers which track you without an option to opt-in or out and actually do sell your data to 3rd parties.” “If the vast majority of customers don’t know arithmetic, then yes, that’s exactly what happened. Laws are a UX problem, not a theory problem. If most of your users end up getting deceived, you can’t say “BUT IT WAS ALL RIGHT THERE IN THE SMALL PRINT, IT’S NOT MY FAULT THEY DIDN’T READ IT!”. Like, this is literally how everything else works.” Read the full conversation on Hacker news. You may also go through the full “Every step you take” report published by BEUC for more information. Read Next Google employees join hands with Amnesty International urging Google to drop Project Dragonfly. Is Anti-trust regulation coming to Facebook following fake news inquiry made by a global panel in the House of Commons, UK? Google hints shutting down Google News over EU’s implementation of Article 11 or the “link tax”last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifier Costa Rica scores key victory over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying Costa Rican Men’s National Team hopes to make history again in Mexico From the first minute of Costa Rica’s dominating 3-0 win over Jamaica at National Stadium in San José Tuesday, the sudden change was obvious.It wasn’t just La Sele’s dramatic difference in play from Friday’s lackluster 1-1 tie in the first part of the team’s World Cup qualifying doubleheader against Jamaica, but a clear disparity in talent between La Sele and a solid Jamaican side that was on full display for a sold-out home crowd.After almost scoring on two occasions in as many minutes to open the game Tuesday, Costa Rica broke into the net in the fifth minute when star midfielder Celso Borges headed in an early goal.La Sele, which looked so passive during Friday’s game on the island, continued to dictate the pace from there, not allowing Jamaica’s speed to play much of a factor at all.Most importantly, the ball was constantly at the feet of Costa Rica’s playmakers. Whether it was Borges making decisive passes, Joel Campbell pushing the ball downfield, or Bryan Ruíz finding openings in the defense, La Sele’s best talents overpowered Jamaica in every way.In the 36th minute, Ruíz scored Costa Rica’s second goal when he cleaned up a deflected miss by striker Marco Ureña. Just as with Borges’ goal, the Ticos had three tries in as many minutes in a stretch where they were applying a flurry of pressure on Jamaican goalie Andre Blake.Really no comparisons can be made between Friday’s game and Tuesday’s near-perfect showing. Every area that looked flawed for La Sele in Jamaica was turned into a piece of art in San José. The passing was more precise, the transition to each level was so fluid, and there was a sense of urgency that just didn’t exist in the first leg.After not traveling to Jamaica, midfielder Johan Venegas scored in the 76th minute, just three minutes after subbing in, giving Costa Rica the 3-0 lead.In the teams’ first match, the Reggae Boyz killed La Sele with long lobs from the midfield, trying to take shots with their fast strikers. Ramírez’s defense put the clamps down on it in a hurry on Tuesday. In the 15th minute Oscar Duarte, the Spanish La Liga defender who didn’t play Friday, made a great clear of one such long volley. And when the Reggae Boyz were able to get past the five-man backline, it was superstar goalie Keylor Navas who played hero yet again for La Sele. Twice in the 17th minute, the Real Madrid keeper made clutch saves at the goal to keep a clean sheet.Navas was certainly helped by the middle of the defense that was anchored by Duarte, Kendall Waston, and Friday’s goal-scorer Johnny Acosta. Their physicality helped to neutralize Jamaica’s speed, as they were able to keep most everything in front of them Tuesday night.Costa Rica keeps its three-point lead ahead of second place Panama in their group of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, remaining just one point away from clinching a spot in the hexagonal, where the final six teams meet to fight for a spot in the 2018 World Cup. La Sele will not continue qualifying play until a Sept. 2 game against Haiti, the group’s last place team. Costa Rica then finishes the round robin back at home on Sept. 6 against Panama, which it beat 2-1 last November. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgPilots leave aircraft and 166 pax in the hands of hostesses. Image: PFG Two Air India pilots have been suspended after allegedly putting a plane carrying 166 passengers from Bangkok to New Delhi in autopilot and leaving airhostesses in charge as they took a nap in business class.The pilot and the co-pilot reportedly gave two cabin crew members instructions on how-to fly the A320 before falling asleep, The Daily Mail reported.However, the duo were quick called back to take control of the aircraft when the hostesses accidently switched autopilot off.A senior member of the airline’s cabin crew, brought the issue to India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, after witnessing the incident.Air India has confirmed air staff were in change of the cockpit for up to 20 minutes, however, sources say it was more than 40 minutes.Although pilots are able to leave the aircraft in autopilot, they are still required to monitor the aircraft’s flight path.“It is a serious matter,” Mr Mishra said.“We are investigating the case.”Source = e-travel Blackboard: NJlast_img read more

first_img A MAN who failed to stop for police in Derry to evade arrest has been charged with dangerous driving and possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.He was arrested by PSNI officers from Strand Road District Support Team after they spotted him driving dangerously on the Springtown Road.After eventually being caught with the aid of a stinger device, DST officers later searched his home and found a quantity of Class A drugs. ShareTweet Creevagh Roaddistrict support teamMan who fled police in Derry charged with dangerous driving and drug dealingPSNI FOYLESPRINGTOWN ROADSTRAND ROAD PSNI Foyle say on its Facebook page: “Often this job is more dull paperwork than Hollywood Action but it was full-on #StarskyAndHutch on Sunday:“Our District Support Team (#DST) saw this car Driving Dangerously on Springtown Road. “You wouldn’t believe how it escalated from there. “The car drove into Sheriffs Glen and when it came out DST were waiting with a check point. 2The car Failed to Stop and sped off straight over a waiting Stinger that was thrown across the road.“With three tyres rapidly going flat the vehicle sped away. “DST simply followed the 3.5 mile trail of damage on the road as the car tried to drive on its rims. “The Stinger damage proved fatal for the Toyota which was abandoned on the Creevagh Road. “The occupants decided to try to run for freedom through muddy fields.“Unfortunately if there’s one thing Peelers love it’s a chase, and so they were quickly caught. “Things got worse for the Driver who had drugs on him and then got his house searched where we found MORE drugs. “He ended up being Charged with Dangerous Driving/ No Insurance/ Failing To Stop/ Possession of Class A/ Possession Class B/ Supplying Class A. “The Passenger has been bailed to return. “It all started with a fella acting like an idiot and showing off to his friends. “Unfortunately for him he bumped into Strand Road DST.”Man who fled police in Derry charged with dangerous driving and drug dealing was last modified: March 22nd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

first_img“I would appeal to residents to be vigilant and if they notice anything suspicious that may signify drugs activity to report those responsible to to the relevant authourities. Childrens safety must be paramount”.Anger after drug needle found dumped in Cornshell Fields was last modified: March 14th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Anger after drug needle found dumped in Cornshell FieldsCOUNCILLOR CAOIMHE MCKNIGHTDerryDRUG PARAPHERNALIASinn Fein ShareTweetcenter_img Shantallow Sinn Féin Councillor Caoimhe McKnight has condemned those who dumped drug paraphernalia in an area of Cornshell Fields where young children live and play.Councillor McKnight said: “A concerned resident came to the Sinn Féin office this morning with a discarded syringe which he found close to homes in the Cornshell Field area.“This was a very concerning experience for this resident who has teenage children of their own.“When I spoke to them it was obvious that they were very annoyed to find that someone using drugs had such disregard for children that they would just discard a used syringe in close proximity to houses where children live and play.last_img read more

first_imgCanadian-born psychologist Jay Van Bavel likes Canadian beer.”I can’t say what it is,” he says, laughing, “I just love the taste.”When Van Bavel sips a beer from his hometown, there is a feedback between his taste buds and his brain. He’s reminded of his Canadian-ness, he feels more Canadian, and Canadian beer tastes better to him than other beers.So suggests a recent study in the Journal of Social Psychology, authored by Van Bavel, social psychologist at New York University and his colleagues. The researchers found that the stronger your sense of social identity, the more you are likely to enjoy the food associated with that identity.The subjects of this study were Southerners and Canadians, two groups with proud food traditions.The first experiment, containing 103 people, found that the more strongly someone self-identifies as Southern, the more they would expect Southern food to taste good, food like fried catfish or black-eyed peas.In a second experiment, containing 151 people, researchers also found that when Southerners were reminded of their Southernness — primed, in psychology speak — their perception of the tastiness of Southern food was even higher. That is, the more Southern a person was feeling at that moment, the better the food tasted.They found a similar result when taste-testing with Canadians, finding that Canadian test subjects only preferred the taste of maple syrup over honey in trials when they were first reminded of their Canadian identity.Van Bavel says that this study shows that how you feel while eating affects your perception of how food tastes. Food preferences, like identities, are flexible and can change based on your environment.”Southerners like Southern food, and that’s not really surprising, but that’s especially true when their Southern identity is activated,” says Van Bavel. “If you were to activate a different identity, someone might have different preferences in that moment.”The researchers are not entirely sure why this happens.One possibility is that people are more sensitive to the different dimensions of the food when it’s associated with their identity. Another idea is that familiar foods are self-affirming and therefore thought of as good.”It’s entirely possible that people will just import anything that reminds them of their identity as more positive,” says Van Bavel.The relationship between identity and food preference is not new. However, the use of priming to induce identity makes this study different from its predecessors.”Priming is like opening a filing drawer and bringing to your attention all the things that are in the drawer,” says Paul Rozin, food psychologist at University of Pennsylvania, who was not involved in the study. “You can’t really change peoples’ identities in a 15-minute setting, but you can make one of their identities more salient, and that’s what they’ve done in this study.”The study helps us understand how people make complex food decisions in society with a great diversity of options.And these food decisions start at an early age. Katherine Kinzler, psychology professor at Cornell University, recently published a study that shows that 12-month old babies prefer to eat a food when they see someone eat it who speaks their native language, as opposed to someone who speaks a foreign language.”I think they’re definitely looking out into the world and asking, ‘What is my in-group eating and what aren’t they eating?'” she says. “They’re learning about the cultural norms of food selection really early in life.”Understanding the link between food preferences and identity can help us to better understand why people eat what they eat, and a better awareness of the cultural dimensions of food choices can improve strategies to get people to eat healthier.”Instead of just trying to insert healthy objects into menus, you might have to re-market healthy foods around an identity to make them have an impact,” says Van Bavel. “Ignoring identity makes food and health problems harder to solve.”Nutritionist and personal trainer Erika Nicole Kendall, founder of the blog A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss, thinks a lot about how to give nutrition advice that is sensitive to a person’s cultural identity. In her work, she encourages people to seek out their cultural foods.”When people are trying to eat better, going back to their culture’s foods is the best way to commit to what they’re doing,” she says, “because the commitment is more than weight loss or heart health – it’s also a commitment to their own roots.”Something as simple as a food pyramid has identity implications. The food pyramid most Americans are used to – a little candy on top, a lot of bread and grains at the bottom – reflects a mainstream American diet, but may not resonate with everyone. Japan’s food pyramid is a spinning top that highlights the importance of tea, and India’s food pyramid has a special section for pulses (think lentils).Identity is at the core of our food choices, whether we realize it or not.Kendall is an 8th-generation Southerner. She says she is continuously drawn to Southern foods and flavors, “I am always looking for ways to connect with different elements of who I am,” she says, “and with different elements of my culture and my country.”As a nutritionist, she encourages clients to seek out their family’s traditional recipes, and then works with them to find healthy alternatives that contain the flavors and textures of their cultural foods.”It’s good for you,” she says, “but there’s also meaning there.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

first_imgFebruary’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 dead and 17 more wounded, horrified people across the country, spurring student walkouts and marches in support of stricter gun control laws, including universal, comprehensive background checks and a ban on assault weapons. But gun debates in the United States have proven to be contentious and intractable. Even as thousands rally for new legislation, opponents contend that such measures won’t prevent determined criminals from obtaining a firearm and that responsible gun ownership makes communities safer.In charting a course forward, it is necessary to move beyond “people’s anecdotal opinions,” says David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. He and other researchers are analyzing data and conducting studies with the ultimate goal of informing public policy. It’s a tough task, in part because of a by now well-known piece of legislation called the Dickey Amendment, passed by Congress in 1996 with the support of the National Rifle Association. This amendment prevented the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using funds “to advocate or promote gun control.” It didn’t ban federally-funded gun research, but the legislation had a chilling effect: from 1996 to 2013, CDC funding in this area dropped by 96 percent.Against this backdrop, it can be easy to overlook an important fact: Research into gun violence has actually increased in recent years, rising from fewer than 90 annual publications in 2010 to 150 in 2014. Universities, think tanks, private philanthropy –even the state of California — have offered support. And in late April, governors from six northeastern states and Puerto Rico announced plans to launch a research consortium to study the issue. A December 2017 policy article published in the journal Science describes a “surge” of recent scientific publications.”The scope and quality of gun-related research is growing, with clear implications for the policy debate,” write the authors, a pair of researchers from Duke and Stanford. This research has generated significant findings about suicide, intimate partner violence, community health, and the effect of various state-level gun laws.A leading cause of deathMore than 36,000 people are killed by gunshot in the U.S. every year, making it a leading cause of death in the country, comparable to motor vehicle incidents. Among those deaths, nearly two-thirds are suicides. “A gun in the home increases the risk of someone in that home dying from suicide maybe threefold, and the evidence is overwhelming,” Hemenway says.A conventional view holds that if people really want to kill themselves, they will find a way to do it — with or without a gun. Yet the data suggest that households with guns do not differ from those without guns when it comes to mental health risk for suicide. Instead, the difference seems to stem from the fact that suicide attempts with a gun are usually fatal, unlike attempts with pills, for example. Putting time and distance between a suicidal person and a gun can save that person’s life.This line of thinking is supported by a study published in the Journal of Surgical Research, which found that states with weaker gun laws have more gun-related suicide attempts, which tend to be associated with higher mortality. Dr. Rodrigo Alban, a surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and his colleagues analyzed data on nearly 35,000 subjects spanning 14 years. Almost two-thirds of the firearm suicide attempts occurred in states with the lowest scores for policies regulating guns from the nonprofit Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence — mostly states in the South and West. These states had little to no gun legislation, such as background checks, concealed weapons laws, and safe storage laws.Of course, correlation doesn’t imply causation, and Alban and his co-authors identify a need for research that pinpoints which particular laws have the greatest effect on reducing suicide attempts. But in the meantime, in light of these findings, they conclude that, “Efforts aimed at nationwide standardization of firearm state laws are warranted.”The riskiest gun ownersAnother route to reducing gun violence, academics suggest, is to identify risk factors that increase a person’s chances of harming themselves or others. Such individuals could then be considered for gun violence restraining orders. This was the logic behind the 1968 Gun Control Act, which specified narrow categories of people disqualified from buying or owning guns, including convicted felons and people committed to mental institutions. The 1994 Violence Against Women Act and the subsequent Lautenberg Amendment were written to bolster protections for victims of domestic violence.But these laws only apply to people who are currently or formerly married, live or have lived together, or have shared children. Susan Sorenson, a professor of social policy and public health at the University of Pennsylvania, finds in recent research that they fail to protect a growing portion of the population who are in dating relationships, who can be just as violent.A separate study led by Carolina Díez of Boston University assessed state laws and confirms Sorenson’s conclusions. Domestic violence homicide rates drop by 10 percent in states prohibiting intimate partners with restraining orders from owning guns and requiring them to relinquish them.Some states have gone a step further and passed so-called “risk-warrant” laws. In 1999, Connecticut became the first to pass such legislation allowing police to obtain a warrant to temporarily remove guns from someone who poses an imminent hazard to themselves or others. Dr. Garen Wintemute, an emergency room physician at the University of California, Davis Medical Center and director of the Violence Prevention Research Program, advocates for gun violence restraining orders based, in part, on a 2016 evaluation of Connecticut’s law.Wintemute points to individual cases where such laws would have made a difference: “The Parkland shooter was making all kinds of public pronouncements,” he says. “A gun violence restraining order would’ve allowed his family or law enforcement to go to a judge and get an order that would’ve gotten that gun taken away from him and prevented the shooting.”The remaining research gapFollowing the barrage of nearly daily shootings, some researchers have begun to call for a community-wide approach, rather than only focusing on high-risk individuals. Charles Branas, an epidemiologist at Columbia University, says that poverty can contribute to gun violence within communities.In their latest research, Branas and his colleagues examined hundreds of vacant land plots and abandoned buildings in U.S. cities, with a focus on Philadelphia. These abandoned spaces, like old parking lots and homes, often become places to store illegal firearms. Millions of people live near and walk by these spaces, which can cause community members to feel unsafe or stressed. Using a randomized control design, Branas found that interventions such as planting trees and plants and boarding up windows and doors can make a difference.”Gun violence can be sustainably reduced in poor neighborhoods of those cities by as much as 29 percent,” he says. “These cost peanuts. The return on investment is very high, because shootings are very expensive events.”For all the progress made in gun violence research, gaps still remain. In March, the RAND Corporation released a meta-analysis of thousands of studies published since 2003. The report states that, “Federal funding for research on gun-related mortality is far below levels for other sources of mortality in the United States.” As a result, more research is warranted in virtually all aspects of gun control policy, including on officer-involved shootings, defensive gun use, gun-free zones, the gun industry, and lost or stolen firearms, to name a few.The latest federal budget, passed by Congress and signed by President Trump in March, may offer some assistance, as it technically allows the CDC to fund research on gun violence. It doesn’t reverse the Dickey Amendment, however, and CDC officials may still face resistance when trying to support such research. In any case, it’s ultimately up to lawmakers — and the public they answer to — to determine how to balance Second Amendment rights with scientific data.”Hopefully these policy debates have some science behind them,” Hemenway says. “Everything we learn should matter and should have an effect.”Ramin Skibba is an astrophysicist turned science writer based in San Diego. He has written for Newsweek, Slate, Scientific American, Nature, Science, among other publications. He can be reached on Twitter at @raminskibba.This article was originally published on Undark. Copyright 2018 Undark Magazine. To see more, visit Undark Magazine.last_img read more

first_imgA disabled campaigner has sent an 80-page dossier of evidence to the new first minister of Wales in a last-ditch bid to persuade him to abandon plans to close the Welsh government’s independent living grant scheme.Nathan Lee Davies has written to Mark Drakeford with just two months left until the planned closure of the Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG), which was itself set up as an interim scheme following the UK government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund in June 2015.Davies, who has led the Save WILG Campaign, told Drakeford in an open letter this week that closing WILG would leave disabled people with high support needs “at the mercy of cash-strapped Local Authorities who seem intent on cutting vital support packages across the board with no guarantee that further cuts will not follow”.He said that local authorities “seem to be treating disabled people as a burden”.Davies points out in the letter that Drakeford had promised – during his successful campaign to lead the Welsh Labour party last year – that if an independent evaluation of the WILG closure showed the new system “not working as well as the old one” then he would be “prepared to reverse it”.WILG was set up by the Welsh government – with UK government funding – as a short-term measure to support former ILF recipients when the fund was closed in June 2015.But the Welsh government is now closing WILG and transferring the funding to local councils, and by April the 22 local authorities will be solely responsible for meeting the support needs of all former ILF-recipients in Wales.Davies said the “deep dive review” of cases in which WILG recipients were having their support cut was “full of errors” and had failed to consult the disabled people who will be affected.He pointed to his own experience at the hands of his local authority, Wrexham council, which he said had treated him “abysmally”.Davies, who has a life-limiting condition, said that the process to reassess his support needs, due to end in September 2018, had still not been completed and was having “a negative impact” on both his physical and mental health.He described how his social worker had laughed when he suggested he needed 24-hour support and told him that no-one in the borough received that level of support.He said that the lack of overnight support in his current social care package meant he had to stop drinking at 8pm at night and get ready for bed at 10pm, and often had to call his 68-year-old father to assist him in the night, even though he lives a 10-minute drive away and has arthritis in both hands.The dossier, which has already been shared with the deputy health and social services minister Julie Morgan, includes a description of a day in his life, from last January, showing the poor level of support he already receives – even before the closure of WILG – and the pain and indignity this exposes him to, as well as the lack of choice and control in his life.Davies says: “It is 2018 and I am still being treated like a second class citizen. “I have a progressive condition of the nervous system which is accelerating at quite a rate, yet I still have the same amount of inadequate care and support hours that I did in 2010 when I first began independent living.”He updated this by posting a new blog yesterday, showing that little had changed in the last year.In the dossier, he warns the Welsh Labour party: “I do not want to spend the last days of my life completely unnecessarily fighting against the party I have defended and campaigned for across many years.“But I will if I have to. Please don’t make me.”The dossier also includes a letter from a director of Disability Wales, Trevor Palmer, in which he says the planned WILG closure has “created serious disruptions” to his life, with local authority “incompetence and lack of understanding” that has led to his support package being “substantially” reduced. A Welsh government spokesperson said: “We believe that disabled people’s ability to live independently should not be compromised by any changes to the way in which support is arranged for those people who previously received payments from the WILG.“The first minister has just received Mr Davies’ open letter regarding the WILG and will carefully consider the detailed points it makes.“He has asked the deputy minister for health and social services to consider what further action may be necessary to ensure disabled people in receipt of the WILG are not adversely affected by this change.  “The deputy minister has provided Mr Davies and the National Assembly’s petitions committee with details of the deep dive review.“She also met Mr Davies at his home to hear his concerns and discuss the issues raised in his dossier.”He said the deep dive review had seen the 22 Welsh local authorities audit all cases where they intended to cut the WILG element of people’s support.This found planned reductions in about 157 cases, and increases in support in a similar number, out of 1,174 people.He claimed that the cuts had taken place because “some people had developed a need for healthcare rather than social care while some, due to their support being provided in a different way or being of a different type, had a reduced need for care overall”.He accepted that two questionnaires, commissioned from the All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with Learning Disabilities, had had a low response rate, but he said that responses to it “have been positive about the way assessments have been undertaken and the outcomes people have received”.Charlotte Walton, Wrexham council’s head of adult social care, said: “We cannot comment on any individual’s care and support needs. “However we do not accept the allegations being made. “We have carried out all of the WILG reviews in a person centred and inclusive manner and working with the individual recipients of the fund [has] enabled them to achieve positive outcomes from the reviews.”Davies said he would now push for a meeting with the first minister.He said: “I am not going anywhere and will continue to fight this until justice is served.”Picture: Nathan Lee Davies with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more