Heavy dinosaurs found a way to brood their eggs

first_imgBERLIN—It must have been a weighty question for dinosaurs, some of which were dutiful parents that brooded their eggs like birds: How could they sit on their eggs without breaking them? According to new research presented at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting here, some rhinoceros-sized dinosaurs successfully brooded in open-air nests by arranging the eggs so they wouldn’t break. The study shows that even the largest dinosaurs in this group probably provided some parental care.Researchers have found a number of fossilized nests from the group of dinosaurs called oviraptorosaurs, fairly close relatives of early birds. (The name means “egg-thief lizards,” because researchers originally assumed the creatures ate the eggs that were so often found with them. But scientists now realize the animals were nesting, not feasting.) Several fossil nests include an adult, apparently a brooding parent buried alongside its eggs. Those specimens were about the size of a modern ostrich—about 100 kilograms. But some oviraptorosaurs weighed 3000 kilograms, as much as a modern rhinoceros. Whether those largest oviraptorosaurs, with eggs up to 40 centimeters in diameter, had open nests and brooded like their smaller cousins or buried their eggs more like modern crocodiles has been an open question.Open nests require less porous eggshells to prevent water from escaping. Previous studies used indirect calculations to estimate how much water could have escaped through the shells and concluded that they were too porous to be stored in open nests. But Kohei Tanaka of the University of Calgary in Canada took a closer look. He calculated the porosity of the oviraptorosaurus eggs and compared them with the porosity of modern eggs in buried nests and open nests. The results showed that the oviraptorosaur eggs were less porous than the earlier studies had indicated. 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He found that the eggs of small and medium-sized oviraptorosaurs could have borne the weight of an adult sitting on a nest of a dozen or so tightly packed eggs. But the eggs of the largest animals would have broken.Finally, he analyzed nest shape. The smaller dinosaurs built nests with the eggs arranged like the petals of a daisy, closely packed together. The nests of the larger oviraptorosauruses, however, have eggs arranged in a larger ring around an open space. An adult could have plopped into the middle, keeping most of its weight on the ground instead of on the eggs, Tanaka says. He concludes that the dinosaurs’ egg-laying behavior seems to have evolved to allow even the largest animals to sit in their nests.Given the precise arrangement of eggs in fossil nests, the eggs could have been partially buried—or at least nestled—in sediment, even when a parent was brooding them in an “open” nest, says David Varricchio, a paleontologist at Montana State University, Bozeman. But he finds Tanaka’s calculations persuasive and agrees that even the biggest oviraptorosaurs probably sat on their eggs.last_img read more

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Warriors clobber Nuggets, increase lead for top seed in West

first_imgTIP-INSNuggets: The Nuggets shot 7 of 31 from deep. … They are 12-12 vs. the West on the road. … Denver had won at least two games against Golden State in nine of the previous 14 seasons.Warriors: Cousins had his sixth 20-point game. … Curry now has 340 3s, his second-most in a season behind the NBA-record 402 he hit in 2015-16. … Golden State won the season series 3-1 and has won 11 of the last 16 with the Nuggets — including eight of nine at home. … The Warriors also have won five of the last eight season series against Denver.UP NEXTNuggets: Host the Spurs on Wednesday.Warriors: At the Lakers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Stephen Curry added 17 points, five rebounds and five assists. His 3-pointer with 7:22 left gave him five or more 3s in a career-best nine straight games and moved the two-time MVP (16,236) past Chris Mullin (16,235) for fourth place on the Warriors all-time points list.Murray scored 17 points after he departed the Nuggets’ 95-90 home loss Sunday to Washington in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle and didn’t return. Murray, who missed six games from Jan. 26-Feb. 4 with an injury to the same ankle, was closely monitored and played nearly 29 minutes.Millsap had 11 points shooting 4 of 11 for Denver, which lost for the third time in four games and played the first night of a tough back-to-back with San Antonio visiting the Mile High City on Wednesday.Coach Michael Malone didn’t like his team’s mistakes right after Durant was tossed.“When you’re playing against a team that’s won three of the last four world championships you can’t beat yourself and we did that tonight and that’s disappointing,” Malone said.Durant and Draymond Green had four assists apiece in the opening quarter as Cousins got hot. The big man stole the ball from Nikola Jokic and took it coast-to-coast for a left-handed layup.Denver jumped to a 20-16 lead before Golden State’s 14-4 burst put the Warriors up 30-24 heading into the second. Denver never recovered.CURRY’S MARKCurry teased the PR staff regarding the Mullin mark “because I did not know that was on the horizon.”“It kind of caught me off guard but it was a pretty special night, understanding what Chris Mullin was able to do in his career wearing a Warrior uniform representing the organization, the Bay Area,” Curry said. “His jersey is in the rafters obviously for a reason. Pretty cool moment. I’ll hopefully talk to him or see him at some point and we’ll share a good moment.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Russell Westbrook joins Wilt in NBA history as Thunder thump Lakers “The energy in the crowd at that point was incredible. When he attacked like that and hammered those two dunks down you could feel the power in the arena, you could feel our home crowd, you could feel the energy of our players,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Those two plays kind of broke the game open and gave us a lot of life. I thought Kevin was tremendous tonight. It’s unfortunate he didn’t get to play more.”DeMarcus Cousins had a season-best 28 points, on 12-for-17 shooting, 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks for the Warriors (53-24), who have a two-game lead and the tiebreaker on Denver (51-26) with five games to go in the chase for the Western Conference’s top seed and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Golden State lost out on the No. 1 spot to Houston last year, but still went on to capture a repeat title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDurant was ejected with 8:21 left in the third. He became furious wanting a foul call when he airballed a 3-point shot over Paul Millsap, then pointed at and yelled toward official Zach Zarba. Cousins stood between Durant and Zarba, who wasted no time tossing the two-time reigning finals MVP.“I thought he deserved the first technical I didn’t think he deserved the second one. I was very surprised. I watched the whole thing. I didn’t think he deserved to be ejected,” Kerr said. “I think Zach Zarba’s one of the best officials in the game so I’ve got no complaints with Zach, he knows what he’s doing.” LATEST STORIES MOST READ Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after dunking against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, California— Kevin Durant’s brilliant night on both ends got cut short by an ejection.Durant emphatically showed who is still No. 1 in the West, delivering a pair of jarring dunks late in the first half and finishing with 21 points and six assists before being tossed to lead the Golden State Warriors past the Denver Nuggets 116-99 on Tuesday night in a matchup of the top teams in the conference.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Those were his 14th and 15th technicals, meaning he is one away from an automatic suspension. Cousins was ejected against Charlotte on Sunday, when the Warriors clinched their fifth straight Pacific Division crown.“I think we can be better at keeping our poise, myself included,” Kerr said.Before that, Durant dazzled.He rebounded Jamal Murray’s missed 3 and drove the court, dribbling with his left hand through the paint before switching hands to deliver a powerful one-handed slam. Durant had another moment before halftime, driving the baseline for a two-handed dunk as the Warriors grabbed a 59-43 halftime lead. He also had a pair of blocked shots.“Kevin attacking the rim got the crowd into it even more,” Klay Thompson said. “That was unbelievable. No one was trying to get in the way of that second dunk he had. That was ridiculous.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Manchester City Owners Set to Buy ISL’s Mumbai City FC: Report

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com 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. Manchester City is set to finalise a deal with Mumbai City FC to buy the Indian Super League side ahead of the new ISL season.The City Football Group, who own Manchester City (England), New York City FC (US), Melbourne City (Australia), Club Atletico Torque (Uruguay), Sichuan Jiuniu (China), and hold stakes Girona (Spain) and Yokohama F Marinos (Japan), have held talks with multiple Indian clubs as part of their global reach. According to a report in the Mirror UK, Mumbai City FC has emerged as the ‘preferred choice’, with already having had advances talks with the club’s CEO Indranil Das Blah.Mumbai City, which is co-owned by Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor, had the likes of Freddie Ljungberg, Nicolas Anelka and Diego Forlan as their marquee players in the past.Ferran Soriano, City Football Group’s chief executive, had earlier in March had accepted their interest to get into the Indian market.”We have some interest in some markets and countries where there is a genuine football passion and opportunities like India,” Soriano had said.A number of European clubs have come to India over the last few years to set up academies on a franchise basis to establish a foothold in a potentially huge market. City Football Groupindian super leagueislMan City First Published: September 28, 2019, 1:58 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Rajinikanths next film is “Kaala”, produced by Dhanush

first_imgChennai, May 25 (PTI) Tamil superstar Rajinikanth is joining hands with Pa Ranjith once again after Kabali for tri-lingual flick Kaala Karikalan (Kala) to be produced by the actors son-in-law Dhanush. The production team unveiled the films title this morning and released its first look later in the day, with Dhanush, himself an actor, describing the moment as “the biggest of them all.” “Here we go !! The biggest of them all .. #superstar Rajinikanths #kaala first look,” he said on his Twitter page, while sharing a couple of photos. In one of the pictures, Rajinikanth is seen casually dressed in a rolled up sleeve and a lungi, sporting sunglasses with his stylish smile and sitting atop a jeep carrying a Maharashtra registration number plate. The background is dotted with images resembling a large slum, indicating Ranjith could serve up a sumptuous feast for the actors die-hard fans. Another one showed an angry Rajinikanth emoting, with blood on his forehead. Though titled Kaala Karikalan the movie will be called Kaala, sources close to the production team said. Dhanush s Wunderbar Films Pvt. LTD. is producing the film, touted to be the sequel of Rajinikanths 2016 gangster show Kabali. Ranjiths favourite musician Santhosh Narayanan is onboard Kaala also and the film which is being made in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu. The film had earlier courted controversy with the adopted son of Mumbai don late Haji Mastan alleging the plot was based on his fathers life. The makers had, however, denied it. PTI SA VSlast_img read more

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Greek-Australian Kyrgios Beats Nadal at Mexican Open

first_imgACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Rafael Nadal tumbled out of the Mexican Open on Wednesday night, squandering three match points in a 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6) loss to Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.Playing his first event since losing to Novak Djokovic in late January in the Australian Open final, the top-seeded Nadal dropped the first two match points on Kyrgios’ serve and the last one on his own first serve.Nadal won in Acapulco in 2005 and 2013. On Tuesday night, the second-ranked Spanish star opened play with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Mischa Zverev.Kyrgios set up a quarterfinal match against Stan Wawrinka, a 7-6 (5), 6-4 winner over seventh-seeded Steve Johnson in the hardcourt event at The Princess Mundo Imperial.The top seed also fell in the women’s event, with Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia beating Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-3 for her first victory in seven career matches against players ranked in the top 10. The fourth-ranked Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open, was making her first appearance in the event since winning the 2016 title.Spain’s Rafael Nadal chases a ball in his Mexican Tennis Open round 2 match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, in Acapulco, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)“It was just a tough match, obviously she played well,” Stephens said. “A tough day. But I’m not too sad about it. I’m just going to go back and work some more, practice some more and get ready for Indian Wells.”Haddad Maia will face Wang Yafan in the quarterfinals. Wang led Monica Puig 4-1 when Puig retired because of an injury.In men’s play, second-seeded Alexander Zverev beat David Ferrer 7-6 (0), 6-1 in the late match. He will play fifth-seeded Alex de Minaur, a winner over Feliciano Lopez in a walkover.Third-seeded John Isner beat fellow American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4 to set up a quarterfinal match against eighth-seeded John Millman. Millman beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-0, 6-2.Cameron Norrie beat fourth-seeded Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3. Norrie will face Mackenzie McDonald, a 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-3 winner over sixth-seeded Frances Tiafoe.Australia’s Nick Kyrgios rolls plays ball in his Mexican Tennis Open round 2 match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal, in Acapulco, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro is sidelined by a knee injury.In women’s play, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka routed Tatjana Maria 6-2, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal against fifth-seeded Sofia Kenin. Kenin led 6-4, 4-1 when Katie Boulter retired.Third-seeded Donna Vekic advanced with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Christina McHale; Bianca Andreescu topped fourth-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2, 7-5; seventh-seeded Saisai Zheng edged Timea Babos 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; and eighth-seeded Johanna Konta beat Varvara Flink 6-4, 6-1.In the quarterfinals, Vekic will play Konta, and Zheng will meet Andreescu.Lesia Tsurenko, the women’s winner the last two years, is skipping the event.Australia’s Nick Kyrgios serves in his Mexican Tennis Open round 2 match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal, in Acapulco, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Perth Test: Virat Kohli leads India’s battle on intriguing day vs Australia

first_imgVirat Kohli led India’s attritional battle in the second Test against Australia with his 25th hundred and then some animated celebrations everytime his pacers picked up a wicket. By the end of the third day, there was enough to suggest that both teams were in with a chance to win on a pitch that was hyped up for its grass, pace and bounce.At stumps, Australia were 132 for 4 and had a lead of 175 runs with Usman Khawaja (41) and captain Tim Paine (8) at the crease.The turnaround for India came because of Virat Kohli. The captain was solid, stubborn and unflappable this morning after resuming his innings on 82 not out. Ajinkya Rahane fell to Nathan Lyon in the first over of the day and Australia had every right to believe they were running away with the game.But there was Kohli to counter. He did not take long to move into the 90s and reached his hundred with a boundary off Mitchell Starc – this was his 6th hundred in Australia and he was now level with his idol Sachin Tendulkar.Kohli also became the second fastest to 25 Test hundreds after Don Bradman. This was a classic, Kohli’s hundred. It came on a green top where his other batsmen struggled. Even the Australians were cautious and played well within their limitations. But not Kohli.He was determined to see through a tough period on Saturday before unleashing his wide array of shots to rattle Australia’s pacers. The India captain for enough support from Cheteshwar Pujara and Rahane on day two to keep India afloat. On Sunday, Hanuma Vihari looked good for his 20 before his innings was cut short by a terrific delivery.advertisementIt was Kohli’s dismissal, however, that sparked the biggest controversy of the day. When he was on 123, Kohli edged a Pat Cummins delivery to Peter Handscomb in the slip cordon. Kohli wasn’t convinced it was a clean catch and the umpires referred it upstairs. The evidence was inconclusive and much to the surprise of Virat Kohli, the third umpire ruled him out.India lost Ishant Sharma quickly thereafter but Rishabh Pant’s cameo at the end helped India get within 43 runs of Australia’s first innings score.Ishant and Bumrah then troubled Australia’s openers with some impeccable line. Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris survived a torrid spell before the former copped a nasty bouncer from Ishant at the stroke of tea.Finch had to go to the hospital for scans but it was clear he would have no further role to play in the Test. Bumrah returned to castle Harris, who let one go too close to his off stump. Next up, Mohammed Shami removed Shaun Marsh with an absolute beauty.Under overcast skies, the Indian pacers were getting plenty of movement. Ishant came on for his second spell and was right on the money when he trapped Handscomb lbw with a full delivery. Shami then got rid of Travis Head.Also Read | Virat Kohli 3rd captain in Test history to score 1000 away runs in a calendar yearAlso Read | My bat does the talking: Virat Kohli’s celebration after gritty Perth hundred wows fanslast_img read more

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Lewis Hamilton’s hunger remains as he targets a record sixth British GP

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Formula One 2019 Read more Formula One Reuse this content Twitter Pinterest Topics Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Facebook So long has Lewis Hamilton been dealing in the currency of success there is a sense of late that each successive transaction makes a lesser impact than the last. Such has been the British driver’s dominance he has made the exceptional seem almost matter of fact. At this weekend’s British Grand Prix another record is within his grasp. In a season he has already bent to his will Silverstone may once again fall to a relentless pursuit of success that has driven him since he entered Formula One.A sell-out crowd of more than 140,000 will be watching him on Sunday as he attempts to become the first driver to win six British grands prix, eclipsing Jim Clark and Alain Prost, fellow five-time winners. For the fans here there will be no shortage of appreciation of his talent. Like Tiger Woods at his peak Hamilton is operating on a different plane from his rivals and is embracing the racing with buoyant abandon. Motor sport Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Facebook Lewis Hamiltoncenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Silverstone British Grand Prix Hamilton comes in to the British Grand Prix riding a wave of success. Six wins from nine races have placed him at the top of the table, 31 points in front of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who has won only twice and is in identical machinery to the British driver. Vettel trails Hamilton by a hefty 74 points.Hamilton’s standing, however, is perhaps better illustrated not by the numbers but in his competition with Vettel. The German took four titles for Red Bull but since going head to head with Hamilton for the last two seasons has simply been unable to match him. When the pressure has been on, as in Germany in 2018 and most recently in Canada this year, Vettel has made mistakes. Hamilton is making his task appear simple because he is repeatedly almost flawless. David Richards, who was team principal at the Benetton and Honda teams and is now the chairman of British racing’s governing body, Motorsport UK, has followed Hamilton for longer than most.“I have known him since he was eight years old,” he said. “I watched him grow up and develop. I can remember the first time I saw the young Lewis as an eight-year-old at Buckmore Park karting track, coming down into a hairpin leading a gaggle of cadet karts and he stood out at eight years old, as he does now.”Richards and Hamilton have discussed the British driver’s desire to create a legacy project that will encourage youngsters from underprivileged backgrounds into the sport. However, that remains a task he will pursue only after retirement, which may not be any time soon. Hamilton recently said he could race on for another five years. If the desire stays the same, and every indication is that he is as motivated as ever, it is easily conceivable he will do so. Hamilton is now in his 13th season in F1, with five world championships and 79 race wins. Only Michael Schumacher has more, with seven and 91. Hamilton is in every position to surpass the German’s records that most had thought would be untouchable. Since his debut for McLaren in 2007 at 22 when he immediately took the fight to his double world championship-winning teammate, Fernando Alonso, it was clear he would go far.Hamilton believed he would do so, even then. “There wasn’t a moment that I doubted myself that I could do it,” he said. “I think that is ultimately what we all have, that confidence in ourselves. Of course I wanted to win the world title and I think in my first year I wanted to win the world title, straight away, and that was super-ambitious particularly up against a two-time world champion.”It is a self-belief that has proved justified. His first title was in 2008 for McLaren but it is over the last five years that the success has become relentless, with four championships for Mercedes. The last two have come after strong competition from Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari, who at times have enjoyed the better car. Yet it was Hamilton who emerged on top. He is now, at 34, a formidable package. The confidence is backed by a talent honed by his endless pursuit of improvement and the maturity that comes with age.Jenson Button, the former world champion who is now an analyst for Sky Sports’ F1 coverage, drove alongside Hamilton at McLaren between 2010 and 2012 and believes his success has been evolutionary, with that self-belief at its heart. “He seems a lot more relaxed now. He truly believes in himself, believes that the people around him are there to help him rather than hinder him,” he said. “We all know he is super fast but he has learned a lot in terms of behind-the-scenes skills in working with the engineers, working with the car from lap one to the last lap. Those strengths are definitely there now and they probably weren’t when we were teammates. He’s learned a lot.”Button is convinced he could go even further. “He could end up with 10 world championships if he stays with Mercedes,” he added. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share via Email features Lewis Hamilton will become the first driver to win six British grands prix if he triumphs at Silverstone on Sunday. Photograph: Charles Coates/Getty Images Share on Messenger Richards is convinced more is to come and Silverstone provides an opportunity truly to celebrate a driver whose success, much as sometimes he has made it look easy, deserves real recognition. “Lewis had to work at it; it was not gifted to him on a plate,” he said. “He is his own man, prepared to stand by himself – one of the iconic sportsmen, not just in Britain but on a world stage.” Support The Guardian FIA president Jean Todt calls for return of refuelling during raceslast_img read more

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Province Invests 500000 in Innovative Small Businesses

first_imgThirty-four small businesses across Nova Scotia are on their way to becoming more innovative and productive with help from the province. Through the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program, these businesses were awarded vouchers of up to $15,000, to partner with post-secondary institutions to explore new business opportunities or how to improve products and operations. “Small businesses are essential to the economy of our province and we are committed to supporting their growth,” said MLA Lenore Zann, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development Minister, Percy Paris. “This program enables businesses to make their operations more productive and competitive, helping to create good jobs and grow the economy.” Since 2008, the program has awarded vouchers to 117 businesses across the province, in such areas as industrial and consumer manufacturing, information and communication technologies, life sciences and agri-foods. “Through this program and our partnership with the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, we will be able to assess the health benefits and commercial viability of blueberry bi-products,” said Nancy Tregunno, of Annapolis Valley’s Nova Agri Inc. “This program is an important tool to help small businesses invest in research to create innovative, value-added products.” One of the program’s main goals is to help build and strengthen links between small business and universities and colleges. Ten institutions are participating in the program this year. “The Nova Scotia Agricultural College is very proud to be part of the voucher program; it’s a win-win situation for both the university and the business,” said Richard Donald, NSAC vice-president of research, extension and outreach. “Innovative, problem-solving research is critical to the future sustainability of the industry and has a direct impact on our local economy.” For a full list of this year’s recipients and more information on the program, visit www.gov.ns.ca/econ/pnivouchers/ .last_img read more

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Mahindra inaugurates its first automotive assembly plant in Sri Lanka

first_imgNew Delhi: Auto major Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) on Saturday announced the inauguration of its local automotive assembly plant near Colombo, Sri Lanka . “Christened Mahindra Ideal Lanka Pvt. Ltd. this assembly plant is in collaboration with Ideal Motors of Sri Lanka. The assembly plant today rolled out its first product, the compact SUV, KUV100 and will roll out a slew of products over the next 3 years,” the company said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “Inauguration of this automotive assembly plant is a significant milestone for Mahindra’s foray into the Sri Lanka market. Sri Lanka is a key strategic market for us and we are now fully equipped to deliver products customised to local needs, on time,” Mahindra & Mahindra Managing Director Pawan Goenka said. Mahindra Ideal Lanka will assemble KUV100, with a production capacity of 5,000 units per annum. The company will localise four components — battery, tyres, seats and exhaust. The plant is expected to provide employment to 200 people directly and indirectly over the next two years, the statement added.last_img read more

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Canadian TV talents to watch in 2017

first_img Demore Barnes LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Toronto-raised, Los Angeles-based Demore Barnes is a regular face on U.S. television thanks to roles in NBC’s Hannibal, Syfy’s 12 Monkeys and CBS’s The Unit. This year he’s appearing in one of the most-buzzed-about TV projects (especially with the ComiCon set): Starz’s live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel, American Gods, starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane and Gillian Anderson (as a god that takes the form of pop culture icons). Barnes plays Mr. Ibis, an Egyptian underworld god who runs a funeral home in Cairo. The series gets its world premiere at SXSW in March and is broadcast in April.. Andrea BangBritish Columbia native Andrea Bang is up for a Canadian Screen Award for her role as the daughter on CBC sitcom Kim’s Convenience. The series, based on Ins Choi’s play of the same name, is about a Korean-Canadian family who run a convenience store. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Fort St John Schools taking part in Classroom Champions Program

first_img“During the holiday season, giving back is often top of mind. We are so thankful for the ongoing investment and generosity of PETRONAS Canada and our athletes as they continue to invest in helping local kids get better and better through the Classroom Champions program.”Canadian Olympic skeleton racer, Mirela Rahneva, is paired with four elementary schools in Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope to virtually mentor students and to inspire them in areas like goal setting, perseverance, teamwork and giving back to the community.Over the past six years, Classroom Champions has mentored over 35,000 students across North America. Athletes use video lessons, live video chats and social media to develop social-emotional skills through Classroom Champions’ Scaled Mentorship program which makes a measurable difference with students, teachers, classrooms and mentors.For more information on this program, you can visit classroomchampions.org FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Classrooms from across Fort St. John are teaming up with elite athletes for the Classroom Champions Program.Classroom Championships, in partnership with PETRONAS Canada, is dedicated to partnering with teachers to connect low socio-economic students with world-class athlete mentors to support students in academic, social and emotional learning.Steve Mesler, Olympic Gold Medalist and Co-Founder & CEO of Classroom Champions, says he is grateful for the continued support from PETRONAS Canada and the athletes in providing this program to local school children.last_img read more

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Heres how much more Canadians will have to pay for fruits and

TORONTO — The sliding loonie could make it harder for some Canadians to eat their Florida oranges or California heads of lettuce this year.The dropping dollar, which dipped below the 70-cent U.S. mark on Tuesday, is expected to continue to leave shoppers with bigger grocery bills, especially when it comes to buying fresh fruit and vegetables.It really boils down to the dollarNearly all fruit and vegetables consumed in Canada are imported, making them more susceptible to the loonie’s fluctuations.“It really boils down to the dollar,” said Kevin Grier, an agriculture and food market analyst.Last year, fruits and veggies jumped in price between 9.1 and 10.1 per cent, according to an annual report by the Food Institute at the University of Guelph. The study predicts these foods will continue to increase above inflation this year, by up to 4.5 per cent for some items.Slumping loonie holds silver lining for Canadian retailers as cross-border shopping expected to ‘all but die’Canadian dollar touches fresh 12-year low, raising bets on Bank of Canada rate cutBrace for another year of slow growth and loonie below 70 cents, Canada’s top forecasters warnSylvain Charlebois, the report’s lead author, said for every U.S. cent the dollar drops, foods that are imported likely increase one per cent or more.These prices have been on the rise for years.In November 2011, one kilogram of apples cost an average of $3.35 in Canada, according to Statistics Canada. Four years later, the same amount cost $4.12.One kilogram of celery, meanwhile, increased from $2.23 to $3.08 over the same time frame.While the increased costs have dealt a blow to everyone’s wallet, they have a more pronounced effect on Canadians living on a tight budget or in remote regions, where fresh fruit and vegetables are more expensive than in more urban areas.People living in northern and remote communities are most likely to be hurt by these rising costs, said Diana Bronson, the executive director of Food Secure Canada.In Nunavut, for example, residents typically pay about two times more than the Canadian average for staples, according to the Nunavut Bureau of Statistics.There, a kilogram of carrots cost $6.17 in March 2015, while the Canadian average was about $4 less.Lower- and middle-class people — many “who can’t find a job that will pay them enough to ensure that they can afford a healthy diet for their families” — also feel the pinch of rising food prices, said Bronson.“It’s students. It’s senior citizens. It’s the working poor. It’s new immigrants,” she said, adding that aboriginals and visible minorities are disproportionately impacted.When fruits and vegetables rise in price, it makes it more difficult for these groups to buy enough to get their daily fruit and vegetable intake.“The wrong kind of food is cheap, and the right kind of food is still expensive,” said Bronson. She hopes the new Liberal government’s promised national food policy will address this imbalance. read more

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UN agency concerned deadly bird flu virus may spread throughout West Africa

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today expressed “growing concern” that the deadly bird flu virus may spread to other countries in West Africa following its discovery in Nigeria last week, and warned that the effect on the already impoverished region would be devastating.The Rome-based agency said that the country of greatest concern was Niger, which directly borders the affected areas in Nigeria and where over two million people are already vulnerable to acute hunger.“We should provide incentives to poor African farmers to report immediately if they suspect an outbreak among poultry, and discourage them from rushing to sell birds on the market,” said Joseph Domenech, FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer, who is currently in Nigeria with a joint team of experts.“The highly pathogenic avian influenza virus poses a very serious threat to animal health in West Africa. If a poultry epidemic should develop beyond the boundaries of Nigeria the effects would be disastrous for the livelihoods and the food security of millions of people,” said Mr. Domenech.FAO said that since the first reports of outbreaks of the H5N1 virus in Asia at the end of 2003 nearly 200 million domestic poultry had died or been culled in order to contain the spread of the disease. The economic loss to the affected Asian countries has been estimated at around $10 billion.In contrast to Europe, where most poultry production takes place on large commercial farms, in Africa poultry is often raised in backyards and is therefore more difficult to control. Widespread public awareness campaigns regarding safe farming practises and improved hygiene are essential to help contain the spread of the virus, the UN agency said.”People need to be informed about the importance of basic hygiene notably washing hands after touching poultry and disinfecting boots or shoes before entering or leaving a poultry farm,” said Juan Lubroth, Senior Officer of FAO’s Animal Production and Health Division.FAO has advised veterinary authorities in Nigeria to stamp out the outbreaks through immediate humane culling and safe disposal and to strictly control the movement of people and animals from and to infected areas and neighbouring countries. Many countries, including Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Mauritania have prepared bird flu contingency plans. “Such plans and field operations must be fully supported by national governments with participation of the private sector. The international community should continue to provide expertise and financial resources,” Mr. Lubroth added.During the last two years, several countries have reported outbreaks of avian influenza caused by the H5N1 virus in people, and close to 100 have died, most of them in Viet Nam. So far, the virus has only spread from infected animals to humans, but the World Health Organization has warned that it could change into a form that spreads easily from person to person, triggering an influenza pandemic that could kill tens of millions of people worldwide. The World Bank has estimated that a human influenza pandemic caused by a virus mutated from avian flu could cost the global economy $800 billion per year.Last month, donors pledged $1.9 billion to fight the spread of the disease, and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for a massive, coordinated international response to the virus. read more

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Νο mass at Panagia Sumela in Trabzon yesterday

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Panagia Sumela Monastery in Trabzon, a site of great historical, religious and cultural significance perched on a cliffside 1,200 meters above sea level becomes a pole of attraction for Pontian Greeks and Orthodox people every 15 August. A major tourist attraction of the Altindere National Park, Sumela would see thousands of people travelling from across the globe to attend the yearly Feast of the Assumption.Turkish authorities notified the Ecumenical Patriarchate that the permit allowing the monastery to perform the mass for the last five years has been revoked. The reason for the ban was attributed to static problems which have become apparent in the building following restoration procedures.Several Pontic Greeks have been alarmed fearing the explanation offered is a pretext from the Turkish goverment, as it has not been clarified whether the license has been permanently revoked or not. last_img read more

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Duffer Brothers Turn off Motion Smoothing Before Watching Stranger Things

first_imgStay on target 11 Best Monsters Made From Dead People PartsOriginal ‘Stranger Things’ Plan May Confirm Will Byers’ Sexuality Fall is almost here, which means we have less than two months until the next chapter of Stranger Things. The first season became an instant summer hit, reminding everyone how much they missed those dark 1980s kids’ adventure movies. Every detail was perfect. The sets, the clothes, the way the kids talked to each other, all of it chosen specifically to evoke a kind of movie that really doesn’t get made anymore. It pulled its style off so well that I almost wished it was 4:3, blurry and required me to mess with the VCR’s tracking buttons for 10 minutes before I could watch it. Almost.As you can imagine, a ton of work goes into getting that look just right. That’s why the Duffer Brothers want you to do one thing before you watch the second season: Turn off your TV’s motion-smoothing setting. Really, if you wanted the best possible picture out of your expensive TV, you should have done this already, but most people don’t even realize they have it on. Do it right now. Go into your TV’s settings and look for anything with the word “motion” in its name. “TruMotion,” “Smooth Motion,” whatever. If it says “motion,” turn it off. There. You’re now ready to watch Stranger Things season two. After this awesome video game-themed recap of season one, of course.The request comes from an interview with Vulture. The Duffers expressed their frustration when they got to Comic Con and saw that all of the TVs had motion smoothing on. That sounds like an especially disappointing venue to run into this problem. You’re there to see what the biggest names in entertainment have to show off, and everything looks like a cheap soap opera.“Us and everyone in Hollywood puts so much time and effort and money into getting things to look just right, and when you see it in someone’s home, it looks like it was shot on an iPhone,” Matt Duffer said.Ross added “It’s shocking! We were just at Comic-Con, and we walk on the main floor and the settings on every single TV is wrong. I was like, ‘Didn’t a bunch of nerds put this together? What is wrong with them?’”The brothers say that most people don’t even notice a difference. They fix their friends TVs all the time, and they’re friends swear the picture doesn’t look any different. That’s because the change is more subtle. What Motion Smoothing does is interpolates extra frames to increase the frame-rate of whatever you’re watching. It often adds an unnaturally smooth look that was never intended by the filmmaker. That’s why movies at home can still look like cheap TV shows compared to what’s in theaters. It’s called the “Soap Opera Effect,” and since the Duffers are currently deep into editing and color correcting season two, they want to make sure it looks just right. For everyone.There’s nothing wrong with high frame-rates. They’re vital for games, and even some movies and TV shows are shot with higher frame-rates in mind. That’s the difference though. They’re built for those high frame-rates. They’re made specifically to look good at 30 frames per second. Motion smoothing adds frames where they were never intended to be. Filmmakers still love 24 fps for a reason. It makes the picture look like a window to a different world. When they shoot their movies, they are taking the frame-rate into consideration. It’s part of the film, and informs how they shoot it. That’s why it looks strange and fake when your TV adds extra frames. If you want the true Stranger Things experience, take the Duffers’ advice. Disable your TV’s motion smoothing features. That way, it will look like Stranger Things, and not a Dark Shadows rerun.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Man Dies after Lifeguards rescue him in Ocean Beach

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:01 AM January 9, 2019 Posted: January 9, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Lifeguards rescued a beach-goer Wednesday who was swept into the ocean at the mouth of the San Diego River after chasing his dog into rough surf.The man, identified as Gregg Owens, was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit, where he was later pronounced dead, the Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday.The man, a visitor from Nevada believed to be in his mid-50s to early 60s, entered the water in northern Ocean Beach to retrieve his pet shortly before 2 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.A short time later, bystanders noticed that the tourist was face-down in the surf and being dragged out to sea by strong currents, SDFRD spokesman Jose Ysea said.Lifeguards arrived within several minutes, by which point the man was roughly 75 yards from shore. The personnel used a personal watercraft to rescue the victim, finding him unconscious and not breathing.The lifeguards performed CPR on the man on the beach prior to the arrival of an ambulance crew, which took him to UCSD Medical Center in unknown condition.The victim’s dog made it back to shore unharmed, Ysea said.A roughly 36-hour period of dangerously high surf began this morning, prompting authorities to issue beach-area safety warnings and temporarily close Ocean Beach Pier as a precaution. center_img KUSI Newsroom Man Dies after Lifeguards rescue him in Ocean Beach Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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National Conference moves SC challenging Presidential Orders on

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Conference mounted a legal challenge in the Supreme Court on Saturday to the changes made in the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir, contending that these have taken away rights of its citizens without their mandate. Arguing that the legislation approved by Parliament and the orders issued by the President subsequently were “unconstitutional”, the petition prayed for these to be declared as “void and inoperative”. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us The petition has been filed by Mohammad Akbar Lone and Justice (rtd) Hasnain Masoodi, both Lok Sabha members belonging to the NC. Lone is a former Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and Masoodi is a retired judge of Jammu and Kashmir High Court who ruled in 2015 that the Article 370 was a permanent feature of the Constitution. They have challenged the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 and the Presidential Orders that have followed. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us While challenging the Centre’s decisions to scrap provisions of the Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir and dividing it into two Union Territories, the two MPs have sought a direction to declare the Act and the Presidential Orders as “unconstitutional, void and inoperative”. The petitioners said that the legislation and the Presidential Orders are “illegal and violative” of fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Advertise With Us The two MPs submitted that the apex court now has to examine whether the Union government can “unilaterally” unravel the unique federal scheme under the cover of President’s rule while undermining crucial elements of due process and rule of law. “This case, therefore, goes to the heart of Indian federalism, democratic processes and the rule of the apex court as the guardian of the federal structure,” the petition said. They submitted that Article 370 was extensively considered as carefully drafted in order to ensure the peaceful and democratic accession of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir to the Indian Union. The two parliamentarians from Jammu and Kashmir contended in the petition, filed through Advocate Mahesh Babu, that the Presidential Orders and the new legislation “unconstitutionally undermine the scheme of Article 370. The first Presidential Order uses Article 370 (1)(d) — this was meant to apply other provisions of the Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir — to alter Article 370 itself and thereby the terms of the federal relationship between the J-K and Union of India, they submitted. President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday gave assent to legislation for bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, and two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — will come into existence on October 31. October 31 happens to be the birth anniversary of the country’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was instrumental in the merger of about 565 princely states into the Union of India following Independence. The Parliament had earlier this week given its nod to the legislation for bifurcating the state, a bold and far-reaching decision that seeks to redraw the map and future of a region at the centre of a protracted militancy movement.last_img read more

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Social Media influencer Wael Abu Alteen is a pioneer of success

first_imgWael Abu Alteen is a Dubai based Travel blogger who holds a degree of Bachelor in Electronics engineering from Jordan. In 2013, Wael moved to Dubai and worked for 5 years in Dubai as a Biomedical Engineer. During this period he gained a solid technical knowledge as well as many improvements on a personal level to be working in a fast growing city. Wael started his social media work as an influencer featuring travel (destinations and hotels) in 2016. He first stared to work with local brands and hotels in Dubai; his main goal was to feature hotels and restaurants for his followers and encourge them to visit it and try it. He has travelled to 43 countries so far.Within 2 years, Wael was able to feature mostly all the hotels in Dubai and started to work on an international level with many tourism boards and hotels around the world.Wael worked with with several tourism boards around the world, to name a few – Dubai tourism board, Switzerland tourism board, Czech Republic tourism board, Malta tourism board, Dominic Republic tourism board, and many more. His main focus was to feature the destinations and bring more exposure for his followers through social media platforms.In 2018, Wael decided to take a step into education and social media so he got accepted to complete masters degree in Germany in Biomedical Engineering. Around this time, Wael had decided to quit his job to expand his social media channel on an international level and moved to Germany; while simultaneously studying. His Instagram handle @waelalteen became more international.Recently, Wael participated at the Switzerland international summit were he was the only representative of the Middle East; which happened in Davos, June 2019.Weal got opportunities to work with many big hotels chains around the world. His main focus is to share an easy going experience for his followers and highlight the most of any new destinations.Wael Alteen wants to explore more places and create an awareness amongst the masses through his creative & innovative work.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

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US Rep Al Green Vows To Force House Vote On Trump Impeachment

first_img Share Rep. Al Green’s YouTube ChannelU.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, speaking in favor of impeachment of President Trump from the floor of Congress on May 17, 2017.U.S. Rep. Al Green promised Wednesday morning that the U.S. House of Representatives would vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump sometime before Christmas of this year. His speech on the U.S. House floor marked the Houston Democrat’s second formal call for Trump’s impeachment.“Before Christmas, there will be a vote on the chief inciter of racism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, sexism, ethnocentrism,” Green pledged, banging his fist on the podium.Green — who has called for Trump’s impeachments several times since the president took office in January — unveiled formal articles of impeachment against Trump on the House floor last month. But that proposal never made it to a floor vote. Green later said he wanted to allow his colleagues more time to consider the legislation, but there was also Democratic pressure to hold off the efforts, sources told The Texas Tribune at the time.Though Green did not say Wednesday how he planned to force a vote on his proposal, House rules allow for such a move on “privileged” resolutions within two days after giving notice of their intentions. Green emphasized the importance of constituents expressing their views to elected officials in the meantime.“Momentum is building,” he said several times. “People should weigh in.”His speech last month made Green the second Democrat to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump. U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman of California was the first to do so in July.last_img read more

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