ScienceShot: ‘Mercenary’ Ant Is Both Scourge and Savior

first_imgThe fungus-farming ants Sericomyrmex amabilis of Central and South America are often plagued by the parasitic Megalomyrmex symmetochus (left), which live among them for years, living off their food and mutilating their virgin queens. But new observations put an odd twist in this parasitic tale. A large population of nonfertile Megalomyrmex workers, whose function had been unclear, patrols their host’s territory to defend against an even more menacing invader: the predatory Gnamptogenys hartmani (right). Scientists staged a series of face-offs among the three ant species in the lab, as they report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In Sericomyrmex nests with no parasites, two introduced Gnamptogenys ants obliterated roughly 70% of the colony. But in parasitized nests, the Megalomyrmex ants dispensed an alkaloid venom that not only killed the Gnamptogenys raiders, but also turned them against one another. The scientists compare Megalomyrmex to the mercenaries who protected a medieval city during conflicts but drained its resources in times of peace.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Federer in a hurry in 1st round at Australian Open

first_imgRoger Federer didn’t waste any time on Monday at the Australian Open, winning his opening match by playing like a man who doesn’t want his remarkable 7 1/2-year run of success in Grand Slams to end.Roger Federer celebrates his win over Lukas Lacko in Melbourne. APFederer was rarely troubled in beating Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 in 84 minutes on the first day at Melbourne Park, barely waiting for ballboys and ballgirls to get back to their positions before serving. The win came at Rod Laver Arena, a stadium named after the player who Federer’s main rival here – Rafael Nadal – is trying to emulate.Nadal has won three majors in a row – last year’s French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open. So unless Federer can win the final on Jan. 30, it will be the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2003 that the Swiss star hasn’t held at least one major title.His 24-year-old Spanish rival is trying to make it four in a row and complete his “Rafa Slam.” Laver won all four in 1969, a true calendar year Grand Slam.”I tried to play offensive from the start and see where it takes me,” Federer said after his easy victory over Lacko. “I was able to keep on pressing, put him on the back foot. I was really happy I chose that tactic early on to pressure him.”Third-seeded Novak Djokovic, the 2008 champion, was rarely under pressure as he beat Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 with a relentess display of all-court tennis in the night match, smashing winners from the baseline just a point after coming to the net for a backhand slice drop shot.advertisementAndy Roddick had a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic. The eighth-seeded American is trying to end a Grand Slam drought – his one and only major came at the 2003 U.S. Open.”I had a good off season,” Roddick said. “I feel healthy and strong for the first time in a while. I certainly feel like I’m prepared.”Two other American men had contrasting fortunes in five-setters – No. 18 Sam Querrey lost to Lukasz Kubot of Poland 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6, while 16th-seeded Mardy Fish came back from two sets down to beat Victor Hanescu of Romania 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.”I’ve never come back from two sets to love before (and) I’ve had a long career,” Fish said. “I’ve played a lot of five-set matches, it certainly was on my mind.”No. 23 Nikolay Davydenko, a quarterfinalist last year, lost 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 to Florian Mayer. Former world junior champion Thiemo De Bakker served for the match at 5-3 in the third against 12th-seeded Gael Monfils but lost 6-7 (5), 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-1.In other men’s results, sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych, who lost the last Wimbledon final to Nadal, beat Marco Crugnola of Italy 6-4, 6-0, 6-2, and 28th-seeded Richard Gasquet of France defeated Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.Gilles Simon of France beat Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 and will next face Federer. Simon is one of the few players on tour to hold a winning record against Federer, winning both previous meetings on hard courts in 2008.”Maybe I will look just a bit more into what has worked and what has not worked against him (Simon) in the past,” Federer said.Ninth-seeded Fernando Verdasco, who made an impressive run to the semifinals in Melbourne two years ago, beat Rainer Schuettler of Germany 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 and No. 17 Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia defeated Australian wild card entry Peter Luczak 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (2).Caroline Wozniacki started her first major as the No. 1-ranked woman with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Argentina’s Gisela Dulko. It was 20-year-old Wozniacki’s first official tournament win of the year, following a straight-sets loss to Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova last week at the Sydney International and exhibition losses to No. 2 Vera Zvonareva and Kim Clijsters.Wozniacki won six tournaments in 2010, including four of her last six.Fifth-seeded Venus Williams advanced after beating Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2. The American star is the only Williams sister in the draw this year after defending champion Serena withdrew because of a foot injury.Justine Henin overcame a slow start to beat Indian qualifier Sania Mirza 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. Henin, who lost the 2010 Australian final to Serena Williams just weeks into a comeback to the tour from retirement, had one set point in the first, but allowed Mirza to break her service, then win the next two games to take the set.advertisementThe seven-time Grand Slam winner said it was a difficult match – “even if I wasn’t at my best, I was fighting at every point.”Maria Sharapova won for the first time at Melbourne Park since taking the 2008 title, beating Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-1, 6-3 in the opening match on Rod Laver Arena.Sharapova, who missed the 2009 tournament because of a shoulder injury and was ousted in the first round last year by fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko, struggled with her serve and was inconsistent in the second set. She finished with 10 double-faults and five aces. After losing the opening service game at love, Sharapova won seven straight games to take a 6-1, 1-0 lead.”I was definitely a little bit nervous in the beginning. Last year, I played first match on center and I lost,” she said. “Kind of was like, ‘I don’t want this to happen again this year.’French Open champion Francesca Schiavone had difficulty in her first match, beating Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4. In other women’s matches, last year’s semifinalist Li Na of China had a 6-1, 7-5 win over Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson and No. 15 Marion Bartoli of France shut out Italy’s Tathiana Garbin 6-0, 6-0.No. 20 Kaia Kanepi of Estonia and No. 29 Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia advanced, along with No. 30 Andrea Petkovic, who beat American Jill Craybas 6-1, 6-2.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma offers to share husband handbook with Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli wants double hundred guide

first_imgVirat Kohli, who recently tied the knot with Anushka Sharma in an intimate ceremony in Italy, has started responding to wishes from his friends on Twitter. However, the India captain had a special request to make to one of his closest friends.Kohli took a short break from international cricket, leaving Rohit Sharma in charge of India’s limited-overs sides against Sri Lanka. In Kohli’s absence, India went down in Dharamsala but bounced back to win the second ODI in Mohali, thanks to Rohit’s unprecedented third double hundred.For years, Kohli has said Rohit was far more talented than him. Over the last few years, the Mumbai dasher has left no stone unturned to prove his friend right.Rohit had smashed his maiden ODI double hundred against Australia back in 2013 and followed that up with a record-breaking 264 a year later against Sri Lanka.Congratulations you two! @imVkohli , I�??ll share the husband handbook with you. @AnushkaSharma , keep the surname �??�- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 12, 2017On December 13, 2017, Rohit was in business once again, hammering his third double hundred in one-day internationals. Four other batsmen – Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill – have one each.Although Kohli has twice as many ODI hundreds as Rohit’s 16, there has been very little to choose between the two since 2015.Haha thanks Rohit, and please do share the Double Hundred Handbook as well. �???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 19, 2017The duo is joint-second in the list of most hundreds since 2015 with 11 each, just one behind Australian opener David Warner.Rohit however, has taken just 47 matches to score 11 tons while Kohli has done it in 56 ODIs. During the same period of time Rohit has amassed 2665 runs at an average of 63.45 with 11 half-centuries while Kohli, having played 9 more ODIs than Rohit, has scored 2822 at 64.13 with 12 fifties.advertisement”This year, he’s scored as many hundreds as Virat Kohli. We keep talking about Virat Kohli and how great he is in one day cricket but look at Rohit. He is no way behind, 11 hundreds in 50 odd innings (since 2015).”I have always said that he’s a terrific batsman and a match-winner. Hopefully he can transform his renewed hunger for runs, his renewed ability to convert hundreds into double hundreds in the next 10 months. The shots he played was absolutely breathtaking,” Sourav Ganguly had told India Today last week.Kohli, of course, knows the art of scoring double hundreds pretty well. He has six in two years – three each in 2016 and 2017. During India’s previous season, he became the first man to score double hundreds in four successive Test series.last_img read more

Wales stuns Belgium 3-1 at European Championship

first_imgLILLE, France (AP). Wales stormed back from a goal down to beat Belgium 3-1 in a pulsating quarterfinal on Friday at the European Championship.This time Wales did not need to rely on its star player Gareth Bale, as it fought back from trailing in the 13th minute to secure its first ever berth in a semifinal of a major tournament.Unheralded forwards Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes settled the game with goals in the 55th and 85th minutes. In Robson-Kanu’s career-best moment, he deceived two defenders with a ‘Cruyff turn’ and placed a shot past Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saves a shot by Wales’ Ashley Williams, right, during the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Wales and Belgium, at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq, near Lille, France, Friday, July 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Vokes came on as a substitute to meet Chris Gunter’s cross with a glancing header and spark wild celebrations in the Welsh corner of a stadium packed with Belgium fans.Wales captain Ashley Williams had dragged his team back into the game in the 30th when he stooped to head in a corner, after midfielder Radja Nainggolan had given Belgium the lead with a rising right-foot shot from 25 meters.Belgium had its chances, and forward Romelu Lukaku missed badly from close range when his team made fast starts in each half.Still, Wales deservedly advances to a semifinal against Portugal next Wednesday in Lyon.That game is sure to be billed as a clash of Real Madrid stars — Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.Wales turned things around after seeming to be outplayed in the first half of what was almost a home game for Belgium just 10 kilometers from its border.By conceding Rainggolan’s spectacular strike, Wales failed to open the scoring for the first time in five games at Euro 2016.Wales’ Sam Vokes, left, scores his side’s third goal past Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois during the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Wales and Belgium, at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq, near Lille, France, Friday, July 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Even before, Belgium had four clear chances in a hectic seventh minute. Rapid-fire shots from Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard were saved, blocked and deflected for a corner. When that was crossed in, Lukaku missed the ball from close range with the goal unguardedBelgium’s early fast breaks stretched the Wales defenders, who collected three yellow cards before momentum shifted in the 26th. After Aaron Ramsey got behind the Belgium back line, Courtois was forced into a diving save from Neil Taylor’s sharp shot. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rohde & Schwarz: Scope Rider provides assistance in development of electric superbike

first_imgRohde & Schwarz has helped the University of Nottingham develop their electric Superbike which took second place in the SES TT Zero race at the Isle of Man TT this summer. The University of Nottingham achieved its highest ever placing at the event, splitting the two factory Mugen bikes, an historic feat never before achieved by a university team.Rohde & Schwarz provided their handheld oscilloscope the R&S Scope Rider to the University of Nottingham team to develop their 2018 electric bike. The R&S Scope Rider was used in the lab, on the rolling road dyno, test track and on the track at the Isle of Man TT during practice and race weeks. The team managed to improve on their previous position of third in 2017 and shaved 1.45 minutes off last year’s lap time and improving their average lap time from 109mph to 119mph. The Isle of Man TT Zero race is an electric motorsport event which was introduced in 2010. It involves one lap (37.733 miles) of the Snaefell Mountain Course whereby the motorcycles have to be powered without the use of carbon based fuels and have zero toxic/noxious emissions.The Nottingham electric superbike has undergone considerable modification in the last 12 months, including a new powertrain with a different converter and a modified motor. Rohde & Schwarz provided a R&S Scope Rider oscilloscope to the University of Nottingham team to be used for fault finding and communications management.The R&S Scope Rider is the first handheld oscilloscope with the functionality and touch and feel of a state of the art lab oscilloscope. It is equally impressive in the lab and in the field. It has been designed with an easy to use interface, combining a tablet-like touchscreen, large buttons and a practical multifunction wheel for convenient parameter adjustment, making every function and setting easily accessible, even with gloved hands.With an acquisition rate of 50,000 waveforms per second, a 10 bit A/D converter developed by Rohde & Schwarz, isolated floating channels and a maximum bandwidth of 500 MHz for the analogue input channels, it outperforms comparable bench instruments. R&S Scope Rider is based on a high performance oscilloscope featuring a precise digital trigger system, 33 automatic measurement functions, mask test and XY diagram mode. In addition, it integrates seven further instrument functions: a logic analyzer with eight additional digital channels, a protocol analyzer with trigger and decoding capability, a data logger, spectrum and harmonics analysis, frequency counter and a digital multimeter.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous ARCCORE becomes a part of VectorNext How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number Sixlast_img read more

Musonda joins Celtic on loan from Chelsea

first_imgTransfers Musonda joins Celtic on 18-month loan from Chelsea Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:01 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Charly Musonda Chelsea Getty Images Transfers Celtic Chelsea Premier League Premiership The 21-year-old attacking midfielder will spend an extended spell with the Scottish champions, despite interest from the Premier League and La Liga Celtic have completed the signing of Charly Musonda on an 18-month loan from Chelsea.Despite recently signing a new contract with Chelsea that lasts until 2022, the 21-year-old had long lined up for a loan move and had attracted interest from the likes of Real Betis, Bournemouth, Newcastle United, Watford and West Bromwich Albion.However, it is the Scottish champions who have won the battle, landing his services until the end of the 2018-19 campaign after he went through a medical in Glasgow on Monday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Belgium Under 21 international will unite with Brendan Rodgers’s side as they sit 11 points clear of Rangers at the top of Scottish Premiership and prepare for a Europa League last-32 tie with Zenit St Petersburg.Musonda has featured for Chelsea’s first team seven times in all competitions this season, most recently making a late cameo in the Premier League clash with Brighton and Hove Albion on January 20.The Belgian previously spent time on loan with Real Betis in La Liga, where he made 14 starts and 10 further substitute appearances before an injury forced him to make an early return to Stamford Bridge in December 2016.Musonda is not the only Chelsea player on the move Monday. Antonio Conte’s side also saw Baba Rahman return to Schalke on an 18-month loan deal, while Brazilian attacking midfielder Nathan will head to Belenenses.Meanwhile, the Premier League champions are set to secure their second signing of the transfer window, as Emerson Palmieri will travel to London on Tuesday to complete a £17.5 million move from Roma.last_img read more

Report: West Ham 1 Palace 1

first_imgWest Ham 1 Crystal Palace 1: Noble rescues point with milestone strike Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 05:45 1/31/18 marknoble-cropped Getty Images West Ham had hoped to bounce back from FA Cup disappointment against Wigan Athletic but had to settle for a draw at home to Crystal Palace. Mark Noble scored his 50th goal for West Ham to earn David Moyes’ side a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace that edged the Hammers into the top half of the Premier League table.Captain Noble levelled the match with a well-taken taken penalty late in the first half after Christian Benteke had put Palace ahead in a scrappy but entertaining London derby.All eyes at London Stadium were on Joao Mario as the Inter loanee made his Premier League debut and he showed flashes of the kind of composed creative play that Javier Hernandez thrives upon. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Indeed, the two men combined in the build-up to Hernandez winning the penalty and Portugal international Joao Mario seemed to grow in confidence as West Ham sought a decisive second goal.But Roy Hodgson’s Palace, who lost 4-1 to Arsenal in their last Premier League outing, defended resolutely and aside from an injury to Bakary Sako will have been pleased with their evening’s work.A fair result.#COYI #WHUCRY— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 30, 2018West Ham’s first chance fell to Joao Mario who attempted a volley from Hernandez’s knock-down but his connection was poor and the ball flew wide of the target after four minutes.Hernandez was poised to open the scoring six minutes later when Sam Byram’s cross fell to him at close range, only for James Tomkins’ flying tackle to take the ball away from danger.Palace punished their hosts’ wastefulness after 24 minutes when Andros Townsend was allowed to sprint deep into West Ham territory and clip the ball to the middle of the penalty area where the unmarked Benteke powered a header beyond Adrian.The visitors were dealt a blow five minutes before half-time when Sako had to be withdrawn, the Malian midfielder limping off following a heavy challenge by Pablo Zabaleta.And three minutes later they were pegged back. Tomkins made a late challenge on Hernandez in the penalty area and Noble expertly dispatched the resulting spot-kick into the bottom-left corner.#MrWestHam— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 30, 2018Wayne Hennessey made a reaction save five minutes into the second half to keep the scores level, parrying Hernandez’s bullet header away from danger after good work by Joao Mario in the build-up.Without Sako’s industry, Palace struggled to create chances for Benteke to restore their lead but their well-drilled midfield battled hard to keep the ball away from Joao Mario and Cheikhou Kouyate.Declan Rice fired over the crossbar from the edge of the box after 64 minutes as West Ham began to make a concerted push for all three points, and Joao Mario sent over a dangerous cross that evaded everyone when only a touch was needed to send the ball in.Aaron Cresswell might have capped an all-action performance with the winner 15 minutes from time, but his header went over the crossbar and West Ham settled for a share of the points. Key Opta Facts:- West Ham are unbeaten in their last six Premier League outings (W2 D4), their longest run without a defeat since April 2016 (10 games unbeaten).- Crystal Palace have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 13 Premier League London derbies away from home – last recording a shutout in December 2014 against QPR.- Mark Noble is the 11th player to score 20+ penalties in the Premier League.- Christian Benteke has scored 25 headed goals in the Premier League since his debut in September 2012 – only Olivier Giroud (27) has netted more in this period.- Andros Townsend has been directly involved in five goals in his last six Premier League games for the Eagles (1 goal, 4 assists).  read morelast_img read more

Fans Appeared To Successfully Prank Call Nick Saban About A Recruit

first_imgTwo guys prank call Nick Saban.No one is totally safe from a good prank. Not even a legendary college football coach like Nick Saban.Saban was on a rare vacation over the weekend. It makes sense, because we’re currently in one of college football recruiting’s dead periods, so he’s not allowed contact with recruits until the end of the month.Still, he will apparently pick up his personal phone for a number he doesn’t recognize. And based on a video first tweeted by “Top Tier Jay,” he did just that on or around July 7.The person on the phone in the video purports to be calling about a kicker recruit from “Happy Valley,” looking to set up a visit.The original video of the Nick Saban prank call, which has been going viral:They prank called Nick Saben lmao… be sure to follow @toptierjay— TopTier Jay (@toptierjay) July 7, 2018Obviously, we don’t know for sure if that is Saban on the other end of the call, but it sounds just like him, and he plays it like a recruiting conversation that he’s probably had a million times.Saban mentions being on vacation, and the dead period. When the prankster references “a recruiter guy” that his player has been talking to, Saban posits that it might be new quarterbacks coach Dan Enos.If anything, it is a good look on Saban to just brush aside some potentially minor special teams recruit that he doesn’t know right away. He definitely isn’t leaving any stone unturned.That may cost Saban some brief embarrassment whenever he sees this video, but he has plenty of rings and trophies to point to in response.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Victoria

first_img VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Two sections of Highway 105, from Exit 10 west for 4.3 kilometres, and east of Big Harbour Road, for about 1.8 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, patching and repaving from Thursday, July 16, until Monday, Aug. 31. Motorists can expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. -30- Local Area Office: 902-674-2535 Fax: 902-674-2170center_img TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL–Traffic Advisory, VictoriaCountylast_img read more

Legislation to Strengthen Enforcement Collection of Child and Spousal Support Proclaimed

first_img an increased ability to improve collections and better locate an evasive payor by obtaining information such as a payor’s social insurance number and other identifying information establishing new rules allowing notices to be served via email or by other electronic communication an improved garnishment process making it easier to seize assets of a payor in persistent arrears defining “persistent arrears” as failure to make full payments over three payment periods or accumulated money owed of more than $3,000 language changes and minor housekeeping items. The amendments are being proclaimed and new regulations rolled out in phases. This is the first phase. More amendments will be proclaimed later this year and in 2018. The program is also adding five new positions, including two new enforcement officers and a trainer. For more information on the Maintenance Enforcement Program visit: Amendments passed last fall to strengthen the province’s ability to collect court-ordered child and spousal support are now in effect. “There are more than 15,000 Nova Scotian children who rely on these court-ordered payments,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “We are committed to stronger enforcement. We’re working hard to improve this program by providing better customer service and improved communication with families who rely on us.” The key changes give government authority to seize and hold funds beyond what is owed and use those funds for future payments for someone who is repeatedly late with payments. These could include monies on deposit in banks, lottery winnings, inheritance, and surplus sale proceeds. Other changes include:last_img read more

New Traffic Safety Act

first_imgNova Scotia’s outdated Motor Vehicle Act is being replaced with a new, modern Traffic Safety Act that will help make the province’s roads and highways safer. The new act follows significant stakeholder engagement with 31 groups and 23 partners, and online engagement with Nova Scotians that received 865 comments. “The Motor Vehicle Act has not been rewritten since the early 1920s and has been amended numerous times. As a result, it is unclear and inconsistent,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “The new Traffic Safety Act will enable us to quickly address the more technical and day-to-day issues that arise in the administration of road safety.” Significant initiatives in the new act include: defining vulnerable road users and imposing stiffer fines for drivers who injure vulnerable road users on our highways clarifying the term distracted driving to reflect changes in modern technology managing the advancement of autonomous vehicles enabling municipalities to make bylaws regarding noise, including mufflers Mr. Hines also introduced two amendments to the existing Motor Vehicle Act to address the issues of drug impaired driving and the use of facial recognition technology as part of driver’s licence and photo identification card issuance. Both topics will be addressed in the Traffic Safety Act, however, because it will be more than one year before it is proclaimed, amendments have to be made to the existing Motor Vehicle Act.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement As we all know, TIFF isn’t just a film fest, it’s a lifestyle, which is why people are once again thoroughly enjoying themselves with this year’s #TIFFBingo card.Combining the dedication of film buffs with the cocky intensity of seasoned bingo players, the film festival’s annual game challenges movie-goers to cross off as many squares as they can on the card, which they can download off the TIFF website.After multiple fests, this’ll be my first year getting a BINGO… and this is only day 5 ?All I need to do is help get some poor tourist get lost and I’m done!— comedyfilmguy (@comedyfilmguy) September 10, 2018 Evidently people have been looking forward to filling out these bad boys since the festival started—TIFF has been doing this bingo thing for the past seven years—and everyone’s been flaunting their filled out squares all over social media. Advertisementlast_img read more

UN official lauds Chinas AIDS response but says more work remains

13 August 2010The head of the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS has commended China for its strong commitment and action in responding to the epidemic, while noting that more work remains to be done to strengthen the country’s response. Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (known as UNAIDS) noted some of China’s achievements in recent decades during a meeting on Wednesday with top Government leaders in Beijing. He said efforts toward poverty reduction, expanding access to education, and reducing mortality and extending life expectancy have been truly “astonishing,” according to a news release issued by the agency. “China’s progress has strongly demonstrated the commitment of the Chinese Government to delivering on human development and its MDG commitments,” said Mr Sidibé, referring to the anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “However, there is still work to be done, and significant scaling-up of quality HIV treatment and prevention efforts will be necessary if MDG 6 (halting and reversing the HIV epidemic) is to be achieved in China,” he added. The Executive Director urged the Chinese Government to set targets to halve HIV infections and deaths from AIDS by 2015, in order to meet and exceed MDG 6, and halt and reverse China’s HIV epidemic. In April, Mr. Sidibé and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the decision by the Chinese Government to lift the country’s travel ban for people living with HIV, calling the move another example of the country’s leadership in the AIDS response. UNAIDS, which strongly opposes any laws that restrict movement based on HIV-positive status only, stressed that such restrictions are discriminatory and do not prevent HIV transmission or protect public health. read more

Grenfell fraudster stole £62000 to fund lavish holidays and expensive meals in

CCTV of McDonagh after withdrawing cash from an ATM at Charing Cross station to put back into her personal account as a way of laundering moneyCredit:CPS Picture taken from Jenny McDonagh's phone showing the former finance manager for Kensington and Chelsea Council on the Thames Clipper on her way to a night out McDonagh took £35,000 of NHS money between November 2015 and March 2016 by using what prosecutor Ben Holt described as a “bogus company”.She transferred funds from the Midway NHS Foundation, which is based in Kent, to herself. A fraudster stole tens of thousands of pounds from a Grenfell Tower victim fund and the NHS to pay for luxury holidays in a con that “beggars belief”, a court has heard. Jenny McDonagh stole the money while working in the finance departments of Kensington and Chelsea Council and the health service.She went on luxury holidays to Dubai and Los Angeles, dined in expensive restaurants, shopped and went on a gambling spree using £62,000 of money meant for survivors of the fire.Sentencing her to five-and-a-half years at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, Judge Robin Johnson told her: “You knew exactly what these funds were for and the importance of them for the residents.”The scale of your dishonesty in this fraud beggars belief.”I do not know your current financial position but I very much hope the funds can be recovered from you.” CCTV of McDonagh after withdrawing cash from an ATM at Charing Cross station to put back into her personal account as a way of laundering money Jenny McDonagh's Met Police mugshot The judge added: “It must have been particularly abhorrent for Mr Daffarn to find out his name had been used by you in order to achieve your goal.”McDonagh, who stole the money over a 10-month period, spent £32,000 of it on gambling, racking up around £16,000 in losses.Trips to Paris and Iceland were bought with pre-paid credit cards, as well as purchases in high street shops.Prosecuting barrister Benjamin Holt said on Thursday that the money was spent on “frivolous items, for example £48 at Ann Summers”. McDonagh was hired by the west London council in October 2017 to assist with the distribution of money to survivors of the fire, which was meant to be spent by them on accommodation and other essential items.She took money using pre-paid credit cards intended for five victims of the fire.The card in Mr Daffarn’s name was topped up 17 times and more than £50,000 passed through the account.McDonagh appeared in court dressed in a grey blouse and looked unmoved as the judge read out her sentence.She was originally arrested on August 1 and used the stolen card again two days later.The Grenfell Tower fire claimed the lives of 72 people on June 14 last year. A spokesman for Kensington and Chelsea Council described McDonagh’s actions as “both shocking and unforgivable” after she entered her guilty plea last month. McDonagh, 39, from Abbey Wood, south-east London, had previously pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, theft and concealing criminal property.On Thursday, one of her victims, Edward Daffarn, a survivor of the fire and vice chairman of campaign group Grenfell United, told the court about the impact of the fraud on his community.He said: “It is like pouring salt on wounds of bereaved residents.” Picture taken from Jenny McDonagh’s phone showing the former finance manager for Kensington and Chelsea Council on the Thames Clipper on her way to a night outCredit:CPS Jenny McDonagh’s Met Police mugshot Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

BREAKING Former cop freed of Ruby Back Dam murder charge

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRuby Backdam murder trial: Gunshot injuries to head killed victim – Pathologist confirmsJuly 24, 2017In “Court”Uncle of ‘hitman’ also charged with murder of Ruby businessmanMay 7, 2016In “Court”Convicted murder accused freed of murder chargeDecember 7, 2018In “Court” Former policeman Ruel Brandon who was charged with the murder of an East Bank Essequibo (EBE) seaman nearly two years ago, was set free earlier today (Wednesday).FREED: Ruel BrandonBrandon’s attorney, Nigel Hughes presented a no-case submission which was up-held by Justice Nareshwar Harnanan at the High Court.Brandon was accused of the murder of Davonan Sookram, of Bushy Park, Parika, whose decomposed body was found on July 31, 2015 in an area along Ruby Backdam, (EBE), with two bullet wounds to the head.Deceased: Davonan SookramPolice had noted on July 27, 2015 around 15:30 hrs, Brandon had collected Sookram from his home and the man was not seen again. Reports at the time stated that the death was a drug deal gone bad. State Counsels Siand Dhurjon and Shawnette Austin presented the prosecution’s case in association with Lisa Cave. read more

Sega Pass database hacked birthdates passwords stolen

first_imgThe hacking spree that all started with the monumental breach at Sony continues, and Sega is the latest victim.Sega has reported to users of its Sega Pass service that their network was compromised, and while they don’t indicate how many users were impacted or how much data was compromised, they’ve already reset user passwords and shut off access to the Sega Pass service while they investigate.Sega notes in their statement that no personal or financial information was stored in their database, and that while intruders were able to gain access, the most they would have made off with were birth dates, usernames, e-mail addresses, and encrypted passwords that they would have to decrypt to use. They do mention, however, that the information stolen only represents a “subset of Sega Pass members.” That’s likely no consolation to the members whose information was stolen – especially as Sega’s announcement doesn’t let us know how large or small that subset is.The announcement came earlier today after Sega detected the intrusion on Thursday. No one group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but more people presume that LulzSec, who have been on a hacking rampage across gaming companies and government organizations lately, are likely to blame. Still, there have been a number of hacks recently, including the breach at BioWare yesterday, for which Lulzsec hasn’t taken credit. It’s possible there’s another copycat group on the loose looking to test their own mettle.Regardless of who’s behind the attack, it’s worth changing your password when Sega Pass comes back online if you suspect that your information may have been stolen in this or any of the previous breaches. If you use the same username and password for any other online services, it’s worth changing those as well, and making sure your passwords are strong so if they are obtained, they’re next to impossible to crack.Read more at PlayStation Lifestylelast_img read more

Costa Rican Coast Guard nabs fishing boat with 900 kilos of cocaine

first_imgNo related posts. Officers from the Costa Rican Coast Guard on Sunday seized 963 kilograms of cocaine from a fishing boat near the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, in the Pacific Ocean.Public Security Minister Mario Zamora on Monday said the seizure was part of a joint patrol with the U.S. Coast Guard.Zamora said at a press conference that the crew of three Costa Ricans and one Nicaraguan was arrested and sent to Ecuador for booking.Public Security Ministry officials have requested that Ecuador send the three Costa Rican nationals here to be tried in Costa Rica.The minister said officials also are performing background checks on the detainees to verify if they have criminal records.Last November, agents from Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police captured the same fishing vessel, named “Capitán Pearson,” with 1,081 kilograms of cocaine on board, Zamora said.At the time, four people were arrested after transferring the drug shipment from an Ecuadorian boat. However, a judge ordered the boat returned to its owners pending trial in that case. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Bayer hires law firm to investigate claims Monsant

first_img Bayer hires law firm to investigate claims Monsant … Bayer shares have slid significantly since the ruling, with the company having lost about US$18 billion in market value this week, Bloomberg reported.In its Thursday statement, Bayer said that the jury’s decision is “at odds with the weight of scientific evidence, decades of real world experience and the conclusions of regulators around the world that all confirm glyphosate is safe and does not cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”It also highlighted that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently reaffirmed glyphosate does not cause cancer, and added that regulators including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have also concluded that glyphosate can be used safely.”The jury’s verdict is just the first step in this case, and it remains subject to post-trial motions in the trial court and to an appeal, as announced by Monsanto,” it said.”As this case proceeds, Bayer believes courts ultimately will find that Monsanto and glyphosate were not responsible for Mr. Johnson’s illness.”The company explained that due to the  U.S. Department of Justice’s aforementioned requirements, Bayer “did not have access to detailed internal information at Monsanto.””Under these conditions, Bayer was not permitted to influence matters relating to Monsanto’s business, and its ability to actively comment on them in detail was extremely limited,” it said.”Today, however, Bayer also gains the ability to become actively involved in defense efforts in the glyphosate trials and any other legal disputes, such as potential claims for damages in connection with the product Dicamba.” Germany-based Bayer has begun the process of integrating Monsanto following the completion on Thursday of a divestment to rival BASF.The European Commission in March approved Bayer’s US$62.5 billion takeover of the U.S. company on the condition that it sells certain Crop Science businesses.Bayer, which became Monsanto’s sole owner on June 7, said these businesses were sold to BASF for around US$2.5 billion.One of the requirements of the U.S. Department of Justice was that Bayer and Monsanto remain separate companies and continue to operate separately until completion of these divestments.Bayer said in a statement that the acquisition “gives rise to a leading agriculture company with a high level of innovative strength, a strong product portfolio and the highest ethical standards.”California glyphosate rulingMonsanto was last week ordered to pay US$289 million in damages in damages to a terminally ill man, after a California jury found that the company’s glyphosate-based weedkillers, including Roundup, caused his cancer. The case was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate – the world’s most common weedkiller – is carcinogenic. There are more than 5,000 similar plaintiffs across the U.S.  U.S. jury urged to “send message” to Monsanto as R … U.S.: Monsanto hit with US$80M verdict in first fe … center_img Bayer faces second U.S. trial over alleged Roundup … August 16 , 2018 You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2019 12:30 pm PDT Chelsea Manning, Parkland teens docs to debut at Tribeca AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK — A documentary about Chelsea Manning, Werner Herzog’s latest and a film about Parkland students in the aftermath of the Florida high school massacre are among the selections that will premiere at the 18th Tribeca Film Festival.Organizers for the annual New York festival on Tuesday announced a lineup of 103 feature films, 40 per cent of them directed by women. In the festival’s three competition sections, that figure is 50 per cent — a mark that many film festivals (with some notable exceptions) have recently sought to achieve.“At Tribeca, we believe in amplifying fresh voices as well as celebrating the continued success of artists in the industry,” said Paula Weinstein, vice-president of Tribeca Enterprises, which puts on the festival.Highlights include Tim Travers Hawkins’ “XY Chelsea,” which chronicles the former Army intelligence analyst’s life after her 35-year military prison sentence for the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history was commuted by former President Barack Obama. Manning, who’s set to speak after the film’s Tribeca premiere, on Tuesday unsuccessfully challenged a subpoena requiring her testimony before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Showtime has already acquired the documentary.Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman’s “After Parkland” is about students and parents following the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The film is one of a number of documentaries to follow the Parkland massacre, including “Song of Parkland,” which aired last month on HBO.Also to premiere at Tribeca is Herzog’s “Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin” in which the filmmaker makes a journey inspired by Chatwin, the travel writer and author who died in 1989; “A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem,” Yu Gu’s documentary about NFL cheerleaders; and Erin Lee Carr’s documentary “After the Heart of Gold,” on USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar who was convicted of serial child molestation last year.There will be a number of music documentaries, including the D’Angelo profile “Devil’s Pie” and “The Quiet One,” about Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. Antoine Fuqua will premiere his Muhammad Ali documentary “What’s My Name,” an HBO release executive produced by LeBron James.Jared Leto and Christoph Waltz will both premiere their feature directorial debuts. Leto’s “A Day in the Life of America” is a documentary filmed in all 50 states on a single Fourth of July. Waltz’s “Georgetown” is a murder thriller in which Waltz stars alongside Annette Bening and Vanessa Redgrave.Also on tap are: the Alec Baldwin-led hybrid documentary “Framing John DeLorean”; the Zac Efron-starring Ted Bundy tale “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”; and the Billy Crystal-Ben Schwartz comedy “Standing Up, Falling Down.”The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 25-May 5. The festival previously announced that the HBO documentary “The Apollo” will open the festival at the iconic Harlem theatre.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: Associated Presslast_img read more