first_imgA scanning electron microscopy image of the wood-cutting mandibles of a young Melissotarsus worker. Evolution turned this ant into a living drill A. Khalife et al., Frontiers in Zoology 10.1186 (2018) Artist’s conception of a Melissotarsus worker boring a tunnel. While tunneling, these ants brace themselves against the tunnel walls using strong, specialized legs and basitarsi “heels” to anchor themselves in place. Even the jaw opening muscles are stronger than those of any species of ant known, a characteristic Peeters thinks may be useful in pushing wood debris out of the way while tunneling.The researchers also found that the mandibles themselves were remarkably well-suited to a life of chewing. Their wide base made them efficient levers, and analysis of their tips revealed high concentrations of zinc embedded within the exoskeleton.Zinc-reinforced “heavy element biomaterials” like these are common in invertebrates, says Robert Schofield, a biophysicist at the University of Oregon in Eugene who was not involved in the study. They’re found in body parts that sustain heavy use, such as spider fangs and marine worm jaws. The nanoscale clusters of zinc are bound into the chitin matrix, imparting hardness without increasing the risk of breakage. For ants that depend on these tools to build and eat with, that’s pretty important. “If a sharp tip gets damaged, then they’re dead,” Schofield says.The legs of Melissotarsus workers are also superbly adapted. The researchers found that the legs—perpetually bent close to the body—have strong muscles for bracing against tunnel walls. The “basitarsus” of the ants’ feet (analogous to a heel) is also enlarged, and—with the addition of peglike bristles—provides extra grip when bearing down. This keeps workers rigidly anchored in place, counteracting the intense chewing forces. But the adaptations come with a cost: The ants’ legs are so dramatically modified that the insects can no longer walk on a flat surface (see video, below). By Jake BuehlerAug. 24, 2018 , 9:55 AM A. Khalife et al., Frontiers in Zoology 10.1186 (2018) Anyone who’s attempted to cut down a tree by hand knows just how difficult it is to chop through living wood. It turns out wood-boring ants do, too—so they’ve transformed themselves into bizarre, living drills. A new study reveals that extreme adaptations unlike anything seen in other ants let them carve complicated tunnel networks in their host trees.Not much is known about Melissotarsus ants—native to continental Africa and Madagascar—because they’re only a few millimeters long and never leave the carved galleries of their trees. Inside, the ants are thought to herd sedentary scale insects for food, eating their tasty wax secretions or even their meat. Worker ants have two pairs of back legs that perpetually angle upward and a bulbous head loaded with silk glands (a unique feature among ants). Entomologists have long thought these features must assist with the ants’ unconventional lifestyle, but they weren’t sure exactly how.“It was not obvious how they could derive the strength to chew live wood,” says Christian Peeters, a research biologist at Sorbonne University in Paris and senior author on the study.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(*)So Peeters and his team took a closer look. The researchers removed ant-inhabited branches from trees in Mozambique and South Africa, sending them back to the lab in Paris. There they combined x-ray microtomography (a type of 3D x-ray imaging for tiny objects) and high-powered microscopes to visualize the ants’ skeletomuscular system, focusing on the anatomy of the head, jaws, and legs.It turns out that their big domes house more than just silk glands—huge muscles fill the head, anchored to short, sharp mandibles, the team reports in Frontiers in Zoology. These muscles provide the jaws with enormous chiseling power that can tunnel through hardwood. In contrast, ants with weaker jaws typically have to make do with settling in rotten wood or tunnels already excavated by boring beetles. That’s because chewing dry wood—whose fibers are brittle and easily broken—is easier than chewing through healthy, moist wood, Peeters explains. “This is a great paper on an amazing ant,” says Andy Suarez, an entomologist at the University of Illinois in Urbana, who was not involved in the study. “This is the only example I know of where an ant has evolved a lifestyle … living in [the] wood of living trees that requires workers to be able to tunnel through the wood itself.”Melissotarsus has evolved an “irreversible commitment” to life inside the trees, Peeters says, forsaking the outside world to tend to their scale insect herds. The findings illustrate the extraordinary results that evolutionary specialization can produce, turning once highly mobile ants into tireless power tools.last_img read more

first_imgRetiring Australia captain Michael Clarke has rubbished local media reports that internal divisions within the squad were responsible for the Ashes debacle.Clarke, who has decided to bring an end to his career after this week’s fifth Test at the Oval, launched an expletive-laden broadside at allegations in an article in Brisbane’s Courier-Mail newspaper on Monday.The report said Clarke had travelled by separate transport and refused to socialise with other players, that a feud between the wives of two senior players had destabilised the squad, and that the dropping of Brad Haddin had caused serious disquiet.”I can guarantee you, the feeling in this group is exceptional,” Clarke told Australia’s Triple M radio.”There is no disharmony is this group whatsoever. The players are as tight as any team I’ve been a part of.”Australia relinquished the Ashes after defeat by an innings and 78 runs at Trent Bridge on Saturday, going 3-1 down in the five-Test series.Clarke was particularly dismissive of the claim the presence of players’ wives and girlfriends had been a distraction.”That’s absolute garbage,” he said. “I’ll give back 10 of my Test 100s if it wasn’t for my beautiful wife. I’d be half the player I was without her.”Clarke said the dropping of Haddin for the second Test after the wicketkeeper had missed the first Test to be with his sick daughter had been difficult, but accepted it had been done for cricketing reasons.His prevailing sentiment, though, had been disappointment at his own performances with the bat during the series.advertisement”I’ve always prided myself on leading from the front as captain and making sure I’m contributing to success by making runs,” he added.”It’s heartbreaking to have played the way I’ve played and not helped the team get over the line. The retirement is at the right time for me and the team.”Clarke also accepted that the death of his friend Phillip Hughes at the end of last year had affected him more than he expected.”The part I didn’t expect was how hard it hit me personally, there’s no doubt I miss him every day,” he said.”It still affects me personally but as an Australian sportsman, you need to be leading from the front and still performing and unfortunately I haven’t been able to do that.”The 34-year-old, who will be replaced as captain by Steve Smith, called on his compatriots to continue to back the Australia side through the rebuilding job ahead. “There’s going to be some tough times but I think the talent we have in the Australian sporting community is like no other,” he said.”I think that we need to stick together and keep the faith.”last_img read more

first_imgSpain great Iker Casillas: Wrong to award Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo denies secret wedding with gilrfriend Georgina Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 699th career goal and closed in on 100 international goals during Portugal’s 3-0 victory against Luxembourg in the UEFA Euro Qualifiers. While we know all about Ronaldo’s pace and his skills with the ball, there is a wonderful little story that will certainly warm the cockles of your heart. Guillem Balague, in his book ‘Cristiano Ronaldo: The Biography’, quoted Ronaldo as saying, “I have to thank my old friend Albert Fantrau for my success. We played together for the same youth team. When scouts from Sporting came to see us in a game, they said that whoever scored the most goals would earn a scholarship at their academy.”Related News Euro 2020 qualifiers: Portugal through after 2-0 win “We won that match 3-0. I scored the first goal, then Albert scored the second with a great header. But it was the third goal that astonished everyone. Albert was one-on-one with the goalkeeper, I was running alongside him, and he passed to me so that I could score. In the end I was accepted into the academy. After the match I went to him and asked him why he had done what he did. Albert replied, ‘Because you are better than me’.” Years later, a journalist went up to Albert Fantrau to confirm if this story was true. He didn’t just confirm it, he also said that he owes his luxurious lifestyle to Cristiano since he could not make it as a footballer himself. Well, isn’t this a story that affirms your faith in humanity? We bet it does. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

first_imgIndia rode on Hardik Pandya’s all-round brilliance to thrash Australia by 26 runs by Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-truncated opener of the five-match One-day International series at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.After guiding India to safety with a career-best 83 off 66 balls, the 23-year-old Pandya starred with the ball, picking the key wickets of Australia skipper Steve Smith (1) and Travis Head (5) to enable the hosts go 1-0 up in the series.#TeamIndia win the 1st @Paytm ODI by 26 runs (DLS) #INDvAUS BCCI (@BCCI) September 17, 2017Chasing a revised target of 164 from 21 overs after a spell of heavy showers truncated play, Australia were reduced to 29/3 with debutant opener Hilton Cartwright (1), Smith and Head back in the pavilion.Such was India’s domination in the second innings of the match that only three of the visiting batsmen could manage to reach double-figures and Australia were restricted to 137/9.WATCH FULL VIDEOPacer Jasprit Bumrah drew first blood by cleaning up Cartwright’s off-stump before Pandya joined the party.After surviving a leg before scare, Smith mistimed the next delivery and ended up top-edging it high in the air which Bumrah brilliantly pouched at short fine. In no time, Head, too, was back after feathering a nick to stumper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Seasoned opener David Warner (25) offered some resistance but the introduction of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav brought his downfall, comfortably caught behind by Dhoni.Reduced to 35/4, the visitors were left high and dry until the big-hitting Glenn Maxwell (39) arrived and milked 22 runs from Kuldeep’s third over, including three consecutive sixes.advertisementMaxwell managed to bring the mounting required run-rate down but leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s flighted delivery did the trick for India, as the Australian holed one to Manish Pandey at long on.Kuldeep immediately got rid of the next man, Marcus Stionis (3) with a floater which substitute fielder Ravindra Jadeja comfortably latched on at deep mid-wicket.Tottering at 76/6, all-rounder James Faulkner (32) played a lone hand but kept losing his partners as stumper Matthew Wade (9), Pat Cummins (9) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (2) failed to rise to the occasion.For the hosts, Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/30, while Kuldeep and Pandya contributed with a couple of scalps. The pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah also picked one wicket apiece.Photo Credit: AP Earlier, contrasting half centuries from all-rounder Hardik Pandya and Dhoni helped India recover from a precarious 87/5 to post a healthy 281/7.Pandya (83) and Dhoni (79) forged an 118-run sixth wicket stand to help India recover after skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat.The 23-year-old Pandya meted out special treatment to Adam Zampa, taking the young leg-spinner to the cleaners on three consecutive occasions to get to his third ODI fifty off 48 balls before falling to the same bowler, later in the innings.Photo Credit: AP Dhoni, at the other end, provided stability with a patient 75-ball 50 but more importantly carried on after the loss of Pandya to forge another healthy 72-run seventh wicket stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (32).India, too, were off to a forgettable start with three of the top four batsmen back in the hut with only 11 runs on the board.Pacer Coulter-Nile made a stunning comeback to 50-over cricket by claiming opener Ajinkya Rahane (5), and skipper Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey (both for noughts) for the scorecard to read 11/3.India opener Rohit Sharma (28) and Kedar Jadhav (40) brought some solidity with a 53-run fourth wicket stand before the last recognised batting duo of Dhoni and Pandya got their act together to deliver the needed stability.The Men in Blue will now face the Kangaroos at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgWorld number one Simona Halep overcame a sluggish start to beat Wang Qiang 7-5 6-1 at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday and book a quarter-final against Petra Martic in the California desert.The turning point came after a string of unforced errors left Halep trailing 5-4 in the first set, prompting coach Darren Cahill to tell the defensive specialist to work longer points and reduce the error count.Halep went on to lose only one more game, easily seeing off the challenge of the world number 55 from China.The 26-year-old Romanian showed no sign of the foot injury that forced her to withdraw from the Qatar Total Open in Doha last month and is well positioned to make a run at reclaiming the Indian Wells title she won in 2015.First she will have to get past unseeded Croatian Martic, who advanced to the last eight with a 6-3 7-6(4) win against Marketa Vondrousova.”She is a very tough opponent because she is serving pretty strong and also the forehand has a lot of top spin … So I will have to work hard,” Halep told the Tennis Channel.Former world number one Karolina Pliskova used her powerful serve to overwhelm 16-year-old Amanda Anisimova and reach the quarter-finals for the third year in a row.Pliskova’s 6-1 7-6(2) win ended a remarkable run for the young American, a wild card who beat ninth seed Petra Kvitova in the third round for the biggest win of her fledgling career.Pliskova will face 20-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan, who claimed her 50th career match by defeating Maria Sakkari 6-1 5-7 6-1 to reach her first Indian Wells quarter-final.advertisement(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgThe LG G7 ThinQ will be LG’s next flagship smartphone and a direct successor to last year’s LG G6. The phone has been leaked and rumoured a bunch of times over the past several weeks and now the company itself has started revealing details about its upcoming flagship. As per LG’s latest press release, the G7 ThinQ will sport a tall 6.1-inch IPS LCD display that goes up to 1,000 nits, making it the brightest panel using that technology till date. Essentially, this will make it easier to read under peak sunlight.Additionally, LG says that despite the super high brightness, the LG G7 ThinQ will reduce power consumption by as much as 30 per cent compared to the LG G6. We know based on all the renders and leaked images that the phone will sport a display notch much like many other Android phones in recent months. The notch will allow LG to increase the screen real-estate, offering a 6.1-inch QHD+ (3,120 x 1,440) 19:5:9 FullVision display on the G7 ThinQ compared to the 18:9 display on the G6.The company also mentions that the panel supports 100 per cent DCI-P3 colour gamut and the LG G7 ThinQ will also offer six sceen colour modes – Auto, Eco, Cinema, Sports, Game and Expert – which can be toggled automatically based on content like video, game, photo or web. As per the screenshot provided to Android Central, users will also be able to disable the notch – a feature that has been seen on the Huawei P20 Pro as well.advertisement Separately, tipster Evan Blass leaked a renders of the LG G7 ThinQ that reveals the phone from all sides. More importantly, the render further confirms a dedicated AI button placed on the left side of the frame below the volume controls. The AI button is expected to work in a manner similar to the Bixby button on the Galaxy S9. LG is attaching ThinQ with the name like it did with the LG V30 ThinQ because the flagship is expected to pack some AI features such as an AI Cam that will offer enhanced filter options as per a recent report. Additionally, the render also confirms the phone will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack.The LG G7 ThinQ is expected to rock an octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. A 6GB RAM variant can also be expected. Earlier this month, the phone reportedly scored 252,473 points on AnTuTu, which is almost at par with the Galaxy S9’s score of 250,201. An exact launch date has not been set, but the phone is expected to be unveiled in New York and Seoul on May 3.ALSO READ: LG G7 ThinQ leaked in fresh render, confirms notch displaylast_img read more

first_imgzoom China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) has set up a wholly-owned subsidiary that will own and operate the Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) bought from Brazilian mining giant Vale.The new company named China VLOC Company Limited, will be based in Hong Kong and will be in charge of four Valemaxes that are expected to join CMES fleet this month.Vale sealed the acquisition deal for the 400,000 DWT VLCCs with CMES at the end of July. The transaction totaled in USD 448 million.CMES and Vale have also inked a 25-year contract on affreightement that will involve employment of 10 VLOCs.The announcement comes in the wake of the arrival of the first fully-laden Valemax at a Chinese port in July after the 2012-ban on Valemaxes was partially lifted in China.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – The company that owns a broken rail line into Churchill, Man., says it is appealing a federal regulatory ruling that requires it to repair the track.Hudson Bay Railway Co. was ordered last week by the Canadian Transportation Agency to immediately begin repairs to the track, which is the only land link to the subarctic community of 900 people.The agency said the company — owned by Denver-based Omnitrax — had not met its obligation to maintain service on the line, which was severely damaged by flooding in May of last year.Hudson Bay Railway has said it cannot afford to repair the line and recently reached a tentative deal to sell it to a consortium of northern communities, along with help from the federal government.That deal is expected to be finalized next month and would leave the new owners the responsibility for repairs.In the meantime, and despite the pending appeal, the company says it has started getting repairs underway.“We have initiated a request for proposals to contractors and other relevant trades,” the company said in a written statement Monday.“To the extent the (regulatory) decision is not overturned or the sale of the line is not completed in time, the company is prepared to start the repairs.”Since last year’s flood, goods and people have had to be flown into Churchill at a much higher cost.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Advertisement “Carter is the perfect counter-balance to the darker, more serialized fare we are commissioning and buying around the world,” said Marie Jacobson, EVP, Programming and Production for Sony Pictures Television Networks. “Jerry O’Connell is a force of nature and we couldn’t be more excited to produce an even bigger, funnier, elevated second season for our fans around the world.” CARTER revolves around Harley Carter (O’Connell), the star of a hit detective TV show, who decides he needs a break from Hollywood and returns to his northern hometown where he quickly discovers that his years of playing a fictional detective come in handy when he finds himself immersed in real-life mysteries. In Season 2, Carter plants roots as a celebrity PI and doubles down on his fame in a world where life continues to imitate TV. But Carter will discover that the toughest cases to solve are personal ones when he finds himself embroiled in a love triangle with his best friend and her new boss, where the stakes are winner takes all.The series was commissioned by Sony Pictures Television (SPT) for AXN in Spain, Latin America, Brazil, Japan, Central Europe and Russia; and by CTV in Canada. The series is distributed by SPT worldwide, excluding Canada.In Canada, CARTER made CTV’s sister network, Bravo, the #1 specialty channel in its timeslot. In the U.S., CARTER aired on WGN America as its most-watched original series in 2018. CARTER has also been a boon to AXN around the world. For example, it has been a success across Europe, reaching 6.5 million total viewers in 2018.CARTER is produced by Amaze Film + Television, executive produced by the company’s Teza Lawrence and Michael Souther (Call Me Fitz, Saint Ralph) as well as Campbell, Berman and series star O’Connell. Production Executive for Bell Media is Gosia Kamela. Tom Hastings is Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty; Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.Social Media links Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO – CTV, in partnership with Sony Pictures Television and WGN America announced today the renewal of the comedic procedural series CARTER for a second season, starring Jerry O’Connell(Billions), Sydney Poitier Heartsong (Chicago P.D.) and Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black).Andy Berman (Psych, Rosewood) joins CARTER as showrunner and executive producer for its sophomore season, which returns to North Bay, ON to commence production this spring. Series creator Garry Campbell (Kids in The Hall, MADtv) returns as an executive producer and writer on the series.“Partnering with strong international players to produce content that works both at home and abroad is foundational to our original production strategy, and Carter ticks all those boxes,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “We are thrilled to work with the team at Sony and WGN America, our partners at Amaze, and this brilliant cast to bring fans more Harley Carter.”center_img Advertisement  @CarterInCDN – Twitter @CarterCDN – Facebook @CarterCDN – InstagramAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 17 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at Sony Pictures TelevisionSony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, SPT is home to a thriving global production business operating 21 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 12 countries around the world. Sony Pictures Television is a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company.WGN America and Tribune Media CompanyWGN America, the flagship entertainment destination of Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO), is a nationally distributed television network available in more than 77 million homes via cable, satellite and telco.  The network features a strong slate of original scripted series, fan-favorite dramas, comedies and blockbuster movies.  Stay connected to WGN America on Twitter @wgnamerica.  For additional information, please visit Amaze Film + TelevisionAmaze Film + Television is an international film and television production company based in Toronto founded by producers Michael Souther and Teza Lawrence. Amaze’s diverse portfolio includes the award-winning HBO series CALL ME FITZ, starring Jason Priestley, the ½ hour comedy THE STANLEY DYNAMIC, the TIFF Kids Audience award winning family film FINN ON THE FLY, the feature SAINT RALPH distributed theatrically around the world, and most recently the comedy documentary BEING CANADIAN, that was nominated for a WGA Award and hit the iTunes top 10 during the week of its release. For more info visit Amaze Film + Television at Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

first_imgDespite the growing prevalence of Diabetes in our country, the understanding of the clinical condition remains limited. It is largely assumed by people with Diabetes that high blood sugar is caused due to sugar and this naturally gets translated into an ‘I don’t’ take sugar in my tea’ expression. Many, instead, switch to the use of artificial sweeteners which are even more harmful. Why there is inadequate knowledge about a condition which affects so many people still remains a mystery. Also, why has health education not been able to keep pace with the growing prevalence and why do health professionals (doctor’s, dietitians, diabetes educators, podiatrists etc.) give diverse advice rather an official, approved, up to date set of guidelines to each person diagnosed with Diabetes, across the Health Care System at all levels, remains unknown. Also Read – Remembering Sudhir PhadkeThose affected need to understand that Diabetes is a lifestyle disorder. In simple words, how we lead our everyday lives affects how our body manages its blood sugar. Lifestyle comprises of your food, exercise routine, daily activity, sleep pattern, stress management skills and emotional health. Creating harmony at each level will help enhance the quality of life. For Diabetes care and management, each one of the above parameters are crucial – through different pathways in the body, each affects how our body manages its blood glucose. Also Read – YOUR HEALTHY FESTIVE PALATETo gather a better understanding, lets discuss strategies for Diabetes care and management under three pillars – Nutrition, Exercise and Sleep Nutrition We are what we eat. The importance of eating right cannot be overemphasised, this is also because this is the activity we perform three or four times in a day. A meal with all its macros balanced allows for optimum digestion without spiking blood sugar. A traditional, freshly prepared meal with seasonal produce comes handy in getting this parameter right. Avoid processed, packaged food options, salads or smoothies as main meal options. These lack in nutritive quotient and burden the body with added chemicals in the form of additives, colourants, emulsifiers, preservatives etc. Breakfast options can include freshly prepared regional recipes of poha, upma, dalia, idli, dal cheela, parantha, egg and roti. Add seasonal vegetables to these and cook using traditional oils like Mustard Oil, Sesame Oil, Coconut Oil or Ground Nut Oil. Avoid vegetable oils. Vegetable oils are high in Omega 6 and inflammatory in nature. For lunch and dinner, stick to one staple cereal you have grown up eating and have it with dal (lentils) or beans or meat along with seasonal vegetables. You could add curd/buttermilk and salad to complete the meal. How you eat is as important as what you eat. Practice mindful eating. Chew your food slowly. The act of slowing the speed down while eating helps in keeping the portion size regulated. When we eat with distractions like eating while watching TV, checking mobile, reading newspaper, we tend to eat more. For in between snacks, stick to options like nuts, peanuts, chana, paneer, a bowl of curd with fruits or seeds. Exercise Any kind of physical activity that keeps your heart rate elevated for a period of time is termed as exercise. Popularly, people engage in walks. Target achieving a goal of 10,000 steps in a day. Work towards staying active. For every 30 minutes of being seated, take 2-3 minutes to stretch, walk around, this is known to fight insulin resistance. Creating a better environment in the body helps regulate blood sugar. Consistency is key: No matter what type of exercise you engage in, you need to stay consistent. Being enthusiastic one day and then letting go does no good to Diabetes. Therefore, stay consistent. If some form bores you out, try something new, but don’t stop working out. Build in a weekly schedule to include variety. Weight Training: Loss of strength is one of the driving factors to insulin resistance. The contribution weight training has towards combating insulin resistance cannot be emphasised enough. Usually considered a form for young boys who want to pump up, it is often surrounded with speculations for women. But weight training has the ability to bring down high blood sugar levels and maintain that for the next 48-72 hours. This is because when you do strength training exercises that target muscles, your body uses glucose from your bloodstream to power them, which can help clear excess sugar from your system. It improves the body’s ability to manage sugar. Engage in strength training twice a week. You could use resistance bands, free weights or do machine assisted workouts in this category. Sleep Sleep is the most underrated aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Health enthusiasts only focus on diet and exercise and rarely consider sleep as a contributory factor to improved health. Sleep gives our body the time to repair. The immune system, our bodies’ repair system, is strengthened by sleep. Lack of sleep is associated with raised levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol triggers insulin resistance. Sleep deprivation also lowers satiety signals in the body, thereby increasing appetite, which translates as bigger portions. And, as already discussed above, bigger portions lead to high blood glucose and circulating insulin. In a physiological environment of high cortisol and insulin, insulin resistance is heightened. A good quality sleep helps in balancing hormones in the body. It helps in detoxification both at the physiological and mental level and improves lymphatic function. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the effort put towards achieving better health during the day (diet and exercise), only begin to manifest with a good sleep routine. Have a stable routine of bedtime and wake up time for 80 per cent of a week and plan ahead for late nights (if any) in advance. Taking your body in confidence and preparing ahead of time ensures that we don’t leave to chance important measures like meals, exercise and stabilise the hormonal balance of the body. In a nutshell, Diabetes management cannot be oversimplified to the elimination of sugar from tea! It is a lifestyle disorder and all aspects of our life need to be modified with simple, practical and doable tips to improve and even reverse this condition. All the above guidelines serve as means of prevention from Diabetes too.last_img read more

Rabat – Ahead of the Atlas Lions’ first 2018 World Cup performance Friday, King Mohammed VI has called Coach Hervé Renard and team captain Mehdi Benatia, according to a Royal Cabinet press statement.The statement read: “During their conversation, the King extended his and the Moroccan people’s good luck wishes to all staff members, coaching staff, and players of the national team.”In addition to wishing the national squad “full success” for the World Cup, King Mohammed VI “reiterated to the national team his full support and his encouragements ahead of this very important international tournament.”. The Moroccan national squad, which has been impressive in its pre-World Cup friendly games, will take on the Iranian national team Friday, June 15, 2018, at 3 p.m. Moroccan time. They will then proceed to meet with Portugal and Spain, on June 20 and 25, respectively. read more

4 February 2008The United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) today kicked off a drive to improve the ability to forecast changes in climate and cope with extreme weather patterns, such as desertification and drought. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) today kicked off a drive to improve the ability to forecast changes in climate and cope with extreme weather patterns, such as desertification and drought.Over 20 organizations are convening in Geneva to take part in a three-day meeting to discuss how to bolster prediction capacities to improve global responses to the impacts of global warming.“We can better help the planet respond to the threat of climate variability and change by improving forecasts of temperature and rainfall patterns, as well as other climactic parameters, and then effectively delivering this information to governments, businesses, farmers and end-users in many other sectors,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.The Geneva gathering is the first meeting of the International Organizing Committee of the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3), which seeks to promote disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. read more

Brock students have the chance to immerse themselves in the culture of South Korea, rock climb the mountains of Taiwan or scuba dive the Verde Passage in the Philippines this summer.Offered through Brock’s International Mobility office, the opportunities are part of a wide range of destinations offering students the chance to experience global culture, while earning academic credit towards their degree.“Participating in an international program is a great way to broaden your horizons both academically and personally,” said Jesse Barraza, Manager, International Learning Programs. Students can enrol in the summer programs starting at just over $1,000, plus the cost of flights.“Our institutional partners have been working diligently to provide educational opportunities for students around the world that don’t break the bank,” Barraza said. “Many are providing scholarships in an effort to make these learning experiences abroad more accessible to the average student.Registering for the summer program with Chonnam National University in South Korea earns students up to one academic credit and includes several excursions such as tours of a green tea plantation, local temple and the Yeongam F1 motorsport circuit. The trip runs from June 23 to July 20 and costs $1,672, plus the cost of flights.Thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts are encouraged to register with the National Taiwan University of Sport for a summer program running from May 26 to June 8 or July 4 to 26, and starting at a cost of $2,145, plus the cost of flights). Two programs are available that focus either on mountaineering, rock climbing and canyoneering or a cycling tour through the mountains of Taiwan. Both opportunities will count as a half credit towards a Brock degree.Those interested in biodiversity can register for a summer program at De La Salle University in the Philippines for the chance to explore the marine ecology of the Southern Tagalog region. Students will be trained in basic scuba diving (PADI Discover SCUBA Course) and will explore destinations including the Verde Island Passage. The program runs from June 30 to July 13 and costs $1,660, plus the cost of flights.Students interested in learning more about summer opportunities are encouraged to attend an information session Wednesday, March 13 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the International Centre (GLB 207). Additional info sessions are planned for Monday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 27.To apply for the summer programs, students must fill out an online application.Questions about various available opportunities can be directed to Brock’s International Mobility office by email at read more

HOUSTON — Rookie Luka Doncic and Devin Harris each scored 20 points, and the Dallas Mavericks beat Houston 128-108 on Wednesday night despite a triple-double by Rockets star James Harden.Harden had 25 points, 17 assists and 11 rebounds, but it wasn’t nearly enough for a team missing Chris Paul because of an injury. Houston dropped its fourth in a row after winning a season-high five straight.Houston trailed for most of the night but used a 33-point third quarter to trim a huge deficit to seven heading into the fourth. The Mavericks got going again in the final period, opening with a 10-2 run highlighted by back-to-back reverse layups by J.J. Barea.Clint Capela made a layup for Houston before the Mavericks used an 11-2 spurt to push their lead to 117-95 with seven minutes remaining, prompting Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni to clear the bench.It’s the third straight win for the Mavericks and just their second victory on the road this season after dropping seven of their first eight games away from home. It also ended an eight-game regular season skid against Houston.Paul sat out for the third straight game after resting the first game and missing the last two with a sore left hamstring. Capela and James Ennis had 18 points apiece for the Rockets, who are in 13th place in the Western Conference.The Mavericks led by 18 entering the third quarter after scoring 74 points in the first half behind 15 points from Doncic. The Rockets opened the second half with a 13-5 run to cut the lead to 79-69 with about eight minutes left in the third. Ennis led the way, scoring nine points.Dallas pushed its lead back out to 13 before Danuel House and Harden made back-to-back 3-pointers to get Houston within seven at 86-79. The Mavericks’ advantage was down to five when a layup by Dwight Powell made it 96-89 entering the fourth.It was Harden’s first triple-double this season and No. 36 for his career. The reigning NBA MVP scored 54 points on Monday night.TIP-INSMavericks: Dennis Smith had 10 points in his return after missing Saturday’s game with a sprained right wrist. … DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and seven rebounds. … The Mavericks made 19 of 24 free throws.Rockets: Capela has scored at least 10 points in 19 straight games. … Coach Mike D’Antoni said Nene, who hasn’t played all season because of a strained right calf, was making progress but he still doesn’t know when he’ll be ready to return. … Gerald Green missed his second game in a row with a sore right ankle.UP NEXTMavericks: Visit Lakers on Friday night.Rockets: Visit San Antonio on Friday night.___More AP NBA: and Rieken, The Associated Press read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIllegal mining at Kaieteur National Park: Several arrested in Govt clamp downMay 29, 2017In “Crime”Govt to solicit help from embassies to maintain local parks- HarmonJanuary 25, 2018In “Environment”PAC to act on Kaieteur mining prevention recommendationsJune 15, 2017In “latest news” Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has emphasised that Government’s position is that anyone found mining illegally in any protected area, will be arrested, and there will be no exception.Minister of State, Joseph HarmonMinister Harmon made this disclosure during a post-Cabinet press briefing today, at the Ministry of the Presidency, GINA said.On May 28, several persons including residents of Chenapau, Region Eight, were arrested and transported to Georgetown from the Kaieteur National Park after reports of illegal mining in the area.When asked whether the decision to arrest those persons was too harsh, Minister Harmon explained that the Kaieteur National Park is part of Guyana’s protected area system, and one which the country is proud of.“In the 2011 Protection Areas Bill and which subsequently became an Act, there were certain provisions that were made since that Act.  Since we came into office this has been our second operation to expel illegal mining in that area. Mining is not one of the activities permitted in that area under the law; they are other sustainable forms of livelihood which are permitted. And so, once people go into the area and they mine it is our responsibility of the state to ensure that they are removed,” Minister Harmon said.According to GINA, Minister Harmon further explained that on this occasion, the mining became more extensive and therefore the persons, who were mining there illegally, were subjected to the Laws of Guyana.Meanwhile, following meetings among Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, and other officials from the Ministry and the GGMC, it was decided that as an act of good faith, government will not prosecute the charges against the more than 20 persons arrested on May 28, for mining within the Park.The Kaieteur National Park is one of the country’s protected areas, managed under the Protected Areas Commission. It is one of the oldest and most iconic Protected Areas of Guyana and was established in 1929. It is especially known for the majestic Kaieteur Falls, the tallest single-drop waterfall in the world.In a statement, the Natural Resources Ministry reaffirmed that the park has been designated a Protected Area, and will remain off limits to mining, forest-harvesting and other related activities. Further, it has been determined that the pre-1999 boundaries for the Kaieteur National Park will not be restored as some have advocated. read more

14.VfL Gummersbach23:39-66 5.Füchse Berlin44:18+85 15.Bergischer HC19:43-73 10.TuS N-Lübbecke28:34-37 4.HSV Handball48:14+89 ← Previous Story Copa del Rey: Barcelona win Cup after four years! Next Story → Petar Djordic suffers knee ligaments injury once again! 7.SC Magdeburg34:28+35 18.TV Emsdetten7:55-204 8.TSV Hannover-Burgdorf30:32-62 3.SG Flensburg-Handewitt50:12+167 12.FRISCH AUF! Göppingen23:39-17 16.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten17:45-67 9.TBV Lemgo29:33-42 6.MT Melsungen37:25+21 1.THW Kiel53:9+200 2.Rhein-Neckar Löwen53:9+193 THW Kiel demolished TBV Lemgo away with huge 46:24, while Rhein-Neckar Lowen had a lot of trouble at home against HSV Hamburg, but in the end won 32:31 (12:15). The game was very close until the 59th minute, when with Patrick Groetzki’s goal, RNL made two-goal advantage, and the game was sealed. THW Kiel and RNL are still tied at top of the table, but now THW Kiel are the leaders due to better goal difference.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – HSV Hamburg 32:31 (12:15)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Landin, Stojanovic – Schmid (5), Gensheimer (9/5), Sesum (n.e.), I. Guardiola, Manojlovic (1), Gorbok (2), Myrhol (3), Groetzki (2), G. Guardiola, Petersson (6), Ekdahl Du Rietz (4).HSV Handball: Bitter, Cleverly () – Schröder (4), Jansen, Flohr (5), Canellas (7/3), Djordjic (2), Nilsson (4), Mahe (1), Dominikovic, Pfahl (5), Duvnjak (3), Lackovic.Scores: TBV Lemgo 24:46 THW Kiel, Flensburg 35:23 MT Melsungen, Fuchse Berlin 25:23 MT Melsungen, Minden 25:23 Eisenach, RNL 32:31 HSV Hamburg 11.HSG Wetzlar27:35-18 13.TSV GWD Minden23:39-61 BundesligaHSV HamburgmelsungenRhein Neckar Lowen 17.ThSV Eisenach13:49-143 read more

first_imgA WHOLE GENERATION of Syrian children risks being lost amid the country’s spiralling civil war, the UN children’s agency has cautioned today, saying it was in urgent need of funds to address the crisis.“As the crisis in Syria enters its third, tragic year without any end in sight, the risk of a lost generation grows every hour, every day and every month,” UNICEF spokesman Patrick McCormick told reporters.“We cannot afford to lose any more time. We certainly cannot afford to lose another year. We risk creating a generation of children who have seen, or know, only fighting, and may well end up perpetuating that cycle of violence,” he warned.The scarring of an entire generation could have dire consequences beyond Syria’s borders, in a fragile region prone to violence and civil strife, McCormick said as UNICEF published a report two years to the day after the conflict began.The Geneva-based agency pointed out that nearly half of the four million in dire need of aid inside Syria are under the age of 18, and 536,000 of them are children below the age of five.Some 800,000 children under the age of 14 have meanwhile been internally displaced by the conflict, representing a sizable number of the estimated two million displaced Syrians.Children also represent over half of the one million Syrian refugees, most of whom have fled to neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.“Millions of children inside Syria and across the region are witnessing their past and their futures disappear amidst the rubble and destruction of this prolonged conflict,” UNICEF chief Anthony Lake said in the report.The agency stressed that it was severely underfunded to help all the children in need.“UNICEF is committed to keeping Syria’s children from becoming a lost generation. None of us can afford that to happen. But they are on a precipice right now,” said McCormick.“UNICEF needs urgent funding” to continue its work, he said. “The funding has been extremely disappointing on Syria compared to other emergencies,” he added.UNICEF said it so far had received only 20 per cent of the $195 million (€150 million) it had appealed for to help children and women affected by the crisis in Syria and in neighbouring countries through the end of June.The agency warned that without more funds, it would soon need to scale back things like providing clean water, measles and polio vaccination campaigns, life-saving neo-natal care and emergency medical care.Children, it cautioned, were especially vulnerable in the midst of an ever more ruthless civil war, that began with a brutal crackdown by the Bashar al-Assad regime on protests that erupted in March 2011.Children inside the country are among 70,000 people the UN estimates have been killed there during the past two years of escalating violence, UNICEF pointed out, adding that children have also been maimed, exposed to sexual violence, torture, arbitrary detention and recruitment as soldiers.“Countless children suffer from the psychological trauma of seeing family members killed, of being separated from their parents and being terrified by the constant thunder of shelling,” Lake said, adding that access to clean water, adequate sanitation and health care is becoming increasingly scarce.One in five schools in the country have been destroyed, the report showed.“All around them, their dreams and opportunities for the future are being lost,” Lake said.- © AFP, 2013Read: There are now one million Syrian refugees > Read: Arab League readies to hand Syria seat to opposition >last_img read more

first_img Source: Nick SuttonAwkward.Trampoline stunt goes terribly wrong>Radio host voluntarily experiences worst pain known to man> Unfortunate headline/picture combo in early editions of The Telegraph. Shame they updated it!— Mel Withero (@PSMJW) August 8, 2014 WELL THIS IS unfortunate. The Daily Telegraph quickly changed their Friday front page last night after Twitter users noticed a rather glaring issue with their headline and photo combination. Source: Shavin Fernando/Twitter Source: Mel/Twitter Lol @Telegraph front page Headline and picture combo #priceless— Shavin Fernando (@Shavin_Fernando) August 8, 2014 What initially showed a photo of adorable little Prince George under a headline ‘Toddlers at risk from extremists’, now carries the headline ‘Nurseries at risk from extremists’.last_img read more

first_img Source: Shutterstock/Zvonimir AtleticAfter first complaining to an air hostess Gaikwad, who represents a constituency in the western state of Maharashtra, then got into a heated argument with the senior flight attendant.“(The steward) said ‘I will complain to (Indian Prime Minister Narendra) Modi’, so I hit him,” said Gaikwad.“Should I have to listen to this abuse?” he added.Politicians from other political parties roundly condemned Gaikwad’s actions while a spokesman for Air India told AFP the airline was investigating the incident.Last year an Indian MP was arrested for alleging slapping an airline official at an airport in Andhra Pradesh after he and his family were prevented from boarding their flight because the gate had closed.© – AFP 2017Read: Westminster attacker was 52-year-old Khalid MasoodPictures: 20,000 people evacuated from area after massive fire at Ukrainian arms depot Share15 Tweet Email2 By AFP AN INDIAN POLITICIAN brazenly admitted that he hit a steward on an Air India flight 25 times with his slipper during a row over a seat.Ravindra Gaikwad, an MP in India’s lower house for the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, claimed that the attendant had insulted him first on the Pune to New Delhi flight.“What did he say, that I hit him with my hand? I hit him 25 times with a slipper,” an unrepentant Gaikwad told ANI news agency in video footage posted on its Twitter page and aired on Indian news channels.Indian media reports said Gaikwad claimed he had a business class ticket but that Air India put him in an economy seat for this morning flight to India’s capital. Short URL Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 8:30 PM Indian politician admits hitting air steward 25 times with slipper Indian media reports said the MP claimed he had a business class ticket but that Air India put him in an economy seat. center_img Image: Shutterstock/Nicolas Economou Mar 23rd 2017, 8:30 PM 20 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Nicolas Economou 17,394 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgNGC 3621, une galaxie à disque purLa constellation de l’Hydre abrite NGC 3621, une galaxie spirale décrite comme étant une galaxie à disque pur car elle n’est encore jamais entrée en collision avec d’autres galaxies.La galaxie NGC 3621 est située à 22 millions d’années-lumière de la Terre. Suffisamment lumineuse pour être vue depuis un télescope de taille moyenne, elle a été observée grâce au télescope spatial de l’ESO au Chili.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESADu fait de sa luminosité et de sa relative proximité, il est aisé pour les astronomes de l’étudier en détail. Cela s’avère très enrichissant, comme l’indique Sciences et Avenir, car NGC 3621 possède une importante variété d’objets célestes : des nurseries d’étoiles, des nuages de poussière et des étoiles pulsantes  à éclat variable (les Céphéides).Sa forme aplatie nous enseigne que cette galaxie n’en a jamais percuté une autre. En effet, dans le cas d’une collision intergalactique, les scientifiques auraient observé un bulbe au centre de la galaxie, ce qui n’est pas le cas.Le 3 février 2011 à 14:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more