Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Monday slapped a legal notice on Vijay Mallya’s United Breweries for allegedly making a spoof on him in a commercial for McDowell’s No. 1 Platinum soda.The commercial is allegedly a spoof on an advertisement for Seagram’s Royal Stag soda that features Harbhajan.The Royal Stag advertisement shows Harbhajan opting to not work in his father’s ball-bearing factory and instead focusing on cricket. In the end, he asks the viewer if he has “Made it large” in life.Taking a dig at the commercial and Royal Stag’s ‘Make it large’ tagline, the McDowell’s commercial shows a Bhajji lookalike making ball bearings the size of gym balls at his father’s factory and asking if he has “made it large”. He gets slapped by his father for being incompetent.The advertisement then shows India skippper MS Dhoni saying, “Zindagi main kuch karna hai to large chodo, kuch alag karo yaar.”
Despite its continuous efforts to improve the standard of domestic cricket, the Indian cricket Board doesn’t seem to be getting the right personnel for the job. This is evident from a large number of aspirants who failed the examination for online scores.As many as 16 of the 42 candidates flunked the examination held recently. In terms of percentage, it translates into a scary 38.09 failed candidates. The online scorers were required to score at least 80 per cent marks, or 120 out of a maximum of 150, were declared successful.This news comes on the heels of a similar disappointing outcome of the curators’ certification examination held in July in Mohali. In that examination, 14 out of 31 participants – or 45.16 per cent – had flunked, causing concern, if not alarm, for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).A scorer who was declared successful, interestingly, said that the examination was not too tough. “Any exam, as such, is tough, for that matter. All the candidates who were invited by the BCCI for the examination were imparted proper coaching in Nagpur before the test. A top scorer from Mumbai took the classes,” the scorer told Mail Today.The BCCI wants at least three good online scorers in each of its 30 associations so that they could meet the requirement at all home matches of the various Board’s tournaments, seniors as well as juniors. Some associations, particularly in the east zone, don’t have many scorers who fit the bill.”The main purpose of the BCCI to conduct the examination was to fill the vacancies in the east zone, where there has been a dearth of online scorers. Several states in that zone don’t have either good online scorers or have too few,” the scorer pointed.advertisementBCCI has increased the remuneration of manual and online scorers as well as video analysts.But the BCCI would be disappointed that the end result was not to what it would have liked to see.For some reason, only 12 scorers from east zone turned up. All three candidates from Jharkhand passed the examination while Tripura had a mixed bag, as two of its candidates were successful and two failed. Assam was the worst affected as three of the four candidates failed (all names are being withheld to protect identities) and the only from Orissa flunked.A source, however, said that the failed candidates would get another opportunity to take the examination.Mumbai was the most successful association as four of its candidates – including three women – passed while three failed.The BCCI might not have got the desired results, but it is doing its bit to encourage both manual and online scorers, besides the video analysts, by increasing their remuneration from this season. This hike is for both domestic as well as international matches.The manual and online scorers till last year used to receive Rs 3,000 per day for a domestic match and now they are getting Rs 5,000. Their dearness allowance too has been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 750. Video analysts are now receiving Rs 7,500 instead of Rs 5,000.For outstation matches, manual and online scorers as well as the video analyst will get Rs 1,000 extra. And for internationals matches that will be played at home, a scorer will now get Rs 10,000 per day instead of Rs 7,500. There is no dearness allowance for international matches.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has gotten into a war of words with the wife of one of college football’s top head coaches.Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, called out Finebaum on social media last week, saying that she never watches him or ESPN.“Ummmm, newsflash? Or Maybe not. He gets NONE OF MY ATTENTION. Should get no one else’s either. I don’t listen or watch him or his network anymore,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet.Finebaum was asked about this on the air earlier this week. He didn’t hold back in response.“Deleting seems to run in the Meyer family,” Finebaum said. “Remember Urban Meyer deleted texts [about a former assistant accused of domestic violence]; now Shelley Meyer — I don’t believe in deleting the tweet. You say something, everybody already knows it, it’s been disseminated across the country.“I don’t know what to say to her. I know her fairly well. She’s a nice woman. I think she has bigger problems right now dealing with whatever Urban is going through than slapping back at me.”ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith spoke up, too.“With all due respect to the lovely Mrs. Meyer, when your husband left his coaching job [at Florida], where did he come to work? To the very network you said you no longer want to watch,” Smith said. “You didn’t have a problem with ESPN then. So why do you have a problem now? Because something happened at the Ohio State that every network discussed and somehow we’re the problem?“I respectfully disagree.”Finebaum has been quite critical of Meyer this season, crushing him for the Zach Smith controversy and suggesting that he’ll be leaving Ohio State at the end of the 2018 season.“This is observational. I’m watching him. Don’t forget the month of August, one of his worst months ever. I still feel like it’s a bad marriage. We’re hearing him talk about his health. Most coaches don’t talk about their health unless it’s a very serious situation. I think this is a precursor to him walking away at the end of the season much like he did six or seven years ago at the University of Florida.“The signs are there.”Meyer, meanwhile, has maintained that he wants to coach at Ohio State and plans on leading the Buckeyes in 2019.Ohio State is back on the field today, taking on Nebraska at noon E.T. The game will be on FOX.
Kolkata: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said she will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister on May 30. The ceremony will take place at Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 30 at 7 pm. Talking to newsmen at Nabanna, Banerjee said: “I am going to attend the swearing-in ceremony as a Constitutional courtesy.” A letter of invitation to attend the ceremony has reached Nabanna, the state administrative headquarters said on Monday evening.
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – The mayor of Saint John, N.B., is getting a flood of responses after issuing a social media plea for people tired of long Toronto and Vancouver commutes to move east.Don Darling posted his message last week after Statistics Canada released data showing New Brunswick commute times are much shorter than in most big cities.“Hey Toronto and Vancouver, move to Saint John NB, we have jobs, you can buy a house for well under 200k and our commutes are measured in minutes. Contact me and I will share with you how much I love my city and how much we want you,” he posted.Darling said he suddenly started getting calls and emails this week after the post jumped to the front page of Reddit with more than 100,000 views and nearly 1,000 comments by Thursday afternoon.“This thing has exploded. It’s pretty exciting times for us,” Darling said.Darling said he’s ready to tell everyone what his city has to offer.“We measure our commutes in minutes. Traffic is several cars, not several thousand cars. We have more than 500 open jobs,” Darling said.“There are people right now in Toronto, in Vancouver, and other big cities that are not living the quality of life they’d like to have, and we’ve got it here,” he added.Some of the comments to the Reddit post came from people interested in a more relaxed lifestyle and lower housing costs.“The quality of life is so much better, for my family, than it would be if we were stuck living in an apartment in a big smoggy city somewhere. We paid $150k for our 1,200 square foot cottage-style house, and we have a nice-sized front and back yard to go with it,” wrote one person.But there’s a reason the city is affordable. The 2016 census showed its population fell by 3.6 per cent over the previous five years — from 70,063 to 67,575 — and losing its status as the largest city in the province.The once-affluent city had been depending on the Energy East pipeline for an economic boost, and Darling told reporters in October after it was cancelled that he was disappointed and frustrated.The port city has some lovely neighbourhoods, and its graceful Uptown district draws thousands of cruise ship visitors and other tourists. But it also has high levels of poverty, and multiple vacant and abandoned buildings.Some Reddit commenters said they’ve looked at Saint John but couldn’t find jobs.“We looked at moving to NB for a long time as we have family out east. My husband is a programmer and I’m in corporate communications in the financial industry. There were zero jobs for us. We looked for jobs for about two years,” one woman wrote.Darling agreed not everyone will find the kinds of jobs they are looking for in Saint John, but said some sectors such as IT and health care are scrambling to find skilled employees.Realtor Jason Stephen said he has had many clients who have left big cities to give their families a better lifestyle in Saint John — he mentions one defence lawyer who decided to move his family from Toronto.“He felt he could never get further ahead in Toronto under the pricing that it was costing to get what he called inferior housing there, compared to what he could get here. So he bought a nice two-storey home with a half-acre lot and lots of space,” Stephen said.But he said people need to understand that while people can get a good deal on a home in the Saint John area, they shouldn’t expect the kinds of price increases seen in Toronto or Vancouver.Darling said his staff is using spread sheets to record the names of everyone inquiring about the city, hoping to respond to each one with the information they’re seeking.Still, the mayor concedes Saint John won’t be for everyone.“But, if we could get a small percentage of the people to give us a shot and come here and give us a chance, I’m pretty confident that once they’ve come here they’re going to love it,” Darling said.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton
OTTAWA — Canada’s defective extradition system will be on full international display as the world closely watches the case of top Chinese corporate executive Meng Wanzhou, says a prominent lawyer who has fought major cases under the act.Defence lawyer Donald Bayne says Canada’s Extradition Act essentially gives judges no discretion — which means practically everybody gets extradited no matter how flimsy the evidence against the accused person.One of Bayne’s former clients, Hassan Diab, was extradited to France years ago on charges he’d bombed a Paris synagogue in 1980, even though the Ottawa judge presiding over the extradition case acknowledged the evidence was too weak to have led to a conviction in Canada.The case took six years to make its way through Canadian courts before Diab was sent to France. Last January, after Diab spent years in a French jail, the French dropped all the charges against him for lack of evidence and he returned to Canada.Meng was arrested in Vancouver earlier this month following a request from the United States, which is calling for her extradition over allegations she tried to bypass American trade sanctions on Iran and lied to U.S. banks about her actions.China threatened severe consequences for Canada if did not release Meng and, this week, Chinese authorities detained two Canadians on suspicion of “endangering national security.”Bayne says Canada is about to become the victim of its own faulty system as it now finds itself caught in the middle of an immense showdown between China and the U.S.He says because of the high-stakes nature of Meng’s case the federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould could block the extradition — but he believes such a step would be a first in Canada.Many questions have been raised about the legitimacy of the Meng case following U.S. President Donald Trump’s musing this week that he would be willing to intervene on her behalf if it would help him strike a trade deal with China.On Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Meng could use Trump’s remark to help fight her extradition to the U.S.The Canadian Press
TORONTO – A published report says the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM) has cut more than 500 jobs over the past two weeks.The Wall Street Journal quoted an email from the bank as saying the reductions are part of “an overall alignment of resources.”The cuts at CIBC follow a string of other recent job losses in Canada.About 350 employees lost their jobs at Tim Hortons this week in cuts focused mainly on the company’s headquarters and regional offices.Earlier this month, Target announced it was shuttering its Canadian store, putting more than 17,000 out of work.Meanwhile, clothing retailer Mexx declared bankruptcy all of its stores, including 170 in Canada, while Sony plans to close its 14 remaining Canadian locations, a move that will affect 90 employees.In December, CIBC reported fourth quarter net income of $811 million, down from $825 million. A CIBC sign in is shown in Toronto’s financial district on February 26, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 29, 2015 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CIBC cuts 500 jobs in past 2 weeks: Wall Street Journal report
“He stresses the critical importance of the rights to freedom of association and expression to the democratic process in the country and calls for dedicated efforts to secure their full enjoyment,” said a statement issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.Mr. Ban recalled the concerns expressed last month by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay over the draft law on association, which she felt, if adopted, would impose a series of “draconian restrictions” on civil society organizations, especially those focused on human rights.“It seems that there is a real risk that the current draft will not only make it difficult for civil society to operate freely and effectively, but may also conflict with Egypt’s obligations under international law to uphold the right to freedom of association,” Ms. Pillay had stated. In today’s statement, Mr. Ban said that any new draft law on associations “should conform to international human rights standards, and respond to the aspirations of the people.” In addition, he said the conviction and sentencing of a number of local and foreign employees of international non-governmental organizations is a sign of “an increasingly restrictive environment” for civil society in the country.“The Secretary-General reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to work alongside the Government and the people of Egypt in support of the country’s democratic transition, development and prosperity,” the statement added.Egypt has been undergoing a democratic transition following the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak two years ago in the wake of mass protests similar to those seen in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa as part of the “Arab Spring.”
Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), made this call at the Madrid Conference, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain. The conference is a follow up to a open debate in the UN Security Council and the Paris Conference on the victims of ethnic and religious violence in the Middle East. Citing the ongoing cultural destruction and the dramatic situation of persons belonging to communities targeted and threatened for ethnic or religious reasons in the Middle East, the UNESCO chief said: “Violent extremists target both heritage and human lives – they target victims and minorities from all backgrounds, Shebak, Turkmen, Yezidis, Muslims, Christians…, as symbols of the pluralism they abhor.””Violent extremists target schools, because they know the power of knowledge to counter their rhetoric drawing on false visions of faith and history, they destroy culture, because they know it can foster dialogue and help people live together in their diversity,” she added. RELATED: World needs ‘soft power’ of education, culture, sciences, to combat ‘ancient hatreds’– UNESCO chiefThe aim of the Madrid Conference is to examine actions taken and determine most urgent priorities, as well as identifying programmes, projects and actions to enable displaced populations to return and to foster reconciliation and stabilization. Also attending the event was Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfonso Maria Dastis Quecedo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan, Ayman H. Safadi and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari. At the conference, Ms. Bokova also highlighted the role of the international community in tackling the complex issue. “We need ‘hard power to respond, we need ‘soft power’ to prevent, through education, culture and information,” she said. “This is the role of UNESCO and the goal of the United Nations, its Counter-Terrorism Strategy in support of Member States.”The Director-General went on to note the importance of teaching peace and providing people with the skills to overcome mistrust and division, and to build dialogue. This underpins all of UNESCO’s action to prevent violent extremism through emergency education and the protection of heritage.
A new partnership between Brock Sports and respected nutrition brand CLIF Bar and Company will provide student-athletes on four Badgers teams with all the products they need to perform at their best.The CLIF Bar partnership is focusing on the men’s and women’s lacrosse and hockey teams for the 2017-18 season.“The fabulous partnership we have with CLIF Bar falls right in line with our mandate to provide the best nutrition available to our student-athletes,” said Brock Sports Director Neil Lumsden.The specific nutrition products available have been selected by Steve Lidstone, Manager of the Brock Sport Performance Centre, who said the athletes will be provided with what they need to fuel them properly.“One of the biggest challenges we face at the national and provincial levels is how the athletes make their nutritional choices away from practices and games,” Lidstone said. “Many athletes don’t eat enough calories or plan snacks for before, during and after practices and games.”The new partnership will provide the athletes with products such as CLIF Bars, CLIF BUILDER’S Protein Bars, CLIF BLOKS Energy Chews and CLIF SHOT Gels, “allowing our lacrosse and hockey players to be properly fuelled to perform at a higher level than before,” he said.Veronica Navarrette, Experience Marketing Manager for Canada at CLIF Bar and Company, said the company is excited about the partnership.“Given all that university athletes juggle, it’s particularly important they have the right portable nutrition to nourish themselves throughout the varsity season,” she said.
OSU coach Urban Meyer during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 24 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIt might have lost an unprecedented amount of talent to the NFL draft, but the Ohio State football team has begun to look toward the future as it resumed spring practice this week after taking some time off for spring break.Much of the conversation with OSU coach Urban Meyer on Tuesday was a reflection on the future of the program as it looks to withstand the departure of 16 starting offensive and defensive starters to graduation or early entry into the draft.Here are three key takeaways from the coach’s press conference as the Buckeyes continue to work toward the April 16 spring game.Stability on offenseWhile the Buckeyes might be missing big names like Braxton Miller, running back Ezekiel Elliott and wide receiver Michael Thomas, there is still some returning talent, anchored by redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and redshirt senior center Pat Elflein.Meyer emphasized the importance of their return, saying a team incorporating new players at those positions has no shot.“The fact that those two guys are back, we have a shot,” he said. “And I think we have a decent chance to be good on offense. And it’s mostly due to those two guys coming back.”Meyer also spoke highly of Barrett’s leadership, saying that he’s one of the best leaders the team has ever had.Joining Barrett and Elflein as the only other returning starter on offense is redshirt junior left guard Billy Price. Some players, such as redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh, got their feet wet as backups last season and are set to step in as starters. But other groups, such as wide receiver and the right side of the offensive line, have a lot of questions to be answered before the start of the 2016 season.New players, new pressureWith new faces being pushed into bigger roles, Meyer also spoke to the pressures that will be on those players expected to step up.“We try to put as much pressure on the players now because it’s not fair to put pressure on them in October,” Meyer said.However, he added that the coaching staff can prepare a player as best as it can, but sometimes the player simply cannot handle it once things step up.“There are a lot of great athletes who don’t respond to stress very well,” Meyer said.With only six returning starters, a lot of inexperienced guys will be turned to in an effort to make a name for themselves in the spring. Those names range from true-freshman early enrollees to players who have been on the team for several years, biding their time to step into the spotlight.Confidence at cornerDespite losing star cornerback Eli Apple to the NFL draft, Meyer expressed confidence in his defensive backfield in part because of cornerbacks Gareon Conley, Marshon Lattimore and Denzel Ward.Lattimore, a redshirt sophomore, struggled with a hamstring injury his first two years with the team. Meyer spoke highly of the Cleveland native.“Marshon has to stay healthy, he’s so talented,” Meyer said.Conley is one of the few returning starters for the team, starting all 13 games in 2015 as the No. 2 corner. The redshirt junior knows better than anyone about the importance of putting on a show in preseason practice sessions, as his performances this time a year ago helped cement his status as a starter for a defending national-champion team.Ward, who played in 11 games last season, made seven tackles, including two in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame. The true sophomore is primed to compete with Lattimore for the starting cornerback spot opposite Conley.Meyer and the Buckeyes will continue their build-up toward OSU’s annual spring game, which is scheduled to kick off at 1:30 p.m. on April 16 at Ohio Stadium.
In a world-first collaboration of mineral explorers, drillers, government and research institutes, last week, the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC), the Geological Survey of South Australia (GSSA, Department of State Development), mineral explorers Minotaur Exploration and Kingston Resources and drilling company Boart Longyear signed agreements to collaborate on a Mineral Systems Drilling Program (MSDP).The MSDP is aimed at both uncovering hidden mineral deposits in the highly prospective eastern Gawler Craton Olympic copper-gold province (northern Eyre Peninsula), a district widely regarded as one of South Australia’s key emerging mineral provinces, and at developing the new technologies required for ongoing, cost-effective, successful mineral exploration beneath barren cover.Australia’s share of mineral exploration expenditure has halved from approximately one quarter to one eighth of the world’s total in the last 20 years. This decline has paralleled a decline in discovery of new major mineral deposits. Decreasing mineral exploration success and expenditure in Australia reflects the fact that relatively easy-to-find mineral deposits with a surface expression have largely been discovered. New mineral exploration provinces must be found hidden beneath barren cover rocks. New technologies are needed to search more efficiently and effectively.Steve Hill, Director of the Geological Survey of South Australia commented “We are putting all our chips on the table and working with industry to get the best possible return on our investment”.Tony Belperio, Executive Director Minotaur Exploration commented “We are pleased to collaborate in this delivery of cutting-edge science to our Gawler Ranges exploration program. Major advances in the productivity and success rate of mineral exploration will lead to widespread future benefits for communities”.Stuart Rechner, Executive Director Kingston Resources commented “This coalition will deploy leading science and technology to give Kingston the best chance of discovery at Six Mile Hill. We are proud, grateful and excited.”The MSDP will trial several world-first technologies developed by DET CRC that aim to deliver real-time information and data analysis during a drilling program. These technologies will in turn enable and guide near real-time decision making.The Wireless Sub will monitor drilling parameters enabling them to be analysed at the drill site and remotely in order to optimise drilling performance and maximise productivity.The AutoSondeTM will provide geophysical wireline log-type data on the nature of the rocks intersected in drill holes without separate mobilisation of a wireline logging crew or additional time requirements at the drill site. The AutoSonde is deployed into the hole by the driller and analyses the rocks intersected as the drill rods are pulled out of the hole.The Lab-at-Rig® will provide near real-time XRF geochemistry and XRD mineralogy on drill cuttings, allowing greater confidence in assessing the prospectivity of the drill core. All results will be able to be monitored remotely and permit ongoing analysis of the drilling program informing decisions such as whether to terminate or extend drill holes or whether to modify the location or trajectory of subsequent holes.Richard Hillis, DET CRC CEO, commented “The mineral explorers are testing new targets, the Geological Survey is mapping mineral systems beneath barren cover, the drillers are testing innovative new technologies and we are putting some invaluable kilometres on the clock of our new technologies. It’s a win-win-win-win. While we’d love to be part of a discovery, it’s important to also realise that the export of mineral exploration and mining technologies earns Australia as much as the export of gold does.“I’d also like to recognise that this exciting collaboration has been fostered by the environment created by UNCOVER, an initiative of the Australian Academy of Science to improve the success of mineral exploration in Australia.”The drilling program will be undertaken by Boart Longyear. As a DET CRC Participant, Boart Longyear is familiar with the new technologies being rolled out and are in an ideal position to both undertake the drilling work and facilitate the deployment of DET CRC’s new technologies.Richard O’Brien, President and CEO, Boart Longyear commented “Boart Longyear has a 125 year legacy of delivering innovation in drilling technology. We are very proud to partner on this project which showcases our focus to bring more technology into the hands of the drill crew so they can deliver more information and value to the client.”The South Australian Government has backed the MSDP’s unique approach to exploration with an investment of A$2 million from PACE Frontiers that has been leveraged into a A$7 million program through partner contributions and in-kind support.The picture shows the agreements were executed on June 25 at the Boart Longyear Asia Pacific Headquarters in Adelaide, South Australia. Drilling is scheduled to commence in July 2015.
THE UN’S CHILDREN’s rights agency has said that at least 16 children have been killed since last months outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic with at least two of them beheaded.UNICEF say that 60 further children have been injured since the outbreak of communal violence in the capital Bangui on 5 December.They are calling on those in positions of authority in armed forces to halt what they say are grave violations against children and to release those being held as child soldiers.UNICEF Representative in CAR Souleymane Diabate say the agency is witnessing “unprecedented levels of violence against children”.“Targeted attacks against children are a violation of international humanitarian and human rights law and must stop immediately. Concrete action is needed now to prevent violence against children,” he said.Weeks of violence in the CAR have pitted majority Christians against Muslims, who make up about one-fifth of the populationAround 100,000 people are belived to have been displaced by weeks of violence and have sought refuge near the main French army base by Bangui airport.French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has arrived in CAR where 1,600 French troops and around 4,000 African peacekeepers are attempting to curb escalating religious strife.Additional reporting by © – AFP 2013Read: Two French soldiers killed in Central African Republic >Read: Ireland pledges €2 million in aid to Central African Republic >
Most people agree that the oceans are the Earth’s last great frontier. The watery depths are almost entirely unexplored, and much of what is considered “mapped” has been just pecked at by technology. Setting aside all that three-dimensional volume and confining our efforts to the ocean floor at least provides a jumping off point for the most ambitious attempt at exploration ever considered, but but even this uses useful but visually uninspiring technologies like sonar and LiDAR.We’ve mapped the contours of some of the ocean floor, but missed much of the information most crucial to making sense of this raw data. The new Benthic OBservation Sled (BOBSled), however, brings broadcast quality HD video into the mix, and not just for the pretty pictures.That said, the pictures sure are pretty. The 1920×1080 video comes in at 280 megabits per second, or more than three times that of a BluRay video. This lets the researchers pull out individual frames with few compression artifacts, and provides more than enough detail for biologists and enthusiasts to drool over. Everything from scientific survey ships to leisure yachts can tow the BOBSled rig as it skims across the ocean floor, producing a rolling panorama of underwater life, geography, and light.It’s not quite Planet Earth, as the only lighting is provided by two fixed 150-watt LED lamps, but to an extent the subject matter can stand on its own. Interestingly, BOBSled employs two laser pointers to create two red dots exactly 10 centimeters apart, ensuring that scientists always have a reference for scale.No sonar sweep would have found this little guy.The cable length constrains BOBSled to areas of ocean less than 100 meters in depth, but the underwater surveyor can reveal important undersea features like coral coverage and the biodensity. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey have already deployed BOBSled twice, once in Hawaii and once in the Juan de Fuca Straight, collecting more than 6 hours of HD video totaling more than 400 gigabytes of information. Meanwhile, the “piggyback” CTD module measures salinity (C), temperature (T), and depth (D), to ensure the information is never without context.Excitingly, BOBSled is just a stepping stone to the real goal, fittingly dubbed Big BOBSled, which will achieve much the same goals up to a depth of up to a kilometer, and with two camera setups like that found on BOBSled. As we look deeper into the ocean, we’ll get not just scientific data about the sea-floor, but more inspiring data to get people excited about the prospect of exploring Earth’s last great frontier.
“20% des jeunes souffrent de problèmes d’audition”A l’occasion de la 14e Journée nationale de l’audition, qui se tient chaque année le deuxième jeudi du mois de mars, Maxisciences a interviewé Christian Gélis, président de l’association éponyme (JNA).Maxisciences – Quel état des lieux faites vous aujourd’hui, concernant l’audition des Français ?Christian Gélis – En France, 5 millions de personnes ont des problèmes auditifs. S’il est vrai que les problèmes d’audition touchent particulièrement les plus de 60 ans, on remarque que de plus en plus de jeunes en souffrent. Ils sont environ 20% aujourd’hui. Ce phénomène est vraiment nouveau et ce chiffre est alarmant. La surdité aura donc tendance à arriver précocement.D’après vous qu’est-ce qui explique ce phénomène ?Essentiellement la popularité des loisirs comme les baladeurs, les discothèques, les concerts… Les jeunes sont informés. Ils savent que la musique peut nuire à un certain volume. Mais il est difficile de savoir s’ils changent leurs comportements ou pas. Par ailleurs, quand la surdité est très faible, il est très difficile de s’en rendre compte, alors on ne s’inquiète pas. La baisse est progressive.Quels sont les premiers signes d’une baisse d’audition ?Lorsque le bruit de l’environnement masque la parole, qu’il y a une mauvaise compréhension, il faut se poser la question. Par exemple quand le coiffeur nous parle avec le sèche cheveux allumé, ou bien au cours d’une réunion et aussi dans les transports en commun. Si vous n’entendez pas votre interlocuteur, cela peut être un signe.Comment s’y prendre si l’on pense que son audition baisse ?Quand on est jeune, il faut surveiller son audition au maximum, essayer de ne pas trop s’exposer au bruit. Une visite chez l’ORL doit se faire une fois par an si on remarque quelque chose d’anormal. C’est d’autant plus recommandé aux personnes qui font partie de groupes de musique, par exemple. Chez les personnes âgées, il y a les visites médicales. Il n’est pas nécessaire d’aller voir l’ORL aussi souvent que pour les jeunes, car la baisse est plus progressive. Tous les 2 ou 3 ans suffisent.Les Français prennent-ils vraiment le temps de s’occuper ainsi de leur audition ?Peu de personnes prennent soin de leur audition. Sur la totalité des personnes souffrant de tels problèmes, 20 à 30% seulement sont appareillés. J’ai remarqué que la perte progressive d’audition était considérée comme un handicap mineur, mais cela n’est pas vrai. C’est handicapant au quotidien, on en a besoin pour communiquer.À lire aussiPourquoi le son de notre voix nous paraît-il si étrange sur un enregistrement ?Quels sont les problèmes d’audition les plus fréquents chez les Français ?La surdité, mais aussi les acouphènes, ces sifflements que l’on entend [le son perçu peut ressembler à un bourdonnement ou à un tintement ressenti dans le crâne ou dans l’oreille, d’un seul côté ou des deux, ndlr]. C’est un problème majeur en France, car il n’y a pas de solution aujourd’hui et les acouphènes deviennent vite insupportables.Cette année, la Journée nationale de l’audition est axée sur les dangers du bruit dans l’environnement…Oui, il faut savoir qu’un Français sur 3 se dit gêné par le bruit au travail. Une gêne qui varie beaucoup suivant le type d’emploi. Cela est particulièrement vrai quand on travaille en open space. Si le système auditif de ces personnes qui sont exposées au bruit au quotidien ne risque rien, d’autres troubles peuvent apparaître. Ils peuvent être d’ordre psychologique ou se manifester par une certaine agressivité ou irritabilité.Cette nouvelle Journée nationale de l’Audition se déroule à travers toute la France : bilan auditif gratuit, prévention, information, conférences et rencontres avec des professionnels sont de mise. Voir le programme sur le site de la JNA. (lien non disponible)Le 10 mars 2011 à 09:09 • Emmanuel Perrin
La biodiversité, garante de richesse linguistique ?Publiant leurs travaux dans PNAS, des chercheurs américains ont cartographié les zones géographiques de grande richesse linguistique, qui semblent coïncider avec les zones de grande biodiversité, les deux choses co-évoluant à la baisse dans certaines régions. “Les biologistes estiment que le taux de pertes annuelles d’espèces est 1.000 fois supérieur aux taux historiques, et les linguistes prévoient que 50 à 90% des langues du monde disparaîtront vers la fin du siècle”, commence Larry Gorenflo, de l’Université d’État de Pennsylvanie. Ce chercheur est l’auteur principal d’une étude sur les liens entre richesse culturelle et richesse biologique, notamment dans les petites zones présentant une biodiversité élevée, telles que les parcs nationaux ou autres habitats protégés.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nous avons utilisé des données linguistiques améliorées pour vraiment nous faire [à la fois] une idée plus solide de la façon dont les langues et la biodiversité coexistent, et une compréhension de la façon dont les langues étaient géographiquement étendues. En faisant cela, nous avons non seulement eu une idée de la coïncidence à l’échelle régionale, mais nous l’avons aussi obtenue à une échelle beaucoup plus fine”, poursuit le chercheur cité par la BBC.Les données montrent que sur les 6.900 langues parlées sur Terre, plus de 4.800 sont apparues dans des régions à grande biodiversité, et qu’une dégradation de cette dernière semble entraîner une dégradation au niveau culturel et linguistique. “Nous ne sommes pas tout à fait sûrs encore de pourquoi cela se produit, mais dans beaucoup de cas, il se pourrait bien que la biodiversité ait évolué conjointement à la diversité culturelle, et vice-versa”, dit Larry Gorenflo.”Dans le passé, il était difficile d’obtenir des biologistes qu’ils s’intéressent aux gens. Cela a vraiment changé de façon spectaculaire durant les dernières années. Une chose que beaucoup de biologistes et d’écologistes voient maintenant, c’est que les gens font partie de ces écosystèmes. (…) Ceux qui ont des financements pour la conservation biologique peuvent [alors] collaborer avec ceux qui en ont pour la conservation linguistique ou culturelle”, conclut l’auteur. Le 20 mai 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambert
This month ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program further cemented a long-time relationship with regional distributor Distribuidora del Caribe (DDC) and local bakerySergio Serna displays products made with U.S. soy flour. (WISHH photo)”Bakery and More” in Guatemala City, Guatemala. DDC has been an integral part of WISHH’s outreach strategy to bakeries in Central America and has connected WISHH technical consultants from bakeries interested in learning more about the inclusion of U.S. soy flour in their product lines.After receiving WISHH technical assistance from baking consultant Sergio Serna, Bakery and More decided to include U.S. soy flour in their products and placed an order through DDC. Two containers of U.S. soy flour arrived at DDC this month.Bakery and More first began working with textured soy protein as part of a contract with the Guatemalan government to produce a cookie for the school feeding program in primary schools.
Post a comment 0 Stadia announcement: All the cool games previewed Now playing: Watch this: Gaming Tech Industry Video Games Wellness Working with games isn’t an antidote to job stress. Anadolu Agency / Getty Images The International Gaming Summit on Mental Health, which takes place in Toronto on Oct. 9-10, will be the first event of its kind to focus on the mental well-being of game industry professionals. The summit is partnering with mental health nonprofit Take This, which will address how mental illness is represented in games and the mental health of gaming industry employees and even gamers themselves.The summit coincides with World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10 and will delve into the unique struggles that gaming industry professionals face. Take This’ State of the Industry 2019: Mental Health in the Game Industry report, released in July, shows that the game development career path isn’t an easy one. It’s fraught with long hours that can lead to burnout, anxiety and depression, job instability and unclear career trajectories. “To reduce burnout in the industry, management should minimize determinants, maximize protective factories and begin to change industry cultural norms around work environment and work hours,” the study said. In addition, the industry lacks inclusion and diversity, according to the survey. Of all respondents, 19% identified as female and 32% identified as something other than Caucasian or European. Take This said the lack of diversity and inclusion likely contributes to hostile and challenging work experiences for developers.”To increase diversity, companies should adopt new hiring practices and listen to the feedback from marginalized groups in the industry to support retention,” the survey said. 1:49 Tags Share your voice
This photo taken on 25 October 2018 shows Afghan boys carrying containers of water to their home in Kabul. Photo: AFPStanding in his garden in Kabul, Baz Mohammad Kochi oversees the drilling of a new well more than 100 metres deep after his first water reservoir dried up. He is not alone.A shortage of rain and snow, a booming population and wasteful consumption have drained the Afghan capital’s water basin and sparked a race to the bottom as households and businesses bore deeper and deeper wells in search of the precious resource.”The water level has dropped so much that it is now necessary to reach other underground basins 100 metres, even 120 metres” deep, says well digger Mohammad Aman as his dilapidated machine pierces the ochre earth in Kochi’s yard.Every year 80 million cubic metres (2.8 billion cubic feet) of water are extracted from Kabul’s aquifers — nearly double the natural recharge rate through precipitation, according to utility Afghanistan Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Corporation.As a result Kabul’s water table has fallen at least 30 metres (100 feet) in recent years, says Asian Development Bank deputy country director Shanny Campbell.Snow has fallen in the city this month but it is not nearly enough to solve the water shortage — in some areas the level has dropped 20 metres in the past year.”The problem we have in Kabul is the massive increase in population, impact of climate change and overall less precipitation and snowfall,” Campbell explains.Only around 20 percent of Kabul is connected to the city’s piped water system, leaving many residents to ensure their own supply by digging wells that are often shared by several neighbours.Others buy water from private companies, or, like Mohammad Nazir, fill up jerry cans at mosques or more than 400 public taps scattered around the city.”There is no point turning on the taps — there is no water here,” says Nazir, 50, who lives on a hill where the ground is too hard to dig a well and the city’s pipes do not reach.”It’s the worst year we’ve ever lived.”UndrinkableWater is not only scarce in Kabul, but most of it is undrinkable, according to the National Environmental Protection Agency.Around 70 per cent of the city’s groundwater is contaminated by waste and chemicals from leaky household septic tanks and industrial plants that can cause diarrhoea or other illnesses if the water is not boiled or purified properly.Efforts to increase connections to the municipal piped water network and improve sanitation systems are under way.But progress is slow as authorities struggle to keep up with demand in one of the fastest growing cities in the world.Kabul’s population has more than doubled to around five million in the past 30 years, boosted by the arrival of people fleeing war and poverty.It is expected to reach eight million by 2050, according to a report published in the Washington-based SAIS Review of International Affairs in 2017.Improving living standards for many households also means more people are showering and washing cars than ever before.A lack of public awareness about water conservation and no restrictions on its usage means much of it is wasted.While they try to work out how to replenish the city’s subterranean reserves, authorities are using a television campaign and the influence of religious leaders to encourage households to save water.”In our Friday sermons, we call on the faithful not to waste water,” said Abdul Raouf, a member of the Ulema Council, the country’s highest religious body.As they wait for the first winter snow in the city, worshippers also pray “for this drought to end as soon as possible”.Even the Taliban are on board, issuing a statement to followers to “pray for rain”.Quick fixAuthorities are not waiting for divine intervention to fix Kabul’s water problem.With droughts, like the one affecting swathes of Afghanistan this year, expected to increase in severity and frequency as a result of climate change, a long-term solution is needed.Among the options being explored by the ADB are “spreading basins” — large ponds that trap rainwater long enough for it to seep into the soil and recharge aquifers.The ADB is also looking at using “pumps to inject the water directly into” the basins and the construction of a dam on the outskirts of Kabul.”The answer is not in one technology but in a mixture,” Campbell said.”Kabul is under a situation of water stress so we’re looking for a solution with lower impact, lower cost technology that could fix the problem quickly.”That would be welcome news to Kochi, who cannot hide his relief as water gushes out his new well. He knows the borehole could dry up again soon.”We have survived revolution and civil wars, the Taliban regime and suicide attacks, but this water shortage may force us to leave,” Kochi says.
By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Imprisoned actor Bill Cosby is renewing attacks on a Pennsylvania trial judge as he seeks bail while he appeals his sex-assault conviction.Lawyers for the 81-year-old Cosby filed a bail motion Wednesday with the state Superior Court. They complained that in the seven months since Cosby’s sentencing, Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill has not issued his post-trial opinion explaining key trial decisions. They need the opinion in hand to raise alleged trial errors and pursue Cosby’s appeals.In this Sept. 25, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. Court filings on Friday, April 5, 2019, showed that Cosby has agreed to settle lawsuits in a Massachusetts case filed by seven women who said he defamed them when he accused them of lying about sexual misconduct allegations. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)Cosby’s lawyers filed notice in December of the alleged trial errors they plan to pursue. O’Neill is expected to address them in the opinion.The motion again accuses O’Neil of harboring a personal grudge against a former prosecutor who became a key defense witness. And they say Cosby is likely to have his “legally infirm and unsupported” conviction overturned and should therefore be granted bail, especially given his “advanced age.”The defense also plans to challenge the judge’s decisions to assign himself the case, let five other Cosby accusers testify, and let the jury hear Cosby’s prior deposition testimony about quaaludes. They also insist that Cosby had a binding promise from the former prosecutor that he would never be charged over the 2004 encounter with Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his estate near Philadelphia.She went to police a year later, but Cosby was only charged in late 2015, after dozens of other women had made similar accusations and his testimony from Constand’s civil lawsuit was made public.Both O’Neill’s office and District Attorney Kevin Steele’s spokeswoman declined to comment on the latest defense filing.O’Neill sentenced Cosby, long a beloved American entertainer and TV star, to a three- to 10-year prison term for drugging and molesting Constand.The Associated Press does not typically identify sex assault victims without their permission, which Constand has given.