Highland Village Celebrates Oldtime Scottish Christmas

first_imgThe Highland Village Museum will celebrate Christmas in the spirit of the Gaelic past with Céilidh Na Nollaig (The Christmas Visit). An open house hosted by costumed animators will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. Traditionally, the Scottish way of celebrating Christmas in Cape Breton focused on the significance of the holidays by attending church services and socializing with family and neighbours. In keeping with the Gaels’ celebration of the season, Highland Village will bring old Christmas to life with two afternoons of good fellowship, music and song, in its historic buildings at Hectors Point. This all-age event will feature Gaelic singing, music and food, which was typical in Gaelic homes at the time of An Nollaig (Christmas). Visitors will be able to sample bonnach (bannock), arain mhilis (sweet breads) and candies at MacLeod’s General Store. Hot cider will also be served. Highland Village will also accept donations for the Barra Food Bank instead of an admission fee. For more information, call Highland Village at 902-725-2272last_img read more

Kahnawake elects Okaera grand chief to gain take helm

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Mohawk territory of Kahnawake has a new grand chief.This past weekend, voters chose Joseph Norton who was grand chief from 1980 to 2004.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story on Norton’s return to politics.last_img

Alleged hash tagger arrested

Police have made an arrest in connection with a graffiti vandalism spree dating back to 2018.Dozens of locations in Norfolk County have been defaced with stylized variations of the word “HASH.” Sometimes the vandalism has been accompanied by the symbol “#” to suggest “Hashtag.”In a news release Monday, Norfolk OPP say the vandalism dates from Nov. 1 to Jan. 4.However, the word “Hash” has been spray-painted in other locations since this time frame. Most recently it appeared in large letters on the former Maliboo Tavern in downtown Simcoe before it was demolished last month.Last week, the Norfolk-Haldimand Community Street Crime Unit arrested and charged Aaron Lundrigan, 36, of Norfolk County, with one count of mischief over $5,000 and 24 counts of mischief under $5,000.“The cost to remove the graffiti is estimated at approximately $20,000,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said Monday in a news release. “This particular cost is likely to increase as further victims pay to have the spray-paint removed from their properties.”In a video posted on social media, Sanchuk said the arrest was made in partnership with Waterloo police. In the video, Sanchuk is shown speaking in front of the word “Hash” spray-painted on a bridge in large letters.“This is not any form of art,” Sanchuk says. “This is vandalism at its finest.”Norfolk OPP are attempting to get an accurate accounting of how much damage this “Hash-tag” spree has caused. Anyone with “Hash” spray-painted on their property is asked to report it to the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122.The accused is scheduled to answer the charges in the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe March 26.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Annan appeals for Security Council unity peaceful resolution to Iraq crisis

Speaking at a news conference in The Hague, where he held talks on the situation in Cyprus, Mr. Annan said: “The members of the Security Council now face a great choice. If they fail to agree on a common position, and action is taken without the authority of the Security Council, the legitimacy and support of any such action will be seriously impaired.”Asked specifically whether an attack on Iraq without Council authorization would violate the UN charter, Mr. Annan said: “If the US and others were to go outside the Council and take military action, it would not be in conformity with the Charter.”The United States, United Kingdom and Spain have introduced a draft resolution that presents Iraq with a 17 March deadline to cooperate fully with disarmament demands. France, Germany the Russian Federation and other Council members have voiced opposition to action at this time and seek continued and enhanced weapons inspections.In a statement at the start of his news conference, Mr. Annan stressed that the entire international community needed to act together to curb the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. “The determination of the Security Council to disarm Iraq of such weapons is the most urgent issue – because Iraq has actually used such weapons in the past, and because it has twice committed aggression against its neighbours,” he said. “That is why the Security Council, ever since 1991, has passed successive resolutions requiring Iraq to disarm. On this critical question, there are no divisions, no grounds for doubt, dispute or delay.”All around the globe, people want to see this crisis resolved peacefully. There is widespread concern about the long-term consequences of war in Iraq for the fight against terrorism; for the Middle East peace process; and for the world’s ability to address common concerns in the future if deep divisions are sowed today between nations and between peoples of different religion.”Mr. Annan referred to human suffering, regional instability and economic crisis that could spring from war and said that if Security Council members “can come together, even at this late hour, to address this threat in a united manner and ensure compliance with their previous resolutions, then the Council’s authority will be enhanced, and the world will be a safer place.”The broader the consensus on Iraq, the better the chance that we can come together again and deal effectively with other burning conflicts in the world, starting with the one between Israelis and Palestinians.”In Iraq, meanwhile, UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) teams supervised the destruction of six more banned Al Samoud 2 missiles today, bringing the number to 52 since the 1 March deadline set by UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix for starting the process.They also supervised the destruction of three warheads, bringing the total to 19 since 1 March, eliminated all the computer software used for launching the missiles in a command and control vehicle, and started destroying materials related to the Al Samoud at the Waziriyah plant, 10 kilometres north of Baghdad.UNMOVIC also conducted a private interview with an Iraqi individual, who had taken part in the unilateral destruction of precursors for chemical weapons production.UNMOVIC biological teams supervised further excavations at Al Aziziyah of R-400 bombs, which Iraq has said were filled with biological agents and unilaterally destroyed in 1991, and inspected a branch of the Mesopotamia State Company for Seed Handling. A chemical team inspected the State Company for Leather Industry.International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) teams reviewed the status of radioactive waste remaining in a waste storage site at Al Tuwaitha, 25 kilometres south of Baghdad, and performed a car-borne radiation survey there. read more

ECOSOC without addressing rural poverty MDGs will be unattainable

Introducing Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s report on “Promoting an integrated approach to rural development in developing countries for poverty eradication and sustainable development,” Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Nitin Desai said not enough attention had been focused on rural and agricultural development issues.ECOSOC was attempting to highlight the need to address rural development in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), he told high-level segment of the Council on the second day of its annual meeting in Geneva. This year’s theme is “Promoting an integrated approach to rural development in developing countries for poverty eradication and sustainable development.”The current meeting could be seen to cut across issues, connecting many of the MDGs in areas such as poverty and hunger, sustainable development, agriculture, natural resources, education and health, among others, Mr. Desai said. Moreover, one of ECOSOC’s primary roles was to get the various agencies of the United Nations system working together effectively.The Vice-Chairman of the Committee for Development Policy, Eugenio Figueroa, told the session attainment of the MDGs would not be possible without development making a substantial impact on rural poverty, since three quarters of the extreme poor in the world lived in rural areas.It was even more imperative to focus on the eradication of rural poverty now that economic growth worldwide was faltering, pushing millions more into poverty and causing tens of thousands of children to die from malnutrition and deprivation, Mr. Figueroa said. The rural poor could be seen as caught in a vicious circle or “poverty trap.”In this context, the Committee wished to stress the need for enhancing rural employment and income generating so as to create the conditions for decent living in rural areas, he added. The gender dimension must be taken into special consideration, as women and girls often constituted a majority of the rural population and, therefore, stood to be the most important contributors to, as well as beneficiaries of, accelerated rural development. read more

BC Petronas sign LNG intent letter seeking certainty of costs

by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2014 5:56 pm MDT VICTORIA – The Liberal government’s plan to charge oil and gas companies a liquefied natural gas tax of up to seven per cent is the subject of ongoing negotiations, Finance Minister Mike de Jong said Monday.Discussions about cost are included in a letter of intent Premier Christy Clark signed in Malaysia with energy giant Petronas to secure long-term investments in LNG in British Columbia.“Petronas has requested the province provide certainty about costs that are under the control of the province and that are applicable only to LNG investments,” said the letter, also signed by Petronas president Tan Sri Dato’ Shamsul Azhar Abbas.Petronas and its affiliates Pacific Northwest LNG and Progress Energy Canada propose to build a multibillion-dollar LNG export facility near Prince Rupert.The letter of intent includes the government’s request to Petronas that it work towards reaching a final investment decision on its proposal.Terms of reference for a project development agreement between the company and the government are due June 30 and an agreement deadline is Nov. 30, but the letter of intent is not legally binding.De Jong said talks about adjusting the government’s LNG tax structure have been ongoing since last February when he introduced a proposed tax structure as part of his budget.At the time, de Jong joked that the companies would prefer a tax structure of zero per cent.The government’s proposed plan calls for a two-tiered LNG tax. The first tier of 1.5 per cent is to be introduced at the start of production. The second tier, when introduced, could rise to seven per cent once the plant is running and capital costs have been deducted, de Jong said.The plan includes no forecasts of LNG revenues because there are currently no LNG plants in operation. Of the major LNG projects being proposed for northern B.C., the earliest production timeline is 2018.“The proponents would like to see the cost structure as low as possible,” de Jong said. “In the aftermath of the budget, as I predicted on budget day, there have been suggestions of adjustments. What the premier and the folks in Malaysia have agreed to at the highest level is to continue to work and set a pretty aggressive timeline to deal with the next steps towards a final investment decision.”The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, which represents major oil and gas companies, said earlier that it was lukewarm towards the proposed LNG tax regime. B.C. spokesman Geoff Morrison said the plan provides a framework but more work needs to be done on the rates.Pacific Northwest LNG spokesman Greg Kist also has also said the company is looking for clarity from the government on the tax regime before making a final investment decision by the end of the year. Kist is currently in Malaysia as part of Clark’s LNG visit.De Jong suggested the seven-per-cent number may not be the final figure when the government introduces its LNG legislation in the fall.“Remember what I said. I said ‘up to’ and was clearer in February we were working with the proponents to arrive at final figures that we intend to enshrine legislatively this fall,” de Jong said. “When I said ‘up to,’ that suggested we were going to work through to finalize the numbers.”Clark has frequently touted B.C.’s plans to develop LNG export terminals as a generational opportunity worth up to a trillion dollars, with the potential to create up to 100,000 jobs.NDP Leader John Horgan said he’s concerned the Liberals are prepared to make huge potential economic sacrifices to coax oil companies to sign LNG deals.“What I want to see is a clear business plan and an absolute guarantee from Ms. Clark that she’s not going to sell the farm just to get a signed agreement,” he said.A report released last week by the Centre for Canadian Policy Alternatives suggested the B.C. government must lower its LNG revenue expectations.Economist Mark Lee said the government’s touted returns of $100 billion are “a little more than wishful thinking.”The report analyzed forecasts for Asian energy markets, the time and cost associated with developing the LNG industry, plans to earn royalties from gas extraction, and LNG income tax.It concluded that India, Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan, which account for 70 per cent of LNG imports, are forming a “buyer’s club” on price, making it far less likely that they will continue to pay top dollar for imported LNG. B.C., Petronas sign LNG intent letter seeking ‘certainty of costs’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Defending World Cup Champions Keep Flaming Out

Over the past half-decade or so, the Spanish national team put together one of the most impressive runs in the history of international soccer, winning a European Football Championship in 2008, a World Cup in 2010, and another Euro crown in 2012. But in this year’s World Cup, Spain went out with a whimper — routed by the Dutch in its opening match and failing to muster a single goal in a 2-0 loss to Chile.Just like that, Spain’s hopes of advancing beyond the group stage were dashed.Before the tournament began, our World Cup prediction model had Spain racking up 5.9 points in the Group B table. (In round-robin play, teams get three points for a win and one for a draw.) But after two losses, Spain is now likely to amass only 2.2 points, 3.7 fewer than expected — a huge shortfall.As strange as it sounds, though, this isn’t an uncommon fate for defending World Cup champions. Since the tournament shifted to its current three-points-for-a-win format in 1994, defending champs have come up short of pre-tournament predictions by an average of 2.3 points during the group stage, and only two incumbent champs — Germany in 1994 and Brazil in 2006 — actually exceeded expectations the years they defended their titles.To determine these shortfalls for years before 2014 (tournaments for which I don’t have FiveThirtyEight projection data), I turned to the pre-tournament Elo ratings. The Elo system is designed to produce probabilities of wins and losses for each team in a matchup based on the difference between the two teams’ ratings. Of course, the group stage of the World Cup also allows for draws. Elo treats draws as half a win for each team, but doesn’t provide a prediction for a tied outcome. So, I tapped into our FiveThirtyEight model to derive the probability of a draw based on the raw probability of a win if ties weren’t allowed.For example, in the opener of the 1994 World Cup, Germany (Elo: 1,971) faced Bolvia (Elo: 1,663). In a world without ties, the Elo formula tells us Germany’s 308-point Elo lead would produce a win 85.5 percent of the time, but the curve above also tells us that 15.6 percent of the time, such a matchup will end in a draw. Subtracting half of that number (7.8 percent, since ties count as half a win in Elo) from 85.5 percent, we get the corrected probability that Germany would win outright: 77.7 percent. (The Germans did end up winning, 1-0.)Doing this for every World Cup group-stage match from 1994 to 2010, we can generate a projection for the number of points each team would have been expected to accumulate in the standings table. We see that defending World Cup champions have usually fallen short, often in a major way:Only the 2006 Brazil side, which tore through the group stage undefeated, significantly outplayed expectations. The rest either played to them (Germany 1994), underperformed slightly but still advanced (Brazil 1998), or flamed out spectacularly (France 2002, Italy 2010 — and now Spain 2014).It’s not clear why this is happening. Is Elo overrating defending champions for some reason? Are these teams overburdened by the weight of expectations? Or is this just an unlucky streak in the small sample of six tournaments? Theories will abound, but one thing is for sure: When it comes to meeting pre-tournament expectations, it’s rarely paid to be a defending World Cup champion in recent years. read more

A Buyers And Sellers Guide To The MLB Trade Deadline

For most Major League Baseball teams, the trade deadline is a chance to step back and take stock of the franchise’s trajectory. Although only a small fraction of rumored deals actually end up happening, a team’s willingness to swap assets — as either a buyer or a seller — says a lot about where it is in the cycle between contending for a World Series and playing for the future.For a few teams, the choice has already been made. These are the clubs on the ends of the baseball spectrum: the bottom dwellers already committed to punting the present in order to stockpile young talent and the clear front-runners who can begin fine-tuning their playoff rosters in July.But the bulk of the league faces a fork in the road and doesn’t have the luxury of soul-searching with the trade deadline less than two weeks away. The decision to buy or sell is both critical — botched maneuvers can cripple a franchise for years — and further complicated by whether teams are getting a “rental” player (with an expiring contract) or someone who can help them for the next few years. But fear not, baseball general managers, we are here to help.A few years ago, my colleague Nate Silver and I developed a statistical framework for trade-deadline strategy: the Doyle Number (named for a certain pitcher the Detroit Tigers mortgaged their future to acquire at the 1987 deadline). Doyle represents the number of future wins a team should be willing to part with in exchange for adding an extra win of talent this season. So a Doyle of 1.00 means a team should be indifferent to buying or selling — a one-win improvement this year adds as much to its current World Series odds as a future win would add over the long term.1Specifically, its odds over the next six seasons. If its Doyle rises any higher, it should probably be buying (since wins this year are more valuable than future wins); any lower, and it should be selling.For example, the Cleveland Indians currently have a Doyle Number of 1.48. With a good (though not quite great) roster and decent (but not quite ironclad) division-series odds,2Doyle focuses on the division series rather than the wild-card playoff, because the latter’s single-elimination format truly is a crapshoot. they should probably be trying to add talent over the next few weeks to bolster their chances of returning to the World Series. Meanwhile, the New York Mets’ Doyle is 0.08; their injury-riddled talent base is mediocre, and they have very little shot at the division series, so they should be selling off anyone that isn’t nailed down.With those ground rules in place, here’s every team’s Doyle number as of July 16:3The only change I’ve made to the model for this season is that it now uses the future wins (per 162 games) implied by a team’s Elo rating to assess a team’s talent at the deadline, rather than its rest-of-season projected winning percentage from FanGraphs (which is slower to incorporate changes in a team’s play than Elo). Diamondbacks152084.641.83.31.0 Rays151583.535.72.50.9 Where each team stands at the deadlineTeams ranked by Doyle Number — how many future wins of talent a team should trade away to acquire 1 win this season Astros1591100.399.724.62.2 Talent is an estimate of a player’s current projected wins above replacement (WAR) per 162 games.Sources: RosterResource, Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs, Tangotiger Phillies143365. Blue Jays149478. TEAMDOYLEPLAYERPOSTALENTPLAYERTALENTDEADLINE INDEX Red Sox154489.869.28.31.6 The Doyle topples one of the most common perceptions of the deadline: The team most in need of a trade is the team that is one bat (or one arm) away from making a postseason run. By contrast, Doyle shows that the the teams who should be most willing to buy are the teams having the best seasons — not teams merely on the cusp of the playoffs. It’s a consequence of how random the MLB playoffs are: When even the best teams have long odds of winning, there’s practically no amount of talent a team can add that will cause its World Series probability to hit diminishing returns.This year, the top Doyle teams are the historically dominant Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros — and, to a lesser extent, the Indians, Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox. With the possible exception of Houston, each team has at least one position where it can substantially improve, and Doyle indicates they should focus on shoring up those weaknesses in preparation for a World Series run.More interesting, however, are the clubs near the threshold between buying and selling. These are teams for whom there is less of a clear-cut direction to take — but some decision must be made, since any direction would add more total future championships than merely standing pat. One archetype for that group is the unexpected contender: Think of the Milwaukee Brewers, who find themselves in first place in the National League Central division despite a relatively unimpressive collection of talent. Milwaukee’s 1.26 Doyle suggests it should lean toward buying, since an improved core will become much more valuable in the postseason.The opposite model might be that of Milwaukee’s division rival, the Chicago Cubs: an expected favorite to whom Doyle gives a disappointingly low World Series probability. The defending champs are having a well-documented down year, and although they’re talented enough to have decent title odds if they make the playoffs, that’s far from guaranteed no matter what deadline moves they make. As a result, their 0.66 Doyle suggests they should lean toward punting on this season.The Cubs, however, don’t seem willing to give up just yet, trading for starter Jose Quintana last week. They weren’t necessarily wrong to do it, either; it’s important to remember that the Doyle Numbers above mostly apply to rental players. After I tweaked the model to account for the remaining years on Quintana’s contract,4Specifically, I gave Chicago 3.2 wins above replacement of talent this season — Quintana’s current talent level, per Tom Tango’s WAR projection system — with an annual half-win decline over each of the next three seasons. Quintana’s total four-year contribution to Chicago’s talent level (9.8 WAR) was then subtracted, spread evenly over the three seasons after his contract expires. Chicago’s Doyle for this specific trade became 1.31 — meaning it was probably worth it to give up top prospects in exchange for improving its talent base over multiple seasons.Those are exactly the kinds of extenuating circumstances a team in Chicago’s current situation needs in order to justify buying instead of selling. Any team with a Doyle north of 0.60 or so could probably do a similar calculation, which means 11 clubs — the Dodgers, Astros, Nationals, Red Sox, Indians, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Rays, Cubs and Rockies — could reasonably call themselves buyers this season under the right circumstances.So we know who’s at the restaurant, and we know who’s on the menu — but what is everyone ordering? We can also use Doyle to build a trade deadline plan for each team, pairing them with players who fit a need and make sense given how realistic a club’s World Series chances are. For each of the 11 teams above, I gathered their current starters5The cutoff for pitchers was either the No. 4 slot in the rotation (for starters) or the setup man role (for relievers). and tracked how good each is this season, according to Tom Tango’s WARcel projections. I also pulled a list of deadline rental targets6So, expiring contracts only. from the excellent RosterResource.com, calculating their WAR talent as well. Multiplying a team’s Doyle Number by the difference in WAR talent between a rental target and its current starter at the same position, we came up with a “deadline index” that indicates how good of a match the player is for the team. After assigning duplicated targets to the team whose index for the player was highest, here are the best pairings between team needs and available players, according to Doyle: Red Sox1.6A. AvilaC+2.3C. Vazquez-0.24.0 Cubs0.7C. GomezLF+1.6K. Schwarber+0.01.1 Nationals155191.593.812.81.9 Royals149578.915.30.70.3 SELLERSELO RATINGEXP. WINS PER 162 GAMESDIV. SERIES ODDSWORLD SERIES ODDSDOYLE NUMBER Rangers152585.714.7%1.3%0.4 Pirates149679. Angels150280. Nationals1.9J. DysonLF+2.7C. Heisey-0.45.8 Expected wins are derived from the team’s current Elo rating.Source: FanGraphs Dodgers1598101.898.5%26.5%2.2 Cubs153587.822.02.30.7 Obviously, here are other layers of complexity involved in actually pulling off these deadline deals, including the quality of the trading team’s farm system, which of its existing players might return from injury before the playoffs, and the possibility of a contract extension with the player being acquired. But the general idea of Doyle is that it provides a flexible framework for trade-deadline decisions, based on how valuable it is to add or shed current talent with an eye on the future.Keep that in mind as we watch whatever deals unfold over the next couple of weeks. A team’s Doyle Number is a rough guideline, the starting point for thinking about trade possibilities. What happens after that is a combination of reading the market, picking the right moment to strike and then making endless phone calls until that forgettable middle reliever is finally yours.Check out our latest MLB predictions. SOLID BUYERSELO RATINGEXP. WINS PER 162 GAMESDIV. SERIES ODDSWORLD SERIES ODDSDOYLE NUMBER D-backs1.0C. GrandersonLF+2.0D. Descalso+0.02.0 Tigers148977. Mariners151383. Marlins149478. Athletics147875. CAUTIOUS BUYERSELO RATINGEXP. WINS PER 162 GAMESDIV. SERIES ODDSWORLD SERIES ODDSDOYLE NUMBER Reds146371. Padres144467. Astros2.2Y. DarvishSP+3.1M. Fiers+1.14.3 Yankees153186.934.13.30.9 Rockies0.6J. BruceRF+2.0G. Parra+0.21.1 Dodgers2.2A. ReedRP+1.9P. Baez+0.82.3 Indians154489.857.46.91.5 Indians1.5J.D. MartinezRF+2.4T. Naquin+0.33.1 White Sox146772. Cardinals150781.610.20.60.3 Orioles147474. Rays0.9C. MaybinLF+1.8S. Peterson+0.21.4 Braves147875. Brewers1.3Z. CozartSS+3.1O. Arcia+1.02.7 Doyle’s deadline shopping listThe top targets for each potential buyer based on deadline index, which is the difference in talent between an available ‘rental’ and the team’s current starter at his position, multiplied by the team’s Doyle Number Yankees0.9T. Frazier1B+2.3J. Choi+0.12.1 Rockies150480.927.71.50.6 TOP TARGETCURRENT STARTER FOR TARGET POSITION Giants147574. Mets150380. Twins147574.518.70.50.3 Brewers151282.864.2%4.3%1.3 read more

Dotting the i Pat Elfleins legacy as a Buckeye

OSU coach Urban Meyer hugs OSU redshirt senior center Pat Elflein before the Buckeyes’ 30-27 win over Michigan. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAt the conclusion of the 2015 Ohio State football season, coach Urban Meyer saw a seemingly endless line of players leaving the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility, in effect, ending their Buckeye careers. Running back Ezekiel Elliott, defensive lineman Joey Bosa and linebacker Darron Lee highlighted nine early departures from the program. However, the line ended with Pat Elflein.The redshirt senior returned for his final season of eligibility and converted to center from his guard position. Redshirt junior OSU quarterback J.T. Barrett said it wasn’t a surprise to him seeing Elflein come back to the Scarlet and Gray when he had the possibility of being a high draft pick.“One of the biggest things that means the most to me is how much he cared,” Barrett said on Monday before the Michigan game. “Not about me, but the guys. That’s why he came back is to be with us. I think that’s selfless and not a lot of people come around like that.”Last Saturday against Michigan, in perhaps his biggest game as a Buckeye, Elflein ran out of the tunnel at Ohio Stadium for the last time. He handed his mother, Lisa Elflein, a rose and greeted the rest of his family with tears coming from his eyes.Elflein predicted on the Monday before the game that it was going to be an emotional day for him, not knowing that his team would pull off a 30-27 double-overtime win over the Wolverines in one of the most memorable games in the history of the program.“I’ll never forget that, Senior Day,” Elflein said. “That was the craziest this place has been ever since I’ve been here. That was the ultimate … it was an electric atmosphere.”OSU trailed for much of the game before the offense took control in overtime. After junior H-back Curtis Samuel’s game-winning touchdown that propelled OSU to a dramatic victory, Elflein was one of the first players to hug Samuel in the end zone. The redshirt senior from Pickerington, Ohio, then went over to the section where his family was sitting. He pulled his mother, Lisa; sister, Heather Elflein; brother, Matt Elflein; and grandfather, Rich Elflein, onto the field to celebrate a rare fifth win over Michigan as a member of the Buckeyes.“That was just amazing,” Pat Elflein said. “My grandpa was here and he hasn’t been here in awhile … it was just very exciting.”Pat Elflein has been a starter on the OSU offensive line for three seasons. He’s been the vocal leader on the unit all of the 2016 season along with the only other returning starter on the unit known as “The Slobs,” redshirt junior guard Billy Price.On Saturday, after the game, Price recalled the last touchdown in a way that meant a lot to his teammate. Price ran into the end zone, joined his teammates, hugged Samuel, then embraced his fellow lineman.“To send Pat out on a senior season like this — he’s got five pairs of gold pants,” Price said. “There are very few people to do that.”Gold pants are given to every member of an OSU team that beats Michigan.Pat Elflein’s first time playing in the rivalry was in 2013 when he entered for Marcus Hall, who was ejected from the game. Then, he became another member of the lineage of Pickerington natives to play in “The Game.” One of his best friends from high school, Michigan tight end Jake Butt, ended his career 0-4 versus OSU. Pat Elflein understood at the time how special it was to win another game against his team’s bitter rival, but the significance of just how great the 2016 edition of “The Game” was for the program’s history and his legacy did not immediately register for the redshirt senior.“It’s an indescribable feeling to beat that team five teams and do it the we did today,” he said. “I can’t thank my teammates enough for sending the seniors out the right way. Now we get to play for it all.”Pat Elflein’s confidence in getting another shot at a national championship will be determined on Sunday during the College Football Playoff selection show. read more

Theyd have announced a new hinge on a door Not everyone is

first_img THE PROJECT IRELAND 2040 has pledged almost €11 billion to improve Ireland’s health system.The money will all go towards capital projects aimed at increasing capacity and services in the health sector.The plan prioritises a number of major building projects, beginning with the completion of the National Children’s Hospital and National Maternity Hospital, as well as new outpatient units at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown and Tallaght Hospital.The plan also includes a new acute hospital for Cork, but does not expand on the location or cost.There is also the promise of 2,600 extra acute hospital beds and three new dedicated elective-only hospitals in Dublin, Cork and Galway, which would focus on day- and out-patients in order to tackle waiting lists.The plan says of these hospitals:“The aim is to both increase capacity in the hospital system and provide a better separation of scheduled and unscheduled care, in line with the recommendations of the Sláintecare Report.“They will provide increased, protected capacity for elective treatment and free up capacity in major hospitals to address higher complexity and emergency care.”Other projects include:New wards at University Hospital Waterford and University Hospital LimerickThe rebuild of Letterkenny General HospitalAn endoscopy suite at Naas HospitalRenal dialysis and intensive care units at Tallaght HospitalA new emergency department and cystic fibrosis unit at BeaumontNew wards in Galway and Portiuncula hospitalsRadiology, MRI and theatre facilities at MullingarThe plan also pledges 2,600 additional acute hospital beds to be delivered across all hospital groups and 4,500 additional long term and short term residential beds in community nursing homes in the public system.It has been welcomed by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, but the union sounded a note of caution that none of it can be realised without “significant measures to recruit and retain nurses and midwives”. Related Reads Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie Friday 16 Feb 2018, 7:30 PM ‘They’d have announced a new hinge on a door’: Not everyone is impressed with the €11 billion plan for health “If a new hinge was to be put on a hospital door they’d nearly have announced it.” 15,295 Views Beaumont Hospital will get a new emergency department. Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie 16.02.18 Empty lots in cities to be snapped up to help achieve 35,000 new builds a year Share36 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3856533 16.02.18 You won’t be able to buy a petrol or diesel car in Ireland after 2030center_img 16.02.18 Project Ireland 2040: The key points you need to know 36 Comments Short URL Feb 16th 2018, 7:31 PM By Paul Hosford File Source: RollingNews.iePhil Ni Sheaghdha, INMO General Secretary, said “The commitment to 2,600 acute beds plus an addition 4,500 community beds is entirely dependent on significant reform of our health services.”Simon Nugent of the Private Hospitals Association said the plan “offers little solace to the hundreds of thousands of people currently languishing on public waiting lists”.Sinn Féin health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly accused the government of repackaging old announcements.“Two of the headline announcements were the National Children’s Hospital and the National Maternity Hospital, despite these being announced years ago.“A new endoscopy suite was announced for Naas General Hospital. While this is welcome I do hope it fares better than the surgery theatre there that has not been used once in 15 years because they don’t have the staff to run it, even though nearly 7,000 people are on waiting lists there.“If a new hinge was to be put on a hospital door they’d nearly have announced it.”Read: Project Ireland 2040: The key points you need to know Beaumont Hospital will get a new emergency department. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sitdown Sunday I was raised in a doomsday cult

first_imgSitdown Sunday: I was raised in a doomsday cult Settle back in a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads. IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. This Friends lawsuit set #MeToo back by yearsNow the woman at the centre of the case is speaking out.(Bustle, approx 16 mins reading time) But it must be noted too that years before this public reckoning, Amaani Lyle tried to fight it herself — and she didn’t have a movement on her side. Indeed, when Lyle took the most popular show on television to court in 2002, the entire entertainment industry rose up against her. And when, after six years, her case was shut down by none other than the California Supreme Court, it was called a great victory — a win for free speech. Hollywood leaders cheered the end of the infamous Friends harassment lawsuit, then closed their doors and carried on.2. The cult of Columbine How two young people inspired by the Columbine shootings hatched their own deadly murder plan.(The Guardian, approx 22 mins reading time)The idea took root. During the fall of 2014, her final semester of college, Lindsay decided that her novel should have a mass-murder subplot. Suddenly, she was spending all her time researching school shooters. She immersed herself in the school shooter/serial killer subculture that flourished on Tumblr. “It was all just academic at first,” she later told an interviewer, “but I found myself identifying more and more with the shooters.” 3. How sugar fueled slaveryIn this interactive article, read the fascinating – and horrible – story of how sugar and slavery are linked.(The New York Times, approx 30 mins reading time)Many African-Americans aspired to own or rent their own sugar-cane farms in the late 19th century, but faced deliberate efforts to limit black farm and land owning. The historian Rebecca Scott found that although “black farmers were occasionally able to buy plots of cane land from bankrupt estates, or otherwise establish themselves as suppliers, the trend was for planters to seek to establish relations with white tenants or sharecroppers who could provide cane for the mill.” 22,344 Views By Aoife Barry Share5 Tweet Email2 Image: Shutterstock/Neil Craigan https://jrnl.ie/4779403 1 Comment Image: Shutterstock/Neil Craigan Aug 25th 2019, 9:01 AM Sunday 25 Aug 2019, 9:00 AM 4. Outlaw countryKlamath County in Oregon is a great place to go if you don’t want to be found… but a terrible place to be if your life is under threat.(The Atavist, approx 45 mins reading time)Taylor began cruising real estate websites that promised acres of wilderness for as little as a few thousand dollars, which in monthly payments would be doable even on his paltry income. Taylor’s family thought his plans were foolhardy, but his mother understood the pull of returning to Oregon. “I think he was looking for something different,” Wanty said. “I don’t know. Something that would help him go back to the past. To easier times.”5. The quickeningLeslie Jamison writes the story of two births.(The Atlantic, approx 26 mins reading time)When you were about the size of a lentil, I flew to Zagreb for a magazine assignment. As our plane banked over Greenland, I ate a huge bag of Cheez-Its and wondered if this was the week your brain was being forged, or your heart. I pictured a heart made of Cheez-Its beating inside me, inside you. Much of that first trimester was spent in awe and terror: astonished that a tiny creature was being gathered in my inner reaches, petrified that I would somehow knock you loose. What if you died and I didn’t know it? I obsessively Googled miscarriage without bleeding. 6. I was raised in a doomsday cultBen Shenton speaks about the 15 years he spent living in a doomsday cult in Australia.(BBC, approx 6 mins reading time)Ben and the other children were told that Anne was their mother. She taught them to avoid outsiders and if any approached them – on the shore of the lake perhaps – to follow the mantra Unseen, Unheard, Unknown. “It was very much a thing of: you do not tell any outside person who is not a sect member anything,” Ben says. “If I had any interaction with them, I would check through what I said to make sure that I hadn’t revealed anything.”….AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES…What is glitter? A journey to the glitter factory.(New York Times, approx 13 mins reading time)Humans, even humans who don’t like glitter, like glitter. We are drawn to shiny things in the same wild way our ancestors were overcome by a compulsion to forage for honey. A theory that has found favor among research psychologists (supported, in part, by a study that monitored babies’ enthusiasm for licking plates with glossy finishes) is that our attraction to sparkle is derived from an innate need to seek out fresh water.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday> Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The Gifted Season 2 Ep 8 Recap The Season Makes Good on

first_imgThe Gifted Season 2 Episode 7 RecapThe Gifted Season 2 Episode 6 RecapThe Gifted Season 2 Episode 5 Recap Stay on target ‘The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3’The Gifted’ Season 2, Ep 5 Recap: The Reunion We’ve Waited For center_img We’ve reached the halfway point of Season Two of The Gifted, and things are just now starting to kick into gear. Much of the first half of this season now feels like the show setting up the world of last night’s episode. We met a new faction in the Morlocks, which I’m positive are going to be even more important in the season’s second half. We got to know The Purifiers, and while they don’t have a huge presence in this episode, their influence ominously hangs over each scene. The Mutant Underground has been pushed even further apart, and even the inner circle is in disarray. The situation feels dire for mutants of all stripes, which makes for some captivating TV.To no one’s surprise, everything went real bad after Rebecca slaughtered everyone in the bank at the end of the last episode. It’s a Purifier’s paradise out there. Humans are attacking mutants, and riots and fires are breaking out all over the city. There’s one particularly horrifying event we’re only shown: A group of human supremacists set fire to a foster home. It’s unclear if any of the kids living there survived. Over the course of the episode, we see each character react to the news. It’s an effective way to make us feel their fear. We all know the feeling of watching the news and seeing something horrible happening in your own country, and feeling completely helpless to do anything about it. Through that lens, we can immediately understand their actions.Emma Dumont and Skyler Samuels (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)For Lorna, that means getting her baby as far away from the Inner Circle as possible. After Rebecca slaughtered a room full of (mostly) innocent people and ran off on her own, Lorna’s convinced the Inner Circle can’t protect her baby. Especially with the world growing less stable by the minute. This isn’t what Reeva promised her at the beginning of the season. For her, this episode is all about coming to terms with who her father was and why he wasn’t around as she grew up. The show still never says the name “Magneto,” and it feels more awkward here than ever before. Especially since it’s painfully clear who their talking about, what with him leading the “brotherhood” that’s on the news and sending Lorna a metal disc that looks exactly like his iconic helmet when she was a teenager.This episode goes in a different direction when it comes to the flashbacks. Usually, The Gifted opens with one that introduces the general themes of the episode, and most of the time never mentions them again. Here, we got multiple flashbacks throughout the episode to different points in Lorna’s life. We see her as an angry teenager, rejecting the only birthday message she ever got from her father, while keeping the gift itself. We see her as a young adult who gets arrested after flipping over a car belonging to a guy who wouldn’t leave her alone at a bar. Her foster mother gets her out of jail a little too easily, which certainly raises her suspicions regarding who actually made the call. (Hint: It’s a guy whose name the show can’t use for some stupid reason.) The new direction of the flashbacks works so well here. It directly connects them to the main action of the story. It shows us why Lorna and Eclipse feel the way they do without having to shoehorn in exposition about their past. We see it, so we don’t need to be told. It’s just better storytelling. Hey, Gifted? More like this, please.Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)It also gives the rest of the episode a bit less time to tell it’s story, which turns out to be a good thing. It means the episode only focuses on what really matters. It doesn’t feel the need to give lip service to every character arc. For the most part, each scene has a reason to be here. We don’t need to spend another handful of scenes where Jace Turner broods and drags his feet before ultimately coming down on the side of fascism. Again. Instead, the focus is on Lorna figuring out how she’s going to keep her child safe in a world where Purifiers are killing people like her. Esme offers a hard solution that doesn’t appear to have an alternative: Send Dawn to a boarding school in Switzerland. Lorna’s willing to do it, because it’s the only way to guarantee her safety. As she tells Eclipse when she brings Dawn over to say goodbye, she’d rather have her daughter grow up hating her than not grow up at all.That scene between Polaris and Eclipse is so well done, too. Both Sean Teale and Emma Dumont make you feel how heartbreaking this process is for them. They’ve spent so much time apart this season, it’s easy to forget the great chemistry they had in Season One. They work really well together, and it almost hurts when Lorna takes Dawn away, and for a brief moment as their hands touch, the aurora borealis appears around them. It’s a beautiful, painful scene. It’s why Lorna’s change of heart is completely earned, along with the fact that it isn’t a complete 180. She still puts her child somewhere safe, but doesn’t send her all the way to Switzerland. She follows in her father’s footsteps and asks the woman who raised her to take care of Dawn. It’s a little better, and Eclipse receiving a text update assuring him that his daughter is loved is a perfectly bittersweet moment. The scene directly afterwards provides some excellent contrast too. I’ve been calling Lorna Polaris since the beginning, but this is the episode we really see her become that version of the character. She fashions her old birthday present into the iconic headband. She looks like such a badass here, and I really hope the series can live up to this awesome moment.Guest star Ken Kirby and Natalie Alyn Lind (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)The Strucker story is surprisingly engrossing as well. The show’s finally doing something with Reed’s powers, you guys! Caitlin and Lauren get him to a university hospital run by a doctor who used to work with his father. We get some more backstory on the Fenris twins, which suitably freaks Lauren out. The more we learn about them, the more they sound like Lauren and Andy. You know, except for the incestuous Nazis thing. That’s not the only thing that starts to freak Lauren out, though. At first, everything seems OK. Dr. Risman is working on treatments that allows mutants whose powers hurt them and others to control or suppress them. The treatment works on Reed temporarily, but the doctor needs to test Lauren’s blood to create a more permanent version. Reed, whose powers have brought him nothing but pain and destruction so far, is on board with that plan, and Lauren is too at first. Especially since she meets a cute boy who shows her that college is still a possibility for her.What the episode does really well in these scenes is subtly convey the feeling that this place isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. At first it seems like the Struckers have found an ally. A doctor who’s sympathetic to the mutants’ plight, and wants to help them however she can. She even points out one girl who can make plants grow. Her parents wanted to cure her, but she insists there’s nothing to cure. So the doctor gave the girl a job tending to the clinic’s plants. OK, so why is she locked up in her own room, like the guy who uncontrollably releases electricity from his skin. Dr. Risman espouses progressive views, but there may be something much more sinister under the surface. Especially once Lauren finds out the true goal of the mutant serum she’s working on. She wants to suppress the X gene permanently. Her assistant says it’ll be for people who don’t want it in themselves or don’t want it in their families. That last part raises additional red flags. Suddenly, it makes total sense when we learn that Risman’s brother is the founder of The Purifiers. She claims to hate him, but we get the sense it’s his methods she disagrees with. She sounds completely on board with his goals. That’s a chilling revelation to leave us with for the week.Blair Redford and Jamie Chung (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)This was a particularly strong episode of The Gifted. It focused on moving a smaller number of stories forward, and really dove into how the characters are dealing with their situations. This is what I want to see more of on this show. There are some good characters here, and the series is better when they’re given room to breathe. The only bits that don’t work are the Thunderbird/Blink scenes. They spend the episode tracking down Rebecca to learn why the Inner Circle hit the bank. They get the name of what Reeva was after, and that’s it. We learn nothing new, and there’s a ton of needless relationship drama where Blink worries to no end. At least we got a particularly gruesome image of what Rebecca can do to a person. The image of the guy with his limbs and ears in the wrong places is going to stick with me, that’s for sure. And hey, when the rest of the episode is so strong, it’s easier to forgive a weaker storyline. Now I just hope the series can carry this momentum through the season’s second half.The Gifted airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.Previously on The Gifted:last_img read more

Press Talk Why was Madore MIA

first_img“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”Last week I had declared my column a “Madore-free zone.”That would be County Commissioner David Madore. He and his sidekick, Commissioner Tom Mielke, are slowly turning Clark County into a nightmarish Disneyland, with lots of freakish rides that all end badly.People from other parts our state — Oregon as well — are snickering as they watch the various sideshow acts these guys are providing.Going Madoreless was pleasant, and I had a second Madore-free column all set for today. I had planned on writing about attorneys. A few years back I noted that attorneys were a lot like mosquitos: They’re annoying, and there are too many of them.Alas (dramatic pause required here), duty called. Sorry, attorney friends, that column will have to wait just a bit. This latest Madore mulch has pulled me in again!o o oA few days ago County Commissioner Steve Stuart had a going-away party. He was fed up with the M&M boys’ shenanigans, so he opted not to run for re-election and resigned early to take a job in Ridgefield.There had been considerable speculation about whether the M&M boys would show up for Stuart’s going-away party. When I was asked what I thought, I said if I were a betting man I’d bet they both would show. After all — despite their many differences — the polite and honorable thing to do would be to show up.last_img read more

BSO honors deputies at annual ceremony

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Some South Florida officers were honored at a ceremony in Lauderhill.The Broward Sheriff’s Office held its annual awards ceremony Tuesday to honor four deputies who encountered a potentially explosive situation during an attempted bank robbery in Dania Beach.“These deputies knowingly put themselves at great risk while attempting to contain a very serious situation,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Veda Coleman-Wright. “Their ability to remain calm and communicate effectively during a high stress situation helped prevent what could have been a mass causality incident.”The deputies successfully took down the man who said he had a bomb strapped to his neck and was threatening to blow up a Chase bank in 2013. The bomb was actually a fake.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Flood condition worsens in northern districts

first_imgFlood control embankment along the Atrai river in Naogaon’s Manda upazila broke down flooding 22 villages. Photo: Prothom Alo.The overall flood situation in Kurigram, Bogura, Sherpur and Sirajganj districts continued to deteriorate while floodwater started receding in Rangamati and Moulvibazar, reports UNB.In Kurigram, the Brahmaputra and Dharla rivers kept flowing more than 1 metre above the danger level on Wednesday, inundating new areas.One-and-half-year-old child Fuad, son of Sumon Mia of Kazirchawk area of Ulipur upazila, drowned in floodwater in the afternoon.With this, at least 11 deaths have so far been reported from the district in the last three days with the rising water leaving nearly 400,000 people marooned.The Brahmaputra was flowing 131 cm above the danger level at Chilmari point while the Dharla 116 cm above the red mark at the Bridge point, intensifying the woes of the victims.The flood-affected people faced an acute shortage of drinking water, food and fodder. Many were also suffering from water-borne diseases.Hafizur Rahman, acting deputy commissioner of Kurigram district, said the administration has made a fresh allocation of 3 metric tons of rice and Tk 200,000 for the flood victims.In Gaibandha, rail communication of the district with other parts of the country remained suspended since Wednesday noon due to the flood triggered by persistent rain over the past few days.The flood situation has deteriorated in four upazilas of the district and the water of the Brahmaputra was flowing 189 cm above the danger level at noon. Different private and government offices, including DC’s Bungalow, judge home and Police Line areas, went under water.Erosion along the Teesta river in Rangpur’s Kawnia upazila has washed away ancestral homestead of this woman. Photo: Moinul Islam.Railway sources said rail tracks in Badhiakhali went under water snapping rail communications with other parts of the country around 12:00pm.Besides, the vehicular movement stopped on different internal roads as they were submerged by floodwater.An estimated 254,000 families remained marooned by floodwater in the district while 114 shelter centres were opened for the victims, according to information at the district administration.A total of 115 schools in the district town and other upazilas have been declared closed due to the flood.In Bogura, the Jamuna River was flowing 117 cm above the danger level.District relief officer Azahar Ali said so far at least 15 unions of three upazilas have been flooded, inundating 82,380 people of 135 villages.A total of 8,978 hectares of paddy field went under floodwater while 75 educational institutions were shut due to the flood.The district administration distributed 600 metric tons of rice and Tk 800,000 among the flood-hit people.In Sherpur, locals recovered the body of an elderly woman – Asia Begum, 104, wife of Fayez Mia, who remained missing since Sunday night, from Sarikalinagar of Jhenaigati upazila on Tuesday, said duty officer of Jhenaigati police station.So far, three people, including a child, have drowned in floodwater in the past few days.Flood control embankment along the Bhogai river in Nalitabari upazila broke down flooding seven villages anew. The newly flooded villages are Morichpuran, Banskanda, Fakirpara, Kholabhanga, Bhogairpar, Ullarpar and Morichpuran Purbapara.The flood has stranded 30,000 people in 50 villages of the district.In Sirajganj, a 75-metre portion of a ring embankment broke down due to the gushing water of the Jamunar river, flooding seven villages and leaving 700 families marooned in Kazipara upazila.Kazipur upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Zahid Hasan said the embankment collapsed around 10:00pm on Tuesday.In Rangamati, sixteen spillways of the Kaptai dam were opened on Tuesday night to reduce the pressure of water on the lake.A flooded village in Moulvibazar Sadar’s Khalilpur union. Photo: Prothom AloATM Abijur Zaher, manager of Kaptai hydroelectric power plant, said the spillways and four turbines were releasing 33,000 cusec of (cubic feet per second) water to the Karnaphuli river.The spillways are releasing 9,000 cusec of water. Currently, 167 megawatts of electricity is being produced, he said.The current water level in the lake is 14 feet above that of the normal level, he said.Incessant rain and heavy inflow of water from the upstream pushed up the lake’s water level, inundating low-lying areas of four upazilas of the district.Water from the flood-affected areas has started receding after the spillways were opened.In Moulvibazar, the water level of the Monu, Kushiara and Dholai reduced to some extent but still they were flowing above the danger mark.Several hundred villages in Sadar, Rajnagar and Kamalganj upazilas went under water following breach of protection dams of the rivers, affecting about 50,000 families.Besides, houses, roads and croplands were inundated by the floodwater. On the other hand, floodwater has entered the premises of about 50 educational institutions.Water Development Board (WDB) sources said the Monu was flowing 45 cm below danger level at Monu railway bridge point while 84 cm above the danger mark at Chadnighat point on Tuesday night.The Dholai was flowing 44 cm below while Kushiara at Sherpur point of Moulvibazar was flowing 54 centimeter above danger level.Earlier on Monday, Monu river of Moulvibazar was flowing at 76 cm and 97 cm above danger level at the railway bridge point while the Dholai was flowing 9 cm and the Kushiara 54 cm above danger mark at Sherpur.last_img read more

Why roosters dont go deaf from their own loud crowing

first_img Citation: Why roosters don’t go deaf from their own loud crowing (2018, January 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-roosters-dont-deaf-loud-crowing.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Anyone who has ever lived on a farm has heard the familiar sound of the crowing rooster (male chicken). Few likely realize, however, just how loud that crowing can be. In this new effort, the researchers sought to measure how loud the crowing is, and how the rooster avoids deafness from hearing itself every morning.The team placed a tiny microphone near the ears of sample roosters to measure how loud the crowing would sound to them. They found it was louder than thought—averaging over 100 decibels, which is roughly the same as running a chainsaw. People who regularly use chainsaws without ear protection, it should be noted, go deaf over time due to damage to the tiny hair cells in the inner ear. Chickens of both genders also have such hairs in their ears, and the team wondered why they weren’t damaged. To find out, they performed micro-computerized tomography scans on the skulls of the birds. They discovered that half of the birds’ eardrum was covered by a bit of soft tissue that dampened incoming noise. They also found that when the rooster tilted its head back to crow, another bit of material covered the ear canal completely, serving as a built-in ear-plug. Thus, for the rooster, it is as if someone were sticking their fingers in their ears while they are crowing. The researchers noted the birds also have another advantage—unlike humans, birds can regrow damaged hair cells. As for why the hens and chicks do not suffer hearing damage from the male crowing, though not mentioned in the research, it is well known that roosters tend to seek a vantage point offering maximum reach when they crow (away from the hens and chicks), making sure everyone within earshot knows that the hens that live there are his. Explore further More information: Raf Claes et al. Do high sound pressure levels of crowing in roosters necessitate passive mechanisms for protection against self-vocalization?, Zoology (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.zool.2017.12.002AbstractHigh sound pressure levels (>120 dB) cause damage or death of the hair cells of the inner ear, hence causing hearing loss. Vocalization differences are present between hens and roosters. Crowing in roosters is reported to produce sound pressure levels of 100 dB measured at a distance of 1 m. In this study we measured the sound pressure levels that exist at the entrance of the outer ear canal. We hypothesize that roosters may benefit from a passive protective mechanism while hens do not require such a mechanism. Audio recordings at the level of the entrance of the outer ear canal of crowing roosters, made in this study, indeed show that a protective mechanism is needed as sound pressure levels can reach amplitudes of 142.3 dB. Audio recordings made at varying distances from the crowing rooster show that at a distance of 0.5 m sound pressure levels already drop to 102 dB. Micro-CT scans of a rooster and chicken head show that in roosters the auditory canal closes when the beak is opened. In hens the diameter of the auditory canal only narrows but does not close completely. A morphological difference between the sexes in shape of a bursa-like slit which occurs in the outer ear canal causes the outer ear canal to close in roosters but not in hens. © 2018 Phys.org A team of researchers with the University of Antwerp and the University of Ghent, both in Belgium, has uncovered the means by which roosters prevent themselves from going deaf due to their own loud crowing. In their paper published in the journal Zoology, the group outlines their study of the birds and what they found. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Top cock: Roosters crow in pecking orderlast_img read more

KMC to crack down on piling up of construction material on roads

first_imgKolkata: In a significant stride to prevent air pollution, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is taking strong measures to prevent piling up of construction material on roads and footpaths across the city.Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed has directed the Director General (Building) to take up regular drives against illegal stacking of building material on roads and footpaths. He has further instructed him to take legal action against the defaulters with the help of Licence department, Solid Waste Management department, borough executive engineers and local police stations. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”A number of complaints regarding illegal stacking of construction material on roads and footpaths causing harassment to general public and pedestrians have reached the office of the Commissioner and the Mayor. The National Green Tribunal has prodded the administration to take strong measures against defaulters. This has contributed to the civic body taking serious measures to address the issue,” a senior KMC official said. The Commissioner has also directed DG (Building) to submit action taken report against offenders to the Mayor and his office from time to time. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that as per directions of West Bengal Pollution Control Board with regards to air pollution, KMC is keeping watch to ensure that all construction material meant for road, building or similar purposes are transported in covered condition. “We are trying to ensure that no construction material is left uncovered at roadside and the construction area is wrapped in geotextile fabric. Other actions as appropriate for the location are also being undertaken to prevent pollution due to building material. Sprinkling of water prior to levelling or any other earth movement activities is needed to keep the soil moist throughout the process,” the official added. The civic body is also taking steps to dispose debris from the construction site at the earliest, in consultation with the local authority following proper environmental management practices. “We also issue notices to owners of construction sites in different boroughs to maintain environmental norms. Follow-up action like stop work notice has been issued to different construction sites in the recent past,” the official added.last_img read more

iPhone 7 Unlocked Price Is Down to an Unprecedented 300 for the

first_imgEven now, the iPhone 7 is an expensive handset for most people but its A10 Fusion and 2GB RAM combination surely make it a terrific device for fluid smartphone operating. What is even sweeter is the fact that the iPhone 7 now costs just $300 for the 32GB model? How is such a thing possible?Thanks to a third-party seller with a positive rating percentage of 98.4 percent. However, the seller has provided a small bit of detail that you should definitely read before embarking on your purchase.“This is a B+ Stock item, meaning unit is in good cosmetic condition and may have minor scrapes or scratches since it’s been handled.”We strongly recommend that you read a comprehensive overview of what a refurbished smartphone is before embarking on your purchase (there is nothing wrong in getting a refurbished handset, but the more you know the better). In case you didn’t know, Apple is also the king when it comes to refurbished smartphone sales, according to the latest statistics, so there is a reason why such devices are sold in greater numbers.If you’re still having some problems when it comes to purchasing a refurbished smartphone, we have some useful guidelines that you can follow. On top of everything, this iPhone 7 model is GSM-compatible only and not CDMA. If you are going to be buying this smartphone, it will only register on networks like T-Mobile, AT&T, Simple Mobile, Rogers, and others.Do you think this refurbished model deserves a look from you? Tell us down in the comments.Buy the iPhone 7 32GB unlocked from eBay. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Mexican prosecutor resigns after reporters death

first_imgVERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) – The head prosecutor in Mexico’s Veracruz state has resigned one week after the body of a kidnapped newspaper reporter was found in a clandestine grave.State prosecutor Felipe Flores Espinosa’s office has drawn criticism for quickly concluding that the crime-beat reporter was killed because of a personal dispute with a bar owner.Reporter Gregorio Lopez worked for the newspapers Notisur and El Liberal. He was kidnapped by armed men Feb. 5 and his body was found buried in the backyard of a home a week later. The remains of a missing union leader whom Lopez had written about was found nearby. The Veracruz state government said Wednesday that Flores Espinosa resigned “for personal reasons.”Ten journalists have been killed in Veracruz under the current administration of Gov. Javier Duarte.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories last_img read more

Move to ease fox hunting ban stirs UK political storm

first_img Sponsored Stories Fox hunting, in which groups of riders follow a pack of hounds trained to track down and kill foxes, has long divided Britons. Opponents consider it a cruel pastime reserved for the rich, while supporters say it is an important rural tradition and an effective form of pest control.Britain banned the sport in 2004 after a long and acrimonious battle that saw hunting supporters clash with riot police outside Parliament.Cameron’s Conservative government, which has strong rural support, last week announced a vote on what it called “technical amendments” to the hunting ban in England and Wales.Opponents called the proposal — which would allow a pack of hounds to flush a fox out of hiding but not kill it — an attempt to legalize hunting by stealth.Celebrities including Ricky Gervais, Sadie Frost and Brian May of Queen urged lawmakers to keep the ban. Paul McCartney warned Cameron that bringing back “cruel and unnecessary” hunting would lose him support.In a further twist, the separatist Scottish National Party announced Monday that it would oppose the changes — even though the party had promised to vote only on issues that affect Scotland. Their decision meant the government, which has a 12-seat majority in the 650-seat House of Commons, would almost certainly have lost Wednesday’s vote. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Check your body, save your life SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said the party had decided to vote because Cameron was out of touch with English public opinion — and to “remind the government of how slender their majority is.”Ironically, the government’s proposal would make the law in England and Wales the same as that in Scotland, where a pack of dogs can already be used to flush out a fox.The hunting defeat gives the government extra incentive to pass promised reforms barring Scottish lawmakers from voting on bills that only affect England — a controversial plan dubbed English Votes for English Laws.Sturgeon said the proposal would make Scottish lawmakers “second-class citizens in the House of Commons,” and some English legislators have also warned the government not to rush through a major constitutional change.A vote on the English Votes for English Laws proposals is due after Parliament returns from its summer break in September.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in society 4 must play golf courses in Arizona LONDON (AP) — Fox hunting is back on the agenda in Britain, and it’s getting bloody.Prime Minister David Cameron’s government has stirred up a political storm by announcing a vote this week to loosen a decade-old ban on the divisive blood sport.The government abruptly scrapped the vote Tuesday when it looked set to fail, but the issue has unleashed a maelstrom of British divisions, pitting city against country, upper class against the modestly off and English lawmakers against Scottish ones.last_img read more