first_imgKolkata: A major fire broke out at Oly Pub in Park Street on Monday afternoon. Three fire tenders were sent to douse the flames, but only one tender was used.In another incident, late on Sunday night, a massive fire broke out at the Ranihati fish market in Howrah. Four firemen were reportedly injured due to a LPG cylinder blast, which occurred during the firefighting operation. According to sources, on Monday, around 5 pm, a fire broke out at the kitchen of the Oly Pub. Some staff of the restaurant saw the smoke in the kitchen and alerted others. Immediately all the customers were evacuated from the restaurant and staff members swung into action to control the fire. Meanwhile, fire brigade and Park Street police station were informed. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThree fire tenders were sent to Oly Pub but only one tender was operational as the intensity of fire was not much high. Rest two fire tenders were kept in reserve. Sources informed that the fire occurred due to leakage in the LPG cylinder. None was hurt in the incident. On the other hand, around 1:30 am on Sunday night, a massive fire broke out at the Ranihati fish market near Sankrail. Within a few minutes, the whole area got covered in thick black smoke. Soon, some local residents informed the police and fire brigade. Local residents got panic-stricken as the fire started spreading fast. Three fire tenders were sent to douse the flames. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersDuring the firefighting operation, a LPG cylinder exploded leaving four firefighters seriously injured. They have been admitted to the Howrah District Hospital. The fire was controlled after almost three hours. Till then at least 20 shops were reduced to ashes. It is suspected that the fire had occurred due to a short circuit. It will also be checked whether the market authority had all the necessary permissions, including fire license. A probe is on to ascertain the damage and exact cause of fire.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: State Chief Secretary Malay De on Friday chaired a high-level meeting at Nabanna with senior officials of the state government and those associated with the ongoing Metro projects in the city, to fast-track the progress of work.It was decided in the meeting that the proposed Metro project from Kolkata Airport to New Barrackpore in the alignment of Airport-Barasat Metro project, will be underground. The state has assured the Metro authorities of necessary assistance in making land available for the project. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt was December last year when the Railway Board had given the nod for the stalled Airport-Barasat Metro project. Sources said Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) officials in the meeting pointed out that they need land beside Jessore Road for the project. However, the state informed them that it was not possible to allocate land there. So, it was decided instead that it will be underground from Airport to BT College and then go up to New Barrackpore via Doltala. A total stretch of 7 km will be underground. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt present, Metro runs underground from Dum Dum to Mahanayak Uttam Kumar (Tollygunge), while the Phoolbagan to Howrah Maidan flank in the proposed East-West Metro is also slated to be underground. RVNL, which is executing the New Garia-Airport Metro project, pointed out the issue of land problem near Chingrighata on EM Bypass, which is a highly populated area. It was proposed that the route can be realigned a bit to tackle the problem. De has formed a committee led by state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Principal Secretary Subrata Gupta, to look into the matter and come out with a solution. The state informed RVNL that the extension from Majerhat to BBD Bag of the proposed Joka-BBD Bag project has already got the nod of the Centre. The nod for Joka–Majerhat had been received much earlier. However there are some land issues plaguing the project. Kolkata Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed has been asked to take up the matter. Apart from De, state Home secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay was also present in the meeting, where the intervention of the state in clearing roadblocks in the various Metro projects was discussed at length.last_img read more

Speaking at the Geneva presentation of Moving away from the Death Penalty, Arguments, Trends and Perspectives, released by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Assistant Secretary-General celebrated what he said was “worldwide accelerating progress” made towards abolition since the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.“Back then, 66 years ago, only 14 countries had abolished the death penalty, the majority in South America,” Mr. Šimonović explained, adding that currently around 160 countries around the world had abolished the death penalty in law or in practice. “The support for abolition resonates across regions, legal systems, traditions, customs and religious backgrounds,” he continued. “Year after year, more countries are turning away from the death penalty.” Recently, Equatorial Guinea, Pakistan, and the states of Washington, Maryland and Connecticut in the United States, decided to establish a moratorium or suspend executions while last April, El Salvador, Gabon and Poland acceded to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – an international agreement aimed at abolition. These countries join the more than 160 other Members States who have already either eliminated capital punishment or do not practice it.But, noted Mr. Šimonović, amid all the successes there have also been setbacks, with some States resuming executions after decades and others reintroducing it for certain offences. “In 2013, after many years of slow, but consistent moving away from the death penalty, we have had a 12 per cent increase in the number of executions when compared to 2012, and the number of executing states increased by one,” he told those gathered. “Exactly for this reason, we need to continue our advocacy for the universal abolition of the death penalty.” The Assistant Secretary-General highlighted three specific reasons for abolition which he said were clearly delineated in the OHCHR publication, such as the need to avoid executing those subjected to wrongful convictions; the lack of statistical evidence pointing to the death penalty as a useful deterrent; and the higher rate of execution among those from marginalized communities, including people with mental or intellectual disabilities. He added that while some advocated capital punishment as retribution, research appeared to show the exact opposite – victims and their families “do not want revenge but prefer justice without revenge or retribution.”“Victims want to be heard; to share their recounts of loss and grief but also ways in which they have begun to recover some equilibrium in their lives and ways to honour the memory of their lost family members,” the Assistant Secretary-General said, adding that “one day” people will look back and wonder how it was possible that the death penalty had ever existed in the first place.“I hope that ‘one day’ is not far away from us,” Mr. Šimonović concluded. “Abolition will undoubtedly enhance the rights of all humankind, starting with our most sacred right of all, the right to life.” read more

VolunteerFEST provides an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to find an organization to volunteer with throughout the year.Over 50 organizations from across the Niagara Region are coming to VolunteerFEST to engage with the Brock community about available volunteer opportunities. It is taking place on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Guernsey Market Hall. The Brock community is encouraged to stop by this free event and explore possible opportunities with a variety of organizations from the Niagara Region.VolunteerFEST is a collaborative event brought to you by the Brock University Students Union, Career Services, and Student Life & Community Experience. read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I feel for the owners.”This is not what you want to happen and I really want the police to catch the poacher.” Police are hunting for the killer of a young New Forest pony, which was found dead with wounds from a shotgun.It is believed that the culprit was a poacher who shot the four-year-old filly in the mistaken belief it was a deer.Authorities believe the animal was shot in the early hours of Wednesday morning, by a poacher hunting under the cloak of darkness.A spokesperson from Hampshire police said: “The four-year-old filly had wounds likely to have been caused by shotgun pellets.”We are investigating the circumstances of the animal’s death. “Local councillor Edward Heron who is the deputy chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority told the Daily Echo: “An incident like this one is incredibly rare and I have never heard of anything like this happening in this area.”It’s quite worrying but we will have to await the outcome of the police investigation.”Tony Hockley, from the New Forest Commoners tweeted that he believed it to be poachers.He wrote: “Poaching can be a problem in open access areas but this is an unusual incident to happen here.”I would advise people that no additional action needs to be taken.”This is a one off incident, horses and ponies are safe here and that’s why an incident like this even more shocking. read more

first_img Feb 21st 2018, 7:38 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Michael Donnelly and Ashleigh McDonald Rugby rape trial: Forensic scientist gives evidence about blood and DNA found on clothes and duvet Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding deny raping the woman. 77,269 Views Stuart Olding arrives to court. Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 7:38 PM Stuart Olding arrives to court. Image: Brian Lawless/PA Imagescenter_img Image: Brian Lawless/PA Images No Comments A FORENSIC SCIENTIST who examined clothes worn by the complainant on the night she claimed she was raped by two Ireland rugby players gave evidence today in Belfast Crown Court.The senior scientific officer carried out tests on the woman’s white jeans, a black top and a pair of pants.After conducting tests on the clothes, the forensic scientist told the trial Stuart Olding’s semen was located on all three items.Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson (26) and Stuart Olding (24) both deny raping the then 19-year-old woman at Jackson’s home on 28 June 2016.The forensic scientist confirmed traces of Oldings DNA was located via semen on the white trousers, DNA matching Oldings profile was found on her underwear, and his semen was also located on her black top.And while the top tested negative for blood, the complainant’s blood was found on both her pants and white trousers, as well as a duvet taken from Jackson’s bedroom.The scientist said when the white trousers were presented to her, they were “grubby and stained” with visible areas of blood staining both on the inside and outside.The complainant’s pants were also blood-stained, with the expert determining that one stain bore a “transfer pattern.”As she sat in witness box, the forensic scientist was asked by Toby Hedworth QC, for the Crown: “Were you provided with items from Mr Jackson’s house?”To which she replied “yes.”She confirmed she was given a grey and white duvet cover to fit a double bed.When Hedworth asked “was blood staining visible on that?”, she answered “yes.”And when asked “was that tested and found to match the DNA profile of the complainant?”, the expert replied “it was, yes.”In addition, the forensic scientist was also asked about “both external and internal” swabs taken from the complainant.When asked about the presence of semen from the swabs, the scientist replied: “They were negative for semen.”InjuryEarlier today, a leading forensic medical expert voiced concerns over the finding of an internal injury in the young woman some 14 hours after she claimed she was raped.She told Belfast Crown Court if she had found such an injury still bleeding, it would have given her “cause for concern” and would have immediately referred the patient for treatment.However, she also said while bleeding injuries “are not common in this type of case”, she had in the past referred two such cases for treatment in hospital to stop the bleeding.The concerns of the doctor, now semi-retired, came as she was giving evidence on behalf of the defence.She told the court she had reviewed the notes and a video of the examination carried out by a doctor at the Rowan sexual assault referral centre at Antrim Area Hospital, in which he documented an internal tear which he said had been caused by blunt force trauma. Paddy Jackson also denies a charge of sexual assault. Source: Michael Cooper/PA ImagesQuestioned by defence QC Brendan Kelly, the doctor said while a video showed an examing instrument in place, it was not noted in the notes, and although blood could be seen, there was no indication as to “where that blood was coming from”.She went on to agree with Kelly that the alleged external bruising found on the vagina, was “maybe of little relevance evidentially”, and that the site of its description did not appear to coincide with the video and that the purple discolouration seen on the video, may have been caused by “the light source” used to film it.‘Worries’However, the doctor said she had “worries” over the lack of any noted injury around this area, although in “most cases we examine, have no injuries, but when injuries are found these are the areas which most commonly are injured”.She went on to explain that the human male and female anatomy “are designed not to cause injury to one and other, otherwise procreation could not occur”.The doctor went on to agree with Kelly that it was “hard to believe there were injuries inside, and not injuries on the protective outside” in cases of excessively forceful or violent rape, although in cases of digital penetration there was a “risk” of injury occurring.AlcoholDefence QC Arthur Harvey for Blane McIlroy (26), who along Rory Harrison (25) is also on trial facing lesser charges, asked about the affects of alcohol on a person’s behaviour.She agreed that even after stopping drinking the alcohol level in a person continues to rise.The alleged victim in this case agreed that she had been drinking before going back to Jackson’s south Belfast home.The doctor accepted “yes, most certainly”, to Harvey’s contention that continued rising alcohol levels could lead, among other things, to feelings of well-being, coupled with ill-judgement and reduced inhibition.She further agreed “all that what happens on the way up, reverses on the way down”, and could also result in fragmented memory loss and feelings of remorse in the aftermath which could lead to further problems.However, in cross-emanination by prosecution QC Toby Hedworth, the doctor accepted that while people in drink sometimes “do things that are ill-judged ….. what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander”.The doctor also agreed that in the aftermath of a sex assault the initial disclosure from a victim was sometimes, “partial”, to which the doctor added, “and piecemeal”, and that also “further details come out later”.Before being excused for the day, the jury was told by Judge Patricia Smyth that they will be hearing police interviews conducted with the defendants during tomorrow’s sitting.The nine men and three women were again warned not to discuss the case with anyone, and to “be on your guard.”Read: Doctor at rape trial: ‘Not possible’ to tell if injuries caused by consensual or non-consensual sex >Read: Jury taken to Paddy Jackson’s home to scene of alleged rape > Short URL Share3 Tweet Email4 last_img read more

first_imgSouthwest Washington – Southwest Washington’s annual day of giving on Sept. 22, Give More 24!, raised $920,699 for local charities. In total, 128 organization participated in Thursday’s event.The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, the host and marketing power behind the day, updated the total on Tuesday to include some matching gifts that had been overlooked.The 3,062 individual donors gave 4,425 gifts during a 24-hour period.“We’re very impressed with the all-around effort this year,” Jennifer Rhoads, president of the Community Foundation, said in a news release. “We continue to stretch our community by setting audacious goals, and every year we’ve seen this event grow in new ways. This year was defined by creative events and fundraising campaigns.”The vast majority of gifts came from people in Southwest Washington with nearly half coming from Vancouver. After Vancouver, the Longview/Kelso area was the most giving, then Camas/Washougal and Battle Ground/Brush Prairie. The 3,062 donors spanned 41 states and 10 countries.Education, health and youth development were the three most supported causes.last_img read more

first_img Originally published June 6.Updates, June 7: Adds more details about doodles for the Women’s World Cup. June 11: Adds more doodles celebrating the Women’s World Cup. Comment 3:40 Culture Tech Industry Tags Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: How Google made a Doodle game Google is celebrating the 2019 Women’s World Cup with a series of doodles representing each of the competing countries.  Google As the US Women’s National Team prepares for their first match in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday, Google is celebrating all the teams in the tournament with a series of doodles.The latest homepage banner represents work by artists of six different countries: Chile, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand and the US. Teams from each of the countries are competing Tuesday, and Google says the doodles portray a distinct message about what the tournament means for each artist and their country.Chile artist Luisa Rivera said the World Cup means “teamwork, passion and determination” to her, and Netherland artist Eline Van Dam said she wanted to show how the game “connects people all over the world.” Google kicked off its first World Cup-themed doodles last Friday to mark the start of the tournament.2019-womens-world-cup-day-1-5386703364161536-2xGoogle kicks off the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a doodle. Google “Each Doodle will capture the local excitement of the World Cup competition as well as what soccer means to the guest artist personally,” Google said. You can see the full list of 24 artists, one for each country in the tournament, in Google’s blog post. Google has already featured doodles celebrating several of the teams competing in the World Cup.On day two of the World Cup it featured: China, Germany, Nigeria, Norway, South Africa and Spain.  Google On day three of the World Cup if featured: Australia, Brazil, England, Italy, Jamaica and Scotland.  Google On day four of the World Cup it featured: Argentina, Cameroon, Canada and Japan. Google The Women’s World Cup started Friday with a match between host country France and South Korea. This year marks the eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup conference, with the first in 1991. Google also said soccer fans will be able to use Assistant and the search app to follow real-time match updates. While the Google search app will let you subscribe to team updates, Assistant can answer specific questions. If you’ve got an Android phone, you’ll be able to follow up to three real-time scores on your home screen. You can also use the Google News FIFA Women’s World Cup interactive tracker to browse highlights. And YouTube will show highlights as well as behind-the-scenes moments. Google Doodles are temporary versions of the tech company’s logo on its homepage to honor holidays and historic occasions. Earlier this week, the company featured an interactive timeline celebrating 50 years of gay pride. 1 Google Assistant Googlelast_img read more

first_img Volkswagen (VW) first sold a diesel vehicle in Britain equipped with software which rigged the result of emissions tests in 2008, UK managing director Paul Willis told the Commons Transport select committee on 12 October. It seems around 2008 from the information I have at the moment. I knew nothing about this subject until 19 September this year, when I first heard it on the news from the United States.During the hearing Willis answered questions from British lawmakers and vowed that Volkswagen would work to win back trust. He also said there were questions around the emissions testing process, and that the firm should discuss with British regulators the possibility of paying towards the re-testing of vehicles. Willis told Louise Ellman, the chair of the parliamentary committee, that the first recalls of the faulty models will take place in the first quarter of 2016.Were determined to get to the bottom of this, because we have to get to the bottom of this issue to regain the trust of our customers. We will call the cars back step by step and I intend in the United Kingdom to contact every single customer to try to call those cars back, said Willis. The Volkswagen managing director also defended allegations that it was a corporate decision to circumvent the emissions tests. I find it absolutely implausible that senior people of the company would have known of these issues with regard to the testing regime, he said.The biggest business crisis in VWs 78-year history has wiped about a third off its share price, forced out its long-time CEO, prompted investigations across the world and shaken both the car industry and German establishment. Closelast_img read more

first_imgFile photoSome 46,664 Bangladeshi pilgrims are yet to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s hajj, according to Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd.A total of 80,664 hajj pilgrims flied for Saudi Arabia till Saturday morning, said Biman general manager (PR) Shakil Meraj.Of them, 39,081 were carried by Biman Bangladesh Airlines while 41,583 by Saudi Airlines, he said, adding that Biman will operate six hajj flights, including one from Chittagong, by 8:00am on Sunday.Shakil Meraj also said no Biman flight was cancelled today, Saturday. “Biman has so far cancelled 24 hajj flights.”Some 127,198 pilgrims are scheduled to perform hajj from Bangladesh this year under government and private managements.last_img read more

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina and veteran Indian actress Sharmila Tagore will be honoured with honorary Doctor of Literature (D.Litt) at a convocation of Kazi Nazrul University in Asansol on 26 May, reports quoting official sources on Wednesday.The prime minister is expected to reach West Bengal on 25 May for the inauguration of the Bangladesh centre at Santiniketan, Bolpur, where Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, Bengal governor KS Tripathi and chief minister Mamata Banerjee will also attend a convocation of Visva Bharati.After a night halt there, the Bangladesh prime minister would visit Kazi Nazrul University at Asansol where she will receive honorary D Litt from the authorities.Along with Sheikh Hasina veteran actress Sharmila Tagore would also be honoured with honorary doctorate.Tripathi, Ms Banerjee and state education minister Partha Chatterjee would also attend the convocation.Scientist Yusuf Hasan of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre will also be honoured by the university, sources said.last_img read more

first_img Share Laura SkeldingState Board of Education member Marisa Perez-Diaz speaks to a group of people rallying for the inclusion of Mexican-American studies in public school curriculum outside the Texas Education Agency on April 11, 2018.Texas advocates for Mexican-American studies classes won a bitter victory Wednesday, in gaining approval to move forward with the class they wanted, but losing the course title.The board had been debating more than four years over how and whether to offer teachers materials and guidance to teach Mexican-American studies. In a preliminary vote, the State Board of Education voted nearly unanimously to create curriculum standards for the elective class. But now it will be called “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent.”  A final vote on the issue is scheduled for Friday.The class will be based on an innovative course Houston ISD got state approval to offer in 2015. Texas Education Agency staff will make any needed changes to that set of curriculum standards and then bring it back for the first of two public hearings and votes in June.Lawrence Allen, a Houston Democrat, was the only member to vote against the newly named course, expressing support for Mexican-American studies but criticizing the new title.Starting a fierce debate with Democrats on the board, Beaumont Republican David Bradley proposed the new name for the course. When asked why he didn’t want to keep “Mexican-American studies,” he said, “I don’t subscribe to hyphenated Americanism. … I find hyphenated Americanism to be divisive.”“As someone who identifies as Mexican-American, your experience is unlike my experience,” San Antonio Democrat Marisa Perez-Diaz retorted. “I’m asking you to be inclusive.”Most Democrats, except for El Paso Democrat Georgina Perez, voted against Bradley’s proposal. But they were outnumbered. Standing outside the hearing room to discuss their strategy after the vote, Texas professors and teachers criticized Perez for voting to strip the Mexican-American studies class of its name and brainstormed future options.“We can change the name in the public comment phase if enough of you turn out,” said Brownsville Democrat Ruben Cortez, who represents District 2 on the board and has been spearheading the fight for a Mexican-American studies course for years.Of 38 people who signed up to testify on the issue, 37 noted they were in favor of approving the course. (The one person who signed up in opposition is Friendswood ISD board member Matt Robinson, likely to replace Bradley in January. He did not speak Wednesday.)Even before the vote, Texas teachers could already offer Mexican-American studies as a social studies elective, but they have to put in additional work to build a course structure and choose textbooks. That left smaller school districts facing an uphill climb to get a class started.With little centralized guidance on what to teach in Mexican-American studies, districts currently offer varying versions of the course.Teachers already offering some version of Mexican-American studies shared positive reviews from their students who talked about being thrilled to see themselves reflected in their coursework. They also asked the board to approve a set of centralized standards for how to teach the course, so they could spend more time teaching than planning what to teach.“Students have a lot more freedom when we learn about our culture,” said Damian Mota, a seventh-grade student at KIPP Camino Academy in San Antonio. “If you walk into our classroom, you’re not going to see a traditional classroom. We are passionate learners who back up our claims.”Teachers and professors who testified cited research showing that students who learn their cultural histories do better academically.“We’re not proposing a supplement to what is already being done,” said University of Texas at Austin professor Emilio Zamora. “Research has demonstrated that Mexican-American studies … does improve academic performance.”At the board’s first public hearing on the matter in January, some Republican board members pushed back on the idea of an official course. Board member Marty Rowley, an Amarill0 Republican, said in January that a Mexican-American studies course could be exclusionary by not focusing on the contribution of “other Latinos to Texas history or American history.”In 2014, the board rejected a proposal to create an official Mexican-American studies course, with some members arguing that creating a separate class would be racially divisive. Instead, board members voted to put ethnic studies, including Mexican-American, African-American, Asian-American and Native American studies, on a list of social studies textbooks it would ask publishers to develop for Texas schools.Critics of that decision have argued that asking publishers to create books without curriculum standards to reference is ineffectual. They said approving the course first, and the standards to go along with it, would give publishers much needed guidance as well as reassurance that school districts might actually buy their textbooks.The board has twice put out calls for ethnic studies textbooks since 2015 and failed to find Mexican-American studies materials they wanted to approve.Board members also voted Wednesday to create a process for approving other elective courses in ethnic studies. Just courses in Native American, Latino, African American and Asian Pacific Islander studies will be considered.Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.last_img read more

first_img Citation: Can Athletic Uniform Color Determine Winners and Losers? (2008, February 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from It’s not uncommon for some athletes to have good luck charms, including the superstition that wearing certain colors may give them an edge on the competition. While some studies have found that, indeed, certain colors may increase the likelihood of winning in combat sports, a recent study shows that researchers must take into account potentially confounding factors when associating color with winning probability. 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. However, the potential psychological effect of color in sport doesn’t end there. Numerous other studies have shown that other colors – notably red and orange – can signal aggression and dominance in a wide variety of organisms. Some research points out that, in fair-skinned humans, anger can cause the face to redden. Psychological research has also shown that color can impact an individual’s mood, behavior, brain activity, and even body posture. Perhaps due to these reasons, one study found that athletes in red have a winning bias over athletes in blue in a variety of sports, including men’s Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, boxing, and tae kwon do. Another study found that football and hockey teams with black uniforms receive more penalties than other teams. Some of these associations between color and performance may still very likely be true. Dijkstra and Preenan just advise that researchers be careful to account for all contributing factors when investigating color-associated winning biases in sports.“We do believe in the effect of red,” said Dijkstra. “Red is associated with anger, fear and failure in human societies; in many animals red increases the likelihood of winning. Yet, the findings of Hill and Barton (in 2005) that athletes in red win more often in four combat sports requires a re-evaluation, because their analysis may also be confounded by similar factors as described in our study for judo. Ultimately, experimental work is needed (also for the presumed lack of an effect of blue-white) to determine whether color biases winning in human sport.”More information: Dijkstra, Peter D. and Preenen, Paul T. Y. “No effect of blue on winning contests in judo.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B. doi:10.1098/rspb.2007.1700. Copyright 2008 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Opponents compete in a judo match. Image credit: US Marine Corps.center_img Dutch researchers Peter Dijkstra of the University of Glasgow and Paul Preenen of the University of Amsterdam have investigated the claim of a previous study that judo athletes wearing blue uniforms were more likely to win compared with those in white uniforms during the 2004 Olympics. Supposedly, blue could have an intimidating effect on opponents, since it is brighter than white. Further, white uniforms might be easier to see than blue uniforms, giving the athlete in blue the advantage of anticipating the movements of an opponent in white.However, Dijkstra and Preenen point out several confounding factors that the previous study did not account for. Taking these factors into consideration, the researchers found that athletes in blue and white uniforms had equal chances of winning a contest.The researchers determined three confounding factors in the previous study. First, the top 11 percent of judo athletes in the 2004 Olympics were seeded, and all were given blue uniforms. Although the previous study tried to correct for the seeding by excluding first-round matches, Dijkstra and Preenen show that the seeding bias persists up through the third round of matches.Second, the researchers explained that athletes competing in the “loser’s pool” also had a uniform color bias, since athletes in blue were more likely to have won their previous match. Further, in the loser’s pool, athletes in blue were also more likely to have competed in one fewer match than athletes in white. And third, athletes in blue had slightly longer periods of time between matches, giving them more time to rest than athletes in white.When correcting for these three factors, the researchers found that pitting blue uniforms against white uniforms was actually a very fair match-up. They confirmed this result by analyzing 71 other major judo tournaments since 1996. Overall, they recommend that blue-white uniform pairings are an ideal match for ensuring equal play. “Our paper emphasizes the need to carefully consider potential confounding factors,” Dijkstra told “This holds, of course, for every single research project, no matter what it’s about. Surely, our findings are important for sport policy makers; blue-white most likely ensures an equal level of play, in contrast to blue-red.” Explore further How Japan’s renewables-powered Olympics could kick off a global race for clean energylast_img read more

first_img Jeff Roberson Federal Judge Blocks Parts Of Missouri Law That Bans… by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.27.19 4:47pm Updated at 4:46 p.m. ETPortions of a Missouri law banning abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy were blocked by a federal judge just a day before the legislation was to go into effect.U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs issued the order halting the law, whose provisions also call for physicians who perform an abortion after eight weeks to face possible prison time and have their license suspended or revoked. “While federal courts should generally be very cautious before delaying the effect of state laws, the sense of caution may be mitigated when the legislation seems designed, as here, as a protest against Supreme Court decisions,” Sachs wrote in his opinion.Sachs denied a full preliminary injunction on technical grounds, but his ruling achieved what he called the “desired result” sought by Planned Parenthood for now. He left in place — at least for now — prohibitions on abortion for reasons of race, sex or a suspected diagnosis of Down syndrome in the fetus.The legislation that Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed in May has an exception for medical emergencies, but not for victims of rape or incest. Planned Parenthood filed suit to halt the law last month, and its lawyers told the court that the legislation would mean “patients will be subject to significant and irreparable constitutional, medical, emotional, and other harms for which no adequate remedy at law exists.” In a statement, Kristan Hawkins of the anti-abortion rights group Students for Life called Tuesday’s ruling “a travesty of justice and an insult to the democratic process.”Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, welcomed the decision blocking a law that she called “harmful.” “What little abortion access in Missouri is left, will stay in place for the time being. In the meantime, we cannot ignore the part of this law that remains in place, which allows politicians to interfere with the patient-provider relationship,” she said. But Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, criticized the judge’s decision. “Missouri is a strongly pro-life state and lawmakers acted on their constituents’ will when they passed landmark protections for unborn children and their mothers,” Dannenfelser said. “We are extremely disappointed in today’s ruling which blocks limits on abortion, even late-term abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy when the child can feel excruciating pain.”Sachs’ ruling follows several other federal court decisions that have barred restrictive abortion laws from being implemented in states such as Ohio and Mississippi. Many of those laws criminalize the procedure as soon as heartbeat activity can be detected — as early as six weeks, which is before many women even know they’re pregnant.Anti-abortion-rights activists are hoping that legal challenges to one of the state laws will reach the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to overturn the constitutional right to an abortion established by the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade.In its July lawsuit, the clinic, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, said the Missouri law would “directly violate long-standing Supreme Court precedent,” calling it “Missouri’s unrelenting campaign to deny patients the health care they seek and to which they are entitled.”The state’s law was written with an eye toward banning the procedure as early as the courts will allow it. If an eight-week ban is thrown out, the law includes a cascading series of 14-, 18- and 20-week abortion bans that could take effect instead.”The hostility to, and refusal to comply with, the Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence is most obviously demonstrated in the attempt to push ‘viability’ protection downward in various weekly stages to 8 weeks,” the judge wrote, referring to the way the state crafted the law. In a separate process, the fate of the last remaining clinic that provides abortions in Missouri remains uncertain. Parson’s administration says the clinic is not meeting state health regulations. Planned Parenthood officials say they have done all they can to comply but that the rules are being arbitrarily enforced for political reasons. A hearing in that matter is planned for October.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

first_imgTags: Caribbean, Sun Destinations, Trend Watch << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Fewer Canadians started the year with a visit to the Caribbean; CTO reports 3.7% decreasecenter_img Posted by TORONTO — The Canadian market has been a “challenge” this year for the Caribbean, with visitor traffic from this market dropping 3.7% for the first six months of 2016. But there’s still time to end the year on a positive note, and travel agents play a big role, says Hugh Riley, Secretary General for the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Asked what percentage of Canadian bookings to the Caribbean are coming through travel agents, Riley said he didn’t have an exact figure (“we wish we did”) but asserted that more than ever these days, “travel agents have become very important influencers”. Especially, to Riley’s own surprise, with Millennials.There’s a lot of talk about influencers these days, most of it centered on social media. Travel agents are influencers just as much as bloggers and other social media stars, and to add punch to their power, they can make the bookings.“People still want to deal with a human being,” said Riley. “The number of travel agencies may have shrunk but those that remain are clearly stronger and more valuable as an asset.”The Caribbean is seeing the same trend as other regions in the world – that Millennials are the group more likely these days to book through a travel agent. “I had to ask my team to check twice when I heard that,” said Riley at yesterday’s CTO Caribbean Media Day.Last year saw a 4.5% increase from the Canadian market but this year got off to a rough start for the Caribbean, said Riley, a scene that played out in other regions around the world. Zika fears, a mild winter and a weak Canadian dollar put a damper on bookings and the first quarter saw a 3.9% drop from this market, and in the second quarter, a 3.3% drop. Year to date some 2.1 million Canadians have travelled to the Caribbean. Some 61% come from Ontario. The CTO has long worked hard to generate more traffic from the West but there are practical challenges, says Riley. “Canada is a big country, and the distances are a challenge. People want to fly and get to the beach in one day.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTCuba remained the top Caribbean destination for Canadians during the first half of 2016, receiving over 527,000 visitors. That was down 4.3% when compared to last year.Eight of the 24 reporting destinations recorded growth, with highs of 24.9% in the Turks and Caicos Islands and 14.1% in Suriname. Barbados, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Guyana, St. Maarten and St. Vincent & the Grenadines registered moderate growth, said Riley.While the Canadian market faltered, worldwide visitor arrivals to the Caribbean grew by 5.2% during the first half of this year, for a six-month total of 15.7 million tourist visits, more than 775,000 more than in the first half of 2015.So far, said Riley, the overall performance in 2016 “has remained above trend” and in line with the CTO’s projected 4.5 – 5.5% rise, which would take the Caribbean over the 30 million mark for the first time ever.Asked if the perceived risk surrounding the Zika virus played a role in Canada’s decrease in visitors, Riley said “we know it hasn’t helped”.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”“We haven’t seen massive cancellations but it certainly is a concern,” he said. “What is harder to know is if there has been missed business. The good news is that our business continues to increase. We have to learn how to get accurate information into people’s hands so they can make informed decisions. And when we do that, we find they do make the decision to travel.”Meanwhile the sharing economy is transforming travel in the Caribbean just like in other parts of the world. “Airbnb is a dominant player now,” said Riley, noting that the Caribbean now has more than 30,000 Airbnb listings. “The consumer is speaking and determining the success of the sharing economy. We’re watching it and dealing with it. If people want to spend more time in the Caribbean, to get into our communities and see how we live, then of course they’re going to be interested in Airbnb. That’s the advantage of the sharing economy. The downside is, what is it doing to our employment? What is it doing to our taxation?”The Caribbean’s hotel room occupancy declined by 2.6% to 70.1% in the first half of 2016, while the average daily rate fell by 2.8% to $240.85. Revenue per available room was $170.45, down by 6.1%.The slumps were influenced by a 1.2% rise in room stock and a 2.3% fall in demand, attributed in part to the sharing economy.Emily Dunn, Jamaica Tourist BoardMonica Garcia, Antigua & BarbudaAir Canada Vacations at CTO Day Travelweek Group last_img read more

first_imgSource = Emirates Emirates Flight Training Academy partners with BoeingEmirates Flight Training Academy partners with BoeingEmirates Flight Training Academy, the new world class flight training facility developed by Emirates airline to respond to the industry’s growing need for pilots, has signed an agreement with Boeing under which both organisations will collaborate on a comprehensive training curriculum and software infrastructure to support Academy operations.Emirates Flight Training Academy, currently under construction at Al Maktoum International Airport- Dubai World Central (DWC) and scheduled to open in October 2016, will combine best practices in education with state of the art learning technologies and cutting edge training aircraft.Under the agreement with Boeing, Emirates Flight Training Academy will receive an integrated software system, based on the Peters Software system acquired by Boeing, for managing cadet learning and training flight operations, and an enhanced curriculum customised for Emirates. Cadets will learn with highly interactive digital content delivered in purpose-designed classrooms and on personal tablets.“Our programme is designed to produce career-ready pilots. Exceeding regulatory requirements, the curriculum will, for instance, see cadets complete at least 1,100 hours of ground and 315 hours of flight training using a competency-focused approach. We are leveraging Boeing’s expertise in airline pilot training to identify opportunities to enhance the Academy’s curriculum,” said Captain Alan Stealey, Principal, Emirates Flight Training Academy.Emirates designed the Academy to promote advancements in four key areas of pilot training: interactive learning for theoretical subjects in classrooms, practical learning in the most capable training aircraft, practical learning in advanced flight simulators, and airline-focused line-oriented flight training. When fully operational, the Academy will be able to accommodate over 600 students at a time.Emirates recently placed an order for 27 aircraft allowing ab-initio pilots to receive 100% of their training in the UAE at the most advanced pilot academy in the world with a purpose-built learning environment for developing professional pilots. Ab-initio pilots in the airline’s long-running Emirates National Cadet Programme currently complete their training at a variety of overseas locations. When the Academy opens its doors later in the year, all aspects of pilot training for the airline will be established in Dubai.Emirates Flight Training Academy will initially focus on cadets in Emirates’ existing prestigious National Cadet Pilot Training Programme for UAE nationals. However, the Academy intends to welcome international cadet pilots in the near future. Emirateslast_img read more

first_img RelatedLondon Olympics set to boost regional tourismSkyscanner reveals that London 2012 will cause an influx of foreign visitors to regional destinationsOlympic success sees foreigners flock to LondonHost city could become the world’s most popular capital.Disabled travel: expert advice for planning your trip to Rio 2016 and beyondWith the Olympic and Paralympic Games quickly approaching, Skyscanner and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have teamed up to bring together travel advice and information for disabled travellers heading to Rio this summer. More people are expected to book flights to Brazil after the country won the 2016 Olympic bid.Rio de Janeiro fought off competition from rival cities in the US, Spain and Japan to win the right to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.According to Journey Latin America, this could lead to increase in demand from tourists for Brazil’s beaches, waterfalls and jungles.Company spokesperson Laura Rendell-Dunn said it is “such a big thing” to have the Olympics in South America, a continent where it has never been held before.”[Rio] is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it is incredible to have such an important event take place there surrounded by mountains and the Atlantic Ocean,” she commented.”It is great for tourism as anyone visiting the Games will like to spend the rest of their time in Brazil.”Figures from the Brazilian Tourist Board recently revealed that the number of Brits travelling to the country in 2008 rose by more than 2.3 percent compared with 2007.This amounts to a total of 181,000 visitors, compared with the previous year’s total of 177,000.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_img by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Oct 25, 2018 6:42 am PDT Last Updated Oct 25, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Megyn Kelly absent from show following blackface comments NEW YORK, N.Y. – Megyn Kelly was absent from her NBC News morning show on Thursday following this week’s controversy over her comments about blackface, amid indications that her time at the network could be ending after less than two years.An NBC spokeswoman said that “given the circumstances,” the network was airing repeats of “Megyn Kelly Today” on Thursday and Friday.During a segment about Halloween costumes on Tuesday, Kelly defended the use of blackface while discussing a character on “Real Housewives of New York City” who darkened her face for a Diana Ross costume. She said it was acceptable when she was a kid when portraying a character.Social media condemnation was swift, and Kelly apologized to fellow NBC staffers in an email later in the day. Yet both NBC’s “Nightly News” and the “Today” show did stories on their colleague’s comment. Al Roker said “she owes a big apology to people of colour across the country.”She opened Wednesday’s show by saying she was wrong and sorry for what she said.“I have never been a PC kind of person, but I do understand the value of being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity,” she said.The reference to political correctness in a discussion about blackface struck some critics as odd, along with the show’s cameras panning over the audience giving her a standing ovation for nearly 20 seconds.Kelly jumped from Fox News Channel to NBC in early 2017, but it hasn’t been a comfortable fit. Her one-hour morning show has never caught on with viewers, except for a brief bump when she aggressively covered reports about sexual misconduct, and Kelly was said to be unhappy with the amount of lighter material expected of a 9 a.m. show.Kelly did not respond to an email request seeking comment.She met with NBC executives within the past month about dissatisfaction with the show’s direction, according to a person close to Kelly who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss personnel matters.Kelly last month publicly called for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack to appoint outside investigators to look into why the network didn’t air Ronan Farrow’s stories about disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein and allowed him to take the material to the New Yorker. That’s a particular sore point with NBC’s management.She was also unhappy that accounts of Lack criticizing her for the blackface comments at an NBC internal town hall meeting became public, and fired her agent out of concern that his company’s representation of NBC News President Noah Oppenheim would be a conflict of interest, said the person close to Kelly. Yet the likelihood that a news executive’s comments before a roomful of journalists would remain secret is remote.NBC representatives said they had no comment beyond the discussion of why Kelly wasn’t on the air Thursday.All of this points toward a likely exit from NBC by Kelly, who has found it difficult to maintain a loyal constituency. Many of her former Fox News Channel viewers were upset by a perceived disloyalty in leaving and her clashes with President Donald Trump during his campaign. At the same time, her former association with Fox caused some NBC colleagues and viewers to regard her with suspicion.Kelly’s viewers were given no reason for her absence; a notice on the screen said the show was “previously recorded.”There were indications that the plans had come about quickly. “Happy Friday,” she said at the opening of the taped show on Thursday.“The Real Housewives of New York City” episode aired this spring on the NBC-owned Bravo network, with character Luann deLesseps wearing a gigantic Afro to portray Ross. After criticism surfaced about her costume, she said she was tanned and used a bronzer, but was not trying to appear in blackface.center_img FILE – This Sept. 21, 2017 file photo shows Megyn Kelly on the set of her show, “Megyn Kelly Today” at NBC Studios in New York. Kelly is apologizing to her NBC News colleagues for questioning why dressing up in blackface for a Halloween costume is wrong. She faced a swift backlash for her morning show segment on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, and wrote later that she realized that such behavior is wrong. She says she’s never been a “PC” kind of person, but does understand that she needs to be more sensitive on issues of race and ethnicity. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

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