Financial, Soccer Ideals Collide in Champions League

first_imgROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterLONDON (AP) — UEFA is putting itself in a quandary by combing through Paris Saint-Germain’s finances, investigating whether the French capital club has flouted spending rules to sign Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.On one hand UEFA doesn’t want out-of-control spending by the clubs. On the other it wants more clubs to be competitive.No team is better placed than PSG to give the Champions League something missing for 13 years: A team in the final from outside England, Germany, Italy and Spain.And yet the overzealous spending that could allow PSG to break up that Champions League monopoly, by winning its first title, could also see the club blocked from entry next year by the organizers of European soccer’s flagship club competition.It’s where the need for fiscal diligence collides with mission statements by UEFA leaders desiring more open, exciting competitions.Enhancing the competitive balance within the Champions League is the thorny issue UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin is trying to resolve while grappling with the spending rules inherited from disgraced predecessor Michel Platini amid constant threats of a breakaway by the gilded elite.Although UEFA is trying to drum up excitement around the start of the Champions League proper this week, rarely does the group stage deliver a shock once the standings are complete in December. Leading teams are unlikely to be squeezed out of the top two places in each group to progress to the knockout phase.And from next season the competition will prove even tougher if you aren’t from one of Europe’s top four football nations. England, Germany, Italy and Spain are to enjoy the luxury of four automatic spots in the group stage, removing the need for any teams to negotiate the August playoffs, and entrenching the status of the privileged.Less well-off clubs, though, have gained an unlikely champion in Javier Tebas, the president of the Spanish league which has been represented in the past four Champions League finals. Tebas, irritated that Neymar left Barcelona for PSG, has led calls for the Qatari-owned club to be punished by UEFA for paying for his world-record transfer. Tebas also wants to dilute the concentration of wealth in the game.“As more and more money is given to these clubs it’ll be taken away from the smaller leagues and smaller clubs,” Tebas told The Associated Press. “Football will lose its structure and clubs will either be much richer or much poorer and it’ll affect the competitions.”But there are dangers, too, for domestic competitions if UEFA simply doles out the Champions League revenue more equitably; fattening the prize money for entrants from smaller countries is worsening the imbalance.Competition in smaller leagues has already been distorted — wiped out in several cases — due to the economic advantage that strengthens each year for teams sealing return tickets to the Champions League.In UEFA’s Swiss homeland, Basel has won eight league titles in a row. Around 35 million euros ($42 million) has been banked by Basel from the Champions League and Europa League in the last three seasons — the same amount clubs in Switzerland’s top two divisions are expected to share this season from television and marketing revenue.It’s a similar story in Greece where Olympiakos has won seven titles in a row. Celtic has cruised to the last six titles in Scotland, as has Juventus in Italy. Bayern Munich (Germany) and APOEL (Cyprus) are both five-time defending champions. And in Portugal, Benfica and Porto have shared the top domestic trophy for the last 15 years.Copenhagen, winner of the last two Danish titles, will not feature in the Champions League group stage this year after being beaten in the playoff round by Azerbaijani newcomer Qarabag. Dropping into the Europa League, though, will be healthier for Danish football.“Somebody at Copenhagen might kill me for saying this,” Danish league chief executive Claus Thomsen told the AP. “But it’s a bigger problem for the Danish competitive balance if we have one team participating in the Champions League each year and no participants in the Europa League, than if we had two teams in the Europa league every year.“There’s already a distortion where if one club for a number of years qualifies for the Champions League it will eventually distort the competitive balance.”Rarely are the cream of European clubs so blunt to air the view publicly, but they really do not want to be playing smaller teams like Copenhagen anyway.Head-to-heads like Barcelona-Juventus in the group stage on Tuesday are the fixtures desired by the elite more often; they are more attractive to broadcasters in an era of declining television ratings.Just the type of matches you would get in a Super League.The four guaranteed group-stage slots for the English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, and Serie A from 2018-19 were handed down only to placate clubs threatening once again to launch a breakaway competition.So while UEFA looks to punish teams like PSG for spending too heavily, and talks about spreading the wealth, those objectives run head first into conflict with the desires of the clubs with the financial might and the stars of the game.FIFA is preparing the ground for a larger slice of the club game. The global body is exploring expanding its little-regarded annual Club World Cup into a 24-team extravaganza every four years, with the bulk of slots for the European teams featuring the stars of the game.“We are in the middle of a transformation where we will shift to new competition models,” Dutch league chief executive Jacco Swart said. “What is very important I think is we have to stand open for new models because it’s not always that the current competition models are the best.”Swart, a member of the board of the European Professional Leagues organization, raises the prospect of an international club competition. The International Champions Trophy, an American-backed privately operated, invite-only preseason competition, is gaining traction and could be laying the foundations for an eventual Super League one day.“Not only do the governing bodies have the monopoly anymore of organizing competitions,” Swart said.UEFA has been put on notice as the Champions League groups get underway.___AP Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris is at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReportsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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January transfer window completed deals

first_imgTransfers Aubameyang, Alexis and the top completed January 2018 transfer deals Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Getty Images Transfers Premier League Philippe Coutinho Milan Real Madrid Deportivo La Coruña Manchester United Chelsea Barcelona Sevilla PSG Atlético Madrid Arsenal Manchester City Serie A Primera División Ligue 1 A list of all the major transfers completed in the January window by clubs in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1last_img

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A look at the federal Conservative leadership race by the numbers

first_imgOTTAWA – A look at the federal Conservative leadership race, by the numbers.445: Length, in days, of the leadership contest.16: Number of people who officially entered.3: Number of candidates who dropped out: Dan Lindsay, Tony Clement and Kevin O’Leary.14: Number of names that will be on the ballot; O’Leary dropped out too late for his name to be removed.100: Number of points each riding in the country is worth.16,901: Number of points a candidate needs to win.259,010: Paid party members eligible to vote.2,729: Memberships removed from party rolls after investigations.52: Party members in Nunavut, the lowest in the country.114,508: Party members in Ontario, the highest in the country.5: Millions of dollars each candidate can spend on their campaign.4.6: Millions of dollars raised by all the candidates in the first three months of 2017.last_img read more

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Meet the taxidermist whos building a bigger rack for Mac the Moose

first_imgMOOSE JAW, Canada — Rion White is a world champion taxidermist, but the Moose Jaw man is still nervous about sculpting new antlers for the city’s icon — Mac the Moose.White and his team at Orion Taxidermy have been tasked with building bigger antlers for the figure so his can reclaim the title of world’s tallest moose statue.The plan was set in motion after it was revealed a silver moose sculpture in east-central Norway was taller than Mac by 30 centimetres.White and his staff are to cut off Mac’s existing antlers at a ceremony Tourism Moose Jaw has dubbed an “antler-ectomy.”Just like real moose shed their antlers each year, White says it’s time for Mac to get rid of his antlers.He says the real pressure isn’t taking off the old set, but building a new one.“We’re cutting this rack off that people see — hundreds of thousands of people see this every year,” White said Wednesday.“We have to make (the new) rack not only bigger, but be in perspective of everything and the right angle and the look.”White’s wife first suggested he take on the job but he was too busy with jobs involving real wildlife. And he had never built antlers from scratch for a roadside attraction.After about three days of prodding from a friend who offered to help, White said he gave in.He loves Moose Jaw and wants to give back to the city.Mac’s old antlers are to be moved to White’s shop to serve as a reference for the new ones, which will be constructed out of a metal base, White says.They also need to be light-weight and able to withstand the elements.Shaping and creating the angles will be the most challenging part, White said, but working with a team of experienced welders and craftsmen will help.“We’re going to be able to stand back and say, ‘Yeah, you know, I like that’, or ‘No, add this or that.’”White is volunteering his time, so he expects the new antlers will take a few months to create.Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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CCMA PARTNERS WITH SOCAN TO LAUNCH CCMA SONG CAMP

first_imgThe inaugural CCMA Song Camp will boast a roster of some of Canada’s top country talent. Those attending include:SONGWRITERSKelly ArcherPatricia ConroyDan DavidsonLindsay EllAndrew HyattEmma-LeeMeghan PatrickMackenzie PorterDeric RuttanBen StennisTebeyPRODUCERSBlake BollingerJeff JohnsonKaren KosowskiColin MunroeDave “Dwave” ThomsonFor more information on the CCMA and the CCMA Song Camp you can visit www.ccma.org .About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2019 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker, the Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary.About SOCANSOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 150,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, with wholly-owned companies Audiam, Dataclef, MediaNet, RoyaltyGuru and SODRAC, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with SOCAN, the largest music industry organization in Canada, to launch the CCMA Song Camp. Taking place January 27 – February 2, 2019 in Gaspar Hernández, Dominican Republic, the week-long camp will bring together 16 established country music songwriters and producers with the goal of creating a broad collection of radio-ready songs.Sun, sand and country music; the perfect combination for a week in the Caribbean. Spending seven days off the grid at the Song Camp provides attendees the opportunity to break free from their day-to-day and life’s distractions, giving them the freedom to channel their creative outlets and granting them access to unique collaborative experiences they might not otherwise have.Each morning the curated group of writers and producers will receive a briefing and then dissolve into their small assigned groups where they will spend the day collaborating to develop a collection of new songs. Days will consist of a series of three writing sessions, ranging from two to five hours in length, with new groups being assigned together each day. Every evening will culminate with a late-night showcase, providing the groups an opportunity to share their favourite tracks from the day’s sessions. Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Family of Tiffany Morrison calling for people to support MMIW inquiry

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsThe family of Tiffany Morrison is calling for people to support the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.Melanie Morrison is the sister of the 24-year-old who was found dead in her community of Kahnawake more than a decade ago.“They’re listening to when families are speaking up, the communication issue, that’s been stepped up, the way that they handled the meeting, in the Yukon was done really well, so it gives hope that they’ve been listening to what we’ve been suggesting,” said Morrison.The community held a walk in her honour Sunday – see video.The inquiry has come under fire for appearing to be disorganized and some have criticized it for not community with families.It held three days of hearings in Whitehorse. No new dates are scheduled.tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

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WhatsApp discovers spyware that infected with a call alone

WhatsApp says a vulnerability in the popular communications app let mobile phones be infected with sophisticated spyware with a missed in-app call alone.The Facebook subsidiary says “an advanced cyber actor” infected an unknown number of people with the malware, which it says it discovered in early May. A WhatsApp spokesman who would not be further identified said an amount in the dozens at least would not be inaccurate.WhatsApp said the attack had all the hallmarks of a private company known to work with governments to infect phones.The Financial Times identified the company Monday as Israel’s NSO Group, whose Pegasus software is known to have been used against rights activists.WhatsApp said it contacted human rights groups, quickly fixed the issue and pushed out a patch.Frank Bajak, The Associated Press read more

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Lew US retreat from global economic stage would be mistake

FILE – In a Tuesday, March 22, 2016 file photo, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Financial Services Committee hearing on the international finance system: Annual hearing on ‘The State of the International Financial System. In a speech before the Council on Foreign Relations on Monday, April 11, 2016, Lew says Americans have reaped significant benefits from the international architecture put in place after World War II and the United States would be making a serious mistake to retreat from its global leadership role. sought to counter arguments being advanced by Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates that Americans are losing badly in competition with China and other countries in the global economy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday that Americans have reaped significant benefits from the international architecture put in place after World War II and the United States would be making a serious mistake to retreat from its global leadership role.In a speech before the Council on Foreign Relations, Lew sought to counter arguments being advanced by Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates that Americans are losing badly in competition with China and other countries in the global economy.Lew said that the United States needs to embrace new players on the global economic stage and make sure they meet the standards of the trading system that the country helped create.“The worst possible outcome would be to step away from our leadership role and let others fill in behind us,” he said.Lew’s comments came in advance of global finance meetings later this week. Lew and Federal Reserve Secretary Janet Yellen will hold discussions with the Group of 20 major economies on Friday in advance of the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.Yellen was scheduled to meet later Monday at the White House with President Barack Obama to give the president an update on the U.S. and global economy. The administration said that Yellen and Obama would also discuss progress made in implementing Wall Street reform measures passed after the 2008 financial crisis.Lew never referred to Trump or other GOP critics by name. But he asserted that America’s participation in the global trading system and its support for organizations such as the IMF had reaped significant benefits for U.S. workers.“The rules-based system was a major reason that the global financial crisis never turned into a second Great Depression,” Lew said. “The United States and other nations were able to co-ordinate efforts through the G-20 and the IMF to avoid the downward spiral of protectionism and predatory macroeconomic policies that characterized previous eras.”Going forward, Lew said the administration would be working with U.S. allies to further modernize the IMF to improve its oversight of the way nations manage their exchange rate policies and trade balances.“The IMF should continue to promote greater transparency among its members when it comes to economic data, especially as it relates to foreign reserves,” Lew added.Lew did not single out any countries. But the United States has been pushing for years for China to do more to allow its currency’s value to be set by market forces. American manufacturers contend the Chinese yuan is still significantly undervalued, which gives it unfair advantages in competing with American companies.When taking questions, Lew was asked about U.S. presidential candidates’ extensive attacks on globalization and whether trade liberalization has led to lost American jobs.“People have legitimate worries about an economy that for decades now has not provided the kind of opportunity for them and their families that they have a right to expect,” he said.Lew said it was important to address the root problems by providing better educational opportunities so workers have the tools needed to compete in a global economy. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2016 6:56 am MDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lew: US retreat from global economic stage would be mistake read more

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Road trip for mens volleyball starts in Romeoville

With four regular season games left before the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team sits in third place in the eight-team conference, 1.5 games back of first place Lewis University. The league’s regular season champion will be rewarded a bye during the tournament’s quarterfinal round. In 2012, the Buckeyes received the tournament’s lone bye on a tiebreaker after both OSU and Lewis finished the conference campaign with a record of 9-3. The last time the Buckeyes did not have the No. 1 seed was 2006, when they lost in the semifinals as the No. 4 seed against No. 1 seed Loyola of Chicago. Loyola of Chicago sits in second this season, one game behind the Flyers. Finishing at or near the top of the table will be crucial for OSU’s postseason success since tournament matchups are hosted by the higher seed. The Buckeyes have a 10-1 record at home this season, with the lone loss coming in a sweep at the hands of Lewis on March 2. Two of the Buckeyes’ remaining four league matches are on the road against teams of higher standing. OSU cannot afford to drop both matches if it wants to have a shot at earning the automatic berth into the semifinals. Coach Pete Hanson’s squad begins its road trip against Lewis on Thursday night in Romeoville, Ill. OSU senior setter Kyle Lawrence said he and his teammates have not forgotten about the Flyers victory in Columbus earlier this season, and they have been anticipating the rematch ever since. “We have a countdown going on in our locker room to Romeoville, so it’s definitely something we’ve starred on our schedule for the rest of the season. I think we have a little bit of fire under our butts right now after that loss at home,” Lawrence said. Lewis, meanwhile, is looking to regain its composure, coming off two losses in its last three conference matches. Flyers coach Dan Friend said he believes his players have gotten back to the form they had earlier in the season when they won their first eight out of the gate in conference play. “After last weekend, there were a few things we worked on in practice to get us into a better groove,” Friend said. After Thursday night’s contest, the Buckeyes will make the drive to Chicago to face the Ramblers on Saturday. OSU won its previous match against Shane Davis’ men on March 1 in five sets at home. After arguably its toughest week of the regular season, OSU’s schedule becomes much less threatening when it returns home on April 12 to play Quincy on back-to-back nights. The Hawks have only won four sets in league play and have no victories in 10 attempts against conference foes. Like Lewis, OSU is trying to rebound from subpar play as well. The team’s last road trip netted two losses, as the Buckeyes were only able to take two sets combined against the Mastodons of Indiana University Purdue University-Fort Wayne and the Cardinals of Ball State. OSU (17-5, 7-3 MIVA) is currently ranked No. 11 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. It is the same position the Buckeyes opened the season in before climbing as high as No. 6 in February. The team has not dropped out of the poll’s top 15 all season. OSU senior outside hitter Nick Gibson said this time of year is generally full of exciting games. “We’re looking forward to some good competition, some big matches. It’s going to take a lot. We lost to Lewis here, we’re looking to get a good win there and carry us into the conference tournament,” Gibson said. The Buckeyes’ match against Lewis on Thursday is set to begin at 8 p.m. read more

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19 urgent and horrifying stories from local newspapers

first_img1. This wild animal on the loose Source: @paulelkington2. This monster Source: @ChloeHubbard3. This giant, castle-assaulting pigeon Source: Imgur4. This possible inferno Source: @guy_herbert5. This urgent weather update Source: @cmwiseman6. This game changer Source: @panchoballard7. These yobs Source: @RJPradio8. This poor guy Source: @theJeremyVine9. This large avian Source: @alunireland10. This delicious theft Source: @dilwynRY11. This tragic and pointless waste Source: @danlovejoyjr12. This unstoppable surge Source: @TheAshes101113. This blood feud Source: @AlfistiGT14. This chilling attack Source: @DavidJEWood15. This sausagemeat-related crime Source: thisisthewestcountry.co.uk16. This town centre cow drama Source: @wibbs0917. This achievement Source: @SlowSlownews18. This interesting blob Source: @zingman19. And this. Source: @1steviekilnerMore: Have you seen the mystery object in the river?>More: Watch local news reporter pass out then amazingly continue her segment>last_img read more

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Emergence de la lignée humaine des statistiques pour pallier le manque de

first_imgEmergence de la lignée humaine : des statistiques pour pallier le manque de fossilesDécrit récemment dans la revue Systematic Biology, un nouveau système développé par des chercheurs américains permet de combler statistiquement les lacunes dans nos connaissances de l’évolution génétique des hominidés. Il aurait permis de reculer de 3 millions d’années la date de la divergence entre humains et chimpanzés. Huit millions d’années dans le passé, et non 5 ou 6, comme on le pensait : c’est l’époque où la lignée humaine et celle des chimpanzés auraient divergé à partir de leur ancêtre commun, selon le nouveau système statistique développé par des mathématiciens, des anthropologues et des spécialistes de biologie moléculaire, dirigés par Robert D. Martin, conservateur du Field Museum de Chicago.Au départ, un constat : les deux outils essentiels des paléoanthropologues, à savoir l’étude des fossiles et la génétique, pourtant complémentaires, ont chacun leurs faiblesses, et peinent à unir leurs efforts : le premier souffre d’un manque d’échantillons – la fossilisation étant un phénomène rare – qui laisse des pans entiers de l’histoire des hominidés non documentés ; le second fournit de précieuses informations sur les divergences génétiques entre espèces, mais sans pouvoir les dater avec précision.Utilisant un procédé déjà existant combinant résultats génétiques, documentation fossile et informatique, mais alimentant cette fois-ci son nouveau système avec les données disponibles concernant toutes les espèces de primates actuelles et anciennes, Robert D. Martin espère jeter un jour nouveau sur notre arbre évolutif. À lire aussiLe tardigrade, cet animal quasi indestructible, révèle la clé de ses super-pouvoirsLe fameux Toumaï, par exemple, fossile de 7 millions d’années qui embarrasse les scientifiques par ses caractères très humains, retrouverait ainsi une place plus “pertinente” si l’on considère, comme le suggèrent ces nouvelles estimations, qu’humains et chimpanzés s’étaient, à l’époque, déjà séparés.          Le 14 novembre 2010 à 14:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Le scarabée bousier soriente grâce aux lumières de la Voie lactée

first_imgLe scarabée bousier s’oriente grâce aux lumières de la Voie lactéePour éviter de se faire voler sa boule d’excréments, le bousier s’écarte de ses congénères en parcourant des lignes droites. Afin de garder le cap, il s’oriente avec la lumière du Soleil, de la Lune et… de la Voie lactée, d’après une nouvelle étude parue dans la revue Current Biology.Les pattes dans la poussière et les yeux rivés vers les étoiles, le bousier déplace sa précieuse pelote de déjections en suivant la Voie lactée. Cet insecte, à la force phénoménale, se plait à parcourir des lignes droites et pour cause, ces distances directes représentent pour lui le meilleur moyen de s’échapper du point d’origine où la boulette a été formée, et où l’attendent au tournant quelques convoiteurs qui pourraient lui voler son butin. Aussi, le sens de l’orientation est indispensable dans toute cette entreprise.Il y a dix ans, Marie Dacke, chercheur à l’Université de Lund, en Suède et ses collègues ont montré, que les bousiers parvenaient à maintenir le cap en utilisant les repères du Soleil ou de la lumière polarisée réfléchie par la Lune. Toutefois, la manière dont ces insectes s’orientent durant les nuits sans lune, était restée jusqu’à présent un mystère. En étudiant de plus près le parcours des scarabées, les scientifiques se sont rendus compte qu’ils étaient particulièrement désorientés en octobre, à savoir la saison où la Voie lactée est proche de l’horizon dans le ciel austral, donc hors du champ de vision de l’animal.Un parcours sinueux avec un ciel sans étoile Pour confirmer ou non l’hypothèse selon laquelle les bousiers se fient aux lueurs de la Voie lactée, les chercheurs ont mené une série d’expérience en Afrique du sud sur Scarabaeus satyrus. Les spécimens ont été placés avec une boulette d’excrément au centre d’une arène de sable, entourée d’un mûr pour masquer l’horizon. Les résultats, parus dans la revue Current Biology, indiquent que les soirs de Lune, les bousiers sortent rapidement de l’enceinte en parcourant une ligne droite. Ce temps de parcours est à peine plus long lorsque les scarabées effectuent le même exercice une nuit sans Lune mais où le ciel est clair et parsemé d’étoiles. Toutefois, si la même nuit, le ciel est nuageux, ou si les bousiers sont munis d’un petit chapeau les empêchant de voir le ciel, ceux-ci mettent trois fois plus de temps à sortir de l’arène et leur parcours est beaucoup plus sinueux.Les expériences ont été répétées au sein d’un planétarium équipée d’une voûte artificielle présentant cinq types de ciel nocturne : un étoilé, un noir, un étoilé sans la Voie lactée, un avec seulement 18 des étoiles les plus brillantes et enfin un avec une bande de lumière représentant de manière approximative la Voie lactée. Une faculté inédite chez les insectesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les chercheurs ont observé que lorsqu’un ciel totalement noir ou un ciel muni des 18 étoiles était projeté, les bousiers empruntaient un parcours complétement tortueux. Au contraire lorsqu’un ciel parfaitement étoilé avec la Voie lactée ou avec sa forme approximative était projeté, les bousiers se déplaçaient en ligne droite. L’étude souligne ainsi que ces insectes ne s’orientent non pas grâce aux étoiles mais selon la bande de lumière qu’emprunte la Voie lactée. D’autres espèces animales comme certains oiseaux ou les phoques utilisent les étoiles pour garder le cap, toutefois c’est la première fois que cette faculté est observée chez un insecte.(Crédit photo : Current Biology/ Dacke et Al)Le 25 janvier 2013 à 14:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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San Diego County STD rates rise for third consecutive year

first_imgSan Diego County STD rates rise for third consecutive year KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Reported cases and rates of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia rose in 2017 for the third consecutive year and are at the highest level in 20 years, the county’s Health and Human Services Agency announced Monday.Cases of all three diseases increased by 10 percent or more from 2016 to 2017. Syphilis cases rose from 981 to 1,130, pushing the overall rate to 34.1 cases per 100,000 people. Cases of chlamydia increased 10 percent from 18,904 to 20,801, and the number of gonorrhea cases increased 19.1 percent from 4,992 to 5,947. In addition to the rises in overall contraction rates, black and Hispanic/Latino men accounted for syphilis rates of 92.1 and 82.8 cases per 100,000 people, respectively, while white men had a contraction rate of 53 cases per 100,000 people.“The number of STDs increased in the state and the nation last year, and San Diego was no exception,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “Sexually active people should take precautionary measures to avoid getting infected and get tested on a regular basis since many STDs don’t show any symptoms and may go unnoticed until complications develop.”County health officials noted that San Diego has not seen a rise in congenital syphilis cases similar to nationwide and statewide increases. M. Winston Tilghman, the county’s STD controller, advised all expectant mothers in the county to be tested for syphilis during their first prenatal care visit.“Congenital syphilis is completely preventable if the mother is diagnosed and appropriately treated for syphilis in a timely manner,” Tilghman said.County health officials advised residents to take precautionary steps to protect against contracting a sexually transmitted disease, including the use of condoms, seeking regular testing and talking with one’s partner and medical care provider about possible risks.Residents can call the county Health and Human Services Agency’s HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch at (619) 293-4700 to learn more about clinical services the county offers. Posted: October 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom October 1, 2018 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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UPDATE Bicyclist hurt in I5 crash

first_imgA 65-year-old Woodland man was taken to a local hospital Sunday afternoon after his bicycle collided with a pickup on the right shoulder of Interstate 5.The Washington State Patrol said Gerardus C. Vandersalm was northbound on the freeway’s shoulder two miles south of Woodland. The report indicated he veered into the right lane and was struck by a northbound 1999 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Jeffrey G. Hicks, 37, of Vancouver. Hicks was pulling a boat and trailer.Vandersalm was wearing a helmet but the patrol report called it a “non-USDOT-compliant helmet.”Vandersalm was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where he was a patient Sunday night. His condition was not available.The accident happened at 12:23 p.m.Vandersalm was cited for unsafe lane travel.last_img

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Mayor Bonthu Rammohan unhappy over slow pace of works

first_imgLalapet: Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu Rammohan inspected the Lalapet ROB ( Road Over Bridge) restoration works on Wednesday, He expressed dissatisfaction over the slow progress of works and the officials to speed up the works, without compromising on quality. He also made some suitable suggestions during his visit.last_img

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CDSL Tejas Networks IPOs to hit markets all you need to know

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai in this file photo on November 9, 2016.IANSCentral Depository Services (India) Limited, or CDSL, and Tejas Networks are two prominent companies to hit the primary market in the next few days. While CDSL public issue opens on June19 and closes on June 21, Tejas Networks initial public offering (IPO) will be available from June 14 to 16.Further, if the capital markets Sebi revises the guidelines for listing, the shares will be listed on the bourses within four days from the date of closure of the IPO. Currently, the duration is six days.CDSL is the first depository company to come out with an IPO. The Mumbai-based firm is issuing 3.52 crore shares in the price band of Rs 145 to 149 per equity share, of which 7 lakh shares will be reserved for eligible employees.The issue size is about Rs 521 crore.”The offer shall constitute up to 33.65 percent of the fully-diluted post-offer, paid-up equity share capital of the company and the net offer to the public would constitute 32.98 percent of the post-offer equity share capital,” CDSL said in a statement.Applicants can invest for a minimum of 100 shares or in multiples of 100, CDSL said.The IPO is basically an offer for sale by its existing investors — up to 27,217,850 equity shares by BSE Limited; up to 4,775,000 equity shares by State Bank of India; up to 2,174,358 equity shares by Bank of Baroda and up to 1,000,000 equity shares by The Calcutta Stock Exchange. [From left]: Utpal Oza (Nomura Financial Advisory And Securities (India) Private Limited), Salil Pitale (Axis Capital Limited), P S Reddy [MD and CEO Central Depository Services (India) Limited], Bharat Sheth [CFO, Central Depository Services (India) Limited], Narayanan Sadanandan (SBI Capital Markets Limited) and Dipti Samant (Edelweiss Financial Services Limited) at the CDSL IPO press conference in Mumbai on Monday.By special arrangementTejas Networks Ltd. (TNL) is an optical and data networking products company that designs, develops and sells products to telecommunications and internet service providers, utility companies, defence companies and government entities in India and over 60 countries.The shares are being issued in the price band of Rs 250-257 per equity share and the bid size is a minimum of 55 shares or multiples thereof. The IPO comprises offer for sale of 1.27 crore shares by existing investors and a fresh issue of shares worth Rs 450 crore, valuing the issue size in the range of Rs 755-776 crore.TNL faces a slew of initiatives of the Modi government, brokerage Angel Broking said in a note on Tuesday.”We believe that government’s push for ‘Digital India’ through projects such as the National Optical Fibre Network (BharatNet, where 250,000 gram panchayats would be connected through optical fibres), and Smart Cities will provide better growth opportunities for business. In addition, policies such as ‘Make in India’ and ‘Preferential Market Access Policy’ would further benefit TNL’s business prospects,” it said in its note.Should investors go for Tejas Networks IPO?Yes, according to the brokerage.”At the upper end of the price band, the pre-issue P/E works out to be 29.3x its 2017 earnings, 3.7x of FY2017 Book Value. Moreover, the company’s debt free balance sheet post IPO coupled with the government’s push for digital India would support the growth momentum. Thus, we recommend a SUBSCRIBE on the issue,” Angel Broking said.Key financials of Tejas Networks Ltd. Angel Brokinglast_img read more

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IBM AI Loses Debate to Human Champion

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Stay on target In the battle of man versus machine, crushing defeats by DeepMind’s artificially intelligent Go and StarCraft gaming systems tipped the scales in favor of automation.But humankind is making a comeback.On Monday, IBM’s seven-year-old AI debating system Project Debater went head-to-head with a mortal world debate champion Harish Natarajan in a public contest.AdChoices广告The pair, moderated by Intelligence Squared host John Donvan, delivered arguments for and against the resolution “We should subsidize preschool.”With just 15 minutes to prepare for the event, Project Debater and Natarajan each delivered a four-minute opening statement, four-minute rebuttal, and two-minute summary.A tall, sleek monolith with a rectangular mouth of blue sound waves, the IBM machine’s knowledge base consists of about 10 billion sentences, collected from newspapers and journals.In a live debate, it searches for short pieces of text in its massive digital library to defend or oppose the motion.“This requires a deep understanding of human language and its infinite nuances and very precise stance identification,” creators Ranit Aharonov and Noam Slonim wrote in a blog post. “[That’s] something that is not always easy for humans and is certainly very difficult for computers.”In a matter of seconds, Project Debater can remove redundant argumentative texts, select the strongest remaining claims and evidence, arrange them by theme, and create a narrative of support or contention.It also listens to and digests the opponent’s responses, building a counterstatement in a “surprisingly charming and human-sounding” way, according to Donvan.Project Debater debuted in June, participating in its first live public event before a small audience. At this week’s IBM Think conference in San Francisco, it faced off against Natarajan in front of a large in-person audience, with many more watching via livestream (video above).The winner was determined by his (Natarajan’s) or her (Project Debater’s) ability to convince the audience of the persuasiveness of their arguments. Results were formulated in a real-time online poll.Before the debate, 79 percent of the audience agreed that preschools should be subsidized, while 13 percent disagreed (8 percent were undecided). After hearing both sides present, 62 percent agreed that preschools should be subsidized, while 30 percent disagreed—clinching Natarajan’s win.Despite the setback, IBM should consider this a win: More than half of participants said that Project Debater better enriched their knowledge about the topic, compared to only 20 percent for Natarajan.“Ultimately, what we saw was that the interaction of man and machine could be enriching for both,” Slonim said in a statement following the debate. “It’s not a question of one being better than the other, but about AI and humans working together.”More on Geek.com:IBM and McCormick Tap AI to ‘Spice Up’ Food SeasoningsIBM Releases Diverse Dataset For Fairer Facial RecognitionIBM Designs AI-Enabled Fingernail Sensor to Track Diseaseslast_img read more

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Apple Plans to Unveil New Video Service in March

first_imgStay on target Apple is planning to unveil its streaming video and news subscription service next month, according to a new report from Bloomberg.The tech giant will reportedly announce the new services, the first major new digital services from the Cupertino-based company since 2015, at a March 25 event, sources told Bloomberg.Apple has invited Hollywood celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, and director JJ Abrams, to the launch event, a source said.AdChoices广告The video initiative, which is expected to compete with Netflix, will launch sometime this summer, Bloomberg reported. It will include TV shows and movies either acquired or funded by Apple.Customers will also be able sign up for existing digital streaming “channels” and watch them in the iOS TV application, similar to what Amazon offers with Amazon Prime Video Channels. Starz, CBS (which owns Showtime), and Viacom are expected to offer subscription streaming services on the Apple platform, sources told CNBC.HBO’s participation, however, is in doubt. Netflix and Hulu aren’t part of Amazon Prime Video Channels and aren’t expected to be a part of Apple’s new product either.According to Bloomberg, Apple has been working on its streaming video service for a number of years under the guidance of former Sony Pictures executives Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. The content is likely to be integrated into Apple’s TV app on iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs.An Apple spokesman didn’t respond to Bloomberg’s request for comment.The other new offering — a premium news service — will reportedly be integrated into the Apple News app, and consumers will be able to subscribe to a bundle of titles for a monthly fee. BuzzFeed News also previously reported that Apple’s news service will launch at a March 25 special event.More on Geek.com:11 Niche Video Streaming Services You Should Subscribe ToApple Fixes FaceTime Flaw, Compensates Teen Who Found ItApple Might Be Making a Video Game Service Apple Brings Contactless Student IDs to More UniversitiesCelebrate World Emoji Day With Diverse New Characters last_img read more

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Elusive tiger found dead inside Baghghora forest

first_imgKolkata: The Royal Bengal tiger which was spotted by the local villagers inside the forest areas of West Midnapore, Jhargram and Bankura on several occasions since early March, was found dead inside Baghghora forest, around 25 Km away from Lalgarh in Jhargram district.It was first spotted on March 2 by a camera which was installed in Lalgarh forest. Despite several attempts by the state forest department it could not be captured in the past one-and-a-half month. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA senior official of the state forest department has said the tiger was found dead with various injury marks on its body. The reason of its death is yet to be confirmed by the department after the autopsy is done.”We heard that several injury marks were there on its body indicating that it might have been killed by local tribes. After post-mortem, we can confirm how the big cat was killed,” a senior forest department official added.He also said the local villagers essentially the tribes who go for hunting during this time of the year to celebrate their hunting festival were asked not to go into the forest as animals might prove to be fatal. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt was alleged that those taking part in the hunting festival might have killed the tiger as a spear was found stuck in the throat of the animal when its carcass was removed by the forest department officials. Forest officials had earlier said the tiger might have sneaked into the forest from Simlipal reserve in neighbouring Odisha.The forest department officials and police faced difficulties to remove the animal from the area as hundreds of villagers had gathered around the scene. Questions have been raised on why the forest department officials allowed the local villagers to conduct the hunting festival after pugmarks were found two days ago near Lalgarh. The forest department took several steps including the use of drones to detect the presence of the tiger. A few days ago, the tiger was spotted by the villagers who tried to capture the animal by the help of a huge net. The tiger managed to flee before the forest officials reached the spot. The carcass of the animal was taken to Midnapore for post mortem.It is an unfortunate incident and a sad day for Bengal as well. Forest officials had put in best efforts to catch it but they failed. There was always a threat to the tiger as it was straying in the villages, adjoining to the forests, said former Atanu Raha, former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.”Since presence of the tiger was confirmed in Lalgarh forest, our men had tried their best to catch the big cat. But unfortunately, we failed to rescue it alive,” state forest minister Binay Krishna Burman.last_img read more

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