Gombe chimpanzee calls available after 40-year wait

first_imgFrans Plooij was a graduate student at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 1971 when he went to the Gombe National Park in Tanzania to study chimpanzee migration with his new wife, Hetty van de Rijt-Plooij. She had hoped to teach in a local school. But upon realizing that there were no settlements nearby, she decided to keep busy by using recording equipment to analyze the vocalizations of chimpanzees.With an outstretched hand holding a directional microphone, she diligently recorded the primates’ grunts, pant-hoots, and hoos, a sound like a whimper. The primates had gathered at a feeding site to eat bananas from a covered trench managed by scientists. Over 2 years, she recorded 28 tapes—more than 10 hours—of infant, juvenile, and adult chimpanzee calls. Now, for the first time, these calls are available to researchers in an article appearing in Scientific Data, a new open-access, online-only journal from Nature.In 1973, Plooij joined ethologist Robert Hinde at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and the couple had neither the time nor the resources to capitalize on their unique collection. After earning his doctoral degree from Groningen in 1980, Plooij spent the next 3 decades working in child development, while van de Rijt-Plooij earned her doctoral degree from Cambridge in physical anthropology and co-wrote with her husband a parenting book called The Wonder Weeks. “Your life moves on,” Plooij says. “We collected far too much, and the sound recordings remained in the attic.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Shortly before she died in 2003, van de Rijt-Plooij urged her husband to make the collection accessible to other researchers in hopes that the chimp calls might shed some light on the evolution of human language. And this week, Plooij was finally able to honor her wish, as information about the now-digitized recordings and her field notes is now freely available. “This is a unique collection that probably nobody will ever repeat,” he says. “So there was a great need, we felt, to make it available.”In Gombe, female chimpanzees often carry their infants with them into trees, making it very difficult for researchers to get accurate recordings from the ground. Anne Pusey, a behavioral ecologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who also worked in Gombe, notes that the infants’ grunts are also “quite soft, so it’s difficult to get within range and record them.” However, at Gombe, mother chimpanzees would bring their infants as they checked the trench for bananas, giving van de Rijt-Plooij the chance to note their interactions and record their vocalizations.Apart from the quantity of information, the new collection also includes two elements rarely captured: quiet vocalizations like a chimpanzee’s “hoo” of surprise, and young chimps’ soft grunts. Lorraine McCune, a language researcher at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, analyzes human infants’ grunts and coos to understand the acquisition of language. From infancy to adulthood, chimpanzees come to use grunts for communication, similar to the way humans learn to communicate through grunts like “mm” or “mm-hmm” as they grow. Chimpanzees’ calls are more stereotyped and less complicated than human language, but McCune hopes that comparing chimpanzee infants’ sounds with those of human infants may help reveal what’s unique about human infants’ sounds.“We don’t know how acoustically similar a chimpanzee infant’s grunt would be to a human infant’s grunt,” McCune says. “If [Plooij] has all the vocalizations and the field notes that say what was happening at the time, it would be much easier for me to see how those particular grunts related to what I find in human infants.”The data now reside in Cornell University’s Macaulay Library and the Dryad Digital Repository, another online resource.last_img read more

I’m being unfairly singled out, says Navjot Singh Sidhu

first_imgAt the receiving end of Punjab Chief Minister and Congress leader Amarinder Singh’s criticism after the Lok Sabha poll results, State Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday said he was being unfairly singled out in the name of poor performance of his department. Mr. Sidhu said the Ministry had worked in the most transparent manner. “The department has been able to generate ₹6,000 crore and all its projects are being completed on a war-footing.” There were a few people who didn’t want him in the party, he said. After the elections, Capt. Singh said he would take up with the Congress high command Mr. Sidhu’s “damaging remarks”, which might have led to the defeat in the Bathinda seat. He also said that Mr. Sidhu’s performance should be reviewed. Reacting to the remarks, Mr. Sidhu said the party had never been able to win the seat in the past 40 years. “Capt. Amarinder and his son Raninder Singh also lost from Bathinda,” he said.last_img read more

Joel Embiid’s big night leads 76ers past Nets in possible playoff preview

first_imgWintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving JJ Redick scored 18 points and Ben Simmons had 16 points and eight assists for the 76ers, who snapped a two-game losing streak.The game matched teams that would’ve met in the first round of the playoffs had the postseason started Thursday. The 76ers have a strong hold on the No. 3 seed in the East with seven games remaining, and they moved three games ahead of idle Indiana.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We might see them in the playoffs, so it was good to see where we’re at, especially after two losses,” Embiid said. “I’ve been feeling it. I’ve been getting ready. I’m excited.”Embiid has a bad taste in his mouth from last season’s second-round exit via Boston. In that series, Embiid was forced to wear a mask to protect an eye injury. He’s preparing for a deeper postseason run this time around. “It’s definitely going to be a different story,” he said.Embiid did his damage inside and outside against the Nets. The All-Star center got off to a fast start, scoring 14 of Philadelphia’s first 19 points while making five of seven shots, including all three 3-point tries.Joe Harris scored 22 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 19 for Brooklyn, which is clinging to a playoff spot.The Nets began Thursday sixth in the East, but dropped to seventh with Detroit’s 115-98 win over Orlando on Thursday. Brooklyn is a half-game in front of No. 8 Miami and just one game ahead of the ninth-place Magic and two games clear of No. 10 Charlotte.“We have to be better to beat a team like this,” Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP-INSBrooklyn: Allen Crabbe (right knee) missed his sixth straight game. … The Nets dropped to 17-22 on the road. … Brooklyn struggled from the free-throw line, shooting 19 of 29. … Russell, who was averaging 28.3 points on the road trip, scored 13.Philadelphia: Assistant coach Billy Lange accepted the head coaching job at Saint Joseph’s University on Thursday. Lange’s duties coaching the defense will be assumed by Jim O’Brien. … Philadelphia improved to 30-9 at home and 13-7 since adding Tobias Harris.UP NEXTBrooklyn: Open a three-game homestand Saturday against Boston.Philadelphia: At Minnesota Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Brooklyn finished a grueling seven-game road trip 2-5. And it doesn’t get easier for the Nets, who are trying to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2014-15 season.Brooklyn’s remaining six-game schedule includes contests against Boston, Toronto, Indiana, Miami and a pair vs. Milwaukee.“We have to recharge our batteries,” Atkinson said. “It’s been a long trip. We have to somehow get that juice back. We lacked a little juice tonight.”Philadelphia surged to an early lead and never let go.Helped by making eight of their first 10 3-point attempts, the 76ers led by as many as 20 points in the first half before settling for a 68-58 lead at the break. The Nets closed to within six at 71-65 and had a chance to cut it to four with Rodions Kurucs at the line for two free throws 2:42 into the third quarter. But Kurucs missed both foul shots, and Philadelphia ran off 10 straight to take a 15-point lead.“It’s really bitten us,” Atkinson said of the free-throw shooting. “You have to make your free throws.”TECHNICALLY SPEAKINGThe teams received a combined four technical fouls. Three of the fouls came in the first half, all from referee Scott Foster for arguing calls. For Philadelphia, Embiid and Jimmy Butler were whistled for techs, while Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell received one. Simmons was called for a tech in the second half for dissent.HEAD GAMEEmbiid, Butler and Mike Scott wore tie-back headbands. It was Embiid’s idea, and the big man said he might stick to the fashion statement after draining three 3-pointers. Bucks stop Clippers, but Antetokounmpo aggravates ankle MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, center, drives to the basket as Brooklyn Nets’ Jared Dudley, right, and Ed Davis, left, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid is raising his game in anticipation of the playoffs.Embiid had 39 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 123-110 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Olympiakos Beats Platanias 2-1

first_imgATHENS — Costas’ Mitroglou’s close-range winner in the 73rd minute gave defending champion Olympiakos a 2-1 win over Platanias in the Greek league on Jan. 4.Devin N’Dinga had opened the scoring for Olympiakos in the 17th and Juan Aguilera Nunez equalized in the 50th.The win kept Olympiakos a point behind league-leading PAOK, a 3-2 winner over Panionios on Jan. 3. Platanias is 12th.Giannena and Panathinaikos tried to play through thick fog, but the game was twice interrupted and ultimately abandoned in the 25th minute. It will resume at 3 p.m. local time on Jan. 5.Also, Ergotelis drew 1-1 at Levadiakos and Atromitos and Kalloni played to a scoreless draw.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mahrez on Leicester bench v Man City

first_imgLeicester City Mahrez on Leicester bench against Man City Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 00:40 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Riyad Mahrez Leicester City Watford Getty Leicester City Manchester City Manchester City v Leicester City Premier League Riyad Mahrez The Algeria international almost joined Pep Guardiola’s side in the January transfer window but has now returned to the Foxes fold Riyad Mahrez has been named on Leicester City’s bench for Saturday’s clash with Manchester City, after his January move to the Etihad Stadium collapsed on deadline day.The Algeria international handed in a transfer request after Pep Guardiola’s side tabled a bid worth £60 million for his services.However, it is understood that the Foxes demanded in excess of £95m for the winger, who this season has returned to the form that saw him become an integral member of Leicester’s title-winning team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Indeed, Mahrez has scored eight goals and provided eight assists in 24 Premier League outings thus far this season and now appears to be back in favour at the King Power Stadium.“It’s important to have Mahrez in the squad to look forward and to move on,” said manager Claude Puel.”We’re stronger with him. There’s a good feeling in the team. Today we have an opportunity, against a team we have already played twice, to try something different.”Guardiola’s men, meanwhile, sit 13 points clear of second-placed Manchester United and will hope to extend that resounding lead this weekend, with United playing on Sunday.Sergio Aguero leads the line for the Blues, while January signing Aymeric Laporte partners Nicolas Otamendi in defence.Guardiola named just six substitutes last time out, as City drew 1-1 with Burnley, but has picked seven this time, with youth prospects Lukas Nmecha, Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz all involved.Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gündogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Bernardo, Agüero Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Nmecha, Foden, DiazLeicester XI: Schmeichel, Dragović, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton, Silva, Ndidi, James, Chilwell, Diabaté, Vardy. Subs: Jakupović, Simpson, Benalouane, Iborra, Gray, Mahrez, Iheanacho.last_img read more

World-class Man City star Bernardo Silva the future of Portugal

first_imgInspecting the Portugal squad at training the day before their opening UEFA Nations League finals match, a semi-final against outsiders Switzerland, you could see at least three generations of talent, past; present and future.The last of those to emerge from the dressing room was the first to emerge on the world stage. Captain, top scorer, national icon and the man Portugal’s hopes have been pinned on for a decade and a half, Cristiano Ronaldo.Slipping out onto the Estadio do Bessa field before him, the home of Boavista in Porto’s western district, was Joao Felix. The Benfica prospect looks, in the flesh, even younger than he does on the television. His boyish face frames a mouth full of braces, and belies the preternatural talent contained in his legs and in his head. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And the first to step into the boxy, claustrophobic ground, with its chessboard seating on all four sides, was the Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva. Here in Portugal he once carried the nickname “Bubblegum” for the way the ball stuck to his first touch.Watching him mess about with Goncalo Guedes before training started was to be given the impression that balls move with different gravity when they come into his orbit. He leans forward to chest a ball and controls so delicately that you feel if someone threw an egg at him he’d trap it the same way and keep its shell intact.The Portugal players all come out of the tunnel in dribs and drabs and take their place in the warm-up; a couple of kick-ups and then a volley across an ever-expanding group. They take it in turns to batter the ball at Bernardo, in the hope that he’ll drop it and they’ll have something to giggle about. Not a chance.They drill it hard, they drill it high, they drill it at his chest and at his shins and every time they do so he brings it under his command. You are left with an impression of a man who treats the football like a well-trained dog.Later when the rondo exercises start, Joao Felix will aim a playful kick at his elder team-mate, whose unquenchable competitive desire took him into a sliding tackle at the feet of the 19-year-old.Bernardo Silva Manchester CityPortugal are as they ever were, well-stocked with players of both established and emerging class. But Ronaldo remains the only one of this trio with a medal to his name at international level.This is a Portugal group now in the final stages of moving on from Euro 2016 success. Ronaldo, of course, remains irreproachable. But other attacking players likes Ricardo Quaresma and Nani have taken their leave.Bernardo was still at Monaco in 2016 but a hamstring injury in one of the last games of the season condemned him to a summer away from the national team, delaying his breakout to a wider audience. He was beginning to make a name for himself in the colours of the Seleccao but Portugal not only survived but thrived without him.Now, three years on and with a World Cup under his belt, Bernardo is ready. His form in the intervening years has been imperious and he can be regarded as one of the very best playmakers in the world.”Of course, the season with City gives me the confidence and inspiration to try to do my best for the national team,” the 25-year-old said on Tuesday. “That’s what I’m going to try to do, finish the season in the best way, with a title for our national team.”He has reeled off three consecutive league titles – one for Monaco and two under Pep Guardiola at City – and added the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup to his collection this season for good measure. The honour of Player of the Season was also bestowed upon Bernardo, no mean feat in a team which swept all before them on the domestic front.“Maybe this season he’s been [number] one or two of the best players in the Premier League,” Guardiola said in February. “Portugal is fortunate to have him. I love him, it’s simple like that.”Bernardo was the man for the big occasion, contributing a man of the match performance in the January clash against Liverpool which ultimately played a huge part in deciding the fate of the Premier League title. He scored in the vital derby win against Manchester United at Old Trafford as the season drew in.His effect has been such that Guardiola is already describing him as a more important player for his country than Ronaldo. “He can do absolutely everything,” said Pep. “He’s one of the most talented players I’ve ever seen in my career as a manager or a player.”The difference is that Ronaldo has delivered that elusive trophy for the national team, while Bernardo has had to bide his time. But the Nations League gives him the chance to show his country that there will be life beyond CR7 as he moves into his peak years. And Joao Felix, wherever he goes, won’t be far behind.last_img read more

Airbnb critics say blocked law would save housing NYC units

NEW YORK — A new report from critics of Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms claims New York City could lose nearly 11,000 housing units if new regulations on the companies don’t go forward.A federal judge this month blocked a New York City law that would have subjected Airbnb and HomeAway to reveal detailed information about their business. The ruling comes as the companies challenge the new law in court.The groups New York Communities for Change and Tenants PAC issued a report on Tuesday that analyzed government and rental data. It found that without the law, 10,800 units could be diverted for use as short-term rentals.The groups maintain that home-sharing platforms drive up rental prices by reducing available residential units.San Francisco-based Airbnb hailed the judge’s decision as a huge win.The Associated Press read more

House Republicans seek to shift focus from ferries

JUNEAU, Alaska — Some House Republicans are pushing back against the time being spent hearing from Alaskans on the impacts of proposed budget cuts on the state’s ferry system.Hundreds of people signed up to testify before the House Transportation Committee, which has heard hours of public testimony. The small committee room, at times, was standing room only, with a nearby room opened for overflow.In a release, Anchorage Republican Rep. Sara Rasmussen said rather than spending hours “fixated on one government system,” time and resources should be invested in “modern infrastructure,” such as a road that would help connect Juneau with the state road system. Alternatives weighed for the road previously included some type of ferry service.Under the budget proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, no ferries are scheduled after Oct. 1.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press read more

India proud of its development partnership with Sri Lanka

This is important considering the strong democratic credentials of both India and Sri Lanka, the Indian High Commissioner said. The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) held its inauguration ceremony of Master’s Degree programme for the year 2018 today.High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu was the Chief Guest at the function. He delivered a key- note address on “India-Sri Lanka Relations for a Shared and Secured Future”. He noted that India-Sri Lanka relations are special, unique and stand on its own footing. The Indian Government says it is proud of its development partnership with Sri Lanka. The High Commissioner recalled that Sir Kotelawala was one of the most illustrious and brave sons of Sri Lanka. He noted that it is no coincidence that the motto of KDU is ‘For the Motherland and Forever’. High Commissioner cited the quote that the quality of a university is not measured by the kinds of students it takes in, but the quality of students it turns out. He complimented KDU for living up to the expectations of the countrymen.The High Commissioner highlighted importance of higher education and research in the growth of a country. He mentioned that India currently has the third-largest scientific and technical manpower in the world.India has also become the second largest market for e-learning with more than one-third of the top 1,000 global R&D spenders having their centres in India. Citing the 750 scholarships and 400 ITEC fellowships that India gives to Sri Lanka every year, The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, said that whether it be the rehabilitation of the KKS Harbour, or setting up of model villages across the country, or helping the farming and fishing communities in the South or extension of emergency ambulance service island-wide, India is proud of the fact that she has been able to write the development partnership stories in Sri Lanka, based on Sri Lanka’s own priorities and requirements. The High Commissioner said that India, as a country, has never believed in keeping its resources to itself. He said that even while having to confront with its own developmental challenges, India has always believed in sharing what it has. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan names Chowdhury chief of review conference on sustainable development

The 10-year review of the 1994 Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of the Small Island Developing States will take place in Mauritius from 30 August to 4 September 2004.The Barbados Programme of Action reviewed the implementation of measures adopted at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development, as well as those contained in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity.Earlier in the General Assembly session, Mr. Chowdhury suggested that delegates identify priorities for the 2004 conference agenda, including the economic, social and environmental vulnerability of small island developing states (SIDS), poverty eradication measures, freshwater issues, climate change, renewable energy, development of marine resources and sustainable fisheries, reducing HIV/AIDS and increasing trade.The Programme of Action facilitates cooperation with and assistance to the SIDS in these and other areas.Mr. Chowdhury is also the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. read more

Pavicevic withdraws MHF seeks new general secretary

The former international referee, and today international delegate, Predrag Pavicevic, is no longer the general secretary of the Montenegrin Handball Federation, the official federation website announced. After six years of cooperation, the Handball Federation and Pavicevic agreed to mutual termination of the contract.He will however remain on that position until the end of the World Championship 2013 in Spain, which is until a new one is elected.source: rscg Montenegro Handballmontenegro handball federationpavicevicrscg ← Previous Story Hungary (Round 13): MKB Veszprem easily past Csurgoi KK Next Story → THW Kiel signs Wael Jallouz on three-year deal read more

PSNI officer fires shot during loyalist paramilitary arrest

first_imgFOUR MEN ARE being questioned by police in Northern Ireland on suspicion of loyalist paramilitary activity.The suspects were detained on Donegall Road in south Belfast last night. The incident, which occurred after officers stopped their car, has been referred to the Police Ombudsman as a shot was discharged by a member of the PSNI.The men are still being questioned at the Serious Crime Suite in Antrim. Detectives have issued an appeal for information and want anyone who saw any unusual activity in the area at about 8pm last night to contact them.Read: Three pipe bombs found in Limerick houseMore: Doherty has “no reason to disbelieve” Adams when he says he wasn’t in the IRAlast_img read more

Un crâne vieux de 5 000 ans très bien conservé découvert en

first_imgUn crâne vieux de 5 000 ans très bien conservé découvert en AngleterreDécouvert cette année sur les bords d’une rivière anglaise, un crâne humain datant du Néolithique étonne les spécialistes par son excellent état de conservation. Il suggère la présence, dans la région, d’un site funéraire préhistorique qui reste à découvrir.Ce n’est pas une noix de coco, comme il l’a cru tout d’abord, que ce promeneur a ramassé sur les bords d’une rivière du Worcestershire (Angleterre), mais… un crâne humain. Remis à la police locale, expertisé par un anthropologue spécialisé en médecine légale et examiné par des archéologues, le crâne partiel, remonte en fait au Néolithique. C’est seulement la deuxième fois qu’un vestige néolithique est découvert dans ce comté.D’après la description faite, le crâne mesure environ 15 cm de longueur sur 10 de largeur et est  en excellent état de conservation. Les traces des vaisseaux sanguins sont même encore nettement visibles sur sa surface interne. “Quand j’ai vu le crâne, j’ai pensé qu’il était peut-être saxon ou romain, mais je savais qu’il n’était pas récent à cause de sa couleur. Mais nous avons tous été surpris quand la datation au radiocarbone l’a situé entre 3.338 et 3.035 avant JC – soit le Néolithique moyen”, explique l’archéologue Nick Daffern.”Il est si bien conservé qu’il est impensable qu’il soit resté dans la rivière tout ce temps, ce qui pose la question de savoir d’où il vient. Cela suggère que nous avons un lieu de sépulture néolithique très près d’ici – nous ne savons pas où”, précise t-il cité par le Daily Mail. Mais “je ne pense pas que [ce crâne] ait été trouvé là où les restes ont été enterrés. Je pense qu’il y avait une sépulture près de la rivière, puis que les inondations ont déplacé [ces ossements] (…). Localiser le site d’enfouissement serait comme chercher une aiguille dans une botte de foin”.Un mystérieux défunt À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Néanmoins, l’analyse du crâne et ses caractéristiques ont permis d’en découvrir un peu plus sur son propriétaire. “[Nous] pensons qu’il s’agit d’une femme en raison de la légèreté du crâne et de l’absence de toute arcade sourcilière, mais nos conclusions sont très provisoire, car nous avons seulement le sommet du crâne”, ajoute encore Daffern. La cause du décès et l’âge de la personne demeurent également très flous.”Il n’y a pas de traumatisme sur l’os (…) et il n’y a aucun signe de maladie, si bien que nous n’avons aucune idée de la cause du décès. Malheureusement, il reste [donc] un peu de mystère. Chaque fois que nous trouvons des vestiges néolithiques, il semble y avoir une nette séparation entre l’endroit où [ces gens] ont enterré leurs morts et celui où ils ont vécu, ce qui n’est pas un hasard. Mais c’est frustrant pour un archéologue, (…) car nous n’avons toujours pas les réponses pour expliquer pourquoi”, indique ainsi le scientifique. “Trouver quelques uns des plus vieux restes humains découverts dans le Worcestershire par hasard est incroyable. Cela tend juste à montrer que l’archéologie peut être trouvée absolument partout”, conclut-il.   Le 3 septembre 2013 à 18:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE RAW Ratings Viewers down again April 29 Third hour drop sets

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Twitter Videos Articles Cesaro Videos Articles Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) center_img Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Now Playing Up Next Facebook Google+ WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Videos Articles WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins The RAW Ratings are in for April 29, 2019.This week’s edition from Lexington, Kentucky, drew an average of 2.158 million viewers on Monday night according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s show that averaged 2.374 million viewers.WWE came in at No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 for the night on cable, dropping down one place from where it was last week in the 18-49 demographics.The first hour drew the strongest audience (2.336 million viewers).It should be noted that RAW went head-to-head with the NBA Playoffs, which drew 3.8 million viewers with a 1.40 rating among adults 18-49.Hourly Breakdowns and Demographics for WWE RAWHour 1: 2.336 (down from 2.680 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 2.241 (down from 2.296 million viewers last week)Hour 3: 1.898 (down from 2.146 million viewers last week)This week’s RAW, headlined by a contract signing with Seth Rollins and AJ Styles, averaged a 0.72 rating among adults 18-49. This is down from last week’s 0.81 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Seth Rollins Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

San Diego is a top location for startups and entrepreneurs

first_imgSan Diego is a top location for start-ups and entrepreneurs August 22, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – This week, the world celebrated Entrepreneur’s Day, a day set aside to create awareness and innovation among nations.San Diego was named the top hot spot for start-up companies, even attracting entrepreneurs and investors from Silicon Valley.Here in San Diego, the risk is low and opportunity is high. Posted: August 22, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Gas leak response continues near Lacamas Lake

first_imgA contingent of Northwest Natural employees are continuing door-to-door visits this morning to relight pilot lights shut off after a natural-gas pipe leak near the west end of Lacamas Lake in the Camas area.The leak was caused by a construction worker who bored into a 4-inch distribution pipe that afternoon near Lake Road and Northwest Jackson Street, just north of Skyridge Middle School, officials said.Gas valves were closed shortly after 5 p.m. in response to the leak.Beginning at 8 a.m. this morning, Northwest Natural technicians have made contact with 90 of the 330 homes affected, said Jenna Gross-Cooper, a Northwest Natural spokeswoman.Gross-Cooper said pilot lights were re-lit at homes where residents were present. If they were out, a hanger was left on their door with a pledge to return. Gross-Cooper said 14 technicians are sweeping through the area.The damaged pipe was repaired by about 11 p.m. Wednesday night.Access to the Forest Hills subdivision remains limited as a safety precaution. A short section of Lake Road between Jackson and Parker streets remains blocked.As of 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, several hours after the pipe break, no one had been reported injured or sickened by the gas, said Battalion Chief Larry Larimer with the Camas Fire Department.last_img read more

Jaitley Allocates ₹246 Lakh Crore for Defence Sector

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government will spend 2.46 trillion rupees ($40 billion) in the defence sector in 2015/16.In July 2014, while presenting the Narendra Modi government’s first budget, Jaitley said the defence sector would get an annual outlay of Rs.229,000 crore, around 1.8 percent of the gross domestic product.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had presented a vision statement under his ‘Make in India’ campaign where local manufacturers of defence equipment had an important role.”This year too, I have provided adequately for the needs of the armed forces. As against likely expenditure of this year of Rs 2,22,370 crore the Budget allocation for 2015-16 is Rs 2,46,727 crore,” Jaitley said in his budget speech.last_img read more

After SBI and Vijaya Bank Bank of India to raise Rs 500

first_imgBank of India, Khairachatar branch.wikimedia commonsIn need of more capital, state-owned Bank of India (BoI) plans to raise Rs 500 crore through a qualified institutional placement (QIP), a senior official aware of the development told Mint.”We are well capitalised right now; the fundraising will be just for replenishment of capital. We will be raising about Rs 500 crore in the next quarter,” the business daily quoted Dinabandhu Mohapatra, managing director and chief executive of BoI, as saying.Currently, the lender is in the process of finalising investment banks for the issue. As on June 30, capital adequacy of the bank stood at 12.38 percent, against Basel-III requirements of 9 percent. For the same period, BoI’s gross non-performing assets stood at 13.05 percent.To shore up their capital many public sector banks (PSB) are looking at raising funds from the market.In June this year, State Bank of India (SBI) raised Rs 15,000 crore via QIP, the biggest so far by any bank in the country. Later in August, another PSB Vijaya Bank raised Rs 700 crore using a similar instrument.”Investor appetite for QIPs of weak public sector banks could be decent with participation from large domestic institutional investors. Measures being taken by the PSBs to bolster their capital levels by divesting non-core assets and realigning risk-weighted assets should help in the interim till the government finalises it’s capitalization plans for PSBs,” Mint quoted Karthik Srinivasan, group head for financial sector ratings at ICRA as saying.The state-owned lenders are reeling under bad loans. Total bad loans in the banking sector are close to Rs 10 lakh crore and banks are in dire need of capital infusion to continue operations.If banks raise funds from the market, government will get a breather. The government, under the Indradhanush plan announced in August 2015, has committed Rs 70,000 crore to recapitalisation of PSBs.As per the Indradhanush roadmap, public sector banks need to raise about Rs 1.10 lakh crore (Rs 1.1 trillion) from markets, including the follow-on public offer to meet Basel III requirements which kick in from March 2019. This will be over and above the Rs 70,000 crore that banks will get as capital support from the government.In line with the Centre’s Indradhanush plan for recapitalisation of banks, the government announced the infusion of Rs 10,000 crore into state-owned banks in 2017-18 and 2018-19.”Improved valuations, coupled with value unlocking from non-core assets as well as improvements in capital productivity, will enable PSBs to raise the remaining Rs 110,000 crore from the market,” the finance ministry had said in a press note on Indradhanush.Last week, rating agency Fitch Ratings said that Indian banks will need additional capital of $65 billion to meet the remaining Basel III banking stipulations by March 2019, with state-run lenders accounting for 95 percent of the requirements.last_img read more

Two more killed in gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationTwo more suspected drug traders were killed in a reported ‘gunfight’ with detectives in Kalibari Lane area of Mymensingh early Tuesday.The deceased are Rony Mia, 30, son of Mamun Mia of Krishtopur area and Anwar Hossain alias Anar, 38, son of Siraj Ali of Bashbari Colony.Being informed that a gang of drug traders gathered in an abandoned house to share drug money, a team of detectives conducted a drive there, said Ashiku Rahman, officer-in-charge of Detective Branch of the district police.Read more: Alleged gunfights kill 2 more, toll reaches 143Sensing the presence of detectives, the gang fired gunshots at them, forcing the law enforcers to retaliate in ‘self-defence’ which led to the gun battle, the OC said.After the gunfight, law enforcers found two drug traders as bullet-hit.Read More: ‘Gunfight’ is not solution: TIBLater, they were rushed to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared them dead.Two policemen were injured during the incident, the OC added.Police also recovered 1750 piece of yaba tablets, three round bullet shells and a foreign pistol from the spot.last_img read more

MPO enlistment after scrutiny Nurul Islam Nahid

first_imgNurul Islam Nahid. File PhotoEducational institutions will be brought under the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) scheme after scrutiny, said education minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Wednesday.”The scrutiny is going on following a directive of the government, especially the Prime Minister. It’ll also be done at the field level. The process will continue,” he said.The minister came up with the remarks after a meeting with the leaders of teachers’ organisations at the secretariat.He said over 9,000 educational institutions have submitted applications seeking enlistment of their institutions under the MPO scheme.”Now new institutions will be brought under the MPO system. Non-MPO institutions were asked to submit applications online. A total 9,498 institutions have submitted their applications online,” he said.The teachers highlighted various problems of their fellows in private educational institutions and sought government support to resolve those.The education minister assured them of solving their problems in phases.last_img read more