Sex Before the Storm

first_imgA person might be caught off-guard without an umbrella in a sudden downpour, but rain doesn’t catch insects by surprise. Moths, beetles, and aphids predict storms by sensing changes in air pressure and then alter their behavior, researchers have discovered. In particular, the new study finds that insects change their mating behaviors when the air pressure drops, which often precedes rain, or when the air pressure rises, which can signal strong winds.“People have observed before that birds, bats, and even fish respond to changes in [air] pressure,” says entomologist Maria Fernanda Peñaflor of the University of São Paulo in Brazil, a co-author of the new study. “This is the first time such behavior has been studied in insects.”Peñaflor and her colleagues knew that insect behavior was mediated by temperature, wind, and rainfall and wondered whether air pressure played a role as well. They first correlated air pressure data from a local meteorology station with the behavior of male cucurbit beetles (Diabrotica speciosa), green and yellow beetles about 6 millimeters long that feed on cucurbit vegetables, such as cucumbers, pumpkins, and squashes, in South America. They discovered that on days when the pressure was falling—indicating impending rain—the male beetles were less likely to walk in the direction of female pheromones, which they normally follow to pursue mates. To find out more, Peñaflor’s group collaborated with researchers at the University of Western Ontario in Canada who had a controlled pressure chamber in which they could perform experiments.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(*)With the new setup, the team studied the effects of various pressure scenarios on armyworm moths (Pseudaletia unipuncta), small brown moths whose larvae feed on many food crops, and potato aphids (Macrosiphum euphorbiae), insects that are a few millimeters long and suck sap from plants including potatoes. The scientists found that the females produced fewer pheromones, and fewer male-female pairs mated, when the pressure was either dropping or rising over a 6-hour period at a rate that mimicked what is often seen in nature before storms. But they got a surprise when they tested pairs of cucurbit beetles. Although a male won’t follow pheromones to find a distant female when the air pressure is decreasing, if a pair of beetles is already in close proximity, the male will mate with the female very quickly, forgoing normal courtship rituals, a phenomenon never seen under stable air pressure.“It was as if they were trying to quickly reproduce before the rain came,” Peñaflor says. In the case of aphids and moths, which are more fragile than the beetles, she says, the risk of mating when a storm is on its way might be too high, even if the insects are already close to each other.The results, which appear online today in the journal PLOS ONE, pave the way for studies of how other types of animals alter their behaviors in response to weather, Peñaflor says, and they could even lead to pest management techniques useful for agriculture. Her team would like to further study exactly how insects sense the pressure changes; she and her colleagues think that the outer cuticle of insects’ bodies likely contains sensors that function like barometers.The new findings aren’t surprising to people who have been studying insects for years. Joop van Lenteren, an entomologist at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands, says he began noticing decades ago that his insects didn’t behave the same on stormy days. “For my lab, it’s almost become standard that when the weather is poor, we skip experiments for a few days.”But not all insect researchers have this habit, so he hopes the new findings encourage others in the field to take air pressure into account in their studies. Past experiments on insects, he says, could have been flawed if they didn’t control for this variable. “I’m doubting some older papers now, where researchers quantified insect behavior and got unexpected results.”last_img read more

This tennis player proposed to his girlfriend at the Davis Cup dinner

first_imgYes, Leander Paes was there. That’s how we got to know of the proposal in the first place.India’s Saketh Myneni proposed to his girlfriend, Sri Lakshmi Anumolu, a UPSC aspirant, during the official Davis Cup dinner on Wednesday night.Her response? A humble “okay”. That’s your typical ‘awww’ moment, right there!Leander Paes took to social media to call the proposal the “1st marriage proposal” he has witnessed, and congratulating the cute couple.Picture courtesy: Twitter/@LeanderThe proposal was then followed up with a cake for the couple, arranged by the All India Tennis Association (AITA).At rank 119, 28-year-old Myneni was a part of the US Open this year.last_img

Limited Data Put Svendborg Maersk in Dire Straits

first_imgzoom The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board (DMAIB) has prepared a marine accident report shedding light on the circumstances that led to Svendborg Maersk container ship accident at Biscay Bay, on February 14, 2014.The Danish container ship Svendborg Maersk departed from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The ship was bound for the Suez Canal, and subsequently the Far East. The master expected to encounter adverse weather conditions on the route. However, the forecast did not give rise to concern.The following day, as the ship had left the English Channel, the weather conditions started deteriorating. In the afternoon, the ship suddenly and without warning rolled to extreme angles and a large number of containers fell over board.In the early evening, the ship again suddenly rolled violently, reaching an extreme angle of roll of 41° to port. Again a large number of containers were lost over board and, now, the master considered the situation to threaten the safety of the ship. The master sounded the general alarm to muster the crew members. Later in the evening he assessed that the weather no longer posed an immediate danger to the ship.The accident happened when Svendborg Maersk, on two separate occasions, encountered extremities in an adverse weather situation in the northern part of the Bay of Biscay. The extremities caused sudden heavy rolling of the ship that led to the loss of 517 cargo containers and dam-age to approximately 250 cargo containers.The report states that a number of factors coincided and caused the incidents and subsequent consequences.An adverse weather situation was forecasted in SPOS and the ship had prepared for this. However, the weather as a combination of dynamic forces and the extremities encountered by Svendborg Maersk was not expected by the master and crew members, according to the report.It was inherently challenging, beforehand, by the means available, to gain a mental overview depicting the exact weather and wave situation the ship encountered during the incidents, including the ship’s motional behaviour, as many variables were involved.The master’s decision-making prior to the heavy weather navigation was largely reliant on his personal experience with heavy weather and the ship he commanded, says in the report.Decision-making was challenged during uncertain and dynamic conditions with limited data at hand, or a limited recognition of their meaning in combination with the generic SMS procedures available, that will inherently have a deviance in work as described and how work is carried out, which provided poor decision-making support for the master. The quality of the master’s decisions would therefore only be obvious afterwards, when the outcome was known, DMAIB concludes in the report. Source: DMAIB; September 08, 2014; Images: Maersk Line/ASlast_img read more

CEAA starts assessments of Innergexs proposed runofriver projects in Alberta

first_imgCALGARY – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency says it will look at the potential impacts of two renewable power projects that Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (TSX:INE) has proposed to build on the Athabasca River.The Longueuil, Que.-based company wants to build two 135-megawatt hydroelectric projects called Sundog and Pelican roughly 130 and 180 kilometres upstream of Fort McMurray, Alta.The run-of-river projects, which involve diverting some of the flow of the river through a tunnel and turbine, require spillways to increase the water level in the river as well as powerhouses, embankments, boat launches and other infrastructure, but do not involve a full dam or reservoir.The projects southwest of the oilsands heartland would also require new 240 kilovolt transmission lines and access roads.The federal agency has invited the public and Indigenous groups to comment by Feb. 9 on what should be examined during the assessment, which it will take into consideration when finalizing the guidelines for assessments of both projects.Innergex runs renewable energy operations in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia as well as in France and the U.S., and announced last October that it would be taking over Alterra Power Corp. in a $1.1-billion cash and share deal.last_img read more

Volunteers needed for Family Campaign

Brad Clarke and Marilyn Cottrell are leading the search for more cabinet members for the Brock Family Campaign.Brad Clarke and Marilyn Cottrell are asking for their co-workers to join them and become cabinet members in this year’s fundraising campaign.Clarke, director of Student Life and Community Experience, and Cottrell, an Economics professor, are co-chairs of the annual Brock Family Campaign, part of the Campaign for a Bold New Brock.They need representatives from various offices and departments – ideally about 25 – to answer questions and help spread the word about the Family Campaign.“We all play an active role in shaping the Brock experience,” Clarke said. “This is one of the opportunities for people to make an impact on the University.”From Sept. 12 to Oct. 7, faculty and staff will be asked to donate to the campaign. The Family Campaign raises money for undergraduate and graduate student awards, student support initiatives such as Mentorship Plus, and projects such as the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex and the downtown Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.All of this ultimately benefits students, said Shannon Gill, Annual Fund manager.“It means more classroom space and more research space, and gives students the financial aid and personal support needed to make the most of their education,” she said.That’s why Cottrell got involved. As a Brock employee for 26 years, she has seen numerous students who needed financial help.“It’s become more apparent in the last five years than it ever has been before,” she said.Through efforts like the Family Campaign, “everyone does their part to ensure that students get an education where they’re not just numbers, but a person.”Clarke is a Brock alumnus who also served as president of the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) in 1999/2000. Each year, he said, BUSU and the University encourage students to get involved in the Brock community. Being part of the campaign cabinet is a way for faculty, staff and alumni to lead by example, he said.The goal for the Family Campaign is a 55 per cent participation rate. Last year, the Family Campaign had a participation rate of 46 per cent.In September, Brock employees will receive packages about the campaign. There will also be email follow-ups and updates on the Bold New Brock website.Clarke and Cottrell encourage any faculty or staff interested in being cabinet members to contact them at or read more

Michael Biegler close to HSV Handball bench

← Previous Story SEHA GSS: Meshkov secure third place before F6 in Veszprem Next Story → New problem for Gudmundsson – Eggert won’t play for Denmark until end of the season! The Polish national team head-coach Michael Biegler is close to come-back to the German DKB Bundesliga after the latest talks between HSV Handball and Polish Handball Federation officials. Ex-Magdeburg coach making progress with Poles since 2012, when he overtook the role of the head-coach from Bogdan Wenta.After only average TOP 16 place at the World Championship 2013, Poland made two good results at EHF EURO 2014 and Qatar 2015, where brothers Jurecki and Co. won the bronze medal, the first one since WCh 2009 in Croatia.Beigler will lead Poland at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in this country, and the biggest issue from Polish Handball Federation is that his possible job in HSV Handball doesn’t affect his duties in the “Eagles” t-shirt.. HSV HandbalMichael BieglerPolish HandballPolish handball federation read more

Arts provide significant direct and indirect employment to economy report

first_imgA NEW REPORT on the economic impact of the arts in Ireland shows the sector provide “significant direct and indirect employment” in Ireland – with the Arts Council’s annual funding from the Exchequer supporting some 2,270 jobs.The employment supported by the Council generates an annual turnover of €184 million, with tax revenues to the Irish Exchequer of €42 million, according to Assessment of the Economic Impact of the Arts in Ireland report, published by the state agency which funds and develops the arts in Ireland.The 2012 report, commissioned by the Council from Indecon International Economic Consultants, represents an update on the firm’s previous independent evaluation of the economic impact of the arts in Ireland (2009). The new report focuses on the impact of the arts in Ireland over the year 2011, and concludes that “the arts continue to be a major employer and contributor to Irish economic output.”The turnover reported by organisations supported by the Arts Council determines their ability to purchase goods and services, to employ staff and to undertake programmes of investment – functions which in turn have an impact on the wider economy.The Arts Council committed €60 million in funding to organisations and individuals 2011, creating an estimated turnover of €145 million.Meanwhile, the Arts Council’s own grant-in-aid has been reduced by €22 million (25 per cent) between 2008 and 2012 – and the report notes ‘very significant job losses’ since the 2009 report.“This report shows that the arts are a major employer and contributor to economic output, and that with smart investment the arts are capable of stimulating more job creation and economic activity at a time we need it most,” said the Chairman of the Arts Council, Pat Moylan.“The arts really matter to us in Ireland, they unite our communities in good times and in bad, and they help define us as a people. Our achievements in the arts give us a deep credibility when we tell the world of our flexible, creative, innovative work force, and the Arts Council is proud of the role the arts play in attracting inward investment,” Moylan added.Read: Pictures: Cutting the ribbon to the reopened Light House>last_img read more

New raft of reforms for Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Eurozone officials meeting in Brussels on Monday approved the release of 2.8 billion euros in rescue loans to Athens after Greek lawmakers approved a new raft of reforms including the dismissal of 15,000 civil servants by the end of next year.“There was a positive evaluation of the implementation of the Greek program and clear references to the decisiveness of the government in proceeding with the program’s reforms,” the Finance Ministry said after the decision.The 2.8-billion-euro installment had been due in March but was delayed after talks between government officials and Greece’s so-called troika of foreign lenders – the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – broke down over the civil service overhaul. Eurozone finance ministers are to meet in mid-May to decide on the release of a further 4.2 billion euros in loans, with the IMF to decide later in the month on its contribution of 1.8 billion euros. Again, the disbursement will depend on Athens meeting further economic targets.The “multi-bill,” which stipulates the civil service layoffs but also reduces a contentious property tax by 15 percent, passed easily through Parliament on Sunday, despite vehement objections by opposition parties, after clinching the support of 168 of the House’s 300 deputies.Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, clearly buoyed by the vote result following a tense week of infighting between ministers, hailed the vote on the multi-bill, saying that it proved his government was “more unified than ever” despite opposition claims of widening rifts within the Cabinet. Sources indicated that the premier would likely put back an anticipated cabinet reshuffle until after June 28-30, when conservative New Democracy is to hold a congress, or even later.The premier currently has more pressing concerns, chiefly overseeing the implementation of reforms voted into law including the politically sensitive process of merging and abolishing state organizations. Samaras is also keen to kick-start a lagging privatization program. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Bingen rehab project involves Clark County businesses

first_imgFive Clark County construction subcontractors are taking part in an unusual rehabilitation and construction project unfolding in Bingen.From roofs to drywall to flooring, the subs are taking part in transforming a Civilian Conservation Corps-era structure and new surrounding buildings into a destination resort in the Columbia River Gorge community.When completed, likely in May, The Society Hotel-Bingen will feature a hotel, cabins, bathhouse and spa, and a structure called The Sanctuary, which promotional materials say is a “unique subterranean building that can be reserved for retreats or other groups of travelers for personal use, yoga, team-building retreats and wellness. It’s flooded with natural light through a cupola and large, south-facing glass doors.”Suffice it to say, Bingen, the Klickitat County town of fewer than 1,000 residents that is a magnet for out-of-town kite boarders, windsurfers, mountain bikers and hikers, has not seen another structure like this. Same could be said for the rest of the Gorge.“Definitely a neat project,” said Richard Ammons, co-owner with his brother Casey Ammons of RC Pro-roof LLC in Yacolt. “It’s got that modern vintage appeal to it.”The Portland-based developers purchased the former Bingen schoolhouse and gymnasium and two city blocks in spring 2017 for $1.5 million, one of the first steps in developing the $9 million project. About 20 investors are participating, including one from Washougal who declined to be identified.last_img read more

Pellegrini Nasri must prove his fitness for West Ham deal

first_imgWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini insists they remain interested in signing Samir Nasri if he can prove his fitnessThe former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder is currently training at West Ham in a bid to be awarded a contract.Reports suggest that a six-month deal with a weekly wage of £80,000-per-week is up for grabs at the London Stadium.But Pellegrini is adamant that Nasri will have to work hard for it till the end of the year to convince them he is worth every penny.The Frenchman hasn’t played a competitive match in 18 months after FIFA banned him in 2016 for breaching World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…But Nasri will be free to play football again in January and has already undergone a medical with West Ham earlier this month.“We will see,” said Pellegrini on Sky Sports, when asked if he expects Nasri to join West Ham.“Samir Nasri is working with us after a long ban. We are giving him a hand to return to football.“I hope that from now until the end of the year he will be fit and if that is the case we will try to keep him here at West Ham.”Meanwhile, Hammers defender Pablo Zabaleta has backed the signing of his former City teammate.last_img read more

Macaus Emperor Entertainment confident in prospects despite 81 gaming decline

first_img High VIP win rate keeps Genting Singapore’s 2Q19 results respectable despite 5% profit fall Macau casino operator Emperor Entertainment Hotel Limited, which runs the Grand Emperor Hotel and Inn Hotel Macau, has declared its future prospects bright despite a 7.1% decline in revenue for the year ended 31 March 2018, including an 8.1% fall in revenue from gaming operations.Emperor Entertainment declared revenue of HK$1.50 billion for the year, down from HK$1.61 billion 12 months earlier, with gross profit down 9% to HK$958.9 million. Revenue from gaming operations at Grand Emperor Hotel fell 8.1% to HK$1.25 billion with Adjusted EBITDA down 9.4% to HK$448.8 million. Mass market segment helps Sands China to 1.4% revenue growth in 2Q19 RelatedPosts Profit attributable to owners of the company increased 13.6% to HK$393.6 million “mainly due to a decrease of selling and marketing expenses and exchange loss, as well as a revaluation gain recognized during the year, as compared to a revaluation loss in the last year.”Discussing the revenue decline, Emperor Entertainment pointed to the increased flow of customers to Macau’s Cotai properties as having negatively impacted operations on the peninsula.“With a raft of new gaming offerings and family-friendly recreations, the new establishments have attracted leisure travelers, who are typically mass- market players,” the company said. “The market share of gaming on Macau Peninsula, especially in the mass segment, was diluted by the competition from new properties on Cotai.”Emperor Entertainment said that the group’s performance was “inevitably affected” by the Cotai shift with mass revenue down 7.2% to HK$1.29 billion. VIP revenue also declined over the course of the 12 months, down 9.3% from HK$24.7 billion in 2017 to HK$22.4 billion.The casino at Grand Emperor Hotel comprises 67 mass tables, 10 VIP tables and 172 slot machines.Despite the results, Emperor Entertainment said it was optimistic about the road ahead given ongoing growth in the broader Macau gaming market.“Upon the completion of large-scale tourism projects, along with government initiatives to boost infrastructure development, Macau’s position as a global leisure and tourism hub will be further reinforced,” it said.“On the demand side, sustained growth in Macau’s gaming market is expected on the back of the increase in numbers of Chinese outbound travelers, which is largely driven by the expanding wealth effect and the rise of China’s middle class. The group is optimistic regarding growth prospects for Macau’s gaming market and is actively reviewing growth strategies and value-creating opportunities in Macau.” Lack of Cotai presence stings as VIP decline sees SJM lose more market share in 2Q19 Load Morelast_img read more

Police can guess who picked Maroof Zaman up

first_imgMaroof ZamanTwo notices are hanging in front of the building on road no 9/A of Dhaka’s Dhanmondi area where former Bangladesh ambassador to Qatar and Vietnam Maroof Zaman resided. Both read, the building is under CCTV surveillance.But this ‘surveillance system’ failed to provide anything about possible kidnappers of Maroof Zaman.Three solidly built people wearing black t-shirts came to the house and took away his phone, laptop and other ICT-related equipment. According to video footage, the three entered the house drawing their caps up to nose. That is why, police said, they could not confirm their identity.Maroof Zaman came out of their Dhanmondi residence around 6:30pm on 4 December to bring his daughter from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. His phone was found switched off from around 7:45pm on that day.The police said Zaman was last located at Kawla of Dakkhin Khan near the airport. They recovered his private car, which he was driving, from the 300-foot Road in an abandoned condition.Dhanmondi police station officer-in-charge Abdul Latif said, “We have got the CCTV footage. But those who entered Zaman’s room are well versed with the mechanism of the CCTV. They had caps on their head and those were drawn up to their nose. This is why no one has been identified.”The police officer further said Zaman’s siblings also reside in the same building. The law enforcement did not find any history of family fued.Responding to journalists, Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s (DMP) Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit head Monirul Islam said DMP’s intelligence unit was working to find out Maroof Zaman.However, another source said, the investigation of the law enforcement will not be done smoothly as it already has got hints who has picked up Zaman.Maroof’s daughter Samiha Zaman told Prothom Alo on Wednesday night, “My father called twice after leaving home. He hung up the phone first time around 7:45pm after saying ‘hello’ two times. It seemed he was not being able to listen to anything. In the next call he asked [us] to give laptop, CPU of another computer, camera and smart phone to a few men who will go to our home. The domestic help picked up the call.”Samiha further said her father uses three phone sets. Usually, he does not take smart phone set while going out. He took a basic phone set with him on that night. Three people came to their house around 8:00pm and took away everything.The family members also said that the three men searched their house, too.Former ambassador Maroof Zaman is the latest person to be included in the list of missing people after the North South University’s (NSU) School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ teacher Mubashar Hasan had gone missing on 7 November.Discussion is there on the social media about probable reasons of Zaman’s disappearance. Some are looking for information about his political allegiance, the time of his appointment as ambassador, whether he was appinted at any better position or whether he talked about political or sensitive issues or met someone recently.A source close to Maroof Zaman said he was not an Awami League supporter.However, there were no information that he had been associated with any anti-state element. His sister Shahrina Kamal said Maroof joined the army in 1977, but opted for ‘medical retirement’ in 1982. He was then appointed to a position in the foreign ministry and sent to the UK for medical treatment. He was mostly out of the country since then, including his stints as an envoy in Qatar and Vietnam. In 2009, he returned home and joined Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS). After four years at the BIISS, he retired.Shahrina said her brother was mentally unstable since the death of their mother and his wife in 2012. And he hardly went outside since then.The road where Maroof’s car was parked mostly remain deserted during the day. However, people do come in the afternoon. About 200 yards from the spot, there is a tea stall frequented by local auto-rickshaw drivers. One among them, Idris Ali, said he had seen a white car parked there around 11:00pm on Tuesday. But he thought someone had parked the car and went some place nearby.Khilkhet police station sub-inspector (SI) MA Zahid told Porthom Alo that they found aerosol, a saucer and a water bottle inside the car and there were no sign of a scuffle or anything abnormal.last_img read more

HEIC Image support for Windows

first_imgHEIC Image support for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on December 18, 2017 in Software – Last Update: December 18, 2017 – 2 commentsCopyTrans HEIC for Windows is a free software solution that adds support for the HEIC image format to devices running Microsoft’s Windows operating system.HEIF, the High Efficiency Image File Format, is a relatively new format for images and image sequences that is more storage space efficient than common formats such as JPG or PNG.Apple introduced support for HEIF in iOS 11 and Mac OS High Sierra but has been the only major player to built-in support for the format.The two common extensions that HEIF, a container format, uses are .heif and .heic. Apple uses the .heic extension for single images, and .heics for image sequence files.While these display fine on Apple devices, they don’t display at all on Windows. Windows Explorer does not display thumbnails for these file types, and the default image viewer and most third-party viewers don’t support the format either.This is a problem; if you connect an iOS device to Windows machines for instance, you will run into display and other issues if you transfer heic files to the device.CopyTrans HEIC for WindowsCopyTrans HEIC for Windows is a free application for Windows that adds support for the .heic format to systems running Windows. Support is limited to .heic currently, but the developer, CopyTrans, promised to add support for the .heif format in future versions as well.The application is compatible with Windows 7 and newer versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.Note: The page seems to be only available in a German version right now. Just scroll down to the big download button and hit it to download the software.All you need to do is download the 8 Megabyte installer file from the CopyTrans website, and run it afterwards. Support for the format is added to the system so that you will see .heic image previews in Windows Explorer.The installer adds a new context menu option to Explorer that you may use to convert .heic images to .jpeg images using it.It adds capabilities to integrate .heic images in Microsoft Office applications such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint, and enables printing options as well for .heic images.Tip: If you just need to add viewing support, you may also install a XnView plugin that adds support for the format to the free image viewer.Closing WordsWhile most Windows users who don’t use Apple devices may not run into .heic files anytime soon, those who do use Apple devices may want to add support for the format rather sooner than later. The same is true for companies who interact with Apple device users, especially if these users sometimes send in photos taken on their devices.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 2 votes Software Name CopyTrans HEIC for WindowsOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Typhoon Nari leaves 11 dead 5 missing in Vietnam

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) ErrorOK ErrorOK Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Top Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Nari hit Vietnam’s central coast early Tuesday after crossing the Philippines over the weekend, killing 13 people there.Three people were killed in Quang Nam province, the department said.Two flood victims’ bodies were recovered Wednesday in Quang Binh province, raising its total to five dead and one missing, provincial disaster official Ngo Duc Song said. The floods submerged nearly 19,000 homes in the province, many of them up to 2 meters (6.5 feet) under water, and left four villages isolated, he said.The Gianh river in Quang Binh province reached a record high but was receding slowly, he said.Nearly 5,000 people were evacuated from their flooded homes to higher ground, Song said, adding that soldiers and police officers were sent to help villagers deal with the floods.Floods also killed a teenager in Nghe An province, a disaster official there said.In the neighboring province of Ha Tinh, the floods killed two people and authorities were searching for two others missing there, disaster official Tran Quang Duc said.One person each was missing in Thua Thien Hue and Binh Dinh provinces, the national floods and storms control department said.The department said the floods has disrupted traffic on some parts of several highway and parts of the North-South railway in Quang Binh province. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Rescuers have recovered more bodies after a typhoon flooded thousands of homes in Vietnam, raising the toll to 11 dead and five missing, officials said Thursday.Floods inundated more than 34,000 homes in three central provinces after Tyhoon Nari, which already had destroyed or damaged about 13,000 homes in seven provinces, the national floods and storms control department said. The typhoon damage included homes that collapsed or had roofs blown off by the winds. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Females travel towards stars single men

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Celebrities and single men are two of the key factors that will influence a female’s travel destination, according to a new travel report.Published by the Female Travel and Lifestyle Report found that 21 percent of wommen are likely to pick a destination because it attracts single males compared to 43 percent of men who follow the single women.A further one in four Gen Y females will prefer to ‘vacay’ in the same spots as celebrities. Released last week, the report highlighted one in three woman are also likely to become more stressed leading up to a vacation compared to 17 percent of men.Key factors of stress prior to a trip included packing, forgetting an item, get work out of the way as well as ensuring everything is organised at home and work prior to departure. Of the 90 percent of women who took a short trip over the past 12 months, 26 percent said they hate being stuck at airports, 20 percent despise cattle class and 17 percent wish they didn’t have to spend so much time on a plane.According to the report, 14 percent of Australian women said they take a sleeping pill at take-off to help get to sleep and drown out children and other irritating passengers.24 percent of men said they get through lengthy plane trips by familiarising themselves with the drink cart, compared to 17 percent of women, while 20 percent of men said they are willing to pay extra for the exit row to make it a little cosier compared to 14 percent of women.last_img read more

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first_imgGet on the ball for less with Skyscanner Most Europeans probably won’t have heard of Polokwane, but will be more familiar with its previous name: Pietersburg. A new terminal has been built at the airport to accommodate the flood of visitors the World Cup will bring, and is also titled the ‘Gateway Airport’. If you are getting a flight to Polokwane and fancy doing some exploring between matches then Polokwane’s location makes it an ideal place from which to fly to Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. If you prefer to stay put, then visit the Polokwane Game reserve with a 20km hiking trail as well as the opportunity to see White Rhino and twenty other species. Also worth a trip is the Balkone Malapa Museum which is a “living” museum where you can learn about the traditions and culture of the Northern Sotho people. Polokawane itself is an attractive city with wide open streets and green spaces; take time to explore the Savannah Centre with a wide variety of shops and the Hugh Exton Photographic museum which charts the early days of the city.The climate is pretty much ideal and at World Cup time, expect around 20 degrees Celsius. But don’t be fooled – at 1300m above sea level, it is still easy to burn at that temperature.Matches:Fixture| Date RelatedSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – Peter Mokaba Stadium, PolokwaneSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – Peter Mokaba Stadium, PolokwaneSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – VenuesSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – VenuesSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – FranceSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – France [World CupGroups](—groups.html) —|—|—|— Cheap flightsto South Africa [World CupVenues](—venues.html)| [World CupHome](—home.html)| [World CupPackages](—packages.html) Polokwane, Limpopo ProvinceStadium: The Peter Mokaba Stadium [World CupSchedule](—schedule.html)| [World CupTeams](—teams.html)| ——Algeria v SloveniaSun 13 JuneFrance v MexicoThu 17 JuneGermany v ArgentinaFri 22 JuneParaguay v New ZealandMon 24 June [World CupNews](| [World CupDestinations](—destinations.html)| ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map | Great deals on car hirein South Africa | Great deals on packages to theSouth Africa World Cup Save more on hotelsin South Africalast_img read more

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first_imgApril 4, 2012Big earth-moving machines worked on enlarging the visitors parking lot in preparation for the upcoming BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. [photo: Chihiro Saito] [photo: Chihiro Saito] The machines worked on the edges of the Minds Garden, behind the East Crescent.center_img A large swath was added at the entrance of the parking lot. Ample parking spaces were added for performers and vendors.The second HI-COUNTRY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 2012. We will continue this report next week with more of the festival preparations.last_img

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He said the general manager was arrested on the basis of the complaint as well as CCTV footage of the hotel.The accused will be produced in a local court on Thursday SHO of Vidhayakpuri Police Station where the FIR was lodged on Wednesday on the complaint by the victims said the women have left for New Delhi and a team is being sent there to record their statements The 40-year old accused has been booked under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) 354-A (Physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures) and 452 (house trespass after preparation for hurt assault or wrongful restraint) Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it will no longer accept reimbursement to cover the cost of fetal tissue donations The move comes in response to a series of videos released by anti-abortion activists that spurred a conservative campaign to withdraw federal funding from the group In a letter sent to Francis Collins director of the National Institutes of Health Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards wrote that the initiative was a direct response to the “false claims” in the videos “about our role in fetal tissue donation into fodder to advance [an] extreme political agenda” “Planned Parenthoods policies on fetal tissue donation already exceed the legal requirements” Richards wrote “Now were going even further in order to take away any basis for attacking Planned Parenthood to advance an anti-abortion political agenda” The group said programs at its clinics that use fetal tissue for research would continue Read more: Why We Still Need Fetal Tissue Research Richards wrote that the group’s decision to cover costs of fetal tissue for research “should not be interpreted as a suggestion that anyone else should not take reimbursement or that the law in this area isnt strong” “Our decision is first and foremost about preserving the ability of our patients to donate tissue and to expose our opponents false charges about this limited but important work” she wrote Planned Parenthood faced criticism from conservative groups in a series of videos released by an anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress this summer The videos showed activists posing as representatives of biomedical firms meeting with Planned Parenthood executives and negotiating prices for fetal organs The videos sparked a Congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood’s actions and a campaign to cut governmental funding of the group culminating in Richards’ testifying on the Hill in September Write to Tanya Basu at tanyabasu@timecomCourt documents allege he hit a 3-year-old boy on both sides of his face causing bruises and abrasions on April 10 in Ramsey CountyZornes is expected to appear in court Oct 1"Let your voices be heard" said Gary Wertish president of the Minnesota Farmers Union which is conducting 15 listening sessions around the state over a two-week periodHealth insurance was a major topic of debate at this March 30 session in WillmarEmily Piper commissioner of Human Services responded to questions about the high cost of health insurancePiper said farmers make up a large portion of the state’s residents who purchase individual health insuranceBut since Blue Cross Blue Shield pulled out of the individual health insurance market there are few options left for rural Minnesotans and the options available are often expensive and require people to go to in-network health care facilities miles awayHigh insurance premiums and high deductibles are difficult for farmers who are "struggling right now just to cash-flow their farm" because of the poor ag economy Wertish saidWhen it comes to cutting expenses in order to convince a banker to grant a farm operating loan Wertish said some farmers eliminate health insurance because it’s an expense that doesn’t improve crop yield even though not having insurance could mean losing the farm if there’s a health crisisWertish said the listening sessions have the blessing of Gov Mark Dayton who is sending at least one commissioner from the agriculture human services and commerce departments to each of the meetingsThe presence of the commissioners ensures that the concerns of the constituents will be delivered to Dayton "We’ll bring the rural people’s voices to the commissioner level and the governor" Wertish saidAlong with the big-picture issue of health insurance participants spent considerable time discussing mowing grass in state highway ditches and planting grass buffers on drainage ditchesExisting rules that the Minnesota Department of Transportation had intended to implement require permits and a long list of regulations be met in order to mow and bale grass in state highway ditches and the result has been negative responses from farmers across the stateBecause of the negative reactions MnDOT has decided to delay the ditch mowing rules for at least a year to get input from stakeholders including farmersRules requiring grass buffer strips to be planted along public waters including drainage ditches got differing responses Minnesota’s recently enacted buffer law requires 50-foot vegetative buffers be installed between public waters and private lands by this November By Nov 1 2018 a 16-foot buffer must be seeded along public ditchesA couple farmers said requiring buffer strips has been a state law since the 1970s and that 16-foot buffer strips are necessary to preserve the soil integrity of ditchesBut others said the buffer strip regulations which also includes a 50-foot buffer along some streams and lakes is nothing more than a "land grab" that will take farmland out of production without compensationOne farmer said the value of his farm will decrease $50000 to $100000 because of buffer strip regulations on 2 miles of ditches on his farm Another questioned the legitimacy of the maps depicting regulated waters that will need buffer strips"All valid concerns" Wertish said adding that a report on issues brought up at the meetings will be delivered to the governor "The tourists had checked in the hotel on Tuesday. 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