Lee says Magnolia has to go through Ginebra to win PBA title

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Losing its fifth straight Manila Clasico, Paul Lee admitted that Ginebra is indeed the biggest thorn in Magnolia’s side.“Maybe, they’re really one of the humps that we need to overcome for us to get to the championship,” Lee said after the Hotshots fell to the Gin Kings, 78-89 at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT For the better part of the last three seasons or since coach Tim Cone transferred to Ginebra, it has always been the Gin Kings, who prevail, including the last three Christmas Day duels.And the Monday tiff was no different as Magnolia struggled to get its offense going with the stingy Ginebra defense in full bloom, forcing the Hotshots to shoot a woeful 36 percent clip and an undesirable 18 percent shooting from beyond the arc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt also doesn’t help that the Gin Kings dominated the boards, 56-46, including 16 offensive rebounds that led to 21 second chance points.Lee, however, doesn’t want to dwell on the defeat, but rather, he is taking this as a lesson for Magnolia to become a better team. Timberwolves beat Lakers for first Christmas win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “We need to look at the video to see where we lacked on. It’s better if we see it all together so we can improve on that as a team,” he said.“Every game, we need to give our best. We can’t put Ginebra as the only team we want to beat because we might get beaten by the other teams. We need to prepare for every team, especially the contenders,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense ‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man PLAY LIST 01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgIn 2005, Liberia, the oldest democracy in Africa, elected its first female President and recorded yet another first achievement by becoming the first country in Africa to elect a female President. Despite this major achievement, a huge gap remains in the participation of women in politics. Liberian women are underrepresented in politics and as the country prepares for its presidential and legislative elections in 2017, very few women have indicated their interest.Over the years, we have seen such blatant violations of women’s rights in the political arena and instead of being concerned about the meaningful involvement of women, particularly young women in politics; people have sadly begun to accept these violations as normal. Anecdotal reports raises the question on whether Liberians are interested or concerned in statistics on gender representation in government.In the 73-member House of Representative, female representation has dropped to seven per cent, from 12.5 percent. The number of female senators also decreased from five to four from the fifteen contested Senate seats. Currently, there is no political party headed by a woman. Power is wielded by older generations and mainly by the privileged men who control the social economic circles such as the armies, economies, political parties, mainstream media and families.The key impetus for promoting women’s participation and leadership in matters of peace and security has of course been UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) that reaffirms ‘the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building, stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, and the need to increase their role in decision making…’ (UNSCR 1325: Preamble)One of the Global Citizenship Commission’s recommendations, which are long overdue, is that every country has a Youth Parliament that can meet to debate and campaign for young people and the services they need. By extension, we need to commence action on getting more women involved in politics.Collective political dialogue is the only true pathway to begin addressing this gap in a sustainable and holistic manner.According to the priority actions from the statement of mutual commitments on peacebuilding in Liberia, more targeted outreach is required to empower civil society organizations, with a focus on women to assume their critical role in the country’s peacebuilding and recovery efforts.As we prepare for the next elections and advocate for the active participation of women, there is need first and foremost to recognize underpinning issues of widening political divisions, which underscores a need for national healing, reconciliation and responsible involvement of women in Liberian politics.At Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, we recognize the need for appropriation of posts and appointments to the cabinet and other government posts and we commend ongoing government programs and efforts to place women in these posts. Now that we have established the need for more involvement of women in Liberian politics and publicly publish data on the number of women in politics, everyone will be watching; it is up to our current and future government to do a better job at meeting its commitments to women empowerment and leadership.Until next week, when we continue our dialogue among Peace Messengers-The Health Status of the Liberian Women, it is Peace First, Peace above all else. May Peace prevail on earth!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Garissa to host Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom North Eastern Finals

first_imgAlready the finals of Rift Valley, Eastern and Nyanza have been held where the winners of both the boys and girls categories waiting for the national finals that will be held in March in Nairobi.Four boys teams will take part in the North Eastern finals with the winning team walking away with a cash reward of Sh200, 000 and an opportunity to play in the national grand finale set for March this year.The four teams include; Jamia FC from Mandera, Ifpro from Garissa, Al-Hayat from Wajir and Jack Boys from Dadaab.“The tournament has been a success across the country right from the group stages as young players showcase their football prowess. We look forward to the same vigor from the North Eastern teams,” said Nick Mwendwa, Football Kenya Federation President.Over 300 games were played across North Eastern with 102 teams taking part in the matches that kicked off on 18th November 2017.“We are proud to be part of a competition that will produce the next generation of footballers for both local and foreign clubs as well as the national team. Already, we have seen success stories with David Majak who was the top scorer in the Rift finals and Fredrick Krop both from Kapenguria Heroes earning positions to play for a local premier league club,” Sylvia Mulinge, the Director -Consumer Business, Safaricom, said.At the grand finale, the winning teams will walk away with Sh1 million each and an opportunity to go for an international training and mentorship camp in London in April this year.Kapenguria Heroes and Tar Tar Girls from Rift, Mwingi Junior Academy and Ngakaa Talent Academy from Eastern and Ombek red Devils and Plateau Queens from Nyanza are the teams that have qualified for the grand finale so far.Coast, Western, Central and Nairobi regions are also scheduled to hold their regional finals in the next few weeksSafaricom has invested Sh100m towards the program which includes Sh10m worth of prizes as well as funds for renovation of select community pitches through a legacy programme.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The four teams include; Jamia FC from Mandera, Ifpro from Garissa, Al-Hayat from Wajir and Jack Boys from Dadaab. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 4 – After taking a break, the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom football tournament resumes this weekend with the North Easter region finals that will be played at the Garissa University.This will be the fourth regional final of the youth tournament which aims at scouting for talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propelling gifted players to the national team.last_img read more

Cagliari avoid sanctions for Lukaku monkey chants

first_imgBut the FIGC’s sports judges ruled that reports of “chants, shouts, whistles and screams” from the home fans’ ‘Curva Nord’ (North Stand) just before Lukaku’s penalty could not be considered discriminatory in terms of “size and real perception”.“The sport judge has decided not to apply sanctions against Cagliari,” the sports judges ruled.After scoring the penalty, Lukaku made a post-match plea for football authorities to unite against the blight of racism.Everton’s Moise Kean suffered similar taunts while playing for Juventus at Cagliari’s Sardegna Arena, alongside teammate Blaise Matuidi, after he scored a goal there for his former team Juventus last April.Cagliari, who issued a statement after the match condemning the abuse, were however fined 5,000 euros ($5,500) for fans throwing plastic bottles at officials onto the pitch.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku scored the winner for Inter Milan despite racist chanting in Cagliari © AFP / Miguel MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Sep 17 – Cagliari have escaped punishment for the racist chanting their fans aimed at Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku in a Serie A match earlier this month, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced Tuesday.Belgian Lukaku, 26, was targeted by monkey chants before scoring the winning penalty that earned Inter Milan a 2-1 triumph in Sardinia on September 1.last_img read more

Nicky Butt named new head of Manchester United academy

first_img Nicky Butt Manchester United have appointed former midfielder Nicky Butt as their new head of academy.The 41-year-old, who had a decorated playing career at Old Trafford over a 12-year period, has earned the position after working as reserve team and under-19s coach for the last four years.Butt was a product of United’s youth system himself and is looking forward to helping create the next generation of stars.“It’s a privilege to take on this role,” Butt, who made 387 United appearances, winning six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and a Champions League, told the club’s official website.“As someone who learned his trade in the United youth set-up, it’s a huge honour now to be given the chance to lead the academy and to instil its values and attitudes to continue to create future generations of Manchester United players.“It’s a big challenge but I am fortunate to be taking over a dedicated, first-class team. Our aim remains the same – to keep supplying the first team with well-coached, rounded players that understand the responsibility of playing for the biggest club in the world.”United have restructured their set-up following the exit of director of youth academy Brian McClair last June and Butt’s appointment comes after Paul McGuiness left his role as under-18s coach after 24 years in the role last week.Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward added: “I am delighted that Nicky has accepted the role of head of academy. Nicky has the traditions and heritage of this club in his blood and he is the natural choice to ensure that, in modernising the way the academy operates and shaping the new investment we are making, it retains the values and the focus that it has always had.“Manchester United’s academy is completely focused on producing young players for our first team. As a graduate of its finest team in the modern era, Nicky will bring passion, energy and experience to drive the academy forward, retaining the characteristics that give us a competitive advantage – namely an unmatched track record of player development together with the runway of first-team action.“In the last four years, some 15 academy graduates have played for the first team, playing a total of 173 appearances – a record of which the club is very proud.” 1last_img read more

FILM IT FRIDAY – WIN FREE CINEMA TICKETS

first_imgEvery week we will be giving away a FREE family pass (one adult and three children or two adults and two children) to Century Cinemas in Letterkenny.All readers have to do is to email the answer to a simple movie-related question.This week’s question is “What is the name of the movie which is a sequel starring Adam Sandler” The answer could well be on the Century Cinemas website below! Email your answer with your name, address and mobile phone number to admin@donegaldaily.com before midnight tonight.The winner will be announced tomorrow morning (SAT).And don’t worry if you don’t win this week – we have lots of FREE family passes available in the coming weeks.  FILM IT FRIDAY – WIN FREE CINEMA TICKETS was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FINN HARPS TO GET FEE AS McLAUGHLIN JOINS NOTTS FOREST

first_imgFINN HARPS is set to gain financially after Derry City’s Stephen McLaughlin signed today for Nottingham Forest.Derry will get €200,000 for the left-sided winger from Clonmany.And because he used to play for Harps, they are also entitled to a fee. McLaughlin impressed during a recent week-long trial with the club.Chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi said: “Stephen is an exciting young talent who has been attracting attention from a number of other English clubs.”“We are delighted he is joining us and look forward to helping him develop his career and fulfilling his great potential,” he added.McLaughlin was part of the Derry City side which won the FAI Cup in November. McLaughlin caught the eye of Forest’s scouts with a string of impressive performances in the League of Ireland and had a week’s trial with the Club last month.And he the club website: “Things are just going better and better each week for me. I came here on trial after I won the FAI Cup with Derry City.“I was called back, completed my fitness test and medical, went home for Christmas and now I’m back again to sign.“I’m not used to how professionally things are run here – this is my first major club. No disrespect to Derry, but this is a massive club and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.“I heard that Alan Hill was coming over to have a look at me and I was excited, but there were a heap of scouts watching me throughout the season so I just played my normal game. Thankfully, he liked what he saw and brought me over. “I’m a natural left winger. I do a lot of defending as well as attacking and have this year brought goals to my game – I scored 18 goals last season and created a lot, too. Hopefully I can do the same here.“I’m 22. Playing in the development squad will be very important. It’ll allow me to get my bearings and to get a feel of how the game is played over here. Hopefully, from there, I’ll be called upon for the first team.”And McLaughlin has revealed he is taking inspiration from Andy Reid as he prepares to launch his Forest career.He adds: “I remember watching him on television when I was younger. Hopefully I can follow in his footsteps. He’s a good guy – I’ve spoken to him a few times and he wished me all the best.” Another Derry player, Barry McNamee, also spent a week on trial with the Championship club, who appointed Alex McLeish as their manager last week.FINN HARPS TO GET FEE AS McLAUGHLIN JOINS NOTTS FOREST was last modified: January 3rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FINN HARPS TO GET FEE AS McLAUGHLIN JOINS NOTTS FORESTlast_img read more

All-Antelope Valley: Girls’ tennis

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALL-ANTELOPE VALLEY: GIRLS’ TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR Ashley Litchfield, Jr., Quartz Hill Litchfield, ranked 49th in Southern California among players 18 and under, brought what Quartz Hill High coach Bill Lenaway called an “awe factor” that set the tone for one of the Rebels’ most successful seasons. With her elite status came intense pressure. Litchfield excelled amid that pressure, defeating Highland’s Zahra Ghorbani for the Golden League individual title and helping lead Quartz Hill to its 17th consecutive league title and a Southern Section Div. IV semifinal appearance. The Rebels’ 12-6 loss to Beverly Hills in the semifinals ended their deepest playoff run since 1992. Litchfield became just the second player in school history to advance past the second round of the Southern Section individual playoffs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “In almost every match she was three automatic wins for us, and that has to help the team from a morale standpoint,” Lenaway said. “When she beats the No. 1 player on the other team, it takes pressure off our other players, because they (then) know they just have to find a way to get eight more points.” — Gideon Rubin DOUBLES TEAM OF THE YEAR Renuka Rudra, Jr./Navolita Ikahihifo, Fr. Quartz Hill DAILY NEWS ALL-ANTELOPE VALLEY Singles Zahra Ghorbani, Sr., Highland Prapti Singh, Sr., Quartz Hill Carolyn Smith, Soph., Quartz Hill Doubles Raina Bhatt, Sr., and Nisha Kurani, Soph., Quartz Hill Kelsey Burkhart, Sr., and Alex Ruiz, Jr., Highland Rachel Kubel, Soph., and Stephanie Lemus, Jr., Highland ALL-ANTELOPE VALLEY Singles Zahra Ghorbani, Sr., Highland Prapti Singh, Sr., Quartz Hill Carolyn Smith, Soph., Quartz Hill Doubles Raina Bhatt, Sr., and Nisha Kurani, Soph., Quartz Hill Kelsey Burkhart, Sr., and Alex Ruiz, Jr., Highland Rachel Kubel, Soph., and Stephanie Lemus, Jr., Highlandlast_img read more

Bursaries for aspirant social workers

first_img16 September 2011The Department of Social Development has provided nearly 5 000 scholarships to students to pursue social work studies at various universities around the country.The move comes at a time when experts say the demand for educated social workers far outstrips the number of graduates and the existing pool of professionals in South Africa.University of Cape Town Professor Viviene Taylor said that some estimates projected that the country needed 55 000 educated social workers.“South Africa’s social and economic context is characterised by a youthful population, high unemployment, chronic poverty and high levels of violence against women and children, rising substance abuse and the devastating impacts of HIV/Aids,” Taylor said.“We need innovative ways of responding to both the supply of social workers and to the increasing social disintegration that exists in the most deprived communities in South Africa.”Workers needed in rural areasIn a recent written reply in Parliament, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said they were encouraging high school learners in rural areas to apply for the scholarship programme in order to address shortages there.In April, before her budget vote speech in Parliament, the minister decried the shortage of social workers in the country. At the time, she said she would call back retired social workers to assist the younger generation.In her reply, Dlamini said her department would continue recruiting retired social workers as well as implementing the Recruitment and Retention of Social Workers programme that was developed in 2004.The department would intensify the “recruitment, training and employment of social workers and child and youth workers to deliver services that do not require intense professional social work intervention.”This would ease the burden of workload on social workers.Shortage of accredited service providersDlamini said there were 16 391 social workers employed in both government and non-government organisations across the country to address welfare needs of children as highlighted in the Children’s Act.These services, she said, ranged from prevention and treatment of substance abuse to crime prevention and HIV and Aids support.“Due to the skill shortage related to social workers, the majority of social workers does not specialise in services to children but are expected to provide generic social work to any clients that require services.“While it is acknowledged that there is demand to train more social auxiliary workers, there is, however, a shortage of accredited service providers responsible to train them,” Dlamini said.According to the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA), currently there are 21 accredited service providers, 50% of them in Gauteng province.The department, along with the SA Council for Social Services Profession (SACSSP) and universities, is working on plans to increase the number of accredited service providers.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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