Whale social network reveals surprising allies

first_imgWhen you spend your days battling giant squid, it’s good to have friends you can rely on. New research from the Caribbean suggests that female sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus, pictured) swim with favored companions and form long-term family allegiances. Sperm whales raise their young in communal family groups of about a dozen related females, but mapping out the giant animals’ social lives in much detail has been a challenge for scientists. The whales spend 60% of their lives hunting squid hundreds of meters below the waves, and researchers can watch them interact for only a few minutes at a time when they surface to breathe. But a new multiyear study has created the most detailed map yet of sperm whales’ social networks. Between 2005 and 2010, scientists followed nine whale families along the west coast of the Caribbean island of Dominica and mapped their social relationships by counting which females spent the most time together at the surface between dives. As expected, whales mostly preferred to relax with family members, but within families they played favorites, frequently swimming with the same sister, auntie, or aged granny, the researchers report online this week in Animal Behaviour. The network diagram also revealed three pairs of families that mingled frequently over the years to socialize and share babysitting duty. One of these pairs has been fraternizing since 1995, according to data from other researchers, suggesting that such allegiances can last more than a decade. These observations suggest sperm whale families may be similar to the matriarchal clans of elephants, which also form long-lasting family bonds, the researchers say. Further research may determine whether allied families are actually distant cousins and investigate whether whales use signature songs to find their best friends.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: India face South Africa in do-or-die clash

first_imgDefending champions India will face a stern test when they take on top-ranked ODI side South Africa in a do-or-die virtual quarter-final clash of the Champions Trophy at the Kennington Oval.India will head into their final Group B fixture against the Proteas knowing that a win or washout will put them in the semifinals, while a loss would eliminate the defending champions from the eight-team marquee event.AB de Villiers’s side, on the other hand, will be determined to break their winless streak against India in the tournament and seal a spot in the last-four.Going into the match, both India and South Africa hold two points each after registering comprehensive wins against Pakistan and Sri Lanka respectively in their opening clash.While India slumped to a seven-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in their second match, South Africa went down by 19 runs against Pakistan at the Edgbaston.Here are some important facts about the two sides:- The last seven completed matches between these sides have seen the winner alternate; the Proteas claiming victory in the last one (Mumbai, October 2015).- India have taken on South Africa three times previously in the Champions Trophy; winning all those encounters (2000, 2002 & 2013).- Whichever side goes wins this game will qualify for the semi-final stage.- If South Africa lose this match, it’ll be the 200th time they will have tasted defeat; nine sides have already reached the milestone in ODI cricket.- The Proteas come into this match having lost five of their last nine ODIs; however, winning 12 matches in succession immediately before this run.advertisement- India have only progressed from the group stage once across their last four appearances in the Champions Trophy; they did go on to win it on that occasion though (2013).- South Africa have alternated between going out in the group stages and semi-finals across their last five appearances in the Champions Trophy; they progressed to the final four in 2013.- Virat Kohli (India) has posted 50+ in two of his last three ODI innings against South Africa; recording knocks of 138 and 77.- Morne Morkel (currently 177) needs two more scalps to go 6th in the all-time list of South Africa ODI wicket-takers (leapfrogging Dale Steyn).- AB de Villiers (South Africa) has scored 1279 runs against India in this format of the game; at an average of 53.3.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh KarthikSouth Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Hashim Amla, Keshav Maharaj, Dwaine Pretorius, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo.last_img read more

Nick Kyrgios is better on court than behind mike, says Roger Federer

first_img Reuters MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 15:32 IST Roger Federer was less impressed with Nick Kyrgios’s work behind the microphone (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer advanced to the fourth round with a comfortable win over Taylor Fritz in the Australian OpenFederer will play Greek young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the quarter-finals”We need him to play first before commentating for the whatever 10-plus years,” Federer saidRoger Federer’s third round masterclass against American Taylor Fritz at the Australian Open on Friday drew gushing praise from bad boy of tennis Nick Kyrgios during a guest commentary gig for the host broadcaster.Federer, however, was less impressed with Kyrgios’s work behind the microphone for the Nine Network.Asked to comment on the Australian’s assessments, which included “Federer’s timing is scary good …. Oh, my goodness, butter, so smooth. He’s zoning at the moment” among other pearls, the double defending champion suggested that the 23-year-old, as an analyst, made a great tennis player.”Yeah, we need him to play first before commentating for the whatever 10-plus years,” Federer said with a smile after beating Fritz in straight sets at Rod Laver Arena.Federer:- Posts his 97th #AusOpen win- Reaches the 4R of a Slam for the 63rd time- He’s yet to drop a set…pic.twitter.com/9vj1XaJzsM#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019.@RafaelNadal approves of @rogerfederer’s 3R victory #AusOpen #Fedal pic.twitter.com/NhibCgRU3T#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019Former quarter-finalist Kyrgios was knocked out of the first round at Melbourne Park and signed off with a typically sour media conference, snapping at reporters and making sarcastic remarks.Once touted as a future Grand Slam champion, Kyrgios’s ranking has slumped to 52 amid struggles with injuries and is projected to fall further after the tournament.”He’s always good for a headline,” said Federer.”Look, I like Nick. I like the way he plays and all that. Yeah, I was happy to hear that he was in the commentary booth.advertisement”He’s got a bit of time, sticks around, shows he’s passionate about the game. That’s what we need to see.”But we wish he was on the court rather than a commentary booth. But I hope he did a good job.”What does @rogerfederer think about @NickKyrgios trying his hand at commentating?#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/BIZ79uLBh1#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019Was it Leo or Lenny @rogerfederer?We have an answer! #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/XY3zOT9O4h#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019Federer will play Greek young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the quarter-finals.”I’m still giving them a hard time sometimes.”Understatement @rogerfederer! #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/wGJFbgWopd#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019peRFection.Federer is into his SIXTEENTH #AusOpen 4R, def. Fritz 6-2 7-5 6-2 in 1 hour 28 minutes.#GameSetMatch pic.twitter.com/WXYOLC68nE#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow Nick KyrgiosFollow Australian Open Next Nick Kyrgios is better on court than behind mike, says Roger FedererNick Kyrgios, who was knocked out in the first round of the Australian Open, was a guest commentator for the host broacaster during Roger Federer’s third round match against Taylor Fritz.advertisementlast_img read more

New Brunswick mom makes appeal for help in teenagers suspicious disappearance

first_imgFREDERICTON – A New Brunswick mother has issued an emotional appeal for her missing 17-year-old son, who last spoke to her more than seven months ago and whose disappearance is considered suspicious.Amanda Frigault said in a YouTube video that she’s becoming fearful she will never see her son Brayden Joseph Thibault again, and recalled that his parting words to her were, “I love you more, Momma.”“I’m angry that somebody knows what happened to him and will not come forward and I’m scared that I will never find him,” she said on the video.Frigault, who held a news conference at RCMP headquarters in Fredericton on Friday, said she is appealing to the public in hope someone familiar with what happened to Thibault will have the “courage and compassion” to come forward.“Investigators believe someone knows what happened,” the RCMP said in a tweet.Sitting next to photos of her son when he was a little boy, Frigault said in the video that she missed his smiles, hugs, his sarcasm, his dancing with his little sister.“I miss fighting with him about curfews and cleaning his room, but what I miss most is his kind soul and his beautiful heart,” she said.Frigault described herself as feeling helpless because she cannot provide answers or lessen the fears of Thibault’s brothers and sisters.“I remember their broken innocence when I had to tell them that Brayden wasn’t just away somewhere else,” she said.He was last seen in Fredericton’s northside on July 31 last year.“If you have any information about my son or where he is, please contact the police or Crime Stoppers. Please help them find Brayden. Help them bring him home and help them begin to heal the hearts of all the people who love him,” Frigault said.last_img read more

Warmth sets more records in parts of BC while avalanche risk remains

first_imgVANCOUVER — Record-breaking warmth that ushered spring into British Columbia is slowly moving east, but continues to bring sunny skies and high temperatures to the Interior, along with mounting concerns about avalanches.Environment Canada says 18 temperature records were shattered Thursday, mainly in northern and central B.C., unlike earlier in the week when areas of Victoria and Greater Vancouver were among the hot spots in Canada.At 13.3 degrees, the Masset area of Haida Gwaii tied a record set in 1906 while Prince Rupert reached 18 degrees, just edging the previous record from 1915.The southeastern community of Sparwood was among the hottest in the province at 19.8 degrees, underscoring Avalanche Canada’s concern about slide conditions in southeastern B.C. , southwestern Alberta and elsewhereThe risk of human-triggered avalanches in regions from Glacier, Yoho and Kootenay national parks, south through Kananaskis Country, the Purcells, south Rockies and Waterton Lakes is listed as high at all levels of the mountains.The Avalanche Canada warning, issued earlier this week as more people were expected to head into the backcountry during spring break, says the likelihood of avalanches is raised by dramatic temperature increases, coupled with limited nighttime cooling.“This will weaken the snowpack on all aspects, increasing the possibility of large natural avalanches as well making it easier for the weight of a person to trigger deeper weak layers,” the warning states. The Avalanche Canada website said travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lebanons lung to Gulf markets choked by politics

first_imgAL-MASNAA, Lebanon — Lebanese exporters rejoiced last month when the Syrian government opened a key land crossing with Jordan that had been closed by years of war, restoring a much-needed overland trade route to lucrative Persian Gulf markets.But lingering disputes between Lebanon and Syria, and political gridlock in Beirut, mean that many Lebanese businesses still rely on longer and costlier transport by sea, further stalling efforts to restore an economy battered by years of war in its larger neighbour.The reopening of the Naseeb-Jaber crossing allowed Mohammed Araji, owner of a trucking firm in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, to retrieve two trucks that had been stranded in Jordan since 2015, when Syrian rebels captured the crossing. Two other of his refrigerator trucks had been parked in front of his house for the last three years.Even before the crossing officially closed, his brother was briefly abducted by rebels while driving a truck through Syria, underscoring the perils they faced in trying to keep the route open.The crossing was Lebanon’s “lung,” Araji said, and its closure was a “death blow” to the economy, affecting farmers, merchants, industrialists and drivers. So he was pleased when Syrian government forces reopened the crossing and secured the route.But for weeks he was unable to find exporters ready to give him shipping contracts. Finally, on Saturday, he sent his first truckloads to Saudi Arabia after offering an exporter an attractive price.“People are still waiting to see what will happen,” he said.The land route through Syria, Jordan and Iraq is vital to Lebanon, which is squeezed between Syria, the closed border with Israel, and the sea. Lebanon’s exports plunged from a high of 78 per cent of GDP in 2008 — three years before the start of Syria’s civil war — to a low of 36 per cent in 2017.Before Naseeb’s closing, more than 250 trucks a day headed from Lebanon to markets in Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the Gulf. After the closure, that dropped to some 300 trucks in a good month, bound only for Syria, customs officials said.An estimated 550,000 tons of vegetables and fruits a year used to be exported through the Syria-Jordan crossing, according to Ibrahim Tarshishi, head of the Bekaa farmer’s union. Since the shutdown, that flow has dropped by nearly 40 per cent, to no more than 330,000 tons. Exports from Bekaa to Saudi Arabia have dropped by 60 per cent, according to figures from the Bekaa chamber of commerce.After the crossing reopened, Syria and Jordan imposed new transit tariffs on trucks heading to the Gulf. The Syrian increase alone was five-fold, Tarshishi said. Lebanon meanwhile subsidizes transport by sea.Traders hope improved ties between Syria and Lebanon will lead to reduced tariffs, but Lebanon’s political leaders are fiercely divided between supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad, and they have been unable to form a government since elections in May.Contacts among Lebanese and Syrian officials remain personal and partisan — and some complain Syria is using the tariffs to force normalization. Experts say opaque policies and decision-making have also hindered trade.Charles Zarzour, the head of the government agency for agricultural exports and imports, said the opening of the crossing has at least offered “psychological relief” to traders.“God willing, when we have a government in Lebanon, it lays down a wise policy that serves the country’s interest,” including tariff reductions, he told The Associated Press.Syrian officials had no immediate comment.Tarshishi has pressed for an end to the sea shipping subsidies and other government action to revive land exports, but in the caretaker government “no one wants to take responsibility,” he said.On a recent afternoon at al-Masnaa, the Lebanese side of the crossing into Syria, nearly a dozen trucks loaded with bananas were bound for Damascus. Just one truck, carrying cleaning supplies, was heading to Jordan. None were bound for the Gulf.Talal Darwish, a produce exporter, is still sending his grapes, apples and pears by sea, and on a recent day, workers raced to prepare a shipment bound for Kuwait. By land would be cheaper and faster — a five-day trip as opposed to 25.He has heard talk of efforts to reduce tariffs, but says “we still don’t know officially, so there is no rush.”___Associated Press writer Hiba Delwati in Beirut contributed to this report.Sarah El Deeb, The Associated Presslast_img read more

US productivity dropped at 17 per cent rate in first quarter as

In this March 26, 2014 photo, workers build automated manual transmissions at Volvo Trucks’ powertrain manufacturing facility in Hagerstown, Md. The Labor Department releases first-quarter productivity data on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) WASHINGTON – U.S. productivity fell in the first quarter while labour costs rose, reflecting the economic slowdown caused at the start of the year by harsh winter weather.The Labor Department said Wednesday that productivity declined at an annual rate of 1.7 per cent in the January-March period, after growing at a 2.3 per cent rate in last year’s fourth quarter.“Special factors, namely the weather, are to blame,” said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.The falling productivity coupled with a slight increase in hourly compensation led to labour costs rising 4.2 per cent in the first quarter. Labor costs had fallen in the previous two quarters.Economic growth stalled in the first three months of this year, increasing just 0.1 per cent, according to initial estimates by the Commerce Department. Freezing temperatures and snow storms disrupted growth. Retail sales and factory output plunged in January, only to recover as the weather warmed.The economy might even have shrunk 0.6 per cent during the first quarter, the research firm Marcoeconomic Advisers said Tuesday after the release of March trade data.Productivity measures output per hour of work. Greater productivity should raise living standards because it enables companies to pay their workers more without having to increase prices, which could boost inflation.Despite the increase in labour costs last quarter, overall inflation remains mild.The Federal Reserve tracks productivity and labour costs when setting interest rate policies. Fed officials have attempted to spur growth by keeping short-term interest rates at record lows, while at the same time, purchasing bonds to try to keep long-term rates down as well.Since December, however, the Fed has reduced its monthly bond-buying to $45 billion from $85 billion.But the Fed is committed to holding down short-term rates for an extended period, saying that it expects to maintain those rates “well past” the time that unemployment dipped below its previous threshold of 6.5 per cent.The unemployment rate fell in April to 6.3 per cent from 6.7 per cent, a sign that economic growth should rebound in the second quarter. US productivity dropped at 1.7 per cent rate in first quarter as labour costs rose AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted May 7, 2014 6:57 am MDT read more

Latest boat tragedy off Libya coast spotlights rising Mediterranean death toll –

Since this past Sunday when the accident occurred, 12 bodies have been found by the Libyan coast guard, which informed UNHCR on Monday that the dead included three Syrians – including the mother and her children aged three and six – three Eritrean nationals and six other Africans of as yet undetermined nationalities, UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Geneva.The ship was probably carrying more people than its original capacity of 200 passengers, he said, adding that search and rescue operations are ongoing and the fate of others who may have been aboard is unknown.According to UNHCR, about 217 people have drowned off the Libyan coast while trying to cross the Mediterranean in 2014. The number of asylum-seekers and refugees registered in our world today has increased, reaching almost 37,000 individuals. However, not all asylum-seekers are registered.”Many asylum-seekers live in precarious conditions – such as over-crowded accommodations with little legal access to employment and have been affected and further displaced by the current unrest in Libya” said Mr. Edwards.Syrians make up the largest group of refugees and asylum seekers, with approximately 18,655 displaced people, followed by Eritreans, Somalis and Iraqis.This year, many people have lost their lives on boat journeys near the coasts of countries such as Italy, Turkey and Greece. The number of victims in the Mediterranean so in 2014 has reached over 500 deaths.For its part, UNHCR supports Government operations to search for and rescue those individuals trying to cross the Mediterranean.”UNHCR applauds search and rescue operations by Government authorities but asks that such operations are further strengthened – particularly in areas with high concentrations of boat crossings” said Mr. Edwards.Finally, he also urged countries worldwide to look towards providing legal alternatives to dangerous sea journeys and to limit punitive or deterrent measures for people seeking safety. read more

Another 21000 people stopped their private health insurance in Q1

first_imgTHE NUMBERS of people covered by private health insurance fell yet again in the first quarter of 2013, according to new figures published today.The Health Insurance Authority’s figures show that 21,000 people ended their private cover between the end of December and the end of March.That drop is the second-biggest quarterly drop since the Health Insurance Authority’s figures were first published in September 2009.Only the second quarter of 2011 saw a bigger drop, when 29,000 people left the market in three months.The fact that the numbers have dropped so steeply when the market is already depleted, however, suggests that the rate at which people decided to cancel their private healthcare policies remains close to an all-time high.A total of 61,000 people fell off the books of the four private health insurance providers between March 2012 and March 2013.There are now a total of 2,078,000 people who are covered by inpatient health insurance, roughly 45.3 per cent of the population.By comparison, 50.9 per cent of the public was covered by an inpatient policy in 2008, when the market peaked.Read: Charging private patients for public beds will drive up premiums by 25% – reportlast_img read more

Game Over 2 day box office collection Taapsee Pannu film shows 100

first_imgTaapsee Pannu in Game OverPR HandoutTaapsee Pannu’s Game Over opened to a good response at the Indian box office on Friday and has gone on to show massive growth of 100 per cent on Saturday. Its business has improved on Sunday.Taapsee Pannu started her acting career down south and she has gone on to make it really big in Bollywood. She has created a huge fanbase across India with the kind of movies she has been doing. The makers of Game Over made it multi-lingual film and released it in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi on June 14.Taapsee Pannu’s success rate and the amazing promos had created a lot of curiosity about Game Over and the hype helped it register decent advance booking. But the movie had to compete with some small movies in Telugu and Tamil, which made the trade experts keep their crossed about its prospects at the box office.Released in the decent number of screens, the Ashwin Saravanan-directed suspense thriller opened to good occupancy everywhere in the domestic market on Friday. All the three versions of Game Over collected Rs 97 crore net together at the Indian box office on the first day.The Taapsee Pannu starrer was successful in striking a chord with the audience and the word of mouth boosted its collection in the ticket counters. Game Over has collected Rs 1.94 crore net at the India box office on the second day. Its two-day total has reached Rs 2.91 crore net in the domestic market.Y NOT Studios and Reliance Entertainment have jointly bankrolled Game Over and the producers are thrilled over the huge growth in its collection. Shibasish Sarkar, CEO of Reliance Entertainment, tweeted, “Game Over 1st Day Hindi-38 lacs Tamil-30 lacs Telugu- 29 lacs Total Friday 97 lacs 2nd Day Hindi-88 lacs Tamil-50 lacs Telugu-56 lacs Total Saturday 194 lacs 2 Days Total 291 lacs. Growth of 100%.”last_img read more

The Deadman to rise again Undertaker returns to SmackDown on September 10

first_imgWWE WebsiteArguably the greatest figure in the history of pro-wrestling, The Undertaker, is coming back to WWE’s flagship weekly program SmackDown. He would be part of a special episode that would take place at the iconic Madison Square Garden on September 10.This would be a special moment for the former World Heavyweight Champion as it would be his first appearance on an episode of SmackDown at the legendary arena. September 10 would also be special because both Raw and SmackDown will take place back-to-back at the same venue.The Undertaker had been out of action for a substantial amount of time at the beginning of the year and also was absent from Wrestlemania 35. In this time, he appeared out of character on some non-WWE shows. Eventually, WWE decided to re-sign the superstar and agreed on a highly-lucrative contract for the Deadman.Since then, the superstar has made numerous appearances on WWE and has also competed in two matches. His contest with Goldberg had turned out to be a complete disaster while a tag-team match, with Roman Reigns as his partner, against Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre fared better.WWE has also teased a storyline between the Phenom and Hall of Famer Sting. Only time will tell whether this appearance of Undertaker would lead to a new feud.last_img read more

Drug peddler beaten to death in Sylhet

first_imgA suspected drug peddler who received mass-beating at his house at Dattarail Naoapara village in Gapanganj upazila on Monday afternoon, died at Osmani Medical College Hospital at night, reports UNB.The deceased is Lipon Chandra Deb, 40, son of late Nagendra Chandra Deb of the village.Being tipped-off that Lipon has been carrying out drug business at his house in broad daylight, police with the help of the locals conducted a drive at the house to arrest him, police sources said.As the law enforcers approached to arrest him, Lipon pelted a broken bottle at the locals and policemen, forcing the locals to react befittingly. The local offered a good-beating to the drug trader, leaving him severely injured.Later, Lipon was admitted to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injury around 9:00pm.Confirming the incident, officer-in-charge of Gopalganj Model police station AKM Fazlul Haque said Lipon was accused in several cases including drug businesses.last_img read more

Caribbean Islands Begin Preparations For Hurricane Irma

first_imgNASA/NOAA via APThis enhanced satellite image made available by the NOAA GOES Project shows Irma, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. In the wake of Harvey, meteorologists are already looking warily at another system: Hurricane Irma, which intensified from a tropical storm to a major hurricane in just 30 hours, is steadily moving west across the Atlantic.Islands at the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea made preparations Sunday for approaching Hurricane Irma, a Category 3 storm that could threaten the area beginning Tuesday.Hurricane watches were posted for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Monserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, Guadeloupe and the British Virgin Islands.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm could near that region late Tuesday. It said islands farther north, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, should monitor the progress of the storm.The Antigua and Barbuda weather service said Irma was expected to bring heavy rains, rough surf and high winds to islands along the northern edge of the Antilles.Long-range forecasts indicated Irma likely would curve to the northwest beginning late Monday and skirt to the north of those islands on a path that could potentially take it to the U.S. East Coast, but it was too early to make a definitive prediction.Antigua’s prime minister, Gaston Browne, urged people to take preventative measures in case the storm should hit, including cleaning drains and removing objects that could be sent airborne by high winds. Workers began pruning trees and shrubs to reduce chances for branches to tear down power and phone lines.“The passage of a hurricane is not a matter to be taken lightly, but we must not panic,” Browne said in a statement.The U.S. hurricane center said Irma had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph) Sunday night and some strengthening was expected over the next two days. The storm was centered about 710 miles (1,145 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands and moving west-southwest at 14 mph (22 kph).Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricard Rossello, said government agencies in the U.S. territory were prepared to deal with any emergencies caused by the storm.“We have established protocols for the safety of all,” he said at a news conference, while he also urged islanders to take precautions.In the Dominican Republic, Public Works Minister Gonzalo Castillo said workers there were clear away road works and also clean out blockages of sewer drains. He said President Danilo Medina would lead a meeting with emergencies agencies on Monday to discuss storm preparations. Sharelast_img read more

Best Gifts for Grads Tech Presents for Class of 2019

first_img Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 Stay on target High school, college, or graduate school is done and now, it is time to start a new chapter in your life. If you are a member of the Class of 2019, you are most likely getting ready for that exciting next step, whether it is moving to a new place, traveling abroad, starting a new job, or continuing your education. Regardless, you will need some savvy gadgets to help you along the way. Here are the best (and most useful) tech gifts for the graduate in your life, whether it’s you, a family member, friend, or coworker.Garmin Vivoactive 3Photo Credit: AmazonIf you like to workout, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 can help you keep track of time and give you vital health stats, including VO2 max and fitness made estimates. Unlike other wearable devices, this smartwatch is not too bulky, includes more than 15 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps for yoga, running, and other exercise activities, and you can stay updated on smartphone notifications whenever you’re at the gym.Buy it HereAdChoices广告Instant Pot Pressure CookerPhoto Credit: AmazonDining hall days are over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be an amazing cook on your own. This Instant Pot Pressure Cooker will step up your daily meal game: Soup, stew, rice, and oatmeal can easily be made in this kitchen-friendly (and space-saving) gadget.Buy it HereBeats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear HeadphonesPhoto Credit: AmazonWalking or taking public transit to work? You’re going to need a good set of wireless, noise-canceling headphones, such as the Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones. You can listen to your favorite playlists or podcasts without having to use an annoying pair of earbuds. Buy it HerePortable Phone ChargerPhoto Credit: AmazonWouldn’t it be great if every place you went to had outlets? Sadly though, this isn’t in the works anytime soon. However, you can always keep your smartphone powered up with a portable phone charger, like this one from Luxtude. It works with most Android and iPhone models and easily fits in a backpack, purse, or briefcase.Buy it HereKeurig Coffee MakerPhoto Credit: AmazonSave money on your daily Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, or bougie coffee shop trips and invest in a Keurig Coffee Maker. All you need to do is buy the K-Cup pods, which honestly save you from using filters and ground coffee, put it into the machine, and bam, you get a cup o’ joe on the spot with minimal effort.Buy it HereFire TV StickPhoto Credit: AmazonBinge-watching sessions are essential for downtime, so why not keep all your favorite entertainment sources in one place with the Fire TV Stick? This streaming media device makes it easy to control and launch Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services right from your bed, couch, or desk. Plus, Amazon Alexa can help you search for flicks, dim the lights, and order takeout for the perfect movie night.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:10 Best Tech Gifts for Eco-Warriors15 Cool Tech Gifts for Music Lovers13 Best Tech Gifts for Tech-Savvy Globetrotterslast_img read more

How to apply for a pensionHow to apply for a pension

first_imgFor more information click hereClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Many look forward to their golden years, and plan to relax and live off the pension they have worked hard for.But how does one actually apply for an old age pension / old person’s grant?Here is what you need to know:To qualify, an individual must meet the following criteria:Must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee;Must be resident in South Africa;Must be 60 years old;Spouse must comply with the means test (the old-age pension means test threshold includes assets that must not exceed R1,056,000 for a single person and R2,112,000 for a married couple);Must not be maintained or cared for in a State institution;Must not be in receipt of another social grant for him or herself;Must submit a 13-digit bar-coded identity document.Documents needed:Identity documentProof of spouse or relationship statusA sworn statement or affidavit of income and assets of spouse and yourselfDocumented proof of income of dependent childrenTo apply, you will need to go to the nearest SASSA offices with all the relevant documents and complete a form with the help of a SASSA officer.If you are sick or unable to physically go to the offices, a family member may go on your behalf.last_img read more

Get a MFiCertified Lightning Cable for iPhone and iPad for 5 Bucks

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different types of cancer In the NEJM study patients with non small cell lung cancer colon cancer thyroid cancer multiple myeloma and glioblastomas among others were included By studying them as a group Hyman says its possible to get a better idea of how feasible it is to target mutations like BRAF among those who dont have melanoma So far the results are encouraging Patients with non small cell lung cancer seemed to have the best response rate to vemurafenib 42% after a year More than 70% of the patients with this cancer saw their tumors shrink by at least 30% in length There were promising signs that patients with the other untreatable cancers also responded and took longer before their tumors progressed than they would have without the experimental therapy Anselmo was among the extraordinary responders "It is unusual" says Hyman of the apparent shrinkage of her tumor "She really is an outlier in any way you measure it" Anselmo’s brain tumor at the start of the study in 2014 (left) and on Aug 11 2015 (right) NEJM 373; 8; 2015 Courtesy Dr David Hyman: But its precisely for patients like Anselmo that basket trials are being considered the possibility that there may be one two or however many patients who rather than facing a poor prognosis with existing or non-existent options for treating their disease may have a chance however small of living longer and even controlling their cancer "One of the things that gets lost when we talk averages and medians is how many patients benefit and for how long" says Hyman "There is a tremendous range and a concern that promoting the best successes sets the bar very high But it also lets people know that things are not entirely hopeless that there are people who have tremendous benefit from therapies and not get completely caught up in medians and averages" That being said Hyman cautions that more work needs to be done to better apply the principles of precision medicine to improve patients outcomes Since most tumors have many 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example a BRAF-focused drug they might conduct additional trials on each of these cancers to determine which patients like Anselmo would benefit most For her the trail has provided the chance to sing again A jazz vocalist she performed at a friends birthday party and attended a song-writing retreat in upstate New York She makes weekly visits to her doctors to the dermatologist to monitor any side effects from the drug to Hyman every two months for a brain scan and to get lab tests done to check on her immune system And shes tired all the time "But thats par for the course” she says “I’m just lucky to be alive at a time when cancer care is so different than it was years ago Who would have known that treatments could be so customized It’s so amazing and I’m very thankful to be a part of it” Contact us at editors@timecomGawker said it will appeal the verdict reached in favor of Hulk Hogan in the lawsuit he brought against the media company over its publication of a sex tape featuring the 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