The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Tuesday condemned the killing of farmers in police firing in Mandsaur.“The kisans in Madhya Pradesh have been agitating peacefully for many days demanding that the State government implement the promises that have been made to provide greater remuneration as well as debt relief,” said a party statement. “This unprovoked police firing clearly exposes the anti-kisan character of the BJP in general and the State government in particular,” the statement added.“The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that adequate compensation be given to the families of those who died in the police firing and the State government provide all medical assistance to those who have been injured.”It added: “The culprits responsible for ordering this unprovoked police firing must be suspended immediately, pending a proper enquiry. The State government must immediately concede the genuine demands of the kisan agitation.”Late on Monday evening, the agitators had tried to remove fish plates from railway tracks and damaged property at the Daloda railway station, about 20 km from the Mandsaur district headquarters.
Frustrated with the alleged indifference of State officials, a Cabinet Minister in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday took hold of a spade himself to repair a road in his native village in Varanasi. U.P. Backward Class Welfare Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar claimed that a 250-metre stretch of mud road near his house in Fatehpur Khonda village was not being repaired by officials despite several applications to the Public Works Department as well the District Magistrate. If a Cabinet Minister had to face such a situation, what would be the state of common citizens, he wondered.Levelling a roadSpotted in a white vest and white pyjamas, the yellow scarf of his party tied around his head, Mr. Rajbhar on Saturday began digging to level the potholed road leading to his house. Some of his family members and party workers also joined him. A video of him working with the spade in the afternoon heat was widely circulated on social media.“I wanted to show a mirror to the officials. So that they can learn how work is to be done from me and get rid of their incompetence,” Mr. Rajbhar told The Hindu from Varanasi after he finished the work. He is the president of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in U.P.Several political personalities, including State ministers and MLAs of the ruling party as well as the Opposition, had been invited to the feast on Sunday.A major embarassment came on Friday when Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh visited the village and pointed out the pathetic state of the road to him, Mr. Rajbhar said.”I am a farmer’s son. We are used to working in the fields. When I got tired of trusting [the officials], I decided to do this work on my own,” Mr. Rajbhar said. The road, said Mr. Rajbhar, had been built over two decades ago and was in a poor condition with potholes as deep or wide as 6-9 inches. He said that not only had he been writing to the officials for several months, he had even prepared an estimate through a State engineer and sent it to Lucknow. Varanasi District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra was contacted several times but was not available for comment.This is not the first time the OBC leader he has blamed officials in U.P. for hampering development work. Last year, Mr. Rajbhar sat on a dharna in the Ghazipur district of Purvanchal against his own government, alleging that the District Magistrate was not paying heed to his requests for the construction of a minor road.
The Uttar Pradesh government is preparing a vision document and a four-point programme to improve the quality of education in state government schools, Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma said here on Monday. “To ensure quality education in the state, a vision document is being prepared and work has started on a four-point programme; ‘sukhi man shikshak’ (happy teachers), ‘tanaav-mukt vidyarthi’ (tension-free students), ‘gunvatta-parak shiksha’ (quality education) and ‘nakal-viheen pariksha’ (cheating-free examination),” UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said on Monday.‘Free from tension’Explaining the first point ‘Sukhi Man Shikshak’, Mr. Sharma, who holds the portfolio of secondary and higher education said, when the teacher is free from tensions, he or she can impart better education to the students. “Prior to the formation of the BJP government in the State, teachers had to face numerous problems including difficulties in getting their funds after retirement. But now the teachers can get their entire post-retirement fund, a day after their retirement,” he said. He further said, now teachers do not have to repeatedly visit department offices for transfer related issues as the process has been made available online. He also said the academic session of UP State Board schools has been shifted to July from April so that students of the board can appear in competitive examinations and compete with the students of other boards.
\R Yekaterinburg, Jun 20 (AFP) With their title rivals failing to fire, France have vowed to ramp up the intensity and put their stamp on the World Cup with victory over Peru here tomorrow. Didier Deschamps’s team were far from fluid against Australia in their opening game in Russia, needing VAR (the Video Assistant Referee) and consequent Antoine Griezmann penalty, then an own goal about 10 minutes from time, to snatch a 2-1 win. But, while unconvincing, a French side featuring a misfiring front three of the usually prolific Griezmann and starlets Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele at least avoided embarrassment. With holders Germany losing to Mexico and Spain, Argentina and Brazil all drawing their opening games, the Peru clash is a prime opportunity for the French to stake their claim as the team to beat in Russia. “We took stock of what was done well or not so well and all agree that we will have to increase our physical intensity and improve our attitude in general,” Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, the France vice-captain, said yesterday. “Other teams (among the favourites) did not win or even lost. We won, but we know that there are things to improve on. We know what direction we need to go in.” Deschamps, a World Cup winner as a player in 1998, has an impressive selection of forwards to choose from and could give Olivier Giroud a start. Talking to the press ahead of the Group C game in Yekaterinburg, the most eastern city at this World Cup, Varane leapt to the defence of Mbappe, who faded after a strong start against Australia.advertisement “This is a player that is 19 years old and who did what few or no players did (in playing for France at such a young age). He has a lot of talent,” said Varane, 25. The defender also backed Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who struggled for consistency in the Premier League last season and at times found himself on the bench. Pogba, 25, told French television at the weekend that he was “the most criticised player in the world”. “Not bitter,” was Varane’s assessment of Pogba, before adding to the press: “If you could be a little bit more positive as well, that would be cool.” France’s talented but young squad will be favourites against a Peru side beaten 1-0 by Denmark in their opener. But Peru, backed by their vocal fans who have travelled in numbers, were the better side for long spells against the Danes and missed a golden opportunity to go in front when Christian Cueva ballooned his penalty over Kasper Schmeichel’s crossbar. Another defeat for Peru, who will again be sporting their distinctive red sash shirts, could spell the end of their hopes of reaching the knockout rounds, in their first World Cup since 1982. The 34-year-old striker Paolo Guerrero, who won a late reprieve to play in Russia after his drugs ban was overturned, came on for the last 30 minutes against Denmark and Peru’s all-time leading goalscorer looks likely to start. (AFP) AHAH
The David Lynch Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to overcoming traumatic stress among at-risk communities through meditation, has launched the “Change Begins Within” campaign in partnership with The Urgency Network, an engagement platform that connects non-profits, celebrities, brands and fans in a single community to mass-educate about the world’s biggest issues and create positive impact on a global scale.Fans are encouraged to learn about Transcendental Meditation through watching videos, leveraging their social media or making donations online and are rewarded for their participatory actions. Selected at random, the grand-prize winner will receive an all expense paid trip to New York, which includes two VIP tickets to DLF’s Annual “Change Begins Within” Benefit on December 3, 2013, an evening that will honor Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Jackman as well as FDNY commissioner Salvatore Cassano.The global “Change Begins Within” campaign aims to raise funds to teach Transcendental Meditation to one million at-risk youth and adults, including 1,000 New York City veterans and first responders. “‘Change Begins Within’ is not just a catchy phrase. It’s actually a powerful key to healing traumatic stress and empowering people,” said David Lynch.“David’s commitment to Transcendental Meditation and his Foundation’s work in providing programs that heal traumatic stress through TM have helped millions of men, women and children worldwide. We are excited to be a part of this growing movement and honored to be working with DLF, through the ‘Change Begins Within’ campaign, to bring meditation to 1,000 veterans,” added Brandon Deroche, Co-Founder of The Urgency Network.In addition to the grand prize drawing, other flyaway experiences will be up for grabs via The Urgency Network’s “Invite Friends Challenges.” These weekly contests are won by recruiting the most friends to the campaign before the challenge ends and everyone gains entries to the grand prize along the way when their friends take action. These individual flyaway experiences will include events in Los Angeles with Russell Simmons; in Nashville with Brendan Benson, Jack White and Willy Mason; and in London with Russell Brand among others.“It’s amazing to have so many incredible people participating in the ‘Change Begins Within’ campaign and our collective hope is that, in addition to bringing immediate help to veterans and first responders in need, we are able to continue to raise awareness of the benefits of TM and the great work of the David Lynch Foundation,” said Urgency Network Co-Founder, Donald Eley.The unique approach of The Urgency Network is there is no purchase required to enter any of the campaign contests; while donations are not mandatory, they are highly rewarded. An equally important component of The Urgency Network is furthering education and action towards social causes. Therefore, users are greatly encouraged to read web articles, sign petitions and leverage their social media platforms, among other free actions, to spread the word. No good deed goes unrewarded and the more you do, the more you get in return.The deadline to enter the “Change Begins Within” grand prize drawing is November 25, 2013 at 11:59pm ET. The winner will be selected at random on November 26. For more information on “Change Begins Within” and how to enter these contests, please visit the campaign page at www.urgencynetwork.com/changebeginswithin.
Advertisement Advertisement “Alias Grace” is based on Atwood’s Giller Prize-winning novel about Grace Marks, a young Irish immigrant and maid convicted of murder in Upper Canada in 1843. She was exonerated after about 30 years behind bars. Twitter TORONTO — Margaret Atwood will be stepping back in time and in front of the cameras for the TV adaptation of her novel “Alias Grace.” “I’m going to be a disapproving lady in a church. Typecasting,” Atwood said with a laugh during an interview discussing her upcoming graphic novel “Angel Catbird” and novel “Hag-Seed.” Login/Register With: The Canadian literary legend said she’ll have a cameo in the upcoming six-hour miniseries, which will air on CBC and stream on Netflix outside Canada. “Once you put on one of those things, you realize why everybody in Victorian pictures looks like this,” Atwood added, stiffening her spine to sit upright. “You don’t bend…. No slumping.” Atwood recently visited the set for the series, where she was placed in a corset and had her measurements taken. She said she’s slated to film her role on Aug. 16. Atwood was impressed by the level of detail being paid to translate the story to screen. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook “By that time, they’ll have my disapproving bonnet and dress ready for me,” she said.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: “Every few years [Winnipeg] had a really terrible fire — it was pretty commonplace,” said Christian Cassidy, a Winnipeg historian of the time period.“But this in particular was quite shocking because it was firefighters, right? It was the people who go to protect lives in the case of a fire that ended up losing theirs.” Two pieces of a 135-year-old Winnipeg theatre are for sale on Kijiji, decades after the theatre was destroyed in a deadly fire a local historian says shocked the city.The Winnipeg Theatre — originally called Victoria Hall — was built on Notre Dame Avenue and Adelaide Street in 1883. It stood there until 1926, when the wood-frame, brick veneer structure went up in flames two days before Christmas.Four firefighters, Arthur Smith, Donald Melville, Robert Stewart and Robert S. Shearer, died trying to put it out, when a portion of the brick facade collapsed. All four were veteran officers with children, and three of them had served in the First World War. Advertisement Rumours swirled about the blaze — including theories about a “wild party” and an ill-intentioned caretaker — but it’s still not clear what caused it, Cassidy added. The bleak shell of the building stood on the site until an inquest could be completed and then it was torn down. Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement An archival image shows the theatre before the fire destroyed it in 1926. (Submitted by Heritage Winnipeg)
New Delhi: India may not see another election if Narendra Modi is re-elected as prime minister, Rajasthan Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot has claimed, suggesting that the country may go the way of China and Russia. Gehlot also said both democracy and the country were in danger under Modi, who he said would do anything to get back to power. People felt he could even go to war with Pakistan to achieve this goal, the Congress leader said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Dubbing Modi a good actor , Gehlot said he could do much better in Bollywood and would have left his indelible mark in acting. He also alleged that he was a “master in marketing false promises”. “If people re-elect Modi, then there is no surety on whether elections will be held in the country or not. ‘Chunav honge bhi, aur nahin bhi honge…jaise China, Russia mein hota hai’ (Elections will be held in the country and yet not be held, like what happens in China, Russia),” Gehlot said during an interaction with PTI. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe was suggesting that polls will be held on the lines of those in China and Russia, where only one party rules and who becomes the president or the prime minister is decided beforehand. His remarks come in the wake of a fierce battle emerging between the opposition Congress and the ruling BJP ahead of Lok Sabha elections starting April 11. The Congress and the BJP are locked in a war of words while trying to win this crucial election. “This man can do anything to win elections…People felt he could even go to war with Pakistan, which is not a good thing….The personality of Modi ji that has emerged before the country is that he can go to any extent before and after elections…to win elections, Gehlot said while attacking Modi and added that none including Amit Shah know what is in his mind”.
The term of the Southern Provincial Council ended at midnight yesterday (9) while the final session of the council was held on Monday (8).Meanwhile the final session of the Western Provincial Council was held yesterday under the patronage of Chief Minister Isuru Devapriya, as the council’s official term ends on the 21st of April. (Colombo Gazette) The Southern Provincial Council has been dissolved from midnight tonight.Southern Province Governor Keerthi Tennakoon signed the gazette notification to dissolve the Southern Provincial Council with effect from midnight tonight (April 10).
Wireless connections for students and guests on campus will be temporarily disrupted early Saturday morning.Brock ITS has scheduled maintenance to take place between midnight and 4 a.m. on Saturday, June 3.This maintenance is part of a network hardware refresh that will affect all student wireless connections, including BrockGuest and BrockGaming.The outage will last for two hours within the specified maintenance window.
He rocked the arts establishment with his shock departure from the Royal Ballet in 2012, being labelled the “bad boy of ballet” for his colourful exploits and rumours of his temperament.Now Sergei Polunin, the prodigy regularly called the greatest dancer of his generation, has lifted the lid on his surprise exit from Covent Garden, saying he felt he had been “tricked” into life in ballet.Polunin, who is the star of a new biographical documentary about his rise and fall, said he had believed becoming the “best dancer in the world” would allow him to earn enough to bring his Ukrainian family back together, and make the most of his creativity.Instead, he claims, he was left sharing a flat, living like a child and unable to afford to pay for dinner, with a “jealous” company which would not give him freedom to work in other styles. Sergei Polunin photographed in 2013 I became a principal and I couldn’t even afford to pay for dinnerSergei Polunin Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin in Run Mary Run “The company is so jealous. They won’t let you work elsewhere. They won’t even let you use a style from elsewhere.“You work so hard: 11 hours a day, six days a week. “It isn’t human. I didn’t know what life was.”Polunin, who became the youngest principal in the Royal Ballet’s history at the age of 19, was born in the Ukraine to mother Galina and father Vladimir. Initially taking up gymnastics, his potential was spotted by teachers and he transferred to ballet, winning a place at the Choreographic Institute in Kiev. “The company sort of owns you. I thought about my future. In 10 years’ time, I would be in the same position as when I started – the best dancer in the world, but still sharing a flat. You’re an adult, but you live like a kid.”Stressing that the same problems also existed in other ballet companies, he told the Observer: “I got disappointed with people, too. It wasn’t a team.“The ballet world is so competitive, and for no reason. It’s not a sport. It’s an art. There’s no winner. He has now suggested dancers ought to be assigned agents in the same way as professional footballers, giving them guidance and representing their financial interests.In an interview about the film, Dancer, Polunin said: “You know when you believe in Christmas? I was like that with ballet.“I thought I would reach a level where I’d have enough money to bring my family back together, and I would have freedom.“I believed a lot of things, then I started to question them.“The Royal Ballet was good to me. They gave me everything I asked for. It’s just…I felt tricked.“I became a principal and I couldn’t even afford to pay for dinner. I couldn’t afford a flat. Sergei Polunin in a Royal Ballet production of Sleeping Beauty in 2011 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. To pay for his tuition, his father and grandmother moved abroad – to different countries – to work while his mother stayed to supervise him.He went on to the prestigious Royal Ballet school at 13, moving alone without speaking any English, and his parents eventually separated.He has previously spoken movingly about how he had believed earning money from his dancing could reunite his family, and the disappointment of realising it could not.In 2012, at the age of 21, he walked out of rehearsals in Covent Garden one day and told the company he would not return, intending to give up ballet altogether. He has since performed in Russia and moved into contemporary dance, striking up a long-term relationship with fellow ballet star Natalia Osipova, whom he credits with “calming” him. Now 27, he said of his decision to leave the Royal Ballet:”It’s true that I got a bit lost afterwards. But that was because I didn’t have any mentoring, and I had grown up in a system where I never made my own decisions.“I had a bad rehearsal, and that was it. Complete freedom.”The Royal Ballet declined to comment on Polunin’s views.The film, Dancer, is released in cinemas on March 10th.
Professor Anton Kepic has been appointed to the Boart Longyear Professorial Chair at Curtin University, based in Western Australia. The $1.4 million investment to the university will support high-profile research in exploration geophysics, including the development of advanced instrumentation and the expansion of research capabilities in instrumentation and logging-while-drilling (LWD) technology.“Even in the current down cycle, we recognize the need for research that will advance the long-term knowledge and capabilities of our industry,” said Kent Hoots, Senior Vice President, global products. “Our goal is to invest further in Geological Data Services (GDS) to make geologists, drillers and students smarter. By doing so, they will be able to better analyze drilling data to improve efficiency and reduce costs. We look forward to working with Curtin University, which has an excellent record in exploration geophysics research, and we congratulate Professor Kepic on his appointment.”Kepic has been a member of Curtin University’s Western Australian Department of Exploration Geophysics for 15 years. He has held a long line of research leadership positions at the university, including Head of Exploration Geophysics, Director of the Centre for High Definition Geophysics, Program and Project Leader in Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Center (DET CRC) and Project Leader in Cooperative Research Center for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC).
Fantastic Day 2 of the Women’s Handball Tournament in London. In the first match, Croatia celebrated the first Olympic victory in the history over Angola 28:23 and made a huge step to the 1/4 Final.Korea kept fantastic form and won over Denmark 25:24, which is second win over Europeans.Russia has finished with “easy games”. After Angola, team of Evgeny Trefilov took two points against home team, Great Britain 37:16.Derby match of the Day has played France and Spain 18:18 (7:10).Finally, after Croatia in the Round 1, Brasil beat Montenegro 27:25 (15:16). Brasil handballlondon 2012Women’s Olympic handball ← Previous Story OG 2012: Michael Knudsen is MVP of Round 1 – Denmark VS Hungary (Match of the Day) Next Story → Men’s Olympic Tournament 2 (ROUND 2): Balkan derby, Wilbek VS Rivera…
THIRTY-EIGHT PEOPLE, mostly psychiatric patients, were killed in a fire that raged Friday at a psychiatric hospital in the Moscow region, trapping the patients inside behind barred windows.The deadly blaze raised new questions about security standards at Russia’s medical institutions, in particular psychiatric hospitals, after a string of fires in the last years.The fire broke out on the roof and spread rapidly throughout the hospital in the small town of Ramensky around 40 kilometres (25 miles) outside Moscow, the health ministry said.“According to preliminary reports, 38 people were killed, including two medical staff,” said ministry spokesman Oleg Salagai, cited by the RIA Novosti news agency.The emergency situations ministry said in a statement that 41 people were in the building at the time. It listed those missing as two female members of staff and 36 patients.“Twelve bodies have been found” so far, it said as firefighters searched through the rubble after more than 100 battled to extinguish the fire.Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement it had opened a criminal probe into failure to observe fire security regulations, causing multiple death.Two patients and one member of medical staff escaped the fire in the one-storey brick building which had a partly wooden roof, the emergency situations ministry said.Emergency services ‘slow to react’Most of the patients apparently died in their sleep from inhaling fumes, but they would have been unable to escape from the fire which raged through the building with bars on the windows, Rossiya 24 television reported, citing law enforcement officials.The patients slept soundly as they had taken medication in the evening, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported, citing a spokesman for the rescue operation.The smoke alarms did activate in the hospital and woke a nurse who managed to save two patients, the rescue operation spokesman said.“When the nurse came out into the corridor, the fire was burning and the flames were spreading quickly. She managed to bring out only two patients: a woman and a young man,” the spokesman said.Channel One television said that the emergency services had been slow to react, with the fire brigade taking an hour to get there.“There were bars on all the windows of the hospital. Most of those killed died in their beds and it appears that they were not even able to save themselves,” a security source told the Interfax news agency.Moscow region governor Andrei Vorobyev, a protege of President Vladimir Putin from the ruling United Russia party, was already at the scene, officials said.The Moscow region announced a day of mourning to be held on Saturday.The fire was the latest tragedy to hit a medical institution in Russia which still suffers from outdated Soviet-era infrastructure.May 2007 two died and 12 injured in a village psychiatric hospital in Russia’s southern Rostov region.In December 2006, a fire in a Moscow drug rehabilitation clinic killed 45 women. Many of the victims were trapped by metal bars on the windows that staff could not open and an emergency exit was boarded up, officials said.In March 2006, a fire in a nursing home in southern Russia killed 63, also due to violations of fire safety regulations and the lack of a nearby firefighting station.- © AFP, 2013Read: Russian spaceship runs into trouble on way to International Space StationRead: 93-year-old Russian army veteran searches for lost WWII French love
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Homeowners who have signed up to government schemes to ‘put in order’ illegal or illegally altered properties since 2011 will be on tenterhooks until the Council of State publishes its ruling on whether these programs were unconstitutional.It is believed that the country’s highest administrative court ruled a few days ago that the schemes – allowing the owners of properties that breached building regulations to protect their homes from demolition – are illegal. However, the court is unlikely to publish its ruling for another two or three months.The Environment Ministry, which launched the first of these schemes in 2011, assured homeowners who have paid penalties to ensure that their homes are protected from demolition as part of the process to put the properties ‘in order’, that they will not be affected by the ruling. It said that they would be included in a new framework being developed for illegal properties.“Citizens who have made use of the provisions in the 2011 law will be included in the provisions of the new law, as the penalties they have paid will be offset against any new obligations,” the ministry said.More than 500,000 properties have either been through these schemes or are in the process of doing so. This had raised almost 800 million euros for the government by the end of February. About 530 million euros came from penalties and the rest from processing fees that applicants had to pay.Source: Kathimerini.
Un système iPhone pour surveiller sa tension artérielleBaptisé iHealth, un nouveau système pour iPhone propose aux utilisateurs de surveiller leur tension artérielle et de transmettre les données à leur médecin.L’iPhone peut véritablement tout faire, même surveiller notre santé. Lundi, la société française Magnien a annoncé le lancement d’iHealth, un nouveau système qui permet de mesurer sa propre tension artérielle et de surveiller sa santé cardiovasculaire.À lire aussiDiagnostiquer des problèmes cardiaques en examinant le lobe de l’oreille, ce serait possibleD’ores et déjà disponible, le système “intuitif” est composé d’un brassard de tensiomètre, d’une station d’accueil et fonctionne à partir d’une application téléchargeable sur l’App Store. Pouvant également être connecté à un iPod Touch ou à un iPad, iHealth permet alors aux utilisateurs de suivre leur tension artérielle au fil du temps, d’exécuter des rapports d’évolution et d’envoyer instantanément les résultats à leur médecin. “L’avenir de la gestion de la santé commence par l’individu. En identifiant la manière dont les activités quotidiennes affectent des signes vitaux comme la pression artérielle et le rythme cardiaque, les gens deviennent plus proactifs au sujet de leur santé personnelle”, a indiqué dans un communiqué François Magnien, directeur général de la société. Un tel système pourrait donc s’avérer très utile. Néanmoins, si l’application est gratuite, il faut tout de même se procurer le dispositif, aujourd’hui en vente sur internet au prix de 99€ et disponible dès le 20 avril dans les pharmacies françaises.Le 30 mars 2011 à 18:28 • Emmanuel Perrin
Nouvelle espèce : une fourmi “pirate” découverte aux PhilippinesDes chercheurs allemands ont découvert aux Philippines une nouvelle espèce de fourmi dont les yeux sont barrés d’un pigment sombre évoquant un cache-œil de pirate. Les résultats de l’étude ont été publiés dans la revue ZooKeys, Cardiocondyla pirataor : c’est le nom que les chercheurs ont donné très spontanément à cette nouvelle espèce de fourmi tropicale, quasi-translucides. La raison? Les femelles arborent une bande sombre en travers des yeux, rappelant le bandeau d’un pirate. “Lors d’une collecte aux Philippines, nous cherchions différentes espèces du genre Cardiocondyla, connu pour son étonnante diversité morphologique et comportementale”, commente Sabine Frohschammer, doctorante à l’Université de Regensburg (Allemagne) et membre de l’équipe de recherche. “Outre des espèces déjà connues, nous en avons détecté une autre, encore inconnue, dans les creux des grosses pierres d’un ruisseau ombragé. À cause de la pénombre de la forêt tropicale et des parties translucides du corps de ces minuscules fourmis, elles étaient presque invisibles. Sous une lumière intense et à l’aide d’une loupe, nous avons remarqué cette belle raie sombre en travers de leurs yeux et, à partir de là, nous les avons appelé ‘les pirates’ “, continue la chercheuse. Une bande noire qui a son utilité Quelle peut être la fonction adaptative de cet attribut coloré ? Aider les mâles – qui en sont dépourvus – à reconnaître des partenaires sexuels ? Non, car ces fourmis, presque aveugles, s’accouplent dans l’obscurité. Un stratagème pour tromper l’ennemi ? La combinaison des zones sombres, présentes sur la partie antérieure mais aussi postérieure du corps, et translucides pourrait simuler, aux yeux d’un prédateur, la présence de deux individus à la place d’un seul. En revanche, les entomologistes ignorent encore qui sont les prédateurs de la fourmi pirate. (Crédits photo : Bernhard Seifert) Le 25 mai 2013 à 16:10 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target A female bottlenose dolphin has been spotted carrying a dead calf in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand, and the country’s conservation officials have asked boats on the water to give them space.The calf, which was first sighted on Jan. 29, is believed to be stillborn, according to a New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) news release.The female is displaying strong maternal bond behavior as is typical with marine mammals, including carrying the calf on her back and vocalizing on the calf, the DOC said.“The mother is grieving and needs space and time to do this,” said Dr. Catherine Peters, Senior Ranger Biodiversity at the New Zealand DOC. “The Bay of Islands is a busy place in summer with a lot of activity in and around the water. This female needs everyone on the water to give her the extra space and respect she needs whilst she copes with her loss.”If you are in the Bay of Islands please take extra care around dolphins – there is a dead bottlenose calf being carried by her mother and they need space. The mother is displaying maternal bond behaviour and she needs extra space and respect to grieve: https://t.co/rvrOR78sTN pic.twitter.com/giKxAvDUv9— Department of Conservation (@docgovtnz) February 1, 2019According to the DOC, the rest of the dolphin group has been seen at times separated from the grieving dolphin leaving her vulnerable. She has dropped the calf frequently as she tried to swim, but would circle back to retrieve it.Peters urged boaters to avoid all dolphin groups, just to be safe.For years, scientists have studied whether cetaceans, such as dolphins and whales, grieve their dead.Last year, Giovanni Bearzi of Dolphin Biology and Conservation, a non-profit that studies and advocates for dolphins, and his co-researchers collected 78 scientific reports of grief-like displays in cetaceans described between 1970 and 2016. Twenty had been observed showing signs of “postmortem-attentive behavior,” aka, grief, according to Smithsonian.com.Cosmos Magazine reported that dolphin species accounted for 92.8 percent of the grieving behaviors, and 75 percent of the grief behaviors were were recorded in females mourning their calves.In 2015, a study found that Atlantic spotted dolphins also show nurturant behavior toward dead offspring. Researchers observed an instance off Madeira Island in Portugal of four adult dolphins supporting a dead calf at the water’s surface with their heads and backs.More on Geek.com:Wildlife Is Actually Abundant at Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Site, Study Finds20-Foot Great White Shark Named ‘Deep Blue’ Spotted Off Hawaii CoastPython Covered With More Than 500 Ticks Treated for Anemia Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’
Georginio Wijnaldum is expecting a difficult challenge from a resurgent Manchester United when Liverpool travel to Old Trafford on Sunday.Klopp’s men ran out 3-1 winners over their old rivals at Anfield back in December, which ended the reign of Jose Mourinho.With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed as caretaker manager, United have experienced a change in fortunes having moved to the top four and remain in the hunt for the FA Cup title.It’s a statistic Liverpool will need to bring to an end if they’re to go three points clear at the top of the table this weekend – but Wijnaldum is aware it’ll be a difficult challenge.“I think it is going to be a real big change [from the game in December],” the No.5 predicted, speaking to reporters via LFC.TV.“Since the new manager came in there is a new flow, they played good games and have won a lot and that is building confidence in the team.Wijnaldum admits the Red Devils are in fine form but remains unfazed by their resurgence.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Man United not the same team Liverpool beat in December —Wijnaldum.https://t.co/swuOFh4wQf.#headlines pic.twitter.com/lnlMEZWGk7— TOS TV NETWORK (@tostvnetwork) February 21, 2019“It’s also a home game for them so they will have a lot of confidence as they don’t have the problems they had before.“It is going to be a difficult game but I’m looking forward to it. I think for them we come at a good moment but we’re also doing well so it is going to be a nice game to watch.”A win over United will send the Reds to the top and a huge message to rivals Man City who are in action for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea.
As Clark County’s governing body convened for the first time in 2015 on Tuesday, it didn’t take long for county Councilor Tom Mielke to recognize the significance of an otherwise routine meeting.“Tonight we’re going to make history,” Mielke said.Tuesday marked the first official meeting for the group as the Board of County Councilors, which assumed new roles and titles as a result of a home-rule charter voters approved in November. The three served as county commissioners until Jan. 1, when the new form of government began to take effect.That’s not the only change. Two additional councilors will be elected this year to complete the transition from three commissioners to five councilors. County Administrator Mark McCauley also became acting county manager, a position that carries new power under the charter. The manager has executive authority over county departments, while the council sets policy. Previously, county commissioners held both executive and legislative powers.The council on Tuesday picked Councilor David Madore as its chair for this year, following the regular rotation the county has used. But that’s the last time the group will choose its own chair — later this year, voters will directly elect a county chair that will serve beginning in 2016.The council discussed the transition in response to a few public comments during the meeting. Madore addressed a proposed “charter implementation process agreement,” which he first floated at a meeting last month.