‘Lahore HC closer than Allahabad High Court’

first_imgHundreds of Ghaziabad lawyers on Thursday staged a demonstration at the residence of local MP and Union Minister V.K. Singh and “locked” its gates, demanding a High Court Bench in western Uttar Pradesh. The agitating lawyers demand setting up of a High Court Bench in any of the western UP cities, including Meerut, Agra or Saharnpur, saying even the Lahore High Court is closer to these cities than the State’s main high court at Allahabad. They said it would be better to put some of the NCR districts of West U.P. under the Delhi High Court’s jurisdiction. ‘Promise not honoured’Ghaziabad Bar Association (GBA) president Anil Pandit said before the 2014 general elections, Mr. Singh had promised to work for the four-decade-old demand, but nothing has come out of it. “That’s why we staged the protest at his Ghziabad residence and symbolically locked its gate,” said Mr. Pandit, ruing that the MP was not at his residence at the time of protest. The protestors raised slogans against Mr. Singh and handed over a memorandum an official at his home, he said. Explaining the need for an HC Bench in western U.P., the GBA’s former president Sudhir Tyagi said the Allahabad High Court is catering to litigants from 72 out of 80 districts in Uttar Pradesh. The Lucknow Bench of the High Court caters to just eight districts around the State capital, he said, adding a High Court Bench anywhere in the western U.P. would serve the litigants from at least 22 districts. “Even the Lahore High Court is closer to Saharanpur than the one at Allahabad,” said Mr. Tyagi. The driving distance from Saharanpur to Allahabad is over 800 km, while Lahore is at around 400 km through Wagah border, he added. It would be better if some of the western UP districts in the National Capital Region, like Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar and Meerut are put under the jurisdiction of the Delhi High Court, he said. UP’s former Home Minister Baleshwer Tyagi in the Kalyan Singh-led BJP government, said the western U.P. people gave a landslide victory to the BJP in Centre and the State and the two governments must heed to the masses. If the demand for a High Court Bench in western UP is not met in time, it may trigger a movement leading to another bifurcation of the state, he warned.last_img read more

A Very Good Year

first_img2007 has been a very good year for the Indian economy.For the first time, the country slipped into the world’s exclusive trillion dollar club, comprised of just 10 countries with GDP (gross domestic product) in excess of a trillion dollars. India sprinted past South Korea, Russia and Brazil to make the top 10 global economies list.Sixty years after independence, India has unquestionably arrived on the global economic stage, all trumpets blaring. International economists predict that much as the 20th century is heralded as the American century, by 2050 the 21st century shall belong to India and China.While China’s economic ascendancy has been recognized for some decades now, India burst upon the stage only in the past few years. Global capital, never one to miss an opportunity, is clearly taking notice, so the new gold rush in India is clearly on.But there are clouds on the horizon.Economists caution that India’s economic miracle is built on stilts. The services sector, which includes its acclaimed information technology industry, accounts for half the national income. But fewer than 1.5 million Indians, or under 0.3%, of India’s 470 million workers, are in the IT sector. In fact, only 8 percent of the country’s workers even have a real job, i.e. work in the so-called organized sector, pay taxes, etc. – and over half of them work for the government. The remaining 92% – 435 million – are employed in the unorganized sector, ranging from day laborers in construction, farming, local halwai or kirana stores, to rickshaw drivers and domestic servants.This sobering reality constitutes both a dilemma and an opportunity. The dilemma is whether the country has the broad skill and capital base to sustain its incredible growth. The opportunity lies in the vast potential of the untapped.Since independence, the country’s economic policies have been fashioned around trickle down development thinking. India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, for instance, focused on heavy industries like steel and preeminent engineering institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology.The success of Indian technology professionals in the United States is a tribute to Nehru’s economic vision. At the same time, The New Economist noted: “In a sense, he laid the foundations for an idiot savant economy that can do the impossible but fumbles the mundane. India turns out more scientists than far wealthier China, but cannot get all its children to school. While the country’s business houses prowl the world picking off weaker western companies, they cannot acquire land at home because villagers protest violently against forcible takeovers.”To keep its economic powerhouse humming, India must expand opportunities beyond the 1 percent directly embraced by its present economy. A society on a trillion dollar steroid, but in which half its children are malnourished and uneducated and three quarters anemic is both unconscionable and unsustainable.Sooner or later, social, economic and political forces in a democratic polity will impose correction and rectification in these imbalances precipitously, unless we act judiciously now. Remember, that famous Frank Sinatra melody “It was a very good year,” concludes somberly in the autumn years: “It was a mess of good years.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

Akari, Hapee join Open tourney

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH PH bows out with a win MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Akari and Hapee Toothpaste are putting up teams in the Premier Volleyball League, bringing to eight the number of squads that will compete in the Open Conference starting July 1.Lighting and technology firm Akari will utilize Adamson University players led by Jemma Galanza, who played for Creamline in the Reinforced Conference. American coach Airess Padda will call the shots for the team.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Hapee Toothpaste will form its team around University of the Philippines stalwarts, including Isa Molde and Diane Carlos with coach Jerry Yee at the helm.The two new squads will test their mettle against league mainstays led by three-peat champion Pocari Sweat, Alyssa Valdez-led Creamline, Air Force, Perlas, BaliPure and the Power Smashers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentslast_img read more

Pedicure can do more than just pretty feet

first_imgPolished toes look great peeping out of sandals, but a pedicure can do more than just pretty up your feet.If you incorporate massage, you’ll also get health benefits: improve circulation, reduce anxiety and get relief from pain, according to several studies. And the good news is, you don’t have to go to a nail salon and expose your feet to sketchy-looking footbaths and communal tools to get these benefits.Use this expert-approved plan and do it in the comfort of your own home.Step 1Clip & FileStart by taking off old polish with a non-acetone remover. You’ve probably heard that acetone dries out your nails, but breathing in the fumes can also cause throat irritation and even increase your pulse rate, according to the National Institute of Health, US.Instead, try Colorbar Nail Paint Remover which is acetone, toluene and DBP free. Enriched with protein and Vitamin B5 to strengthen nails, it also comes with a natural emollient that conditions nails.However, non-acetone removers often don’t work too well on darker shades. Try Lakme Nail Color Remover that clears every trace of nail paint without drying out nails.If you have stains on your nails, a great home-fix is to rub a drop of lemon on each toe and rub a buffer back and forth over the nail. This will remove the yellowed outer layer, suggests natural beauty expert Suparna Trikha. Next, use nail clippers to trim your nails straight across, then file the edges smooth. To avoid ingrown nails, cut nail straight across to just above the skin and make sure your nail doesn’t extend over the tip of your toe, advises Trikha.Quick tip: File nails in one direction until they are even and slightly rounded at the corners, for a soft square shape.Nail salonDon’t want to do your own nails?When you visit a salon, take health matters into your own hands (and feet) by following these tips to ensure your salon is safe.a. Ask how tools are disinfected. Sterilised tools work best. Soaking tools may not be as effective if the disinfecting solution isn’t fresh.b. Scan before you soak your hands and feet. Make sure the footbaths are drained and cleaned between each client, because they can contain harmful  bacteria by  Lisa HoehnStep 2Submerge & SootheA foot soak is more than an excuse to relax. “It softens calluses, so they’re easier to remove,” says manicurist Nausil Zaheer, owner of Karma Organic Spa, a natural nail salon in New Jersey.Fill a bucket or big bowl with warm water, throw in your favourite bath salts or aromatherapy oils and soak feet for 10 minutes. “The more cracked and calloused your feet, the longer they need to stay in,” explains Kolkata-based beauty expert Keya Seth. For extra softening power, you can dip your feet in readymade soaks like Oriflame Invigorating Pedicure Feet Soak or The Body Shop Peppermint Reviving Foot Soak.”Another great way to attain softer, pretty-looking feet is to add a quarter cup of milk to your bath along with the essential oils and salts and a few rose petals. The lactic acid in the milk loosens dead skin, thus making it easier to scrub later,” says Trikha.Next, apply an exfoliating foot scrub like the Oriflame Feet Up Exfoliating Foot Scrub to your foot or The Body Shop Peppermint Pumice Foot Scrub. Rub well and slough away the dead skin on the heels of your feet with a pumice stone.Try: The Faces Pumice Stone Pedicure Brush or The Body Shop Pumice stone. Also, it’s a good idea to use a soft nail brush to scrub away dirt, stains and dry skin from nails. Try: The nylon-bristled FACES Nail Brush.Quick tip: “Doing your own feet, it’s hard to hold them at the right angle-and you can easily take off too much skin or cut yourself. So, sit on the edge of your bed or a chair while getting a pedicure,” advises Zaheer.To sport pretty feet round the year, it is important to keep in mind the following:a. Never forget to apply sunscreen to your feet just like on other exposed body parts.b. Every time you are back from the outdoors, wash your feet thoroughly, first with lukewarm water and then with cold water.c. If you have time, soak your feet in a little water with antiseptic for up to five minutes.d. Always dry feet completely with a soft towel especially between the toes to prevent fungal infections.e. Wash your feet thoroughly before going to bed, dry and apply a cooling foot cream or a foot mask.Step 3Moisturise & massageRinse your feet, then rub in a dollop of moisturising foot cream like the VLCC Pediglow Foot Cream, Oriflame Feet Up Soothing Foot Cream, TheBody Shop Spa Wisdom Honey and Beeswax Hand and Foot Butter or the Lotus Crystal Spa Milk & Honey Massage Crme to relax your muscles.”Massage well so that the cream gets time to seep in through skin pores. You can follow up with a foot mask before going to bed the same dayto get the most out of your pedicure regimen,” advises Seth. Try: The Body Shop Peppermint Purifying Foot Mask.Quick tip: Even an amateur masseuse can reduce stress levels in as little as five minutes: use your thumb to knead along the centreof your foot, concentrating on tense muscles. Continue for 10 minutes.Step 4Prep & polishAfter an invigorating foot massage, apply a cuticle cream for softer nails.Try:The Lotus Crystal Spa Healing Cuticle Crme that provides anti-oxidants, healing and protecting properties to nail cuticles before applyingpolish. Use a toe separator (FACES Toe Separators) and apply one layer of a base coat of your favourite polish. We like: the Lakm range of nail colours, the Colorbar range of nail colours and the Revlon range of nail colours for their variety. Wait for five minutes, then brush on the next two layers of polish.Quick tip: Top off with a coatof transparent nail colour to make polish last longer.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Gilas call-up for Fiba World qualifiers dream come true for Thirdy Ravena

first_imgView comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES READ: Fiba World Cup qualifiers: Thirdy Ravena makes Gilas Pilipinas’ final vs QatarThe Ateneo superstar was the lone collegiate player chosen to be part of the national team pool.Ravena joined Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche, Scottie Thompson, Poy Erram, Marcio Lassiter, Troy Rosario, Mark Barroca, Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood and Japeth Aguilar in the final roster.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Playing for Gilas Pilipinas was only a dream for Thirdy Ravena until Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRavena is set to make his Gilas Pilipinas debut on Friday after making the team’s 12-man lineup against Qatar in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers—an inclusion that turned out to be four years in the making.The 22-year-old Ravena rummaged through his Twitter account and pulled out an old tweet he wrote way back in July 2015. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH boosts Olympic 3×3 dream with hosting of Fiba Asia Pacific Super Questlast_img read more


first_imgVibrant social and recreational activities form the heartVibrant social and recreational activities form the heart of Campus Life at NU, with a host of student activities interspersed along the central walking spine. The Campus provides students a wide array of sports activities like tennis, badminton, football, basketball, volleyball, gymnastic and golf-putting. Furnished student hostels make life comfortable for students. Temperatures are maintained at the Campus all year around using an energy-efficient, geothermal cooling system, with minimal carbon footprint.NU is notified by the Government of Rajasthan u/a 5 of 2010 and covered u/s 2(f) of UGC Act.For more information, please visit: www.niituniversity.inPhoto Caption: Mr. Rajendra Pawar, Chairman, NIIT Ltd & Founder, NIIT University Speaking at the3rdAnnual conference of The Asian Lenses Forum (TALF) Media Contact Details Sumana Bhattacharya, Candour Communications, +91-9810597176, sumana@candour.co.in Puja Shalini, Candour Communications, +91-9654850909, puja@candour.co.in Manaswi, Candour Communications, +91-9953885091, manaswi@candour.co.in.BusinessWire PSlast_img read more

10 Thoughts on Oklahoma State and UTSA

first_imgBOX SCOREAs every parent of a college student or adult who has gone through college knows, things change quickly when you’re 18-22 years old. Ohio State could beat the Jaguars two weeks ago. This week, it could barely beat Northern Illinois.Oklahoma State’s Achilles heel two days ago was that it can’t force turnovers or run the football. On Saturday against UTSA, it created seven and ran for 5.4 yards a pop. Things are suddenly looking much more optimistic than they were earlier this week. OSU rolled over the Roadrunners 69-14 on Saturday in its last tuneup before heading down to Austin to watch it burn for the Big 12 opener next weekend.Here are 10 thoughts I had on the game on Saturday.1. Friction creates long postsThe last two weeks I’ve had a lot to say after the games because Oklahoma State looked mediocre. This week, not so much. You guys watched the thing. It was a good old-fashioned rout of an inferior opponent. It was fun. It was immense. It was everything we thought this OSU team would be coming into 2015. It was everything this OSU team should be: Elite on defense, strong in the running game and, ultimately, guided by the sure right hand of No. 2. It was, in a word, spectacular.Gundy: “I think this was the best team (we’ve faced), I just think we jumped on them.” #okstate— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 19, 20152. Young studs get playing timeOne unintended consequence of blowing somebody out is that you get players in who would not be playing in a 23-20 game. OSU opened the third quarter with a reverse pitch from one freshman (Jeff Carr) to another (Jalen McCleskey). There’s a rhythm to your season, and OSU is trying to build towards a wild November. It looked on Saturday like that’s what was happening. Darrion Daniels played a ton. Chad Whitener had six tackles. Kenneth Edison-McGruder (can we call him KenEd?) even had seven tackles. It was a good day for the youngsters in Stillwater.3. All those TOsComing into this game, Oklahoma State had forced two fumbles in the last two seasons (15 games). I wrote about this extensively earlier this week. It collected two in the first 116 seconds. Maybe Glenn Spencer’s strategy of not mentioning it this week during practice worked.Seriously though, because turnovers can be … random, the only concern about Saturday’s performance is that you emptied the tank on collecting picks and fumbles on a team against which you didn’t necessarily need it. This is what we like to call “a good problem to have.”4. Jordan Sterns is an absolute monsterI noticed on Saturday that OSU’s linebackers and secondary wrapped up better than they had been in the past couple of games. Sterns ended up with 13 tackles and this forced fumble and it felt like he had even more than that. 5. Chris Carson runs like Adrian PetersonI do not think Chris Carson is on the same planet as AD, but he does have the same running style. They both roll straight up and down their heads bobbing like pistons pumping back and forth as quickly as possible. I thought No. 32 was terrific on Saturday, and that Gundy and Co. did a good job only riding him to the tune of 17 carries (for 104 yards). That was the first 100-yard game in the regular season by a pure RB (Tyreek had 102 vs. KSU last year) since Des Roland ran for 144 against OU in 2013 (!)6. It feels important for OSU to have big first quartersI know that’s a thermonuclear take, but this offense is sort of plodding in the way it operates. It doesn’t (and can’t) go for the kill early like that 2011 offense did. It doesn’t even seem to have the home run ball like in 2007-08 with Dez. It runs and it dinks and dunks and lumbers along to 25 or 33 points. So the way OSU is going to throttle teams is by getting a quick start on defense and special teams.In 2011, I loved OSU taking the rock on the opening kickoff and going for the jugular with 59 minutes left in the game. This year? I’d rather them start on defense and set the bar for what a team is going to be facing for the next four quarters. They certainly did against UTSA on Saturday.7. OSU was better, but I’m still down for more downfield throws“(Central Michigan and Central Arkansas) defended us so we can’t run the football,”Gundy told the Tulsa World last week. “When that happens, there are two ways to handle it. You throw a lot of passes, or you’re just physically better up front and your tailback is much better than the defense is at tackling, and you just say that we’re not concerning ourselves with the structure of the defense.”I wrote about this on Friday and said OSU needed to toss it around the yard a little bit more. On Saturday, OSU ran it 40 times and threw it just 26. Some of this was dictated by the fact that the game was a blowout early in the third quarter.Gundy noted why OSU needs balance after the game. I don’t disagree with this sentiment, but they need to do a better job of taking what defenses give them. I’ll have to confer with some folks on how UTSA was setup, but it felt like OSU was better at being “physically better up front” than it had been the last couple of games rather than taking what the D gave them (which it still needs to get much better at).Gundy: Carson key to offense. “We’re not physically dominating enough to run when we want and throw when we want. We have to stay balanced.”— Chandler Vessels (@ChandlerVessels) September 19, 20158. Nonconference games at homeThis stunned me for some reason.#okstate If this holds up, OSU improves to 29-1 in nonconference home games since stadium name was changed to Boone Pickens Stadium (2003).— Bill Haisten ?? (@billhaisten) September 19, 2015The even crazier part is that it was Houston (!) of all teams that beat OSU in BPS back in 2008. We got Sumlin’d. Or Dana’d. Or something.9. Mason Rudolph has been unbelievably efficient so far this year.The sophomore is 67/90 for 947 yards, 5 TDs and just one interception. Something tells me that if Glenn Spencer, Mike Yurcich and Mike Gundy all got in a room and tried to decide what numbers they would like their QB in this offense to have, that would be close to the consensus.Gundy: “(Rudolph) seems to be calm. I think he has a good feel for the game right now.”— Chandler Vessels (@ChandlerVessels) September 19, 2015 The best part of this season so far for me in terms of the offense is how well Gundy has mixed and matched Rudolph and Walsh and how Rudolph continues to make plays like this.No. 2 may never be a legend for O-State, but man, he’s a heck of a college quarterback.10. The encouraging thing is …Oklahoma State didn’t do that much differently on Saturday than it did in the first two games. It just did it much, much better. That’s a good thing because it shows that this team knows what it is. Now, as a fan I’m mildly concerned because “who it is” and “what it does” seems dependent on getting turnovers (again, random) and running Chris Carson up the middle (I have more faith in sticking the male end of a USB cord correctly into a computer on the first try). But still, I’d rather a team understand what it is and simply develop that as the season wears on than still be trying to figure that out.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Van de Beek is good enough for Real Madrid – De Jong

first_imgBarcelona new boy Frenkie de Jong believes Donny van de Beek is more than good enough to link up with Real Madrid, but would prefer not to see a former Ajax team-mate join him in Spain just yet.The Netherlands international has already trodden the path from the Eredivisie to La Liga this summer.De Jong agreed a big-money switch to Camp Nou in January, before seeing Matthijs de Ligt opt against following his lead by choosing to link up with Serie A champions Juventus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Van de Beek is the latest Ajax star to have generated transfer talk, with the 22-year-old midfielder admitting to registering on the recruitment radar of those at the Santiago Bernabeu.De Jong is not surprised by the interest, telling ESPN FC: “I would prefer him to stay at Ajax because I wouldn’t have him as an opponent and Ajax would stay strong.“But, no, of course, when it’s all settled, and if he moves to Madrid, I am really happy for him. I think he deserves it. He’s a great player. Then I will go see him in Spain!”Were Van de Beek to make a move to Madrid, then he would join a squad that already includes World Cup winner Toni Kroos and Ballon d’Or holder Luka Modric.While competition for places would be fierce, De Jong believes a former colleague would hold his own.He added: “I am pretty sure he has the ability.“I think he showed it last season in the Champions League, especially in the knockout rounds.“I think he has shown to the world and everyone in Europe he has the ability to play at that level.”Frenkie de Jong Barcelona 2019-20Ajax would be reluctant sellers were Van de Beek to make his way out of Amsterdam, with the Dutch giants seeing an exciting young squad broken up.They made the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, with De Jong admitting it is sad to see a squad with so much promise forced apart as top talent is cherry-picked by leading sides across Europe.He added, with there no regrets on his part at having left the Dutch title winners: “I am really proud of the season we had and I am proud to see guys making big movements – I think they all deserve it.“But of course I feel a bit sad – not that I regret it because I am really proud and happy to be [at Barcelona] – but of course it’s a bit sad that the team is breaking up.“But you know that those things are going to happen when you have a season like that at a club like Ajax. It’s just the way it is.”last_img read more

Penn State QB Tommy Stevens Dealing With ‘Fairly Significant Injury’

first_imgTommy Stevens flexes after a play for Penn State vs. Iowa.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 27: Tommy Stevens #2 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates after rushing for a 3 yard touchdown in the first half against the Iowa Hawkeyes on October 27, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State spring practice opened yesterday. One of the players vying for the quarterback job, Tommy Stevens, is likely going to be limited throughout the month-long period.Stevens recently had surgery to help deal with the injury, which head coach James Franklin hasn’t revealed. He will reportedly be able to participate in practice at some level, but won’t be fully engaged.Stevens played in seven games last season, missing time due to injury. When healthy, he served as Trace McSorley’s backup quarterback, but is a do it all player for the Nittany Lions.He has appeared as a running back, wide receiver, and tight end, and has accounted for 14 total touchdowns during his college career, between all of his positions.James Franklin addressed Tommy Stevens’ status as spring ball began on Wednesday.From The Inquirer:“He will be able to participate; I don’t know if it’s going to be full go,” said Franklin, who mentioned before the Jan. 1 Citrus Bowl that Stevens had had “recent surgery.”“He had the surgery off campus, so we are communicating with his doctor, as well as trying to get everybody on the same page. At this point, he’ll be limited from the beginning of spring, and, depending how spring goes, it could be full go by the end of spring. But I’m not sure of that yet.”It is unclear if Stevens will win the quarterback job, and the spring injury may hurt his candidacy. Once he is ready for full contact, he will likely find his way onto the field in some capacity for PSU, thanks to his famous versatility.Penn State’s Blue-White Game will take place on April 13.[The Inquirer]last_img read more

Wanderlust: A Guide to Living the Van Life

first_imgMany of us dream of hitting the open road and living a life of wanderlust. In America, there is a growing population of people that are quitting jobs, selling furniture, and canceling leases for the freedom of the open road.We interviewed several individuals and couples that live the Van Life (#vanlife) and here are their tips for living life on the road.Get and Stay OrganizedSince you will be carrying everything (clothing, toiletries, cooking utensils and other staples) with you while on the road, getting and staying organized is paramount. When designing your build out, plan accordingly to allow for storage bins within the van to accommodate your essentials while organizing personal items as well.Pack LightRelegating your life to living in a vehicle can be overwhelming in the beginning. Most start out trying to bring too many items from their previous life (too many clothes, books, extra gear, etc.). Anything extra that you bring along for the ride will also be sharing the space with you in the van. Bring only the bare necessities. Minimalism should be your new mantra.Yakima Showcase 20Be Prepared for AnythingThe vehicle will be your home and homes require maintenance. Flat tires and breakdowns are just a few of the possibilities that may arise while living the nomadic lifestyle. So, be prepared for something even worse–a radiator malfunction, bad spark plugs, or worn down breaks are all possible. Create a back-up fund to prevent van life-ending problems.Plan AheadSpending multiple days on the road can wreak havoc on your body. Joining a national gym can serve a dual purpose: Getting in a workout and enjoying a shower can rejuvenate (and maintain the health of) even the weariest of travelers.If you plan to work from the road, you will need to plan around a reliable source of wifi. Coffee shops are a great source, but you will need to plan around your traveling schedule to allow for connectivity. Other options include personal wifi hotspots via your cellular phone company or tethering your computer to your smartphone’s data plan.While we all cannot leave our lives behind and drive off into the sunset, all of us can hit the road for that ultimate summer road trip or that long awaited weekend getaway. Most of us don’t have a designated vehicle for life on the road, but with a few pieces of careful chosen gear, any vehicle can transport you to your escape destination.Below are a few items to make your road trip more enjoyable.Increased Storage (Roof Top Case)Yakima Showcase 20 – $679 – $779Shelters (Tents and Tarps)Kelty Camp Cabin – $226Tentsile Connect Tree Tent – $450Big Agnes Van Camp SL3 – $263 Mountainsmith Mountain Shade Dome – $136Sleeping Pads and Bags (Solo and Dual Options)Sea to Summit Basecamp 3 Bt3 Thermolite® Sleeping Bag – $337Brooks Range Snooze 20 Sleeping Bag – $225Sea to Summit Comfort Deluxe Self Inflating Mat – $150 (regular/wide)Therm-a-Rest Dorado Duo HD – $290Therm-a-Rest DreamTime – $150Therma-a-Rest Dorado Duo Coupler – $56Big Agnes King Solomon 15 – $300Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed Duo – $200Kitchen and DiningRovR RollR 80 Cooler – $449Camp Chef Sherpa Table and Organizer – $125Camp Chef Everest Two-Burner Camping Stove – $125ALPS Mountaineering Regular Dining Table – $50GCI Outdoor FirePit Rocker – $72BioLite CampStove 2 Bundle – $200 (Grill, Cook, Boil & Charge)MiscellaneousLifeStraw Go 2-Stage – $38MSR AutoFlow Gravity Filter 2L or 4L – $110 – $120PackTowl Luxe Towel – $9Adventure Medical Kits – $15 – $200UCO Gear Madrona+ Hang-Out Lantern – $60 Editors’ Recommendations The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now center_img Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50last_img read more

Federal budget cuts slap in the face to Quebec Native Womens Association

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Quebec Native Women’s Association has received a major blow.The organization had to cut one of its most in-demand positions due to federal budget cuts.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.last_img

Residents of York Landing warned to stay indoors as RCMP search for

first_imgJames Favel is co-founder of Winnipeg-based Bear Clan Patrol.APTN NewsRCMP in Manitoba say they continue to scour a small, northern Manitoba community for two B.C. homicide suspects.The search for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, moved southwest to York Landing from Gillam Sunday after a tip from volunteers with the Bear Clan Patrol (BCP).“The fact that we made a sighting is just incredible,” said BCP co-founder James Favel of his team of Winnipeg-based volunteers that flew up north Friday.“They happened to be in the right place at the right time.”But so far there have been no arrests in York Landing, an isolated community of about 400 people.Manitoba RCMP tweeted Monday: “All efforts are being made in York Landing to apprehend two individuals matching the description of the suspects.”Police also reminded residents to stay inside behind locked windows and doors.“This is a fluid situation,” Garrison Settee, grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, added in a statement.“Everyone wants this to end today in a safe and controlled manner. Our prayers are with the residents of York Factory.”Situation is ongoing. All possible RCMP resources continue to be used in the area of York Landing to safely apprehend two individuals matching the description of the suspects. #rcmpmb— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 29, 2019The suspects are charged with second-degree murder of a British Columbia botany instructor and are suspects in the homicides of two international tourists in northern B.C. earlier this month.“We are not trying to involve ourselves in the search,” said Favel. “We are there to secure the village.”He said Bear Clan has almost 1,600 volunteers in Winnipeg and operates chapters in 51 communities nationwide, with nine part- and full-time employees. It is an indigenous-led group that promotes safety and security in inner-city neighbourhoods.Meanwhile, Chief Walter Spence of Fox Lake Cree Nation outside Gillam expressed support for the people of York Landing.“We hope for a quick and safe conclusion to this entire situation,” he said in a statement.  “As the challenging work of locating the two suspects continues, our community members and volunteers are exhausted and fatigued.“The ongoing stress of the large police,  military, and media presence in the community is starting to take its toll, and our community members look forward to a return to normalcy.”Anyone with information is asked to call the RCMP major crime tipline at 1-877-543-4822.last_img read more

Europe Divided as Governments Oppose Global Compact on Migration

Rabat – Bulgaria announced on Monday, November 12, that it would not sign the compact.As the country is facing a surging tide of protests and popular uprisings demanding affordable commodity prices and improved living conditions, Bulgaria’s announcement was hardly surprising.Saying migration worsens Europe’s crises has become the dish du jour in many European circles. But Bulgaria is hardly a one-off.Hungary, with a notoriously right-wing and anti-immigration prime minister, Viktor Orban, had already declared its opposition to the Global Compact’s agenda.Poland and the Czech Republic are also no fans of the compact, which, like Hungary’s Orban, they accuse of blurring the lines between legal and illegal immigration. But while Poland is yet to confirm its position, Czech authorities have already announced that they are considering not signing the final document.Croatia is also preparing to jump on the bandwagon of Eastern Europe’s reluctance to embrace migration.A hot-button topic in Europe, migration has become one of the few areas where European leaders have consistently failed to devise a common policy architecture. Clashes between Brussels and member states or among individual member states over national quotas for asylum seekers have become a wide currency in Europe’s troubled political waters.The latest clashes between Italy and France (over France’s decision to return irregular migrants to Italy) and Italy and England (over taking in migrants onboard the Aquarius rescue ship) also fit the narrative of Europe’s uneasiness with the flow of irregular migrants.Euro-African partnershipIn the meantime, there are some voices calling for a new partnership model between Europe and Africa.They argue that the exclusive nationalism espoused by European right-leaning parties and the ensuing anti-migrant rhetoric are not the way forward for Europe. To salvage the European project, Europe needs to build bridges, rather than walls, with other parts of the world.Andre Flahaut, Belgium’s minister of budget and civil service minister, recently told Morocco World News that Europe should engage the non-European world to devise common ways of facing common challenges.The Belgian politician argued that respect for each other’s humanity should be the founding pillar of a new—and necessary—partnership between Europe and Africa.Udo Bullman, leader of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament, said that, for Europe to come to terms with the rising tide of crises, ignoring Africa would be akin to “political suicide.”Meanwhile, the not-so encouraging stories about irregular migration—persisting intra-European clashes over national quotas of asylum seekers—suggest that there many be more reticent countries by the time representatives convene in Marrakech, Morocco, to ratify the Global Compact.What is the Global Compact?Adopted by the UN General Assembly on July 13, the Global Compact is the equivalent of a UN declaration on migration. The 34-page document calls for an effective multilateralism to solve a global issue as complex as intra and intercontinental human mobility.It advocates for an “enhanced cooperation on international migration in all its dimensions, have adopted this Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.”In its desire to “make migration work for all,” the compact called on world governments to acknowledge “that no State can address migration alone, and upholds the sovereignty of States and their obligations under international law.”However, the US, which withdrew from the compact at the outset, said that the document encourages illegal migration and that it blurs the lines between different types of migrants.Proponents have slammed the criticism, however.Omar Hilale, Morocco’s permanent representative to the UN, who called the compact’s adoption “a historic day for multilateralism,” said that the document signaled “realism, global vision, and shared responsibility” with regards to the global migration crisis.“Those countries that decided they are leaving the UN migration compact, had they read it, they would not have done it,” said Jean-Claude Junker, president of the European Commission. read more

Colombia as thousands flee fighting UN refugee agency voices concern for civilians

As thousands have fled their homes in the Nariño region in southern Colombia to escape fighting between the Government and rebel forces, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today called for the protection of civilians and urged authorities to provide assistance to those affected. In the past two weeks, over 6,000 people have taken refuge in El Charco and La Tola, two small towns north of Nariño, according to UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond. Local officials have opened schools and other public buildings to shelter the newly displaced, but despite the efforts of authorities, the church and international organizations, there is a shortage of clear water and basic health supplies. In El Charco, only one out of every 30 people who arrived in the town last week has a mattress to sleep on. “The conflict in Nariño has been intense for over a year, and UNHCR is extremely worried that civilians continue to suffer in large numbers,” Mr. Redmond told reporters in Geneva. “We will send a mission this week to the worst-affected areas,” he added. “But the presence of humanitarian staff cannot in itself guarantee security and provide solutions to the thousands of people at risk.” Approximately 3,000 displaced were in El Charco as of yesterday, but the figures are constantly changing. In spite of uncertain security conditions, several hundred families returned to their homes, while an additional 300 arrived in the town who had been caught behind the front lines of the fighting for several days. There are reported hundreds more trapped by combat facing dwindling food supplies. UNHCR is extremely concerned for the safety of both those who have returned home as well as those attempting to flee the fighting. The security conditions continue to deteriorate in the rest of the Nariño region, as new irregular armed groups have emerged and deployed. Dozens of small villages are emptying in the mountainous regions around the Policarpa municipality, and there have been two instances of mass crossings of the displaced across the border into Ecuador. Colombia has the largest population of concern to UNHCR with some three million people uprooted by more than 40 years of fighting between the Government, leftist rebels, right-wing paramilitaries and criminal gangs. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) represent some 8 per cent of the total population of over 40 million. Last month, High Commissioner António Guterres visited the country last month, and met with President Álvaro Uribe. He also chaired a conference in Bogota, the capital, to draw attention to the humanitarian consequences of displacement and encourage the full implementation of the law so that all displaced people have equal access to their rights. 10 April 2007As thousands have fled their homes in the Nariño region in southern Colombia to escape fighting between the Government and rebel forces, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today called for the protection of civilians and urged authorities to provide assistance to those affected. read more

Kent touts new emissions standards for autos as he heads to tense

by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 27, 2012 5:58 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – On the eve of global climate talks that will put Canada’s contentious policies under the microscope, Ottawa has introduced its next set of rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks.Under regulations proposed on Tuesday, vehicles built between 2017 and 2025 will be required to cut emissions by an average of five per cent a year, every year.Environment Minister Peter Kent said these rules should cut annual gasoline costs by about $900 per auto, compared with today.The regulations are designed to match U.S. standards first proposed more than a year ago and will build on existing regulations that cover models built between 2011 and 2016.“We will see emissions at 50 per cent of what they were in 2008,” Kent said in an interview.Light trucks won’t have to meet the new standards as quickly as cars because manufacturers need extra time to make sure they can perform the work required by the farmers and construction workers who drive them, Environment Canada said in a background document.Unlike previous rounds of industrial regulations that pitted industry against environmentalists, this set is expected to meet little resistance. The federal NDP denounced the measures as “recycling” from the United States, but auto manufacturers welcomed the government’s decision to view North America as a single market and clearly set out expectations for the next decade.Environmentalists said the stiffer standards will help clean the air and save consumers money at the same time.“It’s fairly welcome that Canada will continue to follow the U.S. administration’s ambitious lead on fuel efficiency,” said P.J. Partington, a climate policy analyst with the Pembina Institute. “It’s great for drivers. They’ll be saving a lot of money on gas.”The announcement comes more than a year after the United States floated a similar plan, but the timing is no accident. Kent leaves this weekend for a week of United Nations climate change talks in Doha that, as usual, will put him on the defensive.“We wanted to make the announcement before Doha because it is another step forward in our sector-by-sector approach,” he said.While the Harper government has been vociferous in its attack against other approaches to controlling emissions, Canada’s policy of regulating industry by industry has drawn scorn not just from environmentalists but also other countries.In Canada, the federal environmental commissioner and the now-defunct National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy have both said this approach is not enough to meet the country’s 2020 emissions target.Environmental organizations say Canada lacks credibility at the bargaining table as countries seek to replace the expiring Kyoto protocol with another binding international treaty to limit global warming.“Right now (we’re) well on path for global pariah, heads too buried in the tar sands to see the coming storms,” Cameron Fenton, national director of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, said in a blog this week.Canada has an “enormous gap” between its global commitment to reduce emissions and the plans it has introduced so far, Partington added. Since Ottawa has already included emissions from the tailpipe regulations in its tally, Tuesday’s announcement won’t actually take Canada any closer to meeting its 2020 promise to reduce emissions by 17 per cent below 2005 levels, he said.But Kent said he will tackle his critics head-on in Doha.“There’s an awful lot of misinformation out there and no little amount of disinformation about Canada’s commitment towards climate change, both in terms of mitigation and adaptation,” he said. “We’ll be meeting with the media, we’ll be meeting with our colleagues in the major economies’ forum, to talk about the things we are doing.“We’ll refresh the memory of folks who don’t know or who don’t want to know that our sector-by-sector approach has taken us halfway to our 2020 targets.”But Kent will not be taking any promises of money to the United Nations talks in Doha.The top U.N. climate official as well as many environmental groups are pleading with developed countries to live up to a commitment to help poor countries deal with and prevent more climate change.Time has run out for a $30-billion, three-year global fund that was meant to kick-start a larger $100-billion-a-year fund partly financed by the private sector. But the larger fund is still empty.No one should expect the Doha talks to change that, Kent said.“This isn’t a pledging conference,” he said, adding that he will make that clear at the meetings.He said the private sector needs to be heavily involved in the Green Fund financing. But Canada has traditionally opposed a tax on financial transactions — one of the leading options to raise private-sector money.Countries including Canada have committed to do what it takes to limit global warming to two degrees above pre-industrial levels. But the International Energy Agency projects about 3.6 degrees in warming, even after all recent commitments are taken into account. Kent touts new emissions standards for autos as he heads to tense talks in Doha read more

Brocks Autism Spectrum Disorder Summer Movement Camp celebrates 20 years

Samantha Nichols turned 12 during her first week at Brock University’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Summer Movement Camp. That was in 1996. This past Tuesday she celebrated her 32nd birthday with the people who have become familiar to her in the last two decades.“It’s always been Sam’s birthday during camp and we always do something special for it. On her 30th birthday the students and campers made her a banner and signed it,” says Department of Kinesiology professor and Camp Founder Maureen Connolly.“This year, the mentors all wore Happy Birthday tiaras in honour of this annual celebration.”Nichols’ father Terry says his daughter has thrived at the annual camp and looks forward to it each year.“My daughter Sam enjoys attending this camp not only because it has improved her movement ability and potential, but also because she feels like she is in a community of people who know her and genuinely care about her,” he says.“She can be herself and can have meaningful relationships in a safe and engaging environment.”The camp started offering developmentally appropriate movement education to children and youth in the Niagara Region in the summer of 1996.“I started this camp 20 years ago because parents were distressed that none of the local camps could accommodate their children,” says Connolly.The first summer, 18 participants aged four to 14 were enrolled.“Each time we host the camp, we learn something new and make modifications for the next camp, constantly improving it,” says Connolly.The camp’s education-based curriculum is specifically focused on the needs of the participants and is a community service learning opportunity that attracts 30-50 undergraduate students and an almost equal number of campers each year.Every summer there are two, week-long camp programs for children and youth from ages three and up. By the end of summer, the camps will have hosted more than 2,000 participants.The camp also operates as a site for research, as well as service learning and pedagogy with the past five years seeing increasing numbers of graduate students involved in various capacities.“All of the students who have been involved in this camp have gone on to do great things with their careers. They have become nurses, special education teachers, principals, the list goes on,” says Connolly.Funding for this much-needed program is made possible by Niagara Recycling.“Given the service learning model that we use at the ASD summer movement camp, there is no way these camps could have continued to function and offer its ongoing low costs to parents – and full subsidies in some cases – without the support of Niagara Recycling,” explains Connolly.“Through our long standing partnership with the Niagara Region, Niagara Recycling is proud to have supported the Autism Spectrum Disorder Summer Movement Camps at Brock University for nearly all of its 20-year history,” says Niagara Recycling Chief Executive Officer Norman Kraft.“We are pleased that through our financial support, Brock University is able to offer meaningful, active leisure to the children and youth who enjoy these camps each summer.”Since 1997, Niagara Recycling has donated more than $317,000 in financial commitments to disability programming at Brock University with more than $137,000 going to the ASD Summer Movement Camp. Their support also contributes to Brock University’s Special Needs Activity Program (SNAP), Saturday SNAP and the Confident Healthy Active Role Models (CHARM) initiative. read more

Boart Longyear Launches TruCore™ in Latin America

first_imgBoart Longyear, the global provider of integrated drilling services, equipment and performance tooling, has launched the TruCore™ core orientation system in Latin America, following a successful launch in Australia earlier this year.“Over the past 125 years, Boart Longyear has continuously delivered innovative solutions for the drilling industry,” said Adam Tomaszewski, Product Manager, Instrumentation for Boart Longyear. “TruCore is no exception. We’ve conducted extensive testing to make sure TruCore provides accurate data, is easy to use whether you’re underground or in bright sunlight, and enhances safety with less manual handling.”Boart Longyear says TruCore addresses a variety of the challenges that drillers and geologists face while conducting core orientation:When you need accurate data and cannot risk missed orientations: TruCore has been rigorously tested to ensure that the handheld device lets drillers know when to activate it. This minimizes the risk of missed orientations.When you need an easy-to-use solution: With its highly visible, flashing LEDs, TruCore notifies the user when there is direct alignment, which reduces the total measurement time and makes TruCore the ideal solution for bright daylight, lowlight and underground operations.When you want to reduce manual handling time and increase safety: With TruCore, there is no need to disassemble the tool to obtain an orientation mark. As a result, you will reduce the number of manual handling actions a driller or driller assistant needs to perform.When you want an alternative to the current market solution: “As a trusted supplier of drilling equipment and tooling for more than 125 years, Boart Longyear offers the first alternative solution in the marketplace for core orientation. It is easy to switch and start using TruCore today.”Available in sizes BQ™ through to PQ™, TruCore is now available to rent in Latin America.last_img read more

Google Its got a great Android app and big plans for the

first_imgGoogle+ released this week to a flurry of attention from every part of the internet (Mark Zuckerberg even joined up to try it out for himself). While most of the frenzy’s been about the overall design of the site, the way it works, and how it directly jumps into Facebook’s realm, half of Google+ is its mobile app — which is only available for Android at the moment.Google’s official demo of the app sums it up better than words alone, but suffice to say: It’s seriously nice. It’s fast, it’s clean, it’s gorgeous, and it works the way it looks like it’s supposed to work. It’s only been available on the Android Market for a couple of days now and it’s already nicer in every way than the competing Facebook app is (and Facebook’s been on Android for nearly as long as Android’s been on phones). Check out the video below if you haven’t seen it yet to get a good look at what this app can do:AdChoices广告While making changes to your actual profile can still only be done in a browser, the Android app gives full access to every other part of Google+ that you could need while out on the go. Google’s learned from its various apps over the last couple of years, so we’ve got big, well-defined buttons, good use of whitespace, and full-screen swiping motions act as an intuitive way to navigate to related functions — like checking out posts by friends who are nearby by swiping the regular news feed to the right. Posting updates is easy and fast, and posting check-ins is a single tap away. Everything is literally at your fingertips with this app, and that’s how a touch-screen app should be.The whole app feels like it’s polished to a point well past the beta-style limited release stage that Google+ is technically in right now. One thing does stand out, though: There’s an empty space on the front page when the phone’s held in portrait mode (which is how it would normally be used). Since the project has been designed from the ground up with specific purposes in mind, people are wondering what might fill that slot. Luckily, we do have a hint to go on, because somebody went snooping through Google+’s code and sent their findings into Engadget:Google GamesThe snippet in the image above shows references, clear as day, to Google Games — which doesn’t technically exist yet despite the fact that everyone knows it’s coming. That being said, what better place for Google to put their online social gaming platform than in their shiny new social network? Facebook blew up because people began playing games while there, so it only makes sense that Google+ would follow suit.But that’s not the only thing the tipster found in Google+’s code. There were also strings that alluded to “ask and answer” style functionality, which makes sense considering Google’s recent acquisition of Aardvark. The general idea of Aardvark was that instead of looking for answers by finding web sites, a user could just ask the question instead — and get an answer from a friend or family member who knows the answer.Google+ may have only just debuted, and its app may have only been uploaded to the Market days ago, but a pretty bright future is already forming for the pair of them. Add to that the impending release of an iPhone app and fully available invites to the service, and you’ve got something that Facebook might not be able to fight off.last_img read more

These quadcopters are juggling an inverted pendulum

first_imgWe all know by now that quadcopters can do impressive things, such as be made out of Lego, be controlled with your mind, or be impervious to crashing, but did you know that they can be quite the entertainer, performing juggling stunts in midair? Some of the more impressive feats quadcopters can perform are juggling balls, and balancing an inverted pendulum. Now, Dario Brescianini, a student at ETH Zurich’s Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, and some of his colleagues have developed an algorithm that allows for the adorable little fliers to juggle an inverted pendulum.An inverted pendulum, as the name suggests, is a pole reminiscent of a standard pendulum that you might find on a clock, but the center of mass is above the pivot point. This makes the inverted pendulum difficult to balance, and thus, even more difficult for a not-entirely-steady, flying robot to accurately throw toward another not-entirely-steady flying robot. In order to achieve that goal, Brescianini turned to a 2D mathematical model.After the model detailed acceptable behavior for the quadcopters, the team tested it out in the real world, allowing two quadcopters to play catch with an inverted pendulum. Considering the quadcopters would catch and balance the pendulum on one end of the stick, rather than on the curved sides, the team needed to protect the quadcopter from potentially being impaled. So, the ends of the pendulum were wrapped in a balloon, which is filled with flour.Though the 2D model paved the way for the quadcopter balancing act, it wasn’t perfect, as catching the pendulum proved difficult. To correct this issue, the team had to include a learning algorithm so the system could update its catching methods as it found out if they worked or not.Brescianini and company have taught us an important life lesson today: If two individual tasks are difficult to perform on their own, combining them clearly makes performing them a lot easier.last_img read more

Une nouvelle espèce fossile de crocodile identifiée dans un musée

first_imgUne nouvelle espèce fossile de crocodile identifiée… dans un muséePubliant leurs travaux dans la revue Systematic Palaeontology, des chercheurs britanniques ont pu identifier, dans des restes fossilisés détenus depuis plus d’un siècle par un muséum d’Écosse, une espèce jusqu’alors inconnue de crocodile fossile.C’est en étudiant les collections du Hunterian Museum de Glasgow que des paléontologues de l’Université d’Édimbourg ont fait l’inattendue découverte. Parmi celles-ci, ils ont déniché et analysé des restes fossilisés vieux de 165 millions d’années qui ont été découverts dans les années 1900 près de Peterborough (Angleterre). Ils ont ainsi établi que ces restes appartenaient à une nouvelle espèce cousine des crocodiles actuels, qui a été baptisée Tyrannoneustes lythrodectikos. Un petit nom qui signifierait quelque chose comme “le nageur tyran qui mord jusqu’au sang”. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’animal appartient à un groupe de crocodiles ressemblant un peu aux dauphins et est doté d’une grande mâchoire munie de dents pointues et crénelées. D’après les conclusions publiées, il était apparemment adapté à la consommation d’assez grandes proies, et devait constituer une forme intermédiaire entre certains crocodiles qui se nourrissaient de petites proies et d’autres qui s’attaquaient à de plus gros gibiers, expliquent les auteurs de l’étude.”Il est satisfaisant de pouvoir classer un spécimen qui n’a pas été examiné depuis plus de 100 ans, et doublement de constater que cette découverte améliore notre compréhension de l’évolution des reptiles marins”, commente le Dr Mark Young. “Il est réconfortant de savoir que de nouvelles espèces peuvent encore être trouvées dans les musées et que de nouvelles recherches sont menées sur d’anciennes collections”, conclut de son côté le Dr Neil Clark, conservateur au Hunterian Museum.Le 30 janvier 2013 à 10:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more