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Drew Barrymore Supports Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Third Annual Live LA Give

first_imgFor 115 years, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has created hope and built healthier futures for critically ill and injured children in Los Angeles.This holiday season, the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign is being championed by actress Drew Barrymore, generous corporate partners and media organizations to ask Angelenos to support CHLA’s mission to defeat childhood cancer, heart defects, neurological disorders, bone and skeletal conditions and other catastrophic conditions ailing children right here at home.Starting today and extending through the end of the year, the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign is calling on our community to donate funds that will directly support care for the children of Los Angeles. A national leader and innovator in the pediatric medical community, Children’s Hospital’s appeal reflects the reality that the finest medical care and research comes with an immense cost — and the needs are urgent. A gift to the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign helps safeguard the community’s sickest children by providing the support that the nonprofit pediatric hospital needs to conduct leading-edge research and ensure that critical, lifesaving care is available to every child the hospital treats.Community organizations like Credit Unions for Kids (CU4KIDS), a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, are partnering with CHLA in support of the hospital’s campaign. The organization’s donation of $600,000 is a dollar-for-dollar challenge grant to the Los Angeles community. “With its 250,000 employees and 100 million members, Credit Unions for Kids is dedicated to making a huge difference in the lives of sick children,” says Keith Sultemeier, CEO of Kinecta Federal Credit Union and chair of the Credit Union for Kids Advisory Board at CHLA. We are proud and honored to support CHLA’s Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign and hope that the Los Angeles community will join us.”Drew Barrymore, Golden Globe winning actress, entrepreneur, mother and longtime hospital supporter, is leading the 2016 Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign, inspiring families to give to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.“I grew up in Los Angeles, and I now raise my children here. I believe that every child in our community should be able to receive the best care possible, and with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles we’re lucky enough to have that,” says Barrymore, a recipient of the hospital’s Courage to Care award at CHLA’s 2016 “Once Upon a Time” Gala. “Over the years, I’ve been able to have incredible hands-on experiences at the hospital, meeting these heroic kids battling the toughest illnesses: cancer, brain tumors, heart defects, traumatic injuries and many other diseases. The passion in CHLA’s doctors, nurses and research scientists caring for these kids is extraordinary. With your help, we can give these kids the life-saving treatments they need and discover cures that can be shared here, and around the world. The Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign will make sure your donations support this essential lifesaving work and create happier and healthier lives for all children.”Dollars raised from the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign will support the hospital’s Helping Hands Fund, which ensures that every patient treated at CHLA receives the critical, lifesaving care they need. CHLA is teaming up with community partners to provide Los Angeles families with fun, convenient ways to support its mission. The Los Angeles Kings will be partnering with CHLA for this campaign, dedicating their Dec. 8 game to CHLA. KDOC TV – Los Angeles is also hosting a telethon asking viewers to support the hospital’s Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign.“Helping children heal is our primary mission and we cannot achieve this without community support,” says Paul Viviano, president and CEO of CHLA. “While some children’s hospitals choose to focus on one area of child health, we focus on them all. With 350 programs and services just for children, we’re prepared to help children recover faster. Our mission to provide life-saving care for children in Los Angeles would not be possible without the backing of our community.”“We are delighted to support the unique and compassionate brand of health care that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides for children,” says Matt von Waaden, Co-Founder of WavHello, a technology firm that makes sound and digital products for families. The company recently committed $250,000 to CHLA. “CHLA goes above and beyond to ensure that the medical care that they provide is not only comprehensive from a medical perspective but also looks at the welfare of the child and their entire family, integrating programs like child life, art and music therapy and more to support the best possible recovery process for their patients.”Individuals who wish to support the campaign may donate online at CHLA.org/GiveLA. Credit Union for Kids has donated $600,000 to support the hospital’s Helping Hands Fund and challenges the community to do the same through the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign. The hospital’s Helping Hands Fund is dedicated to ensuring that all of CHLA patients receive the critical, lifesaving care they need.Family-Friendly Events • KDOC Telethons KDOC channel 56 will be airing a 30-minute telethon on Saturday, evening, Dec. 17 from 7:30 – 8 p.m. The show will be hosted by Coleen Sullivan, news anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News, and feature compelling patient stories, innovative research and compassionate medical experts. Additional air dates will be announced closer to the end of the year. • Los Angeles Kings Game – Dec. 8 Attendees will be provided with opportunities to text “KINGS” to 91999 to make a donation and participate in a special “Get One – Give One” opportunity; donors will get a special edition Kings hat and know that their donation will mean that a similar hat will be given to a child in the hospital. There will also be on-site opportunities to make a cash donation at designated CHLA booths within the concourse.last_img read more

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UNP submits right to information bill

The main opposition UNP says it has submitted a bill to parliament seeking the right to information.UNP member John Amaratunga said that the bill has been handed over to the Speaker of parliament Chamal Rajapaksa. “We have now submitted the bill to the Speaker and now need his approval to put it in the order paper of parliament and subsequently debate it in parliament,” Amaratunga said. The UNP had earlier submitted the bill in 2010 and last year but it was rejected on both occasions by parliament.However Amaratunga said the new bill has been amended following broad discussions with civil society and other groups. He said that most opposition political parties in parliament are supporting the bill and its urgent implementation. The Bill seeks to provide free access to official information, the establishment of a Freedom of Information Commission and specifies the procedure for making request for information and the grounds on which requests may be denied.The government made undertakings in 2007 to media rights groups that a similar bill would be enacted at the end of the country’s bitter civil war but the bill was not submitted.The UNP says the enactment of a freedom of information legislation is bound to help in preventing the rampant corruption in the country and empower the citizens. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Wijeweeras wife files petition to locate husband after 29 years

Srimathi Wijeweera said that her husband was arrested in 1989 but was not heard of since. Former Defence Secretary General Cyril Ranatunga, former State Minister of Defence Ranjan Wijeratne, General Hamilton Wanasinghe and General Cecil Waidyaratne are among the respondents named in the petition. On 13 November 1989 Wijeweera was reported to have been shot dead, but the actual circumstances remain a subject of speculation.Several versions of his death were circulated following the incident. The Sri Lankan Army stated that he had been shot in a confrontation between members of the JVP and the Army when he was taken by the Army under custody to help look at a JVP safe house. The wife of the former leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Rohana Wijeweera, today filed a petition in court to locate her husband after 29 years.Wijeweera’s wife Srimathi filed habeas corpus petition before the Appeal Court seeking an order for the Government to produce her husband before court or release him. A rumour later circulated that he was taken to a cemetery, shot in the leg and then summarily executed by being burnt alive in the crematorium.The official line from then Minister of State Defence Ranjan Wijeratne was that Wijeweera and a fellow JVP member H.B. Herath had been taken to the safe house to help the Army locate part of the JVP’s “treasure” and while the search was in progress Herath had pulled out a gun and shot Wijeweera dead. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Navy Lieutenant Commander arrested over abduction

A Navy Lieutenant Commander has been arrested over an abduction committed in 2009.The Police said that Navy Lieutenant Commander Sampath Dayananda was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over the abduction of two people in 2009. He has been remanded till tomorrow.This is the latest arrest made of Navy officers over abductions during and after the war. Navy officers are already being investigated over the abduction of 11 youth and other incidents linked to the war. (Colombo Gazette)

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Canadian Gold Medals – Day 1

The first medal to be handed out at the Pan Am games was a Gold Medal, and it went to Canada. In fact Canada walked away with four gold medals on Saturday, giving the host nation a very promising first day. First, Michelle Russel, Emilie Fournell, KC Fraser and Hanna Vaugn won Gold in the Flatwater Kayaking 500 meter. Later on, Jacqueline Simoneau and Karine Thomas took Gold in the Duet Synchronized Swimming. That was followed by another Gold, in the Synchronized Swimming Team Free Routine. And finally, Tory Ny-Hog captured Gold in the BMX Men’s Time Trial Super-Final.

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Politicians of all stripes attend Flaherty service

Jim Flaherty’s funeral was a real who’s who of the Canadian political establishment. Politicians past and present of all stripes were inside St. James Cathedral for the service.Our Sean Leathong was outside watching the mourners come and go, and gave us his reflections and reaction to the service.

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Flood watch

Another rainy day has both conservation authorities and Environment Canada warning of possible flooding, particularly in low-lying areas.Another 20 to 30 millimetres of rain is in the forecast for today, slightly more than what fell Wednesday, but a rainfall warning from Environment Canada says 40 to 50 mm may be possible in localized areas hit by thunderstorms.The Hamilton Conservation Authority says water levels in creeks and streams have been rising steadily because of the rain, but they remain below critical levels.  Its flood watch is currently scheduled to end tomorrow.Conservation Halton says its reservoirs are available to manage the potential runoff, but people should be wary of fast flowing water and stay away from river banks that might be unstable.Periods of heavy rain could also temporarily overwhelm storm sewers, and drivers should be wary of potholes if travelling on flooded roads. read more

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Niche homesharing sites roll out welcome mat for minorities

Every few months, social media lights up with a story or viral video about discrimination in home-sharing: A host kicks out a black guest or cancels a gay couple’s booking or doesn’t respond to a Muslim woman’s inquiry.The dominant brands — Airbnb, Booking.com and VRBO — work quickly to contain the damage. They may ban the host, find new housing for the guests and remind followers of their anti-bias policies.But a handful of smaller competitors are trying to ease fears of discrimination by catering to specific minority groups, and this alternate approach has carved out a small but thriving piece of the home-sharing market. One executive calls the niche services “digital Green Books,” a reference to the guide that black motorists once used to find welcoming hotels and restaurants.“There are different segments of people in the world, and we want different things,” said Hadi Shakuur, founder and CEO of Muzbnb, a home-sharing site for Muslims. He said the targeted services came about “because their values weren’t represented on the other sites.”Misterb&b, which serves gay travellers, recently surpassed 300,000 hosts. Innclusive, which markets to people of colour, says it has properties in 130 countries. Noirbnb, which caters to black travellers, has around 10,000 users. There are also home-sharing sites for Mormons, Christians and women.Anyone is welcome to use the sites. Some hosts list on both niche sites and the bigger competitors. But the niche sites make clear that they are aiming at particular communities.Stefan Grant started Noirbnb three years ago after neighbours called the police when he tried to check into a rental home in suburban Atlanta. Initially, he wanted the site to be a part of Airbnb specializing in black travel. Airbnb turned him down.“We really are this market. We really do travel. We really are black,” Grant said. “If my culture has to be erased and hidden away, we all lose.”Alternative sites say they have few problems with discrimination, but they do watch for it.Misterb&b investigates listings that have a high number of rejections. In four years, it has kicked three users off the site for discrimination. Noirbnb has not needed to remove any users. Innclusive requires nearly all of its properties to be instantly bookable, which cuts down on hosts’ ability to discriminate.Muzbnb, which has around 2,000 users, encourages hosts and guests to communicate before booking so all expectations are clear.Jordan Prescott, a church musician from Baltimore and a gay man, had no problems when he booked an Airbnb for work in Cincinnati two years ago. But for a recent trip to Nice, France, he decided to use Misterb&b because he wanted a host who was knowledgeable about local gay nightlife. He said it takes some worry out of vacation planning.“I’m really glad there’s the option,” he said.But alternative sites don’t appeal to everyone. Elena Nikolova, who runs a blog called Muslim Travel Girl, said she likes the idea of Muzbnb and thinks it’s great for solo travellers who want a safe room in someone’s home. But she prefers Airbnb because it has so many more properties, and she’s usually renting a whole home for her family.Nikolova said she has faced discrimination on Airbnb. She suspects one host turned her down because she wears a bright pink hijab in her profile photo. But she doesn’t think home-sharing sites should do away with photos.“I would rather have someone’s photo to know who I am dealing with,” said Nikolova, who is based in the United Kingdom. Home-sharing companies “can have as many clauses as they want on their contracts, but that doesn’t stop what happens.”With more than 14 million listings between them, the big home-sharing sites aren’t giving up. All three have software and staff dedicated to rooting out bias and responding to complaints.In 2016, Airbnb instituted a nondiscrimination statement that all guests and hosts must sign. The company says it has barred more than 1 million people from the site because they refused to sign it.Airbnb says 70% of its properties are now instantly bookable, up from 40% two years ago. And late last year, the company announced it would display a guest’s profile photo only after a property is booked. Hosts are required to post a photo.Booking.com requires instant booking and uses artificial intelligence to detect bias in its property descriptions and reviews. VRBO, which is owned by Expedia Group, requires hosts and guests to review its inclusion statement. Neither site requires users to post photos.All three sites say they have removed users for discriminating. But none will reveal specific numbers or say whether those numbers are rising or falling.That lack of transparency is one reason people don’t trust home-sharing sites, said Michael Luca, a Harvard Business School professor who has studied racial discrimination at Airbnb.“This market worked for decades to get rid of discrimination. Why let them bring it back into it?” he said. “Guests, hosts and policymakers have a right to know what’s going on on the platform.”Some minorities have already closed the door on home-sharing.Leslie Miley, an engineering executive in San Francisco who is black, used to rent out his Southern California vacation home on Airbnb. Guests would often show up and assume he was the gardener or property manager. He stopped using the site altogether in 2016, when he showed up to a rental home after dark and neighbours kept coming out to check on him. Now he only stays at hotels when he travels.“It’s so difficult to characterize the feeling you have as an African American doing something like that, knowing in the back of your mind it can go south very, very quickly,” he said.Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press read more

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UN agriculture loan programme helps connect Indian villages to modern technology

Mr. Båge, head of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), was also scheduled to launch a community radio station in Pillayarkuppam in Pondicherry State.Mr. Båge was then to visit tsunami-affected areas in the area, where a local foundation and foreign donors have been upgrading communications since 1998, it said.The new media would carry information on agriculture, health care, employment opportunities, marketing techniques and new government schemes in local languages, but the centre would also offer English language courses and computer science training for children and youngsters, IFAD said.As the project got underway, the villages got loudspeakers which broadcast weather forecasts. During the tsunami of last December, such broadcasts warned fishing communities about the hazardous ocean and saved lives, IFAD said. read more

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Proudly Cypriot Promoting Cyprus its products and its people

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Consumers in Cyprus have recently been given the opportunity to stimulate the local economy and support their country through buying local products carrying the logo ‘Proudly Cypriot’. The ‘Proudly Cypriot’ campaign – created by Paul Lambis – encourages the nation to support local products, in an effort to stimulate the economy of the island and help create jobs. The campaign was created when Paul Lambis’ Facebook page ‘Proudly Cypriot’ attracted a large number of supporters with the same vision – to promote national pride, patriotism and to support local businesses. With Cyprus being an important foreign investment destination, which trades with the rest of the world, consumers have a variety of products and services to choose from. To support Cyprus, consumers will need to look out for the ‘Proudly Cypriot’ logo as an assurance of high quality and local content that will contribute towards the creation of jobs in Cyprus. The idea of the campaign is that by supporting local producers and manufacturers, every Cypriot can contribute towards creating a bigger demand for home grown products and services, stimulating Cyprus’ economic growth and helping to create job opportunities.last_img read more

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Woman wanted for fraudulent bank transaction in Miami Shores

first_imgMIAMI SHORES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are reaching out to the public for help identifying a woman, they said, committed bank fraud in Miami Shores.Detectives said a woman made an illegal transaction totaling $1,200 at a Bank of America drive-thru ATM along Northeast 92nd Street and Biscayne Boulevard, back in August.Moments later, she drove off in a dark gray 2009 to 2014 Nissan Altima. Officials believe the subject to be between the ages of 45 and 55 years old.If you have any information on this fraud, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Memoir details emigration from Ireland to New York to Alaska

first_imgA recent memoir chronicles the adventures of a young man as he emigrated from Ireland to New York and Alaska.Listen now“The Way It Was” is based on the writings of Malachy Donoghue and was published after his death.Donoghue’s son Michael says he realized his father’s story was more than a collection of family memories, it was a story of hard work and success that he wanted to share.Malachy Donoghue was born in 1927 in a small Irish farming community but he had to grow up fast when his father died of an aneurysm. Malachy was only 11 and had to be the man of the house, helping his mother run their farm. He left for New York at age 22 but found the city’s temperatures too hot, so with no knowledge of California, he decided to move to San Diego in 1950, but his son Michael says when he got to Seattle, he bailed off the plane.“And suddenly said, ‘I want to go somewhere it’s cold,’ Michael said. “Had no idea of anything in America, really had no idea where he was even and they said we have two flights going to Alaska and he said, which is the first one, they said to Fairbanks and that’s where he jumped on a plane and went to Fairbanks.”Once in Fairbanks, Malachy had no idea where to go, so he sat on a bench and struck up a conversation with a stranger.“This man ended up being his saving grace, he points him in the right direction, got him a job in the Goldstream camp and then he went on to the El Dorado camp,” Michael said.Eventually the company Malachy worked for sent him to the Koyukuk river to locate a gold mine they hadn’t seen since 1939. He found it and ran the camp there for years. One day, he once again ran into the man who helped him get his first job in Alaska.“This man got him into the engineer’s union there and that’s how he eventually became an engineer,” Michael said. “My father was such a hard worker, any where he went people wanted him to work for them. He didn’t worry about jobs, they always came to him for it.”The elder Donoghue eventually made his way back to New York and married a young woman who had been his pen pal during his years in Alaska. His son Michael says Alaska was always in his father’s heart and contends he would have stayed in the north, if he hadn’t fallen in love with his writing companion.The book “The Way It Was” is available on Amazon.last_img read more

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Prabhas thanks ISRO for naming Chandrayaan 2 after his film Baahubali

first_imgChandrayaan-2InstagramPrabhas is all thrilled over the launch of ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2, which has been named after his blockbuster movie Baahubali. The actor thanked the ISRO for the honour after its launch.Baahubali has not only become blockbuster success at the worldwide box office, but also amassed a humongous fan base for actor Prabhas. Now, all eyes are set on the release of his upcoming movie Saaho, which is slated to hit screens on August 30. Before its release, here is another reason for his fans to celebrate.In a recent proud for the entire nation, India’s space scientists have a narrow one-minute window for their second attempt at launching moon mission Chandrayaan 2 on Monday. The instrument of action has been named after Prabhas’ Baahubali. The success of Chandrayaan 2 will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia and China to pull off a soft landing on the moon.An elated Prabhas took to his Instagram page and shared: “Hello Darlings! It is a proud day for all of us Indians as ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 took flight today. It is a further honor for the entire Baahubali Team with the rocket being regarded as #Baahubali for its magnum opus scale, years of hardwork in the making & first of its kind capacity to carry 300 tonnes. More Power to India “Baahubali broke all records and Prabhas became a sensation with the character which reflected strength and monumental triumph over all the obstacles, something that totally justifies how ISRO found resonance with the title. Like Baahubali, the ISRO has also succeeded in its mission in launching it.Prabhas’ popularity has seen no boundaries after the orbit breaking blockbuster film Baahubali franchise, which has garnered international acclaim as well. After the release of Baahubali 2, Prabhas has gone on to shoot his next film Saaho, which has been in the production stage for the last two years.Saaho, which features Shraddha Kapoor alongside Prabhas, was initially slated for release on August 15. But the makers postponed it to August 30 due to the delay in its production works. After its release, Prabhas will start working on his next film tentatively tiled Amour, which is directed by Radha Krishna Kumar of Jil fame. He will be seen romancing Pooja Hegde in this movie.last_img read more

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26 soldiers killed in Taliban attack on Afghan military base

first_imgMap of Afghanistan locating Khakrez, where a Taliban attack on military base killed at last 26 Afghan soldiers. AFPAt least 26 Afghan soldiers have been killed and 13 wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base in Kandahar province, the defence ministry said Wednesday, the latest blow to struggling security forces.The militants “attacked an army camp in Karzali area of Khakrez district of Kandahar last night,” MoD spokesman General Dawlat Waziri said.Afghan soldiers “bravely resisted”, he said, killing more than 80 insurgents.Residents in the area described an hours-long attack launched by a 30-strong convoy carrying “hundreds” of Taliban who assaulted the base from multiple directions.Air support was called in, several residents told AFP, though that was not immediately confirmed by officials. The insurgents claimed the attack via their Twitter account.The resurgent Taliban have been ramping up their campaign against beleaguered government forces, underscoring rising insecurity in the war-torn country throughout the warmer weather fighting season.Afghan security forces, beset by killings, desertions and non-existent “ghost soldiers” on the payroll, have been struggling to beat back insurgents since US-led NATO troops ended their combat mission in December 2014.According to US watchdog SIGAR, casualties among Afghan security forces soared by 35 percent in 2016, with 6,800 soldiers and police killed.The insurgents have carried out more complex attacks against security forces in 2017.In April more than 140 soldiers are believed to have been killed on a base outside the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, one of the deadliest ever Taliban attacks on a military installation.While in early March gunmen disguised as doctors stormed the Sardar Daud Khan hospital-the country’s largest military hospital-in Kabul, killing dozens.last_img read more

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Domesticated wild dog mothers found unwilling to share meat with offspring

first_img Explore further (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research has found that street dog mothers are not as willing to share meat with their pups as they are with other sources of food. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, the team describes experiments they carried out with semi-feral dogs, what they learned and why they believe their experiments offer evidence that suggests that dog domestication was more likely related to dog ancestors joining human civilizations than humans adopting wild puppies. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. First finding of crossbreeding between dogs and golden jackal confirmed Credit: Noël Zia Lee, Wikimedia Commons In India, domesticated dogs are allowed to live freely in towns and cities among human inhabitants—they don’t belong to anyone, instead, they live out their lives as semi-feral canines, existing on scraps, garbage or hand-outs. As the researchers note, very little research has been conducted on these street dogs, thus very little is known about their history or habits. After observing a mother with older pups refusing to share a bit of meat with her offspring, the researchers set up some experiments to learn if it was a common behavior or a onetime situation.The experiments consisted of offering food to a mother who still had pups traveling with her, but whose pups were all old enough to have been weaned. In the first experiment, the researchers tossed biscuits to 15 mother/litter groups and observed how they behaved, noting particularly how willing the mother was to share with her offspring. In the second set of experiments, they tossed pieces of raw chicken to 16 different mother/litter groups and once again watched to see how they behaved.In studying their data, the researchers found that during the biscuit experiments, the mothers were generally willing to share with their offspring—they did so freely approximately 75 percent of the time. When meat was doled out, however, things changed dramatically, there were conflicts approximately 80 percent of the time, straight away.Anyone who has ever owned a dog knows that meat is of particular importance to them, while they are able to digest carbohydrates, they still crave the protein in meat, as the mothers in the experiments in India showed. The researchers believe that craving for protein might have led the ancestors of modern dogs to hang around human settlements, which eventually led to full domestication, which suggests of course that such domestication was not due to humans adopting puppies, as has become the conventional view.center_img Journal information: Royal Society Open Science © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Domesticated ‘wild’ dog mothers found unwilling to share meat with offspring (2015, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-domesticated-wild-dog-mothers-unwilling.html More information: Selfish mothers indeed! Resource-dependent conflict over extended parental care in free-ranging dogs, Royal Society Open Science, Published 9 December 2015.DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150580 , http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/2/12/150580AbstractParent–offspring conflict (POC) theory provides an interesting premise for understanding social dynamics in facultatively social species. In free-ranging dogs, mothers increase conflict over extended parental care with their pups beyond the weaning stage. In this study, we investigated whether resource quality affects POC in the dogs that typically live in a highly competitive environment as scavengers. We built a theoretical model to predict the alternative options available to the mother in the context of food sharing with her pups when protein-rich food (meat) is provided, as compared to carbohydrate-rich food (biscuits). We fit the mothers’ response from experimental data to the model and show that the mothers choose a selfish strategy, which can in turn ensure higher lifetime reproductive success, while depriving the current litter access to better resources. These results have interesting implications for understanding the social dynamics of the dogs, and the emergence of facultative sociality in a species that evolved from strongly social ancestors. We speculate that the tendency of increased conflict in resource-rich conditions might have driven the process of domestication in the ancestors of dogs which defected from their groups in favour of richer resources around human settlements.last_img read more

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Modi lashes out at disruptive Cong hails Mulayam

first_imgAddressing public rallies in Rishikesh (Uttarakhand), Saharanpur (UP) and at a function in Chandigarh, Modi said he had decided to share his feelings before the public because ‘Jan Sabha’ (public assembly) is above the Lok Sabha where the government’s voice was being “throttled” despite being given a massive mandate by the people. Hitting out at the Congress over repeated deadlock in Parliament, Modi said 40 MPs were “conspiring” to hamper the country’s development against the wishes of 400 MPs which was an “insult” to democracy. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“Beyond the Lok Sabha is ‘Jan Sabha’ and that is why I am expressing my views here. Some people (opposition) are doing this just for their arrogance. There can be nothing more unfortunate than this. The people will not forgive these parties for their conduct in Parliament,” he said.  In the same vein, he appreciated Samajwadi Party leader and Uttar Pradesh strongman Mulayam Singh Yadav for making attempts to break the logjam in Parliament during the Monsoon session, which was washed out. “He (Mulayam Singh) may be our political rival but he does not practice negative politics,” said Modi, while launching a blistering attack on the Congress saying, “Opposing the government’s policies and dissenting with it is okay but doing negative politics is not good for democracy. The Congress must understand the difference between the two and learn to respect people’s verdict.” Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probe“40 MPs are conspiring to block development of the country against the wishes of the 400 MPs. Time has come to spread awareness about democracy in the country and for the people to pressurise their representatives to do their work in Parliament by asking questions and debating issues and letting the Houses function,” he said.Noting that the region sends large number of people to the armed forces, Modi said his government delivered on its promise of implementing “One Rank, One Pension (OROP).” He said his government tried to honour the soldiers by fulfilling their demand for One Rank, One Pension. The Prime Minister said no previous government paid adequate attention to the enormity of the exercise and attacked the previous UPA dispensation, saying if it had thought about it then it would not have allotted only Rs 500 crore. The armed forces veterans should thank the poor people of the country for implementing OROP which entails a whopping Rs 10,000 crore expenditure per annum, he said. He said, “We also thought that perhaps the expenditure on OROP will be a bit more than Rs 500 crore.”last_img read more

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Greece promises to compensate tourists

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Greece has promised to cover the extra costs of visitors stranded in the country as a direct result of a natural disaster or industrial action. Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos said Greece has made the offer in a bid to boost the vital tourism industry.”We are guaranteeing to pay any extra room and board any visitor in Greece pays even if stuck here because of a volcano in Iceland.”Tourism accounts for more than 15 percent of Greek gross domestic product. Industry experts say they are seeing a drop of about 10-12 percent in bookings this year as the country faces a budget crisis. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1ff54/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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Jupiter Group is expecting a bright citrus season

first_img Jupiter Group is expecting a bright citrus season from its South African production site in Maswiri this year, as the company upgrades its practices and facilities.It says an improved technical structure sees enriched agronomical inputs improve the color, size and quality of lemons, while the “aggressive” process of de-greening on Star Ruby Grapefruit has been minimized.Three weeks into the citrus season, Jupiter South Africa is packing lemons for export and Navel oranges for the local market.Its farm in Zonquasdrift, in the Western Cape, has started picking satsumas this week too. USDA: 2018-19 citrus forecast drops in April, but … It is the last month that these fruits will be packed into the company’s 40-year-old packhouse, affectionately referred to as the “old lady”.In May, work will begin to upgrade the facilities. Jupiter aims to install a brand new Greefa electronic sizer and MED packing line components, which will be ready to pack the farm’s Valencia oranges as early as June.Technical director Cristian Mertzger said: “By the end of the year, the entirety of the old pack house will be gone and we will be in a better position to meet the demand of our markets specifications.”In addition, the group hopes to advance its operations’ efficiency with plans to purchase 10 new John Deere tractors and 10 new spray machines.“It will be great for the team to welcome CEO Mark and his wife Yvonne, a director, to Maswiri to officially inaugurate the new packing line in June,” Mertzger said. April 03 , 2019 You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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first_img by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2018 3:21 pm PDT BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Christian Bale says he wanted to meet Dick Cheney before portraying in in the new biopic “Vice” but that he was warned against it.Bale instead studied internet videos, photos and first-hand accounts from people who knew the former U.S. vice-president, many of which are still on his phone alongside photos of his wife and kids.Bale packed on some 40 pounds, wore fake teeth and added a couple of inches to his neck to complete his physical transformation that’s already earned him a Golden Globe nomination.Amy Adams plays Lynne Cheney and underwent her own transformation for the role, including the realization that she wasn’t just playing Dick Cheney’s wife.Both Bale and Adams say they want to refrain from making judgments about their characters and their politics.“Vice” hits theatres Christmas day.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press In this Dec. 10, 2018 photo, actors Christian Bale, left and Amy Adams pose for a portrait to promote their film “Vice” at the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP) How Bale and Amy Adams became the Cheneys in ‘Vice’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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July 23 2018During the third weekend of July we h

first_imgJuly 23, 2018During the third weekend of July we had the pleasure hosting two back-to-back musical performances at Arcosanti. The first show featured the Tucson based artist Katie Haverly and the Aviary, her accompanying band.The performance took place on Friday the 20th in the amphitheater and was attended by an intimate audience of residents, overnight guests, and fans who made the drive up from Phoenix. Arcosanti house band Monsoon kicked off the evening, warming up the crowd up with new songs and beloved covers.Haverly’s line up featured a diverse set of songs, ranging in style from light weight lounge singer jazzy to rocked up singer-songwriter standards.Those who stuck around through Saturday evening saw the return of Walter Parks to our site, this time for a concert in the vaults. Walter’s first visit to the site was on tour with Richie Havens in 2001. Since then he has made many trips back, playing or on his own or with his regular band Swamp Cabbage .On this occasion his performance took the form of a one man solo show. Parks’ style is hard to define–Southern rock, blues, soul, and Appalacian music all blend together into a distinct “swap rock” sound that was felt right at home under the stars with bats flying overhead and goat frogs singing a chorus nearby. His final song, a haunting rendition of “Amazing Grace” was performed in honor of his father, an architect who never got to see Arcosanti in person.We’re always adding things into the mix; to stay up to date about events and happenings at Arcosanti come back and check our website often.(photos by Jesse Fernandez, text by Tim Bell)last_img read more

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