The Top 10 ScienceNOWs of 2011

first_imgScientists Play World’s Oldest Commercial RecordResearchers have played what may be the first record intended for sale to the general public. Check out the audio clip to hear a haunting voice singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”—a recording made 123 years ago. How Humans Got Spineless Penises and Big BrainsSome questions you probably didn’t even think to ask. Like, why does the human penis lack spines? This study has the answer, and it gives clues to the evolution of our big brains as well. Convince Your Friends You’re a Genius With Two Cans and Some SandFeel free to try this one at home. Take two tin cans, one with the top removed and the other with both ends cut out to form a tube, and shove them into sand, top first. Surprisingly, the can with the closed bottom sinks faster as your push it, the opposite of what happens in water. Now physicists know why. Hubble Confirms Nature of Mysterious Green BlobIn 2007, a Dutch school teacher spotted something strange in the night sky: a glowing green smudge of light approximately 650 million light-years away. The object, which became known as Hanny’s Voorwerp, is one of the most mysterious in the universe. Scientists say they may have finally figured out what it is. Diver Snaps First Photo of Fish Using Tools Humans and chimps use tools, sure. But fish? Yes, say researchers, who, after analyzing a video shot by a professional diver, have concluded that the blackspot tuskfish uses a rock as a tool to smash up clams. Not everyone agrees, including some of our readers. Check out the spirited discussion in the comments section. The Physics of Wine SwirlingHere’s one you can impress your friends with at a cocktail party: As you swirl your merlot, tell your companions that physicists have figured out the forces at play when we slosh our wine. And if you spill your drink, take comfort in the fact that the scientists have figured out why that happens, too. ‘Vocal Fry’ Creeping Into U.S. SpeechPerhaps it was the Britney Spears reference. Or maybe we just highlighted a curious phenomenon that people couldn’t quite put their finger on. Either way, this article about low, creaky vibrations sneaking into the conversations of U.S. women really struck a nerve. It’s our most popular story of all time. Carnivorous Plant Feasts on Bat DungThe Raffles’ pitcher plant has evolved into a curious object: a toilet for bats. The carnivorous plant is bad at catching insects, so it has developed a narrow pitcher that bats sleep in—and which they also use as a bathroom, leaving nutritious excrement behind. Sex-Crazed Astrologer Was a Stellar Records KeeperThe headline alone is one of our favorites of the year. But dig deeper and you’ll discover the fascinating story of a 17th century astrologer who has provided modern-day researchers with the most extensive set of medical records from his era. Sex After a Field Trip Yields Scientific FirstAfter returning from a field trip to Senegal, a biologist appears to have transmitted the Zika virus to his wife by having sex with her. If true, the researcher inadvertently wrote virological history, providing the first documented case of sexual transmission of an insect-borne disease. At the end of every year, we here at ScienceNOW take a look back at some of our favorite and most popular stories of the past twelve months. Here are our top 10, including our most popular story of all time. Be sure to also check out our year in photos. Enjoy the selection, and Happy Holidays!last_img read more

Meaty snacks bring out the dark side of street dogs

first_imgManabi PaulStreet dogs in IndiaFrom Paul’s videos of these feedings, the scientists calculated the amount of sharing and conflict within each litter, and quantified each mother’s level of conflict for each week. They found that in every litter, the mothers rarely let any pup have a scrap of meat. In the first week, when giving the litters biscuits, the mothers’ level of conflict was only 25% on the scientists’ scale. But the mothers’ conflict level over meat started at 80%, the scientists report. Some mothers were “so needy for meat, they would jump over their pups to grab each piece, and wouldn’t share a bit,” Paul says. But as the puppies matured, their mothers’ generous behavior with the biscuits also declined, the team reports online today in Royal Society Open Science. When mother dogs no longer share any food with their pups, the youngsters are considered fully weaned and are on their own.The mothers’ desperate play for the meat stems from their nutritional needs, the scientists say. Although dogs, unlike wolves, can digest carbohydrates, they still need protein. Lactating mothers and pups require a diet comprised of at least 28% protein.It’s that need for protein that may have led the ancestors of today’s dogs to separate from their packs and attach themselves to humans, Bhadra says. “Instead of leading to more cooperation among the ancestral wolf groups, the rich resources of human hunters may have induced them to split apart,” she says, a division that in time produced the dog. There was, thus, no need for people to take wolf puppies from their dens to domesticate; the canids joined people on their own, the authors speculate.Such a scenario is plausible, says Ádám Miklósi, a behavioral ethologist at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. But he points out that when this “decline of cooperative tendencies” in dogs took place “is still an open question.”Miklósi and others nevertheless say the study sheds light on the little known lives of free-ranging dogs, especially their maternal behavior. “That behavior has not been studied in detail,” he says, “and it may be the key to understanding these dogs’ success.”“This study reminds us that dogs don’t live in a Disney-like fantasy world of doting moms and offspring,” adds Julie Hecht, an applied ethologist at City University of New York in New York City. “The conflict between mother dogs and their pups is real and complex.”This conflict may not be limited to street dogs, points out Monique Udell, a behavioral ecologist at Oregon State University, Corvallis. “It may be no coincidence that puppies are adopted into new homes at around 8 weeks of age,” she notes—the same age that the free-ranging mother dogs in India will bite their own offspring to grab a bit of meat. A dog caring for her litter of puppies may look like the ultimate altruist—especially if she’s malnourished and living on the streets of India. But beneath her heart-of-gold image lurks a dark side, scientists say, one that comes out instantly if someone offers her a bit of meat. Growling and snarling, she’ll snatch the meat from her pups and devour it alone, researchers report today. The findings, the team says, bolster the idea that the ancestors of dogs first joined humans as scavengers, not as puppies stolen from a wolf’s den.“We didn’t expect to see this kind of behavior from a mother,” says Manabi Paul, a behavioral ecologist at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Kolkata, India, and the lead author of the study. “Sometimes, a mother fought and bit her own pups to keep the meat for herself. She was telling them, ‘No, I will not give you any!’”Paul and her colleagues discovered the behavior while studying parental care in free-ranging dogs—that is, domesticated dogs that live on the streets. Such canines are common in India, where they’ve been part of city and village life since at least 2000 B.C.E., says study co-author Anindita Bhadra, a behavioral ecologist also at IISER.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Despite the dogs’ long history with humans, scientists know very little about them. They are unsupervised by people, but they are still dependent on us for food—either through hand-outs or trash. “They do not see humans as part of their pack, but as a resource,” Bhadra says. The mothers are known for their parental care. Paul notes that juvenile puppies often stay with their moms even after they’re weaned, at about 7 weeks of age. But as the scientists observed the dogs, they spotted signs of classic parent-offspring conflicts: The mothers sometimes refused to suckle their pups or would fight with them over food. Behavioral ecologists say that such conflicts arise because although the mother wants her pups to survive, she also needs to restore her health so she can have another litter—thus maximizing her reproductive success.To find out whether human-provided food led to more mother-pup conflicts, Paul and her colleagues devised two experiments, each spanning the 5 weeks after most pups are done weaning. In one, twice a day over three consecutive days, Paul tossed biscuits to dogs in 15 different litters with one to seven puppies each. In the second experiment, she threw pieces of raw chicken to another 16 litters, again doing this twice a day for 3 days in a row for 6 weeks.last_img read more

Former England player claims making Paul Pogba captain of Manchester United will be as…

first_imgAdvertisement Paul Pogba might become Manchester United’s captain the next season and not everyone is happy with itAdvertisementRumors are floating in the internet that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hand over captain’s armband to Paul Pogba the next season in an attempt to keep him at Manchester United. While the fans are happy with it, former Leeds and England player Danny Mills believes that it will be a disastrous move.Paul Pogba might become Manchester United’s captain the next season and not everyone is happy with itHe even compared it as catastrophic as David Beckham leading England under Sven-Goran Erikkson. Beckham got so much power in the team that he even dictated the team on what to eat at what restaurants. Mills believe the same will happen with Manchester United if Paul Pogba is maid the captain.“He is already the pin-up boy for Manchester United; he’s on all the posters, he is what sells, he is the main reason why they have got a lot of these commercial contracts and brings a lot of money into the club. If you start giving him even more power and give him captaincy, his attitude is not the greatest and we’ve seen this season that he can down tools at times. His attitude is not always spot on.”Also Read:Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to change his approach : Paul Incelast_img read more

Gladiator’s stance: Russell Crowe expresses his love for The Ashes as Edgbaston test heads…

first_imgAdvertisement Read Also:Ind vs WI 2nd T20I Review: Men In Blue clinch series as Windies receive wake-up callRob Key irks Indian fans as he says Steven Smith better than Virat Kohli AdvertisementRenowned Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, who is a known admirer of cricket, made his love for The Ashes known through a post on Twitter. Russell Crowe, who is the brother of former New Zealand skipper Martin Crowe has often expressed his opinions on cricket from time to time. The actor has always stressed that the test format remains the closest to his heart.With The Ashes being the most exhilarating brand of cricket to be played in the longest format, it is no surprise that the actor is a huge fan of The Ashes. The series, which is contested in England this time around is off to a great start with the first test heading into an exciting final day.The Ashes is a constant singular symbolism of traditional cricket with the sport being revolutionized rapidly. The New Zealander posted the following on Twitter:“I love The Ashes. The pulse, the swings of dominance, the pressed whites, the intensity amongst the players, the red ball, English crowds at home or away. This is the pinnacle. Merely a sport… no… The Gentleman’s War.”Check out the tweet below:I love The Ashes.The pulse, the swings of dominance, the pressed whites, the intensity amongst the players,the red ball, English crowds at home or away. This is the pinnacle. Merely a sport… no… The Gentleman’s War.#Australia #Ashes19— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) August 4, 2019last_img read more

12 Gold Standards For Recruiting: How Does Your Employer Measure Up?

first_imgIt’s a tough economy and a lot of people are looking for work. For the past few years, employers have been playing the card, “There are so many of you job seekers, and so few jobs; we get to call the shots.” Some of them are realizing that their advantage won’t last forever, and that eventually they’ll have to start treating job seekers like human beings in order to get anyone to work for them.Smart employers will overhaul their creaky, off-putting recruiting-and-selection processes now before the economic uptick puts them at a hiring disadvantage. They’ve realized that the most marketable candidates won’t stand for bureaucratic, unfriendly treatment during a job search. As a service to those forward-looking employers who want to get a jump on the action, here’s our guide to building your own Gold Standard Recruiting System. Employers who can claim these 12 top-drawer, talent-aware Gold Standard recruiting practices will gain a huge advantage in the war for talent, by removing obstacles that deter great candidates from pursuing jobs in their organizations.We’ve listed the 12 elements of the Gold Standard Recruiting System in the form of an announcement from one (imaginary) Gold Standard employer, explaining each item and its purpose. Take a look: How does your employer measure up?Gold Standard Recruiting PracticesDear Friends of Angry Chocolates, Inc.:I am thrilled that you’re considering employment with our company. Here’s a statement from me, our CEO, to let you know our commitments to the talented people who inquire about jobs with us. If your experience in our recruiting pipeline doesn’t meet these standards, I would like to hear from you at my email address right away. Thanks for taking a look at Angry Chocolates. We think it’s a great place to work. We know you could use your talents at a lot of different, great employers and we would love to sit near the top of your list.Yours,Declan McManusCEOAngry Chocolates, Inc.Practice 1: You Write, We ReadIf we post a job opening and you apply for it, we will read your resume — no ifs, ands or buts. We won’t use a keyword-searching algorithm to scan your resume for buzzwords. A living human being in our office will review your resume within three business days after we receive it. We don’t cast a huge, wide net for candidates and then ignore most of them. We cast a small net (starting with employee-, customer- and vendor-referrals) and grow the net as we need to. That way, we don’t get so many resumes that we can’t read ’em all.Practice 2: We Read, and Then We WriteIf you apply for a posted job in our company, we’ll write to you and let you know what we think about your resume. We won’t insult you by writing “Your background doesn’t meet our needs.” We’ll say “We need someone with more Direct Marketing experience for this job,” or “Your experience is great, but we don’t have anything in Purchasing available right now.” Our agreement with candidates is that after we share this feedback, we won’t have time to talk on the phone or begin an email correspondence about it; there are too many candidates for us to be able to do that. Still, we hope that the specific feedback is more helpful to you than a generic “No Thanks” or no communication at all.Practice 3: Are We Your Kind of Place?If you don’t see a great match for yourself among the jobs posted on our website, you can apply for employment with us anyway. In that case, we don’t commit to read your resume right away or respond to you quickly, because we can’t predict how many people will contact us. Still, we’ll let you know that we received your resume, and this group of candidates will be our first resource when new openings pop up. From time to time we’ll write to you to ask you whether you’re still interested in swimming in our talent pool.Practice 4: Busywork is for NinniesWe don’t ask our candidates to fill out long, tedious online applications to tell us where they’ve worked since high school and what they earned at those jobs and what their supervisors’ names were. Heck, we can barely remember what we had for breakfast. We let our candidates compose a free-form essay that tells us why they contacted us and how they might be able to help us. Then we let them upload a resume. No application form, no dates, no bureaucracy. We hate bureaucracy. Don’t you?Practice 5: No Arbitrary RulesWe’ve heard that some companies shun job seekers with resume gaps, career changes or outside-of-the-industry experience. We think this is goofy. We love people who’ve done adventurous things and spent time with their kids and stepped out of traditional career paths to take chances and learn amazing things. We don’t follow any arbitrary rules in our hiring processes, and we don’t believe that all the knowledge that can help us will come from people with chocolate-industry experience. (If we did, I’d never have started this company, myself!). Quirky candidates are welcome here.Practice 6: Horse First, Cart in the RearWe think your time and your privacy are important. We won’t ask you for the names and phone numbers of your references, or permission for us to do a credit check, or your social security number or your past W-2s before we’ve even met you. (As for the W-2s, we won’t ask for those at all.) We want you to feel comfortable with us before we start poking and prodding into your personal life. If we need to run a credit check (for instance, if you’re handling cash) we’ll do that in good time.Practice 7: We Trust OurselvesWe trust our managers and our HR team to decide whether a candidate is a good fit for our team and whether we’re a good match for him or her. We don’t ask job seekers to give us copies of old W-2s or other kinds of income verification. If we did, we’d be saying “Hey, we don’t trust ourselves to decide whether you’re worth the salary we’re contemplating!” That would be very embarrassing.Practice 8: Let’s Talk When It’s ConvenientWhen our recruiters call candidates to conduct phone-screens, they don’t disappear if the call can’t happen then and there. We know that you have a busy life. We try to use email to schedule phone interviews a couple of days in advance, but sometimes (especially if we love what you’ve sent us) we may call to see if we can grab you live. If the time isn’t good for you, just let us know. Once we commit to talk with you, we’re not going anywhere. As long as you’re available sometime during the next three business days, we’ll conduct the phone interview and we won’t knock you out of the running. We work hard to hire the best candidate, not the most-available or the most-compliant one.Practice 9: Ask Your Questions – It’s Your Interview Too We think that a job interview is a great place for you to learn about us and to decide whether it’s worth your time to continue the conversation. We try to do the same thing, so that we don’t waste your time if we don’t think a given job is a great match for you. Our telephone and face-to-face interviews are based on the notion that you get as much time to ask questions as we do. Please bring lots of questions with you to the interview. We love ’em!Practice 10: Everything But My Prom PicturesIf you’re interviewing with us, we’ll share any relevant information with you that we can. Employee handbook? Just ask for it. Sales comp plan? You’ve got it, if you’re interviewing for a Sales job with us. We figure that we’d rather get your reactions to our plans and practices before you join our team, rather than have surprises later.Practice 11: Pick Up the Red PhoneWhen we contact you for a telephone or face-to-face job interview, we’ll introduce you to the Talent Coordinator on our team who’ll be your point of contact during the recruitment and selection process. You’ve got a hotline to that person, and can expect an answer to any question you ask him or her within 48 hours (weekends not included). We don’t believe in shipping job candidates to Radio Silenceland. So we don’t.Practice 12: Decisions, DecisionsIf we make you a job offer, we’ll give you five business days to decide whether you’d like to join our gang, or not. If you need an extension because of an international trip or illness or some very big deal, we’ll grant it. We don’t like to make offers that aren’t accepted, but we really, really hate to make offers that are accepted because a candidate was pushed to make a fast decision. Accepting a new position is a huge life decision. We want you to have all the information you need and all (or nearly all) the time you need to sift through the facts and issues. By the way, we’d never ask you to make a yes-or-no decision without the full details of the written offer in front of you. (We’re horrified to think that any employer would.)Questions about our recruiting practices? Please write to us at and let us know. Now that you know where we’re coming from, please tell us more about yourself!last_img read more

PETA CEO offers wholehearted apology to actor Suriya

first_imgChennai, Jan 28 (PTI) PETA has offered “wholehearted apology” to Tamil film actor Suriya, days after he served legal notice on the animal rights advocacy group for its claim that he was supporting Jallikattu only to promote his upcoming movie “S3”, which has been rechristened to “C3”.CEO of The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals Poorva Joshipura, through the actors advocate R Vijayanand, offered “wholehearted apology” for implying that his pro-Jallikattu comments might be related to the planned release of his upcoming movie.”We received a copy of the legal notice sent to us through the law firm you engaged. If what you are now saying is correct, please consider this a wholehearted apology for implying that your public pro-Jallikattu comments might be related to the planned release of your upcoming film,” she said in the letter.”We support the promotion of a good film but not the promotion of cruelty to any living being, or spectacle that put animals or humans in harms way and we thought you would feel the same way,” Joshipura said.Sharing a link to a video on cruelties to animals taken by officials of Animal Welfare Board of India at Jallikattu events, she said, “In Singam film, you are a honest, dutiful police officer. I hope the role of this character could help you appreciate why it is so important for us to ensure the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 is honoured and upheld.”Suriya recently issued the legal notice to PETA for its claim that the actor was supporting Jallikattu to promote his upcoming movie, saying it caused “mental stress” to him and asked the NGO to apologise or face legal proceedings.advertisementIn the notice dated January 20, the actors advocate Vijayanand said Suriya had reiterated his commitment and support for the bull-taming sport on several occasions in the past and there was no need for him to indulge in “cheap publicity.” PTI VIJ BN NSDlast_img read more

6 Ways to Create a Habit of Giving

first_imgMany psychological studies have shown the power of habit. Once people have established a behavior, they are primed to stick with it. Changing a habit takes a lot of effort and when the reward is consistent, these routines are almost impossible to interrupt. The best part is that this holds true for good habits, not just our questionable ones. Fundraisers can use this principle to nurture a pattern of generosity. What if you could make giving a habit for your donors? One really effective way to do this is with a strong recurring giving program. Here’s how:Make it a priority for your organization. To begin a monthly giving habit for your supporters, you first need to make it a habit within your organization. To do this, include recurring giving targets in your marketing and fundraising goals, and make it a point to discuss your monthly giving program any time you talk about your fundraising strategy. Add appeals for monthly giving to your communications plan and create a special donor relations track for your sustainers.Always leave the door open for recurring giving. Habits rely on cues to signal a behavior. In your fundraising appeals, on your website, and on your online donation pages, always highlight the option to make a recurring gift. Well-positioned recurring gifts give supporters more flexibility and allow them to make a bigger impact. Also, don’t forget to follow up with one-time donors and ask them to consider becoming monthly sustainers. Donors give more over time and you have a steady stream of dependable funds. Make it easy. Do everything you can to make it dead simple for your donors to opt for and set up a recurring gift. Of course, online giving makes this hassle free. With services like DonateNow, recurring donations are automatically processed—no extra effort for you or your donors. Do a quick test run of your monthly giving program. When you think you’ve made your recurring donation process easy, try simplifying it even further. Then ask yourself, is it easy enough?Make an offer they can’t refuse. In line with making it easy, is your monthly giving offer compelling enough? Break down your monthly giving amounts into meaningful actions that attach a reasonable monthly ask to a measurable outcome. Tell specific stories that show the collective impact of your sustainers and highlight how every member of your program makes a difference.Start donors as recurring donors. Want to establish a routine that helps your donors expand their impact and improves your revenue and retention goals? Small monthly gifts can be an manageable entry point for new donors. A gift of $15 or $20 a month feels more doable than a one-time gift of $100. Of course, once they’ve created their monthly gift, it’s easy for them to keep it going.Focus on the reward. Habits are reinforced by rewards, and the good feeling of helping others is huge. Make sure monthly giving is a gratifying experience from the donation confirmation page to the first thank you to ongoing recognition. Let your monthly donors see exactly how their contributions add up and how they make your mission a reality.Need some help with your monthly giving program? Want to win some cash? Network for Good’s Recurring Giving Challenge has you covered. Take the Challenge and get step-by-step guidance with our free e-course. Plus, NFG clients are eligible for Challenge Rewards and get access to campaign templates and personalized coaching. Find out more and sign up today!last_img read more

Celebrating Mary Kom, the boxer who brushed away discouraging words and became an inspiration

first_imgFamously known as Mary Kom, Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom was born on March 1, in the year 1983. The five-time World Amateur Boxing champion has been nicknamed Magnificent Mary and is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Olympics and won the bronze medal.Here are some amazing facts you wouldn’t want to miss about the Indian boxer:Coming from a small village, Mary’s parents worked in the fields. Kom did not complete her education due to her passion for boxingA high school dropout, Mary completed her education through alternative ways. She studied at the Loktak Christian Model High School up to her class 6, at the St. Xavier Catholic School up to class 8 and then moved to Imphal for her schooling for classes 9 and 10From childhood, she had a keen interest in athletics. Inspired by the success of Dingko Singh, who had won a gold at the Asian Games, Kom started her training under M Narjit Singh, Manipur State Boxing CoachMary Kom did not tell her parents before she started her training to become a boxer. Her father even tried to discourage her when he found out. In fact, everyone in her town tried to discourage her efforts by ridiculing herKom started winning early on and won her first silver in 2001. She went on to win gold medals at the World Amateur Boxing Championship and also won gold at the 2003 Asian Games. She won the Witch Cup in the year 2002, a silver medal at the 2008 Asian Women’s Boxing Championship, and a fourth successive gold medal at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in China, followed by a gold medal at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games in VietnamApart from that, she has also won a gold at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in Kazakhstan, and at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in Barbados, her fifth consecutive gold at the championshipIn 2010, she had the honour of bearing the Queen’s Baton in its opening ceremony run in the stadium for the 2010 Commonwealth Games of DelhiKom, who had previously fought in the 46 and 48 kilograms categories, shifted to the 51 kilograms category after the world body decided to eliminate the lower weight classesadvertisementHer autobiography, Unbreakable, co-authored by Dina Serto, was published in 2013In 2014, a biographical film was released, in which Priyanka Chopra played the main role as Mary KomKom’s bag is full of awards and recognitions. From the Arjuna Award to the Padma Shree, from the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award to having a road named after her, she has been awarded and honoured many timesShe has an academy of her own by the name of Mary Kom-SAI Boxing Academy. It helps and encourages thousands of people in achieving their dreams in boxing.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Unai Emery says he wants to make Arsenal ‘the best team in the world’

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Arsenal Gazidis, Sanllehí and Mislintat drew up an eight-man shortlist, which is known to have included the Manchester City assistant coach, Mikel Arteta, and the Juventus manager, Max Allegri. “All of those eight people were interested in the position and all of those eight people took part in extensive, in-person interviews with us,” Gazidis said. “None of them at any stage withdrew their interest.”The announcement that Wenger would step down at the end of the season after 22 years was made on 20 April and Gazidis said the interviews took place between 25 April and Tuesday of last week. The list was whittled down to three and, at that point, Arteta was the favourite. Emery was interviewed on 10 May.But, after a collective brainstorm, Gazidis said that last Friday he, Sanllehí and Mislintat unanimously agreed to recommend Emery to the board. He gave an illustration of the thoroughness when he said the recommendation was supported by a 100-page dossier that contained references, analysis, background information and videos of each of the three contenders in action on the sideline.Gazidis added that trusted, external experts were brought in to offer “unprejudiced opinions” and that, until the end, “Raúl, Sven and I spoke to each other as little as possible because we didn’t want to pollute each other’s viewpoints.”Emery met with the London-based members of the club’s board on Monday before flying to Atlanta that night with Gazidis and Sanllehí to meet the majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, and his son, Josh. They returned on the Tuesday night red-eye. “All of the board members were energised and enthusiastic about the recommendation,” Gazidis said.Gazidis has restructured the club, particularly over the past season, and he could not have sounded more bullish about Arsenal’s prospects of success, even when it was put to him that Manchester United had struggled after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson after 26 years. An overriding theme was Emery’s energy and the chemistry that Gazidis has felt with him.“We have a big challenge ahead,” Gazidis said. “But I feel we can face it with confidence. We’ve done an awful lot of groundwork over a number of years. So there’s been some very, very dramatic changes across the club to try to prepare for this moment and to give Unai the support he will need.“Everything in football is a risk. There are no such things as guarantees. That’s why it’s elite competition. But I have every confidence that we’ve done everything we can to give ourselves the best chance of success.”He added: “I do think the new way of working, the new energy – it’s not a criticism of Arsène – I just think that change stimulates the environment and I think it’s going to be very positive.“I could not possibly feel better about this appointment. And the feeling that myself and Unai have between each other – and we’ve spent a lot of time over the last few days together – is I feel better and better about it by the hour.” news Unai Emery’s drive and energy at centre stage on day one at Arsenal Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share via Email Topics Read more Share on Pinterestcenter_img Share on LinkedIn Ivan Gazidis has won Arsenal power battle but Arteta was a gamble too far Share on Twitter Unai Emery declared his intention to turn Arsenal into “the best team in the Premier League and also the world” after being confirmed as the managerial successor to Arsène Wenger on a three-year contract.On a day of hyperbole, the chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, suggested the Arsenal job was the most coveted in football and made it plain that in Emery, the club believed they had the man to rekindle former glories. Read more The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Facebook Unai Emery Emery spoke in English at his unveiling at Emirates Stadium, which was a surprise – it was decent enough – and he described the challenge in front of him as a “dream come true”.The 46-year-old Spaniard’s title is that of head coach and he will concentrate on coaching and man-managing the first-team, while Raúl Sanllehí and Sven Mislintat, whom Gazidis has appointed to recruitment positions, will oversee transfers.Emery has agreed to work within the new structure and he knows the club will operate on a £50m transfer budget next season. He suggested he did not envisage wholesale changes to the squad, which finished sixth in this past Premier League campaign. “This team is a big team, with big players, and we think we need to change little things – a few players.” he said. “The target is to be a candidate and to challenge for the title. It is very important for the club, after two years outside the Champions League, to work this way, to be the best club, the best team in the Premier League and also in the world.”Emery was asked about his style. “My idea is to be protagonists,” he said. “The history here is a team that love playing with possession and I like that personality. When you don’t have possession, I want a squad that are very, very intensive with the pressing. The two things are important for me to be protagonists – possession of the ball and pressing when you don’t have the ball.”Gazidis spoke at length about the process that led to Emery’s appointment – the starting point of which, he said, was that “every coach in the world would be interested in this position. We believe there is not a position in world football that is more attractive than Arsenal.”last_img read more

Risk that Russia may violate doping laws at World Cup, says Usada’s Tygart

first_imgTravis Tygart, the influential US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive, has warned that it would be “naive” not to think that hosts Russia could violate anti-doping rules again during the World Cup.Tygart also questioned why Fifa had awarded Russia the tournament when it is still considered non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency after evidence was unearthed of its state-sponsored doping programme including at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.“Russia should not be hosting the World Cup because they have clearly violated the rules,” Tygart told the Guardian following a meeting of 17 national anti-doping organisations hosted by UK Anti-Doping in London. “A lot of people here are really frustrated by it. And while it is too late in the game to do anything about it, ultimately it sends a very bad message to clean athletes.” Drugs in sport Read more Share on Twitter Russia ignored four requests to inspect anti-doping lab, says Wada Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Read more World Cup 2018 In December 2016 the McLaren report found that more than 1,000 Russian athletes in 30 sports had been part of state-sponsored doping programme, including footballers. Seven months earlier, the Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov revealed how his country’s athletes had their urine samples manipulated at the 2014 Winter Olympics to avoid positive tests.When asked if he worried about a repeat of Sochi, Tygart responded: “Unfortunately the weak and political decisions that the International Olympic Committee and Wada made in dealing with Russia has caused a lot of people to ask that question. We can’t be naive when it looks like you can steal and not be held accountable.”Tygart also raised the possibility that Russian hackers Fancy Bears, which he described as “a unit of the Russian government”, could be active during the World Cup. And he said that athletes in some sports were worried about competing in Russia at all because of the possibility of “false positive” doping tests.“Remember the McLaren report that indicated that the minister’s office told Rodchenkov to create a false positive for a Ukrainian athlete and that served the interest of Russia,” he said. “Athletes have expressed their concern for the security around doping – and possibility getting a false positive that has been intentionally created to take them down. It is an environment that is really scary for athletes.”Tygart also warned there were voices in the IOC and Wada who wanted Russia to be brought back in from the cold, despite not fulfilling two key obligations of Wada’s roadmap – accepting the McLaren investigation and permitting access to the Moscow laboratory and providing the data necessary to ensure justice on hundreds of outstanding cases. And he said he expected a “showdown” between Wada and Russia over the reinstatement. “The IOC is pushing to draw a line under the Russian doping scandal,” said Tygart. “That would be a total disaster and if Wada allows it to happen, without the Russians meeting the roadmap, it will be a devastating blow to its credibility. I think people are genuinely concerned that is going to happen and it has the appearance of a total set up. If possible the IOC will allow it to go away. So it is incumbent on everyone who agrees that clean sport matters, to ensure that it doesn’t.”Tygart also called for Wada’s funding model to be changed so that it is no longer funded half by the IOC and half by governments, and said he supported a levy on broadcast rights instead. “Unfortunately Wada is really doomed to fail in its current structure unless it has pretty significant changes that makes it free from the conflict of interest – and those who have an interest not to promote clean sport,” he added. Topics Russia doping scandal World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Share on Pinterest Share via Email World Cup news Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Haul Your Gear with the Best Duffel Bags for Any Adventure

first_img 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure Editors’ Recommendations The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Forever 7 Best Gym Bags to Haul All Your Workout Gear Going outside is a gear-intensive business. Taking climbing equipment to the Himalayas, fishing gear to the boat, or camping supplies to the truck all require durable carriers, so we’ve rounded up some of the best duffel bags for adventures. First, a couple points to think about before you buy one.SizeEveryone says size doesn’t matter, but it does in this case. Duffels range from 30 liters up to 150 liters.A 30-liter bag is great for weekend trips with minimal gear (or for filling with a sweaty gym kit). Fifty and 60 liters hold gear for a week, maybe less for gear-heavy sports like mountaineering; 50 is about the limit for carry-on luggage. Longer expeditions will need the 90- and 120-liter beasts. We suggest mixing and and matching sizes for the most efficient use of space.The Northface/REIWater-ResistanceEvery one of the bags on this list is very weather-resistant. While most are not dunk-proof because of the zipper, the fabric can easily stand up to rain and snow. See the two waterproof options below — the Aqua Quest White Water and the Yeti Panga — if you need something that can handle being soaked on rafts or paddle board trips.PocketsSome bags are just big open sacs. Throw everything in. Others have side pockets, mesh pockets, lid pockets, ID pockets. Look for pockets if you want to organize small stuff inside for quick access.North St BagsHandles and StrapsDriving, flying, driving, flying, ‘yaking, hiking, driving, and flying to your destination isn’t going to work for your old luggage with wheels. These bags have many ways to carry depending on what the transportation vehicle (or animal) of the day is. Dual briefcase-style handles are convenient, but get cumbersome with big bags. Shoulder straps can handle a heavier load. Side and end handles work well for throwing and dragging. Backpack straps are great for shorter distances and are often removable so they don’t get chewed up in airport conveyor belts.Best Duffel BagsThese bags will keep your gear dry and won’t break open like an old grocery bag. If you’re looking for a stylish duffel for a weekend getaway, check out the best travel duffels.Thule ChasmSay “Thule” and most people think roof racks and ski boxes. However, this brand also has stellar luggage and other gear to help your adventure. Thule’s adventure duffels give you efficient containers to cram all your gear in before loading into the back of the truck or the cargo box on the roof.Ranging from from 40 liters up to 130, the Chasm adventure duffel line is super durable with a 1,000-denier, waterproof fabric. The oversized mouth is easy to stuff with shoes, base layers, and helmets. One end pocket and two mesh pockets under the lid keep phones, passports, and protein bars at the ready.When you need to move, you’ve got options with the Chasm. Briefcase-style handles snap together for quick carries or attach to the sides, keeping them out of the way. Soft, breathable backpack straps latch to the webbing loops on the top and bottom. Use one shoulder strap attached in the center for a shoulder strap, or take them both off entirely and stash them inside.The Thule Chasm duffel is available in four sizes:40 liter for $130 (2.9 lbs)70 liter for $160 (3.7 lbs)90 liter for $180 (4.2 lbs)130 liter for $190 (5 lbs)Aqua Quest White WaterWhen the weather might turn terrible on your trip, or you know you’re going to get wet, you’ll want to take a waterproof duffel bag. All of the duffels in our roundup are very weather resistant, but happens when you need more? You need a bag company in the Pacific Northwest that specializes in waterproof gear. Based near the wettest place in North America, which can see 260 inches of rain per year, Aqua Quest knows how to stay dry.The White Water is a hybrid duffel and roll-top dry bag. Where as dry bags are long tubes that are a pain to find anything in, the White Water opens like a duffel and is far easier to organize. Stuff your gear in the huge opening, roll the top, snap it down, and begin your wet adventure. For quick access, there are two small mesh pockets on the outside, but don’t put your brand-new camera in these if it needs to stay dry.You can carry the White Water like a briefcase with the comfortable handle or clip on the included shoulder strap to any one of six high-strength D-rings. You can also tie it down to your raft or roof rack with the two rows of webbing on the bottom.The Aqua Quest White Water duffel is available in two sizes.50 liter – $70 (1.6 lbs)75 liter – $80 (2.2 lbs)North St. WeekenderNow we go from extreme waterproofing to a more urban styling with the North St. Weekender Duffle. Based out of Portland, Oregon, North St. Bags focuses on classic designs built in the U.S. This duffel is part of the new Weekender series, which includes an all-black backpack, meeting bag, dopp kit, and packing cubes.While not suited for expeditions to Everest, the Weekender is perfect for quick trips. The 56-liter size can hold gear for a week including your running or biking kit. One end of the bag is an expandable “shoe garage” for dirty shoes and wet gear. Velcro strips inside can mount optional carry cases for laptops and tablets.Sticking to the business side of things, the Weekender duffel has briefcase-style handles and a removable shoulder strap. Two additional, removable compression straps keep your gear tightly packed or tied down to motorcycle or bike.The North St. Weekender Duffel is available in one size:56 liter for $330 (2 lbs, 14 oz)Osprey TransporterNext stop: a duffel made by one of the biggest backpack manufacturers in the world. Osprey Packs makes a lot of backpacks — everything from packable daypacks to super-haulers that can fit two weeks worth of gear and food. So what does a backpack manufacturer do when they make a duffel? Put really nice backpack straps on it.The Osprey Transporter is super durable and really nice to carry. The fabric, handles, straps, and lid feel solid and overbuilt. The large U-shaped lid opens wide to show the main compartment and two mesh pockets. Unzip a hidden compartment on the lid to slide out the full backpack strap harness. Buckle the ends of the straps in place and you’re ready to haul the thing on your back. Osprey is the only duffel-maker on this list to include a chest strap — complete with emergency whistle — which will keep your backpack straps in the right place if you have to shoulder it for a while.The Osprey Transporter is available in four sizes:40 liter for $150 (2.7 lbs)65 liter for $170 (3.1 lbs)95 liter for $190 (3.5 lbs)130 liter for $220 (4.1 lbs)Patagonia Black HolePatagonia doesn’t like anything with unnecessary bells and whistles. The Black Hole Duffel is just a super durable and weather-resistant bag to haul gear.Don’t worry about the Black Hole in the rain. A water repellent finish on the outside and rain flaps over the zipper mean nothing is getting in. Simple, removable backpack straps are comfortable on the shoulders when you have to walk. Hide them inside the bag when travelling so they don’t get caught. Haul handles on the ends and daisy chain webbing on the sides let you tie it down to any kind of adventure transportation.Two pockets inside the lid hold headlamps or passports. Built-in compressions straps inside squeeze everything together. You can store the whole back in a laptop-sized pocket on the side when you turn it inside out. No more searching for that stuff sack in the garage. Or the bedroom. Or the truck.The Patagonia Black Hole Duffel comes in four sizes. There is also the Lightweight Black Hole with a thinner material and no end pocket if you need to save a few ounces:45 liters for $119 (1.7 lbs)60 liters for $129 (2.4 lbs)90 liters for $149 (3.2 lbs)120 liters for $169 (3.7 lbs)Yeti PangaYeti makes coolers that last forever — the brand builds them so solid you don’t have to wonder when it’s going to break. They just don’t. That’s also how Yeti built the Panga Duffel: super durable and super waterproof.For harsh, soaking wet conditions, the Yeti Panga keeps things simple. One straight zipper gives you access to the main compartment. This zipper is completely waterproof as long as you keep it lubed up with the included zipper lube. When it’s fully zipped up, it’s airtight. You can fill it with air and stand on it if you want.Two mesh pockets inside help you stay organized. Two haul handles and four tie-down points on either end help with transportation. You can also unclip the backpack straps and throw them inside when you don’t need them.The Yeti Panga is available in three sizes:50 liters for $300 (5.2 lbs)75 liters for $350 (6.1 lbs)100 liters for $399 (6.8 lbs)Gregory AlpacaWhen you need a simple, reliable, weatherproof duffel that’s going up mountains and around the world, many turn to one of these last two options. A tried and tested gear hauler, the Gregory Alpaca’s main feature is that it’s there when you need it.The body is made with burly 900 denier diamond rip-stop material. The bottom is covered with another 630 denier nylon. Drag this one around the world, up mountains and down rough roads. It’s going to take a long time to wear through that material.The Alpaca is only duffel with daisy chain webbing running the both sides of the bags. Tie it down anywhere, any way. Briefcase handles and backpack straps give you carry options. One end pocket and two mesh pockets under the large D-shaped lid hold small stuff for quick access.The Gregory Alpaca is available in three sizes:60 liters for $130 (2.15 lbs)90 liters for $149 (3.9 lbs)120 liters for $170 (4.1 lbs)The North Face Base CampThe North Face Base Camp Duffel is a bit of a legend in the gear world. One of the first laminated gear hauling bags, it’s gone through some changes, but is still the super durable adventure duffel it started out as. Adventurer Jimmy Chin and the rest of The North Face athlete team have carried their gear on thousands of trips with these bags.To make the Base Camp last through decades of use, The North Face uses 1,000-denier laminate, which is thicker than most bags. Not content with just that, the brand adds 840-denier ballistic nylon to the bottom. Feel free to tie it to the back of your truck and drag it down the road. It’ll be fine.There’s one zippered end pocket, a mesh pocket under the lid, and another end pocket inside. Carrying your gear is easy the comfortable backpack straps and briefcase handles. Rack it or yak it with the daisy chains down both sides and the haul handles on the ends.The North Face Base Camp is available in six sizes, ranging from the 31-liter gym bag  up to the monstrous 150-liter XXL that could carry multiple children.31 liter (XS) for $100 (2.1 lbs)50 liter (S) for $120 (2.7 lbs)71 liter (M) for $135 (3.5 lbs)95 liter (L) for $145 (4.1 lbs)132 liter (XL) for $160 (4.4 lbs)150 liter (XXL) for $175 (4.7 lbs) REI’s Gear Rental Program Will Change How You Experience the Outdoors last_img read more

Jamaican Born Professor is Number One in ACCA

first_img Dr. Henry is a Professor at the School of Accounting at the Florida International University in Miami. Dr. Henry polled a total of 2,674 votes in the recent international elections. Story Highlights Jamaican-born professor, Dr. Kenneth Henry, has been re-elected to the Council of the Association of Certified and Chartered Accountants (ACCA). Jamaican-born professor, Dr. Kenneth Henry, has been re-elected to the Council of the Association of Certified and Chartered Accountants (ACCA) with the highest number of votes, and is ranked number one on the list of 13 elected Council members.Dr. Henry polled a total of 2,674 votes in the recent international elections and will serve on the ACCA for another three years.The Professor, who was in London for the meeting of the ACCA, called on the Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Her Excellency Aloun N’dombet-Assamba.He told the High Commissioner that he felt honoured by the confidence placed in him by members of the Association. He said that he was proud to be an ambassador for Jamaica, and to be showing that the island not only produced outstanding athletes and musicians, but also accomplished academics.Of the five elected Council members in Professor Henry’s original group from 2010, four were also re-elected. The four represent USA, Romania, South Africa and the UK.One of his primary roles on Council is a member ambassador. He continues to be the only Council member representing the USA, and he also represents Jamaica and the Caribbean.Dr. Henry is a Professor at the School of Accounting at the Florida International University in Miami.last_img read more

Port of Long Beach to Continue Modernization Works

first_imgzoom The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a USD 748 million budget for the Port of Long Beach in the next fiscal year, with more than 60 percent set aside to continue its modernization program.The budget will be presented to the Long Beach City Council for approval. For the fiscal year starting October 1, 2017, the port plans to spend USD 457 million on capital projects, a part of this decade’s USD 4 billion program to increase efficiency by upgrading terminals, waterways, bridges, rail lines, marine safety and other vital infrastructure.“This spending blueprint advances the nation’s largest seaport modernization program and our practice of investing revenue back into our harbor, a leading economic engine for this region, the state and the nation,” Lori Ann Guzmán, Harbor Commission President, said.“The budget reflects this Port’s fiscally prudent, results-driven approach to budgeting and capital improvements,” Guzmán added.The fiscal year 2018 budget projects a 1.8 percent increase in operating revenue over the current year.The budget puts USD 16.4 million into “net position,” designating it for spending in the future, beyond fiscal year 2018.Meanwhile, as part of the approved budget, the port is expected to transfer USD 18.7 million to the city’s Tidelands Operating Fund, which is used for beachfront improvements in Long Beach.Ongoing major capital improvement projects include the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement and the Middle Harbor redevelopment, a model for green cargo operations and the most advanced facility of its kind in the world, the Port of Long Beach said.Another highlight in the budget includes USD 404,000 in funding for the Port Community Grants Program, approved by the Harbor Commission this year. Over the next 12 to 15 years, funding from the environmental grants program will help offset the impacts of port operations on the surrounding community.last_img read more