Pygmies’ small stature evolved many times

first_img“Small is beautiful,” argued the British economist E. F. Schumacher back in the 1970s; although he was referring to ecologically appropriate technologies rather than people, the same might be true for humans living in tropical rainforests. Pygmies, small-statured hunter-gatherers such as this woman from the Batwa people of Uganda pictured above, live in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, and many researchers have suggested that their diminutive size is an evolutionary adaptation to the rigors of rainforest life. But scientists have not been sure to what extent Darwinian natural selection is actually responsible for the Pygmy body type and how many times it has arisen over the course of human evolution. In a new study published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international research team reports on its analysis of the DNA of 169 Batwa people from east central Africa, identifying genetic variations that appear to be closely associated with small size and that were apparently under strong natural selection. But when the team compared the Batwa genomes with those of 74 Pygmies from the Baka people of west central Africa, it found that the two groups had very different genetic profiles, even though they were equally small. The team concludes that the Pygmy body plan probably evolved independently multiple times within Africa, rather than having a single origin that then spread across the continent. And the strong signs of natural selection suggest that being small probably was indeed a specific evolutionary adaptation to life in the tropical rainforests. Leading hypotheses for why a small stature could have been advantageous range from downsizing to deal with food scarcity, better resistance to tropical heat, ceasing growth earlier so they can start reproducing sooner—or a combination of all of these factors.last_img read more

Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Cray, though, seemed to already know what the result would be. While Lich was listless throughout the wait for the official result, Cray was lying down on the track.READ: Cray not concerned with tight schedule aheadFrom lane No. 5, Cray led most of the way until the final turn to finish the race in 50.03 seconds, while the Vietnamese turned in an official time of 50.05 seconds.The Texas-based Cray could have been refocusing as he would need it in an hour when he competes in the 100m dash—where he is also the defending champion.Cray just came from the World Championships in England, where he was disqualified in the 400m hurdles for a false start.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony LATEST STORIES Eric Cray of the Philippines competes in the men’s 400-meter hurdles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. Cray clocked 50.03 seconds to win the gold medal. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—It could have been out of sheer confidence or an act of self-preservation. But Eric Cray noticeably, inexplicably decided to slow down after making the final leap in the men’s 400-meter hurdles final Tuesday night.“I can’t be bothered right now, I was focusing on the 100 meter dash,” Cray later told reporters after the race, referring to the century dash final he needed to run an hour later.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img The 28-year-old Cray, who is regarded as a rock star here even by foreign media, was even looking at the giant screen of Bukit Jalil Sports Stadium after the last hurdle.READ: SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdles FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd as he eased up on the way to the finish, muscle-bound Vietnamese Quach Cong Lich made things interesting by mounting a last-ditch chase and was soon breathing down the Filipino-American’s neck.They ended the race in a photo finish—and Cray needed to crane his neck forward to gain whatever edge he could. But even then, both runners needed to wait for more than five minutes before the judges officially declared that Cray had successfully defended his title. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR His stint in the Worlds was because of his recent triumph in the Asian Championships in India.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yu ends medal drought for PH swimmers with bronze View commentslast_img read more

Juan Enriquez & Kiran Mazumdar Shaw at India Today Conclave 2007

first_img“We are rising to God’s challenge”Kiran Mazumdar ShawKiran Mazumdar Shaw Chairman & Managing Director, Biocon LtdScience without religion is lame and religion without science is blind,” Albert Einstein once famously said. If we accept that God has bestowed upon us challenges and imperfections, we can do so in two ways.,”We are rising to God’s challenge”Kiran Mazumdar ShawKiran Mazumdar Shaw Chairman & Managing Director, Biocon LtdScience without religion is lame and religion without science is blind,” Albert Einstein once famously said. If we accept that God has bestowed upon us challenges and imperfections, we can do so in two ways. We can bow to our destiny and do nothing about it. Or we can strive to remove the imperfections and change our destiny. As bio-technologists, we believe we are searching for answers to imperfections. Is that playing god? Or is that rising to God’s challenge?Let’s take the 21st Century pandemic, diabetes. There are 170 million diabetics worldwide, slated to rise to 300 million by 2025. India is the world’s diabetes capital. The WHO estimates, in the next 10 years India will lose $330 billion in economic growth to this disease. Should we resign ourselves to our fate or focus on how we can change our destiny?Scientists have taken up the diabetic challenge. New knowledge is emerging. We know now that genetics and genomics have a major role to play in this disease. We also know that Indians are genetically predisposed to diabetes. Diagnosis is also taking a new turn. It’s no longer just about measuring blood-sugar levels, but predicting early warning signs and progression of the disease through biomarkers.IF OUR EFFORTS TRANSLATE INTO EFFECTIVE CURES, WE’LL HAVE THE CHANCE TO SAY WE CHANGED OUR DESTINY. Novel regimens for treating, managing and correcting the disease are coming up. For years, we have been trying to counter it with a single hormone, insulin. Now, scientists in Australia and New Zealand are focusing on geno-transplantation of the insulin-producing islet cells from human-compatible Auckland pigs. Gene therapy-whereby you can take parts of genes which are deficient in diabetics and inject them back into diabetics to correct the disease-is marching ahead. Stem cells research is growing. And effort is on to evolve a new type of vaccine that would to bring about immune tolerance among diabetics. Exciting products, like monoclonal antibodies that can correct immunological disorders leading to type 1 diabetes, are being developed.If all these translate into effective cures in the future, we will have the chance of saying that we have changed our destiny. This is what the excitement of biotechnology is all about. Are we playing God by going against nature? I believe, we are simply doing what Einstein articulated long back. We are “unblinding” religion with science and helping God and rising to his challenge.advertisement”Leave God out of it”Juan EnriquezJuan EnriquezAuthor,  Chairman & CEO, BiotechonomyThe difference between humans and animals is actually very small. If you take the human genome and put it next to that of a monkey, the difference would be about 1.23 per cent of gene code. But the real difference lies elsewhere. We can pass on information and data across time and space. No other animal on the planet can do that.Over the past centuries we simplified communication into letters and alphabets. In the last 30 years, we collapsed those into ones and zeros. This new set of alphabets can transmit music, images, and every word written and spoken in every language on the planet. This transition had enor-mous implications for the global economy. And it brought about enormous change in who was rich and who was poor. The rise of India comes, for the most part, because this is one of the very few countries to understand the alphabet shift. Not only did India speak English, it also spoke digits. And because they learnt this new language, the economy shifted. If you don’t teach kids this transition in language you get into real trouble. You become like Argentina-which is far wealthier than India but its kids kept working on farms and cattle and became a smaller and smaller part of the global economy.The language of wealth and what will generate wealth over the next 30 years is changing once again. At the centre of it is the DNA. February 12, 2001 was probably one of the most important dates in human history, when we decoded the full gene-code of every human being. You can now generate about a 100 million letters out of this gene-code every 24 hours. Very small changes in the code can change life-function and you can programme it. That’s fortunate, because otherwise we will all be clones. As each of your cells contains your entire gene code, it is not inconceivable that we will learn how to re-grow limbs in humans.It has already led to a huge churn in the global economy. Companies-GE, Intel, Microsoft-are focusing on life sciences. A restructuring similar to the IT revolution is taking place in life-sciences, as it moves from molecule-management to information-management. This is especially important for India. It has proved itself to be very good at the second part of the equation. You no longer have to establish enormous sequencing salaries and spend millions of dollars on hard lab work. You have already done large-scale information management-which you are very good at-on IT. You just have to pay attention to the education of your next generation so that they learn the language of the next economic growth and manage to dominate the brave new world that is unfolding.advertisement  DiscussionQ.We have been talking about a great change in biotechnology since the 1990s. But where exactly are we? Are we in science fiction or are we really doing something that would change the world? Enriquez: Is it just science fiction? Not for those who invested in Kiran’s company, surely! There have been some pretty extraordinary financial returns already. And as it goes forward, people who are involved in insurance, real estate, chemicals, textiles, food or energy are going to feel the impact. The initial impact is very small. You saw it coming and then all of a sudden it just took off. You are seeing the same thing here. The way it was launched also indicates its growthpath. It was a physicist, Erwin Shrdinger, who wrote a slim book, What is Life, that pulled many other physicists into this field. Watson, who discovered the DNA, was going to be an ornithologist, but he read this book and changed. The same thing happened to a range of other great physicists. The reason is, the dominant language of this century is going to be life. This is the century of biology.Q.If we have so much of knowledge of genetics, why don’t we genetically modify the embryo so that there are no diseases? Shaw: That’s a long, long way away, because it is difficult even to conceptualise the ‘perfect’ baby. But suffice it to say that, yes, there are efforts to look into certain diseases like Down’s Syndrome or Huntington’s Disease, which we have a pretty clear understanding of, and see how we can prevent those before the baby is born. These are big, tough challenges.Q. Which countries do you see as having the most potential in scientific research, applications and also in growing the businesses? Enriquez: The UK probably has the best life scientists on the planet. This is the place that discovered DNA, the penicillin, molecular antibodies and cloning. And it has been unable to make businesses out of these. All the knowledge gets exported to the US and it builds huge businesses. If you don’t tie academia to business, it is very hard for research institutions, universities and countries to develop. Those who adopt regulatory frameworks, teach their children the science and feel comfortable with it, are going to do well. In that sense, India may have a very significant advantage. Not just because it has an enormous trained workforce and excellence in training, but also because there’s a significant belief in re-incarnation here. It might be a lot more comfortable with the new directions in biosciences than other societies. The societies that oppose are going to fall behind. It is really important for not just businesses and countries but also for religions to adapt. Shaw: I think, the cultural acceptance in a country like India is far greater than in other parts of the world. But what we really need to focus on is the spirit of innovation and the curiosity of discovery. India really needs to do this, apart from having the regulatory mindset to accept new as well as ‘sensitive’ technologies, which might be perceived as ‘unethicalr’ in other parts of the world.advertisementlast_img read more

Anurag Thakur proposes jail term of at least 10 yrs for match

first_imgfixingNew Delhi, Nov 19 (PTI) BJP MP and former BCCI chief Anurag Thakur has proposed a jail term of at least 10 years for match fixing and a fine five times the amount involved in the case in a private members bill.A regulatory body for sports federations, with the same powers as are vested in a civil court, should be set up to check such frauds, the bill, which is likely to be tabled in the winter session of Parliament, proposes.Thakur said all sports federations would report to the proposed National Sports Ethics Commission in matters related to doping, match fixing, fraud of age, sexual harassment of women and other unethical practices in sports.According to the bill, the commission would comprise six members, including four retired judges of either the Supreme Court or a high court and the members would be appointed in consultation with the Chief Justice of India.There are also provisions in the bill for stringent punishments and fines for various frauds by both sportspersons and coaches.”Any person found guilty of match fixing shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than 10 years and or with a fine which shall be five times the amount involved in the match fixing,” the bill says.It also proposes that the commission take suo-motu cognisance of any fraud in any sports and can summon the coach, sportsperson concerned or even the federation members.Giving the rationale behind the bill, the former cricket board chief said there is nothing in any of the Indian laws which brings match fixing and other such offences under specific criminal law.advertisementThere is a need to check such offences under the legal system, he said, adding the bill fulfils the purpose of fair play, conducive environment for sports and justice to those wronged by others. PTI JTR NSD BDS NSDlast_img read more

Batra files nomination papers for IOA president post

first_img(Eds: Updating with more details) New Delhi, Nov 27 (PTI) International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra has filed his nominations for the post of the president of the Indian Olympic Association weeks ahead of its General Body Meeting on December 14 here.The upcoming AGM will elect a new set of office bearers for the countrys apex sports body.Batra has filed four sets of nomination papers with a proposer and seconder each. IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta was one of the proposers of Batra while treasurer Anil Khanna was one of the seconders. Khanna was earlier considered as one of the possible candidates for the top job.Interestingly, Batra has also filed another three sets of nomination papers for the post of senior vice-president.Incumbent Secretary General Rajeev Mehta also filed nomination papers, seeking re-election to the same post he is currently holding. He also filed four sets of nomination papers with Batra proposing him for the post in one of them.Former member of BJPs National Council member Sudhanshu Mittal also filed his nomination paper for one of the posts of vice-president with Batra proposing his name.The deadline for filing nomination papers for the various posts is 2pm tomorrow and the list of the persons who have filed nominations will be put up at 5pm.If other candidates do not file nomination papers by this deadline, both Batra and Mehta could be declared elected unopposed as president and secretary general respectively.Batras candidature was on expected lines though initially there was some uncertainty over whether he would contest for the post of the president. But it was cleared after the Returning Officer — appointed by the IOA to conduct the elections — ruled that office bearers and members of the Executive Council elected in 2012 and 2014 can contest for the post of president and secretary general.advertisementBatra, now 60, was one of the vice-presidents from 2012 to 2014, but he was not a member of the executive council that was elected in February 2014 when India returned to the Olympic fold after a ban of 14 months.Incumbent president N Ramachandran has decided not to seek a re-election.The IOA has also called for a Special General Body Meeting here on November 29 to “discuss and interpret” the eligibility criteria for election to the post of president and secretary general ahead of the December 14 polls. But with the RO, S K Mendiratta, having issued a notice on the same matter, the SGM may now accept his ruling when the members assemble on November 29.”The election of the office bearers and members of executive council of the IOA would be held as per the Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of IOA amended upto 8.12.2013 and election bye-laws,” Mendiratta, an advisor to the Election Commission of India, said in the notice.”For the purpose of clarification, it is made clear that the office bearers and members of the Executive Council elected in AGM in 2012 and 2014, both are entitled to contest for the posts of president and secretary general,” he added.Earlier on November 8, the International Olympic Committee has told the IOA in a letter to hold the elective General Assembly in accordance with the Olympic Charter and the IOA Constitution currently in force, as approved by the international body.The international parent body has said that the election process should be conducted by an independent Election Commission in line with the election bye-laws established for the last IOA elections in 2014.The IOC also said that in the event of any doubt as to the interpretation and/or implementation of the IOA Constitution, the matter will be referred to the General Assembly for a final decision, as clearly mentioned in Article XXXI (e) of the IOA Constitution. PTI PDS ATK ATKlast_img read more

Alaves sack coach after four games

first_imgDeportivo Alavés Alaves sack Zubeldia after woeful start Ben Spratt 05:56 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() LuisZubeldia - cropped Getty Images Deportivo Alavés Primera División The Argentine was given his marching orders after just four Liga matches, as Sunday’s defeat at the hands of Villarreal sealed his fate Alaves have sacked head coach Luis Zubeldia as the club lie bottom of La Liga after four matches.Zubeldia was appointed as a replacement for Southampton’s Mauricio Pellegrino at the start of the season, but his side endured a torrid start to his tenure.The former Independiente Medellin boss leaves Alaves after four consecutive defeats in which the team failed to score. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing COMUNICADO | Luis Zubeldía deja de ser técnico del Deportivo Alavés:— Deportivo Alavés (@Alaves) September 17, 2017Aitor Karanka, last of Middlesbrough, has been linked with the now vacant post.last_img read more

Age never a factor before talent: Ganguly backs Dhoni to continue after World Cup

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 00:02 IST MS Dhoni has been in solid form this year and guided India to victory in the first ODI vs Australia. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSourav Ganguly backed MS Dhoni to continue after the World CupGanguly said Virat Kohli should bat at No.3 at the World CupGanguly tipped India as one of the favourites at the World Cup but said any team can spring a surpriseFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly Thursday backed veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni to continue after the upcoming ODI World Cup, saying if someone has talent “age is not a factor”.With the World Cup round the corner, people have been predicting the show-piece event to be Dhoni’s last international outing but Ganguly thinks otherwise.”Dhoni can continue after the World Cup. If India wins the Cup and Dhoni performs consistently then why should he retire. Age is never a factor if talent is there,” Ganguly told PTI.Ganguly termed the current Indian pace attack as “fantastic” and said the duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will play a crucial role during the World Cup.”The Indian pace attack is fantastic. Whether its Bumrah or Shami, the Indian pacers are performing consistently. The pacers will play an important factor for the team in England,” said Ganguly.According to Ganguly, Umesh Yadav will go to the World Cup as fourth pacer after Bhuvneshwar Kumar.Shikhar Dhawan might be going through a lean patch off late, but Ganguly backed the aggressive left-hander to partner Rohit Sharma up the order.”The opening combination should not be tweaked. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are the ideal pair to give India a fast start. But K L Rahul is also there,” he said.”Shikhar and Rohit should open. Other than the two, Rahul is another batsman who can open.”Ganguly feels in-form India skipper Virat Kohli should continue to bat at the crucial no.3 position followed by Ambatti Rayudu, Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav.advertisement”Virat is being Virat. He is on top of his game,” he said.”Virat should bat in is usual number 3 slot. Rayudu at 4, Dhoni at 5 and Kedar at number 6.”The resurgence of Vijay Shankar will prove to be a headache for the selectors, opines Ganguly, adding that Ravindra Jadeja shouldn’t be considered for selection in the World Cup squad at the cost of the Tamil Nadu all-rounder.”Ravindra Jadeja should not be in the World Cup team. Vijay Shankar bowled beautifully in the Nagpur match. I think Vijay deserves his World Cup spot,” he said.Ganguly reiterated that India are among one of the favourites to win the World Cup, starting May 30 at the Oval, London.”India are one of the favourites for sure. But West Indies, New Zealand, Sri Lanka are also there in the mix. Recently Sri Lanka have been in terrific form. They defeated South Africa. I think it will be a superb World Cup,” he said.Australia may be going through one of their worst phases but Ganguly still believes the return of Steve Smith and David Warner will be a big boost for the reigning world champions.”Australia may be going through a rough patch. But there is no doubt that the return of Smith and Warner will change the entire complexion of the team and with Maxwell already there, they will be a totally different outfit,” he said.Ganguly feels it’s too early to predict India’s playing XI in the World Cup but has picked up his 15-man probable squad.”My squad will be — Rohit sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, K L Rahul, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav,” he concluded.Also Read | MS Dhoni obliges Ranchi fans with autographs, selfies ahead of possible hometown farewellAlso Read | MS Dhoni hosts Team India for dinner at Ranchi home: Thank you bhai, says ChahalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow MS DhoniFollow Indian cricket teamFollow 2019 ICC World Cup Age never a factor before talent: Ganguly backs Dhoni to continue after World CupFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly felt if MS Dhoni can perform consistently, there was no need for him to retire after the 2019 ICC World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian team management rewards pacers, top performers with business-class seats

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 21, 2019UPDATED: October 21, 2019 12:54 IST Mohammed Shami’s flight seat was upgraded to business class after the Vizag Test (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami got a business class seat after the Vizag TestTeam management has also decided to provide vice-captains with hotel suites instead of normal roomsBefore this decision, only the Indian captain and coach used to get suites in hotels during home and away seriesThe Indian team management has decided to reward top performers in every game with business class seats on domestic flights. Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma have already availed this luxury once each while travelling during matches in the ongoing Test series.Members of the Indian team, including the support staff and management, have decided to reward the top performers in every game with business class seats on flights while the rest of the squad travels in economy.Pacer Mohammed Shami’s seat was upgraded to business class after the first Test against South Africa in Vizag and before that Ishant Sharma was rewarded. India won in Vizag and Pune by 203 runs and an innings and 137 runs respectively, to take an unbeatable 2-0 series lead.”The entire team can’t get seats in business class. Those seats are few in number. So the team management decided to reward business class seats for performers. After the Vizag Test, Shami was given a business class seat. Before that Ishant got it,” a BCCI source told The Indian Express.The players and management have also decided to reward Test and limited-overs vice captains Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma with bigger rooms in hotels during home and overseas tours. Currently only the captain and coach get to stay in suites while the rest of the players stay in normal rooms.”Now it is decided that the vice-captain should get the third suite as he is the second-most important person in the team,” a source said.India meanwhile, have taken complete control of the third Test in Ranchi and are well on course to sweep the series against South Africa.advertisementAfter reducing the Proteas to 9 for 2 on Day 2, the Indian bowlers picked up four wickets in the first session on Monday to leave the visitors tottering at 129 for 6 at lunch in reply to India’s first innings score of 497 for 9 declared, which they achieved thanks to major contributions from Rohit Sharma (212) and Ajinkya Rahane (115).Also Read | My heroes were playing under me: Kapil Dev recalls his captaincyAlso Read | How Ravindra Jadeja is slowly changing India’s Test fortunes with the batAlso Read | Waiting for the overseas challenge: Rohit Sharma after Ranchi double hundredFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs South Africa Indian team management rewards pacers, top performers with business-class seatsMembers of the Indian team, including the support staff and management, have decided to reward the top performers in every game with business class seats on flights.advertisementlast_img read more

Province Invests in Cape Breton Call Centre Innovation

first_imgAn established direct-to-consumer business in Cape Breton is getting a boost from the province to upgrade its call centre technology to increase workforce efficiency and expand business potential. Premier Rodney MacDonald announced today, Jan. 23, that the province will invest $1.2 million in Spiegel Brands Inc.’s New Waterford location. “We are pleased to invest in the innovation plans of the largest employer in the New Waterford community,” said Premier MacDonald. “It is a well-respected employer with strong ties to the community.” Spiegel Brands Inc. employs about 500 people at the centre and generates an annual payroll of $10 million. The company sells women’s clothing directly to consumers through Internet-based marketing and its traditional United States catalog sales. The company is installing a leading-edge data-entry system worth more than $6 million. It will make the order process more efficient and allow the company to take advantage of future growth opportunities. “Upgrading our call centre technology will increase our productivity and efficiency,” said Lisa Lavin, senior director of call centres for Spiegel Brands Inc. “We look forward to many more years of successful growth in Nova Scotia.” New York-based Spiegel Brands Inc. has been in business more than 100 years. It generates $300 million in annual sales through its catalogs, Internet sales, and one pilot retail store.last_img read more

Bono To Be Honored By Nile Rodgers We Are Family Foundation

first_imgTo purchase tickets, or to make a contribution to the We Are Family Foundation, please visit Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.Arrivals and reception begin at 6:30pm on Friday, April 29, 2016 followed by the awards ceremony, dinner and live concert with Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Bono beginning at 7:30pm at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom located at 311 West 34th Street in New York City. On Friday, April 29, 2016, the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary GRAMMY Award winning musician, Nile Rodgers, will honor Bono at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.Bono will receive the We Are Family Foundation Humanitarian Award, which honors a person in the public eye who has made tremendous efforts and inroads into making the human condition better throughout the world. The lead singer of the iconic and award-winning band U2, Bono is also a long-time activist in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa. He is the cofounder of ONE, a global advocacy and campaigning organization and (RED) which works with companies to raise awareness and funds for the fight against AIDS. Previous recipients of the WAFF Humanitarian Award have included Sir Elton John, Sting & Trudie Styler, Steven Van Zandt, Nile Rodgers, Jackson Browne and Peter Gabriel.“The DNA of musicians in general is to give the gift of music to people around the world. And, in times of tragedy, musicians are the first to organize and give their music and themselves to help raise awareness, funds and in many cases a place to start to heal. For decades Bono’s passion for humanity continues through his work as a voice to solve some of our biggest issues on a global scale. I am proud to have him as this year’s We Are Family Foundation Humanitarian honoree, and I’m honored to call him a friend.” says WAFF Founder & Chairman, Nile Rodgers.The funds raised will support WAFF’s mission and programs including WAFF’s signature program, Three Dot Dash, which identifies, supports and mentors Global Teen Leaders actively working on programs that address basic human needs and promoting a more peaceful world; and TEDxTeen, a global educational platform for extraordinary teenagers to share their ideas, stories and inspire millions.last_img read more

Moussa Oukabir Main Suspect of the Barcelona Terror Attack

Rabat- Eighteen-year-old Moussa Oukabir is suspected of being the driver of the vehicle-ramming attack of Las Ramblas. Currently on the run, he is understood to have stolen his brother’s papers to rent the white Fiat van used in the attack, according the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.His older brother, Driss Oukabir, turned himself at the police station in the town of Ripoll, Catalonia, in the evening after having seen his photo in the media, according to the mayor of the municipality. Once arrested, Driss told the authorities that he took no part in the terrorist attack, and that his younger brother, Moussa, had stolen his passport and ID to rent the Fiat van. The 17- or 18-year-old young man of Moroccan origin is now emerging as the main suspect of the murderous attack, according to El Mundo, after the first investigations of Catalan authorities found a social media account in the name of the suspect with posts discussing the deaths of “infidels.” Carles Puigdemont, the president of Catalonia, confirmed that Moussa Oukabir was still on the run this Friday, and that he is believed to be the alleged driver of the van in the attack in which at least 13 people were killed and 100 injured.Spanish media is reporting that an account on the social network Kiwi contains comments referencing the “killing of infidels,’’ language often used by jihadi extremists against non-Muslims. The account bears the name and picture of Moussa Oukabir.A witness on the scene told Spanish media that the van driver was no more than 25 years old, “skinny”, and with “chestnut brown hair.” Regional police chief Major Josep Luis Trapero said police had launched Operation Cage to find the van driver and any others involved in the attacks.“There is no evidence that the person who left the van was armed. We do not believe he was armed, at least visibly,’’ he told reporters.“We entered all of the bars and establishments of the area to make sure that nobody was hiding. This was clearly a terrorist attack with the intention of killing as many people as possible.’’ read more

McDaniels Schakel lead SDSU to 8744 victory vs Tigers

SAN DIEGO — Jordan Schakel and Matt Mitchell scored 15 points apiece for San Diego State, which routed Jackson State 87-44 Tuesday night.The Aztecs (4-2) bounced back from their appearance at the Maui Invitational, where they were routed by then-No. 1 Duke, rallied to beat Xavier and then were routed by Iowa State.Jalen McDaniels added 14 points, Nolan Narain 11 and Devin Watson 10 for SDSU.Chris Howell and Jeremiah Bozeman scored nine points apiece for Jackson State (1-6). The Tigers had more turnovers, 23, than shots made, 15.San Diego State committed 21 turnovers.SDSU jumped out to leads of 9-0 and 16-2. Hemsley, Mitchell and Watson each made a 3-pointer for a 9-0 lead that forced the Tigers to take a timeout. McDaniels made a baseline jumper for an 11-0 lead before Jackson State made its first basket, a reverse layup by Venji Wallis.The Aztecs led 49-21 at halftime. The Tigers had only eight field goals while committing 16 turnovers.BIG PICTUREJackson State: The Tigers went 0-2 in San Diego. They lost 76-58 at San Diego on Saturday night despite leading by nine points midway through the first half.San Diego State: The Aztecs needed a laugher after a rough appearance in Maui, where they were lost by 26 points to Duke, rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat Xavier 79-74 and then lost 87-57 to Iowa State to finish sixth in the eight-team tourney.UP NEXTJackson State visits Santa Clara on Thursday night, their third stop on a four-game West Coast swing.San Diego State plays at Illinois State on Saturday as part of the Missouri Valley-Mountain West Challenge.Bernie Wilson, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State softball drops first game of series against Purdue 42

Sporting its road red uniforms, the Ohio State softball team dug itself into an early hole against Purdue and never recovered, losing 4-2 Friday at Buckeye Field in the first of a three-game series. Purdue (12-18, 1-3) was designated the home team after weather conditions in West Lafayette, Ind., rendered its home field unplayable and forced the teams to reschedule the weekend series eastward to Columbus. Sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico struggled from the start, walking the bases loaded and giving up two runs in the first inning before being pulled in the second. She finished the day with five walks and three earned runs. She suffered her fourth loss of the season. DiDomenico said she had trouble adapting to the game. “I had trouble adjusting to (home plate umpire Greg Paul’s) strike zone,” she said. “That’s on my part, I couldn’t adjust, and they took advantage of it.” Redshirt junior pitcher Melanie Nichols pitched the remainder of the game. Purdue struck first with a run off of a walk with the bases loaded and added another after a throwing error by sophomore outfielder Caitlin Conrad. The second inning saw the Boilermakers score two more, aided by junior outfielder Lindsey Rains’ RBI double. The Buckeyes (20-10, 2-2) added one back in the third inning off of freshman utility player Cammi Prantl’s sacrifice fly RBI and another in the fourth off sophomore second baseman Shelby Pickett’s RBI single to chip away at the lead, 4-2. In the end, though, the early deficit proved too large to overcome. Sophomore outfielder Taylor Watkins said the Buckeyes still have hope for the rest of the weekend. “We need to come out more focused tomorrow,” Watkins said. “We didn’t hit like we normally do, but we have to come out and play hard and forget about this game and worry about the next two.” The Buckeyes’ offense was grounded by Purdue sophomore pitcher Lexy Moore, who earned her fourth victory of the season with a three-hit, one-earned run, four-strike out game. Watkins said that the Buckeyes simply didn’t play their best. “We should have came out hard no matter what,” Watkins said. “Whether we were home or the visitors, and we didn’t. It was just a normal game.” Purdue snapped a nine-game losing streak with the victory and earned its first Big Ten win of the season. DiDomenico said she expects Saturday’s game against the Boilermakers to go better. “We have to come out tomorrow and do our best,” DiDomenico said. “And things will fall into place.” OSU is scheduled to take on Purdue for game two of the weekend series Saturday at 2 p.m. at Buckeye Field. The teams will also meet Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

Teck drops Cominco

first_imgTeck Cominco has launched its simplified name and brand, Teck, and the formed five new strategic business units specialising in copper, metallurgical coal, zinc, gold and energy. “Seven years ago when Teck Cominco was formed, two strong Canadian companies with a tradition of excellence in mining and metal refining were brought together. Since then, we’ve grown stronger through the acquisition and development of a diversified range of commodities,” said Don Lindsay, President and CEO. “Today, under one simplified name and a new strategic business unit structure, Teck is well positioned to build on our strength as a diversified resource leader.” The new structure is designed to improve the company’s competitiveness by increasing Teck’s ability to analyse and act on available opportunities in each commodity segment. Each business unit is led by a senior executive with full responsibility for the unit’s performance including establishing a growth strategy, project identification and development, the safe and sustainable operation of the unit’s assets, delivering quality products to customers, and overall profit and loss accountability:Copper Business Unit – Roger Higgins, Senior Vice President, CopperMetallurgical Coal Business Unit – Boyd Payne, President and Chief Executive Officer, Elk Valley CoalZinc Business Unit – Mike Agg, Senior Vice President, ZincGold Business Unit – Rob Scott, Vice President, GoldEnergy Business Unit – Ray Reipas, Vice President, EnergyIn support of these business changes, the company is updating its brand and logo to more accurately reflect Teck’s diversified portfolio of commodities. “Each of us at Teck is striving to build a company that is a special place to work: where everyone goes home safely every day, where we treat the environment with care, where we give back to communities, and where we take pride in what we do and the value our products bring to the world,” said Lindsay.The company’s legal name will remain Teck Cominco Ltd until the next Annual General Meeting in April 2009. At that AGM, subject to the approval of shareholders, the company proposes to change the legal name to Teck Resources Ltd. However, effective immediately, the brand of the company will be simply Teck.Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, metallurgical coal, zinc, gold and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK.last_img read more

Handheld launches the NAUTIZ X9 outdoorrugged Android PDA

first_imgHandheld Group, a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, has announced the new NAUTIZ X9: an ultra-rugged enterprise handheld built for fieldwork in the most challenging outdoor or industrial environments. This new Android handheld is targeted for industrial and field applications where reliability is critical and ruggedness is key. Offering a complete and unique set of features, the fully rugged Nautiz X9 can be used as a mobile computer, data collector or field controller.The fully rugged Nautiz X9 offers:A quad-core processor and easy-to-use Android 7 (Nougat) OSGPS/GLONASS capabilities standardOptional high-quality, high-speed 2D imagerDual cameras including 13-megapixel rear-facing with autofocus and flash, and 2-megapixel front-facing4G/LTE Android phone functionalityGoogle GMS for Google Maps navigation and Play Store app accessA sunlight-readable 5-inch capacitive display with multi-touch sensitivityIP67 ruggedness rating for waterproof, dust-tight performance.This rugged PDA is MIL-STD 810G tested for drops, vibrations, humidity, extreme temperatures and varying altitudes. Handheld’s newest device has a fast 1.3 GHz processor with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB Flash. And the 4800 mAh battery will run for a full shift, even with heavy use.“Adding the Nautiz X9 to our family of products reflects our commitment to bringing truly rugged field devices to market,” says Johan Hed, Handheld Group Director of Product Management. “The Nautiz X9 also extends our wide Android offerings, which have been in increasingly high demand. GMS certification is an extra feature not always included in enterprise devices, but it has proved to be invaluable for our customers, giving them access to the full suite of Google applications. The reliability and toughness of the Nautiz X9 will bring great value to field users worldwide.”last_img read more

A new museum in the works for Athens to honour Olympic history

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New life is set to be breathed into the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) in Maroussi, Athens.Built for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Greece’s Ministries of Finance and Environment have approved Lamda Development’s investment plan, which will see the entire centre opened up for commercial purposes.Expected to complement the Golden Hall shopping centre now in use, the plans include an exciting new museum dedicated to the Olympic Games.Also on the cards are commercial spaces covering 39,000 square meters, multipurpose entertainment spaces, and a food hall.The top floors will feature office spaces, while a significant portion of the ground and first floors will see play areas for children set up, along with well-equipped gym facilities.As part of the development plans, there will be 59,167 square metres in storage facilities located underground, along with 189 car spaces, and an additional 37 outdoors.last_img read more

Apple voudrait soffrir Dropbox

first_imgApple voudrait s’offrir DropboxLa marque à la pomme aurait fait une offre de 800 millions de dollars pour acquérir la jeune société spécialisée dans le stockage en ligne.Apple semble vouloir booster son service iCloud en s’offrant Dropbox. Le magazine spécialisé Business Insider, relayé par L’informaticien, explique que la marque à la pomme aurait formulé une offre de 800 millions de dollars pour s’offrir la jeune société et sa solution de stockage et de partage en ligne. Une information a prendre avec des pincettes mais qui est loin d’être impossible.À lire aussiiPad Air 2 : Keynote confirmée, tout ce que l’on sait sur la future tablette AppleEn s’offrant Dropbox, Apple complèterait son service iCloud et récupérerait aussi les milliers d’utilisateurs de Dropbox qui propose une solution gratuite permettant de stocker jusqu’à 2 gigaoctets et des offres payantes jusqu’à 100 gigaoctets. Néanmoins, le montant évoqué semble bien minime pour une entreprise bénéficiaire, qui cherchait récemment à lever des fonds, à hauteur de 200 à 300 milliards de dollars, et qui est valorisée à près de 4 milliards de dollars…Le 12 septembre 2011 à 13:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Chelsea target Lewandowski

first_imgChelsea have now entered the race to sign Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski at the end of the season, claims the Daily StarThe British publication has reported that the London club are now “on alert” after learning that the forward has been offered to some of the biggest sides in Europe for this summer.It is understood that Lewandowski’s representatives are making approaches to a number of big clubs to learn to their interest in the Pole and Chelsea have now made their interest known with Alvaro Morata’s future appearing to be increasingly uncertain at Stamford Bridge.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Although Chelsea are unlikely to have no competition for the highly-rated forward with newly crowned Premier League winners Manchester City and Liverpool strongly interested in signing Lewandowski this summer.The 29 year-old has had another impressive campaign for Bayern Munich with Lewandowski having scored 27 goals in his 27 league matches for the Bundesliga champions.last_img read more

Under NCLT heat RCom seeks time for Aircel merger tower business sale

first_img[Representational Image]Reuters FileReliance Communications (RCom) on Friday sought time from the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) as it hopes to convince China Development Bank (CDB) to withdraw its objection to the sale of its tower business and the proposed merger with Aircel, reports said on on Friday.RCom told NCLT that it is “running against time” to close the merger of its wireless business with Aircel, which will help it repay a majority of its loans to its creditors. CDB had objected to the $6-billion merger of debt-ridden telecom operators RCom and Aircel even after regulators, such as the Competition Commission of India (CCI), had cleared the deal.The bank, represented by senior counsel Darius Khambata at the NCLT, had sought a meeting of creditors with both companies ahead of the merger to discuss the loan-settlement terms.RCom senior counsel Janak Dwarkadas told the tribunal at a hearing that RCom is also in talks to address major lender China Development Bank’s (CDB) apprehensions about the deal. “(The) parties (Rcom and CDB) are negotiating as we speak. We are hopeful of some agreement.” The next date for hearing has been fixed for August 2.The Aircel deal and a stake sale in the tower business are expected to reduce RCom’s debt of around Rs 45,000 by 60 percent. The beleaguered telcom company needs to complete the merger as well as the tower sale within the seven-month breather it has from lenders, which expires in December 2017, according to an ET report on Friday.RCom owes the Chinese lender close to Rs 9,000 crore. The telco’s gross debt at the end of March 2017 was Rs 45,000 crore. Loans from local lenders stand at Rs 25,000 crore. RCom’s counsel Janak Dwarakadas said the company was hopeful of arriving at some arrangement with CDB.RCom’s representatives assured the tribunal that a creditor meeting would be called because it is important for the company to close the deal. “If you keep hearing till November, the debt will be declared NPA (non-performing assets),” Dwarkadas told the two-member bench comprising judges B S V Prakash Kumar and V Nallasenapathy, adding that nine of its lenders had given a go-ahead to the merger.ET had earlier reported that Aircel sourced equipment from Chinese vendors such as Huawei and ZTE, which are backed by loans from the Chinese banks like CDB. Additionally, RCom has over $1 billion in loans from Chinese banks. According to the rules, a merger needs the approval of 75 percent of lenders. RCom had sought a waiver of the rule on the grounds that the deal with Aircel only affected shareholders, not lenders.last_img read more

Abbott Extends State Disaster Declaration For Counties Impacted by Harvey Including Harris

first_imgFlorian Martin / Houston Public MediaTexas Governor Greg Abbott has extended the State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties affected by hurricane Harvey, including Harris County.Texas Governor Greg Abbott has extended the State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey, including Harris County.Abbott’s communications office explained in a press release sent out on Monday that all Texas counties declared disaster areas will continue to be eligible for assistance as they recover and rebuild after Harvey.There are currently 60 counties included in the state disaster declaration, including Harris County.“The most important message I want to send to the victims of this storm is that they are not alone as they continue to recover from this storm,” said Governor Abbott and added that “while we still have a long way to go to return to a new normal, I have no doubt that Texas will eventually emerge from this disaster stronger than ever before.”State Disaster Declarations must be renewed every 30 days for assistance to remain available.Other counties from the greater Houston region that are included in the State Disaster Declaration are: Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Montgomery and Wharton.As part of the post-Harvey recovery, Governor Abbott accepted last week $5 billion from the federal government that the state of Texas can use, among other things, to provide housing for people affected by Harvey. Sharelast_img read more