Liverpool v Man Utd: Kuyt accused of ‘stabbing Stam in the back’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool hero Dirk Kuyt is being hammered inside Holland.Dutch pundit Johan Derksen has accused Kuyt of undermining Feyenoord coach Jaap Stam, the former Manchester United defender. Kuyt is the club’s U19 coach.Before going into Sunday’s clash with FC Twente, the heat was being turned up on Stam over Feyenoord’s flagging start to the season. Stam, after two years in charge of Reading, returned to Holland to take charge of PEC Zwolle before being named Feyenoord coach barely a year into the job. But with things going awry at the De Kuip, it’s been claimed Kuyt has been positioning himself to succeed Stam.Former Cambuur star Derksen said on Veronica Inside via Voetbalzone: “I assure you: Dirk Kuyt relentlessly stabs Jaap with a knife in his back so he can become head trainer.”Along with being youth coach, Kuyt also had input on signings at Feyenoord this summer. The former striker, now 39, had six years with Liverpool where he won the League Cup. Derksen continued: “Kuyt is thriving there on the terraces in that Feyenoord suit, and hoping that the camera will be pointed at him.”He has what every trainer suffers from: ‘I can get a lot more out of that group’.”They all make that mistake. Vanity wins him over. He has been acting strangely at Feyenoord for years, but there has never been anyone who has pulled the handbrake.”Feyenoord bounced back on Sunday with a thumping 5-1 win over Twente. The result sees Feyenoord jump up to sixth on the Eredivisie table.- updated September 30 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ghaziabad: A 25-year-old youth was killed while his brother was critically injured after they were dragged to nearly 300 meters by the car which they had gone to buy.Cops said that the former owner of the car tried to flee with the vehicle after receiving money but the victims tried to catch him and got stuck in the vehicle. According to police, the deceased has been identified as Aarif and his cousin brother is Farmaan, both natives of Hapur district. Police officials said that the victims found the second hand car on OLX app. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHaji Nusrat, father of deceased said that his son and his nephew had gone to see the car and make payment in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad. “Aarif was looking for a second hand car and found a Maruti swift car on OLX app. When he contacted with the person who had posted the add, the deal was fixed for Rs 2 lakhs 60 thousand. As Aarif was interested in buying the vehicle, he called the owner of vehicle for a meeting at my nephew’s hotel in Hapur area on August 21,” said Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsNusrat. “The deal was fixed after they checked through the documents of the car and they had gone to a court in Ghaziabad to make the transfer related formalities. Aarif had paid Rs 2 lakhs against the vehicle while the rest of the amount was promised to be paid after the transfer formalities gets completed. However, while returning to home, the accused asked them to drop him at his house near Dabur crossing” he added. Cops said that the car broke down on the way and the accused asked the duo of brothers to step outside and push the car. “Victim’s family members told police that both the brothers had gone to drop the former owner of car to his house in Indirapuram police station area near Dabur crossing. They told police that the car broke down near Yashoda hospital and the accused asked them to step out and push the vehicle,” said Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of Police (city), Ghaziabad. “The accused sat on the wheels to start the car and as the car got started her tried to flee away with cash and the car but both the brothers caught hold over the car and they were dragged to nearly 300m before they fell off the car at a sharp turn and the accused ran over Aarif. A few passerby rushed them to a nearby hospital where doctors declared Aarif brought dead while Farmaan sustained critical injuries,” added Kumar. Police are trying to trace the driver of car by the registration number- UP 23 U 1801. “A case has been registered under IPC section 279 (punishment for rash driving), 304 (Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust) and teams have been formed to work out the case,” said Kumar.
MONTREAL – Reitmans Ltd. says it had a net loss of $3.2 million in the last quarter in an improvement from the $6.6 million net loss in the same quarter a year earlier.The clothing retailer says the smaller losses for the quarter ending May 5, which amounted to five cents per share, came from a longer quarter, a foreign exchange boost, and reduced store operating costs.Reitmans says sales were $207.6 million in the quarter, compared with $207.1 million a year earlier despite a net reduction of 32 stores, while promotional costs were up on increased activity.Online sales jumped 21.9 per cent in the quarter while store sales dropped 3.9 per cent. Overall sales were also boosted by about $8.8 million in the quarter because the first quarter ended a week later than last year’s.The company said in March it would close its 17 Hyba athletic clothing stores by next February and move the brand into the company’s existing Reitmans stores.Reitmans operates 637 stores including 269 Reitmans, 121 Penningtons, 89 Addition Elle, 80 RW & CO., 62 Thyme Maternity and the Hyba stores slated for closure.Companies in this story: (TSX:RET)
With the arrival of spring, Delhiites will witness a magical amalgamation of Kathak and Sarangi in a program titled ‘Rangmanch’, on March 14, at Triveni Kala Sangam.The event is being organised by Chhavi Bansal, under the mentorship of Dr Anuradha Mishra, Professor of Vivekananda Institute of professional studies. It will be graced by the presence of Ved Prakash Agarwal, Chairman, Prakash Industries Ltd, and Moumala Nayak, an accomplished artist of the Lucknow Gharana of Kathak – who will be the guests of honour. Apart from them, Kuljeet Chahal, General Secretary BJP, Delhi Pradesh; Dr Anuradha Mishra, and Ankur Chawla, Advocate will be special guests at the event. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain Opening with an artistic performance by Nabeel Khan with his Sarangi, the evening will witness a pure enchanting aura. Coming from the family of musician, Nabeel, son of the renowned Sarangi player Nasir Khan, started playing the Hindustani classical music instrument at the age of 7. Taking the legacy forward, the young artist has created a mystical aura with his artistic performance across the world. Following this, Shariq Mustafa, a young talented Tabla player from Farukabad Gharana will enthrall the audience with his soulful performance. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardLater, Yamika Mahesh who is a young and talented Kathak performer of Lucknow Gharana will present her production and leave the audience in awe. Initially trained under her gurus Pandit Jai Kishan Maharaj and Pandit Deepak Maharaj at Kathak Kendra, Yamika continued to learn the finer nuances of dance under the Kathak Maestro, Padma Vibhushan and Pandit Birju Maharaj at Kalashram. The extremely talented and critically acclaimed Kathak dancer will be accompanied by Suraj Nirwan, an Indian classical tabla player of Delhi Gharana, and Zohaib Hasan, classical vocalist.
New Delhi: GST officers are working out a mechanism to deal with non-payment of taxes by large number of small restaurants and B2C entities which are collecting taxes from customers but not depositing the levy with the government. Several consumers have filed complaints through a mobile app -Iris Peridot – that GST was charged by small restaurants but the eatery neither deposited taxes with the government nor filed GST returns. Many customers have downloaded the Iris Peridot app, developed by a GST Suvidha Provider, allowing them to scan the unique GST Identification Number (GSTIN) of a business and find out whether the returns have been filed by the entity. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraComplaints of consumers about non-filing of returns by the entities which are charging Goods and Services Tax (GST) are being forwarded on a real-time basis to the tax department for further action. Small businesses with an annual turnover of up to Rs 1.50 crore can opt for the composition scheme and file returns quarterly. However, such businesses are not allowed to charge GST from consumers and are required to print on their invoice that they are under the composition scheme and hence not supposed to charge GST on supplies. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysUnder the composition scheme, traders and manufacturers pay 1 per cent GST on their turnover, while restaurants and service providers pay 5 per cent and 6 per cent taxes respectively. “We have received several complaints from consumers with regard to charging of GST by entities who have not been filing returns. Some customers have also flagged the issue of charging of GST by small local restaurants who otherwise would be under the composition scheme,” an official said. As the number of complaints is very large, the tax department is developing a mechanism to find out the quantum of possible tax evasion and refer them to field offices for follow-up actions. “In absence of sufficient manpower to deal with such huge number of complaints with relatively small tax implication, it has become an administrative nightmare for the department,” the official said, adding similar complaints have also started coming in against small B2C entities dealing in hardware, sanitary ware, furniture, electrical goods. PwC India Partner and Leader (Indirect Tax) Pratik Jain said tax evasion at B2C level remains a big concern for the government. “To achieve over 20 per cent projected growth in GST collection in current fiscal, it’s important that evasion in B2C segment significantly reduces. Governments across the globe are trying to find ways to incentivise consumers to help in creating a more compliant eco-system, which we need to explore as well. Also the tax policy should be aligned to check tax evasion,” Jain said. Jain further said restricting input credits for restaurants and real estate sector may disincentivise the businesses to come in the tax chain and such policies need to be carefully reviewed. EY Tax Partner Abhishek Jain said “with a significant growth in GST collections envisaged in this Financial Year, the focus of the government would be to plug GST leakages”. For 2019-20, the government proposes to collect Rs 6.10 lakh crore from Central GST and Rs 1.01 lakh crore as compensation cess. The Integrated GST balance has been pegged at Rs 50,000 crore. The Central GST collection in 2018-19 fiscal was Rs 4.25 lakh crore, while compensation cess was over Rs 97,000 crore.
LBJ: Three times the MVP.Boston Celtic fan douses LeBron James with beer after Miami Heat winLeBron James is villainized by critics when he has a less-than-stellar game. He’s also villainized when he plays well.After the Miami Heat’s 98-79 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, a fan threw a drink on James as he was heading to the lockerroom.James, who had just scored 45 points, chose not to react and kept walking.Nothing that he could have said would have made more of a statement than his play had anyway.With his team facing elimination, he seemingly couldn’t miss. He scored 14 points in the first quarter, had 30 by halftime and added 11 in the third quarter. He made 19 of his 26 field-goal attempts, his most efficient output in any of the six games in which he scored 45 points or more.He also had 15 points and five assists.Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra gushed about the player who is accused of not being clutch in big games.“He was absolutely fearless tonight,” Spoelstra said. “And it was contagious.”Boston Coach Doc Rivers also paid homage to the highly criticized superstar.“I hope now you guys can stop talking about LeBron and that he doesn’t play in big games,” Rivers told reporters. “He was pretty good tonight. Now that’s to bed.”James didn’t let the classless Celtics fan ruin his moment or spoil his mood.While on the podium, he took a moment to reflect on his performance.“It’s a great feeling to be in, when you feel like everything you put up is going in,” James said.Source: LA Times
On Wednesday, Baseball America released an online version of its annual organizational talent rankings, listings of each major league franchise in order of “the total worth of each farm system’s prospects.” This year, the Pittsburgh Pirates came in first.I wrote about the expected wins above replacement of individual players in Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list, and I wanted to continue the discussion by looking at how the publication’s assessments of organizational talent track with each team’s top prospects’ expected WAR and with future team performance.Using various sources — including, in large part, this archival Baseball America page — I compiled Baseball America’s organizational lists for every season back to 1984. For years since 1990, we can compare these overall system rankings with those that would be implied by adding up the expected WAR values of each team’s best prospects (those who cracked Baseball America’s Top 100 list).For example, at the height of their dynasty years in 2000, the New York Yankees were rated No. 1 in Baseball America’s organizational talent rankings. But adding up the expected WAR totals for the Yankees’ Top 100 list members gets us 28.8 — only good for fifth at the time and miles behind the league-leading Marlins’ 51.3 expected WAR. (That Marlins prospect class produced a trio of future ace pitchers in Josh Beckett, A.J. Burnett, and Brad Penny — not a bad haul.)I’m picking on the Yankees here a bit for having an overrated class of phenoms under the championship halo of 2000 (aside from No. 5 Nick Johnson and No. 16 Alfonso Soriano, their only other Top 100 selections that year were Wily Mo Pena at No. 88 and D’Angelo Jimenez at No. 89). But overall, there’s a strong correlation — a Spearman’s rho of 0.86 — between a team’s Baseball America organizational ranking and its ranking if we just add up the expected WAR values of its players in the Top 100 list.This year’s top Pirates prospects total an expected WAR of 42.4, which ranks third behind the Chicago Cubs’ 50.3 mark. That’s not quite as wide a gap as the 2000 Yankees. (It’s also worth noting that the distribution of prospects has a long tail, so while the presence of an organization’s farmhands in the Top 100 matters a lot, it’s not everything. It’s completely plausible that a system’s depth beyond the Top 100 can make up several spots in the overall rankings.)The real question, though, is what this means for the next decade or so of baseball in Pittsburgh. Optimistic Pirates fans might point to the 1992 Atlanta Braves’ top-rated prospect class, which preceded a decade in which the Braves boasted the best record in baseball. But pessimists will quickly find a counterpoint close to home: The 1997 Pirates also had Baseball America’s best crop of prospects, only to have MLB’s third-worst record over the next 10 years.Anecdotes aside, the general relationship appears to be a weak one. The Spearman rank correlation coefficient between a team’s Baseball America organizational ranking and its rank among MLB teams in winning percentage over the next 10 seasons is just 0.24. However, there are also a lot of other factors at play in a team’s performance beyond just its prospect classes.Writing at Baseball Analysts in 2010, Sky Andrecheck — currently in the Cleveland Indians’ front office — looked at the ability of Baseball America’s farm rankings to predict future team wins after controlling for existing team quality, team payroll and market size. He found that a team’s running four-year organizational ranking was a significant predictor of a team’s success, and that the top farm system could contribute about 67 more wins than the worst system over the following nine seasons.Two years later, Matt Swartz of FanGraphs attacked the question from a different direction, measuring a team’s return on investment in terms of “nonmarket WAR” — that is, WAR for which a team does not have to pay the auction-style premiums found on the free agency market (including the dreaded winner’s curse). He found an effect similar to what Andrecheck observed: The best farm system was worth 41 more nonmarket WAR than the worst farm system over the subsequent five seasons.But Swartz also underscored the risk involved in banking on prospects. A team’s organizational ranking didn’t explain anywhere near as much of its subsequent nonmarket WAR as its payroll explained its future auction-market WAR. Or, as Swartz wrote, “Payroll … can tell you about four times as much as about the difference between teams over the next five years as farm-system rankings can.”This isn’t great news for the Pirates, who enter the 2014 season with the majors’ fourth-lowest payroll. (That’s not an abnormal ranking for them, either — 2013 was the only season since 2003 in which Pittsburgh didn’t have one of baseball’s 10 lowest payrolls.) For its long-term future, the club is probably banking on the “low payroll/good prospects” model to bring it success. But the research says that path is a risky one, even if a team has a shiny No. 1 Baseball America organizational ranking.
Following a hard-fought 20-17 victory at Iowa last weekend, No. 8-ranked Ohio State returns home on Saturday for its 107th meeting with Michigan and its regular season finale. Although the win put the Buckeyes into the history books as the only team in conference history to win 10 games or more in six straight seasons, coach Jim Tressel said his team’s thoughts immediately shifted to the rival Wolverines. “It seems like Iowa was a long time ago. We knew it was going to be a battle and it was,” Tressel said. “It wasn’t 30 seconds over that our thoughts began to rumble about this one, and we’re anxious.” The Buckeyes have dominated the Wolverines at the Horseshoe in recent history, winning every game against Michigan in Columbus since 2000. Senior defensive tackle Dexter Larimore said OSU will face a much-improved Michigan squad. “It’s crazy to think that last year they were almost a completely different team,” Larimore said. “This year, they have just turned it on offensively and just been able to score on anybody.” Pryor comes through in the clutch Junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor didn’t have his most impressive statistical game in the Buckeyes’ victory in Iowa City, Iowa, completing 54.5 percent of his passes and throwing for two interceptions. However, Tressel said he was impressed by his signal caller. “I thought he played pretty well,” he said. “There were a couple times where, from the sideline, I thought he should have stood in and waited for something to develop, and then when you watched it on film, I could see why he moved around a little. … I would say his grade was as good or better than any he’s had. He really had a grasp on what we were trying to do.” Even with the interceptions, Tressel said it was Pryor’s performance down the stretch that stood out. “He ran the ball well. He got us in and out of plays we needed to be and obviously, you know, you’re evaluated by how you do when the chips are down, and I thought he did a nice job in that last six minutes,” he said. Senior day Twenty-four OSU seniors will run out of the tunnel onto the field at the Horseshoe for the last time Saturday, hoping to stay unbeaten in their careers against Michigan. Couple that with the magnitude of the rivalry, and Tressel said it is going to be a special day. “We’re looking forward to 24 seniors, the last time they go out there, and that’s a big deal to us, but that’s a bigger deal to them,” he said. “They have been a part of some good football teams and they’re trying to lead this team into being a good football team and they know they only have one more chance back in Ohio Stadium.” The seniors agreed that their last game in Columbus will be memorable. “It will definitely be emotional and definitely a kind of bittersweet feeling knowing that I made it through the five years,” senior offensive lineman Bryant Browning said. “At the same time, it is going to be the last time I get to run out onto the field with my team at the Horseshoe and play in the great stadium, so it is going to be something I remember for the rest of my life.” Downtrodden Wolverine defense The 2010 edition of the Wolverine defense is certainly not one of the best Michigan has produced. Heading into its final regular season game, Michigan has allowed more than 33 points per game and given up an eye-popping 445.2 yards of offense per game. Despite the shortcomings, senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said he expects to see a better Wolverine defense Saturday. “We’re obviously confident in our offense no matter who we are facing,” Sanzenbacher said. “We’ll game-plan for whatever we think is going to work, but at the same time we always know that they’re probably going to be a little better than what we see on film.” Tressel said the magnitude of the matchup will bring out the best in all parties. “I can promise you this, they are going to play the best they can possibly play and then some,” he said. “They’re going to play better than they are. We need to play better than we are, and that’s, to me, the fun of this game.”
The agent of Nabil Fekir is adamant that his client’s potential transfer to Liverpool from Lyon remains a possibility for this summerShortly after their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last month, the Reds were believed to be close to sealing a £53m to bring Fekir to Anfield before the start of the World Cup.The France international had actually completed a medical at the French training camp, but then Lyon released a statement announcing that the talks had broken down and that Fekir would be remaining at the Groupama Stadium for next season.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…But the forward’s agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, is adamant that the move can still go ahead.“He didn’t sign because uh, it is not over! This is not the end of the story,” he told La Chaine Info, via AlbaWaba.Fekir is currently with the French squad for the World Cup and came on as a substitute for Ousmane Dembele in the 70th minute of their 2-1 win over Australia in their World Cup opener last Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival has made Juventus even more determined to win the Champions League, says head coach Massimiliano AllegriThe Italian giants have gone 22 years without glory in Europe, despite having reached the final of the Champions League five times since defeating Ajax in a penalty shoot-out at Rome in 1996.But upon witnessing five-time Champions League winner Ronaldo take just eight minutes to score his first goal for the Bianconeri in the side’s annual friendly against the B team, Allegri’s hopes for the upcoming season have grown.“Naturally, we have bigger ambitions of winning the Champions League than in previous years, just as we want the Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana,” said the Italian, according to Goal.“Ronaldo has above all brought experience at international level and is an extra motivation for the younger guys to aim higher. You don’t win five Ballon d’Or trophies for nothing and you can see how hard he works to get there.“However, Real Madrid have won four of the last five editions of the Champions League and they did that through hard work. We’ve got to work, too, and this is the first time I’ve really seen the whole squad play together.”While Juventus have undoubtedly been bolstered by the arrival of a five-time Ballon d’Or winner in Ronaldo, Allegri feels that the squad has strengthed anyway.“This is a team built every year to achieve every objective,” he added to RMC Sport.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We have more experience now, and there have been the arrivals of Ronaldo, Emre Can, [Joao] Cancelo, [Leonardo] Spinazzola will be available, the return of [Leonardo] Bonucci…“I would say the team has improved but you can talk about that all day long. There’s a field of green where you have to play, you have to run, you have to have great respect for your opponents.“This year, more than ever, we want to beat everyone.”Juventus will next face Chievo Verona this Saturday for their Serie A opener.✒ Duty for @Cristiano ?#VillarPerosa ?? #CR7JUVE pic.twitter.com/iCUp9ZXRZz— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 12, 2018
Two people were killed and five others injured as a bus plunged into a roadside ditch by Dhaka-Chittagong highway near Saddam Market in Signboard area of the city on Friday, reports news agency UNB.The deceased were identified as Popy, 11, daughter of Mogol Ahmed of Boro Mehedipur village in Begumganj upazila of Noakhali district, and Mainul Hossain Pranto, 20, an HSC student and son of Mosharraf Hossain of Ramnandi in Sadar upazila of Noakhali.Mahmud, duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence Control Room, said the Raipur (Noakhali)-bound ‘Ekushey Paribahan’ bus from Dhaka plunged into the ditch after hitting a tree around 6:30am, leaving two people dead on the spot and five others injured.Of the injured, one was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital while others were given first aid.Meanwhile, the bodies were handed over to the respective family members for burial without postmortem, said sub-inspector of Jatrabari Police Station Awal Hossain.
Julian AssangeWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange filed a new motion in Sweden Wednesday calling for a European arrest warrant over rape allegations to be dropped, after the United States said it was seeking to arrest him, his lawyer said.The 45-year-old Australian denies the accusations in Sweden that date back to 2010, which he fears will see him extradited to the United States.He has been holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 and risks being arrested by British police as soon as he steps out of the building.His Swedish lawyer Per Samuelsson said the new motion was filed because US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in April that arresting Assange would be “a priority”.”This implies that we can now demonstrate that the US has a will to take action… this is why we ask for the arrest warrant to be cancelled so that Julian Assange can fly to Ecuador and enjoy his political asylum,” Samuelsson told AFP.He said the motion was filed in a Stockholm court on Wednesday and that it should take two to three weeks for a ruling.Assange fears imprisonment in the United States over the leaking by WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of secret US military and diplomatic documents that first gained attention in 2010.He has made numerous appeals to Swedish courts, including the Supreme Court, but has lost eight bids to cancel the arrest warrant.Swedish judges have refused to take into account the opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which in February 2016 said Assange “was arbitrarily detained” by Sweden and Britain and called for the warrant to be annulled.
X Listen Efran VafaieAn example of crepe myrtle bark scale (CMBS), which is the result of an insect. The condition appears as a white or gray felt-like crust on the bark of crepe myrtle trees. A new study says it’s spreading in Houston. Share 00:00 /15:32 Wondering what that weird, gray, felt-like crust is on your crepe myrtle trees? It might be something called crepe myrtle bark scale (CMBS). A new study from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service says it’s spreading through Houston.CMBS is actually the result of an insect (the bark scale crawler), and the condition appears as a white or gray felt-like crust on the bark of crepe myrtles. The first sign of the pest is a black, sooty mold on bark.While CMBS is not fatal to trees, it will stunt their growth and affect flowering.Linda Gay, a horticulturist at The Arbor Gate Nursery in Tomball, joins us to explain the problem – and to answer all your gardening questions. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Journal information: Biology Letters © 2014 Phys.org PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Video box & Experimental set-up. Credit: Biol. Lett. September 2014 vol. 10 no. 9 20140439. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0439 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Study shows wild monkeys can learn new tricks from watching training videos (2014, September 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-wild-monkeys-videos.html Play Credit: Biol. Lett. September 2014 vol. 10 no. 9 20140439. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0439 Explore further Video box & Experimental set-up. Credit: Biol. Lett. September 2014 vol. 10 no. 9 20140439. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0439 More information: Video demonstrations seed alternative problem-solving techniques in wild common marmosets, Biol. Lett. September 2014 vol. 10 no. 9 20140439. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0439AbstractStudies of social learning and tradition formation under field conditions have recently gained momentum, but suffer from the limited control of socio-ecological factors thought to be responsible for transmission patterns. The use of artificial visual stimuli is a potentially powerful tool to overcome some of these problems. Here, in a field experiment, we used video images of unfamiliar conspecifics performing virtual demonstrations of foraging techniques. We tested 12 family groups of wild common marmosets. Six groups received video demonstrations (footage of conspecifics either pulling a drawer open or pushing a lid upwards, in an ‘artificial fruit’); the other six groups served as controls (exposed to a static image of a conspecific next to the fruit). Subjects in video groups were more manipulative and successful in opening the fruit than controls; they were also more likely to use the technique they had witnessed and thus could serve as live models for other family members. To our knowledge, this is the first study that used video demonstrations in the wild and demonstrated the potent force of social learning, even from unfamiliar conspecifics, under field conditions. (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers working in a South American jungle has shown that wild monkeys are able to learn how to perform an activity by watching videos of other monkeys performing the task. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Tina Gunhold, Thomas Bugnyar and Andrew Whiten of the Universities of Vienna and St Andrews, respectively, describe how they trained monkeys to perform tasks, videotaped them doing it and then showed the results to wild marmosets living in Pernambuco Brazil, and what they learned as a result of doing so. Marmoset monkeys know polite conversation The results by the team suggest that some wild animals are capable of being trained via video, a finding that could impact wildlife management, though more research will have to be done to see which other animals might learn the same way. What’s still a mystery is what happens in the minds of the monkey’s as they watch the video, they obviously understand that the previously trained marmosets aren’t actually there in the tree with them—marmosets are very territorial, they’d react strongly to a stranger—so, how do they reconcile what they see with reality and learn from it? That will have to be the subject of other studies. Scientists have known for some time that certain captive animals are capable of learning by watching others like them perform tasks that have been video-recorded. In this new effort, the researchers wanted to know if such capabilities would extend to wild animals as well. They chose wild marmosets, which are native to Brazil because they are extremely social, curious and have been seen to learn from one another.The team first trained a group of captive marmosets to open a drawer or to pull open a lid, to a clear plastic box to retrieve a food reward inside. They then put a laptop into a protective enclosure and placed it in a tree in the jungle where marmosets are known to live and had it play the videos. Next they filmed different groups of marmosets as they were drawn to the enclosure and then reacted to what they saw.In all twelve groups were filmed, 108 marmosets in all—some of the groups were shown video of marmosets opening the box using the drawer, others lifting the lid—a control group was shown a still image. Reviewing the tape revealed that 12 of the marmosets were able to open the box, 11 of which had seen it done first in a video—the lone individual figured it out after seeing just a still image.
Mangoes and Indian summer have always remained inseparable, with the literature and poetry of the whole sub-continent being full of numerous nostalgic and glowing references to the elaborate ways of savouring the mouth-watering varieties of the juicy and tasty delight to beat the scorching tropical heat.To give more mangoes to savour to the people in the Capital, the state government in collaboration with National Cold Chain Board has embarked on special effort to transport mangoes directly from the orchards of the hinterland of Bengal to the National Capital in specially equipped refrigerated vans. The supply chain lasted for weeks to ensure the freshness of the fruit delivered to the buyers in Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Around 24 tonnes of Bengal mango varieties like Himsagar, Laxmanbhog, Langra and Fazli are being sent to Delhi, Malda District Magistrate S K Dwivedi said. ‘The main objective of organising this festival is to establish the brands of Malda mangoes and to facilitate its marketing,’ he added. Organised by the food processing industries and horticulture department of the West Bengal government, the mango festival is being held at Dilli Haat, INA. Krishnendu Narayan Choudhary, at the inauguration of the event gave a long speech thanking Mamata Banarjee, the current CM of West Bengal for her initiative. He also emphasised on the fact that these mangoes were being brought to Delhi directly from the farmers and that no brokerage was involved. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSet up in the AC Lounge, delectable varieties of mangoes like Langda, Fazli, Himsagar and Laxmanbhog, the last three having received registration under the Geographical Indication (GI) Index. A GI is a name or a sign used on certain products which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin. Typically, such a name assures quality and distinctiveness. For the first time, Amrapali mangoes from Bankura, successfully grown under a convergence program with MGNREGA, will be available towards the end of the festival. A lot to relish once you visit Dilli Haat. You will even be given the opportunity to relish processed mango products like Aam Panna and Mango pickles. The only sad part is, that the mangoes are overpriced. 12 mangoes for 400 rupees is the average price.Where: Dilli Haat, INAWhen: On till 30 June
In view of popular demand, the government will relaunch saving instrument Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) on Tuesday, wherein the invested money will get doubled in 8 years and 4 months. The KVP, which will be relaunched by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, will be available in denominations of Rs 1,000; 5,000; 10,000 and 50,000. There will be no upper ceiling on investment.‘Initially the certificates will be sold through post offices. But the same will soon be made available to the investing public through designated branches of PSBs,’ the Finance Ministry said. Investments in KVP will remain under lock-in for a period of 2.5 years and thereafter in any block of six months on pre-determined maturity value.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday pitched for concrete outcomes to the long-pending issues of UN Security Council reforms and a proposed treaty to counter terrorism at the upcoming session of the world body as he met Mogens Lykketoft, President-elect of UNGA’s 70th Session.Modi, while telling Lykketoft that he was looking forward to participating in the Summit on September 25, emphasised that the 70th Session of UNGA was a crucial moment for the United Nations.It would be important to ensure that the UN meets the high expectations of the people, he said, according to a PMO statement. India is an aspirant for the permanent membership of the expanded Security Council.
How does a sculptor translate a yogic stance into a bronze? Arun Pandit’s fibre glass maquette for a monumental bronze entitled “Meditation” is a work that personifies the flow of artistic expression. Pandit creates works that make us stop and think.He does not give us a work that is a straight forward literal illustration. Instead he creates a work that gives us an inner and outer shell of awareness. He keeps the mould in which he creates and gives us an inside outside rhythmic feel that speaks of two worlds – in this case the yogic asana and gives us a tumultous melding of both states. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen it comes to yoga or art there is something deeply fulfilling, about expression–but accessing creativity through yogic symbolism isn’t always easy. Like the most difficult yogasanas, self control and inner creativity arise naturally. When we are in the state of stillness and can keep the calmness of presence, it creates its own aura. Pandit here creates two moulds – the first is the complete yogic being created in the wholesome image of man.The second is the mould in which the image was created. For the past 20 years Pandit has created works in which he has conjoined the inner and outer shells to create hybrid realities that have puzzled as well as enamoured buyers in the country. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePandit’s most famous work is the ‘Tirupati Airport Garuda’ in which he created a man with Garuda’s wings that were actually 12 pairs of hands. Pandit plays with illusion and elusiveness to give us sculptures that have a surreal feel. In this case, he personifies yoga as a gift for an artist as well as normal human being. Pandit describes his position: “When we practice awareness in asana, pranayama, and meditation, we learn to see and let go of the distractions of the mind. It is from this place of clear seeing that inspiration springs forth. So in my work I’m showing two worlds.The outer external like a shell –when I cover the human with the outer mould I am stating that we have to detach ourselves from those attachments so we can achieve that inner state.” In more ways than one Pandit is also pointing towards the truth that creativity arises naturally in states of stillness and presence. The basic tenet of yoga is to let go of the clutter and the burdens of everyday living, and giving into the tools of yoga can give you the feeling of being completely present, awake, and alive. And while yoga is often thought of as a tool to help us find ease in the body, it can also be a way of helping us tap our creative selves. This work with its many inner and outer realms when made into a bronze will indeed be an instrument that will draw the energy of those who view it.Pandit, the National Award Winner from Bihar College of Art junior to Subodh Gupta has come a long way for the art world to take notice of him. His sculptures at the Art Heritage stall of the India Art Fair this year drew huge response. According to him, meditation and yoga grant us access to the deep places of our psyche and consciousness that inspire creative ideas to emerge, while simultaneously offering us tools to work with some of the biggest obstacles as artists. He states: “I called my work “Meditation” because no matter what kind of art you call your own, your yoga practice can more fully connect you with your creative mind, body, and soul. I wanted people to connect with that.” Arun Pandit takes the yogic meditation aasan and gives us a figure that translates meditation into a calming serene posture. Pandit works with the mould and the human figure – creating a karmic echo in which the being is both within and without. The sculpture reflects the truth that yoga is a science, one that has been with us for generations and meditation is the ultimate journey to nirvana.Yoga gurus state that once we approach creative expression from the perspective of mindfulness and devotion, we begin to see art-making itself as a spiritual practice. In this way, our art serves a higher purpose: it helps us become more present in our daily lives and offers us an opportunity to connect more deeply with the universal creative force that resides in us. As we become more perceptive in our yoga practice – by examining ourselves – we become more perceptive in other areas of life, including creating art. This work “Meditation” has been created as a maquette, for an assignment in Delhi Airport’s T3. If accepted it becomes a feather in the cap of one of the greatest sculptors in the country and at present the Garhi studios in Delhi.
Women are more likely to get jealous or upset than men when they read messages on Facebook or other social media indicating that their romantic partner has been unfaithful, a study has found. Researchers from Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK investigated how jealousy manifests between the sexes when people find compromising messages on their partner’s social media accounts.As part of the study, 21 male and 23 female undergraduate students were shown imaginary Facebook messages in a Facebook format, revealing that their partners had been either emotionally or sexually unfaithful. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEight short messages along the lines of: “You must be my soulmate! Feel so connected to you, even though we haven’t slept together,” (Emotional infidelity) and “You must be the best one-night stand I’ve ever had,” (Sexual infidelity) were shown to participants.The “discovered” message was either composed and sent by the participant’s partner, or came from someone else.Participants had to rate how distressed they would have felt if they had come across such messages while accessing their partner’s Facebook messaging service without permission. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMen felt more distressed when they read social media messages that revealed their partners’ sexual rather than emotional infidelity.However, women were more upset than men in response to emotional messages.The researchers also found that women were significantly more upset when a potential rival had written the message, compared to when it was composed by their own partners.For men, the opposite seemed to be true and they appeared to be more upset by imagining their partner sending rather than receiving an infidelity-revealing message. Irrespective of the contents, women overall were more upset than men when they had to imagine discovering an infidelity-related message.The study supports evolutionarily derived theories that hold that there are differences in what triggers jealousy among men and women, and in how they subsequently direct such feelings towards the cheating partner or the potential rival.According to the researchers, it is important to understand the mechanisms underlying jealousy, and how it plays out in the digital age.Real or suspected partner infidelity that causes sexual or emotional jealousy is often given as the reason for domestic abuse and violence.”Applying an evolutionary perspective to understanding the manifestation of jealous behaviour and how infidelity-related anger can trigger partner dissolution and domestic abuse may help counteract inevitable rises in such behaviours in an age where clandestine extra-marital relationships are facilitated by modern forms of media technology,” said Dunn.The findings are published in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science.
Kolkata: Civic bodies in New Town, Sector V and Salt Lake along with Bidhannagar Police have geared up to combat any emergency situation, which may occur due to the cyclone Fani. Special Disaster Management Groups (DMG) have been formed and control rooms have been set up to act immediately in case of any disaster caused by the cyclone.In Salt lake, about eight trees have felled at various locations due to the impact of Fani. According to Debashis Sen, chairman of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) and New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), a special control room has been set up for emergency situation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAlso, Kolkata Gate has been closed for spectators and all rides have been suspended at the Eco Park. Monitoring teams have been set up to keep a check on the rise of the water-level in canals. Special DMG teams are all set to combat any emergency situation and the staff of New Town Kolkata Development Authority are on high alert. Apart from New Town, special arrangements have been made by the Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) also. A special control room has been opened to receive distress calls during the cyclone. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBuilding authorities have been asked to close all the windows and keep safe distance from glass panes. A control room has been opened there as well. Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made elaborate arrangements in view of the cyclone Fani. Control rooms have been set up in each borough offices. Ten ambulances have been kept ready for medical emergencies. Adequate drinking water tankers, dry foods, and tarpaulins have been arranged as precautionary steps. Some school buildings and clubs have been being taken over by the BMC to provide shelter to people in case if emergency evacuation needed. According to a circular by the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation authorities, staff of all the department have been instructed to be ready to tackle any emergency situation. A control room has been opened at the Poura Bhavan, which has adequate staff all through the day to address any problem caused by cyclone Fani. Senior officials and MMiCs (Member, Mayor-in-Council) have been given the charge of supervision of work at their respective departments. Mayor, Municipal Commissioner and other officials are going to stay at the Poura Bhavan throughout the night. Bidhannagar Police arranged for two special DMG teams from Barrackpore, which have been deployed in Salt Lake and New Town. This apart, gas cutters and other necessary equipments have been kept ready for any emergency situation. Apart from these measures, additional police forces have been deployed round the clock both on the field and control room. “We are ready to combat the cyclone. Necessary traffic diversions will be made if needed,” said Amit P Javalgi, Deputy Commissioner (headquarters) of Bidhannagar Police. South Dum Dum and Dum Dum municipalities have also geared up to combat Fani. According to sources, proper relief measures have been taken and DMG teams are ready.