A Better Berry, Thanks to Bees

first_imgThe next time you bite into a bright red, perfectly shaped strawberry, give a shout-out to the bees. A new study shows that pollination by the insects increases the quality and shelf life of strawberries, saving hundreds of millions of dollars in the process. Bees could be providing the same benefits for a variety of other fruits and vegetables as well.It’s well known that pollination increases the yield of most crops. Seeds, nuts, fruit, and grain can be larger and more plentiful when insects or other animals transfer pollen between plants, in contrast to when plants pollinate themselves, a process called selfing. But quality turns out to be important, too. Teja Tscharntke, an agroecologist at the University of Göttingen in Germany, got the idea to study quality about a decade ago, while he was investigating pollination of coffee plants in Indonesia. He and his student Alexandra Klein noticed that not only was coffee yield higher with more bee species, but malformations such as unevenly shaped beans were also reduced.To delve into the role of pollination in fruit quality, Tscharntke decided to study strawberries. They can be pollinated by insects or by the wind, but they can also self. Each berry is an unusual collection of many tiny fruits, so pollen must be delivered to each of the 200 or so ovaries inside the flower. This means that pollination by insects could be even more important than in other plants. 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(Bee diversity matters: a study in 1993 showed that wild bees specialize in pollinating the base of the flower, while honey bees prefer the top. This specialization helps ensure that an equal distribution of ovaries are pollinated.) With Ph.D. student Björn Klatt, Tscharntke and other colleagues prevented bees from reaching some of the flowers by covering them with bags that still allowed wind to blow pollen in. Other flowers were covered by bags that trapped all pollen produced by the flowers, ensuring that only selfing would occur. Strawberries yield fruit more than once per season, so the team had to quickly harvest several times and take the berries to the lab for analysis with colorimeters and other instruments. “For a few months we were really overwhelmed by all these strawberries,” Tscharntke says.Strawberries pollinated by bees were redder and brighter than the other berries, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. They also had fewer deformities. And because they were firmer, their shelf life is likely about 12 hours longer than those that were wind-pollinated. This may not sound like much, but after just 4 days of storage, more than 90% of strawberries can’t be sold. If pollinators weren’t involved, growers would lose 11% of the fruits’ value, a reduction of $320 million in the European Union in 2009. The same rate of spoilage in the U.S. crop in 2011 would have cost farmers $264 million. Because the researchers graded the fruits according to a commercial scale, they could calculate the market value of the various strawberries. Pollination by bees led to 39% higher sales value than wind pollination and 54% higher than selfing. These values imply that just by improving fruit quality, bees are responsible for half of the value of the strawberry crop, which was worth $2.9 billion in the European Union in 2009 and $2.4 billion in the United States in 2011. However, Tscharntke says it was difficult to taste a difference due to pollination as opposed to the type of strawberry plant.Pollination likely improves fruit because it stimulates two major plant hormones, Tscharntke says. Auxin promotes cell division and growth, increasing weight and firmness of the fruit. Gibberellic acid delays softening, helping the fruit resist bruises and mold. It’s not known how pollination affects fruit color, but the change makes sense for the plant’s goal of attracting animals to disperse the seeds.Previous studies have shown that pollination by bees yields firmer melons and cucumbers and higher sugar content in a few fruits. But this analysis is more comprehensive and the first to assess the broad economic impact. “It’s a nicely demonstrated case,” says ecologist Nico Blüthgen of the Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany.Studying the impact of bees on fruit quality is an innovative way to better understand the contributions they provide to humans, says Claire Kremen, an ecologist at the University of California, Berkeley. “This is the next wave of getting at the value of pollinators.”last_img read more

British-Indian steel tycoon makes bid for French aluminium wheels maker

first_imgBritish-Indian steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta has made a formal bid to acquire the only French manufacturer of aluminium wheels, AR Industries.Gupta’s global industrial group, GFG Alliance, submitted the bid to the court administrators for AR Industries (ARI) at Chateauroux in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France.If GFG Alliance is successful in its bid, it could help save nearly 400 jobs as part of a plan to rescue and revive ARI, the only French manufacturer of aluminium wheels.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img read more

Historical, religious sites chosen in Gujarat for Yoga Day

first_imgAhmedabad, Jun 18 (PTI) A number of historical and religious sites in Gujarat have been chosen for the International Yoga Day celebrations on June 21, with the government expecting the participation of over one crore people.Modhera sun temple, Rani-ki-Vav, Bindu Sarovar, Taranga hills, Saputara hills, Pavagadh temple, Ambaji, Girnar hills and Lakhota lake are some of the important sites, where yoga camps will be organised all over the state, state education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said at a press conference today.”We are expecting that 1.25 crore people will participate in these events, as against 1.9 crore people, who took part last year. Yoga camps are being organised at historical- religious sites and a number of people will participate,” he said.In one of the events, around 100 youths will perform yoga run on top of Girnar hill in Junagadh district, Chudasama said.Around 8,000 school students will form a “yoga human chain” with the aim of creating a world record on this day, while prisoners lodged in jails across the state will also participate as they are already being trained in yoga, Chudasama added.The main programme will be held at GMDC Ground in Ahmedabad, where Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and Governor O P Kohli will attend. At Nikol in Ahmedabad, Union Home Minister J P Nadda will take part in the yoga camp.In all, yoga camps will be organised at around 40,000 sites in the state and 1,051 specially-abled students will participate at a camp in Bhavnagar. Prisoners across various jails in the state are being trained for the day, he said.advertisementVarious state government departments, trusts and religious institutions have been roped in for organising yoga camps, including Sports, Education, Youth and Culture department, district administration, NCC, BSF, Patanjali Yog Peeth, Art of Living, Lakulesh Yog University, Ram Krishna Mission, Swaminarayan, government and private universities and self-financed institutions. PTI KA PD NP SAIlast_img read more

Granada stun Barcelona to go top despite Lionel Messi’s rescue effort

first_imgShare on Twitter “There’s a long way to go yet, but these are the types of games that win you the title. We have to be tougher if we’re going to win the league. We have a tough year ahead of us.“You can’t go behind so early,” he said. “That made everything that bit tougher for us. We had possession of the ball, but we couldn’t make it count. We have to analyse what happened.“What we have to look at is the way we’re playing as the away side, because the lack of cutting edge and chances is worrying. We’re Barcelona, and we have to go out there to win the game – we can’t start the way we did.”Atlético Madrid also slipped up as they were held to a goalless draw by Celta Vigo at the Wanda Metropolitano. Goalkeeper Rubén Blanco was in inspired form for the visitors, producing several fine saves as Diego Simeone’s men were frustrated.Villarreal left it late to beat Real Valladolid 2-0 and move up to fourth. The home side finally made the breakthrough in the 77th minute through Santi Cazorla. The former Arsenal midfielder scored from the penalty spot after Javier Ontiveros was brought down, and, Ontiveros netted a second a minute from time. European roundup: Lukaku seals Milan derby win as Ramsey scores for Juve Read more Share on Pinterest match reports Share on Facebook Reuse this content La Liga Topics Barcelona Granada CFcenter_img Granada took advantage of Barcelona’s troubles on the road to move top of La Liga with a 2-0 victory at the Estadio Los Cármenes. Ramon Azeez and Álvaro Vadillo netted in either half to leave Barça, who started with Lionel Messi on the bench, without a win in all four away matches this season.A win against a side they have beaten 11 times in their last 12 league meetings would have taken Barça top of the table on goal difference. But despite the introduction of Messi at half-time, it was Granada who took their opportunity to leapfrog Sevilla and Atlético Madrid and hit the summit. Barney Ronay The hosts went ahead in the second minute through Azeez. Roberto Soldado robbed Junior Firpo, fed Antonio Puertas and his cross was headed in by the striker from close range, leaving Barça trailing for the fourth time in five league matches.Marc-André ter Stegen made a fine save to push Puertas’s shot wide as Granada attempted to double their advantage. Yangel Herrera, on loan from Manchester City, fired over before Barça had their first attempt on goal on the stroke of half-time, with Luis Suárez having a shot blocked.Ernesto Valverde shook things up at half-time, bringing on Messi and Ansu Fati for Junior and Carles Pérez. But Granada refused to be overawed and almost went 2-0 up following a howler from Ter Stegen.The goalkeeper, under no pressure at all, dropped a catch before recovering to smother the ball before it could cross the goalline. Granada did double their advantage in the 66th minute, though, Vadillo scoring from the penalty spot after a handball from Arturo Vidal, who had just come on as a substitute.Messi tried in vain to haul Barcelona back into the game, sending in numerous crosses that came to nothing and having a shot saved by Rui Silva. The defeat – their second in five league games – sends Barcelona down to seventh in the table, three points behind Granada at the top.Suárez said later that Barcelona have a “tough year ahead of us”. The striker said on AS: “It’s a worrying defeat, a defeat that hurts. And a defeat that we have to take a real good look at, because there are lots of things that we have to improve. Eden Hazard can shine at Real Madrid without being the new Cristiano Ronaldo Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on LinkedIn Share via Email European club footballlast_img read more

USCG Medevacs Crewman from Bulker off Michigan

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: USCG A 54-year-old man was medevaced from the bulk carrier Manitowoc off Michigan after experiencing severe abdominal pains, according to the US Coast Guard.Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Detroit command center received a report on the crewmember’s condition from the 612-foot vessel on June 1.A Coast Guard Air Station Detroit MH-65 Dolphine helicopter flight crew was sent to assist the vessel, which was some 15 miles off Harbor Beach.The man was transported to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe, Michigan in good condition, the USCG informed.The US-flagged bulker was on its way to Sault Ste. Marie, Canada at the time.last_img read more

Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of April 15.Brainsway – Jerusalem, 2.5 million shares, priced at $11.94, managed by Cantor Fitzgerald/Raymond James. Proposed Nasdaq symbol BWAY. Business: Sells medical devices that use magnetic stimulation to treat depression and OCD.Brigham Minerals – Austin, Texas, 13.5 million shares, priced $15-$18, managed by Credit Suisse/Goldman Sachs. Proposed NYSE symbol MNRL. Business: Owns oil and gas mineral royalty interests across the US.Greenlane Holdings – Boca Raton, Fla., 5.3 million shares, priced $14-$16, managed by Cowen/Canaccord Genuity. Proposed Nasdaq symbol GNLN. Business: National distributor of vaporization products and accessories.Hookipa Pharma – New York, 6.7 million shares, priced $14-$16, managed by BofA Merrill Lynch/SVB Leerink. Proposed Nasdaq symbol HOOK. Business: Phase 2 biotech developing T-cell Immunotherapies for cancer/infectious.Palomar Holdings – La Jolla, Calif., 5.6 million shares, priced $15-$17, managed by Barclays/JP Morgan. Proposed Nasdaq symbol PLMR. Business: Property insurance provider backed by Genstar Capital.Pinterest – San Francisco, 75 million shares, priced $15-$17, managed by Goldman Sachs/JP Morgan. Proposed NYSE symbol PINS. Business: Operates a pinboard-style social photo sharing platform.Turning Point Therapeutics – San Diego, 7.4 million shares, priced $16-$18, managed by Goldman Sachs/SVB Leerink. Proposed Nasdaq symbol TPTX. Business: Early stage biotech developing tyrosine kinase inhibitors for treating cancer.Zoom Video – San Jose, Calif., 20.9 million shares, priced $28-$32, managed by Morgan Stanley/JP Morgan. Proposed Nasdaq symbol ZM. Business: Provides a cloud-based video and web conferencing platform.The Associated Press read more

Many displaced are on the move again in Kenya says UN

The movement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is mainly occurring from central to western areas of the country, and its impact is already being felt in Western and Nyanza provinces where educational and health systems are overextended, according to the UN Country Team.Additionally, the large influx of IDPs could threaten food security, the team noted.Currently, there are 12,000 people in over two dozen displacement camps in the capital Nairobi, and plans are afoot to create a site to shelter 15,000 IDPs in Kasarani, on the outskirts of the city.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that 47 tons of food have been distributed to 19 displaced settlements in the Kipelion and Nakuru districts, the first such delivery in the South Rift Valley.Some 1,000 people have lost their lives and more than 310,000 others displaced since the December 2007 elections in which President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner over opposition leader Raila Odinga. In addition, some 12,000 Kenyans have fled to neighbouring Uganda. 12 February 2008With the security situation easing after a wave of violence tore through Kenya following last December’s contested elections, the United Nations reported that large numbers of displaced are returning to their “ancestral homes,” potentially straining resources in the nation’s western region. read more

Turquoise Hill shares plunge on delays higher costs at Mongolian mine

The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Shares of Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. closed down more than 43 per cent Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange after it announced delays and cost overruns at a major mine project in Mongolia.The Vancouver-based company, 50.8 per cent owned by mining giant Rio Tinto Group, said the underground Oyu Tolgoi mine could be delayed by 16 to 30 months and cost between US$1.2 billion and US$1.9 billion more than expected.The company says stability risks at the massive underground development have forced a rethink of the mine plan, with a finalized update not expected until the second half of next year.“We have identified a number of mine designs to address the stability risks associated with the original design, and continue to assess the impact on the cost and schedule of the project,” said Turquoise CEO Ulf Quellmann in a statement.The developers had initially expected the underground mine, projected to become the world’s third largest copper mine by 2030, to be completed around the end of 2020 at a cost of about US$5.3 billion.RBC Capital Markets analyst Sam Crittenden said the wide range in costs and time frame leave uncertainty, even if the project is still promising.“We continue to see the long term value in the asset; however, the wait for a more detailed project update and need for additional capital make it hard for investors to step into the name.”Turquoise closed down 60 cents, or 43.17 per cent, at 79 cents, leaving it with a market capitalization of $1.59 billion.Oyu Tolgoi, which employs about 17,000 people, is already operating as an open pit operation but about 80 per cent of its value lies deep underground. Underground mining will be done at depths of greater than 1.3 kilometres.Turquoise Hill owns 66 per cent of the Oyu Tolgoi mine as its only significant asset, with the Government of Mongolia owning the rest of the mine. Companies in this story: (TSX:TRQ) read more

Loonie higher while Canadas trade deficit spikes to 2 billion in November

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was higher Friday after new data showed the country’s trade deficit with the world jumped in November.The loonie rose 0.01 of a cent to 101.58 cents U.S.A report from Statistics Canada said the country’s trade deficit with the world ballooned to $2 billion in November from $552 million in October as merchandise imports rose 2.7 per cent and exports fell 0.9 per cent.“It looks like trade will take another bite out of already weak economic growth,” said Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets in a note.“Total exports are now 6.3 per cent below year-ago levels, the worst performance in three years, while imports are flat.”In commodities, oil prices fell after China’s inflation rose to levels that could affect the country’s growth. February crude was down 26 cents to US$93.56 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.European countries are also facing their own uphill battle to restore economic growth. The economies of the 17 European Union countries that use the euro are in recession and unemployment is soaring across the region.Gold prices backtracked with the February contract down $17.40 to US$1,660.60 an ounce. Loonie higher while Canada’s trade deficit spikes to $2 billion in November by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 11, 2013 5:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Signs of life in mining acquisitions

first_imgTransactions for base metals and gold assets almost doubled last year as the year saw a welcome improvement in mining asset transactions, with SNL Metals & Mining recording 73 acquisitions that were individually valued at over $10 million. In a recent report, Base Metals and Gold Acquisitions Activity, 2005-14, SNL calculates that these deals totalled $21.56 billion, compared with $11.88 billion in 2013. Despite the near doubled year-on-year increase, 2014’s total was the third lowest in the past ten years, with only 2013 and 2009 ($14.88 billion) being lower.For the past few years, mining companies have been cautious in acquisitions, and since 2012 have bought fewer assets that require large capital investment. Instead, companies have opted to maximise the value of assets they already own, and to enter joint ventures that reduce costs while at least maintaining production.Last year’s jump in total takeover value came entirely from the acquisition of base metals assets (copper, nickel and zinc), which rose from 24 deals priced at only $3.11 billion in 2013 to 29 deals priced at $13.08 billion in 2014. The total amount paid for gold acquisitions was essentially the same year-on-year at $8.48 billion, in 44 deals compared with 61 deals in 2013.The spending of $13.08 billion on base-metals acquisitions last year was more than three-times the amount spent in 2013. The average cost of these base-metals acquisition in 2014 was $451 million, compared with $210 million in 2013 and $1,170 million in 2012. This increase was almost entirely due to copper, with the spending on nickel increasing by only 4% and zinc acquisitions tumbling 73%.Technologies to improve base metal recoveries will be examined in the June issue of International Mining magazine.The copper deals highlighted by SNL accounted for 23 of the 29 base metals deals and almost 97% of the price paid — $12.67 billion for 68.5 Mt of copper in reserves and resources. Four nickel deals totalled $381 million for 2.5 Mt of nickel, and the two primary zinc deals were priced at a total of $26.2 million for 2.1 Mt of contained zinc. The total price paid in these base-metals takeovers was only 1.8% of the value of the contained metal in the assets acquired, a slight increase over the 1.2% recorded in 2013.The spending of $8.48 billion on gold acquisitions last year represented a fall of 3% compared with 2013. The average cost of these acquisitions was $193 million, compared with $144 million in 2013. Sixteen of the 44 gold acquisitions were for producing companies and mines at an average cost of $318 million, compared with an average of $440 million for the 15 producers acquired in 2013.Of the combined 73 base metals and gold acquisitions in 2014, over one-third (26) were by Canada-based companies, with these deals valued at over $9.02 billion, representing 42% of the total. Another 13 deals, totalling $7.52 billion, were by Australian companies, and seven deals, totalling $1.32 billion, were by companies headquartered in China.The Canadian companies acquired assets at an average transaction price of $347 million. This compared with $578 million for purchases by Australian companies, only $188 million by Chinese companies and an average of $478 million in the three acquisitions by U.K.-based companies. Of the 19 other countries hosting buyers, Mexico had one buyer paying $450 million.last_img read more

IHF World Handball Player 2011 Nominations – Vote

The online voting for the World Handball Players 2011 has started. Experts, fans and media will decide who will be the successors of Filip Jícha (CZE) and Cristina Neagu (ROM).From today on handball fans have the opportunity to vote on who will be awarded best male and best female player for 2011. The online voting takes place on the website of the International Handball Federation.All nominees are from the European continental federation and also play for European clubs.An expert jury of famous and successful coaches already made their proposals. In the next step media  representatives and fans will leave their votes. The results of all three parties – experts, media and fans – will be evaluated in the end and according to this the best male and the best female player of the year will be announced. Here are the nominees:MENLuc Abalo (FRA)Born:  6 September 1984, Club: Atletico Madrid (ESP), Position: right wingWorld Champion 2009, 2011, European Champion 2006, 2010, Olympic Champion 2008Champions League winner 2009, Champions League finalist 2011IHF Super Globe winner 2010, IHF Super Globe finalist 2011Two times Spanish champion and Spanish cup winnerMikkel Hansen (DEN)Born: 22 October 1987, Club AG Kobenhavn (DEN), Position: left backSilver medallist at World Championship 2011, Top scorer of World Championships 2011, All-star-team member at World Championship 2011Danish champion and cup winner 2011Champions League finalist 2010 with FC BarcelonaThierry Omeyer (FRA)Born: 2 November 1976, Club: THW Kiel (GER), Position: goalkeeperWorld Handball Player of the Year 2008Olympics Champion 2008, World Champion 2001, 2009 and 2011, European Champion 2006 and 2010, Bronze Medallist at the World Championships 2003, 2005Champions League winner 2003 (Montpellier), 2007, 2010 (Kiel), IHF Super Globe winner with THW Kiel 2011Nine times national champion with Montpellier and Kiel, eight times cup winnerFilip Jicha (CZE)Born:  19.4.1982, Club: THW Kiel (GER), Position: left backWorld Handball Player of the Year 2010Top scorer, All Star Team member and Most Valuable Player at the EURO 2010Champions League Winner 2010 (with Kiel), Champions League finalist 2008, 2009, EHF Champions Trophy Winner 2007, Top scorer Champions League 2009, 2010, Winner of the IHF Super Globe 2011 with KielGerman Champion 2008, 2009, 2010, German Cup winner 2008, 2009, 2011, Most Valuable Player of the German Bundesliga 2010, German and Czech Handball Player of the Year 2009 and 2010Nikola Karabatic (FRA)Born: 11.4.1984, Club: Montpellier HB (FRA), Position: left backWorld Handball Player of the 2007Olympics Champion 2008, World Champion 2009, 2011, European Champion 2006, 2010, several nominations for All Star Teams at major tournaments.Champions League winner 2003 (Montpellier), 2007 (THW Kiel), ten nine times national champion and cup winner with Montpellier and KielFormer World Handball Players of the Year – MEN2010: Filip Jicha (Czech Republic)2009: Slawomir Szmal (Poland)2008 : Thierry Omeyer (France)2007 : Nikola Karabatic (France)2006 : Ivano Balic (Croatia)2005 : Arpad Sterbik (Serbia)2004: Henning Fritz (Germany)2003: Ivano Balic (Croatia)2002: Bertrand Gille (France)2001 : Kyung Shin-Yoon (Korea)2000: Dragan Skrbic (Serbia)1999: Rafael Guijosa (Spain)1998: Daniel Stephan (Germany)1997: Stephane Stoecklin (France)1996: Talant Dushebajew (Spain)1995: Jackson Richardson (France)1994: Talant Dushebajew (Russia)1990: Magnus Wislander (Sweden)1989: Kang Jae-Won (Korea)1988: Veselin Vujovic (Yugoslavia)WOMENKatrine Lunde-Haraldsen (NOR)Born: 30.3.1980, Club: Audi ETO Györ (HUN), Position: GoalkeeperOlympics Champion 2008, awarded for Olympics All Star TeamWorld Champion 2011, Silver Medallist at World Championship 2007, Bronze Medallist at World Championships 2009European Champion: 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010Two times Champions League winner (2009, 2010) with Viborg HKAllison Pineau (FRA)Born: 2.5.1989, Club Metz HB (FRA), Position: Center backSilver medallist at World Championships 2009 and 2011Member of the World Championship All-star-Team 2009, 2011French champion and cup winner 2011Heidi Löke (NOR)Born: 12.12.1982, Club: Audi ETO Györ (HUN), Position: PivotWorld Champion 2011All-star-team-member at World Championship 2011Bronze medallist at World Championship 2009European Champion 2008, 2010Champions League winner 2011 with Larvik HK, top scorer of Champions league season 2010/2011Several times Norwegian champion, cup winner and top scorer of Norwegian LeagueAndrea Penezic (CRO)Born: 13.11.1985, Club: Krim Mercator Ljubljana (SLO), position: left backAll-star-team member at World Championship 2011Three times Croatian handball player of the year (2008, 2009, 2011)Andrea Lekic (SRB)Born: 6.9.1987, Club: Audi ETO Györ (HUN), Position: centre backEach four times Slovenian champion and Cup winner with RK Krim MercatorMost Valuable Player of the Women’s Regional Handball League 2009Former World Handball Players of the Year – WOMEN2010: Cristina Neagu (Romania)2009: Alison Pineau (France)2008 : Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth (Norway)2007 : Gro Hammerseng (Norway)2006 : Nadine Krause (Germany)2005 : Anita Görbicz (Hungary)2004: Anita Kulcsar (Hungary)2003: Bojana Radulovics (Hungary)2002: Chao Zhai (China)2001 : Cecilie Leganger (Norway)2000: Bojana Radulovics (Hungary)1999: Ausra Fridrikas (Austria)1998: Trine Haltvik (Norway)1997: Anja Andersen (Denmark)1996: O Kyeong Lim (Korea)1995: Erszebet Kocsis (Hungary)1994: Mia Hermansson (Sweden)1990: Jasna Merdan-Kolar (Austria)1989: Hyun-Mee Kim (Korea)1988: Svetlana Dasic-Kitic (Yugoslavia)TEXT: IHF ← Previous Story Main Round Group I Decision – Four teams dream about Semi-final! 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The sciencebacked reason you should watch standup comedy before a meeting

first_imgSo watching a funny video can actually be the opposite of wasting time. Instead, it’s training you to be more cognitively flexible, so you can think on your feet when you’re talking with your boss, your date, or your audience.- Drake BaerRead: Google developing ‘Project Tango’ tablet with 3D mapping capabilitiesRead: Irish people believe now is a good time to buy a house 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change After watching any of the various videos, participants were then given a test where they had to classify novel stimuli. The result: The folks who laughed along with the baby outperformed their less-jolly peers.“Generally, positive mood has been found to enhance creative problem solving and flexible yet careful thinking,” Nadler says.The mechanism at work here is cognitive flexibility, or the ability to take new information and apply it to things you already know about.Watching funny things — and thus learning to make funny jokes — trains the brain in nimble thinking. Take it from Wake Forest philosopher Adrian Bardon, who in “Comedy: A Geographic and Historical Guide“ writes that:“Humour is explained by human beings’ special conceptual abilities. The pursuit of humour represents a kind of play that contributes to conceptual flexibility. The feeling associated with this kind of play is amusement …(Humour) actually helps sharpen our ability to respond to cognitively challenging situations. This would also explain why adults tend to demand more clever and subtle humour than children do: One needs humour of increasing subtlety and complexity in order to challenge one’s cognitive flexibility, and humour can only be funny when it does this.” A “negative” video of a Chinese earthquake reportA “neutral” video of the “Antiques Roadshow” television showAnd a “positive” video of a laughing baby Source: TonyIsGaming/YouTubeHeaps of psychological studies suggest that a positive mood — like that brought on by laughing at Louis— has all sorts of positive effects, including enhanced memory, improved judgment and decision making, and more willingness to take risks.A 2010 study is a case in point. In the journal Psychological Science, a team led by University of Western Ontario psychologist Ruby Nadler primed participants with a range of videos: See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there IF YOU HAVE two minutes and 37 seconds to kill before meeting with your boss, watch the below Louis C.K. video. Yes, because it’s funny, but also because busting your gut before an important event can help you be more successful.Blogger and “Choose Yourself” author James Altucher says he likes to watch stand-up comedy before every meeting, date, dinner, media appearance, conversation, and public talk.“I have a lot of inhibitions when I meet people,” he shares on Quora. ”“I’m scared and somewhat introverted. Stand-up comedians are the best public speakers in the world, and I think they are the most astute social commentators on the human condition.”Not only that, Altucher reports that watching stand-up gives him a boost of energy, material to fold into his conversation, and a better sense of how to time his communication. A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York last_img read more

Review Indie Game The Movie

first_imgMaking video games for a living is the dream job for a lot of people, especially when you get to make exactly what you want. Indie Game: The Movie shows the harsh realities of being an indie developer and the blood, sweat, and tears that go into making those dreams come true.This documentary shows the phenomenal difference between being an indie developer and working for a large corporation. The film focuses on four different developers and their stories: the Super Meat Boy team, Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes; Phil Fish who created Fez; and Jonathan Blow, the creator of Braid. In all cases the games are now released and Indie Games: The Movie, is a look back at how and why they were made.In the near two hour long film, you’ll witness Edmund and Tommy trying to finish Super Meat Boy before their money runs out, Jonathan Blow defending Braid, and in the process earning a reputation on the Internet, and Phil Fish worrying about money and experiencing the extremes of emotion, mainly due to his game-making ex-partner.The film begins near the completion of the games, giving viewers a taste of the drama that will later ensue. We then go to beginning of each journey, learning about the games and the men behind them. The way it was shot is excellent. It’s slow paced, and they get some great stories and reactions out of the devs, which adds emotion to the experience.Not only is creating a game with a team of two or three people incredibly hard, the indie devs put a lot of themselves into their projects. “I made it for myself” Edmund says about Super Meat Boy. To these men, sales and ratings don’t really matter — obviously they want to make a game gamers will enjoy, but these games often embody their childhoods, which is what makes it so heartbreaking to watch.There are many more indie games the movie could have focused on, and the documentary team shot 300 hours worth of footage. They took the decision to focus on a small selection to gain greater stories with more detail, and I think that was the right move. Super Meat Boy, Fez, and Braid were good choices because even if you don’t really play indie games, you have at least heard of these ones.Indie game fan will be please to hear that extra footage will be available when the special edition of the documentary is released, though there’s no announced date yet. It will be interesting to hear and see more about how these games (and others) were made, but the developers themselves were the focus, which is good because that’s the most interesting part.The emotional intensity during Indie Game: The Movie makes it hard to watch in places, as you see them break down, cry, get depressed, and get angry. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that ends up making you feel for these guys and you will them on because you genuinely want to see them succeed.It’s not only essential viewing for fellow developers, gamers should to see this film as well. If you’re a developer, you’ll find yourself relating to the individuals, and if you’re a gamer you’ll be amazed by the hard work these people put into making your games, the stress and trauma that goes into them, and what they have to endure. You’ll also find a new appreciation for every indie games you have played and hopefully be inspired to try more in the future.Indie Game: The Movie is available now on Steam for $9.99 and DRM-free from the official site.last_img read more

Geek deals Dell U2713H 27inch monitor for 765 MacBook Air deal

first_imgWhen you get to premium monitors like Dell’s UltraSharp U2713H, the high-res LCD panel is only one part of the cost equation. Much like a luxury car, these displays come loaded with more features than just a high pixel density screen.The U2713H is a poster child for these high-end monitors, coming with nearly every option you could expect. The LCD serves up WQHD resolution, which we expect, but does so via an IPS LCD panel, which offers extended viewing angles and richer colors.All those colors are also highly accurate, a necessity for graphic artists and other professional users, thanks to a 120% color gamut with support for 1.074 billion colors. Dell was able to keep the enhanced color accuracy necessary to compete in this segment while also using an LED backlight, which is slimmer and uses less power than the CCFL backlights previously required for wide color gamut displays.Monitors of this caliber also have a feature that may sound inconsequential, but is one you can’t live without once you’ve had it: a fully adjustable stand. Most of your entry-level displays may have a tiny bit of tilt adjustment, but that’s it. Models like the U2713H allow you to adjust the height, pivot, tilt, and rotation, a key attribute for setting up an ergonomic workstation that is a must-have on all my monitors now.You will also sometimes see extra goodies like a USB hub or media card reader, both of which the U2713H offers, but the biggest final attribute you’ll find in premium displays is a customer-friendly warranty. If you aren’t getting 3 years of coverage with free two-way shipping, preferably with an advance exchange option, you’re definitely below the standard in this price range.Dell UltraSharp U2713H LCD monitor for $764.99 + free shipping (reg. $999.99 | use coupon RJ6T0D4489P6T3)Our other deals:Toshiba Canvio 2TB USB 3.0 external hard drive for $69.99 + shipping (reg. $129.99)Price drop! 2012 Apple MacBook Air 11.6-inch laptop for $899 + free shipping (reg. $999)Dell Inspiron 15 laptop with Windows 8 for $399.99 + free shipping (reg. $469.99)last_img read more

For Aguero Citys challenge is the quadruple

first_imgThe English Premier League team is currently playing in four different competition in England and in Europe.Manchester City’s schedule is very busy this time of the year.The Citizens are playing in four different competitions: the English Premier League, the FA Cup, the Football League Final and the UEFA Champions League.And for Argentinean footballer Sergio Aguero, the challenge is to win all four titles for his team.“If you get to this stage in the season with a chance to win four titles it means you are doing well,” Aguero was quoted by Four Four Two.“And I wish it would happen. I’m ­ambitious and you have to aim high.”“I know that nobody has ever done it before and I would like us to go down in history. For me, too, I want to be the one who scores goals in all the finals,” he added.“I see this City team as having the ­capacity to win everything – and so that is our challenge.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“City are a champion team with a champion coach. What else am I going to want?” he said.“I’m very happy at City and for now I don’t even think about leaving,” he explained as there are some rumors he might leave the club.“It’s a great club that always looks after its players. I saw it from the very first day I arrived and it’s continued ever since.”“I still don’t know what I will do when I finish ­playing, but I will continue in the football world, that’s for sure,” he added.“For now I just dream of winning titles with City every season, that is my main challenge.”Bien hecho chicos 🤟🏽! A cuartos de la #FACup! 💪🏽//Well done, lads 🤟🏽 onwards to the #FACup quarterfinals! C’mon, City! 💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/eSLNgj1rsz— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) February 16, 2019last_img read more

Celebrate Soy Leaders with Food Stories from American Farmers

first_imgIf you’re attending Commodity Classic this year, don’t miss out on a night of celebrating soy leaders with dinner, awards and a look at rural America through one photographer’s lens.Join the American Soybean Association (ASA) for the annual ASA Awards Banquet during Commodity Classic on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m., with a cocktail hour starting at 5 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. In a special presentation, award-winning photographer and author, Paul Mobley will tell stories from his book American Farmer: The Heart of Our Country, featuring some of the photos collected during his three years of travel documenting the life of farmers and ranchers across America.The annual event brings together state affiliates and ASA members from across the country to recognize and celebrate the successes, accomplishments and education of the many farmer-leaders, soybean associations and industry representatives who have done outstanding work to benefit U.S. soybean farmers and the soybean industry. Awards are presented to honor achievements by volunteers, leaders and farmers for leadership building, conservation stewardship and industry accomplishments and support.The event’s premier sponsors are DuPont Pioneer, John Deere, United Soybean Board/Soy Checkoff.  Tickets for the popular event are very limited. Click here to register for Commodity Classic and the ASA Awards Banquet.last_img read more

Nome delegation attends conference visits capital urging Arctic port development

first_imgAerial view of Nome’s port. (Photo: Joy Baker/Nome Port Director)The Arctic has been a hot topic lately. The region has the subject of countless conferences around the world, many of which also address issues of climate change and sustainability. But another focus of Arctic discussions has been development.To promote the development of a deep draft Arctic port in Nome, the city recently sent a delegation to Seattle for an Arctic conference and then onto meetings in Washington, D.C.The delegation consisted of Nome’s Mayor Richard Beneville, Port Director Joy Baker, and Port Commissioner Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle. Their first stop was Seattle for the third annual Arctic Encounter Symposium. The event brought together Coast Guard officials, NASA scientists, industry representatives, and delegates from across Alaska.Baker presented in one of the first sessions on shipping, commerce, and transportation in the Far North. Along with reiterating the rise in vessel traffic through the Arctic, Baker also pointed to a similar trend at Nome’s port. Alvanna-Stimpfle attended the session and said Baker’s message was a surprise to many.“A lot of folks outside of Nome don’t realize how busy our port is,” Alvanna-Stimpfle said, “so she shed light on the amount of research vessels and tourist vessels [Nome’s port receives], and how active our port is today.”She called it an “eye-opening presentation,” even for the Alaskans in the room, many of whom, she said, were unaware how much traffic Nome’s port sees each summer.On the conference’s second day, Baker took part in a breakout session addressing the challenges and opportunities facing Arctic port development. In it, she hit home the need for a deep draft port in Nome: not just to serve the rise in vessel traffic, but also for national security purposes.That emphasis on Nome’s strategic importance was also the focus of meetings the following week in Washington, D.C.Alvanna-Stimpfle traveled with Beneville and Baker to the nation’s capital and explained that they were there to urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to continue with the Arctic Deep Draft Port Study.The Corps abandoned that study last fall, after Shell cancelled their drilling efforts in the Chukchi Sea. While that had many in Nome worried about the port’s future, at the most recent City Council meeting, Mayor Beneville said his experience left him feeling optimistic.“The Arctic is all on the tip of everybody’s tongue, and that was very exciting. No matter what office we went to, there was tremendous excitement and urgency about it,” Beneville said.Along with discussing the port study with the Corps, the group also met with the Office of Management and Budget, the White House’s top Arctic Official, Mark Brzezinski, the Coast Guard, the Committee for Marine Transportation Systems, and the Congressional Committees of Jurisdiction. Beneville said their meeting with Brzezinski from the White House was especially encouraging. According to Beneville, Brzezinksi said the momentum is there for a deep draft port in Nome.And Alvanna-Stimpfle couldn’t agree more.She said she could sense the stars aligning for Nome’s port. And if their trips to Seattle and Washington, D.C., weren’t emphasis enough, she said a certain call to Nome’s port next summer might just do the trick.“You know, we’re expecting a 1,500-passenger vessel next year, so that will surely change the paradigm of what’s to be expected, and we need to be ready.”The Crystal Serenity will stop in Nome next August on its way up through the once-fabled and highly elusive Northwest Passage.last_img read more

Track works over South Central Railway restores several trains

first_imgSecunderabad: Several trains have been restored with the completion of track maintenance works. The South Central Railway (SCR) had imposed traffic block to facilitate track maintenance works between Itikyala- Manopad Stations on Secunderabad – Dhone Section from 2nd June to 13th July, 2019.Passenger/Express Trains on the dates mentioned are regulated/rescheduled is now restored on 11th, 12th & 13th July, 2019. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Trains restored are as follows: Train No.57425 Kacheguda – Guntakal Passenger will run as per schedule.Train No.17024 Kurnool City – Secunderabad Tungabhadra Express will run as per schedule.Train No. 57426 Guntakal – Kacheguda Passenger will run as per schedule.Train No. 77282 Kacheguda – Guntur DEMU Passenger will run as per schedule.Train No. 17023 Secunderabad – Kurnool City Tungabhadra express will run as per schedule.Train No. 17615 Kacheguda – Madurai weekly express will run as per schedule.last_img read more

Audi A8 L Facelift Launched in India Price Availability Details

first_imgGerman luxury car maker Audi announced the prices of its latest offering A8 L facelift in India.Audi A8 facelift, the refreshed version of Audi A8 is now available at the company’s dealerships across the country. Priced at ₹1.12 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai), Audi A8 L facelift comes with minor tweaks in its interior as well as the exterior.The most manifest changes given to the new avatar of Audi A8 is the optional Matrix LED headlights, which is first in this segment. Beside this, the new Audi sedan is offered with more than 100 exterior colours, 23 interior colours and 12 wooden inlays.On the mechanical front, Audi A8 facelift is offered with two diesel engines and a petrol engine. The petrol motor is a 4.0-liter V8 Bi-Turbo TFSI, which can churn out a power of 435 PS and a torque of 580 Nm. Talking of the diesel engines, the car is powered by the 3.0 TDI and the 4.2 TDI. While the 3.0-liter V6 can produce 258 PS of power and 580 Nm of torque, and the latter claims to generate 385 PS of power and 850 Nm of torque. The car will be brought to India as Completely Built-up Unit (CBU).Audi India currently sells A4, A6, A8 in the passenger car segment (S6 and S4 in the performance versions of these sedans), Q3, Q5 and Q7 in the SUV segment and R8, V8 and R8 Spyder in the sports car category.Recently, the company opened the company’s largest used car showroom in India at Gurgaon. Audi is planning to expand its dealer networks to 40 in India by the end of 2014. Audi opened new showrooms in cities like Mumbai South, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Delhi Central, Karnal and Vadodara last year.(Ed:AJ)last_img read more