Depression’s Tipping Point

first_imgSomeday, a smart phone app that asks what you’re feeling 10 times a day may be able to tell you if you’re edging closer to depression—and recommend that you seek preventive therapy or drugs. Scientists have discovered that how quickly someone bounces back from negative feelings, over hours or days, can predict whether that person is at risk of an episode of major depressive disorder.“The holy grail of depression epidemiology is that we want to intervene early to prevent people from having depressive episodes,” says social scientist Stephen Gilman of Harvard University, who was not involved in the study. “Where this work is headed is making an advance in that direction, toward early detection and therefore early intervention.”Researchers asked more than 600 people—some healthy and some with a diagnosis of depression—to track their emotions for 5 or 6 days. Ten times a day, at random intervals, a watch would beep and the subjects would record how strongly they identified with each of four emotions: cheerful, content, sad, and anxious. 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Trends in the daily mood records, the team discovered, could predict whether a previously healthy person would make that shift toward depression.Mathematically, it turns out, the shift from a healthy state to a depressed state resembles other so-called tipping points—moments of critical mass where a system, such as changes to Earth’s climate or a social trend—shift rapidly from one state to another. Theories on tipping points suggest that as a system nears a tipping point, it becomes less resilient.“In any system, if you push the system a little bit out of equilibrium, then the closer it is to the tipping point, the longer it takes to return to equilibrium after that perturbation,” explains Ingrid van de Leemput, an ecologist at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands who led the new work. Indeed, the longer a patient took to recover from feelings of sadness and anxiety, the more likely they were to be more depressed by the end of the study, suggesting that they were closer to a tipping point between health and depression, her team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The results matched with a mathematical model that the researchers had previously created to represent how emotional swings could signal an impending tipping point.“If a healthy person has an unpleasant call with their employer, they will be unhappy about it and dwell on it for 10 or 20 minutes but be done with it fairly quickly,” says psychiatry researcher Angelique Cramer of the University of Amsterdam, who collaborated with Van de Leemput. “What you see in people who are about to become depressed is that the next day, they are still sad about a phone call the day before.” Over time, she says, various symptoms of depression—negative mood, fatigue, and concentration problems, for example—can create a negative feedback loop that causes full-blown psychiatric disease. Cramer says the new research could lead to new ways for psychiatrists to track their patients’ well-being.“I think this could open up new avenues of research in many ways,” Gilman says. He’d like to see the work expanded to include more variables that are already known to increase depression risk—such as family history, previous episodes of major depression, and social factors. “Really what we want to know is where on the distribution of sadness and mood is the dividing line between a serious depressive episode and nondepression. And are there factors that can push people further from or towards that dividing line?”last_img read more

Few tickets left as La Salle, Ateneo cross paths

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games It may seem that it’s just the top spot at the end of the first round of UAAP Season 80 that’s at stake when La Salle and Ateneo clash on Sunday, but for reigning Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala, the game “means everything” for the defending champion Green Archers.ADVERTISEMENT Heat check LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The fierce rivals are squaring off before an expected sellout crowd at Mall of Asia Arena for the first time since the finals last December when La Salle prevailed to clinch its second title in four years.“It means everything,” Mbala told reporters after scoring 39 points in the 106-100 win over University of the East last Wednesday. “No matter what will happen when we step on the court, we’re just going to bring it until the last second. I don’t need to say anything about Ateneo-La Salle, it’s just blue versus green. It says it all.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTickets for the 4 p.m. game are sold separately from the other game pitting National U and University of the Philippines set at 12 noon.A check at MoA Arena ticket booth showed only lower box, SRO and a handful of general admission tickets remain unsold as of Saturday afternoon, underscoring the allure of college basketball’s biggest rivalry. LATEST STORIES More than the rivalry, the Blue Eagles are looking to preserve their unbeaten record, after roaring to six straight wins to start the season. The Archers are gunning for a third straight victory following a loss UP recently. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Saina crashes out in pre-quarterfinals of Singapore Open

first_imgSaina Nehwal’s hopes of defending the Singapore Open title went up in smoke after the Indian lost to Chinese Taipei’s Shao Chieh Cheng in a thrilling three-game pre-quarterfinal here on Thursday. The fourth seeded Indian blew a first game advantage to suffer a 21-8 10-21 19-21 defeat against world number 10 Shao in a 52-minute second round match at Singapore city on Thursday. The 21-year-old from Hyderabad had won the Singapore Super Series in June last year but Saina failed to repeat her performance on Thursday at the Singapore Indoor complex. The World No 4 Indian, who was knocked out of the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold last week in the quarterfinals, relied on her power-puffed smashes but the Chinese Taipei girl caught her at the nets to reach the quarters. Saina was at her dominating best in the first game as she indulged in smashes and also played better at the nets to march ahead in gaint strides and didn’t give any chance to Shao to narrow the gap and lead 1-0. But Shao gave Saina a dose of her own medicine as she matched the Indian’s smashes but caught her at the nets to roar back into contention. The decider turned out to a see-saw battle as the two fought tooth and nail but Saina blew a narrow two-point lead at 14-12 as Shao registered six straight points first and kept the Indian away to sneak into the quarterfinals. Saina will now try to defend her title in the Djarum Indonesia Open which she had won last year.advertisement- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar conferred with Fellowship Award in UK

first_imgFrom H S RaoLondon, May 6 (PTI) Indias cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar plans to support charities and various initiatives to help the under-privileged people in the second innings of his life.Tendulkar, 44, made the remarks here while receiving the Fellowship Award at the 7th annual Asian Awards last night.He said playing for India for 24 years was a memorable journey and winning the world cup was icing on the cake.Now in the second chapter of his life he plans to support charities and various initiatives to help the under-privileged people. Providing solar lights to poor people in India was one of them, Tendulkar said.He called on the stage 8-year-old Hollywood star Sunny Pawar and said, “when I was his age, my dream was to play cricket for India.”Hollywood child actor Pawar earlier won the Rising Star award for his role in the film Lion.The ceremony, which celebrates excellence in the global Asian community, also paid tribute to Indian actor Om Puri.The award for outstanding achievement in Cinema was posthumously conferred on Om Puri who died earlier this year at the age of 66.Indias playback singer Adnan Sami won the award for Outstanding achievement in Music.”Other award recipients were Krishnan Guru-Murthy (Outstanding Achievement in Television), Ajay Banga (Business Leader of the Year), Masayoshi Son (Entrepreneur of the year), Nisha Dutt (Social Entrepreneur of the year), Dr Jack Preger (Philanthropist of the year), Ding Punhui (Outstanding achievement in sport), Demis Hassabis (Outstanding achievement in Science and Technology) and Sir Harpal Kumar (Outstanding contribution to the community). PTI HSR ZH AKJ ZHadvertisementlast_img read more

Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams leave for Olympic Test event

first_imgWith an eye on the Olympic Qualifiers later this year, the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams on Sunday left for Tokyo to take part in the Test events, starting on August 17.The Olympic Test events are expected to provide good exposure to both the teams ahead of the Qualifiers in November.The Indian men’s team will play against hosts Japan, New Zealand and Malaysia, while the women will be up against Australia, China and Japan.”I believe this tournament is a good opportunity for youngsters to shine as we will all be watched closely ahead of the team selection for the Olympic Qualifiers,” said men’s team skipper Harmanpreet Singh.He also said that the Test event will help the team understand the playing conditions in Tokyo, the venue of next year’s Olympics.”We are positively working towards making the Olympic Qualification. Playing at this venue will help us understand the playing conditions there and we are looking forward to a good tournament,” said the defender dragflicker.The women’s team captain Rani said her team’s aim in the upcoming tournament is to register an upset win over higher ranked Australia.”We have done well against Japan and China in the past one year but the one team we are looking forward to do well against is Australia. A win against them will make a big impact for our team’s preparations for the Olympic Qualifier,” Rani said ahead of the team’s departure here.The men’s team will play their first match against nemesis Malaysia and the women will take on hosts Japan on August 17.advertisementAlso Read | Excited to lead India in Olympic Test event: HarmanpreetAlso Read | FIH Series Finals: Indian women’s hockey team defeats Japan in finalAlso Seelast_img read more

Warren Gatland calls England’s Kyle Sinckler an ‘emotional timebomb’

first_imgRugby union Share on Facebook It is the dig at Sinckler which resonates most, however. The prop appeared in all three British & Irish Lions Tests against New Zealand under Gatland in 2017 and has gone on to establish himself as England’s first-choice tighthead. In both their Six Nations matches so far he has been involved in flashpoints, however, with Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony and France’s Arthur Iturria.“There is sometimes a challenge with temperament,” said Gatland, who brushed off speculation linking him with the England job after Jones leaves his role. “He is aware of it, as are other players. He has been involved in a couple of incidents this Six Nations. Emotionally he can be a bit of a timebomb. We will not be going out to antagonise him but the big challenge for him is to keep his emotions under control.”England have informed Wales of their decision to keep the Principality Stadium’s roof open, as was the case two years ago – with Jones stating: “It’s still a winter sport, isn’t it?” … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Read more Wing commanders: why Six Nations quicks are rolling back the years Six Nations Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Eddie Jones Six Nations 2019 Warren Gatland Read more Wales rugby union team England rugby union team Share via Email Share on Twitter Gatland consistently questions why it is not Wales’s choice but believes England decision not to travel earlier will be more costly. “I think it is a significant mistake,” he said. “Going through Newport at 5pm on a Friday is not the best thing to do and it will be an experience for them with tractors and buses holding things up.”Jones has a 100% record in his four matches against Wales, and an England victory would put them two wins away from the grand slam. It is the first time he and Gatland have locked horns in Cardiff, however.“They’re going to be full of emotions,” Jones added. “They’ve been saying they’re ready to rip off heads … the senior players are holding them back. It’s Warren’s last game [against us] as Wales coach, it’s a big week for them, a lot of expectation. That can either be wind in your sails or a ball and chain.”Gatland moved to play down the pressure on his side. “The only quotes I can see about this being the greatest Wales team are from Eddie Jones,” he said. “I wouldn’t be disrespectful enough to say this was the greatest Welsh team ever. It’s a long way off being the greatest Welsh team ever. He’s the one talking us up.” My form is having a mental effect on England’s opponents, says Jonny May Warren Gatland has responded to Eddie Jones’s attempts to wind up Wales before the Six Nations game on Saturday by describing the England tighthead Kyle Sinckler as an “emotional timebomb”.Gatland also called England’s decision to delay their journey to Cardiff until Friday afternoon as a “significant mistake” and dismissed Jones’s claim that Gatland’s current side are the greatest in Welsh history. The England coach had earlier questioned whether Wales can handle the expectation that comes with seeking a record 12th consecutive win in what will be Gatland’s last Six Nations match against England. Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Topicslast_img read more

Google Pixel 3 Lite, Pixel 3 XL Lite likely to launch in India in May

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiDecember 28, 2018UPDATED: December 29, 2018 10:56 IST Leaked picture of Pixel 3 Lite with iPhones and old Pixel phonesHIGHLIGHTSGoogle will be launching the Pixel 3 Lite and the Pixel 3XL Lite in the U.S in spring 2019.This means Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite will be launching around the month of April or May.Pixel 3 Lite could be priced around Rs 35,000 in India.Not very impressed with Google’s third generation Pixel phones aka Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL? Well, the company has some more and interesting things in stock for you then. Google is reportedly working on the toned down or lighter version of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. These phones are expected to be Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite. Past rumours have already revealed a lot about the specs and design of both these phones, now some information related to the launch of the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3XL Lite are circulating on the internet.According to sources close Android Police website, Google will be launching the Pixel 3 Lite and the Pixel 3XL Lite in the U.S in spring 2019. This means that the lighter version of Pixels will be launching around the month of April or May in the United States. The report didn’t reveal details about the India launch of these Pixel phones but we expect them to come to India almost at the same time when the phones plan to hit the US stores like happened with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.The report noted, “Speaking to a source familiar with the company’s plans, we’ve learned that Google intends to launch two new Pixel smartphones on Verizon in early spring 2019 – the Pixel 3 and 3 XL “Lite.” An exact announcement date and pricing are not yet known.” The upcoming Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite are the first mid-range Pixel phones from Google after the Nexus 5X, which launched back in the year 2015.advertisementLast month some pictures of the Pixel 3 Lite were leaked alongside the key specifications of the phone. The Pixel 3 Lite seen in the images is a pre-production unit so there could some design changes in the final version of the phone. The leaked pictures show the phone with single rear camera paired with single LED flash. Below the rear camera, the pictures reveal the Pixel 3 Lite will include a circular shaped fingerprint sensor. The overall design of the Pixel 3 Lite is expected to be pretty similar to the Pixel 3. The pictures, however, show the Pixel 3 Lite in white colour while the lock key appears in yellow and the volume keys painted in white.Rumours suggest that just like the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL, the upcoming mid-range Pixel phone will also run on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. As far as the specs are concerned, the Pixel 3 Lite is expected to sport a 5.56-inch full-HD+ IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels and aspect ratio of 18.5:9. There’s still some confusion surrounding the chipset that Google is planning to use to power the Pixel 3 XL but rumours suggest that the phone will either be powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 or Snapdragon 710 SoC.The Pixel 3 Lite will come only in one variant which will be paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which should be expandable via microSD card. Camera has always been one of the best things of a Pixel phone. Similar will be the case with the Pixel 3 Lite and also the Pixel 3 XL Lite. Rumours suggest that the Pixel 3 Lite will pack the same camera setup as is inside the Pixel 3. This means the Pixel 3 Lite will sport a 12-megapixel rear camera paired with an LED flash and an 8-megapixel camera on the front for clicking selfies. The phone is expected to be backed by a 2,915mAh battery paired with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ support and 3.5mm headphone jack.As for the pricing details, there’s no official information from Google yet. But rumours suggest that Pixel 3 Lite could be priced around Rs 35,000 in India, this means that the phone will stand against phones like OnePlus 6T.ALSO READ | Pixel 3 Lite gets photographed next to Google Pixel, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, iPhone XS, and iPhone XRALSO READ | Pixel 3 Lite pictured again along with Pixel 3, launch possible in January 2019ALSO READ | Last night Instagram accidentally changed how app works and users went crazyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow GoogleFollow PixelFollow Pixel 3 Lite Google Pixel 3 Lite, Pixel 3 XL Lite likely to launch in India in MayRumours suggest that Pixel 3 Lite could be priced around Rs 35,000 in India, this means that the phone will stand against phones like OnePlus 6T.advertisementlast_img read more

England midfielder Carney announces retirement ahead of thirdplace playoff

first_imgParis: England midfield stalwart Karen Carney will retire from football after her team’s World Cup third-place play-off against Sweden in Nice on Saturday, the 31-year-old has announced. “I’ve probably known for quite a while now,” Carney said of her decision at a press conference on Friday. “My mind still wants to do everything and it still can but I don’t think my body can anymore. At some point your body tells you enough is enough and I think I’ve got to that point.” Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherCarney, who appeared in all three of England’s group games at the World Cup but has not been used since, has won 143 caps since making her debut in 2005. Part of the England side that won bronze at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, her decision means she also ends her association with Chelsea with whom she won the league and cup double in 2017-18. A member of the Arsenal team which won an unprecedented quadruple in the 2006-07 season, Carney also played for Birmingham City and Chicago Red Stars. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”I feel incredibly honoured that I, in a short space of time, got to know one of our greatest players, but more importantly, what an amazing person, and that makes me a lucky, lucky manager,” said England coach Phil Neville. The Lionesses are hoping to finish on a high and take third place at a second straight World Cup after the disappointment of losing 2-1 to the United States in the semi-finals in Lyon on Tuesday. “It’s a great barometer tomorrow for us in terms of the challenge ahead, can we beat teams like Sweden?” said Neville. “They’re well organised, they’ve got a good system, they’ve got fantastic front players, and they’re consistently challenging like us to try and get over the line to the semi-final, win tournaments. “I think you’ll see two outstanding teams who will attack and want to win that bronze medal. It’s not the medal that we wanted to win but it’s the only medal we can win now.” Saturday’s match kicks off at 1500 GMT.last_img read more

My parents want me to date susheel ladka Sonakshi

first_imgMumbai: Actress Sonakshi Sinha’s parents want her to date a “susheel ladka”, and she says it is hard to find someone like that in Bollywood. Asked for her views of dating someone in the industry, Sonakshi said: “My parents want me to date a ‘susheel ladka’ and no one from the Bollywood film industry is like that.” Sonakshi, daughter of actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha, went on to reveal that she was in a relationship with someone from the industry. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “I have dated a celebrity and the world doesn’t know,” she said, without divulging details about her romantic liaison. “If my boyfriend cheats on me, he won’t live to see the next day,” she added. Directed by Shilpi Dasgupta, Sonakshi’s upcoming film “Khandaani Shafakhana” depicts the story of a young girl who inherits her dead uncle’s sex clinic in Punjab. The film is slated for release on August 2. Talking about working with Shilpi, the actress said: “Women directors come with a kind of sensibility and sensitivity that male directors do not have.” The actress opened up on an episode of show “By Invite Only”.last_img read more

Essar to double CBM gas production to 1 mmscmd

first_imgNew Delhi: Mumbai’s Ruia family-owned Essar plans to double production of coal-seam gas from its Raniganj east block in West Bengal as a vital Urja-Ganga gas pipeline connecting users in eastern India gets commissioned by year-end, a company official said on Wednesday. Essar Oil and Gas Exploration and Production (EOGEPL) currently produces about 0.45 million standard cubic metres per day due to constraints of pipelines that could take the gas to consumers. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The company plans to ramp up the production to more than 1 mmscmd, the official, who did not wish to be named, said. This would be the highest production of coal-seam gas or coal-bed methane (CBM) from any block in the country. The firm has already invested Rs 4,000 crore in the project, which encompassed drilling of 348 wells, setting up the supply infrastructure, and laying pipelines to Durgapur and nearby industrial areas. The current production from the Raniganj east CBM block is significantly lower than its capacity with the company having to throttle the output at about 0.45 mmscmd because of lack of a pipeline to take the gas to consumers. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “We have already produced 1 mmscmd gas from this block, which is the highest by any player in the sector. However, sustaining production at that level is unfeasible without the GAIL pipeline being commissioned. This is why we are producing far lower quantities of gas than we are capable of,” the official said. The Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga natural gas pipeline transverses from Jagdishpur in Uttar Pradesh to Haldia in West Bengal and Bokaro in Jharkhand and Dhamra in Odisha. The pipeline is being commissioned in phases and the last leg is scheduled for completion by December 2019. This will help gas supplies to reach four fertiliser plants in Gorakhpur, Sindri, Barauni and Panagarh, besides more than two dozen towns where city gas distribution rights have been awarded recently. The total demand in the region is envisaged at about 20 mmscmd. CBM is natural gas stored or absorbed in coal seams and contains 90-95 per cent methane. According to the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, India has the fifth-largest proven coal reserves in the world and, therefore, holds significant prospects for exploration and exploitation of CBM. Raniganj east block is India’s most prolific CBM block, holding 1 trillion cubic feet of recoverable reserves. The official said EOGEPL is also planning to drill additional wells in accordance with the approved field development plan for the block. The additional wells will enable the company to ramp up production to a peak of 2.3 mmscmd in the next few years, he said. In August 2018, EOGEPL signed a gas sale and purchase agreement with GAIL, to formalise a 15-year gas supply contract between the two companies. The GSPA allows EOGEPL to monetise its entire CBM production at a globally competitive price. EOGEPL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Essar Exploration and Production Ltd Mauritius (EEPLM). EEPLM is an early stage developer, focussed primarily on oil and gas exploration. Its global portfolio includes conventional acreages with a net resource of 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent (bboe), as well as unconventional hydrocarbon acreages that have a resource base of 15 Tcf (2.5 bboe) of gas. It has invested USD 1.1 billion in various acreages across the world. These investments include unconventional hydrocarbon acreages in India through EOGEPL, a joint venture with Eni in Vietnam and investments in an exclusive block OPL 226 in Nigeria. “EEPLM seeks to utilise its experience as a pioneer and leader in unconventional CBM gas development in India to explore and monetise its other acreages towards enhancing the country’s energy security. With a certified shale gas resource base, it is also poised to become a pioneer in this emerging energy frontier,” the official said.last_img read more

Two former military police officers come to aid of attacked Kingston Ont

first_imgKINGSTON, Ont. – Police in Kingston, Ont., say two retired military police officers came to the aid of a city cop after he was allegedly attacked by a wanted man.They say the officer was on bicycle patrol on Wednesday afternoon when he recognized a man with three outstanding warrants and approached him.It’s alleged the 46-year-old attempted to flee and when the officer moved to stop him, he grabbed the officer and wrestled him to the ground.Police say as bystanders filmed the attack on their phones, the two former military police officers — one who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and one in Bosnia, and the other who did one tour in Afghanistan — rode up on their motorcycles.Investigators say the pair got off their rides and managed to pull the accused off the injured city cop.The man is charged with assaulting police, resisting arrest, and breach of probation.last_img read more

MLB payrolls dropped for 1st time since 2010

first_imgNEW YORK — Spending on Major League Baseball payrolls dropped last season for the first time since 2010, a decline attributable to drug and domestic violence suspensions and a player retiring at midseason.That’s according to figures compiled by the commissioner’s office and obtained by The Associated Press.Even a year with flat payrolls is unusual. The only previous drops since 2002 were by $3 million in 2010 and by $32 million in 2004.Teams combined to spend $4.23 billion on major league payroll last year, down $18 million.World Series champion Boston had the highest payroll for the first time since the free-agent era started in 1976 at $230 million. A record 24 teams had $100 million payrolls, and the Red Sox figure was the lowest for the top payroll since 2012.Ronald Blum, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Tamil Nadu fishermen seek urgent talks with Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament last Thursday that bottom trawling by Indian fishermen is having an impact on the livelihood of fishermen in the North and East. Bottom trawling by Indian fishermen is a serious concern for Sri Lanka and the matter has been raised in Parliament as well. He said Tamil Nadu fishermen are prepared to sit down with their Sri Lankan counterparts to map out a time based solution top end the crisis.“We have had talks before with Sri Lankan fishermen but most often it is the businessmen who attend the talks and not the fishermen themselves. Some of these businessmen have their own agendas so the talks never go forward,” Emiret said.Emiret said that recently his association met Indian External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and urged her to take efforts to resolve the issue. Tamil Nadu fishermen have expressed the desire to hold urgent talks with Sri Lanka and reach a compromise in order to resolve the long standing fishing issue.Tamil Nadu Fishermen’s Association President S. Emiret told The Sunday Leader they are even willing to consider giving up bottom trawling if an alternative solution is provided to them. However Emiret noted that even some Sri Lankan fishermen engage in bottom trawling so it is unfair to only blame Indians.“Also don’t forget even Sri Lankan fishermen poach in Indian waters. So this is not just something to point fingers at us. We must discuss are resolve this issue,” he said. “We need to have three meals a day. The fishing industry feeds us as this is our job. We will look at alternative means if we really must give up bottom trawling to resolve this issue,” he said.Emiret also asserted that Tamil Nadu fishermen have no qualms with fishermen in the North and East and want to prevent the issue from hurting the relationship between both countries.When asked about the comments being made by politicians in Sri Lanka and India on the issue, Emiret said politicians look to take advantage of the issue and more often than not prevent the issue from reaching an end. However he said Tamil Nadu fishermen feel only direct talks with their counterparts will result in a solution acceptable to both sides. He said both governments need to understand that the issue affects the lives of ordinary people and so no one should play politics with the fishing dispute. read more

US durable goods orders up 48 per cent in October

US durable goods orders up 4.8 per cent in October WASHINGTON – Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods increased in October by the largest amount in a year, reflecting a surge in demand for commercial airplanes. The category that tracks business investment spending showed a far more modest advance, indicating this key category remains under stress.Orders for durable goods rose 4.8 per cent in October, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. That is the best showing since a similar advance in October 2015. The gain primarily reflected a 94.1 per cent jump in demand for commercial airplanes, an extremely volatile category.The category that tracks business investment plans was up a slight 0.4 per cent, erasing only a small part of a 1.4 per cent plunge in September. Business investment spending has been a drag on the economy this year, reflecting in part big cutbacks in the energy sector.So far this year, orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft — the category used to track business investment — are down 4 per cent from the same period in 2015. This weakness in investment has held back overall growth this year.Economists said that the small rise in the investment category should strengthen further as the energy sector stabilizes following a big plunge.“Manufacturing is not booming, despite the headline today, but neither is it sliding into the recession some feared earlier this year,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. “We expect a gradual pickup in activity.”Economists believe the gradual gains in manufacturing will support a rebound for the overall economy in the second half of this year.Part of the optimism stems from a view that the plunge in energy investment, fueled by the sharp fall in energy prices, is coming to an end. The count of oil drilling rigs is up 49 per cent from the low hit in May. Manufacturing has also been hurt this year by a strong dollar, which makes U.S. goods less competitive in overseas markets.The economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a 2.9 per cent rate in the third quarter, a significant improvement after growth averaged just 1.1 per cent in the first half of the year.In October, orders for machinery edged up a slight 0.2 per cent, while demand for primary metals such as steel fell 0.1 per cent. Orders for computers rose 6.8 per cent. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Nov 23, 2016 6:35 am MDT Last Updated Nov 23, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

North West automotive businesses unite to support regional strength and diversity at

SMMT brings together automotive and business leaders from across the region for special automotive event in Bolton.Key agenda items include Brexit preparations and supply chain opportunities in the North West.Speakers from Bentley, Vauxhall and Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership.1The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) will bring together the UK’s North West automotive sector tomorrow at a special event taking place in Bolton. The SMMT Regional Forum is part of ongoing efforts by SMMT to highlight automotive opportunities in the area and to provide key networking and support events for member companies right across the UK.The SMMT Regional Forum will provide a chance for automotive companies from across the North West to get the latest sector news, as well as advice on how best to prepare for Brexit. Companies attending will be able to access all the latest guidance and support from SMMT, including information on funding, growth and international trade activities and events.The North West is one of the UK’s most important locations for automotive manufacturing, with many global companies firmly established in the area, including Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, Leyland Trucks and Vauxhall producing thousands of cars and commercial vehicles each year. Hundreds of supply chain companies across the region also contribute to this success story, including international brands such as BorgWarner, Delphi Automotive and Gefco.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, The North West is a centre for automotive excellence in the UK, supporting tens of thousands of jobs and creating vehicles which are in strong demand across the world. To drive further growth, businesses need to mitigate risk and prepare as best they can for Brexit, despite the ongoing uncertainty. SMMT’s Regional Forum will provide a key opportunity to get the latest industry insight and advice, and help companies prepare in uncertain times. We look forward to seeing many members at the event and highlighting the key role the North West plays in the UK automotive sector.SMMT’s Regional Forum, which is free to SMMT members, takes place at Bolton Whites Stadium on Thursday 23 November. Attendees will include OEMs, Tier 1, medium and small suppliers. The event will also feature an exhibition of more than 26 SMMT member businesses and opportunities for networking. Companies registered to attend include: BorgWarner, BMW Group, GKN, Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Volvo and Vauxhall.Notes1. Speakers include: Philip Cox, Chief Executive, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP); David Hall, Purchasing Manager, Bentley; Nathan McArdle, Manager Advanced Development Programmes, BorgWarner; Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMT; and Helen Foord, Head of Government Relations and Public Policy, Vauxhall.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Prof recognized for archaeological research

Angus Smith has literally moved tons of soil looking for fragments of pottery to piece together our understanding of life in ancient Crete.The Department of Classics Associate Professor was recognized with the Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity at the annual Humanities Research Institute (HRI) fall symposium Tuesday, Dec. 11.Associate Professor Angus Smith receives the Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity from Associate Dean Mike Carter at the annual Humanities Research Institute fall symposium.Smith researches mortuary remains and ceramic analysis in the Bronze Age Aegean and is the Associate Director of Excavations for The Gournia Excavation Project in Crete. The international team of archaeologists excavated the Minoan town of Gournia from 2010 to 2014. Gournia was a significant Late Bronze Age (c. 1500 BCE) town, featuring cobbled streets, fortifications and a Minoan palace. It was a regional administrative centre and conducted trade for its products across the Aegean and Near East.Smith has been working at publishing the pottery finds from the site, including several deposits of pottery used during feasting, which he presented as part of the HRI symposium.“Although spending summers in Greece is certainly not a chore, the excavation, processing and analysis of literal tons of soil and artifacts, and the preparation for publication of a complex archaeological site can be a daunting task,” said Smith.Archaeological fieldwork requires a large team of archaeologists, scholars, students and volunteers, both in the field and in preparing work for publication.“Without my team members, including many Brock students who have helped as students and served as research assistants over the years, my research would not have been possible,” he said.Smith’s co-authored volume, Ayia Sotira: A Mycenaean Chamber Tomb Cemetery in the Nemea Valley, Greece is a publication of the results of the excavation of six Mycenaean chamber tombs in the Nemea Valley of the Argolid region in Greece. The work includes analysis of artifacts including pottery, jewelry, figurines, metal objects, skeletal remains and botanical remains.His publications also include work on pottery and society at the Late Minoan III settlement and cemetery of Mochlos, on Crete, and he is currently working on a project involving the study of legacy material from unpublished excavations of Minoan tombs on Crete.Smith is also President of the Canadian Institute in Greece and President of the Niagara Peninsula Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.His research has been funded by the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, SSHRC, and other sources including Brock’s Humanities Research Institute. read more

Chinese proprietor murdered in Tuschen

Dead: Liyan JiangPolice are currently investigating the murder and robbery of a Chinese businessman, 44-year-old Liyan Jiang, whose tied up body was found with multiple marks of violence on Thursday night in his Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo home that also houses his eating establishment.This publication was informed that the man’s wife who resides on the East Bank of Demerara and operates another eating establishment had enlisted the help of a colleague to find word of her husband after calls to his cellphone went unanswered.The colleague who was on the West Coast at the time dropped in to check on the Jiang at his restaurant in Tuschen.Not receiving a feedback from his calls and seeing the placed ransacked the colleague summoned the police, who upon searching the premises, found the businessman dead.It is unclear at this point in time what was stolen from the premises.A report was subsequently lodged with the police and the man’s body was taken to a hospital.Police are yet to apprehend any suspect/s involved in Jiang’s murder. He leaves to mourn his wife and two young boys. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTushen Taxi driver stabbed approximately 17 times; killers still on the runOctober 21, 2014In “Crime”Suspected bandit “Muscles” shot dead at TuschenJuly 17, 2017In “Crime”Uncle of ‘hitman’ also charged with murder of Ruby businessmanMay 7, 2016In “Court” read more

Son sentenced to death for killing father to now serve 26

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSentencing deferred for man accused of hammering mother to deathNovember 27, 2017In “Court”Spurned child molester who admitted to killing nephew gets 26 years jail sentenceMarch 23, 2016In “latest news”Ex-GDF officer gets 15 years for killing friendAugust 28, 2018In “Court” Gowkarran RamdayalA Corentyne, Berbice man, who was sentenced to death in January 2011, by Justice Dawn Gregory-Barnes, on Monday had that sentence reduced to a 26-year-jail term.The new sentence was handed down at the Berbice Assizes by Justice Joann Barlow.Gowkarran Ramdayal called “Silence”, 25, of Queenstown, Corriverton, had received the death sentence after he was found guilty for the 2008 murder of his father.In July last, the Court of Appeal handed down a decision overturning the conviction and sentence of Ramdyal.On Monday, Ramdayal pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter and was given the 26-year sentence.Ramdayal, who lived with his father, mother and younger brother admitted to killing his father, 51- year-old Bhowan Ramdayal.Facts stated that the senior Ramdayal was allegedly beaten with an iron bar about his body at their home after a misunderstanding between the two men.Gowkarran Ramdayal had allegedly asked his father for $100, which the senior Ramdayal had refused to give him, telling his son that he should seek a job.An argument then developed during which the accused picked up an iron bar and beat his father.He then picked up a pipe and continued the beating, before walking out of the yard with the pipe.The injured man was picked up and rushed to the Skeldon Hospital, then the New Amsterdam Hospital before being transferred to the country’s main medical institution in the city.He was discharged from hospital a month later and stayed at his niece’s home for a while before returning to the Skeldon Hospital, after suffering a relapse.He subsequently succumbed to his injuries.In handing down sentence Justice Barlow said told Ramdayal that he must work if he wants money.“You killed an adult, who was your father when he told you to go and get a job,” Justice Barlow said in court before handing down her sentence.Justice Barlow deducted one year off of his sentence based on an early mitigation plea.A further ten years was deducted for the period that he had already spent in prison before Monday’s sentencing. read more

Une nouvelle espèce de moustique découverte en Amazonie

first_imgUne nouvelle espèce de moustique découverte en AmazoniePérou – Une nouvelle espèce de moustique tropical a été identifiée en Amazonie péruvienne. Comme l’a annoncé l’Institut national de la santé (INS), une étude de santé publique va être lancée suite à cette découverte, afin de déterminer si cet insecte est susceptible de transmettre d’éventuelles maladies.Wyeomyia baltae, de la famille des Culicidae, a été identifié en zone de forêt tropicale du sud-est péruvien. L’espèce a été baptisée du nom de la biologiste péruvienne qui l’a découverte, Rosario Balta. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le diptère, qui vient ajouter son nom à ceux des 3.000 espèces de moustiques déjà recensées, a été identifié dans le cadre d’études sur les insectes des régions de Cusco et Madre de Dios. Des travaux réalisés avec un financement de la National Geographic Society et du Centre américain de contrôle et de prévention des épidémies (CDC), précise l’INS.Le moustique vient d’être enregistré par la Société entomologique de Washington, et des spécimens ont été déposés à l’Université San Marcos de Lima, et au muséum d’histoire naturelle de Washington. Wyeomyia baltae vit dans les forêts humides et se nourrit de sang. Il se distingue par son dos couvert d’écailles et de couleur métallique, bronze ou doré. Reste aujourd’hui à savoir s’il peut être porteur de maladies contagieuses et transmissibles à l’homme.Le 26 juin 2010 à 12:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

AJ Styles vs Sami Zayn Usos defend Tag Titles on first Smackdown

first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Videos Articles Pinterest WhatsApp January 2, 2018 at 6:22 pm WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella Videos Articles Nick Noel The finish of Zayn and AJ is pretty obvious some crap with Shane coming out again to sell the story of his feud with Bryan and Owens/Zayn even though it makes no sense and only total WWE sheep want to see Shane wrestle again.Usos vs. Gabel and Bengamine is going to be boring as we got LAX Lite and Team no Chrisma. January 2, 2018 at 3:13 pm Now Playing Up Next Facebookcenter_img Videos Articles WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next Drew Mcintyre Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey 8/29 NXT Live Results: Orlando, Florida (Velveteen Dream takes on Roderick Strong) 2 COMMENTS John Oliver Takes On The WWE Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Al79 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) WWE Smackdown Live takes place tonight in Orlando, Florida.Tonight will be the first episode of 2018.Advertised for the show is WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn in a non-title match. Plus, The Usos defend the Smackdown Tag Team Championships against Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable and the continuation of the United States Title will have live coverage of Smackdown tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Shane wrestling pretty much led to my decision to stop my 9.99/mo. charge back in November. I may restart it before the Rumble just for the two rumbles, but I can’t stand the Shane or the Strowman storyline. Comments are closed.last_img read more