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  • My gut has never let me down

    first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Ayushmann Khurrana says he is known for middle-of-the-road cinema, where there is a collaboration of critical and commercial success. “It’s a default setting for me to choose novel content. I’m always known for middle-of-the-road cinema, where there is a collaboration of critical and commercial success. It’s also my intuition,” Ayushmann said. “My gut has never let me down. I look at stories as a layman and an audience member. I make films that I would like to see myself. It feels great that my choices have been accepted so far,” he added. After his stint on the small screen, Ayushmann entered the industry in the role of a sperm donor in 2012 with Vicky Donor. He faced failure with Nautanki Saala!, Hawaizaada and Bewakoofiyaan. But he returned with a bang with Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Now, he will be seen in Article 15, Dream Girl, Bala and Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan – the 2nd part of Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.last_img read more

  • Seth Rogen Speaks Alzheimers To The Senate

    first_imgIn a personal, serious speech, with several funny bits thrown in, actor and comedian Seth Rogen spoke before the US Senate last month regarding the need for more funding for Alzheimer’s research and better support for families affected by the disease.Video: Seth Rogen Makes Statement On Alzheimer’s ResearchWhen his mother-in-law was first diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 55, Rogen said, “I thought [Alzheimer’s] was something only really really old people got, and I thought the way the disease primarily showed itself was in the form of forgotten keys, wearing mismatched shoes and being asked the same question over and over.“After that is when I saw the real ugly truth of the disease. After forgetting who she and her loves ones were, my mother-in-law, a teacher for 35 years, then forgot how to speak, feed herself, dress herself, and go to the bathroom herself, all by the age of 60.”Without a prevention, cure or even a way to slow the progression, says Rogen, all that is available is for families to care for Alzheimer’s patients through dedication. Shame and stigma are further challenges to them.For these reasons, Rogen cofounded Hilarity for Charity, “a fund we have as part of the Alzheimer’s Association, to raise money to help families struggling with Alzheimer’s and support cutting edge research,” he said. “That’s right, the situation is so dire that it caused me, a lazy, self-involved, generally self-medicated man-child to start an entire charity organization.”Concerned about the cost of Alzheimer’s and related dementia to the public, as well as the staggering increase in the death rate from the disease, Rogen says he can’t imagine how people with limited means cope.“People look to their government for hope, and I ask that when it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease you continue to take more steps to provide some more.”Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

  • Ewan McGregor Reads Baby Book For UNICEF

    first_imgMums of all Scottish newborn babies are set to receive a free baby book from UNICEF as part of the Glasgow 2014 legacy ambitions to improve the wellbeing of children in Scotland.Video: Baby, I Love YouThe book, Baby, I Love You, was launched on Friday as part of UNICEF’s partnership with Glasgow 2014, which aims to reach every child in Scotland and children across the Commonwealth.It has been designed by UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, to help build loving and nurturing relationships between new parents and their baby, through encouraging skin contact, holding, stroking, playing and singing.UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor, himself a father of four, has recorded an audio version of the book.He said: “UNICEF’s Baby, I Love You book is a fantastic gift to kids in Scotland and their mums and dads.“Momentous sporting events have the power to really transform kids’ lives over the long-term. It’s great that UNICEF’s baby book supports the special bond between parent and child, and will be part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.”Mums and babies at a drop in centre in Glasgow were joined by Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner Tam Baillie, Dr Kate McKay Senior Medical Officer for the Scottish Government and David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 for the launch.The mums were given a sneak preview of the book, which is being funded by money raised through the ground-breaking partnership between UNICEF and Glasgow 2014, which will culminate in a single world-wide fundraising moment at the Opening Ceremony on 23 July, when all the expected one billion viewers will be invited to make a donation to Put Children First.With the message “You can’t spoil your baby with love”, the simple board book, with words written to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, has the support of NHS Health Scotland, and will be given out to every new mother by her health visitor at the first home visit.The book builds on UNICEF’s existing long-term Baby Friendly work across health settings in Scotland, which aims to get all newborn babies off to the best start in life.Baby I Love You is published by Nosy Crow, with illustrations by Helen Stephens. It will be given as a gift to the mother of every child born in Scotland between the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

You can download a recording of Ewan McGregor reading Baby I Love You here.last_img read more

  • Attawapiskat declares state of emergency after suicide attempts

    first_imgThe Canadian PressATTAWAPISKAT, Ont. – The federal and Ontario governments are moving to help a remote First Nation that has declared a state of emergency due to a rising number of suicide attempts among its young people. The federal and Ontario health ministers said Sunday that a crisis team, including mental health nurses and social workers, was being flown immediately to the James Bay community of about 2,000.The suicide epidemic in Attawapiskat started in the fall, when a number of people tried to kill themselves, said Jackie Hookimaw, a resident of First Nation on James Bay. Hookimaw’s great niece Sheridan took her own life in October. She was 13 years old. Hookimaw said Sheridan had a big heart, but she was plagued with multiple health conditions and was bullied at school. More recently, Hookimaw said, she was at the community’s hospital where she saw a number of teenage girls being treated after purposely overdosing on drugs. As she was leaving, a man came in for treatment. Later, she would learn that he, too, had tried to take his own life. The Attawapiskat First Nation, which has been plagued by suicides for decades, is home to about 2,000 people, and Hookimaw said the community needs more resources. She said the latest round of youth suicide attempts started with Sheridan’s death. Sheridan’s peers were grieving, Hookimaw said. They didn’t have the support they needed to manage their grief, so they tried to end their lives, she said. “There’s different layers of grief,” she said. “There’s normal grief, when somebody dies from illness or old age. And there’s complicated grief, where there’s severe trauma, like when somebody commits suicide.” Charlie Angus, the MP for the area and NDP indigenous affairs critic, said northern communities aren’t given the resources to deal with complicated grief. “When a young person tries to commit suicide in any suburban school, they send in the resources, they send in the emergency team. There’s a standard protocol for response. The northern communities are left on their own,” he said. “We don’t have the mental health service dollars. We don’t have the resources.” He said it’s been a “rolling nightmare” of more and more suicide attempts among young people throughout the winter. They didn’t think it could get any worse than it was in March, he said. But April brought even more attempts. It’s that situation that led the Attawapiskat chief and council to declare a state of emergency on Saturday. The designation has meant that a Nishnawbe Aski Nation crisis response unit is being sent to the community. On Twitter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the news from Attawapiskat “heartbreaking.” “We’ll continue to work to improve living conditions for all indigenous peoples,” Trudeau tweeted. The federal and Ontario health ministers said the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority hospital was immediately flying in a crisis team, including mental health nurses and social workers. “We will be providing additional health-care experts as needed and we have contacted the ministry of children and youth services about providing emergency life-promotion supports,” Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins said in a release. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott said in a statement that improving the wellness of indigenous peoples will require a focus on improving the socio-economic conditions they face. “I have worked with the province to set up a joint action table so that federal and provincial governments can work together, hand-in-hand with First Nations leadership, to find concrete solutions,” Philpott said. Hoskins said Ontario has asked Ottawa to accelerate the work of the action table and will be identifying additional community programming that can help “give people hope in this terrible time.” Angus said that the work of grief counselling often gets left to untrained community members who are dealing with their own grief. “It’s the local cops, it’s the local teachers, it’s parents,” he said. And now, Hookimaw said, some of the youth are taking healing into their own hands. Youth from Attawapiskat and neighbouring communities held a healing walk last week to create awareness, she said. “They said, ‘We will not give up, because our youth are killing themselves … We will not be defeated.”’last_img read more

  • Canadas oldest largest friendship centre facing new troubles from grandmothers AIM

    first_imgMelissa RidgenAPTN NewsThere are new problems for one of Canada’s oldest, and largest friendship centres in Winnipeg.A group of grandmothers, including a board member, have organized to overthrow the board at the Winnipeg Indian and Metis Friendship Centre.The centre’s funding has been suspended and they’re in hot water with the American Indian

  • Former coal baron Blankenship sues media claims defamation

    WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — Former coal baron Don Blankenship is suing several news outlets and media personalities, claiming he was defamed during his failed bid for a U.S. senate seat in West Virginia.Blankenship’s suit was filed Thursday in Mingo County, West Virginia. It names The Associated Press among other large media companies.Blankenship says news organizations waged a concerted plot to destroy him by erroneously labeling him as a convicted felon or saying he was imprisoned for manslaughter.Blankenship is the former CEO of Massey Energy, which owned a mine where a 2010 explosion killed 29 workers. He spent a year in federal prison after being convicted of conspiring to break mine safety laws, a misdemeanour.Blankenship is seeking $12 billion in damages.The Associated Press read more

  • Emery High Choirs Host Final Concert for the Year

    By Julie JohansenIn the closing concert of the 2018-19 Emery High School year, both the concert and chamber choirs performed on Tuesday evening.The concert choir opened the program with a variety of numbers followed by the combined choirs. During these performances, Brooklynn Potter, Brine Urie and Jesse Braun accompanied the choir. Four numbers, each in a different language, including African, Portuguese, Italian and Hebrew, displayed the talent of the students in the combined choir.Two soloists then favored the crowd with their solo and ensemble winning  performances. Both Katy Deto and Jesse Braun received superior ratings at the region and state competitions. The chamber choir then sang the final number for the evening.The accompanist for the choirs was Marilee Cox. To conclude, Mr. Bird paid tribute to the seniors and especially to Potter, who has been under his instruction for six years. read more

  • Dodgers closer Jansen has surgery to address heart rhythm

    LOS ANGELES — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has undergone surgery to address an irregular heartbeat.The team announced that Dr. Koonlawee Nademanee performed the surgery on Jansen on Monday in Los Angeles.The procedure is known as an ablation, and it involves scarring or destroying tissue that sends incorrect electrical signals to cause an abnormal heart rhythm. In a video posted on Twitter, Jansen said he’d be “stronger than ever” in 2019.Jansen has twice experienced an atrial fibrillation episode, otherwise known as an irregular heartbeat, while the Dodgers were in the high altitude of Colorado. It most recently occurred in August, when his heart had to be shocked back into a regular rhythm. He didn’t travel with the team back to Colorado in September as a precaution.The Dodgers say they expect the three-time All-Star to be ready for spring training and opening day.___More AP MLB: and Associated Press read more

  • Football Ohio State takes extended time to make decision amid backlash

    Ohio State President Michael Drake, Athletic Director Gene Smith and head football coach Urban Meyer field questions during the press conference in which both Meyer and Smith received suspensions. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorChuck Culpepper of the Washington Post arrived at 8:15 a.m. for what he expected to be an early-afternoon press conference.Twelve hours later, he was still waiting.After addressing the media briefly to begin its 9 a.m. meeting, the Board of Trustees quickly reconvened in executive session, which is private and closed to the media. The meeting lasted nearly 12 hours, with Meyer first appearing at the Longaberger Alumni House around 9:40 a.m., followed by his wife, Shelley, a few hours later and athletic director Gene Smith a few hours after that.Coming into the meeting on Wednesday without any expectations for a result, Culpepper’s view changed drastically.“When I arrived this morning, I didn’t expect any wrap-up at all today,” Culpepper said. “Then when they started putting the chairs and when Meyer got here, I thought there might be a fast wrap-up. And then it’s all been guessing since then.”Despite the few moments of major figures walking in and out of the alumni house, the waiting continued, with even a few fans sitting in the parking lot, trying to get an idea of what would happen.Even with the amount of time that passed, Sporting News writer Bill Bender said the board needed time to deliberate and agree on what they believe is the correct decision regarding Meyer’s fate.“They have to get this right, because it’s not just a decision for Ohio State’s football program or the school,” Bender said. “I think this is a trendsetter for other athletic departments and other big-time schools that are going to go through this in the social media age.”With all the allegations surrounding Ohio State this summer, from former Ohio State physician Richard Strauss’ sexual assault allegations to the university’s sexual civility and empowerment unit shutting down, university president Michael Drake and the rest of the board needed to make sure the right decision was made regarding Meyer.Still, Bender said that Ohio State’s busy summer shouldn’t be a major factor in the board’s minds.“They have to get it right regardless,” Bender said. “Ohio State was bigger than Woody Hayes when he was fired, it was bigger than Jim Tressel when he resigned … this is obviously about more than that.”Even with a private meeting that took place on Monday and a two-week investigation that concluded on Sunday, the Wednesday executive session dragged on for hours, all with the idea that patience is needed in order to get this decision right.Still, from the outside, there was much left to be desired with how Ohio State handled Wednesday’s meeting, with no communication being relayed on a timetable for an answer.Drake and the board used as much time as they needed to get an answer, regardless of the pressures that the media and fans put on them throughout the day. read more

  • Taxi firm backs down over ad mocking fat and ugly older women

    first_imgA taxi company has been forced into a U-turn over a sexist ad that mocks “fat and ugly” older women.The posters show an older, overweight model with her finger in her mouth telling people to call a cab if they find her attractive.The caption reads: “If I start to look sexy book a taxi. Don’t make bad decisions because you have had one too many!”The campaign was created by Bristol-based CityFox which claimed it carried a serious underlying message to people about getting home safe after drinking. The company also published similar posters aimed at women featuring a greasy-looking, tattooed man leering at the camera with a beer in his hand.It has now withdrawn the adverts after complaints, but several flyers featuring the female model are still on display across Bristol.Bristol Women’s Voice condemned the campaign, claiming it reinforced harmful gender stereotypes.Chairwoman Penny Gane said: “We are appalled to see this advert being used by CityFox Taxis in central Bristol.”Images such as this are antiquated and reinforce harmful gender stereotypes and messages that women are to be judged by their physical appearance alone as well as being fat and age-shaming.”It is unacceptable for businesses to use derogatory and sexist images, especially when targeting younger audiences.”This should be seen as an opportunity to present modern images that challenge harmful stereotypes and present a broad range of representations that young people can relate to.”Whilst we would, of course, endorse the message of keeping safe, this advert assumes that all students will be drinking heavily and looking for ‘sexy’ women.”The advert is aimed at men, and normalises and encourages this behaviour.”Sophie Palmer, marketing and communications manager at CityFox Group, said: “As one of the West Country’s biggest taxi providers, we see all too often the effects that excessive alcohol consumption can have on people’s safety and wellbeing, and the destructive consequences for society when this leads to anti-social behaviour.”This campaign featured two posters – one depicting a male and one a female – in an attempt to encourage people to think about the need to be able to get home in a safe and orderly manner when they’ve had a few too many to drink.”We make no apology for using humour and hard-hitting messages to highlight this issue – in order for people to think about the possible effects of their behaviour it is necessary to get their attention and get a reaction. The campaign has attracted many positive comments.”However, it would never be our intention to cause embarrassment or offence, and as such we have withdrawn the campaign.”We want people to enjoy the benefits of a night on the town, but also to make sure they get home safely afterwards, and we are always happy to work positively with any individual or organisation to achieve this aim.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Images such as this are antiquated and reinforce harmful gender stereotypes and messages that women are to be judged by their physical appearance alone as well as being fat and age-shamingBristol Women’s Voicelast_img read more

  • Rain to ease off after yesterdays downpours

    first_imgTHE WEATHER IS set to ease off today following yesterday’s downpours – but the flooding and surface water isn’t completely gone yet.Yesterday, parts of the south and east were badly affected after heavy downpours, particularly Cork city centre and parts of Waterford. A flooded train station in Waterford was indicative of how the weather affected commuters, with many trains and DARTs being delayed.This morning, AA Ireland says that gardaí are reporting excess surface water in Wexford and Wicklow Towns and in Carrick-On-Shannon in Co Leitrim. In Wexford, the O’Hanrahan Bridge in New Ross has reopened, while in Wicklow flooding has receded at the Kilcroney roundabout in Bray.CorkThe duty officer from Cork’s fire brigade service told that overnight things were fine, and that last night at high tide at 7.3opm the service had quite an amount of flooding calls. “There was nothing life-threatening or anything like that,” he said.The city council had put diversions in place for traffic.This morning, he said that water is slowly rising in the city as high tide will be at 7.58am. “There will be a little less than last night,” he said of the expected water. “It is rising right now and will continue to rise until the theoretical high tide. We will get several more calls from people arriving into or getting up to find more water.” But he said the water will be less than the previous day.Some of last night’s flooding in the Coal Quay area of Cork city is captured in this video:(ThatsMyCatMilton/Youtube)Weather watchMet Éireann said that today will have more sunny spells and scattered showers, “and although some showers will still be heavy, most of them will be lighter today”.It will have become mainly dry tonight, with just isolated showers. But as it will stay rather cloudy, some fog is likely to form where skies clear.Irish Rail says that all its DART, intercity and commuter services are operating this morning.Read: Heavy overnight rain leads to flooding, delays>Read: Waterford train station is flooded… very flooded>last_img read more

  • Rory McIlroy leads Sergio Garcia by two as Open goes to the

    first_imgUpdated 17:25RORY MCILROY IS two shots clear of Sergio Garcia with five holes to play of the Open Championship.Shane Lowry proved to those chasing McIlroy that low-scoring is possible on the final round of The Open at Hoylake. The county Offaly golfer (-10) has a share of sixth place after seven birdies in a mistake free final round.The same cannot be said for McIlroy (-16) who, despite opening with a birdie, has seen his lead halved to three after bogeys at hole five and six. He birdied nine and 10 to settle his nerves but dropped another shot on 13 after a wayward drive off the tee.Sergio Garcia (-14) is McIlroy’s closest challenger with three birdies in his opening seven holes while while Rickie Fowler is in third spot on -12.Lowry’s was not the only low-scoring performance of the day as England’s Chris Wood also shot a 65 to move to -5 for the tournament. Shane Lowry is in line for a top five finish at The Open. Source: David DaviesThomas Bjorn (-4), Brendon Todd (-1) and Koumie Oda (-1) were among a host of golfers to make the most of near perfect conditions at Royal Liverpool to shoot five under par 67s while US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson shot a four under 68, not bad for a 64-year old.Graeme McDowell (-8) is three under for his final round after 16 while Darren Clarke is down to -3 through 16 holes.Germany’s Martin Kaymer (+8), however, had a day to forget with a seven over par final round.– First published at 14:48 (additional reporting by Patrick McCarry)Rory McIlroy could make his dad much, much richer tomorrowMcIlroy’s patience rewarded but work still to be done to secure Open titlelast_img read more

  • Dublin ease into their fifth consecutive semifinal Donegal await

    first_imgDublin 2-22Monaghan 0-11THE SEVENTEEN POINT winning margin really did reflect the gulf in class between Monaghan and Dublin in Croke Park today.Dublin came out on top in pretty much all areas, against a tired looking Monaghan team who will rue a ten minute spell in the first-half in which Dublin bagged two crucial goals.While both Bernard Brogan and Diarmuid Connolly did find the net, if it wasn’t for the casual finishing of Cormac Costello and again Connolly in the second-half, the scoreline could have been far worse for Monaghan. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHODublin actually struggled early on and it took 25 minutes for them to shake off a determined Monaghan side who were defending in numbers and slowing down the tempo of the game.With the teams level at three points apiece, Diarmuid Connolly scored a quick breakaway goal, with his first contribution from general play giving the Dubs their first score from play in the game thus far.Over the next six minutes though Dublin outscored Monaghan by 1-3 to no score – A Bernard Brogan goal on 27 minutes contributing to a nine point lead. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOAs the Monaghan team filtered back into their defence, they left the Dublin half-backs and midfield with far too much space, and the direct running of James McCarthy, Jonny Cooper and Michael Darragh Macauley in particular allowed the Dubs to maintain their nine-point lead going in at the interval.Rory Beggan’s late 45′ and a long-distance effort from Dick Clerkin, were the only scores Monaghan could manage from the 18th minute when Conor McManus’ effort had levelled the scoring.With Monaghan’s two key scoring threats; McManus and Kieran Hughes finding themselves further and further afield, the Ulster men were in need of a change of tactics going into the second 35 minutes. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHODublin burst straight back into their stride again after the break, with Paul Flynn and Connolly slotting a point each within a minute.In fact it took 17 minutes for Monaghan to score their first from play in the second-half, with Dick Clerkin again being the man to step up as he had for their last score in the later stages of the opening half.As Malachy O’Rourke’s, by now disheartened and frustrated side, were forced to open up and attack; Dublin’s forwards were then allowed extra space to manoeuvre. In all ten Dublin players scored, eight of which being forwards.Monaghan never gave up, Colin Walshe, Drew Wylie and Conor McManus can all be happy with their individual performances, but last year’s Ulster champions still have a lot of improving to do in order to compete with the likes of Dublin. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHONext up for Jim Gavin’s team is Donegal, but with just two games remaining in this year’s championship his team have not yet been tested – but are any of the remaining three teams capable of testing the Dubs? Scorers for Dublin: Bernard Brogan 1-6 (0-5f); Diarmuid Connolly 1-2 (0-1f); Alan Brogan 0-3, Eoghan O’Gara, Dean Rock, Paul Flynn 0-2 each; Jonny Cooper, Kevin McManamon, Stephen Cluxton (0-1 45′), Cormac Costello 0-1 each. Scorers for Monaghan: Conor McManus (0-3f) 0-6; Dick Clerkin, Kieran Hughes (0-2f) 0-2 each; Rory Beggan (0-1 45′) 0-1.DUBLIN1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)2. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)3. Rory O’Carroll (Kilmacud Crokes)4. Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)5. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)6. Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna)7. Nicky Devereux (Ballinteer St John’s)8. Michael Darragh Macauley (Ballyboden St Enda’s)9. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)10. Paul Flynn (Fingallians)11. Kevin McManamon (St Jude’s)12. Diarmuid Connolly (St Vincent’s)13. Alan Brogan (Oliver Plunkett’s / Eoghan Rua)14. Eoghan O’Gara (Templeogue Synge Street)15. Bernard Brogan (Oliver Plunkett’s / Eoghan Rua)Subs:18. Cormac Costello  (Whitehall Colmcille) for McManamon (44)21. Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams) for O’Sullivan (48)28. Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf) for Cooper (52)25. Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s) for O’Gara (54)19. Darren Daly (Fingal Ravens) for McMahon (57)26. Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes) for B.Brogan (64) Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOMONAGHAN1. Rory Beggan (Scotstown)17. Ryan Wylie (Ballybay)3. Drew Wylie (Ballybay)4. Colin Walshe (Doohamlet)5. Dessie Mone (Clontibret)6. Vinny Corey (Clontibret)7. Fintan Kelly (Clones)8. Dick Clerkin (Currin)9. Darren Hughes (Scotstown)18. Kieran Duffy (Latton)22. Stephen Gollogly (Carrickmacross)12. Kieran Hughes (Scotstown)23. Padraig Donaghy (Donaghmoyne
)14. Chris McGuinness (Ballybay)15. Conor McManus (Clontibret)Subs:11. Paul Finlay (Ballybay) for Donaghy (H/T)25. Jack McCarron (Currin) for McGuinness (41)21. Gavin Doogan (Magheracloone) for Gollogly (50)2. Conor Boyle (Clontibret) for Duffy (59)24. Eoin Duffy (Latton) for Clerkin (59)19. Conor Galligan (Monaghan Harps) for Kelly (67)Referee: Martin Duffy (Sligo).Ciarán Sheehan impresses as he plays full game on Carlton debut‘Every player wants to start’ – Henry Shefflin on the view from the benchlast_img read more

  • Pourquoi le rarissime tigre blanc estil blanc

    first_imgPourquoi le rarissime tigre blanc est-il blanc ? Publiée en ligne sur Current Biology, une étude chinoise a mis en évidence la raison pour laquelle certains tigres du Bengale naissent blancs : une mutation sur un gène codant pour certains pigments.Loin d’être albinos, les tigres blancs – quelques individus au sein de la population de tigres du Bengale (Panthera tigris tigris) – arborent les rayures sombres bien connues mais sur un fond immaculé et non orange comme la grande majorité de leurs congénères. Une équipe de généticiens de l’Université de Pékin, dirigée par le Dr Shu-Jin Luo, s’est penchée sur ce mystère. Les chercheurs ont ainsi cartographié et séquencé les génomes d’une famille de 16 tigres élevés en captivité, comptant des individus ‘normaux’ ainsi que des spécimens blancs. L’analyse a montré qu’une mutation génétique était à l’origine de cette absence partielle de couleur : chez ces derniers, une mutation d’un gène appelé SLC45A2 (gène déjà étudié chez des chevaux, des poulets et des poissons aux coloris singuliers) inhibe la synthèse des pigments rouges et jaunes, sans toutefois affecter celle des pigments noirs qui composent les rayures du pelage.”La base génétique de ce phénotype [= cet aspect physique] restait inconnue. (…) Le tigre blanc représente une partie de la diversité génétique naturelle du tigre qu’il est intéressant de conserver, mais qui n’est désormais observable qu’en captivité”, explique le Dr Luo.Des tigres rarissimes à gérer de façon adaptée “Historiquement, l’observation de tigres blancs dans le sous-continent indien remonte aux années 1500, mais le dernier spécimen connu en liberté a été abattu en 1958”, souligne le scientifique. Néanmoins, “le fait que de nombreux adultes matures blancs aient été chassés suggère qu’ils étaient aptes à vivre dans la nature. Il faut noter que les principales proies du tigre, comme les cervidés, ne distinguent probablement pas les couleurs”, continue t-il cité par Sci-News.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Aujourd’hui, l’équipe veut donc explorer plus avant les forces évolutives qui ont maintenu les deux types de coloration dans la nature. “Le tigre blanc (…) a fasciné les humains depuis des siècles, depuis sa découverte dans les jungles de l’Inde. En captivité, beaucoup de tigres blancs sont élevés en consanguinité afin de maintenir ce caractère récessif et, par conséquent, souffrent de problèmes de santé (…)”, précisent toutefois les auteurs.Ces derniers préconisent ainsi un programme de gestion appropriée pour maintenir en captivité une population saine de tigres du Bengale des deux types de couleur. “Il pourrait même être utile d’envisager la réintroduction de tigres blancs dans leur habitat sauvage”, concluent-ils.Le 28 mai 2013 à 10:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • Four ZP chiefs take charge in Karimnagar

    first_imgKarimnagar: Chairpersons of four Zilla Parishads along with the ruling body took charge in the districts of Karimnagar, Peddapalli, Rajanna Sircilla and Jagtial on Friday.Kanumalla Vijaya, ZPTC of Ellanthakunta mandal of Karimnagar district, who had been elected as the chairperson of Karimnagar Zilla Parishad took charge in the newly constructed ZP office building in Karimnagar in the presence of Health Minister Eatala Rajendar, Karimnagar MLA Gangula Kamalakar, Manakondur MLA Rasamai Balakishan and Choppadandi MLA Sunke Ravi Shankar. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Former MLA Putta Madhu, ZPTC of Kamanpura mandal of Peddapalli district, who had been elected as Peddapalli ZP chairman, had taken charge in the Revenue Divisional Office building that was allotted for ZP office in the presence of Ministers E Rajendar and Koppula Eshwar and Peddapalli MLA Dasari Manohar Reddy. Nyalakonda Aruna, the ZPTC of Konaraopet mandal of Rajanna Sircilla district, who had been elected as the chairperson of Sircilla Zilla Parishad, took charge in Sircilla Mandal Parishad office building allotted to Sircilla ZP as many villages of Sircilla mandal were merged in Sircilla Municipality in the presence of Vemulawada MLA Chennamneni Ramesh Babu. Dasa Vasantha, the ZPTC of Jagtial rural mandal of Jagtial district, who had been elected as the Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us chairperson of Jagtial Zilla Parishad, took charge in the office of Animal Husbandry department allotted to ZP in the presence of Welfare Minister Koppula Eshwar, Jagtial MLA Dr Sanjay Kumar and Korutla MLA Vidyasagar Rao. Meanwhile, the government on a temporary basis had appointed Vinod Kumar, District Statistical officer as the Chief Executive Officer for Peddapalli Zilla Parishad along with one supervisor, three senior assistants, four junior assistants and two IVth class employees. Advertise With Us The government appointed Gautham Reddy as CEO for Rajanna Sircilla Zillla Parishad along with allotting one supervisor, three senior assistants, five junior assistants, two IVth class employees.Srinivas, who is working as Assistant Project Director, has been appointed as CEO for Jagtial Zilla Parishad and one supervisor, two senior assistants, four junior assistants and two IVth class employees were allotted.last_img read more

  • Sensex falls nearly 700 points Nifty cracks below 10800 amid weak global

    first_imgBuildings are reflected on the glass windows of the NSE (National Stock Exchange) building in Mumbai, India, December 27, 2016.Reuters file Weakness in the global markets and the domestic currency due to the US Fed rate hike along with profit booking pulled the Sensex down close to 700 points on Friday.BSE Sensex settled 689.60 points or 1.89 percent lower at 35,742.07 after touching an intra-day high of 36,483.49 and a low of 35,694.74.The NSE’s Nifty50 lost 197.70 points or 1.81 percent to finish at 10,754.”Indian markets are catching up with the fall in the Asian markets. Investors have seen that crude oil prices have stopped falling…so now markets are reacting to the Fed decision and worries regarding the global growth,” Deepak Jasani, HDFC Securities’ Retail Research Head told IANS.Sensex had closed just 50 points lower on Wednesday despite weakness in global markets, ending gains registered over seven straight sessions.All the 19 sectors on BSE ended in red led by heavy selling in finance and banking stocks.The Indian rupee lost over 50 paise against the US dollar on Friday as it traded at Rs 70.23 from its previous close of 69.70. The decline in the rupee came after it made significant appreciation in the past few sessions.Except for the power and energy stocks — NTPC, Power Grid, and Coal India — all the stocks on Sensex ended lower.last_img read more

  • Singapore braces for TrumpKim storm

    first_imgSingapore hotel rooms are being snapped up, police are preparing to lock down the city and thousands of journalists are set to jet in for the greatest media circus on Earth-the US-North Korea summit.Singapore hotel rooms are being snapped up, police are preparing to lock down the city and thousands of journalists are set to jet in for the greatest media circus on Earth-the US-North Korea summit.Top officials are scrambling to salvage the historic meeting between President Donald Trump and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un planned for June 12 in the city-state.If the summit-already cancelled once by Trump before plans got back on track-does go ahead, then tiny, placid Singapore will be the unlikely ground zero for one of the biggest geopolitical events of recent times.The delegations of US and North Korean officials, along with their security details, are expected to be huge. But they are likely to pale in comparison to the gigantic media pack set to swarm the tropical city-state.Some 3,000 people are expected to apply for media accreditation, sources involved in planning the event who spoke on condition of anonymity told AFP.It should easily eclipse the contingent of journalists at the last comparable event in Singapore, the 2015 meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s then-leader Ma Ying-jeou. Hundreds of journalists witnessed that meeting.Media invasion -There was a foretaste of the coming invasion this week as reporters camped out at the upscale Fullerton hotel to get a glimpse of Kim Chang Son, Kim’s de facto chief of staff, who is in Singapore to lay the ground for the meeting.Meanwhile top hotels rumoured to be summit venues-the frontrunner is the five-star Shangri-La, where the Xi-Ma meeting took place-are almost fully booked.But while world leaders hold their breath amid rising hopes a summit could lead to Pyongyang permanently abandoning its nuclear weapons programme, some Singaporeans were more concerned about the potential disruption to their peaceful lives.Chang Anthony posted on Facebook that the meeting in the squeaky-clean city-state-calm and stable to the point of sometimes being mocked as boring-was “going to cause us inconvenience”.“Can government declare a (public holiday) for this special day?” he asked.“Oh crap, two most unpopular leaders in the world coming here for world peace,” lamented Timothy Klein on the site.Security will certainly be onerous, with large numbers of police set to be deployed and extensive road closures expected around the summit venue.Free drinks for delegates -But Lim Tai Wei, a fellow at the National University of Singapore’s East Asia Institute, played down fears the event could cause widespread disruption.“You have to bear in mind that the country has the experience of hosting the Xi-Ma meeting in 2015, and also previously having hosted past US presidents,” he told AFP.While some may lament the sudden influx of media and diplomats, businesses see it as an opportunity.In a city famous for the “Singapore Sling” cocktail, watering hole Escobar is proving the country’s bartenders can still rise to the occasion with two special summit drinks.The “Trump” is a blue, bourbon-based cocktail while the “Kim” is a red-coloured cocktail with soju, a Korean liquor, as its base. Both cost Sg$12.60 ($9.40), a reference to the summit’s expected date.The bar-named after drug kingpin Pablo Escobar-will also have a “US-North Korea showdown” where customers who order a tray of 20 shots get to compete in a game of “rock, paper, scissors” while wearing gloves emblazoned with the countries’ flags.And there is a special treat for weary summit participants. “If you can show that you’re a delegate attending the event, I’ll buy you a round of drinks on the house,” owner Stan Sri Ganesh told AFP.last_img read more

  • Rage 2 Officially Announced Wont Have Loot Boxes

    first_img Weeks before its annual E3 press event, Bethesda has released the first gameplay trailer for Rage 2.In the trailer, we see all manner of punks and monsters fighting each other across deserts and forests. Combat has the same frenetic energy of titles like Doom and Bulletstorm. The game doesn’t seem to have a problem throwing dozens of enemies at the player character. In addition to guns, the player has the ability to super jump and to push enemies away with a kinetic blast. Like the original, Rage 2 looks absolutely stunning. There’s a lot of eye candy to enjoy here.This entry is a collaboration between id Software and Avalanche Studios. In case you didn’t know, Avalanche is responsible for the Just Cause series. Given their expertise with open-world games, we can assume Rage 2‘s world will be vast and full of interesting activities to partake in.Speaking to the German publication, GameStar (with translation by GamingBolt), id Software studio director Tim Willits, revealed that Rage 2 won’t have loot boxes. “We have this novel approach: You buy the game and then you play it,” said Willits when asked about loot boxes. The original Rage came at a time (2010) when loot boxes weren’t as prevalent (or even existed). Still, it is reassuring to know Rage 2 won’t contain one of modern gaming’s most notorious features.Last week, a Wal-Mart listing premature revealed Rage 2 (along with some other titles). This prompted Bethesda to quickly announce the game itself. Right now, we don’t have very many details about what this sequel contains. But with E3 just around the corner, it’s a safe bet we’ll see a lot more of Rage 2 soon. Just don’t expect the title to drop this year, as it was also announced Rage 2 will release sometime in 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. These Are the Games You Should Check Out This MonthHands-On: ‘Rage 2’ Is ‘Doom’ Meets ‘Fallou… Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

  • Precrastination When the Early Bird Gets the Shaft

    first_img“It’s like going to the grocery store, loading up your basket with a bunch of apples, then schlepping them with you as you shop even though you know you’ll pass them again on the way to the checkout counter,” Dr. Rosenbaum said. Read the whole story: The New York Times My baby teeth never fell out. Instead, I yanked them out, roots and all, as soon as they were loose. I could have saved myself considerable pain by letting nature take its course. But I’m a serial “precrastinator”: I flip pancakes before bubbles have formed on the surface; I get to the grocery store before it opens; I turn in work before it’s due. The urge to complete a task is so strong I forge ahead even when I know waiting would lead to a better outcome. David Rosenbaum, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, published a study in 2014 in which he coined the term “precrastination,” which he defines as the tendency to tackle subgoals at the earliest opportunity — even at the expense of extra effort. Yes, this might sound a little nonsensical. But it’s not uncommon.last_img read more

  • How Your App Can Turn a Profit

    first_img Congratulations: You’re on the right track. Thinking about monetization at the initial stages of development is essential to a successful game. You need to have a solid revenue model to sustain the game and grow traction.There are largely three monetization models widely adopted for gaming apps: 1) Free games with in-app purchase, 2) Paid games without in-app purchase, and 3) Paid apps with in-app purchase. Understanding these three monetization models will help you think strategically about how you plan to ‘hook’ players and match that engagement to revenue.Related: 3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Video GamesFree with in-app purchase or “freemium.” Games with this model currently draw the largest share of revenue in the United States at 75 percent, according to a recent report from Distimo, a research company that specializes in app store market data and analytics. In countries such as China and Japan, the ratio is even more skewed toward this model where it draws 94 percent of the revenues.These freemium games have limited bells and whistles and are offered free-of-charge to users. Gamers can access a premium version or additional content through in-app purchases. This model removes a barrier (price) to downloading a game and gives game makers the opportunity to prove a product’s value. Once hooked, players can make in-app purchases to remain competitive in the game and unlock higher levels.Related: 7 Myths of Developing Mobile AppsPaid without in-app purchase. This model occupies just 17 percent of the gaming app market. For these games, users pay just once to download and expect updates and new features to be free. These paid games must be so compelling that users will pay for the game without playing it first. The growth for such games using this model is slow for unknown developers and can require tremendous brand building to reach impressive download numbers. The model also prevents repeat revenue from existing customers. To build a continuous revenue stream with this model, makers need to constantly build their customer base.Related: Dream On: Here Are the Real Reasons You Should Build an AppPaid with in-app purchase. This hybrid monetization model currently draws just 4 percent of the market, according to Distimo, and has gained traction only fairly recently. It has its critics, including users who say it’s unfair to make gamers pay to download an app and then pay again to access more features. It can be tricky to build using this monetization model and games must create compelling reasons for why players should pay again for additional features and content when they’ve already paid to download the game.Those designing their own games should choose their revenue model carefully and not necessarily follow where the market seems to be moving, since there are a number of games using all three models monetizing effectively and building their user bases. In planning, just think carefully about your game and how it engages users and how you will keep them coming back day after day. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 18, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more