Sensitive Males Provide Clues to Mind Reading in Birds

first_imgThe male Eurasian jay is an accommodating fellow. When his mate has been feasting steadily on mealworm larvae, he realizes that she’d now prefer to dine on wax moth larvae, which he feeds her himself. The finding adds to a small but growing number of studies that show that some animals have something like the human ability to understand what others are thinking. “It’s great for a first test of this ability in birds,” says Thomas Bugnyar, a cognitive biologist at the University of Vienna in Austria who was not involved in the work. Scientists still debate about whether even our closest ape relatives can attribute an unseen, mental desire to another; some continue to argue that this is a peculiarly human talent. “But some of us think that some aspects of this ability should be found here and there in different species,” Bugnyar says, “and so it is good to have this jay study to compare” with the other studies on primates, humans, and human children. Male Eurasian jays feed their mates during courtship displays, says Ljerka Ostojić, a comparative psychologist and postdoc at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom who led the study. Because of that behavior, Ostojić and her colleagues thought that the jays might be good subjects for testing whether these birds understand their mates’ desires. The group’s previous research had shown that Eurasian jays and scrub jays can plan for the future. “It is commonly thought that any action animals take is determined solely by whatever they want at that moment,” Ostojić says, “but the jays also plan for needs in the future.” Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) In the new study, the scientists set out to see if the jays understood that other jays also had needs or desires—and that these were not necessarily the same as their own. Ostojić and colleagues put seven mated male-female pairs of jays through three experiments in an aviary at the university. The scientists measured how much food the birds needed to eat to reach a point of satiation. The jays normally eat a diet of soaked dog biscuits, cheese, seeds, nuts, and fruit. But when given a choice, both males and females prefer mealworm larvae or wax moth larvae over their daily fare. The jays also have more of a hankering for wax moth larvae than mealworms. But, the scientists showed that when the birds have been prefed wax moth larvae, they readily switched to the larval mealworms. “This tells us that they were ‘tired’ of that food and wanted the other one,” Ostojić says. In the tests, the male and female pairs were then placed in adjacent compartments that were joined by a screened window. The females were given either wax moth larvae or mealworm larvae, while the males ate nothing but the maintenance diet. In one set of experiments, the male could see what his female ate through the window; but in another set, the window was covered, so that he could not watch her. Next, the experimenters gave each male 20 opportunities to choose between feeding his mate a wax moth larvae or a mealworm larvae. “If he is responding to her needs and what she might want next—and not to what he might want to eat—then he should choose the food she hasn’t had,” Ostojić explains. And that’s exactly what the males did—if they had watched their mates eating wax moth larvae, they passed them mealworm larvae instead, and vice versa. But when the males did not know what their females had dined on (because the window was covered), they fed them randomly from the two types of larvae, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “That really surprised me, because I thought the male would pick up on some behavior from the female, something that indicated what she wanted,” Ostojić says. It was only when a male had observed his partner eating—and so had some idea that she was tired of eating wax moth larvae, for instance—that he selectively chose what to feed her next. “It’s a super cool finding, and suggests that the male birds are being more sensitive to the females than many human husbands,” says Brian Hare, an evolutionary anthropologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. “It’s a new way of looking at the big picture of what other species know about mental states by using this cooperative, food-sharing behavior,” Bugnyar adds. “It won’t settle the debate, but it gives us a new method—and new species—to tackle this problem.”last_img read more

I did not play for money but for love of the game: Prakash Padukone

first_imgIndia can emerge as a badminton superpower if appropriate systems are put in place, feels former All England champion Prakash Padukone, who put the onus on Badminton Association of India (BAI) to be more proactive and not sit on its laurels.”It is not the time to sit on laurels. There is always scope for improvement. BAI along with the state associations need to work pro-actively to encourage the abundance of talent that is available especially in smaller towns and cities,” said Padukone, who was today conferred with the lifetime achievement award by the BAI here.”If appropriate systems are put in place India can be on par with other leading badminton nations of the world. Like China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and Korea.”However if we do not achieve this, it will not be due to lack of talent in the country. It will be due to other reasons. I hope BAI will keep this in mind while charting the future course of badminton.”Also delighted to confer the Life Time Achievement Award to legendary Badminton player Shri Prakash Padukone. He is a huge inspiration to all the aspiring sportsmen and women in the country. @bwfmedia pic.twitter.com/dTSXBriv3Y— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) January 29, 2018Padukone, who had also won the Danish Open and Swedish Open in 1980, said it is important to set up academies and appoint the right coaches and recognise their effort.”The goal should be to establish at least one academy in each zone to begin with and the long term goal should be to have one academy in each state fully funded either by the ministry or BAI,” he said.advertisement”The future is bright and I feel extremely optimistic by the talent pool that is available. But it is important to ensure that these youngsters are given opportunity to progress based only on merit. The support has to come at right age and right time or else the talent could be lost forever.”Padukone, who won both the senior and junior National Championship in 1970-71, said BAI needs to gear up to take Indian badminton to greater heights.”The way the game is growing, we can easily compete with all the best badminton playing nations of the world, we have to gear up in terms of administration, planning and funding,” he said.”But just opening academy will not be enough, choosing the right coaches, people who run the academy that is important. It is important for BAI to recognise such coaches then sky would be the limit.”We have lot of talent and if they don’t do something I will be really disappointed. We should be competing with the likes of China and Indonesia.”While dwelling upon his successes, Padukone said: “I did not play for money, rewards or recognition. I played for the love of the game.”Asked how the game has changed, Padukone said: “It has become more physical but it has happened for all sports but only for badminton. It has also become technical and you have to take the help of a lot of nutrition, physios, trainers.”These days to reach the top it is not good enough to be just be good in your sport, you have been mentally and physically fit, you have to recover in time, so many other factors. So it is important to build a good team, you need the support of lot of people to stay on the top.”He hoped the coaching system in the country improves further so that India can rise faster in the world chart.”We have a good coaching system but there is a lot of scope for improvement. It is improving slowly but I hope with more funding and better planning, we can grow faster,” he said.”We have a lot of talent, even from Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, lot of players coming up. Badminton as a sport is growing through out the world, even in Olympics. It is one of the most watched sport.”Who will be next Sindhu, Srikanth. Even though they are 22-24 but we have to plan next line of players. The sports has definitely become more competitive and we need to plan for future,” he added.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Wenger not expecting Mou to park the bus

first_imgArsenal Wenger not waiting for Mourinho’s parked bus Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 00:49 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Arsene Wenger - cropped Getty Images Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester United Manchester United Premier League Arsène Wenger José Mourinho The Arsenal boss does not expect defensive tactics from his old rival when Man Utd visit the Emirates this weekend Arsene Wenger does not expect his old nemesis Jose Mourinho to “park the bus” when Manchester United visit the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.Arsenal made it five wins from their past six Premier League matches with a 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town on Wednesday.Victory at the weekend would close the Gunners to within a point of second-place United but Mourinho’s side have proved a tough nut to crack this term – conceding a league-low eight goals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United’s approach in big games this season, particularly their dour 0-0 draw against Liverpool at Anfield in October, has brought criticism Mourinho’s way but Wenger expects an attractive game against a man he finally beat in the league at the 13th time of asking last season.”Man United are doing well at the moment, we are doing well at the moment so it looks to be a promising game,” Wenger told reporters before being asked whether Mourinho would revert to a now infamous tactic.”I don’t expect anything special,” he said. “Man United are a strong team. I expect us to be ready to recover now and just to cope with the problems they will give us.”They will attack as well, they will not only defend.”I haven’t seen them a lot [this season] and it’s not down to me to judge the way they play. I just have to look at the way we play and prepare for the game well.”They are a dangerous team, they make fantastic results. To beat a team like that you need to be at your best and that’s what I want to focus on.”@MesutOzil1088 #AFCvHTFC pic.twitter.com/K4cdtUGP1h— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 30, 2017Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring against Huddersfield but will miss the United match after suffering a groin strain.Fellow forward Alexis Sanchez was withdrawn with a minor hamstring complaint but Wenger expects him to recover in time.Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are out of contract at the end of the season with the January transfer window approaching and United have been linked to a move for the Germany playmaker.”That’s all speculation. You cannot interfere with that,” Wenger said.”There is only one way to show how much you are committed and that is your attitude on the pitch.”When you see Mesut Ozil play, one thing you cannot question is the way he wants to play for the team.”last_img read more

Islandwide Public Consultations on Logistics Hub Initiative

first_imgThe Government’s logistics hub initiative will be a global asset of the scale and significance of the world’s other leading hubs in Rotterdam, Singapore, and Dubai.At a meeting with government communicators at Jamaica House on Thursday, March 28, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, emphasized that the hub will have far-reaching economic benefits beyond basic transshipment activities.Mr. Hylton pointed out that the hub will allow the country to take full economic advantage of the opportunities presented by the widening of the Panama canal by 2015, and that the project is supported by Jamaica’s development partners, including the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as well as global investors.[RELATED: Global Hub Heads Investment Options Being Promoted in the U.S.]He explained that historically, major trading occurred between Europe and North America, but in recent times, with the coming of the World Trade Organisation, there have been significant changes in global trade.This, he said, has brought about a shift in the trade corridors, so that this space no longer lies simply between Europe and North America. There has been a major shift to South East Asia, in particular.“That corridor shift will benefit Jamaica significantly…more directly related to the Panama Canal,” he remarked, noting that with the focus on larger aircrafts and ships, there has been increased need for fewer stops.“It benefits us, because the canal now carries Panamax vessels. With the expansion, those vessels will be increased by about three times the size of the existing vessels. What that means is that countries like China (and) Japan, wanting to get their goods to market, will see that coming through the Panama Canal is the preferred route,” he outlined.This will cut trade routes by up to 6,000 miles. He noted that although the United States and Canada are still very strong trading markets, even more attractive to China and other traders in South East Asia, is Central and South America, which have been the fastest growing markets over the past decade.This benefits Jamaica, which is directly North of the Panama Canal, an ideal geographical position. “We seek through this logistics hub, to recognize those shifts in global trade…to recognize the opportunities that is presented to Jamaica, because Jamaica would be the first and nearest country out of the Panama Canal,” he asserted.The Minister pointed out that Jamaica also has other advantages, as it has a comparative edge over any other country in the Caribbean Basin, because vessels can travel in any one of four routes – through the gulf of Mexico; through the Panama Canal; North East (to Europe); or via South America.“Those are key advantages. No other country in the region has that four-way advantage,” he stated.He added that even more beneficial is the fact that some of the deepest harbours in the hemisphere lie on Jamaica’s South Coast.The Minister said Jamaica needs to, and is well on its way to accomplish a number of targets or sub-projects in order to qualify itself as the world’s fourth major hub. A major one of these is a deeper harbour that can accommodate the new Panamax vessels, which will pass through the canal. Panamax is the term for the size limits for vessels travelling through the Panama Canal.Jamaica happens to have one of the deepest ports in the world, at Cow Bay, Yallahs, St. Thomas.“That 51-metre depth is attractive to the biggest of the vessels, and the idea is to build a commodity port that can take bulk storage. That gives Jamaica a range of activities – from containerized shipment to commodity. That is the entire gamut of global trade, which will put us in an advantageous position,” he told the communications officers.[RELATED: Strong Response to Caymanas Economic Zone Tender]Furthermore, he explained, there are also opportunities in dry docking also called vessel maintenance. Under International Maritime Organisation (IMO) rules, these vessels must be maintained at prescribed intervals.“At the moment there is no repair station in the Caribbean. Jamaica, recognizing that, is putting itself in a position to be able to provide dry docking facilities…The country therefore becomes an attractive hub for ship owners,” he noted.However, the Minister said it is shippers who greatly influence where vessels go. This is where the logistics centre at the Caymanas Economic Zone, which is being developed in St. Catherine, will come in.“That is important, because while we get some money from the containers just passing back and forth, the bigger money is to be made when those containers leave the port and come into Jamaica with the contents to add value to the economy. That’s what will create a lot of jobs and add and extract more value for us. So, what we intend to do is to provide full service for shippers,” he said.For example, Minister Hylton noted, even a seemingly simple activity such as changing labels becomes an important, income-generating enterprise in this scenario.“In this region we have several languages…so to get it to a station where you can switch labels before it goes into the market – that whole exercise is big money,” he said.There will therefore be a range of activities and spin-offs from the hub, which require labour of various skill levels.Turning to opportunities in the aviation industry, the Minister pointed out that the Vernamfield aerodrome in St. Clarendon will become very important, as the two existing major airports will not be able to take the largest of the cargo aircrafts.“Vernamfield has the capacity to take the largest of the aircrafts, and that will give Jamaica the capacity to move some goods that are more sensitive from long distances – China or anywhere else in the Far East – to the hub in Jamaica,” he explained.Transporting cargo by air will shorten the journey, with the option to switch from air to maritime transportation.“This configuration becomes much more attractive,” the Minister argued.He said Jamaica will be the link, in this hemisphere, to the ports of Rotterdam in Europe, Dubai in the Middle East, and Singapore in the South East, adding that there is a need and demand in the global trading system for a fourth hub.“It improves the global trading system by having a relay, and ensuring that the biggest vessel supporting global trade are able to move from one region of the world to the next, and that’s where we find ourselves, and we have to take advantage of it, because if we don’t, others will,” the Minister stressed.He said a project of this global magnitude demands that everyone is on board and at least understand the importance of the hub, how it will operate, and the economic benefits.[RELATED: Jamaica Must Improve Export Capacity – Commerce State Minister]To this end, the Ministry has carried out a series of islandwide public consultations to sensitise citizens about the Government’s plans for the logistics hub initiative.In the meantime, the government is putting in place measures to shore up the type of labour force which will be needed for the over 10,000 jobs that will be generated by the development. The Logistics Task Force has secured broad-scale representation on its Human Resource Working Group from stakeholders in the Ministry of Education as well as secondary, tertiary and vocational institutions. The Working Group is headed by the Caribbean Maritime Institute Executive Director, Dr. Fritz Pinnock. The development of the hub is estimated to cost some US$8 billion.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Skangass, NEOT Introduce Ship-to-Ship LNG Bunkering

first_imgzoom Sweden’s Skangass and North European Oil Trade (NEOT) have agreed on a supply contract for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to NEOT’s coming time chartered vessels entering into operation in 2016.  The contract is valid for supply of LNG in the region of Lysekil-Gothenburg-Skaw and is also one of the first ship-to-ship bunker contracts for LNG in Europe.“This is our first ship-to-ship bunker contract and we are very pleased with being chosen as LNG supplier for NEOT serving their new vessels,” said Tor Morten Osmundsen, CEO for Skangass. “LNG has a fantastic potential as fuel for vessels and we are determined to further develop the infrastructure to serve the market with LNG in an attractive way. A ship-to-ship supply solution is the logical development for bunkering of LNG in the future as the vessels using LNG as fuel seems to be enlarging.”Skangass says that this agreement with NEOT confirms the effort of making LNG available for the marine market, further confirming the increasing LNG demand. This can be related to LNG being price competitive and not at least a clean fuel that meets the MARPOL Protocol regulations of less sulphur emissions of only 0.10% m/m in the ECA area (Emission Control Area), says Skangass.“We believe LNG technology will help us to ensure continuous operations in the Baltic Sea region by meeting the Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) requirements, binding from January 1, 2015. Skangass has shown great willingness to secure supply of LNG to the two new time chartered vessels and we are convinced that this will work swiftly when we go into operation,” said Satu Mattila, Chartering Manager at NEOT.Press Releaselast_img read more

H1N1 Human Swine Influenza Update June 9

first_imgCases of H1N1 (human swine influenza) continue to be reported in Nova Scotia. The province’s first hospitalized case was confirmed today, June 9. The case was identified within the Capital District Health Authority and the patient is improving. Given that more severe cases of H1N1 are being reported in other provinces and outside Canada, it was anticipated that more severe cases would happen here, and staff has prepared to respond appropriately. Clinical guidelines are in place to ensure effective management of severe influenza-like illness in all health care settings in the province. All other cases are mild and those affected are recovered or recovering. Four new cases have been reported since June 1. The total number of cases reported in Nova Scotia since the outbreak began on April 26 is now 77. People are reminded that the best way to stay healthy is to take preventative action. That means washing hands thoroughly and often, using an arm to cover coughs and sneezes, and frequently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and items such as doorknobs and counters. If people have influenza-like symptoms they should stay home and minimize contact with family members as much as possible. If symptoms worsen, they should visit their physician or a walk-in clinic. It is important for Nova Scotians to understand that it is safe to go to work and school, participate in school activities and to socialize, if they do not have influenza-like symptoms. For more information on H1N1 (human swine influenza), visit www.gov.ns.ca/hpp . -30-last_img read more

Millions without power after tornado hits Ohio

first_imgWashington: A huge tornado that plowed through the central US state of Ohio injured several people and left millions more without power, officials said Tuesday. The twister barrelled over the town of Dayton late Monday, damaging homes and uprooting trees. No deaths have been reported so far. The National Weather Service said the tornado cut electricity supplies to five million people and parts of the state faced the risk of flash flooding in the wake of the storm. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”We have lost power to both water plants and pump stations. First Responders are performing search and rescue operations and debris clearing,” the official account for the city of Dayton tweeted. Emergency workers were shutting down gas lines and trying to get to residents trapped by debris, officials in Montgomery County said. The exact injury toll was unclear from initial reports. The tornado was the third in a week to rake the central US. At least two people died and another 29 were hospitalised in Oklahoma over the weekend when a tornado flattened a mobile home park in El Reno. President Donald Trump, who was returning to Washington on Tuesday after a visit to Japan, tweeted that he had offered federal resources for the cleanup.last_img read more

Nashville Star Clare Bowen Visits Troops With USO

first_imgStar of ABC’s hit show “NASHVILLE” Clare Bowen took time out this holiday to volunteer with the USO and make a moment-filled trip to Tinker Air Force Base to visit and perform her first-ever USO concert for troops and military families Dec. 13.Clare Bowen Makes Holiday Visit to Tinker Air Force BaseCredit/Copyright: USOFollowing in the footsteps of actor/comedian Rob Riggle and baseball legend Randy Johnson, among other celebrities who helped spread much-needed USO cheer to troops this holiday, Bowen extended her thanks to military families stationed in the Midwest for their sacrifice.Clare Bowen Performs Her First-Ever USO Show Credit/Copyright: USO“I feel so privileged to volunteer with the USO and to have the opportunity to give back, and say thank you to America’s troops and military families,” said Clare. “Being from Australia, I know what it is like to be far away from your family and friends over the holidays. It really is tough and if I can help ease that feeling in some small way, count me in anytime.”The USO’s “Every Moment Counts” invites Americans to join the USO and Bowen in honoring and creating moments that matter for our nation’s troops and their families this holiday. This event, much like the campaign centers around the countless every day moments – from family dinners and date nights to children’s births and holiday celebrations with loved ones – that our troops and their families selflessly sacrifice due to their commitment and service to our country.last_img read more

Health care just the latest industry Amazon seeks to upend

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – When Amazon sets its sights on a new industry, corporate America shudders.The latest example came Tuesday, when the online retailing giant said it is working with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to create a company to offer affordable health care to their employees. Stocks of health insurers tumbled, erasing billions of dollars in shareholder value.It has happened before. Supermarket stocks slumped when Amazon unexpectedly bought Whole Foods last year. And when Amazon said it would sell Kenmore washing machines last summer, it rattled the shares of other appliance sellers.Why is Amazon feared? Because it can grow businesses fast and take market share quickly, says Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.“Amazon is a serial innovator,” Gordon says. “They’re very smart. Amazon scans the horizon and says, ‘Why are they doing it that way?’”Below, a look at Amazon’s history of disruption:___IT ALL STARTED WITH BOOKSBefore it sold toilet paper, TVs and just about anything else, Amazon.com launched in 1995 as a site that mostly sold books. At the time, it pushed other booksellers to beef up their online presence.But Amazon shook up the industry again in 2007, when it launched its Kindle e-book reader. Soon, more people traded paper books for digital versions. Barnes & Noble followed with the Nook e-reader two years later. But Borders, another bookstore chain, was slow to react and went out of business in 2011.Now Amazon is moving into physical bookstores. It has opened more than a dozen locations of Amazon Books, which also sell some toys, electronics and Amazon gadgets.___RETAIL RECKONINGBut don’t blame just Amazon for the failure of other retailers, says Neil Saunders, an analyst at GlobalData Retail. Blame competitors for not evolving, he says.“Amazon isn’t a killer,” he says. “It’s just a disrupter.”Big retailers, such as Target and Walmart, have spent billions to catch up with Amazon, and it seems to be paying off. Both companies have posted large increases in online sales recently.Kohl’s, meanwhile, let Amazon inside its doors. The department store chain opened Amazon shops within its stores, selling Amazon’s voice-activated Echo devices and other products. It also installed lockers where shoppers could pick up Amazon orders.But others weren’t so quick to make changes. When toy seller Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy protection last year, it mentioned Amazon in its filing several times, saying that the online retailer’s low prices were hard to match. And it said its Babies R Us chain lost customers to Amazon’s subscription services, which allowed parents to receive diapers at their doorstep automatically. Toys R Us blamed its “old technology infrastructure” for not offering subscriptions.___SUPERMARKET SHIFTSAmazon’s purchase of Whole Foods pushed grocery stores to look at how they can improve their online ordering and delivery services.Some have partnered with delivery service Instacart. Walmart has expanded its online ordering and store pickup service. And Target recently bought grocery-delivery service Shipt.Amazon hasn’t made major changes to Whole Foods yet. It has, however, lowered prices on some goods, such as milk, bananas and organic kale. And it installed areas in some locations to sell Kindles and Echos.But last week it offered a hint at how it envisions the future of grocery shopping. It opened a store in its hometown of Seattle with no cashiers or registers. Instead, shoppers scan a smartphone app to enter Amazon Go, grab what they want and they are automatically charged for their merchandise when they leave.___HEALTH CAREDetails on the new health care company Amazon announced with Berkshire and JPMorgan are slim. But experts say Amazon has the ability to shake up the industry.It already has a connection with shoppers if the company wants to expand beyond employees, says Kate McCarthy, a senior analyst at Forrester. And it has the infrastructure, too: Amazon lockers, which are already in many supermarkets and convenience stores, could be used to deliver prescriptions, says McCarthy. “Amazon can do just about anything,” she says.But the complex world of health care regulation may slow it down.It’s a “complicated space,” says Idris Adjerid, a professor at University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.___Contact Joseph Pisani at http://twitter.com/josephpisanilast_img read more

Casablanca Celebrates International Women’s Day

first_imgRabat – In the frame of partnership signed between the  Anfaplace Shopping Center in Casablanca and SOS children’s village organization,  International Women’s Day on March 8th is going to be celebrated through a traditional exhibition. The International Women’s Day is a two days away and women all over the world will seize the occasion to celebrate their achievements while others start a fresh, new journey of womanhood.In an attempt to value and encourage the efforts of women who decide to blossom and conquer the world with their ideas and plans, Anfaplace Shopping Center is working hard to prepare  the floor for these women to celebrate the International Women’s Day on March 8th. “The center will host an exhibition of artisanal products handmade by Moroccan women in difficult conditions and who will benefit from the family strengthening program by SOS village d’Enfants Organization.Additionally, the center will provide an information booth on the association and the different ways for child sponsorship,” Le Matin reported.SOS village d’Enfants is an international organization that helps children at risk around the world. It makes it possible to sponsor  children all over the world, which allows them to have a happy live  and caring families.“Taking into consideration the important role that family plays in the child’s life, Anfaplace Shopping Center has chosen to support SOS village d’Enfants with its citizenship-action,”  the center reported to Le Matin.last_img read more

Mom can sue Six Flags over fingerprinting and privacy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a mother can sue Six Flags Great America for fingerprinting her child after the purchase of a season pass.Stacy Rosenbach sued the Gurnee theme park in 2016 about two years after her son, Alexander, was required to be electronically fingerprinted as part of having a season pass.An appellate court ruled in 2017 that Rosenbach never demonstrated a direct injury or adverse effect and couldn’t cite the state law for her lawsuit. The decision was overturned Friday by the Supreme Court.The opinion means Rosenbach may proceed with her lawsuit claiming Six Flags violated the Biometric Privacy Act. The law is considered by privacy groups to be the nation’s strongest for safeguarding identifiers such as facial features, fingerprints and iris scans.Great America spokeswoman Tess Claussen declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.The Associated Press read more

Security Council urges cooperation in process to demarcate EthiopiaEritrea border

Reading a statement to the press, the current Council President, Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France, said the members urged the two sides to engage in discussions with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, to address any issues that might arise during the demarcation process in order to reach agreement on their resolution.Council members also expressed concern about the likely shortfall in the Trust Fund for the Delimitation and Demarcation of the Border once demarcation begins, and called on the international community to contribute urgently to the Fund in order to facilitate the conclusion of the demarcation process in accordance with the Boundary Commission’s schedule, Ambassador de La Sablière said.The statement said members welcomed the release by Ethiopia of all remaining Eritrean prisoners of war last November under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as Eritrea did for the Ethiopian prisoners. “They called on both parties to resolve all other outstanding issues, including the establishment of a direct high-altitude air corridor between the two capitals,” the Council President added.According to Ambassador de La Sablière, Council members also expressed further concern about the looming drought in Ethiopia and Eritrea and the implications this could have for the peace process. They supported the appeal by the Secretary-General to Member States to provide prompt and generous support for humanitarian operations in the two countries through the consolidated appeals process and other mechanisms.Earlier Tuesday, in a briefing to the Council, UN Assistant Secretary-General Hédi Annabi introduced the recent progress report of the Secretary-General on the situation in Ethiopia and Eritrea and updated the members on developments since its release last month. read more

UN survey shows needs of persons with disabilities largely ignored during disasters

The online survey, produced by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and partners, consulted nearly 6,000 persons with disabilities in 126 countries on how they cope and prepare for disasters.The results show that people living with disabilities across the world are rarely consulted about their needs in times of disasters. In cases where they need to evacuate such as during floods or earthquakes, only 20 per cent of respondents said they could evacuate immediately without difficulty, 6 per cent said they would not be able to evacuate at all and the remainder said they would be able to evacuate with a degree of difficulty.“The results of this survey are shocking. It clearly reveals that the key reason why a disproportionate number of disabled persons suffer and die in disasters is because their needs are ignored and neglected by the official planning process in the majority of situations,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström.Released ahead of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, commemorated on annually on 13 October and which this year recognizes the critical role of persons with disabilities in fostering disaster resilience, the survey shows that inclusion of disability must be a central concern in all emergency communications. It notes that the challenges of evacuation ranged from having a degree of difficulty of hearing, seeing, walking or climbing steps and having difficulty communicating. If given sufficient time, the percentage of those who could evacuate with no difficulty almost double, rising from 20 per cent to 38 per cent, which underlined the importance of early warning systems and ensuring that warnings reach all members of the community.In addition, many respondents said that if they an early warning they would take measures that would better prepare them for disasters. For example, one respondent said that if he had prior knowledge of bad weather overnight, he would sleep in his wheelchair to be able to take cover quickly. Another respondent said an early warning on bad weather would allow him to stock up on medicines, and another one expressed concern of being unable to receive alerts because he cannot hear sirens.The 22-question survey also shows that 71 per cent of respondents have no personal preparedness plan for disasters and only 31 per cent always have someone to help them evacuate while 13 per cent never have anyone to help them. Persons with disabilities also face difficulties after disasters have struck, as emergency and care systems are poorly designed for people depending on help or having disabilities, said Ms. Wahlström, briefing the press in New York as part of the activities under way at Headquarters to mark the 2013 International Day. “Lack of inclusion of persons with disabilities in the planning system leads to systems being inadequate,” she said. “The survey shows that people largely depend on friends and family for safety and it shows that even when they are early warning systems they are not necessarily adjusted to people who don’t hear, or people who are colour blind for example.She added that countries run the risk of “bundling” what disabilities entail and said this highlights the importance of incorporating multiple perspectives from persons with disabilities.The top five hazards or disaster risks faced by survey respondents were floods, extreme weather, tornados, drought, and earthquakes. UNISDR said it has decided to continue the survey until the end of the year to expand the sample. “UNISDR will ensure that [respondents’] knowledge and experiences are taken fully into consideration at the 2015 World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction when UN Member States meeting in Japan will adopt a new global framework for disaster risk reduction to replace the current Hyogo Framework for Action,” Ms. Wahlström said. read more

Britains rudest bookseller is selling up but not because locals wanted him

first_imgBut the anger reached a new high when a doctor visiting from Shropshire wrote to Hawes Parish Council to protest that Mr Bloom had verbally abused him.Mr Bloom admitted calling the doctor “a pain in the arse” – but told the council he couldn’t recall why.Following that dispute, the parish council decided it wanted him out of his shop, which occupies space in the town’s market hall. Seven months later, it appears to have got its way. Bloomindales book shop in Hawes, North Yorkshire A shop owner branded Britain’s rudest bookseller has announced he is selling up after facing a backlash from locals fed up with his grumpy demeanour.Steve Bloom, 63, who admits he “doesn’t butter his parsnips”, has ruffled feathers in the quaint Yorkshire Dales town of Hawes ever since he opened his shop Bloomindales four years ago.Now locals are saying a relieved goodbye to the blunt bookseller after campaigning to get him run out of town. However, Mr Bloom refused to accept he had been driven out despite complaining of a “vicious witch-hunt” and said he’d sold the shop of his own volition, partly to escape his whinging customers.Mr Bloom, who retired to Yorkshire after running a successful business in London, said: “I hope that none of the people who have been trying to drive me out are claiming any kind of victory because it isn’t, I have left of my own free will. Mr Bloom has been slammed as ‘rude’ and ‘miserable’ by disgruntled customersCredit:Richard Doughty / NNP Bloomindales book shop in Hawes, North YorkshireCredit:Richard Doughty / NNP “It got very difficult sitting in my shop listening to people talking about me as the man who charges 50p entry. I will not miss the moaning.”Complaints over the book shop owner’s behaviour have been on-going for four years and included a customer so incensed at his treatment, he is said to have tipped his dinner over Mr Bloom. 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. Mr Bloom has been slammed as 'rude' and 'miserable' by disgruntled customerslast_img read more

Goodwin shines on debut proving local talent is hot

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram You know you have made an impact in your first game when a coach of the calibre of John van’t Schip proudly admits he was blown away by the performance of left-back Craig Goodwin in last week’s Melbourne derby. Goodwin almost became the ultimate hero after a man of the match performance when his glorious long range shot was heading for the top corner only to be saved by a top class finger nails effort by Victory Goalkeeper Ante Covic. The Dutch coach had nothing but praise for the 20 year old left back, “Craig Goodwin played very well. I’m surprised that he did that well,” van’t Schip said. “But knowing his qualities, his touch, his crossing, his mobility, I didn’t have big doubts about him. The next games are different though. “It wasn’t a difficult choice because we’ve seen him for the whole year (in the youth team) and he’s made great progress. “Where I come from (Holland) we try to make it simple and if a left full back is injured we look at the left back from the youth team. If he’s not ready we won’t play him, but we had the impression he was. “He’s been training with us, I told him before the Wellington game (last week) to prepare, but we told him he would be starting the day before the game.” Another admirer is former Australian soccer international Craig Foster who lavished praise on the former winger and the Oakleigh Cannons for playing their part in helping the development of the exciting young talent. The man who gave him his chance at Oakleigh Canons was their former head coach and current Newcastle Jets assistant coach Arthur Papas. Goodwin moved to the Cannons before the last Victorian Premier League season from his native South Australia, to take his game to the next level. He played an important part in the Cannon’s run to the VPL final, scoring the winner against South Melbourne in week two of the finals, and was taken to Heart with Arthur Papas when he took on his brief stint as assistant coach to John Aloisi late last year. Foster makes the point clubs must scour the local league for outstanding talent before breaking the bank with expensive overseas players. But Foster, who is also a senior football analyst and news reader for SBS television, was scathing about A-League clubs who continue to sign below-standard imported players instead of promoting young talent like Goodwin, whom he described as “composed and intelligent”. “I would say 70 per cent of imports at A-League level are well below standard,” he said. “It’s an indictment on the recruiting of some clubs and I’ve been screaming out for years for Australian kids to get promoted because you find kids like Goodwin who is a wonderful talent.” Goodwin had twice trialled with Adelaide United but had failed to earn a contract, something Foster was also critical of. “Clubs have a lot of work to do – we need to ask why he fell through Adelaide’s net,” he said. “Sydney FC is the same – they have missed 15-20 local prospects. “We have a small playing population and there are not as many Goodwins’ out there; we can’t afford for one talent to miss out.” Foster also praised the Heart’s Youth League for its integration with its senior side. “They have a very good model for all Australian clubs because they train with the same methods and use the same system so it makes the transition for young players much smoother.” This again shows there is some outstanding talent in the Victorian Premier League. Nick Kalmar, Mate Dugandzic, Matthew Leckie, and Francesco Stella are also examples of players that were playing in our Victorian leagues only recently and now are future stars of the game with some already in Europe. You don’t always have to be very young either! Dino Djulbic and Sasha Ognenovski are examples of players who were in their mid 20s playing in the Victorian Premier League before being given a chance to play in the A League and now both have become stars in the bigger leagues in Asia. There is a message here to all club recruiters: look in your back yard, potential diamonds are lying in wait if you are prepared to search hard and develop properly.last_img read more

Smoke from the city dump forces school closure in Grand Turk

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#gtdomesticfireunit, #gtdumpfire Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#GRANDTURK, Turks and Caicos Islands – December 7, 2017 – Unbearable billows of smoke and the health hazard it presents to students and staff have forced Education officials to shut down the high school in the Capital; HJ Robinson High parents are now asked to come and collect their children because school is cancelled for the day.  A fire, believed to have been intentionally set at the Grand Turk landfill rages on and is creating potentially sickening smoke, now polluting North Backsalina, which is where the school is located. School is “possibly closed for the rest of the week where students and teachers were seriously affected by the unhealthy smoke blowing directly over the high school.  Some teachers and students were seen coughing and with watery eyes from the inhalation of this contaminating smoke.”A resident explained that a shift in the wind direction overnight, from the southwest to west has turned the annoyance of the smoke from the JAGS McCartney International Airport to a busier part of Grand Turk, which includes bustling Church Folly.   On Monday, December 4 around 3 a.m. the security guard at the ‘dump site’ discovered that a series of fires had been set, and though there have been attempts to put out the blazes, resources are limited because there is only the airport fire unit.  That aerodrome fire squad has to be stationed at the airport for plane landings, according to Civil Aviation standards.The absence of a domestic fire unit continues to be problematic for Grand Turk which has lost schools, popular and iconic businesses and community sites and homes.One report to Magnetic Media reveals that it has been nearly 20 years since there has been a domestic fire crew, and the near one year old PDM Administration has reported that the plan is to re-establish the unit during the next fiscal cycle which does not begin until April 2018.  Even then, with all of the cut backs and re-prioritising forecast to have to happen since the double hit of hurricanes Irma and Maria in September, it puts many promises on precarious ground.Turks and Caicos Environmental Management, TCEM reported on Monday that they are doing their best to extinguish the fires; “additional mitigation will be ongoing until the fire is completely extinguished.”An investigation is said to be launched into the cause of the fire.last_img read more

Plastic pieces found in cheese spread sparks recall

first_img(WSVN) – A cheese spread has been recalled after bits of small plastic pieces were found.The recall is strictly for 14-ounce containers of Merkts Port Wine Cheese Spread. Containers purchased after Sept. 1 should be thrown out or returned for a full refund.The company said no other products were affected.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Brazil dam collapse toll rises to 84

first_imgThe relatives of victims and missing people pray during a vigil at the entrance to the city of Brumadinho, five days after the collapse of a dam at an iron-ore mine belonging to Brazil`s giant mining company Vale near the town of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, on 29 January 2019. Photo: AFPThe death toll from the collapse of a Brazilian dam rose to 84 on Tuesday as mining giant Vale announced that moves to dismantle similar structures would hit production.Brazilian authorities are stepping up their probe of Vale, with five engineers involved in the operating licenses and the last inspection of the dam arrested on prosecutors’ orders in the state of Minas Gerais, where the disaster occurred Friday at one of the firm’s mines.Flavio Godinho, Civil Defense spokesman in Minas Gerais, said the death toll had increased from 65 to 84, while the number of missing fell from 292 to 276.Shares in Vale — the world’s biggest iron ore miner — meanwhile ticked up nearly two per cent in Sao Paulo, still far from recovering from a 24-per cent wipeout suffered on Monday.The company said it will freeze operations around 10 dams in Brazil to dismantle structures such as the one that resulted in the Friday disaster — a move that will reduce annual iron ore production by 10 per cent or 40 million tons.The dam collapse at the Vale mine near the town of Brumadinho occurred three years after a similar disaster at another one of its sights in the same region.That 2015 dam rupture, near Mariana, killed 19 people and caused what was considered the worst environmental catastrophe Brazil had seen.After the latest disaster, credit ratings agency Fitch downgraded Vale’s score, and Moody’s said it had the company under review for a downgrade.Three US law firms were also making moves toward starting a class-action lawsuit against the miner.Brazilian media speculated that Vale’s board and top executives might be replaced. The overwhelming majority of the dead and missing were workers at the mine.Authorities have ordered $3 billion in Vale assets be frozen to pay for fines, compensation and employee salaries to families.”If there has truly been negligence or recklessness by certain people in that company, they will face criminal action,” Brazilian vice president Hamilton Mourao vowed Monday.Search for bodiesThe search for bodies was ongoing Tuesday, with a team of Israeli soldiers joining Brazilian crews who have been laboriously probing for days the expanse of mud released by the dam.The barrier, which was in the process of being decommissioned, held around 13 million tons of tailings, or sludgy mining waste.Men were digging, often by hand, to depths of up to 15 meters (50 feet) to recover corpses encased in mud. The remains were then bagged and airlifted away by helicopter. The fetid odor of decomposing bodies rose from the brown surface.With a dozen kilometers (eight miles) of mud to carefully scour, the operation has proceeded slowly, barely denting the long list of the missing.Jose Ferreira da Silva, a 55-year-old laborer, was blocked by police as he attempted to enter the zone to look for his 27-year-old son Josue, who worked for a Vale contractor.”We just want to try to do something,” he said, tearfully.No survivors have been found since Saturday, only bodies.Corrego do Feijao, the closest village to the mine, has been in mourning since the disaster. Most of its inhabitants work for Vale, and 20 of their number were missing.”I’m living a horror film. These are people I grew up with. I don’t know how I’m going to get through this,” said Cleyton Candido, who was waiting on news of his missing nephew and several friends.The toxicity of the mineral-laced sludge was not yet known. But an indigenous community downstream complained that fish it relies on for its livelihood were dying.Brazil’s authorities feared pollution from the mine waste could reach hydro-electric power plants between early and mid-February.The environmental group WWF said that a forest area “equivalent to 125 football fields” had been lost, and it was still too early to know the full ecological scope of the disaster.Public angerThe tragedy has turned public opinion against Vale.On Monday, dozens of people staged a protest with mud in front of the company’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. Newspaper editorials blasted it — and the government — for not learning the lessons of the 2015 Mariana disaster.Minas Gerais prosecutors said they have launched a probe “evaluating the criminal responsibility of the Vale company.”The five engineers arrested were part of that investigation. They were to be held for up to 30 days for questioning.Three of the engineers work for Vale and were directly involved in the process of the facility’s operating licenses, the prosecutors said.The other two worked for TUEV SUED, a German company that in September carried out the last safety inspection of the collapsed mine.last_img

Bryce Harper Collapsed After Getting Drilled with a 96 MPH Fastball Directly

first_imgBryce Harper just signed a massive 13-year, $330 Million contract with the Phillies, but none of that mattered when he was drilled directly in the ankle with a 96 mile-per-hour fastball during a spring training AB against the Blue Jays, today.On a positive note, Harper was spotted walking around in the dugout after the beaning. X-rays are pending to determine the severity of the injury.Ouch.Bryce Harper exits today’s game after being hit in his right ankle. pic.twitter.com/RIZHGluHQM— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) March 15, 2019last_img