Cats’ Tongues Employ Tricky Physics

first_img“It’s a much more delicate and well-controlled mechanism than regular lapping,” says Stocker. But what’s most delicate is the physics behind it. To better understand the mechanics, Stocker and his team built a rudimentary robotic tongue from a glass disk about the size of the tip of a cat’s tongue. The disk moved up and down over a liquid, making and breaking contact with the surface as the scientists tried out different lapping speeds.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(*)They realized that feline lapping balances the liquid’s inertia, its tendency to keep moving upward as the cat draws its tongue in, against the pull of gravity, which drags the liquid back down into the bowl. To get a satisfying drink, the cat must lap faster than gravity can overtake inertia. Good timing gives the cat the biggest drink, because the column of water is at its longest and thickest right before gravity wins out and pulls it down, the team reports online today in Science.”The cat seems to know exactly how fast to lap,” Stocker explains. “If the cat closed its jaws sooner, it would miss some of the water. If it closed later, it would lose the whole column.”The researchers were surprised again when they took their experiment to the zoo. They filmed other species of cats, including a lion and a tiger, and found that they, too, exploited inertia with pinpoint lapping. Because these cats are taller and have bigger tongues, they need to lap more slowly to keep inertia and gravity in balance, but the mechanism is the same one used by their tiny domestic cousins.”This study has a really big cool factor,” says neurophysiologist Rebecca German of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, who researches mammalian feeding mechanisms. “It’s elegant; they found something new in a really simple fashion.”So far, this drinking behavior has been seen only in felines, but robots could soon join their ranks. Hillel Chiel, a neurobiologist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, who works to develop “soft” robots that mimic natural behavior, says feline lapping could give robotics experts a new way to approach problems that require delicate handling of liquids, such as oil cleanups. “I think this study will definitely have an impact.” Chiel says he’s now “sort of sorry” he doesn’t own cats. “I think I’d like to watch them lap.” Cats like to do things their own way—even, it seems, when it comes to drinking. Researchers have discovered that felines have their own style of lapping water. Their tongues perform a complex maneuver that pits gravity versus inertia in a delicate balance.Surprisingly little is known about the physics of lapping. Dogs and many other animals with incomplete cheeks—who can’t seal their mouths like we do to produce suction—lap up water by curling their tongues into a ladlelike shape and scooping up the liquid. Most researchers assumed felines do the same, albeit with much smaller, raspier tongues. But Roman Stocker, a biophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, began to doubt this assumption one morning over breakfast. He watched his cat Cutta Cutta lap water from a bowl and began to wonder if there was more to her dainty drinking than met his eye.On their own time, Stocker and a small crew of his colleagues filmed Cutta Cutta—and eventually nine more cats from a local shelter—with a high-speed camera. They found that, as opposed to dogs, cats rest the tips of their tongues on the liquid’s surface without penetrating it. The water sticks to the cat’s tongue and is pulled upward as the cat draws its tongue into its mouth. When the cat closes its mouth, it breaks the liquid column but still keeps its chin and whiskers dry (see video). Perfect balance. A robotic tongue mimics the pinpoint lapping cats use to keep inertia and gravity in balance.Credit: Roman StockerMore Science News Videoslast_img read more

Ramsey out of Juve-Lokomotiv

first_imgAaron Ramsey, as expected, is left out of Juventus’ squad to face Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League this evening. Ramsey is still recovering from a muscular problem, although Juve boss Maurizio Sarri insisted at a Press conference that it was only a strain. The Welshman is joined on the treatment table by long-term casualties Douglas Costa, Mattia De Sciglio, Marko Pjaca, Mattia Perin and Giorgio Chiellini. Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic, on the other hand, are ineligible due to being left out of the Bianconeri’s Champions League squad. Juve squad to face Lokomotiv: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Buffon; De Ligt, Alex Sandro, Danilo, Bonucci, Rugani, Demiral; Pjanic, Khedira, Matuidi, Rabiot, Bentancur; Ronaldo, Dybala, Cuadrado, Higuain, Bernardeschi Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

Jaya Bachchan files Rajya Sabha nomination as SP candidate

first_imgActor-politician Jaya Bachchan filed her nomination for Rajya Sabha as a Samajwadi Party candidate on Saturday. A former Rajya Sabha member, Jaya filed her nomination in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and other party MLAs. Jaya was earlier elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2004 as SP nominee and completed her term in 2010. She, however, refused re-nomination. She is the sixth Samajwadi Party nominee to file her nomination for the Upper House. Naresh Agarwal, Kiranmay Nanda, Darshan Singh Yadav, Brijbhushan Tiwari and Munawwar Saleem had filed their nominations on Friday. Samajwadi Party, which has a strength of 225 (with one Independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya) in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, can send six members to Rajya Sabha. Meanwhile, BJP nominee Vinay Katiyar also filed his nomination papers for the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha. Senior party leaders Kalraj Misra, Suresh Khanna, Hukum Singh were among those who were present on the occasion.last_img read more

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 13

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs16 points, 11 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/AKent Salado just brought Arellano out of the depths of elimination, doing it all in the team’s 95-65 beatdown of College of St. Benilde.Fighting for survival, the speedy playmaker’s double-double night against the Blazers kept the Chiefs’ flailing hopes alive as they seek to make a late rally to the Final Four.But the job won’t be easy, as Arellano will have no other choice but to win its next games, starting on Tuesday against San Sebastian.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags15 points, 13 rebounds, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAnother solid showing went down the drain for Michael Calisaan as San Sebastian suffered another loss to drop to 7-8. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Ginebra ousts TNT, faces Meralco in PBA Finals rematch It’s not for the lack of effort, though, as the Golden Stags lost a heartbreaking 60-58 thriller to JRU on Friday.With three games left in its schedule, San Sebastian should have the heightened sense of urgency in the coming weeks if they want to advance to the big dance.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights12 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAlso on the losing end this week was Rey Nambatac.The senior guard tried his hardest to help Letran dent Lyceum’s armor, but in the end, the Pirates were just too much as the Knights fell, 81-69.Though defeated, Letran’s showing was respectable to say the least, with Nambatac being the engine that keeps the team going.But the 23-year-old vowed to not just churn out solid numbers, but also deliver victories, especially with games against San Beda and St. Benilde next in the Knights’ schedule. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Finally, we get some sense of clarity two weeks away from the end of the eliminations.Lyceum and San Beda have already punched their tickets to the playoffs and JRU seems to be following suit after moving a win away from nabbing the third spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThree more teams are duking it out for the last Final Four spot, making every game for Letran, San Sebastian, and Arellano do-or-die duels.Individually, players are also doing last-ditch efforts on not just helping their respective teams progress, but also put themselves in the conversation for the end of season awards. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Last Week: N/AHope may be lost, but that won’t stop Andoy Estrella from giving Mapua its first winning streak of the season.The senior guard was clutch once again as he lifted the Cardinals to a gutsy 76-71 win over Perpetual on Thursday.Mapua may already be out of the running for the Final Four, but that doesn’t mean that Estrella couldn’t get the graceful exit he’s pining for.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ AC Soberano – G, San Beda Red Lions13 points (7-12 3PT), 2.5 reboundsLast Week: N/AAnother sharp-shooter enters this week’s list as AC Soberano unfurled a pair of standout outings in a 2-0 week for San Beda.Already considered as one of the deadliest snipers in the amateurs, the stocky guard showed how lethal he could be as he fired 5-of-7 threes to pour in 17 points in the Red Lions’ 88-51 rout of EAC.That’s exactly the performance coach Boyet Fernandez was looking for as San Beda gears towards its final elimination game against league-leader Lyceum. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the second straight week, and fourth time overall, the energetic Lyceum forward tops this week’s rankings.Though the Pirates are facing what could be their toughest stretch yet, Perez is still keeping his numbers up as he leads his team’s bid to sweep the elimination round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers16.5 points (4/10 3PT), 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assistsLast Week: N/AChurning out consistent numbers in JRU’s Final Four drive, Jed Mendoza takes the cake in the team’s 2-0 week.The playmaker’s poise, coupled with his stupendous sniping from downtown was really a big shot in the arm for the Heavy Bombers as they move a win away from clinching a seat in the Final Four.Mendoza has shown that he can be the perfect compliment to Tey Teodoro all season long, but his biggest test will be in its next two games as JRU seeks to formalize its entry to the postseason.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ Andoy Estrella – G, Mapua Cardinals22 points (2-4 3PT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT But as for this past three game days, here are the week’s best performers.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 stealsLast Week: 1CJ Perez continues to prove that he is one of the best, if not the best collegiate player in the country today.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavorslast_img read more

Cricket: Wasim Jaffer calls for switch in captaincy for limited over formats

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementWasim Jaffer feels that Indian cricket needs a change in captaincy with the former India batsman backing Rohit Sharma to take over the reins and lead the nation for the next World Cup.India cricket is undergoing a tumultuous time with their semi-final exit leading to a potential inquisition. Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri are set to be questioned by the Supreme Court appointed CoA regarding the questionable decisions taken over the course of the World Cup.One of India’s leading run-machines in the domestic circuit Wasim Jaffer thinks that Virat Kohli should be relieved of his duties as captain of the white ball formats with Rohit Sharma stepping in place of him.The former Mumbai batsman tweeted stating his desire to see a change in captaincy in time for the 2023 World Cup which is set to be contested in India. Check out his tweet below:“Is it time to hand over white ball captaincy to Rohit Sharma? I would like him to lead India in the 2023 World Cup🏆”Is it time to hand over white ball captaincy to Rohit Sharma?I would like him to lead India in 2023 World Cup🏆— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 12, 2019Rohit Sharma has led India before in the white ball format with his crowning achievement being the 2018 Asia Cup triumph. The No.2 ranked batsman is currently the deputy in the limited overs team.Read Also:Cricket: Steve Waugh sheds light on retirement policies in the subcontinentJimmy Neesham wants Indian fans to re-sell their World Cup final ticketslast_img read more


first_img“While playing basketball, I had injured my hand (in “While playing basketball, I had injured my hand (in November 2012) and then thought my career was over. After that I had one month to prepare for nationals and then got a similar performance (a gold medal). I thought if I could do here, I will be able to do it,” he said. Injury is a part and parcel of sportspersons life, he said, adding “I am not disappointed (not to be part of Rio), there is Tokyo Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. I will prepare well.” PTI NRB KRK KHS SRElast_img

Premier Badminton League: Carolina Marin defeats PV Sindhu, Hyderabad pip Chennai 4-3 in opener

first_imgRio Olympics champion Carolina Marin kicked-off the second edition of Premier Badminton League in style, winning a closely contested encounter against PV Sindhu and guiding Hyderabad Hunters to 4-3 win over Chennai Smashers.The marquee match saw the Spaniard having the last laugh, winning 11-8, 12-14, 11-2.Chennai came back into the contest with Tomy Sugiarto winning the first men’s singles, beating B Sai Praneeth to make it 1-1.The top British husband-wife pair of Chris and Gabby Adcock won the mixed doubles rubber which Chennai had marked as their ‘Trump match’. The win gave them two points and made it 3-1.In a must-win second men’s singles match of the day, Rajiv Ouseph of Hyderabad scored a thrilling 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 win against Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk to make it 2-3.Hyderabad had no option but to choose the final men’s doubles rubber as their ‘Trump match’ where Boon Heong Tan-Wee Kiong Tan beat Mads Pieter Kolding-B Sumeeth Reddy 11-7 and 11-8 to make it 4-3.Earlier, in the Marin versus Sindhu encounter, the first game saw the Spaniard opening the scoring, only for Sindhu to equalise soon after. It was a see-saw battle with both the players scoring on regulation. With scores tied at 4-4, it was the Spaniard who opened up a three-point gap to go up 9-6.Sindhu pulled one back, but Marin quickly stole one more point to go up 10-8.With game point in her favour, Marin did not try to do anything enterprising and was eventually rewarded for her patience as the Chennai player hit the nets to let her rival walk away with the opening game.advertisementIn the second game, it was Marin who started from where she left and took the attack straight to her opponent. She notched up points at will to go 5-2 up and it looked like she will not have to lose much sweat in the second game.However, Sindhu had other plans and fought her way back to take five consecutive points to lead the game 7-5. The Spaniard however was in no mood to let go her opponent so easily and she took four back-to-back points to go up 9-7.Sindhu stole one and so did Marin and with the score reading 10-8 in Marin’s favour, it looked like match was all but over. However, Sindhu fought back brilliantly to not only save three match points but to win 14-12 and level the match.With the high intensity action in the second game, it looked like the deciding game would be even more action packed. But Marin did not even let Sindhu settle and stormed her way to take the game 11-2 and win the match and also break Sindhu’s unbeatable run in the league.Delighted with her win, Marin said: “It was a wonderful match and the way the crowd was behind, it was wonderful. Their support meant and lot and helped me to perform a lot better.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

AIFF launches six-team women’s football league

first_imgThe All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Tuesday launched the first ever women’s professional league which is to be contested by six teams at the Ambedkar Stadium here from January 28.The two-week Indian Women’s League (IWL) will be a beginning of a new era in country’s women’s football, AIFF President Praful Patel announced at a press conference.The six participating teams — FC Alakhpura (Haryana), Jeppiaar Institute of Technology FC (Puducherry), Aizawl FC (Mizoram), FC Pune City (Maharashtra), Rising Student Club (Odisha) and Eastern Sporting Union (Manipur) — would play each other in a round robin format with the top four teams advancing to the semi-finals.A total of 20 teams from across nine states had taken part in the first leg of the qualifiers from which nine teams qualified for the IWL prelims which were held in Cuttack in October 2016.”Our women’s team is ranked 54 in the world which is higher than the men’s ranking of 129 which means that for the upcoming FIFA women’s World Cup in 2019, if we put in the right effort our women’s team will have an outside chance of qualifying for the world cup before the men. This in itself is a huge achievement,” Patel said.”This is a beginning for the women’s game in the country. We are starting with six teams and hope to expand it to 16 by next year. This gives our women footballers the option to take it up as a career. I wish all the teams the very best and may the best team win,” he added.advertisementDalima Chibber (FC Pune City), Oinam Bembem Devi (ESUFC), Sasmita Malik (Rising Student FC), Sanju Yadav (FC Alakhpura), Sumithra Kamaraj (Jeppiar Institute FC) and K. Lalruaizeli (Aizawl FC) represented their respective teams at the launch.Besides Patel, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel, representatives from the six teams, as well as 2016 Olympics bronze medal-winning wrestler Sakshi Malik were present on the occasion.Goel lauded the AIFF for launching IWL which he felt will “inspire the women footballers of the country to work towards a goal”.”This is a momentous occasion and today women are ahead of men in every field. I hope our women footballers will also earn greater laurels for the country. Whatever help is required from the Government and sports ministry, we shall ensure that all help is provided,” the minister said.last_img read more

Madhya Bharat, Chandigarh, Kerala win in hockey nationals

first_imgRanchi, Jan 26 (PTI) Hockey Madhya Bharat, Hockey Chandigarh and Kerala Hockey defeated their respective opponents to make a winning start to their campaigns on the opening day of the eighth Hockey India Senior Women National Championship (B Division), here today.In the opening Pool A match, Hockey Madhya Bharat defeated Telangana Hockey 2-1, while Chandigarh mauled Andhra Pradesh 9-0 and Kerala beat Uttarakhand 3-1 in Pool B games later in the day.In another Pool A game, Steel Plant Sports Board and Hockey Bihar played out a 2-2 draw.In a Pool C match, Delhi and Bengal Hockey Association played out a 3-3 draw. PTI SSC SSClast_img

Turning Climate Action into a Reality

first_imgThis post was written by Ricardo Lagos, former president of Chile and a member of the high-level advisory panel for the Climate Justice Dialogue. The Climate Justice Dialogue project is a joint initiative between WRI and the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice. This piece originally appeared on Reuters Alertnet.Global emissions just crossed 400 parts per million, an ominous threshold for the climate. Despite this marker, there are signs of new life for international climate action, including during the recent United Nation’s climate meeting in Bonn, Germany.It’s become abundantly clear that in order for the world to reach an international climate agreement by 2015, the usual approach isn’t going to work. World leaders need to find common ground and work toward solutions. They need to engage their citizens and infuse new passion into the issue. Climate change is not just an environmental issue – it is one of the great moral tests of our times.In Chile, we know all too well the impacts of climate change, marked in particular by more frequent droughts and increasing water scarcity. This affects people and our economy across sectors, from agriculture and manufacturing to mining and energy. Sadly, the people most affected by climate change are the poorest and most vulnerable members of society.In the face of this challenge, we need a new narrative that engages people and presents the issue as a social and economic story rather than as just an environmental one. We need to create a world in which people prosper but without increasing pollution. This is not a distant dream, but a real possibility.Chile has an advantage compared to many richer countries, as we are still building our infrastructure and can do so in a clean, green way, rather than waiting to retrofit later. This requires planning and investing for the long-term in the type of society we want our children and grandchildren to live in.Latin American Leadership?Across Latin America, there is an opportunity to demonstrate global leadership in solving the climate problem. We are the region with the highest rate of deforestation in the world, accounting for more than half of our greenhouse gas emissions. Anything we do to slow down and reverse the rate of deforestation can have a global impact and will ultimately reduce the negative effects climate change.We can benefit from the measures agreed in the Kyoto Protocol, which allow us to access funding to plant trees and reduce deforestation. Immediate action makes sense. It is less expensive to tackle the causes of the problem today than to wait for the impacts to worsen, which will be increasingly costly and deadly.We have another advantage in Chile: The amount of greenhouse gases we emit per person is already at the level that other countries need to reach to stabilize the climate. For many countries, such as the United States and Europe, this means making significant changes in the way they do business. For us, we just need to find ways to grow without polluting – and this is most definitely within our grasp. At the end of the day, climate change is caused by people and will be solved by people.An Issue of JusticeActing as the world is now–like climate change isn’t happening and the impacts aren’t real–is an issue of justice. Climate change is causing droughts and exacerbating food shortages. This undermines people’s basic rights to food, to water, and to health. It hits poor and vulnerable communities the hardest.Climate justice requires us to acknowledge our responsibility and then orient ourselves towards a new kind of future, one that is hopeful and filled with opportunity. Developing countries don’t need to copy the outdated version of development that produced great growth, but with the cost of destabilizing the climate system. We can follow a better, more sustainable, and ultimately, a more just and equitable path.I believe in a new paradigm of development based on dreams and hopes. To achieve this, we need to win hearts and minds. We need the minds to produce rational thoughts and creative ideas and the hearts to have the passion to tackle the problem.Over the coming months, we need to listen to the voices of the vulnerable and the rich alike. We need to disregard old pathways and knock down the barriers of inaction. Countries need to move closer together around a common plan. Emerging countries, including those in Latin America, can do their part by making commitments to action. Big players, like the United States, must also come to the table with a strong will to reach an international agreement.We can imagine a better and safer future. Now, we need to turn that future into a reality.LEARN MORE: Visit the Climate Justice Dialogue webpage.last_img read more

If Kohli doesn’t score a 100 on this pitch, he should retire: Flat MCG fails to impress

first_img India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 26, 2018UPDATED: December 28, 2018 21:27 IST Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 47 at stumps on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test at MCG (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSA docile MCG pitch on Day 1 at the Boxing Day Test has invited quite a lot of criticismICC had rated the wicket at the iconic venue in Melbourne poor after last year’s Boxing Day TestIndia managed 215 runs at 2.42 even as the MCG pitch offered little assistance to Australia pacersThe Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) pitch is under scrutiny once again. If the first day’s play of the ongoing Boxing Day Test between India and Australia is anything to go by, there will be more criticism over the nature of the wicket that the iconic venue has been offering in the recent past.Notably, there was nothing for the bowlers, including the pacers and the lone spinner, on the opening day as Australian bowling unit worked hard without many rewards at the MCG, which was rated “poor” by the International Cricket Council following a boring Boxing Day Ashes Test draw last year.India won the toss and opted to bat first despite a bit of grass covering at the MCG. In the lead up to the much-anticipated Boxing Day Test, all eyes were on the drop-in pitch as the ICC had rated a livelier wicket at the Perth Stadium used for the second Test “average”.However, the MCG pitch, as feared, turned out to be docile. Indian openers, Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari batted 18.5 overs together and made just 40. India managed only 215 runs at 2.42 despite losing only two wickets from 89 overs.Nathan Lyon was brought into the attack as early as in the eighth over – the earliest a spinner has bowled at the MCG since ball-by-ball records came into existence. Nonetheless, the Australian bowlers did a commendable job of keeping it tight despite not getting any real help from the wicket.Former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson, who has played on a more lively wicket at the big G, expressed his disappointment by posting a photograph of a “road” during the first day’s play.advertisementHe even made a cheeky comment, saying India captain Virat Kohli, who is arguably the best Test batsman going around, should retire if he doesn’t end up scoring more than 100 on this MCG wicket.”No excuses, I’m not playing. If he doesn’t score 100-plus on this, he should retire,” Johnson wrote while replying to a fan’s Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 26, 2018No excuses, I’m not playing. If he doesn’t score ?? plus on this, he should retire ??Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 26, 2018Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 47 (from 107) balls along with in-form Cheteshwar Pujara, who made 68 from 200 balls. The duo added 92 runs together and is expected to push India towards a huge first innings total on Thursday.Former England captain Michael Vaughan also slammed the MCG pitch. Several Australian journalists chipped in as well, saying they feared what ICC’s rating for the MCG pitch is going to be, this time around.The ICC rated the Perth Test Pitch Average … Give me that over the MCG pitch any day of the week !!!!!!! #AUSvINDMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 26, 2018After such a wonderful test match in Perth due to a lively wicket you would have thought MCG authorities would have learnt ..but no.Test cricket needs exciting fast bowling to survive. As a fan,there is nothing better to watch. So disappointing the pitch gave the bowlers nothing.NickMcCallum7 (@NickMcCallum7) December 26, 2018The @MCG pitch is why even cricket tragics turn it off and find something else to do. ??Why are we overly generous to touring teams? @cricketcomau @FoxCricketChris Smith (@chrissmithradio) December 26, 2018Nothing to be nervous about. Boxing Day test isn’t going anywhere but I agree the pitch is disappointingJulian de Stoop (@JDESTOOP80_FOX) December 26, 2018If the @ICC labelled the Perth pitch average’, I’d hate to know what this @MCG pitch is going to be rated.Shane McInnes (@shanemcinnes) December 26, 2018Crowds fine 73,000… pitch another story. ??Corey McKernan (@CoreyMcKernan) December 26, 2018Also Read | Boxing Day Test: Mayank Agarwal does not regret missing out on debut hundredAlso Read | Virat Kohli booed at MCG and made to wait at the crease after teaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Mitchell JohnsonFollow Michael VaughanFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Boxing Day TestFollow MCG pitchFollow MCG pitch poor If Kohli doesn’t score a 100 on this pitch, he should retire: Flat MCG fails to impressFormer Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson made a joke about India captain Virat Kohli even as he was expressing his disappointment at the MCG pitch for the ongoing Boxing Day Test.advertisementlast_img read more

Export Achievement Awards Celebrate Local Companies

first_imgThe 28th annual Export Achievement Awards will celebrate some of the province’s top exporters at a luncheon on Tuesday, May 15. Eleven companies from across Nova Scotia, recognized in their communities for excellence in exporting, will be honoured at the Export Achievement Awards luncheon, presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc., the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Trade Team Nova Scotia. One of the companies will be named Nova Scotia’s exporter of the year. “Nova Scotia is known worldwide for producing high-quality products and services,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “It is important to celebrate the successes of Nova Scotia’s talented export companies and recognize the contributions exporters make to the economy.” This year’s award recipients are: Clearwater Seafoods, Bedford Halifax Biomedical Inc., Mabou I. Matheson, New Glasgow IMO Foods Limited, Yarmouth Kenney and Ross Limited, Port Saxon, Shelburne Co. National Gypsum Canada Ltd., Milford Station, Hants Co. Pearl and Daisy Natural Soap, Londonderry, Colchester Co. Protocase, Sydney Scotian Gold, Coldbrook Sissiboo Investments, Weymouth TecBox, Rhodes Corner, Lunenburg Co. “The 2012 Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards are about honouring excellence in Atlantic Canadian companies with a global focus,” said Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of ACOA Minister Bernard Valcourt. “Our government congratulates all the nominees and commends their commitment to innovation and productivity that results in success internationally and jobs, growth and prosperity here at home.” This year’s keynote speaker Darren Zwicker, executive vice-president of LED Roadway Lighting Ltd., will talk about his experience as a Nova Scotia exporter. He will discuss how LED has become a leading designer and manufacturer of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting fixtures, control systems, and installing systems around the globe. “Every year I am pleased to see the accomplishments made by companies around the province,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “At NSBI, we helped our companies do business in over 40 countries last year and we are seeing more and more companies working with us to compete globally. “Through trade, Nova Scotia businesses are able to gain access to more consumers and, last year, 850 Nova Scotia companies exported $9.53 billion in goods and services to domestic and global markets.” This year’s event is at the World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St., Halifax. For more information on the awards and to purchase tickets, visit read more

Ouverture du service de réservation téléphonique et en ligne demplacements de camping

first_imgEn effet, c’est le jeudi 2 avril qu’ouvrira le service de réservation téléphonique et en ligne d’emplacements de camping dans les parcs provinciaux. Le système de réservation est accessible en anglais et en français, de 9 h à 23 h, à l’adresse et au 1-888-544-3434. C’est la dixième année que les Néo-Écossais peuvent faire leurs réservations en ligne. Environ 80 p. 100 des réservations d’emplacements de camping dans les parcs provinciaux sont faites par les campeurs avant d’arriver au parc choisi. Les parcs provinciaux d’utilisation diurne sont ouverts du 15 mai au 12 octobre. Les parcs de camping ouvrent en mai ou en juin, selon les parcs, et ferment en septembre ou en octobre. Les frais de réservation sont de 9 $ et les frais d’annulation, de 7 $. Jusqu’au 3 juillet, les boissons alcoolisées sont interdites dans tous les parcs de camping provinciaux. Cette année, sept des 20 parcs de camping provinciaux passent à un système d’auto-inscription. Les campeurs ont le choix : ils peuvent réserver d’avance en ligne ou en appelant le numéro sans frais, ou ils peuvent se présenter au parc et utiliser le téléphone à la barrière pour réserver un emplacement de camping et payer les frais requis. Les parcs sont les suivants :– les parcs provinciaux Laurie et Porters Lake, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax– le parc provincial The Islands, comté de Shelburne– le parc provincial Smileys, Windsor– le parc provincial Boyslton, comté de Guysborough– le parc provincial Salsman, Country Harbour, comté de Guysborough– le parc provincial Whycocomah, Whycocomagh Pour plus d’informations sur les parcs provinciaux de la Nouvelle-Écosse et la liste complète des dates d’ouverture, allez à read more

Maintaining tradition with modern outlook important Tarun Tahiliani

first_imgNew Delhi: Veteran designer Tarun Tahiliani says it is imperative for new-age couples that traditional and contemporary approach go hand-in-hand, even when it comes to their fashion choices. The couturier, whose collection ‘Bloom’ will draw curtains at the FDCI India Couture Week 2019 on Sunday, said men and women who reach out to him have always had a clear expectation: of the finest quality, intricate technique and something that flatters their personal style and body type. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “That ask hasn’t changed over time. What has changed now though is a newer age bride and grooms want to adorn exquisite garments, however without compromising on functionality. They want to be able to enjoy their own wedding functions and move around at ease without feeling weighed down. They want to maintain tradition but with a modern outlook,” Tahiliani told PTI in an interview. The couturier said evolution through time not only shows how far India has come as an industry but also as a country. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “Be true to your roots, revive techniques and fabrics that celebrate our culture but also focus on how couture can be made lightweight, easy, breathable and modern given the changing times and how each individual wants to have mobility and truly enjoy wearing the most exquisite garments.” The embroidery in the collection ranges from India to France and Tahiliani said each style serves its own purpose and appeals to individual tastes and preferences. “Kasheeda – fine-resham work helps us make the garments feather light floral motifs combine with French knots, tulle, jaali burned in the fabric, lace, and ombre beading bring a glamorous exquisiteness and drama to each piece. “The menswear is more classic tone-on-tone work and signature Tarun Tahiliani accents because the entire focus is in getting the fit right, since that’s where true luxury lies, he added. This time at the ICW, there will be no muse headlining the show. The star of the show are the garments, he believes. The couturier, who entered his 25th year as a fashion designer, said the journey has been incredible. ” The love and support we have received through the years has been a humbling experience. When we started, we worked mostly on textiles, and we did aari, mirror work, aabla and mukaish, and in the late 2000s it exploded into a madness of weight. Soon we realised that there was a problem to be solved – to make lightweight exquisite couture for brides so they can actually move around at ease,” he said. “We have also consistently invested in R&D over the years on the underlying-structure for garments, and on developing different types of crinolines to ensure we can achieve this goal of being a couturier who understands their clients’ needs while ensure they are a vision in their outfits. The next 25 years I can only hope are as rewarding as the past years gone by,” he added. The ICW closes Sunday.last_img read more

Farmers woes grow despite hike in MSP

first_imgNew Delhi: While the minimum support price (MSP) set by the government has failed to benefit a large section of farmers, the crash in food prices as a result of excess supply has added to their woes. Agri sector experts maintain that MSP benefits are very limited and hence most farmers are unable to recover their costs, let alone a fair price for their produce. A stagnant farm income poses a huge challenge to the Modi government’s promise of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “MSP is just a political announcement. Most farmers get Mandi (wholesale) price and not the MSP. In the market, transaction eventually takes place between private players. If a buyer has fixed a price, then farmers do not have any option. Only 7 per cent farmers get MSP benefits,” said Vijay Sardana, an agri market expert. Noted agriculture expert Ashok Gulati said that farmers have been in distress as they are unable to recover the cost of production. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Raising the MSP for major crops in July 2018, the government had termed the hike as historic. It had said that the price for Kharif crops of 2018-19 was based on the principle of fixing the MSPs at a level of at least 150 per cent of the cost of production. Accordingly, the return over cost for various crops ranged between 50 and 97 per cent. The maximum MSP increase was seen in the case of Bajra with a hike of Rs 525 per quintal. Many experts attribute the farm sector distress to excess supply which has been reflecting in the foodgrain stock. The fall in foodgrain prices globally has also influenced the price in the domestic market. This is the reason that the increase in MSP has not translated in equal increase in farm produce prices on the ground. Due to excess supply of food grains, the prevailing market price is lower than the MSP. D.K. Joshi, Chief Economist at rating agency Crisil, expects the situation to get better in the current financial year as food inflation has inched up compared to the previous year. “If you look at 2018-19, food inflation was only 0.1 per cent. This year it is expected to be marginally higher. This means that farmers will get better value for their products this year than what they got last year,” he said.last_img read more

How HBO Is Changing Sex Scenes Forever

first_imgIt was a welcome change that Meade herself had initiated. The previous winter, amid the roiling outcry about sexual assault and rape culture — especially in Hollywood — Meade had gone to HBO executives and demanded change. She needed some kind of advocate on the set, someone to help her when she had a sex scene to film.She got her ask — and then some. Network executives found Rodis through Intimacy Directors International, a nonprofit she cofounded in 2016 that aims to normalize a set of standards and practices surrounding the execution of sex scenes on stage and on film. Rodis’ hiring has made such an impact that showrunner David Simon told Rolling Stone in September that he would never work without an intimacy coordinator again. Following suit, HBO has now adopted a policy whereby all of its shows and movies with intimate scenes will be staffed with an intimacy coordinator — either Rodis or someone like her. Along with her work on The Deuce, Rodis is already overseeing the sets of Crashing, the upcoming Damon Lindelof-helmed Watchmen series and Deadwood (the movie); she is training other intimacy coordinators to work on Jett, about a female ex-con, and Euphoria, a coming-of-age series about high school kids. Maggie Gyllenhaal as Candy directing a porn shoot on HBO’s ‘The Deuce.’ (Paul Schiraldi/HBO) Last spring, Emily Meade was getting ready to give a blow job in front of a crew of people on the Bronx set of HBO’s The Deuce, and she wasn’t thrilled about it. The penis wasn’t real — it was a dildo — but she had never done this specific thing on screen before. Meade, who plays budding porn star Lori, worried about that image of her being out in the world. “What if my future kids see this someday?” she thought. She was a woman in a sexualized industry, playing the role of a prostitute in 1970s New York; surely her concerns were not new. But in the era of #MeToo, her sense that she could do something about it was. The time was ripe to think about safety in the workplace — particularly if your job revolved around sex.Despite the fact that Meade had been doing sex scenes since she was 16 years old, they still had the power to make her feel uneasy. Part of the problem was that she sometimes felt so alone. When she had misgivings about a scene, was uncomfortable or cold, or felt too naked — physically or emotionally — in between takes, it was always up to her to say so, right there in front of everyone. Like many actors, she didn’t want to disappoint the people she worked with or to seem like she was complaining. Over the years, she’d often resigned herself to taking the path of least resistance, even if it took a toll on her. For some jobs, she even packed her own safety supplies, like a flesh-colored thong that she hoped would protect her during nude scenes. All too often, no one else considered those details.But things were different this season on The Deuce. As Meade knelt down, a woman named Alicia Rodis, the network’s first-ever “intimacy coordinator,” was within eyeshot, watching the monitor. She had given Meade a pad for her knees, knowing that the hard floor would bruise them otherwise. Between takes, she offered mouth spray and flavored lubricant. And she had spoken with Meade before the scene about her concerns and relayed them to the director. In a moment when Meade was completely exposed, Rodis was there, providing physical, social and professional protection. Advertisement Advertisement Twittercenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

UN officials express sorrow and pledge help after deadly earthquake hits China

“We do not yet know the extent of the tragedy,” Mr. Ban told journalists at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York. “But you have seen the reports of the hundreds of students trapped at a local university, and potentially many others are dead. My thoughts are very much with them and their families.” In a separate statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General said he was deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction of property, and extended his condolences to the families of the victims. “The United Nations stands ready to support the Government of China in its efforts to respond to the humanitarian needs caused by the disaster,” the statement added. Media reports said the earthquake, measuring about 7.8 on the Richter scale, was centred in Sichuan Province and struck early in the afternoon local time. Local authorities have reported that thousands of people are dead and the toll is expected to keep rising. In a separate statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Kerim extended his support to Chinese authorities as they attempt to mitigate the after-effects of the earthquake. He “welcomes the readiness of the international community – including and especially on the part of the United Nations system – to assist the country and the people of China to overcome the immediate humanitarian as well as longer-term infrastructural effects of the devastation of this natural catastrophe.” 12 May 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim have voiced their sorrow and sympathy for the victims of the earthquake that struck south-western China today, killing thousands of people, and pledged the support of the United Nations in any humanitarian efforts following the disaster. read more

Rosy confirms she rejected diplomatic posting

Former United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Rosy Senanayake has confirmed that she had rejected a diplomatic posting offered to her.Senanayake, who lost the Parliamentary election last week, said that she feels she needs to remain close to the public despite losing the election. “I understand I can do a lot for my country as a diplomat but I do not want to distance myself from the people who voted for me,” she said. She said that her representatives who were at the counting stations had noted discrepancies in the number of votes she had received according to the formal list as opposed to the numbers sen by her representatives. (Colombo Gazette) The former Minister said that she had also raised concerns over the counting of preferential votes.

Sudan UN says banditry looting continues in Darfur

In an update on the situation in wider Sudan and the Darfur region, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) listed a number of incidents, including a reported attack in eastern Sudan that was repelled by the Sudanese army. UN commercially-rented trucks carrying food were in the area during the incident. Due to the continued violence, UNMIS said that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) still faced difficulties in certain areas. Earlier this month mission chief Jan Pronk called for an immediate end to violence in Darfur and expressed his concern that rebel factions were fighting in the war-torn region even as the African Union (AU) tried to keep upcoming peace negotiations on track.Fighting in Darfur flared in early 2003 after rebels took up arms, partly in protest over the distribution of resources. Militias such as the Janjaweed joined in the battle against them, terrorizing the population. The UN says some 180,000 people have died as a result of the conflict, while another 1.8 million have been forced from their homes, including about 200,000 who fled across the border to neighbouring Chad. read more