Fatter is better for marine mammals

first_imgFor us landlubbers, a few extra pounds can be energetically and aesthetically costly. But the opposite is true for northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris, pictured). Adding to their girth makes them more buoyant and more efficient swimmers, marine biologists report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Diving for marine mammals takes a lot of energy, and the more energy it takes to move, the less time they can spend underwater chasing down prey. Early research had indicated that it was good to be denser than water, as that made diving easier. But what about coming back up? Biologists made a special logger that counted flipper strokes per meter and measured depth and acceleration for months and attached them to 14 female northern elephant seals as they traveled as far as 4000 kilometers away from their breeding grounds in California. During breeding season, the females fast, becoming quite lean; they put on the pounds because they hunt as they migrate. Once they plump up, they need to take half as many strokes per meter and have an easier time ascending after a dive, the researchers say. As a result, the seals stayed underwater longer and hunted more, they said.last_img read more

Launch limit for pterosaur flight

first_imgBERLIN—The ancient flying reptiles called pterosaurs include the largest flying animals ever discovered, with estimated wingspans as wide as 11 meters, the width of a doubles tennis court. Exactly how such gargantuan creatures could have taken off, stayed aloft, and landed safely has long puzzled biomechanics experts. New calculations presented here last week at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s annual meeting suggest that flying and landing weren’t problems even for the biggest specimens, but takeoff probably limited how large the animals could grow.Pterosaurs existed from the late Triassic until the end of the Cretaceous period—about 200 million to 66 million years ago. Although they lived at the same time, pterosaurs are not dinosaurs; they form a distinct branch of the evolutionary tree. The most famous member of the group is the first named species, Pterodactylus antiquus, commonly known as a pterodactyl. They were some of the smaller pterosaurs, with an estimated adult wingspan of about a meter, about the size a peregrine falcon. The largest known pterosaurs, Hatzegopteryx, unearthed in Romania, and Quetzalcoatlus, found in Texas, are thought to have had wingspans of 10 or 11 meters—more than three times the wingspans of today’s largest birds.Some researchers have argued that those giants were simply too large to fly. But given their large wings—a skin-and-muscle membrane that extended between an extended fourth finger and the animals’ hind legs—most researchers think they did spend time in the air. Many previous models and estimates were based on scaling up the physiology of birds, but pterosaurs had such different body plans that those models are potentially misleading, says Colin Palmer of the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. He and Michael Habib of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles attempted to devise a more accurate model of the forces on the animals as they launched, flew, and landed. They used computed tomography scans of pterosaur fossils and wind tunnel tests of model pterosaur wings to develop a computer model of a pterosaur with a 6-meter wingspan. 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Even animals with wingspans of 15 meters would have had enough muscle power to counteract the drag that exists when the animal is in the air. Landing is a more complicated process, he says, and those modeling experiments were less definitive. The calculations didn’t place a clear limit on the ability of bone to absorb the stress of landing, but even up to 12 meters, Palmer says, their model animals could land safely.Taking off was the biggest challenge for the model pterosaurs. The animals probably launched using all four limbs (scientists think they walked on all fours) and so had more muscle power available than today’s birds do. Model animals with wingspans of 9 or 10 meters had no problem taking off. But according to the model, animals with wingspans greater than 11 meters had trouble jumping high enough to start flapping their wings fully before they fell back to the ground. Thus, the larger pterosaurs couldn’t launch very effectively. In theory, animals even bigger than that could get airborne under ideal conditions, with a hard surface under them and no headwind. “But without ideal conditions, you get eaten,” Palmer says. Habib agrees. An animal with a 12-meter wingspan “could leap in a computer,” he says, “but the real world had Tyrannosaurus in it.”All such computer models have limitations, says Alexander Kellner of the Brazilian National Museum at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. But the new calculations do help researchers better understand the physiological limits of the flying giants. “They were very different from anything living today,” he says, so basing models on fossil data is important. Additional fossil scans could help refine the models even further, he says.last_img read more

All round show by Axar guides Reliance One into quarters

first_imgMumbai, Feb 22 (PTI) Axar Patel put up a fine exhibition of his all-round talent to pilot Reliance One to a 38-run win over ONGC in the final round of league matches in the 12th IDBI Federal Life Insurance DY Patil T20 cricket tournament, here today. The left-handed batsman smashed an unbeaten 82 off 43 balls with six sixes and five fours and then picked up 2 for 28 with his left-arm spin to help Reliance One post a comfortable victory. State Bank of Hyderabad got the better of Indian Oil by eight runs, while State Bank of Travancore beat CAG by 27 runs.In another match DY Patil A defeated Tata Spots Club by 24 runs.Tomorrows quarter-final line-up:Reliance One v DY Patil B; Central Railway v Mumbai Customs; BPCL v State Bank of Hyderabad; DY Patil A v CAG.Brief scores: State Bank of Travancore 171-7 in 20 overs (Tejas CM 58, Abhishek Mohan 48; Imtiyaz Ahmed 3-43) beat CAG 144-9 in 20 overs (Ankit Sharma 36, Bravesh Shetty 34; Fabid Farook 3-23, Abhishek Mohan 2-33, Vinod Kumar 2-25) by 27 runs.State Bank of Hyderabad 174-9 in 20 overs (Denay Devi Prince 95, B Sumanth 30) beat Indian Oil 166-8 in 20 overs (Pinal Shah 42, Ravikant Shukla 36, Khizar Dafedar 30; Ahmad Quadri 2-21, Akash Bhandari 2-21) by 8 runs.Reliance One 159-7 in 20 overs (Axar Patel 83 not out, Akshdeep Nath 31) beat ONGC (Nitish Rana 52; Yuzvendra Chahal 3-26; Yogesh Nagar 2-12, Axar Patel 2-28) by 38 runs.DY Patil A 184-6 in 20 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 46, Shoeb Shaikh 36 not out, Swapnil Singh 31; Sujit Nayak 2-18, Akbar Khan 2-42) beat Tata Sports Club 160-7 in 20 overs (Praful Waghela 38, Sairaj Patil 36; Shubham Ranjane 2-29, Piyush Chawla 2-40) by 24 runs. PTI SSR NRB SSC SSC BASadvertisementlast_img read more

Barcelona bank on rejuvenated Philippe Coutinho for Valencia test

first_imgSince joining La Liga leaders Barcelona just over a year ago, Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho has endured a mixed time in Catalonia.He joined Barca to much fanfare for a club record 142 million pounds from Liverpool and was hailed as the long-term replacement for former Spain international Andres Iniesta.But Coutinho has often failed to replicate his Premier League performance levels at the Nou Camp, playing second fiddle to fellow big-money arrival Ousmane Dembele.With the Frenchman injured, however, pressure has grown on Coutinho to up his game and he is finally showing glimpses of his true potential.A starring role with two goals in the 6-1 Copa del Rey second-leg win over Sevilla in midweek was his best performance in a Barca shirt and fans will be hoping for more of the same when fellow Cup semi-finalists Valencia visit on Saturday.”He’s a brave player who always tries things and takes risks,” coach Ernesto Valverde said of his number seven.”Hopefully, this performance is something that can give him more confidence.”We’ve now got a game against a side who also had a really intense Copa match and there’s little time to recover. I’ll have to pick a side to get the three points and we know that next week we’ll have another game, too.”Valencia endured a disappointing first half of the season but four wins from five matches in all competitions, including a stoppage-time Copa victory over Getafe, has lifted them to seventh in the La Liga standings.advertisementThird-placed Real Madrid, who sit 10 points behind leaders Barca, host fifth-placed Alaves on Sunday. Gareth Bale returned from his latest injury setback last weekend and is set to reclaim his place in the frontline alongside Karim Benzema.Doubts remain, however, over the futures of midfielder Isco and full back Marcelo, with both struggling for game time at the Bernabeu since the Argentine took over.Elsewhere, former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata looks set to make his Atletico Madrid debut when they visit Betis on Sunday, while Real Sociedad host Athletic Bilbao in the Basque derby on Saturday.Also Watch:last_img read more

TRUMP POSTPONES IOWA VISIT

first_imgPresident Donald Trump’s planned visit to Iowa on Thursday has been postponed.Trump had been scheduled to visit Cedar Rapids – his first trip to Iowa as president of the United States – on June 1.A news release said the trip has been postponed “due to an unforeseen change in President Trump’s schedule.”The release did not give a rescheduled visit date, but said that information would be released early this week.Trump’s last visit to Iowa occurred in Des Moines during his “Thank You” tour as president-elect in December.Trump won Iowa’s six electoral votes in November.APlast_img read more

Pokes In the NFL Week 3: Perrish Cox Picks Off Andrew Luck

first_imgJustin Gilbert, CBCleveland BrownsPlayed special teams If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! PlayerTeamWeek 3 status Lane Taylor, GGreen Bay PackersDNP For the first half of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, the Dallas Cowboys/All-Oklahoma State 2010s team killed it. Joseph Randle rushed for three touchdowns in the first half and fulfilled (or crushed) the dreams of fantasy football players everywhere.No Romo?No Dez?No problem.Joseph Randle with the moves on a RIDICULOUS 37-yard TD run. #ATLvsDAL http://t.co/Ryj6whMLnE— NFL (@NFL) September 27, 2015SportsCenter’s Twitter page can usually be counted on for interesting stats, and on Randle, they didn’t disappoint.Joseph Randle had 3 Rush TD all last season.He has 3 today… in the first half. pic.twitter.com/iyncyMKAR6— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 27, 2015His three first-half TD’s matched his total from last season. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t be enough as the Cowboys would end up losing to Atlanta, 39-28.Brandon Weeden made his first start of the season following last week’s injury to Tony Romo. Though it came in a loss, Weeden’s performance was overall not too shabby.Mike Gundy extended his well wishes to Weeden.Good luck @bweeden3. The #okstate family is pulling for you. @dallascowboys— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) September 27, 2015 Kevin Williams, DTNew Orleans Saints1 tackle Ryan Robinson, DESeattle SeahawksDNPcenter_img Brandon Pettigrew, TEDetroit LionsDNP Even though Weeden passed for 232 yards, he didn’t throw any touchdowns and had one interception. He did, however, break a franchise record and came close to breaking an NFL record.Brandon Weeden has now set a Cowboys team record by completing 21 consecutive passes. (via @dallascowboys)Just like we all predicted.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 27, 2015But, the loss meant Weeden has dropped nine straight as a starter, and his overall starting record fell to 5-17.The other Pokes-turned-Pokes had solid days. Dan Bailey didn’t get a chance to attempt a field goal, but he didn’t screw up any of the PATs, either, going a perfect 4-for-4.Tyler Patmon had a tackle and a pass defended.Unfortunately, Dez Bryant’s Twitter page was devoid of tweets on Sunday.No comment from Dez this week.The Tennessee Titan’s Perrish Cox was the only other former OSU player to do anything of note this week.He picked off Andrew Luck, and nearly had a pick-six, returning the ball all the way to the 3-yard line. Luck and the Colts have had a rather disappointing season so far, and Cox’s Titans were almost able to pull out the win, but fell just short, 35-33. Russell Okung, TSeattle SeahawksStarted Antonio Smith, DEDenver BroncosPass defended, QB hit As soon as Orie Lemon’s career started in Tampa Bay, it was over.  But then it started all over again. After signing him the week prior, the Buccaneers cut Lemon last Monday, then re-signed him on Tuesday. Lemon served on the practice squad for Tampa Bay this week.Bucs have signed LB Orie Lemon, released Monday, to practice squad, and re-signed guard Martin Wallace, who had been on p-squad in Week 1.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 22, 2015As for the rest of the former Cowboys, here’s a quick roll-up:last_img read more

Shocked at exclusion of 1L Gorkha people from NRC

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday expressed shock over the exclusion of one lakh Gorkha people from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and reiterated that the Centre must take care that genuine Indians are not left out.”Earlier, I was not aware of the complete NRC fiasco. As more and more information is coming in, we are shocked to see that names of more than 1 lakh Gorkha people have been excluded from the list,” Banerjee tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsPointing out that names of thousands of genuine Indians, including CRPF and other jawans, have been excluded from the list she further tweeted: “In fact names of thousands and thousands of genuine Indians, including those of CRPF and other jawans, family members of former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, have been excluded.” She asserted through her Twitter handle that the Union government must take care that genuine Indians are not left out. “Government must take care that genuine Indians are not left out and justice is meted out to all genuine Indian brothers and sisters,” she said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayBharatiya Gorkha Parisangh has claimed that one lakh Gorkhas have been left out of the final NRC list. On Saturday, Banerjee had described NRC as a “botched up exercise” and said those who tried to take political mileage out of it will have to answer the nation. “My heart goes out to all those, especially the large number of Bengali speaking brothers and sisters, who are made to suffer because of this botched-up process,” the CM tweeted. It may be mentioned here that Banerjee, who is also the supremo of Trinamool Congress, has always been vocal against NRC and had reiterated time and again that she would not allow such exercise in Bengal. On Saturday she had tweeted: “The NRC fiasco has exposed all those who have tried to take political mileage out of it. They have a lot to answer to the nation. This is what happens when an act is guided by an ulterior motive rather than the good of the society and the larger interest of the nation.” Incidentally, the updated final NRC, which validates bonafide Indian citizens of Assam, was published on Saturday, with over 19 lakh applicants failing to make it to the list. Meanwhile, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Binay Faction) has expressed concerns on more than one lakh Gorkhas being left out of the NRC in Assam. They have demanded that Gorkhas be added in the Protected List and accorded the status of Original Inhabitants. “A GJM delegation will visit Kolkata next week to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and discuss the NRC issue. A high-level delegation will also visit Assam,” said Binay Tamang, GJM president. “On Saturday we saw the true picture. 1,63,436 Gorkhas have been left out. They are suffering,” he added.last_img read more

Vancouver group tackles loneliness language barriers through conversation

first_imgVANCOUVER – Amie Peacock describes her mother as “a social butterfly,” but when she came to visit her in Vancouver from the Philippines a lack of friends and a language barrier left her miserable and lonely.“I couldn’t imagine there are more people like her in our city and, sure enough, when I started looking at the cause and effects of social isolation, I realized that the problem is so much greater than what I had imagined,” Peacock said.Although her mother ended up leaving six months after arriving in 2001, Peacock resolved to tackle the issue.“To me, social isolation can affect rich, poor, young or old,” she said.The problem of social isolation, which can have serious consequences on a person’s mental health and mortality, gained international awareness when the United Kingdom appointing a minister of loneliness in January. Vancouver’s Seniors Advisory Committee has developed a report on the issue and delivered its recommendations to city council last month.In 2016, with help from Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, Peacock launched Beyond the Conversation, a volunteer organization that helps people practice their English skills and foster relationships.Groups meet on a weekly basis in community centres, churches and coffee shops to discuss anything that’s pertinent to them at the time, from Christmas traditions to current events. The subject matter is determined by the group and even touches on basic social interactions, like how to create small talk with neighbours.At Victoria Drive Community Hall, up to 30 seniors whose first language is predominately Mandarin or Cantonese, meet every Wednesday morning.Theresa Gee, a retired elementary school teacher, writes English phrases on a board related to celebrating Chinese New Year, the main focus of a recent discussion.The English skill level varies among the members. Some can carry on a conversation while others, particularly those in their 70s and 80s, speak only a few words, Gee said. People with stronger language skills help translate for others who might get stuck throughout the discussions.Silinia Law, 69, grew up in Hong Kong and is among those who already spoke some English. She joined the group when it was first designed exclusively as a social gathering, but said she suggested to Gee that she teach English as well.“A lot of people, they want to communicate with the other people but then they don’t know how to speak some simple words. We are living in an English-speaking society, we need to communicate with local people,” she said.While Gee sees people making significant gains, it’s not just better language skills that mark the success of the meetings.“Really in the guise of learning more English, they are actually benefiting socially and connecting with each other and making new friends,” Gee said.Law, who comes to the group with her husband, agrees that it’s made a huge difference in her social life after feeling she had no friends or relatives to connect with.“When I (was) first coming here, I feel very lonely and my husband asked me, ‘What is wrong with you,’ ” she said. “Then (we) come here and we meet some friends and we’re talking together and then we feel happy.”There are 11 similar groups that meet across the city and its membership is not exclusively seniors, Peacock said. A number of younger immigrants and refugees have joined the groups.“We really need to foster their sense of belonging,” Peacock said of the younger members.While language classes and seniors programming exist throughout the city, cost barriers keep people on limited incomes away, said Don Morrow, president of Victoria Drive Community Hall.“These are senior people who basically brought up their kid’s kids, so … this is the first chance they’ve had to actually learn English,” he said.“Most of these people don’t have much disposable income, so for them to come here for basically nothing is a big thing for them.”Peacock said she’s exploring the idea of setting up groups in highrise apartment buildings. She also plans to set up 10 more groups throughout Metro Vancouver this year.last_img read more

BC judge says workplace law too vague union leaders question industry impact

by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 26, 2016 12:46 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has concluded the province’s workplace-safety laws are too vague in a decision union leaders say threatens to undermine B.C.’s entire regulatory regime.Justice George Macintosh tossed out allegations on Friday that an asbestos-removal contractor and his son disobeyed a 2012 court order to comply with the Workers Compensation Act, saying the law is too complex and difficult to understand.“If the court is to punish anyone for not carrying out its orders, the order must in unambiguous terms direct what is to be done,” Macintosh said.“Even if every word of the act or the regulation (were) contained in the order, it would still be impossible in my view for the respondents to know when they went to work each day whether their work put them … in contempt of this court.”The 2012 order was directed at Seattle Environmental Consulting Ltd., owner Mike Singh and his son Shawn Singh.Between 2007 and 2012, WorkSafeBC issued 237 violation notices to the company and two men. It also imposed fines in excess of $200,000.Those breaches included failing to correctly identify asbestos during building surveys, neglecting to put up warning signs and leaving potentially contaminated drywall debris uncovered on countertops and carpets.Macintosh’s ruling also dismissed the Singhs’ application that the 2012 order be set aside, despite finding it “overly broad and unclear.”Mike Singh said he was happy with the decision but that he would appeal Macintosh’s decision upholding the court order.“I want to make it clear … we do not expose people to asbestos, period,” Singh said.Lee Loftus of the B.C. Insulators Union described the judgment as “ludicrous.”“This is just right off the wall for me,” Loftus said outside the courthouse.“Here we have an employer that has hundreds of violations of the regulations that he has been documented with and served with. He knows what the law is. He knows what the regulation is. And the judge has ignored that.”Irene Lanzinger, president of the B.C. Federation of Labour, said the notion that a company with expertise in asbestos removal wouldn’t understand the laws governing its industry is “nonsense.”“We will be urging (the Workers Compensation Board) to appeal,” she said.WorkSafeBC spokeswoman Trish Chernecki said the agency will review the ruling in detail and consider its legal options, including filing an appeal.The head of the Hazardous Materials Association, Don Whyte, said he was shocked by what he called “the wrong decision.”“They teach me in elementary school that ignorance of the law is no excuse,” Whyte said. “Now we have a judgment that is telling us that if the law is too complex you don’t have to follow it.”This ruling will call into question the entire regulatory regime governed by the Workers Compensation Act, he added.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter B.C. judge says workplace law too vague, union leaders question industry impact read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 26 February 2016

DOWNLOAD1.     A new settlement for the UK in the EU2.     ACEA – CV Registrations +12% in January3.     Automotive and telecom industries set joint priorities for CAVs4.     12th round of TTIP negotiations5.     European Skills Council6.     Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Take Momma on the train

first_imgAll aboard the Timber Express for the ride to Salvage Logging Central!That’s the history of Clark County’s only homegrown rail line, which used to pull thousands of board-feet of wood out of eastern and northern Clark County every day. And that was before the massive Yacolt Burn forest fire of 1902 revved the pace of salvage logging in the area up to a frenzy.But those days are over; what’s now called the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is a seasonal, nonprofit, weekend tourist line that provides an especially relaxing and scenic outing for moms and dads on their honorary days in May and June.It’s a 13-mile round trip that passes through farmland and forests, crosses the Lewis River, plunges through a 330-foot rock tunnel and pauses at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls. On Mother’s Day weekend, May 13 and 14, the locomotive in question is a diesel; on Father’s Day weekend, June 17 and 18, it’s a 1929 steam engine.Both trains feature open-rooftop seating for great views as well as tamer, warming seating inside. On Mother’s Day weekend, all women get a rose.These family-oriented outings are nothing but relaxing and scenic. Others scheduled for later this year include extra incentives like dinner-and-wine packages via Moulton Falls Winery, premiere seasonal leaf-peeping, and even special adventures like galloping Wild West train robbers and heroic lawmen who battle it out while riders spectate from the comfort of their seats. On Halloween weekend, count on your train being pursued by the Headless Horseman.last_img read more

BAE Systems promotes Gilroy

BAE Systems promotes Gilroy

first_imgBAE Systems has promoted Fiona Gilroy to employee value proposition and recognition manager.Gilroy’s responsibilities now include articulating, developing and embedding the employee value proposition (EVP) for staff and the businesses that are part of BAE Systems, and designing and implementing a cultural change programme across the business to support its refreshed approach to recognition.Her previous roles at BAE Systems include HR associate, reward analyst and HR manager, reward.last_img

2 Bangladeshis arrested in Indias Andhra Pradesh

2 Bangladeshis arrested in Indias Andhra Pradesh

first_imgMap of IndiaIndia’s Andhra Pradesh police have arrested two Bangladeshi nationals for allegedly supplying counterfeit American currency notes in the name of exchanging money, reports Outlook India.The arrestees are Mathovar Thofik and Munshi Mohammad Islam Pinto, hailing from Madaripur district of Bangladesh, said the Indian media on Monday.Quoting Andhra Pradesh’s district Kadapa sub-divisional police officer SK Masoom Basha, the Indian media said the accused also reportedly carried fake Aadhaar cards and passports. “They came to Kadapa a few days ago and contacted some persons in need of dollars,” the SDPO was quoted to have told.last_img read more

More people show interest in online pharmacies

More people show interest in online pharmacies

first_imgA survey released on Wednesday revealed that about 90 per cent people are interested in online purchase of medicines.The survey was undertaken by Consumer Online Foundation, one of the leading consumer organisations in India, and Bureau of Research on Industry and Economic Fundamentals (BRIEF).A total of 4,600 people belonging to all age groups were interviewed for the survey. Around half the respondents were in the age group of 18 to 34 years. Of all the respondents, 88 per cent were males, while 12 per cent were females. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’According to the survey, consumers belonging to the age groups 65 to 70 years and 35 to 44 years showed the highest intent to use e-pharmacy in the market.“Around 74 per cent of the respondents agreed that convenience in choosing the time and location for the delivery of orders would improve the acceptability of e-pharmacy in the market,” the survey pointed out.“Around 84 per cent of the respondents are of the opinion that low prices, discounts, and savings on purchases would be a big feature that would attract consumers towards e-pharmacy,” it added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAccording to the survey, 50 per cent of people said selling medicines without prescription is a norm and while 50 per cent of respondents admitted buying medicines from a chemist shop without prescription, 36 per cent never received any bill for the medicines bought. The survey also reveals that Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 is the most flouted law in India with rise in medicines being sold without prescriptions and proper records through offline media. Founder of Consumer Online Foundation and Patient Safety and Access Initiative of India Foundation Bejon Misra said: “Government has set up a sub-committee to establish guidelines for online sale of medicines, scheduled to meet on July 8, for which the consumer survey finding can be helpful.”“The survey highlights the need for strict enforcement of all the existing laws and immediate legislation in place of the existing Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. It can also bring changes in certain sections of all the other relevant laws to keep pace with changing timings and take stringent action against such criminals who are undermining the health and safety of the citizens,” he added.last_img read more

The Herd Hierarchy Colins NFL Top 10 after Week 15

The Herd Hierarchy Colins NFL Top 10 after Week 15

first_imgEvery Tuesday during the NFL season, Colin puts out his Herd Hierarchy Top 10 NFL power rankings, and this week, the Steelers and Eagles drop down; the Seahawks and Chargers drop out; and there’s a new #1.Here’s the Top 10 after Week 15:10. Baltimore Ravens – Baltimore is fighting for a playoff spot at 8-6, and Colin likes their coaching and defense. The Ravens have 15 Takeaways in their last 5 games (most in the NFL), and offensively, the recipe is simple, run the ball and hope Joe Flacco doesn’t throw picks. They’re 7-0 when they run the ball at least 27 times (1-6 otherwise), and 0-4 when Flacco throws multiple INT’s (8-2 otherwise). If the Ravens can get in, they can play the Patriots tough in Foxboro. 7. Carolina Panthers – The Panthers come in at 7 after ruining Aaron Rodgers comeback party. Cam Newton has still been all over the map, with up and down QB ratings of 71.0, 120.4, 59.8, 107.5, 64.9, then 128.0 in his last 6 games. Carolina’s D has only been allowing 25.4 points per game over their last 5 games, which is a bad sign because the offense isn’t built to win shootouts.They’re the only NFC team with a pass rushing duo totaling 10+ Sacks each (Julius Peppers & Mario Addison). Colin loves the roster, but still has concerns about Cam’s consistency, especially in the playoffs. 9. Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys come in at 9, and get Ezekiel Elliott back from a 6-game suspension just in time for a late playoff push. Dallas is 7-1 when they run the ball at least 30 times, and should be ready to feed Zeke down the stretch. In Dak Prescott’s career, his Passer Rating is over 25 points higher with Elliott in the lineup. A healthy Dallas can make some noise if they get into the postseason. 4. New Orleans Saints – Colin is still buying the Saints as a Super Bowl contender. With a newfound running game, Drew Brees has posted an NFL leading 10 100+ Passer Rating games this season. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram are just the 2nd RB duo in NFL history to each have 1,300 Yards from scrimmage and 10 TD’s in a single season. They’ve also totaled 100 Yards from scrimmage in the same game 4 times (most by any RB duo since 1985).In the 2 games since rookie corner Marshon Lattimre returned to the lineup, the pass defense has only allowed 2 Pass TD’s, and an opposing QB rating of 48.8, while forcing 5 INT’s. with Lattimore out of the lineup, they were allowing a Passer Rating of 108.6. The Saints are dangerous and could win it all. Advertisement 6. Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers had their hearts ripped out against New England, and likely lost home-field advantage in the process. It’s not all bad news for Pittsburgh. Despite a nightmare end to his Sunday, Big Ben has a 101.7 Passer Rating over his last 9 games, and it was the first Steelers loss when Le’Veon Bell had at least 100 Scrimmage Yards since Week 10, 2016.Colin is concerned about the defense since Ryan Shazier was injured. They’ve allowed 5.36 Yards/Rush over their last 3 including 5 rushing TD’s. To make it to the Super Bowl, they’ll have to go through New England, which has historically been a house of horrors. 5. Philadelphia Eagles – Nick Foles proved Colin right with a capable first start replacing Carson Wentz against the Giants.  Foles had a 107.9 Passer Rating on 3rd Down and a 124.0 Red Zone Passer Rating. Philly has stepped back defensively, allowing touchdowns on 81.8% of their opponents Red Zone trips over their last 3 games, after only allowing 48.0% thru their 1st 11. They’re also allowing opponents to convert on 48.6% of 3rd Downs in their last 3 after only allowing 28.6% thru their 1st 11. the Eagles aren’t as good without Wentz, but they’re still good. Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings grab the top spot for the first time since a hot start last season thanks to the best defense in the NFL. They rank in the Top 3 in Scoring Defense, Total Defense, Rush Defense, Pass Defense, and 3rd Down Defense, and have been getting more than enough offensive support from Case Keenum and their rushing attack.Since Week 10, Keenum leads the NFL with a 111.0 Passer Rating, and the Vikings are 8-0, on the year, when running it at least 30 times (0-3 otherwise). Minnesota is the best team in the NFL after 15 weeks. 8. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jacksonville clinched a playoff berth with a blowout win over the Texans, and have been dominant defensively.  They lead the NFL with 51 Sacks, haven’t allowed a Passer Rating of 90 yet this year, and haven’t allowed a Completion Percentage of 60 in 9 straight games. Blake Bortles has been playing the best football of his career with a 128.6 Passer Rating in his last 3 with 7 TD’s, and  0 INT’s. On the year, the Jags are 8-0 when Bortles doesn’t throw a pick. Jacksonville is for real, but will likely have to win games at Pittsburgh and New England in the playoffs, which is a brutal road. 2. Los Angeles Rams – The Rams boat raced division rival Seattle in what Colin called a changing of the guard in the NFC West. MVP candidate Todd Gurley is 2nd in the NFL with 1,817 Total Scrimmage Yards and a league-high 17 TD’s. Jared Goff has thrown multiple TD passes in 4 straight games. L.A. also leads the NFC in sacks in their last 4 games with 19. The Rams are more than a great story. They have playmakers everywhere, and are a legit threat to win it all. 3. New England Patriots – New England likely clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win in Pittsburgh thanks to superior situational awareness (and luck), but Tom Brady has struggled in his last 3 games, with 4 INT’s, a 75 Passer Rating, and only 2 touchdown passes.As a team, New England has failed to gain 400 Yards of offense in their last 2 games, after gaining 400+ in 5 of their previous 6. The pass defense has also allowed an opposing Passer Rating of 111.4 in their last 2 games, after allowing an average passer rating of 75.4 during their 8-game win streak.Even if there are some bad trends, the road to the Super Bowl is now headed through Foxboro. Belichick and Brady will be ready.last_img read more

MOSCOW – A Russian theatre manager accused of embe

MOSCOW – A Russian theatre manager accused of embe

first_img MOSCOW – A Russian theatre manager accused of embezzlement was released from custody Monday following public outrage that he remained in detention despite acute health problems.Alexei Malobrodsky, the former director of Moscow’s Gogol Center, was arrested in June on charges of embezzling public funds allocated for a theatre production. Last week, he was put in emergency care with a cardiac condition.The Investigative Committee, Russia’s top state investigative agency, said Monday that Malobrodsky was freed from custody on the condition that he remains in Moscow. It added the decision was made in view of Malobrodsky’s age and health problems.The 60-year old Malobrodsky worked together with Kirill Serebrennikov, a prominent Russian director who faces allegations in the same case. Serebrennikov has been under house arrest since August.Both Serebrennikov and Malobrodsky deny the embezzlement charges, which have been viewed by many in Russia as punishment for Serebrennikov’s iconoclastic views and raised fears of a return to Soviet-style censorship. In this photo taken on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, Alexei Malobrodsky, center, the former director of Moscow’s Gogol Center, who was arrested in June of 2017, on charges of embezzling public funds allocated for a theater production is escorted to the court room in Moscow, Russia. A Russian theater manager accused of embezzlement has been released from prison following public outrage that he remained in detention after a health emergency. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) by The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2018 1:22 pm PDT Last Updated May 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Russian theatre manager freed from jail after health outcrylast_img read more

Cyprus assisted in Manafort probe says AG

Cyprus assisted in Manafort probe says AG

first_imgCypriot authorities are not involved in any current investigation although they have aided the US in their investigation into Paul Manafort, US President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, the attorney general said on Tuesday.The Ministry of Justice carried out two requests for legal assistance filed by US authorities, Attorney General Costas Clerides said a day after Manafort and an aide were charged for various offences, including money laundering, tax evasion and acting as an unregistered foreign agent.In Cyprus, Clerides added, “there is no criminal investigation underway”.According to the indictment filed against Manafort and Richard Gates, the product of an investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in last year’s US election and the ties of the Trump campaign to the Kremlin, the pair generated “tens of millions of dollars in income” for work done for Ukraine’s ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of the Regions.The overthrow of Yanukovych, an ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin, in the Maidan revolt in 2014, angered Russia’s leader who in response ordered the invasion and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. Manafort, who resigned as head of Trump’s campaing in August last year, and Gates deny any wrongdoing.“In order to hide Ukraine payments from United States authorities, from approximately 2006 through at least 2016, Manafort and Gates laundered the money though scores of corporations, partnerships and bank accounts,” the indictment filed with the Grand Jury for the District of Columbia, signed by Robert Mueller, the special counsel who led the investigation, said.“In furtherance of the scheme, Manafort and Gates funnelled millions of dollars in payments into foreign nominee companies and bank accounts, opened by them and their accomplices in nominee names and in various foreign countries, including Cyprus, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Seychelles,” the indictment added. “Manafort and Gates hid the existence of the foreign companies and bank accounts, falsely and repeatedly reporting to their tax preparers and to the United States that they had no foreign bank accounts”.According to the 31-page document, the duo owned and controlled inter alia, the following Cypriot entities: Actinet Trading Ltd, Black Sea View Ltd, Bletilla Ventures Ltd, Cavenari Investments Ltd, Global Highway Ltd, Leviathan Advisors Ltd, LOAV Advisors Ltd, Lucicle Consultants Ltd, Olivenia Trading Ltd, Peranova Holdings Ltd, Serangon Holdings Ltd. In addition, Manafort controlled and owned Marziola Holdings Ltd.Manafort had more than $12m wired in 2008 to 2014 to various vendors, from bank accounts belonging also to companies plus Yiakora Ventures Ltd, also a Cypriot firm, for various purchases including electronic equipment, art, cars and clothing, the document said. In 2012, he had additional $6.4m wired to acquire real estate.A search at the website of the Registrar of Companies revealed that all Cypriot companies referred to in the indictment were headquartered at 1 Lampousas Street, Nicosia, which is the address of K Chrysostomides & Co LLC. The law firm, established by former member of the Parliament and Minister of Justice Kypros Chrysostomides, declined to comment.In August, a Bank of Cyprus source said that companies linked to Manafort maintained accounts at defunct Cyprus Popular Bank, also known as Laiki. The latter, the source said, closed in 2012 most of the accounts as Manafort declined to comply with anti-money laundering requirements. Three remaining accounts inherited by Bank of Cyprus which absorbed Laiki’s operations in March 2013, were shut in 2014, well before Trump announced his candidacy.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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