Marathon Oil and Bank of America drop Nutrisystem jumps

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:Nutrisystem Inc., up $9.48 to $43.68The weight loss company agreed to be acquired by Tivity Health for $47 a share in cash and stock.Yelp Inc., up $1.05 to $35.64A shareholder is seeking a shakeup of the board at the online review company.Nvidia Corp., up $4.25 to $151.86Technology companies held up better than the rest of the stock market.GoPro Inc., down 5 cents to $4.92The camera maker says it will move production of U.S.-bound cameras out of China by the summer over tariff-related concerns.Qualcomm Inc., up $1.25 to $57.24The U.S. chipmaker says it has won an order in a Chinese court banning some Apple phones in China over alleged patent infringements.Marathon Oil Corp., down 75 cents to $15.30The price of oil turned lower after rallying last week.Bank of America Corp., down 67 cents to $24.76Banks fell sharply as interest rates continued to drop.Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., down 97 cents to $18.44The Washington Post reported on alleged price-fixing by Teva and more than a dozen other generic drug companies.The Associated Presslast_img read more

BBB warns of tax scams

by Mike Tarasko Posted Apr 20, 2016 7:55 am MDT BBB warns of tax scams AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Stock Photo/Thinkstock) The Better Business Bureau is issuing a warning with the tax deadline fast approaching.The Southern Alberta and East Kootenay branch received more than 16,000 inquiries and over 60 complaints about tax return services and consultants last year.A popular scam is through e-mail: victims receive a message from what appears to be a legitimate organization like TurboTax or the federal government, but contain links that will install malware or ask for personal information.The BBB recommends you be wary of unsolicited messages, don’t open suspicious e-mails, and contact the official business before responding to e-mails. read more

UN refugee agency voices grave concern as crisis escalates at Manus Island

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed a grave concern over the deteriorating conditions for refugees and asylum seekers at Australia’s offshore immigration processing facility on the Manus Island of Papua New Guinea. The Government of Australia has announced the closure of the Manus Regional Processing Centre, seeking to relocate people in detention to Lorengau or elsewhere in Papua New Guinea. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a press release that the planned closure of the Centre, along with the announced withdrawal of current medical care, torture and trauma support and security services by October 2017, is exacerbating a highly stressful situation for the 773 people who remain on Manus Island. Many fear for their safety outside the Centre, particularly in the wake of several violent incidents in recent years, UNCHR added.UNHCR also said it is deeply saddened by the tragic death of a young refugee yesterday, which also highlights the precarious situation for vulnerable people there. To prevent further tragedies and an escalation of the crisis, the planned closure of the centre must take place only in the context of continued critical services, and in line with Australia’s ongoing responsibility for the refugees and asylum-seekers it has transferred to Papua New Guinea and Nauru, UNHCR stressed. Expressing concern that any further reduction of fundamental support would add to the serious health and security risks of people who have been in detention over the last four years, UNHCR renewed its call for Australia to urgently find viable, humane solutions outside of Papua New Guinea and Nauru for those remaining under offshore processing arrangements. read more

Mens volleyball No 2 Ohio State sharp in rout versus rival Ball

Junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir serves during a match against #7 Fort Wayne at St. John Arena on Thursday, March 23. The Buckeyes won the match, 3-0.The No. 2 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (23-1, 12-0 MIVA) notched another win on its belt, sweeping rival No. 11 Ball State University (15-7, 6-5 MIVA) in straight sets on Saturday in St. John Arena.The win for the Buckeyes keeps them perfect in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play for the season and atop the MIVA standings. The Ball State Cardinals’ third straight MIVA loss keeps them slotted at fifth best in the conference standings.“I thought we had a really, really sharp and energetic practice yesterday. I saw a lot energy in the guys. Their spirits were up,” OSU coach Pete Hanson said. “I really felt like that was going to carry over into tonight, and it really did.”After trading back-and-forth points to begin the match, OSU began to pull away after a 5-1 run to take the lead 13-8. Two more three-point runs gave the Buckeyes a 22-13 lead. An attacking error from freshman outside hitter Ball State’s Matt Szews sealed the team’s fate in the first frame, losing 25-16.The Buckeyes’ attacking regime proved to be too strong for the Cardinals defense, as Ball State could only dig five balls in the first set. Coming into the match, Ball State was averaging 9.14 digs per set as the sixth-ranked team in that statistic in the country.The second set started off close and remained tied at 8. A three-point run gave the Buckeyes the lead 13-9. Three kills and two aces from junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen helped OSU eventually win the set, 25-15.For the second time during the night, the Buckeyes tallied nine digs and 2.5 blocks. This time, OSU’s defensive efforts kept Ball State’s attacking rate to .045. Senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson and Szerszen both put four balls a piece to the hardwood, while the entire Buckeye squad swung at a rate of .500 in the second frame.“You could just sense that they were eager to play. They were excited to play,” Hanson said. “I thought all the guys were energized tonight. I’m real happy for them, and they just played a real nice match.”After intermission, the Buckeyes took four straight points with the help of two service aces from junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir. Points continued to be scarce for the Cardinals as they faced a 14-8 deficit midway through the third set. The Cardinals had a late set surge but their efforts fell short, losing the final set 25-19.“I’m trying to improve my level because the championship is so close,” Hervoir said. “We’ll need everybody to be at maximum in May. So, I’m trying to take responsibilities and be ready for these great games.”For the first time all season, the Cardinals did not stuff their opponent in the match. Before Saturday, Ball State was slotted No. 4 in the country in blocks per set with 2.55.“The bottom line is our passers did a great job,” Hanson said. “Anytime you have multiple options and you’re passing well, if your setters are doing a good job and your hitters are executing, you’re probably going to beat up the blockers and the diggers. The offense is at an advantage.”The Buckeyes are back in action again on Tuesday against Big Ten rival No. 13 Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania, at 7 p.m. read more

No 8 Ohio State wins Big Ten championship with 2721 victory against

Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins races down the sidelines during the first half of the Buckeyes’ game against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship on Dec. 2. Credit: Jack WesterheideINDIANAPOLIS — Back and forth they went. No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 8 Ohio State fought back-and-forth with both teams’ College Football Playoff hopes hanging in the balance. When Buckeye quarterback J.T. Barrett hit wideout Terry McLaurin for an 84-yard touchdown, Wisconsin responded with a pick-six. Even when Ohio State took a 21-7 lead, the Badgers fought back to within three points in the fourth quarter, but could never take the lead.The Buckeyes (11-2, 9-1 Big Ten) proved to be too much for Wisconsin (12-1, 9-1 Big Ten), handing the Badgers their first loss with a 27-21 victory in the Big Ten championship game Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.With three top-25 wins and a conference championship win, all Ohio State can do is wait as the playoff committee determines whether it has done enough to make up for its losses to No. 3 Oklahoma and Iowa earlier in the season.Playing just six days after having knee surgery, Barrett did what he could to keep his team in the game against Wisconsin. He started the scoring with the touchdown strike to an open McLaurin, which concluded a 96-yard scoring drive, the longest in Big Ten championship history. He then found H-back Parris Campbell for a 57-yard touchdown pass less than five minutes later. But Barrett also made his fair share of mistakes. He followed up the touchdown pass to McLaurin with an interception that linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel took nine yards for Wisconsin’s first touchdown of the game to knot the score at seven. Linebacker Leon Jacobs also intercepted Barrett late in the third quarter. Barrett finished the game 12-for-26 for 211 yards, including two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also had 19 rushes for 60 yards and a touchdown.Ohio State’s offense was buoyed by freshman running back J.K. Dobbins, who had 17 carries for 174 yards. He exploded for a 77-yard rush that Barrett followed up with a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:05 remaining in the first half, then Dobbins had a 53-yard carry late in the third quarter. With Dobbins’ 77-yard run, Ohio State surpassed Wisconsin’s average of 236.9 yards given up per game. The Buckeyes finished with 449 total yards.But Ohio State’s defense kept its team in the game, making up for Barrett’s turnovers and running back Mike Weber’s first-half fumble.The Badgers had five three-and-outs, and freshman running back Jonathan Taylor, who has the most rushing yards in the conference, had 41 carries for just 15 yards, his lowest total of the season.Quarterback Alex Hornibrook went 19-for-40 for 229 yards with two interceptions. He also threw an interception on Wisconsin’s second drive of the then-scoreless game. The Badgers marched 55 yards to Ohio State’s 18-yard line. But the drive ended there when cornerback Denzel Ward picked off Hornibrook’s pass at the 4-yard line with 7:34 remaining in the opening quarter.Ohio State kicker Sean Nuernberger went 2-for-3 with made field goals from 27 and 20 yards. Wisconsin kicker added two field goals. He hit both attempts, making them from 28 and 46 yards. read more

La pollution atmosphérique en Asie protégerait notre planète

first_imgLa pollution atmosphérique en Asie “protégerait” notre planèteUne étude américaine, qui peut paraître surréaliste, indique que la pollution atmosphérique en Asie a permis de freiner le réchauffement climatique entre 1998 et 2008, en raison des rejets de soufre importants qui ont un effet refroidissant.Voilà une nouvelle étude sur le climat qui risque de susciter les controverses. Des chercheurs des universités américaines de Boston et de Harvard, et de l’université de Turku en Finlande, ont étudié les rejets de gaz à effet de serre (GES) provoqués par les activités humaines entre la fin des années 1990 et 2008. Et d’après leurs conclusions, les théories qui lient émissions de GES et réchauffement climatique seraient à revoir…  Selon les chercheurs, les rejets de CO2 dans l’atmosphère, qui ont pour conséquence la hausse des températures, seraient contrebalancés par les rejets de soufre des pays asiatiques à forte croissance économique et grands consommateurs de charbon, comme en Chine où elle a augmenté de 100% entre 1998 et 2008, selon les chiffres de BP.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?En effet, le soufre aurait un effet refroidissant : il provoque la formation de gouttelettes d’eau ou d’aérosols, ce qui entraîne la formation de nuages de brume. Ces derniers renvoient les rayons du Soleil vers l’espace. Le réchauffement de la basse atmosphère est donc freiné. Cette nouvelle étude veut ainsi mettre en avant le fait que l’effet de refroidissement du soufre va diminuer à mesure que les pays en développement adopteront des mesures pour lutter contre leurs rejets polluants. Le réchauffement climatique reprendra alors, pour les scientifiques auteurs de l’étude, qui estiment que les activités humaines ayant un impact négatif et positif sur les températures se sont neutralisées depuis 1998. Et en ce qui concerne les années précédentes, ils sont persuadés que “la période de réchauffement climatique après 1970, qui a représenté une part importante de l’augmentation de la température mondiale depuis le milieu du XXe siècle, a eu pour origine les efforts de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique”. Des conclusions qui peinent à convaincreToutefois, Piers Forster, professeur en changement climatique à l’Université de Leeds au Royaume Uni, a déclaré au Telegraph : “Le fait que les émissions de soufre masquent le CO2 sur le court terme, est bien connu (…) Mais on doit rappeler que cela ne dure que peu de temps et le CO2 venant du même charbon va rester dans l’atmosphère pour des dizaines d’années et dominer le réchauffement à long terme”. Le docteur David Whitehouse, spécialisé en sciences pour la Global Warming Policy Foundation, également interrogé par le journal britannique, va dans le même sens. Pour lui, ce n’est pas une explication convaincante en ce qui concerne l’arrêt de l’augmentation des températures ces dix dernières années.Le 5 juillet 2011 à 16:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Motorcycle crash knocks out power rider lands in blackberry bramble

first_imgA motorcyclist traveling 80-90 mph on Northeast Minnehaha Street hit an electrical guide wire off the road, causing outages east of the power pole Friday night. The rider was not seriously injured.Charles A. Gretsch, 25, was riding his Honda CBR 600 east around the 2500 block of Minnehaha at 8:40 p.m. when he passed an off-duty firefighter on the left in a no-passing zone, according to Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Randon Walker. He lost control of his motorcycle in the oncoming lane of traffic and hit a guidewire on the south side of the road. The wire snapped and hit a power line, which caused outages east of the accident on both sides of the road, Walker said.The motorcycle flew back into traffic, Gretsch flipping off it into the air and landing in an 8-foot-tall blackberry patch, according to the firefighter on scene.The firefighter, who had emergency gear in his vehicle, pulled over, calmed Gretsch down and used bolt-cutters to cut away the blackberry vines so medical crews could get to him.Fire District 6 and an ambulance arrived on scene. Gretsch complained of pain in his right arm and chest, but had no serious injuries, Walker said. He was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this incident for suspected reckless driving, unsafe passing and driving without a motorcycle endorsement.last_img read more

Amazon offers domestic flight bookings in India promises no cancellation fee

first_imgAPE-Commerce giant, Amazon, on Saturday (May 18) announced that it will make lives easier for its customers by giving them the option to book a domestic flight on its Indian website. Amazon said that this venture has tied up with Cleartrip, an Indian travel advisor site.This option will be available on the website from May 31. A flight icon will be visible near the Amazon Pay page in the app and on the website.We’re delighted to add domestic flight bookings enabling customers to do more with their Amazon app and for Prime members to get more value from their membership. We are excited to partner with Cleartrip and share their passion for creating the best in class travel experiences,” Shariq Plasticwalla, the Director of Amazon Pay said in a statement, reports Skift.In addition to this, Amazon said that it will not levy additional charges for booking tickets and those who book the tickets through the portal can avail offers and cashback options.”Customers are already using Amazon beyond shopping,” Plasticwala added. “Over the past year, customers have rapidly adopted our payments services such as mobile recharges, utility payments, and money transfers. They love the convenience we offer of shopping and paying — all in one single app.””Building world-class travel experiences for our customers continues to be the primary focus of Cleartrip. Partnering with a trusted consumer brand like Amazon is an exciting development for us. They have built a large and engaged customer base which enjoy their convenient shopping and payment experiences. We are delighted to partner with them to jointly serve customers,” Stuart Crighton, the CEO of Cleartrip, said in a statement.Booking tickets on the website or mobile app will be made easier now for customers by using their existing contact details and payment information. Amazon added that the cost and the charge for everything, like convenience fee, is transparent so customers know that they are not being overcharged.In addition to this, they will not be charged with an additional cancellation fee by Amazon if they want to cancel a ticket.last_img read more

PM pays homage to Armed Forces martyrs

first_imgPM Sheikh Hasina pays tributes to martyred members of armed forces on Tuesday marking the Armed Forces Day 2017. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday paid rich tributes to the martyred members of Bangladesh Armed Forces on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day 2017, reports BSS.The prime minister paid the homage by placing a wreath at the Shikha Anirban (flame eternal) in Dhaka Cantonment this morning. After laying the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for sometime as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs, who made supreme sacrifices during the liberation war. A smartly-turned out contingent drawn from Army, Navy and Air Force presented a guard of honour at that time, while bugle played the last post. Later, Sheikh Hasina, also in-charge of the defence ministry, signed the visitors’ book kept on the premises of Shikha Anirban. Earlier, on her arrival at Shikha Anirban, the premier was received by chief of Army Staff general Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Haque, Chief of Naval Staff admiral M Nizamuddin Ahmad, Chief of Air Staff air chief marshal Abu Esrar and principal staff officer (PSO) of the Armed Forces Division (AFD) lieutenant general Md Mahfuzur Rahman.After the wreath-placing ceremony, the prime minister went to the Armed Forces Division (AFD) where chiefs of the three services made a courtesy call on her.On her arrival at the AFD, the prime minister was received by the PSO and director generals of the AFD. On this day during the liberation war in 1971, the Bangladesh Armed Forces comprising Army, Navy and Air Force, came into being and launched an all-out attack on the Pakistani occupation forces which sped up the victory in the liberation war. After the independence of the country, this historic day is observed as the Armed Forces Day every year.last_img read more

Kavanaugh sworn in after close Senate vote much controversies

first_imgJudge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court by chief justice John Roberts as Kavanaugh`s wife Ashley holds the family bible and his daughters Liza and Margaret look on at the Supreme Court building in Washington, US, on 6 October 2018. Photo: ReutersBrett Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday as US Supreme Court justice following the closest Senate confirmation vote in more than a century, marking a major win for president Donald Trump’s drive to move the country’s political institutions to the right.The Senate voted 50-48 to approve Kavanaugh as protesters rallied across the country against a nominee who has been plagued by allegations of sexual misconduct as a young man and had questions raised over his candour and partisan rhetoric.The prolonged nomination battle has roiled American politics and passions — the vote was disrupted on several occasions by angry protests from the gallery — but handed Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency.It drew the line under a bruising nomination process defined by harrowing testimony from a woman who says Kavanaugh tried to rape her when they were teenagers — and by his fiery rebuttal.The two-vote margin of victory made it the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote since 1881 — and by far the most contentious since Clarence Thomas in 1991.As chief justice John Roberts swore in Kavanaugh during a private Supreme Court ceremony, protesters demonstrated loudly outside, at one point rushing the steps of the court and banging on its ornate bronze doors while some sat on a Contemplation of Justice statue.”I am here because president Trump mocked sexual assault victims,” said North Carolina native Kara Harrington, 50.”It unleashed something inside me. I was assaulted when I was younger and I didn’t tell anybody.”The confirmation means Trump has succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court — tilting it decidedly to the right in a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term.Trump triumphant During an evening rally in Topeka, Kansas, Trump was greeted by prolonged cheers on what he called a “truly historic night.””I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution,” he told supporters after signing Kavanaugh’s commission aboard Air Force One.A separate, public swearing-in ceremony is planned for 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) Monday in the White House’s East Room.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has railed against Kavanaugh’s critics, said he was “proud” of his colleagues while vice president Mike Pence, who presided in the Senate during the vote, called it a “historic day for our country.”It reflects a high water mark of the Trump presidency: Republican control of the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the judiciary’s top court.A protester sits on the lap of `Lady Justice` on the steps of the US Supreme Court building as demonstrators storm the steps and doors of the Supreme Court while Judge Brett Kavanaugh is being sworn in as an Associate Justice of the court inside on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, on 6 October 2018. Photo: ReutersBut the Kavanaugh spectacle, fuelled by extraordinary accusations and counter-claims in nationally televised hearings, and tense battles over an 11th-hour FBI investigation to address the assault allegations, has inflamed political passions.Hours before the vote, scores of protesters broke through barricades and staged a raucous sit-in protest on the US Capitol steps.As protesters chanted “Shame!” and “November is coming!” police took several dozen demonstrators down the steps and put them in plastic flex-cuffs.With tensions simmering, Pence got an earful from activists who booed and chanted “Vote them out!” as he walked to his motorcade.Kavanaugh’s confirmation process has laid bare the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill and the political polarisation of America just a month before midterm elections.”You don’t hand matches to an arsonist, and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob. That’s what they have become. The democrats have become too extreme and too dangerous to govern,” Trump said.”Republicans are the party of law and order and justice. And we really have become even more so than ever before the party of opportunity and wealth.”Democratic senators, who had battled hard to block the 53-year-old judge, insisted the caustic battle over Kavanaugh would galvanise Democrats at the polls.”It is a sad day, but the recourse will have to be on election day,” Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar told reporters.Kavanaugh’s confirmation had already been all but sealed Friday, when he won the support of key Senate Republican Susan Collins and conservative Democrat Joe Manchin.Bitter nomination The choice of Kavanaugh to replace retired justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start — but the initial focus was solely on the conservative views held by the married father of two.His ascent to the Supreme Court was thrown into doubt last week after university research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford testified that he had sexually assaulted her at a Washington area gathering in the early 1980s.Activists march in opposition to US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and in support for Christine Blasey Ford, the university professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault in 1982, near Times Square in New York City, New York, US, on 6 October 2018. Photo: ReutersThe brutal hearing sparked a supplemental FBI dive into Kavanaugh’s background and a week-long delay of the Senate vote.While many Republicans said they were satisfied with the FBI probe, Democrats and Blasey Ford’s lawyers called the investigation insufficient.Kavanaugh’s nomination seals a conservative majority on the nine-seat high court, possibly for decades to come.Hundreds of protesters were arrested on Capitol Hill this week — including several dozen in the hours leading to the final vote.Senator Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican to oppose Kavanaugh, said it was time for the Senate — and Americans — to “heal” after such a divisive few weeks.She acknowledged the anguish of the protesters who interrupted the historic Senate vote, telling reporters afterward that “I was closing my eyes and praying. Praying for them, praying for us and praying for the country.”last_img

Some Texas Delegates React With Emotion to Bernie Sanders Speech

first_imgRYAN POPPE / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOThe divide between Texans at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia seemed obvious as Bernie Sanders took the stage in an attempt to unify delegates behind Hillary Clinton.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Before Bernie Sanders took the stage some of his Texas supporters were booing, and Clinton supporters from Texas were telling them to sit down.  But the Vermont senator used his appearance to tell supporters he had campaigned for more than the presidential nomination.“Election days come and go but the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent, that struggle continues,” Sanders said.Texas delegate Gabriel Silva, a longtime Bernie supporter from Houston.“He basically used, word for word, his own stump speech, but then added Hillary’s name before everyone of the proposals.  So I can see what he’s doing is not, I don’t think he is saying she is going to exactly do that, I think he’s saying she better do that,” Silva said.For Bexar County delegate Kate Summers, a Sanders supporter, it was a rough night. She cried throughout Sanders speech, especially when the Vermont senator touched on issues like voter fraud and changing the electoral process in America.“There is so much voter fraud and it hurts my feelings,” she said.Though there was an emotional outpouring for Sanders, he did not win the majority of Texas delegates, and Tuesday night Texas cast a majority of its votes for Hillary Clinton, helping to make her the Democratic Party’s nominee.   Copyright 2016 KSTX-FM. To see more, visit KSTX-FM. Sharelast_img read more

Captive mice and native mice dont care to breed together study finds

first_img © 2014 The evolution of personality ( —A combined team of researchers from the University of Melbourne and the organization Wildlife Conservation and Science has found that mice grown in captivity don’t necessarily breed with mice living in their natural environment—a finding that could have an impact on programs designed to increase diversity in wild populations. In their paper published in Royal Society Biology Letters, the researchers describe their study and results and suggest that there could be broad implications regarding what they found. Credit: Martha Sexton/public domain For many years, wildlife experts have grown animals in captivity, bred them to increase their numbers, and then released some of the offspring into the wild. The aim has been to increase populations at risk by adding to their numbers and by increasing genetic diversity. But now, it appears, such programs may not be meeting with as much success as has been hoped because at least one species, common house mice, don’t breed very freely between native mice and those raised in captivity.The experimenters enlisted the assistance of 108 captive mice, which they note were heaver than their native cousins due to a family history of living in captivity—they’d been living that way for three generations. The captive mice were then placed in a semi-native environment with an equal number of mice that had been caught in the wild for use in the study. The mice were left to their own devices for twenty weeks, after which time, the researchers captured, counted and tested offspring that had been born during that time. They found that of the 189 that were produced, just 17 percent of the pups were the result of breeding between captive mice and those brought in from the wild.The researchers can’t say for certain why the two mice populations didn’t breed as much together as had been expected but speculate that it might have been due to differences in phenotypes, smell or other physical factors, or because of differences in behavior. They plan to continue the study, watching more closely as the mice procreate to see if they can find the true reason. In the meantime, the findings by the team are likely to cause other such studies to be undertaken with other species to determine if releasing captive animals into the field is actually having the desired impacts. Explore furthercenter_img Journal information: Biology Letters More information: Assortative mating among animals of captive and wild origin following experimental conservation releases, Biology Letters, Published 19 November 2014. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0656ABSTRACTCaptive breeding is a high profile management tool used for conserving threatened species. However, the inevitable consequence of generations in captivity is broad scale and often-rapid phenotypic divergence between captive and wild individuals, through environmental differences and genetic processes. Although poorly understood, mate choice preference is one of the changes that may occur in captivity that could have important implications for the reintroduction success of captive-bred animals. We bred wild-caught house mice for three generations to examine mating patterns and reproductive outcomes when these animals were simultaneously released into multiple outdoor enclosures with wild conspecifics. At release, there were significant differences in phenotypic (e.g. body mass) and genetic measures (e.g. Gst and F) between captive-bred and wild adult mice. Furthermore, 83% of offspring produced post-release were of same source parentage, inferring pronounced assortative mating. Our findings suggest that captive breeding may affect mating preferences, with potentially adverse implications for the success of threatened species reintroduction programmes. Citation: Captive mice and native mice don’t care to breed together, study finds (2014, November 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Now Japanese matcha is a health choice

first_imgWith Indian consumers getting more aware and conscious of healthy eating, consumption of green tea, gluten-free products or super foods has seen a rise. Matcha, a green tea from Japan, is an ingredient being innovatively used in ice creams, cupcakes and donuts. For the uninitiated, matcha is a finely ground green tea. In ancient Japan, monks primarily consumed it as a beverage of choice. Now it can either be dissolved in milk or water to add to its versatility – and also for its health benefits. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Apart from health benefits like improving moods, memory and concentration, helping you relax, aiding in weight loss, matcha has taken a diverse transformation into the culinary world with people being more conscious about what they eat,” said a Chef from Mumbai. “Adding matcha in food from a simple Frappuccino and turning it into a green tea Frappuccino, to adding matcha in our desserts like matcha cheese cake or a matcha ice cream, the ingredient is versatile and helps add to the health quotient,” he added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveExperts say eating healthy and staying fit has become an area of focus for people across all age groups, and they are increasingly looking at a variety of options that contribute to that lifestyle.Given that matcha is high in antioxidants, enhances calmness, boosts memory and concentration, increases energy levels and endurance, helps to burn calories and detoxifies the human body, improve cholesterol levels and more, it is fast making its way as an ingredient of significance. Another Chef from a well-renowned restaurant says, matcha nowadays is used to add flavour to a variety of Western-style confectionery items including chocolates, cakes, candies, cookies and green tea ice-creams as it is the only tea in which the entire tea leaf is dissolved in water to provide the maximum benefits of its components. “We, at the hotel’s restaurant serve matcha ice cream. Also, matcha-based drinks have been introduced such as smoothies, lattes, milk shakes and also alcoholic beverages.” Many other food destinations are also experimenting a lot with matcha. One of them has started a matcha experience zone that has flavoured macarons, iced tea latte, cupcake, cookies, baklavas, eclairs and donuts.Matcha is stronger as compared to other green teas, even when compared on caffeine levels. One must lower quantities right before bed time. Packed with catechins, matcha is an ideal pre-workout beverage. It boosts thermogenesis by 8 to 10 percent and hence improves fat burn. Matcha in cosmetics or through homemade masks is great for the skin. The chlorophyll present in the leaves acts as a powerful detoxifier which stimulates skin cells. Matcha, when applied topically, is also known to reduce sebum production and therefore is great for acne.last_img read more

VIDEO Even Belichick had to laugh when 310 lb lineman fielded a

first_img Advertisement Bill Belichick and the Patriots have established a reputation as all business all the time, but even they like to have some fun on occasion.At the end of yesterday’s New England practice, Belichick gave the players a crack at two days off of practice if rookie offensive 310-pound lineman Isaiah Wynn could could field a punt. The big Brady protector muffed the first attempt, but managed to hold on to the second, which sent the team into celebration mode. It even earned a rare smile from Belichick himself.So much for “no days off.” Watch the Patriots having fun like a high school team.If at first you don’t succeed…Highlight of the night from @iwynn77.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) July 31, 2018last_img read more

Scenic has released its South East Asia River Crui

first_imgScenic has released its South East Asia River Cruising courses, the latest module updates for its new global e-learning platform – Agent Academy. As an incentive for agents to complete these new modules, Scenic is also offering $250 Scenic Rewards points to the first consultant in each Australian state to complete the two courses by 30 August 2019. The next 50 to complete the courses will receive $50 Scenic Rewards points.“Agent Academy provides custom built product training courses for travel agent partners across our portfolio of brands – Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours plus Evergreen Cruises and Tours,” said Emma Davie, Director Trade Sales and Commercial Partnerships Scenic. “Agent Academy was developed and launched in conjunction with key agents in January 2019. The program has been very successful with more than 4,000 agents signing up for the course across Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States. “This next phase of development includes the addition of two South East Asian river cruising courses – one for Evergreen‘s product on the Mekong, and one for Scenic’s product on both the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers.” agentscruiseincentivesScenictraininglast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterGodmother of Seven Seas Explorer, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, cut a red velvet ribbon which sent a Primat-sized bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne smashing against the ship’s hull to officially christen the newest member of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet. The gala christening ceremony took place in Monte Carlo, one of the world’s most glamorous cities, and included a special private concert by world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco delivered the traditional maritime blessing before the bottle of champagne broke against the ship’s hull, officially christening the vessel. The jubilation of the bottle breaking moment was followed by a spectacular 40-minute private performance from musical maestro Andrea Bocelli, capping an incredible evening for a ship that sets new benchmarks for luxury.“This is truly a special moment, not only for the Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand, but for the entire Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings family,” shared Frank Del Rio, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer. “Tonight we celebrate the realisation of our vision. Seven Seas Explorer is not only the world’s most luxurious ship – she sets a new benchmark for luxury vacations and lays the foundation from which Regent Seven Seas Cruises will continue to build. We have already begun a massive $125 million refurbishment effort to ensure every ship in our fleet matches the luxury standard found on Explorer, and will introduce a sister-ship in 2020.”During his christening remarks, Del Rio reflected upon the humanitarian efforts undertaken by Her Serene Highness as part of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to save lives by teaching children and adults basic water safety techniques.“It is an honour to be the Godmother of this magnificent ship, Seven Seas Explorer. I am also thrilled by the discussions taking place between my Foundation and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to implement my Water Safety programme on all their ships. Developing awareness of the risks attached to aquatic environments is, for me, a cause of utmost importance,” stated HSH Princess Charlene.Seven Seas Explorer delivers an unrivalled luxury cruise experience. The ship features extravagantly designed theatres and lounges, an unparalleled collection of opulent and spacious suites, five lavish gourmet restaurants and an unprecedented level of personalised service. At 55,254 gross-registered tons and carrying only 750 guests, the all-suite, all-balcony ship boasts one of the highest space ratios and lowest crew-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry, not to mention the largest private verandahs in the cruise industry and a new category of luxury suite, the nearly 418-square-metre Regent Suite. The luxury liner’s maiden voyage will take place 20 July 2016, and will spend its inaugural season in Europe before heading to Miami for a series of Caribbean voyages.“Seven Seas Explorer is the most luxurious ship ever built, and we are truly grateful and privileged to have Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco serve as the ship’s godmother,” added Jason Montague, president and COO, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Our guests have waited patiently for over a decade for a new Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship, and once they sail Seven Seas Explorer I’m confident they will agree it was well worth the wait.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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