Video goes viral of guards dragging bumped passenger off United flight

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, April 10, 2017 CHICAGO — Three security officials dragged a passenger from a United Airlines flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when the man reportedly refused to leave his seat after being asked to deplane because the flight was overbooked.A statement from United says “Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate.”United said it apologized “for the overbook situation.”One passenger posted the video on Facebook. It shows the guards grabbing then dragging the passenger down the aisle. Screaming is heard and other passengers say “Oh my God” and “Look at what you did to him.”United said airline representatives chose four passengers at random when no volunteers agreed to leave the overbooked flight. They requested law enforcement assistance when one of them refused to leave.The passenger who posted the video said United asked for four passengers to relinquish their seats for airline employees on stand-by. Travelweek Group center_img Share Tags: United Airlines Video goes viral of guards dragging bumped passenger off United flightlast_img read more

A Hunger Games theme park has just opened in Dubai

first_img Posted by A Hunger Games theme park has just opened in Dubai Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Tags: Dubai, Theme Parks & Attractions Sharecenter_img DUBAI — Remember the movie ‘The Hunger Games’? Remember how miserable everyone looked and how dreary the districts were? It only makes sense then that a new theme park has opened based on the blockbuster film and best-selling books.The ‘World Hunger Games’ theme park has just opened at Motiongate in Dubai, featuring all 12 Districts, the Capitol Bullet Train (it has a vertical loop and a 90-degree reverse spike!), Peacekeepers on the ground and even a presidential welcome from President Snow himself. Guests can also dine at Peta’s Bakery and meet the colourful Effie Trinket and Caesar Flickerman.Judging by initial photos of the park, it all looks pretty accurate. But don’t worry, unlike the books and movies, there’s absolutely no risk of being murdered or hunted down by a gang of crazed kids. The odds, as they say, are ever in your favour. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

High winds are making this a difficult fire to fig

first_imgHigh winds are making this a difficult fire to fight. Airtankers and Helicopters are lifting water into the area.  You can read the latest on the A fire ban is in effect for all of Arizona with the following prohibited:    •    All open fires and campfires.    •    Other types of outdoor fires that produce open flames such as lamp oil in tiki lamps.    •    Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays.    •    Outdoor use of equipment that generates open flames or a spark. This restricts the use of welding equipment and chain saws.     •    Campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires (wood, charcoal, and coal burning) are prohibited on all Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails; except within developed recreation sites where grills and campfire rings are provided (Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters meeting safety specifications are allowed).    •    Smoking is prohibited except within enclosed vehicles, buildings, or developed recreation sites where the area is cleared of all flammable material.    •    Campfires are not allowed at the designated dispersed sites within the Prescott Basin.  Metal posts identify designated dispersed sites with a number.[photo taken Thursday afternoon] The local Highschool in SpringValley has been turned into a staging area for the fire crews, Driving by yesterday afternoon, the Highschool grounds are a hive of activity, with trailers and tents on the football and the baseball field.[photo taken by Charles Wicker Wednesday evening] May 18, 2012The sky due west from Arcosanti is filled with ominous smoke from what is called the ‘Gladiator Fire’. The fire started on Sunday, May 13. in Crown King, a small town on top of the Bradshaw Mountains about 30 miles from Arcosanti. It quickly spread and has now burned over 6000 acres. [photo taken Wednesday afternoon]center_img Expect smoke in the area.  Smoke sensitive individuals in affected areas may need to take action to mitigate the conditions.  Remaining indoors, using air conditioning or temporarily moving to an unaffected area may be necessary. Visibility is an excellent measure of air quality.  If visibility is ten miles or more, the air quality is good.  Visibility of six to nine miles indicates moderate air quality.  Three to five miles of visibility indicates conditions unhealthy for sensitive groups.  One and a half to two and a half miles, the air quality is unhealthy.  One to one and a quarter miles indicates the air quality is very unhealthy.  If visibility due to smoke is less than a mile, the air quality is hazardous.  For more smoke information and air quality forecasts, visit azfireinfo.[photo taken Thursday evening]last_img read more

Subscription videoondemand services popularised

first_imgSubscription video-on-demand services popularised by the likes of Netflix and Amazon will account for just 3% of the global pay TV market this year, according to Deloitte. Predicting the top media trends for 2015, the professional services firm said that it expects SVoD to generate roughly £5 billion (€6.4 billion) globally this year, compared to total pay TV market proceeds of £168 billion.“SVoD should not be considered solely as a competitor to pay TV but more as a complementary service and replacement for DVD box sets,” said Deloitte.“In addition, SVoD players will struggle to match TV broadcasters’ investment in brand new high-end content.”Reinforcing traditional viewing habits, Deloitte also said it does not expect short form video to overtake traditional, long form television viewing.Though it predicted that short clips will generate 10 billion hours of viewing per month and revenues of £3 billion, this compares to an estimated 360 billion hours of traditional TV viewing per month in 2015 and subscription revenues worth more than £260 billion.“The most successful video bloggers will generate billions of views.  However, the total time spent watching short online video clips, will represent under three per cent of all video (long- and short- form) watched on screens globally,” said Neil Allcock, lead media partner at Deloitte.last_img read more

Marriott hotel guests in the US will be able to ac

first_imgMarriott hotel guests in the US will be able to access Netflix on connected TVs, thanks to a partnership that the hotel chain said will “revolutionise the guest room entertainment experience.”Selected Marriott hotels will let guests subscribe to the SVoD service, or sign into their existing accounts, by using the Netflix app provided on in-room televisions, in a move designed to respond to changing viewer habits.Marriott claims it is the first hotel brand to be authorised to offer guests direct access to their Netflix accounts as part of its guest room entertainment offering.Netflix is currently available at six Marriott, with six more launching this summer. The hotel company said it plans to expand Netflix to 100 properties by the end of 2015 and to “nearly all” of its 300-plus properties in the US by the end of 2016.“Our collaboration with Netflix responds to changing consumer preferences in the way our guests access and watch content, while recognising the leading role Netflix is playing in driving this transformation,“ said Matthew Carroll, vice-president brand management, Marriott Hotels.“Because consumers are choosing to take their streaming content with them when they travel, Marriott Hotels is making the industry’s first rollout of Netflix a priority.”Netflix’s global head of business development, Bill Holmes, said: “Our members tell us they want to watch Netflix anytime, in any place where they have an Internet connection. Through our partnership with Marriott, they’ll get to watch their favourite movies, TV shows and Netflix originals on big screens just like they do at home.”last_img read more

Rice Business Plan Competition to announce 2018 teams via Facebook Live March

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduMary Lynn Fernau713-348-5374mlfernau@rice.eduRice Business Plan Competition to announce 2018 teams via Facebook Live March 1World’s richest and largest student startup competition draws applicants from top universities HOUSTON – (Feb. 28, 2018) – The 42 teams that have been invited to participate in the 18th annual Rice Business Plan Competition at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business April 5-7 will be announced via Facebook Live at noon CST March 1. The teams selected to compete for more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes were chosen from nearly 300 applicants of graduate-student teams with a business plan for a new startup company.Rice Business Dean Peter Rodriguez and Peter Comeaux of Cisco, sponsor of the $100,000 Cisco Global Problem Solver Prize, will make the announcement on the competition’s Facebook page, from the world’s top universities submitted an executive summary and an optional one-minute video pitch through the competition’s website, All applications were reviewed by a committee comprising select members of the entrepreneurship and investment community.At the competition in April, the 42 teams will compete in four categories: life sciences, information technology/web/mobile, energy/clean technology and tech innovation. A cohort of more than 300 judges will select the winner based on the company that represents the best investment opportunity.Top prizes in the 2018 competition are expected to be similar to last year‘s and include the $300,000 Investment Grand Prize from The GOOSE Society of Texas; $200,000 OWL Investment Prize; $125,000 Houston Angel Network (HAN) Investment Prize; $50,000 Department of Energy Cleantech Prize; $50,000 Women’s Health and Wellness Innovations Prize; $25,000 nCourage Courageous Women Entrepreneurs Prize; $25,000 Texas Business Hall of Fame Best of Texas Prize; $10,000 Pearland Spirit of Entrepreneurship Prize; and NASA Commercial Space Innovation prizes.The 2018 grand prizewinner will ring the closing bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York City.“The true measure of success for the Rice Business Plan Competition is the number of teams that launch, raise funding and go on to succeed in their business,” said Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University, which hosts the event. “The competition has served as the launch pad for a great number of successful entrepreneurial ventures, and the success rate far exceeds the national average.”For more information about the 2018 Rice Business Plan Competition, visit more information or to arrange an interview with a competition representative, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6775 or The media contact for Cisco is Kati Dahm, 650-248-1226 or the RBPC via Twitter @RBPC.Follow the Rice Alliance via Twitter @RiceAlliance.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship is Rice University’s nationally recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education and the launch of technology companies. It was formed as a strategic alliance of three Rice schools: the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. Since inception of the Rice Alliance, more than 2,000 early stage companies have participated at the 185 programs hosted by the alliance and raised more than $5.9 billion in funding.last_img read more

Workplace Violence How to Prepare for the Unimaginable

first_imgworkplace violence April 5, 2018 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article Heather R. Huhman The entire country is on edge. The shootings at YouTube headquarters happened just this week.Related: YouTube Shooting Suspect Had Been Angry Over Filtering and DemonetizationPlaces that used to feel safe — from schools and churches to concert venues and workplaces — now feel anything but. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 500 workplace homicides in the United States in 2016, making violence the second-most-common cause of death in the workplace.Because April is Workplace Violence Awareness Month, there’s no better time than now for leaders to revisit how to handle and prevent dangerous situations. While no one can predict when a violent incident will occur at work, having the right precautions in place can help keep employees safe.Vet potential employees.The first step to avoiding workplace violence is keeping offenders out of your company. Perform thorough background checks to see if candidates have committed crimes in the past. If there are red flags or signs of violent tendencies, these people shouldn’t be hired.If a person has had (or has, while working for you) an isolated incident, leaders must make a judgment call. For example, you could require the individual to undergo anger management therapy so he or she can be a productive, rather than potentially violent, employee.Related: 12 Ways to Spot a Potentially Violent Person in the WorkplaceAlso, use the job interview as a way to assess a job candidate’s personality. Ask questions about previous terminations or gaps in employment and see how the person reacts. If innocuous questions make a person uncomfortable, he or she probably isn’t the best hiring choice.Have a clear plan, and consequences.“Even the best safety plans are only effective if they are put into practice,” Bob Folster, director of loss control services at small-business insurance company Employers in Sacramento, told me in an email.  To feel safe, employees need to know what policies are in place to protect them. This means conducting drills, no matter how unlikely an event might seem. Have employees practice where they’d go or how they would react to scenarios like a robbery or shooting. After each drill, leave time for questions so employees can discuss any concerns they might have.Also, make it clear what consequences employees face if they act violently. While most companies have zero-tolerance policies about workplace violence, gray areas still exist.For example, if an enraged employee throws a stapler, but doesn’t hit anyone, is that a fireable offense? No matter how unlikely a situation may seem, make sure everyone knows what will happen as a result. That way, employees will see there are no loopholes that excuse violent behavior.Know (and share) the warning signs.After a violent incident, people often say, “I should have seen the warning signs.” While leaders aren’t expected to be violence experts, they do need to know what behaviors signal an employee who’s struggling with anger.Some warning signs, like suddenly being late for work on multiple occasions, may seem harmless. But a change like this can show an employee is struggling. Taking the time to speak with this individual can potentially keep the situation from progressing to violence.Asa Sherwood, president of Chicago-based property management company FirstService Residential Illinois, said he likes to take an “it takes a village” approach. “We encourage colleagues to keep an eye out for each other and not be afraid to say something if they see something, so that, as employers, we can address concerns before they reach a tipping point,” Sherwood said via email. Educate employees about possible warning signs so they can help keep the workplace safe. In her book, Risky Business: Managing Employee Violence in the Workplace, Lynne McClure lists the following changes as precursors to violent behavior:Not taking responsibility for one’s mistakesDistancing oneself sociallyActing out of characterLying or partaking in risky behaviorRefusing to try new thingsHelp employees speak up.Leaders can’t be everywhere all the time. This is why employees need to feel safe coming forward if they feel threatened. They need to know there’s a way they can report incidents without fear of retribution.Jay Starkman, CEO of Hollywood, Fla.-based HR solutions company Engage PEO, said he believes this should be a part of employee training. In short: Everyone needs to know what the procedure will be after a violent workplace incident. “Violent behavior is common and must be dealt with promptly, uniformly and in such a way that employees feel comfortable in their ability to work, without the threat of violence or bullying,” Starkman said in an email.Related: Managing Conflict Is Essential to SuccessIf your employees are worried about coming forward, create a company email address where employees can anonymously report incidents that have made them feel uncomfortable. Knowing about these situations can allow you as a leader to address issues before the violence escalates. 5 min read Image credit: Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Career and Workplace Expert; Founder and President, Come Recommended Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. YouTube is only the latest workplace to experience violence. What are you doing to protect your workers? –shares Enroll Now for $5 Workplace Violence: How to Prepare for the Unimaginable Contributor Add to Queuelast_img read more

Lyft Gives California Drivers New Protections But Wont Classify Them as Employees

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Ride-hailing service Lyft has agreed to settle a proposed class action lawsuit in California by giving drivers additional workplace protections but without classifying them as employees, removing a major threat to its business model.The settlement agreement, filed late on Tuesday in San Francisco federal court, provides for Lyft to pay $12.25 million, as well as give drivers notice if they are to be deactivated from the platform and other benefits.Lyft and larger rival Uber face separate lawsuits brought on behalf of drivers who contend they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses including gas and vehicle maintenance. The drivers currently pay those costs themselves.The cases have been closely followed because a determination that the workers are employees instead of contractors could affect the valuations for other startups that rely on large networks of individuals to provide rides, clean houses and other services.While the deal will involve some costs for Lyft, classifying drivers as employees would have been much more expensive and complicated, said Jan Dawson, chief analyst of Jackdaw Research.”It looks like Lyft got off fairly lightly here,” Dawson said.Shannon Liss-Riordan, an attorney for the drivers, acknowledged that the settlement does not achieve a reclassification of drivers as employees, but said the benefits are still significant.Unlike a separate lawsuit against Uber, which has been certified as a class action, Liss-Riordan said Lyft’s arbitration agreement with its drivers would have made it difficult for Lyft drivers to similarly sue as a group.Additionally, Liss-Riordan said her firm receives many more complaints from Uber drivers about issues with their pay, and about being deactivated from the platform.”We have not been hearing so many concerns from Lyft drivers, which leads us to believe that Lyft is treating its drivers with more respect than Uber is treating its drivers,” Liss-Riordan said.Uber representatives could not immediately be reached for comment. Uber is scheduled for a June trial in San Francisco on whether its drivers are employees or contractors.As part of the settlement, Lyft has agreed that it can only deactivate drivers for specific reasons, like low passenger ratings. Drivers will be given an opportunity to address those issues before they are deactivated, according to the court filing.Lyft also agreed to pay the arbitration expenses for any driver who wants to challenge their deactivation or disputes over compensation.Lyft general counsel Kristin Sverchek said the company is pleased to resolve the lawsuit on terms that “preserve the flexibility of drivers to control when, where, and for how long they drive on the platform”.U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria would have to approve the deal. A hearing on preliminary approval is currently scheduled for February 18 in San Francisco.(Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell and Miral Fahmy) Legal 3 min read Image credit: Lyft January 27, 2016 Reuters center_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Lyft Gives California Drivers New Protections, But Won’t Classify Them as Employees Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Add to Queuelast_img read more

Mozilla Could Cash Out Big If It Doesnt Like Yahoos New Owner

first_imgMozilla This story originally appeared on PCMag Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Good news for Mozilla: if Yahoo implodes — as in, if the company is eventually sold to someone that completely mucks up Yahoo’s strategies and vision — Mozilla still gets a pretty big payout. Or, at least, it could. According to Recode, the contract Mozilla made with Yahoo that makes Yahoo the default search engine in Firefox also comes with a great clause for Mozilla.In said contract — clause 9.1, specifically — the party that ultimately acquires Yahoo could end up paying Mozilla annual payments of $375 million until 2019. That’s because Mozilla has the right to determine whether the purchasing party is acceptable in the company’s eyes. If it isn’t, Mozilla can walk away from the Yahoo search deal and, if it so chooses, strike another deal with another company entirely. Yahoo would still be on the hook to pay Mozilla an annual revenue guarantee for, well, nothing. “Each of our search partnerships is the result of a competitive process reflective of the value that Firefox brings to the ecosystem. The Yahoo relationship is no different,” Mozilla told Recode.Of course, Mozilla could very well stick with its Yahoo deal and not walk away, assuming that Yahoo’s buyer — whoever it ends up being — is just as interested in search as Yahoo has been during CEO Marissa Mayer’s tenure.Mayer jumped into Yahoo’s CEO spot from Google, where she previously served as VP. As a result, some have wondered whether she has placed too much of an influence on search volume (and monetizing search).Final bids from interested companies are expected to arrive by July 18. Mozilla Could Cash Out Big If It Doesn’t Like Yahoo’s New Ownercenter_img David Murphy Image credit: Juanmonino | Getty Images 2 min read –shares July 8, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more

Study uncovers novel details about vulnerability of one brain cell to Alzheimers

Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 18 2018Research on toxic proteins could drive treatment strategiesBetter tactics for detecting, preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease depend on a clearer understanding of cellular-level changes in the minds of patients, and a new study has uncovered novel details about the vulnerability of one type of brain cell.Researchers found that excitatory neurons – those that are more likely to trigger an action (as opposed to inhibitory neurons, which are less likely to prompt neural activity) – are more vulnerable to accumulations of abnormal tau protein, which is increasingly being implicated in Alzheimer’s disease.The study also uncovered some possible genetic explanations for the vulnerability of those cells, work that has the potential to one day lead to targeted treatment. The study, co-led by Hongjun “Harry” Fu of The Ohio State University, appears today (Dec. 17, 2018) in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Fu, who recently came to Ohio State from Columbia University, co-led the research with Karen Duff of Columbia and Michele Vendruscolo of the University of Cambridge.Much of the research on Alzheimer’s disease in the past focused on the buildup of amyloid beta proteins in the brain. But work by Fu and his collaborators is focused on another protein linked to the disease, called tau.Tau plays an important role in normal, healthy neurological activity. But when it builds up within neurons early on in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, it clogs and then kills those cells. Excessive accumulation of the abnormal tau protein also has been linked to other neurological diseases, including dementia and traumatic brain injury, said Fu, an assistant professor of neuroscience, who is also a member of the Neurological Institute at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and part of the university’s Chronic Brain Injury program.The researchers studied the brains of patients who had Alzheimer’s disease and also a mouse model and found that the abnormal tau protein accumulated predominantly in excitatory neurons, rather than inhibitory neurons.Related StoriesNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellThen, using genetic analysis from the brains of donors who did not have Alzheimer’s disease or other neurological disorders, they found significant genetic differences between the excitatory neurons and other cells that seemed to explain the excitatory neurons’ susceptibility.Furthermore, the researchers confirmed that one of the “master regulator” genes, BAG3, is responsible for the clearance of abnormal tau protein.”We think there’s a really early, intrinsic difference in the brain cells that are prone to the accumulation of tau protein, which may explain why only certain neurons and brain regions are vulnerable to this problem in early Alzheimer’s,” Fu said.”If we can figure out the molecular determinants underlying vulnerability to this disease, it will help us better understand the development of Alzheimer’s disease and potentially could lead to techniques for early detection and targeted treatment.”Fu said future research will focus on understanding how genes interact with each other and contribute to vulnerability in Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological diseases associated with tau accumulation.”Other brain cells, including microglia, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes, have also been found to play important roles in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. We are very interested to understand how those cells communicate with each other and affect the vulnerability of certain neurons,” Fu said.”Environmental factors, brain injury, diabetes, sleep deprivation, depression and other outside factors also have been linked to increased vulnerability to Alzheimer’s. We want to understand how intrinsic differences interact with these outside influences.” Source: read more

This EagleNosed ShovelChinned Dinosaur May Be the Weirdest Thing You See Today

first_img Photos: School-Bus-Size Dinosaur Discovered in Egypt That ridged, scooping chin likely came in handy millions of years ago; what is now a dry and rocky landscape in Texas was back then a coastal swamp or marsh. Aquilarhinus probably used its peculiar jaws to scoop vegetation from the bottom of a muddy creek bed, the researchers wrote. However, it’s less clear what the dinosaur’s prominent nasal crest was for, though it may have been used as a display to help the dinosaurs recognize members of their own kind and compete for mates, Prieto-Márquez said. “The crest of Aquilarhinus is simpler in structure than that of most other hadrosaurids, except members of kritosaurini (a subgroup of hadrosaurids),” he explained. “In both Aquilarhinus and kritosaurins for which the crest is known, this is just a fold of the nasal bone, giving them a Roman nose appearance.” Originally published on Live Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoBeach Raider24 Photos Of Shelter Dogs The Moment They Realize They’re Being AdoptedBeach RaiderUndoScience101This Is The Smartest Dog Breed According To VeterinariansScience101UndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndo The lower jaw and teeth of Aquilarhinus, showing the unusual upturned end of the mandible. Credit: Photo by Albert Prieto- Marquez; material housed at the Texas Vertebrate Paleontology Collections at The University of Texas at Austin. A newfound duck-billed dinosaur species that lived about 80 million years ago had a face so bizarre that scientists named the animal “eagle-nose shovel-chin.” Its jaws resembled a pair of gardening tools, with wavy ridges along the edges in a “W” shape. An arching crest in the middle of its face was curved like the majestic beak of an eagle, giving the dinosaur’s profile the appearance of a prominent, humped nose. Scientists found the unusual fossil skull and a partial skeleton of the animal in the 1980s in Big Bend National Park, a site in southwestern Texas, though the specimen was not analyzed in detail until recently. The duck-billed weirdo shared some features in common with other duck-billed and crested dinosaurs, the group Saurolophidae, but it was more primitive, offering intriguing new clues about how the group’s trademark crests evolved, scientists reported in a new study. [Image Gallery: 25 Amazing Ancient Beasts]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Some dinosaurs’ scientific names invoke a sense of drama: Think of Tyrannosaurus rex (“tyrant lizard king”) or Velociraptor (“swift thief”). In this case, the researchers couldn’t resist calling out the dinosaur’s bizarre face. The genus name “Aquilarhinus” combines the Latin word “aquila,” for “eagle,” and the Greek word “rhinos,” which means “nose.” The species name “palimentus” comes from the Latin words for “shovel” and “chin,” according to the study. All known dinosaurs in this group (also called hadrosaurids) have beak-like jaws that expand at the end into a scoop shape, “hence the nickname ‘duck-billed’ dinosaurs,” said lead study author Albert Prieto-Márquez, a researcher with the Catalan Institute of Palaeontology Miquel Crusafont in Barcelona, Spain. “However, they differ from Aquilarhinus in that this ‘scoop’ is all concave. In contrast, in Aquilarhinus, there was a rise, a convex relief at the center of the ‘scoop,'” Prieto-Márquez told Live Science in an email. Decades earlier, other scientists who examined the dinosaur’s skull thought that the nasal crest resembled that of another hadrosaurid, Gryposaurus. But despite the superficial similarities, Aquilarhinus proved to be a more primitive hadrosaurid than Gryposaurus, taking up a position at the very base of the group’s family tree. This hinted that the diverse shapes of hadrosaurid cranial crests all stemmed from a structure that began as a simple arched nose, Prieto-Márquez said. Aquilarhinus, aka eagle-nose shovel-chin, also provides a missing puzzle piece concerning where hadrosaurids may have originated. These dinosaurs were common across Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Antarctica during the latter part of the Cretaceous period (145.5 million to 65 million years ago), and the appearance of this primitive specimen supports an increasingly popular hypothesis that hadrosaurids first appeared in the southern part of North America, the study authors said. The findings were published online July 12 in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. Like other hadrosaurs, or duck-billed dinosaurs, Aquilarhinus had a bony crest on its skull. However, this dino had unique, shovel-like jaws. Credit: ICRA Art Photos: Duck-Billed Dinosaurs Found in Alaska Photos: Spiky-Headed Dinosaur Found in Utah, But It Has Asian Rootslast_img read more

India announces Rs 4500 crore assistance to Bhutan

first_imgIndia will contribute Rs 4,500 crore in Bhutan’s 12th five-year plan COMMENTS SHARE Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering   –  AP Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday announced a Rs 4,500 crore financial assistance to Bhutan for its 12th five-year plan after holding wide-ranging talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering.In his media statement, Modi said hydro power cooperation with Bhutan is a key aspect of bilateral ties and that work on the Mangdechhu project will soon be completed.Tshering arrived here on Thursday on his first foreign visit after taking charge as PM of the Himalayan nation last month following his party’s victory in the general elections. Modi said he has assured the Bhutanese prime minister that India, as a trusted friend, will continue to play an important role in Bhutan’s development.India will contribute Rs 4,500 crore in Bhutan’s 12th five-year plan, Modi said.Tshering on his part noted that Prime Minister Modi was the first head of state to to congratulate him on his electoral victory. He also thanked India for its continued support to his country’s developmental needs.The new five-year plan of Bhutan began this year and will continue till 2022.Earlier in the day, Tshering was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called on the Bhutanese premier this morning.Swaraj congratulated Tshering on the assumption of the high office of Bhutan’s prime minister and the two leaders had a “warm exchange of views” on important aspects of the bilateral relationship, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.Tshering also laid a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘samadhi’ at Rajghat. RELATED Sushma Swaraj leaves SAARC foreign ministers meeting mid-way SHARE SHARE EMAIL Spiritual dimension of ‘Act East’ policy Published on COMMENT December 28, 2018 SAARC fund to soon launch social enterprise programme in India, 7 other member nations last_img read more

TN garment workers go on air to vend their frustrations

first_img The caller broke down in tears as she described how she queued three times to use one of only two toilets provided for 200 garment employees at the spinning mill where she works in Chennai.Her turn never came, forcing the factory worker to use a corner of the mill where waste cotton is discarded.Humiliated and angry, the worker decided to share her daily ordeal at the mill with a local radio phone-in show. Listeners included labour unions and factory managers and work has now begun to add more toilets at the mill.Workers’ voiceThree radio stations, which are free and broadcast through mobile phones, have been set up across Tamil Nadu over the last year and now give a voice to the thousands of garment workers whose plight has long been ignored by manufacturers and brands.Operating in the regions of Dindigul, Chennai and Tirupur, they attract more than 200 callers per day and have quickly become a huge hit among the State’s garment workers. Callers into the shows discuss harassment, long working hours, poor wages and other working conditions.Many of the factories and mills in Tamil Nadu, the largest hub in India’s $40 billion-a-year textile and garment industry, operate informally with poor regulation, and provide few formal grievance mechanisms for workers, union leaders say.“What they cannot openly say for fear of losing their jobs, they say here,” said Thivyarakhini Sesuraj, president of the all-women Tamilnadu Textile and Common Labour Union (TTCU), which runs the Voice of TTCU station in Dindigul.Supported by technology company Gram Vaani, the Voice of Tirupur station hit the airwaves last week — making it the third interactive platform available to the more than one million workers employed in Tamil Nadu.Run in collaboration with garment workers’ unions like TTCU, Garment and Fashion Workers Union, and Penn Thozhilalargal Sangam, these channels help track and find solutions to grievances, labour rights campaigners say. February 20, 2019 COMMENT women SHARE COMMENTS Run in collaboration with garment workers’ unions, these channels help find solutions to grievances   –  THE HINDU Published on labour Tamil Nadu SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Its a doordie battle between Naidu and Jagan in AP

first_imgRELATED SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL elections Published on COMMENT YSR Congress is all charged up; embattled Telugu Desam is fighting on many fronts The simultaneous elections in Andhra Pradesh, scheduled on April 11, are a ‘do or die’ battle between Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu (69) of the TDP and YS Jaganmohan Reddy (46), President of the YSR Congress Party. The no-holds-barred campaign has been turned into a direct fight between the two.Naidu’s tacticsBeing the shrewd politician that he is, Naidu has sensed anti-incumbency sentiments over shortfalls in fulfilling his grandiose promises of building a world-class capital city, providing jobs and making the State economically strong. He has resorted to blaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government at the Centre for the shortfalls and invoked “Andhra pride” to offset voters’ ire.In 2014, Naidu in an alliance with the BJP scraped through with 106 of the 175 Assembly seats. In the 25 Lok Sabha seats, the TDP won 16 and BJP 2. The YSR Congress secured 68 seats and 7 MPs. This time, the Congress (I) has been pushed to the sidelines, the BJP is fighting a losing battle and Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party in tie-ups with Mayawati’s BSP and the Left parties appears an also-ran. national elections YSR Congress party chief Jaganmohan Reddy during an election rally in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Sunday, April 7, 2019.   –  PTI COMMENTS File Photo of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.   –  The Hindu state politics Elections 2019 Andhra Pradesh TDP’s manifesto promises doles of Rs 2 lakh to each family  The elections are witnessing unprecedented use of social media and publicity blitzkrieg. A novelty this time is the use of biopics. While Nandamuri Balakrishna made a two-part biopic of his father NTR, it was countered with a biopic on YSR, with Mamootty essaying the lead role. Ram Gopal Varma chipped in with Lakshmi’s NTR, which ruffled feathers in the TDP camp.Battle between familiesMoney power and caste alignments propel this straight battle between two families – the NTR family and the YS Jagan family. Naidu, who fought YS Rajasekhara Reddy in 2004 and 2009, has found himself pitchforked against the latter’s son since 2014. To outwit his opponent, Naidu in 2014 made rather unrealistic promises on the capital city, jobs, industries and overall growth of the State after bifurcation, which began with strained finances and mounting debts. Relations with the BJP and Modi started going sour rather quickly. The overzealous Venkaiah Naidu (Vice-President), then a Union Minister, and Chandrababu combination’s rush with projects and initiatives irked the BJP leadership.Sensing that the two Naidus were cocking a snook at the BJP’s growth prospects in AP as envisioned by Amit Shah, the BJP kicked Venkaiah Naidu upstairs to the non-political post of Vice-President. The Centre also started tightening the purse strings, which affected the progress of ongoing projects such as Polavaram and Amaravati. It also asked for accountability in spending.Naidu tried to replicate his Hyderabad-IT building strategy. He made high-pitched presentations at the World Economic Forum, roadshows in the US, pushed a ‘Look East Policy’ to attract investments from Japan, China, Singapore etc with little success. All these raised high hopes and simultaneously posed some challenge to Prime Minister Modi, who was also trying to shine on international forums.The tenuous relationship with the BJP frayed and they formally broke up in February 2018. Thereafter, it has been a progressively intensifying fight, which culminated in personal attacks and mudslinging.As a last-ditch effort, Naidu is putting all his eggs on a shrill anti-BJP, anti-YSR Congress campaign with subtle understanding with the Congress (I) and the Jana Sena Party. Pawan Kalyan had contributed to Naidu’s win in 2014. The TDP campaign is anchored on promises of ₹2 lakh per poor family in different forms, attacking Jagan on his alleged corruption charges, raking up emotions on how Modi ditched AP and portraying Jagan as a stooge of the BJP and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao.Though the TDP-BJP combine won comfortably in 2014, the votes separating them from the YSR Congress was just 5.5 lakh of the total polled.Jagan’s potentialOn his part, Jagan has done everything in his command to pin down Naidu. From a record-breaking political walkathon of over 3,000 km to having a tacit understanding with the BJP, he is leaving no stone unturned. He has also promised to to support any national party that gives special category status to AP.True to form, the youthful Jagan has been relentless in taking the alleged failures of the Naidu government to every household in his nearly one-year walk across the State (earlier, YSR walked 1,500 km, and Naidu did over 2,000 km). Jagan has addressed hundreds of rallies across the State and got his seven MPs to resign over the special status issue, which has evoked panic reactions in the Naidu camp.He tries to shrug off the huge baggage of economic offences, the quid pro quo cases that continue to dog him with weekly court visits. He has countered these charges by highlighting the corruption in the TDP government in the mega projects such as Polavaram and Amaravati, and the ‘Vote for Note’case involving Naidu himself.One huge advantage Jagan can count on is his being tuned in to the pulse of the people of all regions in the past five years. The YSR Congress has come up with a manifesto that promises benefits to the people of all walks of life and all regions.Advantage YSR CongGiven the critical caste dynamics and the role of money power in the outcomes of the election, the YSR Congress has reached out to the BCs, the traditional vote bank of the TDP, in addition to consolidating strengths in Rayalseema, minorities, SC/ST. The tacit understanding with the BJP and role of TRS are expected to add up too. Whether the people of AP will choose a young leader who promises to stand with them or reaffirm faith in a leader who claims to fulfil grandiose plans remains to be seen. April 08, 2019last_img read more

Robbery gang targets elderly women

first_img Related News Related News GEORGE TOWN: Two men “patrolling” on a motorcycle targeted elderly women sweeping the compounds of their homes to rob them of their jewellery.Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Zainol Samah said the men also specialised in robbing elderly women walking alone.“Their main targets are women aged between 55 and 83 years. “When they identify the victims, they will approach them on the pretext of asking for directions before snatching their gold chains. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Ill-gotten gains: Some of the items seized by police from the suspects’ houses in Penang and Kedah after Ops Rentap Sempadan, being displayed at a press conference at the police headquarters in Penang. “They would also use fake registration plates on their getaway bike,” he told a press conference at the state police headquarters here.SAC Zainol said police arrested three suspects, including a woman, aged between 27 and 33 years, during Ops Rentap Sempadan near the Swettenham Pier on Wednesday.He said the trio then led police to two houses in Seberang Jaya and Pokok Sena in Kedah, where they picked up a 29-year-old woman.Police found jewellery and motorcycle number plates and 10 packets of drugs believed to be syabu.“We believe the four were responsible for 34 thefts cases in Penang, Perak and Kedah,” he said.SAC Zainol said one of the women would sell the stolen jewellery at a low price via Facebook, while the younger one was involved in renting houses to store the goods. Nation 15 Apr 2019 Elderly woman attacked by robbers in Sandakan Nation 30 Jun 2019 Man found dead inside car that plunged into river in Alor Setar Metro News 11 May 2019 Elderly woman loses RM8,000 in scamlast_img read more