ScienceShot: Just Joking! Dogs’ Play Growls Exaggerate Their Size

first_imgDogs present themselves differently to other dogs depending on whether they’re protecting their food or goofing around. That’s the conclusion of a new study by scientists at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.  They let dogs choose between photos of two other dogs, while simultaneously playing a recording of either a food or a play growl. (The play growls were made while owners engaged in tug-of-war with their dogs; these animals were not included in the experiment.)  One photo was of a dog whose size matched the growl, which reflects the length of a dog’s vocal tract; the other was of a dog either larger or smaller than the growler. When the listening dogs heard the food growl, they focused on the image of a dog who was the size of the growling dog. But when they heard the play growl, they fixed their eyes on the photo of the bigger dog, even though the growl was made by a smaller one, the scientists report in the current Applied Animal Behaviour Science. Dogs give an honest growl when guarding their food, the scientists believe, because a beagle, for instance, might be injured if it decides to play retriever. But a small dog making an “I’m really a BIG dog” growl during play likely knows that the other animal can see its size, and recognizes that it’s essentially making a joke. Dogs likely use the fake growls as they do their other exaggerated play behaviors, the researchers suggest—to reassure each other that the rough and tumble play is, after all, just a game.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Pak vs SL: Afridi claims four as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 11 runs

first_imgPakistan beat Sri Lanka by 11 runs in their World Cup Group A match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. Score Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi lead by example taking four wickets in the day. Earlier, Misbah-ul-Haq (83 not out) and Younis Khan (72) forged a 108 runs partnership as Pakistan put 277/7 on board.In reply Sri Lanka openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan got off to a fine start putting 76 runs for the first wicket before Pakistan bowlers tightened the noose. In the 15th over Mohammad Hafeez got rid of Upul Tharanga. Tharanga went for a big hit it but instead of crossing the roped it was picked up by captain Shahid Afridi at mid-off. He fell for 33 when the Sri Lanka score was 76.With Tharanga out, the other opener Dilshan lost his rhythm and fell with opposition captain Shahid Afridi accounting for his wicket. The ball took the inside edge of his bat to crash into the stumps and Sri Lanka went down to 88/2. Dilshan scored 41.But there was more to follow as Mahela Jayawardene too fell with Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar uprooting his stumps, clean bowled on 2. Sri Lanka were now on 95/3 in 20.2 overs.A few more balls and the number in the wickets column increased with Shahid Afrid scalping another wicket. This time of Tilhan Samarweera on 1 with wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal peforming the last act by removing his bails off. Sri Lanka fell to 96/4 in the 21th over.Sri Lanka could have lost another wicket but luckily for them the Umpire’s Decision Review System came in handy. In 27th over left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman pitched on the off and and Chamara Silva tried to play a sweep. He missed and the ball thudded against his pads. Umpire Daryl Harper raised his finger but the replay’s showed that the ball was moving away.Later in the innings, Silva got another life when Rehman dropped him in the deep off Umar Gul.Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara had got a life when Kamran Akmal missed an easy stumping chance off Rehman. But fortunately for Akmal and Pakistan he did last long as two overs later captain Afridi saw him through. A short ball and Sangakkara holed out in the deep where Ahmed Shehzad made no mistake. He fell for 49 and Sri Lanka to 169/5 in 37.4 overs.Towards the end Angelo Mathews put on a fast-paced 17 before becoming opposition skipper Shahid Afridi’s fourth victim.Then it was Shoaib Akhtar’s turn to strike. He would have loved to take Silva’s wicket but Younis Khan dropped him in the deep and the man survived again. So Akhtar took Thisara Perera instead.But the man who had earned three lives on the day, Silva, finally fell to Rehman with keeper Akmal making no mistake this time. Silva, the last recognised batsman in the Lankan camp, scored 57. The tail-enders did try a little, but it wasn’t enough as Sri Lanka, who batted till the last ball, managed to put 266/9 – 12 runs short of the target.Pakistan inningsMisbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan put on 108 runs for the fourth wicket as Pakistan scored 277/7 against Sri LankaElecting to bat, Pakistan lost their in-form opener Ahmed Shehzad early but those who followed more than made up for the early loss with some impressive willow-work.Early in the innings Sri Lanka got the better of Ahmed Shehzad when a Thissara Perera ball took the edge of this bat to land in wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkar’s gloves. There was absolutely no foot movement there, no wonder he got out the way he did. He fell on 13 as Sri lanka slumped to 28/1.Post Shehzad’s fall, the other opener Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal got on with a partnership. The two had put on 48 runs for the second wicket before a needless run, saw Hafeez walk back on 32 with a run out written against his initials. Pakistan were 76/2 at the stage.Then Akmal and Hafeez ensured that Pakistan, scoring at a brisk pace, cross the 100 runs mark. But, no sooner had they touched the figure and Akmal fell in Rangana Herath’s over. He played a sweep of his ball but missed and before he could balance himself back into the crease, skipper Kumar Sangakkara did the rest from behind the stumps to push Pakistan to 105/3 in 20.2 overs. He scored 39.Then Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq got on with a fine partnership. The two put on 108 runs for the fourth wicket pounding the Sri Lanka attack. Finally, Herath playing in the place of Ajantha Mendis got rid of the man the Lankan’s wanted to get out.Younis Khan went for the sweep off Herath, but a top-edge that looped up was taken by Mahela Jayawardene in the short fine leg region. He fell for 72 and Sri Lanka slumped to 213/4 in the 41st over.The next man Umar Akmal, however, did not stay for long and fell to Muttiah Muralitharan’s turn on 10. Pakistan put on 277/7 runs in their stipulated 50 overs with captain Shahid Afridi and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq falling at death. But, Misbah remained unbeaten on 83.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Ballon d’Or Organisers Introduce Goalkeeper Award Named After Lev Yashin

first_imgParis: A Ballon d’Or award for goalkeepers will be handed out for the first time this year, the organisers, France Football magazine, announced on Thursday.The Yashin Trophy will be named after the Soviet international, Lev Yashin, the only goalkeeper to have won the Ballon d’Or itself. The Ballon d’Or for best male player was first awarded in 1956, to Stanley Matthews. It is voted on by journalists. Last year, an award for best female player was added. It was won by Norway’s Ada Hegerberg.A shortlist for the prizes in the three categories will be announced on October 21.This year’s winners will be revealed in a ceremony on December 2.The Ballon d’Or also served as the FIFA player of the year award from 2010-15 but was then replaced by the governing body’s The Best awards in 2016.A Moscow native who played 21 seasons with local outfit Dynamo, Yashin won the Ballon d’Or in 1963 and was revered in his day as the world’s finest ‘keeper.With the Soviet team he was in goal at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 for a 1-0 win over Yugoslavia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Starting out as a hockey goaltender Yashin, often sporting a flat cap and dressed from head to toe in black, helped the Soviets to their greatest victory in 1960, winning the inaugural European Championship 2-1 after extra-time.He would also take part in four World Cups and later worked in various roles at Dynamo Moscow and for the Soviet sports ministry.Sadly in the mid 1980s, he contracted phlebitis and had to have one of his legs amputated. More misery followed when Yashin was diagnosed with stomach cancer and he died in March 1990 aged 60.He held the rank of colonel in the Red Army and was awarded the prestigious Order of Lenin, the highest civilian award in the USSR and obtained a degree from the Higher Institute of the Soviet Communist Central Committee. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ballon d’OrfootballgoalkeeperLev Yashin First Published: September 19, 2019, 10:37 PM ISTlast_img read more

PetroGazz rounds out semis PVL cast

first_imgFrom tank to title talk, 76ers primed for championship run Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue PetroGazz Angels. PVL PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–PetroGazz completed the semifinals cast after gunning down Air Force, 25-20, 25-15, 25-14, Wednesday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.The reigning Reinforced Conference champion was hardly threatened to securing its 10th win 14 games which was cut-off for the next round, joining Creamline and BanKo Perlas.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES The Angels also effectively qualified resting Motolite which at 9-5 is already beyond reach of PacificTown-Army and Air Force who are tied at fifth place with 6-8 cards.Jonah Sabeta topscored with 14 points for PetroGazz.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

What Virat Kohli does to stay fit and ace those Yo-Yo tests

first_imgVirat Kohli may have aced his fitness test last week but the Indian captain is leaving no stone unturned to ensure he is completely fit before India’s tour of Ireland and England gets underway later in June.Kohli had to pull out of a county stint with a neck injury he sustained during the IPL. Subsequently, he worked hard to make sure he was ready for the Yo-Yo test held in Bengaluru from June 15. He looked rather comfortable alongside MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Jasprit Bumrah and a few others.While their scores have not been made public, the likes of Mohammed Shami and Ambati Rayudu failed the Yo-Yo test and were subsequently dropped for the England tour.Rohit Sharma, another star India batsman, is scheduled to take the Yo-Yo test on Tuesday and it is understood Ajinkya Rahane has been kept on standby.Ajinkya Rahane on standby as Rohit Sharma prepares to take yo-yo testAccording to sources, Rohit failed the Yo-Yo test twice during the IPL. If Rohit does fail again, there will be little choice left for the team management: they will have to drop one of their most charismatic limited-overs batsmen.Meanwhile, Kohli hit the gym again and showed why he is among the fittest athletes in the world.The Indian captain’s workout schedule on Tuesday included:”A lot of band work for lower body strengthening including lateral band walk””Monster walk””Striding a distance of 80 meters x 12 repetitions at speed of 16km/hr on treadmill. 15 second break between each stride and completing 2 sets of 12.”advertisementToday’s session included a lot of band work for lower body strengthening; including lateral band walk, monster walk and then striding a distance of 80 meters x 12 repetitions at speed of 16km/hr on treadmill. 15 second break between each stride and completing 2 sets of 12. Kohli (@imVkohli) June 19, 2018No wonder then, Kohli aces those fitness tests. It is believed he regularly gets the highest scores whereas younger players struggle to match his levels of intensity.last_img read more

Nokia 6.1 Plus, Poco F1, Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Best phones to buy in September

first_imgWith just a few more months to go before 2018 comes to a close, most smartphone manufacturers have released their best phones. Apple and Google are perhaps the only two companies that are yet to announce their flagship iPhones and Pixels, respectively. As a matter of fact, HMD Global is also yet to bring out its 2018 flagship Nokia phone, but the company has left us with around 10 budget to mid-range smartphones already. August was pretty busy and important month for smartphone launches in India and the first week of September also saw a few phones from the likes of Xiaomi.The August was an important month was because we saw the launch of a new Xiaomi sub-brand called Pocophone. More important, the brand came out with the Poco F1 which completely shook up the affordable segment in India by announcing a Rs 20,000 phone with a Snapdragon 845 chipset. This is the kind of phone that suddenly hits the reset button, making us re-examine what we should expect from a smartphone now, be it in the budget segment or the high-end. Of course, the Poco F1 makes the list of the best phones you can buy in India this month, but we also have a bunch of other phones that we feel offer great value for their price.Cheapest phone worth buyingXiaomi Redmi 6A: Rs 5,999Launched earlier this week, the Redmi 6A replaces the Redmi 5A from last year and comes in at a similar price tag of Rs 5,999. The Redmi 6A is part of Xiaomi new Redmi 6 family that includes the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro as well. While it’s still early in the day to know just how good the 6A is, it’s worth mentioning that the phone is among the cheapest you can buy with an 18:9 display. If the 6A manages to bring the same all-round reliability as the 5A for an entry-level phone, then it should be worth considering.advertisementThe Redmi 6A comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. There’s a 32GB variant available as well that will cost Rs 6,999, but if you’re going to spend that much you may as well go for the Redmi 6 instead. The Redmi 6A comes with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing sensor, houses a 3,000mAh battery and support dual 4G SIM cards.Best phone(s) under Rs 10,000Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: Rs 9,999Xiaomi continues to be a force to recon with in the budget segment and the company just added a few more devices to its existing portfolio of low-cost phone, making it harder for the competition. The Redmi 6 might be out now but until we review the device we will continue to suggest the Redmi Note 5 under Rs 10,000, simply because its an impressive all-rounder that offers good performance and battery as well as an 18:9 FHD+ display. The Redmi Note 5 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with Adreno 506 GPU. Similarly, it comes in two variants – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB via a hybrid microSD card slot. The device sports a 12MP rear camera with dual LED flash and PDAF and a 5MP front-facing sensor.Best phone(s) under Rs 20,000Nokia 6.1 Plus: Rs 15,999The sub-Rs 20,000 segment saw the most action last month. Notably, HMD launched the stunning Nokia 6.1 Plus, a phone that was highly anticipated ever since the company announced it as the Nokia X6 in China. HMD also priced the device competitively at Rs 15,999, which was a pleasant surprise. The phone is perhaps the best-looking device in this segment right now thanks to an edge-to-edge notched display on the front and an all-glass body. The phone also boasts of an impressive performance and stock Android Oreo as part of the Android One program. I reviewed the device recently and called it one of the best Nokia phones from HMD so yet and its pricing makes it a terrific competitor to the Redmi Note 5 Pro.The Nokia 5.1 Plus brings a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) TFT display with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Powering the device is an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 400GB via microSD card. The Nokia 6.1 Plus bears a dual camera setup which includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with similar aperture. The phone houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C port.advertisementXiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro: Rs 14,999Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro is still a powerhouse of a phone that continues to fight off the competition in this segment. With a powerful processor, a large battery and some stellar cameras, the Note 5 Pro is worth every penny even now. It sports a 5.99-inch FHD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor, which is coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage. Thanks to a powerful as well as a power efficient chipset, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a smooth and fast phone no matter what you throw at it.Apart from a solid performance, the Redmi Note 5 Pro also comes with some of the best cameras in this segment. The 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup on the back manages to capture some crisp and detailed photos under good light and more importantly they also manage to hold well under low-light. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro ships with Android Nougat with MIUI on top, it can be upgraded to Oreo now. The phone also houses a large 4,000mAh battery that will keep you going for a good day and a half to two days.Best phone(s) under Rs 30,000Poco F1: Rs 20,999It’s not often that we see a smartphone completely disrupt the market in a way the Poco F1 did last month. Priced starting at Rs 20,999, the Poco F1 is the cheapest with a Snapdragon 845 and is tagged as a flagship killer of the kind OnePlus used to be back in the day. Arguably the most surprising phone to come out this year, the Poco F1 is perhaps the best value for money phone right now and is the one to go for in the mid-range segment, if you’re lucky enough to claim it during the flash sale.The Poco F1 brings a 6.18-inch FHD+ display with a 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The dual camera setup on the back includes a 12MP + 5MP setup while the front gets a 20MP selfie sensor. The phone also houses a large 4,000mAh battery to take you through a good day and a half.Best phone(s) under Rs 50,000OnePlus 6: Rs 34,999The Poco F1 may be the new flagship killer in town, but it does come with a few tradeoffs. While it matches the OnePlus 6 in terms of performance, the design itself is pretty cheap and unappealing. The OnePlus 6 now seems a little more expensive, but it comes with a far better design language thanks to an all-glass body. With reports that the onePlus 6T could launch in October, you can either buy the OnePlus 6 right now or wait for the next flagship.advertisement The OnePlus 6 brings mostly all the top-end hardware in 2018 including a Snapdragon 845 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone sports a 6.28-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 on top. It sports a 16MP + 20MP dual camera setup with OIS, EIS and f/1.7 aperture and a 16MP front camera with EIS. It houses a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge support and runs Android 8.1 Oreo.Honor 10: Rs 32,999Honor has proved time and again it’s capable of bringing out some stunning phones across various price segments. The Honor 10 is te company’s current flagship phone in India and the company justifies its price tag by not only bringing a stunning design that includes an all-glass design with an aurora colour scheme on the back and an edge-to-edge 5.84-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD notched display up front.Apart from the looks, the Honor 10 also brags about some serious hardware that includes a AI-based Kirin 970 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone holds a 3,400mAh battery and Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.1. The Honor 10 also brings some impressive cameras that includes a dual rear camera system that comprises of a one 16-megapixel colour or RGB sensor and another 24-megapixel monochrome sensor, and a 24-megapixel camera up front.Best phone(s) money can buySamsung Galaxy Note 9: Rs 67,990The Galaxy Note 9 is a return to form for Samsung and is perhaps the best flagship from the company to date. It gets everything right and ticks all the boxes for a flagship which includes a stunning AMOLED Infinity Display, best-in-class cameras, excellent performance and even an all-day battery life. The Galaxy Note 9 brings everything great about the Note 8 and the S9+ and adds something more to it. And the new S Pen with Bluetooth support also gives you more reasons to use the stylus now. The Galaxy Note 9 sports a 6.4-inch screen with QHD+ (2960×1440) Super AMOLED Infinity display. It is powered by an Exynos 9810 chipset with the base variant getting 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Samsung has also fitted a large 4,000mAh battery, which is a major bump from the Galaxy Note 8 as well as the Galaxy S9+. The device runs Android Oreo out-of-the-box with Samsung’s Experience UI on top. You get a 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup with dual OIS and the f/1.5-2.4 variable aperture feature that has won the Galaxy S9 phones a lot of praise. The front camera is also similar at 8-megapixel and F/1.7 aperture.Before we goWe did not include phones from Google and Apple in this list because both the companies are set to announce their new flagships in the next two months. Apple will announce three new iPhones on September 12, all of which will be based on the iPhone X. These iPhones are expected to come to India soon after and the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone could be priced more reasonably than the iPhone X which costs a whopping Rs 1 lakh.Google is also expected to announce the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Both the phones are expected to bring full-screen displays, only the XL variant is expected to come with a notch. While the Pixel 2 phones are still fantastic options to buy in India, we recommend waiting for another month to see what Google has in store for us.<br />last_img read more

‘Suarez and Griezmann perfect for Utd’

first_imgTransfers Suarez and Griezmann would be perfect for Man Utd – Neville Goal Last updated 2 years ago 18:44 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid 2017 Getty Images Transfers Manchester United CSKA Moskva v Manchester United CSKA Moskva UEFA Champions League Antoine Griezmann The club legend believes that there is more to come from Jose Mourinho’s side but has suggested a couple of high-profile additions to the squad Gary Neville has said that Manchester United “can get a lot better” and believes that Barcelona striker Luis Suarez or Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann would be ideal to help them reach their potential.Jose Mourinho’s men have set a terrific pace at the beginning of the season, behind neighbours City in the Premier League only on goal difference and having started their Champions League campaign by defeating Basel.Man Utd 11/1 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Nevertheless, Neville believes there is room for improvement and for that to occur, he believes that new signings must be made.Among the players he has recommended are France international Griezmann, who was strongly linked with United in the summer, only to have Atleti’s transfer ban complicate matters.“We can get a lot better,” Neville told Stretty News TV. “I’d like to see one more flair player in the team.“I’d like to see a winger who can beat a man and get everyone on the edge of their seat.Luis Suarez Barcelona“Having been in Spain for four months, I love Griezmann. I would love to see Griezmann at United. He’s quick, he’s inventive, he can beat players, he can score goals.“You would love to see Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar and Gareth Bale and people like that because you know they would light up Old Trafford.”Meanwhile, he also spoke of Barca forward, and ex-Liverpool man, Suarez in the highest terms.“Suarez, even though he played for Liverpool, is a United player,” he added.“It’s arrogance to say that but he’s fantastic. He scores goals, he’s aggressive, he chases every ball down.”last_img read more

NSW – Yr 9 & 10 All Schools State Final, Fairy Meadow

first_imgThomas Dalton Park, Fairy MeadowDetails of the day will be as follows:Managers Meeting – 8.30am1st Round Girls – 9.00am1st Round Boys – 9.25amIt is envisaged that the State Final could possibly conclude as late as 3.00pm. Contact:  NSW Touch AssociatonPhone: (02) 9558 9333Email:

State of Public Emergency Declared in St. Catherine North Police Division

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has declared a State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division effective Sunday (March 18).A joint Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)/Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) team was deployed to the area this morning to undertake enhanced security measures for an initial 14 days, in accordance with the Emergency Powers Act.Addressing a press conference at Jamaica House on Sunday, Mr. Holness noted that this decision is necessary as crime and violence, particularly murders, have been escalating in that police division.The area has recorded 49 murders since the start of the year, due mainly to gang activity.“Under these enhanced security measures, the security forces will have extraordinary powers and some (citizens’) rights will be suspended,” the Prime Minister said.He advised that the security forces will have the power to search; detain persons without a warrant; and curtail the operating hours of businesses as well as access to venues.Additionally, all persons using roads leading into and out of St. Catherine North and their vehicles will be subject to search.“In various areas, there will be joint static and mobile patrols. Persons may also be stopped at various checkpoints,” the Prime Minister further indicated.Mr. Holness assured, however, that this does not mean that the security forces use of this authority can be arbitrary or are beyond review.“The security forces are expected and have been directed to treat citizens with respect and (to) protect the dignity and safety of all Jamaicans,” he emphasized Mr. Holness said the Proclamation under the Emergency Powers Act to bring the enhanced security measures into effect was signed by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and has been gazetted.The State of Public Emergency in St. Catherine North is the second such follow a similar declaration in St. James in January.last_img read more

EUCanada Free Trade Deal Gets Final Nod

first_imgzoom The EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement (CETA) has received the final approval on February 15, as the European Parliament granted its final endorsement for the deal following votes in a number of Parliamentary committees.The European Parliament’s final vote on the free trade agreement, eight years after CETA negotiations began, marks the conclusion of the long and difficult process in which the Belgian region of Wallonia threatened to capsize the whole agreement.A majority of the European Parliament stuck with the view that CETA is the most modern and progressive trade agreement that the EU has ever negotiated, and thus voted in favour of the agreement.“The approval of CETA by the European Parliament provides a much needed victory for positive globalisation and the wider EU trade policy,” Simon Bergulf, Director of EU Affairs at Danish Shipowners’ Association, said.He emphasized that the agreement contains an ambitious maritime chapter that will ensure continued free and fair access for European shipping companies to Canadian ports and present new opportunities for feeder and dredging services.“Today’s vote comes at a crucial time for the EU’s trade relations as anti-globalisation sentiments are gaining ground in the political debate in Europe. Furthermore, the shipping community stand to benefit from the agreement as our members have maritime business in Canada worth roughly EUR 350 million. If trade in goods increases as we have seen in the aftermath of the free trade agreement with South Korea, this figure will grow considerably,” Bergulf added.last_img read more

Trinamool leader Anubrata Mondal admitted to Kolkata hospital

first_imgKolkata: Senior Trinamool Congress leader and strongman Anubrata Mondal underwent a minor surgery at the state-run SSKM Hospital here on Sunday, the hospital sources said. According to the doctors, Mondal, Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum district President, has been kept under observation as he is also suffering from high diabetes and high blood pressure. “Mondal was admitted to SSKM on Friday (July 5) with high diabetes. Today he underwent a fistula operation. We kept him under observation for the first two days as he had high blood sugar and blood pressure,” said the doctor monitoring Mondal. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Noting that the operation was successful, the doctor said Mondal was expected to be released from the hospital in the next 48 hours if his condition remained stable. Mondal, who shares a cordial relationship with West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, has been in news many times for making controversial statements in public, including asking the party activists to “hurl bomb at the police”. During the 2019 general elections in the state, Mondal was kept under strict surveillance on the polling day in Birbhum after he allegedly threatened the poll officials to work in favour of his party. However, the firebrand leader remained largely away from public eye after the 2019 poll results were announced. Though Trinamool Congress managed to hold on to the two Lok Sabha seats in Birbhum, the BJP, went ahead in a number of Assembly segments.last_img read more

RCMP charges another official in connection with alleged shipbuilding leak

first_imgOTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have charged a second public official with breach of trust over the alleged leak of cabinet secrets around a $700-million naval shipbuilding contract.The police force says it charged Matthew Matchett today with one count of breach of trust, saying he illegally disclosed government information to unauthorized parties.RCMP spokeswoman Stephanie Dumoulin says Matchett worked for Public Services and Procurement Canada.Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was suspended as the Canadian military’s second-in-command in January 2017 and is also fighting a charge of breach of trust for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets to Quebec’s Davie Shipbuilding.The RCMP says the charge against Matchett comes after an extensive investigation that began more than three years ago.Matchett is to appear in court March 5.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ontario professor studies the science behind spark in microwaved grapes

first_imgPETERBOROUGH – Aaron Slepkov and his buddies first tossed grapes into a microwave back in the mid-1990s.Within seconds, the fruits spark like lightning.He was hooked and broke out the trick at parties.Now, the Trent University physics professor has published his examination of the phenomenon’s underlying mechanism in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The study went viral.“The project went from ‘WTF’ to ‘A-ha!’ in about five years,” said Slepkov. “It’s really discovery science, really curiosity based. Nobody starts a project and gets some undergrad to microwave grapes because they have designs on some big grant somewhere.”Well into his physics education, Slepkov began thinking more seriously about the grapes experiment.Later on he searched for more information on the phenomenon. There was no scientific literature, but he found the trick had gained popularity on YouTube with hundreds of videos and millions of views. YouTubers thought the grapes sparked due to conductivity on its surface, but there was nothing to back that up.In 2013, a young, keen student pestered Slepkov to volunteer in his lab.“He was young and untrained so I certainly wasn’t letting him near my expensive lasers,” Slepkov  said. “He was so persistent, I said for the cost of a microwave oven of $100, put him in the lab and have him microwave some grapes and find out what other conditions it works — other fruits, other shapes, that kind of thing.”That summer, they discovered the grapes didn’t need to be cut.“There have to be a pair of spheres or hemispheres — a single grape doesn’t spark, it heats up,” he said.“Then we put two grapes on a concave watch glass so they couldn’t roll away, then they spark all the time.”So, he thought, if you don’t need the “skin bridge” connecting the grapes, does he even need the skin, or the grapes?“What if a grape isn’t a grape?” he thought. “What if a grape to a microwave was just a ball of water?”So they tested hydrogel beads, the absorptive material found in diapers.“When we dipped them in salt water to make ions that ionize, they spark,” Slepkov said. “We realized it wasn’t grapes held together by a skin bridge, this is about balls of water.”The team found that a microwave — with a wavelength of 12 centimetres in air — is the exact same size of a grape in water due to what’s known as water’s high index of refraction, Slepkov explained. That’s when something interesting happens, he said.Microwaves accumulate and become trapped inside the grape, he said, and those light microwaves pack themselves in the centre and the grape begins to heat up. When a second grape comes in, or the other half of a cut grape, the microwaves concentrate at the sides near each other creating an intense electrical field.“The microwave light senses the other grape and wants to move there,” Slepkov said.The electric field becomes so high, he said, that it begins stripping electrons off sodium and potassium molecules, creating ions.“Once you have an ion of sodium or potassium, then all hell breaks loose and the rest of microwave oven is feeding that spark, ionizing the air and turning it into ball lightning,” he said.Slepkov gives a lot of credit to Hamza Khattak, the final undergraduate student to work on the project who also helped with imaging because of his burgeoning photography skills, along with Pablo Bianucci, a physics professor at Concordia University, both co-authors on the study.The internet loved the team’s work, especially its accessible and lively writing.One favourite is the opening line of the paper: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pair of grape hemispheres exposed to intense microwave radiation will spark, igniting a plasma.”It is an homage to the opening line in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”Up until a week before publication, the article was titled “Grape Balls of Fire,” but the journal balked at it.“The paper was written with a lot of lighthearted humour,” Slepkov said. “We do try to take an attitude of work as play.”He said one potential application is antenna design for cellphones or wireless routers.“We’re hypothesizing maybe you can change antenna design because the grapes are acting as a concentrator for wireless radiation or cellphone radiation — effecting how we design antennas to help act as a signal booster,” he said.“This was such a silly project I didn’t tell anyone for the first three years because I thought I’d be laughed at. We do serious research, but it turns out there is some serious science at work here. I have students funded to microwave fruit because our gut tells us the answer will be interesting. And it is.”Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN regional advocates call on Governments to protect human rights defenders

9 December 2008Human rights defenders continue to pay a high price – including death, disappearance and torture – 10 years after the United Nations General Assembly adopted a declaration enshrining their protection, rights advocates said today, calling on governments to ensure their safety. “A climate of impunity for violations committed against defenders prevails in numerous countries of the world,” five UN and regional rights representatives said in a joint warning on the anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.“In every region of the world, defenders, and often their beloved ones, continue to be subjected to threats, killings, disappearances, torture and ill-treatment, arbitrary detention, surveillance, administrative and judicial harassment, defamation, and more generally, stigmatization by State authorities and non-State actors,” they added, while noting achievements such as regional mechanisms set up in Africa, Europe and the Americas to closely monitor the situation.These steps have significantly contributed to implementing the Declaration in their respective regions, by raising awareness on the work of defenders, designing protection frameworks and strategies, and promoting their human rights activities.But rights defenders still face illegitimate restrictions on the exercise of their rights to freedom of opinion and expression, access to information, access to funding, and freedoms of association, including registration, peaceful assembly, and movement, the five said. “Of particular concern for the signatories of this joint statement is the plight of defenders who, due to the sensitivity of their work, are most exposed to attacks and abuses,” they added. “These include women defenders, defenders working on economic, social and cultural rights, on rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons, on rights of indigenous peoples and persons belonging to minorities, and fighting impunity for serious crimes and corruption, as well as youth defenders.“They need specific and enhanced protection as well as targeted and deliberate efforts to make their working environment a safer, more enabling and accepting one,” they declared.Calling on States other stakeholders to recognize the defenders’ activities as legitimate human rights work, ensure the removal of all obstacles, and take proactive measures to support such work, they stressed that the primary responsibility for such protection lies with Governments.“Very often firm public stands in support of human rights defenders can transform a situation of vulnerability into one of empowerment for defenders. The new decade ahead must be one in which the provisions of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders are made a reality worldwide,” they concluded.The joint statement comes ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be commemorated worldwide tomorrow.The five are: UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Margaret Sekaggya; Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Reine Alapini-Gansou; Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe Thomas Hammarberg; Director of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Janez Lenarcic; and Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Santiago A. Canton. read more

Severe thunderstorm alert for Niagara June 17

Brock officials are keeping a close eye on a severe thunderstorm watch for all of Niagara today.According to Environment Canada, conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, damaging hail and heavy rain. There is also a risk of a tornado.The threat of severe thunderstorms exists until this evening.Environment Canada Alerts for Niagara (June 17)Brock officials will continue to monitor the weather and make any information relevant to this storm available to the Brock community.Emergency Management Ontario recommends that you take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.For more info:

SME Mining Engineering Congressional Fellowship

first_imgApplication period opens December 1. Successful candidate will affect public policy in Washington, D.C. The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is offering a seasoned mining expert the chance to apply his or her industry knowledge to positively affect change in the laws that govern the US mining and minerals industry in Washington, D.C. The second SME Mining Engineering Congressional Fellow will be placed on the staff of a member of Congress or a congressional committee during the 2015-2016 legislative session. The Fellowship runs from September 1, 2015 to August 30, 2016. The purpose of this mining-specific Fellowship is to provide an opportunity to make practical contributions to the development of environmental, natural resources, science and public policy issues. The first SME Congressional Fellow, Dr. Joshua Hoffman, P.E., began working as a mining resource adviser to the staff of the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on October 1, 2014. His responsibilities involve conducting legislative and oversight work, assisting in congressional hearings and debates, preparing briefs, conducting research and writing speeches. The application period for the 2015 -‘16 SME Congressional Fellowship program runs December 1-31, 2014. Applicants must be a member of SME at the time the Fellowship term begins and have either a Doctorate in geology, mining, metallurgical engineering or mineral processing, or a Master’s degree in mining or metallurgical engineering with at least three years of professional experience. Federal employees are not eligible for the fellowship. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director – Public Affairs and Government Relations, 303-948-4250,, or Jackie Dorr at more information on SME’s Congressional Fellowship Program, visit read more

Top management rotation at Robit

first_imgJussi Rautiainen has stepped down as CEO of rock tools major Robit PLC after overseeing 11 years of successful growth. On January 2 2016 he began a new role “focusing on planning and execution of Robit PLC’s future structural growth.” Rautiainen states that after a long period of a strong growth, he wanted to take an initiative to the job rotation. As a listed company Robit Plc can now direct itself to a significant growth also structurally.The new CEO is Mikko Mattila, who has already had a 15 year career at Robit. He has been responsible for the take-over and integration of the South Korean operation and lately has headed up the Finnish manufacturing company and acted as a Group Executive VP. Mattila also has over 10 years of experience in international sales management in the company.Chairman Harri Sjöholm thanked Rautiainen “for the excellent managing of the company and for the exceptional successful growth.” During Rautiainen’s period in charge the company’s net sales grew seven fold and expanded Robit from a local actor in the rock tools market to an international one. Sjöholm also wished the best possible success to new CEO Mattila in his new tasks.last_img read more

Dagur Sigursson extends contract with Fuchse for two more years

Fuchse Berlin has been the hot team in this Toyota Bundesliga season as they have 6 wins out of 6 games. One of the reasons for this is their coach, the Islandese Dagur Sigurdsson. He arrived in 2009, and transformed the ‘Foxes’ into a respectable team with possible high-ending position ambitions this year. Now they binded him to stay in Berlin for two more years by offering him attractive contract, which expires in 2013.The satisfaction was mutual, as both Dagur and managing director Bob Hanning were delighted with the prolongation of the contract. Dagur said that “he was happy to stay in Berlin more, and that this team can even make bigger successes”, while Mr Henning added that “its wonderful that Dagur is staying, and that now they can in peace concentrate on the future tasks”. ← Previous Story Lino Cervar won’t be a coach of Macedonia NT Next Story → Rutenka to play for Belarus again read more

Animal rights group to contact schools after cats killed with firecrackers in

first_imgANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP ARAN has said it will start contacting schools in Drogheda first thing tomorrow morning in relation to reports of children in a housing estate using firecrackers on two cats.It is understood that the incident took place last week but the bodies of the cats were only found over the weekend and the group described reports of the violence against the cats – one of which was a kitten – as “horrendous”.The group said in a statement today it wants teachers to open up their doors for its campaigners to visit the children in the local area “in order to bring light on the cruelty of animals and the importance of treating them with respect and kindness”.The group recently made a public appeal after the popular RTÉ drama Love/Hate featured a scene in which a cat was shot, causing an uproar among animal lovers, with the broadcaster receiving more than 40 complaints.ARAN’s John Carmody said cats are “classed as vermin” and that the group is “absolutely heartbroken to see that some children turned on the most vulnerable animal for a few moments of “fun””.“We are calling on teachers across Drogheda to let our experienced campaigners into the schools in order to show children that cruelty to animals is not cool or fun, but is nothing more than a cowardly act on those weaker than us,” he added.Related: Animal rights charity calls for Love/Hate boycott after cat shooting scene>Read: Over 40 complaints lodged over Love/Hate cat shooting scene>last_img read more

Your baby dolphin making the most of the Wexford winter sunshine pics

first_img[Image: Myles Carroll Photography]THE SOUTH EAST coast has long been a popular spot for whale and dolphin spotters — and last weekend was a particularly rewarding one for enthusiasts, with a 30 to 40 strong pod of dolphins sighted off Hook Head in Co Wexford.Amongst their number was the dolphin pup pictured above — photographer Myles Carroll snapped a variety of action shots featuring the mammal, swimming alone and in the company of its older ‘school-mates’.January and February are a busy time for whale watching in the area; in recent days several fin whales were also spotted. Second only to the blue whale in terms of size, the mammals were seen around three miles off Brownstown Head.“The area’s definitely grown in popularity over the last few years as more people hear about it,” the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group‘s Deirdre Slevin told“The whales tend to follow the herring which is why you’d have an increase in sightings in January and February as there would be more herring around.”The IWDG is organising a whale & dolphin spotting expedition off Hook Head this Saturday aboard the Celtic Mist — Charlie Haughey’s former yacht, which was donated to the group by the former Taoiseach’s family in 2012.You can email for further information.last_img read more