Australian swimming coach Scott Volkers charged with child sex offences: Report

first_imgAustralian swimming coach Scott Volkers, a former mentor to Olympic and world champions, has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of child abuse, state media reported.Volkers was arrested on Friday and is due to appear in court next month in Queensland state, the report said.”A 59-year-old Sunshine Coast man has today been charged with five counts of indecent treatment of a child,” Queensland police said in a statement.”The man was arrested by State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sexual Crime Group. He will appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Nov. 13, 2017.”Local media said Volkers would fight the charges.”It’s been 15 years I’ve been subject to this,” News Ltd media quoted him as saying.Volkers coached twice Olympic champion Susie O’Neill and two-times world breaststroke champion Sam Riley.He was arrested in Australia in 2002 on charges of indecent behaviour.The charges were dropped for lack of evidence but he was banned from working with children under age 16.He has consistently denied the allegations against him.Volkers moved to Brazil in 2011 and became the swimming coach at the Minas Tennis Club in Belo Horizonte, which has produced some of Brazil’s best swimmers.He coached Brazil’s Olympic gold medallist Cesar Cielo but was excluded from the nation’s team at the Rio Olympics last year at the request of Australian Olympic Committee.last_img read more

Kane breaks Spurs goal record

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Kane breaks Spurs’ Premier League goalscoring record Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 03:36 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane Tottenham 13012018 Getty Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur v Everton Everton Premier League Teddy Sheringham is no longer Tottenham’s leading scorer in the Premier League after Harry Kane moved on to 98 with a double versus Everton Harry Kane has left another record in his wake by becoming Tottenham’s highest scorer in the Premier League.England striker Kane rounded off a stellar 2017 by breaking Alan Shearer’s record for the most Premier League goals in a calendar year and outscored Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi for club and country over the 12-month period.Kane has picked up where he left off in 2018, netting a double against AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup before two more goals against Everton at Wembley on Saturday took him past Teddy Sheringham’s previous Premier League best for Spurs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sherringham netted 97 in the top flight for Tottenham across two spells, placing him ahead of Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe on 91.Kane is now on to 98, having punished Everton twice after half-time, with Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen also on target to put Mauricio Pochettino’s men on course for a dominant 4-0 win.HARRY KANE – The highest Spurs goalscorer in @PremierLeague history! #OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/LzHjL8ggK0 — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 13, 2018 The 24-year-old now has 20 Premier League goals this term and 28 in all competitions.last_img read more

Can Alexis play for Man Utd in UCL?

first_imgA. Sánchez Will Alexis Sanchez be available to play for Man Utd in the Champions League? Ronan Murphy 02:23 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Champions League Trophy Composite Getty A. Sánchez Manchester United Sevilla v Manchester United UEFA Champions League The Chilean attacker joined the Red Devils having already lined out for Arsenal in the Europa League, with Jose Mourinho set to decide his squad Alexis Sanchez played once for Arsenal in the Europa League this season, leaving many Manchester United fans wondering is he eligible to line out for his new side in the Champions League.Injury meant the Chile international could only play in the Gunners’ win over Cologne, scoring the second goal as they came from behind to record a 3-1 victory.UEFA rules would prevent Sanchez from lining out from another team in the Europa League, but luckily for United, that 90 minutes against the Germans in September does not rule him out of featuring in the Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho still needs to select Sanchez in his squad for the knockout stage of the tournament. Rule 43.01 states that “For all matches from the start of the round of 32, a club may register a maximum of three new eligible players for the remaining matches in the current competition.”Only one of these new players can be a player that has already participated in the Europa League this season, and no player that has played in the Champions League for another club in 2017-18 can be part of the knockout stage squad with a new team.Mourinho must submit his updated squad list of 25 players by midnight CET on February 1, the day after the transfer window closes. Sanchez will replace a member of Manchester United’s original squad list, with James Wilson a possible choice due to his loan transfer to Sheffield United.Henrikh Mkhitaryan was also part of the squad for the group stage, and his move to Arsenal means that Mourinho will have another spot to fill for the rest of the Champions League campaign.Sanchez has a good record in the Champions League, having played for both Barcelona and Arsenal in the competition. He made four continental starts in his debut season after moving to Camp Nou from Udinese, netting two goals.His best return in the Champions League came in 2014-15 when he scored four times for the Gunners and netted three times in each of the following two seasons.The 29-year-old could make his Champions League debut for Manchester United on February 21 against Sevilla as the Red Devils travel to Spain for the first leg of their round of 16 encounter.last_img read more

10 months agoGenoa director Perinetti: Napoli keen on Kouame

first_imgGenoa director Perinetti: Napoli keen on Kouameby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa director Giorgio Perinetti admits there’s big interest for young striker Christian Kouame.There has been talk of a €25m move to Napoli.But Perinetti says, “First of all, I want to make clear that nobody is leaving Genoa in January. Having said that, some might want to get a deal in early to stave off competition.“We did have a meeting with Napoli for Kouame. The collaborators are here and we’ll have another encounter with them over the next week.”There are at least two Premier League clubs who want Kouame, as they often send scouts to observe him. I look at Kouame and Krzysztof Piatek and am happy to have both at Genoa.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Government Launches Prevention Innovation Grants

first_imgNew grants are available to community groups and organizations with innovative ideas on how to prevent sexual violence. The Prevention Innovation Grants are divided into two streams: up to $5,000 and up to $50,000. They are a commitment under government’s Sexual Violence Strategy. $600,000 of these new, one-time grants will be made available this year and next, for a total investment of $1.2 million. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to enhance supports and services for victims and survivors of sexual violence, as well as preventing this type of violence from happening in the first place,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services. “I’m so pleased to launch the Prevention Innovation Grants, which I know will help spur new and creative solutions to this issue throughout the province. I am especially excited to see what the youth in Nova Scotia put forward.” The grants will support community groups and organizations, including youth and underserved populations such as African Nova Scotians, First Nations, and the LGBTQ community, reach out to their peers, and help put creative prevention initiatives into practice. “No one wants to be a victim or perpetrator of sexual violence-yet sexual violence is so prevalent in our society,” said Julie Veinot, executive director of the Lunenburg County Sexual Health Centre. “That means we must work to prevent this insidious form of violence, not only for us, but for all the children coming behind us who deserve to see sexuality as a positive aspect of life.” Application forms are available for download at http://novascotia.ca/coms/svs/prevention-innovation-fund.asp . Any questions about the application process can be emailed to strategy@novascotia.ca . The deadline to submit grant applications is Jan. 15, 2016.last_img read more

Violence after Hindu veterinary doc linked to blasphemy in Pak

first_imgKarachi: Mobs set ablaze shops belonging to the Hindus after a veterinary doctor from the minority community allegedly tore pages of a holy book and wrapped medicines in them in Pakistan’s Sindh province, according to a media report. The Hindu veterinary doctor, identified as Ramesh Kumar, was arrested on Monday under the country’s strict blasphemy laws after a local cleric filed a police complaint accusing him of committing blasphemy. Under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, anyone accused of insulting Islam can be sentenced to death. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The doctor was taken into custody while angry protestors set fire to shops owned by Hindus and burnt tyres on road in Phuladyon town in Mirpurkhas district in the province, The Express Tribune reported. Protesters set ablaze a doctor’s clinic, a medical store, and two shops belonging to the members of the Hindu community. They also blocked roads by burning tyres, the report said. There were reports that the protesters also looted some shops. With the situation spiraling out of control, local authorities called in the paramilitary Rangers to deal with the mob violence. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaPolice also registered a case against those engaged in rioting. “It’s an unfortunate incident. We have taken the doctor into custody and are investigating incident,” Senior Superintendent of Police Mirpurkhas Javed Baloch said. He said a case has been registered and police have established a picket in the town to deal with any untoward incident. “The situation is now normal,” he said, adding that the police would take action against those who have ransacked properties of the Hindu community. “We have detained some suspects on charges of damaging properties, he added. The Mirpurkhas deputy commissioner said the government would compensate those whose properties were damaged during the violence. A large number of Hindus reside in the interior of Sindh province and in Karachi and the Pakistan Hindu Council has complained in the past of minority community members being targeted under the blasphemy law by people because of personal enmity. Hindus form the biggest minority community in the Muslim-majority Pakistan. According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus live in Pakistan. However, according to the community, over 90 lakh Hindus are living in the country.last_img read more

55yrold found dead near her residence in Siliguri

first_imgDarjeeling: The body of an elderly woman was recovered from Simulguri at Samarnagar in Siliguri on Wednesday morning.The face of the deceased had been disfigured and the woman was found naked. A cloth was wrapped around her neck. The deceased was 55-year-old. Local residents informed the police. The woman’s family members arrived at the spot. The woman used to live with her daughter and grandchildren. Her husband has passed away a few years ago. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn Tuesday night, two men identified as Kartik Oraon and Laddu, had come to her house. She left her home with them and following that she did not return home. Her body was found near her house. Police recovered an empty liquor bottle and plastic glasses near the spot. Kartik and Laddu. are absconding since Wednesday morning. “My mother said that she was going to a nearby shop with them. When she did not return we searched for her in the neighbourhood. In the morning, we received news that her body had been found in a pool of blood,” said the daughter of the deceased. The body was recovered by the police and sent for post-mortem. Police have launched a man hunt for the two absconding men. Family members of the absconders said they had returned home in an inebriated state on Tuesday night. Both of them are truck drivers by profession. Cops are investigating the case.last_img read more

After prison blaze kills hundreds in Honduras UN warns on overcrowding

15 February 2012A United Nations human rights official today called on Latin American countries to tackle the problem of prison overcrowding in the wake of an overnight fire at a jail in Honduras that killed hundreds of inmates. More than 300 prisoners are reported to have died in the blaze at the prison, located north of the capital, Tegucigalpa, with dozens of others still missing and presumed dead.Antonio Maldonado, human rights adviser for the UN system in Honduras, told UN Radio today that overcrowding may have contributed to the death toll.“But we have to wait until a thorough investigation is conducted so we can reach a precise cause,” he said.“But of course there is a problem of overcrowding in the prison system, not only in this country, but also in many other prisons in [Latin] America.”Last week, the South American regional representative of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Amerigo Incalcaterra, cited chronic overcrowding as one of the key causes behind a recent wave of deadly violence in jails across the continent.Mr. Maldonado said today that international human rights bodies, including the UN Committee against Torture, have recommended to the Honduran Government in the past to reduce overcrowding and to “adopt any appropriate and effective measures” to prevent situations such as the deadly fire from occurring.“Unfortunately this seems not to be the case,” he added. read more

Medical marijuana ecigarettes to be banned in non smoking areas

Ontario is set to ban e-cigarette and medical marijuanausers from smoking or vaporizing anywhere regular cigarettes areprohibited.“We have made a determination that smoking, whether it be vaping, medical marijuana, or cigarettes, that there should be restrictions on that,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said Thursday.“And so the rules will apply to marijuana, to medical marijuana,to vaping as they do to cigarettes.”The new rules come months after the Liberal government backtracked on electronic cigarette regulations just one day after an exemption for medical marijuana users came to light.The e-cigarette rules were supposed to come into effect January 1 to ban their use in enclosed public places, workplaces and certain outdoor areas. But after the public learned of the medical marijuana exemption and that it meant users could vaporize in restaurants, at work or on playgrounds, the government put the rules on hold and went back to the drawing board.Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla is set to announce the government’s second attempt at the regulations today. She said last fall that it was too early to tell whether or not the original exemption was a failure.The government says these new regulations will be posted forconsultation and they will continue to get feedback from experts.-Canadian Press read more

Top UN rights official underscores importance of adequate water

Addressing the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello said the initiative to develop a general comment on water would be a meaningful contribution to the World Water Forum to be held next March. A comment by the Committee, he said, would be an integral component of the right to an adequate standard of living and indeed the right to life. The Committee later adopted the comment, which stresses that water is a limited natural resource and a public commodity fundamental to life and health. General Comment No. 15 also notes that over 1 billion people lack access to basic water supply, while several billion lack access to adequate sanitation, a primary cause of water contamination and diseases linked to water. The continuing contamination, depletion and unequal distribution of water resources are exacerbating existing poverty, the comment states. The comment also emphasizes that States parties to the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights have the duty to progressively realize, without discrimination, the right to water. The human right to water entitles everyone to sufficient, affordable, physically accessible, safe and acceptable water for personal and domestic uses, the text notes.The 18-member Committee monitors compliance with the Covenant, which has 145 States parties. read more

Worlds youth facing worsening unemployment warns new UN report

In its annual Global Employment Trends report, released today, the International Labour Organization (ILO) notes that despite the positive trend of falling unemployment over the past two years, the number of unemployed worldwide rose by 4.2 million in 2012 with gloomy expectations of a further increase in 2013. “An uncertain economic outlook, and the inadequacy of policy to counter this, has weakened aggregate demand, holding back investment and hiring,” Guy Ryder, the ILO Director-General, announced in a news release accompanying the report. “This has prolonged the labour market slump in many countries, lowering job creation and increasing unemployment duration even in some countries that previously had low unemployment and dynamic labour markets,” he added.In particular, the report singles out the impact of the global unemployment crisis – already afflicting over 197 million people worldwide – on the world’s youth, who risk losing vital professional and social skills as the length of their joblessness continues to grow.“Many of the new jobs require skills that jobseekers do not have,” Mr. Ryder confirmed.According to the ILO, some 35 per cent of unemployed youth in advanced economies have been out of a job for six months or longer – an absence which directly impacts their long-term career prospects as their skills deteriorate. Others, meanwhile, get discouraged and leave the labour market altogether.With almost 74 million people in the 15 to 24 age group unemployed around the world, translating into a 12.4 per cent unemployment rate for this subset, job prospects for the world’s younger workers are looking increasingly bleak, says the report.The UN official pointed out that regional differences in youth unemployment were likely to be marked, with the situation expected to improve slightly over the next five years in the developed economies while emerging economies in Eastern Europe, East and South-East Asia and the Middle East would continue to see rising joblessness among its young labour force.He added, however, that it was incumbent on international policy-makers to find a coordinated response to reversing the problem and urged governments to establish coordinated retraining activities to help young people bridge the skills gap caused by extended bouts of joblessness.“The global nature of the crisis means countries cannot resolve its impact individually and with domestic measures only,” declared the ILO Director-General.The report specifically calls on policy-makers to engage in three areas crucial to employment generation, including injections of public investment into job-creating initiatives while private funding remains shy; addressing rising labour market mismatch problems through retraining and re-skilling programmes; and focussing action on youth joblessness.“The high uncertainty, which is holding off investments and job creation, will not recede if countries come up with conflicting solutions,” cautioned Mr. Ryder. “The costs of inactivity, of allowing long-term unemployment to grow and young people to disconnect further from society, would be far higher.” read more

Former Ohio State running back Jaamal Berry attends Pro Day unable to

Former Ohio State running back stands in the end zone during warmups of a game against Illinois Oct. 15, 2011 in Champaign, Ill. OSU won, 17-7.Lantern file photoFormer Ohio State running back Jaamal Berry had it in his head that he was going to be able to showcase his talents for NFL scouts and general managers at OSU’s Pro Day Friday.But then Berry said he was told he couldn’t, because of an NFL rule that was “new” to him.“I guess it’s a rule that I could only do it in my hometown, like a hometown state school or school I was just attending,” Berry said.That school was Murray State in Murray, Ky., where Berry transferred to prior to the 2012 season. He was suspended from the OSU football team Nov. 2, 2011, after his involvement with an incident that saw him charged with assault, battery and disorderly conduct.Former Buckeye linebacker Etienne Sabino — who graduated from OSU after the 2012 season — was allowed to participate Friday, because of a rule that allows players who are just one year removed and not with an NFL team to work out at their former college, an OSU spokesman said.In Berry’s case, he was unable to work out Friday with former Buckeyes who he called “some of his best friends” because he has not been at the school since being charged.An OSU spokesman said Friday he “was under the impression” Berry was going to work out Friday.“(I thought) that he had gotten some approval like that,” the spokesman said.Despite the circumstances under which Berry left OSU, he said he still views his time at OSU as a positive in his life.“Leaving here was a big wake up call for me, even going to a smaller school,” Berry said. “A lot of things that I got here wasn’t going down at Murray State. It made me grow up real fast and appreciate the moment, live in the moment. So I’m definitely grateful for that.”Berry played in 11 games as a Buckeye from 2010-11, averaging 25.4 yards per kickoff return after being recruited by former OSU coach Jim Tressel.Berry said he called his former coach after he graduated from Murray State in December, to thank him.“When I graduated and finished I let him know I graduated and thanked him for the opportunity to experience some of the best years of my life to come here,” Berry said.The former OSU running back — who is from Pinecrest, Fla. — said he might go back to his home state to see if he can get a chance to show scouts what he can do, after he talks to his agent. read more

Official 6 bodies recovered from AirAsia crash

first_imgPANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — A massive hunt for the 162 victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 resumed in the Java Sea on Wednesday, with six bodies, including a flight attendant identified by her trademark red uniform, recovered. But wind, strong currents and high surf hampered recovery efforts as distraught family members anxiously waited to identify their loved ones. Three bodies were retrieved Tuesday, while the others were found after the search resumed Wednesday morning, said Indonesia’s Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo.On Tuesday, the number had varied with different officials saying as many as six corpses had been discovered.He said half of those found were male and half female, including the flight attendant.The first proof of the jet’s fate emerged Tuesday in an area not far from where it dropped off radar screens. Searchers found the bodies and debris that included a life jacket, an emergency exit door and a suitcase about 10 miles from the plane’s last known coordinates.On Wednesday, divers were deployed, but heavy rain and clouds grounded helicopters, said Soelistyo. The airliner’s disappearance halfway through a two-hour flight between Surabaya, Indonesia, and Singapore triggered an international search for the aircraft involving dozens of planes, ships and helicopters. It is still unclear what brought the plane down.The plane needs to be located and its cockpit voice and flight data recorders, or black boxes, recovered before officials can start determining what caused the crash.last_img read more

People already in line for Nov 30 food voucher distribution

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A local organization is getting ready to feed a need in South Florida.Early birds were already waiting in line on Friday for next Wednesday’s CAMACOL holiday food basket ticket distribution, along West Flagler Street and 14th Avenue in Miami.Once they get a voucher, they can come back Dec. 14 to claim their free holiday meal with all the fixings.Organizers said 3,000 vouchers will be distributed.This will be the Latin Chamber of Commerce’s 31st year of hosting this event.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Man accused of killing businessman in Lauderhill denied bond

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man accused of killing a businessman in his Lauderhill condo.Juan Urbie Carvajal appeared in court Monday morning, facing charges for the murder of 44-year-old Emerald Senior, also known as Martin Young.A judge denied him bond.Senior invited three women to his Lauderhill condo back in February. However, authorities said, one of the women exited the building and left the door open, allowing Carvajal and another man to enter.A struggle ensued and Senior was killed in the shooting.Two other suspects have been arrested in connection to the crime.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

CJ asks media not to misquote him

first_imgSurendra Kumar SinhaChief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has asked the media not to misquote him.The chief justice made the call at a book-launching ceremony at the Shafiur Rahman auditorium of the Supreme Court Bar Association on Thursday.Addressing media people present at the programme, the chief justice said, “Misgivings have been created centring on me. What I say in court is distorted [in news reports], leading to embarrassment for me. [Take necessary measures] so that I am not embarrassed, because it’s not possible for me to convene press conferences to give clarifications.”He went on to say, “As a judge, I can question a lawyer during a case hearing . It’s my prerogative. Quoting [me] without understanding the reasons and motives behind the question can lead to misperceptions. So, you [newsmen] must be careful about this.” Calling on judges to neutrally conduct trials, the chief justice said, “I want to say that we, the judges, might have our own political thoughts in our student or professional life. You must forget your past. If you want to do politics, then quit your job.” The chief justice also called on lawyers to unite on a single platform to ensure the rule of law.“Recently, you seem to lack professionalism,” the chief justice noted.last_img read more

The role of species competition in biodiversity

first_img Darwin’s finches have reached their limits on the Galapagos This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Skulls of various Canid genera; Vulpes (corsac fox), Nyctereutes (raccoon dog), Cuon (dhole) and Canis (golden jackal) Credit: Wikipedia. A group of researchers in Sweden, Switzerland and Brazil have collaborated on a study of North American canids to show that competition from multiple carnivore clades is responsible for the ultimate demise of two extinct canid subfamilies. They theorize that the competitive processes driving these extinctions are more prevalent in species diversification than previously believed. The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The North American fossil record provides abundant evidence for the evolutionary history of the dog family Canidae and of other major carnivores. The researchers analyzed around 1,500 fossil occurrences for 120 canid species from around 40 million years ago to the present; theorizing that competition from other species was a factor driving extinction rates, they also compiled data for five additional carnivore families including cats, bear dogs, false saber-tooth cats, and bears. They developed an analytical framework to invesigate whether speciation and extinction rates responded to evolution of body mass—a good approximation of diet for canids. The authors suggest that body size can indirectly correlate with diversification dynamics as increases in size predispose the development of hypercarnivory behaviors and selective feeding. These adaptive constraints place canids in danger of extinction by restricting their possible sources of food.Via a Bayesian analytic framework, the researchers have determined that the two extinct subfamilies that form the basis of their study were ultimately wiped out by the competitive effects of other carnivore clades, previously considered a rare occurrence, but increasingly regarded as an important influence on biodiversity.Climate change events are widely believed to be a main driver of extinction and speciation, but the study strongly suggests an important role for competition between different species with similar ecologies. Two biologic mechanisms drive clade replacement: passive replacement and active displacement. In the case of passive replacement, an incumbent carnivore clade prevents a competitor population from radiating. The competitor can only radiate once the incumbent carnivore clade declines.Active displacement is the process by which a clade’s rise in diversity causes the decline of another clade by outcompeting for limited resources. “The demise of nonavian dinosaurs by the Cretaceous-Paleogene meteorite impact around 66 million years ago and the subsequent evolutionary and ecologic diversification of mammals provide an iconic example of passive replacement,” the authors write.The authors found evidence for significant changes in speciation and extinction rates for the two extinct canid subfamilies, Hesperocyoninae and Borophaginae, suggesting strongly that the demise of a clade is driven by both its rate of extinction and its failure to originate. The researchers report that changes in in the speciation and extinction rates of the two extinct canid groups were strongly correlated with changes in diversity of multiple competitors. “Our results strongly indicate that competition among several clades of canids and other carnivores drove the changes in diversification rates and the replacement of entire clades,” they write. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: The role of species competition in biodiversity (2015, July 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-role-species-competition-biodiversity.htmlcenter_img © 2015 Phys.org More information: “The role of clade competition in the diversification of North American canids.” PNAS 2015; published ahead of print June 29, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1502803112AbstractThe history of biodiversity is characterized by a continual replacement of branches in the tree of life. The rise and demise of these branches (clades) are ultimately determined by changes in speciation and extinction rates, often interpreted as a response to varying abiotic and biotic factors. However, understanding the relative importance of these factors remains a major challenge in evolutionary biology. Here we analyze the rich North American fossil record of the dog family Canidae and of other carnivores to tease apart the roles of competition, body size evolution, and climate change on the sequential replacement of three canid subfamilies (two of which have gone extinct). We develop a novel Bayesian analytic framework to show that competition from multiple carnivore clades successively drove the demise and replacement of the two extinct canid subfamilies by increasing their extinction rates and suppressing their speciation. Competitive effects have likely come from ecologically similar species from both canid and felid clades. These results imply that competition among entire clades, generally considered a rare process, can play a more substantial role than climate change and body size evolution in determining the sequential rise and decline of clades. Explore further (Phys.org)—Over long spans, biodiversity is a fluid and shifting balance of species and influences. Species diversification occurs in response to a host of complex factors, both biotic and abiotic, and understanding them is a major challenge of evolutionary biology.last_img read more

Final Resting Place of the Elephant Man Found by Author

first_imgThe skeleton of Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man, has been preserved at the Royal London Hospital ever since 1890, the year of his death. But author Jo Vigor-Mungovin said she’s made a discovery: Merrick’s final resting place is in an unmarked grave in the City of London Cemetery. Vigor-Mungovin, who wrote the book Joseph: The Life, Times & Places of the Elephant Man, told the BBC that his soft tissue remains were buried at the cemetery after Merrick’s body was dissected.She posted a photo of the grave on Twitter on May 4, 2019, writing: “Today after weeks of emails, research & visits to the City of London Cemetery, the final resting place of Joseph Merrick has been located. His bones are at @BHAandM for medical purposes but his flesh/remains were buried in consecrated ground after a small service…”This image of Joseph Merrick (1862–1890) was published in the British Medical Journal in 1886Merrick had a skeletal and soft tissue deformity. He died at the age of 27. His head measured 36 inches, and when he died on April 11, 1890, it is believed that he was asphyxiated by the weight of his own head after trying to trying to sleep lying down.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsVigor-Mungovin told the BBC that “a story about his soft tissue being buried had not been followed up due to the number of graveyards in use at the time.” She continued, “I was asked about this and off-hand I said, ‘It probably went to the same place as the [Jack the] Ripper victims’, as they died in the same locality.”Today after weeks of emails, research & visits to the #CityofLondonCemetery the final resting place of #JosephMerrick has been located. His bones are @BHAandM for medical purposes but his flesh/remains were buried in consecrated ground after a small service. #Leicester R.I.P pic.twitter.com/MNSSf68Bh2— Jo Vigor-Mungovin (@Berliozjo) May 3, 2019But shortly afterward she decided to investigate the records of the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium near Epping Forest to see if there was more to learn. Mary Ann Nichols and Catherine Eddowes, both believed to have been murdered by Jack the Ripper, are buried there.“I decided to search in an eight-week window around the time of his death and there, on page two, was ‘Joseph Merrick,’ ” she told the BBC.She said the location of his grave was hard to track down, as Victorian London had many cemeteries, but she was “99 per cent certain” the grave was Merrick’s.“The burial is dated April 24, 1890, and Joseph died on April 11,” she said to the BBC. The records she found list “his residence as London Hospital, his age as 28 — Joseph was actually 27 but his date of birth was often given wrong — and the coroner as Wynne Baxter, who we know conducted Joseph’s inquest.”Merrick photographed in 1889Merrick’s condition, which developed in early childhood, is believed to be due to a rare genetic disorder called Proteus syndrome. Because of his leg deformities, he could only walk with a stick.His mother died when he was 11, and he became an object of curiosity and ridicule. He was confined to a workhouse, which he left to join a traveling “freak show”. He was often robbed of his earnings while part of this show. Whether he was beaten or abused is a subject of some debate.A doctor, Frederick Treves, became involved in his case and Merrick was admitted to the hospital. “The weight of his head, which would have crushed his windpipe, prevented him from sleeping normally so he had to get his rest sitting up,” according to Biography. “The death was ruled an accident and Treves concluded that Merrick was experimenting with sleeping. He died trying to be like others.”John Hurt in the David Lynch film, ‘The Elephant Man’ (1980). Photo by Images Press/IMAGES/Getty ImagesIn his lifetime he became well known and was visited by Alexandra, princess of Wales. In the 20th century, he was the subject of various books, a play, and the 1980 film The Elephant Man, starring Anthony Hopkins as the doctor and John Hurt as Merrick.Read another story from us: The Sad Life of the Real “Elephant Man”“The authorities said a small plaque could be made to mark the spot, which would be lovely,” Vigor-Mungovin told the BBC. “Hopefully, we can soon get a memorial in his hometown of Leicester.”Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

Google Makes Finding Podcasts Easier By Adding A Dedicated Section To Search

first_img Related Products DEAL OF THE DAY Close Google Search now has a podcast section, making it easier for users to find shows and themes they’re interested in online.  ( Google ) Google is adding a podcasts section to Search, making more forms of content readily available.With the implementation, users can just make a query on any podcast topic or persons featured in shows and get relevant results.Podcasts Join News, Images, And VideosIn a blog post, Google announced the new feature. Thanks to this, users can just type in something like “Joe Rogan podcast” and get a carousel of episodes from The Joe Rogan Experience highlighted in the results (as pictured). They can also search for “podcasts about Dwayne Johnson” and get a variety of episodes from different shows that feature The Rock. There’s no specific wording here. Users can even search for “podcasts with Jack Black” to get episodes where he guest stars in. (1793) $0.99$0.99 Wow facts 2Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийAs the company points out, over 2 million podcasts are available online, and based on just that, it’s safe to say that it can get tricky finding shows and episodes.What Else To ExpectGoogle says it plans to simplify it even further in the future in which users won’t even have to include the term “podcast.”On top of that, it’s going to add the feature to Google Assistant and Google Podcasts for the web.When it goes live, users can ask Assistant something like, “Hey Google, play a podcast about Nikola Tesla” and get a number of related suggestions to choose from. In case it isn’t obvious, this means that users might get to use Google Home speakers or other Assistant-powered devices to play podcasts through voice controls in this manner.Users will also be able to make searches on Google Podcasts for the web and get relevant shows and episodes, and as progress is synced across devices, they can pick up where they left off on anything else they use the podcast player.The new podcast section on Search is already available, starting with users in the United States using English. TAG Google, Google Search, Podcasts Feeds for Fire TV (594) $0.00 ENDS IN Bestseller Stitcher Radio for Podcasts (34) Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN (1444) $0.00 Bestseller All $0.00 $9.99$9.99 Bestseller $0.00 AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches $0.00 DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller Bestsellercenter_img ENDS IN ENDS IN Plex DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN $0.00 DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY TuneIn Radio Pro iHeartRadio TV ENDS IN Spotify Music – for Fire TV (6914) (6034) Tube Player for YouTube Bestseller Ads by Amazon Amazon Music Bestseller ENDS IN (3084) ENDS IN Ads by Amazon DEAL OF THE DAY ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. DEAL OF THE DAY (2106)last_img read more

TravelManagers 10th annual National Conference be

first_imgTravelManagers’ 10th annual National Conference began in Darwin yesterday with a welcome from Ali Mills, a Larrakia Nation Elder, and Tourism NT’s Andrew Hopper, before the conference was officially opened by TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, and House of Travel Australia’s CEO, Joe Araullo.The keynote speaker for day one was Australia’s most decorated serving soldier, Benjamin Roberts-Smith VC MG. According to Gazal, Roberts-Smith’s presentation was extremely well-received by conference attendees, and he believes it will prove to be one of the major highlights of this year’s event.“Our PTMs are leaders in their own right and have, like Ben, experienced moments where they have needed to take risks and step up in order to achieve personal and professional success. Ben’s journey as a soldier has included times when he has needed to apply the same “do or die” approach, and we were all inspired by his incredible story.”Conference delegates also heard the first two in a series of presentations on the theme “Secrets of my Success”, to be made by PTMs throughout the three day conference. Corinne Mutz, representative for Upper Sturt, SA, and Sarena Taylor, representative for Robina, QLD, will be joined later in the conference by six other PTMs, all of whom have valuable business insights to share with their colleagues.Mutz, who has worked in the travel industry for close to 30 years, has a strong focus on building strong, rewarding relationships with both clients and suppliers, and says being with TravelManagers has allowed her to offer her clients the sort of travel booking experience that everyone deserves.“We are years ahead of the competition, who can only strive to emulate the systems, support and expertise offered by the TravelManagers model.”The day concluded with a welcome function at Darwin’s Mindil Beach Sunset Market, an opportunity for PTMs, suppliers and NPO personnel to get together in a relaxed setting at the end of Day 1.Day Two of the conference will consist of a series of workshops and presentations from both PTMs and suppliers, and will wrap with a “One” themed party at Pee Wee’s at the Point, while Day Three will involve the much-anticipated Community Event in the morning and a keynote presentation for Shark Tank’s Red Shark, Naomi Simson.The final day will conclude with a Gala Awards Dinner, which will recognise and reward excellence throughout the company and form the perfect conclusion to a big weekend.“Darwin is proving to have been an inspired choice of location,” says Gazal. “It’s stunning location that’s steeped in culture and history, coupled with state-of-the-art conference facilities.”Gazal also acknowledged the ‘tremendous support’ for the company from both Northern Territory Tourism and their partner suppliers, especially their Platinum sponsors: Amadeus, Allianz, Royal Caribbean International, APT Group, Qantas Airways and Qantas Holidays. “It would be impossible to run an event like this, as successfully as this, without the support of our industry partners,” he explains. “Our strong relationships with these partners is just one more reflection of the overall ONE theme.” IMAGE: TravelManagers’ Conference Day 1 keynote speaker – Australia’s most decorated serving soldier, Benjamin Roberts-Smith VC MG AgencyTravelManagerslast_img read more