ScienceShot: The Queen of Sex

first_imgWorker insects spend their existence tending to the every need of their queens—even giving up their sex lives. But why are queens the only ones allowed to reproduce? The answer lies in pheromones—chemical signals, produced by queens, which workers react to. To further investigate the means behind this reproductive control, researchers looked at the chemicals produced by the queens of three social insects: the buff-tailed bumblebee, the common wasp (pictured), and the desert ant. Once identified, the scientists tested the potential pheromones on isolated workers to see if they prevented reproduction. In all three species, similarly structured alkanes (a type of carbon-based compound) limited the development of the workers’ ovaries, the researchers report online today in Science. In addition, a review of existing studies revealed that alkanes are the most common chemicals overproduced by queens across a wide variety of social insect species. By constructing an evolutionary history, the researchers determined that these pheromones likely date back at least 145 million years, to these insects’ common (and solitary) ancestors—who probably used the chemicals as fertility signals to attract males. Over time, these signals may have developed into a simple communication system, with daughters temporarily giving up reproduction to assist their mothers when the latter were fertile (thereby helping to indirectly pass their genes to the next generation). The researchers believe these signals may have paved the way for subsequent evolution of complex, colonial behaviors seen today among these varied insect groups.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

Some PSUs positive on creating jobs for sportspersons: Sonowal

first_imgHyderabad, Sep 11 (PTI) Union Minister of State for Sports Sarbananda Sonowal today said some PSUs have responded positively to the Centres appeal for creating special provision on employment opportunities for sportspersons. “On employment opportunities, we have openly appealed to all the corporate houses — private and public sector — to come forward and create avenues to accommodate our players. Some PSUs have come forward with a very open mind to support,” he said. Sonowal recalled that the government had during the last National Games requested the business sector to create provision for employment opportunities for athletes. He was addressing a gathering at the inauguration of the day-long Youth Convention on Universal Brotherhood Day here. “Sports is a way of life and should all accept this. If every individual and parents start propagating and motivating younger generation and students on this then definitely we could create such an environment through which India can be a number one sporting nation in the world,” he said. On the occasion, the minister cited example of Swami Vivekananda and appealed to the youth to work hard with sensibility, commitment, dedication and devotion. Sonowal said it is expected that by 2020, population of India would have a median age of 28 years as against 38 years for the US, 42 years for China and as high as 48 years for Japan. “This demographic dividend offers a great opportunity. Therefore, the challenge before the nation is to develop and empower its huge youth population as productive work force,” he said. On Telangana governments offer to host the Youth Festival 2017 in the state, Sonowal said, “We will definitely look into that matter.” Regarding request for laying of athletic track in Warangal district, the ministry will look into the matter. Union Minister for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya also addressed the gathering. PTI VVK RS ARS ATK SSCadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgRising Pune Supergiants: Rising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane not out 63 Usman Khawaja st Samson b Mishra 30 Saurabh Tiwaryc Billings b Imran Tahir 21 Mahendra Singh Dhonic Billings b Imran Tahir 27 Thissara Perera not out 14 Extras: (LB-1, W-7, NB-3) 11Total: (for 3 wickets in 19.1 overs) 166 Fall of wickets: 1-59, 2-104, 3-146Bowling: Yadav 4-0-25-0, Brathwaite 2-0-17-0, Shami 3.1-0-50-0, Mishra4-0-28-1, Duminy 1-0-9-0, Tahir 4-0-26-2, Negi1-0-10-0. PTI SSC SSClast_img

India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma tries his hand at floss dance after Sydney masterclass

first_imgTeam India have not had an ideal start to the World Cup year as they faced a 34-run loss to Australia in their first ODI of the season and the three-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.However, it was business as usual for Rohit Sharma, who notched up his first century after the birth of his baby girl, Samaira. The India vice-captain was in fine form even as he kept losing partners during his 133-run knock that had six sixes and 10 boundaries.Rohit may be one of the best, if not the best modern-day batsman in limited-overs cricket but the 30-year-old is seemingly far from impressive when it comes to floss dance. Yes, you read that right.Rohit tried his hand at floss dance a day after his Sydney masterclass. In a video uploaded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) twitter page, the Mumbai Indians skipper can be seen learning floss dance from a young girl without much success.After seemingly trying to learn the moves, Rohit can be seen giving up on his effort midway. Kedar Jadhav, who missed the first ODI on Saturday, can be seen taking up the challenge after Rohit’s withdrawal.Watch: Rohit Sharma tries to learn floss danceHitman learning the floss dance be like #TeamIndia (@BCCI) January 13, 2019Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma defended under-fire wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni and said he believes the ideal position in the batting order for his former captain would be No. 4.advertisementDhoni, who walked in at No. 5 on Saturday after India were reeling at 4 for 3, took his time to settle into the innings. With a 96-ball 51, Dhoni stitched a 137-run stand for the fourth-wicket with Rohit but the veteran faced criticism for his slow knock.”Personally, I always feel that Dhoni batting at number four will be ideal for the team but we have got Ambati Rayudu who has done really well now at number four. It totally depends on what the captain and coach think about it. Personally asking, I would be happy if Dhoni bats at four,” Rohit said on Saturday.”If you look at his [Dhoni’s] overall batting, his strike rate is around 90. Today was a different scenario, when he came out to bat we had already lost three wickets and Australia were bowling pretty well. You just cannot go out and get 100-run partnership easily. So we took a little bit of time and even I did not score as quickly as I normally do,” he added.”It is pretty simple with him and he does not complicate things. We spoke about building a partnership because it was crucial at that point.”It was great to see him come and bat at number five. We lost three wickets but he is keen to get those runs as well. Over the years, he has shown he is ready to bat anywhere for the team and score runs.”Also Read | Did MS Dhoni’s slow half-century cost India the Sydney ODI vs Australia?Also Read | Not pleased with the way we played in Sydney, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Will treasure Virat Kohli’s wicket for a while, says Jhye RichardsonAlso See:last_img read more

TFC confident after stifling Crew attack

first_imgMLS No away goal, but Toronto FC confident after stifling Crew attack in stalemate Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 13:29 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Michael Bradley MLS Toronto FC 11222017 Trevor Ruszkowski MLS Toronto Columbus Crew v Toronto Columbus Crew Playing without Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco, the away side succeeded in keeping its East final first leg with Columbus a scoreless grind What do you do when you have to play the first match of a two-leg series on the road and without your two best attacking stars? If you’re Toronto FC, you focus on defense, organization and discipline, keeping things tight so you can return to BMO Field, where you have been the best home team in the league.If that was indeed Greg Vanney’s plan, and his team carried it out perfectly, limiting the normally dangerous Columbus Crew attack in a 0-0 draw on a day with few quality chances for either team. Alex Bono’s late save to deny Harrison Afful thwarted the Crew’s best chance, and now Columbus must go to Canada in search of a result against a team that has been extremely tough at home in 2017.”Zero-zero is not a perfect result, we’d like to get a road goal, but at the end of the day we have to go back to Toronto and win a game,” TFC coach Greg Vanney said after Tuesday’s Eastern Conference final first leg. “We will be home, in front of our fans and in our stadium, and we’ll play to win the game.” 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 The tactical chess match between Vanney and Crew manager Gregg Berhalter saw Vanney pull a bit of a surprise by deploying a 4-1-4-1 rather than the usual five-man defense we have grown accustomed to seeing from TFC, and the change left the Crew struggling to get ahold of the game in midfield. A tactical adjustment at halftime saw the Crew find more opportunities, but TFC still managed to stay organized defensively, keeping the Crew from finding many dangerous chances.The Crew weren’t able to deliver a home win for a raucous crowd at Mapfre Stadium, but for Berhalter, the result wasn’t exactly a negative.”There were a couple of acceptable results that we could live with, and this was one of them,” Berhalter said. “Zero-zero was one of the results we would take.”With Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore in street clothes Tuesday night, it was up to others to step up for TFC — and Bono and Michael Bradley were at the front of the line. Bono made three saves, none bigger than his stop on Afful after a bad Drew Moor clearance teed up the Crew fullback with a shot from close range. As he had done in the Red Bulls series, Bono showed he could make the big late save yet again, helping to preserve the shutout.Alex Bono, Toronto FC, MLSMichael Bradley Columbus Toronto MLS playoffsBradley was outstanding in midfield for TFC, even as boos serenaded every one of his touches. It had to be a strange feeling for Bradley, who had played so many big matches with the U.S. national team in Columbus before, including his two-goal effort in a World Cup qualifying win against Mexico in 2009. He was cheered loudly on that day, but the lingering anger over missing out on the 2018 World Cup had Crew fans spewing venom at Bradley on Tuesday night.It clearly had no effect on him, as he finished the night with the most completed passes (78) of any player, along with a whopping 17 recoveries.”I thought he did a great job,” Vanney said of Bradley. “I think our setup was good. I think it made sense for the day, given the guys we had, and I thought he did a good job of manipulating our guys defensively, and also just controlling the pace for us with the ball, which is what we wanted. We wanted to come in here and be able to have our fair share of possession over the course of the day.”The Crew needed some big performances but failed to garner any of note. Federico Higuain was kept quiet on the night, in large part because of Bradley’s efforts, and Ola Kamara was rendered invisible. Without those two offering much, the Crew were left scrounging for chances in a way we hadn’t seen before during these playoffs, though some better play in the final minutes left Berhalter encouraged about the team’s chances heading into the second leg.”The way I saw the game was we kept pushing. We didn’t give up. We kept trying to create goal-scoring opportunities,” Berhalter said. “In fact, the last 10 minutes we probably had our best chances of the match.”Ola Kamara MLS Columbus Crew 11212017It could be argued that Brazilian midfielder Artur had the best performance for the Crew on Tuesday, but he will now miss the second leg after drawing a yellow card The Crew can take heart in having not surrendered an away goal, meaning any score draw in the second leg sends them to the MLS Cup final. Berhalter could point his team to the Red Bulls’ second-leg win in Toronto in the conference semifinal for inspiration. Jesse Marsch’s men pushed TFC to the brink in what wound up being a very feisty affair.That series seemed to provide a blueprint for taking TFC out of its game, but the Crew are a very different team than the Red Bulls. It seems highly unlikely Columbus will try to turn the second leg into a dogfight. The more likely scenario will be the Crew throwing numbers at Toronto, because sitting back and defending just doesn’t suit Columbus.That much was made clear in the New York City FC series, when they looked thoroughly uncomfortable sitting on a big lead. They have the weapons to create chances against TFC, and as much as it could be a risk to go right at a team as dangerous as Toronto, it is the approach that gives the Crew their best chance of pulling off the upset.For Toronto, Tuesday’s result makes the second-leg task a clear one. A win at BMO Field means a return to the MLS Cup final, and a chance at redemption after last year’s loss in the title game. As disappointed as TFC may have been at not snagging an away goal Tuesday, the visitors still left Mapfre Stadium feeling good about their performance, and their chances heading into next week’s decisive match.”All in all, a good night,” Bradley said. “The mentality was excellent. I felt we handled things in a good way, and we get to go back to Toronto, in front of 30,000 people next week with the season on the line, knowing that a win gets us back in the final.”last_img read more

Henry and Vieira put aside friendship for first meeting as managers

first_imgThierry Henry European club football Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Nice Share via Email Topics Share on WhatsApp When Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira met in London over Christmas, using a short break in the Ligue 1 schedule to take coffee in the way they always have, both men knew they have to pick their moments carefully nowadays. One of modern football’s powerhouse friendships, an awesome concentration of sheer accomplishment, must be put on hold twice a year from now on and on Wednesday they will discover how that feels. The 108th Derby de la Côte d’Azur is a significant staging post in their careers and, while their bond is rooted in years of success on the pitch, a sense of mutual adversity colours their first encounter as managers of Monaco and Nice.“We’re both really excited about it,” Vieira said on Tuesday, capturing the sentiment of last month’s chit-chat. But he allowed himself a smile when the notion of feeling sympathy with Henry, whose Monaco side sit second from bottom, was offered. Vieira’s spell at Nice has begun in stately fashion but his feeling of serenity was interrupted last week when Jean-Pierre Rivère and Julien Fournier – the club’s president and general manager respectively, both credited with his appointment – announced their impending departures. The reason given was “divergences” with Nice’s Sino-American owners and, with the team looking to push on from eighth place, the timing could hardly have been worse. features Read morecenter_img Share on Messenger Things go from bad to worse for Thierry Henry at Monaco Patrick Vieira faces a crisis at Nice just three weeks into the Ligue 1 season Fàbregas will escape Vieira’s view again on Wednesday, but not for the reasons Henry would wish. This match had been scheduled for 7 December, only to be postponed because of the Gilets Jaunes protests that took place across France. Ligue 1 clubs are barred from fielding players who were not registered for the original game; Fàbregas will join fellow newcomers Naldo and Fodé Ballo-Touré in the stands and Henry, whose team are yet to win at home this season, will have to get a tune out of the players that have flailed so far.This part of the world has never seemed the most obvious school of hard knocks but the pair’s formative years, Henry at Monaco and Vieira to the west at Cannes, taught them well. The derby’s idyllic setting, the clubs separated by a 20km stretch of coastline that has seduced dreamers and romantics for centuries, belies the gravity of the task but both managers appreciated the joy of marvelling at life’s circularity.“For a little bit we’re not going to like each other, because we’re not supposed to like each other in that type of game,” Henry joked. “It’s strange because we’ve spent so much time together,” Vieira said. “We’ve always been really close to each other. It never crossed my mind that we’d both be coaching here and playing against each other so soon.”It is reality now and, the next time they sit down together in the city that became their adoptive home, that 20-year relationship will have long since entered uncharted territory neither could have imagined. Share on Facebook Ligue 1 Share on Pinterest Read more Monaco Vieira said the difficulties at both clubs made life “really quite interesting” for two such callow coaches. “All the big issues he can find at Monaco, or I can find here at Nice, make us grow and create experience that we will use for the future,” he said. “You have some up and downs, and it’s about how you learn from those situations and improve yourself. It’s a tough situation here for me, knowing in the last couple of days that the chairman and [general manager] will leave, because they were the ones that brought me here. But I’ve been in the game long enough to understand things can sometimes go in a different way to what you’ve planned.“I would say Thierry, on the other side, has had different issues. But I believe he will find a way to get the best from his players and be successful.”There was no avoiding the fact that he sounded worried. Nice are likely to appoint the Barnsley chief executive, Gauthier Ganaye, to a senior role and Vieira hopes the matter is clarified quickly enough to allow him leeway in the transfer market. That is something Henry, who has made scant difference to a team racked with injuries and feeling the bite of summer departures, has been granted recently. Monaco have fallen far since Leonardo Jardim, whom Henry replaced in October, led a buccaneering side to the Champions League semi-finals in 2017 but the cavalry are arriving.Cesc Fàbregas made an impressive debut in Sunday’s encouraging draw with Marseille, recovering from a slow start to pull the strings. Henry cooed over his new recruit on Monday, recalling the day a 16-year-old Fàbregas first trained against Vieira and Gilberto Silva at Arsenal. “They didn’t see the ball, and they didn’t see him either,” he said.last_img read more

Liverpool and Arsenal target Mahrez to cost £100m

first_imgTransfers Mahrez ‘will cost more than £100m’ in the summer, claims Leicester boss Puel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:27 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City Getty Transfers Leicester City Premier League Riyad Mahrez The Foxes’ manager has hinted at the steep price tag attached to his star midfielder as Arsenal and Liverpool appear interested in a move Leicester City manager Claude Puel believes star attacker Riyad Mahrez could “cost even more than £100 million” in the summer transfer window.Mahrez, 26, has been linked with a move away from the Premier League side, with Arsenal and Liverpool among those reportedly interested.The Algeria international has recaptured some of his best form this season, scoring seven times and assisting seven in 23 league games. 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 Puel believes Leicester will keep Mahrez through January despite the reported interest from rivals, and the price tag could be big if they sell him next summer.”Maybe in the summer he will cost even more than £100m,” Puel told reporters.  “It’s just rumours, noise about him. “We can see Riyad smile, enjoying his football, enjoying to play with his team-mates.“After the training session he continues to play, I wanted him to stay rested, but it’s perfect.”Riyad Mahrez, Leicester CityMahrez claimed the PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award in 2015-16, when he helped Leicester to a fairytale title success.Puel said the attacker was nearing his best once again and he expects it to continue.”The good ambition for him is to continue this hard work, to show his consistency game after game, until the end of the season,” he said.”He has come back at a good level: he is clinical, with assists, with goals, and it’s important he continues this work and shows people the player he is, without the ball [and] with it.”He is making progress. It’s a good thing of course, [if] he continues all season with us.”last_img read more

Logrolling Is the Historic Sport that Should Be Your New Fitness Obsession

first_img Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Editors’ Recommendations Looking for a new lifestyle sport that combines dexterity, cardio, and core strength with a totally authentic machismo factor?If so, time to pull out your granddad’s Stormy Kromer cap, find yourself a pair of spike-soled shoes, and get (re)acquainted with logrolling.Wikimedia/CommonsThe favorite sport of the American lumberjack, logrolling began not as entertainment, but as a necessity. During the timber boom of the late 1800s, rivers were the vehicle of choice for transporting logs to the sawmill. When logjams happened, as they frequently did, intrepid lumbermen were called upon to cross from bank to bank while stepping on the floating logs in order to keep them moving along. The skill, speed, and dexterity required for this feat eventually became its own industry competition, and in the summers, competing lumber companies began sponsoring logrolling contests around the Midwest.The skill, speed, and dexterity required for this feat eventually became its own industry competition.The sport was so popular that it outlived the lumber industry’s decline. Troupes of log rollers would tour the United States to exhibit their skill and challenge local upstarts. As time passed, the sport became more regulated, with specifications for log size, material, and manufacture.By the 1980s, though, the sport had more or less faded from view. Part of that was due to the limitations of the sporting equipment — finding or transporting a regulation log outside the Midwest proved a pretty big barrier to entry. However, the sport has seen a resurgence in recent years. Today, the United States Log Rolling Association (USLRA) holds over 20 sanctioned tournaments, colloquially known as “roleos.”Part of this new popularity is undoubtedly due to a favorable shift in the zeitgeist. As one longtime “birler” (i.e., log roller) told NPR, “logrolling is rooted culturally in flannel, Red Wing boots, and burly beards.” But it can’t be denied that another major factor is the development of logrolling equipment that translates (and travels) with greater ease amongst cultures and locations.While actual wooden logrolling logs are still made to order and supplied by Salzman Custom Sawing and Slabbing in Menomenie, Wisconsin, a Minnesota-based company called Key Log Rolling has made it super easy for anybody, anywhere, to pick up this time-honored sport.Key Log Rolling started with a couple of crazy kids named Judy and Jay who met in Hayward, Wisconsin, where logrolling is chief among the attractions at the annual Lumberjack World Championships. The year was 1972 and the two fell in love with each other over a lathe-turned 500-pound cedar log in Lake Hayward.A few and kids later, Judy convinced her local YMCA to let her put a log in their pool and began teaching lessons. The Y, however, balked at the use of spiked shoes, a necessity for serious contenders to achieve traction. Some time later, word came from across the ocean that Europeans were interested in a logrolling program of their own. However, nowhere in Europe could they find the right species of wood.Practiced solo, logrolling is an exercise in zen. Competing with someone else turns it into a ferocious contest of will, skill, and primal instincts.Each of these obstacles proved seminal in the development of the Key Log, a 65-pound synthetic log that you fill with water at your destination. With its patent-pending baffled system, the Key Log floats, spins, and reacts just like a traditional cedar wood log. Noobs are well advised to use a Key Log fitted with Trainers, a patented device that slows and stabilizes the Key Log by providing resistance to its spinning speed. Like gutters on a bowling alley or blocks in a yoga class, it’s easy to turn up your nose at this beginner’s aid until you get knocked on your ass. Seriously, start small and you’ll get good a lot faster. The company promises that what used to take months to master now can be learned in a few hours.Practiced solo, logrolling is an exercise in zen. Competing with someone else turns it into a ferocious contest of will, skill, and primal instincts. Whether you get into it as a fitness tool or a fun summer activity, expect the learning curve to be steep. According to Key Log Rolling CEO Abby Hoeschler, a respectable first attempt lasts about 10 to 15 seconds. “You step on the log, and if you make one wrong move, you’ve lost. It requires a serious amount of focus and concentration.”US Log Rolling AssociationA practiced logrolling motion is a lot like climbing, which makes sense — you’re constantly trying to get to the “top” (i.e., the non-submerged side) of a rapidly rolling log. But it’s also like sprinting, and a little bit like capoeira or another martial art. Between the squatting position, the intensely engaged core, and the lightning-fast footwork, it’s no mystery why champion log rollers like J.R. Salzman and Darren Hudson sport shredded abs, ropy forearms, and quads the size of watermelons. Despite its physical demands, however, logrolling is a fairly forgiving and low-impact sport — the hardest bruise will be to your ego after hitting the water 20 or 50 times before you achieve your first few seconds of success.Over time, you’ll learn to initiate rolling motion on your own by “cuffing” the log, surprise your opponent with a sudden “snub” (reversal of rotation), and experience the thrill of mastery by “wetting” them (knocking them into the water) while you stand dry and triumphant.According to 10-time Log Rolling World Champion Jamie Fischer, the learning curve is steep, but worth it, as much for the community you build as the muscle tone. “It is a great form of exercise when you get the hang of it, and at the end of the day the camaraderie you build, and the people you meet are a lot of fun to hang out with,” he says.Ready to fall into logrolling? Key Log holds invitational competitions at the brand’s Lake Minnetonka basecamp every summer. Registration deadline for 2018 is September 7 at 11 a.m. EST. How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know How to Use a Vibrating Foam Roller Like Tom Brady Rabbit Hole Rebrands and Launches New Whiskey last_img read more

Bihar Assembly monsoon session begins amid uproar over AES

first_imgPatna: Bihar Assembly’s monsoon session began on Friday with the Opposition protesting outside the Vidhan Sabha over the death of more than 175 children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the state and demanded the resignation of state Health Minister Mangal Pandey. The Opposition MLAs also protested against the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. MLAs from the Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) gathered outside the Vidhan Sabha since morning holding huge posters and placards. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) legislator Bhai Virendra demanded Pandey’s resignation saying he was insensitive to the criticality of the situation. CPI-ML protesters said the Health Minister was more keen to find out the cricket score of the India-Pakistan match than acting to prevent the spread of AES.last_img read more

Ariana Grande Visits Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital

first_imgAriana Grande visited children at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Friday, ahead of her benefit concert in the city.Ariana Grande Visits Royal Manchester Children’s HospitalCredit/Copyright: FacebookMany of the children she visited were victims of the terrorist attack that followed her Manchester concert on May 22, in which 22 people were killed and 59 injured.More than 10,000 tickets for Sunday’s concert were set aside for fans who were at Grande’s concert in Manchester. All proceeds from the event will go to the families of those who died.last_img

Goodbye Ms Fernie

first_imgAdvertisement t’s the closing weekend of Hot Docs and a roomful of documentarians are awaiting the announcement of festival prizes. There’s a buzz about Steve James being in the crowd to receive his lifetime achievement award. But it’s Lynne Fernie who receives the only standing ovation of the night. The much-loved Canadian Spectrum film programmer announced this spring she’s stepping back from Hot Docs after 14 years.“It breaks our hearts that you’re leaving us, Lynne,” said festival executive director Brett Hendrie from the stage of the Isabel Bader theatre. “When I started working at Hot Docs the festival had just graduated from cafes and church basements to a dozen cinemas across Toronto. This festival wouldn’t be what it is now without you here.”During her time at Hot Docs, Fernie watched nearly 6,000 documentaries (programming about 600), introduced and wrote about her film choices and welcomed hundreds of filmmakers to the festival each year. “Her passion is as deep as her knowledge, and her championing of Canadian documentaries and the people who make them has never wavered,” says lead programmer Shane Smith. “She fights for filmmakers, advocates for their films and tirelessly works to ensure they have the best possible experience at Hot Docs. And she can drink me, an Australian, under the table.” Login/Register With: She is also exceptionally humble and graceful.“I wanted to leave the festival but you Canadians kept sending films so I couldn’t bear to leave,” says Fernie holding a bouquet of flowers from the stage. “Whether we were able to choose it, whether we agonized or recommended it to other programmers, it was a pleasure to be in the theatre celebrating with you.”The agonizing was one of the most difficult parts of the gig. “When you phone filmmakers up and invite their films, those 40 or 50 films, you’re really beloved by people. And then when the letters of regret go out you’re hated by 350 people,” says Fernie, who once turned down her best friend’s film.Fernie dreams about the films she watches for months afterwards, creating a sort of “post-traumatic stress by proxy,” she says. “My banker says I’m afraid to invest because I’ve seen too many dystopic economic films where everything comes crashing down.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Photo courtesy Lynn Fernie Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Yukon women hope for justice at RCMP hearing

first_imgAPTN National NewsSeveral Yukon women’s groups are in the town of Watson Lake this week to witness the code of conduct hearing of two RCMP officers who were acquitted of sexual assault by territorial court in 2010.As APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean explains, those women want to see officers held accountable.last_img

Convicted chief and council member win reelection

first_imgAPTN National NewsA convicted chief and council member have won their bids to remain in office on a central Saskatchewan First Nation.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf has an update on this story.last_img

GuineaBissau must build on recent gains to advance peace – UN envoy

3 November 2011While Guinea-Bissau has made important progress recently, including in police reform, it is vital that it press ahead with other challenges such as the launch of a pension fund for ex-military and security personnel and improving the judicial sector, a senior United Nations official said today. “The national authorities, with the assistance of the international community, have continued to steer the country in the right direction and have consolidated important recent gains, resulting in a better political and security environment,” Joseph Mutaboba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Guinea-Bissau, told the Security Council.“There is, nevertheless, the need to continue to build upon these gains, as we gradually approach critical phases of the reforms process that require strong international support, and as the country embarks on a sensitive electoral process in 2012,” he added. Mr. Mutaboba heads the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), which is supporting the country’s efforts in advancing peace, stability and development. In the years that followed the 1998-1999 civil war, Guinea-Bissau has been plagued by coups, coup attempts and, in 2009, the assassination of then president João Bernardo Vieira.In his latest report on the activities of UNIOGBIS, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes that only by working together will the people of Guinea-Bissau attain long-term stability, which is indispensable for sustainable development and the urgent improvement of living conditions for the population.As national authorities strive to stay the course on their “courageous” reforms, Mr. Ban calls on Guinea-Bissau’s regional and international partners to continue to be supportive by providing the necessary financial and material resources.This is especially true regarding the pension fund scheme designed to ensure a fair pension to all those who should leave active duty in the military and security forces due to age, seniority or disability. “It is essential to guarantee the financial resources necessary to launch the pension fund without further delay, so as to allow for the expeditious rejuvenation of the military leadership and enhancement of civilian oversight over the armed forces,” Mr. Mutaboba said, as he presented the Secretary-General’s report. He added that its quick operationalization will have an impact not only on efforts to advance security sector reform, but also on collective stabilization efforts, especially as the country is preparing for legislative elections next year. Maria Helena Nosoline Embalo, Minister of Economy, Plan and Regional Integration of Guinea-Bissau, told the Council that the launch of the fund will allow her country “to face many of the challenges that we have been confronted with,” such as the gradual renewing of the military command and improving training for new recruits. Mr. Mutaboba also reported that reform of the policing services has seen substantial progress. “As a result of a thorough screening of police officers through the first phase of the vetting and certification process completed with the support of UNIOGBIS, the reformed police services will be free of personnel known to have demonstrated behaviour unfit for a police officer.” He echoed Mr. Ban’s concerns regarding the development of the justice sector, and the fact that the investigations into the 2009 political assassinations remain to be concluded. Drug trafficking and organized crime remain a constant threat to the fragile stability that Guinea-Bissau has enjoyed over the past 18 months, and bears the potential to compromise major reforms, including security sector reform, said the Special Representative.“Increased international assistance and partners’ commitment remain imperative if we wish to see improved results in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime in the country,” he noted. Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil, who chairs the Guinea-Bissau configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, said that she witnessed the progress, both in terms of stability and economic growth, that the country has made during her visit in early September. At the same time, she said that the full implementation of security sector reform continues to be one of the highest priorities, as is the steady support of the international community, particularly through technical expertise and financial resources, to make the pension fund operational. “The international community should rise to the challenge of supporting the maintenance of political stability and economic progress that the country has experienced in the past few years,” she stated. read more

Hudsons Bay Co shares soar as activist urges it retailer to cash

Land & Buildings says HBC’s management has many options, including going private or redeveloping its properties in Canada, Europe and the United States. But it urges HBC to abandon attempts to buy additional retail brands, such as Neiman Marcus or Macy’s.“Hudson’s Bay is a real estate company, full stop. If there is a smarter and better use of any or all of the locations, stores should be closed and redeveloped and put towards their optimal use,” the letter says.Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Co. says it’s reviewing the letter and will respond later.Last week, at the company’s annual general meeting, HBC chairman Richard Baker said that the company “will continue to strive to highlight the value” of its real estate assets, whether that be a sale or potentially engaging in a public listing.Baker cautioned, though, that a decision would only be made with the consideration of current market conditions.Land & Buildings Investment Management — which now owns about 4.3 per cent of Hudson’s Bay equity — says in its letter to HBC’s board that the “jury is still out” on Baker, given that the company’s shares peaked two years ago at $28.80.At the time, HBC was in the midst of forging major real estate joint ventures with Toronto-based RioCan and Simon Properties of Indianapolis. It had also announced plans to acquire German department store chain Galerie Kaufhof. TORONTO — Shares in Hudson’s Bay Co. soared more than 13 per cent Monday amid news that it’s facing investor pressure to unlock value from its real estate assets, even if that means closing its “crown jewel” locations.Land & Buildings Investment Management of Stamford, Conn., said in a public letter that HBC’s Saks Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan, New York, is worth more than the company as a whole at current stock prices.It estimates that the Saks flagship location would be worth $16 per share, after debt, compared with HBC’s recent stock price of $8.88 at the close of trading on Friday. The company has said in the past that the building is worth US$3.7 billion.The Toronto-based company’s shares gained $1.21 to $10.09 on the Toronto Stock Exchange by mid-Monday.Bloomberg read more

Health fair and flu shot clinic returns Nov 4

Flu shots, therapy dogs, interactive displays about healthy lifestyles.The health conscious and the curious can get their fix on Nov. 4 at the health fair and flu shot clinic hosted by Student Health Services in the Ian Beddis Gym.The flu shot clinic will be administered by Niagara Region Public Health from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those interested in getting vaccinated can book an appointment online. Otherwise, shots are given on a first come, first served basis.The health fair, which runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature 80 interactive displays with medical staff from Student Health Services on hand to answer questions. Other health groups and organizations will also be available to help students learn everything they need to know about physical, mental, social, spiritual, financial and environmental health.The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs of Brock Puppy Room fame during exams will also be at the fair.Visit the health fair online to learn more. read more

Anthrax attacks on US redefine UNhosted talks on bioweapons treaty Chairman

All of the approximately 60 countries which addressed the general debate shared the view that the 11 September events and subsequent biological attacks had redefined the issue, Ambassador Tibor Toth of Hungary, President of the Fifth Review Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction, told reporters in Geneva on Thursday. The US, Ambassador Toth noted, was struggling to respond to anthrax attacks on its territory. If such a developed country, which had vast supplies of medicine, was having difficulty, one could only feel concern for the rest of the world. One possible way of addressing this concern under the Convention would be to establish international response teams on a standby basis that could be dispatched within 24 hours of an attack to help with the response. While every country could not have medicines and vaccines on hand to cope, working together, an international capability might be possible for the two to three dozen diseases that might be used in biological warfare. Mr. Toth said the US had rejected a resumption of negotiations on a protocol to strengthen the treaty, suggesting instead a series of alternative measures to enhance the Convention’s implementation. Asked to contrast US proposals with those in the draft protocol, the President said Washington’s suggestions went “farther and deeper.” Among other characteristics, they dealt more specifically with safety measures and more completely with rapid response. Asked if he thought a change in Washington’s attitude, based on the 11 September terrorist acts and subsequent anthrax attacks, would be necessary for the Convention to move forward, Mr. Toth said he thought everyone was still too close to those events to determine their lasting impact. He noted, however, that during the Persian Gulf War, the discovery of Iraqi depositories of chemical weapons had energized States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention to act more substantively. Most States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention, he added, were aware that there was a strong outside expectation that progress would be made at the Review Conference. read more

G8 discussion of New Partnership for African Development is crucial Annan says

“What is important is that the African leaders have come together determined to improve the economic and social conditions of the continent and are determined to improve governance, the rule of law, regulatory systems, and in exchange are asking the developed nations to work with them not only in increased development assistance and debt relief but also to encourage investments,” Mr. Annan told reporters on arrival at UN Headquarters in New York this morning. “I would hope that this partnership will lead to a changed economic environment on the continent.” At the same time, the Secretary-General, who will attend the Summit when it meets on 26 and 27 June in Kananaskis, Canada, underscored the need for G-8 leaders to back efforts to resolve the conflicts in Africa. “I think it’s a prerequisite for African economic development,” he said. “No one invests in a bad neighbourhood, and the conflicts really create the impression that Africa is a continent in crisis, so we need work very actively and collectively in resolving conflicts like the ones in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola, and I’m hoping that we will get the support of the G-8 in that area.” Asked about what the meeting could hope to produce, he said, “We are not going to go there looking for magic success… one should not have unrealistic expectations.” Over time, he added, “NEPAD has a great potential if partners work in the spirit they have been discussing.” read more

Annan calls for concrete practical steps to resolve crisis in Middle East

Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Annan said Monday’s meeting would be preliminary because there is no Security Council mandate yet for such a force and Member States will not commit troops until they know the scope of that mandate.But the Secretary-General said it was time for the international community “to really be action-oriented” to solve the crisis in the Middle East, where hundreds of Lebanese and Israeli civilians have been killed in the past fortnight, and hundreds of thousands of Lebanese have been displaced from their homes. “We’ve gone beyond statements and exhortations,” he said. “We’re looking for concrete, practical steps to take action.”Mr. Annan, who attended a Security Council briefing yesterday by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland on the situation in Lebanon, northern Israel and the Gaza Strip, said Council members shared his concern that urgent steps are required.He said that any measures devised by the international community must, above all, emphasize Lebanese sovereignty so that the country’s people can “take charge of their territory and their destiny.”The Lebanese “need to find a way of disarming Hezbollah and creating a situation where there will be one authority and one gun, and extend the authority through the territory. And this is where the international community needs to work with them and give them the support, the space, by deploying the stabilization force.”But he added that other countries in the region, such as Syria, should be brought into discussions about tackling the crisis.“If we’re going to be able to resolve this issue, not only do we need to work with the Government of Lebanon, but we should encourage those who have influence to bring that influence to bear… That should not diminish from the authority of the Lebanese Government.”In regard to the Israeli attack that killed four UN military observers on Tuesday, Mr. Annan said that whether or not the Israelis agree to a joint investigation into the incident, the UN would conduct its own probe. “In any event, it is important that a thorough investigation be conducted and the reports be made public,” he said. read more

Ban urges global community to never forget Nigerian girls on anniversary of

“While some of the girls were fortunate to have escaped, the fate of many still remains unknown,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson. Some 276 girls were abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, located in Nigeria’s restive north-eastern Borno state, in April 2014, as the militant group ramped up brutal attacks targeting the African country’s children. Since then, Mr. Ban said, hundreds of thousands of children had been displaced from their homes and deprived of their rights to live and grow up in safety, dignity and peace. The Secretary-General also voiced deep concern at the group’s “repeated and cowardly” attacks targeting schools. According to a report released yesterday by the UN Children Fund (UNICEF), Missing Childhoods, more than 300 schools were damaged or destroyed and at least 196 teachers and 314 schoolchildren killed by the end of 2014 as a result of the conflict in northeast Nigeria between Boko Haram, military forces and civilian self-defence groups.“Going to school should not have to be an act of bravery,” the Secretary-General’s statement continued. “The children of north-eastern Nigeria and neighbouring countries must be allowed to live in peace and enjoy their right to a safe education.”As the Government of Nigeria and regional powers ramp up their legitimate offensive against Boko Haram, Mr. Ban reminded all those involved that their response to the extremist group’s attacks “must be fully consistent with international law and not create additional risks for the protection of children.” “On this day, I reaffirm my support to the governments and peoples of the region in the fight against Boko Haram,” the statement concluded. “I stand in solidarity with the families of all abductees, especially children, their communities and society at large.” read more