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Climate Scientist Mann Faces Obstacles to Winning Libel Lawsuit, Legal Experts Say

first_imgPublic figure? Michael Mann must prove he isn’t a public figure, among other challenges, if he is to win in a new libel case. Wikimedia/Pennsylvania State University Climate scientist Michael Mann is hoping for yet another court victory in his battle with climate skeptics. Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania State University researcher filed a libel lawsuit in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia against two conservative commentators and their respective publications over their attacks on his research. Legal experts say he stands a shot at getting at least part of his libel case heard by a judge and jury, but he is likely to face an uphill battle if the case ever makes it to trial. Mann’s suit targets blog posts in July from Mark Steyn of the National Review, a self-described conservative magazine, and Rand Simberg of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a free-market think tank that has questioned humans’ role in climate change. Simberg wrote that Mann “could be said to be the Jerry Sandusky of climate science,” referring to the former Penn State assistant football coach who was convicted of child sexual abuse. Steyn called Mann “the man behind the fraudulent climate-change ‘hockey-stick’ graph”—the moniker for the graph that shows a spike in average global temperatures in the past 1000 years. In his complaint, Mann claims that the statements harmed his personal and professional reputation. “Recognizing that they cannot contest the science behind Dr. Mann’s work, the defendants, contrary to known and clear fact, and intending to impose vicious injury, have nevertheless maliciously accused him of academic fraud, the most fundamental defamation that can be levied against a scientist and a professor,” the complaint says. “Unsatisfied with their lacerations of his professional reputation, defendants have also maliciously attacked Dr. Mann’s personal reputation with the knowingly false comparison to a child molester.” 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(*) Mann has also claimed, most recently in a statement on his Facebook page, that the defendants made the libelous statements “[d]espite their knowledge of the results of” investigations that have cleared him of academic fraud. Those probes were conducted by bodies such as the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.K. secretary of state for climate and energy, and Penn State. In a letter to defendants in August, Mann threatened to sue if they didn’t retract the blog posts. CEI has removed the Sandusky comparison from Simberg’s post, calling it “inappropriate.” But the National Review has maintained Steyn’s post, which excerpts some of Simberg’s blog post, including the statements mentioning Sandusky. Steyn does distance himself from that comparison, writing: “Not sure I’d have extended that metaphor all the way into the locker-room showers.” The battle over the blog posts has attracted widespread attention, with Columbia Journalism Review writer Curtis Brainard calling Simberg and Steyn’s claims “deplorable, if not unlawful.” But a number of legal experts say Mann’s suit faces some obstacles. “Libel lawsuits are not about whether journalism or commentary is misleading or irresponsible,” says Peter Canfield, a partner at the Atlanta office of national law firm Dow Lohnes, who has counseled newspapers and other media outlets. “What the lawsuit is about is whether it contains false statements of facts that the authors knew to be false or seriously doubted to be true. That is a very high burden for a plaintiff to bear, particularly with respect to an issue such as this one that is such a hot topic of public debate.” It’s unclear whether Mann’s case will go to trial. Robert Drechsel, a journalism professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who focuses on media law, notes that most libel suits never make it to trial, either because the courts dismiss them or the parties settle. If these parties don’t settle, then the court must decide whether to hear all or parts of the case. Mann’s complaint about the Sandusky comparison stands little chance of making it in to court, says David Anderson, a professor of media law at the University of Texas, Austin. “The question in these cases of metaphor is whether a reasonable reader could understand it in a literal sense, and I don’t believe they could,” he says. In other words, readers are unlikely to believe that Mann is a convicted child abuser. The claim involving academic fraud has a better shot at making it into court, other lawyers say, because Mann could argue that a reader could interpret “fraudulent” and similar terms to imply that he had broken the law, and not just as a strongly worded opinion. Mann’s court filing makes that very argument, saying the claims of academic fraud “falsely impute to Dr. Mann academic corruption, fraud, and deceit.” But National Review Editor Rich Lowry has taken the opposite view, writing on the publication’s Web site in August that the use of the word “fraud” in this case “doesn’t mean … criminal fraud. It means intellectually bogus and wrong.” Mann faces a second barrier because a court is likely to determine that he is a “public figure” and not a private citizen, some experts say. It is more difficult for public figures to win libel suits because courts have ruled that they have to show that defendants acted with “actual malice”—publishing information that they know is false or with “reckless disregard” for whether it’s true or false. Overcoming that second barrier will be especially difficult, the experts say, unless Mann can point to evidence, such as correspondence or statements, that shows that the writers or their publications acted with actual malice. Barring the appearance of such evidence, Mann is “going to have to get inside [the defendants’] minds, basically, inside their heads, to make this determination,” Drechsel says. “He’s going to have to do that in very convincing fashion.” Mann’s complaint argues that the defendants acted with actual malice because they allegedly read and rejected the investigations that cleared him of wrongdoing. Simberg and Steyn have questioned the investigators’ independence and findings, with Steyn calling the Penn State investigation a “joke” in his blog. But it’s unclear whether Steyn and Simberg and their publications had to accept the investigations as true, Anderson says: “I think that’s a remaining question to be decided.” So far, there is no schedule for resolving the legal conflict. This isn’t Mann’s first brush with the courts. Earlier this year, he prevailed in several lawsuits in Virginia that sought to force the release of e-mails and correspondence that he wrote while on the faculty of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.last_img read more

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WTA title is as big as winning grand slam: Sania Mirza

first_imgSania wished Cara Black for the new phase in life and said she looks forward to her new partner Su Wei.Tennis sensation Sania Mirza along with her partner Cara Black won the doubles title at the WTA Finals in Singapore on Sunday.  The pair cruised to the doubles title with an authoritative 6-1, 6-0 win over defending champions Peng Shuai and Hsieh Su-Wei on Sunday.World Champion in women’s doubles, Sania Mirza spoke to Shivani Gupta about being the world champion, her doubles partner Cara Black  and her singles career. See video Q: How does it feel to come back with a title that gives you the bragging rights of calling yourself a world champion?A: It feels really good to come back to so much love and affection. Most definitely to finish off the year that has been truly incredible for me personally. To finish it off with this championship is cherry on the cake.Q: Would you say this is your biggest win ever?A: It’s definitely up there. I rate it as big as a slam or a gold medal, and I have won all of them this year it is definitely up there.Q: This has been a golden year for you with a slam, an Asian games gold medal and now the WTA finals title to your name. This is perhaps the best phase you have had in your career?A: Definitely one of the best phases, I have had a long career and many good moments. When you start a year you set some goals, one is to win a grand slam, which I won, win a gold if there are games, which I did and one was to win the championships, which I did as well, so yes one of my best years.advertisementQ: Isn’t it ironic there was a question mark on both the Asian games and the WTA finals – whether you will go to the games and whether that will jeopardise the championships – in the end, you have created history in both? A: It comes down to your intention being right, then everything pans out in the end. I am happy I took that decision and won two medals for the country. Q: The final against world’s number one team and winning it 6-1, 6-0 has to be the icing on the cake, isnt it?A:  We had a couple of tough matches. We did not want to be down another match point. The stress was just killing us. But when we went into the final, we were over that stress.  We played freely and played probably one of our best matches of the year. Q: In your last match in this successful partnership, you won a big title. Does it leave you thinking what if you could continue together? A:  Definitely but as athletes we need to improvise and accept certain decisions. Life is not perfect, you have to keep changing and getting used to it. I respect Cara’s decision and wish her all the best for her new phase in life. I am looking forward to my partnership with Su Wei. Q: 2013 was a landmark year for you with a record 5 WTA titles, then in 2014 you broke into the top-5 in the world, what has been the best of the lot if you had to pick? A: Winning the WTA title is extraordinary, but so is winning a slam and a gold. And those 5 titles last year. It’s tough to pick. Fortunately I can say it’s tough to pick my best moment.Q: You mentioned right after your win that staying injury free is one of the main reasons behind two successful years. These are the years where you decided not to play singles and totally concentrate on doubles. Do you think that decision is vindicated with these results? A: Physically it helped me not get injured, and be consistent. That is how sports works. I haven’t had a surgery in a long time while I had three in seven years earlier. When I look at the results, I know it’s the right decision. Q: And yet there are people who feel that you should give singles another shot? A: It’s easier said than done. It’s easy to sit and say someone should give it a try. But when you go through three surgeries, when your body screams every morning, that is only when you can decide what you should do. Q: How do you plan to keep this momentum going despite the partnership coming to an end? A:  It’s good the partnership ended at the end of the year, so we can take a break and start and build a new partnership. Su Wei is a great tennis player, I have known her a long time. She plays very similar to Cara.  Hopefully we will click and if we don’t immediately, we will work on it. Every partnership needs work. I and Cara started off really well, in the middle we had a lull, and then we ended with a bang. You have to keep believing in your partnership. Q: What is the plan now for both women’s and mixed doubles – with partners Hseih and Bruno? A: With Bruno we won the first tournament together, so we will definitely give ourselves some more time, a few slams together. With Su Wei, I am committed for the year, unless something goes wrong drastically, we will play the year together. Q: How do you plan to enjoy your break now? A:  I am looking forward to watching Farah Khan’s new movie Happy New Year, which I promised her that I will watch as soon as I am back. Looking forward to not doing anything for a  few days and then IPTL in a month’s time. Q: How excited are you about the IPTL? You are in the same team as Roger Federer and Pete Sampras.  A: Yes looking forward. I think it will do a world of good for tennis in this part of the world. I am super excited to be in the same team as Roger and hopefully get to play with him. Q: You spend a lot of time away from husband Shoaib? Looking forward to spending some time with him? A: Most definitely, finally I have some time off, I can see him and not stress about winning a tennis match the next morning. Q: The Telangana controversy recently was extremely emotionally draining for you. How did you keep your focus because your results didn’t dip at all? A: Fortunately for me when I step onto the court, I only see the tennis ball and the opponent and the net. I can separate the two well. Yes it was emotionally very draining, I was hurt with the things that were said. But it’s all in the past.  have said it before, and I say it again, I wish them all the best in life. I am happy that I am doing this for my country and it gives me great pleasure. Q: Do you think your results are a perfect answer to your critics who have often tried to write you off? A: I don’t look at it like that. I have had a 10-year long career and they have been writing me of for 10 years, and here I am. I am still sitting in front of you after winning the world championships. I don’t really need to say anything anymore. My job is to play tennis as best as I can and try and win.advertisementadvertisementQ: You mentioned the country and media has stood for you. How happy are you with the response you have received and the support you have got? A:  I am very happy, on or off the court, especially the last two years the country came out in full support. Especially when the last thing happened, the controversy few months ago. I said it then, thankfully logic prevailed, media stood up for the right. Even today the response and appreciation you get inspires you to keep doing more. Q: So what’s the motivation for 2015? Your targets? You are currently world number 2 two in doubles. The no. 1 spot next? A:  Just keen to have some time off. Won a gold and a slam, hopefully win another and get to number one.last_img read more

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Mike Phelan to play a significant role in Manchester United’s rebuild

first_imgAdvertisementMike Phelan is central to the plans as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to take Manchester United to the level they were at so many years. Solskjaer is on course to revamp the United squad this summer, and Phelan will play a huge role in the same.It is clear that United’s squad is not an optimal one, as numerous stars have affected the wage bill more than the league table. Solskjaer will plan to move away from such marquee signings and move closer to targetting the academy players. Phelan will stay beyond the summer to assist him in that, Manchester Evening News reported.United need replacements in defence and attack, and they have been linked with numerous names. Jadon Sancho is one key man, as the youngster has enjoyed his time in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund. The likes of Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez and West Ham’s Declan Rice are also linked, as Solskjaer will look to strengthen the midfield. Ander Herrera is the man to be replaced, as the Spaniard looks set to leave the club this summer.Players like Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian could leave, which could pave the way for arrivals. One thing is for sure, Phelan will be there to oversee the proceedings.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Iranian female soccer fan dies after setting herself on fire

first_imgFoot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant LATEST STORIES Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast It also comes as FIFA is working with Iranian authorities to overcome a ban on women entering stadiums for men’s games, a ban in place since the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. FIFA wants the issue resolved before Oct. 10 when Iran — the top-ranked team in Asia — hosts its first home World Cup qualifier against Cambodia.FIFA said Tuesday it was “aware of that tragedy and deeply regret it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotel“FIFA convey our condolences to the family and friends of Sahar and reiterate our calls on the Iranian authorities to ensure the freedom and safety of any women engaged in this legitimate fight to end the stadium ban for women in Iran,” FIFA said in a statement.Khodayari died on Monday at a Tehran hospital after suffering burns across 90% of her body. She had been on a respirator since dousing herself with gasoline in front of Tehran’s Ershad Courthouse on Sept. 2, according to the Iranian news website Rokna, which publishes in Iran with government permission. NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA FILE – In this Dec. 9, 2011 file photo, supporters of Iranian soccer team Esteghlal, hold flags of their favorite team, at the Azadi (Freedom) stadium, in Tehran, Iran. Sahar Khodayari, an Iranian female soccer fan died after setting herself on fire outside a court after learning she may have to serve a six-month sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium where women are banned, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. The 30-year-old was known as the “Blue Girl” on social media for the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An Iranian woman detained for dressing as a man to sneak into a soccer stadium to watch a match has died after setting herself on fire upon learning she could spend six months in prison, semi-official news outlets reported Tuesday.The self-immolation death of 29-year-old Sahar Khodayari has shocked Iranian officials and the public, becoming an immediate hashtag trend across social media in the Islamic Republic.ADVERTISEMENT News of her death ricocheted across Iran on Tuesday, with tributes hashtagged “BlueGirl.”Former Bayern Munich midfielder Ali Karimi — who played 127 matches for Iran and has been a vocal advocate of ending the ban on women — urged Iranians in a tweet to boycott soccer stadiums to protest Khodayari’s death.Iranian-Armenian soccer player Andranik “Ando” Teymourian, the first Christian to be the captain of Iran’s national squad and also an Esteghlal player, said in a tweet that one of Tehran’s major soccer stadiums should be named after Khodayari “in the future.”Female lawmaker Parvaneh Salahshouri called Khodayari “Iran’s Girl” and tweeted: “We are all responsible.”There was no report on Khodayari’s death from Iranian state media, nor its prominent semi-official news agencies. The conservative Shafaqna news agency acknowledged her death in a brief item Tuesday, noting that the case had drawn international attention and caused “counterrevolutionary media” to cry over the case.FIFA has been trying to push Iran to allow women in for matches. A partial exception came in November when hundreds of Iranian women, who were separated from male supporters, were allowed into the Azadi Stadium in Tehran to watch the Asian Champions League final.However, local matches have continued the restriction. Volleyball, another popular sport, similarly sees officials bar women from attending men’s games in the capital, Tehran, though women were allowed in some matches in other Iranian cities.Hard-liners and traditional Shiite clerics, citing their own interpretation of Islamic law, believe in segregating men and women at public events, as well as keeping women out of men’s sports.However, that has drawn criticism from human rights activists abroad, as well as at home.“The stadium ban is not written into law or regulation but is ruthlessly enforced by the country’s authorities,” wrote Mindy Worden, the director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch. She added that Khodayari’s suicide underscores “the need for Iran to end its ban on women attending sports matches — and the urgency for regulating bodies like FIFA to enforce its own human rights rules.”Amnesty International separately said that as far as it knows, “Iran is the only country in the world that stops and punishes women” seeking to enter soccer stadiums. Saudi Arabia, a longtime holdout, recently started allowing women to attend matches under a push from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.“What happened to Sahar Khodayari is heart-breaking and exposes the impact of the Iranian authorities’ appalling contempt for women’s rights in the country,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director.“Her only ‘crime’ was being a woman in a country where women face discrimination that is entrenched in law and plays out in the most horrific ways imaginable in every area of their lives, even sports,” Luther added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next She had just learned she could be tried by a Revolutionary Court in Iran and be put in prison for six months, her father told the website.Khodayari’s sister told Iran’s pro-reform Shahrvand newspaper that her sister suffered from bipolar disorder. Her father said she had stopped taking medication a year ago.Prominent lawmaker Ali Motahari, who is close to Iran’s relatively moderate President Hassan Rouhani, tweeted that Khodayari didn’t deserve prison time and offering her “some advice” would have been enough.In March, Khodayari tried to sneak into Tehran’s Azadi Stadium to watch her favorite team, Esteghlal, take on the United Arab Emirates team Al Ain. As in other matches, she disguised herself as a man by wearing a blue wig and a long overcoat, gaining the nickname the “Blue Girl.” However, police arrested her after an altercation and detained her.She spent three nights in jail before being released pending the court case. She reportedly returned to the court to retrieve her seized mobile phone and heard she could face prison time.ADVERTISEMENT View comments ‘Quicker’ Greg Slaughter impresses Tim Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Don’t Miss “Survival Tips for Nonprofit Communicators” with Kivi Leroux Miller

first_imgSince you’re reading my blog, you probably believe that we as nonprofit professionals need to know marketing – no matter how small, how underbudgeted, or how overworked we may be.We need more people like you.Why? Because we cannot afford not to do marketing. You cannot move people without it. As worthy as our causes may be, simply telling people that what we do matters is not an outreach strategy. We need people who understand this throughout all levels of organizations, from executive directors to communications departments to fundraising staff. Strong marketing and communications help us shift from a preaching to a persuasion perspective, making everything we do work better. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, my good friend and esteemed marketing guru Kivi Leroux Miller has written a book – The Nonprofit Marketing Guide – for nonprofits with small staff and meager resources, which describes most of us, and it shows us all how to do more with less. Through working smarter and communicating better, we can have great impact without deep pockets. You can read my interview with Kivi here.Kivi will be sharing her wisdom – and answering questions – on a Network for Good Nonprofit 911 webinar on June 29th. Tune in to hear her address:• Why it’s OK to roll your eyes when your board says they want to “get our name out there” – but just not in front of them. She’ll tell you what to say instead.• How to get people who think marketing is slimy/a waste of time/fluff to think you walk on water!• How to cut your communications to-do list in half in less than 10 minutes.• How to write yourself a permission slip to stop doing the stuff that’s driving you crazy.We’ll also be giving away copies of Kivi’s book to a few lucky call participants, so register now!last_img read more

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Fit in my 40s: ‘My DNA test results are in. How did I do?

first_imgFitness Share on LinkedIn I slid from self-congratulation to self-hate, believing I was so genetically superior that the past 43 years have been a giant waste of my Herculean bequest. All this time, sitting around with my thumb up my arse, when I could have been Ellen MacArthur or Nicola Adams. I could have been a contender.Then I spotted the mistake in my analysis: these traits are pretty common: 61% of people are GG, and we’re not all endurance athletes. We’re just a bit better at fat-burning. Following this realisation, triumph and disaster both receded: as a CT in the vitamin D-processing gene, I am less good than I could be, but so are 40% of us.After that, I concentrated on my rarer genes. Let’s be honest: none of us is all that interested in our genetic make-up. We’re only really interested in being better than other people or, if we’re worse, in knowing about it.In the metabolism gene, UCP2, I am a VV, a slow metabolism, which I share with only 17%. It is again associated with endurance athletes and, like a number of genetic patterns – such as the fat and carbohydrate processing gene – is useful if you’re lean but makes you worse off if you’re already fat. VVs’ levels of spontaneous physical activity are 20% higher than the other types, which just means fidgeting and being annoying to spend Saturday mornings with.My only stand-out result was the slowness of my caffeine metabolism, which I share with only 7%. I love caffeine, I have no desire to process it any faster. Once, in Starbucks, they mistook my name on the cup for my order, and gave me a 20-shot espresso. That was the best day of my life.Advice, based on my results: resistance training, and lots of it; recovery, and lots of it (three days a week – I have a slow-recovery gene); green, leafy vegetables, and lots of them. No shit, Sherlock. As if any fitness guru ever recommends anything else.This week I learnedThere’s a variant of FTO, the appetite gene, that leaves you biologically programmed to eat more. Being AA is the new “big-boned”. Genetics Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Biology Health & wellbeing Fit in my 40s Fit in my 40s: ‘A DNA test is like going to a fortune teller, with science’ Share on Twittercenter_img Since you’re here… Remember my DNA test a few weeks ago? I got my results back from FitnessGenes, and spent a couple of hours awed by my own capacities, before I realised how to interpret the information. Starting from the top: ACE is the endurance gene. You either have two copies of the long version, II; two copies of the short, DD; or one of each, ID. The long version is associated with endurance athletes, the short with being a power/strength athlete. I’m an II, so my endurance is epic.I have these endurance genes in spades – in ACTN3, the gene for speed, I’m an RR, which is associated, in women, with higher-than-average baseline strength, and in older women, with better response to resistance training. (The letters are just the names of alleles – genetic-sequencing variations.) With the fat-burning gene, PPARA, I’m a GG, which is another endurance athlete’s trait. Share on Pinterest Read more Share via Email Share on Facebook Topics features Reuse this content Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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Five-time All-Star Anthony Davis wants trade from struggling Pelicans

first_imgShare on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Davis is having the best season of his career, averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. He’ll almost certainly become a six-time All-Star later this week when the NBA announces the full rosters for this year’s game that will be played on 17 February in Charlotte.The league’s trade deadline is 7 February, and the 25-year-old is likely to have a host of suitors. One possible destination is LeBron James’s Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have been interested in Davis in the past and he shares an agent with James.Davis has played his entire career in New Orleans since being drafted as the No1 overall pick in 2012. In that time, the Pelicans have only made the playoffs twice, and have advanced past the first round once. This season they are 13th in the 15-team Western Conference and are on a three-game losing streak.Boston is another possible destination, since the Celtics are a contender and have more than enough assets to make a good deal for New Orleans. But the Celtics cannot trade for Davis under NBA rules until 1 July, unless they also trade away Kyrie Irving which is unlikely to happen. Irving is a factor because of what’s known as the Rose Rule, which says NBA teams cannot trade for more than one player who has signed an extension. The Celtics could sign Irving in July and then trade for Davis. But until then, unless they move Irving, Davis won’t be in Boston.Davis’s is the latest power move by a star player who wants to get traded, following a path now similar to Kawhi Leonard’s desire to be traded by San Antonio and Paul George’s decision to move on from Indiana. Telling the Pelicans that he won’t re-sign with them provides a blunt message: Move me, or lose me for nothing.But New Orleans have been steadfast for months: The Pelicans have no desire to move their best player, who is in line to sign a $240m, five-year extension in 2020.“We’re not trading him,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said last month, one of many times he’s addressed the topic. “I can say that to the world. We’re not going to trade him, no matter what. That’s not an option.” US sports Since you’re here… Share on Twitter NBA Share on Pinterest news Topics Share via Email New Orleans Pelicans Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Read more Basketball Warriors visit with Barack Obama instead of Donald Trump during DC trip Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Five-time All-Star Anthony Davis has told the New Orleans Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a contending team, the player’s agent, Rich Paul, has confirmed.“Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship,” Paul told ESPN. “Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions and that’s the reason for informing them of this decision now. That’s in the best interests of both Anthony’s and the organization’s future.” Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Spain: Hijos de J. Barreras Inks Contract with Procesa …

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Galician shipbuilder Hijos de J. Barreras, S.A. announced yesterday the closing of a contract with the Mexican group Procesa for the building of a tuna vessel of 79.5 meters length. The ship will be designed by the shipyard. News were confirmed by the chairman of Barreras, Mr. José García Costas during the Board of directors held in Vigo, the first to be attended by the Mexican group Pemex’s spokespeople after its entry in the shareholding of the group.García Costas also reported the existence of a letter of intent signed by the joint venture formed by the Mexican Diavaz and the Dutch Oceanteam, for the construction of one multipurpose offshore vessel of 112 meters. If the contract for this second ship is confirmed, it could be signed in the first months of 2014, according to the yard’s planning.The tuna vessel required by the group Procesa, one of the largest tuna processing companies in the Aztec country, will have an approximate delivery time of 18 months. The design of the vessel is a HJB -1600, one of the models of Vigo’s shipyard for this American type segment. Its 79.5 meters of lenght and 14 meters of beam provide an aboard freezing capacity of up to 1,600 cubic meters.Mister Carlos Roa, second in charge in Pemex, has also announcied the contract three supply vessels for next year. It follows the expansion politic of the mexican company after the approval of the new mexican energey law. He showed confidence in that there will be another three big vessels in the first quarter of the year 2014.The offshore unit planned by Diavaz and Oceanteam will be intended for sub-sea construction and accommodation purposes with a capacity to accommodate up to 240 people. Its dimensions will be of 112 meters of lenght and 26 of beam. The vessel will be equipped with a DP3 dynamic positioning system and will also have two offshore cranes on board. The estimated construction period will be about 26 months.Hijos de J. Barreras, S.A. guarantees with this announcement the return to activity of its slipways after its last delivery for the shipping company Armas in 2011 the last two twin ferries ordered by the Canarian group: ‘Volcán de Tinamar ‘ and ‘ Volcán de Teide ‘ both capable to carry up to 1,200 passengers.Hijos de J. Barreras, S.A. chairman welcomed the entry of the Mexican group Pemex, through its subsidiary PMI, during the board of directors held in Vigo. He qualified this alliance as a “strategic opportunity for Galician naval sector.” Hijos de J. Barreras, S.A. held a formal ceremony this morning with shareholders and employees. It was also by attended the President of la Xunta, Mr. Alberto Nuñez Feijoo and the Regional Minister of Industry, Francisco Conde , who in recent months participated actively in the negotiations between Galician naval sector and the Mexican government.García Costas thanked in his speech the “Xunta effort” in support of the naval sector during these years marked by the widespread international crisis and shrinking markets. Hijos de J. Barreras, December 17, 2013 Print  Closelast_img read more

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Gurgaon doctoral degree holder commits suicide after killing wife children

first_imgGurgaon: A senior staffer with a Hyderabad-based chemical factory allegedly killed his wife and two children by stabbing them and slitting their throats before ending his life in their Uppal Southend home here, police said on Monday. Prakash Singh, 55, a PhD holder, was found hanging from a ceiling fan on Sunday night with a suicide note stating that “he was not able to handle his family”, a police official said. His wife Sonu Singh (50), who ran a school in Gurgaon, daughter Aditi (22) and son Aditya (13) were found dead with injuries inflicted with a sharp weapon while they were sleeping, they said. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief The locals reported the matter to police on Monday when they did not spot the family outside since morning. Prakash, a native of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, was staying in Gurgaon from the last eight years. “We are examining the suicide note with the help of handwriting experts to ascertain whether the letter was written by Prakash or someone else,” a police official said. The bodies have been sent for postmortem, he added.last_img read more

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Kanhaiya’s candidature from Begusarai became ‘deal-breaker’ between CPI and RJD for Bihar alliance

first_imgNew Delhi: Candidature of former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai constituency in Bihar was the “deal-breaker” between CPI and RJD as the Lalu Prasad-led party doubted Kumar’s winnability quotient in view of several controversies surrounding him. According to Rajya Sabha MP and RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha, the CPI-RJD alliance could not be forged also because his party was not willing to compromise on its candidate Tanveer Hassan, considering his popularity and the work done by him in Begusarai. “RJD has been a very strong force. Even in the so-called Modi wave in 2014 elections, our candidate got almost four lakh votes and since then he has never left Begusarai. It was impossible for us to set aside Tanveer Hassan’s candidature. We have a strong cadre and that wanted Tanveer Hassan and there is nothing we could have done. It is all about our cadre, our people, therefore, another candidature than his became a deal-breaker,” he told PTI. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Hasan had finished second by losing to BJP’s Bhola Singh by a small margin of over 55,000 votes. CPI’s Rajendra Singh was at a distant third with nearly 1.92 lakh votes. Sources in the RJD claimed that there were “several strong factors” –being an old face, non-controversial image and minority tag–which were in favour of Hassan and contributed to the party’s decision to let go of the alliance. Significantly, according to sources in the CPI’s Bihar unit, there was also discontentment among a section of leaders about the party nominating Kumar and compromising on the alliance. Jayant Jigyasu, who was a close aid of Kanhaiya during the sedition row but later parted way’s to establish RJD’s student wing in JNU, said it was “Kumar’s arrogance and ignorance that led to the alliance fallout”. “Kanhaiya was massively supported in JNU by different factions because he was seen as a leader and not an opportunist. As a leader he should have thought of forming the alliance and defeating the BJP collectively rather than being adamant for the sake of his political career. “There is nothing wrong in having political ambitions but there is much more he could have brought to the table rather than him just becoming a deal breaker for a crucial alliance,” Jigyasu said. Kanhaiya did not respond to repetitive calls made to seek his comment on the alliance fallout. Kanhaiya, who has emerged as a prominent face of Left politics, is pitted in a three-way contest with NDA’s Giriraj Singh and RJD’s potential leader from the constituency Tanveer Hassan. The former JNU leader shot to fame in 2016 and was later arrested on sedition charges following an event on hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. On January 14, Delhi Police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised in the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016.last_img read more

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BJP candidates meet the Press; W Delhi’s Parvesh Verma missing

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP candidates for six of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi held a press conference at the state office on Friday, in a muscle-flex of sorts. Meenakshi Lekhi (New Delhi), Ramesh Bidhuri (South Delhi), Manoj Tiwari (NE Delhi), Harsh Vardhan (Chandni Chowk), Gautam Gambhir (E Delhi) and Hansraj Hans (NW Delhi) met media persons at the event. West Delhi candidate Parvesh Verma could not make it to the event.The show of strength was an attempt to show voters in Delhi that ground sentiment is already with the saffron party and all that remains to be done is for citizens to come out and vote in large numbers on May 12. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victimsAt the same stage, Delhi BJP chief Tiwari also inducted Punjabi singer Daler Mehandi and Hans’s son Navraj into the party. Hosting the event, Tiwari said that members of opposition parties are spreading false propaganda in the Capital. He said that had AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal done anything in the last four years, he would not have to resort to these measures. The sitting MP from NE Delhi Tiwari said that while Modi gave the country hope in 2014, this time around, people see trust when they think of him.last_img read more

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Western Sahara: Morocco Has to Be Present on English Media

Rabat – On March 25, Samir Bennis, political analyst and editor-in-chief of Morocco World News, gave a talk on the Western Sahara conflict at the American University of Leadership in Rabat. The event comes during an ongoing row between Morocco and the United Nations Secretariat. The dispute was sparked by the Secretary-General of the United Nations when he referred to the North African country’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara as an “occupation.”During the talk, Bennis urged officials and citizens alike to take Morocco’s argument in support of the country’s autonomy plan to the English media in order to gain support of English-speaking countries and parts of Africa that have not previously agreed with Morocco on the Sahara issue. “We have to be present, to send experts to universities. We have to be present on media. We don’t people speaking about this on English, Spanish or French media,” he said.“Moroccans don’t need us to convince them that the Sahara is Moroccan. We have to convince people in the countries where we suffer a deficit of opinion, of image like in Scandinavian countries, in Latin America, in English-speaking Africa,” he noted.Morocco proposed an autonomy plan for the Western Sahara in 2007 that would allow the region to practice self-governance regarding regional issues while reserving questions requiring national attention for the government in Rabat.The same month, the separatist Polisario Front presented a counter-proposal calling for a referendum on total independence from Morocco.All Security Council resolution since 2007 taken note of the Moroccan autonomy proposal while “welcoming serious and credible Moroccan efforts to move the process forward towards resolution.” At the same time, the Council has only “taken note” of the counter-proposal presented by the Polisario. read more

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Tariq Ramadan’s Daughter Opens up about Her Father’s ‘Unfair’ Incarceration

Rabat – Incarcerated since February 2 in France, Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan is awaiting trial for rape. His daughter Maryam has come to the defense of her father to try to prove his innocenceIn an interview with Swiss outlet Le Temps, Maryam Ramadan, 31, talked about how difficult it was to deal with the backlash following her father’s incarceration.“Honestly, my family and I have not been prepared to live this. My father has never done anything reprehensible so that we can one day imagine visiting him in a prison,” said the native of Switzerland. To date, five women have accused Ramadan of rape. On January 31, Ramadan was arrested on two counts of rape filed against him in 2017. Ramadan fully denies the accusations and deems them to be part of a “campaign of lies launched by adversaries”—a sentiment shared by his supporters.“I feel a great injustice. He does not benefit from the presumption of innocence: he is in fact presumed guilty, while his accusers benefit from a presumption of sincerity, it is not normal. Besides, he’s sick. We have to stay strong to fight,” Maryam said.Asked about Ramadan’s mental health, Maryam explained that he is strong mentally but not physically as he has multiple migraines a day. She added that he is unfairly treated in the prison.“While he had voluntarily surrendered to the police request [to present himself] of January 31st in Paris, he has the feeling of living a profound injustice. He is placed in complete isolation, which is akin to psychological torture. Every time he takes a shower, no one should be in the corridors, same thing when he is walking.”The Islamic scholar’s daughter is confident of his innocence; she thinks that his incarceration is “completely crazy” as she recalled that he has never been violent to her or to anybody at home. “The charges against him are based on allegations without evidence. If there were, they would have already been produced.”The 55 year-old theologian had banked hopes on an early release ahead of trial due to his health condition. According to a report filed with judges last month, he has suffered from multiple sclerosis since 2006. read more

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UN human rights chief praises Rwandas abolition of death penalty

“Abolition in Rwanda sends a very strong message,” Ms Arbour said in a statement. “A country that has suffered the ultimate crime and whose people’s thirst for justice is still far from quenched has decided to forego a sanction that should have no place in any society that claims to value human rights and the inviolability of the person. Rwanda is demonstrating leadership by action.” The decision should allow the extradition to Rwanda of persons accused of genocide in order to stand trial in the national courts for the massacres in 1994 of some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus by Hutu extremists. Many countries refuse to hand over suspects to countries where they may face capital punishment. “With the promulgation of the law banning the death penalty, Rwanda simultaneously takes an important step forward in ensuring respect for the right to life and makes further progress in bringing to justice those responsible for the heinous crimes of the 1994 genocide,” Ms. Arbour said. 27 July 2007United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today hailed Rwanda’s abolition of capital punishment, calling the decision by a country that has suffered genocide an example for others to follow in the pursuit of justice while repudiating violence in all its forms. read more

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BJP sees need for devolution

The delegation emphasised to various leaders that the issue of Tamils in the Northern Province needed respectable resolution with dignity and equality, according to Mr. Prasad. “I also conveyed to the Sri Lankan government that the Tamils issue was not just Tamil Nadu’s concern but a national issue. India-Sri Lankan relations have a bipartisan consensus in India,” he said. The Indian delegation included Suresh Prabhu (Shiv Sena), Ram Madhav (RSS), journalist and political commentator Swapan Dasgupta, former IFS officer Vivek Katju and advocate and human rights activist Monika Arora.The delegation also met senior leaders of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), including veteran politician R. Sampanthan. Some of the delegation members observed that they sensed a strong “trust deficit” between the TNA, which has a strong presence in northern Sri Lanka, and the Sri Lankan government. “We urged the TNA to have a dialogue with the government,” one of the members said. Sri Lanka’s post-war context requires empowerment along with development, and holding a free and fair election in the north, along with devolution, is central to it — this was the broad message that the Indian delegation conveyed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday, according to BJP leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad, who led the team, a Hindu news report said.As part of a five-day visit, organised by the New Delhi-based India Foundation and Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies in Colombo, the delegates met senior leaders in Sri Lanka across political parties in Jaffna and Colombo, including the President, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and External Affairs Minister G.L. Peris. Meetings with civil society representatives were also organised. “The Sri Lankan government reaffirmed its commitment to holding Northern Provincial Council elections. The senior leaders told us categorically that the elections will be held in September,” said Mr. Prasad at a select media briefing in Colombo. The delegation also raised the issue of Indian fishermen being caught by the Sri Lankan Navy periodically with the Sri Lankan President. Mr. Prasad said, “We conveyed that any physical attack on fishermen from India would be unacceptable and regrettable. He told us that there were no such attacks and would not be in future as well,” he said, according to the Hindu.The delegation also emphasised to the Sri Lankan government need to implement the 13th Amendment, and the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission report. read more

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Police investigate clash in Kattankudy 3 arrested

The police spokesman said that the other two complaints involved threats and an assault on three people. The police are investigating a clash which broke out between supporters of two political parties in which at least three people were injured.Police media spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that the police had received three complaints with regards to the incident. He said that the three people who were injured have been admitted to the Batticaloa hospital. He said that three people have been arrested and investigations are underway to arrest more suspects. (Colombo Gazette) One complaint involved an attack on a shop which caused damages to the glass windows and other property. read more

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Tim Hortons franchisee sues parent company for 4 million over licence renewal

A Tim Hortons franchisee filed a $4-million lawsuit against the coffee-and-doughnut chain’s parent company after he says it refused to renew a license for one of his stores in bad faith.“The actions of the defendant were callous, wanton and in total disregard of the rights of the plaintiff,” reads a lawsuit Mark Kuziora filed in the Ontario Superior Court against TDL Group Corp., a subsidiary of parent company Restaurant Brands International.Kuziora, an outspoken member of a dissident Tim Hortons’ franchisee group, owns two locations in Toronto. The lease for his store at 200 Bay Street expires August 31.He says he was told in early April that he would be denied the renewal after months of negotiations.Kuziora belongs to the Great White North Franchisee Association, a group that claims to represent about half of Canada’s Tim Hortons franchisees and formed to voice the franchisees’ concerns.He is also the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit filed by the GWNFA alleging RBI improperly used money from a national advertising fund, funnelling nearly $700 million earmarked for advertising, marketing and sales promotions to itself and TDL. RBI has denied the allegations, which have not been proven in court.The GWNFA and Tims have also recently sparred over a $700-million renovation plan to bring a more natural look and open-concept seating to Tim Hortons locations. GWNFA said the plans — which asked franchisees to kick in $450,000 each for renovations — were “ill-conceived.”Last spring, RBI started discussing future renovations of the Bay Street store with Kuziora, according to the lawsuit, and confirmed its established practice of “granting 100 per cent of term renewals for franchisees prepared to undertake renovations would be followed.”Kuziora committed to the renovations with the understanding the company would renew his lease, according to the suit filed last month.On March 27, Greg Hiltz, the area franchise lead for central Canada, informed Kuziora it would not happen, despite previously confirming the company had no plans to deviate from its standard practice.Tim Hortons Canada president Sami Siddiqui wrote in an email that the company stands by its decision.“The process of entering into a new franchisee license is never automatic,” he said, adding it’s subject to a detailed business review, which was done and led to the decision.The lawsuit claims RBI decided to reject the renewal in bad faith based on Kuziora’s tense relationship with management.RBI and the GWNFA have been embroiled in a public battle since the group formed more than a year ago, with the parent company largely choosing to ignore the association aside from specific remarks and filing legal action against them.Tim Hortons president Alex Macedo recently admitted the company could have handled things better and said he’s spoken to GWNFA members on a cross-country tour of visits with franchisees aimed at repairing the relationship.Siddiqui said that Kuziora’s second location remains open and the company “will continue to help him be a successful operator.”The company declined to answer whether it had filed a statement of defence. None of the allegations have been proven in court. read more

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First evidence of the multiverse Scientists think Cold Spot in space could

first_imgThe 3-D galaxy distribution in the foreground of the Cold Spot (black points) compared to the galaxy distribution in an area with no background Cold Spot (red points). The number and size of low galaxy density regions in both areas are similar, making it hard to explain the existence of the Cold Spot by the presence of voids. The whole universe is covered in cosmic microwave background (CMB), a relic of the Big Bang which can be detected by telescopes on Earth. But while the temperature of most of the CMB is 2.73 degrees above absolute zero (or -270.43 degrees Celsius),  the Cold Spot is about 0.00015 degrees colder than its surroundings.Until the new research was published, most scientists thought the colder temperature in the space might be caused by a literal trick of the light.They speculated that the colder area was actually a ‘supervoid’ which had 10,000 fewer galaxies and was so barren that it sucked energy out of light travelling through it, shifting its wavelength it to the red end of the spectrum, which telescopes mistook for coldness. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A curious chilly area of space may have been created when a parallel universe crashed into our own, scientists have suggested, the first evidence that we may be part of a multiverse.In 2015, astrophysicists discovered a strange barren area of the universe which was much colder than the rest of space, and seemed to be missing 10,000 galaxies.The ‘Cold Spot’ which is 1.8 billion light-years across, is the largest known structure ever discovered, yet appeared to contain 20 per cent less matter than it should, and has baffled scientists since it was recorded.But now experts Durham University have come up with a solution which is not only out of this world, but out of this universe.They believe that a parallel universe crashed into ours, causing a shunting action much like in a traffic accident when cars pile up on the motorway. The impact was so extreme that it pushed energy out of huge area of space, creating the Cold Spot. Scientists now believe trillions of universes may exist – the multiverse theory Credit:RichardDawkins.net “If further, more detailed, analysis proves this to be the case then the Cold Spot might be taken as the first evidence for the multiverse – and billions of other universes may exist like our own.”The Cold Spot is only about three billion light-years away from Earth, a relatively short distance in the cosmic scheme of things. But the Durham team found that the area actually is made up of clusters of smaller voids, all of which are too little to shift light enough for that explanation to work.Doctoral student Ruari Mackenzie of Durham University added: “The voids we have detected cannot explain the Cold Spot.”Prof Shanks said there had to be another explanation. “Perhaps the most exciting explanation is that the Cold Spot was caused by collision between our universe and another bubble universe, believe it or not. The 3-D galaxy distribution in the foreground of the Cold Spot (black points) compared to the galaxy distribution in an area with no background Cold Spot (red points). The number and size of low galaxy density regions in both areas are similar, making it hard to explain the existence of the Cold Spot by the presence of voids. Credit:Durham University  The map of the sky produced by the Planck satellite. The large area with anomalously low temperature known as the Cold Spot is highlighted in the inset. Scientists now believe trillions of universes may exist - the multiverse theory  Scientists now believe that if our universe ‘ballooned up’ into a vacuum after The Big Bang, then trillions of others could also have formed in the same way, creating a multiverse of other universes beyond our own space-time.The Cold Spot could be the first evidence of the multiverse.Professor Tom Shanks in Durham University’s Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, said: “One explanation for the Cold Spot is that it might be the remnant signal of the collision of our Universe and one of the trillions of others. “I remember some scientists suggesting that there could be detectable effects on the galaxy distribution after this ‘cosmic shunt’ of two universes colliding.“Basically colliding universes could leave a slightly anisotropic galaxy distribution in our own universe – a bit like a pile-up on the motorway. So we can look for this to test how seriously to take these ideas.”The results were published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The map of the sky produced by the Planck satellite. The large area with anomalously low temperature known as the Cold Spot is highlighted in the inset. Credit:University of Durhamlast_img read more

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Les dauphins femelles gestantes ont du mal à bouger dans les eaux

first_imgLes dauphins femelles gestantes ont du mal à bouger dans les eauxPubliant ses résultats dans le Journal of Experimental Biology, une chercheuse américaine a filmé, à Hawaï, des femelles de dauphin gravides, et mesuré précisément la gêne que cet état occasionnait à ces animaux : leur vitesse s’en trouve réduite de moitié, les rendant plus vulnérables aux attaques des prédateurs.Shawn Noren, de l’Institut des Sciences Marines de l’Université de Californie à Santa Cruz (États-Unis), a filmé plus de 30 heures de séquences de deux mamans dauphin en train de nager, sur une période allant de 10 jours avant la mise bas jusqu’à deux ans après celle-ci. Elle a utilisé les images de la période prénatale pour mesurer exactement comment les mouvements des animaux étaient affectés par leur ventre rond…À lire aussiDes dauphins surpris en train de faire du ”toboggan” sur des baleines au large d’Hawaï”Quand un dauphin en gestation nage à 1,70 mètres par seconde, il subit la même force de résistance [de l’eau] qu’un dauphin non gravide nageant à 3,40 mètres par seconde. Donc, le dauphin gravide ne peut aller qu’à la moitié de la vitesse d’un dauphin non gravide (…) “, constate le Dr Noren.Elle s’est également intéressée à l’amplitude du balayage vertical (propulseur) de la nageoire caudale : “les femelles gestantes montrent une réduction de 13% de cette amplitude. Cela pourrait être à cause de la façon dont se positionne le fœtus, si loin en arrière dans leur corps : la région de l’abdomen est trop tendue et cela limite leurs mouvements”, explique la scientifique.Cela ralentit ces femelles de manière significative. Leur vitesse maximale est limitée à environ 13 kilomètres par heure, contre 22 pour les autres individus. La vitesse de déplacement d’une orque (prédateur naturel du dauphin) étant de 14 à 30 kilomètres par heure, “on peut voir combien les animaux gravides peuvent être beaucoup plus vulnérables”, conclut le Dr Noren.Le 27 novembre 2011 à 09:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Jerry Wang quitte Yahoo

first_imgJerry Wang quitte Yahoo ! Jerry Wang avait cofondé Yahoo ! en 1995. Hier, il a rendu de son titre « Chef Yahoo! », a quitté le conseil d’administration de l’entreprise et démissionné de toutes ses fonctions. Ce départ s’inscrit dans un vaste effort de repositionnement stratégique de la part de Yahoo!. Les analystes estiment que ce départ, ajouté à d’autres, permettra au groupe de mieux monétiser ses actifs. En 1999, le MIT Technology Review TR100  avait honoré Jerry Wang comme l’un des 35 plus grands innovateurs (lien non disponible) au monde. Sa société Yahoo! fut en 1995 un des tout premiers annuaires web et moteurs de recherche, avant Google. Elle peut encore aujourd’hui revendiquer 700 millions d’utilisateurs, notamment grâce à Flickr et Yahoo! Mail.Mais sa position de moteur de recherche phare a depuis longtemps été prise par Google, et le groupe n’a, depuis, pas vraiment réussi à rebondir. L’arrivée de Bing n’aidant pas, son bénéfice net ne s’élevait au troisième trimestre 2011 à « seulement » à 293 millions de dollars, contre 396 millions sur la même période de 2010, soit une baisse de 26 pour cent.Jerry Wang avait pesé très lourd dans l’avenir du groupe : en 2008 il avait utilisé toute son influence pour s’opposer à un rachat de Yahoo! par Microsoft. De nombreux investisseurs lui en garderont toujours rancœur, puisque Microsoft proposait alors 33 dollars par actions (un total de 47,5 milliards de dollars), ce qui représente le double de la valeur actuelle du titre. Yahoo est néanmoins lié étroitement à Microsoft pour la recherche, et s’émanciper de ce joug est justement désormais considéré important pour redonner une seconde vie à l’entreprise.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Yahoo! avait une première fois été fondé en 1994, par Jerry Wang et Dave Filo, sous le nom de « Jerry and Dave’s Guide to the World Wide Web ». En 1995, réalisant l’opportunité commerciale qui s’offrait à eux, ils renommèrent, leur société en Yahoo! (avec le point d’exclamation collé) et co-fondèrent Yahoo! Inc. Sa succession à la tête de Yahoo! est déjà assurée par Scott Thompson, ancien CEO de PayPal. Cette réorientation permettra-t-elle à Yahoo! de remonter la pente ? Certains en doutent : « c’est bien, mais cela ne suffit pas », a commenté Trip Chowdhry, analyste chez Global Equities Research. Pour lui, « le conseil d’administration actuel doit être dissous : il est déconnecté des tendances du secteur Internet ». En septembre déjà, la directrice générale Carol Bartz avait été débarquée sans ménagement.Le 18 janvier 2012 à 11:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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