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Yogi diktat No gifts for government employees in UP

first_imgLucknow: After banning mobile phones in meeting, asking officials to report on duty by 9 a.m, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has now come up with another new diktat — no officials will henceforth accept any gift from anyone. A circular to this effect has been issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Sachivalaya administration) Mahesh Gupta. According to the circular, no person will be allowed to enter the Sachivalaya (state assembly) and other buildings that house government offices with gifts of any kind, and government employees will not accept any gifts without prior permission of higher authorities. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief All Ministers in the state government have also been apprised of the circular. Gifts have, over the years, been a perfect form of bribe for government employees. Calendars in the New Year, dry fruits on Holi and silverware on Diwali has been known to be distributed among government personnel. Besides, gift boxes to celebrate weddings are also a common practice. A class 3 level government employee said that the order was “unfair”. “IAS officers get gifts that are delivered to their homes while we get sweets etc. in office. If the Chief Minister is sincere in checking this practice, he should keep a check on the houses of officers where expensive items are delivered,” he said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC Adityanath has also banned the entry of firearms in government buildings. Most legislators and contractors are seen entering government offices with their personal security guard in tow. These security personnel are seen carrying rifles and pistol which can be an intimidating sight. Official sources said that security personnel will now be asked to deposit their firearms at the gate. The Chief Minister has also banned chewing of ‘gutka’ and paan’ in government offices. Those found chewing the same will have to pay a fine of Rs 500.last_img read more


Hauz Qazi remains tense three arrested

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid scattered stone pelting sparked by a communal rift, Hauz Qazi in old Delhi remained tense on Tuesday, with police appealing to people to maintain calm. Residents said the situation in the area remained tense on Tuesday morning, after communal clashes erupted between two communities over a parking issue on Sunday night. Police said they were using drones to monitor the situation. People from both the communities continued pelting stones at each other on Tuesday morning despite the deployment of police and paramilitary personnel, some residents said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items Union Minister and Chandni Chowk MP Harsh Vardhan visited the area. So far three people have been arrested for rioting. Police officials are scanning CCTV to identify other culprits. Delhi Police appealed to the people to maintain peace. Lal Kuan area in Hauz Qazi is one of the biggest wholesale markets in Delhi but the shops were shut on Tuesday due to persistent tension. “Despite police presence, the situation is not normal. People get agitated at the drop of a hat and start hitting each other. The slogans raised by both sides are communal and demeaning,” said a resident.last_img read more



first_imgThe program is unique as it includes all of the brand building elements essential to making a big PR splash over 6 months. Entrepreneurs can participate from anywhere in the world as the entire program is digital and accessible through a private programs site.Participants will be provided with the tools they need to create a memorable brand – brand messaging templates, brand story exercises, media kit samples, key dates for PR program planning, interview checklists, pitch templates, interview examples, PR coverage tools and social media tools.“In the Becoming Memorable PR program you will learn how to establish yourself as a credible expert and build a community of raving fans. You will learn how to connect with the media, build relationships and get your brand featured in high-profile publications. We will help you become memorable,” explains Beckett-Davis.A public relations strategy can help to create credibility for your brand and trust for your business. Investing in your own PR expertise or your team can strengthen your current marketing efforts and bring enormous benefits to your business.Program Details:Registration: Online Registration closes on December 15, 2018.Program Date: The Becoming Memorable PR Program starts on January 15, 2019.Location:  Online. You can participate from anywhere in the world as the program is digital.Learn more: Canadian Women in Public RelationsThe Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations Ltd. (Women in PR Canada®) is an influential network of leading business women striving for excellence in the field of public relations. American Women in Public Relations (Women in PR USA®) is a division of The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations Ltd. Together; our organizations form the networking group Women in PR North America®. VANCOUVER – The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations is pleased to share that Talia Beckett-Davis, President of Women in PR North America® and Managing Director of Pink Pearl PR, will be leading a 6 month public relations program for female entrepreneurs starting on January 15, 2019.Talia Beckett-Davis, President of Women in PR North America® and Managing Director of Pink Pearl PR (CNW Group/The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations)The Becoming Memorable PR program will help female entrepreneurs develop a well-planned brand strategy and launch a new product or service into the market using public relations tactics.The goal of the program is to provide participants with the resources they need to manage their own public relations strategy. They will learn how to create brand value and build an asset that will reap the rewards for years to come. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more



first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment After days of teasing the townsfolk of Dildo, late night host Jimmy Kimmel further fuelled the anticipation on Wednesday night by telling the citizens, “I’ll see you tomorrow for the big vote.”But did he mean in person or via another video chat?The “Kimmel for Mayor” running gag started on his show Aug. 8 when he said he learned of the town’s unique name and announced he wanted to be mayor of it. “I was alerted to the existence of a place, maybe a magical place.… It’s a real place in Newfoundland, Canada,” Kimmel said at the time.That same week, he dialed in a crew of people who live in Dildo, the small Newfoundland town about an hour’s drive outside St. John’s, to talk about the town’s origins, as well as to announce he wanted to be its new mayor.Ever since then, Kimmel’s apparent appreciation of the town, and his mayoral aspirations, has continued and people have been wondering if or when the Hollywood star would land in Dildo. Advertisement By Thursday afternoon, the Dildo sign, similar to the Hollywood one, was complete. (Mark Quinn/CBC) Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more


New foreign investment promotion agency has work cut out for it leaders

first_imgOTTAWA – The two top businessmen named to lead Canada’s new foreign investment promotion agency say they’ve got their work cut out for them.That’s because Invest in Canada and its dedicated team of trade commissioners are embarking on their work after the flow of foreign direct investment into Canada plunged to a seven-year low last year.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne unveiled the long-awaited agency on Monday — 16 months after the federal government first announced it would invest $218 million over five years to create it.“When you start something, you need to make sure you do that on a strong footing,” Champagne said, when asked to explain the delay between the agency’s conception and birth.The minister named Ian McKay, Vancouver-based business leader and a former political adviser to federal Liberal cabinet ministers, as CEO and Mitch Garber, a business executive and philanthropist who is a co-investor and chairperson of Cirque du Soleil, as board chair.All three touted Canada’s international brand as having never been higher and emphasized the need to streamline the hunt for foreign investment.But neither McKay nor Garber shied away from the challenges that lie ahead, especially in light of some recent numbers that showed a stark decline in the flow of foreign capital into Canada.A report earlier this month by Statistics Canada said that the influx of foreign direct investment into Canada in 2017 amounted to $33.8 billion, the lowest level since 2010. That fell short of the record-setting flow of $126.1 billion in 2007.McKay suggested that Canada’s foreign investment numbers aren’t exactly lighting the 35-country Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on fire either.“Compared to our competitors in the OECD, we lag in terms of annual increase of investment attraction and we have a lot of work to do to shrink that gap,” McKay said in his acceptance speech.“We’ve just got to do a better job of seeking out where the investments are coming from, which sectors, what the global capital flows are looking at, and improve our message, quite simply.”McKay was most recently called in by the Liberal government to smooth over ruffled feathers in Japan — a country in which he has extensive experience — after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rebuffed the initial attempts by that country and Australia to sign the rebooted Trans-Pacific Partnership last fall.He was most recently the chief executive of the Vancouver Economic Commission and a former national director of the Liberal Party of Canada.“Ian has had a distinguished career as an executive in international financial markets and his deep knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region, a priority market for our government, makes him an essential asset to the Invest in Canada team,” said Champagne’s spokesman Joe Pickerill.McKay said it is critical that the new agency pursues “a cohesive data-driven approach to presenting our value propositions to global investors” because “the status quo is not going to be good enough.”Garber said in an interview that Canada has “a bit of catching up to do” to attract investors.“The growth numbers are down and that’s what lends itself to starting the agency, to bringing in someone like me who has a business mind about it and a not a government-political mind,” Garber said.“I’m fully prepared to dig into it and understand why the numbers aren’t growing and what we need to do to win business that we’re currently losing.”As a country of 36 million people, McKay said, “we are fighting against giants and we need to have all hands on deck” but it needs to be done in a focused manner by “a unified central co-ordinating agency.”He said he often tells the story of being in the Vancouver airport departure lounge and finding “four different levels of government on the way to the same mission, telling different messages. So we’re going to fix that.”Champagne says he considers himself to be Canada’s chief marketing officer, a sort of salesperson in chief, but Trudeau has travelled the globe — from Davos, to Silicon Valley, to China and most recently to India — to sell Canada as a stable, desirable destination of foreign investment.While the new body will be based in Ottawa, Champagne said it will work across the country.last_img read more


EBRD Interested in Developing Partnership With Casablancas Stock Exchange

Rabat – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) expressed a special interest in working and building a strategic partnership with the Casablanca’s stock exchange, said EBRD director for Morocco Laurent Chabrier.The Casablanca’s stock exchange is a major actor in the capital market, which is a priority for EBRD in its roadmap as authorized by the Moroccan authorities, Chabrier told on Friday weekly “Challenge”.Concerning EBRD investment in Morocco, he said that since 2012, the Bank has invested nearly 630 million euros in 21 projects related to the different sectors (agribusiness, financial institutions, real estate, infrastructure, energy), and around 130 million euros in trade finance with local banks, adding that the Bank also provided technical assistance for about 200 local enterprises. The EBRD and the Moroccan Nador West Med company (NWM) signed, on Thursday in Rabat, loan and warranty contracts concerning the bank’s 200-million euros contribution to finance the “Nador West Med” port complex project.With MAP read more


UN hails studies showing antiretroviral drugs can prevent HIV infection

13 July 2011The United Nations today welcomed the results of studies that show that taking a tablet of an antiretroviral drug daily can reduce the risk of acquiring HIV by up to 73 per cent in people not infected by the virus that causes AIDS. The findings of the studies carried out in Kenya, Uganda and Botswana, showed that daily use of both tenofovir and tenofovir/emtricitabine antiretrovirals, taken as preventive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medicines, can prevent heterosexual transmission of HIV from men to women and from women to men.“This is a major scientific breakthrough which re-confirms the essential role that antiretroviral medicine has to play in the AIDS response,” said Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of theJoint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). “These studies could help us to reach the tipping point in the HIV epidemic,” he added.One of the studies, conducted by the University of Washington’s International Clinical Research Center and dubbed Partners PrEP, followed 4,758 sero-discordant couples – in which one person had HIV infection and the other did not – in Kenya and Uganda.The uninfected partner took a once-daily tenofovir tablet or a tenofovir/emtricitabine tablet or a placebo pill. There were 62 per cent fewer HIV infections in the group receiving tenofovir and 73 per cent fewer HIV infections in the group that took tenofovir /emtricitabine than in the group receiving the placebo, according to the study.The second study, termed TDF2 trial, conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control, followed 1,200 men and women in Botswana who received either a once-daily tenofovir/emtricitabine tablet or a placebo pill. The antiretroviral tablet reduced the risk of acquiring HIV infection by roughly 63 per cent overall in the study population of uninfected heterosexual men and women.The drugs used are available in their generic forms in many countries at prices as low as $0.25 per tablet.In November last year, a trial among men who have sex with men in six countries reported a 44 per cent reduction in HIV transmission among those who took a daily tenofovir/emtricitabine tablet.“Effective new HIV prevention tools are urgently needed, and these studies could have enormous impact in preventing heterosexual transmission,” Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said. “WHO will be working with countries to use the new findings to protect more men and women from HIV infection,” she said.UNAIDS and WHO have already been working with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia to explore the potential role of pre-exposure prophylaxis in HIV prevention.It is currently estimated that only about half of the 33 million people living with HIV know their status. An increase in testing for HIV would have a significant impact on the AIDS response, particularly if more people gain access to new HIV prevention technologies in light of the new findings, the two UN agencies said.UNAIDS and WHO recommended that individuals and couples make “evidence-informed decisions” on which combination of HIV prevention options is best for them, stressing that the no single method is fully protective against HIV infection.Antiretroviral drugs for prevention need to be combined with other HIV prevention options, including correct and consistent use of male and female condoms, waiting longer before having sex for the first time, having fewer partners, medical male circumcision and avoiding penetrative sex, they added. read more


Fence 1 Was Made to Knock You Off Your Feet

first_img “Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Cox is an outsider to the competitive fencing world. Filled with raw talent but lacking proper training, he signs up for a competition that puts him head-to-head with fencing prodigy Seiji Katayama…and on the road to the elite all-boys school Kings Row. A chance at a real team and a place to belong awaits him—if he can make the cut!”FENCE #1(W): C.S. Pacat (A): Johanna The Mad (C): Joana Lafuente (L): Jim CampbellThere’s something so right with the latest craze of boys playing sports that just feels so right. BOOM! Studios is giving us our fix of that with their latest series Fence. Written by C.S Pacat, with art by Johanna The Mad, colors by Joana Lafuente and letters by Jim Campbell, this comic takes the relatively unknown art of fencing and brings it to the front. Fence is littered with brooding cute boys, private school and a story straight out of your best alternative universe fan fiction for your favorite characters.via BOOM! StudiosFence intrigued me in so many ways because how can you make fencing entertaining? Fencing is a sport that most people side eye and give no second thought to. However, we see what happened with Yuri On Ice, so we shouldn’t knock things out so easily. C.S Pacat provides us with a narrative that’s full of heart and determination to achieve a dream come true. An outsider story that we can all relate to. C.S Pacat’s strength is her expansion of character, and that’s what she gives us in Fence. Characters that, even on opposite sides, are compelling and strong, especially when dueling with each other both outside and inside. Nicholas Cox is the perfect character to lead with Seiji Katayama being his rival. Pacat sets us up almost for a hilarious sitcom within the first issue but grips us with the narrative as a whole.Johanna The Mad has been one of my favorite artists for a while, and she will soon become yours. Her art is not only brilliant, but she can take anything and spin it into something that’s unbelievable and all its own. Johanna’s most notable as a fan art artist where she ships, reimagines and modernizes some of our favorite titles. Johanna’s art in Fence has her personal touch to them that brings you into the story more. While Pacat’s great at writing characters, Johanna The Mad is fantastic at bringing them to life visually. She creates her brand of storytelling through her art with the help of Pacat’s script of course, but those panels without words say so much. The artist and writer work in true coordination with each other within this comic.via BOOM! StudiosJoana Lafuente’s colors give that realistic, but high-intensity high school emotion. Lafuente’s pair well with Johanna’s art to give it more of a personality and let the characters shine. One thing that’s outstanding in this comic is her lightning. Lafuente knows how to work her shadows, bright and dull lights, especially when Nick’s journey is told. It’s so subtle, but you notice as you’re reading how much she plays with the passage of time with her colors.Fence #1 was made to knock you off your feet, and that’s precisely what it accomplished. This new series delivers trek into unknown territory but is guaranteed to become a coming-of-age story no one will forget. Also, cute boys and fencing. How can you go wrong with that? Fence #1 is available now on Comixology and your local comic shop. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Fencing Fandom Brought One of Boom!’s Best Books to LifeFedEx guy breaks new monitor throwing it over fence center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more


Authorities search for girl, 11, and her father in Oregon

first_imgWARM SPRINGS, Ore. — Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a 11-year-old girl who is missing and possibly endangered.Police believe Kaitlyn Stofiel is with her custodial father, Thomas Clarence Stofiel, 44.Stofiel’s truck was found in late February parked on the Warm Springs Reservation about 90 miles southeast of Portland. Neither of them has any connection to the reservation. Authorities say they were living in Portland most recently, and Kaitlyn was being home-schooled.The FBI, which is involved in the investigation, said in a statement Thomas Stofiel may be distraught, is known to possess various weapons and reportedly has survival skills.last_img read more


Washougal OKs contract with clerical public works employees

first_imgPublic works and clerical employees in Washougal have a newly ratified collective bargaining agreement.The city council unanimously approved the agreement at its meeting Monday. The union, AFSME 307-W, gave its nod of approval to the agreement on Jan. 7.For a city with belt-tightening measures built into its current budget, the pact with the union is considered a two-way compromise. It increases employee pay but decreases city contributions for other benefits.“Frankly, (the union) has been a team player in terms of getting the city through some difficult times in the last few years,” Councilman Paul Greenlee said. “I don’t think in any sense the city is giving away the candy store here.”In the works since summer, the collective bargaining agreement will cover roughly 40 of the city’s 82 employees. It includes an annual 1-percent cost of living increase. That figure is a boost over what was included in the previous agreement, covering 2012 and 2013. It contained a one-half of one percent annual bump in salary.City officials say the cost of living increase is still well below the 3 percent bump the union received in prior agreements during the height of the recession, when the Consumer Price Index was on a downward dip.last_img read more


Govt to face 16th amendment verdict legally Law minister

first_imgAnisul HuqLaw minister Anisul Huq said on Tuesday the government will legally face the 16th amendment annulment verdict that scrapped parliament’s power to sack higher court’s judges on the grounds of misconduct and incapacity.The law minister was talking to newsmen after attending a mourning rally in Akhaura of Brahmanbaria.“Honourable president, honourable prime minister, honourable speaker, and honourable chief justice are the posts of constitutional institutions. These posts are of much importance. So, any comments about these posts must be made carefully,” said the law minister.When his attention was drawn to the stance of country’s one of the big political parties, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), on the 16th amendment verdict, the law minister alleged BNP leaders including its chief are not respectful of the law.“They [BNP leaders] think themselves above all laws. It is not believable that those who often breach the law are respectful of the law.”Anisul said, “This verdict [16th amendment verdict] said Ziaur Rahman and Ershad made the country a ‘banana republic’. This part of the verdict is true. So, it doesn’t matter to us what the BNP thinks of the verdict.”last_img read more


HandsOn The Division 2 Aims to Reinvigorate the Franchise

first_img I have mixed feelings about Tom Clancy’s The Division. The original game featured some of the best third-person shooting mechanics I’ve ever experienced. It also had exceptional, jaw-dropping graphics. Story-wise, it was a disappointment. Its less-than-engaging narrative structure undermined its intriguing premise. Fortunately, Ubisoft has a chance to deliver a stronger experience with The Division 2. While the game isn’t reinventing much, it introduces subtle changes that can potentially go a long way.The demo I played was the same one shown during the Xbox E3 briefing. I, along with a group of three others, had to go to a Control Point and take out a group of bad guys located at the crash site of Air Force One. Control points are new to The Division 2. These public events are a great way to nab rare loot. As you can imagine, they are also very challenging. In fact, my team and I were not able to complete the mission. Thankfully, the developers allowed me to play the demo a second time.The demo had three different character classes: Demolitionist, Specialist, and Sharpshooter. I choose Demolitionist since I just wanted to get in close and blow stuff up. My character had an M4 assault rifle and a shotgun. She also had two character class-specific weapons. One was a powerful grenade launcher, while the other weapon was a device that shoots small missiles at foes. This is a great area-of-effect weapon that’s perfect for large groups of baddies. Needless to say, I loved my Demolitionist.Like I said above, The Division has some of the best third-person shooting mechanics out there. This is the same for the sequel. As before, it is immensely satisfying moving from cover point to cover point and picking off targets. I loved flanking and taking out unsuspecting foes. My team didn’t talk much, but I made sure to stay close in case I or anyone needed help. Whether it was indoors or out in the open, the game’s level design allows for a great deal of mobility. It encourages you to stay on the move, lest enemies get the drop on you.One of the biggest complaints lobbied at The Division is the bullet-sponge enemies. Most games have enemies that can absorb dozens of bullets before dying, but in The Division it felt worse. It makes sense if an alien or a robot is a bullet sponge, but that’s not the case when your foe is a random homeless person. Enemies in The Division 2 are bullet sponges too, but at least they all have armor now, which explains why they can take so much damage. Bigger, more heavily armored foes require a great deal of ammunition to defeat. However, if you manage to shoot their weak points, you can bring them down relatively fast. For the most part, Ubisoft has fixed The Division‘s bullet sponge problem.The Division 2 takes place seven months after the Black Friday virus outbreak in New York City. Instead of The Big Apple, the game is set in Washington D.C during a heatwave. Like NYC, the nation’s capital is overrun by various factions vying for control. The Summer setting allows the game’s Frostbite Engine to flex its muscles in a different way. I found the sun-drenched environments convincingly realized. You could almost feel the heat and humidity coming off the screen. While I miss the impressive looking snow from the original, it was a wise choice to set this game during a heat wave. It creates a nice contrast between the two titles.The Division 2 demo was a great deal of fun but it didn’t show me how the game’s story plays out. I love the premise of the franchise, but I’d like the narrative to play out in a more dramatic fashion in the sequel. I didn’t feel connected to the characters or the world in the original. Yes, it was fun to shoot bad guys, but without an emotional connection, it was an empty experience. Perhaps I’m spoiled by games like God of War, but I need a little more from a game’s narrative. I’ll hold out hope The Division 2 has a story worthy of its gameplay.The Division 2 is set to release in February 2019. That’s still a long way out, and we have many lingering questions. How does the game incorporate Dark Zones? What does the End Game look like? Will the story have more impact? Will we see a form of Battle Royale? Hopefully, we’ll get more details in the coming months.The Division has a solid foundation. If Ubisoft can build upon it with The Division 2, we should get something truly worthwhile. Let’s keep an eye on this one and see where things go.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima Stay on targetlast_img read more


Penguin huddling found to be more complicated than thought

first_img © 2015 More information: New insights into the huddling dynamics of emperor penguins, Animal Behaviour, Volume 110, December 2015, Pages 91–98. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.09.019AbstractSocial thermoregulation is a cooperative strategy in which animals actively aggregate to benefit from the warmth of conspecifics in response to low ambient temperatures. Emperor penguins, Aptenodytes forsteri, use this behaviour to ensure their survival and reproduction during the Antarctic winter. An emperor penguin colony consists of a dynamic mosaic of compact zones, the so-called huddles, included in a looser network of individuals. To maximize energy savings, birds should adjust their huddling behaviour according to environmental conditions. Here, we examined the dynamics of emperor penguin aggregations, based on photo and video records, in relation to climatic factors. Environmental temperature, wind and solar radiation were the main factors contributing to huddle formation. The analysis of individual movements showed that birds originating from loose aggregations continually joined huddles. Sometimes, a small number of birds induced a movement that propagated to the entire huddle, causing its breakup within 2 min and releasing birds, which then integrated into looser aggregations. Different parts of the colony therefore appeared to continually exchange individuals in response to environmental conditions. A likely explanation is that individuals in need of warmth join huddles, whereas individuals seeking to dissipate heat break huddles apart. The regular growth and decay of huddles operates as pulses through which birds gain, conserve or lose heat. Originally proposed to account for reducing energy expenditure, the concept of social thermoregulation appears to cover a highly dynamic phenomenon that fulfils a genuine regulatory function in emperor penguins. Male emperor penguins huddling to keep themselves and eggs laid by an absent mate warm, has been made famous by the documentary March of the Penguins—they stand, seemingly stoically against the onslaught of bitter cold and frigid wind. Their actions seemed all the more interesting when it was learned that they shift about, moving members from the outside edges towards the center to share the burden of keeping warm. Now it appears that such images may be only part of the story. In this new research effort, the researchers discovered that penguin huddles don’t last very long because the penguins actually get too hot.The team studied approximately 3000 emperor penguins living and huddling in Antarctica’s Pointe Géologie Archipelago colony over the years 2005 and 2006 and then again in 2008. In studying the video recordings they made, they discovered that huddling typically only lasted on average from twelve minutes to a few hours, and the average length of time an individual penguin spent in a huddle was just 50 minutes. They also found that temperatures inside the huddle could get hot, sometimes reaching nearly 100°F under certain conditions. What’s more, they discovered that it typically only took action by a single member to cause the huddle to disperse, and that the individual was generally one on the outside edges.Backing up their theory that it was excessive heat that caused the huddles to disperse, the team found that soon after separating, a haze of warm air was released, and some of the penguins ate some snow, apparently attempting to cool off faster.The team reports that they were surprised to discover that it was generally an outlier that instigated the breakup of huddles, but suggest that may have been because those in the center were trapped by the others around them. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Animal Behaviourcenter_img (—A team of researchers from several institutions in France and one in Germany has found that emperor penguin huddles are more complicated than has been thought by many in the science community. In their paper published in the journal Animal Behaviour, the team describes their study of the penguins over three separate breeding seasons and what they learned by looking at video of penguin huddling. Adults with chicks. Credit: Public Domain Citation: Penguin huddling found to be more complicated than thought (2015, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Keeping warm: Coordinated movements in a penguin huddlelast_img read more


Officials say Pakistan likely to host KabulTaliban talks

first_imgISLAMABAD (AP) — Two Pakistani officials say the second round of peace talks between representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban is likely to be held in Pakistan on Friday.The two officials said Tuesday that Islamabad was finalizing arrangements to host the talks, which are aimed at ending the 14-year war in neighboring Afghanistan. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were still being organized. Afghan government officials have refused to provide details of the location or timing of the next round of peace talks.Last week, two members of the High Peace Council, the body charged with negotiating a settlement with the insurgents, said China was the most likely venue for the next round of talks. Both also said they would take place on July 30.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How men can have a healthy 2019 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more


Mortgage Demand Down as Lending Standards Steady

first_imgMortgage Demand Down as Lending Standards Steady Mortgage credit standards remained largely unchanged over the past three months as demand weakened overall, according to a report from the Federal Reserve.The Fed’s Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey, which covers a three-month period ending in October, shows credit standards on prime mortgages remained basically steady at 83 percent of reporting banks over the last few months. Of the nearly 14 percent that reported easing their lending criteria somewhat, the vast majority were large banks with assets of $20 billion or more, with only one smaller institution dialing down its standards.Only about 3 percent of banks indicated tighter criteria compared to the last survey, all of which were classified as smaller companies.The numbers were largely the same for subprime and jumbo/non-traditional mortgages. Of the handful of banks that currently originate subprime loans, two-thirds said they kept credit standards unchanged, while the remainder were split between somewhat tighter and somewhat weaker criteria.The survey’s results reinforce a frequently cited challenge in the current mortgage market, which analysts say caters mostly to borrowers with near-pristine credit and excludes those with fair or even good profiles.On net, demand for all mortgage types weakened, though changes were mixed in each category. For prime loans, 19.4 percent reported moderately stronger demand, while 20.8 percent saw demand weaken moderately. Notably, the majority of banks experiencing increased demand for mortgages were smaller institutions, leaving larger banks fighting over a smaller share of business.The remaining 59.7 percent of surveyed banks reported no significant change in demand.For subprime mortgages, 83.3 percent of banks said they saw no change in demand, while one reported a slight weakening. Likewise, more than a quarter of banks said demand for non-traditional mortgages weakened, with only about 6 percent saying demand was moderately stronger. November 4, 2014 571 Views Sharecenter_img Credit Standards Demand Federal Reserve Senior Loan Officer Survey 2014-11-04 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Featured, Newslast_img read more


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