#MeToo has put the spotlight on limitations of law

first_imgA round table on #MeToo organised recently by Saad Aangan, a local women’s collective in collaboration with International Centre Goa, on International Day to End Violence Against Women, recognised that while all women are vulnerable to sexual harassment, they are differently placed in protecting themselves from it.Even as opinions differed, it was acknowledged that #MeToo has catalysed and provoked thinking on the limitations in the law, lack of transparency, accountability, and the lens from which experiences of sexual harassment are being viewed. The round table saw the participation of a diverse group of people speaking out their lived experiences from different perspectives – as survivors, hand holders, supporters, members (internal and external) of Internal Complaints Committees (ICCs), presenting officers in inquiry, representatives of women, transgender, persons with disability, domestic workers and civil society organisations, lawyer, counsellors, and others. Participants noted the social and economic factors, including familial pressures, inhibiting women from lodging complaints or approaching the ICCs and a demand was made that the three-month provision for lodging a complaint must go.“There was consensus on the need for different boundaries in the context of different work locations. It was felt that in each context, protocols have to be in place. However, the issues of boundaries and sense of male entitlement are itself something that need reflection, discussion, and more conversation,” Advocate Albertina Almeida, convenor from Saad Angan told The Hindu.Participants specially articulated the role of the State and the role of the employer and focused on limitations like abdication by the State of its role in proactively disseminating information, enabling and ensuring access to local complaints committees and ICCs, constitution of ICCs in conducting age appropriate sexuality education in educational institutions. They remarked that ensuring rights of women were low priority with the State.The pushback kind of trauma and victimization that survivors and supporters of survivors go through was vividly articulated, and gave a strong sense of the failure of the systems to understand and grapple with a range of issues from inappropriate interventions, to the ignorance or negligence or disregard or insensitivity of the ICCs where the woman is treated as a liar till proven innocent, to the non-constitution of committees, and lack of awareness creation and capacity building about the prevention, prohibition and redressal of sexual harassment at the workplace.The social determinants of vulnerability such as housing of domestic workers, and the pressures on workers not to unionise, also came under scrutiny as Aruna Chari, president of Goa Domestic Workers’ Union pointed out how vulnerable were the domestic workers, including teenage girls who work in homes and have no redressal mechanism.Good practices of employers organising meetings and being responsive to draw protocols to prevent sexual harassment at the workplace were also shared by participants. Potential of Legal Services Authorities creating awareness about the law, and also legal aid clubs, and creation of educational material and orientation modules to effectively sensitise were also discussed.A key observation was the ironical invisibility of the complainant, presenting officer, and even the ICC itself to the employer once the inquiry is completed and sometimes even while the inquiry is in progress, and the non-intimation to them about the status of the complaint. The hesitation by employers to organize any orientation programmes, or to organize them in a haphazard manner, was also highlighted by participants.The marshalling of provisions for women, such as confidentiality and conciliation, need for ensuring a level-playing field between complainant and “VIP accused”, the intimidation of legal language, the heavy burden placed on complainants to produce evidence, the application of criminal case standards to inquiries in complaints of sexual harassment, were other areas of concern.“It was largely felt that the challenge is to ensure procedures through which the rule of law prevails with due consideration to the special needs of survivors and principles of natural justice,” said Adv. Almeida.last_img read more

International Hockey Federation moves Champions Trophy out of India

first_imgThe perennial crisis in the national game took another turn for the worse on Tuesday as the International Hockey Federation (FIH) withdrew the hosting rights for the 2011 men’s Champions Trophy from India.The informal agreement between Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) seems to be the reason for this decision which has also cost India an automatic berth in the elite eight-team event, which was to be held in Delhi from December 3-11.”India will no longer host the 2011 men’s Champions Trophy due to ongoing problems with the governance of hockey in the country. A replacement host for the event is expected to be named within a week,” an FIH statement said.FIH president Leandro Negre said: “We regret that we have to move the Champions Trophy from India. It is difficult for the teams, organisers and the fans. But we feel that this is the only way to maintain the integrity of the sport.”The world body had hinted its displeasure at the informal agreement between Hockey India and IHF to form a joint executive committee to run the sport in the country. FIH maintained that this accord, brokered by the union sports ministry, goes against its constitution.FIH recognises Hockey India as the sole governing body for the game in the country. The agreement was necessitated after Delhi High Court ruled that the IHF was wrongfully disbanded and remained the legitimate governing body. It asked the government to broker a settlement between the rival bodies, which seems to have rubbed FIH the wrong way.advertisementHowever, sports ministry sources feel there is more to it than meets the eye. The FIH believes it is owed $500,000 from last year’s men’s World Cup. It is part of the sponsorship amount of `27 crore and is said to be held up by the Reserve Bank of India.The FIH wants a written explanation as to the reasons for the delay and what needs to be done for the release of the money. The latest decision may also be seen as a pressure tactic.Having missed out on an automatic spot, India has now been invited to the Champions Challenge to be held in South Africa in November. Only the winners will seal a berth in the Champions Trophy.The world body is yet to decide on an alternate venue but the tournament will be staged during the same period.The FIH decision also casts a shadow on India’s Olympic hopes. Both the men’s and women’s qualifiers are scheduled to be held in India in February and playing away from home will make it difficult to seal a spot for the London Games.”The FIH will continue to monitor the governance structure in India and hopes that a resolution can be found before it begins to affect future events set to be held in India,” the statement added.When contacted, Negre indicated that all was not lost. “I am coming to India to meet the sports minister. We will give them (ministry and Hockey India) an opportunity to put forth their case and will then see what can be done regarding the other two tournaments that were awarded to India,” Negre told MAIL TODAY.However, he said the government could have handled things differently. “Over the last one month, we have been sending letters to the ministry but we received nothing fruitful from them so the FIH went ahead with its decision which has been communicated to Hockey India, the Indian sports ministry and the International Olympic Committee,” said Negre.”We were always concerned about the problems in Indian hockey but what the FIH decided was that the developments that took place in the last couple of months were against the FIH’s policies. As of now, the FIH has taken a decision and we will stick to it but yes, we are open to any constructive discussion.”Sports minister Ajay Maken admitted that the FIH decision was a big setback.”I have asked my officials to meet Hockey India, Indian Olympic Association and IHF on Monday and try to resolve the issue. I would like them to say the same things in front of Negre when I meet him the next day and present a better and stronger picture of hockey in the country,” Maken said, terming their rigid stands as “inflated egos”.”I will try to ensure that the Olympic qualifiers take place in Delhi. I will also talk to Negre about reinstating the Champions Trophy.””The problem is twofold: get more tournaments and that the major tournaments allotted to India remain with us; second, unite the warring factions in the larger interest of the game and the country.”advertisementHockey India secretary general Narinder Batra said it was not kept in the loop by FIH and the move came as a surprise. “It’s very shocking and disappointing for us,” Batra told MAIL TODAY.”The FIH must be having apprehensions against whatever happened in Indian hockey but we also have legal obligations to fulfil because we have to respect court orders.”last_img

We can’t decide if Kareena Kapoor Khan’s baby bump looked more stunning in a skirt or a sharara

first_imgMommy-to-be Kareena Kapoor Khan is raising the style stakes for every pregnant woman out there and her recent appearances were no different.Also read:Mommy-to-be Kareena Kapoor Khan is also the mother of these iconic trendsThe stunner managed to dress her baby bump in two completely different looks, both of which will leave you asking for more pictures. For the press conference of the launch of Prathima Hospitals in Hyderabad–an event for which she was also accompanied by her husband, actor Saif Ali Khan–the actress chose to give the #girlboss vibe in a chic top and skirt pairing topped with a striped black long jacket. A gold arm party–we mean the stack of accessories adorning her wrist–seems to have become Bebo’s go-to accessory fix these days.Picture courtesy: Instagram/@kareenakapoor.arabfc Nude makeup, a braided ‘do, jewels from Minerali and pointed toe heels added the perfect finishing touches to her look.Picture courtesy: Instagram/@kareenakapoorkhanbegum Also read:Is Kareena’s sexy pregnancy style inspired by Kim Kardashian?Another event for Pristine Estate, had the actress sporting a gorgeous gold and black sharara from Sukriti and Akriti.Picture courtesy: Instagram/@poonamdamania Finished with baubles from Satyani Fine Jewels, Bebo totally looked like the Chotti Begum that she is!Picture courtesy: Instagram/@poonamdamania Did you like one look more than the other? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Poland vs Italy: TV, stream & preview

first_imgItaly are on a five-game winless streak as they head into their UEFA Nations League clash with Poland and will look to improve on their 1-1 friendly draw with Ukraine last time out.Roberto Mancini’s side are placed bottom of their group and need a win against Poland, though they have struggled in front of goal, with Jorginho’s penalty their only strike in the competition thus far.Meanwhile, Poland lost their most recent Nations League game against Portugal 3-2 despite Jakub Błaszczykowski’s 77th-minute effort. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Poland vs Italy Date Sunday, October 14 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports HD 2 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports and streamed via Sky GO Extra . UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Sky GO Extra Squads & Team News Position Poland players Goalkeepers Fabianski, Szczesny, Dragowski Defenders Glik, Jedrzejczyk, Olkowski, Bereszynski, Bednarek, Kaminski, Kedziora, Pietrzak, Reca Midfielders Blaszczykowski, Grosicki, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Linetty, Klich, Goralski, Kurzawa, Makuszewski, Frankowski, Szymanski, Kadzior  Forwards Lewandowski, Milik, Piatek Poland captain Robert Lewandowski earned his 100th cap against Portugal and manager Jerzy Brzeczek is expected to name a similarly strong side to face Italy, with the likes of Wojciech Szczesny, Kamil Gilk and Arkadiusz Milik all included.Potential Poland XI: Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Bednarek, Reca; Krychowiak, Klich, Kurzawa, Linetty, Milik; Lewandowski. Position Italy players Goalkeepers Sirigu, Perin, Donnarumma, Cragno Defenders Piccini, Chiellini, Criscito, Palmieri, Biraghi, Bonucci, Florenzi, Acerbi, Tonelli Midfielders Bonaventura, Verratti, Pellegrini, Jorginho, Gagliardini, Barella Forwards Insigne, Berardi, Immobile, Giovinco, Chiesa, Caprari, Lasagna Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is expected to start against Poland, while Nicolo Barella was given his first Italy cap against Ukraine – though is likely to be replaced by Lorenzo Pellegrini or Roberto Gagliardini.Ciro Immobile could make way for Federico Bernardeschi, while Mario Balotelli has not been included in the squad. Sebastian Giovinco has returned to the side following his first Italy call-up in three years.Potential Italy XI: Donnarumma; Biraghi, Chiellini, Bonucci, Florenzi; Verratti, Jorginho, Pellegrini; Insigne, Bernardeschi, Chiesa.Betting & Match Odds Italy are priced at odds of winning 13/8 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 7/4. A win for Poland is priced at 21/10.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Leonardo Bonucci Italy Ukraine 2018Former Manchester City manager Mancini took the Italy job with a view to beginning a rebuilding phase for the team following their failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia. Their recent run of form has been disappointing, however, with only one win in their last 10 matches, including the 1-1 draw with Ukraine last time out.Mancini’s reign began with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in May but they have not won since, much to the frustration of the former Inter boss as the pressure continues to mount.”I’m fed up of not winning and so is everyone,” Mancini told reporters.”The positive thing is that the team played good football for long periods.”It was a friendly, so hopefully we can start winning on Sunday. It’s obvious the fans are upset when their team doesn’t win, but we mustn’t listen to the jeers.”If we had scored another goal, everyone would’ve been happy with the performance. I think it was just about the result.”Should there be a winner between Poland and Italy, that could decide the second-placed spot of Group 3 in League A of the Nations League, with Portugal claiming the top spot.A Lewandowski-led Poland side were unable to get the better of the Portuguese in their last fixture, with goals from Andre Silva and Bernardo Silva, as well as a Kamil Gilk own goal, seeing the visitors claim a 3-2 win.last_img read more

Lenovo K6 Power, Vibe K5 Note, Vibe K5 Plus & P2 available on discount on Flipkart

first_imgOnline retail website Flipkart is hosting the Lenovo Mobiles Fest sales event between June 26 and June 28. As the name suggests, the promotional sales event sees discounts on Lenovo phones like the K6 Power, Vibe K5 Note, Vibe K5 Plus and P2.Here are all the deals on offer:Lenovo K6 PowerLenovo’s K6 Power , under Flipkart’s promotional scheme, can be purchased at Rs 8,999 for the base 3GB RAM version and Rs 9,999 for the top-end 4GB RAM version. That is Rs 1,000 off on both the versions. Additionally, potential buyers can avail up to Rs 8,500 off on exchange.The K6 Power comes with a full-metal unibody and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. It comes with a 5-inch 1080p IPS display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. The dual-SIM phone supports expandable storage of up to 128GB, 4G LTE connectivity and runs Android Marshmallow OS-based Pure UI.It sports a 13-megepaixel camera (Sony IMX258) on the rear with phase detection autofocus and LED flash alongside an 8-megapixel front camera.The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery that is claimed to offer up to 13.6 hours of video playback and up to 27 days of standby on single charge, according to Lenovo.Lenovo Vibe K5 NoteLenovo’s Vibe K5 Note , under Flipkart’s promotional scheme, can be purchased at Rs 9,999 for the base 3GB RAM version and Rs 10,499 for the top-end 4GB RAM version. That is Rs 2,000 off on both the versions. Additionally, potential buyers can avail up to Rs 9,000 and Rs 9,500 off on exchange.advertisementThe Vibe K5 Note has a 5.5-inch full-HD LTPS display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution and is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor coupled with Mali-T860 GPU. The phone comes with 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via micro-SD card slot.The dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Lenovo Pure UI.It sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) along with dualLED flash. There’s also an 8-megapixel camera on the front.The Vibe K5 Note uses a 3,500mAh battery which is non-removable. Dolby Atmos surround sound technology is supported out-of-the-box.Lenovo Vibe K5 PlusLenovo’s Vibe K5 Plus , under Flipkart’s promotional scheme, can be purchased at Rs 7,499. That is Rs 1,000 off. Additionally, potential buyers can avail up to Rs 7,000 off on exchange.The Vibe K5 Plus comes with a 5-inch Full-HD IPS display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution. The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor and supports expandable storage.The dual-SIM phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Vibe UI and supports 4G LTE connectivity and Dolby audio technology. It sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with autofocus and single LED flash. There’s also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.The Vibe K5 Plus is backed by a 2,750mAh battery.Lenovo P2Lenovo’s P2 , under Flipkart’s promotional scheme, can be purchased at Rs 12,999 for the base 3GB RAM version and Rs 14,999 for the top-end 4GB RAM version. That is Rs 4,000 and Rs 3,000 off on both the versions. Additionally, potential buyers can avail up to Rs 12,000 and Rs 14,000 off on exchange.The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor and supports expandable memory. The phone has a 5.5-inch screen with Super AMOLED display, which is unique considering its price point. This screen has a resolution of 1080P. There is also a fingerprint scanner on the front of the device.The Lenovo P2 comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front.The phone is backed by a 5,100mAh battery that Lenovo says can easily keep the phone going for nearly two days even with heavy use.last_img read more

Mahesh Bhupathi to get Davis Cup team to train in New York before Canada tie

first_imgThe Indian Davis Cup team will train at the indoor courts of University of Colombia in New York, a week before the crucial World Group Play-off tie against Canada in Edmonton, starting September 15.It is for the first time that a camp has been organised to prepare for an away tie. The team will assemble in New York on September 4 and will leave for Edmonton on September 10.”I wanted to get the boys together and practice indoors before the tie,” Captain Mahesh Bhupathi told PTI, confirming the development.The AITA has approached the Sports Ministry to fund the week-long training camp and it is being assessed. The ministry seems keen to provide the financial support.”There should not be any problem with that (financial assistance) because we do fund training of athletes, including foreign training. However, a decision will be taken after examination of the proposal,” a Sports Ministry official said.Asked why the camp is being organized in New York instead of Edmonton, Bhupathi said,”Courts will not be ready till Sunday (September 10) before the tie.”It will be fourth straight year that India will be in contention for a place in the elite 16-nation World Group.India lost to Spain (2016), Czech Republic (2015) and Serbia (2014) in their last three attempts at home.The last time India played an away World Group Play-Off tie was against Japan in 2011, when it lost 1-4 to the hosts.”It makes sense to have this camp since Canada is far away. The players will be jet-lagged and would require a long recovery period. To get the players acclimatised to the conditions, it’s a positive step,” India’s Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali said.advertisement”It will be second week of US Open in New York when we will be training there, so there is a good chance to get quality players to practice with other Indian players. Only Rohan and Yuki Bhambri will be there (US Open) and others will have to travel to New York from Asian territory. The more we practice, the better for us,” Zeeshan added.Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni will be back in the team, having missed the Uzbekistan tie in Bengaluru in April this year.They have already started playing on the Challenger circuit after recovering from their respective injuries.Prajnesh Gunneswran and N Sriram Balaji, who made their Davis Cup debuts in Bengaluru, are likely to be reserve members.The coach felt that if World No. 10 Milos Raonic does not turn up for the tie, India have a good chance to get back to World Group. Raonic lost to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-final this year.”We want to be ready if he does not play, so this camp will help us prepare better.”The last time India featured in World Group was in 2011 when the team lost 1-4 to powerhouse Serbia in the first round.last_img read more

Despite Sabarimala protests, Left does well in Kerala local body bypolls

first_imgEven as the BJP and the Congress continue to intensify their protests against the kerala government over the Sabarimala issue, the CPI(M)-led Left government in Kerala has secured favourable results in the recent local body bypolls in the state.Out of the 39 seats which went to polls, the Left parties have managed to bag 21. The Congress-led UDF came second with 12 seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party which led the Sabarimala protest with a hope to make inroads in Kerala’s electoral politics won only two seats.While the CPI(M) managed to sweep all seats in Thrissur, Kozhikode, Palakkad and Kasargod, the BJP won one seat each from Congress and JDU in Alappuzha district.Pathanamthitta district, which has been the heartland of the Sabarimala protest, did not favour the Left or the BJP.Speaking to India Today TV, Kerala Minister for Industries and Sports EP Jayarajan said the results are a clear indication for the acceptance of Left government.”The BJP and the Congress have been destroyed in this election amidst the Sabarimala issue. This shows the people have accepted our stand in this issue.”However, BJP state general secretary AN Radhakrishnan said the results of the bypolls are a positive sign for the BJP. “We have managed to snatch two new seats from the UDF in Alappuzha. This shows the trend on what is to come in the days.”Also Read | Rehana Fathima, activist who tried to enter Sabarimala temple, arrestedAlso Read | Should courts interfere in religion? Rajinikanth breaks silence on SabarimalaAlso Watch | Shah trying to polarise Sabarimala row?advertisementlast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7 metre height restriction and 15 tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 INVERNESS COUNTY: MacEachern Bridge Traffic on MacEachern Bridge on Trunk 19 near Campbellton Road will be reduced to one lane until Friday, June 22, for bridge repairs. Traffic will be controlled by 24-hour traffic signals. Wide loads will be restricted to 3.55 metres. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 -30- Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125 in Cape Breton Regional Municipality from Exit 2 to Exit 4 will be reduced to one lane until Sunday, Sept. 30. The detour is Keltic Drive. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 KINGS COUNTY: Oak Island Road Oak Island Road between West Brooklyn Road and Avonport will be closed to build a wall until Friday, June 29. A detour is available via West Brooklyn Road. Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: West Side South River Road West Side South River Road, from the intersection of Highway 104 for five kilometres to the south, will be reduced to one lane for road construction until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic will be controlled by signs and traffic control people. Motorists are advised to use extra caution when travelling through the construction zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sackville River Overpass The Sackville River overpass on Highway 102 southbound, south of Exit 4A, will have a left lane closure for bridge repairs until Saturday, June 30. Traffic control consists of a jersey barrier and speed reduction to 80 km/h. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 HANTS COUNTY: Route 214 Route 214 from Park Road, westerly to Trunk 14, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 (Marion Bridge Highway) Traffic on Route 327 (Marion Bridge Highway) is reduced to one lane for repaving from the intersection of Caribou Marsh Road south for six kilometres. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control people Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The project is scheduled for completion by Tuesday, July 31. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207 near Lawrencetown Beach will be closed for replacement until Saturday, June 30th. A one-lane bridge with traffic lights has been installed until construction is completed. CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125 in Cape Breton Regional Municipality from Exit 2 to Exit 4 will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour route is available via Keltic Drive. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Brooklyn Road Brooklyn Road at the intersection of Highway 101 in Yarmouth County is closed to all traffic for construction of a new underpass until Friday, Aug. 31. The public is asked to take an alternate route. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5614 Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from west of Addington Forks, west for 6.5 kilometers, will be reduced to one lane for road construction until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic will be controlled by signs and traffic control people. Motorists are advised to use extra caution when travelling through the construction zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105 There will be one-lane closures on Highway 105 from one kilometre east of the Highway 125 interchange (before Ed’s Playland), easterly to the bridge near the Marine Atlantic Terminal, for ditching, pipe work, and repaving. The work is to be completed by Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour is available on Gannon Road. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. PICTOU COUNTY: Barneys River West Side Road Overpass Traffic on the Barneys River West Side Road overpass, on Highway 104, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, June 29, to allow for repairs to the overpass. A detour route for wide loads will be posted. Traffic is controlled by 24-hour traffic signals and a detour route for wide loads is posted. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Cribbons Point Road Cribbons Point Road, at the intersection of Route 337, east for 1.7 kilometres, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-742-2416 Fax: 902-742-6000 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-3732 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, about 2.6 kilometres north of the Antigonish-Guysborough County line, for about 8.3 kilometres, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. DIGBY-YARMOUTH COUNTIES: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Darling Lake, Yarmouth Co. to Salmon River, Digby Co. will be reduced to one lane for a paving project until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Leitches Creek Bridge The eastbound lanes of Highway 125, over Leitches Creek, will be reduced to one lane, 24 hours a day until late June. This will allow concrete repairs, waterproofing, and repaving of the bridge deck. Drivers should use extra caution and be prepared for traffic delays in the construction area. Keltic Drive is available as a detour. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 PICTOU COUNTY: West Branch Road Closed Beginning Monday, June 11, West Branch Road in Pictou County will be closed between College Grant Road and Black River Road to allow for bridge repairs. The road will be closed 24 hours a day until the end of the project which is scheduled for completion on Friday, June 22. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31, for repairs. Traffic control consists of signals. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Highway 111, eastbound and westbound, from the Windmill Road overpass to Lake Micmac and Lake Banook will have lane closures at various locations until late July for construction. Two travel lanes will remain open for commuters from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Halifax bound, and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Dartmouth bound. At least one travel lane will remain open at all other times. Motorists are advised to use extra caution when travelling through the work site, and be prepared for delays. Traffic is controlled by traffic control people, signs, cones and barrels. Work is expected to take place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday (some weekend work may take place). RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 320 Starting Monday, June 11, traffic on Route 320 will be reduced to one lane from north of the intersection of Route 206 near Arichat, north for 4.5 kilometres toward D’Escousse for repaving. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by traffic control people. The project is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, July 31. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 KINGS COUNTY: Victoria Road and Route 221 The intersection of Victoria Road and Route 221 will have one lane closures for repaving and shoulder work until Friday, June 22. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 8 to Exit 7, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31, for repaving. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle, a flashing light, barrels, cones and traffic control people. A detour is available on Trunk 3 from Exit 6 to Exit 9, between Hubbards and Chester Basin. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Oak Island Road Oak Island Road, between West Brooklyn Road and Avonport, will be closed to build a wall until Friday, June 29.The detour is West Brooklyn Road. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Groves Point Road Groves Point Road, from Highway 105 to Groves Point Beach Park, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. The detour is St. James Road. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 101 Construction is taking place on Highway 101 between Exit 33 at Port Maitland and Exit 34 in Hebron. Work involves surface milling, repaving, shoulder improvements and guardrail installation. The construction will lead to traffic delays.Work will take place from dawn to dusk. Drivers must slow down in the construction area or, if possible, take an alternate route. The work is scheduled for completion on Friday, June 15th. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sackville River Overpass The Sackville River Overpass on Highway 102 southbound, just south of Exit 4A, will have a left-lane closure for bridge repairs until Saturday, June 30. Traffic control consists of a jersey barrier and speed reduction to 80 km/h. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.last_img read more

Call for Applications for 26th Annual Export Achievement Awards

first_imgBusiness savvy Nova Scotia exporters with excellent export records and a competitive edge, should submit applications for the 26th annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards. Nova Scotia companies are invited to submit applications for the annual exporter-recognition event, being held at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax on Thursday, May 21. Seven Nova Scotia companies will be recognized for skill and dedication through outstanding exporting achievements. The awards are designed to honour exporters’ growth, innovation, partnerships and business volume. They also recognize the contributions exporters make to Nova Scotia’s economy. All award winners will be featured in promotional brochures, newspaper advertising, video presentations, as well as on cable television and websites. Winning companies will receive the 2009 Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards logo to use for promotional purposes. A unique, handcrafted award is presented to each winner at the award ceremony. Past winners say they have gained lasting and significant recognition by winning an Export Achievement Award. The award helps raise the company’s profile at home, attracts new foreign customers and boosts employee morale. “It was an honour for our company to receive an Export Achievement Award,” said 2008 Long Term Exporter award winner, Phil Ellwood, plant manager of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation. “Exporting is critical to our success and important to the province’s economy. “The award is an encouraging form of support and recognition.” Applications must be received by Friday, Feb. 27. For more information on the awards and for applications visit www.exportachievementawards.com. Applications are also available by calling Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) at 902-424-6814. In 2007, Nova Scotia’s export industry for international goods and services was valued at $7.5 billion. The province is also home to more than 850 international exporters. The Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards are presented by NSBI, the province’s business development agency, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and assists Nova Scotia companies meet growth potential trade development, business advisory services and business financing.last_img read more

Provinces Third CEC Providing Better Care Sooner in Tatamagouche Area

first_imgPeople in Tatamagouche now have shorter wait times for emergency and primary care. Premier Darrell Dexter officially opened the province’s third collaborative emergency centre at Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital today, Sept. 5. More than 1,500 patients in the area have already benefited from the care of highly trained doctors, nurses and paramedics since the centre opened to the public in July. “Nova Scotia’s third collaborative emergency centre is helping people receive better health care, when and where they need it,” said Premier Dexter, who along with Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson, met with local residents at the centre’s official opening.” “By bringing emergency departments and local family practices together to work as a team, we are fulfilling government’s commitment to keep emergency rooms open to ensure Nova Scotians get the health care they need in their own communities.” Emergency room closures plagued the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital in the past. Between April 2010 and March 2011, the hospital had 1,952 hours of temporary closure. The new collaborative emergency centre is keeping the emergency room open, reducing patient wait times and providing a team-based approach that offers continuity of care. This will ensure patients can get the appropriate treatment before a minor health issue becomes a health crisis. Nova Scotia’s first collaborative emergency centre opened in Parrsboro in July 2011, and the Springhill centre opened in March. Centres have also been announced for Pugwash, Annapolis Royal and Musquodoboit Harbour. Other provinces are following Nova Scotia’s progressive and innovative approach to health care. Saskatchewan announced it will implement a similar CEC model after visiting the Parrsboro centre in July. Officials specifically noted the appeal of primary health care professionals working together as a team. The services at the collaborative emergency centre in Tatamagouche include: Between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., a team, including a primary care paramedic and a registered nurse, staff the centre to ensure patients get the care they need. An EHS oversight physician provides assistance by phone. “The Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital was a deciding factor in our move here 13 years ago from Banff. Naturally, I grew concerned with the many closures we experienced in the past couple of years,” said Murray Pridham, local resident and a volunteer with the CEC Community Liasion Committee. “The formation of the CEC is a great solution to keeping this hospital open and serving the community for years to come. Having my GP on site, with quick access to the hospital facilities, has been great. I see a physician much quicker now.” “The collaborative emergency centre now offers our communities more reliable access around the clock to primary and emergency health care services,” said Colchester East Hants Health Authority Board chair John K. MacDonald. “We are so grateful for this new model and the many partners provincially and across our district who brought life to this new service for our residents.” For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner plan, visit www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner . access to primary health care by a team of professionals, including doctors and nurse practitioners, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week same-day or next-day access to medical appointments 24/7 access to emergency care.last_img read more

Fredericton handles influx of first responders for regimental funeral

first_imgFREDERICTON – There’s no shortage of volunteers as the small city of Fredericton handles the logistics of thousands of police officers and other first responders arriving for a regimental funeral Saturday.They are coming from across the continent to be part of the funeral for Fredericton police constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns, who were killed responding to a shooting that also claimed the lives of Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.Const. Robb Hartlen of the Kensington, P.E.I., police force, says so many people want to do something to help.Hartlen, whose hometown is Fredericton, has organized drivers to ferry people to and from the Fredericton airport.Const. Sara O’Toole of the Kingston, Ont., police, arrived Friday and says every officer can identify with the dangers of the job, and feel the need to come together to console each other.The visiting first responders are filling up Fredericton hotels or staying with colleagues, while many have also been billeted out to the homes of people who have offered a room.last_img read more

IMF agrees to 50 billion deal to help Argentinas economy

first_imgWASHINGTON – Argentina and the International Monetary Fund agreed Thursday on a three-year $50 billion stand-by financing deal aimed at strengthening the South American country’s economy and helping it fight inflation.The IMF said the staff-level agreement will be subject to approval by the international body’s executive board, which will consider Argentina’s economic plan in the coming days.In Argentina, where many have criticized the government for turning to the IMF, Finance Minister Nicolas Dujovne said the funds would be available after the executive board meets June 20.“The package includes an immediate withdrawal of 30 per cent, or $15 billion, and then we will see,” he said at a news conference.Terms of the arrangement include the goals of reducing the Argentine government’s budget deficit by 2020 and of bringing down inflation to 17 per cent by 2019, 13 per cent by 2020 and 9 per cent by 2021, Dujovne said.Argentina’s consumer prices have been rising an estimated 25 per cent a year, one of the world’s highest inflation rates.“I am pleased that we can contribute to this effort by providing our financial support, which will bolster market confidence, allowing the (Argentine) authorities time to address a range of long-standing vulnerabilities,” said Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s managing director.President Mauricio Macri announced in May that his government was seeking a financing deal with the IMF following a sharp devaluation of Argentina’s currency and a tough global economic outlook.That decision rekindled bad memories for Argentines who blame the IMF’s austerity policies then for the country’s worst economic crisis in 2001, when one out of every five Argentines were jobless and millions were thrown into poverty. Thousands have joined in protests against Macri’s move to get IMF financing as well as his government’s belt-tightening measures, including the elimination of subsidies for utility rates.Critics of the deal asked how the government will meet deficit-reduction goals without making cuts to social assistance, subsidies and employment.“The goals of the agreement with the IMF will mean thousands of layoffs, a lower budget for health and education, belt-tightening for the retired and labour reform. In short, a series of measures against the people,” said leftist lawmaker Nicolas del Cano.IMF officials said Argentine authorities have pledged to maintain a floor under social assistance spending during the three-year duration of the program.Macri said the deal is needed to avoid another economic implosion. The financing arrangement “is a very important starting point,” he told reporters several hours before the deal was announced.Macri, a conservative who took office in 2015, has said the IMF money will allow Argentina to avoid another economic implosion and promises the deal will not harm the estimated one-third of Argentines who are poor.The IMF forecasts that economic growth in Argentina will slow from last year’s 2.9 per cent to only 2 per cent this year due to a drought that hurt agriculture production and the government’s efforts to rein in inflation.___Associated Press writer Debora Rey in Buenos Aires, Argentina, contributed to this report.___Luis Alonso Lugo on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/luisalonsolugolast_img read more

Cronos posts secondquarter net loss despite soaring revenue as costs mount

Companies in this story: (TSX:CRON) TORONTO — Cronos Group Inc. reported a net loss for the second quarter of 2019 despite nearly tripling its revenue from the same time last year.The company’s adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the quarter ended June 30 amounted to a loss of $17.8 million, or 22 cents per share, compared to $2.4 million, or zero cents per share, in the second quarter of 2018.Net revenue soared to $10.24 million, compared to $3.39 million a year ago, before marijuana was legalized.Analysts expected revenue of $7.39 million and a loss of three cents per share, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.The pot producer says higher processing costs, sales and marketing expenses and increased research and development spending ate into profits.Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. holds a 45 per cent stake in the Canadian cannabis producer that it acquired for $2.4 billion.Under that agreement, Altria can also invest up to a further $1.4 billion within four years that would increase its ownership stake in the Toronto-based pot producer to 55 per cent. The Canadian Press read more

Bank of Canada holds interest rate as it takes stock of trade

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is holding steady on interest rates as it gauges the extent of the damage that deepening trade conflicts have had on the domestic and global economies.The rate decision, which was widely expected, keeps the central bank’s overnight rate at 1.75 per cent and follows a solid second-quarter rebound for the Canadian economy.In the policy statement, however, the bank said some of the strength seen earlier this year will likely be temporary and predicted economic activity to slow in the second half of 2019.It also underlines the weak spots — such as a sharp contraction in Canadian business investment that coincided with the increased trade uncertainty.The bank says the intensification of the U.S.-China trade conflict has been a bigger drag on global economic momentum than it had predicted in early July, which was the last time governing council provided public commentary.The statement says the current level of policy stimulus remains appropriate and, in the lead up to next month’s rate decision, that the bank will monitor to how global developments will affect the Canadian outlook.Heading into the announcement, the bank was widely expected to leave its rate unchanged. Many analysts have projected the bank to cut its borrowing rate at the next policy meeting on Oct. 30, mostly due to expanding trade tensions and the deteriorating global economy.The Canadian Press read more

Luke campaign cost 19733

Former Norfolk mayor Charlie Luke spent less than half the amount he was entitled to in his failed bid for re-election.Luke and other candidates for mayor in Norfolk were subject last year to a $49,123 spending limit.In a financial statement filed with the clerk’s department last week, Luke claimed campaign expenses in the amount of $19,733. He also claimed campaign income in the same amount.During last year’s campaign, mayoral contender Russell Colebrook told audiences he was running a bare-bones campaign that would accept no donations and spend no money.The financial statement Colebook — a former taxi driver living in Renton – filed with the clerk’s department last Halloween declares no income and no expenditures.For her part, eventual victor Kristal Chopp, of Port Dover, has yet to file a financial statement.All candidates in last fall’s municipal election have till 2 p.m. March 29 to file a primary financial statement with the clerk’s department at Governor Simcoe Square.In the absence of that, all candidates have till March 28 to file a request in the Ontario Court of Justice for a reporting extension.After March 29, candidates have till 2 p.m. April 29 to file a financial statement along with a $500 late-filing fee. After that, penalties for not filing at all take effect.Financial reporting requirements include declaring individuals who donated $100 or more to a campaign. In Luke’s filing, this includes:Peter Selk of Port Rowan: $1,200. John Lennox of Port Dover: $750. Joan Good of Simcoe: $500. Paul Good of Simcoe: $500. John Luke of Simcoe: $500. John Hanselman of Delhi: $200. Vidyasagar Kongara of Simcoe: $200. Ron Baker of Port Rowan: $100. Contributions of goods and services to Luke’s campaign include:Kyle Shay of Simcoe: Advertising copywriting and design for local media valued at $1,150. Stacy Bradshaw of Port Dover: Website development and copy editing valued at $670. Angela Simon of Villa Nova: Advertising layout and design valued at $575. Luke also claimed 597 election signs valued at nearly $4,000. These were re-cycled from his successful mayoral campaign in 2014.Candidates who receive donations or incur expenses of $10,000 or more are required to file an auditor’s report with their statement.In a report attached to Luke’s filing, the Simcoe accounting firm Good Redden Klosler says the numbers contained in Luke’s report are accurate according to the documents he provided them.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Oxbridge applicants are just as likely to get in wearing a Tshirt

first_imgShe also said that companies offering advice to help Oxbridge candidates with their entrance interviews are a waste of time and money. In fact, applicants are often stopped mid-flow if they turn up with scripted answers.She said: “There is quite a lot of overthinking of the process and trying to interpret what we’re looking for.”We are looking for people who are extremely enthusiastic about the subject they are applying for, and have got the right aptitude and prior knowledge for it. That’s actually all there is to it, it’s not some big secret. You see people every year who are too cold and are shivering. My advice would be to dress in layersDr Sam Lucy 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. “They do get very, very nervous because obviously they are placing a huge amount of weight on it.”And you do find people who are coming along with little rehearsed answers to things, so they are sort of predicting what the questions might be and learn a response – that never, ever works.”If we spot that being delivered to us we tend to gently stop that answer. It doesn’t come across well at all.” Radcliffe Camera at Oxfordcenter_img Some companies offer advice on how to get a place at Oxford or CambridgeCredit:Andrew Matthews /PA Oxbridge hopefuls are just as likely to be accepted if they turn up wearing a “T-shirt and jeans” rather than a smart suit, the director of admissions at Cambridge has said.Contrary to popular belief potential undergraduates are assessed on what they say rather than the way they look, she said. Speaking at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) annual gathering in Stratford-upon-Avon, Dr Sam Lucy said:  “One of the bits of advice I give to applicants is to pretend you’re already a student, turn up ready to engage and ready to talk. Think of it more like a teaching session, and less like a job interview.”And you see people every year who are too cold and are shivering. My advice would be to dress in layers, so that you feel comfortable. If you are comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt, absolutely fine.”It tends to be a compromise between what you actually feel comfortable in, and what your mother would let you leave the house wearing.”last_img read more

Blizzard axes Diablo 3s Team Deathmatch will wield dueling soon

first_imgFans of the Diablo franchise have long since been tired of waiting for Blizzard to drop some (player vs. player) PvP aspects into their latest title, but it seems that wait won’t be much longer. Unfortunately, it also means that the Team Deathmatch feature that was promised with PvP has been shelved until further notice.Anyone who has been fortunate enough to check out the Team Deathmatch demonstrations at Blizzard events in the past year will tell you that it is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to PvP. After you’ve played through D3 the required four times in order to truly beat it, of course you’ll want to pick a fight with your friends. After all, they have likely been bragging about how amazing their character is and how many times they have bailed you out. PvP would let you settle score once and for all. And then group PvP, like Team Deathmatch, would allow you to take that same mentality to larger scale combat. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen any time soon.Instead, the Blizzard team is working on releasing a one on one PVP for Diablo 3, and expects to have more on this in the not-so-distant future. One-on-one combat is fun, but limits the scope of potential combat scenarios. In playing Diablo 3, many players opt for dealing the most damage to multiple targets as possible in case you get cornered. Unless you re-specced for a boss fight, a lot of those players will have never considered a PvP build for their character.The good news for Blizzard is that likely means an increase in farming and using the Auction House to get the necessary gear, but with so much time having passed since any new content was added it is hard to say whether or not most people will decide that is worth doing at all.Unfortunately, this was always going to be the problem with Diablo 3. The core game was too short and there was no plan to add new content. Had PvP become available when more than 10% of the users moved into the third time through the game, it would have given people a reason to keep playing. Team Deatchmatch, and really any kind of group combat other than playing through the game one more time, would bring people back to the game in droves. It seems really unlikely that PvP as we currently see it will have the same effect.More reading: Diablo 3 sells as “Big Pineapples” in Chinalast_img read more

La coopération avec ses semblables a rendu lhomme plus intelligent

first_imgLa coopération avec ses semblables a rendu l’homme plus intelligentSelon une étude publiée hier, l’être humain aurait développé son cerveau au fil du temps parce qu’il s’est vu obligé de travailler en équipe, de coopérer avec ses semblables pour survivre.Le cerveau des Homo sapiens est beaucoup plus développé que celui des hominidés précédents. Or, selon une équipe de chercheurs irlandais et écossais, ce développement viendrait de l’obligation qu’ont eu les humains de coopérer pour survivre. Avec un cerveau développé, l’homme a pu mettre en place des relations d’ordre social. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les scientifiques ont réalisé un modèle informatique reproduisant le cerveau humain, au sein duquel le réseau de neurones était capable d’évoluer pour orienter la réaction à adopter dans une série de défis sociaux. Ce cerveau virtuel a été confronté à deux situations différentes.Dans le premier, deux criminels sont arrêtés par la police et chacun peut décider ou non de dénoncer son complice. Dans le second, les deux individus sont prisonniers dans leur voiture ensevelie par la neige et ils doivent évaluer la situation pour déterminer s’ils unissent leurs efforts pour s’en extraire ou s’ils se contentent de laisser l’autre agir. Les résultats publiés par la revue britannique Proceedings of the Royal Society B montrent que, plus son “cerveau” évoluait, plus l’individu était enclin à coopérer, ont découvert les chercheurs. Pourtant, dans les deux cas, l’individu était censé obtenir davantage de bénéfices en se montrant égoïste. “Nous coopérons fréquemment au sein de grands groupes d’individus qui ne se connaissent pas, et cela nécessite des capacités cognitives pour déterminer qui est en train de faire quoi, et ajuster son comportement en conséquence”, explique à l’AFP l’un des auteurs de l’étude, Luke McNally, du Trinity College de Dublin. Mais en réalité, cette coopération n’est pas complètement désintéressée. Elle est souvent le fruit d’un calcul destiné à en évaluer les retombées positives, et en particulier dans l’espoir d’y trouver son compte, obtenir un retour d’ascenseur, souligne M. McNally. “Si tu coopères et que je triche, la prochaine fois, tu pourrais te dire : “il a triché l’autre fois, alors je ne coopère plus avec lui”. On doit coopérer pour pouvoir continuer à bénéficier de cette coopération”, résume le chercheur.Une taille cérébrale qui limite celle de la communauté À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Selon lui, le travail en équipe et le développement cérébral se stimulent l’un l’autre. “Le passage à des sociétés plus coopératives, plus complexes, peut pousser à l’évolution d’un cerveau plus gros. Et avec l’apparition de niveaux d’intelligence plus élevés, on constate que la coopération va beaucoup plus loin”. Ce rapport limite également “la taille de la communauté avec laquelle nous pouvons interagir, celle à laquelle nous avons le sentiment d’appartenir”, indique Robin Dunbar, anthropologue spécialiste de l’évolution à l’université d’Oxford. En effet, la taille du cerveau elle-même est à l’origine de cette limite. Selon ce chercheur, notre “réseau social personnel” est limité à environ 150 individus en moyenne, et faire passer ce chiffre à 500 nous obligerait à doubler la taille de notre cerveau. “Si nous voulons créer une meilleure intégration sociale, une plus grande cohésion à l’échelle de la France, et encore plus à l’échelle de l’Union européenne, nous allons devoir inventer d’autres manière de le faire”, nous ne pourrons attendre que l’évolution fasse son œuvre, conclut Robin Dunbar.Le 12 avril 2012 à 15:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le chocolat chaud a un meilleur goût dans une tasse orange

first_imgLe chocolat chaud a un meilleur goût dans une tasse orangeDes chercheurs britanniques et espagnols ont mis en évidence le fait que la couleur d’un récipient influence la perception du goût de son contenu. Ainsi, déguster du chocolat dans une tasse orange, par exemple, accentuerait le plaisir à le consommer.Vous vous apprêtez à boire un bon chocolat chaud ? Alors attention à la couleur de la tasse que vous utilisez ! C’est ce que suggère une étude publiée cette semaine dans la revue Journal of Sensory Studies qui établit un lien entre la couleur du contenant et la perception gustative. Au cours de ces travaux, des chercheurs de l’université d’Oxford (Grande-Bretagne) et de l’école polytechnique de Valence (Espagne), ont en effet réalisé une expérience intéressante. Ils ont donné à boire un même chocolat chaud à 57 volontaires. Seule différence entre ces chocolats, leur contenant. Les tasses étaient soit blanche, couleur crème, rouge ou orange. Puis ils ont interrogé les sujets sur les sensations ressenties lors de leur dégustation. Les chercheurs ont ainsi pu constater que le chocolat paraissait meilleur lorsqu’il était servi dans un récipient de couleur orange ou de couleur crème. Le résultat suggère ainsi que la couleur du contenant pourrait augmenter la perception gustative. “La couleur du contenant dans lequel la nourriture ou la boisson sont servies peut améliorer certaines caractéristiques, comme le goût ou l’arôme”, résume Betina Piqueras-Fiszman cité par le Figaro.fr. “Il n’y a pas de règle fixe dictant qu’une tasse d’une certaine forme ou couleur augmente le goût ou le parfum. En réalité, cela dépend du type d’aliment”, précise-t-elle.De la mousse au fraise plus sucrée dans une assiette blanche À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’autres associations que le chocolat chaud dans une tasse orange ont ainsi déjà été mises en avant. Par exemple, la mousse à la fraise parait plus sucrée et plus savoureuse servie sur une assiette blanche que noire. De même, une boisson paraissait plus rafraichissante dans un récipient de couleur bleue ou verte (couleurs froides) tandis que dans un contenant rose elle était perçue comme plus sucrée. Ajouté à cela, les scientifiques ont également constaté que, par exemple, une confiture de fraise est quant à elle beaucoup plus difficile à identifier dans un pot qui n’est pas rouge.Pour expliquer ce phénomène, il faut se pencher sur le fonctionnement cérébral. Une équipe de chercheurs a démontré, en mars dernier, que la vision d’un plat appétissant activait des aires cérébrales préparant les cobayes à apprécier sa dégustation. “La vue créé des attentes en termes de goût et de valeurs nutritionnelles qui préparent à accepter ou à rejeter le plat”, écrivaient les auteurs. Ceux-ci ont ainsi conforté l’idée selon laquelle un bon plat se mange aussi avec les yeux, ce que les grands cuisiniers savent d’ailleurs depuis longtemps. La simple couleur d’un contenant influerait donc également sur cette préparation à la dégustation.Le 4 janvier 2013 à 10:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Kindergarten Teacher at Wildwood Elementary SchoolFull-Time Customer Service Representative at Parterre Flooring SystemsPart-Time Officer Coordinator at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Pest Control Technician at RollinsFull-Time Sales Operations Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Resin Operator at Lubrizol CorporationFull-Time Manager at Dunkin Donuts (next to Rocco’s)Full-Time Manager In Training at Cumberland FarmsFull-Time Payroll Analyst I at Charles River LaboratoriesFull-Time/Part-Time Host/Dining Room Coordinator at Red Heat Tavern(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more