Did Inbreeding Doom the Mammoth?

first_imgWhen we think about the mammoth, we picture the 3-meter-high, 6-ton beast roaming northern Europe in imposing herds, fending off human hunters with their dangerous tusks. We don’t imagine genetically deformed creatures stumbling through a doomed landscape, going to desperate lengths to stay alive in a rapidly changing world. But now, an unusual feature on some mammoth fossils dredged from the North Sea suggests that inbreeding may have hastened the mammoth’s extinction 10,000 years ago.The strange feature in question is a round, flat area that researchers were surprised to find on a mammoth neck vertebra from the North Sea. This meant that the neck bone once had a small rib attached to it, a rare abnormality that can point to other skeletal problems. When neck ribs—also called cervical ribs—occur in humans, for example, 90% of affected individuals die before they reach adulthood, not because of the rib itself, but because the condition occurs alongside other developmental problems. Neck bones may be fused together, for example, or bones in the lower back may fail to solidify. The condition is also associated with chromosome abnormalities and cancer.Curious as to how widespread the neck rib abnormality might have been among North Sea mammoth populations, researchers led by paleontologist Jelle Reumer of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam in the Netherlands combed local museum collections looking for rib facets on mammoth neck bones that had been dredged from the North Sea. They found them in three of nine cases, the researchers report today in PeerJ. “This seemed [to be] an extremely high incidence,” Reumer says. 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A neck rib could be a sign that the mother suffered harsh conditions, like disease or famine, while pregnant, or it could be a sign of genetic trouble due to inbreeding. In the case of the mammoths, Reumer and Galis suspect both.Abnormalities fit in with Reumer’s preferred explanation for mammoths’ extinction, in which climate change fragmented their habitat, separating pockets of the animals from each other. In such small populations, inbreeding ensued, and the loss of genetic variation left the animals with few defenses against new onslaughts from parasites, disease, and human hunting. Galis describes the vicious cycle of inbreeding and vulnerability as an “extinction vortex.” Still, because the cervical rib-sporting mammoth vertebrae weren’t part of complete skeletons, the researchers couldn’t tell if their bearers suffered other deformities.Eleftheria Palkopoulou, a geneticist who has analyzed mammoth DNA but was not involved in the new study, says this scenario fits with her research that shows mammoth populations shrank about 20,000 years ago. She notes that genetic analysis could determine if inbreeding was truly occurring in the last mammoth populations, and that such studies are “now becoming technologically possible.”Paleontologist Daniel Fisher of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is skeptical, however, noting that the study included only a small number of mammoths and that inbreeding could be purely a result of dwindling population rather than a cause. Still, he says, “there’s no question that [the neck rib] represents some interesting natural history.””It’s a fascinating idea,” says Ross MacPhee, a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, who was not involved in the study. Still, he notes that the researchers relied on the bones’ approximate ages, which span a period of 20,000 years, but didn’t perform the radiocarbon dating that could pin down the abnormalities to the very last years of the mammoths’ reign. Without that precision, it’s impossible to know if the abnormalities occurred only in a population that was in decline, or if they persisted for tens of thousands of years as an unusual but harmless feature. “I’m just not convinced” that the neck ribs are a smoking gun, he says.last_img read more

Kings try to keep top 2 in sight

first_imgLATEST STORIES Blackwater, which needs to win this one to stay in the hunt, will continue to miss the services of sophomore Art dela Cruz and rookie Mac Belo.Victories by the Beermen and Gin Kings in their last three games and a win by Star over Alaska next week would put the three teams under the San Miguel umbrella in a logjam at the top, necessitating the quotient system, which the Hotshots would lose.Losses in one game for all three SMC teams would, incidentally, allow the Bolts and the Texters back in the hunt for a top two finish, granting that Meralco and TNT hurdle their respective final assignments.And while the race for top honors has been a frenetic one, staying out of the dreaded seventh and eighth spots has also been heated, with defending champion Rain or Shine clashing with GlobalPort in the 4:15 p.m. contest and seeking a win that would seal a middle-of-the-pack finish.Alaska, which is on a five-game losing streak, is occupying seventh spot right now, but the Aces have two chances to better their position. They could also help determine the top-two chase as they end their elimination round schedule with matches against the Beermen and the Hotshots this Saturday and Wednesday, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lessons learned as Hisamitsu cruises past Rebisco-PSL spikers Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Phoenix Petroleum holds the eighth spot, with the Fuel Masters closing out against rejuvenated NLEX on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ As things stand, Star put a hand on a top two spot Wednesday night after a 108-90 destruction of Meralco, and the only teams that can topple the Hotshots out of that are sister teams San Miguel and Ginebra, which both beat Star in the eliminations.“We have a good shot at it,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said after that win over the Beermen, referring to a top two finish that seemed out of the picture just a few days back, after an unexpected loss to Rain or Shine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We bounced back from that,” he said. “We felt that it was a very winnable game. But the important thing is that we persevered this time [against San Miguel]. We were pretty motivated [to bounce back from that].”Justin Brownlee will be ranged against beefy and agile Greg Smith, but the Kings are listed as the favorites because of a local roster that has been performing so well of late. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Biñan, Laguna—Barangay Ginebra tries to stay in the frenzied race for a top two berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup when, five days removed from bringing down the most feared side of all, the Gin Kings slug it out with sputtering Blackwater at Alonte Sports Center here.Taking the momentum of a 107-99 decision of San Miguel Beer last Sunday, the Gin Kings are the solid picks in their 7 p.m. clash with the Elite as they try to keep two other teams—Meralco and TNT KaTropa—out of the twice-to-beat race.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

ISL 2019-20 HIGHLIGHTS, Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City FC: Chermiti Goal, Amrinder Save Gives Win to Mumbai

first_imgKerala Blasters gave a good account of themselves against ATK but they have a cause for concern as their influential midfielder Mario Arques was taken off injured in the last game. However, Bartholomew Ogbeche would once again be the centre of attraction as after a quick start to the season, he would be expected to add to his goal tally..@KeralaBlasters KBFC fans#TrueLove #HeroISL #LetsFootball @kbfc_manjappada pic.twitter.com/eFouWFXmJg— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 24, 2019 Mumbai will look towards the likes of Paulo Machado and Modou Sougou, key figures behind the team’s run to the play-offs last season, to drive the team. They have several key Indian midfielders in Rowllin Borges and Raynier Fernandes who will be expected to set the tempo for the team from the middle of the park. The Islanders will also bank on the firepower they have with new recruits Serge Kevyn and Amine Chermiti boosting their attacking arsenal.last_img read more

Juvenile arrested for stealing bike from a seller at OLX

first_imgIt seems that websites that buy and sell second hand properties have become rendezvous for cheaters. They sell stolen properties, make fool of buyers and loot the sellers.Police recently apprehended a juvenile from west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar area who is accused of stealing a sports bike from a seller at OLX website.HERE’S WHAT HAPPENEDAnwar Ali, who deals in car accessories business, posted photograph of his second hand sports bike with intention to sell it on OLX. Someone made a call to him regarding the buying. In order to show the bike, Anwar met prospective buyer and his associate at Uttam Nagar metro station.”He asked for trial ride of the bike and I allowed him keeping his friend standing with me. He took the ride for certain distance and called me there. As I moved towards him. The rider fled with the bike and his associate also ran away”, said Anwar Ali.ACCUSED ARRESTED, BIKE RECOVEREDAnwar registered a criminal case regarding the matter. During investigation, phone numbers of the accused were found to be fake but their photos were genuine. With the help of the photographs, police apprehended a juvenile and recovered the sports bike as well from his possession.With Anil Baliyanlast_img read more

Now with Clippers, Kawhi Leonard spoils Warriors fun again

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Rivers hardly considers Curry past his prime beginning his 11th NBA season.“I want him to get older. I’m all for the 40 Steph, I can’t wait for that one,” Rivers quipped. “He’ll still be playing because he can shoot. He just won’t be as agile I don’t think. He’s been around a long time. It’s amazing when you think about it how quickly it goes.”UP NEXTClippers: At Suns on Saturday having won the last 12 meetings overall and six straight in Phoenix.Warriors: At Thunder on Sunday having won 11 straight road games in the regular season and two in a row at Oklahoma City.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tokyo Olympics: How about a marathon at 3 a.m.—or 5 a.m.? Reigning NBA Finals MVP Leonard shot 9 for 17 and also dished out nine assists in his second game with L.A. after leading the Toronto Raptors to their first title last season in a six-game finals against the Warriors.“I thought he started doing it in the second round last year,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “In the first round he was just dominating and then I thought as each round went on he started playmaking more and more, but what he’s doing now is on another level.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceStephen Curry scored 23 points but committed eight turnovers and D’Angelo Russell added 20 points in his Golden State debut, but the Warriors got beat up the way they used to do it against the entire NBA — even giving up a 46-point third quarter.“They hit us with our typical third quarter type of vibe,” Curry said.What a dud for the Dubs as they formally opened new Chase Center in San Francisco after 47 years at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Patrick Patterson scored 20 points and Ivica Zubac had 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots for Los Angeles.In a rematch of the hard-fought first-round playoff series last season won by the Warriors in six games on their way to a fifth straight finals, the Clippers jumped to a 14-0 lead making 5 of their first 6 shots. Golden State started 0 for 6 and missed four 3s. Russell’s jumper at 8:23 gave Golden State its first points and he scored the Warriors’ initial seven before Curry hit a 3 at 6:42.The Warriors got a scare when they briefly lost Draymond Green at the 9:03 mark of the opening quarter after he injured his right elbow on a screen, and it was sore all night because of a nerve issue. Green returned to the court at the start of the second and wound up with 11 points.Curry, who at 31 is the oldest Warriors player, was 2 of 11 on 3s as new-look Golden State went 15 for 42 from deep. Kevin Durant is long gone and so are several other key veterans part of the recent Warriors championship runs.“I’m sure the film session tomorrow won’t be pretty,” Curry said.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard looks at the scoreboard during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game Golden State Warriors on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO — Kawhi Leonard sure knows how to spoil Golden State’s fun.Leonard did it again in the Warriors’ first game at Chase Center just like in their farewell at Oracle Arena four months ago, scoring 21 points in three quarters to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 141-122 victory Thursday on opening night at Golden State’s snazzy new arena.ADVERTISEMENT Golden State coach Steve Kerr is embracing the move and new arena — he’s still figuring his way around the building — but noted “I’ll miss everything about Oracle. It’s a great place to play.”Some fans left after the third quarter with the home team trailing 111-87.There will be plenty more lumps along the way for this young group, with Kerr noting, “This is not a one off.”“This is more the reality of the NBA. The last five years we’ve been living in a world that isn’t supposed to exist,” Kerr said.Leonard and Patrick Beverley were booed during pregame introductions for the Clippers, who beat the Lakers 112-102 in their opener Tuesday with Leonard scoring 30 points on 10-for-19 shooting.TIP-INSClippers: Los Angeles shot 56.8% in the first half (21 of 37), making 6 of 11 3s. … The Clippers were outrebounded 23-20 in the first half and 42-39 overall. … G Rodney McGruder missed his second straight game with a high right ankle sprain. … The Clippers scored 58 points in the paint.Warriors: Golden State called a late timeout when it had none remaining, resulting in a technical foul. … Kevon Looney started at center for the Warriors after working back from a strained right hamstring then dealt with right hamstring tightness in the second half and didn’t return as a precautionary move. The hope had been he would play about 20 minutes with four stretches of five minutes or so, Kerr said. … Kerr challenged a foul call on Looney late in the first half and the call was upheld. … The Warriors had won the last three at home against the Clippers.NICE TOUCHESNewly enshrined Hall of Famer Al Attles, who will be 83 next month, took part in a ceremonial tipoff just before the ball actually went up. Attles joined the organization in 1960 and played in the Philadelphia Warriors in Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game on March 2, 1962.Injured Splash Brother Klay Thompson, who could miss the entire season recovering from surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee, spoke to the fans at midcourt before the game. He also shared a hug and a few words with Leonard.Construction workers who built Chase Center held the flag for the national anthem.LOCKED OUTKerr joked he might need to wear his key card around his neck even on game nights.“I’ve been locked out of my office a couple times after games, true story,” he said. “… We’re slowly but surely figuring those things out.”QUOTEABLE Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Barcelona star Luis Suarez ruled out for a month due to knee injury

first_imgLuis Suarez has been ruled out for at least a month after picking up a knee injury during Barcelona’s Spanish Super Cup second leg match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.According to a press release by Uruguay’s football association, Suarez has suffered a traumatism of his right knee, resulting in a partial rupture of posterior capsule.The release stated that the estimated time of return by the Barcelona Club Health is four to five weeks.Comunicado de la Sanidad de la AUF. Luis Surez lesionado.https://t.co/WrMh42ym9Z pic.twitter.com/VDJsYrX5gk- Seleccin Uruguaya (@Uruguay) August 17, 2017Suarez will be missing Uruguay’s World Cup qualifying matches against Argentina on August 31 and Paraguay on September 5.The 30-year-old will also be missing four of Barcelona’s La Liga matches against Real Betis, Espanyol and Eibar at home and away games against Alaves and Getafe.Barcelona, in a statement later, confirmed that Suarez will be out for a month.The Catalan club also announced that Gerard Pique has sustained a groin strain in his left leg and is doubtful for their La Liga opener against Real Betis.Barcelona lost the Spanish Super Cup to arch-rivals Real Madrid 5-1 on aggregate after the Zinedine Zidane team beat the Catalans 3-1 at Camp Nou through an own goal by Gerard Pique and two spectacular goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Marco Asensio in the first leg and 2-0 in the second leg, courtesy an early stunning strike from Asensio and another one from Karim Benzema, on Wednesday.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Denmark-France through to knockouts, Peru beat Australia

first_imgFrance and Denmark played a mutually beneficial 0-0 draw, which was also the first of the tournament, at the Luzhniki Stadium which allowed the French to finish top of Group C and the Danes to qualify in second spot on Tuesday.Thirty-six games in Russia had failed to result in a goalless stalemate, but neither France nor Denmark ever looked like scoring in a tedious affair.France were already assured qualification but wanted to go through in top spot to avoid a likely last-16 clash with in-form Croatia.Denmark could have only been denied qualification had they lost to France and had Australia beaten Peru in the match being simultaneously played in Sochi.But with the Peruvians leading 2-0 before the hour in that game, the Moscow clash settled down to little more than a canter.While not in the same category as the infamous 1982 “Nichtangriffspakt von Gijon” – the non-aggression pact of Gijon – when West Germany and Austria both settled for a 1-0 German win which put them both through, neither side at the Luzhniki looked to be going all out for victory.HIGHLIGHTSThe writing had been was on the wall early in the capital, with the play dominated by industry rather than any kind of inspiration.The Danes built a pattern of firing balls deep before quickly tracking back, while the French kept possession well but struggled throughout with the final ball.Antoine Griezmann, surprisingly not among the six players rested by Didier Deschamps for this match, looked listless as he sought to probe the Danish defence for a way through.advertisementAt times it seemed as though he was on a different wavelength to his teammates, who failed to spot his runs or find the spaces Griezmann played into.It took more than half an hour before there was any real chance, and then Ousmane Dembele pushed his right foot shot wide of the goal – and of Kasper Schmeichel’s overly elaborate dive.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEDeschamps brought Benjamin Mendy on for Lucas Hernandez just after half time, but he might have made a raft of changes as the French continually misfired.Jeers and whistles swirled around the frustrated crowd as both sides failed time after time to create any real opportunities, the Danes continuing to defend deep and the French rarely breaking out of a trot.Deschamps substituted Griezmann in the 68th minute for Nabil Fekir, but it was a case of plus ca change.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEFew teams will fear either side on the back of this performance but surely there will be better days ahead for both nations when the reality of sudden-death forces their hands.Their next opponents will be determined later on Tuesday when Nigeria play Argentina in Saint Petersburg, and Iceland face Croatia in Rostov-on-Don. Peru get 2-0 win over AustraliaA stunning Andre Carrillo volley gave Peru their first World Cup goal in 36 years before captain Paolo Guerrero grabbed a second as the Andean nation condemned Australia to a 2-0 defeat in Sochi on Tuesday and an early exit from Russia.Guerrero set up Carrillo’s 18th-minute wonder goal from the edge of the box with a delightful cross, then scored from a deflection five minutes after the interval to send Peru’s red-and-white army of fans into ecstasy at the Fisht Stadium.Although already eliminated, the Peruvians head home on a high note, having grabbed their first World Cup win since their 4-1 defeat of Iran at the 1978 finals in Argentina.Denied a place at the global showpiece for 36 years, the result left Peru third in Group C with three points, while the Socceroos head home with just one, but more than a few regrets.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Live adventurously and stylishly with a Bradley Mountain bag

first_img 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Editors’ Recommendations A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America If you’re in the market for a great looking and rugged bag, Bradley Mountain has you covered. This fledgling lifestyle label began in its founder’s garage and currently offers five sturdy canvas and leather bags ($195 to $449) that are handcrafted in its workshop in Southern California from natural materials. Brand spokesperson and team member Cody Howell recently filled me in on the brand’s brief history and its continually ascending success… What is the background of Bradley Mountain?The company was started in 2012 by Tyler Axtell when he was in college. He was looking for a specific style of bag and instead of hunting for it he decided that he was just going to make it. From there it spiraled into a business and he made it a full-time thing in 2014. Now it’s a team of four of us. We’re still making everything by hand and we’ve kind of ironed out things over the years. We are still doing everything here in our workshop in San Diego building product that is going to hold. We want to make products that will stick with you for a while.We are a young brand in the age sense as well as in the brand’s years. We are all in our early to mid twenties so none of us necessarily know the answers. We’re all just trying to figure it out through trial and error. That has been an exciting model to be in. You don’t have that person saying, “This is how we’ve done it for 50 years.”What sets the brand apart from other bag lines?We tout ourselves as a leather and canvas goods company. We love those materials because of the life they get over time. We’re not a leather company and we’re not even a backpack company. We’re just trying to have a gamut of leather and canvas goods. Our specialty is bags and we are trying to make a bag that is going to last.How many different styles do you offer?Right now we have our three backpacks and two duffle bags so it is a five-bag collection and we are in the process of releasing two more in the next two months that will tackle a different need. We want to keep a simple line and don’t want to be the company that has a million different options because we believe in our designs well enough.What are your bestselling models?Our signature bag is The Wilder, which is a large bag that is designed for multi-day use. It has side straps and multiple pockets and zippers but we still kind of keeping it very streamlined and simple for basic needs. It’s not a super technical bag. The on top of that we have our Biographer which is our daypack for your daily essentials whether you are going to school or doing an overnight trip. It’s a good bag to just kind of throw your essentials in and hit the road.Photo courtesy of Dylan FurstAnd you also do collaborations and make housewares?We have a few collaborations in the works. We’ve done a deck of cards, hats and a flag which are very different from our signature handmade stuff. The cards have done surprisingly well. We knew that they would be fun to release but we didn’t realize the success of them.Who is the Bradley Mountain customer?I think our graphic is more on the younger, more millennial side but we also have older adults who get it. It’s male and female and so it’s a pretty interesting niche. We’re not going after one type of person. We’re going after a lot of different ones.Where is the brand sold?Our company is primarily e-commerce but we have some wholesale accounts across the United States and some international ones. But we are not surviving on those. We are thriving on a direct to consumer business model which is what we love because we actually have relationships with our consumers.How do you find new customers?The company was kind of founded in the Instagram community and in that world. That is where the majority of our reach comes from. We also partner with other brands and companies who are in the same mindset and doing things that we believe in so we can stand behind them. We haven’t really had to market hard and our growth has come organically.Photo courtesy of Dylan FurstThere is no such place as Bradley Mountain so where does the name come from?Bradley Mountain is that place to put on your calendar or in front of you to kind of push you forward and instead of just talking about the trip actually pushing you to go do and experience. The whole brand stands for living adventurously so Bradley Mountain is this place to push you into the adventurous lifestyle. It doesn’t mean that you have to go climb a mountain; it just means that you get pushed into a new season and we want to be that catalyst.What has been the secret to your success?Our brand wouldn’t succeed without the San Diego community. We are part of a really rad group of creative and individuals that really are the heartbeat to San Diego, which is an up-and-coming city of makers and doers and creatives. We’re in a warehouse that houses about 20 other small businesses that are all creative in one way or another. The backing that we have from our community has been a huge part of our success. On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable last_img read more

Readers’ Picks of the Week (July 21- 25, 2014)

first_imgzoom VIDEO: Float-On and Transport of Costa Concordia Onboard Dockwise VanguardFollowing the successful parbuckling of Costa Concordia, and in anticipation of the pending refloat, Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary …Read moreDockwise Vanguard to Transport Costa Concordia Wreck?Dockwise Vanguard may be the solution for the transportation of Costa Concordia wreck to the scrapyard, since the owner of the cruise ship Carnival Cruises…Read moreCargo Cruises aboard Giants of the SeasCMA CGM Group is now offering genuine cruises aboard its biggest vessels, the new 16,020 TEUs container ships, such as the Marco Polo or…Read moreAustralian Maritime Unions Standing Their GroundThe Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) have confirmed they will push ahead with a legal challenge to …Read moreBarge Sinks off Batam, Kills ThreeA Singapore-registered barge POSH Mogami sank 2 nautical miles northeast of Sekupang, Batam Island Indonesia, on Friday (18 July) night claiming…Read morelast_img read more

Still a Long Way to Go for Full OSD Compliance

first_imgThe Offshore Safety Directive has been one of the main topics at this year’s Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference in Amsterdam.The implementation of the directive, which entered into force in July 2015, has raised many eyebrows as numerous uncertainties remain on the best approach to becoming compliant and focusing on key safety factors.World Maritime News spoke with representatives of the classification society Bureau Veritas, Hubert Ledoux, Risk and Safety Manager for Europe Zone, and Yvo Jansen, Chief Executive for and Director of Industry for Benelux and Nordic, to learn more about the implementation of the directive from the point of view of an independent verification body.The role of Bureau Veritas in helping companies implement the directive covers two segments. The first is to provide verification, as the directive requires an independent verification body to check the assets according to a verification scheme, to be developed by the relevant duty holder. The second role relates to providing consultancy services to companies and helping them prepare a safety case, a core document required by the new directive, and guide them through the process of attaining compliance.WMN: What would you say are the key challenges with the implementation of the new directive that companies face?Ledoux: The key challenge is to have an optimized verification scheme because the directive is not that much prescriptive when it comes to selecting safety critical elements. Therefore, there is no thorough rule about what should be selected as a safety critical element as there is just a general definition. This also applies to the level of detail in the approaches that should be used in checking the compliance and selecting the performance criteria. On the other hand, should the verification process be performed with the same level of detail on all safety critical elements whatever their criticality; the implementation of the directive would prove to be very costly for the duty holder.What BV can provide in this respect is experience so as to assist the duty holder to develop a rather optimized approach to verification. Bureau Veritas is taking a risk-based approach in developing this scheme and the main driving factor in preparing the verification scheme is the risk assessment of assets.Jansen: Aside to risk mitigation and the experience we contribute, the third added value is the reduction of maintenance costs and resolving ad hoc emergency situations in cases where noncompliance exists and where a client has to invest time and money to regain compliance.WMN: How would you assess the current situation when it comes to safety compliance of companies across the board? Can major hazards like the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 be avoided in Europe?Jansen: Unfortunately, the history has proven that despite all the effort you put in and all the man power there are always accidents happening. However, if you look at the accidents themselves, investigations into what happened indicate that the reasons behind these incidents lie in the failure of very simple daily operations, such as transfer of information between staff or very simple on site components, like exit doors, that in the end have a major impact.With the implementation of the independent verification scheme we are trying to find a very proactive way of removing these and becoming the eyes and ears of our duty holders by not only being in our offices, but also by being present at the scene, on platforms. The ultimate goal is to remove all these small triggers that cause major accidents before an accident happens.WMN: What can be done to prevent these little things from occurring and causing accidents? Is it education of workforce, training?Jansen: It starts with developing awareness. We have also started an academy where we not only train our own people, but also people working for offshore oil and gas operators to learn more about what is seen as noncompliance and how to deal with it. We also educate them about the manner in which to eventually manage their assets as a whole. With the major oil and gas companies, we see that our technical staff is constantly being challenged to find not just a safer and less costly way of doing things, but also a more sustainable and less risky place to work at.WMN: How would you describe the influence of the cost cutting measures in the offshore oil and gas industry on investment into safety? How does this affect the approach of oil and gas majors to safety regulation?Jansen: The impact of the industry situation is, indeed, everywhere. However, the impact that we see on a macro level total, is that billions of dollars in the offshore upstream oil and gas, especially in the Capex expenditure, are being diminished. Nevertheless, that money will come back into the operations again, probably downstream. In particular, due to reduced margins caused by the lower oil price you will get different sectors where our clients will invest money. However, they still have to invest in mitigating the safety risk, the legislation requires that.In the end you will see, for instance in the North Sea, much more of assets’ life time extensions and investments in operational expenditures, and this is exactly where our added value comes in.WMN; What is the next step for BV in implementation of the regulation? Any particular markets being targeted at the moment?Jansen: The next step is the roll out of the new verification scheme inside Europe, where BV can leverage on the experience we have mainly in Aberdeen. In terms of markets being targeted at the moment, there is Denmark where we have clients that don’t waste time and don’t wait till the new scheme is adopted and implemented locally, but are looking for a proactive company that will help them move further in the next five years.Hence, we are building new local hubs of experienced people as we need to be close to our clients and create local presence. This means that apart from being present in the UK, Denmark and the Netherlands, we will follow the oil and gas operating companies, because, in the end, the business is where they are.WMN: Is there a still a long way to go for companies to become fully compliant with the new directive?Ledoux: In terms of developing the appropriate documentation that is required by the directive, definitely yes. The process is highly demanding when it comes to the documentation necessary for owners, rig operators, etc. However, we cannot say that there the new directive brings too much administration as there is a need to provide confidence into the reliability and accountability of verification schemes.On the other hand, there is a risk for the client to get a bit lost with so many things now being required from them and this is the reason why  the efforts to provide the relevant documentation shall be proportionate to the level of risk.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Karuna again blames LTTE leader for defeat

Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman, who was Special Commander of the LTTE in the eastern Sri Lankan districts of Batticaloa and Ampara, says that the rift between him and LTTE Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran took place in December 2002 when the Tiger chieftain accused him of “betrayal” of the kind Mahendrarajah alias Mahatthya was accused of in the early 1990s and executed.Prabhakaran was livid with Karuna for persuading his chief negotiator, Anton Balasingham, to sign the December 5, 2002 “Oslo Declaration” which had committed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to “exploring the possibility of finding a political solution based on a federal structure within a united Sri Lanka.” Defending his action, Karuna said that he supported the signing of the Declaration only to “save the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam from isolation” in the international community which had become hostile to armed movements following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York. At a stormy Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s Central Committee meeting at Kilinochchi later in December, Karuna owned that he persuaded a reluctant Balasingham to accept the Norwegian Government’s draft declaration while other members of the LTTE delegation were either non-committal or suggested consultation with Prabhakaran before signing. “However, the real sting was in Prabhakaran’s charge that I had betrayed him as Mahatthya (his Deputy) did earlier. This hurt me deeply, because unlike Mahatthya, who was planning to kill Prabhakaran, I was only trying to save him and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam,” Karuna said.Sensing trouble, Karuna asked the European ceasefire monitors to urgently send a helicopter to fly him to his base in Batticaloa. “Once in Batticaloa, I refused to answer summons to come to Kilinochchi, knowing full well what would happen if I did,” Karuna told Express. “Prabhakaran was a good man, but he had no knowledge of globalization,” Karuna told Express.“At the special Central Committee meeting at Kilinochchi, Prabhakaran tore a copy of the Oslo Declaration to bits and accused me of selling out the struggle for Tamil Eelam. I tried to explain to him that the Declaration had only said that the two sides would explore a federal solution, not accept it. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam could always quit the talks if these were unsatisfactory, I submitted. But my arguments fell on deaf ears.” read more

89yearold lady uses golf club to fight off swordwielding burglar

first_img Source: hd fragman tv/YouTubeUS high school alters yearbook photos so female students ‘show less skin’>Man films unbelievable footage of tornado tearing through trailer park> SORRY ROBBER, YOU messed with the wrong OAP.An 89-year-old shop owner in Washington used a golf club to beat off a thief who tried to make off with her cash register. The intruder threatened her with a sword before running off in frustration with her lack of compliance.Miyo Koba was working in Frank’s Supermarket on Sunday when a man she described as tall and slender entered wearing a ski-mask and dark sunglasses.Koba has owned the store for about 60 years, and even kept it running when her husband died. When she noticed the man behind the till she threatened him with a scissors. It looked like a toy to me, so I didn’t feel threatened. It make me feel a little more brave. I had the scissors in my hand like this, and he was trying to open the till, and he said, ‘Open the till!’. I said, ‘No, I’m not going to open the till for you,’ and I said, ‘If you don’t get your hands off the till, I’m going to stab you with my scissors.’ But I didn’t. I didn’t have the nerve to stab him.The thief became unnerved at her resistance, and pulled out a 3 foot sword and “kind of waved it a little bit”, the shop-owner told KREM-TV. The sword that a lesser human would RUN AWAY from.The thief pushed her over, but didn’t deter her.“I got into a sitting position and I found the club so I went tried to swing this club at him and I tried to hit his head a couple times but I couldn’t reach it”, so she went for his legs instead.The suspect made off on a bike with the register after pulling it from the desk, but it was later recovered by the police with the money still in it. As were his clothes.He must have been running around in his underwear. It’s like a comedy.last_img read more

BandaiAurasma vous ne regarderez plus vos jouets de la même façon

first_imgBandai/Aurasma: vous ne regarderez plus vos jouets de la même façon !Bandai et Aurasma ont mis au point un nouveau concept d’emballage intégrant la réalité augmentée en 3D et la technologie de reconnaissance d’image. Toujours à la rechercher de nouveaux moyens pour susciter l’envie des consommateurs, Darrell Jones, directeur marketing de Bandai précise que “pouvoir regarder ses jouets en action n’importe où dans le monde est une véritable première dans l’industrie du jouet”.Chaque enfant, ou adulte bien entendu, pourra visualiser un produit grâce à l’application Aurasma. Une fois installée sur votre smartphone ou votre tablette, il suffira juste de placer celui-ci devant le jouet emballer qui s’animera instantanément sur votre écran. Une façon pour les enfants “d’examiner chaque partie du jouet avant de l’acheter”. Une façon de “donner vie” pendant quelques instants à votre Ben 10 ou votre Cosmocats.L’objectif est avant tout d’offrir aux enfants une expérience interactive dans des magasins où les jouets doivent rester en boîte.Cela devrait fonctionner à merveille auprès du jeune public, mais même les adultes devraient trouver cette nouvelle utilisation de la réalité augmentée assez amusante. Ce qu’il risque même d’arriver, c’est que l’emballage devienne plus excitant que le jouet en lui-même.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Darrell Jones déclare que “Bandai fait des efforts constants d’imagination pour rendre les jouets plus interactifs que jamais, nous sommes donc ravis d’être le premier partenaire commercial d’Aurasma à utiliser cette nouvelle technologie 3D”.L’application est disponible sur l’App Store d’Apple et l’Android Market de Google.Le 28 janvier 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

You Need to Order From Tommy Wiseaus Web Site This Isnt An

first_imgStay on target Everyone’s in on the joke that is The Room now. It’s one of the most recent so-bad-it’s-good movies, up there with Birdemic, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and Miami Connection. Weird movie with weird acting, weird writing, and weird direction, all made by a weird European guy named Tommy Wiseau. We get it. This post isn’t about the movie. This post is about a shopping experience enabled by the movie.Until recently, I didn’t actually have The Room in my collection of schlock Blu-rays and DVDs. I had Miami Connection, Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, and a copy of Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (signed by Lloyd Kaufman, the godfather of intentional schlock), but no The Room. With The Disaster Artist coming out soon, I decided to get a copy to help my friends catch up to the experience. I considered Amazon, but then I saw a post on the Super Best Friends Play subreddit (because Matt is obsessed with The Disaster Artist) with a picture of someone’s order from Tommy Wiseau’s website. He signed the Blu-ray.Welp, decision made. Let’s do this. And so I went to TommyWiseau.com. I got the Blu-ray, and a jacket, and a watch, and a pair of boxer briefs. The watch and boxer briefs were complimentary.First, a little context. Besides a brilliant filmmaker and the writer and director of cult classic The Room, Tommy Wiseau is also an entrepreneur and fashion designer. He designs underwear, jackets, and watches. And he sells them on his website, which feels like the online equivalent of buying clothes out of the back of a guy’s truck in a Staten Island parking lot.His clothes are very cheap (sorry, “marked-down”), with hoodies for $15-20, jackets for $25-30, and watches for $20-50. And only about half of them are self-referential designs milking The Room. Sure, you can get Tommy with clenched fists shouting “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!” on a t-shirt or watch, but you can also get the understated, seemingly NASA-inspired Tommy Planet jacket or The Captain III watch (with a free pair of boxer briefs).I ended up ordering a Blu-ray of The Room, which includes a free pair of boxer briefs, and a Tommy Planet jacket, which includes a free watch. The whole order was about $50, and totally worth it. Tommy included an autograph, on a postcard with his headshot. Well, it isn’t so much a postcard as a postcard-sized card with a sizing chart for his underwear on the opposite side. He even put the date on it, along with his… catch phrase? Love is blind. Sure!The boxer briefs have TOMMY WISEAU emblazoned on a police-tape-yellow waistband, with a smaller TW logo below it. The tag says “Tommy Wiseau Bodywear,” and apparently doesn’t have the size on it because XL was written with a Sharpie. I’m a bit hesitant to actually use these to gird my loins, but the material seems soft, and according to Tommy is 95 percent cotton and 5 percent elastic.The jacket is amazing. It’s densely packed with design elements that raise more questions than answers. Let’s start with the TOMMY PLANET logo. It’s a pretty shameless NASA patch rip-off, with a rocket ship, stars, and a DNA fragment. The border of the patch proudly declares TOMMY PLANET, with the catch phrase “Love is blind” and the claim that his label was established in 1992. Then there’s the tag on the inside.Behold. Tommy Wiseau, American Rebel. With Freedom Jeans. And a flying eagle, two shotguns, and a biohazard sign. This is truly WISEAC NATION.The jacket also came with this watch. It’s so weirdly janky that it thematically fits perfectly with everything else here. The wristband is molded rubber shaped like links. The watch face seems to be just a degree or two off-axis. The font choice for the numbers are weird. Also, there are fake diamonds.Also, all of this was shipped USPS in a ReadyPost box, and checking out from Tommy’s website went through Paypal. The whole thing was a big eBay-feeling experience.It’s obvious that Tommy gets that The Room is a joke, and half of his site milks that. But I don’t think he actually understands it. The apparent dedication to his fashion line and the awkward cheapness of it all seems like there’s some genuine ambition to make art, or at least make some sort of cultural impact beyond The Room.If you haven’t read The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell, you should (or listen to the audiobook, which is read by Greg, who played Mark in The Room). It’s a look into the making of The Room, and is what the upcoming movie is based on. It describes Tommy Wiseau as a huge weirdo with a lot of conflicting motivations and characteristics, and whose past has more questions than answers. He was just this strange guy from some unnamed part of Europe who wanted to make a movie, and whose vision far outpaced his skill or understanding of human interaction.Ordering from Tommy Wiseau’s web site is a perfect bookend to the experience that is The Room, especially if you read The Disaster Artist. It’s this shady fashion thing that seems to be kind of in on the joke but not entirely, with whole lines of underwear and jackets running behind it. All processed through Paypal, shipped apparently out of Tommy’s apartment, and lovingly signed by the visionary director himself.This is either genuinely missing the point to an extent that seems impossible considering how big The Room has gotten as schlock canon, or is the most perfectly crafted kayfabe running-with-the-joke I’ve ever seen. Is Tommy some weird guy with extremely specific and comprehensive blind spots in his ego, or did he craft one of the finest and most subtle ARGs ever?I don’t know, but I’m wearing the watch. And I really like the jacket. And I didn’t pay much either way.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Finally, Tommy Wiseau Joins The Avengers in Marvel’s ‘The Room’Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero Are Still Best Friends last_img read more


first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYEbrima, a seventy two year old man, was arrested by the Faji Kunda police a week ago and died while in their custody. The law makes it compulsory for every death in detention or in prison to be enquired into by the Coroner. It is the Coroner that can pronounce the cause of death at the end of the Inquest. This is in accordance with the Coroner’s Act. The police are yet to make their position clear on pursuing an Inquest. Foroyaa will continue to enquire.last_img

DC Baptist Convention Is Ready for Its CloseUp

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comThe District of Columbia’s branch of one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States is making an effort to engage residents and become more visible in the city.The DC Baptist Convention (DCBC) is an umbrella organization for more than 200 churches in the Washington, D.C. area, with the District as a hub. The Rev. Andre Towner is the DCBC’s community engagement director and his charge is to see that the organization becomes more proactive in the District of Columbia.The Rev. Andre Towner is the community engagement director for the D.C. Baptist Convention. (Courtesy Photo-DCBC)“We are trying to help congregations get out of their home worship places and into the neighborhoods,” Towner told the AFRO. “We have been involved in various community projects such as feeding programs and providing resources to those in need.”DCBC is affiliated with the American Baptist USA, the Southern Baptist Convention and the predominantly Black Progressive National Baptist Convention. It includes 75 Black churches, such as Shiloh Baptist Church, Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, and the Temple of Praise. The DCBC was founded in 1877, with its roots going back as far as 1802 and the founding of what is now known as the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C. First Baptist has had a predominantly White congregation but had many Blacks worshiping there during the 19th century.Towner is a 20-plus year military veteran with a bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University and master’s degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary, George Washington University, and Wayland Baptist University.He said the Black churches in the DCBC have had a major impact. “They have helped our organization become responsive to the issue of race,” he said. “The convention has always had a role to play in regards to race. It played a role in educating former slaves and it also provided loans to build churches when financial institutions would not.”Towner said the DCBC is working to see “that everyone has the chance to reach their God-given potential.”“We are working to see that there is more affordable housing, job opportunities and better schools for everyone,” Towner said.Towner is a regular at the monthly Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC) meetings. The ACC is a member-driven organization that advocates on behalf of the residents of Ward 8. Towner said the DCBC’s participation in the ACC is critical to its growth in community advocacy. “ACC has proven to be a good partner for us in that regard and we can help it in terms of reaching out to churches,” he said.Philip Pannell, the executive director of the ACC, embraces the DCBC’s participation. “Rev. Towner consistently attends our meetings and the District of Columbia Baptist Convention has joined the ACC and has given us a contribution,” Pannell told the AFRO.Pannell said Towner is a candidate for the 8E04 advisory neighborhood commissioner position on Nov. 6 general election.Working within the community and aiding those who need it are the DCBC’s aims. In 2019, Towner said his organization will expand its reach to a Ward 7 community organization. “We want to make sure that all of our congregations are civic-minded,” he said. “We want to be a voice for change.”last_img read more

Get ready for rebranding of Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Green

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, Rebranding Thursday, May 24, 2018 Get ready for rebranding of Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Greencenter_img TORONTO — Bahia Principe is making the move to rebrand one of its top properties in Punta Cana: the Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Green.Under the company’s newly restructured classification system the adults-only, five-star property will now fall under the Grand Bahia Principe category, featuring the new name Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine.Early this year Bahia Principe announced it was reclassifying all of its properties into four categories (Luxury Bahia Principe, Grand Bahia Principe, Sunlight Bahia Principe, and Fantasia Bahia Principe). These categories are further segmented by experience: Treasure, Escape, and Family & Friends.As an adults-only resort, the newly branded Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine will now be classified as an Escape property.Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine is expected to have its new branding in place by fall 2018.Agents can now enter their bookings for Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine, for hotel bookings as of Nov. 1 and onwards, on Bahia Principe Rewards and will earn 100 points for each room night.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureWith the rebrand, the resort will debut several new offerings. Subject to change, these offerings include:Extended hours for music and barMeals, cocktail nights, music and shows structured around three different themes per weekTwo midday swimming pool parties will include finger foods, live music, DJ, drinks and showsFitness training in swimming pools and sport areasFree Wi-fi throughout the hotel (limited to two devices per room)Unlimited à la carte dinnersTwo room categories are available: Junior Suites & Junior Suite SuperiorThe massive Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort complex in Punta Cana comprises seven properties in total with resort-sharing privileges. Effective Nov. 1 clients staying at Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine will be able to access all Grand hotels. Adult guests from Luxury and Fantasia hotels will be able to use the facilities of the newly rebranded resort. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

VIDEO Aviation fans weather rain at Aero Fest

first_imgBy early afternoon on Sunday, storm clouds had gathered over San José and unleashed a rainstorm on La Sabana Park. Rivers of muddy water gurgled along the gutters, and pedestrians headed for the cover of trees and bus shelters. But even the distant rumble of thunder couldn’t keep folks from attending Aero Fest, a celebration of helicopters hosted by Volar Helicopters and sponsored by Banco Nacional.At 2 p.m., scores of people were huddled under the festival’s tents, watching the overcast skies for circling helicopters. One by one they swooped downward and landed softly on the La Sabana lawn. Passengers leaped out and trotted toward the tents while new passengers sprinted in the opposite direction.“It’s too bad that it’s raining,“ said one Banco Nacional representative. “But the event is still going – for now.”Following a nearly identical event in September, Aero Fest was a showcase for helicopters and pilots, but visitors seemed most eager to fly around San José in their very own chopper.“It was sunny this morning, and I thought it would be a good day to come out,” said Irmina Centeno, a Desamparados resident who brought her children to fly in the helicopter. Centeno had taken a similar tour in New York City some years ago, and although her children had previously flown in a plane to Colombia, a helicopter struck her as something special. When she saw advertisements for the event on Facebook and in the newspaper, she seized the opportunity. “It’s their first time. I think it will be nice for them.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Harley’s electric hog targets selfie-taking green hipsters Second Oktoberfest migrates to Pedregal Solís signs tuna fishing decree, but will it help Costa Rica’s oceans? National Geographic fans worry about partnership with climate change skeptic Rupert Murdochlast_img read more