A Men’s Chorus—Of Whales

first_img(If this video is appearing as a shark video, please try viewing it in a browser other than Internet Explorer.)The mournful, curiously repetitious yet ever-changing songs of male humpback whales have long puzzled scientists. The tunes are part of the males’ mating displays, but researchers don’t know their exact function, or which males in a population are doing the singing. Now, scientists who’ve been studying the giant marine mammals in Hawaii for almost 40 years report that even sexually immature males join older males in singing, apparently as a way to learn the music and to amplify the song. The beefed-up, all-male choruses may attract more females to the areas where the songsters hang out.Scientists generally thought that only adult male humpbacks (Megaptera novaeangliae) sing, says Louis Herman, a marine mammal biologist emeritus at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and the lead author of the new study. “But that’s just because you can’t easily tell which ones are mature and which ones are immature,” he says. “We know that mature males are larger than immature ones, so we had to figure out an unobtrusive way to measure them in the open ocean.”Herman and his team hit on a technique by looking at 20th century whaling records. Biologists with whaling operations in the Southern Ocean had the opportunity to measure many humpbacks killed during the commercial hunts. They determined, based on the weight of males’ testes, that the whales reached sexual maturity at a body length of 11.2 meters. 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The males were recorded as they sang in the waters off the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe during their winter mating season. A swimmer carried the camera in one hand and in the other hand carried a sonar device, which measured the distance from the camera to the whale. The swimmer began filming when the whale assumed a horizontal position (singing whales are typically canted with their heads downward), so that he or she could capture the full body length of the whale while keeping the camera’s axis perpendicular to the whale and close to its midline. The researchers calculated the whales’ body lengths from these images and the distance measurements.The scientists found that the whales varied in length from 10.7 meters to 13.6 meters. Using 11.3 meters as the boundary for sexually mature adults, the researchers counted 74 humpback singers as mature and 13 as immature. The team has been following individual humpbacks (which are identified by the unique markings on their tail flukes) for decades, and its analysis also showed that some individual males have been singing for 17 to 20 years. “It is a lifelong occupation for them,” says Herman, who notes that male calves and probably 1-year-old males don’t join in.During the winter months in Hawaii, the male humpbacks assemble in areas that the researchers call arenas, where the males sing and compete for females. Typically, the singers are widely dispersed around their arenas, which may help amp up the reach of the chorus. Males also sing in other social situations, such as while escorting a female humpback and her calf (see video).When chorusing at the arenas, immature and mature whales are engaged in an unintentional mutual benefits game, Herman and his colleagues argue. By singing with the big boys, the youngsters indirectly learn the songs and the social rules of the mating grounds. The older males, in turn, gain an extra voice in their asynchronous chorus, his team reports in an upcoming issue of Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. “We know that the females don’t respond to an individual male’s song,” Herman says. “It’s not like a songbird’s song, designed to attract a female and repel other males. The humpbacks’ songs are meant to attract females to the arena.” That is, they tell the gals where the boys are. And another voice, even one of a young, inexperienced male, may help carry the message, he says.The findings strengthen the still controversial idea that gatherings of male humpback whales may be similar to some birds’ lek mating systems, such as those of the sage grouse, which also feature male assemblages. If proved, humpbacks would be the first whale known to have this type of system.“This is great stuff,” says Phillip Clapham, a cetacean biologist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, Washington. He applauds the idea of the males’ chorus serving to “collectively ‘call in’ the females.” He adds that “we’ve known for many years that only male humpbacks sing, but no one had ever managed to figure out a way to determine the maturational class of the singers, so this is a significant advance.” Now all Herman and his team have to do is determine which of the male singers in the chorus a female actually mates with—an event the researchers have yet to see. Singer in the deep. A male humpback sings while escorting a female and her calf off the coast of Maui. This video was obtained under NOAA Permit #707-1531-00. Credit: The Dolphin Institutelast_img read more

Bollywood stars love the choker trend Zeenat Aman rocked in the ’70s; get your hands on one

first_imgIt’s hard to not be awestruck by Zeenat Aman when she dances in Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko from 1973’s hit film, Yaadon Ki Baaraat. Whether it’s the question of giving us all sorts of goals or leaving behind a trail of hearts, as she posed with the guitar–her style’s managed to hold the test of time.Also read:Sonam, Katrina and Shraddha prove that cold shoulder outfits are officially a trend nowSeems like we aren’t the only ones whom the actress inspired with her timeless style. Bollywood’s leading ladies–Sonam Kapoor to Jacqueline Fernandez–have all been working the choker of late. Actress Neha Dhupia is rarely seen without one in her neck, while Lisa Haydon seems to have fallen for a minimal piece, and the source of inspiration? We’d say it’s a choker sported by Zeenat Aman from the same song. A big trend of the times gone by, the choker has come to the forefront of fashion in a big way, spotted everywhere from the runway to the music festival.Just like these celebs, stock you wardrobe with chokers. Pictures courtesy: Instagram/@tanghavri; Instagram/@nehadhupia If you too have been itching to try the trend, take a look at the styles we liked.Fake Tattoo Stretchable Choker NecklaceFake Tattoo Stretchable Choker Necklace from Amazon. Available on Amazon, and cheapest of the lot, any ’90s child will be hit by nostalgia on seeing this product. The best part about this piece is that it can be layered with different styles of chokers without looking like you went overboard.advertisementGem and Leather Choker from ZaraGem and Leather Choker from Zara. With this around your neck, you definitely don’t need any other piece of jewellery!Metal choker from H&MMetal choker from H&M. Chain-link jewellery need not be reserved for the underworld bhais. While black might be too solid for some, a chain-link choker can look neutral.Oomph’s Black Choker Style Tassel NecklaceTassel choker from Amazon. If you love wearing scalloped necks or have a lot of dresses with a plunging neckline, this piece will be perfect to fill all the space from the neck to the fabric of your dress. The length of the piece allows it to be worn in versatile ways, from a bow to a tassel.ASOSChokers from ASOS. If you want to take things a notch up, we’d suggest you head to online retailer ASOS, which has a huge collection of the on-trend piece of jewellery ranging from lace and embroidered varieties to beaded ones.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka set to renew rivalry in US Open final

first_imgNovak Djokovic’s US Open final against Stan Wawrinka on Sunday will be the Serb’s third Grand Slam title match of 2016 and his seventh in the past eight majors. (Angelique Kerber wins US Open for second major title of breakthrough year)It is Djokovic’s 21st Grand Slam final in all, second in the history of men’s tennis only to Roger Federer’s 28. And it gives Djokovic the chance to gain more ground in the championship count, too, of course: He can raise his trophy total to 13, which would place him alone in fourth place behind Federer (17), Rafael Nadal (14) and Pete Sampras (14).After a draining, and decidedly unusual, four-set victory over Gael Monfils in the semifinals Friday, when he got both shoulders massaged by a trainer, Djokovic looked forward to a bit of rest. That’s kind of rich, considering he has spent almost exactly half as much time on court as Wawrinka so far: a tad under 9 hours vs. slightly less than 18 hours.”I have an extra day now to recover and get ready for the finals, which is, you know, where definitely I desire to be whenever I come to the Grand Slams,” said Djokovic, the No. 1 seed and defending champion. “I want to be able to put myself in position to fight for the trophy, and everything that has happened in the tournament so far is behind me now. My thoughts are only on Sunday’s match.” (All my dreams have come true, says new world No.1 Angelique Kerber)As well they should be. For while No. 3 seed Wawrinka will be participating in only his third Grand Slam final, he won each of the other two. Plus, he has won each of his past 10 finals at all tournaments. And while he is only 4-19 against Djokovic over their careers, half of Wawrinka’s victories came en route to his major titles, in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Australian Open and the final of the 2015 French Open.advertisement”Stan is a big-match player,” Djokovic acknowledged. “He loves the big stage.”He’s also something of a late bloomer.Wawrinka did not reach a Grand Slam semifinal until his 35th appearance in a major, at age 28.Now, a little more than five months past his 31st birthday, he can become the oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall was 35 in 1970. He’d also be only the fifth man in the Open era with at least two major titles after 30 (his Swiss countryman and pal, Federer, only has one since turning that age).”I know I have some ups and downs during the year. I’m not playing my best tennis in every tournament. But I’m trying to work as hard as I can to give me the chance to play well every time I step on the court,” Wawrinka said after beating Kei Nishikori in a four-set semifinal. “And in Grand Slams is where I want to play my best tennis, is where I want to be the better player, always find a way to find my game and to put everything together.”Wawrinka, though, nearly departed Flushing Meadows last weekend. That’s when, in the third round against 64th-ranked Dan Evans, Wawrinka faced a match point in a fourth-set tiebreaker, saved it, and wound up winning in the fifth, repeatedly using what’s become his trademark gesture: pointing an index finger to his temple.What’s that all about?”Sometimes, I don’t always find myself comfortable on the court and I have to fight with myself. So that’s what I’m focusing (on) here: to fight, to suffer, to accept to suffer, to accept that the player in front of me (is) playing better,” he explained. “And that’s when I’m happy with myself and proud of myself – when I stay strong with what I want to do.”Nothing he does on a court with his racket is as important as his smooth, one-handed backhand. When on-target, it might be the prettiest, and most effective, shot in all of tennis.Djokovic can lay claim to some superlatives, too. His return of serve ranks up there with the best ever. As do his body-twisting court coverage and ability to go from defense to offense just like that.This matchup will be Djokovic’s seventh US Open final, and Wawrinka’s first.”In general, I know when I arrive in the final, I’m ready to play my best tennis, and that’s what I’m looking for. That’s what I’m trying to do,” Wawrinka said. “But … when you play Novak, even playing your best tennis, you can also lose.”advertisementlast_img read more

Roger Federer crushes Frances Tiafoe in Basel ATP opener

first_imgRoger Federer delighted a capacity crowd to ease past American youngster Frances Tiafoe 6-1 6-3 in his first round match at the Swiss Indoors in his home town of Basel on Tuesday.The world number two streaked away with the opening set and although he was made to work a little harder in the second he was never seriously troubled by the wildcard.The 35-year-old Swiss, trying to chase down the absent Rafael Nadal for the end-of-year number one ranking, will face Frenchman Benoit Paire in the second round.Federer is trying to win his home tournament for an eighth time, having missed it last year while he recovered from injury.Third seed David Goffin of Belgium, battling for a place in the ATP World Tour Finals, began with a 6-2 7-5 win over German Peter Gojowczyk and will meet South Korean Hyeon Chung next.last_img read more

Guardiola Says He’s a ‘Failure’ in Champions League

first_imgMANCHESTER, England — Winning the Champions League twice as a coach puts Pep Guardiola in a fairly elite company. After all, only three managers have won it more times.Yet, to some, Guardiola’s record in soccer’s grandest club competition is increasingly becoming a stain on his otherwise stacked resume, and the Manchester City manager is 90 minutes away from delivering another underwhelming Champions League campaign.City trails Tottenham 1-0 after the first leg of the quarterfinals and needs a big performance in the return match at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday to reach the last four for only the second time in the club’s history.After winning the Champions League with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011 with teams containing the great Lionel Messi, Guardiola never reached the final of the competition in three seasons at Bayern Munich.In his first two seasons at City, his team has been eliminated in the last 16 and then the quarterfinals.“I’m a failure in this competition,” Guardiola said — maybe sarcastically. “If my teams don’t win the Champions League, we fail all the time. This competition is tough. In this competition, there are many, many good teams. What’s important is the way we approach it.”“I know at Bayern Munich,” he added, “like a big club, after three seasons winning absolutely everything apart from the Champion League, (it) was a big failure but what can I say? I accept that. I know that. I have to live with that.”Guardiola said he didn’t come to City to win the Champions League, but instead “to see my team play the way we are playing the last 20 months.” In that time, City has amassed 183 points in the Premier League, winning the title in record style last season while being on course to retain the trophy this season.“What’s important,” Guardiola said, “is how you handle 11 months. That’s why I say many times the Premier League is, for me, the most important title. Showing every three days, being there. It’s a good message for society, for ourselves. Being there every time.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

SPO-SQUASH-GOVT

first_imgTN govt provides Rs 50 lakh for World Junior Squash eventChennai, Jul 17 (PTI) The Tamil Nadu government has givenRs 50 lakh towards the conduct of the World Junior SquashChampionship, which is commencing here tomorrow.Chief Minister K Palaniswami presented a cheque for theamount to Tamilnadu Squash Rackets Association President NRamchandran yesterday, an official release said.The fund was given in response to a plea by theassociation, an official release said today.Over 170 participants from 28 countries including hostsIndia, Egypt, Australia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore andScotland, are competing in the tournament being held fromtomorrow till July 29.The release also said Palaniswami inaugurated variousfacilities at the Tamil Nadu Physical Education And SportsUniversity at Melakottaiyur in neighbouring Kancheepuramdistrict.The Chief Minister inaugurated the facilities, constructedat Rs 16.03 crore, through video-conferencing from here, itadded. PTI SAVSVSVSlast_img read more

Couple kill lion, kiss next to corpse in South Africa, pic goes viral. Internet tears into them

first_imgA picture of a trophy hunting couple kissing beside the corpse of a lion that they killed in South Africa has gone viral on social media. The picture that shows Darren and Carolyn Carter sharing a kiss over the corpse of the dead lion has escalated severe outrage.The Canada-based couple participated on a Legelela Safaris tour – a company that organises big game hunts – recently. The picture was shared online by the company on its Facebook page but that has been deactivated after Legelela Safaris was condemned extensively. Yahoo News reports that Legelela Safaris praised the couple for hunting the lion in the caption of the photo, saying, “Hard work in the hot Kalahari sun Well done. A monster lion.”Here’s the picture:END THIS HORROR: #DarrenCarter and #CarolynCarter, from #Edmonton, #Alberta, #Canada, celebrate their kill on a hunting trip with Legelela safaris in South Africa. pic.twitter.com/LXCFx7KKpqisy ochoa (@isyochoa) July 15, 2019Twitter is fuming after the picture surfaced on social media as netizens called out the couple and labelled them as disgusting. “Killing a trapped animal isn’t hunting. People that do this make me sick. And angry,” a user wrote while another added: “I will never understand why people want to hunt these beautiful animals. They should get in trouble for this, The sad part is they have no remorse over it. Idiots.”Sample these responses:”Hunt”, actually hunt, for food not for fun. Killing a trapped animal isn’t hunting. People that do this make me sick. And angry.advertisementRich Hilton (@RichInGB) July 16, 2019I will never understand why people want to hunt these beautiful animals. They should get in trouble for this, The sad part is they have no remorse over it. IdiotsTalitha Stewart (@TalithaStewar12) July 16, 2019I hope someone hunts these people. Fair is fair .Carl Phares (@c_phares) July 16, 2019DisgustingPrincess Shears (@MrsFabulous1974) July 16, 2019Prison is the best reward….HEALTH BONANZA (@SimbarDr) July 16, 2019Humans are the worst!Breezy Breeze (@Br33Bear) July 16, 2019what a disgusting couple killing this beautiful lion.Armand (@tascosa1) July 16, 2019HeartlessTina Anton (@TinaAnton10) July 16, 2019I hope they die slow in a fireGhoul (@Ghoulgoon6) July 16, 2019Darren Carter, however, remains unfazed by the backlash and told The Mirror, “We aren’t interested in commenting. It’s too political.”A section of the internet also stressed upon the fact that trophy hunting should be banned. While speaking to The Mirror, Eduardo Goncalves, founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, said that there is nothing sporting about trophy hunting.”There is nothing romantic about killing an innocent animal. It looks as though this lion was a tame animal killed in an enclosure, bred for the sole purpose of being the subject of a smug selfie. This couple should be utterly ashamed of themselves, not showing off and snogging for the cameras,” Eduardo Goncalves told The Mirror.ALSO READ: Deer swept away in Assam floods captured in viral video from Kaziranga. Internet is devastatedALSO WATCH: Couple goes high on PDA on a bike on Delhi roads. Watch videolast_img read more

9 months ago​Heaton confident Burnley won’t get ahead of themselves

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Heaton confident Burnley won’t get ahead of themselvesby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTom Heaton believes there is no one at Burnley who is getting carried away.The Clarets managed to down Fulham 2-1 on Saturday, which gives them four straight wins.The result also put them in 15th position, three points off 18th place Newcastle and the drop zone.But keeper Heaton knows there is still a long way to go. He knows another set of poor results could put them right back in trouble.”No-one is getting carried away,” said Heaton after the game.”Three wins in the Premier League is a good achievement but we need to make sure we keep moving things forward.”It feels great. The West Ham game gave us a real platform and we took that into the Huddersfield game.” last_img read more

Ozil absent from travelling Arsenal squad before L’pool game

first_imgMesut Ozil could miss out on Arsenal’s crunch match against Liverpool after the playmaker was a conspicuous absentee when the squad landed on Merseyside.The former Germany international has been in and out of the Gunners team during a tough start to the 2018-19 season.And he suffered another setback when he was substituted at half time in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Brighton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Now, Ozil runs the risk of being left out of the Arsenal squad altogether when they take on the table-topping Reds at Anfield.The playmaker was nowhere to be seen on Friday when Unai Emery and the rest of the Arsenal side filed off the coach after arriving in Liverpool.Arsenal are yet to announce their final squad list for the clash, with the north Londoners determined to take a victory and fend off newly resurgent Manchester United, now just six points behind the fifth-placed Gunners.Elsewhere, Emery will have to wait until the last minute to find out the fate of three key members of his backline.Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin face late fitness tests ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash.Arsenal have won one of their past four games in all competitions amid a defensive injury crisis that has seen Unai Emery forced to use Ainsley Maitland-Niles at the back.But Mustafi, Monreal and Bellerin could give the Arsenal boss a boost for Saturday’s visit to Anfield, with Liverpool six points clear at the top of the Premier League.Arsenal said in a medical update on Friday that Monreal and Mustafi will have right hamstring injuries assessed ahead of the game, with Bellerin’s left calf also to be tested.Ready for tomorrow’s big match!Listo para el gran partido de mañana! #PremierLeague #Liverpool #Arsenal #ComeOnGunners #LT11 pic.twitter.com/6g5i9586II — Lucas Torreira 34 (@LTorreira34) December 28, 2018 Mustafi last played in the 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town on December 8, while Bellerin has been out since a 3-2 loss at Southampton on December 16 and Monreal missed the Boxing Day draw with Brighton and Hove Albion.Liverpool will be without defender Joe Gomez and vice-captain James Milner, with the latter struggling to recover from a muscle injury.But Mohamed Salah will be available to Jurgen Klopp after the Egypt star avoided punishment for winning a contentious penalty in the Reds’ defeat of Newcastle United on Wednesday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Deepika Padukone shares pic of Ranveer Singh’s birthday cake. It is as colourful as him

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 11:56 IST Ranveer Singh and Deepika PadukoneRanveer Singh turned a year older on July 6, and being the doting wife that she is, Deepika Padukone flew down to London for his special day. Currently, Ranveer is shooting for Kabir Khan’s 83 in the city.Deepika took to her Instagram account to share a sneak-peek of his birthday cake, and it is completely in line with his colourful personality. She captioned the picture of the rainbow cake, “Sometimes, you can have your cake and eat it too!!! #BirthdayBoysBirthdayCake”.Just a few hours ago, Ranveer shared a gorgeous click of Deepika lounging on an easy chair, flashing her million-watt smile. “High on cake!” he wrote, to which she replied, “High on you!”On Ranveer’s birthday, Deepika wished him in the most adorable way, with a throwback photo. Sharing a childhood photo of him, she wrote, “Sensitive and emotional, caring and compassionate, generous and gentle, funny and intelligent, delightful and faithful…all this and so much more… To my husband, my friend, my lover, my confidante… but more often than not, my child, my infant, my toddler, my dot, my pineapple, my sunshine, my rainbow.””May you forever and always be this way… I love you,” she added. The super-cute picture has garnered nearly 2.5 million likes on the photoblogging site.advertisementOn the work front, Ranveer and Deepika will share screen space in Kabir Khan’s sports drama 83, which is their first film together after getting married. While Ranveer will be seen as legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, Deepika will be seen as his wife Romi Dev.83, which tells the story of the Indian cricket team’s historic victory in the World Cup in 1983, is slated to hit the theatres on April 10, 2020.ALSO SEE | Ranveer Singh gifts fans his look as legendary cricketer Kapil Dev from 83 on birthdayALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in ItalyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ranveer SinghFollow Deepika Padukone Deepika Padukone shares pic of Ranveer Singh’s birthday cake. It is as colourful as himDeepika Padukone shared a picture of Ranveer Singh’s birthday cake on Instagram.advertisementlast_img read more

China grants Ivanka Trump 5 trademarks amid trade talks

SHANGHAI — China has greenlighted five more Ivanka Trump trademarks as trade talks with her father’s administration intensify.The trademarks approved earlier this month cover various products and services from wedding dresses to brokerages and art valuations.Ivanka Trump closed her fashion brand last year. Her representatives say the China trademarks are needed to protect her name from squatters.Ivanka Trump’s expanding intellectual property holdings have long raised ethical concerns, particularly in China, where the courts and bureaucracy tend to reflect the will of the ruling Communist Party.Critics argue that by asking a foreign government for valuable intellectual property rights, White House officials could open themselves to pressure in government negotiations.There also is concern that the Trump family’s global trademark portfolio may provide lucrative opportunities once Donald Trump leaves office.The Associated Press read more

Bulgaria freezes accounts receiving millions from Venezuela

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Officials in Bulgaria say they have frozen several bank accounts that received millions of euros transferred from Venezuela’s state-owned oil company.Chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said Wednesday that the money was meant to be eventually sent to accounts abroad.“All measures have been taken so that the funds that are still in the accounts … will be fully under our control and not leave the country on false grounds,” he said.Tsatsarov said charges for money laundering would likely be pressed against the accounts’ owner, a Bulgarian citizen who was currently out of the country.“Our government is working very closely with Bulgaria and other EU members to ensure that the wealth of the people of Venezuela is not stolen,” U.S. ambassador to Sofia, Eric Rubin, told reporters.The Associated Press read more

Escalating violence in Gaza alarms UN human rights chief

In a statement, Ms. Arbour said the deadly intra-Palestinian violence was having a “devastating impact on an already vulnerable civilian population,” and she voiced hope that the ceasefire reached among Palestinian factions on Saturday would hold.The High Commissioner also deplored the ongoing rocket attacks by Palestinian militants against the Israeli town of Sderot.“Deliberate attacks against civilians, and the use of indiscriminate weapons, which I personally witnessed during my visit to Sderot a few months ago, are in flagrant violation of cardinal principles of international humanitarian law and must stop,” she said.Ms. Arbour also called on Israel to exercise restraint. “Extrajudicial killings are in breach of both international human rights and humanitarian law, and cannot be justified under any circumstance,” she said. 23 May 2007United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today condemned the recent escalation of violence across the Gaza Strip, calling on all sides to do their utmost to ensure that civilians are protected. read more

Grape harvest begins for CCOVI students

The students at Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) got their hands dirty this week as harvest season is now underway for the Niagara wine industry.A group of third-year students pressed 300 kilograms of Pinot Noir grapes this week in the teaching winery and 300 kilograms of Gewurztraminer last week, giving them hands-on experience learning about the winemaking process.OEVI students pressed 300 kilograms of Pinot Noir grapes in the CCOVI teaching winery this week.“The theoretical knowledge that they are getting in class is very important,” said Steven Trussler, oenology and viticulture senior lab instructor with CCOVI. “But being able to see it in practical application is even more important, because they will be asked to apply that theory once they get out into the industry.”The students are using the juice to make wine for their class projects. They are making both a red and white wine, and experimenting with different fermentations to see how it changes the final product. For student Benjamin Whitty, who comes from a grape growing family that owns 13th Street Winery in St. Catharines, this isn’t his first harvest. But it is his first time making his own wine. “Growing up with a farming background you learn more of the manual labour opposed to the science behind it,” said Whitty. “Doing all the analytical tests and making decisions based on that information is so important.”Harvest began mid-September for Niagara growers and is one of the busiest times for the industry, and for OEVI students.“It’s my favourite time of the year,” said Trussler. “The students are doing the same tests on the grapes as the local wineries right now, testing for things like sugar and acid levels. They are dealing with the same crop and perhaps challenges, and that really solidifies the connection CCOVI has with the industry.”The grapes students are working with are donated by industry partners — grape growers and winemakers in the region. Those grape growers and winemakers also turn to CCOVI scientists to help them make informed decisions during harvest, through initiatives like the annual preharvest monitoring program, which tracks key indicators of ripeness at different vineyard sites. read more

Tommy Robinson faces jail after High Court judges find him guilty of

The founder of the English Defence League has been found in contempt of court for broadcasting on Facebook outside an Asian grooming gang trial while reporting restrictions were imposed.Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who uses the pseudonym Tommy Robinson, made a video lasting an hour-and-a-half which was viewed live by 10,000 people, before notching up 250,000 views over the three days.He filmed defendants accused of the sexual exploitation of young girls in breach of a reporting ban outside Leeds Crown Court in May 2018.The footage was broadcast while the jury in the grooming trial was considering its verdict.A restriction was in place which postponed the publication of any details of the case until the end of a series of linked trials involving 29 people, in a bid to ensure all defendants received a fair trial. Dame Victoria Sharp and Mr Justice Warby, sitting at the Old Bailey, said Yaxley-Lennon would be sentenced at a later date. The full details of their rulings would also be released in the coming weeks. Yaxley-Lennon showed no reaction as the judges delivered their judgment.The 36-year-old, from Luton, Bedfordshire, was jailed for 13 months last year after being found in contempt of court on the day of the broadcast. Supporters of Tommy Robinson clash with police outside the Old Bailey in London 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. He served two months in jail before being freed after that finding of contempt was overturned by the Court of Appeal in August 2018.But the case was then referred back to the Attorney General, who announced in March that it was in the public interest to bring fresh proceedings against Robinson.Dame Victoria and Mr Justice Warby gave permission for the Attorney General to bring a new case against Robinson at a hearing in May.Outside the court, ripples of anger turned into howls of fury and disbelief as the verdict filtered through.A small number of his supporters marched purposefully towards the front of the court entrance, to barriers sectioning off police from the public, to make their feelings known.The crowd, as one, then began chanting “shame on you” and pointed at the court. Supporters of Tommy Robinson clash with police outside the Old Bailey in LondonCredit: Aaron Chown/ PA read more

Players recovering at home after freak injuries in abandoned Munster schools rugby

first_img 36,882 Views By Fintan O’Toole Two changes for England as they get ready for Wales clashGood news for Virgin customers as Ireland’s Rugby World Cup games will also be on RTÉ http://the42.ie/3226857 Follow us: the42.ie Short URL Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 11:15 AM An ambulance arrives at yesterday’s Munster Junior Cup game. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOA MUNSTER SCHOOLS Junior rugby cup tie was abandoned yesterday at Musgrave Park in Cork after just nine minutes when three players from Limerick school St Munchin’s were seriously injured.The Irish Examiner reported that Munchin’s players Dylan Higgins and Craig Carew were removed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital while another player Dean Callinan had to leave the field with a head injury.But the Limerick school last night revealed in a statement on the school’s Facebook page, that players had been released from hospital and all three were recovering at home last night.St Munchin’s also praised opponents Presentation Brothers College Cork for their support and their captain for visiting the injured players in hospital. Source: Facebook – @stmunchins Source: Facebook – @stmunchinsThe match was abandoned with Pres ahead 5-0 as the St Munchin’s players were unwiling to continue. No decision has yet made as to whether a refixture will take place.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 27 Comments Feb 9th 2017, 11:15 AM Players recovering at home after freak injuries in abandoned Munster schools rugby game The match was abandoned at Musgrave Park yesterday. Share9 Tweet Email last_img read more

Muslim man killed after being attacked by hundreds of cow vigilantes in

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3324712 30 Comments Share Tweet Email3 Apr 5th 2017, 8:58 AM By AFP Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 8:58 AM Muslim man killed after being attacked by hundreds of ‘cow vigilantes’ in India Cows are considered sacred in the Hindu religion. A MUSLIM MAN has died after he was attacked by hundreds of Hindu vigilantes while transporting cows in India, police said today, amid rising tensions over the slaughter of the sacred animal.Pehlu Khan, 55, died in hospital late on Monday, two days after a mob attacked his cattle truck on a highway in Alwar in the western state of Rajasthan.Cows are considered sacred in Hindu-majority India, and their slaughter is illegal in many states.In parts of northern and western India, squads of vigilantes roam highways inspecting livestock trucks for any trace of the animal.Alwar police chief Rahul Prakash said at least six others were injured in the attack, but had now been discharged from the hospital.Police are still trying to identify the attackers and have filed a murder case, he said, adding that a postmortem would determine the cause of Khan’s death.“We are yet to receive the postmortem report but he had multiple rib fractures,” he told AFP.Prakash said the victim and his associates were returning to their home state of Haryana when the mob intercepted their vehicle.At least 10 Muslim men have been killed in similar incidents across the country by Hindu mobs on suspicion of eating beef or smuggling cows in the last two years.In 2015, a Muslim man was lynched by his neighbours over rumours that he had slaughtered a cow. Police later said the meat was mutton.Critics say the vigilantes were emboldened by the election in 2014 of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.Last year Modi criticised the cow-protection vigilantes and urged a crackdown against groups using religion as a cover for committing crimes.But last month, he appointed a right-wing Hindu priest to head the country’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh, which is also home to much of the country’s meat industry.Shortly after he was sworn in, police began shutting butcher shops, grinding much of the industry to a halt.- © AFP, 2017Read: Daly tells Dáil that HSE blocked 14-year-old narcolepsy sufferer from accessing documentsRead: Australia makes ‘largest ever’ seizure of crystal meth 16,306 Views Image: Rajesh Kumar Singh AP/Press Association Images Image: Rajesh Kumar Singh AP/Press Association Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Man dies in shooting car crash in Portland

first_imgPORTLAND — Portland police are investigating the death of a man found in a crashed SUV.Sgt. Chris Burley says officers discovered the body late Tuesday after responding to reports of gunfire and a car crash in outer southeast Portland. The victim’s name has not been released.Officers searched the neighborhood for whoever fired shots, but couldn’t find anyone. Burley says there is no danger to the public.last_img

Danny Welbeck Insists Boredom Will Not Be An Issue During The

first_imgWelbeck is renowned for his past injury problems, which has made him no stranger to lengthy spells on the sidelines, but he claims they have made him mentally stronger.The England striker did enough to make Southgate’s final squad after a late run in the side for Arsenal towards the end of last season and scored for the three lions in their final warm-up game against Costa Rica last week.Welbeck spoke to Press Association sport about his injury-plagued last few years in the game: “For me, nothing like that seems to bother me,”“I’ve had surgery and then not been allowed to put weight on my leg for two months, so I’ve been stuck in a room and that sort of stuff.”“I don’t get bored now. I’ve been through that, I don’t get bored.”The Arsenal man missed out on Euro 2016 and his time at the Emirates since has been consistently disrupted by fitness issues, but he is adamant that his drive to succeed has been undiminished, continuing “At the end of the day, you’ve still got that hunger and desire to get back out on the pitch and that’s what will drive you on.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Gareth Southgate will hope he can rediscover his best form whenever he is required in Russia, as one of Englands striking quartet alongside Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford. England’s top scorers heading to Russia:Danny Welbeck – 16 Harry Kane – 13 Jamie Vardy – 7 Ashley Young – 7 pic.twitter.com/jHdxPusm8U— bet365 (@bet365) June 7, 2018last_img read more

Franck Ribery This could be my last year at Bayern Munich

first_imgFranck Ribery has admitted that this could be his final year at Bayern Munich, despite intending to continue his playing career up to the age of 38The French winger has spent over a decade at the Allianz Arena and, in that time, he has won eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League in 2013.Yet Ribery, who signed a one-year extension at Bayern last season, admits that his future after the season is in doubt.“It’s too early to say now,” said the 35-year-old on ESPN.“I’d be up for another season, but let’s wait and see how this season shapes up.“I am relaxed and don’t put myself under pressure. You must assess your performances correctly. It’s too early to say now.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The 2006 World Cup finalist confessed that he had received offers from foreign clubs before signing a new contract at Bayern.“I never wanted to leave,” he added.“There were serious offers from China, but I like the Bundesliga and the Champions League. I dream of winning it for the second time.“I am still ambitious, I am still driven. I have never said to myself this will be the last year. I have won everything, I can relax now. I always give it my all because it could be my last year.“At my age, you never know what’s next, but I would like to play until I am 38.”Ribery has managed 117 goals and 180 assists in 391 appearances across all competitions for Bayern.last_img read more