Boxing: Amit Panghal among 4 Indians eyeing quarter-final berths at AIBA Men’s World Championships

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiSeptember 16, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 23:59 IST Asian champion Amit Panghal is seeded second at AIBA Men’s World Championships 2019 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTS4 Indian boxers in pre quarter-finals action in RussiaAmit Panghal eyes maiden world championships medal Kavinder Bisht looks to seal 2nd successive quarters berthFour Indian boxers will hunt a quarter-final berth as the pre-quarter-final action begins on Tuesday at the AIBA Men’s World Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Leading the charge will be Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal (52 kg) as he seeks his first medal from the World Championships.The Asian champion, seeded second at this tournament, will hope to sail into the last-eight when he takes on Turkey’s Batuhan Citfci.In an attempt to reach the quarter-finals of the world event for the second consecutive edition, Asian Championships silver medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht (57 kg) will lock horns with Finland’s Arslan Khataev. The fifth seed had made a splash the last time when he knocked out two-time World Championships medallist Mohamed Flissi of Algeria on his way to the quarter-finals, and will hope to keep that run going this time.Also in contention for a spot in the last-eight stage will be Manish Kaushik (63 kg) and Sanjeet (91 kg). While Manish will face Mongolia’s fourth seed Chinzorig Baatarsukh, Sanjeet will take on Uzbekistan’s second seed Sanjar Tursunov, whom he had got the better of at the 2018 India Open.Meanwhile, on Monday, India’s Duryodhan Singh Negi (69 kg) bowed out of the championships as he lost to Jordan’s sixth seed Zeyad Eashash 1-4 in the second round.The former national champion was slow on the foot and a lack of aggression early on in the bout cost him dearly. He did try to recover some of the lost ground by injecting more power into his punches, as evident in the final round, but it was not enough as the Jordanian pugilist managed to edge him.advertisementIn the first round, Negi had to work hard to achieve a 4-1 victory over Armenia’s Koryun Astoyan in his maiden appearance at this prestigious event.The 33-year-old is the third Indian boxer to crash out of the championships following losses suffered by Brijesh Yadav (81kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg). While Brijesh went down to Malkan Bayram of Turkey 1-4, Ashish Kumar succumbed to China’s Tanglathian Tuohetaerbieke 2-3 in his opening bout.Also Read | World champion PV Sindhu looks to maintain dominance in China Open testAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Amit PanghalFollow AIBA World ChampionshipsFollow boxing World ChampionshipsFollow Kavinder Singh Bisht Boxing: Amit Panghal among 4 Indians eyeing quarter-final berths at AIBA Men’s World ChampionshipsAsian champion Amit Panghal, seeded 2nd at AIBA Men’s World Championships 2019, will take on Turkey’s Batuhan Citfci in the pre quarter-finals round.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Mehbooba Mufti welcomes Pak PMs call to Modi

first_imgSrinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Sunday welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, saying dialogue is the only way forward to resolve issues between the two countries. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Khan had called up Modi to congratulate him on his re-election. “Welcome step. For what it’s worth, dialogue is the only way forward to resolve longstanding issues between India & Pak,” Mehbooba wrote on Twitter. In their first telephonic conversation after the Balakot air strike, Modi told Khan that creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism was essential for fostering cooperation for peace, progress and prosperity in the region, the MEA said.last_img read more

Boyles wife says he insulted belittled her during rollercoaster relationship

first_imgOTTAWA — Caitlan Coleman, who was backpacking in Asia with husband Joshua Boyle when the pair were seized by extremists, told a judge today her future spouse would often belittle and demean her during the early days of their rollercoaster courtship.Boyle, 35, has pleaded not guilty to offences against Coleman, including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement, that allegedly took place after the couple were freed by Pakistani forces and had returned to Canada in late 2017.Coleman, 33, recounted at Boyle’s trial how the two met online and began a complicated on-and-off relationship before marrying in 2011 and travelling the following year to central Asia.The Pennsylvania-raised Coleman says early on Boyle insulted her, told her she wasn’t good enough and made her question her self-worth.She says he became agitated when she suggested in 2008 they go their separate ways, calling her repeatedly and even threatening to kill himself.Coleman’s testimony is expected to continue through early next week.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

OPP has arrived in Attawapiskat Chief Spence

first_img(Attawapiskat ice road diamond mine blockade. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Nakogee)By Jorge Barrera APTN National News ATTAWAPISKAT–Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence says the OPP have arrived in the community and the people blockading an ice road leading to a De Beers diamond mine would likely be served with an injunction ordering them off the site on Saturday evening.Spence said the band received a call from De Beers saying a sheriff would be flying into the community and then escorted to the ice road blockade to serve the people at the site with the injunction notice.“We had a call from De Beers saying the sheriff is coming in town,” said Spence. “Two OPP are in town and they are the ones who are going to escort the sheriff to hand over the notice to the blockaders.”Spence said she was trying to confirm a rumour that the OPP would also be escorting De Beers-bound trucks toward the Victor mine site later Saturday.“I have to go find out,” said Spence.The blockade outside Attawapiskat on the ice road leading to the mine has been in place since last Sunday.De Beers obtained an injunction against the blockaders on Friday.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Unusual killer spring frost damages crops in fields across the Maritimes

first_imgAn unusual “killer” frost has caused widespread damage to crops in the Maritimes, with everything from Nova Scotian wine grapes to Island asparagus harmed by a sharp plunge in spring temperatures.Farmers were beginning to assess the toll from the June cold front that hit Monday, as word came from Environment Canada of yet another frost advisory for early Thursday in all of Atlantic Canada.“It’s the beginning of the year and it’s a bad time for something like this to happen, just as the growing season begins,” Keith Colwell, Nova Scotia’s minister of agriculture, said in a telephone interview Wednesday.Gerry McConnell, founder of Benjamin Bridge vineyards, said the frost caused significant damage to his wine grapes in the Gaspereau Valley.“The temperatures across Nova Scotia did drop down to -2 C and in some places -4 C. Those are killer frost temperatures,” he said.“But it happened in variable ways … Some vineyards were hit much harder than others.”Curtis Millen, a strawberry and blueberry farmer in Great Village, N.S., has been trying to rescue his crops from a series of cold, wet days that included Monday’s frost.He has a water system to warm the buds of his strawberries, but which caused the plants to be caked in ice Monday morning. Photographs of plants on the morning the temperatures plummeted show strawberry leaves shining under a coat of ice.He now needs days of sun to dry out the fields and allow the crops to absorb nutrients.“We’ve got damage from frost and we have damage also from overhead irrigation trying to keep the frost off and wetting the plants to death,” he said Wednesday as he worked on his roughly 80 hectares of strawberries about 30 kilometres northwest of Truro.He estimated one-third of his strawberry crop would be damaged, adding that other farmers without the overhead, anti-frost immigration system have incurred much greater losses. His blueberry losses are even more extensive, he said.Ian Hubbard, a meteorologist at Environment Canada, said record lows were set early Monday. In Kentville, N.S., it dropped to almost -2 C, marking a huge shift from the 28 C high on Friday that had set off a growth spurt in a wide variety of crops before the frost hit.Mathew Vankoughnett, a researcher with the applied geomatics research group at Nova Scotia Community College, says such a rapid temperature flip is rare.His research indicates that Greenwood, N.S., in the centre of the Annapolis Valley, only had one similar episode in 1978 when temperatures fell below 0 on June 2.“We expect this type of spell to occur in April and maybe early May, but not June,” he said in an email.Larry Lutz, president of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association, has an apple farm south of Berwick in the Annapolis Valley. He said his Rockland farm and others at higher elevation suffered little to no damage as a result of the freeze, but added it was a different story for farms at lower elevations.“On the valley floor it hit between -3 C and -5 C, which at that point you would see in excess of 90 per cent damage,” he said. “So the growers on the valley floor suffered significant damage.”Lutz said cherry, plumb and pear growers are experiencing the same problems.He said he examined one pear farm Wednesday, finding it likely lost all but 10 to 20 per cent of the crop.McConnell, who is also the vice-chairman of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia, said many of the province’s roughly 15 vineyards were also affected, with harm varying from complete devastation to minimal damage.He said it will be several weeks before he can estimate the extent of the damage to the crops, in part because it remains to be seen how secondary and tertiary buds will fare.In P.E.I., Matt Hughes with the Island’s federation of agriculture in Charlottetown, said damage is being tallied up.“I lost the remainder of my asparagus crop. The frost ended my asparagus crop pretty abruptly. I started a few weeks ago and got some harvest off,” he said in an interview from his farm at Kellys Cross, 30 kilometres east of Charlottetown.“We had two major frosts here and it’s ruined three of my four cutting dates. I would have had four harvests before this frost.”Hughes said farmers grow used to some of the challenges associated with weather fluctuations, but this spring has been especially tough.“I grew up on a farm and we always get up and down years, but this seems to be an extreme year.”— With files from Alison Auld and Keith Doucette.last_img read more

Restrictions on flow of goods and labour hurt Palestinian economy UN reports

UNCTAD’s annual report on assistance to the Palestinian people states that since October 2000, direct losses in national income have been accelerating, while domestic output has been cut by almost half. Gross national income is estimated to have declined by at least 20 per cent in 2000. Unemployment grew sharply, with over a third of the labour force – some 300,000 Palestinians – reported jobless this year. More than 1 million Palestinians are now living under the poverty line of $2.10 a day and the income of around 64 per cent of Palestinian households has fallen below $400 a month.The report calls for providing social welfare support to households rendered destitute by the crisis, while noting that “a significant impulse to stimulating aggregate demand would come from removal of restrictions imposed on trade and labour since October 2000.” UNCTAD also stresses the importance of elaborating a recovery and reconstruction programme. The report suggests “targeted efforts, aimed at encouraging viable employment opportunities in the domestic economy, beginning with those sectors which had to release labour during the crisis, as well as other branches whose potential contribution to growth, exports and job-creation had already been established.”The report underscores the possibility of setting the Palestinian economy on a sustainable development path through responsive policies, which target long-standing structural weaknesses. It concludes that “following a decade of economic crises and recoveries, high expectations and unmet promises, the recent crisis has in fact reaffirmed the strong interdependence between development and peace.”The report is currently being reviewed by the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board at its two-week meeting in Geneva. read more

Telus to build new skyscraper in downtown Calgary

by News Staff Posted Jul 4, 2013 2:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The downtown is going to look pretty different in a few years.Telus has announced it is planning to build a 58-storey skyscraper called Telus Sky, where art central is currently on 7th Avenue S.W.Andrea Goertz with the company said plans have been in the works since the beginning of the year.“We have been working with partners Westbank and Allied, for approximately six months to come up with the ideas for the development,” Goertz said.Goertz said the 750,000 square-feet building will drastically change the skyline, aimed at being environmentally friendly and technologically advanced.Along with being an office building, there will also be residences and retail with a price tag of $400 million and a completion date of the fall of 2017. Telus to build new skyscraper in downtown Calgary read more

EIA revises down oilsands reserve drop by about a third after data

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2017 3:38 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The U.S. Energy Information Administration has revised down its estimate of how much oilsands reserves were taken off the books last year because of a data error.In an updated brief out Tuesday, the EIA reports that 67 U.S.-listed companies debooked about 4.9 billion barrels of reserves in the oilsands, down from the 7.7 billion it reported Monday.The EIA had included the 3.5 billion barrels of reserves debooked by Exxon Mobil, plus the roughly 2.8 billion barrels of reserves Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) debooked, though Exxon had included Imperial’s numbers in its own reporting as a 70 per cent owner of the company.The writedowns came after the West Texas Intermediate oil price averaged US$43.44 per barrel in 2016, down 11 per cent from US$48.83 per barrel in 2015.U.S.-listed companies are required to use price averages for the past year in calculating reserves, while Canadian rules allow companies to use forward-looking prices. EIA revises down oilsands reserve drop by about a third after data error read more

Wrestling Kyle Snyder does it again second straight NCAA championship

Junior Kyle Snyder lifts Penn State’s Nick Nevills for a takedown on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorST. LOUIS – World champion and Olympic champion, Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder is now a two-time NCAA champion, securing his second consecutive NCAA title with a 6-3 win over Wisconsin’s No. 2 Connor Medbery at heavyweight.Snyder’s second NCAA title came against the same opponent he defeated at the Big Ten championships, where he beat Medbery 8-5.Medbery was able to get a late takedown to make the match closer, but it was too little too late for the Wisconsin senior.Snyder was battling a rib injury at the NCAA tournament, but it didn’t seem to bother him in his win over Medbery, as he tallied two takedowns over the larger Medbery.As a junior, Snyder was undefeated in college competition but competed in fewer matches than many other heavyweights due to his participation in international competition.In 2017, Snyder has won the Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix, helped Team USA to second place at the Iran Freestyle World Cup, been named an All-American for the third time, and now won his second NCAA title.Snyder also earned a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and placed first in the 2015 World Wrestling Championships, becoming the youngest American wrestler ever to do so.Snyder lost in the NCAA finals as a freshman in 2015 at 197 pounds, but has dominated the heavyweight division since moving up for the 2016 season. read more

Southern Golds Cannon gold mine in WA to go underground

first_imgAustralian gold producer, Southern Gold Ltd, has a new agreement with development partner, Westgold Resources Ltd for the underground development phase at Southern Gold’s Cannon gold mine, near Kalgoorlie, Western Australia).Proven underground gold mine operator Westgold Resources to pay A$1.5 million upfront to Southern Gold for a five year right-to-mine within a defined area at the Cannon gold project east of KalgoorlieSouthern Gold to be paid A$160/oz Au by Westgold for the first 15,000 oz gold produced and then A$180/oz for production in excess of thisThe rate increases to A$190/oz and A$210/oz respectively if the gold price averages in excess of A$1,800/oz in the previous reporting quarterJORC Indicated Resources of 22,000 oz @ 5.68g/t Au at Cannon ensure cash flow from production. With the deposit remaining open at depth Southern Gold retains excellent exposure to future upsideThe arrangement removes the need for mine financing, minimises shareholder dilution and shifts underground operating risk to Westgold.Southern Gold Managing Director, Simon Mitchell: “Southern Gold has turned a cash consuming asset into a cash generating one. And it has done so in alignment with Southern Gold’s development philosophy of bringing in third parties who know how to mine and manage risk, particularly the elevated risks of underground mining. This deal with Westgold should generate cash for Southern Gold based on the high grade gold resource at Cannon which stands at 24,000 oz at 5.2g/t Au in the Indicated and Inferred categories. The arrangement also ensures Southern Gold remains significantly exposed to the upside should the deposit continue at depth.”last_img read more

Eye Van to give free vision screenings in Vancouver

first_imgPacific University’s Eye Van is coming to Vancouver to provide free vision screenings and comprehensive pediatric eye exams.An optometrist and university optometry students will provide exams from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at MacArthur Head Start, 5300 MacArthur Blvd. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, contact Deanna Russell at 360-567-2758 or deanna.russell@eocfwa.org.Patients should expect exams to take 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Comprehensive eye exams will include dilation. Prescriptions for glasses will be ordered the day of the exam and will be dispensed for free by an optician on site.Those who need more extensive evaluations will be given referrals for follow-up care.last_img read more

TCI Police Crime Update

first_imgChargesOn Monday, March 5th, a 19-year-old male was arrested and charged in relation to a Burglary report. The man who remains in Police custody is scheduled to appear before the Magistrates Court on March 19TH, 2018. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 6, 2018 – Providenciales –ArrestsA man was arrested on South Caicos on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, for the offence of wounding in connection with a report made to Police. The man was granted bail in the sum of USD$2000 and scheduled to return to the Police Station on South Caicos on March 7TH, 2018.A 39-year-old woman of Five Cays was arrested on Monday, March 5th, 2018 on suspicion of theft of USD$3000, at a major grocery store on Providenciales. The woman was granted bail in the amount USD$3500. Related Items: Burglary Police are investigating a Burglary that took place at a home in Blue Hills on March 2nd, 2018. The complainant reported to police that upon arriving at home he noticed two black flat screens and personal items missing.Police in South Caicos is investigating a Burglary that was reported on March 1st, 2018. Stolen were five packs of Peal and Seal and 19 pieces of wood. Value Unknown.Providenciales Police are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that took place on Monday, March 5th, 2018.  The victim who was held up by gunpoint in her Kew Town home was robbed of her handbag, iPhone 8 valued USD$1000, Black Samsung valued USD$250, three passports, other identification cards and cash.  The incident took place around 8:00 p.m.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Accident The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Traffic Department is investigating a two-car collision that took place on Monday, March 5th, 2018 on Paradise Road, Cooper Jack around 5:30 p.m.  The silver Toyota Harrier received total damages, while the Honda Civic Ferio car received frontal damages. Both drivers were taken to Cheshire Hall Medical Centre for treatment.Release: RTCIPFlast_img read more

Father Joes homeless services during winter months

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Deacon Jim Vargas stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss how Father Joe’s Villages supports the community throughout the winter and the services it provides.For more information click here. December 21, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Father Joe’s homeless services during winter months KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 21, 2018last_img read more

Icicle Peter Pan land USDA contracts for canned salmon

first_img(Photo by Clark Fair)The United States Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that it will buy half-pound cans of sockeye salmon from Icicle Seafoods and Peter Pan for federal food programs.The USDA announced this summer that it would purchase up to $30 million worth of canned sockeye through its Emergency Food Assistance Program. Funding for the purchase came from import tarrifs.Trident and Ocean Beauty also submitted bids to the USDA, but didn’t offer the low price necessary to get the contracts.The purchase is good news for the sockeye market, which had a glut of fish after two summers of large harvests, said UAA Economist Gunnar Knapp.“If the USDA comes and says we’ll buy some of that salmon…why that takes some of that production out of the regular market channels that it would go to and it can make a very significant difference in helping processors to get a higher price,” Knapp said.The cans will first go to warehouses in most states. According to the solicitation, the fish will be delivered between Oct. 1 and February 28.Food Bank of Alaska Executive Director Michael Miller said it’ll be a while before Alaska knows how much of the fish is headed back food banks in Alaska.“When the USDA buys a commodity from any state, it is fair-shared out to all of the states based on level of need, level of poverty, and other commodities that they have in their system, so it’s very possible that we’ll see some, but it’s unlikely that we’ll see the majority of it,” Miller said.last_img read more

Yadadri power plant to be ready in 4 years

first_imgMiryalguda (Nalgonda): GENCO chairman Prabhakar Rao on Thursday stated that the government’s prestigious project Yadadri power plant will be completed within four years. Prabhakar Rao was addressing the media persons after inspecting the ongoing works of Yadadri power plant at Veerlapalem village of Damarcherla mandal in the district. He conducted a review meeting with officials after examining the ongoing works of various units of plant and canteen. He informed that the power plant’s estimated cost is Rs 29,000 crore and two units of the power plant would be commissioned within two years and the remaining three units would be finished in phased manner. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Stating that all hurdles with regard to the power plant were overcome successfully, he said that works of the power plant were delayed due to delay in supply of equipment and rains. He exuded confidence that total works of power plant would be finished by year 2024 at any cost. He further added that after learning lessons from Manugur power plant, works of Yadadri power plant were started after getting all permissions of respective departments. The railway track works are going on and would be completed within three years time. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us He further added that the compensation to oustees of Yadadri power plant was deposited in the district Collector’s bank account and the district administration would look after the matters pertaining to payment of compensation to the oustees. Stating that the family members of 540 oustees will get jobs in the power plant provided they must have ITI qualification, he said that they would be trained as per the requirement similar to Badradri power plant. He informed that the power plant can provide employment to 4000 persons which includes engineers and other staff.last_img read more

96 police officers promoted to SPs

first_imgpoliceIn the latest promotion in the police administration, 96 additional superintendents of police (SPs) have been elevated to the rank of superintendent of police, reports UNB.The home ministry issued a notification on Thursday in this regard.According to the notification signed by deputy secretary Md Ilias Hossain of the home ministry, the order will come into immediate effect.last_img

The Paradox of Black Health

first_imgThere’s a new gray area in health research. For decades, scholars have looked at disparities through the lens of black and white. Changing demographics and growing immigrant populations are demanding new approaches that explore diversity within racial groups.“The Black population is not monolithic,” says Helena Dagadu, a fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College who is preparing to complete her PhD in the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. Dagadu is among the Center’s first cohort of doctoral fellows set to graduate in May 2015.A native of Ghana who came to the United States as a child, Dagadu is particularly interested in how health inequities affect black immigrant populations. “African immigrants represent one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations in the U.S.,” she says. Her research examines health disparities between the native-born American Black population and Black African immigrants—specifically as they relate to chronic, non-communicable conditions such as stroke, heart disease and diabetes.“The tide is turning in health research,” she says. “It’s moving toward an understanding that there are differences in black populations.”Dagadu’s observations align with a recent upsurge of interest in how underrepresented populations self-identify. According to the Pew Research Center, the 2010 census revealed that many communities, including Hispanics, Arabs, and people of mixed race, have said they’re unsure of which box to check on census forms.“The 2020 census will ask the race/ethnicity question differently,” says Dagadu. “They’re recognizing diversity within groups, which has implications for survey data coming out of the census. And we researchers get a lot of our data from those survey responses.”Like Dagadu, Courtney Thomas, PhD, another Meharry scholar, investigates the ways in which race and ethnicity influence health within black population groups.“The center of my research has been understanding health paradoxes,” says Thomas, who successfully defended her dissertation in sociology earlier this year. She will be joining the University of Kentucky faculty as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American and Africana Studies.“For example, we see that college-educated black women are at higher risk than lower-educated white women when it comes to maternal outcomes. I want to see how race and ethnicity figure into those outcomes.”Another area of interest for Thomas is the effects of race-based stressors and racial identity on mental wellbeing. “Even subtle forms of racial discrimination have a significant impact on mental health,” she explains. “The idea of not belonging—being unsure about how you’re viewed by others—causes stress and anxiety.”The negative effects are markedly greater for women than for men, Thomas adds. Subtler forms of racial discrimination have a greater impact on women, while more overt acts have a greater effect on men.Exploring how differences in social class and gender affect physical health and mental wellbeing is crucial, Thomas says. “It gives us a more nuanced understanding of black Americans’ health issues.”Both Thomas and Dagadu applaud the fellowship at Meharry for providing scholars with invaluable hands-on mentorship and leadership development. Another 11 fellows are currently pursuing doctoral studies.The Center, launched in 2009, has worked to increase the diversity of health policy leaders in the social, behavioral, and health sciences—particularly sociology, economics, and political science—who will one day influence health policy at the national level.“The RWJF fellowship has been a great complement to my PhD training,” says Dagadu. “We’ve had opportunities to hear the perspectives of prominent scholars interested in building a healthier America. I’ve gained practical professional development skills, and learned how to talk about my work to the media as well as influential policymakers working to eliminate health disparities.”She credits the experience with helping her land a position as an Endowed Assistant Professor of Sociology at Loyola University–Chicago. “I believe this program helped make my interview a success,” she says.“You can go to any research program and learn,” explains Thomas. “This fellowship has given me regular exposure to top scholars. Right from the beginning, I felt like I was in the middle of the field and I had a place at the table.”last_img read more

Study Most People Dont Mind if Singles Visit Robot Brothels for Sex

first_img Sex robots have heightened steamy fantasies, but non-human intercourse has led to a greater moral debate. Is it okay to visit an AI-powered brothel to satisfy intercourse needs? A study found that most people say yes, but only if you’re living the single life.The University of Helsinki study, which was published in PsyArXiv Preprints on Nov. 12,  found that sex with a robot is considered sex, and that paying for the services of a sex robot is not as bad as paying for the services of a human sex worker, especially if the person is single and not married. However, most respondents weren’t sure if whether using a sex robot in a committed, monogamous relationship should count as cheating.Sex robot (Photo Credit: Eve’s Robot Dreams/YouTube)To test people’s thoughts on robot brothels, researchers conducted two surveys with 172 and 260 people, who each responded to questions on their general morals, sexual behavior, and exposure to science fiction culture. Participants were given a fictional narrative involving a 30-year-old man traveling to Europe for a business trip and then going to a robot brothel for services. After they read the story, each participant was asked to disclose how they felt about the main character’s actions.Results found that respondents were more okay with the main character buying sex from a robot compared to a human worker. Additionally, respondents said they condemned single people less for having sex with a human robot or human sex worker, compared to married people. The study then said that standard research methods on sexuality and robotics can be applied to sex robots research in the future.The study comes on the heels of other sex robot milestones, such as the proposal of Eve’s Robot Dreams, a consent-focused AI brothel that aims to open its doors in West Hollywood, Calif., in upcoming years.Example interior of Eve’s Robot Dreams (Photo Credit: Eve’s Robot Dreams/Instagram)According to Eve’s Robot Dreams’ Indiegogo page, Unicole Unicron, a robot ethicist, created the idea for the robot brothel, which would serve as a “healing space” for customers and robots to get to know each other. Prior to requesting for services, customers can build a relationship with their bots via the Realbotix app. The aim is to treat robots ethically and also help individuals who might want to explore sexual fantasies in a non-judgmental environment.“Sit down with one of our robots and meet one of the new citizens of Earth. Bring friends along and have a good chat,” the Indiegogo campaign said. “Or, use this as an opportunity to have some one-on-one time with your new robot girlfriend.”The campaign has only generated 1 percent of its robust $155,000 goal, but it will be interesting to see how robot brothels might play a role in the future of human sex.More on Geek.com:Activists Call for Sex Robot Regulations Amidst U.S. Brothel LaunchesHouston Mayor Fights Plans for Sex Doll BrothelItaly’s First Sex Doll Brothel Shut Down Days After Opening Stay on target Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 last_img read more

Vicious Giant Python Invading Florida

first_img The rock python is “vicious”, according to Kenneth Krysko of the Florida Museum of Natural History. It is even meaner than the Burmese pythons, which have been known to eat alligators, and which have already taken up residence in the nearby Everglades National Park, where they have wiped out thousands of native animals. Another major alien in the park is the boa constrictor.Six specimens of Africa’s longest snake have been discovered in a single square mile west of Miami, Florida, since the first was sighted in 2002. Krysko believes the original snakes may have been released by pet breeders when they grew too big, or when the breeders were surprised by their aggressiveness. The finding of two hatchlings and a pregnant female suggests the snakes are settling in.The rock python, like the Burmese python and boa constrictor, is not poisonous but kills its prey by constricting it and suffocating it to death before swallowing it.With the Everglades National Park just across the road, the rock python may already have joined the other giant aliens in the park in wiping out the native fauna. According to Robert Reed of the U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado, the new snake might eat any warm-blooded animal it can ingest. The Burmese python is known to eat dozens of species, including white-tailed deer and even six-foot alligators, and Reed expects the rock python to do the same.Another potential problem is inter-breeding of the African rock python and the Burmese python to produce a hybrid species. This has been known to happen in captivity, and while most such offspring are infertile, there is a possibility that offspring of the two species could be even hardier and more deadly than their parents, according to Reed.Kristina Serbesoff-King of the Nature Conservancy in Florida said that we should learn from past mistakes and try to eliminate the rock python while it is still confined to a relatively small area. One approach could be a python patrol, similar to the one the Nature Conservancy ran to try to reduce the numbers of Burmese pythons.If the African rock python is not stopped in its tracks, the scientists agree the problem may be even worse than the Burmese python problem because the rock python is far more aggressive. In its native home the African rock python is known to attack humans, according to Krysko, and if hidden in a swamp, it could strike before you even knew it was there. It could pose a particular danger for pets and small children.© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — New studies suggest a 20 foot snake, the African rock python, is making its home in Florida and could soon invade the Everglades National Park. Python molurus bivittatus. Image: Wikipedia. Explore further Citation: ‘Vicious’ Giant Python Invading Florida (2009, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-vicious-giant-python-invading-florida.html Fla. governor approves plan to capture, kill Burmese pythons This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

How to block automatic Google Chrome updates

first_imgHow to block automatic Google Chrome updates by Martin Brinkmann on May 19, 2017 in Google Chrome – 15 commentsWhile it is usually not a good idea to block updates of web browsers such as Google Chrome because of security implications that go along with it, there may be cases where you want more control over the updating.Many programs ship with options to block updates, but Google Chrome is not one of them. This is different from the behavior of most web browsers, as they do ship with options to set updates to manual for instance. This would give the user full control over the updating, and ensure that updates won’t be installed automatically on computer systems.Please note that Google Chrome is only auto-updated on Windows and Mac Os X machines, and not on Linux.Block automatic Chrome updates on WindowsAs mentioned already, Chrome does not ship with a preference that you can flip to block program updates. There is an option however, and it involves setting a Registry key and installing the Google Update policy administrative template.Best case scenario is the following one: if the computer is connected to an Active directory domain, all that is required is to set the following Registry value:Tap on the Windows-key on the computer keyboard, type regedit.exe, and hit the Enter-key.Confirm the UAC prompt.Navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\UpdateIf Google and/or Update don’t exist, create the keys with a right-click on the previous one and the selection of New > Key from the context menu.Set the value AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes to 0.If the value does not exist, right-click on Update and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.This disables update checking. Note that Google resumes updating checking automatically for any computer that is not joined to an Active Directory domain. The period is reduced to 77 hours in this case.If that is the case, you need to override updates by setting the “update override policy” that is part of the Google Update administrative template.Note that this works only on professional or Enterprise versions of Windows, and not Windows 10 Home as Group Policy is not part of Home editions of Windows.Here is how that is doneDownload the Google Update administrative template XML-based file from this Google support page.Extract the contents of the archive, and copy it to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions.Load the Group Policy Editor: tap on the Windows-key, type gpedit.msc, and hit the Enter-key.Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Google > Google Update > Google Chrome.Double-click on “update policy override”.Switch the policy to enabled. You can set the update behavior of the web browser to one of the following four options:Always allow updates (recommended) — this is the default behavior.Automatic silent updates only — updates are applied only when they are found via periodic update checks.Manual updates only — updates are only applied when users check for updates manually in the interface.Updates disabled — this turns off updates so that they are never applied.Click ok to finalize the policy change and close the Group Policy editor afterwards.CautionIf you disable Chrome updates, your only options to update the browser are to run a manual check for updates in the browser, or check for a new version manually on Google’s Chrome blog, or on third-party sites that write about these updates.Additional information on turning off auto updates in Google Chrome is available on the Chromium Projects website.Now You: Do you prefer automatic updates, or manual updates?SummaryArticle NameHow to block automatic Google Chrome updatesDescriptionThis guide walks you through the steps of blocking automatic Google Chrome updates on machines running Microsoft’s Windows operating system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more