first_imgKINGSTOWN, St Vincent, (CMC):Opener John Campbell plundered his second first-class hundred as Jamaica Scorpions turned the page on a series of ordinary recent performances with a strong effort on the opening day of their penultimate round contest against Windward Islands Volcanoes.The left-hander carved out a career-best 135, an innings that propelled the visitors to 284 for five at the close yesterday at the Arnos Vale Stadium.Paul Palmer celebrated his return to the team and to the captaincy with an unbeaten 31, while Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood scored 27 and Antiguan Devon Thomas, 24 not out.Off-spinner Liam Sebastien (2-74) and leg-spinner Keron Cottoy (2-91) finished with two wickets apiece.Opting to bat first in an attempt to reverse a trend of four consecutive defeats, Scorpions started positively when Campbell and Shacaya Thomas put up 39 for the first wicket.Thomas made 14 in just over an hour at the crease and his departure, lbw to Barbadian medium pacer Kyle Mayers, saw Campbell inspire three successive half-century stands to keep the innings going.He put on 72 for the second wicket with Barbadian Kirk Edwards, who made 24; another 58 for the third wicket with Andre McCarthy, who scored 20; and 53 for the fourth wicket with Blackwood.All told, Campbell struck 15 fours and two sixes in an innings lasting 192 balls and just under four and a half hours.He raised his first 50 off 80 balls with six fours and was unbeaten on 52 at lunch with Edwards on 17 as Scorpions reached a comfortable 85 for one.The post-lunch session also belonged to the visitors as Campbell dominated, racing to his hundred to be 122 not out at tea with the Scorpions on 197 for three.When he and Blackwood were out within 15 runs of each other in the final session to leave the Scorpions on 237 for five, Palmer and Devon Thomas combined to add 47 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand.Palmer has so far faced 63 balls and counted four fours.last_img read more


first_imgConsidered the best bet for a boxing gold in the Commonwealth Games, world number one Vijender Singh today said he never thought he would have to settle for bronze due to “unfair” refereeing, which could have been prevented had the Indian federation been “proactive”.Vijender lost 3-4 to England’s Anthony Ogogo in the semifinals after being handed twin warnings — first for hitting his rival on the back of his head and the second for holding him towards the closing stages of the bout.The Indian team protested against the referee’s decisions but it was turned down by the International Boxing Association jury which reviewed the bout.”I never thought I would have to settle for bronze, I was playing for gold, I was 3-0 ahead but the bout was won by a boxer who did not get a single scoring punch,” the 24-year-old Olympic and World Championship medallist said in a press conference here.”I feel unlucky to get a bronze. After the bout I was completely out of my mind and shocked to lose. I agree that I clinched him but so did he, he should also have been warned,” the Haryana-lad said.Vijender said the protest that was lodged after his bout should have come when other Indians such as Dinesh Kumar (81kg) and Manpreet Singh (91kg) lost close quarterfinal bouts.”When these guys lost close bouts, the Federation should have lodged a protest because in Dinesh’s case, his rival got a point in the final two seconds of the bout while Manpreet was given two warnings. No one said anything and the protest came only when I lost. It would have been better to protest when these guys lost. The federation should have been proactive,” he said.advertisement”I don’t know why it took them so long to protest. If there had been a protest, then there would have been pressure on the referees and judges to act fairly,” he added.Vijender said he also found the scoring to be quite complicated. “Some bouts were high-scoring, some were not. It took us some time to understand the system,” he said.But Vijender has come to terms with the loss and is now looking ahead to the November 12 to 27 Asian Games in China.”I am over it now. I have learnt my lesson, I would not clinch my rivals again. But I think the referee was unfair to me,” he said. .”I had worked hard for these Games and all is not lost, I have got a medal. One loss cannot take away everything. I will try again and looking forward to the Asian Games next month,” said the boxer who will take a short break to spend some time with his family before hitting the ring once again for training.”It’s my body, not a machine. Sometimes it performs to expectations, sometimes it doesn’t. What to do, it’s just a bronze in my destiny,” he quipped when asked why has it been just bronze for him in major events.Talking about the Asian Games, Vijender said with the competition expected to be tougher due to the presence of traditional powerhouses such as Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the Indians would have to sharpen their footwork.”The competition at the Asian Games would be slightly different because the former parts of Soviet Union will be there. We will have to work on our footwork to do well there,” he said.The dashing boxer was, however, non-committal about participating in the World series of Boxing scheduled to start November 19 next month.”I am not even thinking about it right now. My focus is Asian Games. Let’s see,” he said.The Indian franchise for the WSB has suffered a massive blow after Videocon pulled out as the main sponsor. The Indian Federation is looking for a new sponsor.last_img read more


first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending Updated: 8:40 PM Posted: November 16, 2018 November 16, 2018 Surprise siamang gibbon birth at the San Diego Zoo KUSI Newsroom Photo taken by: Christina Simmons, San Diego ZooSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 37-year-old siamang gibbon at the San Diego Zoo recently gave birth to the zoo’s first siamang baby in 12 years despite being on birth control, the zoo announced today.The siamang, named Eloise, gave birth in its exhibit on Nov. 12 while zoo volunteers and guests looked on. Eloise and a 35-year-old male siamang had conceived six baby gibbons in the past, but the newest one came as a surprise to zoo officials.Given that their genes had clearly been passed on multiple times, the zoo had limited the two siamangs’ fertility with chemical birth control for an undisclosed number of years prior to the surprise birth.“It was amazing to see Eloise give birth this week, because she showed no outward signs of being pregnant,” said Zoo Animal Care Manager Jill Andrews.  “We’re not certain why birth control didn’t work in this case, but as with humans, it is not uncommon for contraceptive failure to happen from time to time. Still, we are overjoyed — because any birth of an endangered species is a reason to celebrate.”Siamangs are an endangered species of gibbon found in parts of India, Indonesia and Bangladesh. According to the zoo, their endangered classification by the International Union for Conservation of Nature is due to habitat loss brought on by logging and agriculture as well as illegal pet trading.Zoo guests can visit the three siamangs along the zoo’s Orangutan Trail. The zoo’s animal care staff will determine the baby’s gender in the coming months when they have a chance to give it a full health examination. FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more


first_imgIndustry leaders in the Reflect. React. Reveal. panel. (From left to right: Troy Young, Tom Harty, Bonnie Kintzer, Eric Zinczenko, Pam Wasserstein and moderator Linda Thomas Brooks)NEW YORK — Engaging audiences, diversifying distribution and customizing data were on the top of attendees’ minds at the MPA—the Association of Magazine Media’s 2019 American Magazine Media Conference on Tuesday.The event was held this year in the intimate Henry Luce Auditorium, named for the storied magazine publisher, at Meredith Corp.’s 225 Liberty Street offices in lower Manhattan, which was was previously Time Inc.’s headquarters. And while the audience was made up primarily of magazine media professionals, magazines were not talked about as much as you might expect.Tom Harty, the newly appointed chairperson of the MPA and president and CEO of Meredith Corp., opened the show by igniting the idea that magazine media brands are the original influencers, a theme that stayed prevalent in most of the day’s presentations and panels, including the first session, an interview with Martha Stewart.InStyle editor-in-chief Laura Brown began her discussion with Stewart talking about “the formula for relevance” and how Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings and her many other brand extensions have changed and expanded over the years as she figured out how to both modernize and monetize.“When I started the magazine, I remember clearly that when I mentioned the word synergy, it was a dirty word. And now, if you don’t believe in synergy and integrating your information into everything like TV, digital, online and everywhere, you can’t survive,” said Stewart.An original influencer herself, according to Brown, Stewart’s been able to engage audiences for decades from her 93 published books—of which, Stewart says 100th will be an autobiography—to her VH1 TV show with Snoop Dogg, “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.”Her advice to the other magazine publishers in the audience is to embrace the industry disruptions: “As an early adapter of all things digital and technological, I think we just have to continue to do that and we never know what else is coming, but you should keep your eyes open and work within it. You can’t avoid it.” Left to right: Susan Goldberg, Joe Brown, Jane Francisco, Katrina vanden Heuvel and Michael Clinton“100 is the new 60.”During the Secrets of the Centenarians panel, the top editors from Popular Science, Good Housekeeping, The Nation and National Geographic, which Stewart says she modeled Martha Stewart Living‘s captions and photography off of, discussed how they’ve kept their 100-plus-year-old brands successful without becoming out-dated.“100 is the new 60,” moderator and Hearst’s president of marketing and publishing director Michael Clinton said as he introduced the session and poised the question, why is a century-old legacy an important tool to wield?“I think we have a great opportunity at National Geographic, as an iconic brand, to go from the reverence of the brand to the relevance of the brand,” said Susan Goldberg, editorial director of National Geographic Partners and editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine. “We’ve been lucky that the things we’ve been covering for 131 years are things that people really care about now.”But part of Goldberg’s recipe for success within the 21st century, is clearly defining the wrongs of the magazine’s past in order to maintain the trust of all readers as well as continue growing audience engagement within new generations.“We did a package on race because the racial conversation in the United States has become so poignant,” she said. “But one of the things we had to do to do that credibly, I thought, was acknowledge our own very complicated past with race. We had to own that history over 100 years, and in a case like that, 100 years does matter, but then you can tell people what you’re doing now to change that.”For the other centenarian publishers, revenue diversification has been the backbone for continued growth, whether it’s through e-commerce and retail or tackling other forms of media, like television.“I think audience engagement for the people sitting up here continues to be our primary focus. But at the same time, we’re involved in a business where we try to convert that into revenue,” said Good Housekeeping‘s editor-in-chief Jane Francisco, who said that the GH brand was one of the first to the table for consumer advocacy, even pre-dating the FDA.Goldberg continued that even though National Geographic has the TV channel, a trips business and more, all of which she says support each other, being able to monetize digital is the problem they’re continuously working to solve.“I don’t think there is any shortage of audience that wants to read deep, rich, fact-based, science-based content. We can get those eyeballs. It’s how do we monetize those eyeballs on non-print platforms,” she says. “We’re seeing an enormous hockey stick of growth in revenue on those digital platforms, but it’s still not as profitable as it ultimately will need to be.”One specific lesson Joe Brown, Popular Science’s editor-in-chief, has learned during his time in the industry is that brands, especially ones with trans-generational audiences, no longer need to focus on bringing them all together in one location to achieve monetization.“I know there used to be this desire to drive everybody to your website, or when they’re on your website, drive those people to become subscribers to your magazine,” he said. “That’s not the case anymore, because when it comes to the digital platforms, we don’t know how the views are going to change tomorrow. So we have to be diversifying our ability to attract readers across all of digital.”Left to right: Karthic Bala, Tracy Heller, Alysia Borsa and moderator Andy Main, head of Deloitte DigitalAnticipating intent with data On the data-side of meeting readers on the platforms they engage the most on, Condé Nast’s chief data officer, Karthic Bala, and Meredith’s chief marketing and data officer, Alysia Borsa, discussed how they’re working to customize those platforms to the individual reader, and not just the broader generational and demographic identifiers that readers have been sorted under, in the Data and Consumer Trust panel.“I don’t want someone to just read something, I want them to take an action,” said Borsa.And to do this, she says Meredith has been experimenting with Artificial Intelligence in order to predict its readers’ intentions. So a 30-something year old female reader of Better Homes & Gardens, who’s known to be interested in gardening and cooking healthy recipes, may decide that it’s time to plan a vacation for her family, and Borsa says she wants Meredith to be right there to help her make those vacation decisions.“We want to be with them on that journey and then hone in on the moments where they’re going to take action,” said panelist Tracy Heller, the head of ecommerce and digital for jewelry designer David Yurman, a notion that both Bala and Borsa said applies in the magazine media industry.And in order to better support the user experience at Condé, Bala said that giving readers a unified experience, personalized to them across all of the company’s brands is a big priority for his team, especially now with the planned in implementation of paywalls.Re-engaging readers on social On Instagram, specifically, brands like Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Italian-based Freeda Media, have harnessed the data and engagement they’ve received from their millions of followers to find new ways of driving revenue.Head of brand marketing Negar Mohammad explained how Vogue used the Instagram Stories’ swipe-to-buy feature to reveal the September 2018 cover and link to the brand’s Amazon pre-order page, which ended up selling out the initial run of pre-orders sales in one day. Later, the swipe-to-buy feature was attached to a general magazine subscription sign-up page, and Mohammad said that 20 percent of Vogue’s total subscriptions were tied directly to their Instagram Stories ad.Elsewhere in the luxury media world, Bahram Akradi, CEO of the fitness, co-working and residential living company Life Time, talked about his decision to expand his brand into magazines in an interview with ESPN the Magazine editor-in-chief Alison Overholt. And ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff spoke about the need for credible journalism, particularly when unattributed information circulates on platforms such as Facebook and can lead to misinformed audiences.Later in the afternoon, Campbell Brown, global head of news partnerships at Facebook, addressed some of the issues that publishers are experiencing with audience engagement following the algorithm changes that “cracked down on clickbait.”“Facebook cannot be the entire solution of your problems,” she said, explaining that brands now built solely on the Facebook distribution will likely struggle. “We created the incentives that helped to create clickbait,” but the method of producing a short viral video won’t work anymore, says Brown. “We have cracked down on clickbait and cracked down on sensationalism. It’s not what people want to see.”A trend that Facebook is also working to support, but is still in the testing phase of, is working with publishers who have taken on  paywalls and subscription models. Brown says that this is the path she is seeing publishers go down now and says that her team has to be committed to supporting that.Leaning on brand loyalty Henry Winkler and Parent’s EIC Liz VaccarielloActor and author Henry Winkler’s session on legacy, lessons and longevity foreshadowed some of the themes in the last session, when he said, “Tenacity and gratitude get you where you need to be.”Working to secure and build on brand loyalty, CEOs and leaders from some of the top magazine media companies in the U.S. discussed the future the see for the industry and how building on audience engagement is a top priority.Trusted Media Brands’ Bonnie Kintzer, New York Media’s Pam Wasserstein, Bonnier Corp.’s Eric Zinczenko, Hearst Magazines’ Troy Young and Meredith’s Tom Harty all agreed that badge media was at the center of their brands’ individual successes, and by leveraging the close relationships that readers feel with individual magazines, they’re able to bring in new readers.“Badge media rings true,” said Zinczenko. “We have the data and research to prove that readers do define themselves by their passions and interests.” One example he gave of this is that at Bonnier, there are instances when the company has both the number one and the number two media brands within a vertical, like Cycle World and Motorcyclist within the motorcycle enthusiast space. “And I can tell you, badge media is taken very seriously because you can have two consumers who are passionate about the same thing, but they don’t want to be identified by the other brand in the vertical,” he said.Wasserstein closed out the session echoing the common thread throughout all of the day’s sessions, “Consumers are hungry for those trusted relationships and that’s on us to continue to take that very seriously.”last_img read more


first_img Explore further Prior research has shown that mammals and birds and one species of lizard respond to stress by experiencing an increase in body temperature on the order of 1 or 2 C°—a reaction that some have suggested indicates that the creature is a sentient being—one that is able to perceive or feels things, whether emotional or physically. The term sentient has also been used a lot in science fiction to describe extraterrestrial life that is intelligent enough to offer some form of interaction with humans, as is the case with most mammals and birds here on Earth. Unfortunately, to date, no such increase in body temperature related to stress has ever been reported in fish, which has left many labeling them as non-sentient and unable to feel either stress or pain, such as from being hooked on the end of a line. In this new effort, the researchers sought to find out if this is true.The experiments by the researchers consisted of placing 72 zebra fish in a net in water that was 1 C° colder than was normal for them. They also had a control group that was left alone with no changes to their environment. All of the fish were then transferred to a tank that had sections heated to different levels, which the fish could access freely if they wished. The team watched to see which section the fish would swim to, and noted that those fish that had been stressed spent more time in the sections that were slightly warmer than normal, than did the control fish. Doing so caused the body temperature of the fish to rise from 2 to 4 C°, which the team claims showed the fish experienced elevated body temperatures in response to stress, demonstrating emotional fever, and therefore they should qualify as sentient beings. Amphibious fish found to use evaporative cooling to overcome hot water (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers from the U.K. and Spain has found via lab study that at least one type of fish is capable of experiencing ’emotional fever,’ which suggests it may qualify as a sentient being. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes their experiments with stressing zebra fish, how the fish reacted, and why they believe it should now be added to the list of organisms labeled as sentient beings. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Citation: Study suggests fish can experience ’emotional fever’ (2015, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-fish-emotional-fever.html More information: Sonia Rey et al. Fish can show emotional fever: stress-induced hyperthermia in zebrafish, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2266 AbstractWhether fishes are sentient beings remains an unresolved and controversial question. Among characteristics thought to reflect a low level of sentience in fishes is an inability to show stress-induced hyperthermia (SIH), a transient rise in body temperature shown in response to a variety of stressors. This is a real fever response, so is often referred to as ’emotional fever’. It has been suggested that the capacity for emotional fever evolved only in amniotes (mammals, birds and reptiles), in association with the evolution of consciousness in these groups. According to this view, lack of emotional fever in fishes reflects a lack of consciousness. We report here on a study in which six zebrafish groups with access to a temperature gradient were either left as undisturbed controls or subjected to a short period of confinement. The results were striking: compared to controls, stressed zebrafish spent significantly more time at higher temperatures, achieving an estimated rise in body temperature of about 2–4°C. Thus, zebrafish clearly have the capacity to show emotional fever. While the link between emotion and consciousness is still debated, this finding removes a key argument for lack of consciousness in fishes. © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) will announce the results of Madhyamik examination 2018 on Wednesday, June 6. The results will be declared at a Press conference at the Board office in Salt Lake at 9 am. A senior official of WBBSE informed that the results can be accessed from the official website of WBBSE www.webresults.in/wbbse.org, from 10 am. Apart from this, candidates can also type WB 10 followed by their roll number and send it to 54242 or 5888 to receive the marks. It may be mentioned that a total of 11,21,921 candidates had appeared for the examination, which is 31,075 higher than last year. Among the examinees, 6,21,366 were girls, while 4,81,555 were boys. There were 2,811 centres in which the examination was held from March 12 to 21.last_img