How big is the average penis?

December 3, 2019 0 Comments

first_img“I was in the pool!” George Costanza’s distress at the “shrinkage” of his penis after exiting a cold pool was hilarious in the 1994 Seinfeld episode, but for many men concern over the length and girth of their reproductive organ is no laughing matter. Now, a new study could assuage such worries with what may be the most accurate penis-size measurements to date.Many earlier studies relied on self-reporting, which doesn’t always yield reliable results. “People tend to overestimate themselves,” says David Veale, a psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. So when Veale and his team set out to settle the score on penile proportions, they decided to compile data from clinicians who followed a standardized measuring procedure.Published today in the British Journal of Urology International, their new study synthesizes data from 17 previous academic papers that included measurements from a total of 15,521 men from around the world. The data enabled the researchers to calculate averages and model the estimated distribution of penile dimensions across humanity. “It still just strikes me how many men have questions and insecurities and concerns about their own penis size. 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The corresponding girth measurements are 9.31 cm (3.66 inches) for a flaccid penis and 11.66 cm (4.59 inches) for an erect one.A graph of the size distribution shows that outliers are rare. A 16-cm (6.3-inch) erect penis falls into the 95th percentile: Out of 100 men, only five would have a penis larger than 16 cm. Conversely, an erect penis measuring 10 cm (3.94 inches) falls into the 5th percentile: Only five out of 100 men would have a penis smaller than 10 cm. Gentlemen, if you’re eager to see how you measure up, you’ll need to follow the same measurement procedure used in the study. All length measurements were made from the pubic bone to the tip of the glans on the top side of the penis. Any fat covering the pubic bone was compressed before measurement, and any additional length provided by foreskin was not counted. Circumference was measured at the base of the penis or around the middle of the shaft, as the two sites were deemed equivalent.The researchers concluded that there was no strong evidence to link penis size to other physical features such as height, body mass index, or even shoe size. Yes, it seems that the only definite conclusion that can be drawn about a fellow with big socks is that he probably has big feet. Likewise, the study found no significant correlation between genital dimensions and race or ethnicity, although Veale points out that their study was not designed to probe such associations, because much of the data used were from studies of Caucasian men.It’s easy to laugh at poor George Costanza for his shrunken manhood, but some reports suggest that only about 55% of men are satisfied with their penis size. Some seek potentially dangerous surgical solutions to a problem that, according to Veale, is often only in their head. Men “seem to have a very distorted picture of what [size] other men are, and what they believe they should be,” Veale says.Pornography, in which male performers are often selected for their extremely large genitalia, may be partly to blame. Similarly, Herbenick points to the myriad spam e-mails that assert that 17.78 cm (7 inches) is average for an erection, when in reality such a member would place its owner in about the 98th percentile. It’s best to just ignore those ads in any case, Veale says. “There are no effective lotions or potions or pills.”last_img read more

Bullock shines as Rain or Shine rips TNT

November 30, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses But it wasn’t just him. The locals also hit their mark as Rain or Shine shot 16 three-pointers to rise to a 3-2 card.Finishing the game strong, Jericho Cruz poured in eight of his 14 markers in the fourth period, alongside five boards and five assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJewel Ponferrada  chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds, while Mark Borboran got 11 for the Elasto Painters.“Everybody seemed to be on the same page today and that’s why we played well,” said coach Caloy Garcia. “Basically, everybody stepped up in today’s game.” Ranidel de Ocampo and Levi Hernandez wound up with 11 points for TNT.The scores:RAIN OR SHINE 105 – Bullock 20, Cruz 14, Ponferrada 12, Borboran 11, Yap 10, Ahanmisi 9, Trollano 7, Tiu 6, Belga 5, Robles 4, King 3, Matias 2, Daquioag 2, Maiquez 0.TNT 73 – Rice Jr. 19, De Ocampo 11, Hernandez 11, Williams 8, Lingganay 6, Tautuaa 5, Garcia 4, Reyes 3, Nuyles 3, Tamsi 2, Carey 1, Golla 0.Quarters: 30-14, 49-32, 77-58, 105-73. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Beau Belga also was a positive influence for his team this time out, doing the dirty work with five points, 10 rebounds, and three assists to bounce back after being ejected in Rain or Shine’s last game against Kia.The Elasto Painters stepped on the gas pedal early, jumping to a 27-11 lead in the first quarter to set the tone for the whole game. They led by as much as 28, 62-34, courtesy of a Maverick Ahanmisi jumper at the 8:28 mark of the third quarter.Debuting import Glen Rice Jr. woke the KaTropa up out of their slumber, chopping the lead down to 12, 66-54, after an RR Garcia free throw with 3:46 left in the period, but a pair of Chris Tiu treys followed by another triple from Mark Borboran restored order for Rain or Shine and brought the lead back up to 20, 77-57.With the absence of its national team players, the KaTropa couldn’t keep up with the hot-shooting Elasto Painters and shot only 28 percent from the field.Rice scored 19 points that went with eight rebounds, and three assists in his first game with the KaTropa, as he struggled to draw support from his locals.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ FILE – Rain or Shine import J’Nathan Bullock scores on a layup against Kia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMotivated to rebound from his underwhelming debut, J’Nathan Bullock responded to coach Caloy Garcia’s demands to lead Rain or Shine to a 105-73 blowout of TNT Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The 30-year-old reinforcement made sure the Elasto Painters didn’t make a mistake tapping him as replacement, as he posted 20 points, 14 rebounds, and three assists in the win.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Perlas Pilipinas routs Singapore to open SEA Games bid Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:28Hurricane Dorian lashes South Carolina, Great Abaco Island00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

PSL: Petron stays unscathed, turns back F2 in Finals rematch

November 29, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley combined for 41 points for the Blaze Spikers, who kept their record unblemished at 4-0 despite playing their third game in eight days.Stalzer and Hurley anchored Petron’s attack, but several others also made key contributions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRhea Dimaculangan dished out 31 excellent sets while Mika Reyes and Ces Molina scored eight points each.Molina converted a pair of crucial hits in the fourth set. The first stopped an F2 scoring spurt while the second put Petron at match point, 24-18. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Blazing FEU stays grounded ahead of second round Reigning MVP Maria Perez of Venezuela led the Cargo Movers with 21 points. Kennedy Bryan added 18. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuscenter_img Petron got back at F2 Logistics in a rematch of last year’s finals, 20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19, in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LATEST STORIES Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivinglast_img read more

The IPL win is a tremendous boost and keeps us alive: Gilchrist

November 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBack in the reckoning after scripting an upset victory over table toppers Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist believes that they have got the required opening to surge ahead.Kings XI, who were languishing in the bottom half of the table with just six points before Tuesday’s match, stunned the much-fancied Mumbai outfit with a 76-run victory after the hosts managed to put on a competitive 163 on the board at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium here.”It was an all-round performance from us. We put up a respectable total though we finished a little bit short of what we had thought,” Gilchrist said at the post-match press conference. “The beauty of this (T20) format is that anyone can beat anyone. The win is a tremendous boost for us, more than the fact that it keeps us alive in the tournament.”We have got the foot in that door and hopefully it will keep open,” the left-hander added.Lauding his batsmen, the former Australian wicket-keeper said Kings XI had put up a solid batting effort on Wednesday. Gilchrist pointed out that it was Kings XI’s batting that had let the team down in the earlier matches of the tournament. Gilchrist also had words of praise for Mumbai speedster Lasith Malinga, who is the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 26 scalps.”He (Malinga) has come of age. He is the most dangerous T20 bowler. He has a lethal yorker, slipping bouncer and a lot of variation in his bowling,” he said. The Kings XI captain was also of the view that the loss won’t affect Mumbai much.advertisementAsked about Bollywood star and Kings XI co-owner Preity Zinta’s motivational speech to the teammates on Sunday after it’s loss to Pune Warriors, Gilchrist said, “She is a talented, articulate and intelligent lady. She has full belief in the team’s abilities and told us to focus away from the defeats we had suffered and give our best.”Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard refused to buy the suggestions that overconfidence has let the team down on Wednesday against bottom-ranked Kings XI. “No, we were not over confident. We came here to win,” he said, adding that it was just one of those days when they played “bad cricket”. “Sometimes, it happens and we got to learn from it,” Pollard said.Asked whether he is in favour of a window in ICC’s Future Tours Programme for the IPL, Pollard said, “It would be great for all the players.” Kings XI left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt, who won the man-of-the-match for his impressive figures of four for 22, said he was not overawed by the might of Mumbai Indians’ batting line-up.”Praveen Kumar took two key wickets, which helped me later on,” he said.-With PTI Inputslast_img read more

ISL 2018-19: Mumbai City FC vs Pune City : Mumbai got their first win…

November 26, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAdvertisement Mumbai City FC have got their first win of the season.AdvertisementMumbai City FC have got the first win of their campaign against Pune City in the first Maharashtra Derby of the season with a margin of 2-0. With this win, Mumbai City FC have gone to the fifth position in the League Table with 4 points in three matches so far in this season while Pune City have gone down to ninth position in the League Table with only 1 point from their two matches in this season.Mumbai City FC have got their first win of the season.Mumbai City FC have started off the match in style. The home team have got the lead at the 25th minute of the match when Modou Sougou have scored his first goal of the campaign. Rafael Bastos has doubled the lead for Mumbai City FC as the 33 year old Brazilian has successfully scored from the penalty box just before the half time mark. Pune City have tried to make a comeback in the match in the second half of the match as their manager Ranko Popovic had decided to bring Marcelinho in the field at the 59th minute of the match. Though the inclusion of the star player did not help his team to get back in the contest. Mumbai City FC have again got a penalty in the extra time of the second half of the match; but Lucian Goian’s shot was saved by the Pune City’s Goalkeeper Vishal Kaith. The scoreline has remained 2-0 in favour of Mumbai City FC at the end of the match. They will have to visit to Goa in the next gameweek while Pune City will welcome Bengaluru FC in their home turf. last_img read more

RBI coming out with new Rs 1,000 notes? No such proposal, says government

November 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgSpeculation and uncertainty over exactly how many current notes of different denominations will the Indian economy have does not seem to be ending. After media reports spoke about how the Reserve Bank of India was preparing to come out with new Rs 1,000 notes, the government has denied that such plans are underway.”There is no proposal to reintroduce 1,000 rupee note” said Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg in a tweet.Rs 1,000 notes, along with Rs 500 banknotes, were discontinued in India following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise demonetisation announcement last November.  While the government introduced new Rs 500 notes sporting better security features, Rs 1,000 banknotes were believed to have been junked for good.The Reserve Bank of India, instead, came out with currency notes of a higher denomination – Rs 2,000. These, however, led to a shortage of change in the economy, a problem that has been seemingly addressed by the RBI’s move to introduce Rs 200 notes.A first in India’s history, the bright-yellow Rs 200 notes, introduced last week, are expected to ease pressure on lower-denomination currency bills and also fill the “missing link” between Rs 100 and Rs 500 currency.Besides 200 rupee notes, Rs 50 currency bills with new look was also introduced earlier this month.The RBI has already announced that it would be ramping the supply of Rs 200 notes.The optimal system of denominations of currency (coins and notes), the RBI had said, is one that would minimise the number of denominations and concurrently increase the probability of proffering exact change.”So, what should be the optimal mix of currency denominations? Many countries have opted to use a near variation of the Renard Series, i.e., 1:2 or 1:2.5 ratio between adjacent denominations of currency, which means that the denomination should be twice or two and half times of its preceding denomination,” the central bank had said.advertisementSuch a ratio allows exchange of value ordinarily in a maximum of three denominations, it added.Last week, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that the government was not considering banning Rs 2,000 notes.As the government confirmed that Rs 200 notes were coming, media reports started doing the rounds that the RBI was also preparing to come out with new Rs 1,000 notes that would sport the newer security features found on the Rs 500, Rs 200 and Rs 2,000 notes.The media reports said that two RBI printing presses had been chosen to print the new Rs 1,000 notes. The government, however, today denied that there is any such proposal in the pipeline.INDIAN CURRENCY NOTES: BIRTH, DEATH, REBIRTHHere’s a look at the introduction, demonetization and remonetization of Indian currency notes since RBI’s inauguration in 1935.1935: Reserve Bank of India formally inaugurated1938 (birth): First Rs 5 note issued by RBI & subsequently Rs 10, Rs 100 & Rs 1,000 & Rs 10,000 (largest currency denomination ever printed by RBI)1940: Re 1 note reintroduced as a wartime measure.1946 (death): Rs 1,000, Rs 5,000, & Rs 10,000 notes were taken out of circulation.1954 (rebirth): Rs 1,000, Rs 5,000, & Rs 10,000 notes reintroduced.1978 (death): Rs 1,000, Rs 5,000 & Rs 10,000 notes deemed illegal for the second time.1987 (birth): Rs 500 note came into circulation in October.1998 (birth): Rs 1,000 notes reintroduced.2016 (death): Rs 1,000 notes taken out of circulation.2016 (birth): Rs 2,000 currency notes introduced.2017 (rebirth): Re 1 note to be introduced again.2017 (birth): Rs 200 notes introduced for the first time.(With PTI inputs)ALSO READ | Demonetisation effect? RBI halves dividend to government, experts blame rise in currency printing costALSO READ | I would not have approved of note ban: ex-RBI governor Bimal Jalan ALSO WATCH | Congress attacks government over discrepancies in new 500, 2000 rupee noteslast_img read more

‘Salah can light up World Cup’

November 14, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWorld Cup Trophy Tour 2018 Mo Salah can light up World Cup – Saeed Al-Owairan Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy mohamed salah egypt 12112017 Getty Images World Cup Trophy Tour 2018 Mohamed Salah Saudi Arabia v Egypt Saudi Arabia Egypt World Cup The legendary Saudi Arabia international believes the Liverpool man can continue his remarkable form with Egypt in Russia Former Saudi Arabia international Saeed Al-Owairan believes Liverpool forward Mo Salah can star for Egypt at this year’s World Cup.Salah has hit a remarkable 23 Premier League goals already this term and, with eight assists also to his name, has been directly involved in more goals than anyone else in the competition.And Al-Owairan, who led Saudi Arabia into two World Cups, is confident Salah can lead the charge for the Arab teams in Russia. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I’m an optimist and we have enough time to prepare properly for the World Cup,” he said as the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola arrived in Dubai.“We have some clever players like Mohamed Salah who has shown some excellent performances with Liverpool, and many other players who are top professionals.“The World Cup is an opportunity for them to raise their value and their reputations, but also to share their happiness with their countries.“I expect the Arab teams will show good performances in this tournament.”Saeed Al-Owairan Saudi Arabia Belgium 29061994Al-Owairan’s Saudi Arabia will meet Salah’s Egypt in Group A, but not before kicking off the tournament against the hosts in the opening game, and Al-Owairan is hoping his nation make a good start.“I think our group is great with Egypt and Russia and the result in our opening game will determine our future,” he said.“We know that the beginning is always hard but we have to make a draw at least, and why not a win.”For more information on the Trophy Tour head to the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour Instagram or Facebook pagelast_img read more

Pakistan to host Sri Lanka in ODI, T20I series in September

October 25, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Reuters BengaluruAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 23:58 IST Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan 2019: Sri Lanka to play ODIs and T20Is in lahore and Karachi in September and October (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSri Lanka to play in Karachi and Lahore in September and OctoberPakistan will host longest limited-overs series in a decadePakistan likely to host Test series in DecemberPakistan will host Sri Lanka in three one-day internationals and the same number of Twenty20 internationals starting in September before two Tests as part of the World Test Championship in December, the cricket boards of both countries said on Friday.Pakistan are preparing to host their first Test on home soil since a 2009 militant attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore that left six security personnel and two civilians dead while six players were injured.Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) agreed to bring forward the limited-overs leg of the split series and pushed back the two Tests, which were originally set to take place in October.”The PCB is pleased with the outcome of its discussions with SLC, which has supported Pakistan in its efforts and endeavours for the complete revival of international cricket,” PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said in a joint statement.”The tour for limited-overs matches will also provide Sri Lanka with an even better understanding of the ground situation before discussing the schedule of the tests.”SLC president Shammi Silva said the two boards had a long history of friendship and the move strengthened that bond.”The SLC security experts had visited the two cities earlier this month and had given a positive report, which made our job of decision-making easy,” he said.”If there had been any doubts, the SLC would not have gone ahead with this arrangement that we envisage will improve the players’ confidence and trust level and will also be critical when we start discussions on the schedule of the test matches.”advertisementPakistan did not host international cricket for six years following the 2009 attack, with the team playing their home matches in the United Arab Emirates.However, Pakistan has since hosted limited-overs games featuring Zimbabwe (2015), a World XI (2017), Sri Lanka (2017) and West Indies (2018) apart from Pakistan Super League games.Limited-overs series schedule:September 27 Sep: First ODI (Karachi)September 29: Second ODI (Karachi)October 2: Third ODI (Karachi)October 5: First T20 (Lahore)October 7: Second T20 (Lahore)October 9: Third T20 (Lahore)Also Read | Kohli elated as Jadeja hits 4th 50-plus score in last 8 inningsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Pakistan cricketFollow Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan 2019Follow KarachiFollow LahoreFollow Pakistan Cricket Board Pakistan to host Sri Lanka in ODI, T20I series in SeptemberPakistan was intially scheduled to host a 2-Test series against Sri Lanka in October. However, the 2 cricket boards have agreed to push the Tests to December and play a limited-overs series in Pakistan in September. advertisementlast_img read more

CMU to Build Drone to Inspect Wigton Wind Turbines

October 24, 2019 0 Comments

first_img The university has been commissioned by the entity to build a drone that can be used to inspect the 50-metre-high wind turbines at its South Manchester facility. Wigton Wind Farm Limited is partnering with the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) in utilising geospatial technology to maintain its wind turbines.The university has been commissioned by the entity to build a drone that can be used to inspect the 50-metre-high wind turbines at its South Manchester facility.“Instead of sending a team up, they will be using technology to actually carry out turbine blade inspections,” explained CMU Associate Vice President of Engineering and Applied Technology, Dr. Stephen Rhoden, at a recent JIS Think Tank.“It can go much more quickly (than a human) and the risks are much less. This is one of the ways in which we are applying research into the field and driving our economic growth” he said.Dr. Rhoden advised that the team from Wigton, which operates a total of 44 wind turbines at the facility, has viewed CMU’s 125-kilowatt solar car park and is interested in replicating the model across Kingston and St. Andrew.He said that Wigton also looked at one of the university’s ideation labs, which consists of the Hybrid Immersive Virtual Experience (HIVE) and the Advanced Mobile Platform (AMP) teams.He explained that the HIVE team is focused on utilising computer software architecture and modelling to give persons new virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences.“The AMP research team is advanced in the areas of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). The Wigton team was very impressed with the applicability and custom manufacturing of the UAV to suit their specific maintenance needs,” Dr. Rhoden noted.He said “it is great to partner with our friends within the Government of Jamaica, through technology and applied research, because these partnerships will grow our economy and push Vision 2030 to its boundaries”.Wigton Wind Farm Ltd. sells electricity to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) under a power purchase agreement (PPA). The South Manchester facility has a capacity of 62.7 megawatts (MW) of power.The entity seeks to diversify and develop renewable energy sources through identifying and conducting studies of potential sites for wind and solar energy solutions. CMU responds to the needs of industry through education and training. Story Highlightscenter_img Wigton Wind Farm Limited is partnering with the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) in utilising geospatial technology to maintain its wind turbines.last_img read more

Province NSCAD Move To Protect Fine Arts Education

October 22, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe province and NSCAD University are working together to ensure a strong and sustainable future for fine arts education in the province. In co-operation with NSCAD, Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More has appointed former provincial deputy minister Howard Windsor to explore options. “I met with university’s board of governors yesterday and I am very pleased that we have all agreed to work to protect the future of NSCAD and fine arts education in the province,” said Ms. More. NSCAD president David Smith said, “I look forward to working with Mr. Windsor, our board and administration to ensure a strong fine arts education in Nova Scotia and a sustainable financial future for NSCAD.” Mr. Windsor will report his findings to Ms. More by the end of November. NSCAD, founded in 1887, provides undergraduate and graduate degrees for students in fine and media arts, craft, design, and historical and critical studies. Nova Scotia’s creative economy employs about 28,000 people directly and indirectly and contributes more than a billion dollars to the provincial economy.last_img read more

CJI laments loud and motivated conduct in courts

October 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday said the judiciary is witnessing an unprecedented rise in instances of “indecorous” acts, and lamented that graceful discourses and deliberations were increasingly being replaced by “loud and motivated” conduct in the courts. It was important that these are quickly identified, isolated and put in “quarantine” by stake holders to ensure the decorum and dignity of the judiciary was not lost, he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The CJI was speaking during the Independence Day celebrations in the Supreme Court’s lawn where he unfurled the national flag in the presence of other dignitaries, including Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Attorney General K K Venugopal and senior advocates. Gogoi said instances of inappropriate behaviour have raised their ugly head in all courts including the Supreme Court “Indian judiciary has since some time past witnessed an unprecedented rise of instance of indecorous acts… Such instances of inappropriate behaviour have raised their ugly head in all courts including the Supreme Court. Graceful and pleasant discourses and deliberations are increasingly being replaced by loud and motivated conduct,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He said, ” It was important that stake holders quickly identify and isolate and put them in quarantine. They must ensure that the decorum and the dignity of this institution is not lost.” The CJI said that reinventing the decades old infrastructure of the apex court would not be a mean task and asked all stake holders to rise to the constitutional needs and “overcome parochial overtones and myopic considerations”. “The Supreme Court administration looks forward to cooperation from all stake holders in reinventing our decades-old infrastructure to match the demands of the rising number of litigants in the constitutional order and seek justice. Reinventing the infrastructure would not be a mean task and it is expected to test our metal and our character to be able to move out of our comfort zones and aid our institution. “I am confident eventually all stake holders will rise to the constitutional needs and overcome parochial undertones and myopic considerations. Multi-stakeholder institutions like the judiciary do not have any place for parochialism and their growth demands be sensitive an brave,” he said. The CJI said that increased strength of the top court was expected to reduce the perceived pendency of cases before it. “The Supreme Court is well prepared to serve the people in the weeks ahead. Functioning in its full capacity in the last few months, it looks forward to cater to a larger number of litigants and aspires to reduce the time that is presently being taken to deal with the cases before it. The increase in the strength of judges is also expected to reduce the perceived pendency of cases before it,” he said.last_img read more

Dont leave me Winnipeg lawyer injured by letter bomb asked for comfort

October 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWINNIPEG – Immediately after a letter bomb exploded inside the small family-law firm where Maria Mitousis worked, she slumped in her doorway, covered in blood and begged a colleague not to leave her side.“I heard a large bang and (there was) a scream, followed with a second scream,” Connie Petersen, managing partner at the Petersen King law firm in Winnipeg told a courtroom Wednesday.“Maria was walking out of her office … she slid down the side of her door frame.”Two co-workers called 911 and were told to evacuate the office, Petersen added.“Maria said, ‘Don’t leave me. Please comfort me.’ There was a lot of blood going down from her throat.”Mitousis would undergo surgery in the hours that followed the July 3, 2015, explosion. She lost her right hand in the blast and suffered severe injuries to her face, torso and legs.Police later charged Guido Amsel, the former husband of one of Mitousis’s clients in a divorce case. He is also on trial for sending other letter bombs that July to the workplace of his ex-wife, Iris, and to another law firm that had represented Amsel. Neither of those bombs detonated before police found them.Amsel, 51, is also accused in a 2013 explosion outside the home of his ex-wife that did not cause any injuries. In all, he faces five counts of attempted murder and several explosives-related charges. He has pleaded not guilty and is being tried by a judge alone.The trial has already heard from police officers who say the package that exploded in Mitousis’s office contained a voice recorder with an explosive compound designed to detonate when the play button was pressed. There was also a note instructing her to press play, they testified.The trial also heard Wednesday from Karlee Kaplan, a legal assistant who worked on the law firm’s reception desk. She said a package had come in the mail for Mitousis the day before the explosion while she was out of the office, so Kaplan placed it on the lawyer’s desk.Kaplan said Mitousis returned the next day, went into her office and a few minutes later there was a loud noise. Kaplan ran to the office and saw Mitousis on her hands and knees.“Her face was covered in blood. Her clothes were covered in blood,” she testified.Amsel’s lawyer, Saheel Zaman, has questioned how police officers handled evidence collected and whether they properly secured the scene to avoid it being contaminated by others.At one point Wednesday, he asked Petersen whether, as managing partner, she had even been told by Mitousis of any animosity or problems stemming from the Amsel divorce.“You’d agree with me that (Mitousis) didn’t bring up the Iris Amsel file as problematic?” Zaman asked.“No. Not that I can recall,” Petersen replied.last_img read more

Uruguay becomes first country to legalize consumption of marijuana

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgFez- Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize the use of marijuana. The Uruguayan Senate voted on Tuesday on bill that legalizes marijuana. In accordance with the newly approved law, adult are allowed to consume marijuana under the government’s control. The bill was passed by a vote of 16 to 13.It is “historic day,” Senator Alberto Couriel, a member of the ruling Broad Front left-wing coalition, was quoted as by RT TV as saying.The bill enjoyed the support of the country’s president, Jose Mujica, and an important segments of society. The argument put forth by the Uruguayan President to convince its detractors of the righteousness of his approach was that this law would help the country reduce the danger of drug trafficking. “We are asking the world to help us with this experience, which will allow the adoption of a social and political experiment to face a serious problem – drug trafficking,” he had said in an interview with a Brazilian newspaper.  “The effects of drug trafficking are worse than those of the drugs themselves,” he added.The bill also will allow license-holding users to plant marijuana at home.But the bill goes against international the United Nations’ 1961 Convention on Narcotic Drugs, ratified by Uruguay in 1975.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributed.last_img read more

UNbacked workshop on climate change adaptation fosters policy exchange

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

14 September 2007A three-day United Nations-sponsored workshop has concluded after participants exchanged information and policy recommendations on climate change adaptation measures. Some 150 experts from developed and developing nations, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) gathered in Rome from 10-12 September to share their experiences in adaptation planning in the fields of agriculture and food security, water resources, coastal zones and health.“The impacts of climate change – such as changes in temperature and rainfall, increasing sea level and more frequent extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods – already have the potential to affect most of the world’s countries and can lead to tremendous losses in human lives and economic productivity,” said Roberto Acosta, Coordinator of the Adaptation, Technology and Science Programme of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).The fourth report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) noted that negative climate change impacts will be on the rise in the future, making planning for adapting to these changes necessary.During the workshop, participants identified gaps and needs in current adaptation planning, and made suggestions to allow countries and communities to better strategize in the years ahead.The UNFCCC held a conference in Cairo in June, focusing on current and future climate-related risks and extreme events. Workshops are planned for next year concentrating on methods and tools, data and observations and climate modelling and socio-economic information.A high-level informal dialogue on climate change is scheduled for 24 September in New York to set the stage for the upcoming major December summit in Bali, Indonesia.That meeting seeks to determine future action on mitigation, adaptation, the global carbon market and financing responses to climate change for the period after the expiry of the Kyoto Protocol – the current global framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions – in 2012.In a related development, a top UN official stressed the need for least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS) to prepare for upcoming future climate change-related events so their views will be appropriately reflected in those meetings.Cheikh Sidi Diarra, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS noted that even though these countries – especially small island countries and African nations – are least responsible for global warming, they are hardest hit by climate change.Speaking at a special meeting, organized by his Office and the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), on climate change issues pertaining to these countries, the High Representative said that the issue of sea-level rise is the most urgent one facing SIDS, and its impact is already being felt. He urged that effective adaptation measures be implemented. read more

Fighting on two fronts in eastern DR Congo uproots over 150000 –

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

Over 50,000 people have been forced to flee in the Ituri region due to intense fighting between the Congolese army and Uganda’s rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) which has caused heavy loss of life since last month.“The rebels have caused widespread destruction of houses and public buildings,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “Local authorities in the area say that the bodies of some 100 civilians were reportedly dumped in a river, while 80 children are reported missing. Parents fear their offspring have been forcefully recruited by the LRA.”People have found shelter with relatives and friends, as well as in churches and public schools and a UNHCR team in the Dungu region reports that the internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in dire need of basic humanitarian assistance with the displacement placing a huge strain on host families.“In response to the unfolding crisis, we are gearing up to send additional emergency staff to beef up UNHCR’s presence in the Ituri region and to help meet the basic needs for shelter and water,” Mr. Redmond said. “Our teams will be also bringing in blankets, high energy biscuits and hygiene items.”Access to IDPs and aid distribution is hampered by insecurity and lack of roads. A partial assessment of the displacement has been conducted from helicopters provided by the UN peace-keeping mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym as MONUC, and by aid workers using trailbikes to reach IDPs in areas outside of the town of Dungu.Meanwhile, fresh fighting in the neighbouring province of North Kivu between Government forces and the rebel National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP) led by Laurent Nkunda has displaced 100,000 people since hostilities erupted at the end of August, according to latest assessments.In recent weeks UN soldiers have intervened several times to prevent CNDP advances. Yesterday a MONUC operational base in the Tongo and Nyanzale region was caught in the crossfire between the two sides despite their agreement on a separation of forces. The Mission reported that the army had still not redeployed its forces around Tongo. UN troops also fired back yesterday when they came under fire from the CNDP while investigating the forced recruitment of children. They rescued 13 youngsters under the age of 18 and sent them back to their homes.UNHCR reported widespread fighting in the Rutshuru and Masisi areas, with civilians fleeing in all directions, but mostly heading towards IDP sites around the provincial capital, Goma. “Our teams report that thousands of displaced are trapped in the towns further inland, not daring to move for fear of the fighting,” Mr. Redmond said.Fighting throughout September has forced all humanitarian agencies to withdraw their staff from the field and has cut off the main supply route from Goma to Kitchanga and Masisi, leaving mainly the displaced at risk of a crisis.Pending security clearance UNHCR is planning to dispatch this week to Masisi three trucks loaded with plastic sheeting, more than 14,000 sleeping mats, 15,700 blankets and 8,500 jerry cans. Another truck is scheduled to leave for Kitchanga with 1,000 mosquito nets and 1,000 bars of soap.There are 16 UNHCR-assisted sites in North Kivu sheltering some 100,000 people. Tens of thousands of civilians have found shelter in more than 40 makeshift sites across the province.Fighting in North Kivu intensified at the end of 2006 and by January this year the number of IDPs there reached more than 800,000. The Government has signed a peace agreement with all parties to the conflict but the ceasefire has been violated several times since. Aid agencies estimate the total number of IDPs in the province at close to 1 million. 14 October 2008More than 150,000 people have been driven from their homes in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past two months by fighting on two fronts, with dissident Congolese and Ugandan rebels, the United Nations refugee agency reported today, announcing efforts to boost relief aid. read more

Banff conference explores cult brands

October 4, 2019 0 Comments

UFC President Dana White will be the keynote speaker at an exclusive business summit in Banff Thursday.Five hundred delegates from around the globe have descended on the mountain town to talk ‘cult brands. ‘The conference, called The Gathering, brings together respected leaders of thought and senior executives who have dominated industries or won the devotion of customers from around the world.Nintendo’s Executive Vice President of Marketing Scott Moffit, and Tim Hortons Chief Managing Officer Peter Nowlan will also be speaking. Banff conference explores cult brands AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Feb 19, 2015 8:09 am MDT read more

Buckeyes look to stay the course against Illinois

October 2, 2019 0 Comments

With arguably the biggest game of the year on the horizon, the Ohio State football team has a rivalry game to play Saturday.Sort of.Junior wide receiver Corey Smith (84), redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) and sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson (2) perform a warmup drill prior to a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won, 31-24, in double-overtime.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhile the Buckeyes and the Illinois Fighting Illini play for the Illibuck trophy, no one in the OSU program seems to care about the 89-year-old tradition as OSU coach Urban Meyer didn’t once mention the wooden turtle during the week.Instead, Meyer is much more worried about the product the Fighting Illini will put on the field Saturday night.“Illinois is much better (than last season),” Meyer said. “I know they lost their quarterback, but they’re playing much better. I just spent all morning watching their defense, and they’re much better than a year ago on defense.”The Fighting Illini have started senior quarterback Reilly O’Toole the last two games in place of injured starter, Oklahoma State transfer redshirt-sophomore Wes Lunt who is out because of an injury.O’Toole poses more of a running threat for the Fighting Illini, as he has rushed for 88 yards in his last two games, compared to Lunt’s -61 yards on the ground in five games.When Lunt was at the helm for Illinois, however, Illinois was a pass-dominant team as Lunt was averaging 313.8 passing yards per game before his injury.OSU cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs said Monday that the Buckeye defense must now be alert for a more balanced attack.“They’re running the ball more, obviously,” Coombs said. “This kid (O’Toole) is a dynamic runner, but you can’t not cover guys, and they still have the passing game and the same attack that they’ve had in the past, so they’re going to get guys down the field.”Junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington said Wednesday that the defensive line will have to first slow down O’Toole in order to shut down the Fighting Illini offense.“That quarterback (O’Toole) is a lot more of a runner than the starter was from what I have heard,” Washington said. “We just got to contain him. I heard that he can run and throw the ball a little bit so just got to try and contain him and keep him in the pocket.”Staying in the pocket might also be the key for the quarterback on the opposite sideline.OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett enters Saturday’s game with a sprained left MCL, Meyer confirmed this week.The injury is similar to the one sustained by then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller last season that caused Miller to miss two full games and the majority of a game against San Diego State.Despite the injury, Meyer said he expects Barrett to play and improve on the things Meyer told his young quarterback to work on during the week.“Proper reads and throwing with authority. He didn’t play great (against Penn State). He played with a lot of heart, but didn’t play with a lot of…smarts,” Meyer said Wednesday.Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker added Wednesday that he believes Barrett will be ready to go come game time. “I think he has been fine. Obviously he is trying to be careful with his knee, you don’t want to tweak it anymore,” Decker said. “Hope to have him as healthy as possible coming back for the game, but he has looked fine to me.”Barrett, who tore his right ACL as a senior in high school, said he played through the pain against Penn State, but is confident the team could continue to operate without him at the helm.“I’ve actually really never played with an injury to this degree,” he said Wednesday. “But I knew that I could take a drop, I could run, so it was just one of those things like, ‘Hey man, if you play, you play.’ It’s not like going in there half stepping, because if so, the team could use a (redshirt-sophomore quarterback) Cardale Jones that could go full-go.”Protecting Barrett will likely be a main focus for the OSU offensive line, something Decker said won’t necessarily be an easy task. “Watching their film, I was very impressed with the athletes they have,” Decker said. “They got good players all over the place. It’s definitely going to be a good challenge for us.”Two of those athletes include junior linebacker Mason Monheim and senior defensive back Zane Petty who both rank in the top-eight in the Big Ten in tackles. Petty recorded a career-high 15 tackles last season against the Buckeyes in a 60-35 loss. Another Illinois defensive back earned attention from Meyer this week as the Buckeye coach singled out junior V’Angelo Bentley during his meeting with the media Wednesday. “This returner (Bentley) put it to us last year,” Meyer said. “The issue is not talent at Illinois. They have guys who can play and you can see that on videotape.”Bentley, a Cleveland, Ohio, native and Glenville High School graduate, took an OSU punt back 67 yards for a score against the Buckeyes in last season’s matchup. Illinois is scheduled to come into Ohio Stadium for the third night game of the year for the Buckeyes, led by a former Buckeye assistant. Tim Beckman, a Berea, Ohio, native, coached under former OSU coach Jim Tressel starting in 2005 as the cornerbacks coach before leaving for the defensive coordinator job at Oklahoma State. Prior to his stint in Columbus, Beckman spent two years as Meyer’s defensive coordinator when Meyer was the coach at Bowling Green. Saturday will mark the third time Beckman has led a team into Ohio Stadium as a head coach, the second as the head man of Illinois. Beckman nearly pulled off the upset in 2011 as the head coach of Toledo before falling just short, 27-22, to the Buckeyes. Despite having been on different sidelines for more than a decade, Meyer said he still has a good relationship with the Illinois head coach. “He’s a colleague and a good friend, so it’s more conversations about our families,” Meyer said. “Certainly we don’t talk football because we’re in the same league, but (I have) a lot of respect for Tim. You watch his team, they’re getting better. Now it’s just a matter of how much better can they get, because I think their players are well-coached.”Meyer and the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Beckman and the Fighting Illini Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Toddler dies in suspected drowning at Essequibo Coast

September 25, 2019 0 Comments

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBody of 82-year-old man found in Vergenoegen trenchJuly 20, 2017In “Crime”Body of missing Essequibo man found in Better Hope rice fieldJanuary 26, 2019In “Crime”Dead woman fished out of Essequibo trenchApril 11, 2014In “Crime” The lifeless body of a two-year-old was pulled out of a trench at Reliance on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Thursday last after going missing for a few hours. Dead is Ricardo Jaigobin of Reliance Seawall, Essequibo Coast.According to the Police the toddler is suspected to have drowned sometime around 09:15h on Thursday after paying a visit to the home of his grandparents. Inews understands that the boy was living with his parents and siblings but was at the home of his grandmother, Basmattie Sooknarine and was discovered missing when his mother ShivaniRicardo JaigobinPersaud went to collect him.They immediately launched a search for Jaigobin when his lifeless body was discovered in the trench in front of Sooknarine’s home. He was immediately picked up and rushed to Suddie Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.It was outlined that there were no marks of violence seen on the boy’s body. read more

The 9 at 9 Easter Monday

September 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_img By Rónán Duffy Image: Shutterstock Monday 22 Apr 2019, 9:25 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,561 Views Share Tweet Email Short URL EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.1. #SRI LANKA: The death toll in the Easter attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka has risen to 290 people. 2. #DERRY: Two teenagers arrested in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee in Derry have been released without charge.3. #GANGLAND: Gardaí in Dublin have increased the number of armed units across large areas of north and west Dublin following a number of shooting incidents. 4. #SMOKING: Beaumont hospital’s no smoking policy continues to be flouted by patients and visitors, seven years after the hospital initiated it. 5. #PENNYS: A move by Primark into click-and-collect services could drive “incremental” benefits, amid rumours this was on the the horizon. 6. #PASSPORTS: The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued an invitation to tender worth €13 million for the provision of a new IT system to process passports.7. #KIEV: Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has scored a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election. (BBC News) 8. #CANADA: The bodies of three world-renowned professional mountaineers, two Austrians and an American, have been found dead after a Canadian avalanche.9. #FAYE MOONEY: A British aid worker and a Nigerian mane have been killed following a kidnapping in Nigeria. (The Guardian) 1 Comment Apr 22nd 2019, 9:25 AM The 9 at 9: Easter Monday Here’s all the news you need to know on this bank holiday. Image: Shutterstocklast_img read more

Les primates ont commencé à développer leur habilité manuelle avant leur bipédie

September 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLes primates ont commencé à développer leur habilité manuelle avant leur bipédieUne étude pluridisciplinaire japonaise suggère que, contrairement à une idée largement répandue, la dextérité manuelle de l’Homme ne découlerait pas de sa bipédie, “libératrice des mains”. Elle aurait plutôt évolué parallèlement voir antérieurement à celle-ci. L’apparition de la bipédie est encore souvent considérée comme le facteur ayant permis aux homininés, une fois leurs mains ainsi ‘libérées’ de la tâche locomotrice, de développer leur habileté manuelle et de fabriquer des outils de plus en plus élaborés. Mais des travaux dirigés par le Dr Atsushi Iriki, neurobiologiste à l’institut RIKEN (Japon), et le Dr Gen Suwa, anthropologue à l’Université de Tokyo, suggèrent qu’il n’en est rien.Ces scientifiques ont combiné plusieurs approches. Ils ont utilisé l’imagerie fonctionnelle par résonance magnétique pour étudier le cerveau de l’homme et celui de singes, et également analysé des données fossiles. Ils se sont notamment penchés sur les os de la main et des pieds d’Ardipithecus ramidus, un hominidé fossile à la bipédie incertaine (car ses fossiles sont très fragmentaires) qui vivait en Afrique orientale il y a 4,4 millions d’années.Grâce à ces divers éléments, les chercheurs ont dressé une carte somatotopique – ‘cartographie’ des zones du cerveau permettant de ‘ressentir’ les différentes parties de son propre corps – pour les doigts et les orteils de différentes lignées de primates. Ils ont ainsi confirmé que, chez les humains comme chez les singes, les doigts des mains correspondent à des aires cérébrales distinctes de celles correspondant aux doigts de pied.Un gros orteil détecté de façon distincte À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais l’étude montre également que chez l’homme, contrairement à ce qu’on observe chez les singes, le gros orteil est connecté à une zone cérébrale distincte de celle où sont ‘regroupés’ les 4 autres orteils. “Le contrôle des doigts et l’utilisation de l’outil étaient possibles chez les hominidés anciens non bipèdes, tandis qu’une adaptation indépendante impliquant l’utilisation du gros orteil pour des fonctions comme l’équilibre et la marche est apparue, elle, avec la bipédie”, expliquent les auteurs dont l’étude est publiée dans la revue Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.Les résultats suggèrent, selon eux, que l’évolution parallèle de la locomotion bipède et de la dextérité manuelle au sein de la lignée humaine est la conséquence des pressions adaptatives subies par des ‘ancêtres’ non bipèdes. Objectif : contrôler leur équilibre grâce aux doigts de pied tout en conservant la capacité de se spécialiser vers une grande habileté des doigts des mains.(crédits photo : RIKEN) Le 8 octobre 2013 à 20:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more