28 Oct

a month agoFIFA to intervene as Cardiff and Nantes can’t agree on Sala fee

first_imgFIFA to intervene as Cardiff and Nantes can’t agree on Sala feeby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City have failed to agree a compensation deal with Nantes over Emiliano Sala.The Championship club had originally agreed to pay £15 million for the Argentinian before his tragic death earlier this year.Cardiff have now disputed the figure agreed with the Ligue 1 club.FIFA will get involved this week to find a resolution. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

27 Oct

GIF: St. John’s Stars D’Angelo Harrison And Phil Greene IV Combine For An Awesome Bounce Pass Alley-Oop

first_imga shot of an ncaa basketball before a game(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)No, this was not from a live game, and the basket does look a bit short in the shot, but St. John’s basketball stars D’Angelo Harrison and Phil Greene IV combined for an awesome alley-oop for a Big East Tournament video shoot. Harrison throws a perfect bounce pass which Greene collects during a mid-air spin for a big two-handed dunk. The slow-motion camera work definitely adds something here as well.Harrison to Greene at the #BIGEASTtourney video shoot #SJUBB pic.twitter.com/BOkNd6Vgw5— St. John’s BBall (@StJohnsBBall) March 9, 2015St. John’s is a five seed in this week’s Big East Tournament. The Red Storm kick off the post-season against four-seed Providence at 2:30 on Thursday, March 12.last_img read more

27 Oct

Video: Georgia Commit Jake Fromm Finds 5-Star WR Jalen Hall For Crazy 1-Handed Catch At The Opening

first_imgTwo Georgia Bulldogs football helmets sitting on a field.CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)When you get together a giant group of four and five-star recruits, you’re bound to have some crazy plays. The 7-on-7 competitions didn’t disappoint. During a Saturday game, five-star 2018 wide receiver Jalen Hall, the top player at that position in his class, made a phenomenal one-handed touchdown catch on a great throw by Georgia commit Jake Fromm.The only thing that might top the catch is the coordinated double-backflip celebration from Tyjon Lindsey and future Fromm teammate Richard LeCounte III.#AlphaPro acrobatics from @LilEasy_35 & @tyjonlindsey at @TheOpening. pic.twitter.com/3o9TsKDsnO— B/R The Future (@BR_TheFuture) July 10, 2016Pretty much everything that happened in this video was super athletic and impressive.last_img read more

17 Oct

In the news today Aug 20

first_imgSix stories in the news for Monday, Aug. 20———POLICE CHIEFS WANT NEW DATA TREATY WITH U.S.Canada’s police chiefs are pressing Ottawa to sign a new electronic data-sharing agreement with the U.S. to help them battle crimes ranging from fraud to cyberterrorism. But the government and the federal privacy commissioner say more consultation and study are needed to ensure appropriate protection of personal information before taking such a step. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police says cross-border access to information is a crucial issue for law enforcement agencies.———WILDFIRE SMOKE CREATING AIR QUALITY ISSUES ACROSS WESTERN CANADAMore smoky, hazy air is expected to blanket much of Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland today as nearly 600 wildfires continue to rage across British Columbia. Massive clouds of choking smoke from the wildfires has prompted air quality advisories for much of Western Canada. The fires near the Nadina, Shovel and Tesla lakes in B.C.’s Bulkley-Nechako region remain the largest in the province at more than 1,600 square kilometres combined.———ANTI-PIPELINE ACTIVISTS RELEASED EARLYFive pipeline protesters — including Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson — were released from a B.C. jail on Sunday, a few days before their week-long sentences were set to end. The five women were sentenced on Aug. 15, after pleading guilty to contempt charges. Upon their release they issued a statement saying they were jailed because of their opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The women said they are “political prisoners,” not criminals.———ALL EYES ON SCHEER: TORIES TO MEET IN HALIFAXFederal Conservative Party members are preparing to gather this week for their first policy convention since Andrew Scheer became party leader last year. After a week of internal caucus squabbles, Scheer will attempt to refocus the spotlight on trying to convince Canadians that his party is a government-in-waiting. The three-day event beginning Thursday in Halifax comes on the heels of a week of headaches for the Tories, inflicted principally by Quebec M-P Maxime Bernier.———TRUDEAU TO RUN AGAIN IN 2019 ELECTIONJustin Trudeau will run again in the 2019 election. The Liberal leader formally announced his nomination at a party event Sunday in his Montreal riding of Papineau. The partisan crowd cheered as Trudeau reaffirmed his belief in what he called “positive politics,” and accused Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer of exploiting fear and division. Trudeau was first elected to represent Papineau in 2008, and was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.———CANADIAN BANKS SET FOR ANOTHER STRONG QUARTERCanada’s biggest banks are expected to report yet another strong quarter as the country’s housing market shows signs of stability and rising interest rates add to their bottom lines. Royal Bank of Canada is the first lender to report its fiscal third-quarter results on Wednesday, and most analysts are expecting “solid” growth across the industry, with estimates of earnings-per-share growth as high as 10 per cent year-over-year.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Premier Doug Ford addresses annual Conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario in Ottawa.— Amazon breaks ground at Ottawa location of its 1-million square foot fulfillment centre.— Toronto councillors hold special meeting to discuss the province’s Bill 5, meant to reduce the size of council from 47 to 25.— Calgary trial for Oluwatosin Oluwafemi who’s charged with second-degree murder in the 2014 death of his four-year-old daughter.— Seamus O’Regan, minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, participates in a Veterans Town Hall in Kelowna.— 27th International Ornithological Congress is being held in Vancouver.———last_img read more

13 Oct

BCs Horgan defends fight to both retain and restrict Alberta oil imports

first_imgYELLOWKNIFE – B.C. Premier John Horgan says he is fighting to both retain and restrict Alberta energy imports because while the existing shipments are vital to his province, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would see the unrefined oilsands oil go somewhere else.“The proposal to twin the pipeline is not to send more product to the Lower Mainland, but to export to other jurisdictions,” Horgan told reporters after a meeting of western premiers wrapped up Wednesday in Yellowknife.“There’s a distinct difference between those two things. One is diluted bitumen. The other is gasoline or jet fuel to be used by (B.C.) citizens to move around freely.”He made the comments after he was asked to explain why his government is going to court to determine if it has the right to regulate heavy oil imports while at the same time trying to stop Alberta from curtailing existing oil shipments to B.C.Horgan denied a suggestion that his government’s position is selfish.“Not at all,” he said, stressing that they are two separate issues.Horgan joined leaders from other western provinces and territories to discuss a range of shared concerns from cannabis legalization and pharmacare to market access.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley declined to go, saying she’s too busy trying to strike a deal to ensure Trans Mountain is built.She sent deputy premier Sarah Hoffman, who declined to sign off on the meeting’s closing statement. Hoffman said Alberta didn’t endorse the document because there was no statement affirming support for Trans Mountain.She said while she wants to proceed with the issues discussed at the meeting, it is folly to talk about how to spend money while ignoring critical issues on how to raise it.“Talking about market access without talking about Trans Mountain … is irrational” said Hoffman.The line, which would twin an existing pipe and triple the amount of oil heading from Alberta to the coast, was approved by Ottawa in 2016, but has hit permit delays and legal challenges from Horgan’s government.Alberta says pipeline bottlenecks are kneecapping the industry, costing millions of dollars a day.The pipeline builder, Kinder Morgan, has ratcheted back spending on the $7.4-billion project, citing B.C.’s obstruction tactics. The company says it needs assurance by May 31 that the line can get built.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government and Alberta are exploring a range of options including buying the project from Kinder Morgan or making sure whoever builds it is covered for any losses tied to political delays.Horgan’s government has made clear it opposes the expansion over concerns about spills. His government has asked B.C.’s highest court to rule on whether B.C. can cap oil imports.Alberta has passed a bill to allow it to reduce shipments of oil and other fuels to B.C., which could lead to gas price spikes and other fuel-related hardships. B.C. has filed a suit in Alberta to stop Notley from turning down the taps, saying it violates the Constitution.Notley told reporters Tuesday that Horgan’s logic is head-spinning — he wants the fuel on one hand, but is trying to keep it the oil out on the other.Horgan, on a conference call Wednesday with B.C. reporters after the meeting, admitted things have gotten frosty on a personal level with Notley, someone he considers a friend.“They did invite me to the swearing in of their government,” he said. “I went gleefully and enjoyed myself. Maybe I’m just an acquaintance. It does not really matter. It’s not about me.”He said the last time he spoke with Notley was in Ottawa in April.“I think the tone between the two of us is strained,” Horgan said. “This is not personal for me. It’s about my responsibility to make sure that I’m doing my level best to protect our economy, our environment.”last_img read more

13 Oct

Macron says France will delay cap on nuclear energy

first_imgPARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says the country will move more slowly than promised to cap the amount of energy it derives from nuclear energy.Amid popular discontent about high energy prices, Macron said Tuesday that France will shut down 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 out of 58 now in order.Yet he said France would cap the amount of electricity it derives from nuclear plants at 50 per cent by 2035. That is a delay compared with the goal of 2025 set by his predecessor, Francois Hollande.France depends more on nuclear energy than any other country, getting about three-quarters of its electricity from its 19 nuclear plants.The French leader promised to develop renewable energy instead, saying his priority is weaning France’s economy from fuel that contributes to global warming.The Associated Presslast_img read more

12 Oct

UPDATE – Over 125000 customers without power in Northern BC

first_imgUPDATE as of 9:10 p.m. – THe outage is affecting over 34,000 customers in Northeast B.C. There is no estimate yet on when power will be restored.UPDATE as of 9:07 p.m. – Early reports suggest the power is out all over Northeast B.C. We are still waiting for more information from B.C. Hydro.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There is a large power outage affecting Fort St. John and Charlie Lake.At this time we are waiting more information from B.C. Hydro, but we understand power is out in a large part of Fort St. John and Charlie Lake. UPDATE as of 11 p.m. – Power has been restored in Fort St. JohnUPDATE as of 10:50 p.m. – There are now only 40,000 customers without power.  Hydro is slowly restoring power to the region after an outage knocked out power to over 125,000 customers.  The last community should see power restored by 12:30 a.m.UPDATE as of 10:30 p.m. – B.C. Hydro is working to restore power to over 125,000 customers in Northern B.C.  According to Bob Gammer with B.C. Hydro, crews are working to restore power stagged approach, to reduce the chances of any other power outages.  They will slowly restore power to each community affected and the last areas should see their power back on by 12:30 a.m. UPDATE as of 10:10 p.m. – The power could be back on by 12:30 a.m. Hydro says power could be restored by 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept 12. BC Hydro says the outage is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike.Large outages in northern BC tonight are caused by a suspected lightning strike. Crews are beginning restoration efforts across the region, working to restore all customers in the next few hours. Most of #cityofPG has been restored and we expect most customers back by 12:30am.— BC Hydro (@bchydro) September 12, 2019UPDATE as of 10 p.m. – Over 125,000 customers are now without power. The outage is affecting a number of communities in Northern B.C. There is no estimate on when power will be restored. Reports of fires in Prince George and Taylor are only flaring. The gas plant in Taylor and the refinery in PG are flaring due to the power outage.UPDATE as of 9:40 p.m. – Approximately 100,000 customers in northern BC are out of service due to a transmission failure. Affected communities run north and west of Prince George including Vanderhoof, Smithers, Fort St John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Hudsons Hope, Houston and Burns Lake. Crews are investigating and we will begin restoration efforts as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. We will continue to provide updates as soon as they become available.UPDATE as of 9:25 p.m. – There are over 100,000 customers in Northern B.C. without power. BC Hydro is still investigating why the power is out and does not have an estimate on when power will be restored. The outage covers areas like Smithers, Prince George, MacKenzie and all of Northeast B.C.center_img Is the power out where you live?We will post updates as soon as information is available from B.C. Hydro.last_img read more

12 Oct

PM antinational sold interest of nation alleges Sidhu

first_img1(346 Words) Download Download PrintPrint 4/20/2019 2:48:00 PM New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu Saturday alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi “ruined” government companies and “favoured” private firms in his five years of rule and accused him of being “anti-national for selling the interest of the nation”. Sidhu also described PM Modi as “nikamma” (useless) and said he should stop harping on the issue of nationalism to garner votes and talk about the matters of national interest. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Addressing a press conference here, the Punjab minister alleged, “Modi is the business development manager of Ambani and Adani, as he has favoured them at the cost of state-run firms.” The Congress has been attacking the prime minister for “promoting crony capitalism and favouring his industrialist friends”. The government has, however, denied the charges. Sidhu also alleged that while SBI and MTNL are accruing losses, PM Modi is endorsing private companies like Paytm and Reliance Jio. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Adani and Ambani accompanied the prime minister on foreign visits and 18 big projects, which should have ideally been given to government companies, were handed over to them,” he claimed. The Congress leader alleged that the “chowkidar” took care only of the rich and ignored the rest 99 per cent of the population. “And the prime minister says he’s the chowkidar of the nation. He’s the chowkidar of the top 1 per cent of the population. He never took chairmen of government companies along with him on his foreign tours. Are government firms not good enough?” Sidhu asked. The cricketer-turned-politician alleged that under the “chowkidar’s” watch, PSUs like Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited turned into loss-making enterprises. “While BSNL is grappling with a loss of Rs 8,000 cr, the prime minister is endorsing Reliance Jio, which has posted a huge profit. While SBI is reeling under NPAs, Modi can be seen in advertisements of Paytm,” he alleged. “Modi sold the interest of the nation. He’s anti-national,” Sidhu alleged. The prime minister should stop harping on the issue of nationalism to garner votes and talk about the matters of national interest, he said.last_img read more

28 Sep

The Rams Went Shopping For A Super Bowl — And It Worked

The dream-team paradigm has gone through several permutations over the years. In the era before the salary cap, star-powered rosters could stay together for many consecutive seasons, resulting in monstrous talent collections such as the Steel Curtain-era Pittsburgh Steelers (who had an absurd nine Hall of Famers on their roster in 1978) and even more recent teams such as Bill Walsh’s San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy Johnson’s Dallas Cowboys. But the advent of free agency in 1993 — and the subsequent addition of the salary cap — made such dream teams more difficult to keep together, whether by pre-emptively forcing teams to let useful players go or penalizing for years teams that tried to skirt the cap by pushing player paydays into the future.More recent dream team attempts have been the subject of ridicule, such as when the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles signed a group of veteran free agents that included Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jason Babin and — of course — Vince Young. When Young was asked to describe Philly’s new squad, he infamously responded with a smile and two words: “dream team.” In the end, the Eagles went a disappointing 8-8, writing a cautionary tale for future free-agent spending sprees.But around the same time, the NFL’s current preferred team-building strategy began to come into focus as young, cheap (at the time) quarterbacks such as Baltimore’s Joe Flacco and Seattle’s Russell Wilson won Super Bowls. With a change to the league’s collective bargaining agreement significantly lowering the price tags on incoming rookie QBs, teams realized that they could use the draft to acquire the most important asset in football — a star quarterback — for a relatively low price and then trick out the rest of their roster with the savings. The dream team concept was reborn.Take the 2017 champion Eagles, who spent a combined 4.5 percent of the cap on signal-callers Carson Wentz and Nick Foles — the former of whom vied for league MVP honors before a knee injury ended his season and the latter of whom was the Super Bowl MVP. That Philly team was laden with non-QB talent, and many of its members were productive veterans (Ronald Darby, Jay Ajayi, Alshon Jeffery, Timmy Jernigan, etc.) who had been plucked from other teams.This season’s Rams have taken a version of that same formula and run with it even further. They got 40 total points of Approximate Value1Pro-Football-Reference.com’s single-number measure of player value. out of veteran newcomers, which would rank 10th among Super Bowl winners, and that was with Talib, Peters, Suh and Fowler all having relative down seasons.That last part makes the Rams a bit different from other successful dream teams of the past. The 1994 49ers, for instance, were jam-packed with talented veteran newcomers — including Rickey Jackson, Ken Norton Jr. and Bart Oates, each of whom posted double-digit AV the previous season. The crown jewel, of course, was Deion Sanders, who arrived from Atlanta in free agency. They were all meaningful contributors to the Niners’ Super Bowl win that season, most notably Sanders, who won defensive player of the year honors. Similarly, the 1999 St. Louis Rams picked up Marshall Faulk from the Indianapolis Colts, along with many other newcomers, and went on to win the Super Bowl thanks to Faulk’s NFL offensive player of the year season.2An MVP turn from QB Kurt Warner didn’t hurt, either.The 2018 Rams don’t have anyone with the instant impact of a Sanders or Faulk. But one thing that makes them intriguing is how they’ve supplemented the dream-teamers they do have with younger, cheaper talent. The average age (weighted by AV) for the 10 Super Bowl champs most laden with new veteran talent3Ages are as of Dec. 31 for each season. I used a quick-and-dirty calculation that multiplies together AV from the current and previous seasons for incoming veteran players, to capture both established production and current-season value. was 27.6 years old; for L.A. this season, that number is 26.8. The Rams’ four best players by AV — Gurley, Donald, Jared Goff and Robert Woods — are all 27 or younger, and none of them were among the newcomers L.A. brought in this season. (And only Donald and Gurley were playing on contracts guaranteeing more than $30 million.) Whereas yesterday’s dream teams rose or fell more on the performances of their incoming stars, the new formula for general manager Les Snead and coach Sean McVay has been to use them as supplemental pieces to help support a young core.Not that the current Rams have nothing in common with their dream-team precursors, mind you. Even though teams have gotten much savvier about using contractual tricks to free up cap space and avoid the kind of “salary-cap hell” that, say, the 49ers found themselves in during the late 1990s, the Rams’ aggressive roster moves have still ratcheted up the pressure to win in a relatively short window of time. While most of the Rams’ key starters are still locked up in 2019 as well (with the exceptions of Suh, Cory Littleton and Rodger Saffold), they will begin facing tough salary constraints in the offseason before 2020 — when most of the current secondary and offensive line hits free agency — and particularly before 2021, when Goff will need to sign an extension. Compounding things, L.A. also traded away its second- and third-round draft picks this spring to snag Peters and Fowler.4On top of downgrading from the fourth round to the sixth in 2018 and losing a 2020 fifth-rounder. Even a smartly managed win-now strategy has an expiration date.But then again, so does every team-building tactic in the NFL — unless we’re talking about the Patriots. The Rams are exactly where they knew they’d need to be to justify their all-in roster strategy. They have the young stars and the veteran talent, plus the right coach to steer things in McVay. All that’s left is one more win to prove that dream teams are a viable way to build an NFL champion after all. The Super Bowl-bound Los Angeles Rams are a fascinating exercise in modern NFL team-building. While their opponents in Atlanta, the dynastic New England Patriots, seldom break the bank for anybody other than quarterback Tom Brady — who has been under center for a record nine Super Bowls with the Pats — the Rams spent aggressively after the end of last season. They opened the pocketbook for homegrown stars such as Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley, who each signed massive extensions, and also made a handful of outside pickups, including Brandin Cooks, Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Dante Fowler Jr.All told, the spree left L.A. with 34 percent of its 2018 salary-cap dollars committed to returning veteran players on fresh extensions (tops among playoff teams) and an additional 22 percent of the cap spent on incoming veterans (third only to the Bears and Texans among playoff teams), according to data from ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. The result was a star-studded roster that many called the dreaded D-word — “dream team” — a label that has come to symbolize a roster concept that doesn’t always work in the NFL. But unlike previous dream-team iterations, the Rams have made it work, primarily by relying less on the newcomers and more on the talent they’ve developed. And that might provide a blueprint for future champions, if not exactly future dynasties. read more

28 Sep

Commentary US national soccer team at risk of losing popularity

Every four years a sporting event comes around that unites the world for a month of fun, friends and football – or as its known in the U.S., soccer. The World Cup, coming again in 2014, is one of the most well-viewed sporting events in the world. With 32 countries worldwide taking part, it brings people together in a way no event besides the Olympics truly does. Even in the United States, a country where soccer generally takes a backseat to football, basketball and baseball, the World Cup is an event that draws many sports fans and patriots. But with an aging group of stars and a tight race in World Cup Qualifying, the status of United States soccer fandom could potentially hang in the balance this summer. Without a Confederations Cup spot this summer to help boost its reputation, like in 2009 when the United States upset Spain, 2-0, qualifying remains the only outlet for U.S. national team fans to cheer on their team. Sitting in third on goal differential in Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) World Cup Qualifying’s final round after three matches, the U.S. team’s qualification chances could be on the line when Mexico comes to Columbus on Sept. 10. But much more than that, soccer’s growth over the past few years could also be at risk in this qualification cycle. This is a country of short attention spans, and if a sport isn’t keeping its attention, it will move on. If the men’s national team fails to make it to Brazil in 2014 then it might be in danger of being forgotten. In recent years, the U.S. has reached an unprecedented level of success, making it to six straight World Cups, dating back to 1990, but the team is a state of flux. Although stars like Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan are still with the team, many players are getting older and might be participating in one of their last World Cup cycles. Without an attention-grabbing team, or even star, the U.S. could find itself in a precarious position of slipping into obscurity. Fortunately for the U.S., this is all just speculation. It is too early in the final round of qualifying to start talking about what will happen if the goal of a World Cup isn’t achieved. But once September rolls around, who knows? A win against Mexico could mean everything to the team. Will there always be a small group of loyal U.S. soccer fans? Of course, but for a sport that has been trying to break into the mainstream in this country for years, it is incredibly important not to slip up at one of its most vital moments. The U.S. is set to continue its qualifying push on a road game against Jamaica on June 7. read more

18 Sep

Lineker Pochettino is already punching well above his weight

first_imgTottenham legend Gary Lineker believes Mauricio Pochettino has no need whatsoever to prove himself as a top-class coach.The Argentine has impressed greatly at Spurs in the past four years by converting them into regular top-four finishers in the Premier League, despite their limited resources.In light of this, Pochettino has been frequently linked with a switch to Real Madrid in La Liga along with Manchester United.Despite his impressive progress, however, critics have been quick to point out that Pochettino has failed to do the one thing that really counts in football – winning trophies.But former striker Lineker, who scored 80 goals in 138 games for Spurs and won the FA Cup with the club in 1991, insists Pochettino has nothing to prove to anyone.“He doesn’t need to win anything to be proclaimed as a terrific coach,” Lineker told talkSPORT.“He’s punching well above his weight in terms of how he’s performed at that football club, that’s why he’s been linked with Manchester United.“If he was the manager of Manchester City or Liverpool then you’d go ‘yeah, he needs to be winning things on a fairly regular basis.’Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Tottenham have got a good squad, but they haven’t got the strength in depth that City or Liverpool have.”He continued: “(Pep) Guardiola had to wait until his second season to win his first trophy at City.“On that basis does [Jurgen] Klopp need to win something this season? Yeah, probably.“But at the same time [Liverpool] play great football, they’re ultra-competitive and serious challengers in two of the biggest competitions in world football, so you have to weigh all that up.“Pochettino is not managing a huge club with massive budgets and expectations.“He’s not bought a player for the last two windows, now. Some people have short memories.”The last time Spurs won any silverware themselves came in the 2008 EFL Cup, where they defeated Chelsea 2-1 in the final.LONDON – FEBRUARY 24: Robbie Keane of Tottenham Hotspur leads the celebrations following victory during the Carling Cup Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on February 24, 2008 in London, England. Tottenham Hotspur won 2-1 after extra time. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)last_img read more

5 Sep

BSE closes points 3471 up on Nov 20

first_imgBSE closes points 34.71 up on Nov 205K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 34.71 up on Nov 205K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 34.71 points up to stand at 28,067.56. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 19.60 points up to stand at 8,401.90. BAJAJ HOLDINGS and INVESTMENT LTD. and GUJARAT GAS CO.LTD. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.77% and 7.40% along with KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK LTD. and ING VYSYA BANK LTD. with an increase of 7.28% and 7.15% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RASOYA PROTEINS LTD and AMARA RAJA BATTERIES LTD with a decrease of 9.95% and 6.22% along with SHREE RENUKA SUGARS LTD and JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES LTD with a decrease of 5.68% and 5.22% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 84.35 points at 18,822.94 while the banking sector is up 74.11 points at 20,204.71 and the reality sector is down 25.00 points at 1,623.35. The Indian currency is up 0.06% at Rs 62.00 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 34.71 points up to stand at 28,067.56. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 19.60 points up to stand at 8,401.90. BAJAJ HOLDINGS and INVESTMENT LTD. and GUJARAT GAS CO.LTD. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.77% and 7.40% along with KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK LTD. and ING VYSYA BANK LTD. with an increase of 7.28% and 7.15% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RASOYA PROTEINS LTD and AMARA RAJA BATTERIES LTD with a decrease of 9.95% and 6.22% along with SHREE RENUKA SUGARS LTD and JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES LTD with a decrease of 5.68% and 5.22% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 84.35 points at 18,822.94 while the banking sector is up 74.11 points at 20,204.71 and the reality sector is down 25.00 points at 1,623.35. The Indian currency is up 0.06% at Rs 62.00 per dollar.last_img read more

3 Sep

Dont escape from election Nasim tells Oikya Front

first_imgMohammad NasimHealth and family welfare minister Mohammed Nasim today called upon the Oikya Front leaders not to escape from the upcoming election being feared of defeat.“We do believe in free and fair election. The game has began, don’t flee from the final match of December 30,” he told a victory day celebration rally in city’s Shahbagh area.Sammilita Muktijuddha Sangsad and Samillita Sangskritik Jote (SSJ) organised the event titled “Bijoy Mancha”.Nasim recalled the supreme sacrifice of three million martyrs and national four leaders on the victory day.He urged the Awami League activists to make door to door campaign ahead of the national polls and seek votes in favour of his party.Speaking on the occasion, shipping minister Shajahan Khan criticised Kamal Hossain’s role and his remarks towards journalist.Sammilita Muktijuddha Jote Chairman Helal Murshed Khan, SSJ president Golam Kuddus and SSJ general secretary Hasan Harif, among others, spoke.last_img read more

31 Aug

Bridging cultural differences

first_imgIn an attempt to sort out friction between the communities, Khoj International Artists’ Association is presenting Coriolis Effect: Currents across India and Africa’ at Khoj Studios, in the national Capital, Beginning on August 28, Coriolis Effect is an international exhibition featuring works of artists from India and Africa. The exhibition, resulting from a month-long residency, seeks to activate the social, economic and cultural relationship and historical exchange which exists between India and the continent of Africa.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bernard Akoi-Jackson (Ghana), Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan (Africa/US), Juan Orrantio (Bogota,Colombia), Amshu Chukki (India) and Insurrections Ensemble (India/Africa) are the artists who are participating in this exhibition.Sitara Chowfla, the program manager at Khoj said, “Stream of immigrants from the Indian Subcontinent, as well as migrants from countries such as Cameroon, Somali, Nigeria, Kenya, Afghanistan and Nepal, are residing in Khirki Extension. This hotpot of cultural difference has long been a source of friction between residents, often bubbling into acts of discrimination based violence.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis project has grown out of a series of encounters and conversations which took place in and around Khoj through 2014.”The works for the show were created during a month long residency where the artists sought to unpack notions of geography, memory, cultural exchange as well as the tension and fear of the ‘other’, through history. The Coriolis Effect will not only use the present context of 21st century migrations, but equally refer to various moments of exchange through history; from the recent past of the Non-Aligned movements in the 20th century, to the cultural relationship shared by Indians and Africans from the 1st century AD onwards.When: August 28-31Where: Khoj Studios, S-17, Khirkee ExtensionTimings: 11 am-7pmlast_img read more

19 Aug

Britain saw record 12 increase in Canadian visitation last year

first_imgBritain saw record 12% increase in Canadian visitation last year Travelweek Group Share LONDON — Canadians are visiting Britain in record numbers, with visits up 12% to 643,000 and spending up 24% to a record £505 million from January to September 2016.According to VisitBritain, due to the drop in the exchange rate, Britain saw a surge in overseas visitors in the first three quarters of 2016. A strong finish is projected for the year’s final quarter.“These strong numbers show how much Canadians enjoy exploring the culture, heritage, cities and countryside of Britain. And with the current exchange rate, Canadians see value for money. It’s a great time to visit the U.K., and enjoy the benefits of how much further your dollar can take you,” said Paul Gauger, VisitBritain Interim Executive Vice President.When considering inbound visits overall to the U.K., there were a record-breaking 28.1 million visits from January to September, up 2% on the previous year. Strong growth was also seen in visits and spend from the U.S., Britain’s most valuable visitor market, with spend up 9% to a record £2.5 billion and visits up 3% to 2.7 million.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyIn the first nine months of 2016, there were a record-breaking 12.2 million visits to English regions outside London, up 4% compared to the same period in 2015. Canadian visits to the English regions from January September, outside of London, were up 15% to 280,000.Wales saw inbound visits increase 12% from January to September last year to 856,000, while in Scotland, overseas visits grew 4% to 2.2 million, the strongest year to date since 2007.As for this year, VisitBritain’s latest inbound tourism forecast shows that growth is set to continue in 2017 with 38.1 million visits, up 4% on 2016, which is likely to see about 36.7 million visits by year’s end.Spending by overseas visitors is predicted to reach £24.1 billion this year, an 8% increase on spending last year, which is expected to top out at £22.3 billion. Latest flight booking data from ForwardKeys shows that flight bookings to the U.K. for January 2017 are up 11% on the same month last year. Flight bookings from January to March are up 10% on the same three-month period last year. Monday, January 23, 2017 center_img Posted by Tags: Britain, Trend Watch << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

7 Aug

Google is set to migrate all the videos on YouTube

first_imgGoogle is set to migrate all the videos on YouTube to its recently launched VP9 compression standard as this offers the “best path to 4K video,” according to Google executive Matt Frost. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit, Frost, who head of strategy and partnerships for Google Chrome, said that “4K is the new 3D,” but with the latter having not lived up to its early promise, device manufacturers are looking for 4K content to satisfy customers.“For us at Google, at YouTube, trying to satisfy the consumer demand for 4K content, we know that actually the answer isn’t VP9 or HEVC, it’s the next generation of the technology. Because as we build better technologies, we figure out better ways to use all of that data,” said Frost.However he added: “Youtube is going to be migrated to VP9. It is currently supporting VP9 streams. The best path to 4K video for YouTube right now is VP9.”VP9 builds on the earlier VP8 video compression standard, which was developed by On2 Technologies – the company Frost previously worked at and was bought by Google in 2010. VP9, which was released earlier this year, is designed to deliver the same quality video as VP8 but with 50% of the bit-rate.Discussing video standards, Frost said YouTube had also made a “very significant move towards HTML5,” though admitted there were still flaws to the markup standard when it came to video.“HTML5 was not ready, really, for primetime four years ago. We’d talk at these sorts of sessions – we were met with applause and accolades because everyone was very eager to move away from Flash and Silverlight, but they all wanted the same experience that they got with Flash and Silverlight – that’s things like full screen and minor things like DRM,” said Frost.“We’re still seeing some inconsistency from site to site with HTML5. The goal when you put forward a standard is to have people implement it in a standardised way. Unfortunately that’s not always the case,” he said.While Flash and Silverlight offered a “pretty close to ubiquitous solution,” Frost said that there isn’t perfect uniformity of implementation across browsers, meaning that “with HTML5 you’re looking at creating a mosaic solution across all of these browsers.”In spite of this, Frost said “we are quickly coming to an era where all YouTube video will be HTML5 video.” Currently, all non-monetised video now from YouTube that is streamed in Chrome and Internet Explorer 11, is HTML5 video, he said.Referring to Chrome’s multi-device applications, Frost claimed that Google is “obviously looking at expanding the availability of Chromecast devices,” referring to its internet TV dongle, which launched in the US in the summer. However, he did not give specific details about international launch plans.last_img read more

7 Aug

Vodafone España has struck a deal with Telefónica

first_imgVodafone España has struck a deal with Telefónica that will give the former access the telecom incumbent’s fibre network. It currently only has access to the network in areas that are subject to regulation.The deal will enable Vodafone to extend the reach of its fixed network and offer ultra high-speed broadband and TV servies to a wider potential base of customers.Vodafone, which has committed to the a mimimum purchase arrangement over the next five years, already offers broadband and TV services over the former Ono cable network and over its own fibre network.Vodafone has previously collaborated with Orange to build out fibre and share infrastructure assets in Spain. The deal with Telefónica has led some observers to speculate that Orange may now seek to strike a similar deal with Telefónica.Spanish regulator the CNMC recently identified 66 municipalities, covering 35% of the population, in which there was sufficient competition for Telefónica to escape having access to its network regulated.last_img read more

4 Aug

first_img — Recommended Links Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida June 3, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. – • Nick thinks Brazil’s currency could collapse… That might sound like a bold prediction. But keep in mind, Brazil’s had five currency crises in the past 75 years. That’s one every 15 years. The last one was in 1994. According to Nick, Brazil is long overdue for a currency crisis. • Nick is waiting until there’s “blood in the streets” before he buys Brazilian stocks… That’s when he’ll pick up shares of the world-class Brazilian company on his watch list. The company dominates its industry and is ultra-efficient. It’s also grown its profits by an average of 13% every year since 2010 despite Brazil’s economic downturn. He will let his Crisis Investing readers know when it’s time to buy. • In the meantime, you can make money betting against Brazilian stocks… Nick told readers how to bet against Brazilian stocks in April. His timing was spot on. Last month, the Bovespa plunged 10%. According to the Financial Times, it was the world’s worst-performing stock market during the month of May. Nick’s bet against Brazilian stocks paid off big. It returned 25% in just over a month. If you didn’t get in on this trade, don’t worry. As we said, Nick thinks Brazilian stocks are headed much lower. In April, Nick said “a 300% gain is a reasonable target” for this trade. You can invest alongside Nick—and learn exactly how to profit from Brazil in the coming months—with a subscription to Crisis Investing. By clicking this link, you can sign up for a risk-free trial. You’ll also get a chance to watch a short video about a much bigger crisis on Nick’s radar…and how to profit from it. Click here to view this free video. Chart of the Day Brazilian stocks could deliver huge gains after they “bottom out.” Today’s chart shows the performance of the Bovespa, Brazil’s version of the S&P 500, since 2000. You can see Brazilian stocks began a huge bull market about fourteen years ago. The Bovespa gained 778% from 2002 to 2008. For comparison, the S&P 500 has gained 211% since its historic bull market began in 2009. In 2008, Brazilian stocks plunged when the global financial crisis hit. They never fully recovered. Nick thinks Brazil’s current economic crisis will send stocks even lower. This could set up a buying opportunity like we saw in 2002.center_img “The backdoor that makes me $1 million a year” There’s a little-known way to legally bypass U.S. Government Rule 501 right now that could make you $10,000 a year… through a “backdoor” in the venture capital world. Click here for the full details. [Urgent] Read NOW if You’re on Social Security… or Soon Will Be Anyone who is dependent on a fixed income—like Social Security or a pension—is considered “high risk” for losing everything when the next currency crisis hits. That’s why Jim Rickards just released a new, never-before-seen book installment—and it might be the most important one yet. In fact, he personally has over $1 million invested in this new technique, in order to protect himself and his family. He strongly suggests that every American over the age of 55 do the same immediately. Even if it’s just a small amount to start. Click here now to claim your copy today before they’re gone. It’s in its worst economic downturn in nearly a century… Its stock market has plunged 70% since 2010… And its currency has lost 35% of its value over the past two years. For most folks, this sounds like a market to avoid. But for Casey Research founder Doug Casey, it sounds like a promising money-making opportunity. Longtime readers know Doug made millions buying assets most investors wouldn’t go near. He literally wrote the book on how to make money investing in hated markets. That book, Crisis Investing, spent 34 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list. In it, Doug explained how to make huge gains while risking little by investing in beaten-up markets. This strategy is so successful for those who know how to use it, we’ve called it “the world’s most powerful wealth-building secret.” • Regular readers know we’re talking about Brazil… Brazil is the world’s fifth most populous country. It has the world’s eighth biggest economy. Not long ago, it was a rising star of the global economy. Its economy more than quadrupled in size from 2000 to 2011. Brazil was even the “B” in “BRICS,” a Wall Street acronym for five emerging markets with big growth potential. But it didn’t live up to the hype. • Today, Brazil’s economy is a disaster… Its economy hasn’t grown since 2010. To put that in perspective, the U.S. economy has only had two down years since 1992, when it shrunk during the 2008–2009 financial crisis. Brazil’s stock market and currency have also tanked. Inflation in Brazil is above 10% for the first time in 12 years. Unemployment is at a six-year high and rising. Brazil’s socialist president, Dilma Rousseff, is a big reason the country’s economy imploded. Five years into her presidency, Brazil’s finances were in shambles. The country went from a 2.3% government surplus in 2011 to a 10.3% deficit last year. Rousseff is still in office right now. But she may not be for long. She’s currently standing trial for impeachment. Many folks are hopeful a new government can turn things around in Brazil. • Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Investing, has been following Brazil closely for months…. As you may know, Nick is Doug’s globetrotting companion. His investing style is similar to Doug’s—he buys cheap markets and industries other investors run away from. In 2013, Nick used this strategy to make huge gains investing in the tiny European island of Cyprus. The country just had a horrible banking crisis. Its stock market was down 98%. It was one of the world’s most hated markets. Nick recommended eight dirt-cheap Cyprus stocks to his readers. One of those stocks tripled in less than two years. Two doubled over the same period. Another gained 97%. • Now, Nick is stalking Brazilian stocks… He’s not a buyer yet. As bad as things are in Brazil right now, Nick says things will get worse. • And with Brazilian stocks staging a big rally recently, there’s no reason to buy Brazilian stocks today… Brazil’s main stock index, the Bovespa, jumped 45% from the end of January to the end of April. Some investors wondered if Brazilian stocks had bottomed. Nick says they haven’t. In the April issue of Crisis Investing, he said fundamentals weren’t fueling the rally: [T]he only buyers of Brazilian equities the last few months were foreigners. Local investors have been selling. As far as I can tell, foreign investors are buying in hopes the new government magically makes things better. I don’t see this happening… Nick knows that it pays to watch who’s buying and who’s selling. In this case, the locals are selling. Locals have a front-row seat to the action. If they’re selling, that probably means things are getting worse. • Back in April, Nick warned his readers to stay away from high-flying Brazil stocks… He reminded them that Brazil still has big problems: Replacing one corrupt government with another is not going to fix these problems. The worst is yet to come in Brazil. It’s shaping up to be a lovely train wreck. I believe soon, one (or a combination) of these things will trigger a full-blown crisis in Brazil. It will thrust Brazil onto the front pages of First World newspapers…and get Wall Street to say, “Sell anything Brazilian.”last_img read more

4 Aug

first_img — If Doug had bought the hotel in 1979 and sold it six years later, he could have made 150 times his original investment. These are the kinds of returns you can make by investing in crisis markets and only by investing in crisis markets. You don’t have to trek through a civil war battle zone or dodge bullets to find these kinds of colossal returns. I was just recently in Zimbabwe with Doug. And like in 1979, it has huge potential for profit. If you’ve ever seen Zimbabwe in the news, I’m certain it wasn’t positive. If you’ve ever seen Zimbabwe in some sort of international competitiveness rankings, I’m sure it ranked at or near the bottom. There’s good reason for that. The country is in an economic and political crisis. Hyperinflation has totally destroyed the local currency. There’s been some bad press, and rightly so. But there’s a lot more to the story… Zimbabwe is rich in natural resources… gold, platinum, diamonds, and fertile farmland. The geological potential of the country is huge. Zimbabwe has production upside in platinum and other minerals that few can match. The bad press has conveniently (for us) camouflaged the opportunities in Zimbabwe. And that’s part of what makes it so appealing for us as contrarians. Zimbabwe currently has a severe cash shortage. ATMs are running out of money, liquidity has dried up, and there’s panic selling. Plus, Zimbabwe has absolutely dismal public relations. You’ve probably heard only bad things about Zimbabwe, if you’ve heard about it at all. Some of those negative opinions are valid. But having just spent 10 days in the capital city of Harare, I think they’re mostly overblown. Zimbabwe isn’t that different from other places I’ve visited with very poor external images, like Lebanon and Colombia. None of these places is even a fraction as bad as the press would suggest. Another misconception about Zimbabwe is that it’s dangerous and full of crime. While there is a crime problem in neighboring South Africa, Zimbabwe is pretty safe. I never once felt uncomfortable and neither did any of the locals we spoke with. In South Africa, it wouldn’t be uncommon for someone to kill for a cell phone. But not in Zimbabwe. For whatever reason, that’s just not their culture. Zimbabwe has enormous wealth. It has some of the largest platinum, diamond, and gold reserves in the world. It has an educated population, relatively decent roads and other infrastructure, and an abundance of productive farmland. The country should be one of the richest in Africa… not one of the poorest. For Zimbabwe to improve, the government must be less hostile to the country’s crucial industries. That could happen soon. President Robert Mugabe has basically run the show since the country’s independence. But he is 92 years old, and it’s only a matter of time before the country moves on. There’s a real chance for things to get “less bad.” And because things are so dirt-cheap, that could mean huge profits. Doug and I met with the top dogs in the government on our recent trip. It appears that, after hitting rock bottom, they understand they have to make some radical changes. Surprisingly, in our meetings, nearly all of the top officials in the government understood the perils of Keynesian economics. Some even quoted Ludwig von Mises, the godfather of free-market Austrian economics, in their internal memos. Seeing this in a country known for its destructive economic policies felt like stepping into the twilight zone. Nobody knows if the government will actually make the needed changes. But I think there is a plausible chance the country will turn around. And given how cheap some asset prices are right now, the risk-reward ratio is in our favor. This is exactly the kind of contrarian situation I look for in Crisis Investing. It’s an environment where we can find huge bargains. It’s a risky bet. But because the upside is so large, it’s one worth taking. Regards, Nick Giambruno Editor’s note: In April, Nick revealed to his readers two ways to profit from Zimbabwe’s crisis. One of those picks is up 9%. The other has surged 31%. Those are big moves for such a short period. But Nick thinks both could deliver 100%+ gains. You can get in on these investments by signing up for Crisis Investing. But before you do, we want you to try our newest training series. This FREE, four-part workshop tells you everything you need to know about crisis investing. As you’ll see, many of the world’s legendary investors used this same simple approach to make billions. Just remember, both of Nick’s Zimbabwe picks are on the run already. If you want to make money in this crisis market, now is the time to strike. Click here to get started today. Leopard Rock Hotel It was the crisis and fear that generated such a dirt-cheap price. Investor sentiment couldn’t have been worse. In 1979, Zimbabwe was the last place most people wanted to put money into… which made it the best place in the world to go looking for bargains. Happening Now! Historic Free Training Event with Doug Casey… Doug Casey’s forecasts helped investors prepare and profit from: 1) the S&L blowup in the ’80s and ’90s, 2) the 2001 tech stock collapse, 3) the 2008 financial crisis, 4) and now… Doug’s sounding the alarms about a catastrophic event. One he believes could strike America, just months from now. To help you prepare and profit, this week, we’re hosting a free online training event. Click here now to accept your invitation. Editor’s note: This week, we’re focusing on “crisis investing,” a little-known investing strategy that involves buying hated markets for cheap. Casey Research founder Doug Casey used this simple method to make millions. In the following essay, Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Investing, talks about the time Doug went to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1979 looking for opportunity. At the time, Rhodesia was in the middle of a civil war. Most investors wanted nothing to do with the country, which is exactly why Doug went there. According to Nick, there’s a similar investing opportunity in Zimbabwe right now. Investors who take advantage of this could quickly double their money. We’ll show you how at the end of this essay. If you were in a window seat, you’d pull down the shade to reduce the risk of anti-aircraft fire hitting the plane. At least that’s what flight crews used to tell tourists to do when landing in the African country of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The year was 1979. Rhodesia was in the midst of a civil war. On the ground, it was like a scene out of the movie Mad Max… soldiers, armored vehicles, danger and confusion everywhere. Doug Casey was perhaps the only foreign investor still there. Doug took a bus across the country, trying to avoid the Rhodesian Army and the rebels they were fighting. He kept asking what he should see while he was in the country, and he kept hearing about the Leopard Rock Hotel. So there he went. What he found was a grand castle complex that Italian prisoners (captured by British forces) had helped build during World War II. By 1979, the owners had converted it into a fantastical luxury hotel. It had 12 enormous suites, oversized fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, broad terraces, miles of horseback trails, a nine-hole golf course, 200 acres of garden with vast mountain views, and 50 acres of coffee trees. It was beautiful and huge. It had everything you would want in a luxury resort hotel.center_img Federal Reserve Member Gives Urgent Warning to Americans The nation’s top bankers are warning of a “doomsday scenario” that threatens every American with a checking account. As the president of the Federal Reserve of Minneapolis puts it: “You type in your code, no money comes out.” And Janet Yellen – the most powerful banker on Earth – says “We could find ourselves in a devastating spiral.” Click here to see how insiders (including a high-ranking member of Congress) are protecting themselves… – Recommended Linkslast_img read more

3 Aug

Everybody loves a winner — even toddlers accordin

first_imgEverybody loves a winner — even toddlers, according to a study published Monday. But even though kiddos tend to like high-status individuals, they don’t like those who win conflicts by using force.”It seems like toddlers care about who wins, but they also care about how they win,” says Ashley Thomas, now a researcher in cognitive development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard.In recent years, scientists have devised experiments to show that babies and young toddlers not only notice the social interactions happening around them, but also actively evaluate them.Thomas, who was then a graduate student at the University of California, Irvine, wondered if toddlers understood the concept of social status. After all, adults constantly have to navigate situations that involve people of different rank and prestige, and it can be helpful to have friends in high places.To try to find out what toddlers think of this, Thomas and some colleagues had children ages 21 months to 31 months watch a series of puppet shows. First, one googly-eyed puppet crossed the stage repeatedly, from right to left. Then, another puppet crossed the stage from left to right. After that came a conflict: The two puppets bumped in the middle, blocking each other’s way.”One of two things happened,” Thomas explains. “Either one of the puppets kind of bows down and moves out of the way, allowing the puppet to pass, or one of the puppets pushes the other away and passes in front of him.”After the show, she offered the two puppets to the toddlers and asked which one they liked.Toddlers vastly preferred the puppet that “won” because the other yielded the way and bowed down. “The toddlers liked the winner. They liked the guy who reaches his goal,” says Thomas, who did this work as part of her Ph.D. research at UCI.But they didn’t like it if the “winner” had pushed the other puppet out of the way. In that case, the toddlers switched their preference and reached for the loser, according to a report in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.That’s an intriguing finding, because a recent study in one of our close primate relatives, the bonobo, showed that bonobos always prefer a winner — even when that dominance comes from beating others up.”They prefer dominant individuals, no matter how they achieve their dominance,” notes Kiley Hamlin, an associate professor studying developmental psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. “Whereas human babies, in this case, are preferring only those who are dominant and not mean.”Previous work has shown that babies in the first year of life understand that certain individuals tend to win in social conflicts — such as individuals that are physically larger, or that come from larger social groups, Hamlin says. And some research done in day care centers in the 1970s showed that social hierarchies form among toddlers as young as 18 months old.This new study offers convincing evidence that babies prefer those of high social rank.”That’s a totally unique finding in the literature and, I think, is really compelling to how similar it is to what adults do — how much we tend to like celebrities and rich people and those who are granted status for various reasons,” says Hamlin. “It suggests that that kind of process is already starting by the end of the second year of life.”This study fits into a large body of work by her lab and others, Hamlin says, showing that human babies prefer helpers and distain bullies of all kinds.”It’s not enough to just have high status,” she notes. “It seems like you have to have not gotten there for the wrong reasons.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more