Lyon: The United States head into the women’s World Cup final against the Netherlands on Sunday seemingly in such rude health that the biggest controversy surrounding the holders in recent days has been Alex Morgan’s tea-sipping goal celebration against England. Morgan, one of the faces of the USA side that has made history by reaching a third consecutive final, has been at the centre of a veritable storm in a tea cup since using the celebration to mark her winner in Tuesday’s semi-final. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWhether it was an attempt to wind-up the English for their love of the drink, or something more innocent, the 30-year-old has been struck by the level of media attention. “You see men celebrating all around the world in big tournaments, grabbing their sacks or whatever it is, when I look at sipping a cup of tea, I’m a little taken aback and kind of you have to laugh about it to see all the criticism,” Morgan said on Friday. The striker scored five goals in the record 13-0 win over Thailand with which the USA began their defence of the trophy, but it is Megan Rapinoe who has been the big star of the tournament. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe pink-haired midfielder scored all of her team’s goals in the wins over Spain and France before missing the England showdown due to a hamstring problem. Rapinoe has said that she should be fit in time to make coach Jill Ellis’ starting line-up for the game in Lyon, as the USA aim to win a fourth World Cup in eight editions. That would cement their status as the dominant force in the international women’s game. It would also immediately bring back questions as to whether the team might accept the offer of a trip to visit Donald Trump at the White House, but first they have to beat the European champions. “To be in the last three World Cup finals, it’s pretty unbelievable,” said veteran Carli Lloyd, scorer of a hat-trick in the 2015 final win over Japan. “Not everybody can say that, although we know the job has not been done yet. “It’s incredible, it’s a testament to this team, the programme. Hopefully we can put on a show.” The 2015 tournament won by the USA was the Netherlands’ first ever World Cup, yet the “Oranje” have enjoyed remarkable success since under the tutelage of Sarina Wiegman. She has overseen 12 wins in 12 games at major tournaments, a run that led them to glory on home soil at Euro 2017 and has seen them beat 2011 winners Japan, Italy and then Sweden in the knockout rounds here. “I think every player is dreaming of playing in the World Cup final and playing against the previous champions, and everybody dreams of getting as many trophies as they can so hopefully we can add one more,” said the defender Dominique Bloodworth. They are the outsiders, and will surely need Barcelona winger Lieke Martens to shake off the foot injury that forced her off at half-time in the 1-0 extra-time victory over the Swedes on Wednesday. If they can pull off a sensational upset, it would confirm the emerging strength in depth in European women’s football that will continue to threaten the USA’s hegemony moving forward.
APTN National NewsThe latest edition of Rolling Stone online issued Tuesday features a full-length article on Justin Trudeau who talks about growing up with a father who was the prime minister, his rise to power and how a charity boxing match with Senator Patrick Brazeau “wasn’t random,” and that he saw it as “the right kind of narrative” for the Liberal party.At the time of the fight, Trudeau was the leader of the Liberal party with 34 seats in the house of commons.The two squared off in a cancer fundraiser match in Ottawa March of 2012.Brazeau, covered in tattoos, and sporting long black hair seemed to be the overwhelming favorite.When the bell rang, Trudeau finished Brazeau off to win the match.The Rolling Stone article suggests the match suited Trudeau and the Liberals.“It wasn’t random,” Trudeau said. “I wanted someone who would be a good foil, and we stumbled upon the scrappy tough-guy senator from an indigenous community. He fit the bill, and it was a very nice counterpoint. I saw it as the right kind of narrative, the right story to tell.”The Rolling Stone article titled, Justin Trudeau: The North Star, includes a comparison between Trudeau’s policies and that of Trump, his penchant for public appearances and how he approaches international relations.The article is hitting the news stands in August. Patrick Brazeau sent a response to the Trudeau comment on the fight. “I’ll take it as a compliment,” he wrote. Contact APTN National News here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beverly AndrewsAPTN NewsA building that was once the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School is being renovated in southern Ontario.And during the construction workers uncovered certain things within the walls that speak of the buildings history that closed in 1970.Hidden under a stairwell were signatures and writings of young girls.Dawn Hill first saw the writings in a virtual tour of the building last year.She immediately noticed her mom’s name, Hazel Vanevry.“My family knew that she was there. Two of my an aunts were there as well. So seeing that on the wall was pretty tough … it was hard,” said Hill.Her mom came to school in 1934 at the age of nine. She left when she was 16.The writings have been carefully removed from their original location for preservation and will be part of the building’s future as the Woodland Culture Centre in Brantford, Ont.“We can’t ever forget what that history was, and we can’t ever deny what that history was because that historical trauma that was visited upon this First Nation community has really impacted not just that person, it has filtered down to generation after generation,” said Hill.The building is scheduled to be open in email@example.com
Seven residents were nominated for the Youth Award which is given to an individual under the age of 19 who has made a positive contribution to the community on a volunteer basis. Mustafa Rashid won the award last year. This years nominees are:• Emma Lavigne• Jaycee Bird• Trinity Douglas• Mohammed Faisal• Desirae Wiebe• Landon Tolsma• Hunter FaminowFour residents were nominated for the Mayor’s Citizen of the Year Award. The award recognizes an individual that has achieved positive notoriety outside our community for their actions, is recognized as leaders or role models by their peers, or has won international, national, or provincial titles or awards for their efforts. Cindy Dettling won the award last year. This years nominees are:• Steven Cooper• Alan Yu• Adam Reaburn• Ella Fraser Sue PopeskuBonnie AndersonJoan PattersonCatherine RuddellIrene Gut23 residents are nominated for the Recreation Award, which recognizes an individual or a group for their volunteer efforts in the promotion, organization, support, and/or motivation of sports, recreation, and leisure pursuits including healthy and active living. Bo Hedges won the award last year. The nominees this year are:• Connor Bull• Shannon Garbe• Rebecca Pruden• Mike Hamre• Neil Evans• Crystal Cup• Paul van Nostrand• Justin Donally @ Five Star MMA• Chantelle Yates• FSJ Disc Golf Sports Club• Clint Warkentin• Marissa Jordan• Jenna Hildebrand• Gail Weber• North Peace Cricket Foundation• Paul Kalas• Lee Hartman• Broyden Bennett• Sterling Middleton• Darren Snider• Lori Coulter• Dan Turner• Annika HedicanSix residents were nominated for the Literacy Award. The award recognizes special contributions of an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution towards promoting in areas including literacy, language, multiculturalism and community issues in Fort St. John. Morgan Churchill won the award last year. The nominees this year are:• Irene Gut• Kim Boettcher• Mona Khanbabaei• Matt Preprost• Karen Sutherland• Teachers of Dr. KearneyThe largest number of nominees went to the Humanitarian Award bringing in 28 nominees. The Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual or a group of volunteers whose actions, commitment, volunteer leadership, service and community spirit have made a difference in the lives of those in the community. Faisal Rashid won the award last year. This year the nominees are:• Trevor Bolin• North Peace Pride Society• Amanda Trotter• Alan Yu• Tina Neufeld• MCC Thrift Shop• Allyson Sperling• Natalie Braun• Women’s Resource Society• Russell Eggleston• Brenda Baumeister• 100 Women Who Care• North Peace Sr. Housing Society• Steve Brousson• Jen Pimm• On our Way Home• Esther Haab• Fillanthropy Movement• Edwina Nearhood• Elizabeth Calder• Tami Peters• Gord Sandhu• Laurie Cardinal• Brian Baldry• Troy Henderson• Bob Corbett• Bonnie Isenberg• Roxanne Chmelyk FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 11th annual Fort St. John Community Awards Gala will take place tomorrow night at the Lido Theatre.There are 83 Fort St. John residents nominated for the six awards. Thursday night’s gala will feature live entertainment from Adam Winn, as well as special guest speakers Doug Peterson and the Crystal Cup Organizing Committee.The Cultural Award is given to an individual or a group for their volunteer efforts in historical, visual, performing, or literary arts. It was won by Russel Eggleston last year. The award received five nominees this year: The Gala is set to kick off at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.
U.S. songstress Mariah Carey was reportedly paid around $1.5 million to perform at a private celebration in London for the son of the Sultan of Brunei on New Year’s Eve, Britain’s Daily Mail reported on Friday.Invited to appear by Prince Azim, Carey is believed to have performed three songs, including Always Be My Baby, and lead a chorus of traditional New Year’s hit Auld Lang Syne.“Prince Azim is known for his lavish star-studded parties, and his 30th birthday in 2012 was attended by the likes of Elizabeth Jagger, Raquel Welch and Pamela Anderson,” the newspaper reported, adding that the party hosting Carey took place at the five-star Dorchester Hotel. Carey and the billionaire prince are believed to have been “friends for a number of years,” the newspaper stated.“Mariah has known Prince Azim for many years … They are friends and have done a lot of charity work together,” a representative for Carey told the newspaper, although they would not discuss how much Carey was paid.The pop diva performed alongside veteran star Diana Ross at the event, which hosted high profile guests including actresses Sophia Loren and Faye Dunaway.But Carey’s New Year’s performance came after she stirred controversy when she was paid an estimated $1m to perform for Angolan President Josè Eduardo Dos Santos last week.The performance prompted human rights campaigners to express their outrage at the news, claiming the leader had murdered and exploited the African country’s people for his own gain.But Carey is not the only pop star to recently come under fire for controversial performances.In July 2013, Jennifer Lopez apologized for singing “Happy Birthday to You” to the president of Turkmenistan.The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) had criticized the performance in a strongly worded statement, prompting the apology. According to the nonprofit, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has “ruled the country with an iron fist since 2006.”Source: Al Arabiya
Mr. Johnson formerly served as the Legal Adviser of the International Atomic Energy Agency (1997-2001) and Chef de Cabinet, Office of the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2003-2005). He joined the United Nations Secretariat in 1971 and last served at Headquarters in 1997.Currently, Mr. Johnson is Professor of Global Affairs at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and Visiting Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Previously, Mr. Johnson was Visiting Professor of International Law at the University of California, Davis, School of Law and at the New England School of Law.He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Society of International Law and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.The 61-year old attorney graduated from the University of Nebraska (B.A.), Harvard Law School (J.D.) and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (M.P.A.).
After just six seasons and at just 26 years old, running back Rashard Mendenhall retired from the NFL. He spent five years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and one with the Arizona Cardinals. He’s quitting football with his health and mind intact. Here are his reasons, in his words:“I decided not to hold a press conference because I didn’t want to have to say things that were cliché. I’ve done enough of that since I’ve been playing football. I actually didn’t really plan on saying anything about my retirement at all. I just kind of wanted to disappear. The fact that I was done playing would’ve been clear once some time had passed, and I hadn’t signed back with the Cardinals or any other team. Maybe people would’ve thought I couldn’t get another job. Either way, I was okay with the idea of fading to black, and my legacy becoming, ‘Whatever happened to that dude Rashard Mendenhall? He was pretty good for a few years, then he just vanished.’“The truth is, I don’t really think my walking away is that big of deal. For me it’s saying, ‘Football was pretty cool, but I don’t want to play anymore. I want to travel the world and write!’ However, as I told the people around me that I wasn’t planning on signing again, there was a surprising amount of shock and bewilderment.“‘Why would you stop now? You’re only 26 years old! You’re just going to walk away from millions of dollars? Is your knee fully healed? You had a pretty good year last year,’ etc. After the initial shock response and realization that I’m not kidding, the question that would continue to arise is: Why?“‘Why do you want to stop playing football at 26?’“Honestly, I’ve really enjoyed my time in the NFL and have had tons of fun.“I feel like I’ve done it all. I’ve been to two Super Bowls; made a bunch of money; had a lot of success; traveled all over the country and overseas; met some really cool people; made lasting relationships; had the opportunity to give back to causes close to my heart; and have been able to share my experiences and wisdom with friends, family and people all over the world. Not to mention all the fun I had goofing around at work day after day with my teammates! I’m thankful that I can walk away at this time and smile over my six years in the NFL, and 17 total seasons of football — dating back to when I started pee-wee ball at Niles West in 1997, when I was 10. These experiences are all a part of me, and will remain in my heart no matter what I do, or where I go.“Along with the joyful experiences I had, came many trials. In my last piece, ‘The Vision,’ I wrote about traversing through dark and dangerous waters, working to attain peace and refuge. That intense journey described my personal life in the NFL. Journeying through those waters symbolized living a private life in the public eye. Imagine having a job where you’re always on duty, and can never fully relax or you just may drown. Having to fight through waves and currents of praise and criticism, but mostly hate. I can’t even count how many times I’ve been called a ‘dumb nigger.’ There is a bold coarseness you receive from non-supporters that seems to only exist on the Internet. However, even if you try to avoid these things completely — because I’ve tried — somehow they still reach you. If not first-hand, then through friends and loved ones who take to heart all that they read and hear. I’m not a terribly sensitive person, so this stuff never really bothered me. That was until I realized that it actually had an impact my career. Over my career, I would learn that everything people say behind these computer and smartphones actually shape the perception of you — the brand, the athlete and the person. Go figure!“What was more difficult for me to grasp was the way that the business of entertainment had really shifted the game and the sport of football in the NFL. The culture of football now is very different from the one I grew up with. When I came up, teammates fought together for wins and got respect for the fight. The player who gave the ball to the referee after a touchdown was commended; the one who played through injury was tough; the role of the blocking tight end was acknowledged; running backs who picked up blitzing linebackers showed heart; and the story of the game was told through the tape, and not the stats alone. That was my model of football.“Today, game-day cameras follow the most popular players on teams; guys who dance after touchdowns are extolled on Dancing With the Starters; games are analyzed and brought to fans without any use of coaches tape; practice non-participants are reported throughout the week for predicted fantasy value; and success and failure for skill players is measured solely in stats and fantasy points. This is a very different model of football than the one I grew up with. My older brother coaches football at the high-school and youth level. One day he called me and said, ‘These kids don’t want to work hard. All they wanna do is look cool, celebrate after plays, and get more followers on Instagram!’ I told him that they might actually have it figured out.“Over my career, because of my interests in dance, art and literature, my very calm demeanor, and my apparent lack of interest in sporting events on my Twitter page, people in the sporting world have sometimes questioned whether or not I love the game of football. I do. I always have. I am an athlete and a competitor. The only people who question that are the people who do not see how hard I work and how diligently I prepare to be great — week after week, season after season. I take those things very seriously. I’ve always been a professional. But I am not an entertainer. I never have been. Playing that role was never easy for me. The box deemed for professional athletes is a very small box. My wings spread a lot further than the acceptable athletic stereotypes and conformity was never a strong point of mine. My focus has always been on becoming a better me, not a second-rate somebody else. Sometimes I would suffer because of it, but every time I learned a lesson from it. And I’ll carry those lessons with me for the rest of my life.“So when they ask me why I want to leave the NFL at the age of 26, I tell them that I’ve greatly enjoyed my time, but I no longer wish to put my body at risk for the sake of entertainment. I think about the rest of my life and I want to live it with much quality. And physically, I am grateful that I can walk away feeling as good as I did when I stepped into it.“As for the question of what will I do now, with an entire life in front of me? I say to that, I will LIVE! I plan to live in a way that I never have before, and that is freely, able to fully be me, without the expectation of representing any league, club, shield or city. I do have a plan going forward, but I will admit that I do not know how things will totally shape out. That is the beauty of it! I look forward to chasing my desires and passions without restriction, and to sharing them with anyone who wants to come along with me! And I’ll start with writing!”
Caterpillar has reached an agreement with WesTrac, a wholly owned subsidiary of Seven Group Holdings, whereby it is to acquire from Caterpillar the distribution and support business formerly operated by Bucyrus in Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales. The transaction is valued at approximately $400 million. “We are pleased to announce this agreement with WesTrac today as we continue to make excellent progress in the transition of the product distribution and support of former Bucyrus machinery to Cat dealers around the world,” said Steve Wunning, Caterpillar Group President with responsibility for resource industries. The former Bucyrus line includes rope shovels, hydraulic excavators, blasthole drills, underground drills and a range of underground coal products from longwalls to roof supports.He adds: “Through our longstanding relationship with WesTrac, we look forward to working together to deliver the best equipment solutions in the industry to our mining customers. The acquisition of the Bucyrus distribution and support business will enhance our leading position in the supply and service of heavy equipment to the mining and construction sectors in Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales,” said Jim Walker, chief executive of WesTrac Group. “The Bucyrus product line and large installed base are a logical addition to our current range of Cat products and will provide us with significant opportunities for future growth with our mining customers.”Following completion of the acquisition, approximately 430 former Bucyrus employees and contractors are expected to transition to WesTrac. Subject to customary closing conditions, it is anticipated that the transaction will close by the end of June 2012. Discussions are continuing between the companies in relation to the former Bucyrus distribution and support businesses in the WesTrac dealership territories in North Eastern China. Caterpillar also continues to hold discussions with other Cat dealers that have mining activity in their territories and will continue to operate the former Bucyrus distribution business until the transitions have occurred in a given territory. In addition to the agreement with WesTrac, Caterpillar closed the transaction with Sime Darby Industrial in the fourth quarter of 2011 and has also announced an agreement with Finning International.
Découverte d’embryons de mésosaures de 280 millions d’annéesPubliant ses travaux dans la revue Historical Biology, une équipe internationale encadrée par le CNRS a découvert, au Brésil et en Uruguay, des embryons fossilisés de mésosaures – des reptiles marins disparus – qui font peut-être reculer de 60 millions d’années l’apparition de la viviparité. Il est parfois bien difficile, pour des paléontologues découvrant des restes fossiles d’animaux adultes mêlés à ceux de juvéniles, de déterminer si ces derniers étaient au stade embryonnaire, à l’intérieur des corps des adultes, ou bien des bébés “dans les jupes” de leurs mères. C’est à ce problème qu’a été confrontée, en Amérique du Sud, l’équipe dirigée par Michel Laurin, du Centre de recherche sur la paléobiodiversité et les paléoenvironnements (CNRS / Muséum national d’histoire naturelle).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais devant le nombre de cas de ce genre qu’ils ont découverts parmi des fossiles de mésosaures – d’anciens reptiles marins – vieux de 280 millions d’années environ (ce qui en fait les plus anciens embryons de reptiles connus à ce jour), les chercheurs n’ont pas hésité longtemps. Ils ont ainsi conclu que la viviparité – mode de reproduction où l’embryon se développe dans l’utérus jusqu’à la naissance – ou du moins la rétention prolongée de l’embryon dans l’utérus, remonte à cette époque – soit 60 millions d’années plus tôt que ce qui était connu. Ce sont en effet 26 de ces associations adulte-jeune que les scientifiques ont découvert en Uruguay, et 1 au Brésil.”Ces spécimens, plus ou moins désarticulés, sont difficiles à interpréter mais il s’agit probablement, pour la plupart, d’embryons dans l’utérus, étayant la thèse de la viviparité chez les mésosaures. Les plus grands d’entre eux pourraient représenter de jeunes animaux dont s’occupait au moins un des deux parents, laissant supposer l’existence de soins parentaux”, conclut le communiqué du CNRS.Le 4 avril 2012 à 19:31 • Maxime Lambert
The American Soybean Association (ASA) and several other agriculture organizations last week urged the Senate Committee on Agriculture, to quickly find a solution for a vaccine shortage that could have devastating effects on the United States livestock community.There isn’t enough Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine available to handle an outbreak beyond a very small localized event within the livestock community. The livestock industry represents the largest consumer of domestically produced soybean meal and ASA is committed to protecting and working with them.In a letter addressed to Sen. Pat Roberts, chairman of the committee, the groups express concern over the vulnerable positon of the U.S. livestock industry considering the shortage.“The current vaccine bank arrangement has several problems. The turnaround time from the onset of an outbreak until finished vaccine is delivered to the field can take weeks for even a small number of doses and months for the number of doses needed in a large outbreak,” the letter states. “Also alarming is vaccine production capacity for approved manufactures is limited world-wide and there is no surge capacity available to produce the millions of doses needed in the event of a large scale outbreak in the U.S.”The groups also noted concerns about the limited number of antigen strains maintained at Plum Island, Ny. facility and the limited shelf life of the antigen concentrate that affects the potency of the finished vaccine.The livestock industry has requested that the United Stated Department of Agricultre (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proceed with several steps to ensure sufficient supply of the vaccine, including requesting funds through the President’s budget.“Although APHIS appears to be sympathetic to our concerns they have yet to act on any of our requests,” the groups state in the letter. “We hope that you and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will take this issue up with APHIS so corrective action can be taken before an FMD outbreak occurs. We are all well aware of the current devastation to the poultry industry due to High Path Avian Influenza. An FMD outbreak in the U.S. would be magnitudes higher, especially with a shortage of vaccine to combat the disease.”Click here to read the entire letter.
By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.orgA tough stretch for Prince George’s County school administrators continued as a prominent athletic coach finds himself on the sidelines. DuVal High School varsity football coach Tarrell Lockwood, who also works as in-school suspension coordinator, was placed on leave as the investigation continues into what is being called “an alleged inappropriate interaction with a student” Feb. 12.According to Prince George’s County Police, who are handling the investigation, the incident did not involve any touching or any kind of physical contact. Lockwood has been with the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) system since 2005 and began working at DuVal in 2011, according to a spokesperson with the school system.DuVal High School Football coach, Tarrell Lockwood, was placed on leave for inappropriate interaction with a student. (Courtesy Photo)However, NBC4-TV in Washington first reported that the investigation began following allegations that involve text messages with a female student. There were a range of emotions on the Lanham campus. Several of the players expressed shock and disbelief about the suspension and investigation, while some parents admitted they weren’t surprised and heard previous rumors about these potential allegations.“He’s a good coach and an inspiration to all of us,” said DuVal football player Derrick Okuwemba.“I don’t think he would do something like that,” added female student Jayda Reed. “It doesn’t sound like him really.”“I’m sure it’s not right, but I’m shocked,” said soccer athlete Sidiq Azumah.A parent who spoke on camera did concede that she heard whispers of similar allegations in the past.“I’m not surprised,” said Vanessa Mason.This latest investigation continues a troubling pattern that has been following DuVal for more than a year. In January 2018 the school was embroiled in a grade fixing scandal whose reverberations were felt throughout the county. An investigation by the Prince George’s County Board of Education revealed that some DuVal High School staff made inappropriate decisions to impact the grading and graduation certification processes. An October 2017 audit showed that roughly five percent of PGCPS students were not qualified to graduate which led to a review of grading practices and graduation certification for the 2016 and 2017 school years.The audit, ordered by the Maryland State Department of Education, concluded that in 2016, the year DuVal had a 92 percent graduation rate, almost seven percent of students shouldn’t have received their diplomas. In cases of another 27 percent, there wasn’t enough documentation to verify they were candidates for graduation. For 2017, the audit found 16 percent of their graduates couldn’t have their final standing verified while four percent shouldn’t have received diplomas. State investigators interviewed staffers who claimed that grading policies were violated so that students could be given extra chances to graduate.DuVal’s audit was part of a broader look that auditors took at high schools in the county where questionable graduation rates were also found at other schools as well. Five administrators were from their positions in January 2018, including the former principal, an assistant principal, and three other employees. Calls from members of the Board of Education and parents throughout the County asked for the resignation of Superintendent Kevin Maxwell.Meanwhile, Charles H. Flowers High School Principal Gorman Brown remains on administrative leave as County Police continue their investigation into an altercation between, he and a disruptive student. The Department’s investigation continues as they work to secure any other amateur video that may have other angles or more of the entire incident.Last September a group of school employees also sued the PGCPS after a secret camera was found in the principal’s office at Charles Herbert Flowers. Several employees, including the principal, may have been videotaped during private meetings or while changing clothes before late evening afterschool events.
King’s Bounty, the cult turn-based strategy game is back with Warriors of the North. It’s a release that will go unnoticed by most gamers, but the series shouldn’t — it’s a fun, play-at-your-own-pace romp through a nonsensical fantasy realm that offers huge amounts of play time and many different levels of strategy.In Warriors of the North, as in the previous King’s Bounty games, you control an army filled with character types of your choosing. Each costs you a certain amount of gold and has both a specific set of characteristics and abilities. Certain types complement others better, and with time players will go from going head-on against enemy armies to strategically picking them apart without losing a single soldier. This basic mechanic is unchanged from the previous games, the modern reincarnation of which was 2008’s King’s Bounty: The Legend. Battles take place after meeting an enemy in the game world — there are no chance encounters or surprises, you fight on your terms, usually after collecting the power-ups nearby. Stacked on top of the army-against-army fighting is a simple RPG system where you advance your character’s attributes, learn spells, collect armor, and complete achievements.At the end of the game everything you’ve done is compiled into a single number, a score that rates your success. If you play on a harder difficulty, lose less characters, and sail from island to island less (island hopping consumes in-game time, but allows you to gain experience fighting easier foes and collecting more power-ups) your score will be higher. Hardcore KB players run through the game on Impossible, with zero losses, using an optimized island route to take up the least amount of time. It’s all pretty interesting, but an average run through a KB game will take 40+ hours (for the non-expert) so don’t expect to collect too many scores.With the introduction out of the way, King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North changes very little from the past games. You play as a new character and there is a new setting — the frozen, Viking-inhabited north — but it would be easy to confuse this game with Legends, Armored Princess, or Crossworlds. In other words, the graphics, controls, setting, and overall look-and-feel will be nothing new for franchise veterans.So why drop the $30? Not for the story. Each King’s Bounty game has its own completely unintelligible story that is supposed to be consumed by clicking through page after page of text. After just a few minutes of the game most people will realize there isn’t anything there for them. KB is about the chess-like battles, and little else. Ultimately this means that WotN‘s new material is mainly about the new lands, the new characters (generally recast version of old ones, like the new Ice Spider which looks a whole lot like a white Fiery Spider), and the powerful summons that you call upon. In Armored Princess and its expansion, Crossworlds, you had a dragon you could summon to help out in the battle. Now your player, Olaf, can fight and you can call upon Valkyries. It’s the same concept, with different graphics.It’s immediately clear that KB:WotN brings little new to the table, but it does tweak an excellent formula. As the games have progressed since 2008 they have become better balanced, rough edges have been removed, and the run through the world has gotten them much smoother. Aside from crashing — which WotN does a lot, but I’m sure it will be fixed soon — the game has incrementally more polish than the ones before it. For the most part fans of the franchise will just be playing to get more time with King’s Bounty and to try out the new characters.For players new to the franchise, WotN is a great starting point. It’s not dramatically better than the previous games, but the difficult ramp up is more gradual and there are less early-game stumbling blocks to get in your way. At Normal difficulty, the game throws massive amounts of cash at you so you can experiment with all sorts of different combinations as you figure out how to play. As with all the games in the series, there is very little in the way of tutorial, so you are on your own to learn the subtleties.Warriors of the North‘s it’s-not-broken-so-why-fix-it approach will be more than fine with some gamers while it will be frustrating to others. Personally I’m satisfied with a new game that’s limited to new characters and the shift from a baby dragon summon to a Valkyrie, but I wish some progress could be made on other fronts. For example, the battle animations still take much too long, even when set to High. Trust me — after you’ve seen the Viking’s cheer 100 or so times, you’re ready to either turn off animations (not an option) or have them play back even faster than they do on High. The game simply takes too long, so cutting down on animation time would help things progress. I don’t want an abbreviated game, I just want to spend my time playing. Also, why do I still need to go into a .ini file, deep within Windows, to set the game to windowed mode? If games can have modern tools like Steam cloud sync and 3D I think something like this would be easy.Warriors of the North is more of the same fun, flawed, drawn-out King’s Bounty experience. 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Kolkata: West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) is exploring options for starting monorail services for easy and faster communication in areas of Salt lake and New Town that cannot be covered by Metro services.”We have already completed the feasibility study along with the cost evaluation for the project. We are now looking for investors,” HIDCO chairman Debasish Sen said on the sidelines of Kolkata regional dialogue on ‘Preparing for the Future of Urban Mobility’ organised by the Bengal Chamber and The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to HIDCO sources, the alignment for the monorail that has been created will start from Ultadanga station and will run through Sector I and Sector III in Salt Lake and will reach New Town. The total project cost has been estimated at Rs 4,500 crore.It may be mentioned that the two Metro projects — East West and Garia-Kolkata Airport Metros — work for which are going on in full swing will not be able to cover entire Salt Lake and New Town area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The monorail network will plug this gap,” a senior HIDCO official said.HIDCO is holding talks with start-up companies which can carry out real time analysis of CCTV footages to prevent accidents. The aim is to strengthen the ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ campaign initiative that was launched by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in July 2016. The state government has already done GIS mapping and have marked accident prone areas in New Town.Talking of various initiatives that have been taken in New Town, Sen said house owners have been given the nod to convert their ground floors into cafes by paying Rs 500 to the authorities.”A large number of people working in the IT sector, particularly women feel unsafe when they return home at night,” Sen said adding that this step will increase the sense of safety and security of the citizens.He also touched upon the introduction of three electric buses, 10 charging stations, dedicated cycle track, smart bus stations with outdoor gym equipment and a number of initiatives towards urban mobility in New Town.
No related posts. Board members from the Costa Rican Social Security System, or Caja, this week accused former lawmaker and ex-presidential candidate Walter Muñoz of allegedly receiving ₡23 million ($46,000) in consulting fees from the public health agency between 2002-2004 without performing any work.Caja officials called for a legal investigation of the case and are seeking to recover the funds, plus ₡15 million ($30,000) in interest. Officials said they found evidence the payments were made, but there is apparently no record of duties or functions carried out by Muñoz.Caja President Ileana Balmaceda said officials also filed a complained to the Prosecutor’s Office claiming Muñoz failed to pay mandated insurance premiums to the Caja.Muñoz is a former presidential candidate for the now-defunct National Integration Party, having sought the presidency in 1998, 2002 and 2006. He now heads the National Association of the Insured, a group that is pushing for a referendum on how Caja board members are appointed. Facebook Comments
Unemployment in Costa Rica fell to 11.3% in the first trimester of 2019, according to data released last week by the National Statistics and Census Institute (INEC). The figure is slightly improved from the 12% unemployment rate reported at the end of 2018 and equals the 11.3% unemployment rate from the first trimester of last year.“Although the national unemployed population increased significantly, the unemployment rate at the national level remained unchanged, since it was compensated by the increase in the participation of the workforce,” reads the INEC report.President Carlos Alvarado said last week in a speech to the Legislative Assembly that addressing unemployment remains one of Costa Rica and his administration’s greatest challenges. According to INEC, Costa Rica’s workforce has reached 2.45 million people, an increase of 214,000 people since the first trimester of 2018. That includes 159,000 more working women compared to the same period last year. The workforce is comprised of 1.47 million men and 983,000 women, INEC says. Despite the improved unemployment rate, INEC reports Costa Rica registered a 1.4% increase in underemployment, or people without full-time jobs, over the past year.Read the full INEC report here.Click here for more on President Alvarado’s address to the Legislative Assembly. Facebook Comments Related posts:President Solís announces goal to create 217,000 jobs during his term 700 bilingual jobs in Costa Rica Canadian tech firm hiring for new Costa Rica operation President Alvarado visiting tech hubs in United States seeking investments in Costa Rica
Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand – TAT TAT promotes Thailand as a World Class Wedding DestinationTAT promotes Thailand as a World Class Wedding DestinationThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Sydney Office will promote Thailand as a world-class wedding destination through a number of campaigns and events throughout 2017, targeting the wedding and honeymoon market.TAT kicked off a year of campaigns by participating in ‘The Ultimate Bridal Event’ which was held in Sydney and Melbourne in January. TAT’s presentation at the expo generated a great deal of interest, with many visitors showing interest in Thailand as a wedding destination.One of the campaigns rolled out earlier this year called “Thailand Wedding Destiny”, which is aimed at promoting Thailand as a wedding destination, as well as promoting Thai wedding organizers in the global market, offered nine lucky couples from nine countries the chance to win a wedding in Thailand. Countries included in the campaign include Australia, The Republic of China, Hong Kong, Japan, England, France, Republic Czechoslovakia, USA and Brazil, and the prize includes the opportunity to have both Western and Thai-style weddings within four regions of Thailand. The venue chosen for wedding celebrations by the lucky Australian couple who won this year is the Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, a five-star luxury hotel in Surat Thani.TAT will also be hosting the 4th Annual Destination Wedding Planners Congress, in Phuket from 2nd May to 4th May, bringing together high end destination wedding planners under one roof to meet a lavish spread of organizations – extravagant hotels, resorts, chateaus, and venues along with leading wedding suppliers and creative partners. TAT is expected to attract 450 delegates from around the world.Ms.Rujiras Chatchalermkit, TAT Sydney Director said, “Thailand is well known for its cultural allure and natural beauty, scenic stretches of beaches, mountains, greenery, entertainment, and world renowned hospitality; so it is no surprise that many couples select Thailand as their wedding and honeymoon destinations.”TAT looks forward to collaborating with many partners and exhibitors throughout the year in its quest for continued growth in the wedding and honeymoon market and continued success promoting Thailand as the World Wedding Destination.About the Tourism Authority of Thailand Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is a Thai National Tourist Office responsible for promoting Thailand as a premier tourist destination.The Sydney office is responsible for the regional area of Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific. We provide information and support to the public, as well as media, wholesalers, airlines, travel agents and other partners.Contact Us General enquiries contact: email@example.comTourism Authority of ThailandSuite 20.02, Level 20, 56 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, AustraliaTel. (612) 9247 7549www.tourismthailand.org/auBlog: http://thailand.net.au/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/HugThailandInstagram: @HugThailandTwitter: @HugThailand
The Pierre, the iconic U.S. flagship of Taj Hotels on New York’s Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park, will re-open June 1 following a meticulous $100 million renovation to create new guestroom and bath interiors and to reconfigure first floor public areas to accommodate a new restaurant, Le Caprice at The Pierre, as well as 2 East, a new lobby lounge, and a graciously welcoming reception area.“We’re extremely pleased with the results of our transformed residential-style interiors. The designs perfectly complement The Pierre’s classic ambiance of quiet refinement and restore a sense of the property’s original grandeur,” said Heiko Kuenstle, General Manager, The Pierre. “We look forward to welcoming guests to our distinctive world of luxury. We’re also excited to join forces with Le Caprice to introduce our new brasserie-style restaurant, Le Caprice at The Pierre, the first restaurant outside of London for this celebrated UK favorite.”All guestrooms and suites are being transformed to feature a warm, inviting residential-style décor with a feeling of quiet luxury. High ceilings and abundant natural light evoke a gracious, airy experience that enhances the new interiors. Color palettes, comprised of soft neutrals in pale ivory and taupe with tones of corals or blues, are contrasted with rich woods, tufted leather headboards and matching benches. Richly textured silk and brocade fabrics in elegant neutrals with tasteful accents of color adorn upholstery, pillows, draperies and bed throws. Hand-carved carpets ensure comfort and superb acoustical sound control. Fine arts consultant Mortimer Chatterjee, a former Christie’s UK auction house executive turned Mumbai gallery owner known for recognizing emerging talent and who researched the extensive art collection at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower in preparation for its centenary in 2003, is hand-selecting artwork to complement the designs.All bedrooms will feature an interactive 40-inch flat screen television, a Bose Wave Studio with iPod docking station, WiFi, a working desk with built-in data and power outlets, comfortable upholstered chairs and large new sound-insulated, energy efficient windows with both blackout draperies and sheers. Closets will be outfitted with an electronic safe complete with power outlet that accommodates laptops. Access to all guestrooms will be via a new state-of-the-art electronic key system.A significant portion of the renovation focused on updating all guest bathrooms. New Turkish marble-clad guest bathrooms will feature a glass-walled shower with oversized showerhead and steam-free makeup, shaving and wall mirrors. A majority of the baths have been enlarged to also incorporate a separate soaking tub and a flat panel television.The new restaurant, Le Caprice at The Pierre, is due to open in summer 2009. Le Caprice first opened in 1947 and was re-fashioned in 1981 with contemporary black and white décor, David Bailey photographs and a long bar to break the mold of established restaurants and offer flexibility in the menu, but with a high level of quality and service. Long-said to be one of the jewels of London’s restaurant scene and a popular theatre haunt — “For nearly two decades a table at Le Caprice has been the stock exchange for the arts,” said AA Gill, Sunday Times restaurant critic — it is now part of Richard Caring’s Group, joining his other exclusive London dining establishments that include The Ivy, Annabel’s, Daphne’s, Wentworth Golf Club and Soho House. Caring and The Pierre have joined forces to recreate the celebrated brasserie-style restaurant within the hotel, which will feature timeless classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including its legendary Thai-baked sea bass and salmon fishcakes, in a convivial modern brasserie setting.www.tajhotels.com/pierre
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and is generated by auto-feed Ham might take a bigger cut out of your budget this holiday season Prices have soared to a record high this fall ahead of the holidayswhen half of total ham consumption occursafter a devastating virus shrank the number of hogs slaughtered this year by more than five percent Bloomberg reports The price has been pushed up further because farmers have fed their hogs more to fatten them up and make up for losses caused by the virus; while fatter pigs mean more meat their hind legs can grow too large for the seven-pound spiral-cut half hams popular during the holidays Read more at Bloomberg Write to Noah Rayman at noahrayman@timecom He added that it was not clear why the incident took place but further investigation would be able to reveal the reasons for the attack and the people behind it confirmed the attack who are playing without injured star Kawhi Leonard "Every win is a big one for us "In application" Four years later This version clarifies that 173 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a Hindu marriage solemnised in accordance with customary rites and ceremonies such as "saptpadi" (Section 7) and does not recognise live-in relationships A couple sits along the seafront promenade at dusk in Mumbai’s suburbs May 16 2012 Reuters/Vivek Prakash Section 125(1)(A) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc) states that a woman who has divorced and not remarried can claim maintenance from her ex-husband in cases where he neglects or refuses to help her financially This provision also applies only to married couples who subsequently divorce Under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 a magistrate may order monetary relief in the form of maintenance to an aggrieved person who has suffered domestic violence under Section 20(D) Notably this Act covers a broader range of relationships as a "domestic relationship" — asdefined in Section 2(F)— rather than marriages alone Indian courts on the right to maintenance in live-in relationships Notwithstanding the absence of laws granting the right to maintenance in live-in relationships Indian courts have readily granted this right to partners who live together on a number of occasions In October 2010 the Supreme Court in the Veluswamy vs Patchaiammal case recognised the right to "palimony"— the equivalent of alimony in live-in relationships— but limited it to genuine relationships alone not ones in which the partners lived together only for sexual reasons and ones where either partner was married to someone else In this case the court also laid downa number of criteria to determine whether a couple was in a "relationship in the nature of a marriage" (under Section 2(F) of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act which defines a "domestic relationship") The relevant factors are: the couple must hold themselves out to society as being akin to spouses; they must be of legal age to marry; they must be otherwise qualified to enter into a legal marriage including being unmarried; and they must have voluntarily cohabited and held themselves out to the world as being akin to spouses for a significant period of time Additionally the couple must have resided in a "shared household" (as defined under Section 2(A) of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act) In May 2015 the Supreme Court had ruled that under the Hindu Marriage Act a man in a live-in relationship was obliged to pay maintenance to his partner and children from the relationship after it ended In this case the man was married to someone else and was in a live-in relationship with another woman fornine years In July 2016 the Gujarat High Court had recognised that a woman was entitled to seek maintenance under Section 125 of CrPC even if she had not married the man but had been living with him for a reasonably long period of time as his wife More recently in April 2018 the Bombay High Court allowed a married woman who was in a live-in relationship with another man for 15 years to claim maintenance from him under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act The court had emphasised the welfare objective of the Act to protect women from violence and held that the term "domestic violence"encompassed physical abuse as well as "economic abuse" (Section 3(A) of the Act) Courts have also recognised other rights in live-in relationships For instance in April 2015 the Supreme Court had ruled that couples in live-in relationships would be presumed to be married and the woman would be entitled to inherit her partner’s legal property Further the burden of disproving the presumption of marriage would lie on the party refuting the presumption The Supreme Court recognised this presumption as early as in 2010 in the case of Madan Mohan Singh vs Rajni Kant where the court had to rule on the legitimacy and right to inheritance of children born out of a live-in relationship File image of the Supreme Court AP In December 2013 the top court had framed guidelines on the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act applyingto live-in relationships recognising that the legislation would apply in case of relationships "in the nature of marriage" Right to maintenance in live-in relationships in other jurisdictions The right to "palimony" is also recognised in the United States where certain states including California have palimony laws in place Interestingly in the United Kingdom a "common-law marriage"— or an informal marriage/marriage in fact—is not recognised Therefore cohabiting couples do not have any right to maintenance or property when they break up The UK Parliament is in the process of considering aCohabitation Rights Bill to grant certain rights to couples in live-in relationships Court precedents in India indicate a strong inclination of judges to rule in favour of granting maintenance to a woman in a live-in relationship In the current case in the Supreme Court it was alleged that the man had promised to marry the woman eventually which further strengthens the case that the couple was in a de-facto or "common-law" marriage It is likely that in this case the Supreme Court will uphold the social welfare objectives of family laws instead of adopting a formalistic approach and allow the woman’s claim for compensation from her partner The author is an LLM candidate at University of Cambridge Editor’s note: Starting National Science Day 2018 The Life of Science and Firstpost bring you a series profiling Indian women in Science The challenges in Indian scientific life are many — more so for women taking up this path This series honours those who beat the odds and serve as inspirations for the next generation of Indian science — a generation that is slowly and surely on its way to becoming gender equal *** By Sandhya Ramesh Farah Ishtiaq | 45 | Ecologist and avian disease researcher | Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru We’ve all heard of malaria In school we wrote answers about the female Anopheles mosquito when we were barely old enough to understand the concept of an epidemic This mosquito’s bite spreads the disease we associate with heat sickness and tropical climate It killed over four lakh people in 2015 Interestingly malaria isn’t unique to humans It affects non-human primates mammals reptiles and even birds Each is infected by a specific species of mosquito that acts as a carrier for a single-celled parasite called Plasmodium There are over 200 species of Plasmodium and it’s quite common for them to cause the disease in birds Avian malaria is a subject of study all over the world Not so much in India though “I wanted to study the spread of malaria in birds because there is not a single scientist doing it in India” states Farah Ishtiaq who has been working as a research fellow at the Center for Ecological Sciences (CES) in IISc Bangalore for the past four years Malaria in the Himalayas Nearly all birds we see such as house sparrows parrots and mynahs are susceptible to malaria Though there has been definitive evidence of this for a while until recently the disease wasn’t really being tracked and studied Farah wants to find out how malaria is introduced and if it spreads the same way in birds as it spreads in humans — rampantly in tropical climates To figure this out she needs to go somewhere geographically close to these climates but in a region quite different in terms of temperature —somewhere like the Himalayas “Mosquitoes and cold don’t go together So I wondered if it is possible that birds that live in higher altitudes like the Himalayas evolved without the parasites” she explains She established seven sites across the Himalayas from Dehradun which is at about 600 metres above sea level to Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary which lies at 3400 metres Farah’s team travels to these sites to “sample” birds — that is take their blood samples —during the breeding season Meanwhile her ground personnel sample mosquitoes all year-round “This is to understand how the parasite is transmitted” explains Farah A year in Farah’s shoes The same site in bad (left) and good (right) weather This means that Farah spends four months every year hiking up the mountains setting up traps for mating birds The rest of the year she works from her Bengaluruoffice On a typical day in the Himalayas she hikes up from the campsite at 3 am sets up traps at a low height and waits These bird traps are nets propped up by poles Made of black silk coir the nets are difficult to spot against the background and invariably birds fly into them The birds that her team studies are small enough to pick up quickly draw blood from and release Sometimes they tie a marker ring around the bird’s legs to make sure there are no repeats Farah ringing birds at a high elevation site Her days in her Bengalurulab start at around 10 am Now it is time to analyse the information they have collected from the field The team works together to crunch data on the thousands of birds they have sampled The ringing gear she uses “There are birds that live their whole lives in the Himalayas and there are some species that migrate down to the south in the winter to the warmer climates” Farah says Warmer climates are also where malaria-spreading mosquitoes flourish She has recorded birds that were healthy in the mountains but flew down to the warmer Dehradun in the winter and got infected there These migratory birds then fly back to the mountains during the breeding season in April-May While breeding birds’ immune systems are easily compromised so it is likely that this is when the disease would spread Farah wonders if malaria is non-existent in the mountains or if there are birds there that are immune to it “It’s like a three-piece jigsaw puzzle — there is the parasite the bird and the mosquito How do they all fit together” It is a long-term study and Farah doesn’t have enough data to figure it out just yet Getting a taste of ornithology Farah did her schooling in Delhi and then her undergraduate degree in zoology at the Aligarh Muslim University As the child of two doctors she admits that her mother was not always happy with her choice of career Her father on the other hand was incredibly supportive “He had also encouraged my mother to focus on getting her degree in gynaecology” After her Master’s degree she went on to obtain her PhD in Avian Ecology and Behaviour from the Centre for Wildlife Science at AMU in 1999 Post her PhD Farah was offered a small-but-intensive project: to work with the famed ornithologist Pamela Rasmussen on a bird species that was recently discovered to not be extinct The small and fluffy Forest Spotted Owlet had not been seen after 1884 for a very very long time It had been declared extinct until American ornithologist Rasmussen came along from the Smithsonian Institution at Washington DC During the course of her research for a book on birds in the Indian subcontinent she looked for the bird until she found it in 1997 This species of owl is endemic to the dry deciduous forests of the Central Highlands in India (from Gujarat to Orissa) The bird whisperer Blyth’s reed warbler a European migrant in India Studying small birds is difficult as they are hard to spot Scientists need to know where and when to look so they need details about the birds’ habits — the time of the day (or night) they prefer to be active the kind of trees they like to perch on the food they eat their calls etc Considering that the owlet hadn’t been seen in over a century nearly nothing was known about it “Rasmussen didn’t know what she was looking for and where she should go” reminisces Farah “But after she re-discovered it I studied it with her the next year” After experiments and searches for a whole year Farah became an expert in this owl species She could interpret the different calls of males females and the chicks of the species “What is interesting about this owl is that unlike most other species it is not nocturnal And since 1884 people had been searching for it at the wrong time never finding it” Furthermore the Forest Spotted Owlet is actually quite similar in appearance to another species called the Spotted Owlet The latter has more spots on its back and has a white front while the former has fewer spots and a brown front The Spotted Owlet is also active during the day “So even when they did spot a Forest Spotted Owlet they assumed it’s the Spotted Owlet” Tracking small birds and doing the kind of field work Farah did in Central India is not easy on ecologists “The rocky terrain and extreme heat were particularly challenging” she remembers “But the progress I had made after four months was tremendous so I received more funding and worked for a year” The story is fascinating but when I ask Farah what made her pick this particular project she replies that it wasn’t fully intentional “In ecology or conservation in India beggars can’t be choosers The Bombay Natural History Society had funding for four months and I accepted it” She then moved on to three years of non-academic work where she was instrumental in creating a network of ornithologists and birdwatchers around India called Indian Bird Conservation Network A fascination for diseases However her passion lay elsewhere “I always wanted to study diseases in birds especially malaria” says Farah But as an ecologist she did not have the knowledge to study diseases Disease study needed an understanding of bloodwork which meant a lot of analysis under the microscope “I knew what DNA was and that’s all” she laughed “I’d never had a job in a lab before” She got an opportunity to do her postdoctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC where she studied the birds of Hawaii for two years Her research focussed on the spread of malaria in the birds endemic to Hawaii Malaria came to Hawaii through birds introduced to the islands in the late 19th century Each group of colonists brought fowl from their own country that carried the malarial parasite As the endemic birds had never encountered this parasite before their immune systems were not prepared for it and the disease rapidly spread wiping out over 90 percent of native birds Studying avian diseases is a well-established field in the US and Farah built up her toolkit She learned how to use molecular biology and genetic markers to study and track diseases Farah then went on to Oxford University for her second postdoc: understanding how parasites colonise islands Islands are isolated and therefore are prime ground for testing hypotheses about how a disease spreads Working for over five years with these unique birds at exotic locations was not only a colourful experience for Farah but also moulded her into an able evolutionary biologist She could now return to India fully prepared to work with the birds here “It was life-changing” she affirms Farah says she is in this field of research in India at exactly the right time There is a lot of interest in diseases spreading in other species due to the H1N1 and Zika epidemic “I am lucky to have fantastic funding that also allows me to make my own decisions in my research I do more field work and don’t face restrictions on how I utilise the grant This is a really big deal considering these restrictions on funding are what I anticipated would be the biggest hurdle I would face” Farah is one of the few to receive the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance grant in the field of ecology; most other awardees are molecular and cell biologists Ageist policies widen the gender gap None of this is to say that her work has been free of difficulties Indian jungles where she studied birds are both physically challenging to navigate as well as politically tough to work in While Farah was driving through Naxalite areas in Bastar the government vehicle behind her was blown up because of a landmine There were instances where being a woman prevented her from befriending forest staff in interior India “If I had sat and had coffee with those men they would have started saying that I have a loose character whereas male ecologists could easily sit with them and learn more things” But Farah’s biggest challenge is stability in academia She is doing groundbreaking research in her field today but believes she has no job prospects in India “I am over 35 years old and despite the fact that I am working on something new unique and important I won’t be able to find a job outside of this lab” 35years is the upper age limit for prospective candidates for assistant professor posts in India as preferred by academic institutions While the age restriction is counter-productive to everyone in general (students complete their PhD in ecology on an average at age 34) it is especially detrimental to women since this is also the time most women want to have children Thus ageist academic policies manifest themselves as sexist too Farah has written about this in much depth here These rigid academic policies affect women disproportionately and there are immense scope and 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