These birds use song to keep their mates from straying

first_imgAbout 90% of bird species live in monogamous pairs, but that doesn’t mean they don’t fool around on the side. The females of most monogamous species breed with outside males at least occasionally. Male birds have evolved two main ways to combat such cuckoldry: They either aggressively drive away rival males, or they cement the pair bond by singing lovely duets with their partners. Which works better, making love or making war? Researchers working with the red-backed fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus), native to Australia, put the question to the test by conducting the experiment in the video above. The team mounted a taxidermically stuffed male fairywren on a branch (upper left) in a male-female pair’s territory and then observed what happened. In this case, the live male attacks its artificial rival once, but then spends most of the next minute duetting with its female partner (who is light gray and white). The researchers analyzed data from various trials involving up to 51 males, using parameters such as how long they delayed before attacking the artificial mount, how long before beginning a duet, and how many duets they sang with the females. These data were then correlated with genetic paternity tests of 186 offspring in the nests of the supposedly monogamous birds. Although the percentage of cuckoldry was high—47% of the offspring had been fathered by outside males—those males that quickly responded to the threat of a rival by repeatedly duetting with their partners were much more likely to be the fathers of the offspring in their nests, the team reports online today in Biology Letters. On the other hand, there was no correlation between how aggressive the males were to the artificial rival and the paternity rate, the researchers found.(Video credit: Daniel Baldassarre)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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West Bengal sports and transport minister Madan Mitra supporters launch campaign for his release

first_imgJailed West Bengal sports and transport minister Madan Mitra may have been behind bars for over eight months now, but there seems to be no end to his fan following outside. His followers put up numerous banners, life-size placards and festoon across all vital installations, including the newly built state secretariat building, and busy traffic intersections to mobilise public support in favour of Mitra’s bail plea. They demanded immediate release of the minister who has been behind the bars since December 2014.Now after an extensive banner campaign, as many as 100 local clubs in Kolkata have decided to elect Madan Mitra as president of their organisation, in a bid to mount pressure on the Mamata Banerjee-led Bengal government to demand his release. “The forum was floated to mobilise public support for Madan Mitra. He is behind the bars for past eight months. He is still a member of the state cabinet but the state government is playing no role to demand for his release. It shows their indifference to the issue,” said a Trinamool Congress source and a close confidant of Mitra.He said Mitra’s contribution to the Trinamool Congress was enormous, especially during the Nandigram – Singur movement and when the party had reduced to only one Lok Sabha seat in the 2004 general elections. “It is unfortunate that the party and the government is keeping mum on the issue and our leader, Madan Da, is rotting behind the bars. This forum is floated to mount pressure on them,” he said. The West Bengal minister was arrested in December last year by the CBI for his alleged role in the Saradha Group chit fund scam under charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and misappropriation of funds.advertisementlast_img read more

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Odisha CM orders probe into second T20 fiasco at Cuttack

first_imgBhubaneswar, Oct 6 (PTI) Expressing displeasure over the manner in which the organisers handled the second T20 cricket match between India and South Africa at Cuttack, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today ordered a probe into the incident by the home secretary. “The chief minister has asked the home secretary to probe into the matter leading to spectators throwing water bottles to playground. The home secretary is asked to submit his report within a month,” an official at the Chief Ministers Office said. Patnaik also warned both the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) functionaries and police to remain cautious to prevent recurrence of such incident leading to disruption of game at Barabati Stadium in future. The chief minister, who held a meeting to discuss the episode, wanted explanation from both the police and the OCA as under what circumstances water bottles were allowed into the spectators gallery. Patnaik convened an urgent meeting at the state secretariat attended by home secretary Asit Tripathy, DGP Sanjeev Marik, commissioner of police R P Sharma, sports secretary Saswat Mishra and Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Asirbad Behera. “We have apprised the chief minister about the circumstances under which water bottles were allowed to the spectators gallery. I should not comment outside more,” Behera said after the meeting. Asked what the chief minister suggested to the OCA, Behera said, “He asked us to maintain the name and fame of Barabati Stadium. The chief minister also cautioned that yesterdays incident should not be repeated.” Behera, however, refused to say that it was a wrong strategy to allow water bottles inside the spectators gallery even as OCA President Ranjib Biswal had admitted that officially providing water containers was a mistake on part of the organisers. “I cannot comment on what Biswal has said,” Behera said. DGP Sanjeev Marik, who also attended the meeting refused to comment on the issue. Commissioner of Police R P Sharma had yesterday blamed the OCA authorities for the fiasco as the police from the beginning was against allowing water bottles into the spectators gallery. PTI AAM SKN PR AH PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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India suffer 2-5 defeat to North Korea

first_imgAhmedabad: Listless in the first half, India fought back in the second session with a spirited display but still lost 2-5 against North Korea to suffer their second consecutive defeat in the Intercontinental Cup football tournament. Jong Il Gwan (8th and 29th minute), Sim Hyon Jin (16th), Ri Un Chol (63rd) and Ri Jin (90+2) scored for North Korea while Lallianzuala Chhangte (51st) and captain Sunil Chhetri (61st) reduced the margin for India. The loss put the home side on the verge of being sent out of reckoning for a berth in the final as they occupy the bottom of the points table. Tajikistan are in the top of the table with six points while Syria and North Korea have three points. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

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La Liga: Lionel Messi suffers injury in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Villarreal

first_img They arrived at Camp Nou with doubts hovering, particularly over Valverde, but delivered a far more convincing win than the scoreline suggested, thanks to early goals from Antoine Griezmann, his third of the season, and Arthur Melo. “We are still far from our best but with matches everything will improve,” said Griezmann. On his own adaptation at Barcelona, he added: “It’s different. A different style of football, a different position. I knew it was going to be a challenge and it would take time. “But I’m not too bad, right? Three goals. I can do better, yes, but I have to keep working.” Cazorla gives Villarreal hopeSanti Cazorla put Villarreal in touch on the stroke of half-time but in truth the visitors barely threatened thereafter, with Barcelona impressively composed when nerves might easily have taken over. It means Valverde’s side climb to fourth in the table, one point behind Real Madrid and level on points with Atletico Madrid, who both play on Wednesday. Villarreal’s encouraging start stalls a little as they drop to eighth. Granada, who backed up their shock win over Barca with a 1-1 draw at Real Valladolid, top the table, although both Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid can move three points above them when they play their games on Wednesday. Barcelona started well, with Griezmann heading in after just six minutes, darting to the near post to flick home Messi’s floated corner. The pair shared a celebratory hug too. Seven minutes later, there was a second and another goal almost from nothing. Arthur collected the ball 30 yards out and harpooned a shot straight past Sergio Asenjo and into the top right-hand corner. Messi, who won FIFA’s Men’s Player of the Year award on Monday, took treatment on the sideline just after the half-hour mark and Cazorla pulled one back soon after with a swerving effort from distance. The ball straightened as it flew, which fooled goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, on his way left towards the corner. Dembele replaced Messi and the 16-year-old Ansu Fati came on for Luis Suarez with 12 minutes left. Fati twice went close but shot over and then wide. A third for Barca looked more likely than an equaliser for Villarreal. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates La Liga weekly round-up: 16 years for Lionel Messi; David Villa to retire Barca leave it late to sneak past Leganes Madrid: Lionel Messi endured yet more injury frustration on Tuesday after going off at half-time against Villarreal but Barcelona gave their coach Ernesto Valverde some much-needed relief with a comfortable 2-1 victory. Messi received treatment in the first half for what looked like a problem with his left thigh and was then unable to continue after the interval, replaced by Ousmane Dembele. His withdrawal will be a major concern for Barca, particularly given this was Messi’s first start of the season after just recovering from a niggling calf injury sustained at the start of August. After the match, Valverde struck a note of calm. “When something happens to Messi, everyone stops, not only on the field, but in the stands as well,” he said. “It is a small problem in the adductor and as a precaution we have decided not to risk it. In theory, it is nothing more but we will see tomorrow how it is.” Barcelona visit Getafe in La Liga on Saturday before playing Inter Milan at home in the Champions League four days later. Certainly, they would have been eager to see Messi back in their line-up, having suffered a humbling 2-0 loss at newly-promoted Granada last weekend, a result that left them with seven points from five games, their worst start to a season since 1995.Related News Lionel Messi’s late penalty helps Argentina hold Uruguay 2-2last_img read more

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Watch: Sakshi Dhoni’s high-five, Bravo’s dance as CSK win third IPL title

first_imgChennai Super Kings thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in the final of 2018 India Premier League on Sunday to clinch their third title.The victory was special for various reasons for the franchise and its fans. CSK returned to the league this year after a gap of two years due to suspension. Besides that, its their first title win since 2011 after they lost in the finals in 2012, 2013 and 2015.A special victory deserved a special celebration and for occasions like this, West Indian Dwayne Bravo is your man.The 34-year-old led the celebrations during CSK’s bus ride from the stadium to their hotel. The all-rounder sang songs, showed off his dance moves as players were seen having a great time.The final victory also brought an end to MS Dhoni’s barren run of seven years without an IPL title. Apart from losing his last three finals with CSK, Dhoni was also part of the losing Rising Pune Supergiant Side in 2017.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSThe victory of course had a special meaning for Dhoni and his family and wife Sakshi Dhoni was ecstatic as Ambati Rayudu hit the winning runs. An elated Sakshi was seen high-fiving her friends in the stands after CSK’s win.Chennai are Super Kings. A fairytale comeback as @ChennaiIPL beat #SRH by 8 wickets to seal their third #VIVOIPL Trophy . This is their moment to cherish, a moment to savour. pic.twitter.com/ABMnOGiEkgIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 27, 2018While the elders were busy celebrating, Ziva and her buddies Gracia Raina and Hinaya Singh were seen running around the ground.advertisementLater Dhoni took to Instagram to post a picture of himself, Ziva and his wife Sakshi thanking people for supporting CSK and congratulating Shane Watson for his 117 not out that brought CSK’s victory.In the end of the post though, Dhoni added “Ziva doesnt care about the trophy, wants to run on the lawn.”Australian Shane Watson overcame a slow start on his way to an unbeaten 117 to guide the Chennai Super Kings to an eight-wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mumbai.Chasing 179 for victory, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai eased to the target with nine deliveries to spare to complete a fairytale comeback to the popular Twenty20 tournament.CSK players elated: Who said what after record third IPL titleChennai, easily the most consistent team in the tournament with four runner-up trophies, returned to the 11th edition having served a two-year ban along with the Rajasthan Royals following a spot-fixing and illegal betting scandal in 2013.Former India captain Dhoni won the toss and opted to field first and his bowlers never allowed the Hyderabad batsmen to score too freely.Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson top-scored for his side with a 47 off 36 balls while Yusuf Pathan scored a brisk unbeaten 45 off 25 deliveries to take Hyderabad to 178-6 in their 20 overs.The total appeared big enough when Chennai started their chase with retired Australian international Watson unable to score off the first 10 balls he faced.IPL 2018: Full list of prize winners including Orange Cap and Purple CapChennai were 20 for one after five overs and looking down the barrel when the burly opening batsman decided to open his arms.The 36-year-old peppered all corners of the stadium overlooking the Arabian Sea with powerfully-hit boundaries and ended up with 11 fours and eight sixes in his 57-ball knock.Watson added 117 for the second wicket with Suresh Raina, who scored 32, and picked up a single off teenaged Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan to complete his hundred, his second of the season.Rashid, 19, was the biggest threat to Chennai’s chase having single-handedly dismantled the Kolkata Knight Riders in Friday’s playoffs with an all-round show. But Chennai kept him wicketless in his four overs while scoring 25.Chennai had finished behind table-toppers Hyderabad in the group stage but defeated them in the playoffs at the same venue on Tuesday. They picked up their third IPL trophy after a gap of seven years.last_img read more

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Matuidi: PSG target Buffon is extraordinary

first_imgTransfers Matuidi pays tribute to ‘extraordinary’ Buffon amid PSG transfer talk Ryan Conway 22:24 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Buffon Juventus Verona Serie A Transfers PSG Juventus Serie A Ligue 1 The Juventus legend has been saluted by a team-mate in Turin, but has been warned he will not be guaranteed first-team football at Parc des Princes Blaise Matuidi has wished Gianluigi Buffon the very best of luck with his new club but warned the veteran he may not be first choice should he choose Paris Saint-Germain .Buffon is searching for a new club for the first time in 17 years after confirming he will leave Juventus when his contract expires next month.Ligue 1 champions PSG have been heavily linked with the Italy legend, with Goal revealing that terms have been tabled and his agent Silvano Martina talking up a switch . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Former PSG midfielder and current Juve midfielder Matuidi paid tribute to the shot-stopper and wishes him luck wherever he ends up.”Gigi is an extraordinary guy who has already made a great career. I wish him all the best in Paris or elsewhere,” told reporters.Matuidi did highlight, however, that PSG may not need Buffon as they already have a solid number one in Alphonse Areola.He added: “In Paris there is another great goalkeeper called Areola. It will be up to Gigi and the club to make the decision.”last_img read more

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XFL Team Executive Has Brutally Honest Comment On Johnny Manziel

first_imgcfl quarterback johnny manziel on the sidelineHAMILTON, ON – MAY 28: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats takes part in a preseason practice session at Ron Joyce Stadium on May 28, 2018 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)The XFL is set to get back underway in 2020, and while many have predicted that Johnny Manziel could be a nice fit in the league, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen – with one team, anyway.Daryl Johnston, the former Cowboys star and the director of player personnel for Dallas’ XFL team, said he will not be signing the former Heisman Trophy winner.“I passed on him in San Antonio and I’d pass on him again here,” said Johnston, referencing his time with the Alliance of American Football league, according to the Dallas Morning News.“For me the chemistry in the locker room is critical, and especially the quarterback position. He kind of sets the tone, especially for the offensive side of the ball, but really for the whole team. There is so much added responsibility that goes with the face, goes with the voice of the franchise. And I haven’t seen that from Johnny on a consistent basis that I would feel comfortable committing to him.” Manziel, 26, seems like a natural fit for the XFL – from a personality standpoint, at least.However, the league – led by Andrew Luck’s father, Oliver – appears to be on a more serious track than the last time around.Manziel could get interest from another team, of course. He addressed the possibility in a recent Reddit AMA.“Every football opportunity is a possibility,” he said.last_img read more

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Canadian officials meet with detainee Michael Spavor in China for second time

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian officials visited today with detained entrepreneur Michael Spavor, their second meeting since he was arrested in China last month for allegedly endangering national security.Global Affairs Canada says diplomats are providing services to Spavor and his family, and will seek further access to him.The department says it is also trying to arrange another meeting with Michael Kovrig, a diplomat on leave from Global Affairs, who was similarly arrested by the Chinese on national security grounds and has met just once with Canadian diplomats.The detention of Spavor and Kovrig came shortly after Canadian authorities in Vancouver arrested Meng Wanzhou, a senior executive with Chinese firm Huawei Technologies, who is wanted by the U.S. on fraud charges.Global Affairs says it remains deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention of the two men and reiterates a call for their immediate release.The department also says Canada appreciates international support of the pair and for the rule of law, including from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the European Union, the United States and Australia.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Allegations forces suspension of free meals project

Unsubstantiated allegations made by an opposition Parliamentarian has forced the suspension of a free meals project.The Janaposha Foundation issuing a statement today announced the suspension of its free meals project with immediate effect. Lokuge has, however, since said that he never made such a comment to the media.The Janaposha Foundation said that it has been brought to the notice of the foundation that their noble intention of serving the poor and destitute has been misconstrued. The former Minister’s comment was seen as attempting to promote hate against the organisation. Since its inception, the Janaposha Foundation understood that visitors to the country’s main General Hospitalwere already burdened with a sense of helplessness;a majority travel from far corners of the country seeking healing or visiting sick family members, their sense of despair heightens as many stay hungry to save money or simply because they do not have time to look after themselves or know where to go for a simple meal. “With a sense of responsibility and given the tenuous circumstances, the Foundation is left with no choice but with a heavy heart and a grave sense of despair, forced to suspend operations immediately at the General Hospital, Kalubowila Teaching Hospital and the Maharagama Cancer Hospital,” the statement said.The Foundation is also mindful of its responsibility towards the safety and security of its diverse employees who unstintingly worked together dedicating themselves towards this worthy cause. The suspension of the Foundation’s services will ensure itsstaff is not endangered in anyway should acts of communal violence be directed towards them.Unknown to many, since 2012, the Janaposha initiative has silently been serving the poor and underprivileged communities of our country. As a truly Sri Lankan organisation, the Foundation has served all those who have walked through its doors. With a firm belief that they should not go hungry, the Foundation initially began operations near the General Hospital Colombo, regardless of cast or creed, untiringly providing free warm wholesome meals to all who visitedits center.With the realisation that many of the underprivileged visiting the Teaching Hospital Kalubowila and the Cancer Hospital Maharagamaalso facedsimilar dire situations, a daily struggle for food, the Foundation extended its services to these locations in 2016 and 2017 respectively.To-datethe Janaposha Foundation has annually served overhalf a million people irrespective of caste, race and religion who availed themselves of free food. (Colombo Gazette) Parliamentarian Gamini Lokuge was quoted in the media as raising concerns over the free meals project. read more

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Dress up for grad Its elementary

Before students get to high school and start looking forward to prom, they spend their elementary years looking forward to their Grade 8 graduation.Teeterville Public School and Bloomsburg Public School both celebrated their graduations on Tuesday night.Lori Rogers, principal at Bloomsburg, has participated in about three-dozen Grade 8 graduations.“It’s bigger than I think people are aware; it really is a big deal,” said Rogers. “When I think of my own son and that age group, when they graduated that was when I really started to notice how much more they got dressed up, the dresses became fancier, the suits and everything.”Teeterville’s principal, Ian Summers, has been part of 14 Grade 8 graduations.Summers said that getting dressed up has always been the tradition.“Things seem more important when people are dressed up,” said Summers. “I think, for them, it’s their night, it’s their first time they’re being celebrated.”While graduation is a celebration, it’s also marking the end of an era.“I think it’s their way of saying goodbye to elementary. They’re realizing the safety and security of elementary is done,” said Rogers.The principals agreed that the celebration is a way for students to formally saying goodbye to their elementary school years and to some of the friends they have made along the way.Rogers said that the students are about evenly divided between going to Simcoe Composite School and Waterford District High School, with a few going to Holy Trinity Catholic High School.“For Teeterville, we’re in a dividing zone between several high schools, so it’s a last hurrah for those friendships they’ve built in elementary school,” said Summers. “I think they all know deep down that when they go off to high school they’re going to meet new people and start new friendships.”astaylor@postmedia.com read more

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Online bargain hunters buy even if they think it may be a

first_imgPopular categories targeted by online fraudsters include items for sale, vehicles, jobs, services and property. The desire to grab what looks like a cheap deal often overrides people’s instincts when shopping online, according to the survey.The report, from trading website Gumtree, found that the top reasons people fell victim to scams included that something was perceived to be a good deal, while one in five were willing to take the risk because they really wanted something.In some cases, a fraudster appearing to be kind and trustworthy – for example, offering to travel to the victim’s home to make a transaction – lulled them into a false sense of security.Items subject to scams tended to be slightly cheaper than others available for sale, but not so keenly priced as to arouse suspicion – making victims think they had spotted a good deal. While 17 per cent of those scammed said they thought they were getting a bargain, the same proportion also said they thought the advert was convincing.Victims of scams in Gumtree’s research said they had learned to physically see and test items out before making a purchase and avoid websites where they have had a bad experience.They also said they would look for guarantees when making payments and pay more attention to consumer reviews and seller ratings.The report included research among 2,000 people from across the UK and a further 1,000 scam victims. Online shoppers are so desperate to bag a bargain that they will go ahead with a purchase even if they think it may be a scam, a study has found. More than a third of scam victims questioned in a survey said even if they thought an advert may be a fraud, they still went ahead. The research also found that more than a quarter of Britons have been the victim of an online marketplace scam, losing £63.76 on average in each incident. Researchers found one in five were willing to take the risk because they really wanted something.Credit:Denys Prykhodov The embarrassment factor meant that, after being scammed, one in six victims did not tell anyone.Morten Heuing, general manager at Gumtree, said the research showed “users of online marketplaces can be lulled into a false sense of security”. “Whilst millions of people use these websites safely and successfully, the reality is that fraudsters are out there exploiting honest users,” he added. Researchers also showed eight adverts to people and asked them to identify the scams. Only 7 per cent correctly identified all the bogus adverts – while 93 per cent of people could not spot all the scams.Those who spotted fake adverts said giveaway signs included spelling mistakes, pictures looking “dodgy”, a lack of detail and factual errors in the description.The findings from the Psychology of Scamming report coincide with Scams Awareness Month, which sees Citizens Advice and Trading Standards Services leading activities throughout the month of July.Gumtree said it is working with various organisations to tackle online fraud and help keep people safe. Scam victims were also asked what tactics had been used against them.More than a quarter (27 per cent) had been put under pressure to complete the transaction quickly, 17 per cent had been encouraged to pay for the item without seeing it first and 15 per cent had been persuaded to continue their discussion off the website they were using. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Researchers found one in five were willing to take the risk because they really wanted something.last_img read more

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John Cassavetes the screens smoldering hero

first_imgThe dashing John Cassavetes was one of the most radical innovators in modern American cinema. From his earliest film, Shadows (1959), until his death in 1989, Cassavetes established a powerful anti-mainstream cinematic tradition, which antagonised the dominant Hollywood establishment on many occasions. Dr Vrasidas Karalis from the University of Sydney will be speaking about John Cassavetes and the outsider as cultural hero, exploring the biography and career of the obscure Greek-American who took risks with his art and defined the parameters of cinematic experience. The talk will be held on Wednesday 23 May at 7.00 PM at the Customs House, 31 Alfred St, Circular Quay. For more information contact 02 9750 0440 or email greekfestival2@goc.com.au. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Best Gifts for the Space Fan on Your List

first_imgSparko Sweets Galaxy Lollipops: 10-Pack – $22See Deal Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Space Art Posters – $19.95See Deal AstroReality Mars Classic & AR Notebook Bundle – $69See Deal AstroReality Pluto Classic AR ModelMSRP: $69.00   | Sale Price: $59.99   | Use code MERRY15 to save another 15 percentNow anyone can hold the former planet Pluto in the palm of their hands. The AstroReality Pluto Classic AR Model is an exact replica of our solar system’s most famous non-planet, right down to the terrain and landmarks. And, with the companion app, you can use AR technology to take your exploration even further. Shopping for someone who wishes they could move to Mars with Elon Musk? Satisfy their appetite for adventure with these unique space-themed gifts, each reduced in price by as much as 30 percent. Plus, use the code MERRY15 at check-out to receive an even further discount of 15 percent.Levimoon: The World’s First Levitating Moon LightMSRP: $289.00   | Sale Price: $199.99   | Save 30% plus an extra 15% with code MERRY15Designed to look just like a miniaturized version of our own Moon, the Levimoon floats over its base and rotates while illuminating your space. It makes a great mood or night light, you can adjust the brightness, and it can operate 24/7 while it recharges wirelessly. AstroReality Mars Classic & AR Notebook BundleMSRP: $88.99   | Sale Price: $69   | Use code MERRY15 to receive a further discount of 15%The AstroReality Mars Classic and AR Notebook Bundle makes the perfect gift for anyone who is interested in learning about the red planet. Printed in stunning detail, the Mars Classic looks and feels just like our celestial next door neighbor. It comes with a handy notebook and a companion app that let you take your learning to the next level.center_img AstroReality Pluto Classic AR Model – $59.99See Deal Space Art PostersMSRP: $21.95   | Sale Price: $19.95   | Use code MERRY15 to save an additional 15 percentTurn your living room into an observatory with this 3D space art poster of the Andromeda galaxy. Printed on a 13” x 19” sheet of high quality photo paper, this large poster will surely be a conversation starter. The print comes unframed and includes a set of 3D glasses. Stay on target Levimoon: The World’s First Levitating Moon Light – $199.99See Deal Sparko Sweets Galaxy Lollipops: 10-PackMSRP: $24.85  | Sale Price: $22   | Receive a further 15% discount with code MERRY15Galaxy Lollipops might just be the most unique candy that you can buy today. Each hand-crafted pop is modelled after a different planet in our solar system — and yes, this also includes Pluto. They come in a range of flavors, they’re made in the USA, and they come in a special gift box.last_img read more

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Neville Fabinho is a top player

first_imgGary Neville has no more doubts over Fabinho’s credentials as a “top player” following his performance for Liverpool against Manchester United last weekFollowing his £39m transfer from AS Monaco in the summer, Fabinho struggled to break into the Liverpool team and was left out of their opening eight Premier League games.But recently the Brazilian midfielder has begun to demonstrate his true potential with impressive performances against United last week and Wolves on Friday.Despite having initial doubts over whether Fabinho would be able to cope with Premier League football, United great Neville has made a u-turn.“He got a little bit of criticism a few games ago, against Arsenal, when he didn’t do too well and I had wondered whether he would adapt to the pace,” Neville told Sky Sports, via Daily Mirror.“But last week against Manchester United he was fantastic.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“What I liked about him was sometimes you see a defensive midfield player and they play horizontally, the shuffle across horizontally, they pass horizontally.“He actually moved up the pitch. He was up in the game, backing up at the edge of the box. His pass for the first goal was absolutely fantastic, cut United open.“Last week was the first time I saw him put in a performance where I thought ‘this looks like a top player’.“Obviously we know he’s top player but you just think is he going to settle into this Liverpool team?“It looked like a slow start but now it looks he’s delivering what Jurgen Klopp wanted him to.”Fabinho provided Mohamed Salah with an assist for Liverpool’s opening goal of the game in their 2-0 win against Wolves with Virgil van Dijk scoring the other.last_img read more

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2017 GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends Who Performed

first_img Shirley Caesar Receives Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” Set List 2017-grammy-salute-music-legends-who-performed Andra Day Praises “Incredible” Nina Simone Anthem Shirley Caesar Receives Lifetime Achievement Award John Cale On Lou Reed, Velvet Underground NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 12, 2017 – 5:07 pm Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson Honor Sly Stone Facebook The exciting two-hour program centered around the presentation of this year’s Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Awards to honorees Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, and the Velvet Underground, as well as the presentation of the Technical GRAMMY Award to audio inventor Alan Dower Blumlein, and Recording Academy Trustee Awards to producer/arranger/songwriter Thom Bell; record executive Mo Ostin; and recording executive, A&R man and music publisher Ralph S. Peer.Along with never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees’ contributions to the music industry and its cultural heritage, the star-studded event featured performances by GRAMMY winners Kirk Franklin, Randy Newman, Le’Andria Johnson, Dionne Warwick, Dwight Yoakam, and Living Colour founder/guitarist Vernon Reid; GRAMMY nominees Andra Day, Neal McCoy, Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson, Russell Thompkins Jr. of the Stylistics, and Catherine Russell.Here’s a recap of the full lineup of performances:(Note: performers are listed in parentheses)Thom Bell•    “You Make Me Feel Brand New” (Russell Thompkins Jr.)•    “Then Came You” (Dionne Warwick)Ahmad Jamal•    “But Not For Me”/”Ahmad’s Blues”/”Poinciana” (Stanley Cowell) Honoring Thom Bell’s Musical Prowess Sly Stone•    “I Want To Take You Higher”/”Everybody Is A Star”/”Sex Machine”/ “Dance To The Music” (Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson, Vernon Reid)Also honored at the event was Keith Hancock, this year’s recipient of the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum’s Music Educator Award. More “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” Russell Thompkins Jr. On Thom Bell’s Impact 2017 “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends”: Who Performed? Ralph S. Peer•    “Crazy Blues” (Catherine Russell)•    “The Great Pretender” (Russell Thompkins Jr.)•    “Georgia On My Mind” (Andra Day)The Velvet Underground•    “I’m Waiting For The Man”/”Sunday Morning” (John Cale Band with Maureen “Moe” Tucker)Shirley Caesar•    Medley: “You Name It”/ “It’s Alright, It’s OK”/”You’re Next In Line For A Miracle”/ “Satan, We’re Going To Tear Your Kingdom Down” (Kirk Franklin with Le’Andria Johnson)•    “Caught Up”/”Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name” (Shirley Caesar)Mo Ostin•    “A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country”/”I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” (Randy Newman)Charley Pride•    “Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone” (Neal McCoy)•    “Kiss An Angel Good Morning” (Charley Pride) Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson Honor Sly Stone John Cale On Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Andra Day Praises “Incredible” Nina Simone Anthem Read more Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson Honor Sly Stone From Andra Day and Sly Stone to Charley Pride and Shirley Caesar, here’s your exclusive viewer’s guide to the televised Recording Academy presentation on Friday, Oct. 13 on PBSNate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 13, 2017 – 11:00 pm The second annual “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” aired Friday, Oct. 13 on PBS.  Russell Thompkins Jr. On Thom Bell’s Impactcenter_img Email Keith Hancock On Funding The Arts, Music Mentors Kirk Franklin Praises Shirley Caesar Twitter News Kirk Franklin Praises Shirley Caesar Honoring Thom Bell’s Musical Prowess Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson Honor Sly Stone Keith Hancock On Funding The Arts, Music Mentors Keith Hancock On Funding The Arts, Music Mentors  Nina Simone•    “Mississippi Goddam” (Andra Day)Jimmie Rodgers•    “Hobo Bill’s Last Ride”/”Mule Skinner Blues”/”T For Texas” (Dwight Yoakam) John Cale On Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Kirk Franklin Praises Shirley Caesar NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 11, 2017 – 4:53 pm Kirk Franklin Praises Shirley Caesar Shirley Caesar Receives Lifetime Achievement Award Andra Day Praises “Incredible” Nina Simone Anthem Prev Next Honoring Thom Bell’s Musical Prowess Russell Thompkins Jr. On Thom Bell’s Impactlast_img read more

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Wanaparthy Minister Singireddy bereaved

first_imgWanaparthy: Agriculture Minister Singireddy Niranjan Reddy’s mother Singireddy Tarakamma (105) died on Monday at their residence in Wanaparthy. Tarakamma, who was suffering from a brief illness, breathed her last on Wednesday early morning. Education Minister Jagadish Reddy, Telugu Desam Party national politburo member Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy, MLC Kasireddy Narayanreddy, Principal Secretary, Agriculture department Parthasarathi, Wanaparthy Collector Swetha Mahanty, Superintendent of Police Apoorva Rao and others visited the Minister’s residence and offered floral tributes.Later, at around 3 pm, the funeral procession was taken out and she was cremated in the farmlands owned by the family. Several local public representatives and others consoled the bereaved Minister.last_img read more

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Comcast outbids Fox by acquiring Sky for 40 million in dramatic auction

first_imgComcast beat Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox in the battle for Sky on Saturday after offering 30.6 billion pounds ($40 billion) in a dramatic auction to decide the fate of the pay-television group.The U.S. cable giant bid 17.28 pounds a share for control of London-listed Sky, bettering a 15.67 pounds-a-share offer by Fox, Britain’s Takeover Panel said. The NBC logo and Comcast are displayed on 30 Rockefeller Plaza, formerly known as the GE building, in midtown Manhattan in New York July 23, 2015.REUTERS/Brendan McDermidBuying Sky will make Philadelphia-based Comcast, which owns the NBC network and Universal Pictures, the world’s largest pay-TV operator with around 52 million customers.Chairman and chief executive Brian Roberts has had his eye on Sky as a way to help counter declines in subscribers for traditional cable TV in its core U.S. market as viewers switch to video-on-demand services like Netflix and Amazon.”This is a great day for Comcast,” he said. “This acquisition will allow us to quickly, efficiently and meaningfully increase our customer base and expand internationally.”Comcast’s knock-out offer thwarted Murdoch’s long-held ambition to win control of Sky and is also a setback for U.S. entertainment giant Walt Disney which would have likely been its ultimate owner.Disney has agreed a separate $71 billion deal to buy most of Fox’s film and TV assets, including its existing 39 percent stake in Sky, and would have taken full ownership after a successful Fox takeover.Comcast’s final offer was a jump on its bid going into the auction of 14.75 pounds and compares with Sky’s closing price of 15.85 pounds on Friday.Comcast believed it needed to deliver a knock-out blow given that Fox’s existing stake in Sky gave it a chance of victory if it was a close second to Comcast, two sources said.Its final offer – more than double Sky’s share price before Fox made its approach in December 2016 – quickly won the backing of Sky’s independent directors on Saturday.”We are recommending it as it represents materially superior value,” said Martin Gilbert, chairman of Sky’s independent committee. “We are focused on drawing this process to a successful and swift close and therefore urge shareholders to accept the recommended Comcast offer.”Fox noted the recommendation, saying it was considering options for its 39 percent stake and would make another announcement in due course.”Sky is a remarkable story and we are proud to have played such a significant role in building the incredible value reflected today in Comcast’s offer,” Fox said.Fox’s holding, which Comcast’s offer values at more than $15 billion, stems from Murdoch’s role in the creation of the company nearly three decades ago.His younger son James was pivotal in building Sky into Europe’s leading pay-TV operator as its former chief executive and current chairman.Comcast, which requires 50 percent plus one share of Sky’s equity to win control, said it was also seeking to buy Sky shares in the market.HUGE PRICEOne fund manager who holds Sky shares said nobody could complain about the Comcast price.”The question now is if Fox actually sells out and if not can Comcast get to 50 percent,” he said.One banker involved in the auction said: “Did Comcast pay a lot more than they needed to?”Sources familiar with the matter said Fox, Disney, and Comcast had not been in discussions about the 39 percent stake.The auction was a dramatic climax to a transatlantic bidding battle waged since February when Comcast gate-crashed Fox’s takeover of Sky.It is a blow to 87-year-old Murdoch, who tried to buy Sky eight years ago only for the bid to collapse in the fallout from a phone-hacking scandal at his British newspaper business.Some politicians have opposed a deal, citing concerns about the influence Murdoch would wield over the UK’s news agenda.Fox made a string of concessions to assuage those worries and land a company that serves 23 million households in Britain, Ireland, Germany, Austria, and Italy.Sky’s chief executive Jeremy Darroch said Comcast’s victory was the beginning of a new chapter. “Sky has never stood still, and with Comcast, our momentum will only increase,” he said. 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