One militant killed on LoC in Baramulla

first_imgThe Army on Sunday killed a militant on the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla, just a day after three militants were killed near the LoC in Kupwara.The Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Lt. Col. Rajesh Kalia said the infiltration bid was foiled at Kasturi Naar in Baramulla. The identity of the slain militant could not be ascertained immediately, a police official said.The police on Saturday night arrested around 10 youth at Sopore in Baramulla. “The arrested were involved in protests and stone-throwing incidents,” the police said. The arrests were made during a search operation launched in the night.last_img

Modi the only hope for crisis-ridden American Embassy School in Delhi

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra ModiThe American Embassy School (AES) in New Delhi’s plush diplomatic enclave is deep in crisis after nearly 40 teachers quit as a fallout of last year’s India-US diplomatic row.The staff is hoping that with a new Indian government in place, matters would mend soon.The school, one of the most elitist and expensive in the capital, is in the throes of a crisis after 40 teachers quit since March this year and more than a dozen were forced to return to the US to renew their visas, knowledgeable sources said.”Over 40 teachers have left since March this year,” a source told IANS, not wishing to be named being not authorised to speak on these sensitive issues.”While we do have teachers leaving regularly as their stay in India ends, this is unprecedented. We’ve never faced such a situation before,” said the source.”We are all hoping that with the Modi government coming in, things will now get better and the crisis in the school will be over,” the source added.American Embassy School, New DelhiThe Obama administration is sending Nisha Desai Biswal, its point person for South and Central Asia, to India next week to hold talks with the new government on bilateral and regional issues. The upcoming Biswal visit has also led to hopes that the AES crisis would soon be a thing of the past.The teachers were forced to leave as a result of India tightening the screws on visa and tax laws in a tit-for-tat measure in a fallout of the India-US diplomatic spat over the arrest and strip-search in New York of diplomat Devyani Khobragade on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her nanny last year.advertisementBefore the diplomatic row, spouses of many American diplomatic officials – as well as Indian diplomats – would join the AES faculty as teachers.They would not mention in their visa that they were working at the school, thereby avoiding paying tax.The spouses of many US teachers hired by the AES would also end up as teachers without mentioning it in their visas.This wink-and-nod agreement that had been going on for decades came apart in the wake of the Khobragade affair when India insisted on being given the full details of the US employees at the school and the taxes filed.Besides the 40 teachers who have left, around 15 teachers were forced to return to the US to renew their visas.”Earlier, the visas would get renewed here. But since March, 15 teachers have had to go back to the US to get their visas stamped,” the source added.The school, which has a sprawling 13-acre campus adjacent to the US Embassy, has 1,450 students mainly from the diplomatic community as well as the children of corporate leaders. It has a swimming pool, tennis courts and soccer pitches besides vast athletic fields.The school fees were raised by 24 percent this year. The fees are steep – ranging from $24,200 a year for Grade 5 (Elementary School) to $27,300 for Grade 8 (Middle School) to $28,700 for Grade 12 (Senior School).”Things are definitely not like they were before. It has been very traumatic for the school,” another source added.”The school has a wonderful engaging atmosphere. Now there is a feeling of underlying stress,” the source added.Its staff strength is 180 presently. The school hires Americans to teach.”They are internationally hired teachers, which means they are foreign nationals (not Indian),” added a source.There are two-three Indian teachers who have been around for many years and teach specialised subjects.The top administration staff is American while the support staff is Indian.While the US staff get paid handsomely, the Indian staff, including the clerks, the drivers and others are paid “what they would get in any other good Indian firm”.”The salaries that Indians get at the school is not high. But what makes a difference is the working atmosphere. It is really a good place to work in. The weekend offs and the month-long vacation the staff are entitled to are also attractive,” another source added.Besides the school, the American community club has also been badly affected.The embassy was told in January to shut all commercial activities being undertaken from inside the premises.Several commercial activities are undertaken under the aegis of the American Community Support Association (ACSA). These include a restaurant/bar, video club, bowling alley, swimming pool, sports facility and field, beauty parlour and gym.”The club has been badly hit. All the American Embassy School teachers would use the club. Now they are not allowed to do so,” said a source.advertisementNon-American diplomats are also barred from using the premises and the supply of cheap liquor is now a thing of the past, say diplomatic sources.last_img read more

Bharathi filed the petition seeking to quash the

first_imgnotification issued by EC with regard to polling in Aravakkurichi and Thanjavur assembly segments and consequently conduct the election on May 23 itself. Earlier, senior advocate R Shanmugasundaram, appearing for Bharathi, argued that two relevant factors had not been considered by EC while deciding to further defer polling to June 13. He said Ramzan fasting by Muslims would commence on June 6 and continue till July 5 and during the period women in the community would not venture out for other purposes. Aravakurichi has about 20 per cent Muslim population, he said. Secondly, the biennial elections for six vacant Rajya Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu have already been announced and nominations are to be filed from May 24. The last date for filing nomination is May 31, Shanmugasundaram said, adding the two MLAs from Aravakurichi and Thanjavur would lose their valuable right to participate in the Rajya Sabha polls unless they are elected before the polling date. In his petition, Bharathi had submitted that the decision of EC was arbitrary and raised grave suspicion in peoples mind as no political party or general public had been consulted while deciding June 13 as the new polling date. Also, the date of counting has not been announced, he said, pointing out that EC had said it would be decided later. He said DMK had already sent a representation to EC raising “strong objection to the inconsistent and arbitrary decisions” taken by the Commission without consulting political parties that had fielded candidates. PTI COR BN PALlast_img read more

Thieves steal 500,000 euros from Olympiakos basketball team offices

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tokyo Games: Union wants venue inspection, worker interviews FILE – Olympiakos Piraeus fans celebrate with players after their win over Barcelona during their play off Euroleague basketball match at the Peace and Friendship stadium in Piraeus district of Athens on April 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Louisa Gouliamaki (Photo by LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP)The Olympiakos basketball team on Tuesday said that 500,000 euros ($546,850) have been stolen from their offices at their stadium in Piraeus.“We have complete confidence in the Greek police to clear up the case,” the club said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Media reports said during the past weekend, while the offices at the Peace and Friendship Stadium were closed, burglars broke into the premises and opened the safe, seizing the money.The initial police investigation reportedly did not reveal any evidence, indicating the perpetrators were professionals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Material from security cameras within the stadium is being looked into. LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service PLAY LIST 02:27Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View commentslast_img read more

Keysight: test software platform integrates simulation, design and test workflows

first_imgKeysight Technologies unveiled the PathWave software platform that integrates design, test, measurement and analysis.  As a result, PathWave enables customers to accelerate innovation and product development from concept through manufacturing and deployment. The software platform provides customers with flexible and immediate access to the design and test tools they need, when they need them. The interoperability of the design and test tools and advanced data management significantly speeds the product development cycle, eliminating the need to re-create individual measurements and test plans at each discrete stage of the process.PathWave is an open, scalable, and predictive software platform that integrates hardware and software at every stage in the product development workflow. It combines design software, instrument control, and application-specific test software in an open development environment allowing users to create high-performance solutions fast.PathWave offers a set of integrated software products for the entire design, test and verification workflow. These products are connected, interoperable, and rapidly reconfigurable, delivering the industry’s most efficient workflow that enables customers to allocate the right computing resources where and when needed, evaluate collected data to optimize workflow, ensure new hardware and software works with existing hardware to maximize ROI, predict bottlenecks and rapidly correct to ensure efficient workflow process, review project status from anywhere to maintain completion commitments.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous COMSOL: 500 papers and posters on multiphysics simulation online availableNext dSPACE extends SCALEXIO product line with DS6001 processor boardlast_img read more

Industry Bodies Unite to Tackle Shippings CO2 Emissions

first_imgzoom Four major international trade associations have made a joint proposal to the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) concerning ambitious CO2 reductions by the international shipping sector.In a detailed submission, BIMCO, INTERCARGO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and INTERTANKO proposed that IMO Member States should immediately adopt two “aspirational objectives” on behalf of the international shipping sector.These include maintaining international shipping’s annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels, and reducing CO2 emissions per tonne of cargo transported one kilometre, as an average across international shipping, by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008.In addition, the industry associations have suggested that IMO “should give consideration to another possible objective of reducing international shipping’s total annual CO2 emissions,” by an agreed percentage by 2050 compared to 2008, as a point on a continuing trajectory of further CO2 emissions reduction.The shipping sector, which is responsible for transporting about 90% of global trade, accounts for 2.2% of the world’s annual man-made CO2 emissions.The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee will meet in London this July to begin the development of a strategy for the reduction of the sector’s CO2 emissions aligning the international shipping sector response to the 2015 Paris Agreement’s call for ambitious contributions to combat climate change.last_img read more

Government Improves PostSecondary Supports for Vulnerable Nova Scotians

first_imgEnhancements to two government programs announced today, Oct. 27, will break down barriers and help more vulnerable Nova Scotians to continue and complete their education after high school. “Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and finding employment,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. “Our programs help those on Income Assistance access post-secondary education, but barriers remain. Clients have told us they can’t attend classes without things like child care, transportation, books or Internet access. They also can’t afford education for their children. These enhancements will help to eliminate those barriers.” The Career Seek Program provides eligible clients, who are financing their own education, with ongoing shelter and personal allowances while they attend a post-secondary program. The program’s financial supports are expanding to include one year of tuition, all student fees and all book costs, as well as an expansion of personal allowances to include child care and transportation, student fees, Internet access, and incidentals to help with integration into campus life. The Educate to Work Program allows eligible clients to stay on Income Assistance and pays tuition and textbook costs for programs at the Nova Scotia Community College or a private career college. The program has been expanded to include some financial supports for eligible dependents of clients. Eligible dependents will receive funding for half the cost of tuition and full funding for text books, student fees, and health and dental insurance for core Nova Scotia community college programs. Research shows that people with post-secondary education get better jobs and higher lifelong earnings. The department has also launched a pilot project with Phoenix Youth Program to support 10 at-risk youth in post-secondary programming. These youth will already be supported by Phoenix programs – half will also be Income Assistance clients and half will be youth that are not otherwise attached to the department, but may be at risk of attaching. “Now college can be a reality for anyone in the Phoenix Program who dreams big,” said Melanie Sturk, the program’s acting executive director. “The Department of Community Services listened to the needs of Phoenix. Making Educate to Work funding more accessible for up to 10 youth is a game changer and will help open the door to their post-secondary education.” The changes are part of the department’s overall transformation process, and are effective immediately. They will be funded within the department’s existing budget with some eligible costs covered by federal funding under the Labour Market Development Agreement. Enhancements have also been announced for Labour and Advanced Education’s Skills Development Program which helps many eligible Nova Scotians return to the classroom. Participants can now receive up to an additional $100 a week for living expenses and $100 per week for care for each child or dependent, up from $100 per week, per family. If you are a dependent and are interested in the Educate to Work program, please call 1-844-424-3720.last_img read more

Parl approves bill to give NIA more teeth

first_imgNew Delhi: Parliament Wednesday approved a bill to enable the National Investigation Agency to probe terror attacks on Indians and Indian properties abroad, with Home Minister Amit Shah assuring the Rajya Sabha that the legislation will not be misused. Shah defended the government for not filing an appeal against the acquittal of all four accused, including the radical right-wing’s Swami Aseemanand, in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blastscase. He said the four were charge-sheeted by the previous Congress government without proof. Replying to the debate on the NIA (Amendment) Bill, he attacked the Congress for questioning the efficiency of NIA, saying 184 terror accused have been convicted since the BJP government came to power in 2014. P5last_img

Manitoba mom searching for her son 40 years after he was taken

first_imgShaneen Robinson-DesjarlaisAPTN NewsLynn Paul, a Manitoba mother is searching for her son who taken away nearly 40 years ago. She said she was just a child herself when she was forced to give up her firstborn.“I wouldn’t have been the best parent at fourteen,” she said. “I didn’t have the skills to do it. I was still very much a little girl looking back”.Now she’s taking to social media in hopes of reconnecting with the son she named Robert Michael Paul.He was born at Winnipeg’s Misericordia Hospital on July 8th, 1979.Paul said she remembers the day clearly.“By 1:20 in the morning I had this big baby boy laying on my belly and his eyes were wide open. And just…I fell in love.”She said was able to spend three days with the baby as she recovered.One of the nurses warned her not to get too attached.“I didn’t listen to them,” she said. “I wanted to hold him, I wanted to snuggle him. I wanted to love him for as much as I could.”Even after she was discharged Paul said she needed to see her son one last time.“I snuck into the hospital when he was ten days old and I could see him inside that nursery window,” she said.She doesn’t know where he ended up after that day.“I’m hoping with all my heart that he had wonderful parents”.Paul’s mother thought it was best to withhold their heritage on the adoption paperwork.Paul is of Cree, Ojibway and Métis descent, but on the submitted birth information, the boy was listed as Welsh.“I can see where my mom would want me to say that because it wasn’t a very…it wasn’t popular in 1979 to say you’re Indian.”Paul said she’s thought a lot about her son over the years.“At the beach, or at the zoo who would be about the same age as the child that I gave up…I would wonder, is that you? Is that you my boy?”Both her legal name at the time, Lynn Denise Thomas and her current name, Lynn Denise Paul were on the adoption records.Because it was a closed process, Paul doesn’t know who adopted her son.She’s joined a Facebook group that has more than 6,000 members made up of adoptees and birth families in search of each other.For now, she said she will be patient with the reconnection and hopes her long-lost son will reach out and try to find her.“I’m hoping that he’ll be accepting of me and of his cultural background.”last_img read more

Benabdelkader 68 of Moroccans Wanted an End to Time Changes

On October 26, the government adopted Draft Decree 2.18.855, adding 60 minutes to standard time in Morocco, moving Morocco to GMT+1 year-round. Before the decree, Morocco was set to move off of DST (GMT₊1) and back to standard time (GMT) on Sunday, October 28.The decision stirred confusion and questions about the government’s hasty move without prior notice. Clocks set by the internet with Moroccan cities selected as the time zone returned to GMT on Sunday and, as of Wednesday, are still showing the wrong time.In an interview with Morocco World News, MP Abdellatif Ouahbi called on the government to reveal the study that the government claimed to have conducted on time change. Following the backlash, a source at the government told Telquel Arabi that the minister delegate in charge of administration reform, Mohamed Benabdelkader, had the idea to stop the biennial time change in March. However, the government did not say anything about it until October 25, when it abruptly announced an emergency government council meeting the following day.The council decided to stop the upcoming time change by adding 60 minutes to standard time.Read also: MP Urges Government to Reveal Alleged Study on Daylight Saving TimeBenabdelkader, according to Telquel Arabi, said that the research aimed to study the reactions of Moroccans to time changes. He added that the study kicked off in May. The government received the preliminary results of the study on October 9.The government never mentioned the alleged study until Benabdelkader told a press conference that the government based its decision on a survey. A Telquel source said the study was conducted under the supervision of Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani.Benabdelkader admitted, “The study did not include direct questions about the preferences of Moroccans.”When the minister announced the decision on October 26, Benabdelkader said the decision aims to end the public’s confusion about time changes, which come four times a year. In addition to moving to DST in the summer, Morocco temporarily returns to standard time over Ramadan when the holy month falls in the summer.“The purpose of the study was to know the effects of the time change on Moroccans. We found that 68 percent of them prefer stability. The decision to maintain daylight saving time is a political decision,”  Benabdelkader said.Benabdelkader also claimed that the survey studied the impacts of the time change on Moroccans.“It caused tensions and diseases. We have also studied the economic aspect of this problem. I repeat it is a political decision of the government. This decision was adopted on the basis of a comparative study with developed countries.”Besides Benabdelkader, Telquel’s government source also defended the Ministry of Education’s decision to change school time-tables.Instead of 8 a.m., students will have to start school at 9 a.m. On Monday, El Othmani said that there will be more measures accompanying the government decision to adopt DST year-round, without giving further details.He also explained that the government is aware of the public’s confusion about the time change, but it would be “risky to go back to the Standard Time,because we want to ensure sustainability in the supply of electricity.”“The electricity supply must be continuous all day long and throughout the year, but in the summer, we have a peak in electricity consumption that poses risks … and that can sometimes lead to power cuts.”He said that staying on GMT+1 will save Morocco MAD 240 million annually. read more

Suspect arrested with fire arms and weapon used for VIP security

A suspect has been arrested with fire arms and a weapon used for VIP security, the Police said.The Police said that a 40-year-old man was arrested in Beruwala with nine fire arms including a MP5K weapon which is used for VIP security and a stock of ammunition. The Police said that heroin was also seized from the house of the suspect. (Colombo Gazette)

New trimmeddown TV packages proving popular for many says CRTC

An employee adjusts a television set at a store in Ottawa, on March 1, 2016. The country’s broadcast regulator says tens of thousands of Canadians have either signed up for the first time or switched to the recently mandated skinny-basic TV packages. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says more than 66,000 consumers have signed up to the new basic TV packages in the five weeks since cable and satellite service providers were required to offer them. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 15, 2016 9:33 am MDT Last Updated Apr 15, 2016 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New, trimmed-down TV packages proving popular for many, says CRTC GATINEAU, Que. – The country’s broadcast regulator says tens of thousands of Canadians have either signed up for the first time or switched to the recently mandated skinny-basic TV packages.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says more than 66,000 consumers have signed up to the new basic TV packages in the five weeks since cable and satellite service providers were required to offer them.As well, the CRTC says more than one in three TV service subscribers have opted to buy individual channels, small packages or both.Service providers including Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Cogeco began offering the new basic packages as of March 1 under new rules that cap the cost of service at $25 per month.The CRTC also required service providers to offer either individual “pick and pay” channels or small bundles of no more than 10 channels.Some consumers have complained about the new basic packages, even characterizing them as a “ripoff,” because service providers take away bundling and other discounts offered with more expensive service options.Many of the carriers also charge connection and cable box fees in addition to the $25 monthly charge, even as they often waive those same fees for their higher-cost bundled services.As well, a handful of companies include U.S. TV network channels as part of their slimmed-down basic packages while others do not.The CRTC said the subscription figures were provided by the carriers, which also include Access Communications, Eastlink, MTS, SaskTel, Shaw Communications, Telus and Videotron.The service providers will be required to offer full pick-and-pay starting December 1. read more

No 22 South Carolina women beat Appalachian State 8050

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Bianca Cuevas-Moore scored 12 points on four 3-pointers, Alexis Jennings sank all five of her shots for 10 points and No. 22 South Carolina beat Appalachian State 80-50 on Wednesday night.The Gamecocks hit six 3-pointers in the first quarter for a 27-15 lead, and made six more 3s by the intermission for a 26-point lead. Doniyah Cliney and Te’a Cooper each made three 3-pointers in the half as South Carolina was 12 of 18 from distance and shot 65 per cent from the field.All 13 players for South Carolina (5-4) scored, with the five starters scoring at least eight. The Gamecocks finished 14 of 28 from distance for the second-most 3-pointers in the Dawn Staley era.Tyasha Harris had seven of South Carolina’s 20 assists.Lainey Gosnell and Madi Story each scored 11 points for Appalachian State (5-4), which was outrebounded 47-27 and outscored 28-16 in the paint.The Associated Press read more

Dublin City Council to be asked to reconsider Garth Brooks licence conditions

first_imgSINN FÉIN IS to table an emergency motion aimed at getting Dublin City Council to reconsider the conditions of the licence for the Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park.Councillor Seamus McGrattan explained to that he has submitted an emergency motion asking the city manager to make a statement on the issue.He pointed out: He said that the party is not asking the council to overturn its decision, but to review the conditions, which he believes is allowed under the Act. “It’s not changing the decision of the planners,” he said.The party is also considering tabling a motion to do with section 140 of the Local Government Act. It is examining the Act to see if the decision can be overturned with the support of two thirds of the City Councillors.McGrattan said however that this would be a more complicated option. “I’m nine years in the council and it’s never been used,” he said. “It’s a very rare thing to do.”First published 20:22Read: Council says Garth Brooks decision ‘cannot be amended or appealed’> Under the Planning Act, you can’t overturn a decision that can be made. We’re not asking for that. Croke Park applied for a licence, and the decision of the council was to grant the licence and one of the conditions was three out of the five concerts could take place. They haven’t refused permission for them [to hold the concerts]. They granted permission, but the conditions were only three out of the five.last_img read more

The family at the centre of THAT viral interview are back for

first_imgThe family at the centre of THAT viral interview are back for another one The kids steal the show once more. 43,422 Views 21 Comments Share Tweet Email1 Short URL By Rónán Duffycenter_img Read: This man’s very serious BBC interview was interrupted by his kids barging into the room > Mar 14th 2017, 10:07 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 10:07 PM Source: BBC News/YouTube‘IT’S BEEN PRETTY unreal’.That’s how Prof Robert Kelly described life for his family since last Friday when a live BBC interview with him went viral.The video took over social media and showed Kelly trying to stay focused on Korean politics as his young son and daughter broke into his study to steal the show.Sounding like a man who wanted to move on from his online stardom, Kelly went back on BBC along with his wife Jung-a Kim and children Marion and James to “bookend” his new-found fame.Despite this, he could completely understand why everyone found the farcical video so funny.“We’ve watched it multiple times too and our families have watched it and everyone we know seems to find it pretty hysterical, so we understand why people find it so funny,” he said.And what about Jung-a?“Yea, we just laughed a lot but we were worried a little bit more,” she said, explaining that they were at first worried that they’d never be invited back on TV.Not a chance.last_img read more

Le retour plus rapide que laller Une histoire danticipation

first_imgLe retour plus rapide que l’aller ? Une histoire d’anticipationSans soute avez-vous déjà trouvé qu’un trajet retour était bien plus rapide comparé à celui de l’aller ressenti comme interminable. Cette impression si commune et dont l’étrangeté demeure, a été l’objet d’une étude publiée en août dans la revue Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. “Revenir de la Lune m’a paru beaucoup plus court”, raconte l’astronaute Alan Bean, de retour de son voyage spatiale à bord du module Apollo 12, en 1969. Pourtant, les distances de l’aller et du retour étaient exactement les mêmes… Alors d’où vient cette étrange impression baptisée “effet du voyage de retour” ? C’est une question qui a de nombreuses fois été posée, mais qui trouve aujourd’hui une réponse. Selon une étude publiée dans la revue Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, cette illusion ne serait en fait que le résultat de notre état d’esprit différent à l’aller et au retour. L'”effet du voyage retour “Comme le rapporte le site d’information USA Today (lien non disponible), les retours à la maison seraient jugés 17% à 22% plus rapides que les trajets allers. Pour Niels van de Ven, psychologue à l’université de Tilburg aux Pays-Bas et co-auteur de l’étude, beaucoup de gens pensent que le trajet retour est plus court parce qu’il semble plus familier : “Ça doit aider à favoriser l’impression de vitesse, et la sensation de rapidité du trajet.”  Toutefois, le chercheur n’était pas convaincu par cette explication: “Quand je prends l’avion par exemple, j’ai aussi cette impression, et pourtant je ne reconnais rien pendant le voyage. Quand je regarde par la fenêtre, je ne vois rien que je puisse reconnaître”, cite’est donc pour en avoir le coeur net que les auteurs de l’étude ont mené une expérience sur près de 350 personnes, parmi lesquelles se trouvaient deux groupes d’étudiants qui avaient prévu d’aller en vélo à une kermesse. Durant cet essai, les étudiants ont alors réalisé le même trajet aller. Par contre pour le retour, les deux groupes se sont séparés : le premier a repris le même chemin tandis que l’autre en a pris un différent mais de même longueur.Une illusion d’optimismeÀ lire aussiPsychopathe et sociopathe : qu’est-ce que c’est et comment les différencier ?Ainsi, les chercheurs ont constaté que les deux groupes avaient trouvé le voyage retour plus court que l’aller : les deux ont estimé le retour à 37 minutes et l’aller à 44 minutes, alors que les deux trajets ont duré précisément 35 minutes, explique USA Today. Ceci démontre donc bien que le sentiment de familiarité ne constitue pas une explication valable sinon seul le premier groupe aurait ressenti l’effet du voyage retour. Niels van de Ven a alors expliqué sur le site de NPR : “on remarque souvent que les gens sont trop optimistes quand ils sont sur le point de partir”. Ils sont donc logiquement plus pressés d’arriver et quand ils atteignent leur but, ils ont l’impression que le trajet a pris plus de temps que prévu. Un sentiment pessimiste qui reste jusqu’au début du voyage de retour, donnant l’impression que cela va également prendre du temps. Selon les scientifiques, les différences entre les deux trajets s’expliquent donc par l’optimisme et l’impatience du début qui rendent le voyage aller interminable, alors que c’est le pessimisme de la fin qui fait que le retour est plus rapide, comme une sorte de bonne surprise.”C’est vraiment une histoire d’anticipation, sur ce que vous pensez qu’il va se passer”, observe Michael Roy, psychologue au Collège Elizabethtown et co-auteur de l’étude. Néanmoins, les auteurs de l’étude sont conscients que l’existence d’autres explications est tout à fait possible “nous n’affirmons pas qu’il n’y a qu’une seule cause, précise Michael Roy. Il y en a sûrement d’autres”.Le 18 septembre 2011 à 11:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dzagoev Croatia are upset they have to play Russia

first_imgRussia midfielder Alan Dzagoev believes that their quarter-final opponents Croatia will be rueing their luck in having to face them on SaturdayThe tournament hosts have performed above expectations this summer and last weekend’s victory over Spain proved that they could be in with a real chance of reaching the final.Standing in there way is Croatia, who have also exceeded prior expectations and are widely being viewed as the favourites to reach the semi-finals on Saturday with midfield star duo Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in the team.But Dzyuba, who scored a first-half penalty against Spain last Sunday, thinks that it is Croatia who are worried.“Everything depends on the opponent,” said the 28-year-old, according to SportsMax.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“Spain can take control over any team, so we could not play in any other way.”He added: “Closer to the match against Croatia, Cherchesov will tell us how to play. I hope we’ll prove that we can play football in the upcoming match.“I think Croatia are upset that they will play against us because we are the host nation.“The whole of Russia will be supporting us. I hope we don’t disappoint our fans.”Russia and Croatia will meet at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on Saturday at 20:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

17th District candidates far apart on key issues

first_imgMiddle-school teacher Monica Stonier and businessman Paul Harris have at least one thing in common: The Evergreen school district.Paul HarrisRepublicano Age: 57.o Occupation: Businessman.o Campaign finance: Raised $44,855, spent $18,119, debt $9,400.o Campaign website: Quote: “We need new leadership with no obligations to special interest groups.”Monica StonierDemocrato Age: 34.o Occupation: Middle school teacher.o Campaign finance: Raised $58,909, spent $33,888, independent support $4,385.o Campaign website: Quote: “Any teacher who is ineffective and not willing to change their practices to meet student needs should not be in the classroom.”But when it comes to their views on school funding, teacher compensation and state spending, they’re worlds apart.Both are seeking the open seat held by state Rep. Deb Wallace, D-Vancouver, who is leaving the Legislature when her term expires in January. Her departure created an open seat in the 17th, a swing district that covers Vancouver east of Interstate 205 and south of 119th Street.Harris, a Republican, served as a member of the Evergreen School Board. He ran unsuccessfully in the 17th in 2004, against former Rep. Jim Dunn, a Republican, and in 2006 against Wallace, who spent nearly $300,000 to defeat him. In January, he dropped out of the contest for appointment to a vacancy on the Vancouver City Council and threw his hat into the legislative ring, saying, “I feel my commitment to the community will be better served at the state level.” A 30-year resident of the 17th District, he owned his own paint company and later worked for a Tacoma-based paint company, but lost that job in a recent downsizing. He has started a new business as a medical supply distributor.Stonier, a Democrat, is a language arts and social studies teacher and teaching coach at Pacific Middle School in the Evergreen district. She represented Clark County as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. This is her first run for public office. Wallace endorsed her early in the race.last_img read more

Fire destroys house east of Orchards

first_imgVancouver firefighters responded to reports by several callers of a vacant house fully engulfed in flames at Northeast Fourth Plain Road and 134th Avenue, east of Orchards on Tuesday night.A crew from nearby Sifton Fire Station arrived at 9:47 p.m. to the home at 6903 N.E. 134th Ave., and said the house had boarded-up windows and flames were flaring through the roof. The roof was about to collapse and firefighters were told not to go inside due to the danger. Instead, firefighters employed a defensive attack and streamed water to control the flames from outside and make sure the fire didn’t spread to other structures, said Capt. Kevin Murray, a fire department spokesman.A commander radioed for police to control traffic because people were driving over their hydrant line.The fire was under control at 10:20 p.m.No one was reported injured.Vancouver Fire responded, even though the home is outside city limits, because of a contract it has with Fire District 5, Murray said.The fire is being investigated by the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office.The investigation has “a lot of moving parts” because the home is abandoned and there was no power going to the home, Murray said.The owner is James H. Thacker, according to county property records.last_img read more