Would choose acting over singing

first_imgAfter trying to get into the film industry since a long time, Pamish Verma finally got a chance to give his first audition in 2009. In the year 2011, he signed a film in which he just had two dialogues.But the actor-turned singer Parmish, who has many songs like ‘Gaal Ni Kadni’, and ‘Sab Fade Jange’ to his credit wanted to make it big. So, he decided to come up with his music video ‘Zimmewaari Bhook te Durri’ in 2014 that talks about a college drop out who struggled in a foreign country in the hope to make a living for himself. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaSince then, the actor has even been immensely appreciated and loved not only for his songs but his acting skills as well. “Even before I started singing songs, I came up with my music videos, and my acting skills were appreciated,” says the actor, who was not sure if he would get accepted as a singer or not. When asked his priority and what will he choose if given an option between both, he assures that acting is his first job, something he always wanted to do. “I would always choose acting over singing,” he asserts. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaSharing on what criteria he chooses his roles and projects, the actor reveals, “I choose work based on what makes me happy, something I feel I can do justice to. If a genre, a film, a character is offered to me and I feel I won’t be able to pull that off, I would not do that.” Stating the example of the very first film in which he did a substantial role, he shares, “Like my first film Rocky Mental, I knew I could play this character well, I knew I could be him. After that film, I did not find any story which I want to do. Therefore, for two years, I did not work in any film,” adds the actor who works for the audience and wants to make them happy with his craft. However, Parmish had waited for too long before getting his first break, and so he did not want to give up that easily. And then was the time when he wrote his film Dil Di Yaan Gallan. “I thought if I am not getting stories which I want to do, I will write my own,” mentions Parmish, who comes from writing and direction background. The singer will now be seen in the Punjabi remake of Singham, in which he is playing the lead. Though it is a remake, Parmish feels that there would not have been a point to make it again if nothing was changed. “If the director decided to make this film just like the original Singham which had already been made, or if I acted like Ajay sir, the whole idea of remaking it that too in Punjabi would have been wasted. For that, people could have just watched the dubbed version of that film in Punjabi.” “I think it is the essence of Punjab and what’s the take of Punjab industry on this film, which we have tried to capture,” he confirms. All in all, the basic idea of Singham has not changed. The screenplay, the back story, and a little treatment to the execution has been changed in the Punjabi version of the film. But was he under any pressure while essaying the role ( earlier performed by Ajay Devgn) which had been appreciated immensely in the past? “I think more than pressure, responsibility can be the correct word for what I felt while shooting,” he says.last_img read more

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Two long time Fort St John Councillors say goodbye

first_imgCouncillor Christensen was elected in 2006 and has lived in Fort St. John for over 25 years.  Christensen released the following statement on Facebook.  “It has been a wonderful experience, and I am so proud to have had your support for so many years. I congratulate all the members of the new council and wish them every success as this community moves into a very exciting, and also uncertain economic time. I really need to thank My wife Cheryl, who has supported me in everything I have done for 47 years. Always walking side by side with me.”Mayor Ackerman was on hand for the announcement of the votes and gave her thoughts on the election results.“It’s tough for those who were seeking re-election and were not re-elected. There’s a lot of mixed emotions here, but we move forward. Council is one body and members come and go, so we’ll be fine. I’ve already told Tony and Becky that there’s a lot of information, they’re going to have a bit of a steep learning curve because we’ve spent the last two years planning and preparing for the growth that LNG will bring.”The new members of Council will be sworn in on November 5, and the last meeting for Christensen and Evans will be Monday, October 22. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two longtime Fort St. John City Councillors are reflecting on their time at City Hall after voters picked two new people to join Fort St. John City Council.Councillor Bruce Christensen and Councillor Larry Evans both lost their re-election bids in Saturday’s municipal election.  Becky Grimsrud and Tony Zabinsky are the two newest members of Fort St. John City Council.  Councillors Trevor Bolin, Byron Stewart, Gord Klassen and Lilia Hansen, were also re-elected.  Click here to read the full results.Councillor Evans has been on Council since 2005 after retiring from the Fort St. John Fire Department.  In a post on Facebook Sunday, Evans said “Thank you for all the support from my family and all the wonderful people in Fort St. John. And while I’m not on Council, I will continue to love and support Fort St. John with all my heart and soul. Congratulations to the new Council and I know that the City, with its wonderful staff, is in good hands.”last_img read more

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UN tribunal grants provisional release to Bosnian Serb suspect

Under today’s decision by the Tribunal’s Appeals Chamber, the suspect, who surrendered to the court last August, must abide by a number of specific terms and conditions during his provisional release. According to the indictment against him, Mr. Jokic was a member of the Brigade Staff and an advisor to the Brigade Commander from July to November 1995 when more than 5,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were summarily executed and buried in the Brigade’s zone of responsibility.

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Rebuilding Afghanistan requires reform of key ministries UN envoy says

Mr. Brahimi, in an address delivered in Kabul on Saturday, cited the importance of reforming the ministries of defence and the interior as well as Afghan intelligence operations. “The beginning of this reform is going to help the implementation of DDR [disarmament, demobilization and reintegration] in the coming weeks and months and all these activities are going to restore, I hope, the security that the people of Afghanistan really long for and the security that they do not have yet,” he said at the official opening of the central office of Afghanistan’s New Beginnings Programme in the capital.A spokesman for Mr. Brahimi today said Kunduz would be the site of the first DDR, followed by Gardez and Bamyan. “In each location 1,000 combatants will be disarmed in the pilot phase,” Manoel de Almeida e Silva said. The New Beginnings Programme was set up by the Afghan Transitional Administration to implement the DDR process.In another development, Mr. de Almeida e Silva reported today that a blast has damaged a building operated by a non-governmental organization (NGO) for the UN. “Yesterday morning at about 5: 00 a.m. an explosion made by what appears to be an improvised explosive device left a large whole on the eastern wall of a warehouse run by the German Technical cooperation (GTZ) in the northern section of Jalalabad City,” he said. The cause of the explosion, which left no casualties, remains unknown, but local authorities are investigating. read more

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Early bird pricing still available for Red Dinner

There are only a few days left to receive early bird pricing on tickets to the Red Dinner during Homecoming weekend.Purchase tickets before Aug. 1 to receive an exclusive discount to an event that has sold out the last two years.Food truck eats, local wine, craft beers and live music from solo guitarist Brad Battle make the night a signature homecoming event.Meet up with friends, expand your network and make new ones. Several reunion socials will be hosted during the Red Dinner including; the Goodman School of Business, the Department of Sport Management, Faculty of Education and Department of Classics. Click here for a full list of reunion events.Friday night the pucks hit the ice during the annual Steel Blade Classic downtown. This year, Homecoming kicks off with a pre-game Tailgate party in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts parking lot. Follow the crowd inside to cheer on the Badgers as they take on the Guelph Gryphons for the first time at the Meridian Centre. Celebrate afterwards at Alumni Pub Night at Mansion House downtown, where Pat Hewitt will keep the music playing all night long.Check out the schedule of events to plan a weekend filled with fun family activities. read more

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Francefr ne marche toujours pas deux jours après sa mise en service

first_imgFrance.fr ne marche toujours pas, deux jours après sa mise en serviceFrance – Lancé le 14 juillet, le site France.fr n’est toujours pas opérationnel. Une situation problématique alors que la saison touristique est commencée.La France est confrontée à une paralysie de son portail France.fr depuis mercredi soir, jour même de son lancement. La principale cause de ce dysfonctionnement serait la trop grande affluence de visiteurs, responsable de la mise hors-service des serveurs du site.Une panne qui tombe mal, alors que la saison touristique bat son plein. Néanmoins, ce problème de serveurs ne devrait pas être le seul responsable puisque des bogues peuvent également être constatés dans les traductions, surtout en anglais. D’un coût estimé à 800 millions d’euros, France.fr se veut être l’une des principales sources de renseignements pour les Français et les étrangers désirant visiter ou vivre dans le pays.Le 16 juillet 2010 à 13:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Fastfoods comment les faire lutter contre le cholestérol

first_imgFast-foods : comment les faire lutter contre le cholestérol ?Royaume-Uni – Les médecins anglais aimeraient que les fast-foods distribuent des pilules contre le cholestérol.La malbouffe est, pour beaucoup de médecins, le mal du siècle. En effet les nouvelles habitudes alimentaires vont vers une consommation parfois abusive de frites, de hamburgers, de pizzas et autres nuggets. Elles engendrent ainsi cholestérol et risques cardiovasculaires. À lire aussiBientôt une pilule contraceptive pour hommes ? Un essai dévoile des résultats prometteursCertains médecins anglais renoncent à vouloir changer les comportements. C’est le cas des chercheurs de l’Imperial College London. Cette semaine, ils ont donc demandé aux chaînes de fast-foods de distribuer à leurs clients des pilules pour lutter contre le cholestérol. Ces dernières ont un prix modique – environ celui d’un sachet de ketchup – et devraient pouvoir être accessibles sans prescription médicale. Elles ont certes des effets secondaires qui peuvent parfois être graves, mais les chercheurs estiment qu’ils pèsent peu dans la balance coûts-bénéfices. En effet, les bienfaits peuvent être importants pour les consommateurs réguliers : ces médicaments diminuent autant les risques qu’un hamburger les augmente.  Cette préconisation est néanmoins critiquée par d’autres scientifiques, qui rappellent l’importance d’une alimentation saine. La pilule miracle est un mythe.  Le 15 août 2010 à 13:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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IledeFrance une manifestation contre la construction dun barrage en Amazonie

first_imgIle-de-France : une manifestation contre la construction d’un barrage en AmazonieUne cinquantaine de manifestants ont manifesté ce week-end devant la Grande Arche de la Défense contre la construction d’un barrage géant en Amazonie. Le projet prévoit d’inonder une zone de 500 kilomètres carrés dans l’ouest de l’Etat du Para au Brésil.Le 1er juin dernier, le gouvernement brésilien donnait son feu vert définitif pour la construction d’un barrage géant, baptisé Belo Monte et demandé par un consortium d’entreprises brésiliennes. Extrêmement controversé, ce barrage devrait être le troisième plus grand au monde avec une capacité de production prévue de plus de 11.000 mégawatts. Il suivrait ainsi celui des Trois Gorges en Chine de 18.000 mégawatts et celui d’Itaipu de 14.000 mégawatts à la frontière entre le Brésil et le Paraguay, et ce, pour un coût évalué à 11 milliards de dollars.À lire aussiUn lion retrouve la liberté après avoir vécu en cage pendant 13 ans (Vidéo)Alors que de nombreux personnes, parmi lesquels les chanteurs Sting et Paul Mc Cartney et le réalisateur James Cameron, et associations ont déjà entamé la lutte contre cette construction, c’est autour des Français de réagir pour faire part eux aussi, de leur désaccord. Ainsi, une cinquantaine de manifestants, soutenus par France Libertés, la fondation de Danielle Mitterrand, ont défilé samedi devant la Grande Arche de la Défense près de Paris. Une action qui s’est ralliée aux autres manifestations prévues le même jour à Bruxelles, Lisbonne et dans plus de 20 villes au Brésil. Cette forte mobilisation vise à dénoncer ce projet et surtout ses lourdes conséquences. Celui-ci prévoit en effet d’inonder une zone de 500 kilomètres carrés dans l’ouest de l’Etat amazonien du Para, au Brésil, obligeant plus de 16.000 personnes à abandonner leur terre. “Belo Monte, non!”, ont scandé les manifestants, qui ont brandi des pancartes proclamant “Détruire la forêt tue” ou encore “Préservons la forêt et l’humanité. Non à Belo Monte”. Par ailleurs, une pétition internationale a également été mise en place et a recueilli près de 100.000 signatures, rapporte TV5monde. La capacité énergétique installée du Brésil, qui est actuellement de 112.000 MW, doit doubler d’ici à 2019 en passant à 240.000 MW afin d’accompagner la croissance économique du pays, a estimé le gouvernement.Le 22 août 2011 à 13:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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JAMAICA Persons Living in SugarCane Areas More Susceptible to Leptospirosis

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #Jamaica, February 26, 2018 – Montego Bay – Health, Promotion and Education Officer at the Westmoreland Health Department, Gerald Miller, says persons living in sugar-cane areas will always be more susceptible to leptospirosis.Mr. Miller, who was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s Montego Bay Regional Office on February 20, added that while this should not be viewed as any cause for serious alarm, it is always a good thing for the public to be sufficiently informed.“We had some suspected cases in Westmoreland last year, which prompted us to have a stakeholders meeting in the parish.  What we gleaned from the meeting is that the suspected cases were from the areas where sugar cane is concentrated,” he noted.Mr. Miller said they decided to use a multipronged approach, including a progressive public outreach programme, to inform persons about the disease.“We have been doing our ongoing sessions with the cane farmers.  There are eight groups of cane farmers in Westmoreland, and as you know, Westmoreland is a large sugar-cane-growing area,” he pointed out.Mr. Miller said even though the sugar industry in the parish is not as busy as it used to be, “we still have areas where sugar cane is grown on a large scale”.  He added that the rats tend to flee to residential homes during the time of harvest, especially when fire is brought into play in the cane fields.“We have to be constantly sharing with the community the dangers of rats and the leptospirosis bacteria.  We are going to roll out a sensitization programme into these communities.  We don’t want a disease that can be treated to be killing persons in the 21st century, so we need to give persons the information to protect themselves,” Mr. Miller said.Mr. Miller added that while the number of cases of leptospirosis is still within endemic levels, there still needs to be protective measures in place to keep the rats at bay.“It is not just the sugar-cane areas.  Residents across the island should proactively be practising measures that will control the rat population,” he said.For his part, Chief Public Health Inspector for Westmoreland, Steve Morris, said food safety is the number-one priority programme that the Ministry of Health has across the island, noting that “this is also very important” in the fight against leptospirosis.“In terms of rodent infestation, action is taken immediately to ensure the public is protected.  Establishments that serve a lot of persons are monitored a lot more, seeing that they pose the most risks,” he said.Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria that could lead to possible fatal infection of the kidney, liver, brain, lung or heart.  While it cannot be spread from human to human, it can be contracted through exposure to the urine or body fluids of infected animals. Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Sammy Brue joined us live on GMSD

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – He’s a talented singer/songwriter on the rise!Here to give us a preview of his performance at The Casbah March 4th is Sammy Brue.Doors open at 8:30pm, and the show starts at 9PM.Please visit www.casbahmusic.com for tickets and more information. Sammy Brue joined us live on GMSD KUSI Newsroom March 3, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 3, 2019last_img read more

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Condit Dam removal clears hurdle

first_imgPacifiCorp has reached a tentative settlement with two Columbia River Gorge counties that waged a 10-year legal battle against the utility’s plan to decommission 97-year-old Condit Dam on Washington’s White Salmon River. With that roadblock out of the way, the 125-foot-tall dam could be demolished as soon as the fall of 2011. It would become the highest dam ever dismantled in the United States. Its removal would open the river’s upper reach and a tributary to salmon for the first time since 1913.The Portland-based utility announced Tuesday that it had reached agreement with Klickitat and Skamania counties on a deal under which it will pay the counties $675,000 to offset the impacts of dam removal, including the effects on a group of cabin owners at Northwestern Lake. The reservoir behind the dam will be drained with the dam’s removal. Under the agreement, the project’s hydroelectric water right will be transferred to Klickitat County, and PacifiCorp will agree to protect the structural integrity of Northwestern Lake Bridge.In return, the counties, which are formal intervenors in the federal dam decommissioning process, agree not to oppose the removal of the dam and associated structures, to complete noxious weed control in the project area after decommissioning, and to work with the utility to protect public safety during the dam’s demolition.last_img read more

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Police Thieves used fraudulent JC Penney account to buy Rolex watches

first_imgAVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – Police are searching for identity thieves who, they said, charged thousands of dollars on a bogus credit card to purchase Rolex watches.According to Aventura Police, the subjects used a stolen identity to open a J.C. Penney account. They then charged the high-end timepieces on the card.Investigators said the men made the purchases at the J.C. Penney at Aventura Mall, between January and May. In that period, they obtained more than $200,000 in stolen watches.If you have any information on their whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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STATE REP RACE Dave Robertson To Hold Campaign Reception On October 3

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — 19th Middlesex State Representative candidate Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) is holding a campaign reception on Wednesday, October 3, from 7:30pm to 11pm, at the Tewksbury Country Club (1800 Main Street, Tewksbury). Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Candidates File New Campaign Finance ReportsIn “Government”last_img read more

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Community protests Enstar rate volatility

first_imgDownload AudioCommunity members packed the hearing room of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska Wednesday morning in Anchorage. They pushed for consistent gas pricing from Enstar in response to a recent big jump in rates.People packed the room to listen to Enstar’s explanation of the precipitous rate increase.About 90 people filled the seats and stood in the hallway to tell theRCA their concerns about Enstar’s recent rate increase. The company is charging about 50% more for each unit of gas they sell from July to September. Resident Terry Saldana says she wants to know why.“I understand that prices are going to fluctuate and go up and down but 48% to a newly retired person has a great impact on my budget.”Carolyn Gardner testified before the Commission. She says she’s mad, and she wants the Commission to fix the volatility in prices. “I think they should reconsider their okay of it. I mean it’s a ridiculously high increase.”The RCA approved the increase in June.Enstar representatives spoke before the commission and explained the jump in prices, called the Gas Cost Adjustment. Basically, Enstar over collected money from customers in the first quarter and then under collected in the second quarter. Enstar is not legally allowed to profit from selling gas.In the past, the natural gas company only adjusted their rates once per year. Now they do it every three months because they have different types of contracts to buy gas from the producers, like Hillcorp and Bucaneer.Enstar spokesman John Sims says that to make the rates more consistent throughout the year, they have to ask the RCA to change the rules that regulate how much they can charge for gas. “So that’s one of the things we’re going to look at. we;re going to look at how that might impact our gas supply contracts, how it could impact our deliveries, and how it could impact the customers.”Sims says in the meantime, customers can use Enstar’s budget billing system. Then, their bill would be exactly the same every month.During the hearing the RCA discussed the possible need to investigate the way Enstar determines their Gas Cost Adjustment. In the end, they decided to give Enstar a few weeks to fix the volatility problem on their own. They will take up the issue again at the end of August.The estimated average cost of natural gas for 2014 will be slightly higher than in was in 2013, but it’s still much lower than in 2009.last_img read more

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Fiveyearold gangraped by minor boys

first_imgNew Delhi: In a shocking incident, two minor boys gang-raped a five-year-old girl in the national capital. According to the police, the accused, aged 11 and 10 years, as well as the victim lived in the same area in Kapasera near the Delhi border. “The kids were playing in the park on Monday night. The two boys then caught hold of the girl and took turns to rape her. The girl’s mother happened to reach the park and the boys fled,” said a police officer on Thursday. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The police rushed the girl to a hospital where her examination confirmed rape. She was warded in the hospital for a day. A case under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) has been registered. The accused were apprehended on Tuesday and sent to a juvenile correction home.last_img read more

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Another 3000 new arrivals put total Rohingyas at 624000

first_imgSome 3,000 more Rohingyas entered Bangladesh since 22 November putting the total number of Rohingyas at 624,000 since 25 August, said the UN Migration Agency on Monday, reports UNB.As of 25 November, Bangladesh Immigration and Passports Department registered a total of 663, 694 people through biometric registration, according to the IOM Needs and Population Monitoring.Meanwhile, Bangladesh Social Service Department has identified 7,771 unaccompanied and separated children.The report is produced by Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in collaboration with humanitarian partners that covered 17 November to until 24 November. The next report will be issued on 3 December.This week the ISCG Humanitarian Hub in Ukhia will become operational and the ISCG will deploy staff to the field in order to provide coordination services on the ground for sector partners, government authorities and both national and international nongovernmental organisations.The hub has been constructed by the International Humanitarian Partnership and IOM.Violence in Rakhine which began on 25 August has driven the Rohingya across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.The people who have arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August came with very few possessions.They have used most of their savings on transportation and constructing a shelter, often out of no more than bamboo and thin plastic.The Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar is highly vulnerable, having fled conflict and experienced severe trauma, and now living in extremely difficult conditions, said the report.Population movements within Cox’s Bazar remain highly fluid, with increasing concentration in Ukhia, where the government has allocated 3,000 acres for a new camp.last_img read more

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Hatirjheel footpath collapse injures 4

first_imgPassers-by look at a collapsed section of footpath, which connects Karwan Bazar and Banglamotor intersection areas of Dhaka, on Tuesday. Photo: Shameem RezaFour people were injured after a section of footpath over a storm sewer behind Hotel Sonargaon in the capital collapsed on Tuesday morning.The footpath, in Hatirjheel area of the city, connects Karwan Bazar and Banglamotor areas.The incident took place around 8:45am, a city bus service supervisor told Prothom Alo.The section of footpath, which collapsed on Tuesday morning. Photo: Shameem RezaFour office-going people were injured as they fell into the storm drain, said a cleaner, who works at the Hatirjheel lake project.We jumped into the sewer and rescued all of them, he added.Dhaka’s Ramna zone fire service commander Badrul Alam said they have kept the area encircled to avoid any untoward situation.Since the partial opening of Hatirjheel project on 2 January 2013, the site has drawn huge visitors as the dwellers of the capital have little scope to pass their leisure time in an open space.last_img read more

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Researchers find evidence of earliest instance of parental care in scavenger beetle

first_img Sexual conflict affects females more than males, says new research on beetles This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Many species of scavenger or carrion beetles alive today exhibit instances of parental care—what they have in common are stridulatory files—finely ridged surfaces that are used for making sounds when some sort of scraper or plectrum is dragged across it—the most well known example of an insect with such structures in modern times are crickets. With modern scavenger beetles, the stridulatory files are located on the abdomen and are known to be used as a communications mechanism between adults and offspring—to warn of danger, for example, or to alert them to an action that should be taken, i.e. forms of parental care.In their studies, the researchers analyzed 37 silphid fossil specimens from two different biota environments across China and Myanmar including several that were preserved in amber. Using an electron microscope, the researchers analyzed the abdomens of the fossils and determined that specimens from 165 million years ago, did not have stridulatory files—suggesting they did not communicate with their offspring, and thus likely did little to care for them. Those that were 125 million years old, on the other hand, silphids of the Cretaceous, did have stridulatory files, which suggested they did communicate with their young, and thus likely offered some degree of care. More recent specimens, those from approximately 99 million years ago that were embedded in amber also had lamellate antennae, similar to modern burying beetles which suggest they likely were burying beetles as well—burying rodents or birds to provide food for their larvae.The researchers note that current theory suggests caring for young is likely a precursor towards social behavior—because of that, learning more about when caring for young evolved helps plot social evolution as well. More information: Early origin of parental care in Mesozoic carrion beetles, PNAS, Chen-Yang Cai, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1412280111AbstractThe reconstruction and timing of the early stages of social evolution, such as parental care, in the fossil record is a challenge, as these behaviors often do not leave concrete traces. One of the intensely investigated examples of modern parental care are the modern burying beetles (Silphidae: Nicrophorus), a lineage that includes notable endangered species. Here we report diverse transitional silphids from the Mesozoic of China and Myanmar that provide insights into the origins of parental care. Jurassic silphids from Daohugou, sharing many defining characters of Nicrophorinae, primitively lack stridulatory files significant for parental care communications; although morphologically similar, Early Cretaceous nicrophorines from the Jehol biota possess such files, indicating that a system of parental care had evolved by this early date. More importantly, burying beetles of the genus Nicrophorus have their earliest first record in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber, and document early evolution of elaborate biparental care and defense of small vertebrate carcasses for their larvae. Parental care in the Early Cretaceous may have originated from competition between silphids and their predators. The rise of the Cretaceous Nicrophorinae implies a biology similar to modern counterparts that typically feed on carcasses of small birds and mammals. Silphids from the Middle Jurassic of Daohugou. Credit: PNAS, Chen-Yang Cai, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1412280111 (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from the U.S., Germany and China has found evidence of parental care in a scavenger beetle fossil dated back to 125 million years ago, making it the earliest example of its kind. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe their work in studying various beetle fossil specimens found in several parts of China and what they uncovered in doing so.center_img Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Researchers find evidence of earliest instance of parental care in scavenger beetle (2014, September 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-evidence-earliest-instance-parental-scavenger.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

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Low sunlight exposure increases cancer risk

first_imgPersons residing at higher latitudes, with lower sunlight exposure and greater prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, are at greater risk of developing cancer, including leukemia, a type of blood cancer, new research reveals.Analysing data on leukemia incidence rates in 172 countries, the researchers found that people living in higher latitudes are at least two times at greater risk of developing leukemia than equatorial populations.“These results suggest that much of the burden of leukemia worldwide is due to the epidemic of vitamin D deficiency we are experiencing in winter in populations distant from the equator,” said Cedric Garland, adjunct professor at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Leukemia rates were highest in countries relatively closer to the poles, such as Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Ireland, Canada and the United States. They were lowest in countries closer to the equator, such as Bolivia, Samoa, Madagascar and Nigeria, the findings showed. “People who live in areas with low solar ultraviolet B (UVB) exposure tend to have low levels of vitamin D metabolites in their blood,” Garland said. “These low levels place them at high risk of certain cancers, including leukemia,” Garland noted.The findings were published online in the journal PLOS One.last_img read more

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