Do Monkeys Grieve for Fallen Mates?

first_imgThe two marmosets—small, New World monkeys—had been a closely bonded couple for more than 3 years. Then, one fateful day, the female had a terrible accident. She fell out of a tree and hit her head on a ceramic vase that happened to be underneath on the forest floor. Her partner left two of their infants alone in the tree and jumped down to apparently comfort her, until she died an agonizing death a couple of hours later.According to the researchers who recorded the events with a video camera (see video above), this is the first time such compassionate mourning behavior has been observed outside of humans and chimpanzees, and it could indicate that mourning is more widespread among primates than previously thought.Humans mourn their dead, of course, and some recent studies have strongly suggested that chimpanzees do as well. Scientists have recorded cases of adult chimps apparently caring for fellow animals before they die, and chimp mothers have been observed carrying around the bodies of infants for days after their death—although scientists have debated whether the latter behavior represents true grieving or if the mothers didn’t realize their infants were really dead.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(*)But there has been little or no evidence that other primates engage in these kinds of behaviors. Indeed, a recent review of the evidence led by anthropologist Peter Fashing of California State University, Fullerton, concluded that there were no convincing observations of “compassionate caretaking” of dying individuals among other nonhuman primates, such as monkeys.The sad story of the two marmosets unfolded on 7 February 2005. A team led by animal behavior researcher Bruna Bezerra, now at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, had been watching the marmoset group since 2001 in their northeast Brazil home, and the pair had been the dominant male and female since observations began. When the female fell out of the tree, her partner engaged in a number of behaviors, including embracing her, sniffing at her, chasing other monkeys away, sitting by her, and trying to copulate with her. He also emitted alarm calls normally used when a predator is near. And several months after her death, the male disappeared from the marmoset group, never to be seen again.The team points out that marmosets, like humans but unlike chimps, form male-female couples to bear and raise infants—a relationship known as pair-bonding—and that this might explain why the male was particularly affected by the female’s death. “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time” such behavior “has been reported for a New World monkey,” says Bezerra, whose team reports its findings this month in Primates. She adds that it was “clear to me” that the male was engaging in caretaking of his dying partner, although she adds that some of his behaviors—such as emitting alarm calls and trying to mate with her—might have been signs of stress rather than compassion.Fashing says that the new observations demonstrate that “like chimpanzees, common marmosets are capable of interacting with dying group mates. It is especially interesting because marmosets are cooperative breeders with unusually strong male-female bonds,” and “we would expect that these animals would be especially affected by the loss of their primary mating and social partner.” Nevertheless, Fashing cautions that because the report is based on just one observation, it is premature to draw conclusions about how widespread such behavior is in marmosets and other cooperatively breeding primates.James Anderson, a psychologist at Kyoto University in Japan who has studied mourning behavior in chimps, agrees. “There isn’t a strong case made for describing the reactions as akin to those seen in humans and chimpanzees,” he says. Rather, the male marmoset’s behavior, including the attempts to copulate with the female, could indicate that he was excited and aroused by her lying on the ground, “rather than any kind of compassion.”last_img read more

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Kylian Mbappe scores again as runaway leader PSG beats Nimes

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Nkunku had put PSG ahead late in the first half with an excellent control and finish from Marco Verratti’s pass.The victory moves coach Thomas Tuchel’s side 17 points ahead of second-place Lille, having played one game fewer.OTHER MATCHESAmiens won 1-0 at home to Patrick Vieira’s Nice to edge further away from the relegation zone, into 16th place.Striker Serhou Guirassy’s 11th-minute goal was his first for the club.ADVERTISEMENT Guingamp remains bottom despite winning 1-0 at home to Angers with an injury-time effort from midfielder Lucas Deaux.SUNDAY’S GAMESThird-place Lyon can move within two points of Lille in the race for an automatic Champions League place if it wins at Monaco.But Lyon will be without forward Nabil Fekir after he picked up a knock in training.Elsewhere, fifth-place Marseille is at Rennes and sixth-place Montpellier hosts seventh-place Reims.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PSG’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side’s fifth goal during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Montpellier at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS — Kylian Mbappe scored twice to take his league-leading tally to 22 goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat Nimes 3-0 on Saturday to move 17 points clear at the top.Mbappe has scored in all four games since PSG lost forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani to injury, and the France star’s second-half double took him to 51 goals in the league since bursting on the scene with Monaco three years ago.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img His 22 goals have come in 20 league games, and he’s the youngest player to reach 50 league goals in French league history.“Every day I work hard to help my team as much as I can, and to enjoy myself as well,” said Mbappe, who turned 20 in December. “Football’s still about enjoying yourself, scoring goals, breaking records. That’s what drives me so I’m very happy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOnly Barcelona star Lionel Messi has more goals in Europe’s top five leagues, after taking his tally to 25 with a hat trick Saturday.France’s World Cup winner Mbappe scored his first goal in the 69th minute when he turned in Juan Bernat’s pass to make it 2-0. He grabbed his second in the 89th with a fine low finish after collecting Christopher Nkunku’s pass and cutting in from the left. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Belinda Bencic beats Petra Kvitova to win Dubai Championship ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

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4 totally cool women entrepreneurs to be inspired by

first_imgFrom start-ups to traditional businesses, women are turning heads in the workplace–for more reasons than one. Four young achievers look thepart, and how.Radhika Ghai AggarwalCo-founder and Chief Business Officer, ShopClues.comFrom banking to fashion retail, Radhika Ghai Aggarwal has marketing experience in diverse industries. And now, her company ShopClues is the 50th most visited website in India, valued at a whopping $500 million. Watched closely by others in the e-commerce space, Aggarwal is driving change with the confidence of someone who knows where she’s headed. And at nearly 5ft 9 inches, she stands tall among her peers. Yet, at times, Aggarwal feels the need to tower over people. “So I keep a pair of heels in my drawer at work,” she says. “It’s literally a ‘pick-me-up’. I slip them on to lift my spirits.”Radhika Ghai Aggarwal. Picture courtesy: Anand GogoiLike the advertising world, those in the technology and start-up space are often expected to dress down. An expectation that Aggarwal doesn’t begrudge, keeping it casual on most days in jeans and T-shirts… So much so she picks up most of her work clothes, especially Indian semi-formals, off the rack from the same shops. Her no-fuss makeup and shoulder-length hair-“loose, if I’ve just washed it; tied up, if I haven’t”-come as no surprise either. Yet Aggarwal does shed this sartorial nonchalance when she travels, picking out dresses and shifts. Diane von Furstenberg is an old favourite. “I have at least 25 to 30 of her outfits,” she says. Back home, on special occasions, she is also spotted in soft cotton and Gujarati gajji silk saris. But with long workdays, these are exceptions to the rule.Sairee Chahal Co-founder, Fleximoms and SheroesBuilding career shops that work towards creating and enhancing flexible work options for 15 lakh women taking mid-career breaks, Sairee Chahal too is a fleximom–a term that doesn’t quite inspire fashion confidence on average weekdays, divided between a growing business and a growing child. “I’m boring [in terms of fashion]–almost a boy,” says Chahal, whose petite frame and pixie haircut appear to validate her schoolboy image.advertisementSairee Chahal. Picture courtesy: Anand GogoiWith no pressure to conform, as her own boss, Chahal is happy to sport her wardrobe staples of jeans, kurta, and T-shirts. For formal meetings, she sticks to a few can’t-go-wrong, key pieces, such as trousers (black, brown, blue), shirts (almost always white) and jackets. On special occasions when she must take it up a notch, well-tailored tunics and single dresses in clean cuts and comfortable fabrics, come to her rescue. “I also have a few little black dresses, of course,” she offers. Even at her TED Talk in the US a couple of years ago, makeup-free and dressed in blacks and greys, Chahal’s only concession to style was a red scarf casually slung over her shoulders… And yet, she owns this simplicity. Working towards “the feminisation of the workplace,” Chahal appears to eschew the image of feminists in heavily kohled eyes and statement saris. The emphasis is on getting work done.”Anahita Dhondy,Chef Manager, SodaBottleOpenerWala restaurantsAnahita Dhondy comes from a family of “mad Parsis” in Delhi-a breed rarer than the Mumbai Parsi, but just as typical, she says. Inspired by her mother, Dhondy started icing cakes at 10! Later, she studied at the Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad, and Le Cordon Bleu, London. In her mid 20s, she now wields the ladle at the restaurant chain SodaBottleOpenerWala, a tribute to the Irani cafe culture. As a chef, Dhondy appears to wear both her youth and gender lightly, even in a restaurant kitchen–a workspace as brutal and as ‘male’ as any. But does it influence the way she dresses? “At work–usually, a hot kitchen–I aim, first and foremost, to be comfortable,” she says.Anahita Dhondy. Picture courtesy: Anand Gogoi”And yes, since I’m often the only woman among men, I tend to cover up–full sleeves, high-waist jeans, a throw on top… Plus, the chef’s coat is a loose, cover-all garment. I wore a skirt once, and it ended up being a distraction–I’d rather the chaps focused on the orders.” Dhondy’s style is clearly an extension of the person and the chef she is-cooking with simple, everyday ingredients to make comfort food. Busy with the usual demands of a popular restaurant, and with the Parsi New Year celebrations, for instance, she arrives at our shoot in track pants. Outside the kitchen, though, she makes an effort to dress differently. Her style could be boho-chic with jeans, cropped top and cape, or a maxi with a floral scarf. “But I’m unpredictable,” she warns, “Monochrome one day, a riot of colours the next… I’m a mad Bawa, basically!”Sakshi Vij,Founder and CEO of Myles, a division of Carzonrent IndiaSakshi Vij started Myles in 2013-a challenge in India, where we’re unaccustomed to the concept of self-driving rental cars. What began with 14 cars and three locations has grown to over 1,000 cars across 21 Indian cities in two years. But this sharp rise in Vij’s career graph, leading to busier days and longer weeks, has hardly blunted her dressing style.Sakshi Vij. Picture courtesy: Anand GogoiA working woman who knows her CC cream and her mascara well, Vij’s sartorial choices are no afterthoughts. And unlike many other women heading their own businesses, she prefers to keep it formal and natty, taking cues from the European couture trends. Having said that, Vij doesn’t follow trends blindly, and has a sense of style all her own. “Of late, I’ve worn flowy shirts with leggings, even jeggings. I tend to opt for single tones in good material, and long garments.” Not one to shy away from bright colours, reds, pinks, and plenty of rust dominate her shelves. Sakshi is also happy to experiment with her clothes. “For dressier occasions, I switch to fusion,” she says. Nachiket Barve and Masaba are her go-to options. Add to that a spot of bold lip colour, comfortable footwear and occasionally, animal prints, and you have a businesswoman who is not afraid to show her true colours.This story first appeared in Harper’s Bazaar India (At Work)advertisementlast_img read more

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Hashim Amla’s unbeaten 97 in vain as Australia seal series 2-1 vs South Africa

first_imgAustralia clinched a six-wicket win over South Africa in the third Twenty20 on Wednesday to come from behind to win the series 2-1 and get a boost ahead of the World Cup in India.Australia reached its challenging victory target of 179 at Newlands after contributions from all its top four batsmen: Shane Watson made 42, Usman Khawaja 33, captain Steven Smith 44, and David Warner 33.Australia’s total of 181-4 was the highest successful chase in T20s at Newlands and the second-highest 20-over score at the ground. Australia did it with relative ease, too.After struggling with five T20 losses in a row, Australia has now won two on the bounce in time for the World Twenty20.”Really pleased the way the guys came back after that first game,” Australia skipper Smith said. “It’s really tough being one down in a three-match series. I think we’ve found some answers. Most of the guys have played two or three games here and we’ve got a good squad together.”Openers Watson and Khawaja put on 76 and Warner and Smith put together the crucial partnership when they combined for 79 to keep Australia ticking in the normally tricky middle overs.Australia lost wickets in spurts, first when both openers fell to legspinner Imran Tahir in the same over, and then when Warner and Smith fell in successive overs. But the tourists recovered both times.Glenn Maxwell (19 not out) put Australia within reach of victory with a six over the cover boundary in the second-last over when his side still needed 10 from eight balls.advertisementAustralia then needed just three off the final over and Mitchell Marsh won it with a boundary past the bowler and down to mid-off with four balls to spare.Hashim Amla set up South Africa’s 178-4 with his 97 not out, a career-best for him. Amla hit eight fours and four sixes, but South Africa lost its momentum in the middle part of its innings when it should have kicked on.Nathan Coulter-Nile took 2-32 to lead the Australian bowlers. Australia’s batsmen were also impressive to chase down the score.”I thought 180 was a good score but credit to the Australians, they batted really well,” Amla said.Australia opens its World Twenty20 campaign against New Zealand on March 18. South Africa starts against England. Neither country has won the 20-over World Cup.last_img read more

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South Korean Olympic Organizers Downplay Concern over NKorea

first_imgANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — South Korea’s Olympic organizers have played down concern over ongoing tensions with North Korea and also say work has been completed on all venues for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.Lee Hee-beom, president of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, says the International Olympic Committee has made it very clear that the Feb. 9-25 games will go ahead as scheduled.Speaking at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics shortly after the last rehearsal for Tuesday’s official flame-lighting ceremony, Lee says “there is no Plan B.”Lee says South Korean officials are working closely with all relevant parties to ensure the games are safe and secure.He says his main concern for the games is the weather.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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The Manual Wind: Panerai Radiomir Pam 655 3-Day Automatic

first_img 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Editors’ Recommendations Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic When you think of Panerai, there is one design that comes to mind.  Big stainless steel case, protruding crown guard, and of course a sandwich black dial,  Panerai does make other watches.  Their Radiomir line, the 1940s inspired rounded square case shape, is just as classic as the bulkier Luminor.  Simple and classic, this case shape is a favorite of mine.  It does not scream Panerai, but it certainly says class.Panerai has been rolling out new Radiomir pieces as of late and this last one has caught my eye; the Panerai PAM 655 3 day Automatic.  This watch is everything that is not common Panerai.  At only 42mm in diameter, this steel case is streamlined for dress but substantial enough for casual.  A white dial with faux patina markers and black arabic numerals makes for a killer contrast.  Fit with a khaki suede band, this piece looks like its on safari.  Beneath the white dial lies Panerai’s in-house 3 day power reserve automatic movement.  The off-center tungsten rotor can be seen through the exhibition case back.This color contrast and case shape is not typical Panerai, but it certainly stands out.  Brands that have beaten the dead horse with their flagship design tend to fade over time.  Panerai is giving it their best shot at adapting and offering their loyal collectors new and interesting timepieces.  The PAM 655 is a perfect example of that.  There is still plenty of Panerai DNA in this piece.  White dial Panerais get a bad rap, but this one will help change that.last_img read more

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Jamaican Bunkering Market Has a New Player

first_imgzoom Approval has been given for the third bunkering company West Indies Petroleum (WIP) to commence operations in Jamaica. WIP now joins Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. and Petrotech Marine Petroleum Limited as the retail suppliers of bunker fuel to ships calling at Jamaican ports and transiting its waters.WIP owns and operates a tug and a 1384gt barge and will also be using tanker wagons to supply fuel at ports across the island.The “WIP Dependable” tug owned by West Indies Petroleum (WIP) shown along side. The company also operates the 1384 gross tonne “Bunker Jam 1” barge.A recent study commissioned by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) with the assistance of the Commonwealth Secretariat, showed that 1.2m tonnes of bunkers were supplied in 2011 and the direct value added to the Jamaican economy was $6.8m.The study projects that bunker volumes will increase to 1.5m tonnes in the next five years provided the Government put in place the appropriate legal and administrative framework, including a code of practice for bunkering, petroleum free-zones and other ship-related services, to attract vessels to call at Jamaican ports.Bunkering and dry-docking are two of the elements of the Logistics Hub initiative being promoted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica and it is expected that a fourth bunker supplier will enter the market in 2014.Press Release, July 4, 2014; Image: WIPlast_img read more

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Grant Program to Benefit Older Nova Scotians

first_imgMore older Nova Scotians will benefit from a provincial grant program that funds organizations and their work to develop age-friendly communities. Minister of Seniors Leo Glavine announced 16 recipients of the Age Friendly Community Grant program, today, Jan. 17, at the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. The grant program provides funding of up to $25,000 for projects that fall into one of two categories – age-friendly community planning and community projects. The 16 projects announced today amounts to an investment of about $160,000. “While each of these projects is unique, they share a common focus to ensure older Nova Scotians – in all their diversity – can stay connected to their communities,” said Mr. Glavine. “Together, we must value older adults and their contributions to our province. “Thank you to the organizations across the province that are making a difference and celebrating all Nova Scotians and their contributions. Nova Scotia is a stronger province when everyone is given the chance to participate.” Some of the projects include: exploring innovative and supportive housing options programs that address healthy, active living and social isolation mentoring programs linking retirees with young adults and those that encourage inter-generational relationships professional development and training to help organizations plan and support older adults living in their communities One of the grant recipients is the Dartmouth Family Centre which will receive $10,000. They will expand their SPACE to Thrive program to support participation and broaden volunteer opportunities. The expansion will include making physical activity programs more inclusive to a wider range of abilities, speaker nights on topics related to aging and wellness navigators to be available during drop-in times. “We want to strengthen relationships in our community with older adults,” said Wendy Fraser, executive director of the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. “With the support of the Age-Friendly Grant, we’re able to ensure that older adults who have decided to live independently can do so without having to deal with social isolation, loneliness and the feeling of being disconnected from their community. All Nova Scotians deserve to be a part of the community at any age.” The next application deadline is Feb. 1. Information and application forms are available at http://www.novascotia.ca/age-friendly-grant or by calling 902-424-0770 or toll-free 1-844-277-0770. The grant program is one of more than 50 actions identified in SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for An Aging Population. The plan is available at, http://www.novascotia.ca/age-friendly-grant .last_img read more

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Calcutta Boys School celebrates Greek culture

first_imgCalcutta Boy’s School recently presented their annual concert ‘Crescendo’ in the school premises. in which students of the primary school collectively gathered to celebrate the Greek culture and enact the famous Greek myth known as Pandora’s Box.Arindam Sil, Film Actor, Director, and Producer graced the occasion as Chief Guest along with Raja McGee, Principal and Secretary, Calcutta Boy’s School; and Professor Maria Fernandez, Vice-Chairperson, Women’s Commission, Government of West Bengal. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIt was a grand celebration, with almost 400 students taking part in the concert from various classes and age groups. The dance forms such as Greek folk dance, little Latino Dancers, Fiery Flamenco, Zorbas put up by the pre-primary students precede the main play, ‘Pandora’s Box’ which conveys the important message that Hope is a blessing bestowed upon us by God which dispels negativity. “This is a great initiative for the children in nurturing their skills. Books should be more provided to them than mobile phones this time, for their betterment in life,” said Arindam Sil. “This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their talent which will, in turn, infuse them with confidence and hone their potentials,” said Raja McGee, Principal and Secretary, Calcutta Boy’s School.last_img read more

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Neymar Jr Named Ambassador For Handicap International

first_imgBrazilian football player Neymar Jr. became the new ambassador of the charity Handicap International this week.Through this partnership, Neymar is using his huge fame for a good cause: to support the most vulnerable people in the world, people with disabilities in poor countries, victims of conflicts and natural disasters.The first action of Neymar Jr. as an ambassador of Handicap International was to send a message of support to people with disabilities across the world.On Tuesday in Geneva, the football player went on the top of the Broken Chair monument.Broken chair is the work of the Swiss artist Daniel Berset, erected twenty years ago by Handicap International in front of the United Nations headquarters in Geneva to call for a ban on antipersonnel landmines.While at the top of the iconic sculpture in Geneva, Neymar Jr sent a message to all the nations in the world, to call for more inclusion of people with disabilities in society. Symbolically, this message took the shape of a football with the logo of Handicap International on it. The ball was kicked in the flags alley situated in front of the Palace of Nations. The event was followed by a press conference hosted by the United Nations Office at Geneva.Neymar Jr. chose to engage with Handicap International and to promote all of the charity’s work toward people with disabilities in poor countries and victims of natural disasters and conflicts.The star and Handicap International met on the topic of access to prosthesis for amputee children, which is a topic particularly close to Neymar Jr.‘s heart and one which he has already supported. He wanted to support actions on this topic on a global scale and got to know Handicap International’s work at the beginning of 2016. He expressed the wish to go in the field to see the charity’s projects.In October 2016, Neymar Jr. showed his support to the organisation’s actions in Haiti on social media, following Hurricane Matthew.Neymar Jr becomes the first international ambassador of Handicap International.last_img read more

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RCMP confirm photo on social media not suspects in Northern BC homicides

first_imgWINNIPEG, M.B. – The Manitoba RCMP have confirmed the photo floating around on social media of a man posing with a copy of the Winnipeg Sun, is not one of the suspects in three northern B.C. homicides.In a post on Facebook early Friday, the RCMP confirmed the photo that shows a man posing with the front page of Thursday’s Winnipeg Sun is not Kam McLeod or Bryer Schmegelsky.The RCMP also said they are still searching for the suspects and will release updates as they have concrete and confirmed information to share.  The post goes onto say, “We understand many people are experiencing fear & uncertainty over this incident but spreading online rumours doesn’t help.”RCMP have been searching near Gillam Manitoba since Monday for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.  There have been two confirmed sightings of the suspects near the community. The vehicle they had been driving was found near the community.last_img read more

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Mahinda hails Malaysian PM

“I have full confidence that the friendly relations between our two countries will continue to be strengthened and cooperation in the new field can be expanded,” he said.According to Malaysian media reports Najib’s Barisan Nasional won 133 seats in the 222-member parliament, well short of the two-thirds majority it lost in 2008. His office quoted President Rajapaksa as saying that Sri Lanka and Malaysia share a strong relationship based on mutual attraction and mutual respect continues to grow. Razak won elections held in Malaysia this week and was sworn in as Prime Minister after his re-election. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hailed the re-appointment of Najib Razak as the Prime Minister of Malaysia.Rajapaksa said the appointment of Razak as Prime Minister is a testament to the confidence of the people’s leadership and his ability to lead the country towards achieving more glorious progress. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim People’s Alliance won 89 seats, up seven from the 2008 election but still well short of unseating one of the world’s longest-serving governments. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Toyota sees quarterly profit sales rise lowers forecast

TOKYO — Toyota has reported a nearly 4% increase in fiscal first quarter profit on improved sales, but the Japanese automaker slightly lowered its full year forecasts because of unfavourable currency exchange rates.Toyota Motor Corp. reported Friday its April-June profit totalled 682.9 billion yen ($6.4 billion), up from 657.3 billion yen the same period last year.Quarterly sales rose 3.8% to 7.65 trillion yen ($71 billion).Consolidated vehicle sales for the period totalled 2.3 million, an increase of more than 67,000 vehicles from the previous year.By region, vehicle sales rose in Japan, the rest of Asia and Europe but fell in North America, according to the maker of the Prius hybrid, Corolla subcompact and Lexus luxury brand.The Associated Press read more

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Sandvine stock bounces near 52week high after Q4 profit revenue beat estimates

Sandvine stock bounces near 52-week high after Q4 profit, revenue beat estimates WATERLOO, Ont. – Sandvine Corp. (TSX:SVC) stock bounced close to a 52-week high Thursday after the tech company reported its fourth-quarter revenue jumped 31 per cent from a year earlier and it beat analyst profit and revenue estimates.The Waterloo, Ont.-based technology company, which reports in U.S. currency, had $27.5 million in revenue and $6.5 million, or 4.6 cents per share, of net income.That was up from $20.9 million in revenue and a $2.1-million loss in the year-earlier quarter.During the three-month period ended Nov. 30, Sandvine recorded a one-time reduction in operating expenses amounting to $3.8 million. The special item was related to funding for a project under Ontario’s Next Generation of Jobs Fund.Analysts had been looking for Sandvine to generate $23.4 million of revenue and essentially break even during the quarter.The company’s stock jumped as high as $1.87 after Toronto market opened, a penny short of the 52-week high set on May 2. The shares gave up some gains later but were still up 23 per cent, or 20 cents per share, at $1.75 at midday.The company’s technology is designed to help operate communications networks efficiently.“We are pleased with fourth quarter results as they demonstrate ongoing progress in revenue growth and profitability,” said Dave Caputo, Sandvine’s president and CEO.“Total revenue and wireless market revenue were at record levels, driven by large initial orders from two new Tier 1 customers and large expansion orders from major existing customers, which has been a key area of focus for us in 2012.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version reported incorrect figures for the year-earlier period. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 10, 2013 12:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Using Gold To Turn Trees Into Street Lights

first_imgA group of scientists from Taiwan has discovered a way to potentially add more trees to the urban landscape while reducing the number of street lights. And the secret is gold. By injecting gold nanoparticles into the leaves of plants, the scientists were able to affect the chlorophyll inside the plant’s leaves, which resulted in a blue-violet fluorescence.The discovery was stumbled upon while doing research into an alternative light source to LEDs, which are both expensive and can feature toxic chemicals. Not only would luminescent trees eliminate both of those factors, they would also require no electricity and have the added benefit of increasing the number of trees and plant life around us. It’d be like bringing a touch of Avatar to the city.“In the future, bio-LED could be used to make roadside trees luminescent at night. This will save energy and absorb CO2 as the bio-LED luminescence will cause the chloroplast to conduct photosynthesis,” said Dr. Yen-Hsun Su in the interview with Chemistry World.Via Inhabitatlast_img read more

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Woodlands no on rezoning ends apartment plan

first_imgWOODLAND — Plans for a controversial apartment complex took a hit Monday night when Woodland city councilors voted against amending the 2016 comprehensive plan.The 2-plus-acre parcel, 1350 Glenwood St., Woodland, is owned by Corporate Financial Solutions, which planned to build a 76-apartment complex on the property. That plot is zoned for light industrial use, so to build the complex, the developer needed the city to rezone it to high-density residential. To do that, city councilors would have to amend the most recent comprehensive plan.City councilors voted against reopening the comprehensive plan 6-0, with Councilor Carol Rounds absent from the meeting. Councilor Ben Fredricks, who made the initial motion to deny the request, said the comprehensive plan is a “result of extensive discussion” and the burden is on the proponent to show why changing it justified.“The applicant has not met this burden,” he said.Councilor Dave Plaza said he was concerned about adding cars to the packed neighborhood, where “streets are already slammed with parking issues.”Steve Gibson, managing member with Corporate Financial Solutions, said the plan now is to sit back and figure out what can be put on that parcel instead. He said the company has some backup ideas but is still doing feasibility studies on some and didn’t want to list any specific ideas. Gibson said the company purchased the land specifically to build the apartment complex, and that it’s a bit on the smaller side to make a light industrial property as profitable.“That’s why the property sat forever,” he said. “It’s just so small. There are only a few things you can put there to make money. You can put in light industrial that would break even, but people don’t get into development to break even.”Gibson said Corporate Financial Solutions would also consider selling the land, if another preferable use isn’t found.In a presentation to the council, the plan called for 76 units ranging in size and price. Gibson said the apartments probably would have cost somewhere between $850 a month to $1,150 a month. A two-bedroom apartment would’ve been about 875 square feet, he said.last_img read more

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Deputyinvolved crash in Davie causes traffic backups

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A three-vehicle crash involving a Broward Sheriff’s Office cruiser and two other cars shut down all westbound lanes of State Road 84.7Skyforce HD hovered above the scene of the accident, near Davie Road, as rescue crews responded and officers diverted traffic.According to BSO deputies, a black Chevy Camaro plowed into the back of a marked deputy’s cruiser that had stopped at a red light, just before 2 p.m. The cruiser then clipped another vehicle.According to Davie Fire Rescue, the driver of the Camaro was not injured. Skyforce HD captured the motorist retrieving belongings from the mangled vehicle.Officials said someone drove the deputy and the driver of the other car to University Medical Center with minor injuries.Authorities shut down all westbound lanes of State Road 84, causing traffic delays on the westbound exit ramp, off Interstate 595. The Camaro and the cruiser were removed from the scene, just before 6 p.m. The roadway was reopened later that evening.It remains unclear who was at fault in the crash. Authorities continue to investigate.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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YK Delta Residents How Will Donlin Gas Pipeline Benefit Us

first_imgCaribou grazing along the Transalaska Pipeline. (Photo Courtesy of DNR Alasksa Pipeline Coordinator’s Office)The State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources Pipeline Coordinator’s Office collected comments on a natural gas pipeline being proposed by Donlin Gold at Bethel’s Cultural Center Monday evening. It was the first state hearing on the pipeline that would run from Cook Inlet to the proposed Donlin Creek Mine site near Crooked Creek.Download AudioThe dozen or so people who showed up to the hearing, had more questions than comments, and many of them sounded something like Martin Nicolai’s from Kwethluk.“If Donlin builds the pipeline will it benefit the residents of Alaska or will it benefit only the Kuskokwim people or Calista? Donlin is going to be in operation for 30 years, and after that period ends what will happen to the pipeline? Will it still be there? Will it be dismantled? And if it’s still there will it benefit the Kuskokwim Valley and Yukon River villages?” said Nicolai.Many wanted to know how a natural gas pipeline could be leveraged to benefit their communities and ease the region’s high energy costs. Donlin is looking to build a natural gas pipeline spanning roughly 315 miles from Beluga, on Cook Inlet, to the proposed mine site about 120 miles upriver from Bethel near Crooked Creek.207 of those miles are over state land. The hearing was specifically to address the pipeline right of way on state land. Donlin officials say they can mine a million ounces of gold per year from an open pit mine at the site, but they’ll need cheap, reliable power, in this case natural gas, to run ore crushers, an oxygen plant, a mill and general operations including a camp of 600 people and possibly even heavy machinery that runs on natural gas.Small business owner Dan Leinberger says he’s supportive of a pipeline, but wants assurances that the state will look into a public-private partnership to bring a line to the lower Kuskokwim where more people live.“It’s nice that Donlin would be able to get relatively cheap power, but as the previous speaker said, what does it do really for the rest of us out here?” said Leinberger.Donlin, which is equally owned by Novagold Resources and Barrick Gold Corporation, anticipates more than 100 permits will be needed for the project and regulators are working on a 2000-page Environmental Impact Statement.Mark Springer, a member of the Bethel City Council, says anything that would bring lower-cost power to Bethel has a high potential public benefit.“The idea that we could have significant power generation capacity with an attendant distribution network is very exciting. Alternatively a pipeline downriver is very exciting, although I personally I believe it would be much less expensive to operate a high voltage DC network down this way. And as a common carrier, as basically a commercially operated pipeline, I don’t think that the life expectancy of it should be tied to the potential life of and demand from the Donlin Creek Mine,” said Springer.State officials say Donlin would only require up to half of the capacity of the line in gas and other groups, because of a common carrier status, could use the rest.Since several Donlin officials were there in person, the DNR representatives closed the formal public hearing and opened up the floor for a question and answer session.In answer to questions asked about the possibility of Donlin running a parallel diesel pipeline, Donlin Gold’s External Affairs Manager, Kurt Parkan, said:“One of the alternatives that’s being looked at is a parallel diesel pipeline. So that’s going to be fully vetted by the cooperating agencies, which include several tribes in the region who are participants in that process,” said Parkan.Comments will be taken back to the state’s Pipeline Coordinators office for review and be taken into account as the office drafts the commissioner’s analysis and a draft lease. Comments are being taken on the right of way until January 28th 2015.The Alaska DNR Pipeline Coordinator’s Office held hearings in Bethel and McGrath. A hearing takes place in Anchorage at the Loussac Library tonight (10/15) from 5:30-7:30pm. Hearings are also scheduled to take place in Tyonek the Tyonek Tribal Center Thursday (10/16) from 1-3pm and in Skwentna at the Skwentna Roadhouse on January 21st (1/21/15) from 11am-1pm.last_img read more

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BlackBerry Curve 9320 Launched for ₹15990 RIM Battle Toughens for Curve 9320

first_imgCanada’s Research in Motion (RIM) on Sunday unveiled the new BlackBerry Curve 9320 in India, and tagged the new smartphone at a cool 15,990 rupees.The new device comes packed with a host of exciting features for BlackBerry enthusiasts, including global 3G connectivity that comes amid slashed tariffs with rising popularity of lightning fast networks across the country. “The BlackBerry Curve series is extremely popular and successful in India. This new model is designed to make it easy for customers to be socially-connected, and we expect it will be especially popular in the youth segment,” RIM India Managing Director Sunil Dutt said, according to The Times of India.The new Curve 9320 is powered with 7.1 operating system coupled with a 800 MHz CPU and borrows the 2.44 inch 320 x 240 pixel resolution screen, full QWERTY keypad and touch-sensitive optical trackpad from its predecessor, the BlackBerry Curve 9220. Other features of the Curve 9320 include a, 3.2 megapixel camera, with geo-tagging options and image stabilization features, Wi-Fi connectivity, a dedicated BBM key and 512 MB of RAM that’s expandable to 32GB via a microSD card.The Curve 9220 has more or less the same specifications but features a lower resolution camera at 2 megapixel and excludes any camera options such as geo-tagging or image stabilization controls. Launched in April, the 9220 comes with a price tag of around 10,000 rupees.The new Curve also comes equipped with pre-installed Twitter and Facebook applications that are in line for the social centric. The device also sports a fairly decent Li-Ion 1450 mAh battery that boasts seven hours of talktime.last_img read more

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Why This Founder Says the Worst Advice He Ever Got Was to

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 12 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 16, 2017center_img Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur’s “20 Questions” series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success strategies and advice for aspiring founders. This article is included in Entrepreneur Voices on Effective Leadership, a new book containing insights from more than 20 contributors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.If you have ever had to tell your computer that you are not a robot and type a series of  words and numbers when you subscribe to an email newsletter, you’ve run into Luis von Ahn’s work. In 2000, with his mentor Manuel Blum, he invented CAPTCHA, or Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. He built two companies on the technology, which he sold to Google in 2009.He was just about to turn 30, and he found himself at a career crossroads. “I was having sort of a quarterlife crisis, wondering what I am going to do with the rest of my life,” recalled von Ahn.So he set his sights on a new project and wanted to do something that he was passionate about. Having seen how a lack of education can impact opportunity and factor into economic disparity in his native Guatemala, and given his love for teaching as a computer science professor at his graduate alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University, education and learning seemed like a natural focus.Related: How Duolingo Mastered the Fickle Language of Startup Success“My views about education are very influenced by being from Guatemala. … The rich people can buy themselves the best education in the world, whereas the poor people rarely learn how to read and write, and because of that, they never make much money,” von Ahn says. “I wanted to do something that would give equal access to education to everybody.”His solution to bridge that gap was to remove the time constraints and costs often attached to gaining fluency in a new language.“There are over a billion people in the world learning a foreign language,” he says. “Then I asked, can we find a way for people to learn a foreign language for free?” That’s how his startup Duolingo got its start.Read This: Entrepreneur Voices on Effective Leadership | Amazon | Barnes & Nobleith Duolingo, users can choose from 27 news languages from Spanish to Swedish, and learn through small, gamified lessons. Since the company’s launch in 2011, it has raised $83.3 million in funding, been awarded iPhone App of the Year in 2013 and was the Best of the Best for Android in 2013 and 2014. It is also the most downloaded app in the “Education” category on Android and iOS worldwide and the free app has garnered 150 million total users around the world, according to the company.We caught up with von Ahn to ask him 20 questions about what makes him tick.This interview is edited for clarity and brevity.1. How do you start your day?I wake up pretty early between five and six a.m. First thing I do is check my email and the second thing I do is check the Duolingo metrics from the day before, like revenue and active users. I don’t know if that is a good idea or not because my mood for the rest of the day is correlated to that. Then I work out for 16 minutes. I work out at maximum speed for 16 minutes, it is a time saving device. The working out really wakes me up and gives me a lot of energy; I feel pretty refreshed after that.2. How do you end your day?That varies depending on what I did during the day. Sometimes I just get back from a late dinner and go to bed immediately. If I have time, I try to wrap everything up before the next day, so I don’t have anything that carries over. That’s rare, but when I am able to do that, that makes me feel a lot better. If I can start the next day with nothing immediate carrying over, that really helps me.3. What’s a book that changed your mind?The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. Before I read that book I didn’t pay a lot of attention to design. That book makes it clear when you don’t understand something it is because it is poorly designed, not because you aren’t smart. Since then, I’m obsessed with how products are designed.4. What’s a book you always recommend?I recently read High Output Management by Andy Grove. There are a lot of books written about how to be a better CEO by people who aren’t CEOs. He was CEO of Intel for more than 30 years. It’s a how-to book about how to be a manger. It’s so well thought out; it’s about exactly the problems people have. For example, if you are doing a performance review, give people what you want to talk about in writing before, during and after your meeting.5. What’s a strategy to keep focused?I try to break everything into small tasks. I’m not good at doing things that take months, but I am good at doing things that take a half an hour. I break things down into 15-, 30-minute pieces.Related: 8 Ways to Develop Long-Term Focus and Achieve Success6. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?At first my mother was very concerned, because I wanted to be a fire truck, not a firefighter. Then I wanted to be a policeman, a doctor, an astronomer and then I settled on professor, which I ended up being for the first part of my career. I think a lot of it had to do with TV. I watched TV shows with policeman, and it seemed cool. I was a big fan of the show ER, and I thought that’s what I want to be.7. What did you learn from the worst boss you ever had?I don’t think I’ve really had a boss. When I started leading a team I would micromanage everything they were doing, because I wanted it just so. Over time I have learned to bite my tongue in meetings, and I should only speak up if I feel extremely strongly about something. People who report to me have gotten better at their jobs, because they have more responsibility and learn from their mistakes.8. Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?I got a Ph.D in computer science, and I had an awesome advisor, Manuel Blum. He won the Turing Award, which is basically the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for computer science. I learned so much from this guy; he was just so humble and thought about everything so deeply.I spend most of my weekends thinking about things that other people might not think much about, but I think about them over and over again. It’s kind of obsessive, but from that, a lot of good stuff really comes out.9. What’s a trip that changed you?I grew up in Guatemala. The first time I came to the U.S. really changed me. The first thing I thought was, this is where I want to live. I know a lot of countries are more orderly, but at the time, Guatemala was extremely chaotic. Everything in the U.S. was so orderly. People stood in line and used turn signals. That such a society could exist was amazing. For many people that’s not surprising, but for me that was surprising.10. What inspires you?That has changed over time. At first what inspired me was to work on hard technological problems. I didn’t particularly care about the impact, I just wanted to solve difficult problems. Now, the main thing that inspires me is the impact something can have. With Duolingo, what inspires me is our mission: trying to give people language education.Related: How to Define and Implement a Social Mission for Your Business11. What was your first business idea and what did you do with it?I actually had what I thought was a pretty serious business idea when I was about 12. I also thought I was the first person to have this idea, and I thought it was a great idea. Neither of those were true. The idea was to see if you could generate electricity through motion.I thought this would allow us to make gyms for free. Connect the exercise equipment to the power grid. Anyone who is exercising would be generating electricity, and I would be able to sell that electricity to the power company. Therefore I don’t have to charge anyone to come exercise. My gym would be free and everybody else’s gym would be expensive, so I would be able to take over the gym world.It turns out this a pretty common bad idea. The reason it doesn’t work is because humans are pretty crappy at generating electricity. The amount of electricity you could generate this way is worth nothing. There is an even bigger problem. Gyms make their money from people who don’t show up, and for this idea you need people to show up.12. What was an early job that taught you something important or useful that you still use today?I started this company called reCAPTCHA. It was acquired by Google and spent some time at Google after the acquisition. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was extremely impactful. I really learned how a well-run company operates. By just being there I was able to see how they did things, and I applied a lot of it to Duolingo.13. What’s the best advice you ever took?I was complaining that I didn’t want to give a talk that I had promised to do. They said to me, with things like talks, you usually get asked to do them a year in advance. The advice was, if you are ever invited to do something six months or more in advance, ask yourself if you would want to do this if it was next week. If it’s no, you should just decline.14. What’s the worst piece of advice you ever got?I don’t know if it’s bad universally, or if it was just bad for me. When you’re building a product, typical advice is listen to what your users are saying. I have found that is terrible advice for Duolingo. The spirit of the advice is good, but a lot of times, there is a problem that arises. If the feedback channels are such that that only a few users get to talk to you, you are only hearing the loudest ones, not all of them, and that is where it breaks down.  We have a forum on our website where people can talk about language, but they often ask about features. I have found that listening to people in the forums is a terrible idea. For example, we redesigned the website a few years ago,and people in the forum were saying how terrible it was. Hundreds of posts about how this was the worst decision we had ever made. All the while we were looking at the metrics for the new website, and they were significantly better.If you are just listening to the people who reach out to you, than that is a biased sample of people who are a loud minority. Of course that is not always the case, but unless you know what you are doing, you should watch out for that bias.15. What’s a productivity tip you swear by?I like my exercise routine, because it’s time efficient. I just run like crazy for 15 or 16 minutes. I feel dead afterwards, but at least it saves me time.Related: How Exercising Daily Has Made Me a Better Entrepreneur16. Is there an app or tool you use to get things done or stay on track?I use Slack a lot. It helps me easily communicate with the Duolingo team and keep track of what the team is working on day to day.17. What does work-life balance mean to you?I don’t understand the meaning of that. I don’t burn out because my work is my hobby. I do this because it’s what I love to do. That’s not a big issue for me.18. How do you prevent burnout?I guess I am a workaholic, but I have learned to cap the number of hours a day that I spend working. My biggest strategy is no matter what I am doing, at around 8:00 pm I stop working.19. When you’re faced with a creativity block, what’s your strategy to get innovating?This happens often and I have learned over time is to just let time pass. Do something else — that really helps.20. What are you learning now?It is kind of a shameless plug, but I’m actually learning Portuguese on Duolingo. It’s close to Spanish, and I’m a native Spanish speaker. I’m actually very bad at learning languages, which is pretty funny, but this one I’m actually making some progress. Register Now »last_img read more

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