Indo-Asian News Service KolkataJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 18:39 IST India are set to play the West Indies in 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Test series that starts from August 3. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said the team shares great camaraderie with head coach Ravi ShastriVirat Kohli was criticized for showing his preference for the head coachHowever, Sourav Ganguly came in support of Kohli, saying the captain has the right to voice his opinionVirat Kohli has the right to say who he wants as the head coach, feels former India captain Sourav Ganguly.”He is the captain so, he has got the right to say,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of the prize distribution ceremony for Zee Bangla Football League.In his pre-departure press conference, India skipper Kohli had said the team would be very happy if Ravi Shastri continues as the head coach.”The CAC hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted so far,” Kohli had said in Mumbai.The newly formed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) co-member Anshuman Gaekwad told IANS that that they will go in with an open mind when they sit down to interview the short-listed candidates.The CAC — comprising India’s first World Cup winning captain and legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev, former batsman and coach Gaekwad and former women’s captain Shanta Rangaswamy — have been entrusted with the job of selecting a new head coach.The current coaching staff were handed an extension till the tour of West Indies as their contract expired after the World Cup. India will play three Twenty20 internationals, three ODIs and two Tests in USA and the the Caribbean.”We have to go with an open mind. There are interviews to be conducted. Lot of people from India and abroad have applied. We have to go there and assess things,” Gaekwad said.advertisementAsked if the committee would keep Kohli in the loop before picking the next coach, Gaekwad said it was not mandatory.”The captain can say anything. It doesn’t bother us. We are a committee. That’s his opinion and the BCCI takes a note of it, not us.”It all depends on BCCI. BCCI has to give us guideline and then we will go accordingly. He has already said yesterday (what he wants). When we chose the women’s coach, we did not contact anybody. We did it on our own,” Gaekwad further said.Asked about Gaekwad’s comments, Ganguly said: “Every individual is different so I cannot comment.”Ganguly also refused to comment on India and Mumbai opener Prithvi Shaw being banned by the BCCI for a doping violation.”I am not sure what exactly is the truth. It won’t be right for me to comment,” he said.Also Read | Virat Kohli backs Ravi Shastri to remain as India head coachAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s comments on Ravi Shastri will not influence CAC: Anshuman GaekwadAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India head coachFollow Ravi Shastri Virat Kohli has right to say who he wants as India head coach: Sourav GangulySpeaking in a press conference, Virat Kohli had said he would be happy if Ravi Shastri continues as the head coach of the Indian cricket team.advertisement
zoomImage Courtesy: Pexels A captain of an oil and chemical tanker has been sentenced and removed from his position as Master for exceeding the alcohol limit, according to a report from Maritime New Zealand.The New Plymouth District Court has fined Saurabh Kumar Singh NZD 1,000 for exceeding the alcohol limit for a seafarer. He was the Master of Panama-registered SG Pegasus, which was scheduled to depart New Plymouth on the evening of December 11.New Plymouth pilots became concerned at Singh’s behaviour when they boarded SG Pegasus to help guide the tanker out of New Plymouth Harbour. The pilots contacted Maritime NZ’s local Maritime Officer who attended on board with Police. The Master failed an initial breath test on board and was then taken to the local police station for an evidential breath test which he also failed. Police subsequently prosecuted the man on behalf of Maritime NZ.The Master had a reading exceeding 880 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, breaching the Maritime Transport Act limit of 250 micrograms for seafarers on board international ships. The Master was also in breach of shipping company Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Singapore’s policy that the vessel is a ‘dry-ship’, meaning that no alcohol can be onboard at any time.The tanker was due to sail on to Nelson and then Lyttleton but Maritime NZ ordered that the vessel remain in New Plymouth while a replacement Master was put on board in order to meet safe manning standards.
Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook TIFF LIVE from the Red Carpet presented by Hudson’s Bay host Amanda Brugel during the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018. Photo credit: George Pimentel/Getty Images for TIFF Advertisement Twitter: @HudsonsBayInstagram: @HudsonsBayFacebook: @HudsonsBaySnapchat: hudsonsbayHashtag: #starsonstripesAbout Hudson’s BayHBC, incorporated in 1670, is North America’s oldest company. Hudson’s Bay has grown to become Canada’s most prominent department store, today operating 89 full-line locations and thebay.com. For the first time since the banner’s inception, Hudson’s Bay opened outside of Canada with 10 new stores in the Netherlands in 2017, and an online shopping destination at hudsonsbay.nl. Hudson’s Bay has established a reputation for quality, service, and style by offering well-edited assortments of exclusive and popular fashion, beauty, home and accessory designers and brands, as well as exclusive food concepts. It is part of the HBC brand portfolio. The signature stripes are a registered trademark of Hudson’s Bay Company. TORONTO, ON – Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Sabrina Carpenter and many more stars stepped out in style on the Hudson’s Bay striped carpet yesterday at Roy Thomson Hall for the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF).Hudson’s Bay is an Official Fashion Retailer and an Official Red Carpet Sponsor of the festival. Steve Carell attends the “Beautiful Boy” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images for TIFF) Timothee Chalamet attends the “Beautiful Boy” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images for TIFF) Sabrina Carpetner attends the “The Hate U Give” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images For TIFF ) Amy Ryan attends the “Beautiful Boy” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images for TIFF) TIFF LIVE from the Red Carpet presented by Hudson’s Bay host Amanda Brugel during the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018. Photo credit: George Pimentel/Getty Images for TIFF Aisha Brown attends the “Beautiful Boy” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images for TIFF) Aisha Brown, Steve Carell and Amanda Brugel attend the “Beautiful Boy” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images for TIFF) Jordan Sowunmi (L) and Amanda Brugel attend the “The Hate U Give” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images For TIFF ) Dominique Fishback (L) and TJ Wright attend the “The Hate U Give” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images For TIFF ) Home to some of the festival’s trendiest looks, stay tuned for the daily “Stars on Stripes” press alerts, rounding up red carpet looks, as talent walk the iconic Hudson’s Bay carpet at Roy Thomson Hall throughout this year’s Festival. Twitter
Kolkata: A large number of people turned up at polling booths in all nine Parliamentary seats of Bengal, braving hot and humid conditions on Sunday, whereas two poll personnel fell ill due to excessive heat. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore had earlier predicted that the temperature would remain on the higher side on the day of the final phase of election. The mercury had started climbing from last Friday in the city. Along with the voters, the polling personnel also faced difficulties in conducting polls due to the high levels of humidity. The MeT office also said that the temperature may continue to go up in the city and some other South Bengal districts in the next couple of days. There is no prediction of rainfall at least in the next 24 hours, the weather office added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPeople were seen perspiring heavily while standing in queues outside various polling stations in Kolkata North and Kolkata South constituencies, during the afternoon hours. Many polling personnel had gone to the booths on Saturday, a day before the final phase of the polls, with ORS and other necessary items to fight the heat. Voters were found standing in queues outside polling booths with umbrellas to protect themselves from the blazing sun. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMathurapur (SC) constituency recorded 78.52 percent polling till 5 pm, with 77.77 percent in Basirhat, 77.40 in Diamond Harbour, 75.81 in Joynagar, 74.41 in Barasat, 73.05 in Dum Dum, 70.97 in Jadavpur, 67.09 in Kolkata South and 61.18 in Kolkata North. Polling was conducted till 6 pm and latest data regarding the final poll percentage is yet to be compiled. The overall percentage of votes in the nine constituencies remained at 72.91 percent till 5 pm, which is expected to go up after the final tally.
Three people charged after the murder of Ancaster’s Tim Bosma will be in court today.Bosma vanished May 6 of last year after leaving home with two men to test drive a truck he was selling.Bosma’s burned remains were found about a week later at a farm in the Waterloo region belonging to one of the accused, Dellen Millard.Police believe Bosma was killed the same night he disappeared, but haven’t said where it happened.Dellen Millard and Mark Smich are each charged with first-degree murder.Christina Noudga, who police say was Millard’s girlfriend, is charged with being an accessory after the fact.
← Previous Story Road to Poland 2016: Spain in Mannheim, Serbia in Reykjavik, Sweden wait Slovenia Next Story → Bosnia and Herzegovina to keep head-coach Markovic until 2019! Christian DissingerTHW Kiel One of the biggest talents of German handball in the last few years, Christian Dissinger signed two years contract with the best team of DKB Bundesliga – THW Kiel. The 24 years-old left back had a lot of problem with injuries since he was voted for the Junior World Championship MVP with the golden German generation 1990.Dissi playef in Swiss team Kadetten Schaffhausen, while after knee recovery he was a member of TUS Lubbecke, where he is playing right now.He was also linked with the move to RK Vardar Skopje in the past after an unsuccesful transfer to BM Atletico Madrid, the Spanish team who ceased to exist in 2013…PHOTO: THW Kiel website
A REPORT ON respite care for children will be launched next week.Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald TD will launch Respite Services for Children with Life-Limiting Conditions and their Families in Ireland – A Needs Assessment on 4 March.The Hospice Foundation said that this report provides a national overview of the current provision and future need for respite care for children with life-limiting conditions.An estimated 1,400 children are living with life-limiting conditions in Ireland, and about 350 children die from a life-limiting condition each year, the majority in the first year of life.This needs assessment was jointly funded by LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice and the Irish Hospice Foundation, in partnership with the Health Service Executive.It was completed to assist in the implementation of the policy document Palliative Care for Children with Life-limiting Conditions in Ireland – A National Policy ,which was launched by the Department of Health & Children in March 2010.Read: Report: Irish hospice care high, but regional inequalities persist>
If you are considering buying a Windows 7 phone then there’s a few offers about. The best one at the moment seems to be AmazonWireless which is offering the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround, and LG Quantum for $49.99 each with free shipping and no activation fee.AT&T has an offer starting on the 26th for the same handsets, but it’s double the price of Amazon. You get the Focus, Surround, or Quantum for $199.99, but it’s buy one get one free pushing the price down to $100.You also get a free Entertainment Pack valued at $30 which includes 3D puzzle game ilomilo, Zune’s unlimited music service for 30 days and 10 free songs, and free access to AT&T U-verse mobile for 30 days.Amazon should therefore be your first port of called, but with phones at $50 stock is going to run dry very quickly.Read more at BGR
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tea could be good for your brain Not just your thirst. Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 12:00 PM DRINKING TEA DOESN’T just quench your thirst.Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) say that tea drinking could help reduce the risk of cognitive impairment in older persons by 50% and as much as 86% for those who are genetically at risk of Alzheimer’s.The longitudinal study involving 957 Chinese seniors aged 55 years or older has found that regular consumption of tea lowers the risk of cognitive decline in the elderly by 50%, while APOE e4 gene carriers who are genetically at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease may experience a reduction in cognitive impairment risk by as much as 86%.The research team also discovered that the neuroprotective role of tea consumption on cognitive function is not limited to a particular type of tea — so long as the tea is brewed from tea leaves, such as green, black or oolong tea.“While the study was conducted on Chinese elderly, the results could apply to other races as well. Our findings have important implications for dementia prevention. Despite high quality drug trials, effective pharmacological therapy for neurocognitive disorders such as dementia remains elusive and current prevention strategies are far from satisfactory.”In this study, tea consumption information was collected from the participants, who are community-living elderly, from 2003 to 2005. At regular intervals of two years, these seniors were assessed on their cognitive function using standardised tools until 2010. Information on lifestyles, medical conditions, physical and social activities were also collected.Those potential confounding factors were carefully controlled in statistical models to ensure the robustness of the findings.The research team published their findings in scientific journal The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging in December 2016.Read: Legendary US blog Boing Boing has written a glowing review of Barry’s Tea Mar 25th 2017, 12:00 PM Share231 Tweet Email11 Image: Shutterstock/Guzel Gashigullina 27 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3297840 Short URL By Paul Hosford Image: Shutterstock/Guzel Gashigullina 13,816 Views
50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Every year Google invites hundreds of tech writers and industry insiders for a big conference. It’s where the company announces some of its biggest projects and releases for the coming year, and it gives us insight into what the search giant is thinking.This year’s been a bit mixed. The highlight of the show was Google Lens, a replacement and massive update for the aging Google Goggles. Lens will be the center for the new visual search, plus Google’s assistant will be deeply integrated, giving you more natural feedback and search results. Plus, Lens will soon come with a feature that’s been called VPS, or a “visual positioning system.” Using some advanced computer vision and learning systems, this VPS will let you map out the interior of buildings or just about anything else. It scans the environment using an array of sensors, then constructs a 3D image that the software can reference and pull back up if you get lost.I’m not sure how practical that will be for most of us, but it is evidence that our lives will soon get a boost from low-level artificial intelligence. The future comes at you fast these days, for sure.Some other highlights include Android O and Android Go. These two would be the latest major update for the company’s mobile operating system. While O seems like little more than an incremental refresh of the software, Go is definitely worth watching. It’s built and optimized for lower-spec smartphones like those common throughout much of the developing world. That’s huge because a huge percentage of the world’s smartphone owners come from some of the poorest areas on Earth. They are vital pieces of the economy and infrastructure in many non-industrialized countries as well. It’s nice to see Google showing care and consideration for the massive breadth of its user base.Beyond that, though, there wasn’t much of note in Wednesday’s presser. Google Assistant is available on iOS now, which means Siri will be duking it out with the big G’s personal intelligence. The company did announce that it was working with HTC and Lenovo on a standalone VR set, but that’s really all we go.Overall, it was a calm conference with few major surprises or announcements. But again, it’s yet more evidence that AI will continue to play larger and larger roles in our tech-driven lives in the coming years. Stay on target
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An old joke goes that sex was invented on or around the release of the first Rolling Stones record.But the sexual culture of yesteryear’s teenagers is nothing like the one their children — and grandchildren — are growing into today: inescapable social media, ever-sharpening identity politics, gender-transition facilitated by modern medicine. Parents raising children in this new, strange, hyper-complex landscape may feel like there’s good reason to be freaked out.But is it really so different? Sex has been around longer than Mick Jagger, reportedly, and it’s always been a complex and confusing business; but now, it’s become the focus of major attention. That’s long overdue, said L. Kris Gowen, a sexuality researcher and educator based at Oregon Health & Science University.“It may seem more complicated to some of us now, as more people get comfortable embracing a broader range of identities and developing language to fit that,” Gowen said.Gowen is the author of “Sexual Decisions: The Ultimate Teen Guide,” which covers everything teens need to know in order to make health choices for themselves — from basic anatomy and the value of abstinence versus safe sex, to social media and gender identity. Gowen will give Wednesday’s “Science on Tap” talk, at downtown Vancouver’s Kiggins Theatre, on “The New Adolescent Sexuality: Life, Lust and Learning.”She’ll start with some very basic basics, she said: dating and relationships, sex and virginity (a common kid question: “What actually counts as sex?”). Then she’ll move on to today’s news: modern technology, the newly fluid matters of sexual orientation and identity.
In a letter today to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and U.S. Canola Association raised concerns regarding ongoing delays, lack of transparency and arbitrary decisions in China’s process of approving new biotechnology traits. The letter comes as the three administration officials prepare for a meeting of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) with the nation’s largest trading partner this December.“China is now the largest export market for U.S. agricultural goods valued at over $32 billion in 2012,” wrote the groups. “However, in spite of our growing successful trade relationship, China’s biotech approval process has gone from being slow but predictable to being even slower, unpredictable and non-transparent.”The groups maintain that China’s position as a major buyer of U.S. commodities means that the current, arbitrary Chinese approval system is effectively preventing U.S. farmers from adopting the new technologies needed to increase yields, fight pests and weeds, enhance quality and improve environmental performance.In the letter, the groups cited several key data points illustrating the complications of the approvals process, including a 19-month period in which no new soybean, corn, cotton or canola biotech traits had been approved. When the backlog of traits was addressed, China approved just over half of the applications. The groups say there are currently 15 biotech applications pending approval.“Farmers in the United States and around the world want to help meet China’s food security needs and our organizations have been working in partnership with the Chinese food, feed, livestock and textile industries for decades,” they noted. “However, the ability to efficiently and consistently produce and increase production of our crops depends on commercializing new biotech traits that can increase yields, improve quality, and ultimately provide Chinese consumers with more affordable and healthy food and fiber.”A full copy of the letter is available below.[gview file=”https://soygrowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/China-Biotech-Approval-Letter-to-USTR-Commerce-and-Agriculture.pdf”]
Wash. man who fatally shot uncle gets 16 yearsLONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A 49-year-old Longview, Wash., man who fatally shot his uncle in 2012 in a crime that prosecutors linked to the “Mayan prophecy” that the world would end has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison.The Daily News reports that Scott Wesley Humphreys wept during his sentencing hearing Thursday, telling the judge he acted in self-defense. On Feb. 4, Humphreys pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the midst of his trial.Court records show 62-year-old David “Lonny” Peterson was fatally shot on the night of Dec. 21, 2012. Prosecutors said Humphreys was drunk, angry and obsessed with the predicted end of the world when he shot his uncle.On Thursday, Humphreys said claims that the apocalypse prophecy influenced him were ludicrous.Relatives of both men pleaded for leniency.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man who said he was only trying to protect his property is facing a serious charge.Fort Lauderdale resident James Tenney was charged Friday with attempted manslaughter with a firearm.Officials said Tenney, 35, fired at two fleeing teen burglars, injuring one of them after the suspects broke into his vehicle near Southwest Sixth Court and Sixth Street.Surveillance cameras in Tenney’s own home captured the Dec. 12 incident.Paramedics transported the injured teen with an injury that was not life-threatening.Tenney is being held on $15,000 bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Protests on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation continue this week. That’s despite rising tensions between protesters and police and dropping temperatures in the Midwest. An event in Sitka this Saturday aims to raise food and funds for the reservation’s residents, who fear that the Dakota Access Pipeline could threaten their drinking water and destroy sacred lands.Listen NowLakota Harden’s family is from the Lakota Nation in South Dakota. “I’m a Miniconjou and Yankton Lakota,” explained Harden.Harden spent part of her childhood in Sitka, where she lives now. Since protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline began this summer, Harden said it’s been difficult to be so far away. Actually, she described it as “turmoil.’’“Every day I wake up and think, ‘What am I doing here? I need to be down there,’ especially when I see pictures of my nephews with rubber bullet wounds,” Harden explained.Harden did travel to Standing Rock in September, but said work is keeping her in Sitka at the moment. Still she couldn’t sit idly by. A few months ago she and a few friends helped organize a drum circle downtown.“And we did come together and we sang and prayed, because that’s what they’re asking people to do, first and foremost, and that’s what we did,” Harden explained. “We had a sign that said ‘Sitka Stands with Standing Rock.’”The Dakota Access Pipeline would pass under the Missouri River, which the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said threatens its drinking water. That type of message resonates with people in Sitka, Harden said.“This land– we love this land, we love these waters, we want to protect them,” Harden said. “So people want to make a stand with Standing Rock here [in Sitka].”And Harden wasn’t the only one wanting to do more. Matthew Jackson was also feeling restless, especially recently.“Over the last couple of weeks, myself and some of my friends were growing more and more concerned over Standing Rock,” Jackson said.But, he said, talking just to his friends wasn’t enough.“Most of my friend group is white,” Jackson explained. “In some places in Sitka it can be hard to break the racial divide, but we knew that solidarity had to start at home, and so we reached out to some folks in the Native community like Lakota [Harden].”And soon thereafter, they found out a fundraiser was already being planned in Sitka this weekend. So, Jackson said, they all sat down together at a local cafe and built on those plans.There’s going to be yoga, letter-writing, and an art auction. Jackson said they’re also hoping to collect traditional foods to send down to protesters.“Like dried seaweed, venison jerky, smoked salmon– anything that’s canned or jarred,” Jackson explained.Both Jackson and Harden said this won’t be the end of fundraising efforts in Sitka. Like the protesters, they’ll stand with the Sioux Nation until tribal lands and drinking water are out of danger.The event in support of the Standing Rock Sioux takes place at Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Saturday, Nov. 26 from 4-7 pm.
Craig George, a wildlife biologist for the North Slope Borough’s Wildlife Department, weighs, measures, and catalogs samples from a recently-landed bowhead whale on Oct. 24, 2018. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk).When hunters in Utqiaġvik haul whales to shore in the fall, many members of the community flock to the beach to help butcher them.Among them are North Slope Borough scientists, who for almost 40 years now have been collecting samples of those whales as part of a singular whale study program that has been built in concert with whalers.On the snowy beach north of town during the last week of October, portable floodlights illuminate the work of over a dozen whalers as they cut the blubber and meat from a recently-landed whale. There’s heavy machinery out there helping, since this whale is particularly large, but it’s still hard work and they’ve been doing it for hours. When a whale is brought ashore, it’s something of a race to harvest it before the meat spoils.That time crunch also applies to Craig George, a biologist with the North Slope Borough’s Department of Wildlife Management who’s lived in Utqiaġvik since the 1970s and has been with the bowhead program since its early days. He’s been awake until the early hours of the morning several days this week to take samples of whales.George and his colleagues, with the permission of whaling captains, collect muscle, eyes, kidney, spleen — their collection checklist is a page long. Before butchering starts they also examine the whale for any outward harm like signs of net entanglement, orca attacks or ship strikes.Their work then continues about a mile away in a small lab that’s part of the old Navy research complex on the outskirts of town.George and his colleague, Raphaela Stimmelmayr, a wildlife veterinarian and research biologist for the department, work around each other in the narrow field lab to weigh, measure, and catalog the whale parts.The purpose of this program is to look at the health and numbers of the bowhead whale population, in part for setting an appropriate hunting quota.It was started back in the ‘80s because the International Whaling Commission had concerns that the bowhead whale population was too depleted to support a hunt the size of which Alaska whaling communities had traditionally practiced.But through years of study, including a whale census that’s done periodically in the spring, North Slope Borough scientists were able to show that the population was doing well, which backed up what whalers had been saying.Craig George gestures to a collection of baleen plates that have been archived by the North Slope Borough’s Department of Wildlife Management. Those plates can provide a wealth of information about the bowhead whale, including reproductive history and information about feeding. Oct. 24, 2018. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig / Alaska’s Energy Desk)The research also provides an important check that there’s nothing in the whales that could be harmful to the people who eat them, like parasites or contaminants.Stimmelmayr said that new questions are coming up about how bowhead health — and consequently, human health — may be affected by rapidly warming oceans.“Emerging diseases can occur. You know, we’re dealing with harmful algae (sic) blooms,” said Stimmelmayr. “So there are things now that are kind of coming towards the Arctic that maybe weren’t an issue 20 years ago.”Borough scientists don’t have any evidence that the whales are being affected by harmful algal blooms at this point. In fact, they see evidence that the bowheads are actually benefiting from warmer waters because their food source is growing.But no one knows what the future holds. So they’re watching closely.While all this science has been done for a practical end, it’s also contributed a huge amount to what the scientific community understands about bowheads, and whales in general. Hundreds of peer-reviewed papers have come out of the borough’s Department of Wildlife Management over the years.George said they cover all aspects of cetacean biology, from population work to genetics.The involvement of whalers has been critical to that. It’s only with the permission of whaling captains that these scientists get access to fresh samples, which they can’t get any other way since it’s against federal law to intentionally kill whales except for traditional subsistence use.But equally important is the expert knowledge of whale behavior and attributes that hunters have shared over the years.“Migratory behavior, ice-breaking behavior, when they calve, where they calve, their feeding habits,” said George. “Just endless. And slowly… we were pretty clueless, but we listened.”The way North Slope Borough scientists put it, the science has spent the past few decades catching up to traditional knowledge — documenting scientifically what hunters already knew. Like the fact that the whales can
It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories — with an eye for how it all might affect Houston and Texas.This week, we discuss Pres. Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address and the Democratic response from Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts. We also examine reactions from Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah.Our panel of political experts this week includes Elizabeth Simas, assistant professor of political science at the University of Houston, and political analyst Dallas Jones. Share