Klopp defends Salahs current form

first_imgJurgen Klopp has defended the form of key player Mohamed Salah despite critics questioning the Egyptian’s recent displays.Salah’s form is in stark contrast to the standard he set last season with only nine goals in his 20 games so far compared to the 15 goals he notched in at this stage last term.However, Klopp has come out to defend the form of the winger even after taking him off in the Merseyside derby.“I don’t have to repeat that,” he told the Mirror. “How people judge it, you or whoever, I have no influence on. That’s how it is. It’s a free world and we can judge things, however.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s all good. I think he has scored seven so far in the league. Who has scored most? Aubameyang? And he scored twice in the last game. So nobody is 15 goals away from him.“The season is like it is, and we all have to start new. You can take nothing for granted and think things will be easy.“He could have scored more with the chances he’s had, but there is nothing else to say. Just try and get yourself ready for the next game, try to do your best and then after the season, you will get judged, not during the season.“You can do that, but for us that’s not really important.”last_img read more

Tuchel wants PSG to maintain high standards

first_imgParis Saint-Germain will play against Saint-Etienne later tonight as the team hopes to maintain their good run.Paris Saint-Germain is looking for its 20th victory of the 2018-2019 French Ligue 1 season.PSG will face Saint-Etienne tonight as the team comes from beating Manchester United at home in the UEFA Champions League.“Thomas Meunier will be missing tomorrow, Choupo-Moting is ill. He trained with us yesterday, but today he’s resting,” manager Thomas Tuchel explained to the team’s official website.“All the others should be available, we’ll wait until the end of the training session for the some of them. Neymar and Cavani are out.”“We’ll be cautious with those who have played a lot and those who have only just come back from an injury like Marco Verratti and Presnel Kimpembe,” he added.“They’re a very strong team that has done rather well against the league’s big teams, against the top five.”“They have experience and a lot of quality. We also know that the atmosphere at Saint-Étienne is great, and it’ll be a big challenge for us to play them at this stage of the season,” he commented.“When you’re at Paris Saint-Germain, you have to expect these kinds of games, you have to be ready and well prepared for each game because teams are waiting for us,” Tuchel added.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“We have had two days off and two to prepare well. We’ll have to play to our best if we want to win at Saint-Étienne.”“At a club like Paris Saint-Germain, you always have to show that will to win, because we want to win everything. The players who are here want to play and win too,” the PSG boss added.“No-one at the club, whether it be the players or the staff, looks at the fixture list and considers this or that match more or less important.”“We are here to achieve objectives and we have to prove ourselves up to the task, every day. We have to be ready to take on any challenge that crosses our path,” he concluded.Good morning @DaniAlvesD2 ☀️✈️ @ASSEofficiel #goodcrazy #ASSEPSG pic.twitter.com/BO5MIIAnDr— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 17, 2019last_img read more

MarieClairecom Hires Jessica Valenti — People on the Move 052517

first_img Esquire has promoted Robert P. Baird from articles editor to features director. Before joining the brand, Baird was an editor-at-large at The Paris Review, managing editor of Harper’s Magazine and a senior web editor at The New Yorker, among other roles. After less than a year with the site, editor-in-chief Tara Murphy is leaving TheStreet, Media Ink reports. No replacement has been announced yet. Hearst Magazines International has appointed Richard Bean director of international licensing and business development. Prior to his role at Hearst, Bean was international director of Maxim at Dennis Publishing. Jessica Valenti has been named a contributing editor to MarieClaire.com. In her new role, the feminist columnist and author will pen a weekly column for the site, expanding the brand’s coverage of politics and feminism. Valenti is the author of multiple books on feminism, politics and culture, and founder of Feministing.com. Her latest book, Sex Object: A Memoir, was a New York Times bestseller. “Jessica is searingly smart — her insight into the issues facing women today is more of a must-read than ever before,” says digital director Jessica Pels, in a release. “I’m thrilled to bring her on board as MarieClaire.com’s contributing editor.” Kansas-based publisher Ogden Publications hired Marissa Coyle as an online editorial assistant, responsible for producing online, newsletter, and social media content across the company’s portfolio of brands. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Former writer and editor at ‎Brit + Co, Rosemary Donahue, joined Allure as weekend editor. Competitor Group Inc. announced that Rebecca Warren has been appointed editor-in-chief of Women’s Running. She was most recently the managing editor of Lonely Planet Magazine. Time Inc.’s Real Simple names Jerry Leu video director, Katie Holdefehr senior editor for RealSimple.com, and Elizabeth Sile senior editor, features. Leu and Holdefehr join Time Inc. from Apartment Therapy, and Sile joins from Real Simple’s sister brand Departures. Additionally, Hearst Magazines announced that Steve Ross has been named VP, global chief licensing director. Most recently, he led Fox Networks Group’s sales solutions marketing efforts as the head of brand integration. The Daily Beast has announced Ira Madison III as its new entertainment reporter. Madison joins the Beast from MTV News, where he covered music, celebrity, race, and politics.last_img read more

Russia Could Get Junk Status in 2015 Says Former Minister China Willing

first_imgThe Russian government’s slow stance on the growing economic instability could earn it “junk” status in 2015, said former finance minister Alexei Kudrin on Monday.At a news conference, Kudrin said that the western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis was deterring the economy from growing and the government’s slow decisions were not making it any better for the country.”Today, I can say that we have entered or are entering a real, full-fledged economic crisis. Next year we will feel it clearly. The government has not been quick enough to address the situation … I am yet to hear … its clear assessment of the current situation,” Kudrin was quoted by Reuters as saying.”Russia will get a downgrade. It will enter the ‘junk’ territory,” said Kudrin.Kudrin also said that if oil prices remained at current levels, the Russian economy could shrink by 4 percent.”This is a serious challenge to the economy,” said Kudrin.Kudrin’s warning comes just after the government bailed out the National Bank Trust for $531 million (30 billion rubles) to prevent it from going bankrupt. This marks the Russian central bank’s first bailout since the currency slump and the biggest ever financial rescue, reflecting the seriousness of the matter.Experts say more banks could soon follow suit because of the lack of liquidity in the market.”It’s 100 percent sure that more banks will be rescued because there is an acute shortage of liquidity. The interbank market has practically come to a halt because of a lack of trust and the central bank is afraid of giving more rubles to banks so they don’t buy more dollars with them,” Maxim Osadchy, head of analysis at BKF Bank in Moscow was quoted by Bloomberg.Considering Russia’s financial struggle, China said it was willing to offer help to the country. “We are convinced that Russia has the ability and the wisdom to overcome the current kind of challenging situation. We consistently support and help each other. If the Russian side requires it, then we will offer required assistance within the scope of our abilities,” Wang Yi, Chinese foreign minister was quoted by The Wall Street Journal as saying.Though China and Russia haven’t had very strong ties in the history, Moscow is reportedly seeking to bridge gaps with Beijing as both countries want to reduce dependence on US dollars in international transactions.China and Russia have signed a three-year currency-swap deal worth $24.1 billion.Russian analysts say any kind of help is welcome but the western sanctions are the real problem.”…it can’t substitute the losses of the Russian banking system and economy from western sanctions,” Vladimir Miklashevsky, a strategist at Danske Bank A/S, said in an e-mail to Bloomberg.last_img read more

No headmaster in 881 Cumilla govt primary schools

first_imgA total of 881 government primary schools in 16 upazilas are in operation without headmasters, hampering the academic and administrative activities of the schools, reports UNB.The posts fell vacant since retirement of some teachers and complexities in the recruitment process.Officials at the District Primary Education office, said there are some 2,102 primary schools and among these, posts of headmasters in 881 schools while posts of assistant teachers in 837 schools remained vacant.The officials said some 24 posts of headmasters and 67 assistant teachers fell vacant in Adarsha Sadar upazila, 26 headmasters and 30 assistant teachers in Laksham upazila, 80 headmasters and 15 assistant teachers in Debidwar upazila, 74 headmasters and 68 assistant teachers in Muradnagar upazila, 72 headmasters and 133 assistant teachers in Daudkandi upazila, 73 headmasters and 18 assistant teachers in Barura upazila, 21 headmasters and six assistant teachers in Burichong upazila, 39 headmasters and 18 assistant teachers in Chandina upazila, 32 headmasters and 43 assistant teachers in Homna upazila, 74 headmasters and 140 assistant teachers in Nangolkot upazila, 33 headmasters and 43 assistant teachers in Meghna upazila, 53 headmasters and 92 assistant teachers in Manoharganj upazila, 92 headmasters and 27 assistant teachers in Titash upazila.The school authorities concerned are running their academic activities with the senior assistant teachers, making them overburdened. They could not take their regular classes properly due to extra pressure.Officials said 35 per cent posts of headmaster in government primary schools are filled up through recruitment while the rest 65 are filled up through promotion.The posts of headmaster have been lying vacant for a long period due to complexities in the recruitment process. In some cases, the posts of headmasters are lying vacant for 7/8 years.Contacted, district assistant education officer, Kazi Mafiz Uddin, said filling up the vacant posts of headmasters from the assistant teachers are underway at the Directorate of Primary Education and necessary steps will be taken after getting the list from the DPE.last_img read more

Democrats capture US House majority

first_imgAlissa Mauk and her son, Lyric, 8, look on at Democratic US Senator Heidi Heitkamp`s midterm election night party in West Fargo, North Dakota, US on 6 November. Photo: ReutersDemocrats rode a wave of dissatisfaction with president Donald Trump to win control of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday where they will seek to keep his agenda in check and open his administration to intense scrutiny.In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans were set to maintain their majority in the US Senate following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.With a House majority, Democrats will have the power to investigate Trump’s tax returns and possible conflicts of interest, and challenge his overtures to Saudi Arabia, Russia and North Korea.They also could force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade.S&P equity index futures erased most of their gains on expectations Democrats would seize the House.A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. But Congress could not remove him from office without a conviction by a two-thirds majority in the Republican-controlled Senate.Democrats in the House could be banking on launching an investigation using the results of US special counsel Robert Mueller’s already 18-month-old probe of allegations of Russian interference on Trump’s behalf in the 2016 presidential election. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.Tuesday’s result was a bitter outcome for Trump, a 72-year-old former reality TV star and businessman-turned-politician, after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.Down the stretch, Trump hardened his rhetoric on issues that appealed to his conservative core supporters, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed to the border with Mexico and condemnations of liberal American “mobs.”Democrats turned out in droves to register disapproval of his divisive rhetoric and policies on such issues as immigration and his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.A record number of women ran for office this election, many of them Democrats turned off by Trump’s policy agenda.The election results mean Democrats will resume House control in January for the first time since the 2010 election, beginning a split-power arrangement with the Republican-led Senate that may force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions and focus on issues with bipartisan support, such as an infrastructure improvement package or protections against prescription drug price increases.It also will test Trump’s ability to compromise, something he has shown little interest in over the last two years with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.The loss of power will test Trump’s political hold on House Republicans, most of whom had pledged their support for him lest they face the wrath of the party’s core supporters, who remain in his corner.Democrats celebrate after gubernatorial candidate Laura Kelly wins against Kris Kobach at her election night party in Topeka, Kansas, US on 6 November. Photo: Reuters Tag: USA, Democrats, Donald Trump, Barac ObamaMost Democratic candidates in tight races stayed away from harsh criticism of Trump during the campaign’s final stretch, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like keeping down healthcare costs, maintaining insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens.The final weeks before the election were marked by the mailing of pipe bombs to his top political rivals, with a political fan of Trump arrested and charged, and the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in which 11 people died, sparking a debate about Trump’s biting rhetoric and whether it encouraged extremists.In the House, Democrats picked up seats across the map, ousting incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock in suburban Virginia and sending Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary under president Bill Clinton, to the House in south Florida.In the Senate, where Republicans were heavily favored to keep control heading into Tuesday’s voting, Republican Mike Braun captured incumbent Joe Donnelly’s seat in Indiana and Republican Kevin Cramer beat incumbent Democratic senator Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota.Some of the biggest Democratic stars of the campaign season were struggling. Liberal House member Beto O’Rourke became a national sensation with his underdog US Senate campaign but fell short in conservative Texas, and Andrew Gillum was trailing Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become the first African-American governor of the key swing state of Florida.Incumbent Democratic senator Joe Manchin won a hotly contested race in conservative West Virginia, and conservative Marsha Blackburn held a Senate seat for Republicans.Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a 2016 Democratic presidential contender, and Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential nominee in 2016, easily won re-election, news networks projected. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown was projected to hold his seat in Ohio.All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 of the 50 state governorships were up for grabs.last_img

A Path Out Of Poverty Career Training Quality Pre K

first_img Share Logan Faerber/Getty Images/Imagezoo RMWhat makes a high-quality learning program effective not just for the child but the whole family? What else, besides a well-run pre-K, is essential to help families break out of intergenerational poverty?These are some of the key questions that an approach called “two-generation” programs are working to answer. There are many of these “two-gen” programs across the U.S. And while they differ in emphasis and detail, at their core they intentionally focus on ways to help both the child and parent. Usually this happens through targeted education and career training and other vital support such as health services, mentoring, and transportation.NPR Ed has been keeping an eye on one innovative two-gen program in Oklahoma. It’s called Career Advance and is run by the Community Action Project of Tulsa County (CAP Tulsa). I’ve reported on it here and here. It gives low-income mothers access to high-quality Head Start for their children, alongside free career training in nursing and other in-demand health care fields as well as life coaching and support.A new study on the first year impact of Tulsa’s Career Advance that’s just been released shows that, so far, Career Advance is working well for both parents and their children. In fact, the study says, CAP Tulsa’s program is working better than similar combined job training and pre-K programs elsewhere in terms of job certification, employment, income and overall well-being for the parent. And, the report shows, the program has boosted attendance and reduced absenteeism among participating children.I reached out to two of study’s co-authors to find out more. Teresa Eckrich Sommer is a research professor at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research. Chris King is a senior research scientist and lecturer at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.When I went down to report on the program, no one had studied it in-depth. Is this the first big look at this program and its impact? Teresa Ekrich Sommer: This is the first one. We’re [a colleague, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale at Northwestern University, is the first author on this paper] looking at what happens at the end of year one.In terms of their education, we see that participants had much higher rates of certification in the healthcare fields. And then we see that in terms of employment, a greater proportion of the families, at the end of the first year, are employed in the specific career to which they’ve been trained, as compared to those who weren’t in the program. Sixty-one percent compared to 3 percent.Chris King: I would add to that, Eric, that the kinds of impacts we’re seeing, certainly in terms of job certification, the shifts towards healthcare employment are much larger than anything you see in most other similar career pathway programs. I think this speaks to the components of the model: the career coaching, the peer groups and the incentives.[The program offers a $3,000 a year max incentive if certain goals are reached — for example, attendance at monthly partner meetings for skills training, as well as incentives for achieving milestones such as certification.]You’re saying that there’s no secret sauce, that it’s the whole package? The financial incentives, the career counseling, the mentoring, etc., all together?Eckrich Sommer: We can’t conclusively say what single element matters the most. You know, at the base, just having this high-quality early childhood education is an incredible starting point for them.There’s no question that the financial incentives make an enormous difference to them in their lives. Many of them have previous college debt, and are struggling financially. And we have people in the comparison group that are similar in motivation and interest and talk about how big their financial struggles are. So I think that’s a significant piece.Also, I wouldn’t want to leave out the importance of the fact that these are families doing this together. They’re in a small learning group. They go to school together, they have their schedules for school when they start out coordinated with their child’s Head Start schedule, so they can both pick up and drop off their kids and still go to school. And many continue to work, usually in off hours.And also this coach is an essential element to helping families break down big goals, set specific markers along the way and be able to achieve them. Such as becoming a certified nurse assistant or becoming a licensed nurse practitioner, and knowing how to make those steps and decide, ‘Should I take a full course-load? Can I take a half course-load? How do I do this and manage the work and income I need for my family?’ with the education that they’re trying to pursue at the same time.For the children, I also see that attendance was better and fewer were chronically absent. But the absentee rate is still kinda high. Near 50 percent. Do you think there’s more to do to lower that?Eckrich Sommer: I think there is. I know that the eye goes towards the high rate. The bar is pretty low, it’s missing 10 percent or more of the school days. It tends to be a few kids who are absent a lot that drive up those numbers.Your report argues that Career Advance is doing better than comparable career training programs in other cities in America. In your view, what exactly is Career Advance doing better?King: Career Advance fits within the family of other career pathway sector strategies. Employer-driven strategies based in specific growth sectors of the labor market that offer opportunities for career advancement over time in jobs with good wages and benefits, e.g., health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics. It may be that they have more of all these elements feeding together to make the success possible. What we really have, I think, blown away is traditional postsecondary workforce and education training which doesn’t have persistence completion and employment kinds of effects the same size, at all, to what we’re seeing here.Eckrich Sommer: What’s incredibly important is that we’re building on what’s already a positive platform, which is early childhood education. So we know the kids are getting these huge benefits. And then we’re adding to that these incredible benefits to the parents.The question is, what is the overall effect over time? And as we follow the kids we’ll know that in a few years.There’s additional help under the program: gas cards, bus passes, childcare outside of Head Start’s normal hours. Overall, it’s costly. Can it be scaled or replicated easily?King: Easily, probably not. … It’s admittedly a high-cost intervention. So you’re paying for both parents and kids to get leading-edge, high-quality services, very intensive. At the same time, the way the Career Advance model has rolled out, it really hasn’t been a model that relied on the other partners involved to ante up.And I think going forward the way to scale this thing up is to go to the workforce system. To go to the community college system. To go to other providers in the community and say ‘OK, we’re providing the wraparound services, the career coaches, the Head Start services.’ You could then begin to share the cost for training those parents going forward and probably cut those costs to some extent.We know that the return on investment for early childhood is what, [between] 7 [and] 13-to-1. I mean, it’s high. We see similar returns for adult services in career pathway sector models. So the theory that we’re operating under, we don’t have the proof yet, is that when you combine them, you should get at least that, if not more.If someone from another city said ‘We want to replicate this, but it looks expensive.’ What do you tell them?Eckrich Sommer: What’s really interesting and important to think about is these initial investments, I think, have led to some changes in the way the local educational partners do their business. And that kind of systems change is essential.So, for example, by buying classes at the local community college, and working very closely with the instructors there, they’ve thought much harder about how do you serve families well? Parents of young children, who in fact, are a large majority of the population at many community colleges nationally.And so if you change the way things are done in a traditional school system, then you’re making improvements that you can’t even quantify, but you know , are the result of this initial big investment.It’s not cheap, but it is less expensive than the initial intensive model.And we will have more results, unfortunately, in about five years.What are the takeaways here for cities and states that might not be able to afford this kind of a gold-standard program, but still want to try to replicate some of the achievements CAP Tulsa is seeing?King: [Colleges need to] make it easier for all students, but especially parents, to navigate what the offerings are, and focus those offerings on sectors that are growing, that will lead to families sustaining jobs. Project Quest in San Antonio has done a good job. [Other leading examples include programs with the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership, Per Scholas, and Jewish Vocational Services.]Having governors support [two-gen] strategies and having local workforce entities pursue them is now part of the federal legislation and guidance coming out of the U.S. Department of Labor. Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, governors must support implementation of career, private sector strategies statewide and are encouraged to embed career pathway approaches as well.Eckrich Sommer: I think it’s about partnership. And I think community colleges and early childhood education programs and anti-poverty programs can work together, and figure out how they can both serve parents and children.And I think they’re both invested in that, but they tend to focus on their primary population and if they think about investing in the other, and how it’ll improve the gains for each, then everyone’s better off.[The CAP Tulsa study was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Professions Opportunity Grant]Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Party Politics Ep 66 Stories From The Storm Takes Over The Podcast

first_img Listen 00:00 /20:44 X This week, Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are taking a “summer vacation” from politics but they wanted to share a new podcast presented by Houston Public Media.  It’s called “Stories from the Storm” and it’s conversations with community leaders, public servants, and everyday Houstonians who reflect – nearly a year later – on Hurricane Harvey and how the storm changed their lives.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: In this first episode, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale (a Houston icon and founder of the store Gallery Furniture) and store manager Anthony Lebedzinski tell the story of how Gallery Furniture came to be a place of refuge during Harvey, including harrowing water rescues that helped bring displaced Houstonians to the store.You can subscribe to the podcast and watch a video of this conversation and nine others at houstonpublicmedia.org/harvey.We’ll be back on the political bandwagon next week.  We wonder if there will be anything to talk about?  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

First algae powered building goes up in Hamburg

first_imgAs the algae grows—mostly in the summer—it provides more shade for the building, helping to keep it cool (and serves as a sound buffer as well). Excess heat that builds up in the water in the tanks is transferred to saline water tanks underneath the building for use later. When the amount of algae growth in the tanks reach a certain point, some is harvested and taken to a processing facility inside the building. There the biomass is converted to biogas which can be burned to provide heat in the winter. Thus, the building makes use of both solar thermal and geothermal energy allowing it to be heated and cooled without using any fossil fuels. The design and construction of the BIQ has taken three years and has cost approximately €5 million, all funded by Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA) as part of the ongoing International Building Exhibition – 2013. The BIQ House is one of 16 projects undertaken by the group, with the goal of proving that cost effective ways of making bio-friendly buildings are available today. To highlight the building, the team has painted its exterior green and has added a giant cartoon-like bubble on one side with the word “Photosynthesis?” in it. © 2013 Phys.org Traditional architecture fuel-efficient Explore further (Phys.org) —A 15-unit apartment building has been constructed in the German city of Hamburg that has 129 algae filled louvered tanks hanging over the exterior of the south-east and south-west sides of the building—making it the first in the world to be powered exclusively by algae. Designed by Arup, SSC Strategic Science Consultants and Splitterwerk Architects, and named the Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) House, the building demonstrates the ability to use algae as a way to heat and cool large buildings.center_img 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. The building is to serve as a test case and will be studied by various architects and engineers from around the world to determine if the design is feasible and if so, to perhaps serve as a model when erecting buildings in other cities. Citation: First algae powered building goes up in Hamburg (2013, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-algae-powered-hamburg.html To make use of the algae, which the team retrieved from the nearby Elbe river, it was put into large thin rectangular clear cases. Inside, the algae live in a water solution and are provided nutrients and carbon dioxide by an automated system. Each tank was then affixed to the outside walls of the building onto scaffolding that allows for turning the tanks towards the sun—similar to technology used for solar collectors. last_img read more

Researchers find dogs sensitive to small variations in Earths magnetic field

first_img More information: Frontiers in Zoology 2013, 10:80 DOI: 10.1186/1742-9994-10-80 Citation: Researchers find dogs sensitive to small variations in Earth’s magnetic field (2014, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-dogs-sensitive-small-variations-earth.html A team of researchers in the Czech Republic has found that dogs can now be added to the list of animals that are able to sense and respond to the Earth’s magnetic field. In their paper published in Frontiers in Zooology, the researchers describe field experiments they conducted that indicated that dogs prefer to defecate while in a North-South stance relative to the Earth’s axis, during times when the magnetic field is calm. Journal information: Frontiers in Zoology © 2014 Phys.org Explore further Dogs recognize familiar faces from images Intrigued by the growing list of animals that appear to have a magnetic sensitivity, the researchers focused on dogs to see if they too had any such abilities. After some initial observations, the team began to notice a pattern of behavior related to stance during defecation—that was enough to embark on some field studies.The field studies were conducted in an open field so as to ensure that the dogs weren’t being impacted by familiar surroundings—in all 70 dogs (37 breeds) were observed circling and defecating for a total of 1,893 times. The dogs exhibited, the team reports, a very clear inclination to defecate with their bodies aligned in a North-South stance. But, more tellingly, when the magnetic field was not calm, the dogs showed no such preference, suggesting that when there is a clear magnetic field, dogs can feel it, and for unexplained reasons, prefer to align themselves in a certain posture.The team also found that freedom was a factor—dogs on leashes didn’t appear to have as much of an inclination to align themselves in any particular direction as did dogs who were allowed to roam free in a field as they did their business.No one can say for sure why dogs might prefer to align themselves in a particular direction when defecating, of course, though the researchers suggest they might simply feel more comfortable. They note that their study also found that the dogs tended to intentionally avoid crouching in an East-West, alignment, perhaps finding it the most uncomfortable of all. Their study, they say, is the first to conclusively show that dogs have magnetic sensitivity.Other studies have found that other animals, such as cattle, deer, foxes, birds and even some species of fish adjust their actions according to the Earth’s magnetic field, though how they do so is still unclear in most instances. 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.last_img read more