The Prevention of Money Laundering Act Adjudicating Authority has confirmed the attachment of a Panchkula property worth more than ₹64 crore by the Enforcement Directorate in a case against the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and others. The land was “illegally” reallotted to the company, which runs The National Herald, when Bhupinder Singh Hooda was the Haryana Chief Minister. According to the Enforcement Directorate, the plot was originally allotted to the AJL in 1982. However, as construction work was not undertaken in compliance with the conditions of the allotment, the land was taken back by the State government in October 1992. The cancellation became irreversible after a revision petition was dismissed in 1996. After Mr. Hooda became the Chief Minister, he allegedly misused his office and got the land reallotted in August 2005.
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Mithali Raj hit a half-century while Ekta Bisht (3/8) and Preeti Bose (3/14) shared six wickets between them to steer India to a comfortable 52-run win over Sri Lanka in the Women’s Asia Cup T20 tournament on Thursday.Opting to bat, India posted a modest total of 121/4 in their allotted 20 overs and then managed to restrict Sri Lanka to 69/9 to maintain their unbeaten run in the tournament so far.Opener Mithali gave India a solid platform with a quickfire 59-ball 62.Smriti Mandhana (21) and Veda Krishnamurthy (21) also chipped in with useful runs, although they failed to accelerate the run-rate.Chasing the target, Sri Lanka never looked settled as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Preeti and Ekta wreaking havoc, running through the islanders’ middle-order.Only two Sri Lankan batswomen could reach the double-digit mark, with Dilani Manodara top-scoring with 20.Brief scores:India Women: 121/4 in 20 overs (Mithali Raj 62, Smriti Mandhana 21, Veda Krishnamurthy 21).Sri Lanka Women: 69/9 in 20 overs (Dilani Manodara 20; Ekta Bisht 3/8, Preeti Bose 3/14).
Refreshed Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc is confident of regaining his rhythm quickly for the Champions Trophy after being sidelined nearly three months with a foot injury.Starc is set to be unleashed against Pakistan in Edgbaston later on Monday in Australia’s final warm-up ahead of the one-day tournament. It will be his first competitive hit-out since breaking down during the second Test against India in March.The left-armer was rusty coming back against West Indies last year after a more serious foot injury kept him out of action for seven months, but he felt it would be a smoother return in England after positive signs at training.Starc, who skipped the Indian Premier League and returned to training about a month ago, said he has found it much easier to get up to speed after the latest injury.”So even coming back into the nets, it didn’t feel like it took too long to get some good rhythm back. So hopefully it’s not like last time with such a big lay-off,” he added.”I’m pretty confident with how it’s going, it’s feeling good in the nets and with the few centre wickets we’ve had.”But it’ll be nice to get out in the middle and bowl some overs in match-like conditions.”Starc will lead a young but formidable pace battery including Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson.Injuries have kept the quartet from coming together sooner, so Starc was thrilled they were all fit for selection.”We’re looking forward to hopefully playing a few games together if the four of us get picked,” he said.advertisement”We’ve obviously come through the ranks together, we’ve played a lot together and against each other in the under-age stuff and heading into to domestic cricket.”But we haven’t all been on the park at the same time for Australia. So I think it’s exciting for the four of us.”Australia’s preparations for the tournament, which they start against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Friday, have been overshadowed by a pay dispute between the players union and board, Cricket Australia (CA).Over the weekend, The Australian newspaper reported CA high performance chief Pat Howard had written to senior players directly in a bid to end the impasse with less than a month to go before a new collective bargaining agreement is due.Starc, who hinted at the possibility of an Ashes boycott on social media earlier this month, said the Australian Cricketers Association had players’ full support.”They have four weeks to go on the MoU (memorandum of understanding) and the players are leaving it to the ACA to sort it out for our side of things,” he said.
Formula One title favourite Lewis Hamilton shattered the Circuit of the Americas track record on Friday as he dominated practice for a US Grand Prix that could bring him a fourth world championship.The Mercedes driver had been half a second quicker already than his Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel in a damp opening session and dazzled in the afternoon as the sun made an appearance.His storming time of one minute 34.668 seconds was the fastest ever at the Texas track and the Briton, winner of four out of five races to date there, was the only driver on the timesheets below the 1:35 mark.Hamilton, 59 points clear of Vettel with four races and a total of 100 points remaining to be won, took pole in Austin last year with a record lap of 1:34.999.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, fresh from signing a new contract through to the end of 2020, was second fastest in 1:35.065 with Vettel third in 1:35.192.”It’s been an interesting day with lots of ups and downs in terms of how the track has moved around and how the car feels. But overall the car was feeling good,” said Hamilton, who could count on plenty of local support.”There are lots of areas we can improve on, but generally it feels like a solid platform and a solid start to the weekend.”Hamilton’s morning time was 1:36.335 seconds on the supersoft tyres.Vettel had a difficult afternoon, spinning into the gravel and complaining that the front of the car felt “like jelly”, a problem that cost him precious track time while mechanics worked on the car.advertisement”It was a messy afternoon and not an easy session but the car is quick so no need to worry,” the German told reporters.”Obviously we lost a lot of time but you need to take precautions. Now we need to have a good look but I’m sure for tomorrow we’ll have more planned running and less trouble,” he added.Hamilton, who has won all but one of the five races since the August break, is clear favourite to triumph again on Sunday but he will need to score 16 points more than Vettel to clinch the title.That means finishing first or second on Sunday, and hoping Vettel has a nightmare for the fourth race in a row. Otherwise the championship fight will remain open to the next round in Mexico.While much of the attention was on the title rivals, Spaniard Carlos Sainz and New Zealand debutant Brendon Hartley also caught the eye with strong performances.Sainz, moving to Renault from Toro Rosso in place of the dropped Briton Jolyon Palmer, was quicker than German team mate Nico Hulkenberg in both sessions.Hartley, who will have a 25-place grid penalty for his debut, stepped into a single seater for the first time since 2012 and looked at home straight away with the 14th best time of the morning.He was 17th in the afternoon, with Russian team mate Daniil Kvyat 1.2 seconds quicker in 13th.The New Zealander, a Le Mans 24 Hours winner, did more laps (13 more than the 56 lap race distance) than anybody else as he drove an F1 car for the first time since 2010 when V8 engines were still around.McLaren’s Fernando Alonso made up lost time after a hydraulics problem in the morning with the seventh best time.
NEW YORK — Derek Jeter stood on the dugout steps, stone-faced as a statue, when Ichiro Suzuki approached after rounding with the bases with his first home run since last August.Only when the Japanese star was inches away did the New York Yankees captain crack a wide smile and offer a fist bump.Suzuki hit a go-ahead, three-run drive in the third inning against Mark Buehrle, and the Yankees overcame an early deficit to beat the Blue Jays 6-4 the night of July 25th for their 17th straight home win against Toronto.“I was kind of expecting that,” Suzuki said through a translator, referring to Jeter’s reaction. “During batting practice, he always tells me, ‘Can’t leave,’ which means the ball doesn’t leave the ballpark.”This time, Jeter altered his comment slightly — or so Suzuki thought. “I think he said, ‘Can leave,’” Suzuki said before laughing.After months of injuries and mediocre play, the Yankees find themselves back in playoff position and in a much better frame of mind. New York won for the seventh time in eight games since the All-Star break and moved one game in front of the third-place Blue Jays in the AL East.“It’s better than the alternative, but it really doesn’t mean a whole lot with 60 games to go,” Manager Joe Girardi said.Jose Bautista homered twice to reach 20 for the fifth straight season. He also doubled and drove in four runs, but Buehrle couldn’t hold leads of 3-0 and 4-2. The All-Star left-hander dropped to 1-12 against the Yankees, including 10 straight losses over the past decade.New York is 26-10 against Toronto since September 2012. The bottom four batters in the Yankees’ lineup combined to go 7 for 14 with four RBIs. “You walk in this stadium, you feel energy. It’s hard to really describe why, but it’s there,” said third baseman Chase Headley, acquired from San Diego on July 22nd.Hiroki Kuroda (7-6) shrugged off a shaky start and allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. David Robertson pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 28 chances, completing the bullpen’s two-hit, scoreless night. “With the stuff I had, I was struggling all day. But at the same time, I tried to hang in there,” Kuroda said through a translator.Buehrle (10-7) started the season 10-1 but dropped to 0-6 with a 4.83 ERA in nine starts since beating Kansas City on June 1. He gave up six runs and nine hits in three innings, his shortest outing since June 6, 2010, for the Chicago White Sox against Cleveland. “That’s just frustrating,” Buehrle said. “A big game like this, we needed to come out and try and make a point.”Toronto Manager John Gibbons called off pregame batting practice, hoping to change his team’s luck in the Bronx. And it seemed to work at first when Bautista hit a three-run homer over the left-field scoreboard on a 3-0 pitch in the first.But New York closed in the second on Brian Roberts’ bases-loaded infield hit on a bouncer to third and Brett Gardner’s sacrifice fly. Bautista hit a solo drive in the third — he’s 4 for 16 against Kuroda with four home runs.Carlos Beltran’s solo drive and Suzuki’s first home run since Aug. 30 off Baltimore’s Miguel Gonzalez put the Yankees ahead. The homerless streak of 294 at-bats was the third-longest of Suzuki’s major league career. The 40-year-old entered in a 6-for-41 (.146) slide overall but is hitting .431 in his career against Buehrle (25 for 58).Toronto’s Yankee Stadium skid, which started in September 2012, is the longest for a team at one opponent since Tampa Bay lost 18 in a row in Cleveland from September 2005 to July 2010, according to STATS.Suzuki was happy to have any kind of positive number in his home run column. “Now that’s it’s not a 0, maybe Michael Kay will be easy on me,” he said playfully, referring to a Yankees broadcaster.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Transfers Diego Costa completes £58 million transfer to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 03:05 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Transfers Atlético Madrid Chelsea Premier League The Spain striker has officially finalised his move ahead of the two clubs facing off in the Champions League group stage Diego Costa has completed his £58 million move from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid on the eve of the Champions League match between the two clubs at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Atletico agreed a fee with Chelsea last week to re-sign Costa, who has now completed a medical and agreed personal terms to return to the Spanish capital three years after leaving for Stamford Bridge. Chelsea to beat Man City & over 4.5 goals 11/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. However, Atletico’s six-month transfer ban means Costa will be unavailable to play for Diego Simeone’s side until January and will have to watch Wednesday’s meeting between the two clubs from the stands.Antonio Conte has insisted that he holds no grudge against the 28-year-old, despite the pair falling out after the Chelsea manager texted Costa in the summer to remind his striker that he was no longer needed. “Yes, as I said before, I have no problem with Diego Costa,” Conte said when asked whether he will be happy to see Costa, who could be presented to Atletico fans at the game. “I said that we wish, for him, the best for the future. We want to thank him for the last season. But, I repeat, I have no problem with him.”The deal will end months of dispute between the player and the club, with all parties thought to be relieved to have resolved the situation.Atletico chose an initial loan move to spread the costs over two seasons and Costa will ultimately become their record signing. Costa’s Chelsea career ends with him having won two Premier League titles and the League Cup after he moved to the Premier League in 2014 for £32 million.
Reuse this content Rugby union Topics Read more Read more “If it’s in the UK or Ireland before you fly out to South Africa, that would be adequate. It’s his [McCafferty’s] choice, but it just makes things difficult really. He has his opinion and I have mine.”Last summer the Lions played just 72 hours after arriving in New Zealand and scraped past a weak Provincial Barbarians team 13‑7.Gatland cited the example of the Wales No 8 Ross Moriarty – who sustained a back injury in that game in Whangerei – as an example of a player who was hit hard by having to go straight into competition.Moriarty was forced home from the tour because of the problem and spent long periods of the season just finished on the sidelines.“I look back now and with Ross it was a really unusual injury, a back and nerve injury,” Gatland said. “Was that caused by the flight time? A lack of preparation? Jetlag? Or the pressure of the travel up from Whangerei? It’s a possibility it could have occurred from that.”Gatland is in Argentina preparing for Wales’s two clashes with the Pumas. The 54-year-old was angry at PRL’s refusal to release the England-based players Josh Adams, Tomas Francis and Luke Charteris for his team’s 22-20 victory against South Africa in Washington DC, a game which fell outside World Rugby’s designated Test window.The Worcester wing Adams and the Exeter prop Francis have since been called up anyway and both are involved in Gatland’s squad to face Argentina in San Juan on Saturday.Pressed further on PRL’s refusal to help out the Lions, Gatland could not resist another dig and said: “I don’t want to talk about PRL, it’s obviously the best competition in the world, isn’t it?” Discussions over how the Lions trip to South Africa in 2021 will fit into the rugby calendar remain ongoing but the PRL chief executive, Mark McCafferty, has already refused to accommodate a change in the English season to help out, describing such a move as “suicidal” to his competition.During the Lions tour to New Zealand last summer Gatland’s side played the first of their 10 matches only three days after landing. The trip to South Africa is likely to feature eight matches in five weeks. “If the Lions is supposed to be the best of the best, you have to give them adequate preparation,” said Gatland, who is unbeaten in two Test series as the team’s coach.“I felt in New Zealand my biggest concern was flying on the Monday, arriving on the Wednesday, and then playing that Saturday. By doing that we were opening up players to the potential of injury risk.“My view is that by taking the field as early as we did in New Zealand without adequate preparation, we were doing that. I’m not the only who has said that, everyone has.”Gatland has three Lions tours on his CV – he was forwards coach alongside Ian McGeechan in South Africa in 2009 – and knows exactly what is involved working at elite level.“If you need not the best but adequate preparation, then I find it ironic major nations send teams to the Gold Coast [Australia] for two weeks to prepare for a sevens programme and the Lions can’t go to Hong Kong,” Gatland said. “I don’t know why they can do that and you can’t send your No 1 team away to prepare. Why wouldn’t you want the Lions to have at least a week to prepare together? 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Warren Gatland has hit out at Premiership Rugby Limited and warned that British & Irish Lions players face the risk of serious injury if they are not given adequate time to prepare for the 2021 tour.Gatland – the Lions head coach in 2013 and 2017 – has repeatedly called for the team to be given at least another week of training before they travel to the southern hemisphere. Share on WhatsApp
Share on Messenger It hasn’t even been 12 months since the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, but it’s felt like far longer for their suffering fans. Despite bringing back nearly the same lineup – we’ll get into the exceptions in a bit – the Red Sox were eliminated from playoff contention on Friday night, with a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The fall of the Sox, who won a franchise-high 108 games last season, was so swift and painful that ownership parted ways with the team’s general manager, Dave Dombrowski, last week. There are World Series hangovers and there’s whatever is going on in Boston.There’s an argument that parting ways with Dombrowski was the right move in the long run. Dombrowski’s tactics, particularly during his stint with the Detroit Tigers, have been to spend big money on free agents and bundle up high-tier prospects to trade for big-name players. It’s a strategy that can build impressive rosters in the short run but can also saddle teams with bloated payrolls and barren farm systems. It was possible, maybe even likely, that the Sox ownership were seeing signs that his approach was going to start backfiring and decided to make a move earlier rather than later. Share on WhatsApp US sports Since you’re here… Read more Reuse this content Topics features MLB Boston Red Sox London’s MLB crowd offers baseball a new land of opportunity Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Baseball His decision to bet big by trading for ace Chris Sale and closer Craig Kimbrel and signing power hitter JD Martinez as a free agent were the moves that put the Red Sox over the top and helped them win the World Series last year. However, Dombrowski’s decisions the next offseason were curious at best. Overwhelmed by a sense of goodwill, he brought back playoff heroes Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce to above-market deals even though their track records didn’t suggest that they were anything other than journeymen.Meanwhile, the team declined to re-sign Kimbrel and allowed reliever Joe Kelly to walk. In retrospect, both of those moves on their own were defensible: Kimbrel is currently injured and Kelly has been ridiculously hittable with the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the Red Sox didn’t replace them, and merely hoped that players on the roster already were good enough to step up. They weren’t.Those moves on their own, however, aren’t quite enough to explain why things went so badly this season. It’s almost inconceivable that Chris Sale – who has, at times, been the best pitcher in baseball during his career – reverted to a below-average starter after Dombrowski handed him a five-year, $145m contract extension. He went 6-11, his worst season, and his campaign was cut short with an elbow injury.It wouldn’t have hurt the team so much if it weren’t for the fact that former Cy Young winners David Price and Rick Porcello both had down years at the same time. Eduardo Rodriguez, who is currently chasing a 20-win season, admirably stepped up to become their most reliable starter but it’s not great when your ace-by-default has issues getting past the sixth inning and your team doesn’t really have a functioning bullpen. When your pitching is this unreliable, it doesn’t really matter that your offense features reigning AL MVP Mookie Betts and outstanding shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Meanwhile, the Sox are well over the luxury tax threshold and they might have the worst farm system in baseball.Now, part of the team’s failures has to do with regression to the mean. In 2018, every move that manager Alex Cora made worked out, every other player had a career year and those who didn’t had a moment to shine during the playoffs. The much-maligned Price probably should have been named World Series MVP. They were due for a course correction and it’s not surprising that the mighty New York Yankees ended up outpacing them. But, few imagined the correction would be so extreme.Dombrowksi didn’t do much to change the team’s fortunes either. The only major move the Red Sox made before the trade deadline was dealing for Baltimore Orioles starter Andrew Cashner to try to bolster the leaky starting rotation. Cashner has been a below-average starter for the majority of his career despite having an uncharacteristically effective first half for the dreadful Baltimore Orioles. To absolutely nobody’s surprise but the Sox, Cashner immediately regressed when playing for a would-be contender and he was promptly relegated to the bullpen despite the team being desperate for starters.Even for those who believed that Dombrowski deserved to be fired, there’s no question that ownership went about it the wrong way. They promptly ended his tenure after yet another painful loss to the Yankees, announcing the move by issuing a statement and then letting Cora and the players – all of whom were as stunned as anybody else – answer questions from the media.Now that the Red Sox season has come to a merciful end, it leaves behind an obvious question: is this the most embarrassing follow-up to a World Series win? Well, no, not when the Marlins franchise still exists. The then-Florida Marlins won the World Series in 1997 and then proceeded to tear apart the team roster in the first of several fire sales, something which permanently hurt their chances of gaining a true fanbase in south Florida. They at least waited an extra year after beating the Yankees in the 2003 World Series, only slashing their payroll in 2005. Rebranding as the Miami Marlins and hiring beloved former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter were not enough to prevent them from sealing their fate as the cheapest and least-loved team in the MLB.Red Sox owner John Henry can’t claim to be unaware of the Marlins’ checkered history – he was their sole owner from 1999 to 2002. He also knows that the Red Sox – unlike the Marlins – have such a devoted fanbase that they can make cost-cutting moves without fully damaging the worth of his property. All indications are that he will respond to the Red Sox’s disastrous 2019 by reducing payroll. Ownership “parted ways” with Dombrowski partly because they could no longer justify going well over the luxury tax for such meager returns in the standings. Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise, especially not since the universal trend in MLB is teams sitting on profits and avoiding spending money on the employees actually responsible for winning games for them. According to the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, either Martinez or even franchise cornerstone Betts is likely gone next year and the next few years could see them making any number of moves to slash payroll.As perverse as this sounds, the Red Sox response to one of their most embarrassing seasons in recent history will most likely be to actively become worse. It seems counter-intuitive, but it would just be the latest sign that MLB in general isn’t about winning, or putting together an entertaining product, and won’t be until it starts affecting the bottom line (or another work stoppage forces the owners to change paths). If put to task, Red Sox ownership could argue that they deserve to be given the benefit of the doubt considering that the team has won four World Series under their stewardship. It would, however, be laughable of them – of all people – to start complaining that they don’t deserve to be given the “what have you done for me lately?” treatment. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Twitter/@SECNetworkWe’re coming up on the final few weeks of the regular season, and the conference and college football playoff races are heating up.Using its Football Power Index (FPI), EPN has determined which 12 schools have the toughest remaining schedules.Here’s a look at how the FPI is calculated:The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.According to ESPN, four Pac-12 schools have the roughest sledding. Three programs from the SEC and Big 12 also have their work cut out for them, as do a pair of ACC teams.The 12 Toughest Remaining Schedules In College Football
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is to be signed between theMinistry of Labour and Social Security through its agency, the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), and the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) to assist persons with disabilities who do not have birth certificates, to secure these under the National Identification System (NIDS) project.Executive Director of the JCDP, Dr. Christine Hendricks, who made the disclosure in an interview with JIS News, said the initiative came about following two town hall meetings organized by the Council in May.The participants included representatives of several private and public sector entities who were engaged in dialogue with persons with disabilities from several parishes on issues affecting them, including not having birth certificates.Dr. Hendricks explained that persons will get assistance to cover the cost for assessments in order to get their birth certificates, adding that “we are in the process of finalizing the MoU.” “We know that (for) persons with developmental disabilities and autism (among other challenges), the assessment process being done by clinical psychologists is very costly. So for those who are unable to pay, there will be assistance (from the NIDS project) to help them get their birth certificates as well as other assistance that is needed,” she informed.Dr. Hendricks encourages persons with disabilities to register with the Council in order to access this and other benefits.“Good things are happening for persons with disabilities and that is why I continue to implore persons to register, because only persons registered with the JCPD can benefit,” she said.The RGD is to be transformed into the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA). Work facilitating this is slated to commence during the 2018/19 fiscal year.The RGD’s Chief Executive Officer, Deirdre English Gosse, said the MoU is currently being reviewed by the entities’ legal teams.“Based on our previous meetings, we found out that there are a lot of persons with disabilities who do not have birth certificates. We are trying, basically, to provide persons who have been registered with the JCPD with birth certificates,” she explained.Outreach activities for the initiative, which will be undertaken islandwide, are being funded through the NIDS project. These include health and wellness fairs organized by the RGD.“All they have to do is show up and once we get the proper information from them, we will process and provide them with a birth certificate. We hope that persons will come out and we will get a significant number of persons with disabilities, so they can get their birth certificates. It will help them to be included in the National Identification System project, once that gets underway,” Mrs. English Gosse said.NIDS, which is scheduled for implementation in 2019, will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to capture and store identity information for all Jamaicans.Under the system, each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), which they will have for life.
Patients are encouraged to become more involved in their care as part of Canadian Patient Safety Week, Nov. 2 – 6. “Good health care starts with good communication,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Patient safety week is an opportunity to recognize the role we all play in patient safety and a reminder to ask lots of questions, listen to the answers, and discuss any concerns.” “Nova Scotians can ask three simple questions about their care. What is my health problem? What do I need to do? Why do I need to do this?,” said Dr. Ken Buchholz, physician advisor with the Department of Health. “By asking about their own care, patients can help to improve care and reduce miscommunication that may lead to adverse healthcare events.” Nova Scotia’s district health authorities are planning information sessions and events across the province to raise awareness. Tips on patient safety and provincial initiatives are available on the Department of Health website at www.gov.ns.ca/health .
APTN National NewsJust before the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights recently members of Shoal Lake rallied to be heard.They want to be seen too – as a regular exhibit at the museum.For over 100 years residents of the Manitoba First Nation, about 200 km east of Winnipeg, have been living in forced isolation.There’s no running water or sewage.According to APTN’s Dennis Ward meetings between the chief and museum officials are underway.
TORONTO – Tesla Inc. has secured a minor legal victory in Ontario in its push for equal treatment as the company looks to defend its direct-to-consumer business model in numerous markets.The Ontario case comes as Tesla struggles to move ahead with its retail model in the United States, where it has not used franchised dealerships.Multiple U.S. states including Michigan, New Jersey and Missouri have passed laws in recent years to prevent Tesla from selling vehicles directly to consumers following pressure from automobile dealership associations.Ontario Superior Court judge Frederick Myers ruled Monday that the provincial government’s decision to exclude Tesla from a grace period for an electric vehicle rebate program was arbitrary and had singled out Tesla for harm. The ruling requires the government to review the program so that it includes Tesla or provides adequate justification for the company’s exclusion.Tesla launched the case after the government ended the rebate program worth up to $14,000 per vehicle on July 11, but said it would extend the rebates to vehicles already sold through dealerships if they were delivered and registered within 60 days.Myers found the government had originally tried to exclude Tesla from the extension by specifying only vehicles ordered through a dealership would be eligible for the extension. When it learned Tesla did indeed sell through its own dealership network, the government further specified to the company that only franchised dealerships would be eligible.Tesla CEO Elon Musk has staunchly defended the company’s direct retail model.Musk said in a blog post that franchised dealerships don’t have enough incentives to sell electric cars and that the company needs to place its sales venues in areas where it can attract foot traffic and educate potential customers.The Ontario Progressive Conservatives said they had specified only franchised dealerships were eligible for the rebate extension to help protect small- and medium-sized businesses that may have been hit by the program.Tesla responded that many franchised car dealerships in Ontario are owned by large businesses that own numerous franchises.The electric carmaker said it was pleased with the court’s decision to strike down the “unfair and unlawful” transition plan.“Tesla only sought fair treatment for our customers and we hope the Ministry now does the right thing by delivering on its promise to ensure all EV-owners receive their incentives during the wind-down period.”A spokeswoman for Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said the government is “reviewing the ruling and will make a decision on how to proceed in the coming days.”Sara Singh, the Ontario NDP critic for the ministry of the Attorney General, said in a statement that the decision means Premier Doug Ford is sticking people with the bill for his torn up contracts and cancelled programs.“This is likely only the first of many decisions against the Ford government’s decision to rip up hundreds of cap-and-trade and green energy contracts,” she said.It’s not yet clear, however, what the government will have to do in response to the decision.Myers stopped short of setting aside the limitation of the transition program to franchised dealers, noting that doing so would require the government to fund subsidies to Tesla’s customers.He instead sent the policy back to the government for review, saying that if the government wants to transition out of the electric car subsidy program it must do so in a lawful manner.The problem was the government hadn’t provided a legal justification for its policy, said Bruce Ryder, an associate professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.He said the legal loss on policy isn’t unusual, but that he was surprised how quickly the new government ran into legal issues.“It’s maybe a little unusual how quickly this government has got off the mark, and has been a little bit like a bull in a china shop from a legal point of view.”The legal dispute with Tesla is just one of several the Progressive Conservatives face, including a Superior Court challenge Friday on Ford’s cuts to Toronto city council numbers.Ryder said the government could face more problems if it rushes ahead without properly considering policy.“There could be some other legal setbacks coming very soon, precisely because from a legal point of view, this government seems to be so anxious to move speedily on a number of files…that they didn’t pay enough attention to the legal limits on their powers.”The ruling has left potential Tesla customers in limbo, unsure of whether or not they’ll see the $14,000 in subsidies they had counted on when ordering vehicles.Kurtis Evans, a teacher in Toronto who had ordered a Tesla 3, said he was pleased by the decision and grateful that Tesla decided to fight for customers, but wasn’t sure what will happen.“At this point I don’t know what will happen next…Hopefully, the province makes the right choice. I’m not counting on it.”Tesla said it had 600 active customer orders when the government ended the program in July. At the time, the company had 34 unallocated vehicles on its lots plus 319 in transit on trains and trucks. The company said 175 customers had cancelled their orders since the program ended.
TORONTO — The Royal Bank has raised its prime lending rate after the Bank of Canada increased its overnight lending rate to financial institutions.RBC says it will increase its prime rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.70 per cent, effective Thursday.The rate has been set at 3.45 per cent.What the Bank of Canada rate hike means for your mortgage and savings accountBank of Canada raises rates as Poloz’s tale of recovery from Great Recession finally comes trueThe increase will raise the cost of borrowing for customers with loans linked to the prime rate such as variable rate mortgages and lines of credit.The Bank of Canada raised its target for the overnight rate to 1.5 per cent today.It was the central bank’s fourth rate increase in the last 12 months.
Ohio State freshman midfielder Jake Withers goes down to the ground toward a loose ball while being defended by Michigan sophomore midfielder Chase Brown in the second quarter of OSU’s 15-6 men’s lacrosse victory on April 12 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Dan Hope / Lantern photographerThe No. 22 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is undefeated at home in conference play so far this season and now gets a shot at extending that streak into the postseason.OSU made it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA championship last year after upsetting Denver, 11-10, in the ECAC title game before the Pioneers moved on to play in the Big East Conference in 2014.This year, OSU can defend its crown by winning two more games.The Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines are both in their final seasons of ECAC play before Big Ten lacrosse begins next year, and the archrivals could square off in the championship game Saturday if they win in their respective semifinal matchups at Jesse Owens Memorial Field Thursday evening.After already beating Air Force, 8-6, in the regular season April 19, the Buckeyes fell a week later. That loss came to the No. 16 Fairfield Stags (11-3, 3-1) — the tourney’s top seed — by a margin of 7-5 on the road to notch their only conference loss of the season.When three teams in a five-team league all have a 3-1 record at season’s end after an ECAC round robin, they share a regular season title as tri-champions.OSU, Air Force and Fairfield look to add a tournament title to their résumés, however, as the winner of Saturday’s final gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.Seeding is accomplished by precedence of overall record in the event of a tie like this.And while Bellarmine, the ECAC’s fifth team, is 7-5 on the season, the team was winless within the conference, allowing the 5-10 Wolverines to snag the last spot.The Buckeyes will need another strong performance from senior goalie Scott Spencer to stifle an offensively-sound Air Force team that averages 42.3 shots per game and scores almost 12 goals per game. Spencer’s performance tending net could be the difference between a victory or a loss, especially if he can replicate his career-high 14 saves from the last game against Air Force.Air Force has allowed exactly as many shots on goal in the fourth quarter as it has taken throughout the course of the season at 63.OSU freshman midfielder Jake Withers went 10 for 17 on face offs in the April 19 victory.Sophomore attackman Ryan Hunter led the Buckeyes with four goals in that game, but junior midfielder Jesse King – the team’s leading scorer throughout the year – might have to produce more in this game than he did with his one-goal, one-assist contribution if OSU is to outduel the Falcons again.Game times for Fairfield-Michigan and OSU-Air Force are scheduled for 5 and 8 p.m., respectively. The winners are set to face one another at 5 p.m. Saturday.
AT A TIME when mental health is finally well and truly a ‘hot topic’, firmly embedded in the public consciousness, I can’t help feeling that we’re quietly omitting a vital part of the discussion – our relationship as a nation with alcohol, and how it affects our mental well-being.The term “mental health” is a wide-ranging one, and it can be argued that at the moment it has somewhat negative connotations and is almost synonymous, in public discourse, with mental ill-health and suicide – something that needs to quickly change. Slowly but surely, however, we are witnessing a realisation that preventative measures and positive mental health promotion, particularly among young people, are ultimately excellent and necessary long-term strategies on which we need to focus as a matter of urgency to tackle the current suicide epidemic.Ongoing struggle to adaptIn the wake of an abrupt economic crash, attitudes have changed rapidly in an adjusting Ireland. While it can be argued that a return to more prudent values is to be welcomed, there is an ongoing struggle to adapt. We have not adequately dealt with the practical reality of the economic fall-out that has decimated employment, household income and consumer confidence. There is evidence to suggest that pressure resulting from economic difficulties is a contributory factor to the increase in the number of suicides we have seen in recent years. To attribute the rise purely to this, however is to simplify the issue greatly. There are biological, sociological and psychological factors at play, and these are often intertwined – just as everyone is different, the individual causes of suicide vary greatly.But let’s pull back from suicide for a moment, as that’s just one element of mental health we need to look at. Mental “ well-being” is a term I’d prefer to focus on for now. And while most of us at this stage know that there are steps we can take to look after our emotional health, it’s apparent that our alcohol consumption behaviour and attitudes often directly contradict this. While it’s been touched on by aspects of the media in recent weeks, notably by Breda O’Brien in the Irish Times and also as part of a recent Frontline discussion on mental health, it remains the elephant in the room when it comes to the national conversation we are attempting to have about mental well-being.Extreme attitudes towards alcoholOur drinking habits and our attitudes towards alcohol in Ireland are what can probably fairly be classified as “extreme”. A recent study conducted by Millward Brown Lansdowne on behalf of Drinkaware.ie, indicated that while Irish people drink less frequently than our EU counterparts, our consumption is three times higher than the EU average. (Drinkaware.ie, interestingly, is an initiative developed by MEAS, a group comprised of various players in the alcohol industry, under the guise of social responsibility. The site contains lots of eye-opening information about the effects of alcohol, including its impact on relationships and mental health.)In particular, attitudes among our young people are telling. The cross-border survey, “Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol Related Harm in Ireland” published by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD) last year found that a third of drinkers aged between 18 and 24 consumed the equivalent of nine standard drinks on a typical night out, and regard having at least five standard drinks on a night out as the “norm”. The Department of Health’s recommended weekly low risk drinking limits are 17 standard drinks for a man and 11 for a woman. So right there, that’s half your weekly intake, in one night.So it’s clear that our attitudes to alcohol and alcohol consumption are somewhat skewed. The vast majority of our social occasions centre around the consumption of alcohol. Take, for example the prevalence of holding nearly every celebration in a licenced establishment, or if it is held in the home, accompanying it with carry-out alcohol. While there is a marked growth in outdoor, health-based activities, it’s not uncommon to celebrate a physical achievement such as a marathon or a triathlon in the pub. Even childhood occasions like christenings and first communions are commonly hosted in pubs.Alcohol consumption is pervasiveThere’s nothing wrong with this (I’m not writing this to judge) but why not ask why this is? Why the inherent dependence on alcohol to have a good time? Are we lacking so much in confidence in ourselves and our own personalities that we need use of alcohol as a social lubricant in order to let our hair down and truly enjoy ourselves? Alcohol consumption is pervasive. It’s everywhere. It’s practically impossible to avoid it. And the evidence indicates that we actively depend on it. Why, more importantly, are we so uncomfortable admitting this? And why are people who call it out and suggest that it might not always be healthy, dismissed as killjoys?Minister Roisin Shorthall, during her time in government prioritised a strategy to tackle alcohol intake and abuse, including placing restrictions on alcohol sponsorship of and advertising at sports events, yet met with resistance both from within government and the alcohol industry. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar expressed concern that banning sponsorship would impact negatively on sports performance across the country – and incredibly, in this he is correct, as we now find ourselves in the questionable situation where our sporting bodies have become heavily reliant on the alcohol industry for funding. It can be argued that this is something of a double-edged sword, given that evidence demonstrates that young people are more likely to be influenced by the advertising of alcohol.The bottom line in the debate around alcohol and mental health is that alcohol is, beyond a doubt, a recognised depressant. Research has demonstrated that it can have an adverse effect on our mental health, affecting our ability to cope with everyday challenges and bigger traumas. Critically, the connection between alcohol and suicide has been highlighted – and the fact that suicide victims are frequently found to have alcohol in their bloodstream points to a concern that alcohol can lower inhibitions enough for a person to act on suicidal thoughts that they may not have, otherwise. In one of the most damning statistics on alcohol you will ever read, the World Health Organisation estimates that the risk of suicide increases EIGHTFOLD when a person is abusing alcohol, compared to a person who is not.The uncomfortable truthYet we continue to blithely ignore this enormous elephant in the room, because, the truth it, it’s easier to blame other factors than it is to look inwards and examine our own attitudes and behaviour. In continuing to place alcohol at the centre of our social interactions, we are all, each and every one of us, complicit in the problem. Harsh? Perhaps, but it’s an uncomfortable truth. We may not all drink to excess; neither might we all abuse alcohol but in failing to question the status quo or actively engage in alternatives to alcohol-reliant social occasions, we are all contributing to this problem.Every time you question someone who is not having a drink, or try to persuade them to “leave the car” when they choose to drive on a night out, or indeed, accept without question the behaviour of a friend who is clearly consistently drinking too much, you are contributing. And crucially, we are propagating and reinforcing these attitudes, because this is what our young people witness as they grow up. Not to mention perpetuating the “drunken Paddy” stereotype abroad, in countries where people mange to live with licensed premises that remain open through the night without turning into rabid binge-drinkers and functioning alcoholics.So what can we do to change this culture? (Because this is what it is – a culture.) I don’t personally believe that measures such as restricting sales of alcohol, either at pubs and off-licences ultimately tackle the issue. And why should you or I not have the choice to buy a bottle of wine to enjoy at 10.30pm on a Friday night if we want? Or why should I have to leave the pub at 12.30pm on a Saturday night, because the law dictates that at this stage, I’ve had enough to drink? Rather, this change is an attitudinal one and needs to come from within – from within ourselves and our society. I’ve come up with a few suggestions – feel free to add your own in the comments below.Suggestions for a healthier attitudeFirstly, let’s think about our reactions. Don’t judge a friend or acquaintance for not consuming alcohol. Don’t make them feel they have to invent an excuse for not drinking, once they make that choice. Don’t ridicule them, or make them feel that they ‘re not actively partaking in the occasion, just because they’re not drinking alcohol. Language is powerful.Secondly, let’s think outside the box a little. Why the need to celebrate every little event or hold every single get-together in the pub? It’s a little unimaginative, frankly. A friend of mine organises a weekly social run in the Phoenix Park. He extends an open invitation to friends, and it’s well-attended. He doesn’t even go to the pub afterwards. And it’s fun. Imagine! And do occasions that focus on children really need to involve alcohol?Thirdly, let’s learn to have a little more confidence in ourselves and our personalities. We’re great, we Irish. We have a wit that is rarely equalled, but excessive alcohol consumption doesn’t always make us wittier, or more confident, or more attractive. (Usually the opposite, in fact.) Often, it doesn’t even enhance our enjoyment of a night out. Or the following day, for that matter. I myself can confirm this beyond all shadow of a doubt, having tested the theory more times than I care to recall.Fourthly – and I say this conscious of the sanctimony it may indicate, but does not intend – let’s embrace moderation. Alcohol consumed in moderation is enjoyable (and sometimes, depending on what you read, pretty good for you). It’s also more inclusive and conducive to drinkers and non-drinkers enjoying a night out in each others’ company.Let’s look at alcohol a little differently. Rather than a mere inebriant, alcohol’s pretty nice with food. A nice red with a steak being the obvious example, but there are independent brewing companies who are marketing their craft beers as food accompaniments, and it’s another way to enjoy a tipple without making it the focus.Lead by example. Sure, we’ve no obligation to do so, but our young people are watching, and it’s more important than you think.Pubs – how about offering some appealing alternatives to alcohol? I’m done with Rock-more-expensive-than-a-pint-Shandy, and there are only so many sparking waters one can drink. How about some decent non-alcoholic beers? Palatable ginger ale? And less of a visible sneer when I ask for a non-alcoholic drink, thank you – smile, be polite and think of the often extortionate mark-up.Check out alternativesIf you do want to check out alternatives, check out hellosundaymorning.org – an international initiative aimed at changing and recreating attitudes to alcohol that has just been launched in Ireland by comedian Des Bishop in conjunction with his RTE TV series, Under the Influence. Hello Sunday Morning is an initiative that says it’s perfectly fine not to drink lots all the time, and while you may not want to give up alcohol, it allows you to take some some “time out” – periods of three or six months are recommended in order to give you time to reflect on your drinking behaviour and reclaim the Sunday mornings that are frequently lost to Saturday night alcohol consumption. Most people return to drinking alcohol afterwards, but ultimately the time out can assist you if you want to change your drinking patterns.Finally, let’s face up to the truth. If we genuinely do give a damn about the problem that is mental ill-health in this country, and want to be the change, we need to do more than simply call on the government to address the issue. While we urgently need to channel resources towards education and prevention, it’s all too easy to deflect responsibility. Like it or not, most of us are part of the problem, and we need to start taking some ownership – and fast.Examining our own contribution to the problem doesn’t necessarily mean rejecting alcohol, or seeing it as the enemy – merely becoming a little more thoughtful in our attitudes, behaviour and discourse around alcohol consumption. Then, and only then will we start to turn the tide and tackle one of the root causes of the suicide plague that blights our society today.Republished from the An Cailín Rua blog with permission from author Anne-Marie Flynn.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gráinne Ní Aodha Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/4593739 76 Comments The Good Friday accord ended 700-years of conflict. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Share1668 Tweet Email2 Updated Apr 16th 2019, 3:21 PM Source: Niall CarsonHOUSE SPEAKER NANCY Pelosi has issued a strong warning to the UK that a US-UK trade deal is not going to happen if the Good Friday Agreement is weakened by the Brexit process. Speaking to the packed out ballroom at Iveagh House at the Department of Foreign Affairs, the US politician said she told “our friends in the UK” that the United States is a co-guarantor of the Agreement.In her address, she said “it’s just not on the cards… don’t even think about it…” in reference to a US-UK trade deal. While US President Donald Trump has indicated that a deal would be on the table post-Brexit, he would have to get such move approved by Congress. Using strong language, Pelosi said during her “high-level” meetings in the UK recently, she made it clear as to the purpose of the US delegation’s visit to Ireland this week. ‘Don’t even think about it’: Pelosi warns UK that US trade deal is non-runner if Good Friday Agreement is threatened “The Good Friday accord ended 700-years of conflict,” she told the London School of Economics last night. At the summit one Prime Minister warned us not to be dreamers, not to think #Brexit could be reversed. But in this difficult moment, we need dreamers and dreams. We cannot give in to fatalism.At least I will not stop dreaming about a united Europe. https://t.co/qXkBC1tbtY— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) April 16, 2019 Tuesday 16 Apr 2019, 3:21 PM 34,035 Views Her speech today reiterated what she said at the London School of Economics yesterday, where Pelosi said that it’s “very hard to pass a trade bill in the Congress in US, so there’s no given anyway”.“But if there would be any weakening of the Good Friday accord, then there would be no chance whatsoever – a non-starter – for a US-UK trade agreement.”She continued: Speaking today, Tusk said that the long extension “ensures that all options remain on the table, such as ratification of the current Withdrawal Agreement, or extra time to rethink Brexit, if that were the wish of the British people”.It also means that the UK will need to take part in European elections at the end of May.Tusk said that during this extension, the UK should not be treated “as a second-category member state”.I know that, on both sides of the Channel, everyone, including myself, is exhausted with Brexit, which is completely understandable. However, this is not an excuse to say: “let’s get it over with”, just because we’re tired. “We made it clear that the Good Friday Accord for us, they are not just a peace agreement, it so much more elevated” due to the hundreds of years of conflict that ended with the signing of that document 21 years ago.She added that the Good Friday Agreement is not just a peace agreement to the US, but a value that she and her colleagues will protect. Pelosi said that the UK should “not think for one minute there is comfort for them” after Brexit that a US-UK deal will be be achieved.Tánaiste Simon Coveney said in his address that the UK has every right to determine its own destiny, but it cannot determine Ireland’s. Coveney says that while Britain had the right to determine its own destiny, it does not have the right to determine ours pic.twitter.com/mku8nacJ3E— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) April 16, 2019 It’s not just about the geography though, this is not a treaty only: it’s an ideal, it’s a value, it’s something that is a model to the world, and we don’t want that model to be something that can be bargained away in some other agreement.Pelosi is to pay a visit to Áras an Uachtaráin as part of a Democrat Congressional delegation to Ireland, Northern Ireland, London and Stuttgart this week.She will also visit the border and Derry in Northern Ireland on Thursday. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said something similar today, when he said he was on a “Brexit break” and doesn’t want to talk about it at length this morning.With reporting by Christina Finn Short URL Source: Donald Tusk/Twitter Apr 16th 2019, 10:29 AM Source: Niall CarsonA US-UK trade agreement is one of the ambitions of the British government post-Brexit, as part of the policy to strengthen ties with countries outside of the EU.As the UK has failed to pass the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement through the House of Commons three times, and failed to vote in favour of any other alternative, it’s had to request to delay the date upon which it was due to leave.The UK was meant to leave the EU on 29 March, which was extended until 12 April and now has been extended again until 31 October at the very latest.If MPs vote the Withdrawal Agreement through before 31 October, they will leave “on the first day of the following month”, according to European Council President Donald Tusk.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram iPhones and smart phones are less likely to cause cancer than earlier models according to a new report by the World Health Organisation. However, frequent use still could cause cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer said heavy usage could lead to an increase incidence of giloma, a malignant type of brain cancer and young adults are mostly at risk. Professor Bruce Armstrong, University of Sydney, a member of the team that conducted the research told the ABC that “there is an observed association between using a mobile phone and a higher risk of brain cancer”. Although research into smart phones is in the primary stages, Professor Armstrong said that the “3G phones in fact give a much lower dose to the brain that the previous generations”.
Un fossile chinois révèle l’existence de poils chez les ancêtres des mammifèresUn fossile découvert en Chine, Megaconus mammaliaformis, apporte de précieuses informations sur les ancêtres des mammifères. Entre autres, ils possédaient déjà des poils il y a quelque 165 millions d’années.C’est durant le règne des dinosaures que les mammifères sont apparus. On estime que le premier vrai mammifère est apparu pendant le Jurassique, il y a quelques 160 millions d’années. Mais ses ancêtres, proches des reptiles (on parle des “reptiles mammaliens”) remontent jusqu’au Trias, il y a plus de 200 millions d’années. Leur apparence n’avait alors rien à envier aux reptiles : écailles, épines, glandes à poisons. Un nouveau fossile, Megaconus mammaliaformis, découvert en Chine et daté de 165 millions d’années, apporte toutefois de nouvelles informations sur l’apparence de ces mammifères primitifs : à l’époque, ils avaient déjà des poils ! Un caractère qui serait donc apparu plusieurs millions d’années avant les mammifères “véritables”. Des caractères primitifs et modernes”Nous avons enfin un aperçu des caractères ancestraux de tous les mammifères. Cela nous permet de reconstituer des détails peu connus de la transition des mammifères primitifs aux modernes”, explique Zhe-Xi Luo, professeur à l’université de Chicago et auteur de l’étude décrivant Megaconus, parue dans la prestigieuse revue Nature. Le fossile présente des empreintes de poils sur le pourtour du corps, ce qui fait de lui le deuxième proto-mammifère poilu découvert, avec Castorocauda, une sorte de castor du Jurassique. L’aspect physique de Megaconus montre de nombreux caractères primitifs : son dos était recouvert de poils éparses, alors que son ventre était nu. Sur ses talons, il possédait des épines en kératine, probablement dotées d’une glande à poison. Les scientifiques estiment que ces piquants sont la marque des individus mâles, à l’instar des ornithorynques qui présentent eux aussi des caractères reptiliens ancestraux. En observant ses dents, les scientifiques déduisent qu’il était probablement omnivore. Ses molaires pouvaient mâcher des végétaux, ses autres dents étaient elles adaptées pour se nourrir d’insectes, vers, et peut-être même des petits vertébrés.En ajoutant ces caractères avec la forme de son ossature et de ses griffes, Megaconus était un étrange mélange entre un écureuil et un tatou.Pas forcément un ancêtre directÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Toutefois, son côté reptilien était encore présent par bien des aspects. Notamment son oreille, encore attachée à la mâchoire, est un trait typique des reptiles. De même, sa colonne vertébrale et ses talons sont de la même nature que les autres fossiles de reptiles mammaliens.”On ne peut pas dire que Megaconus est notre ancêtre direct, mais il ressemble certainement à un vieil arrière arrière arrière grand oncle de 165 millions d’années. Ses traits sont autant d’indices sur l’apparence de nos ancêtres mammaliens durant la transition Trias-Jurassique”, déclare le professeur Luo. Le fossile est désormais entreposé dans les collections du musée paléontologique de Liaoning, en Chine.(Crédit photo : April Isch, Zhe-Xi Luo, University of Chicago)Le 8 août 2013 à 20:14 • Emmanuel Perrin