Mass Killings Can Haunt Elephants for Decades

first_imgAfrican elephants that have lived through the trauma of a cull—or selected killing of their kin—may look normal enough to the casual observer, but socially they are a mess. That’s the conclusion of a new study, the first to show that human activities can disrupt the social skills of large-brained mammals that live in complex societies for decades. The finding, experts say, has implications for conservation management, which often solely focuses on the number of animals in a population, and may extend to chimpanzees, dolphins, whales, and other species.“It is a groundbreaking study, because it is the first to demonstrate, experimentally, a direct connection between the effects of culling and specific psychosocial harms,” says Lori Marino, a neuroscientist and expert on dolphin behavior at Emory University in Atlanta, who was not involved with the research. “It shows unequivocally that elephants are psychologically damaged by culling.”Wildlife officials often used culling as a conservation tool in South Africa from the 1960s to the 1990s. (It is still reserved as a management tool there.) At the time, wildlife managers worried that if there were too many elephants in a fenced reserve, like the famed Kruger National Park, the behemoths would ultimately destroy the habitat, eating or trampling all the vegetation and uprooting the trees. During a cull, a helicopter pilot herds an elephant family into a tight bunch. Professional hunters on the ground then shoot the animals as quickly as possible. Only young elephants ranging from about 4 to 10 years old are saved. 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Other studies have described these effects as akin to posttraumatic stress disorder. For instance, the orphaned male elephants at Pilanesberg and another reserve made headlines for attacking and killing 107 rhinoceroses over a 10-year period, something that elephants had never been reported to do. Other researchers who study male elephants attributed the young males’ abnormal behavior to their surging hormones and lack of social learning—both of which were controlled after older male elephants were introduced. In some instances, the orphaned female elephants were also hyperaggressive and attacked tourist vehicles. But they, too, apparently recovered and went on to form family groups, although these groups sometimes include unrelated individuals, which is unusual in elephants.“On the surface, they look like they’re now getting on okay,” says Karen McComb, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and a co-author of the study. “But we found a way to go deeper into their minds, and that’s how we found the deficits in the social decisions that they make.”From studies of the relatively undisturbed population of elephants in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, scientists know that social learning is important to these animals. In their family groups, the oldest female is the guiding matriarch, and she passes on to younger members behaviors such as how to greet family members and how to react to the calls of strange females.The researchers compared the reactions of 14 Pilanesberg elephant families and 39 elephant families in Amboseli to different levels of social threats. For each test, they positioned their Land Rover 100 meters away from a family group and broadcast an elephant’s deep-throated greeting call for 10 to 20 seconds. The calls were from familiar or unfamiliar elephants or were resynthesized calls that were made to sound like individuals of specific age classes. (You can listen to examples here.) These tests gauged the elephants’ ability to make the best decision when faced with what could be a major threat: an older, dominant, strange female. Such animals can pose a danger to a family by forcing them, for instance, to leave areas where they are feeding, McComb says.The scientists video-recorded the families’ reactions to the various calls and measured certain key behaviors, such as whether the elephants defensively bunched together, whether they listened and smelled for the stranger, and how much time they spent doing these activities.When the researchers played the calls to the Amboseli elephants, almost every family responded appropriately to the rumbles of the older, unfamiliar female. Typically, the entire family froze in place. The members raised their ears to listen and their trunks to sniff for the invader. They turned toward the vehicle and bunched together, forming a fortress of elephant flesh with the matriarch in front. Sometimes, they charged past the scientist’s vehicle, searching for the alien hussy. “You get the feeling they really know what they’re doing,” McComb says. “They have very coordinated responses.”In contrast, the Pilanesberg elephants never seemed to know what to do. “The pattern there was no pattern at all; their reactions were completely random,” McComb says. In one extreme instance, a family left the area at once, traveling more than a kilometer before they came to a halt—but they did so in response to the call of an elephant they all knew. “Yet when they heard the call of the older, strange female, they did nothing at all; they just stayed completely relaxed,” Shannon says.“You might think because of their history that they were just more accepting of strangers,” McComb says. “But it wasn’t that. They simply failed at picking out the calls of older, socially dominant animals.”Because the Pilanesberg elephants grew up without the social knowledge of their original families, they will likely never properly respond to social threats and may even pass on their inappropriate behaviors to the next generation, the team concludes in the current issue of Frontiers in Zoology. And it may be that elephant populations that are heavily poached or otherwise adversely affected by human activities are similarly socially damaged, they say.All of this matters because poor decision-making can affect the elephants’ reproductive success, McComb says. A previous study that she and others carried out in Amboseli compared the decision-making abilities of younger and older matriarchs. Those families led by the oldest individuals with the most experience also had the most calves. Exactly how the poor decisions of the Pilanesberg elephants will affect them in the future is as yet unknown. “What we now know is that their social understanding is most certainly impaired,” McComb says.The team’s findings “may also apply to other species, such as cetaceans and nonhuman primates” that have been and, in some cases, continue to be heavily managed, Marino says. They also show “unequivocally that conservation that is only based on numbers,” that is, on how many animals are in a population, “and which does not take into account the individual ends in disaster.”Richard Connor, a cetacean biologist at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, adds: “It is difficult to not conclude that the legal killing or illegal poaching of elephants is not only inhumane, it is barbaric.”last_img read more

IPL 2011: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Delhi Daredevils- DD win by 38 runs

first_imgDelhi skipper Virender Sehwag scored a quick-fire 80 and then his bowlers struck thick and fast as Delhi beat Kochi by 38 runs during an IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday. Score | PhotosChasing 158, Kochi were all out for 119 with Delhi paceman Morne Morkel and left-arm spinner Roelof Erasmus van der Merwe sharing six wickets between them. The striking part was that Van der Merwe took three wickets in the 19th over even as Kochi ran out of batsmen with seven balls to spare.Like Delhi, Kochi too started off on a poor note with three wickets falling in the first five overs. Opener Michael Klinger fell to a Morne Morkel ball in the second over then the other opener Brendon McCullum fell to Irfan Pathan in the third over when the team total was 15.Parthiv Patel too could not last long and departed in the fifth over off Pathan when Kochi were batting on 28.Captain Mahela Jayawardene stayed in the middle for some time. But he did not make any significant change in the scoreboard and fell in the 10th over off Ajit Agarkar putting just 18 runs on board. Kochi were 50/4 post his fall.On the first ball of the 14th over Morkel scalped Brad Hodge on 27 with wicketkeeper Naman Ojha performing the final rites with his stumping. Kochi were down to 77/5.Balachandra Akhil became Morkel’s third victim in the 16th over and the only man, who could save Kochi from the jaws of defeat, was Ravindra Jadeja. Ajdeja fell to Ajit Agarkar on 31 on the last ball of the 18th over and Kochi were reduced to 118/7.advertisementThe first ball of the 19th over saw new man Ramesh Powar walk back clean bowled by Roelof van der Merwe on a duck. A ball later van der Merwe clean bowled S Sreesanth and then on the penultimate ball of the 19th over he bowled R Vinay Kumar on 11 and Kochi were all out for 119 with seven balls to spare.Delhi innings Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag played a captain’s knock scoring a fine 80 and helping the team post a good 157/7 against Kochi during an IPL match.Earlier, Delhi captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and elected to bat against Kochi in the 36th match of the IPL-4.Kochi paceman S Sreesanth struck in the second over to send opener David Warner back when the score was 4. The ball moved away from the left-hander, kept low and entered the bat-pad gate and uprooted his off stump.Two balls later new man Naman Ojha too was walking back with an LBW written against his initials and Delhi were down to 4/2.There was no respite for the Delhi batsmen as in-form batsman Venugopal Rao too departed in the seventh over off Ravindra Jadeja ball adjudged LBW on 1. Delhi lost their third wicket on 35.Finally, Delhi opener and captain Virender Sehwag and Yogesh Nagar salvaged the innings for Delhi staying in the middle and thwarting the opposition attack. Sehwag went on to complete his half-century.But as soon as he reached there, Sehwag upped the tempo and started converting singles into doubles and during one such effort in the 15th over Yogesh Nagar, a slow runner between the wickets ended up getting run out on 22. Their fourth wicket stand ended 94.But Sehwag was still at the crease and he continued to play the captain’s knock, providing the much-needed stability to the innings. And he task didn’t end there for he also had to speed up the run rate and he did that in fine fashion hitting boundaries and over the fence shots off the balls that warranted such play. He scored a fine 80 off 47 balls hitting eight fours and five sixes on the way.R Vinay Kumar got the better of Sehwag with a slower ball that was hit by him towards the boundary where Brad Hodge took a fine catch. Delhi were 132/5 post his fall.Delhi’s Aussie import Travis Birt fell in the next over off Ramesh Powar when the team total was 145.Delhi managed to score 157/7 in 20 overs with Irfan Pathan remaining unbeaten on 13 while his partner Roelof van der Merwe got run out on the last ball of the innings.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: We don’t want to look too far ahead, insists Jonathan Trott

first_imgEngland’s man of the day Jonathan Trott believes that first Test is evenly poised and expected India to make a strong comeback on second morning of test match on Friday.”The game is even really. India will obviously try to make inroads as a bowling unit while we, who played pretty well on Thursday have a lot of hard work on Friday,” stated Trott who, including his unbeaten 58 on Thursday, now has 564 runs from four Tests at Lord’s at an average of 141.00 with two centuries.In order to make England progress smoothly on Friday, Trott wasn’t willing to look too far ahead in the present game.”Our job is to combat and do what best we can, not looking too far ahead. We ought to first get through half an hour, then one hour or somebody’s good spell. We need to work as a pair and score as high as possible.”Indian left-arm seamer Zaheer KhanThere’s a speculation now if Zaheer would be fit to bowl further in this test as the initial reports of cramp from the dressing room have given way to suspicions of a hamstring strain.Trott has no doubt that Indian left-arm seamer would be fit tomorrow.”I would not be worrying about Zaheer?I would rather believe that he would be ready to be bowling tomorrow-that’s the way we prepare.” .While admitting the conditions were testing on the first day at the Lord’s, Trott didn’t rule out the chance of the pitch easing out if the next four days are bright and sunny.advertisement”It rained a lot last night and Lord’s has been pretty much under cover for the last few days. Most teams would have chosen to bowl first for it can get better and stay quite flat.”Trott got two reprieves from the Indian fielders at 8 and 32 but rather than term himself lucky, viewed as part and parcel of the game.”Sometimes you nick the first ball and while fielding, sometimes screamers are accepted and you put down simple ones.”Trott, modestly, believed that his record at Lord?s was good because as a playing unit, England play two Tests each summer at this venue.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Vidya- The new sex kitten in B-town

first_imgVidya Balan has grown comfortable in her sex bomb avatar. After racy posters of The Dirty Picture took the nation by storm is all set to create more sensation.She will sport another raunchy avatar, this time doing an item number with none other than Amitabh Bachchan in a film titled Enjoy Your Life! “I picked up the role in the film because I wanted to do something beyond wearing suits and sarees. I also have an item number in the film with Amitabh Sir,” Vidya said.Vidya has gone ultra sexy from being a prim, proper and low key girl. In The Dirty Picture , she kisses Tusshar Kapoor, Emran and Naseeruddin Shah. In fact, Hashmi, infamous for being the ‘serial kisser’ has said Vidya wins hands down in the kissing department! Now that’s a compliment.last_img

Antonio Brown apologizes to Patriots, owner Robert Kraft

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, then-New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown looks on before the start of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Antonio Brown has apologized to the Patriots and team owner Robert Kraft for any negative attention he brought to the team during his brief stint in New England. The four-time All-Pro receiver posted his apology on Instagram Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP, File)BOSTON — Antonio Brown has apologized to the Patriots and team owner Robert Kraft for any negative attention he brought to the team during his brief stint in New England.The four-time All-Pro receiver posted his apology on Instagram Tuesday, writing: “All I wanted to be was an asset to the organization; sorry for the bad media and the drama!”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The apology comes on the heels of past posts in which he indicated he’d fight the Patriots’ decision to withhold a $9 million signing bonus. He also reportedly met with NFL officials last week to discuss various sexual assault allegations against him that could make him subject to a possible suspension under the league’s personal conduct policy if he’s signed by another team.The Patriots cut ties with Brown in September following just one game after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct. They were the third team in less than a year to tire of the off-field behavior that has overshadowed his on-field accomplishments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceOn his first unemployed NFL Sunday, Brown took shots at Kraft and longtime Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Rice industry paralysis LATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pelicans spoil Carmelo Anthony’s debut, beat Blazers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles07:09Sanchez’s wife takes hot seat in Senate probe02:36Panelo denies endorsing Sanchez’s bid for clemency: I merely referred letter02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay?last_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic take centre stage again

first_imgCentre Court fans at Wimbledon will be hoping to see a bit more of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on Saturday when they play back-to-back third round matches.The last time Djokovic and Federer played successive matches on tennis’ most famous stage, fans were left short changed as both of their first-round opponents quit midway through the second set with injuries.Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, once a top 10 player but now ranked 589th, and Germany’s Mischa Zverev are unlikely to disappear quite as easily however, and are likely to pose the first real tests to Djokovic and seven-times champion Federer.Women’s top seed Angelique Kerber has been finding her grasscourt feet following her struggles in the first half of the season and will be hoping to continue her resurgence against American Shelby Rogers.Agnieszka Radwanska, runner-up here in 2012, will open Centre Court proceedings against Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be back to complete the fifth set of his encounter against Djokovic’s 2016 conqueror Sam Querrey.last_img read more

Shanghai Masters: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer advances into quarters

first_imgRafael Nadal continued to scythe his way through the Shanghai Masters on Thursday, reaching the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-1 thrashing of temperamental Italian Fabio Fognini.The Spaniard needed two minutes over the hour to dispatch Fognini, taking his winning streak to 14 matches since the start of the U.S. Open where he claimed a 16th grand slam title.The 31-year-old is closing in on finishing the year as world number one for the first time since 2013.Fognini was playing the day after being handed a suspended ban from two grand slams and $96,000 fine for verbally abusing a female umpire at the U.S. Open.19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer also continued his pursuit of a second Shanghai Rolex Masters title with a straight sets win over Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov to storm into the quarter-finals of the tournament here on Thursday.Reuters PhotoThe Swiss tennis maestro continued his winning streak against Dolgopolov to whom he had never lost in last four meetings as he defeated him 6-4, 6-2 in a one-sided round-of-16 clash that lasted over an hour.The 36-year-old will now lock horns with Richard Gasquet of France for a place in the semi-finals of the men’s singles event. Federer has not lost to the Frenchman since 2011 in Rome.Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro won the match of the day by stopping third seed Alexander Zverev, recovering from losing the opener to win 3-6 7-6 (5) 6-4.Sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov, who saved match points on Wednesday against Ryan Harrison, had a more comfortable day as he beat American 10th seed Sam Querrey 6-3 7-6(3).advertisementDimitrov, closing in on a first appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals, plays Nadal next.Wimbledon runner-up Marin Cilic also eased into the quarter-finals with a 7-6(1) 6-4 defeat of American Steve Johnson.last_img read more

The ‘Hole’ story: Leaky roof mars shooting event

first_imgSunday’s downpour that lashed New Delhi might have made the weather pleasant in the Capital to the delight of residents but what the rain did to a sports complex in the city could have far-reaching implications.The Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range (KSSR) in South Delhi that is currently hosting the 34th Delhi State Shooting Championship 2018, has been thrown into jeopardy after the wooden ceiling was damaged due to leakage in the roof after heavy rains. In a shocking video, shared to Mail Today, it is visible that the event is going on and the water is dripping from the ceiling non-stop. There was so much water that the officials had to use buckets to collect it.Commenting on the matter, a SAI (Sports Authority of India) official, on condition of anonymity, confirmed the news, saying, “Yes there was a problem. The recent strong storm has damaged the roof and that is why it leaked. “I know some shooters did make a video. People should appreciate the major improvement in operation and management, facilities, discipline etc at the Karni Singh range. Due to heavy storm, minor problem came on the roof and the rains were too heavy, no scope to repair. As soon as the rain clears, repairs will take place,” he told Mail Today.Delhi will host next year’s first ISSF World Cup stage for rifle and pistol events in February.last_img read more

Google Senior VP teases photo from unreleased smartphone, could be Pixel 3a

first_imgFor a very long time now, Google has been speculated to develop a cheaper iteration of the Pixel 3 flagship smartphone, called the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Earlier known as the Pixel 3 Lite series, the new phone is supposed to bring the Pixel 3 experience to those consumers who could at most afford a OnePlus 6T or similarly priced premium Android smartphones. So far, the Pixel 3a is expected to come in two sizes and retain the Pixel 3’s cameras. Today, we have a glance at a photo sample from what could possibly be the Pixel 3a.Google’s Senior Vice President Hiroshi Lockheimer has recently posted a photograph on Twitter. The post talks about the Lockheimer’s visit to Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard’s office from the 1960’s. Lockheimer mentions that the photo has been taken from an unreleased smartphone. He also jokingly states that he shouldn’t be sharing it on social media.While Lockheimer may not have shared any other information regarding the smartphone, the photo seems to be most likely taken from the rumoured Pixel 3a. The photo shows a respectable amount of details and a wide array of colours. Since the images on Twitter undergo compression, it’s difficult to study them more after close inspection. Nonetheless, the photo looks good and seems to follow the traditional Pixel-style of colours and brightness.So far, the rumours suggest that Pixel 3a will come in two variants, with the bigger variant expected to be called the Pixel 3a XL. Unlike the standard Pixel 3, the Pixel 3a series is expected to be made out of plastic and could sport a familiar Pixel design language. The Pixel 3a could be offered as an alternative to the OnePlus phones, undercutting the Pixel 3 by a huge margin.advertisementAs for the specifications, Google is expected to rely on the Snapdragon 670 SoC for the smaller Pixel 3a while the larger Pixel 3a XL is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 710 SoC. Both the phones are expected to be powered by Google’s version of stock Android 9 Pie and could be the first ones to receive the Android Q update later in the year.It now remains to be seen whether Google will offer the same camera from the Pixel 3 or offer a watered-down version of the same. Leaks have suggested a 12-megapixel rear camera and if that is mated with Google’s VisualCore chip, then consumers could get the exceptional camera quality of the Pixel 3 for a much lower price. The withdrawal of the Pixel 2 XL from the markets also indicates that Google is actually readying a midrange phone that could sell around the same price as the Pixel 2 XL.ALSO READ | Google Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL price leaks, may compete with OnePlus 7 in IndiaALSO READ | Pixel 3 Lite leaks: Camera like one in Pixel 3, Snapdragon 670, possible price and other key detailsALSO READ | Google Pixel 3 Lite, Pixel 3 XL Lite renders leak: 3.5mm headphone jack, no notch and morelast_img read more

Why a Hot dog’s a Hot dog, a Burger a Burger, and Other Weird Food Names Explained

first_img Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts OK, first, for those of you poor souls who have never eaten jambalaya, this delectable dish comes from Louisiana and was influenced by Spanish, French, Creole, and Native American culinary traditions. It’s a thick, stew-like meal usually packed with rice, sausage, shrimp, vegetables, and plenty of spice. And it’s amazing. But while the dish is well-established in American cuisine, the word “jambalaya” can’t be definitively traced to any tradition. Various historians try to link it back to French, Spanish, or a native language, and many agree that the word was likely derived from an older Provencal dialect (similar to though distinct from several European languages) and comes from the word “jambalaia” which meant “to mix up.” A more compelling though likely dubious story is that the term comes from the native Atakapa language and was derived from the phrase: “Sham, pal ha! Ya!” Which essentially translates to: “Eat up, skinny!”Why is it called a marshmallow?Before we get into etymology, let’s talk about the actual food here. As you roast a jumbo marshmallow over a summer campfire or drop a handful of minis into your wintertime hot chocolate, have you ever stopped to wonder just what you’re about to consume? Most marshmallows are made from egg whites, sugar and/or corn syrup, gelatin, vanilla extract, and with cornstarch coating to keep them from sticking together. (And yes, gelatin is made from animal tissue.) But where did the name come from? Why, from the mallow plant, of course! (That’s Althaea officinalis to you botanists/sticklers.) Will you find even one trace of this plant in a modern marshmallow? No. You will not.In Ancient Egypt, the roots of the mallow plant were processed together with sugar and then cooked down into a sweet and sticky food that was enjoyed as a confection and thought of as medicinal, too. Making the foodstuff was labor-intensive and time-consuming until more modern techniques and ingredients took over in the 1800s. As for the name?The mallow plant grows in wet, marshy conditions, so there’s the name explained for you, as simple as that: the modern marshmallow mimics the flavor of the treat derived from the root of the plant called the marshmallow. What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? An American Classic: How to Grill Burgers The Right Way Every Time Weird that we call it a hamburger when it’s made from beef, not pork, right? Well, not really, once you know the history. This one is a bit more clear-cut than the hot dog, and again the etymology of the term hamburger leads back to Germany. Specifically to a large German city. That’s what the combination of cooked ground meat served in a bun is named for, the city of… Hamburg. While it’s not clear who made the first hamburger that we would recognize as such today (it might have been a Texas cafe in the 1880s, a New Haven food wagon in 1900, or a dozen other origin stories), but from the earlier days of the burger in its modern form, it was referred to as the hamburger. This was thanks to American familiarity with the slabs of salted, minced beef German sailors had been eating for the entirety of the 19th Century, a food they called Hamburg steak.Why is it called jambalaya? The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Editors’ Recommendations Burger King Rolls Out Impossible Whopper Nationwide Some things in life make perfect sense. For example, a grilled chicken sandwich is called a grilled chicken sandwich because it is a sandwich in which the primary ingredient is grilled chicken. Ice cream is sweetened cream that has been frozen — no problem there. Pepperoni pizza is pizza with pepperonis on it. Hash is a common term for potato, and potatoes turn brown when fried or baked, so “hash brown,” too, is on the level. But I digest…Today, we’re here to talk about weird food names that, on the face of things, really make no sense. In many cases, common foods to which we rarely devote a second thought are quite oddly titled when their names are lent a dash of scrutiny. Take for example the pineapple. Beyond the trite observation that this tasty, tangy fruit comes neither from a pine tree nor an apple tree (or from any tree at all, indeed! It’s the crown of a flowering herbaceous plant), the name makes no goddamn sense when compared with the terms used in almost every language other than English. See here:PineapplePineapple in French = AnanasPineapple in Polish =  AnanasPineapple in Portuguese = AnanásPineapple in German = AnanasBut English? Nah, hell with that: PINEAPPLE. But why? Well, take a close look at a pineapple. Kind of looks like a pinecone, right? Those were familiar to Europeans who first encountered the tropical pineapple, so they applied their contemporary term for pinecones to this new fruit despite the fact that it was entirely dissimilar from a botanical standpoint. Oh well… pineapple.By delving into the etymology of common eats with weird names, we’ll see that often even the strangest food names actually make sense in the context of history, despite the fact that they make no sense in a culinary context. Let’s start with one of the most popular summer grilling foods that has a head scratch worthy name when you bother to pay it mind. So…Why is it called a hot dog?Whether you’re sinking your teeth into an all-beef, turkey, chicken, or mixed meat dawg, the term hot dog can be fairly applied when the food at hand is a tube of meat (or some faux meat imposter) served in a sliced bun. Hot dogs are the scion of pork sausages enjoyed in Germany as far back as the 1300s, and were brought to America in a form near their current state in the 19th Century. The hot dog is often topped with ketchup, mustard, and relish, and occasionally with chili, cheese, onions, peppers, and occasionally an entire Denver omelet. (That’s a regional variety, you probably don’t know it.) But what’s with that name?There is an apocryphal story that the term hot dog sprung from a single sports cartoonist’s illustration. The legend goes that Tad Dorgan, a New York Journal illustrator, drew a panel depicting sausages on buns being sold as “hot dogs” as a comical jab at the Germanic name for the meaty foodstuff, which was “dachshund sausage.” That story is almost surely false, and the cartoon in question has never been seen in the modern era if it ever existed at all. But there’s a kernel of truth there: indeed the term hot dog does come from a canine inspiration. Many 19th Century Americans initially looked down on the hot dog as low-quality street meat and joked that it was even made with dog meat. (Which, at least back in Europe back then, they sometimes were.) Another possibility is that German immigrants called the sausage-and-bun properly known in their orbit as the Frankfurter the “dachshund sausage” themselves, in playful reference to the squat, tubular dogs they brought with them from Germany.So either way, whether as a loving tribute to a wiener dog or as sarcastic jab at “dog meat,” the American staple hot dog got its name from the canine world in the 1800s.Why is it called a hamburger?last_img read more

Kongsberg to Equip World’s Largest Container Ships

first_imgzoom Kongsberg has won a bid to deliver “Full Picture” solutions to highly advanced and environmentally friendly container ships. The contract has a value of more than NOK 150 million (approx. USD 24.3 million) with an option of  seven additional ships. In strong international competition Kongsberg Maritime has secured contracts to deliver fully integrated navigation and automation systems for a series of ten container vessels ordered by United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).The new builds shall be delivered from Hyundai Heavy Industries during 2015 and the contract value for the first ten ships is more than NOK 150 Million. The awarded contract has an option for seven  more vessels of the same type. The vessels will be the world’s largest, and amongst the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly containerships.Kongsberg Maritime “Full picture” integrated vessel control system includes the navigation, communication, and automation of machinery and propulsion systems. Included in KONGSBERG’s scope ofsupply is also a state of the art, vessel performance system. The vessel performance system shall monitor and give the operators operational advice regarding energy efficiency, fuel usage and optimal sailing.“In such tough competition we are very proud that we are selected to deliver solutions to what will be the largest and amongst the most advanced container ships in the world,” comments Geir Håøy, President of Kongsberg Maritime.“Kongsberg Maritime has experienced success with its Full Picture solutions in the merchant Marine market and enjoys a strong market shares at the major shipbuilding companies and ship owner  companies worldwide. Kongsberg Maritime is proud that United Arab Shipping Company and Hyundai Heavy Industries selected the complete Kongsberg solution,” says Håøy.Kongsberg, November 14, 2013last_img read more

WWL Starts Shifting Toyotas from Japan to North America

first_imgzoom Norwegian RoRo shipping and factory-to-dealer logistics provider Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS (WWL) has signed an agreement with Japanese car maker Toyota Motor Corporation to provide ocean transportation of their passenger cars from Japan to North America. The first vessel departed from Japan on September 12 and will arrive at the U.S. East Coast by early October.Port of Loading is the Toyota dedicated Tahara ocean terminal which is located next to the Toyota Tahara plant in Japan’s Aichi prefecture and ports of discharge will be Jacksonville, Florida and Newark, New Jersey.WWL already provides Toyota Motor Corporation with ocean services for completely built units from Japan to Europe and Toyota Group companies with ocean and land-based services in Europe, USA, Australia and Africa.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Pictou County

first_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 PICTOU COUNTY: Ferrona Bridge Ferrona Bridge, on Churchville Road, will be closed for repairs until Saturday, Nov. 7. A detour is available via Route 348 and East River East Side Road, Route 348, Plymouth Park Road or Route 374 and East River East Side Road.last_img

IranianCanadian professor Kavous SeyedEmami reportedly dies in custody

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran – The death of an Iranian-Canadian professor in Iran points to a pattern of the country’s judicial authorities targeting dual nationals, according to the head of a non-profit agency that promotes human rights in Iran.Kavous Seyed-Emami, a professor of sociology at Tehran’s Imam Sadiq University, was detained last month, according to Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran.He died in custody less than three weeks later, according a social media post from his son, who goes by the stage name King Raam.“The news of my father’s passing is impossible to fathom,” Raam wrote in a post on Twitter and Instagram Saturday morning. “I still can’t believe this.”In an email to The Canadian Press, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada said the department is aware of reports of Seyed-Emami’s death, and staff in Turkey are in contact with the family of a Canadian citizen.“Consular officials in Ankara are working to gather additional information and are providing assistance to the family,” Natasha Nystrom wrote.“Due to the provisions of the Privacy Act, further details on this case cannot be released.”Canada has not had an embassy in Iran since 2012, and the two countries have no formal diplomatic ties.Raam wrote in his social media post that his mother had been told his father took his own life in prison, but Ghaemi said the family is pushing for an independent autopsy.“The claim of a suicide is highly questionable,” Ghaemi said in a telephone interview, while admitting he had “no idea” how the professor may have really died.“I do know the interrogation tactics and psychological pressures are very extreme on the detainees — especially in the first few weeks,” said Ghaemi.“They’re isolated, they’re incommunicado. Their food intake is manipulated, and they are kept in psychological conditions that even a young, healthy person would find very difficult,” he added.“So given Kavous was 63 years old, I am very concerned.”Ghaemi said Seyed-Emami’s detention is part of a two-year trend of Iranian authorities accusing prominent dual nationals of espionage, but he noted the charges are “rarely backed up by any evidence.”The case recalls that of Homa Hoodfar, a 65-year-old retired anthropology professor from Montreal, who was detained in Iran in for several months in 2016 and indicted on unknown charges.In media interviews after her release, Hoodfar said she was threatened and psychologically tortured over dozens of interrogations.In addition to his role at the university, Seyed-Emami was the managing director of the environmental group the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation.According to a post on its website, the group “strives to ease the heavy strain on rare wildlife of Iran.”Ghaemi said Seyed-Emami was a founder of the group, which he called “the leading environmental NGO in Iran,” and he was detained along with nearly a dozen other members.last_img read more

Government funding cut a financial blow for Ontario midwives association says

first_imgTORONTO — The association representing Ontario midwives is “very disappointed” about the province’s decision to cut funding to the birth practitioners’ regulatory college, saying the already underpaid workers will likely see a jump in professional fees to help cover the shortfall.“Midwives really do shoulder a proportionally higher burden of professional fees through our regulatory college to begin with,” Elizabeth Brandeis, president of the Association of Ontario Midwives, said Friday. “So this cut of government support really does put that extra burden on midwives.”Brandeis was reacting to a statement by the College of Midwives of Ontario on its website Thursday that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care would no longer provide it with operational grants.The college said it has received annual grants from the ministry for 25 years and the loss of this funding creates a “significant” budgetary shortfall and will force it to operate with a deficit until at least 2021.In 2017-2018, the college received $799,415 from the Health Ministry — about one-third of its budget — and had requested an operational grant for the coming fiscal year of $750,553.On Nov. 8 the college was informed the grant was being cancelled.Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott was unavailable for an interview Friday to explain why the college’s funding was suddenly terminated.However, Elliott’s press secretary said via email that the Progressive Conservative government under Premier Doug Ford was elected to transform the health-care system “and put it on a sustainable path for the future.“Our government values the contributions of Ontario’s midwives and the care they provide to expectant families, and will continue to listen to patients and the people who plan and work on the front lines of our health-care system,” Hayley Chazen said.Along with cost-cutting measures, the college conceded that midwives will likely have to pay higher professional fees to overcome the funding shortfall. Currently, members pay about $2,200 annually. Any increase will be decided by the college council at its next meeting in March, with the fee due upon registration renewal in October.Despite the setback, the college maintained there will be no impact on women who use midwives for pre-natal, delivery and post-partum care, as midwifery services are mandated by law and cannot be reduced.Midwives work in about 100 communities across the province and deliver about 15 per cent of babies born in Ontario, the association says.But Brandeis said there is already far greater demand for services than the province’s 956 registered midwives can provide. “We know upward of 25 to 40 per cent of people who want to have a midwife can’t currently access a midwife.”Bumping up professional fees will mean an additional financial burden to midwives — a mostly female workforce — who are already considered inadequately paid, Brandeis said.  In September, her association won a landmark pay-equity case when the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruled the government had discriminated against midwives based on gender. The association had argued the gender pay-equity gap for Ontario’s midwives is at least 48 per cent, compared to other primary health-care providers who also provide low-risk pregnancy, delivery and post-birth care to women. The Canadian pay-equity average is 26 to 30 per cent.The Ford government is appealing the decision.  “So the combination of inequitable pay and higher professional dues really does create a tremendous stress on midwives,” said Brandeis, who’s also a practising midwife in Toronto.The loss of government funding in Ontario is in stark contrast to a boost for midwifery announced earlier this week by the Alberta government. Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said midwives who complete additional training will be allowed to broaden their scope of practice, including prescribing a wider range of prescription drugs and contraceptives, inducing labour and using ultrasounds to determine fetal position.Alberta has also increased funding for midwifery services by $11 million over the last three years, bringing the total to $49 million.Meaghan Grant, co-owner of Toronto Family Doulas, said she’s concerned that the extra financial burden caused by Ontario’s pullback of funding to the midwives’ college could drive some of her allied birthing practitioners from Ontario to other provinces, such as Alberta.Doulas, who are not regulated by the college, are non-medical birth companions who assist and emotionally support a woman before, during and after childbirth. They do not deliver babies as midwives do. “My concern is there will be an exodus, and we’re already in a situation where prenatal care is extremely difficult for people to get access to; it can be very hard to find an (obstetrician) even, and midwives are turning away clients because there are more people who want midwives than midwives can take,” said Grant.“We are running the risk of losing not only an obstetrical and maternity, labour and delivery need, but also the group that often focuses on the most disadvantaged and the most unsupported people in our society,” she added, referring to refugees, immigrants and low-income Canadians.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Senior UN officials head to Nigeria for peace talks on Darfur

“The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, his Principal Deputy, Taye Zerihoun, and other senior officials of the UN mission will head tomorrow to Abuja, Nigeria. They will attend the talks between the Government of Sudan and the two rebel groups of Darfur, which are scheduled to start on Friday,” Stephane Dujarric told journalists today at UN Headquarters.The talks come in the wake of last month’s donor’s conference co-hosted by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Alpha Oumar Konaré, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, which yielded nearly $300 million in pledges to scale up the AU’s peacekeeping mission in Darfur.At the same time, negotiations between the hostile parties has been stalled for six months, culminating in the past week in what Mr. Pronk called “serious violations of the N’Djamena Ceasefire Agreement” between the rebel groups – the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), which Mr. Pronk heads, reported security-related incidents during the past week in Darfur and in southern and eastern Sudan as the international community and the AU tried to assist all the parties achieve a breakthrough at Abuja.Earlier this week, Mr. Pronk discussed preparations for Abuja – especially the representation of the rebel groups – with Salim Ahmed Salim, the AU’s chief negotiator at the talks and the former Secretary General of the AU’s predecessor organization, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), Mr. Dujarric said.Meanwhile, the UN mission said at its weekly news briefing that the second Crude Mortality Survey in Darfur, conducted by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the Sudan Ministry of Health, had started. The interviews and data processing should be completed by the end of this month, UNMIS said. read more

Redstone firm calls off CBS Viacom merger proposal

by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Dec 12, 2016 9:28 am MDT Last Updated Dec 12, 2016 at 3:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Redstone firm calls off CBS, Viacom merger proposal FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2012, file photo, Sumner Redstone attends the premiere of “Seven Psychopaths” in Los Angeles. Redstone’s National Amusements is abandoning a proposal that CBS and Viacom reunite after a 10 year split. National Amusements, which owns most of the voting shares of the two companies, had urged the companies to combine in September 2016. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) ATLANTA – Media mogul Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements is abandoning a proposal that CBS and Viacom reunite after a 10 year split.The news comes as Viacom named acting CEO Bob Bakish as its permanent head.National Amusements, which owns most of the voting shares of the two companies, had urged the companies to combine in September, saying that a tie-up would help them compete better as technology and the entertainment industry rapidly evolve.Now, the company, run by Redstone and his daughter Shari, says that following management changes at Viacom and strength at CBS, which operates CBS, Showtime and other entities, it makes more sense for the companies to continue as separate entities.Viacom, which owns the Paramount Pictures movie studio and pay TV channels such as Comedy Central, MTV, BET and others, has been struggling to improve its profit as Paramount has struggled to produce hits and cable viewership declines.The company named Robert Bakish as acting president in late October and appointed him permanent president and CEO on Monday.The appointment caps off a management saga that culminated earlier this year, when longtime Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman was pushed out following a legal battle with media mogul Sumner Redstone’s daughter, Shari Redstone, over control of the company. The fight ended with Shari Redstone as a Viacom director and president of National Amusements, which has a controlling stake in CBS and Viacom. At the time Tom Dooley was named interim CEO, but he announced unexpectedly he was leaving in October and Bakish was then named acting CEO.Meanwhile, as more people cut the cable cord, choosing instead to stream TV shows or movies online at places like Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and, CBS has found success under Les Moonves streaming its popular shows like “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory,” as well as its stand-alone, streaming Showtime channel.There would have been cost savings if the companies combined, but strategically, the positives weren’t as clear, said Instinet analyst Anthony DiClemente.“This allows CBS to continue to operate in a very nimble and autonomous fashion,” DiClemente said. “For Viacom, I think in terms of long term strategy, the verdict is still out.”Viacom said in a statement that it received the letter sent by National Amusements and will provide more updates later. CBS referred comment to National Amusements.Viacom Inc. Class B shares fell $3.01, or 7.8 per cent, to $35.61 in afternoon trading Monday. CBS Corp. Class B shares slipped 4 cents to $62.52. read more

Brocks record enrolment defies Ontarios shrinking pool

Call it reputation, call it success, but Brock University is starting the new school year with its largest incoming class in a decade, and its largest-ever enrolment.More than 5,000 new students started the Fall Term at Brock Wednesday, Sept. 5, marking a six per cent increase over last year’s incoming class. Brock’s 2018-19 total fall enrolment is projected to be more than 19,100 students — the largest in the school’s 54-year history.The incoming undergraduate class is the second largest since the double cohort year in 2003, when a massive influx of students headed to university as the result of the elimination of the fifth year of high school.Brock’s positive growth this fall can be seen across a number of major metrics:The number of high school grads entering Brock is up four per cent from last year, even though the Ontario-wide pool of high school grads declined by more than one per centOverall, the number of new undergrads is eight per cent higher than a year agoTwo per cent increase over last year in new graduate studentsMore than 900 new international grad and undergrad students from 68 different countries have confirmed their intentions to come to Brock — a remarkable 50 per cent spike from last year’s intake of new international students.“The positive enrolment numbers we are seeing this fall are a testament to the hard work and skills of our recruitment team at Brock and to our growing reputation for providing a welcoming and inclusive learning environment that offers great programs and courses taught by our engaged and committed faculty,” said Tom Dunk, Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic.“Staff and faculty are dedicated to putting students first and this year’s numbers suggest that the word is getting out.”The positive news for Brock comes at a time when the provincial numbers are down from where they were at this time in 2017. While the average enrolment for domestic students is down about one per cent, that number is up four per cent at Brock. And while international enrolment is trending higher across the province, Brock’s numbers are more than three times the provincial average.James Mandigo, Brock Vice-Provost for Enrolment Management and International, said the international enrolment numbers are “off the charts.”“One of the factors is we’ve diversified the countries we’re focusing on with emerging markets such as Africa, Latin America and India,” Mandigo said. “And there has been a huge increase internationally in coming to Canada. It’s the fastest growing market because it’s known as a multicultural country that supports diversity and offers a great education at an affordable price.”But Brock University has also focused on its own backyard, with staff visiting Niagara secondary schools and encouraging students to experience Brock with campus visits.The result has been a significant increase in the number of Niagara students making Brock their choice for post-secondary education.“A lot of the strategy has been about getting out into the community and letting them feel what it means to be a student here at Brock. It’s all about making Brock more inviting and accessible to the community,” Mandigo said.He credited Brock’s faculty members with being approachable and willing to help tell the Brock experience story.“Brock’s reputation as being student-centred is really important,” he said. “Our faculty is very much engaged with our recruitment activities so students get to meet our faculty at various events.”While the 2018-19 numbers are extremely positive, Greg Finn, who will begin his term as Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic on Oct. 1, said Brock has no intentions of resting on its laurels.“Yes, students are seeing the value in Brock and are choosing to come here, but we can’t rest on those numbers,” he said. “I think it’s important to build on the success. The word is out — Brock is a great place to come so we need to keep that momentum going.” read more

Crosby stars in return Penguins beat Stars 51

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby returned from an upper-body injury to pick up a goal and two assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins drilled the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Wednesday night.The Pittsburgh captain missed three games after getting hurt last week, the latest setback during a forgettable early opening quarter of the season for the perennial Stanley Cup contenders.Crosby provided Pittsburgh with a needed spark. He set up Jake Guentzel for a goal less than 4 minutes into the game and provided a highlight-reel marker later in the opening period when he raced to the net and smacked in a rebound past Anton Khudobin to give Pittsburgh a three-goal lead.Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist and Tanner Pearson also scored for the Penguins. Two days after letting a 4-1 advantage disappear in a loss to Buffalo, Pittsburgh clamped down on the Stars. Casey DeSmith was rarely tested early and finished with 18 saves.Mattias Janmark spoiled DeSmith’s bid for a shutout with a third-period goal. Khudobin was pulled after Pearson beat him with a slap shot on the breakaway made it 5-0. Khudobin stopped just 11 of 16 shots. Rookie Landon Bow stopped 14 shots in his NHL debut.LIGHTNING 7, PANTHERS 3TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos had a goal and three assists and Tampa Bay beat Florida to reclaimed the top spot in the Eastern Conference.Nikita Kucherov and Ryan McDonagh each had a goal and two assists. Mathieu Joseph, Yanni Gourde, Adam Erne and Dan Giradi also scored, J.T. Miller had three assists, and Louis Domingue made 40 saves. The Lightning are 11-1-1 at home against Florida since the start of the 2013-14 season.Panthers left wing Mike Hoffman extended his points streak to 17 games (10 goals, 20 points) with a late third-period power-play goal. He is the fifth player in NHL history to have a points streak of at least 17 games in his first season with a franchise.Troy Brouwer and Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers.RANGERS 5, ISLANDERS 0NEW YORK (AP) — Alexandar Georgiev stopped 29 shots for his first career shutout, Filip Chytil scored for the fifth straight game, and the Rangers beat the crosstown-rival Islanders.Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist, and Cody McLeod, Neal Pionk and Kevin Hayes also scored to help the Rangers win for the ninth time in 11 games (9-1-1). Kevin Shattenkirk and Mika Zibanejad each added two assists in the Rangers’ seventh straight win at home, now by a combined 26-10 margin.The Rangers ended an eight-game skid (0-7-1) to the Islanders, who had won 12 of the previous 13 meetings, including a 7-5 win at home last Thursday night.CAPITALS 4, BLACKHAWKS 2WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Wilson, Andre Burakovsky and Michal Kempny scored to give Washington an early lead, and the Capitals held off Chicago.Devante Smith-Pelly also scored and Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots to help Washington win its third straight. Brandon Saad, Erik Gustafsson scored for Chicago.Wilson, playing in just his fifth game after sitting out the first 16 because of a suspension, scored his second goal of the season just 54 seconds in after upending Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.SABRES 5, FLYERS 2BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Evan Rodrigues had a goal and an assist in Buffalo’s four-goal first period, and the Sabres extended their NHL-best winning streak to seven games.Buffalo has its longest run since taking 10 games in a row to open the 2006-07 season.Jeff Skinner, Tage Thompson and Johan Larsson also scored in the opening period for the Sabres. Sam Reinhart added an empty-net goal in the third, and Carter Hutton made 23 saves.Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds scored for Philadelphia.HURRICANES 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Trevor van Riemsdyk and Justin Williams scored 22 seconds apart in the first period, sending Carolina past Toronto.Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves to help Carolina snap Toronto’s four-game winning streak. Micheal Ferland, Sebastian Aho and Andre Svechnikov also scored for the Hurricanes.John Tavares and Kasperi Kapanen scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs are 9-2 on the roadRED WINGS 3, BRUINS 2, OTDETROIT (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou tied it midway through the third period and scored 49 seconds into overtime to lift Detroit past Boston.Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit. The Red Wings have won nine of 11 and are over .500 (10-9-2) for the first time this season.Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Chris Wagner scored for Boston.DEVILS 5, CANADIENS 2NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Pavel Zacha scored twice, Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist, and New Jersey beat Montreal.Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier also scored for the Devils, and Keith Kinkaid stopped 24 shots to end the team’s two-game skid. Jonathan Drouin and Max Domi scored for Montreal. Domi has a point in 11 straight games. Carey Price made 23 saves.___More AP NHL: and Associated Press read more

Davis scores 24 Houston beats BYU 7662

PROVO, Utah — Corey Davis Jr. scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half, Cedrick Alley Jr. had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists, and Houston beat BYU 76-62 on Saturday.Houston (4-0) pushed the lead into double digits for good with a 10-0 run early in the second half. BYU (5-2) had a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to 10, but Houston scored 11 straight for its largest lead at 76-55 with 2:59 left.Breaon Brady added 17 points and seven rebounds for Houston, which took the lead for good at 29-28 and led 37-32 at halftime.TJ Haws tied a career high with six 3-pointers and scored 25 to lead BYU. Yoeli Childs added 16 points and nine rebounds.Houston had a 36-28 advantage on the glass and outscored BYU 32-18 in the paint.The Associated Press