Editor’s Note: This video contains graphic content. View at your own risk.A little reminder… Your Brain has no muscles to protect it.. Keep your head safe all the time. Avoid getting hit on your thinking machine pic.twitter.com/LT1BKXILMrADVERTISEMENT The South African bodybuilding magazine Muscle Evolution, meanwhile, extended its sympathies for the family of the deceased and said the bodybuilding community was “shocked and saddened” by his unfortunate passing. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Enraged body builder slaps judge after losing contestSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next According to the New York Post, the South-Africa native tried to perform a back flip but failed to rotate enough mid-jump and landed on his head, breaking his neck in the process.The harrowing accident was caught on film, showing the muscle-clad athlete hyping the crowd and encouraging spectators to cheer him on.Instead of loud cheers, the arena fell into utter silence after Thabete failed and lay motionless on the canvas.Several officials came to his aid and rushed him to the hospital, where he passed away due to head trauma.Adding insult to injury, Thabete’s clip went viral and was mocked online, before the severity of his injury was announced to the public.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Bato has high regard for PNP chief’s character, willing to “bet his neck” for him02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Mega Builders force rubber match for PVL men’s crown NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments — Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) August 9, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAthletes from different sports are known to play to the crowd from time to time, but one bodybuilder paid the ultimate price after trying to show off for the audience.Sifiso Lungelo Thabete passed away after suffering injuries from a botched backflip attempt during a body building tourney. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ It was still a great run for Parcia and Depedro, who scored a 21-18, 15-21, 15-9 win over NU Boysen 1’s James Buytrago and Pol Salvador to arrange a finals duel with Abdilla and Lopez, who overcame an energy-zapping opening set to dispose Visayas 1’s Jade Becaldo and Kevin Juban, 35-33, 21-17.Buytrago and Salvador completed their first-ever podium finish after besting Becaldo and Juban, 21-18, 21-19.In the quarterfinals, Tan and Rodriguez bested PetroGazz’s Jonah Sabete and Melanie Torres, 21-17, 21-17, the Doromal’s rallied from a set down to beat Air Force 2’s Angel Antipuesto and Mikaela Andres, 18-21, 21-16, 15-13. Pantino and Cabalza dominated Cebu’s Therese Ramas and Krizia Talacero, 21-9, 21-8, while Lizares and Señas outlasted LNMB-Tanjay’s Natsu Kilamura and Katrina Epa, 23-25, 21-12, 15-9.The men’s quarterfinals action saw Parcia and Depedro turn back the Cebu-Russian pair of Amil Pacinio and Mike Shavrak, 21-16, 21-16, Abdilla and Lopez down Bacolod’s Nonoy and Inaudito, 21-12, 21-18, Buytrago and Salvador stun Visayas 2’s Fort Libres and Raphy Abanto, 21-17, 21-14, while Becaldo and Juban needed three sets to subdue AboitizLand’s Krung Arbasto and Jason Uy, 20-22, 21-14, 15-13.A BVR Sandroots clinic was held in coordination with Cebu Provincial Sports Commission, with coaches Jason Gabales, a Santa Fe native, and Grace Antigua leading the program.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Honoring rivalries: Packers-Bears to open 2019 NFL schedule View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Perlas’ Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez topped NU-Boysen’s Roma Joy and Roma Mae Doromal to win the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour Santa Fe Open Sunday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPerlas’ Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez bested NU-Boysen’s Roma Joy and Roma Mae Doromal, 21-18, 21-16, to rule the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour Santa Fe Open Sunday in Cebu.It was Tan and Rodriguez’s second consecutive championship, winning all five matches in the beach volleyball circuit’s third visit to Cebu province.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tan and Rodriguez were first challenged in the semifinals, rallying from a set down to beat Air Force 1’s May Ann Pantino and Jozza Cabalza, 14-21, 21-18, 15-12, while the Doromal sisters topped Bacolod’s Bianca Lizares and Margie Señas, 24-22, 21-19, in the other pairing.Pantino and Cabalza settled for third place after prevailing over Lizares and Señas, 21-15, 21-13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSharing the spotlight were Air Force-AboitizLand’s Ranran Abdilla and Jessie Lopez, who overcame a first set loss and rallied from a 4-8 deficit in the third set to nip University of St. La Salle-Bacolod’s Harold Parcia and Neil Depedro, 11-21, 21-16, 15-13, and emerge as men’s champions for a third consecutive time.The triumph was a fitting send-off for Abdilla and Lopez, who also ruled the December Open in Manila late last year and the Puerto Galera leg two weeks ago, as the Air Force standouts will now fully concentrate on the national indoor volleyball team preparing for this year’s Southeast Asian Games. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event
Garner on target as Man Utd beat Lincoln in EFL Trophyby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Garner helped Manchester United to victory over Lincoln City in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.It was United’s second consecutive win in the competition after beating Rotherham in the opening game.Neil Wood fielded a back four with the average age of 17.5 years, but it didn’t matter as Garner’s first-half strike was enough to seal victory.United also struck the woodwork on two occasions against the League One Club. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
The Safeway Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), have teamed up to develop a print, radio and digital public service announcement featuring actress and SU2C Ambassador Marcia Cross.The PSA is designed to increase awareness for the fight against prostate cancer.Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States and currently affects more than two million American men. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.Debuting this June, the public service campaign coincides with Safeway’s annual in-store Prostate Cancer Awareness fundraiser, providing customers with multiple opportunities to give at more than 1,400 Safeway stores across the United States. The public service campaign will continue through the month, which includes the national observance of Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16.Marcia Cross Helps Raise Awareness and Funds in the Fight against Prostate CancerAt the center of the public service campaign is a limited edition, reusable shopping bag, embossed with the words, “It starts with a wish; it can end with a cure.” The bag will be available for purchase at all Safeway banner stores, including Vons, Pavilions, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Dominick’s, and Carrs stores, as well as online at safewayfoundation.org.Proceeds will support accelerated prostate cancer research. Additionally, Safeway shoppers will have a chance to make a separate donation at check-out.Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Marcia Cross is best known for her roles on the award-winning series Desperate Housewives and the original Melrose Place.“I’ve seen too many men in my life affected by cancer,” said Cross. “I am proud to be a part of the effort to support important cancer research that can save lives. My hope is that we can help increase survivorship among men affected by prostate cancer.”“We are thrilled to collaborate with our friends at Stand Up To Cancer and Marcia Cross to further increase awareness of prostate cancer,” said Larree Renda, Chair of The Safeway Foundation. “Stand Up To Cancer’s scientists are taking cancer research to the next level and we are committed to helping them in their effort to make meaningful advances in patient care.”The collaborative campaign represents a continued dedication to prostate cancer research and awareness for both The Safeway Foundation and SU2C.The Safeway Foundation’s donation to SU2C helps fund two Dream Teams focused on prostate cancer. The first team’s project, titled “Precision Therapy for Advanced Prostate Cancer,” is led by Arul M. Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D., S.P. Hicks endowed professor of pathology and professor of urology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and Charles L. Sawyers, M.D., chairman of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.The second Dream Team project, titled “Targeting Adaptive Pathways in Metastatic Treatment-Resistant Prostate Cancer,” is led by Eric J. Small, M.D., professor of medicine and urology and chief of the division of hematology and oncology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Owen N. Witte, M.D., distinguished professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and distinguished professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. In total, these two teams have 109 scientists at 22 institutions.To date, Safeway and The Safeway Foundation have raised $84.5 million for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research. Those donations, provided by Safeway’s generous customers, have helped fund 1,600 prostate cancer research projects providing hope for treatment and cures.Since 2008, the Prostate Cancer Foundation has funded nearly 100 cancer investigators (in 7 countries and 44 cancer centers) whose innovative research ideas are accelerating discovery and progress.New advances in early detection funded by The Safeway Foundation include a urine test to detect a unique piece of DNA found only in prostate cancer cells that can now be detected. This test has the potential to catch prostate cancer many years earlier than it has typically been detected in the past. Together with a PSA test and a checkup, it will help doctors determine who has prostate cancer and thus prevent patients from undergoing unnecessary biopsies.“We’re profoundly grateful to Marcia Cross and the Safeway Foundation for helping us spur more important conversations about prostate cancer, and for making it so easy for the public to support research that will lead to newer, more effective therapies,” said Lisa Paulsen, co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).For more information on the campaign, visit safewayfoundation.org or standup2cancer.org.Stand Up To Cancer raises funds to hasten the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. SU2C marshals the resources of the media and entertainment industries in the fight against this disease. Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Talk Show Host, Journalist and well-known Cancer Advocate Katie Couric; Sherry Lansing, Chairperson of the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Board of Directors and Founder of the Sherry Lansing Foundation.SU2C’s “Dream Team” approach to funding translational cancer research enables scientists from different disciplines at research centers across the country and internationally to collaborate on projects geared toward getting new, less toxic treatments to patients as quickly as possible. Monies also support innovative cancer research projects that are often deemed “too risky” by conventional funding sources. One hundred and one institutions are currently involved. As SU2C’s scientific collaborator, the American Association for Cancer Research, led by a prestigious SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee, provides scientific oversight, expert review of the research projects and grants administration.
CALGARY, A.B. – Finance Minister Bill Morneau is headed west next week with plans to give a speech to a Calgary business audience a day ahead of a deadline set by Kinder Morgan for its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, which announced the event set for May 30, says the speech will focus on securing Canada’s economic future.Kinder Morgan suspended all non-essential construction on the Trans Mountain project in April, citing obstruction by B.C. that put the viability of the pipeline in question. The company has set a May 31 deadline for getting assurances it can proceed without delays on the controversial project.Morneau said last week the federal government is willing to cover cost overruns caused by political uncertainty on the pipeline project.However, the minister also said if Kinder Morgan were to walk away from the pipeline, there are other investors willing to step in.
Gas Emergency 24-Hour Service: 1-800-663-1173 If you are contacting Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. (PNG) about a concern with your natural gas services, such as gas odor or an emergency involving natural gas, please do not e-mail us, please use the phone number listed above.If you smell that rotten egg, sulphur smell of natural gas, or hear the flow of escaping gas, here is what you should do:Leave the building immediately; leaving the door open and any windows that may already be open.Don’t smoke, light matches or operate electrical switches including your cell or telephone, or create any source of ignition.Turn your gas off at the meter, if you know how.Use a nearby phone to call the PNG 24-hour emergency line at 1-800-663-1173, or 911, or the fire department emergency number.Other Contacts Residents of the Old Fort have expressed anger over gas just being turned off. Many are asking why gas was only turned off today and not when the evacuation happened.A spokesperson with Pacific Northern Gas says the gas was turned off on Wednesday due to safety concerns of the Regional District. The spokesperson said the Regional District had expressed concerns that some residents were entering the evacuation area and trying to re-light their gas equipment.The gas should only be off for the day and PNG will help residents get their homes back online.Here is the full statement from the PRRD website:PNG has isolated the gas service in the Old Fort evacuation order area as a result of the gas-related safety concerns for the residents and public in the affected zone.In the event that the evacuation order is lifted PNG will immediately provide technical resources to assist the community to relight appliances and inspect for any natural gas service related issues. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Pacific Northern Gas has turned off natural gas service in the Old Fort.The Peace River Regional District posted a message Wednesday morning on their website saying Pacific Northern Gas has isolated gas service in the area of the evacuation order.The notice goes onto say that if the evacuation order is lifted PNG will help residents relight any appliances and inspect natural gas service. Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. Customer Care Center:8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, excluding Statutory Holidays – 1-800-667-2297General Customer Service InquiriesEmail: CustomerService@png.caCall before you dig – BC ONE CALL: 1-800-474-6886You can also contact the following departments:Ebill Customer Service InquiriesEmail: CustomerService@png.ca
UPDATE (Nov. 29, 3:52 p.m.): The interactive tables above have been updated to include the results of Thursday’s match-ups, and those games has been removed (the text of the article has not been updated).Turkey and football is an annual tradition. Turkey and meaningful football is a treat. So be thankful this year: When ranked by total playoff “swing” — a measure of how much each game affects the playoff picture1As measured by the cumulative amount of playoff probability at stake — three of the top four Week 13 games will take place on Thanksgiving.When the Chicago Bears visit the Detroit Lions in the first Thanksgiving Day game, the stakes are straightforward. The Bears are largely out of playoff contention, so all affected teams do better with a Lions loss — excluding the Lions, of course.You don’t need a complicated statistical model to tell you that the next game, between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys, will have huge implications for the NFC East title race. Going into the game, the Eagles have a slight edge on the Cowboys, with a 55 percent chance to win the division. A win in Dallas would increase its division title chances to 82 percent; a loss would drop it to 36 percent. Outside of the NFC East, the Green Bay Packers would prefer an Eagles victory, and the 49ers would prefer a Cowboys victory.2The Packers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles, and the 49ers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cowboys.Thursday night’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers will have significant playoff implications, but probably not in the way envisioned when the schedule was drawn up. The NFC West title isn’t at stake; the Arizona Cardinals have crashed the divisional party this year. Arizona holds a two-game lead over both Seattle and San Francisco. The Lions, Cowboys and Eagles will all be rooting for a San Francisco loss. And though Arizona’s playoff chances are better with a 49ers loss, its division title chances are better with a Seattle loss.We’ll let the charts do the talking for the rest of Week 13’s games. The most meaningful non-Turkey Day game is between the New Orleans Saints and the Pittsburgh Steelers, with more than 90 percentage points of playoff probability on the line. But, to close out this column, we thought we’d highlight some of the more interesting (or infuriating, depending upon your perspective) playoff scenarios that emerged from the 50,000 simulations that form the basis for this weekly feature. You can try your own hand at this with ESPN’s excellent Playoff Machine tool. But the scenarios below at least have a veneer of statistical plausibility.In last week’s column, we mentioned there were five simulations in which a five-win team won the NFC South. With losses from both the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans last week, there are now 107 simulations in which a five-win team wins the NFC South, amounting to an 0.2 percent probability.3Of those 107 simulations, 89 resulted in a Carolina Panthers division title, and 18 resulted in a title for Atlanta.There were 2,029 instances (4 percent probability) in which an 11-win team did not make the playoffs. The Cowboys and the Eagles are the two teams most likely to suffer that fate.There were seven simulations in which a five-win team made the playoffs and an 11-win team did not.There were two simulations in which all four AFC North teams finished with 11 wins.A five-win division winner hosting a 12-win wild card team? That happened nine times in our simulations.
AC Milan are a long way off from being in any position to challenge Juventus right now, admits club icon Paolo MaldiniThe Rossoneri are only 14th in the Serie A standings with just one win in their first three games of the new season.And Maldini, who returned to Milan this summer as a Sporting Strategy & Development Director, admits that it will take time to get the club back into a position to challenge Juventus.“Projects are important, but you can’t yet compare Milan to Juventus,” he told Sky Italia.“The anti-Juventus? Let’s be serious, we’re still a long way off being that,Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“We’re aiming to reach the top four in the league and have a great run in the Europa League.“This is a serious project, we want to take Milan back to the highest levels.”Milan last won the Serie in the 2010/11 season and have been unable to finish higher than sixth in the past five years.Gennaro Gattuso’s side will take on Dudelange in the Europa League on Thursday before another league fixture against Atalanta on Sunday.
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has revealed he expects the club to have a quiet transfer window in January.The Argentine gaffer believes the club won’t be bringing in any new faces when the transfer window opens next month.The Whites were very active during the summer transfer window, and the club’s recruitment has led to Leeds sitting pretty in second place in the Sky Bet Championship standings, one point behind league leaders Norwich City.Bielsa’s men will be linked with a number of players over the coming weeks, but the former Athletic Bilbao boss insists he may keep the same squad for the second half of the season.Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.At a press conference, the former Argentina national team head coach told reporters, as quoted by Sports Mole:“When a new player comes, then he does not have the same advantage as the ones who are present. He has to adapt to the team, the style of play, the city, the club.”“For the second part of the season, when you buy a player it has an impact on the club’s finances because the big players are not easily available. Apart from the situation where the team needs someone, the possibility of having a player is clear. We will not buy anyone.”Bielsa has rotated his squad on a regular this season with 24 players having feature for Leeds in the Championship this season.
Crime scene officials inspect the site of a bomb blast inside a church in Negombo, Sri Lanka.Reuters file [Representational Image]After the gruesome Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka, the plot took a major twist after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack. In another major turn of horrific events, Fatima Ibrahim, the wife of millionaire-turned-suicide bomber Inshaf Ahmed Ibrahim, blew herself with her unborn baby and three kids after the police raided their residence. Three policemen were also killed in the incident.Inshaf, 33, along with his brother Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim, 31, were behind the blasts at churches and hotels in the island nation which killed 359 people and injuring many more on April 21.Fatima, the intelligence sources said, is believed to have been present amid a group of veiled suicide bombers swearing allegiance to the Islamic State, whose images were released by the jihadist organisation on Tuesday night. She can be seen, the sources said, on the right-hand side of the frame, standing behind her husband, reports Firstpost. Sri lankan bombersTwitter [Representational Image]Inshaf and Ilham were the sons of one of the wealthiest man in Sri Lanka, Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim, who had contested elections on a Janatha Vimukhthi Peramuna party ticket. He was a close friend of Sri Lankan minister Rishath Batiudeen and was often seen at the former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s functions, adds the report.Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim and his youngest son Ijaz Ahmed Ibrahim, 30, are being questioned by the police over the blasts.Fatima detonated the bomb fearing that she might be arrested by the police for her involvement in the terror outfit. She blew herself in the 3 storeyed luxury home at Dematagoda along with her kids.Inshaf owned a manufacturing plant, Colossus Copper in Colombo, which according to the investigators was used for making the suicide bomb vests used in the attack. On Sunday, nine workers of the factory were arrested along with the manager.The Sri Lankan defence ministry has stated that the terror attacks were carried out as a retaliation against the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Other animals (besides humans) such as chimpanzees and dolphins have demonstrated in various ways that they are capable of dreaming up solutions to problems in their head and then carrying them out. Called “aha” moments by researchers, such thinking, a form of insight, is one of the hallmarks of higher intelligence. Most people who have ever worked with elephants will attest to the fact that they are indeed intelligent creatures; though no one (at least in the research community) had ever witnessed an elephant using insight to solve a problem. This has perplexed scientists for several years, and has caused them to study the seeming paradox. It appears now that the team working with Kandula has seen it in action, that previous research had been attacking the problem from the wrong angle.In the new study, the team did what countless others before had done. They set some fruit up out of reach of the test subject elephants then lay some bamboo sticks about hoping one of them would get it in his or her head to use the stick to knock the fruit down so they could eat it. Every attempt at this failed. The next go round fared much better. Explore further Citation: Study shows elephants capable of insight (2011, August 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-elephants-capable-insight.html Elephants in Experimental Conditions. Image: PLoS ONE 6(8): e23251. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023251 More information: Foerder P, Galloway M, Barthel T, Moore DE III, Reiss D (2011) Insightful Problem Solving in an Asian Elephant. PLoS ONE 6(8): e23251. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023251AbstractThe “aha” moment or the sudden arrival of the solution to a problem is a common human experience. Spontaneous problem solving without evident trial and error behavior in humans and other animals has been referred to as insight. Surprisingly, elephants, thought to be highly intelligent, have failed to exhibit insightful problem solving in previous cognitive studies. We tested whether three Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) would use sticks or other objects to obtain food items placed out-of-reach and overhead. Without prior trial and error behavior, a 7-year-old male Asian elephant showed spontaneous problem solving by moving a large plastic cube, on which he then stood, to acquire the food. In further testing he showed behavioral flexibility, using this technique to reach other items and retrieving the cube from various locations to use as a tool to acquire food. In the cube’s absence, he generalized this tool utilization technique to other objects and, when given smaller objects, stacked them in an attempt to reach the food. The elephant’s overall behavior was consistent with the definition of insightful problem solving. Previous failures to demonstrate this ability in elephants may have resulted not from a lack of cognitive ability but from the presentation of tasks requiring trunk-held sticks as potential tools, thereby interfering with the trunk’s use as a sensory organ to locate the targeted food. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Study: Elephants might seek revenge (PhysOrg.com) — Kandula, a seven year old Asian elephant living in Washington D.C.’s National Zoo, has proven that elephants are as smart as those that spend a lot of time around them have believed. In an experiment carried out by researchers at the zoo, the little elephant figured out all on his own, without resorting to trial and error, how to go get a cube to use as a footstool to help him reach some food that was just out of reach. The research team, led by Preston Foerder of the City University of New York, has published the results of their study on PLoS ONE. Play This video shows the elephant’s first use of the cube as a tool to acquire food. In the second experiment, the team set the fruit up out of reach as before, but this time, tossed a heavy duty cube into the enclosure. At first nothing happened; in fact, it took eight 20 minute sessions before Kandula, suddenly appeared to get an idea after studying the fruit for a few moments. He immediately ambled on over to where the cube lay, then rolled it over to a position just below the fruit, stepped up with his front feet so as to prop himself up, then very easily grabbed the fruit. It may be that Kandual is exceptionally bright however as the neither of the other two elephants came up with the solution to the problem.The authors note in their posting that now that they have seen an elephant using insight, they themselves have had an “aha” moment of their own. Expecting elephants to use a stick to help get food, they say, is akin to asking a person with eyeballs in his hands to look at something after handing them something to hold. Elephants use the tip of their trunk to both touch and smell while searching for food; filling it with a prop would essentially blind them in their search. Duh.
Jhargram (WB): A person was critically injured after he was shot at from point blank range in West Bengal’s Jhargram district, police said on Sunday. The BJP blamed the TMC for the incident, a charge denied by the ruling party. The police has initiated an investigation and detained a villager in connection with the incident. The incident happened at Bagua village under the jurisdiction of Jamboni police station on Saturday night, the police said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Two persons approached Khagapati Mahato, while he was attending a Kirtan (devotional song) programme, and one of them shot at him from point blank range, a police officer said. The miscreants fled the scene immediately, he said, adding, the injured person and the miscreants are residents of Bagua village. Khagapati Mahato was rushed to Jhargram hospital and from there he was taken to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital, the police officer said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Later, he was referred to a hospital in Kolkata, he added. BJP’s Jhargram district president Sukhomoy Satpati alleged that the TMC supporters were involved in the incident. “We have informed the district administration. The miscreants should be arrested immediately,” he said. Denying the allegation, TMC’s district core committee member Prasun Sarangi claimed that the incident happened as a result of personal problems.