Karnataka crisis: Tejashwi ridicules Sushil Modi over tweet against Kumaraswamy

first_imgThe acrimony of the aborted Karnataka trust vote spread to Bihar on Sunday, with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav taking on Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi for his tweet criticising the choice of H.D. Kumaraswamy, leader of the Janata Dal(S), for Chief Minister despite his party having just 38 seats.Mr. Yadav replied that the BJP had just 53 seats in Bihar and was a clear number three but was still in power. He said Mr. Modi had not contested an election in 13 years and yet was Deputy Chief Minister.“In the 222-seat Karnataka Assembly, is it respect for democracy that a party with 78 MLAs offers support, without it being asked for, to make the leader of a party with 38 MLAs Chief Minister and is adamant that the largest party with 104 MLAs should not come to power?” Mr. Modi tweeted.“Look who’s preaching? This is a rumour, sir! You are still number 3. Just 53 out of 243. You are Deputy Chief Minister because of Conscience Man. You have not contested an election in 13 years and are in politics and government through the backdoor,” Mr. Yadav replied. He also hit out at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over his silence on the turn of events in Karnataka.last_img read more

Top Stories: Plastic Rocks, Cool Koalas, and Burning Calories

first_imgRocks Made of Plastic Found on Hawaiian BeachPlastic may be with us a lot longer than we thought. A new type of rock made from plastic, volcanic rock, sand, seashells, and corals has begun forming on the shores of Hawaii. The discovery adds to the debate about whether humanity’s heavy hand in natural processes warrants the formal declaration of a new epoch of Earth history called the Anthropocene.How Did the Moon Really Form?Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Scientists have long believed that our moon was formed after another planet crashed into Earth, destroying itself and shooting out debris that eventually coalesced into our lone lunar satellite. There’s one problem: Studies of the chemical composition of Earth and moon rocks don’t fit this model. Now, a new analysis of moon rocks has uncovered evidence to support the theory—and to explain the mystery of the moon’s chemical makeup.Science Moneyball: The Secret to a Successful Academic CareerFor biomedical researchers who aspire to run their own labs, the secret is to publish frequently, as first author, and in top journals. That career advice may seem obvious, but this time it’s backed up by a new analysis of data scraped from PubMed, the massive public repository of biological abstracts. See what your chances are using Science’s PI Predictor graph.A New Way to Burn CaloriesWhat if you could trick your body into thinking you were racing on a treadmill—and burning off calories—while simply walking down the street? A new study in mice explores how we can activate immune cells to make this happen—and how the process can help fight obesity and diabetes.Trees Become Refrigerators for KoalasWhen they hug acacia trees, koalas aren’t just trying to keep from falling—the trees help the marsupials cool off, researchers have discovered. The cool tree trunks stop them from overheating, suggesting that koalas need more than just eucalyptus to survive.Key Researcher Agrees to Retract Both Disputed Stem Cell PapersEarlier this year, two papers reported that simply stressing adult cells could turn them into powerful stem cells called STAP (stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency) cells—and immediately drew accusations of plagiarism and image manipulation. Now, despite steadfastly defending her work, the lead author behind the papers has finally agreed to retract them both.last_img read more

Association Of Indians In America Celebrates 50 Years

first_imgThe Association of Indians in America (AIA) celebrated its golden jubilee on December 1 at Garden City Hotel in Long Island, New York.This year, AIA elected its first female president, Dr. Urmilesh Arya, while Ravishankar Bhooplapur was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, where nearly 400 AIA members were present along with Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-NY, 3rd District), Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL, 8th District), Consul General Ambassador Sandeep Chakravorty, Mrs. Taruna Chakravorty and Bollywood Star Anupam Kher.Read it at News India Times Related Itemslast_img

Trump Promises Potential Citizenship To H-1B Workers: What It Means For India

first_imgAmidst the government shutdown over preventing Mexican immigrants from entering the US, president Donald Trump on Friday said he is planning changes to temporary workers’ H-1B visas that would create simplicity, certainty and even a possibility for receiving American citizenship.Read it at Qrius Related Itemslast_img

Rohan Bopanna-Denis Shapovalov Enter Pre-quarterfinals at Shanghai Masters

first_imgShanghai: India’s top doubles player Rohan Bopanna, along with his partner Denis Shapovalov of Canada, advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters men’s doubles event with a straight-set win over the Russian pair of Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev on Tuesday.The Indo-Canadian pair, who are playing their eighth tournament together this year, registered a 6-1, 6-4 win over Khachanov and Rublev in the first round. After the match, Bopanna also took to Instagram to share a video of his play from the match where he returned from the baseline and then ran crosscourt towards the net to volley and win the point, all on his own.He captioned the video as, “Once in a while when the legs feel like 20 again.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. While Bopanna and Shapovalov’s receive game was good as they won 21 receiving points compared to 14 by Khachanov and Rublev, it was the Indo-Canadian pair’s better second serve that gave them the edge.Khachanov-Rublev won only 36 per cent points on their second serve while Bopanna and Shapovalov’s second serve win percentage was 65 per cent.Also, while Khachanov and Rublev’s first serve percentage was better, the amount of points won on that first serve was better for Bopanna and Shapovalov at 77 per cent.Bopanna and Shapovalov brought up seven break point opportunities for themselves throughout the match and converted four of them.The duo will next face the winner of the match between the pair of Borna Coric of Croatia and Runhao Hua of China and Polish-Brazilian combination of Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo. center_img andrey rublevatpDenis ShapovalovKaren Khachanov First Published: October 8, 2019, 5:30 PM ISTlast_img read more

Asian Para Games: Indians denied entry to Athletes village for non-payment of accommodation fee

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 1 (PTI) The Indian contingent for the Asian Para Games was refused entry to the Athletes Village in Jakarta for a few hours on Monday by the organisers as the necessary payment was not done on time. A top official of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) said that the para-athletes were initially denied entry when they arrived at the Games Village as the Sports Ministry had not till then cleared funds to the tune of USD 2.5 lakh. The PCI officials then gave an undertaking that the payment will be done by October 4 and only then the athletes were allowed entry to the Games Village. The Asian Para Games begins at Jakarta on October 6. PCI vice-president Gursharan Singh, who is accompanying the Indian contingent in Jakarta, said, unlike the Asian Games (for able-bodied athletes) held in August, the participating teams for the Para Games will have to make payments for accommodation, competition, registration, among others. “Each country will have to pay for accommodation of its athletes at the Games Village, pay competition and registration fee, etc. So, we have to pay around USD 2.5 lakh for the contingent of around 300. We came here without the funds and we had problems in going into the Games Village,” Gursharan told PTI from Jakarta. “We had to give an undertaking that we will pay the amount by October 4. If we do not make the payment, we may be told to vacate our accommodation at the Games Village,” he added. The PCI top official said 60 para athletes and some officials reached Jakarta on Monday and the remaining contingent will arrive in the next few days.advertisement The issue was later resolved and Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar said that the necessary fund has been transferred (late evening). “We have transferred the funds (on Monday) and the issue is sorted now. The para athletes are now inside the Games Village,” Bhatnagar told PTI. The Indian contingent for the October 6-13 Games comprises 193 athletes and 112 officials. Gursharan said that the sanction of funds by the government was late this time as compared to earlier Para-Games like the 2014 edition in Incheon, Korea. Asked why the contingent left without the sanction of funds, he said, “Every Para-Games, the government pays these funds but this time, it is a bit late. We left India for Indonesia without the sanction of funds hoping that it will be done while we are on way. But it is sorted now.” he said. PTI PDS SSC PDS ATKATKlast_img read more

Watch: Harbhajan Singh’s daughter Hinaya cheers for papa and Chennai Super Kings

first_imgIn the Chennai Super Kings camp, also known as Daddy’s Army, the loudest cheers for the seasoned campaigners have been coming from the star kids.On Tuesday, it was Harbhajan Singh’s daughter Hinaya who cheered Chennai Super Kings ahead of their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match against Kolkata Knight Riders.In a short Instagram clip on Harbhajan’s Instagram, Hinaya can be seen getting the “CSK CSK” chants out with a lot of enthusiasm. The two-year-old also was optimistic that her “papa” would win the match for MS Dhoni’s men in Chennai.Hinaya proved to be the lucky charm for CSK as Harbhajan Singh shone with the ball in the team’s seven-wicket win over KKR on Tuesday. On a sluggish wicket, Harbhajan used all his experience to dent KKR early after MS Dhoni won the toss and sent the opposition in to bat.Harbhajan Singh finished with figures of 15 for 2 in four overs. He removed Sunil Narine as early as his first over inside the powerplay with a brilliantly flighted delivery. The veteran off-spinner came back towards the end to remove Piyush Chawla for 8.#FilterKaapi with Bhajju pa! Much needed travel drink! #WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/2SW5SsOnvcChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 10, 2019KKR were restricted to 108 in 20 overs despite in-form Andre Russell hitting a half-century. CSK gunned down the total with 7 wickets and 15 balls to spare and jumped to the top of IPL 2019 points table.advertisementHarbhajan Singh has been in spectacular bowling form for CSK. Despite not playing international cricket in the lead up to IPL 2019, the World Cup-winning off-spinner has come up with a couple of match-winning performances already.Harbhajan is among the top-10 wicket-takers in IPL 2019 with seven wickets in just four matches. Also, the off-spinner is among the most economical bowlers in the ongoing season as he has conceded runs at a miserly rate of 5.12 per over.Following CSK’s table-topping win over KKR, captain Dhoni raved about Harbhajan and his spin bowling partner Imran Tahir, who is second on the bowling charts with 9 wickets from 6 matches.”The age is on their side. They are like wine, the way they are maturing. Bhajji has done well in whatever games he has played. I have fallen back on Tahir and he has done the job. They’ve come up every time but once we go out to flatter wickets, we’ll have to see what combinations we’ve to play.”Imran Tahir has confidence in me. He has got a very good flipper. He is someone who if you tell that this is the right pace to bowl on, he does it most of the times,” MS Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.Also Read | IPL 2019: Gracia Raina and Hinaya Singh bond as MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina look onAlso See:last_img read more

Icardi is Bayern’s ideal Lewandowski successor – Toni

first_imgTransfers Icardi the ideal Lewandowski successor at Bayern – Toni Goal 16:57 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mauro Icardi Inter 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Robert Lewandowski Bayern München v Stuttgart Udinese v Internazionale Internazionale Serie A Bundesliga The Poland international has been linked with a summer switch to Real Madrid and the former striker believes FCB should let him go Bayern Munich should sell Robert Lewandowski and buy Inter star Mauro Icardi to replace him, according to former striker Luca Toni.Lewandowski’s agent said last month that the Poland international “needs a change and a new challenge in his career”, possibly paving the way for a move to Real Madrid.The European champions have been credited with an interest in the Bundesliga’s runaway top scorer, though Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has denied claims the clubs have discussed him in recent meetings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The possibility of Lewandowski leaving the Bavarian outfit has raised some concerns over who should replace him, but the solution is a simple one for ex-Bayern and Italy forward Toni.The 41-year-old sees no reason for Bayern to hold Lewandowski back if he wants to go, telling Sport Bild: “If a player wants to go, you should let him go.”And the former Juventus No.9 is confident that a suitable successor is already lying in wait, with Icardi being linked with a move away from Inter again after his 29-goal season in Serie A.”Mauro Icardi from Inter would be perfect for Bayern, he is very strong and younger,” he said of the 25-year-old.Icardi himself has said his future depends on Inter’s situation, stating he is willing to leave if it is in the best interests in the club.”If it’s good for the team that I stay, then I’ll stay, otherwise I will leave,” he said. “I always do what is best for the club and the team. When the season ends, we’ll talk to the club and see what is best for them.”Icardi’s agent and wife said last month that many clubs are willing to match the forward’s release clause in the next transfer market, while coach Luciano Spalletti admitted his side may be unable to prevent him from leaving in the near future.last_img read more

Holidays did little to slow Idle No More in Maritimes

first_imgBy Tim FontaineAPTN National NewsHALIFAX – The holiday season did little to slow the growth of the Idle No More movement in the Maritimes with demonstrations, round dances and group fasts taking place across the region.On Christmas Eve, the Elsipogtog First Nation wrapped up a four day “information traffic slowdown” of Hwy. 11 in New Brunswick.The RCMP monitored the slowdown but the event was peaceful and there were no reports of any incidents.Hundreds of Mi’kmaq and Maliseet with hand drums took to shopping malls in Dartmouth, N.S. and Fredericton, N.B. to participate in what is now being called the “round dance revolution.”And over the next four days, as many as 200 people will fast in solidarity with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence who has been on a hunger strike for over two weeks.People from across Nova Scotia are participating in the solidarity fast but the majority are from two Mi’kmaq communities, Eskasoni and Millbrook.Eskasoni Chief Leroy Denny has joined the fast and is camped with community members in an area of the First Nation called Goat Island.Mi’kmaq chiefs say they’re considering taking legal action against the federal government over Bill C-45, the omnibus budget bill which became law in mid-December.The chiefs say Bill C-45 threatens the Mi’kmaq right to harvest fish for food, removes environmental protections on their traditional territory and strips the Crown of its duty to consult with First Nations.tfontaine@aptn.ca @anishinaboylast_img read more

Walmart to make every effort to keep disabled greeters

After more than a week of backlash, Walmart is pledging to make “every effort” to find other roles for disabled workers who’d accused the retailer of targeting them as it phases out the “people greeter” job at 1,000 stores.Greg Foran, president and CEO of Walmart’s U.S. stores, said in a memo to store managers Thursday night that “we are taking some specific steps to support” greeters with disabilities. Walmart released the memo publicly.Walmart told greeters around the country last week that their positions were being eliminated in favour of an expanded “customer host” role. Greeters with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other physical disabilities feared they’d be out of work, sparking protests from customers and others.Walmart says it has already started making job offers to greeters with disabilities, with at least one accepting so far.Michael Rubinkam, The Associated Press read more

Sport management students attend topnotch conference

Malcolm Gladwell, centre, meets a group of Sport Management students.Forty-seven Sport Management students heard from leading sports professionals and rubbed elbows with author Malcolm Gladwell at a recent MIT Sports Analytics Conference.The students attended the conference in Boston, Mass. March 4 and 5, hearing speeches from industry leaders in the world of sport. It featured panalists such as Mark Cuban (owner, Dallas Mavericks) and Brian Burke (general manager, Toronto Maple Leafs).They also met Gladwell, who was a featured speaker at the conference. Gladwell is the author of such bestsellers as The Tipping Point and Blink.The conference “was highly educational and provided a mix of professionals from across the sports industry, allowing us to understand concepts from the viewpoints of respected leaders from each of the various sports present,” said student event organizer Kyler Nurmsoo. read more

Brock scientist on Quirks and Quarks Saturday

If you’ve ever been curious about what male mosquitos eat, Brock researcher Fiona Hunter is happy to help answer that question.Hunter, who studies insect-borne illness, particularly West Nile virus, will take to the airwaves on CBC radio this Saturday to provide the scoop on the male mosquito’s diet.She’s one of 10 Canadian scientists featured on Quirks and Quarks question show, which solicits questions from readers and finds an expert with the answer.Hunter will answer the question ‘If only female mosquitos eat blood, then what do male mosquitos eat?’The show airs Dec. 28, just after the noon news on CBC Radio One (99.1 FM in Niagara). Those who can’t tune in can catch the show online after it airs or subscribe to the Quirks and Quarks podcast.

UN human rights official cuts short Myanmar visit over bugging

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, who was scheduled to end this fifth visit to Myanmar on Wednesday, informed the country’s authorities that he had found the bug – a wireless microphone – on Saturday under the table in the room at Insein prison where he was conducting interviews. Under these circumstances, he said, he felt obliged to interrupt his mission.Since his first mission to Myanmar, Mr. Pinheiro has sought and received from the authorities assurances that there would be no interference with the conduct of his work and standard operating procedures. These include the respect of confidentiality with regard to interviews with persons in detention and the collection of other information. Mr. Pinheiro, who was leaving the country today, said the authorities expressed regret on learning of the incident and gave assurances that it would be fully investigated. He reiterated that all persons cooperating with him should be free from any form of intimidation, harassment or punishment before, during and after his missions. The Myanmar authorities had reaffirmed to him their commitment to this principle, he added. read more

United States to withdraw some peacekeepers UN confirms

The United States Government has informed the United Nations that Washington will withdraw some US personnel from the world body’s peacekeeping operations, a UN spokesman confirmed today.”We have taken note of that decision with regret,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in response to reporters’ questions at the daily briefing in New York.Last week the United States announced that it would not proceed with a Security Council resolution that would have extended, for a third consecutive year, the immunity of some UN peacekeepers from prosecution by the world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal.Washington had introduced a text in May to renew the peacekeepers’ exemption from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is based in The Hague. First adopted in July 2002, and renewed last year, the text shields members of UN peacekeeping missions who come from nations that have not ratified the treaty setting up the ICC from investigation or prosecution. That protection expired Wednesday.Last month, Secretary-General Kofi Annan hailed Washington’s decision not to pursue the exemption. “The outcome was a good one for the Council, and I think also for the Americans,” he told reporters. “The unity of the Council is extremely important – it is not form; it’s substance.”The Secretary-General also voiced hope that “everyone will see it as a helpful decision” and that the US would not withdraw from peacekeeping operations. read more

China manufacturing measure falls to 6month low in new sign of economic

China manufacturing measure falls to 6-month low in new sign of economic slowdown AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – A gauge of China’s manufacturing activity fell to a six-month low in November in a new sign an economic slowdown is deepening.HSBC Corp. said Monday its monthly purchasing managers’ index fell to 50.0 from the previous month’s 50.4.The index uses a 100-point scale on which numbers below 50 show activity contracting. November’s reading meant activity was unchanged from the previous month.China’s economic growth slipped to a five-year low of 7.3 per cent in the quarter ending in September.Chinese leaders have cut interest rates in an apparent attempt to prevent growth from declining further.HSBC economist Hongbin Qu said in a report, “We continue to expect further monetary and fiscal easing measures to offset downside risks to growth.” by The Associated Press Posted Dec 1, 2014 12:46 am MDT read more

International Bulletin – June 2011

SMMT dates – Trade events – Industry support initiatives – Global news round-up – WTO notifications – JCCC customs information papers – International market reports – International business opportunitiesDownload June 2011 International BulletinClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Windows Phone 7 sur les smartphones dès septembre

first_imgWindows Phone 7 sur les smartphones dès septembre ?États-Unis – L’opérateur AT&T a dévoilé un planning sur lequel les premiers smartphones animés par Windows Phone 7 devraient être lancés dès septembre. L’opérateur serait-il en avance ?Avec un mois d’avance, les smartphones sous Windows Phone 7 pourraient apparaître chez plusieurs revendeurs. L’opérateur AT&T a livré cette information en affichant son planning. En première ligne, des appareils griffés LG et Samsung pourraient être disponibles chez l’opérateur dès le mois de septembre. De son côté, Microsoft avait déjà présenté un appareil LG où il manquait juste l’accès à XBox Live, et LG avait annoncé cet hiver que ces smartphones pourraient être prêts pour la rentrée scolaire. A l’étranger, les opérateurs se sont accordés avec l’éditeur pour sortir les appareils en octobre.Le 8 juillet 2010 à 16:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Comportement animal les oiseaux ont aussi leur personnalité

first_imgComportement animal : les oiseaux ont aussi leur personnalitéPubliée dans le Journal of Experimental Biology, une étude britannique donne des preuves expérimentales de l’existence de personnalités véritablement différentes chez les individus d’une espèce d’oiseau, les verdiers. Le Dr Kathryn Arnold, du Département de l’environnement à l’Université d’York, et Katherine Herborn, de l’Institut de biodiversité, de santé animale et de médecine comparée à l’Université de Glasgow, ont entrepris de classer les personnalités de 22 verdiers (des oiseaux apparentés aux chardonnerets et aux linottes).À lire aussiCette perruche imite à la perfection R2-D2, le robot de Star WarsElles ont d’abord testé le ‘courage’ de chaque oiseau : confrontés à un objet inconnu de couleur vive placé dans leur mangeoire,  les plus hardis n’ont mis que quelques secondes pour surmonter leur peur et s’approcher de la nourriture, tandis que d’autres ont mis jusqu’à 30 minutes ! Puis, les scientifiques ont testé la curiosité des verdiers en attachant un objet ‘intriguant’ à leur perchoir et en chronométrant le temps mis par chaque individu pour se poser à proximité. Elles n’ont cependant trouvé aucune corrélation entre courage et curiosité.Enfin, mesurant certains indicateurs métaboliques, les chercheuses ont constaté que les oiseaux les plus timides avaient les plus hauts niveaux de toxines de l’oxygène sanguin et les plus faibles défenses contre elles, souffrant d’avantage du ‘stress oxydatif’ que les individus courageux. En outre, les verdiers les plus curieux avaient de meilleures défenses contre les dommages oxydatifs que les moins curieux.Kathryn Arnold veut poursuivre ce travail sur des volatiles sauvages, dans la nature : “Les oiseaux qui ont peur des choses nouvelles pourraient souffrir des coûts élevés du stress oxydatif et en mourir prématurément. Mais ils pourraient aussi être moins susceptibles d’être mangés par un prédateur, car ils sont plus circonspects que les sujets plus audacieux”, spécule-t-elle.Le 30 avril 2011 à 18:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more