By Giorgia GuglielmiAug. 7, 2017 , 3:00 PM Coddled puppies make poor guide dogs, as this adorable video shows If a smooth sea never made a skillful sailor, so an overprotective mother doesn’t make a successful guide dog. That’s the conclusion of the first study to analyze how mother-puppy interaction influences guide dog training program success. Researchers followed from birth to adulthood 98 puppies enrolled in a New Jersey breeding and training program for guide dogs for the blind, where only about 70% of the dogs graduate as guides. Dogs whose mothers spent the most time licking and grooming them as puppies were almost three times less likely to succeed in the training program, the scientists report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When the researchers measured the dogs’ ability to stay focused and follow commands or solve complex problems such as retrieving hidden food and navigating a maze, dogs that had been highly cared for as puppies were more anxious. What’s more, puppies raised by mothers that spent more time nursing while lying on their belly were four times less likely to succeed in the program, whereas those raised by mothers that mostly nursed while sitting were four times more likely to succeed. This is because nursing while sitting requires more effort for puppies to reach and stay attached to the nipples, and dogs that didn’t have to overcome such small challenges as puppies might be easily flummoxed by obstacles as adults, the scientists say. 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(*)
Home ministers from Saarc nations on Saturday discussed ways to strengthen police cooperation and other means to combat terrorism that has afflicted the region.The Saarc Interior Ministers’ Conference, attended by Home Minister P. Chidambaram, also discussed proposals like maritime security and anti-piracy operations under the Saarc charter. The maritime security proposal has been mooted by Sri Lanka and Maldives.The conference also discussed issues related to Saarc visas in the backdrop of proposals for expanding this category of travel documents. At present MPs, judges, 100 identified business leaders, sports persons and 150 journalists are availing Saarc visa facility.The police networking was on top of the agenda at the meeting. A mechanism for police cooperation is already in place for the last two years but it has not really taken off, the sources said, adding India will underscore the need for making it an effective tool to fight the menace of terrorism afflicting south Asia.India wants visible cooperation as it believes that if any country is serious about fighting terrorism, its cooperation should be visible in terms of information-sharing and other aspects.The conference also discussed ways to strengthen the Colombo-based SAARC Terror Offences Monitoring Desk and Drug Offences Monitoring Desk, which are the nodal agencies for fight against these scourge.The meeting was also attended by home ministers of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives.At the meeting, Chidambaram is expected to press for early ratification by Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal of the SAARC Mutual Legal Assistance agreement on criminal matters to ensure that terrorism is combated effectively.advertisementThe agreement was reached at the Saarc Summit in Colombo in 2008.
Prominent Oklahoma State athletics figures gathered at Stillwater Country Club for a golf outing in Stillwater and raised over $94,125 for the American Cancer Society on Monday afternoon.Your generosity has led to a donation of $94,125 to the American Cancer Society – a new record. Thank you, #OKState! #BeatCancer pic.twitter.com/Bd3iFbnHu0— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017The tournament featured OSU coaches Mike Gundy, Mike Boynton and John Smith, as well as alumni like Billy Bajema and Jimmy Graham and Morgan Hoffman.Some short-game work with @CoachGundy & former @CowboyFB TE Billy Bajema. #CowboyClassic pic.twitter.com/FjaIDLnJND— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 That’s how the @PGATOUR guys do it. ??? @OSUCowboyGolf @KarstenCreek @Morgan_Hoffmann pic.twitter.com/AcGJu4DMg8— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 Some #OKState celebs in the house as @okstate President @burnshargis & @OSUAthletics AD Mike Holder show their support. #CowboyClassic pic.twitter.com/xfsNHb8AsI— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 Cowboy basketball is well represented at @OSUCvCGolf with @thacoachmike, Joey Graham & @KeitonPage tearing up Stillwater CC. #okstate pic.twitter.com/E2QRcMyt0R— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) May 22, 2017 Wouldn’t be a golf tournament without @OSUCowboyGolf & @OSUcowgirlgolf! Thank you to @OSUBratton & @CjonzeyOSU! #CowboyClassic pic.twitter.com/ys19rP43ZI— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. How awesome is this? @CoachGundy with Luke, who designed the #CowboyClassic golf balls. pic.twitter.com/tPprbOVR15— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017Watch the event’s highlights here:A star-studded #okstate cast turned out to raise money for cancer research while having a good time today. pic.twitter.com/jgRtIOE9yG— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) May 22, 2017
PSG PSG have €222m in the physio’s room! – Marseille’s Garcia gloats after Neymar injury Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 03:21 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PSG Coupe de France PSG v Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille Neymar Videos The Brazilian suffered a cracked metatarsal during a 3-0 win over PSG’s Classique rivals, leading Garcia to suggest their spending was useless Marseille boss Rudi Garcia mocked Paris Saint-Germain’s transfer policy and reliance on Neymar ahead of Wednesday’s Coupe de France showdown at the Parc des Princes.PSG beat their rivals 3-0 in Ligue 1 on Sunday but the victory was soured by Brazil star Neymar suffering a broken metatarsal.Garcia told a news conference ahead of the rematch that his opposite number Unai Emery still had plenty of options when it came to hurting Marseille but suggested the world-record spend on Neymar might have left PSG short in other areas. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them 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 “If there is no Neymar, there will be [Angel] Di Maria,” he said. “We will see if [Kylian] Mbappe and [Edinson] Cavani play when there is the Real Madrid game the week after.”It is a team built to win the Champions League. If they do not, it will be failure.”They have invested €400million, including €222m that is in the physio’s room.”PSG captain Thiago Silva accused Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet of saying he wanted to hurt Neymar before the latter’s injury in a challenge with Bouna Sarr.Marseille defender Adil Rami insisted he had sought to stay away from such controversy after Sunday’s match.”I don’t know if the media are talking too much about Neymar. When I get home, I start my Playstation,” he said.”Without him, PSG will be another team but they remain a great team with a big bench. We cannot celebrate the misfortunes of a player.”
Transfers Alisson, Milinkovic-Savic & 15 summer transfer targets from Serie A this summer Mark Doyle Last updated 1 year ago 16:10 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images/Goal Transfers Serie A Chelsea Liverpool Ligue 1 Bundesliga Premier League Primera División Milan Juventus Internazionale Lazio Roma Barcelona Real Madrid PSG Manchester City Manchester United Arsenal Opinion With the summer window set to open in just three months, Goal looks at the players presently attracting the most attention in Italy’s top flight
Transfers Raiola urges Napoli to move for ‘bargain’ Balotelli Sacha Pisani 13:55 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Napoli Mario Balotelli Nice Ligue 1 Serie A The agent invited the Serie A leaders to target his soon-to-be free agent client, who has flourished with Nice in Ligue 1 Mario Balotelli would be “ideal” for Napoli and his agent Mino Raiola has urged the Serie A leaders to sign the Nice star.Maligned Italian forward Balotelli is set to leave Ligue 1 outfit Nice at the end of the season, with his contract due to expire.The 27-year-old has flourished in France, where he has enjoyed two strong campaigns, with 21 goals scored across all competitions this term after having struggled at Liverpool and AC Milan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them 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 Balotelli has been tipped by Raiola to return to the Serie A or the Premier League and the agent has invited the Italian leaders to target his client when he becomes available. “It’s obvious that whoever takes Mario on a free transfer will be getting a bargain,” Raiola told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli. “If I were Napoli I’d take him, he’s one of the best strikers around. [Maurizio] Sarri has had an enormous growth and he’d be ideal for the Naples environment.”Balotelli is explosive on the pitch, he’s made strides forward with his behaviour. Napoli would be fantastic for a player with his characteristics and his character.”There are players who are afraid to come to Naples, but clearly not him. They have to believe to take him, but it would be a bargain.”Mario wouldn’t suffer with the expectations from the fans, he’s already been at the biggest clubs in the world. The passion of the fans only does good for him, just like [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic.”Raiola also reiterated his desire for Italy international goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to leave AC Milan.Donnarumma signed a new four-year deal in July after the 19-year-old star appeared set to leave the San Siro.Raiola, who has endured a difficult relationship with Milan’s hierarchy, said Donnarumma must move on to a bigger club.”He’s not yet the best goalkeeper in the world,” Raiola added. “But he’ll become that if he makes the right choices in his career. He has to go to a top club next year, I’ve already said that. That’s my idea.”
Basel ‘We will only celebrate when we are champions’ – Ederson not getting carried away by treble talk Alex Fisher 00:01 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Basel Manchester City v Basel Manchester City UEFA Champions League The Brazilian goalkeeper admits that the players are eager to remain focused on the challenges ahead rather than bask in their previous victories Manchester City may be champions elect and favourites to win a treble, but Ederson insists their focus will not slip.Having already lifted the EFL Cup, City are 16 points clear of second-placed Manchester United in the Premier League – meaning they are rapidly closing in on a first league title of Pep Guardiola’s reign.In the Champions League, City thrashed Basel 4-0 in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie and are expected to coast into the quarter-finals on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them 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 All the talk of a treble has been played down by goalkeeper Ederson, though, who insists complacency will not creep into the City camp in the closing weeks of the campaign.”The players are very calm and all we’re thinking of is to keep doing our best, keep our concentration and the momentum going,” he told the Man City website.”We will only celebrate when we are champions and not before.”We are focused on our next challenge now, the Champions League, but we can’t feel comfortable at all, we must always be careful and doubtful.”For us the key is to keep on working hard to be focused, like we have been doing this season, that’s how we get to win games.”Ederson has been a revelation for City since arriving from Benfica, usurping Claudio Bravo and establishing himself as number one – keeping 13 clean sheets in the league along the way.”I am feeling very well and the whole team too,” he added. “We are playing amazing football.”
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. STILLWATER — Oklahoma State hosted it’s annual media golf outing at Karsten Creek on Monday, and the PFB squad rolled deep at the event.We caught up with coordinators Sean Gleeson and Jim Knowles and position coaches Kasey Dunn, Charlie Dickey and Tim Duffie. Here are the interviews for the offensive coaches.
I posted my 10 thoughts here, but it’s time to empty out the notes before moving on to the NFL Tulsa and settling in for the season. Here are a few notes, thought, tidbits and nuggets I had in my 📓 on Saturday evening.• The announcers were talking about A.J. Green as a pro as if this was a surefire thing. I love A.J., but … I don’t know that he’s a pro. Could be if everything breaks the right way and he lands in a good situation, but it’s far from the kind of bet these announcers were making it out to be.• McNeese on the back of the jersey doesn’t have the same effect as Army on the back of the jersey, does it?• What are the swagger power rankings right now for this OSU team? I think mine after 120 minutes of football look like this.1. Harvell-Peel188.8.131.52. Moore6. SandersI can’t get enough of KHP. If we want to talk about pros, let’s talk about pros. I also can’t get enough of C.J. Moore. Feels like we’re going to look back on OSU having Moore and Tylan at the same time and think, “Well, I’m not sure we even realized what we had there.”• I’m sorry — I don’t hate the grays — but you can’t wear gray this early in the season when it’s this hot. Every t-shirt wearing human knows you absolutely cannot go light or even medium gray on a tight shirt when it’s 90+ unless you want pit circles the size of hula hoops.• OSU has won 65 straight when holding opponents under 20. Last time they lost was the first game of the 2003 season when Nebraska got ’em 17-7. Can you imagine scoring only 7 points on Nebraska these days?• I loved this GIF.• Chuba pausing and dancing in the backfield for 0.5 seconds while reading the line has to give DCs heart attacks. He doesn’t do it on every run, but there were a few where he briefly hit the pause button, and it felt like a funny car revving its engine to 945 MPH or whatever they go to. Give me more.• Redwine-Bryant has to lay out to score on the pick. This is your moment, my man! That stonewall probably hurt at the time, but it’s going to hurt a lot more when he watches the film with his buddies and coaches this week.• McNeese’s drive chart is incredible.• Remember when Deondrick Glass committed to Oklahoma State and followed that up by saying he was going to win the Heisman. I’d like to see him just win the RB3 spot on the depth chart at this point!• How do I make this my Twitter photo?• I’ll always think Micah Cooper is Desmond Roland.• I love it when the offense runs everyone opposite of Jelani and Sanders. That’s terrifying. There was a play in the first half near the goal line where Chuba and everyone else went left, Sanders and Jelani went right and Tylan was doing Tylan stuff on the edge. Sean Gleeson figuring out the permutations there like …• Mike Gundy is now 15-0 in home openers, and Oklahoma State is 34-5 in its last 39 non-con games.• Dru Brown shouts Marcus Dove.• OSU is 9-for-9 in the red zone so far this season.• OSU had four passes of 50+ yards on Saturday, good enough to lead the nation after two weeks based on that performance alone. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
World Cup ‘They were too tall!’ – South Korea loss blamed on Sweden’s height Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 02:45 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Sweden v South Korea South Korea Sweden Shin Tae-yong repeatedly pointed to an apparent disadvantage in terms of height as he assessed his side’s defeat in their World Cup opener Shin Tae-yong felt Sweden’s height advantage was key in South Korea’s 1-0 World Cup defeat in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday.A second-half penalty from Andreas Granqvist gave Janne Andersson’s side all three points and sent them joint-top of Group F with Mexico, who beat defending champions Germany a day earlier.Clear-cut chances were few and far between but Sweden were good value for their victory, with South Korea failing to muster a shot on target. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Shin blamed much of the loss on the fact his players could not match their opponents’ physically, even though each side managed two headed shots in the match.”The Swedish players are very tall. We prepared to play against tall players and, rather than contact, we focused on height,” he explained.”After the first half we felt we would adjust and that in the second half we would be able to find chances. They did adjust very well; it’s a pity they gave away a penalty.”Among the 32 teams, I think they [Sweden] are tallest or one of the top two. They will be a real threat because of their height.”Granqvist scored from the spot after a lengthy VAR review, with referee Joel Aguilar initially deciding Kim Min-woo had not fouled Viktor Claesson.Shin was frustrated to concede the penalty but accepted the right decision was eventually made.”I think we have to follow what the referee decides,” he said. “Of course we could say it’s regrettable, but he [Claesson] was caught.”We agree that it was a good call.”A defeat against Mexico in their second match on Saturday could see South Korea’s exit from the tournament confirmed, and Shin expects a difficult test.”They were very fast, very skilled, they’re a tough team so they are going to be a formidable opponent but we’re going to look over the match with Germany, analyse it and find our way to deal with the Mexico team,” he added.