Sean Payton, the suspended New Orleans Saints coach who had his contract voided, is allowed to negotiate a new contract with the team, according to a report by the New Orleans Times-Picayune.The newspaper reported that, while Payton’s suspension for his involvement in the bounty scandal forbids him from speaking with the organization, he and the Saints are permitted to speak in regards to his contract situation.ESPN Sunday reported that a previous contract extension between Payton and the Saints was voided by the league. Should the two sides be unable to reach agreement on a new deal, Payton would be a free agent.Saints quarterback Drew has no doubt he’ll be reunited with Payton in 2013.“I absolutely believe he’ll be back,” Brees said after Monday night’s win over Philadelphia.Saints interim coach Joe Vitt said he hadn’t seen or heard Sunday’s report and didn’t want to comment, but added, “This team loves Sean, and Sean loves this team. This city loves Sean, and Sean loves this city. I think that’s a tough combination to beat.”New Orleans safety Roman Harper said he sees no reason for Payton to leave New Orleans, especially after being linked to the bounty case.“Why would he not come back? He’s got something to prove,” Harper said. “There’s nothing like having a man with a chip on his shoulder. This is just another way the NFL is trying to get at us. We just have to keep our minds on things we can control, and that’s playing football.”With Payton’s earlier ties to the Cowboys and close relationship with owner Jerry Jones, there has been speculation he could replace Dallas coach Jason Garrett.Jones denied such talk Sunday while Garrett said his sole focus remains on getting his 3-5 Cowboys to the playoffs.“There’s a lot of stories that circulate around our game,” Garrett said Monday afternoon. “So certainly some people bring those kinds of things to my attention, but again, we’re (focusing) on what we need to do. We had heck of a challenge (Sunday night) in Atlanta, trying to play an undefeated team, so that’s where our attention was.”
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© 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Because brown bears are so reclusive, not to mention dangerous to be around, not a lot is really known about their brain power. This is actually rather odd because bears have the largest brains for their body size of all carnivores and are thought to be rather clever, though mostly through anecdotal evidence. Now comes news of British researcher Volker Deecke of the University of Cumbria, who while on vacation in Alaska, came across a brown bear using a rock covered with barnacles to help alleviate the itch associated with molting. Deecke photographed the use of the tool by the bear and has published his findings in Animal Cognition. Image (c) Volker Deecke Bears of many varieties have very often been seen rubbing themselves against trees and rocks to help ease the itching that results when they replace their winter fur with a lighter summer coat. But never before has a bear of any kind been spotted picking up rocks to use as tools to help them better get at those places that itch. In fact, this discovery is only the fourth observed use of tools by any non-primate animal. Elephants commonly use branches to ward off flies and dolphins have been caught using sponges to hide their rostrum and some whales use bubbles to help in catching fish. Using a rock specifically chosen to perform a certain task, however, is clearly a demonstration of higher intelligence.Deecke, who normally studies whales, was watching a couple of brown bears feed on a whale carcass on the shores of Glacier Bay, when one of them began searching the bottom of the sea for something. A moment later, the bear reached down and grabbed a rock, which Deecke could clearly see was covered with barnacles, and began rubbing it against its face and neck. Thus it appeared that not just any rock would do, it had to be covered with barnacles which would do a better job in scratching. It wasn’t just a fluke either. After a while, the bear dropped the rock, moseyed around, and after some time searched for and retrieved another rock. In all the bear repeated the whole exercise three times, retrieving three different rocks, all covered with barnacles, which he used for scratching at his itchy hide. Deecke also noted that the bear manipulated the rock in his paw before scratching, moving it into the optimal position for the best possible scratch, a type of activity previously only seen with humans and other primates.Deecke suggests that more research ought to be focused on bears because clearly they are capable of far more than has been realized. Bears may be back in the Swiss Alps More information: Tool-use in the brown bear (Ursus arctos), Animal Cognition, DOI: 10.1007/s10071-012-0475-0AbstractThis is the first report of tool-using behaviour in a wild brown bear (Ursus arctos). Whereas the use of tools is comparatively common among primates and has also been documented in several species of birds, fishes and invertebrates, tool-using behaviours have so far been observed in only four species of non-primate mammal. The observation was made and photographed while studying the behaviour of a subadult brown bear in south-eastern Alaska. The animal repeatedly picked up barnacle-encrusted rocks in shallow water, manipulated and re-oriented them in its forepaws, and used them to rub its neck and muzzle. The behaviour probably served to relieve irritated skin or to remove food-remains from the fur. Bears habitually rub against stationary objects and overturn rocks and boulders during foraging and such rubbing behaviour could have been transferred to a freely movable object to classify as tool-use. The bear exhibited considerable motor skills when manipulating the rocks, which clearly shows that these animals possess the advanced motor learning necessary for tool-use. Advanced spatial cognition and motor skills for object manipulation during feeding and tool-use provide a possible explanation for why bears have the largest brains relative to body size of all carnivores. Systematic research into the cognitive abilities of bears, both in captivity and in the wild, is clearly warranted to fully understand their motor-learning skills and physical intelligence related to tool-use and other object manipulation tasks. Explore further Citation: Wild brown bear observed using a tool (2012, March 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-wild-brown-tool.html 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.
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. December 14, 2013 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read This story appears in the November 2013 issue of . Subscribe » When die-hard football fans find themselves in a new city, priority No. 1 is locating the place in town where the like-minded go to watch the game, drink beer and cheer. Now those displaced supporters can tap the Fanatic app to connect with others who bleed their team’s colors.”Fanatic gives them a chance to go out and find a great game-day experience, which is always more memorable than watching alone from home,” says Babak Poushanchi, the New York-based company’s founder and CEO, and a Chicago sports nut.Poushanchi’s idea for Fanatic grew from years of watching his Northwestern University Wildcats amid the raucous atmosphere at Blondies Sports bar in Manhattan. He guessed fans of other teams in a variety of sports would enjoy similar experiences at other bars.The former hedge-fund manager rounded up developers and convinced a handful of bar owners to test the system in 2012, shelling out “a few hundred thousand dollars” of his own money to get Fanatic off the ground.The result is one part Foursquare and one part Yelp. Users are rewarded for checking in to venues and for planning and sharing viewing parties for their team. Each venue is ranked based on fan activity, plans and check-ins, and the app lists the top spots for fans of dozens of teams in several sports.Fanatic launched in January and has amassed more than 10,000 users who have gathered at more than 3,000 bars, restaurants and stadiums to watch some 8,000 games. Poushanchi expects to use the momentum from this year to raise $1 million in financing to hire additional engineers and expand marketing efforts.Fans rave about the app’s social aspects. Bar owners love it for another reason: profit. Mike Garcia owns the Jersey City, N.J., bar Lucky 7 Tavern–Fanatic’s No. 1 New York-area venue for Chicago Bears fans. He says that on any given Sunday, Fanatic users account for 20 percent of his 49-seat capacity and can generate $150 to $200 in additional revenue per person.”It’s great money for me,” he says, “and all I have to do is show the games.”