Canada can expect election meddling but not on scale seen in US

first_imgOTTAWA — The national cyberspy agency says it is very likely that Canadian voters will experience some kind of online foreign interference related to the coming federal election.But the agency says the meddling is unlikely to be on the scale of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.In a new assessment released today, Canada’s Communications Security Establishment says that last year half of all advanced democracies holding national elections were targeted by cyberthreat activity.It’s a threefold increase since 2015, and the Ottawa-based CSE expects the upward trend to continue this year.The report suggests Canada can expect foreign adversaries to try to sway voters by focusing on polarizing social and political issues, promoting the popularity of one party over another, or trying to shape the public statements and policy choices of a candidate.The CSE’s report is being presented at a news conference this morning by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Arsenal bid to reverse slump as Brighton fight for survival

first_imgLondon: Arsenal have one foot in the Europa League final but know they cannot afford the luxury of taking it easy in Sunday’s match against struggling Brighton as they chase a Premier League top-four berth. Unai Emery’s team have wobbled badly in the league in recent weeks, losing four out of their past five matches after putting themselves in a strong position. They are two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with two matches remaining, the first at home to Brighton on Sunday and the second away to Burnley the following week. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju But they still have two chances to reach next season’s Champions League — by winning the Europa League or moving up a place from their current position of fifth in the Premier League. Arsenal lead Valencia 3-1 ahead after the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday. Victory in that competition guarantees entry into the Champions League next season. Emery, who said reaching the Champions League again after an absence of two seasons is the club’s “first objective”, is aware that he is not in control of the situation.last_img read more

Mauritanian President Calls MauritaniaMorocco Relations Lethargic but Improving

Rabat – In a recent interview with Jeune Afrique, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz discusses internal politics, the 2019 succession, and Mauritania’s relationship with its northern neighbor. Notably, the 61-year-old president reflects a willingness to strengthen relations with Morocco, and declares that although nothing is on the horizon, the possibility of a visit is not out of the question. “Our relations with Rabat have been somewhat lethargic, there have been ups and downs, but they are improving and our goal is to strengthen them further,” said the president.According to JA, Mauritania had finally agreed to appoint Hamid Chabar as Moroccan ambassador in Nouakchott several months after Ould Abdelaziz’s nomination. In December, the country designated an ambassador to Rabat, filling a post that had been vacant since 2012. On the prominent Sahara issue, the Mauritanian president stated, “It’s a real headache, we’re going around in circles!” His solution: “There should be a lot of sacrifices on both sides and, above all, a political will to solve this problem by going beyond rivalries between states in the name of a global vision of the Maghreb.”The president also spoke about his view on the Arab Maghreb Union declaring that its creation is a must. “If we do not create it ourselves, we will have failed an important part of our mission, but I am sure that future generations will do it,” he said. read more

Closing Bell TSX falls amid mixed manufacturing data Republican move to avert

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday with traders unimpressed by a counteroffer by U.S. Republicans to save the U.S. economy from going over the “fiscal cliff.”Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,169.74 -69.62 -0.57%S&P 500 — 1,409.46 -6.72 -0.47%Dow —12,965.60 -59.98 -0.46%Nasdaq —3,002.20 -8.04 -0.27%The S&P/TSX composite index lost 69.62 points to 12,169.74 and the TSX Venture Exchange fell 12.9 points to 1,208.The Canadian dollar was down 0.13 of a cent to 100.51 cents US.U.S. indexes also closed in the red as the end-of-year deadline approaches for averting the “fiscal cliff,” a combination of tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts set to automatically take place at the first of the year if there’s no compromise agreement.The shock of seeing the drastic fiscal measures go into effect in January would cut economic growth and likely push the U.S. back into recession.The Dow Jones industrials closed down 59.98 points to 12,965.6 as a Republican proposal indicated both sides are very far apart.It involves increasing the eligibility age for Medicare and to lower cost-of-living hikes in Social Security benefits.The move is a response to Obama’s offer last week to hike taxes by US$1.6-trillion over the coming decade but to exempt Medicare and Social Security from cuts to beneficiaries.The GOP plan also proposes to raise $800-billion in higher tax revenue over the decade but would keep the Bush-era tax cuts, including those for wealthier earners being targeted for a rise by Obama, in place for now.The Nasdaq composite index declined 8.04 points to 3,002.2 and the S&P 500 index was down 6.72 points to 1,409.46.“I think there is no doubt there is some concern and anxiety,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at Scotia Capital.“What you’re playing with is confidence. You have this push-pull situation with confidence (and) confidence for those who have it is more hopeful than real, I think, at the present time.”Markets had started the session in a more positive mood after the HSBC’s Purchasing Managers’ Index for the world’s second-biggest economy rose to 50.5 in November from October’s 49.5. Any reading above 50 indicates activity is expanding. It was the first time in 13 months that China’s manufacturing sector emerged from contraction.Growth in China is particularly welcome since so many other countries are faltering to one degree or another. China is just starting to revive after the government took steps to slow the economy in order to reduce high inflation.But signs emerged that uncertainty over whether the U.S. can avoid a major fiscal crisis could be already affecting the U.S. economy as the Institute for Supply Management index for November came in at 49.5. That was the lowest level since July 2009 and down from 51.7 in October.The gold sector led decliners, down about two per cent while bullion gained $8.40 to US$1,721.10 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. faded $1.42 to C$37.29 while Barrick Gold Corp. declined 90 cents to $33.59.The industrials sector was off almost one per cent as Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. set aside plans to build a 420-kilometre extension to serve coal mines in the Powder River Basin, which underlies parts of Montana and Wyoming. CP will take a $180-million non-cash charge on its books as a result of a decision to defer the plan indefinitely because of a deterioration in the market for thermal coal, which is primarily burned to produce power. Its shares were down $1.35 to $91.35. Elsewhere in the sector, Canadian National Railways moved down 57 cents to $88.77.The base metals sector was off 0.5 per cent while copper prices found limited lift from the Chinese data with the March contract ahead a penny at US$3.66 a pound. China is the world’s biggest consumer of the metal, which is viewed as a proxy for the global economy as it is used in so many applications. Thompson Creek Metals shed six cents to C$2.88 while Taseko Mines inched up three cents to $2.81.The financials group shed 0.33 per cent as Bank of Montreal gave back 38 cents to $59.29 a day before the bank releases its latest earnings.Techs were weak with Celestica Inc. 11 cents lower to $7.24.Research in Motion Ltd. was down four cents to $11.55 as its stock was downgraded to sell from hold at Canaccord. The firm cited RIM’s recent share strength and doubts that the new BB10 lineup, which is being launched at the end of January, can turn around its long-term business trends.The energy sector was down 0.33 per cent while the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 18 cents to US$89.09 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources slipped 40 cents to $28.19.Husky Energy Inc. added 12 cents to C$28 as it said it has set a 2013 capital budget of $4.8 billion, a modest increase from the $4.7 billion it expects to spend this year. The energy company also aims to substantially increase production in the coming years.The consumer staples sector was one of two advancers, up 0.87 per cent as dairy and grocery products company Saputo made a major acquisition. The Montreal-based company is paying $1.45-billion to buy Morningstar Foods, a 2,000-employee company that makes dairy and non-dairy products for the U.S. market.Saputo has said it plans to expand in the United States but has downplayed speculation it might acquire Hostess, the bankrupt company that makes Twinkies snack cakes. Saputo shares gained $1.37 or 2.98 per cent to $47.41.Here’s the news investors were watching today:OSC accuses Ernst & Young as firm settles Sino-Forest class action suitCanada’s job market mismatch puts economy at risk: CIBCCanada ranks among world’s best places for corporate taxes Canada’s factory growth slides to two-year lowRIM downgraded as analyst says fundamentals don’t support share gainsMarkets get lift as China shows growth for first time in yearON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSBank of Canada makes rate and policy announcement at 9 a.m. Reserve Bank of Australia announces rate decision CORPORATE NEWSCANADABank of Montreal Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $1.42 a share UNITED STATESAutozone Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$5.39 a share read more

Navy arrests four Indian fishermen off Delft Island

The trawler and fishing gear were brought to the Navy base “Elara” in Karainagar while the fishermen were brought to the Navy base “Uttara” in Kankesanthurai.The Indians were handed over to the Assistant Fisheries Director of Jaffna. (Colombo Gazette) The Navy arrested four Indian fishermen and seized a trawler off Delft Island, the Navy media unit said.Naval personnel on board SLN Gun Boat, Edithara II attached to the Northern Naval Command arrested the Indian fishermen 11.8 nautical miles west of Delft Island. read more

Inmet rejects 49B bid from First Quantum says not good for shareholders

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 28, 2012 5:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Copper miner Inmet Mining Corp. rejected Wednesday a hostile takeover offer from rival First Quantum Minerals Ltd. worth $4.9 billion in stock and cash.The company said its board of directors has determined the “highly conditional” offer is not in the best interest of its shareholders. However, it did not indicate the conditions of the proposal.“After reviewing the proposal with its financial and legal advisers, Inmet’s board of directors has today notified First Quantum that it has declined to pursue the proposal,” the company said in a brief statement.Under the proposal, Inmet said First Quantum had offered $70 per share for First Quantum shares, half in cash and half in stock.The company said the offer presented to the company Sunday followed an earlier unsolicited proposal from First Quantum of $62.50 per share.Shares in Inmet closed up $9.20 at $62 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, while First Quantum shares were down 34 cents at $20.80.Inmet also announced a shareholder rights plan, or so-called poison pill, a common tactic used to fend off hostile takeovers.Its shareholder rights plan is triggered when a potential buyer acquires or announces plans to acquire 20 per cent or more of the company’s shares without approval.If a hostile deal is completed without permission, the plan gives rights holders, other than the potential buyer, the right to buy additional Inmet shares at half the prevailing market price.Earlier this month, Inmet denied a report suggesting the company was in talks regarding the potential sale to First Quantum.Inmet said at the time it was focused on “building shareholder value by maximizing its operating assets and through the development of its Cobre Panama copper project.”Inmet owns 80 per cent of the Cobre Panama project through Minera Panama SA and the remainder is owned by Korea Panama Mining Corp. The total cost of Cobre Panama is estimated at $6.2 billion, including $1.4 billion to be funded by Korea Panama Mining and $4.8 billion through Inmet.Inmet, which called off a proposed merger with Lundin Mining (TSX:LUN) last year, recently dropped a hostile takeover bid of its own for Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. (TSX:PTQ) after it failed to win shareholder support.In addition to Cobre Panama, Inmet has mines in Turkey, Spain and Finland.The bid by First Quantum follows that sale of its operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo to Kazakhstani miner Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. for $1.25 billion.First Quantum had written off the value of the assets in 2010 after its operations in Congo were nationalized by the government of the mineral-rich central African country.The company has said it will focus its efforts on Zambia where it has its flagship Kansanshi mine and is developing other projects including a new mine and smelter. Inmet rejects $4.9B bid from First Quantum, says not good for shareholders read more

UNICEF scales up psychosocial support for Papua New Guineas children after devastating

“Children are still being confronted by fear, loss, confusion, family separation, deteriorated living conditions and disruption of social and school activities,” said Karen Allen, UNICEF Representative for Papua New Guinea.“Psychological damage among children should not be overlooked. It can have a negative impact on children’s brain development, mental health and overall wellbeing in the long-run,” she added.Ms. Allen elaborated that children who have suffered from trauma have an increased risk of delayed development, mental health disorders, depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide.Before the earthquakes, available data indicated that children in Papua New Guinea experience some of the highest rates of violence in Asia-Pacific region.About 80 per cent experience emotional abuse in their lifetime, with some 75 per cent having reported physical abuse.A recent Médecins Sans Frontières report showed that 12,000 cases of family and sexual violence are treated each year in Tari Family Support Centre in Hela Province, where the worst earthquake damage occurred.The Government estimates 270,000 people need urgent assistance, including 125,000 children, some 15-20 per cent of whom, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), require psychological support. Supported by UNICEF Australia, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund and the Government of Australia, UNICEF in Papua New Guinea is currently setting up 26 child-friendly spaces to provide psychosocial support services for more than 14,000 children in the severely-affected areas of Hela and Southern Highland provinces.These spaces safe places where children can play, learn life skills and regain a sense of normalcy.Outreach teams will also be dispatched to affected communities to organize recreation activities, such as music and sports, and identify those in need of psychosocial support.To date, UNICEF has already delivered 23 metric tons of relief supplies to the country, including tents and tarpaulins, water purification tablets and hygiene kits. Additionally, some 12,000 packets of therapeutic food and vaccines to protect 31,700 children against the increasing risk of disease outbreak and malnutrition have been delivered.Over the next year, UNICEF needs $14.6 million to help children and families affected by the earthquake. read more

Brock students fungus research published in top scientific journal

Scott Behie, a first-year master’s student in biological sciences, has just had a paper published in the journal Science.A Brock University student has just had his research published in Science – the academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and one of the world’s top scientific publications.Scott Behie, a first-year master’s student in biological sciences, is the lead author of the made-at-Brock article, which looks at a specific soil-born fungus’ (Metarhizium) ability to transfer nutrients, specifically nitrogen, to plants via their root systems.The paper, “Endophytic Insect-Parasitic Fungi Translocate Nitrogen Directly from Insects to Plants,” was co-authored with Paul Zelisko, instructor in the Department of Chemistry, and Mike Bidochka, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Behie’s research supervisor.“This research helps to give us a deeper understanding of the role that this fungus Metarhizium plays in agricultural ecosystems,” says Behie.All living organisms need nitrogen. It is a fundamental building block of all forms of life. It is abundant in the atmosphere, however plants cannot metabolize the gaseous form of the element. Most plants obtain nitrogen through bacteria and microbial decomposition of plant and animal material in soils.This is where the fungus Metarhizium comes in. This widespread and naturally occurring fungus is known to feast upon more than 200 different kinds of soil-born insects, which are a source of nitrogen themselves. Metarhizium is also a plant endophyte – meaning it lives inside the plant without causing any harm to its host.“Previous research on this fungus thought that it was solely an insect pathogen,” says Behie. “We’ve found that it also plays a double-role as a plant-associating fungus that is able to feed upon and take nitrogen from insects and then transfer it to plants.”The fungus functions as a helpful sidekick to the plant killing soil-born insects, robbing them of their nitrogen and then giving it back to the plant.“The plant and fungus work together and nitrogen is the link between the two,” he says. “The fungus acts as a go-between because it takes the insect-derived nitrogen and then delivers it back to the plant.”Metarhizium is currently used as a bio-control agent in agriculture around the world. With this new discovery, the fungus could potentially be used to grow healthier and stronger plants, and also help plants to thrive in nitrogen-deficient soils.This research also opens the door to questions about whether the fungus has any other positive effects on plants, for example, could it transfer any other necessary nutrients?“This discovery generates new knowledge that enables us to better understand the nitrogen cycle and soil ecosystems,” says Mike Bidochka. “We’re going to go on and do more complex things based on this research.”Behie completed his undergraduate degree at Brock and his current research program evolved out of his undergraduate research at the University, which was conducted under the tutelage of Bidochka.“The fourth-year [Biological Sciences] program here at Brock and the work that you do teaches you so much about research within that year, that when you get to your Master’s you are entirely ready to go ahead and do research,” says Behie. read more

Womens Lacrosse Ohio State seeks redemption from last seasons 611 record

Ohio State freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to score against Vermont. Credit: Courtesy of Walt Middleton – OSU AthleticsAfter finishing the 2017 season 6-11, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is motivated and hopeful for redemption since seven of its top scorers return for the new season. “I think overall we have a nice blend of experience and some new people that will step up this year,” head coach Alexis Venechanos said. The Buckeyes finished 0-6 in the Big Ten and were picked to finish tied for last with Michigan in the Big Ten coaches’ preseason poll. But they return 87 percent of their points. “I think the mindset is we’re just focused on getting better everyday and we’re focused on playing the best Buckeye lacrosse,” Venechanos said. Senior attacker Molly Wood has been an integral part of the team since her freshman year, serving as a starter for most of her career.Wood led the team last season with 48 points and 71 draw controls. She finished the season fourth in the Big Ten in both goals and draw controls per game.After being voted captain, Venechanos sees an even greater role for Wood.“I definitely challenge her, her senior year, to be a complete leader both on and off the field,” Venechanos said. The team also voted sophomore goalie Jillian Rizzo as one of the team’s four captains, the only one who is not a senior. As a freshmen Rizzo started 16 games and had 183 saves, the second-most in the season by a freshman.“I think Rizzo helped us a lot, gives us confidence, continues to be a good leader and continues to get stronger day by day,” Venechanos said. Sophomore midfielder Liza Hernandez has been working hard to get healthy for the new season. Hernandez started the first nine games of the season and received consecutive Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards before faced with an injury that ended her freshman campaign early. “She hasn’t missed a beat since she’s been able to play,” Venechanos said. “She’s explosive, she knows how to finish, how to keep up with her teammates, and I think everyone is really excited for her and I know she’s been working extremely hard to get back to where she left off.” The Buckeyes open the season in Annapolis, Maryland, against No. 10 Navy on Saturday at 1 p.m. Navy ranks as one of the top in the nation after making a final-four run last season. “They do return a lot and they will probably have some new people stepping up for them so it will be a challenge and we’re going to be ready for the challenge,” Venechanos said. Despite losing its last six games of the 2017 season, the team is moving forward and determined. “This team is hungry, we’re motivated, and we’re in a good place right now heading into this weekend,” Venechanos said. read more

SCANDI MAESTRO AMAZING GOAL by Steffen Stegavik

← Previous Story SAMSONENKO WANTED CANELLAS: He made a mistake going to THW Kiel! Next Story → SEHA “BEST 7” in September 3.Odorhei6420176:15214 5.Bacau7322180:17711 4.Municipal Calarasi6402158:15212 7.Timisoara7304184:1859 2.Constanta7511206:17716 10.Dinamo Bucuresti6213132:1367 9.Vaslui7223175:1888 Steffen Stegavik 1.Minaur Baia Mare7601171:15118 6.CSM Bucuresti6312181:17610 11.Steaua Bucuresti6114166:1774 12.Targu Jiu6105153:1793 13.Suceava6006115:1360 He is the hero of the week. Norwegian NT player Steffen Stegavik scored a brilliant goal during the match between his HCM Baia Mare and Dinamo Bucuresti (27:20) which showing the best part of our beautiful sports. A 30 years old playmaker came to Romania last summer  after decade of playing in domestic teams as Elverum and Drammen. Here you can see his goal…HCM Baia Mare are current leaders of Romanian League: 8.Turda7304201:2129 read more

We decided not to remove the Deaf gene and let nature take

first_img‘We decided not to remove the Deaf gene, and let nature take its course’ Presenter Sarah-Jane Moloney is proud to be Deaf, but she was relieved her two babies would not face the same barriers she did. Feb 26th 2017, 7:20 AM Sarah-Jane with her husband Conan and their children. By Michelle Hennessy http://jrnl.ie/3257267 Sarah-Jane with her husband Conan and their children. Image: Michelle O’Sullivan Photography Share Tweet Email1 24 Comments center_img Image: Michelle O’Sullivan Photography Short URL 20,519 Views PRESENTER SARAH-JANE Moloney, who signs RTÉ news and weather, has said she had hoped during her pregnancy that her twins would be born hearing, as she did not want the societal barriers that Deaf people face to get in their way.In a new RTÉ documentary, Moloney spoke of the decision she and her husband Conan made when asked at their IVF clinic in Spain whether they wanted to remove the Deaf gene – an issue that has caused controversy in the Deaf community.“We decided we didn’t want that, we wanted to let nature take its course.”Why would I want to remove a part of them that’s from me? I love that I’m Deaf. I know some people might think that’s a strange thing to say but it’s a huge part of who I am and if I removed it, then what would that say about me and my friends and my family?It would only be after the birth of their son and daughter that they would find out whether they could hear. Moloney said she feels she is “a strong Deaf person” because growing up her mother told her she could do anything. She too, “would teach her children to embrace their deafness as part of their identity” if they were born Deaf.In an interview ahead of the birth of her baby boy and girl, however, she said she wanted them to be born hearing.“Some Deaf people would be shocked to hear me say that, they’d be offended as if I’m saying there’s something wrong with being deaf that it’s a disability,” Moloney said.It’s not that their deafness would be a problem, it’s other people’s attitudes that’s the problem. The world won’t change for us so we have to adapt to fit in.She also described her labour, during which she said she felt as though doctors had “completely forgotten I was Deaf”.“The doctors were explaining the risks of having a C-section and if we understood the dangers. I didn’t really understand what was going on at all so I just nodded so we could get the babies out as soon as possible.”Moloney has had a cochlear implant for the last six years but she was told she would have to take it out for the procedure. “I accepted it, didn’t have the energy to fight for it but it upset me so much because I really wanted to hear the babies cry for the first time,” she said.When she found out babies Conor and Louisa could both hear, she said she felt “an incredible sense of relief”.“I just felt like my babies would be okay, they’ll be fine. No matter what they do, if they want to be astronauts or doctors, there’s nothing stopping them. If they’d been Deaf I’d be worried about them because the world is really cruel and they’d have to fight for everything.”Deafening, produced by Mind the Gap Films, tells the story of what it is like to be Deaf in today’s world of cochlear implants and hearing aids – and that the choice to use them is not as clear cut as people think. It will be broadcast on RTÉ One on 2 March at 10.15pm.Read: ‘Elderly deaf people need to be looked after’ – The Deaf community reacts to the death of two men in Bluebell>Read: ‘Talk of the deaf’: 80% of this Bali village can use their own sign language> Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 7:20 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les calamars géants souffrent beaucoup du bruit

first_imgLes calamars géants souffrent beaucoup du bruitIl y a environ 10 ans, des calamars géants ont été retrouvés morts au large de l’Espagne. A l’époque les scientifiques pensaient que le son très puissant des bateaux ou des installations en mer par exemple, avaient causé la mort de ces animaux. Aujourd’hui, de nouvelles études prouvent qu’ils avaient raison.Les sons basse fréquence produits par l’activité humaine affecteraient les calamars, les pieuvres ou encore les seiches. Et pas seulement les baleines, que l’on soupçonne depuis longtemps déjà d’être vulnérables à ce genre d’impulsions sonores. De nouvelles observations montrent ainsi que la pollution sonore dans l’océan a un effet bien plus important sur la vie marine que ce que l’on pensait, indique au National Geographic Michel André, bioacousticien marin à l’Université polytechnique de Catalogne, qui a mené une récente étude sur le sujet. C’est en effet la première “à montrer un impact sévère sur les invertébrés”, a déclaré le chercheur.Au début des années 2000, des cadavres de calamars géants ont été retrouvés au large de l’Espagne. A chaque fois, ceux-ci apparaissaient peu de temps après que des bateaux n’émettent des sons basse fréquence dans la région, parfois lors de prospection de pétrole et de gaz. Michel André est persuadé que la mort de ces calamars géants est à mettre en relation avec une exposition sonore excessive.À lire aussiPourquoi le son de notre voix nous paraît-il si étrange sur un enregistrement ?Pour vérifier, il a mené une expérience sur 87 céphalopodes de quatre espèces différentes (Loligo vulgaris, Sepia officinalis, Octopus vulgaris et Illex coindeti) qui ont été exposés à des sons entre 50 et 400 Hertz (Hz) pendant deux heures. Les décibels oscillaient entre 157 et 175. Ces fréquences et intensités sont “retrouvées fréquemment dans les bruits émis par plusieurs activités en mer”, comme les tests de sonar pour les militaires ou les efforts déployés pour trouver du pétrole et des gaz naturels sous les fonds marins, a expliqué Michel André au National Geographic.Des dommages irréversibles  L’objectif de l’expérience était d’observer si ces sons avaient un impact sur les statocystes des céphalopodes, un organe qui aide ces invertébrés à maintenir leur équilibre et leur position. Les résultats ont alors montré que ces organes jouaient un rôle dans la perception des sons basse fréquence chez ces céphalopodes. En effet, Michel André et ses collègues ont découvert qu’immédiatement après l’exposition aux sons basse fréquence, les “poils” des cellules qui se trouvent à l’intérieur des statocystes montraient des signes de lésion. Et au final, tous les céphalopodes exposés aux sons ont montré des traumatismes acoustiques évidents. Des dommages qui peuvent empêcher les calamars et pieuvres de chasser, d’échapper à des prédateurs et même de se reproduire. Leur survie est donc peu probable après une telle exposition au bruit.Michel André conclut ainsi  : “Si l’exposition de courte durée et peu élevée utilisée lors de notre étude a pu causer de telles lésions chez ces animaux, alors l’impact de la pollution sonore continuelle, de grande intensité dans les océans, doit être considérable”.Le 8 mai 2011 à 12:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Japans Hopping Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu

first_img The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) made history this week as it successfully landed a pair of robotic vehicles on the surface of an asteroid.On Sept. 21, two small MINERVA-II1 rovers separated from the Hayabsa2 spacecraft, touching down on the asteroid Ryugu.“The two rovers are in good condition and are transmitting images and data,” the JAXA website reported. “Analysis of this information confirmed that at least one of the rovers is moving on the asteroid surface.”This marks the first time a mobile exploration robot has touched down on a minor planet—as well as the first autonomous movement and picture capture on an asteroid surface.Officially known as 162173 Ryugu, the near-Earth object—approximately 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) in diameter—is a potentially hazardous asteroid of the Apollo group.It was discovered in 1999 by astronomers in New Mexico, who provisionally called it 1999 JU3. The Minor Planet Center in 2015 christened it Ryugu, referring to Ryügü, the magical underwater palace from a Japanese folktale.“I cannot find words to express how happy I am that we were able to realize mobile exploration on the surface of an asteroid,” project manager Yuichi Tsuda said in a statement. “I am proud that Hayabusa2 was able to contribute to the creation of this technology for a new method of space exploration by surface movement on small bodies.”Image captured by Rover-1A on Sept. 21, immediately after separation from the spacecraft (via JAXA)The MINERVA-II1 cameras can shoot in color, as seen in the image above. Blurred due to a rotating rover, JAXA points out the body of Hayabusa2 (the speck at the top) and the paddle of solar cells (appearing in blue).“Although I was disappointed with the blurred image that first came from the rover, it was good to be able to capture this shot as it was recorded by the rover as the Hayabusa2 spacecraft is shown,” project head Tetsuo Yoshimitsu admitted.Image captured by Rover-1A on Sept. 22, while moving (during a hop) on the surface of Ryugu (via JAXA)This image was taken during a hop on the surface, which can be felt in this “dynamic movement,” according to JAXA.“The image taken by MINERVA-II1 during a hop allowed me to relax as my dream of many years came true,” Takashi Kubota, project member and spokesperson, said. “I felt awed by what we had achieved in Japan. This is just a real charm of deep space exploration.”Image captured by Rover-1B on Sept. 21, immediately after separation from the spacecraft (via JAXA)“I was so moved to see these small rovers successfully explore an asteroid surface because we could not achieve this at the time of Hayabusa, 13 years ago,” explained project mission manager Makoto Yoshikawa. “I was particularly impressed with the images taken from close range on the asteroid surface.”Operation of MINERVA-II1 remains ongoing, as JAXA continues acquiring more data for analysis.NASA’s asteroid-smashing spacecraft could save Earth from the likes of that cigar-shaped alien asteroid, which probably originated from a binary star system. Keep up with the latest space news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet last_img read more

Broward and MiamiDade schools Archdiocese of Miami Catholic Schools closed Thursday and

first_imgToday is early release day @MDCPS. @Miamisup urges teachers & non-essential personnel to leave with students so schools can be secured.— Miami Dade Schools (@MDCPS) October 5, 2016 For a full list of closures in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, click here. Today, all extracurricular, athletic activities & night classes are canceled. Privately-run after-school care will remain open until 6 p.m. All after school activities canceled this weekend for @BrowardSchools, school closed Thur. + Fri. #HurricaneMatthew https://t.co/T4nikeOCM5— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) October 5, 2016Carvalho added that inspectors have been deployed to Miami-Dade schools to ensure buildings are ready to brace for Hurricane Matthew’s wind and rain. “Obviously, this is a serious threat,” he said. “Now is the time to prepare, and that’s what we’re doing across our school system in Miami-Dade.center_img MIAMI (WSVN) – With impending hurricane Matthew expected to affect South Florida, Broward County and Miami-Dade schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday.While schools will be open on Wednesday, there will be early release times for students from Miami-Dade Public Schools.On Wednesday, Miami-Dade Public School elementary students will be released from school at 1:50 p.m., middle school students will be released at 3 p.m., and high school students will be released at 2:30 p.m.All faculty and staff are expected to comply with these dismissal times in order to have all schools in Miami-Dade County closed by 6 p.m., Wednesday.Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Broward County Public Schools announced that night adult education classes, activities, and athletic programs for Wednesday are cancelled.Privately-run after school care will remain open until 6 p.m, Wednesday, in Miami-Dade County.All Archdiocese of Miami Catholic schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties will be closed on Thursday and Friday, as well. Their after school and CCD classes and programs will be canceled starting Wednesday. — Miami Dade Schools (@MDCPS) October 5, 2016Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said they’re also prepared. “It’s times like this, at the Broward Sheriff’s Office, that we pray for the best and prepare for the worst,” said Israel.Related: Officials advise Miami-Dade to prepare for Hurricane MatthewHe added that all Broward County law enforcement has been in constant communication with each other, and that they have reviewed disaster procedures.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons UniFirst Offers Tips To Help Businesses Beat The Flu Season

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Flu season is back, and it can cost U.S. businesses billions of dollars in sick days and lost productivity if not carefully managed in an office environment or workplace. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.The CDC cites the annual direct costs for the flu in the U.S., such as hospital and doctors’ office visits and medications, as an estimated $4.6 billion. The flu causes U.S. employees to miss approximately 17 million workdays, at an estimated $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity.“Businesses should be proactive in helping keep workers and customers safe from getting the flu virus by taking steps to help prevent the spread of germs in their facilities,” says Adam Soreff, director of marketing and communications at UniFirst Corporation, a leading provider of work uniforms and facility service products to businesses throughout the North America. “This is the time of year when our facility service and hygiene programs see a marked increase in demand for such items as alcohol-based hand sanitizers, like Purell®, anti-bacterial hand soaps, disinfecting cleaning products, hands-free soap and paper dispensers, and touch-free faucets and flushers.”The following are some helpful tips to help prevent work environments from becoming a breeding ground for germs that can cause the flu and other seasonal illnesses.Educate employees about the importance of regular hand washing. Additionally, businesses should provide employees and customers with hand sanitizer dispensers and/or wipes where soap and water are unavailable. Alcohol-based gel and foam sanitizers are proven to be effective at killing viruses that cause both common colds and the flu (for maximum effectiveness, these products should contain 60% to 95% ethanol or isopropanol).Encourage employees to get a flu shot. The flu vaccine provides the best defense against contracting the virus, according to the CDC. The more people who get vaccinated, the more difficult it is for influenza to spread through communities. The CDC has found that the flu vaccine can reduce a person’s risk of getting the flu by as much as 40–60 percent. Some companies make getting the flu shot easy and convenient by offering on-site flu-shot clinics for employees.Discourage employees from coming into close contact with anyone with flu-like symptoms. The flu virus is highly contagious, so avoiding contact with colleagues, friends, or family members with the virus can help reduce the risk of catching the flu. Encourage employees to take sick days when they truly need them.Provide routine office cleaning that includes disinfecting surfaces and objects in work and public areas that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. Pay special attention to doorknobs, keyboards, and phones.Make sure work environments have an adequate supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, disposable wipes, and other facility service and hygiene products. Many employers turn to facility service providers, like UniFirst, to help ensure ancillary products are delivered on regular schedules so they’re always stocked and available when needed.“Comprehensive facility service programs can play an important role in the battle against the spread of seasonal illnesses,” added Soreff. “Many of our business customers also find that having Purell sanitizer and wipes readily available has added benefits by creating positive impressions with both staff and customers. In fact, customers are often quite appreciative when places of business show such commitment to creating and maintaining cleaner and healthier environments.”By following these tips, businesses can feel confident that they are truly helping their employees and customers stay healthy during the cold and flu season.About UniFirstHeadquartered in Wilmington, Mass., UniFirst Corporation (NYSE: UNF) is a North American leader in the supply and servicing of uniform and workwear programs, as well as the delivery of facility service programs. Together with its subsidiaries, the company also provides first aid and safety products, and manages specialized garment programs for the cleanroom and nuclear industries. UniFirst manufactures its own branded workwear, protective clothing, and floorcare products; and with more than 250 service locations, over 300,000 customer locations, and 14,000-plus employee Team Partners, the company outfits nearly 2 million workers each business day. For more information, contact UniFirst at 800.455.7654 or visit UniFirst.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from UniFirst.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst Celebrates 18th Annual Founder’s DayIn “Business”Wilmington’s UnFirst Earns Top-10 Spot On Apparel Magazine’s List of ‘America’s Leading Apparel Companies’In “Business”Wilmington’s Rite Aid Now Offering Flu ShotsIn “Business”last_img read more

Theme Parks Smart Speakers and VR How Netflix Thinks About the Future

first_img CREDIT: Courtesy of Netflix CREDIT: Janko Roettgers / Variety Netflix testing a red camera in its Hollywood offices.Something that could come to Netflix sooner than footage captured with light field cameras are high frame rates, which are often touted as the next step to improve image quality. The streaming service is already capable of streaming video with 60 frames per second, said Fusil. However, thus far, it hasn’t really been something that filmmakers or showrunners have requested — in part because it may come with its own set of creative challenges, mused Fusil. “Somebody has to come up with a new grammar how to use this.”Theme parks and merchandise. In the early days of original content on Netflix, CEO Reed Hastings often said that his goal was to become HBO sooner than HBO would become Netflix — meaning that Netflix wanted to build out its slate of originals before HBO was ready to be a big player online. Netflix CPO Greg Peters talking to journalists during the Netflix Lab Days.Netflix on the other hand has been on the sidelines, and apparently has no plans to change that. “We’ll keep an eye on it, but we don’t have any plans to invest in significant content creation for VR,” said the company’s chief product officer Greg Peters last week. Peters reiterated a point his boss, CEO Reed Hastings, has been making for some time: VR seems like a great fit for gaming, but not so much for Netflix.Smart speakers. Netflix may not run on a device that doesn’t have a screen, but the company is still exploring how to make use of smart speakers for control and content discovery. “It’s still very early,” cautioned Netflix VP of device ecosystem Scott Mirer. “We still don’t know how consumers are going to engage with those devices.”Still, Netflix has taken some steps in this space. The company’s service is integrated with Google’s assistant as well as Amazon’s Alexa, allowing owners of a Google Home-type speaker or an Amazon Echo to launch the playback of Netflix shows on compatible TV streaming devices with a simple voice command.Mirer said that the company had great existing relationships with both Google and Amazon, but that it was still trying to figure out how to do discovery through voice interfaces. “What conversations do consumers actually want to engage in? We don’t know,” he said. But he also hinted at further plans for smart speakers and voice control. “Over time, expect more.”Sports and news. Facebook and Twitter may be spending more and more money on sports rights, but Netflix has no plans to join them. “No, we are not doing live sports,” said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings during a Q&A session with journalists last week. The company may add more sports documentaries to its catalog over time, but it has no plans to carry any live games, he said. CREDIT: Courtesy of Netflix Now that Netflix does own a lot of original IP, and Disney is ready to enter the streaming business, does Hastings want to be more like Disney, which has been a master at making money with its characters off the screen? Embrace merchandise, and perhaps even theme parks? Maybe a “Stranger Things” ride? Virtual reality. Most of Netflix’s key competitors have made some moves to embrace virtual reality (VR). Hulu has developed its own VR app, for which it has been licensing exclusive content from Ryot, Live Nation and others. Amazon hasn’t launched its VR efforts yet, but job offers and hires hint at a pretty significant commitment. And Disney, which is set to become a direct competitor when it launches its own streaming service in 2019, released one of the most advanced social VR experiences last year. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Netflix is known to embrace cutting-edge technology. The company not only single-handedly introduced consumers to paid subscription video streaming, it was also one of the first of its size to put all of its computing resources into the cloud. But while Netflix is often ahead of its competitors, it is also remarkably conservative in other instances, taking a wait-and-see approach with virtual reality (VR) and other new technologies.That dichotomy between embracing the latest and greatest and holding off on some other new technologies and business ideas was also on display during the company’s Lab Days, a two-day event for which Netflix invited journalists from all over the world to its offices in Hollywood and Los Gatos, Calif. last week.Here are some of the things Netflix wants to do, and won’t be doing, in the next few years: CREDIT: Courtesy of Target Reed Hastings speaking to journalists during the Netflix Lab Days.The same is true for Netflix’s approach to news, despite the fact that it recently launched a weekly newsy pod-culture format with “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale.” “We don’t do news, we don’t do sports,” Hastings said.Light Field Capture and high frame rates. Netflix has a team of a dozen employees just working on keeping up with current audio and video production technologies. That team, the audio-visual group, tests the latest production cameras, displays and other equipment to understand which cameras work best for capturing HDR for Netflix’s original productions. “It’s important for us to understand how each camera sees the world,” said Netflix’s managing director for production technologies Chris Clark.Netflix has been an early adopter of 4K and HDR, and while the company is currently only testing cameras that are ready to be used for its productions, it also keeps an eye out for next-generation capture technologies. Like light field capture for instance, which offers the promise of capturing an order of magnitude more visual data, and then giving creatives the option to change the focus of a shoot and more in post-production. “That’s a very fascinating new way of capturing images,” said production technologies manager Jimmy Fusil. “Stranger Things” merchandise currently for sale at Target.“That would be amazing,” admitted Hastings about the prospects of seeing Netflix IP in theme parks. Alas, the company has no such plans. “Not in the short-term,” said Hastings. “Not in the next five or ten years.”However, the company already did its first merchandise deals last year, selling “Stranger Things” shirts, action figures and even a Eggo-themed “Stranger Things” card game at Target and Hot Topic. “That’s a big one for us,” Hastings said. “We’ll be doing more of that over time.” Popular on Variety last_img read more

3day Wooden Doll Fair to be inaugurated in East Burdwan on January

first_imgKolkata: The three-day Wooden Doll Fair will be inaugurated at Natungram inEast Burdwan district on January 18. Handicraft artists from Maldives will attend the fair as special guests. There will be Chhau dance along with Raibenshe, Puppetry and Baul music on all three days. The mela is organised by the Artists’ cluster — Swami Janakidas Natungram Wood carving Artisans Industrial Cooperative Society. The state Micro Small and Medium Enterprises & Textiles department, in association with UNESCO, has developed Natungram as one of the Rural Craft Hubs of the state. This has given a major boost to the wooden doll industry which is becoming globally famous. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe hub has helped the artisans, particularly women, to become self-reliant. West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board (WBKVIB) has developed a Folk Art Centre in the village, with lodging facility that is equipped with all basic amenities. Visitors at Natungram can witness the artisans at work, explore the Folk Art Centre to learn about the craft and its techniques and learn the stories behind them. The hub is located in the Agradwip area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe two-storey Folk Art Centre at Natungram has four rooms — two on the ground floor and two on the first floor. The rooms can accommodate 8-10 persons at a time. Guests can relish traditional Indian cuisine. The centre also houses a saw mill and a workshop where the artisans can be seen working. Craftsmen assemble here to work daily and the tourists can interact, watch them work and can also make purchases. There are about 60 families pursuing the traditional art form, where men do the carving and chiseling, while women do the painting. The wooden doll artisans of Natungram organise themselves under a collective known as Swami Janakidas Natungram Wood Carving Artisans Industrial Cooperative Society Limited established in 2008. A Common Facility Centre has been built inside the village with machinery, storage, common workspace, guest accommodation facilities etc. Other than arranging for skill upgradation of the traditional artisans, the society provides them with working capital support.last_img read more

Fossil Found of Ancient FourLegged Whale that Could Walk on Land

first_imgA marvelous fossil of a 13-feet-long long prehistoric whale was recently found in marine sediments just off the coast of Playa Media Luna in Peru. The fossil, which is around 42.6 million years old, is actually a species of a whale that still possessed legs — able to walk on the ground as well as swim in the ocean’s depths. This fascinating discovery links up millions of years of evolution that shaped cetacean species like the blue whale and dolphins. The order Cetacea also includes archaic dog-like animals, classified as Pakicetus, that lived exclusively on land.Mandible and postcranial bones of Peregocetus pacificus. Photo courtesy of Cell PressThe fossil represents the in-between period of species development, which after millions of years of hunting in the water adapted to aquatic life. According to Travis Park of the Natural History Museum of London, as reported by the BBC:“Whales are this iconic example of evolution. They went from small hoofed mammals to the blue whale we have today. It’s so interesting to see how they conquered the oceans.”The fossil was found in excellent condition, enabling scientists unprecedented insight into the anatomy of the prehistoric animal. Olivier Lambert of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and lead author of the study, which was published in the journal Current Biology, expressed the importance of finding such a well-preserved fossil. He is quoted by the Guardian as saying: “Other examples from this time were more fragmentary, less complete specimens. We didn’t have a clear indication of their swimming and walking abilities.”Distribution of Protocetid Whales during the Middle Eocene. Photo courtesy of Cell PressWith precise analysis, the team of palaeontologists was able to conclude that this Eocene-era whale “had little hooves on its fingers and toes,” suggesting that both its forelimbs and hind limbs were still very much in use.Its strong tail and webbed feet, on the other hand, prove its natural predisposition to swimming. This trait can be found today among sea otters and beavers, who are also capable of walking on land.Due to the missing last few tail vertebrae, it remains impossible to determine whether the whale featured a large paddle,similar to that of its modern descendants, some of whom are capable of achieving a staggering speed of more than 30 mph underwater. The fossil also revealed that this species had sharp teeth, as well as a long snout, suggesting its diet was based primarily on fish and crustaceans.A humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), a member of infraorder Cetacea of the order CetartiodactylaThe excavation began in 2011 when Mario Urbina of the Natural History Museum of Peru drew the attention of the international palaeontology community to the coastal desert of southern Peru ‘s Playa Media Luna as a region potentially rich with fossils. A team of experts from Peru, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium was assembled and their work resulted in this groundbreaking discovery.Related Video: Mummified Cats and Beetles Discovered in Egyptian TombHowever, what makes this discovery uniquely valuable is the fact that the fossil confirms the theory of migration of these whale-like creatures from areas like India and Pakistan, from where their land-based ancestors originated more than 50 million years ago.Hylogenetic relationships of Peregocetus pacificusOlivier Lambert, co-author of the study, confirmed the unique nature of this fascinating discovery for Science Daily: “This is the first indisputable record of a quadrupedal whale skeleton for the whole Pacific Ocean, probably the oldest for the Americas, and the most complete outside India and Pakistan.”Therefore, the fossil was given a suitable name ― Peregocetus pacificus ― literally meaning “the traveling whale that reached the Pacific”.Preserved parts of the skeleton of Peregocetus pacificus. Photo courtesy of Cell PressFurthermore, the missing link that confirms this theory also confirms that the ancient animal migrated at one point through the South Pacific and inhabited both the Americas, as well as the northern and western coast of the African continent, where similar fossils have been found.Read another story from us: A Giant Galapagos Tortoise Once Thought Extinct Reappears After a CenturyThey were most probably led by the westward surface currents, and since the continents were much closer to each other at the time, their epic journey was possible despite them still being very much dependant on land, where they most probably mated and gave birth to their young.Correction: In the original version of the article we misstated 50,000 million years ago The correct number is 50 million years ago.We made the correction on 4/08/2019last_img read more

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