Nova Scotians Benefit from Cleaner Environment Greener Economy

first_imgProtecting the environment and growing the province’s green economy to benefit families are the goals of legislation that will be introduced today, Nov. 19. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau will table amendments to the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act. “Nova Scotians have clearly told us that they want their environment protected for future generations,” said Mr. Belliveau. “As a fisherman who lived through the cod moratorium, I know the importance of balancing economic prosperity with environmental protection to ensure opportunities exist for future generations. That’s what this bill is about.” “The future prosperity of this province depends on how we are able to manage both our environment and our economy,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “The province will continue to look for opportunities that will create good jobs and grow the economy in all areas of Nova Scotia while protecting the environment.” One example is the province’s continued investment in clean technology companies, announcing a $24-million clean technology fund in April 2011 to help companies access capital. The fund is administered through Innovacorp. The changes are based on recommendations of the Minister’s Round Table on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity, which carried out a review of the legislation last year. “The primary message we heard during our provincewide consultation was that genuine, balanced integration of environment and economy is pivotal to our province’s future,” said Marty Janowitz, chair of the round table. “We are encouraged by the careful consideration and response by the government to our recommendations, and believe these changes will signal that this effort should accelerate across government and all business sectors.” Other amendments reflect the current status of goals and include all government departments in the effort to achieve goals and progress reports. Nova Scotia has achieved 14 of the act’s 21 original goals, and is working to meet the remaining targets. The legislation must be reviewed every five years by the roundtable, made up of members from industry, environment and government. More information on the review and recommendations is available at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/dept/egspa.review.asp .last_img read more

ABCs to Follow Prudent Expense Policies

first_imgNova Scotia agencies, boards and commissions will have to follow travel and expense policies that are in line with the province’s. Treasury Board will issue a directive in light of the auditor general’s report that outlined weaknesses in controls for expenses and travel claims in several agencies, boards and commissions. “Nova Scotians expect proper controls and transparency around the way that public funds are used,” said Deputy Premier and Treasury Board chair Frank Corbett. “We will look at ABCs, as we look to all government departments, to play a more active role in finding efficiencies and reducing government spending.” The eight agencies, boards and commissions named in the auditor general’s spring report have accepted all of his recommendations and agreed to implement them. This directive will ensure all ABCs follow provincial policy, or develop comparable policies that control costs and demonstrate prudent business conduct. Treasury Board will begin working with the groups on the directive in the coming weeks. FOR BROADCAST: Nova Scotia agencies, boards and commissions will have to follow travel and expense policies that are in line with the province’s. Treasury Board will issue a directive in light of the auditor general’s report that outlined weaknesses in controls for expenses and travel claims in several agencies, boards and commissions. Treasury Board chair Frank Corbett says the province will look for ABCs to play a more active role in finding efficiencies and reducing government spending. The eight agencies, boards and commissions named in the auditor general’s spring report have accepted all of his recommendations and agreed to implement them. -30-last_img read more

Ambassador 4 Main Suspects of Imlil Murders Became Radicalized Quickly

Rabat – Moroccan Ambassador to Norway Lamia Radi told Norway’s NRK television channel that the four main suspects involved in murdering Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland near Imlil were radicalized “so quickly.” The rapidity prevented Moroccan intelligence services from arresting the suspects before the attack.Radi said that the suspects were radicalized in less than a week, and the killings seemed “improvised.”The Moroccan diplomat added that Morocco’s security services are “currently investigating whether some of the 15 people arrested in the case have fought for Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria.” Quoted by television station TV2 Nyheder, the Norwegian Defense Research Institute’s Thomas Hegghammer said that the suspects were not asked by ISIS to commit the crime. He also believes that the double murder of the tourists seemed “improvised and opportunistic.”Read Also: Khiame: Swiss-Spanish Suspect Planned More Attacks with Imlil SuspectsMorocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested 23 suspects in connection to the double murder.Morocco’s law enforcement found the bodies of the two Scandinavian tourists on December 17, 2018.All suspects have appeared before the court. Convicted terrorists in Morocco typically receive sentences ranging from 10 to 20 years in prison. read more

UN feeds over 18000 Congolese victims of attacks by Ugandan rebels

31 December 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered emergency supplies for more than 18,000 displaced people in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who are victims of violence at the hands of the notorious Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered emergency supplies for more than 18,000 displaced people in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who are victims of violence at the hands of the notorious Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).The aid, delivered both by air and by land, was distributed together with the non-governmental organization (NGO) Caritas in Orientale Province in and around the town of Dungu, which is situated near the DRC’s borders with Sudan and Uganda, WFP said in an update today.The LRA has attacked several communities, killing civilians, burning homes and abducting civilians. With new massacres perpetrated by the LRA having been reported, WFP said the need for humanitarian assistance could jump significantly in the coming weeks.The rebel group is “attacking just ordinary villages,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes told reporters in New York today, adding that protecting civilians is “extremely difficult.”The UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, is already “extremely overstretched” in the eastern DRC and has a limited number of forces in the Dungu area, but is “doing its best under those circumstances” to protect people, he said.The UN hopes to “get across to the LRA that they will be held accountable,” Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said.MONUC said it cannot estimate the number of people killed due to the remoteness and lack of communications in the region, but local and humanitarian officials said nearly 200 people had been killed during the Christmas period alone. The LRA, which has been fighting Ugandan forces since the 1980s and has since spilled over into Sudan and DRC, are notorious for human rights abuses including the killing and maiming of civilians, and the abduction and recruitment of children as soldiers and sex slaves.Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the “appalling atrocities” reportedly committed by LRA in the eastern DRC and southern Sudan, and demanded that they respect all rules of international humanitarian law.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, he called on the Ugandan, DRC and southern Sudanese forces on the ground to coordinate with the humanitarian community and UN missions in the region to ensure the effective delivery of aid to those affected by the LRA attacks.WFP and its partners seek to reach some 800,000 people in the eastern DRC who have been driven from their homes by fighting in recent months among Government forces (FARDC), the mainly Tutsi rebel group known as the Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP), the mainly Hutu Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), among other groups which have repeatedly clashed in various permutations and shifting alliances.Over half a million people have been uprooted in North Kivu Province since the clashes began escalating in the second half of this year. In both North and South Kivu Provinces, skirmishes are continuing among armed groups, and insecurity and poor road conditions are still thwarting the delivery of aid.WFP said today that while there is enough food to cover immediate needs in eastern DRC, it foresees a shortfall of 22,000 metric tons over the next six months.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) urged the international community to not turn a blind eye to the suffering of women and children in the region.Sexual violence and exploitation have been rampant and taking place without impunity in villages and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), with women and girls reporting being raped both within sites and when venturing out for firewood, water and food.In Kibati camp in North Kivu, soldiers abducted and tried to rape two girls, and shot one dead and sent the other fleeing. Both of these girls had taken part in the UNICEF-backed child-friendly space programme.“UNICEF urges the authorities to protect all children and adults from sexual violence, whether perpetrated by parties to the conflict or civilians,” said Pierrette Vu Thi, a representative for the agency in the DRC.“Prevention of sexual violence requires the commitment of the Government, armed forces, and groups, and community leaders to reduce the risks that girls and women face and to proactively promote a zero tolerance position toward sexual violence and abuse.” read more

Focus on the Markets

by News Staff Posted May 7, 2012 4:24 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was up 25-100ths to close at 100.70 cents U-S on Monday.The S-and-P/T-S-X composite index lost 10.58 points to 11,860.66.Volume at 4:15 p.m. ET was 272.88 (m) million shares, valued at $4.19 (b) billion dollars.In New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 13,008.53, down 29.74 points.The Nasdaq composite index up 1.42 points at 2,957.76.New York gold futures prices were down six dollars, 10 cents, to 1,639 dollars, 10 cents U-S an ounce on the June contract.Oil fell 55 cents on the June contract to close at 97 dollars, 94 cents U-S.Canola futures were lower, ranging from six dollars, 70 cents, to one dollar, 10 cents.Western barley futures closed unchanged.(The Canadian Press, The Associated Press)—DVS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Focus on the Markets read more

Canadian economy expands 05 per cent in July beating expectations

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2016 6:49 am MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2016 at 12:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The Canadian economy beat expectations in July with fresh data showing it expanded 0.5 per cent as the country continued moving away from a contraction earlier in the year.Statistics Canada data released Friday for real gross domestic product found the month’s growth was largely tied to resumption of oilsands production. It had been disrupted by massive wildfires that also forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray, Alta., in May.This marked the second month of growth, following a 0.6 per cent gain in June. The increases followed contractions of 0.6 per cent in May and 1.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2016 — the worst quarterly performance since the Great Recession of 2009.“Recent monthly GDP figures have been deeply skewed by the see-saw in oilsands output, but that story has now run its course,” Douglas Porter, chief economist with BMO Financial Group, said in a research note Friday.“Importantly, the big bounce in July GDP has broken the narrative that the Canadian economy was sinking back into the mire, and will dampen down talk that the Bank (of Canada) would need to cut rates again soon — at least due to domestic factors.”The Bank of Canada has predicted a third-quarter GDP rebound of 3.5 per cent thanks to oil production back online and reconstruction efforts in Alberta’s oilsands region.Statistics Canada said there was a 19 per cent increase in non-conventional oil extraction, which includes oilsands. It was the driving force behind a 3.9 per cent increase in the overall mining, oil and gas extraction sector.Conventional oil and gas extraction rose at a slower pace (0.6 per cent) while mining declined by 3.1 per cent, mostly because of a diamond mine closure for repairs in the Northwest Territories following a fire in June.The output of goods-producing industries overall rose one per cent in July while output from service-producing industries advanced 0.3 per cent.The Statistics Canada report was stronger than a general estimate from economists, who had forecast growth of 0.3 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.The GDP figures indicate that Canada’s economy began the third quarter on solid footing after it experienced a significant contraction in the second quarter.“Much like June, July saw a continued recovery of economic activity following the wildfire-led disruptions in May,” TD economist Brian DePratto wrote in a commentary.“The story is more positive than just the recovery however, with a welcome broad-based expansion of economic activity in the month.”Manufacturing output rose 0.4 per cent overall, due to a rise in non-durable goods such as petrochemicals. The finance and insurance sectors grew 0.9 per cent. The transportation and warehousing sector rose 1.1 per cent, in part because of travel to events such as the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.However, there were pockets of weakness.Durable goods manufacturing fell 1.4 per cent — including declines from motor vehicles and parts and aerospace products and parts — while construction declined for a fourth month in a row, down 0.8 per cent.Support activities for mining, oil and gas extraction fell for a sixth month in a row, dropping by 6.9 per cent because of less drilling activity. Canadian economy expands 0.5 per cent in July, beating expectations read more

Saudi Arabia at General Assembly calls for urgent UN reforms to confront

Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah of Kuwait addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Loey Felipe Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah also referred to regional crises from the Assembly podium, denouncing “the intentional targeting of residential areas, civil and medical facilities, the indiscriminate bombing and dropping of barrel bombs, as well as the use of internationally banned weapons” in Syria. “Kuwait renews its support of the endeavours of the United Nations, and to the international efforts aiming to reach a political solution in Syria,” he said, also pledging his support for UN efforts in Yemen and Libya, and calling for international cooperation in combatting the “odious phenomenon” of terrorism and beating back ISIL.The Sheikh called on the UN Security Council to compel Israel to implement resolutions that lead to the Palestinian people’s attaining their own independent state over their own territory, with East Jerusalem as capital, along the Israeli borders that existed before 1967. “The persistence of the Israeli occupation authority, in its aggressive practices and policies, emanate, more regrettably so, from a firm conviction, that Israel is immune to any international accountability, exempt from any prosecution, and protected from any criticism or condemnation by the international organizations,” he said. “We are at a pivotal stage,” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud declared on the debate’s second day. “We either join together in a collective effort to address the difficult challenges and disasters we are confronted with in the world or fail and in doing so history will not be on our side,” he stated. “The type and scale of the challenges we confront require us to work hard toward the reform of the United Nations system, increase the effectiveness of the Security Council, and revitalize the role of the General Assembly and all the relevant bodies of the United Nations,” he added, calling for a new impetus to enable the UN to cope with the aspirations of the 21st century.Such reforms have proposed increasing the numbers of the 15-member Council, whose resolutions have binding legal force, and enhancing the powers of the Assembly, whose decisions currently lack this.Turning to individual crises, the Prince called for an end of Israeli occupation of Palestinian and other Arab land, condemning Israel’s “terrorist practices and acts of aggression.” “Achieving any progress in ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict seems impossible in light of the continuation of the Israeli settlement policy, the tampering with the holy city of Jerusalem ruining the Arab, the Islamic and Christian identity of the city, and the heartless policy of repression practiced against the Palestinian people,” he said.Calling for a transition in Syria by supporting the moderate opposition, he faulted the world community for failing to “to take concerted decisions to save the Syrian people from the crimes that take place there, murders, destruction and displacement all of which is made by President Bashar al-Assad.”Saudi Arabia is keen to provide assistance to Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries through direct aid to campaigns to collect donations for their relief, he said, noting in another part of his speech that his country has received more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees and two million from Yemen and is facilitating free access to education, health care and employment for them.As for Yemen, the Prince stressed that Saudi Arabia’s intervention there with its Gulf Cooperation Council allies “has received a great international acceptance” and has helped launch a national dialogue.Turning to Iran, he condemned its support to “terrorist militias’ groups” in Bahrain, Kuwait, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and elsewhere, as well as it dissemination of sectarian speech. “The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia calls upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to desist from all of the policies of discrimination, racism and sectarianism and to begin to build positive relations with its neighbours on the basis of the principles of good-neighbourliness and non-interference in the internal affairs of other States,” he said.He also denounced recent United States congressional action to allow Americans to sue Saudis in connection with the terrorist attacks of 11 September, 2001, as “a serious threat to the sovereign rights,” reaffirmed his country’s priority in fighting extremist speech and ideologies that feed terrorism and pledged full Saudi cooperation with the UN to tackle the refugee crisis. read more

Agilent introduces nextgeneration spectrometer at Mining Indaba in Cape Town

first_imgAgilent Technologies introduced its next-generation microwave plasma atomic emission spectrometer (MP-AES) at Mining Indaba this week. Agilent also presented its full portfolio of solutions for the mining industry, including MP-AES, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer, micro gas chromatograph, portable Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, atomic absorption, inductively coupled plasma triple quad mass spectrometer and other micro GC and portable FTIR technologies.“Agilent has hit a home run with its new MP-AES instrument, which is ideal for both gold and base metal analysis,” said Agilent customer Bobby Joe Reichel of Newmont Mining Corp.“MP-AES is a revolutionary technology that runs entirely on air,” said Agilent’s Keith Bratchford, General Manager, spectroscopy products. “It is perfectly suited for the analytical needs of the mining industry and now offers expanded application capabilities, such as remote analysis of major and minor elements in geological samples.”Throughout Indaba Agilent scientists and product specialists are demonstrating how the company’s atomic spectroscopy products address a wide variety of mining needs, including remote, field-based analysis of samples, and laboratory solutionslast_img read more

Heres Everything Coming to Netflix in December 2018

first_img This holiday season, Netflix is gifting subscribers with blockbuster titles — Infinity War (making its debut on Christmas Day), The Theory of Everything, and Michael Jackson’s This Is It, just to name a few.The Netflix Originals lineup will also deck your (TV) halls. Look out for Springsteen on Broadway, Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable, and Bird Box.Here’s everything that Netflix has announced will be coming to your screens this December.December 1Memories of Alhambra (Season 1)8 Mile (2002)Astro Boy (2009)Battle (2018) Netflix Original MovieBride of Chucky (1998)Christine (1983)Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)Crossroads: One Two Jaga (2018) Netflix Original MovieFriday (1995)Friday After Next (2002)Hellboy (2004)Man vs Wild with Sunny Leone (Season 1)Meet Joe Black (1998)My Bloody Valentine (2009)Next Friday (2000)Reindeer Games (2000)Seven Pounds (2008)Shaun of the Dead (2004)Terminator Salvation (2009)The Big Lebowski (1998)The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass (Season 5)The Last Dragon (1985)The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)December 2The Lobster (2015)December 3Blue Planet (Season 1)Hero Mask (Season 1) Netflix Original AnimeThe Sound of Your Heart: Reboot (Season 2) Netflix Original SeriesDecember 4District 9 (2009)December 6Happy! (Season 1)December 75 Star Christmas Netflix Original MovieBad Blood (1984)Dogs of Berlin (Season 1) Netflix Original SeriesDumplin’ Netflix Original MovieFree Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas Netflix Original SpecialMowgli: Legend of the Jungle Netflix Original MovieNailed It! Holiday! Netflix Original SpecialNATALE A 5 STELLE Netflix OriginalNeo Yokio: Pink Christmas Netflix Original SpecialPine Gap Netflix OriginalReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay? Netflix OriginalSuper Monsters and the Wish Star Netflix OriginalThe American Meme Netflix OriginalThe Hook Up Plan (Plan Coeur) Netflix Original MovieThe Ranch (Part 6) Netflix Original SeriesDecember 9Sin senos sí hay paraíso (Season 3)December 10Michael Jackson’s This Is It (2009)December 11Vir Das: Losing It Netflix OriginalDecember 12Back Street Girls: Gokudols Netflix Original SeriesOut of Many, One Netflix Original MovieDecember 13Wanted (Season 3) Netflix Original SeriesDecember 14Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale Netflix Original SpecialRoma Netflix Original MovieFuller House (Season 4) Netflix Original SeriesThe Innocent Man Netflix Original DocuseriesTravelers (Season 3) Netflix Original SeriesCuckoo (Season 4) Netflix Original SeriesDance & Sing with True: Songs Netflix OriginalInside the Real Narcos Netflix Original DocuseriesInside the World’s Toughest Prisons (Season 3) Netflix Original DocuseriesPrince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose Miracle Netflix Original SpecialSunderland Til I Die Netflix Original DocuseriesThe Fix Netflix Original Variety ShowThe Protector (Season 1) Netflix Original SeriesTidelands Netflix Original SeriesVoltron: Legendary Defender (Season 8) Netflix Original SeriesDecember 16Baby Mama (2008)Kill the Messenger (2014)One Day (2011)Springsteen on Broadway Netflix Original SpecialThe Theory of Everything (2014)December 18Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable Netflix Original SpecialBaki Netflix Original MovieTerrace House: Opening New Doors (Part 5) Netflix Original SeriesDecember 213Below: Tales of Arcadia Netflix Original Series7 Days Out Netflix Original SeriesBack With the Ex Netflix OriginalBad Seeds Netflix Original MovieBird Box Netflix Original MovieDerry Girls Netflix OriginalDiablero Netflix OriginalGreenleaf (Season 3)LAST HOPE (Part 2) Netflix OriginalPerfume Netflix OriginalSirius the Jaeger Netflix OriginalStruggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski Netflix Original MovieTales by Light (Season 3) Netflix Original SeriesThe Casketeers Netflix OriginalWolf (BÖRÜ) Netflix OriginalDecember 24Hi Score Girl Netflix OriginalThe Magicians (Season 3)December 25Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Disney ExclusiveAnthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Season 11)December 26Alexa & Katie (Season 2) Netflix Original SeriesYOU (Season 1)December 28Instant Hotel Netflix OriginalLa noche de 12 años Netflix Original MovieSelection Day Netflix OriginalWhen Angels Sleep Netflix Original MovieYummy Mummies Netflix Original SeriesDecember 30The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)December 31The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man (2018)More on Geek.com:Best Streaming Media Device: Roku, Chromecast, or Amazon FireYour Favorite Roald Dahl Stories Are Coming to NetflixNetflix, WB Settle Satanic Lawsuit Over ‘Sabrina’ Statue Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer last_img read more

Uncover Your Pets Ancestry With Cat DNA Test

first_img We Now Know the DNA of GuacamoleDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later Humans aren’t the only ones curious about their ancestry.Basepaws is bringing its at-home DNA test for cats to next week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.Available for $95, the kit helps owners better understand their pet’s ancestry, health, traits, and habits by providing disease markers and breed characteristics, among other information.Simply tear some hair out of your cat’s back using the included adhesive tape (“a little bit like waxing your cat,” according to Basepaws CEO and founder Anna Skaya), or request a swab kit for hairless felines.Then send your sample to the lab and sit tight for eight to 12 weeks (possibly up to five months) while analysts process your pet’s DNA.“Genetics will revolutionize the way we take care of our cats, but we’re just getting started,” the website said.Sign up now for an initial report about your pet’s breed and ancestors; future documents will focus on its health and other traits.“DNA research has revealed a vast amount of useful, often life-saving information for humans. We want to facilitate those same kind of breakthroughs for cats,” Skaya said in a statement.“Our reports connect owners with insights about their cat’s breed,” she continued. “The technology is there to change how we approach our beloved pets’ well-being.”Find out what your cat’s DNA can tell you about their ancestry and, ultimately, their health and habits (via Basepaws)Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing means anyone (or, in fact, anything) with DNA can acquire their ancestral and genealogical history. Even man’s best friend.Dogs, mice, and humans share a core set of chromosomes—so much alike that at least one DTC testing company couldn’t distinguish between person and pooch.As part of an investigation into the accuracy of home testing kits, NBC Chicago reporter Phil Rogers last year submitted his genetic code for testing by multiple companies. He also shipped off DNA of Labrador Retriever Bailey.Keep in mind, though, the potential perils of at-home DNA testing, as highlighted in a study by diagnostics company Ambry Genetics.More on Geek.com:Keep Your Friends and Family Close With DNA Tattoo InkAt-Home CRISPR Test Helps Detect Disease‘Whisker Fatigue’ Is Real, and Your Cat Probably Has It Stay on targetlast_img read more

Paul Merson blasts Southampton says manager has no experience

first_imgPaul Merson blasted Southampton for hiring a manager who he claims without any Premier League experience.Southampton hired ex-RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl to replace Mark Hughes’ last Wednesday which has drawn praises his style of football and proven success in Germany.However, Hasenhuttl success is not enough proof for Merson as he believes Cardiff would defeat Southampton 2-0 in South Wales on Saturday because new coach has never managed in England’s top-flight before.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“There’s a new man at the helm at Southampton in Ralph Hasenhuttl but I must side with Cardiff to win this game. Saints are bringing in a manager who has never experienced the Premier League and I think there’s a rude awakening coming on Saturday,” said Merson on the Sky Sports website.“Southampton may have let slip a two-goal lead against Manchester United last weekend, but they did play well, don’t get me wrong. However, with the new manager coming in this weekend I think it’s going to be a difficult afternoon for them. I’m backing Cardiff for a win that will put Southampton in big trouble.”last_img read more

TCI Generous support pouring in for Autism Classroom more needed to rescue

first_img Recommended for you Hope Foundation to host educational workshop on Autism Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 12, 2018 – Providenciales – The outpouring of financial and moral support for the mission to raise a year’s worth of operational funds for the Hope Foundation for Autism Awareness special classroom is described as generous by the founders, as the organization moves steadily toward its ultimate goal.Maxcia Rigby, Director of the Hope Foundation today said to Magnetic Media, “I think it’s going well, we have raised over a thousand dollars on the link and there is more to come from people who have pledged to support at the end of the month.”The story of the financial shortfall of the classroom broke just over a week ago and an appeal for assistance has attracted comments and reviews from thousands of people both in the Turks and Caicos and abroad.“We’ve also gotten a few more contacts internationally and this will open the door for more support and possibly someone adopting us.”It takes $60,000 a year to run the Autism classroom, which is located at the Mills Institute in Juba Sound, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.   Almando and Maxcia Rigby, who started the Hope Foundation when they were confronted with autism in their second son, Isreal have taken what could have remained a personal challenge and made it a national blessing.“When Isreal was diagnosed with autism at the age of three we didn’t know what to do.   As a mother I felt confused and depressed.   My whole pregnancy played out in my mind.  I figured I did something wrong.   However also as a mother I couldn’t stay in this state very long.  I realized that my son needed me.  I needed to find out how I could help him and surely there were others like me who knew what to do.  I sought out information on the world wide web and I started thinking, what if I shared everything I knew with others.   How could I just help my son, what about other children and families right here in TCI affected by this? I had my family and friends who were supporting me, what about people who didn’t have this?  Hope could be that for them!   About a year after Isreal’s diagnosis, we started Hope.”A generous heart was the impetus for this organisation launching in the first place, and more generous support is what will keep it going.  Magnetic Media’s observation of this amazing family and their devotion to their cause is what led to the idea that anyone could ‘Pay a Day’ to save the classroom.  For $160.00 USD, a person or family could pay for a day of operations at the school; the goal is to get 365 like-minded people to come forward with cash.Hope’s Director is grateful for the campaign and shared that there have been major strides for the special education room, including an integration of students into ​mainstream ​school.“We started the year with eight children; seven boys and one girl, including my son Isreal and two teachers.  That week I took my vacation from work to be at the room but it was a challenge even with the three of us there.  The teachers worked tirelessly and eventually they settled down.  Parents and children loved the room and by the following term we started to introduce interactions with Mills Institute.  The children started attending devotions, sports events, presented at the Christmas concert and even the Spelling BEE!  In 2016 one of our students got 1st place in the K2 Spelling Bee and another got 2nd place in the grade one Spelling Bee!  Our teachers work so hard and our students have grown so much in this room.  We had two students who transitioned to mainstream school and one who is taking Math classes without an aide.”It would be a tragedy to allow this service to our children and families living, coping and overcoming the hurdles of Autism to have to close down.   Due to the overwhelming requests, there is now an online way to support; follow this link and share this story so that we together, can save the all-important  Hope Autism​ ​Classroom.#MagneticMediaNews#HopeFoundation#PayaDayforHope Celebrity hosts coming to Turks and Caicos for HOPE Foundation Autism Awareness Gala Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Autism Classroom in jeopardy, founders launch campaign to save specialised site Related Items:#HopeFoundation, #magneticmedianews, #PayaDayforHopelast_img read more

Les Ferdinand QPR dreaming of Premier League promotion

first_imgQPR director of football Les Ferdinand reveals the London club has their sights set on returning to the top tier of English football next season.QPR endured a difficult 2014–15 campaign in the Premier League and were relegated back to the Championship after only one season as they finished the season last.The club has been fighting to get back to the Premier League since, and Les Ferdinand believes they could earn promotion this season as they are currently four points outside the play-off places.“I think we all dream,” Ferdinand told Sky Sports.English Premier League flops of the week Taimoor Khan – August 25, 2019 The third round of English Premier League football is pretty much over and we need to take a look at players and coaches who…“If you are at a football club and you haven’t got dreams, then what are you doing?“We all want that golden ticket, I think every single club in this division wants to end up in the Premier League, and we are no different to anyone else.“Sometimes realism gives you a little kick but we are all here and we are all dreaming and we would love that.”last_img read more

ASA Monarch Collaborative Rolls Out Educational Tools for Farmers

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and other ag stakeholders are part of the Monarch Collaborative, which focuses on  the conservation and recovery of the monarch butterfly and works to establish best practices for farmers and landowners to aid in the conservation and sustainability of the monarch butterfly population.The Monarch Collaborative has undertaken initial actions to benefit monarch butterflies on the agricultural landscape. This week the Collaborative rolled out several documents to help the advocacy efforts of the preservation of the monarch butterfly. ASA Director Wayne Fredericks represents ASA on the Collaborative, which is headed by the Keystone Policy Center.Click here for a one-page informational document.Click here for a FAQ sheet.Click here for a Diagram of Actions.To learn more about the Monarch Collaborative, visit keystone.org/monarch.last_img read more

Fire erupts in defunct theatre in Nashik none hurt

first_imgNashik: A fire broke out in a defunct cinema house on Nashik Road here on Saturday morning, officials said. Some people alerted the fire brigade after spotting smoke emanating from Anuradha Theatre, fire brigade officials said. Fire tenders of the Nashik Municipal Corporation were rushed to the spot, which brought the blaze under control, they said. The fire was confined to the balcony area of the theatre, which was launched in 1975 and closed down 40 years later in 2015, they added. Nobody was reported injured in the incident, the officials said, adding that the cause of the blaze is being ascertained.last_img

Full Show Sutherland Springs Anniversary And Houstons Changing Skyline Nov 5 2018

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Monday’s Houston Matters: Texas candidates have just a few hours left to make their cases to voters before Election Day. We learn how they’re spending their time. And today marks one year since more than two dozen people were shot and killed at a church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. We talk with Texas Public Radio’s Joey Palacios about how the South Texas community is faring a year later.Also this hour: A new report from Rice University says, as Houston continues to grow, its local governments are struggling to provide services to residents in an equitable and cost-effective way. We find out how the report is meant to help Houston-area officials consider reforms to ensure long-term stability.Then, how many of Houston’s skyscrapers can you name? We take a tour of downtown to learn the names of — and stories behind — some of the iconic buildings that adorn our skyline.Then, we discuss developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video. Listen 00:00 /50:45 We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Researchers track global dispersion of chickens throughout history using DNA

first_img Journal information: PLoS ONE Research reveals the origins of chooks Because humans have had such a long history of moving chickens around, it’s been difficult to pin down just where they came from originally, that’s why the team decided to turn to mitochondrial DNA testing. They examined the bones of 48 chickens that have been found in various archeological sites all over the world, and which were in good enough condition to extract mitochondrial DNA. They focused particularly on a strand known as the D-Loop, because it’s not involved in functional genes which means they are retained generation after generation. In that sequence, they found clear similarities between all of the chicken samples, which they say proves that chickens all came from a common ancestor. And because the samples found in Southeast Asia (India, Malaysia and Burma) were the oldest, they were able to narrow down the origin of the chicken to one of those three countries or maybe one nearby.Prior to domestication, researchers believe chickens were simple junglefowl, which don’t migrate. This means the birds could only get to the other places they’ve traveled through being carried by people, because no other means has been found. Thus, in tracking the different locations of the birds over time, it’s possible to also track the migration of people. The research team believes for example, that chickens arrived in the Americas via several routes; Polynesia, Europe and Africa and perhaps directly from Asia, which of course coincides with theories regarding how people first arrived.Unfortunately current technology can’t yet clear the picture entirely, but the researchers are confident that advances over the next few years will allow them to pin down the actual location of the first domesticated chicken and settle the matter once and for all. More information: Storey AA, Athens JS, Bryant D, Carson M, Emery K, et al. (2012) Investigating the Global Dispersal of Chickens in Prehistory Using Ancient Mitochondrial DNA Signatures. PLoS ONE 7(7): e39171. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039171AbstractData from morphology, linguistics, history, and archaeology have all been used to trace the dispersal of chickens from Asian domestication centers to their current global distribution. Each provides a unique perspective which can aid in the reconstruction of prehistory. This study expands on previous investigations by adding a temporal component from ancient DNA and, in some cases, direct dating of bones of individual chickens from a variety of sites in Europe, the Pacific, and the Americas. The results from the ancient DNA analyses of forty-eight archaeologically derived chicken bones provide support for archaeological hypotheses about the prehistoric human transport of chickens. Haplogroup E mtDNA signatures have been amplified from directly dated samples originating in Europe at 1000 B.P. and in the Pacific at 3000 B.P. indicating multiple prehistoric dispersals from a single Asian centre. These two dispersal pathways converged in the Americas where chickens were introduced both by Polynesians and later by Europeans. The results of this study also highlight the inappropriate application of the small stretch of D-loop, traditionally amplified for use in phylogenetic studies, to understanding discrete episodes of chicken translocation in the past. The results of this study lead to the proposal of four hypotheses which will require further scrutiny and rigorous future testing. (Phys.org) — The lowly chicken has had a remarkable impact on human history, providing a food source for innumerable people over the years. Modern scientists believe chickens (Gallus gallus) were first domesticated over 5000 years ago somewhere in Southeast Asia, and since that time have been carried to every place that humans exist. Tracking their migration helps historians track human migration. Now new research by a team made up of people from a variety of sciences from around the world has found, using mitochondrial DNA evidence from bones of ancient chickens, what they believe to be the great-grandmother’s of the modern chicken. They have published their findings in the journal PLoS One. 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.center_img Citation: Researchers track global dispersion of chickens throughout history using DNA (2012, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-track-global-dispersion-chickens-history.html A close up of the E and D branches of a Maximum Parsimony Network showing the affinities of ten of the eleven, non-continuiously numbered, ancient haplogroups detected in our 48 samples with those previously defined by Liu et al. Image: PLoS ONE 7(7): e39171. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039171 © 2012 Phys.Org Explore furtherlast_img read more

Xray study sheds more light into the nature of a gammaray pulsar

first_img More information: A. V. Karpova et al. X-ray studies of the gamma-ray pulsar J1826-1256 and its pulsar wind nebula with Chandra and XMM-Newton arXiv:1906.00821v1 [astro-ph.HE]. arxiv.org/abs/1906.00821 Citation: X-ray study sheds more light into the nature of a gamma-ray pulsar (2019, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-x-ray-nature-gamma-ray-pulsar.html Using archival data from ESA’s XMM-Newton spacecraft and NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory, astronomers have investigated one of gamma-ray radio-quiet pulsars known as PSR J1826−1256. The study, based on X-ray observations, sheds more light into the nature of this peculiar object and its pulsar wind nebula (PWN). Results of the research were presented in a paper published June 3 on arXiv.org. 3 arcmin × 3 arcmin Chandra X-ray image of the pulsar vicinity in 0.5–10 keV range smoothed with a 25 pixel Gaussian kernel. The ‘+’ symbol shows the pulsar position. The ‘jet’ and ‘counter-jet’ are marked. The 30 arcsec × 30 arcsec image part, enclosed by the cyan dashed box and smoothed with a 3 pixel Gaussian kernel, is enlarged in the inset. The possible PWN torus and the base part of the ‘jet’ are marked. Credit: Karpova et al., 2019. 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. © 2019 Science X Network Explore further Gamma-ray pulsars are rotating neutron stars emitting gamma-ray photons. Some of them also showcase radio emission that is often difficult to detect. This is most probably because their narrow radio beams miss the sightline towards Earth.However, some gamma-ray pulsars are completely radio-quiet, which means that observations in other regimes, for instance, in X-ray wavelengths, are needed to learn about their properties. In particular, X-ray studies of such objects have the potential to reveal their pulsar wind nebulae (PWNe) and associated supernova remnants (SNRs), which could provide important information about pulsar parameters and interaction of relativistic pulsar winds with the ambient medium.With that aim in mind, a team of Russian astronomers from the Ioffe Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, led by Anna V. Karpova, decided to analyze archival X-ray data obtained by XMM-Newton and Chandra spacecraft. The target of their studies was a young and energetic radio-quiet pulsar designated PSR J1826−1256. Located most likely some 4,320 light years away from the Earth, PSR J1826−1256 is about 14,000 years old, has a period of 110.2 milliseconds, a spin-down luminosity of around 3.6 undecillion erg/s and a surface magnetic field of approximately 3.7 trillion G. Based on these parameters, the object was classified as a Vela-like pulsar. Moreover, previous observations have shown that PSR J1826−1256 hosts a faint, but remarkably long trail-like PWN connected to the pulsar and extending south-west from it.The new study published by Karpova’s team provides more insights into the nature of PSR J1826−1256 and a PWN associated with it.”Here we report the simultaneous X-ray analysis of archival XMM-Newton and Chandra observations of PSR J1826−1256 and its PWN,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.The study found that the spectrum of PSR J1826−1256 can be described by the power-law model with a photon index of about 1.0 and that the PWN spectrum becomes softer with the distance from the pulsar, what is indicative of synchrotron cooling.When it comes to the PWN, the analysis revealed that it appears to be a mixed-type morphology nebula containing a torus, jets and a trail. XMM-Newton and Chandra images show that one of the jets is bent by the ram pressure, due to the pulsar proper motion vector not coinciding with the jet direction. The researchers noted that such geometry explains the PWN morphology and also suggests that it could be associated with a recently detected SNR candidate named G18.45−0.42.The study also found that PSR J1826−1256 is located much farther away than previously thought. New estimates made by the team indicate that its distance to our planet is approximately 11,400 light years. Astronomers investigate pulsar wind nebula DA 495last_img read more

LogFusion free realtime log monitoring for Windows

first_imgLogFusion: free realtime log monitoring for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on August 07, 2017 in Software – Last Update: July 24, 2017 – 7 commentsLogFusion is a free and professional realtime log monitoring software for Microsoft Windows designed specifically for administrators and developers.Most client and server operating systems, and many services, and programs create log files. Windows creates log files for a lot of events for instance, and web servers for instance for hits and errors.Most logs are stored as plain text files that may be opened in any program supporting these standard file types.Specialized log management software on the other hand is usually better suited for this thanks to an advanced set of features. Features such as advanced filtering and parsing, synchronization, or the highlighting of lines are usually not found in plain text editors.LogFusionLogFusion Free is the free version of LogFusion. It is available as a portable version and a version that can be installed on Windows machines.The free version is powerful but limited when it comes to some features. You can check out the detailed comparison on the developer website.Core features that the free version lags are support for watched folders, log categories, and a tabbed interface for view multiple logs at the same time in the interface.Pro versions of LogFusion start at $9 however, and the only difference between the Pro versions is the number of devices that the license is granted for.The interface of LogFusion may not be the prettiest, but it is functional. You can hit the open file button to load a log file in the application. The program supports all plain text log file types, and will parse the log when it is loaded. LogFusion supports different file encodings, including UTF-8, UTF-16 and UTF-32.You may load local logs, or use the “open other” button to load event channels or logs, or remote events or logs instead. The program lists all event channels and logs in its interface when you select the option, so that you can select them right away.Note that the program limits log lines to 50,000 by default. You need to open the settings and there log settings to change the number of loaded log lines.Line numbers are added automatically for easier navigation, and auto-grid and auto-size features improve the listing further.The application will load new updates automatically by default. You may disable that temporarily with a click on the pause button in the interface.The free version of LogFusion supports text-based searches to filter log files based on your input.  You can double-click on any row to display all of its information in a new window.  This may improve the accessibility, especially since you can use it to open multiple log lines independently of the main interface.The program comes with a highlight feature. This is somewhat limited in the free version, as you cannot make use of row highlighting based on custom text matching or regex matching.LogFusion comes with export functionality. The program supports the exporting of selected log file rows or the entire log to CSV or HTML files.VerdictLogFusion Free is a professional log management software for Windows. The free version is good for the occasional analysis, the pro version more suitable for users who work with log files regularly.Summary12345 Author Rating2 based on 3 votes Software Name LogFusion FreeOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://www.logfusion.ca/ Advertisementlast_img read more