The world heads home from successful week of competition at WIN games

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN Nationa NewsAll week, Indigenous athletes from nations around the world have been in the Treaty 6 territory for the World Indigenous Games.Here is a wrap of some of the sights and sounds from the week from the APTN crew on the ground for the games.For more on the games visit our Youtube channel: APTNNews, check us out on Facebook, or visit

A clear message Alberta proposes legislation to limit oil shipments

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. — The Alberta government has introduced legislation that would give the energy minister power to restrict the flow of oil, gasoline and natural gas leaving the province.Once passed, Marg McCuaig-Boyd would be able to direct truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators on how much product could be shipped and when. Violators would face fines of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for corporations.“The bill sends a clear message: we will use every tool at our disposal to defend Albertans (and) to defend our resources,” Notley said Monday before introducing the proposed law in the legislature. B.C. Premier John Horgan has been fighting the expansion, even though the federal government approved the $7.4-billion project in November 2016. Horgan has said there are still concerns relating to oil spills and protecting B.C.’s coastline.The Kinder Morgan project would triple the amount of oil shipped on the current line, but has faced repeated court challenges and permit delays.Kinder Morgan announced earlier this month that it is pulling back on spending for the project and has given Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government until May 31 to give a clear signal that the project will proceed.Trudeau met with Notley and Horgan on Sunday and said Ottawa has joined negotiations with Alberta to buy a stake in Trans Mountain, if necessary, to see that it gets built. Existing pipelines are near capacity and the bill aims to give Alberta the power to adjust what is shipped and where it goes to ensure maximum profitability, the premier said.Alberta is locked in a dispute with British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline. An expansion to the West Coast has been approved by the federal government, but B.C. is fighting it in the courts.Notley said the proposed legislation is not punishing B.C. for the Kinder Morgan project’s delay, which she says costs Canada $40 million a day in lost revenue due to market bottlenecks and higher shipping fees.But she said Alberta is “very committed to putting pressure on B.C. to come around and focus on what this pipeline actually means.”About 80,000 barrels a day of refined fuels go to British Columbia.Much of B.C.’s energy from Alberta comes from shipments on the existing Trans Mountain line from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C. Reducing oil flows could lead to immediate gas price spikes at the pumps, along with other higher costs.center_img Notley suggested May 31 will be key if the viability of the pipeline project is still in question.“That might be the point at which we’re going to have to be a lot more strategic around what products get shipped to what markets by what means,” she said. “Obviously May 31 is now a date that looms quite significantly in that consideration.”Alberta will work with resource companies as things develop, she said.“There will be no surprises and we will work with them on a collaborative basis.”Alberta is building on precedent.In 1981, under then-premier Peter Lougheed, Alberta reduced oil shipments to Central Canada during a fight with the federal government over oil pricing and resource ownership.The result was a new agreement with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau that allowed Alberta to retain ownership of its resources along with a more amenable pricing schedule.By Dean BennettTHE CANADIAN PRESSlast_img read more

Canada Pension Plan arm commits up to 1 billion to US energy

TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board says it will commit up to $1 billion to a partnership with a Texas company which will buy oil and gas producing assets in the United States.CPPIB, which invests on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan, says its partner, Encino Energy, LLC, has pledged US$25 million to the partnership.It says the resulting company, dubbed Encino Acquisition Partners, will buy “large, high-quality assets” that have established production in mature basins throughout the lower 48 U.S. states.New technologies that have opened development of shale oil and gas formations have allowed the U.S. to boost oil production from four million barrels per day in 2008 to more than nine million bpd, while natural gas production has jumped from 64 million cubic feet per day to over 89 million cf/d, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.Avik Dey, head of natural resources for the CPPIB, says it partnered with Encino because of its operational experience and proven track record of acquiring U.S. assets.The private company was founded in 2011, according to its website, and is concentrated mainly on the Anadarko Basin of Texas and Oklahoma. read more

Computer manufacturing soaks up fossil fuels UN University study says

The study, released yesterday, shows that the construction of an average 24-kilogram computer and 27-centimetre monitor requires at least 240 kilograms of fossil fuel, 22 kilograms of chemicals and 1,500 kilograms of water – or 1.8 tons in total, the equivalent of a rhinoceros or sports utility vehicle.The report – which examined the environmental impact of the information technology revolution – said computer manufacturing is much more materials-intensive than making a car or refrigerator, which need only one or two times their weight in fossil fuels.More than 130 million computers are being sold each year now, and “today it is hard to imagine life without one of these indispensable 21st century tools,” one of the co-editors of the UNU study, Eric Williams, said. “But it is exactly because they have become so ubiquitous that we must be aware of the negative impacts of the PC boom.”Mr. Williams and his co-editor, Ruediger Kuehr, have called for government incentives to extend the life of personal computers and the desire or need to rapidly discard them for newer models.They also identified several other potential environmental consequences of the PC boom, such as exposure to hazardous materials during the computer manufacturing process or when used computers have been dumped in landfills.Listen to UN Radio report read more

Top UN official visits San Marino at start of fivenation European tour

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today kicked off a five-nation tour of Europe with a visit to San Marino which he praised for its commitment to peace, democracy and the rule of law around the world. “Although this country is small, your importance to the United Nations stands as tall as Mount Titano,” the Secretary-General told the country’s highest officials, the two Captains Regent, in reference to the country’s 739 meter UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Marino is the third smallest country in Europe after the Vatican City and Monaco which Mr. Ban will visit later this week. In today’s meeting with the Captains Regent, Teodoro Lonfernini and Denise Bronzetti, Mr. Ban said that San Marino has important lessons for the international community given the peace and harmony within its borders and its neighbours, earning it the nickname ‘La Serenissima Repubblica di San Marino’ or the ‘Most Serene Republic of San Marino.’ Mr. Ban also noted that the country accepted five times as many refugees as its population during the Second World War, and praised its emphasis on protecting human rights. The head of the Organization also compared the UN’s priorities of advancing towards three major goals – peace, development and human rights – with the three towers of San Marino located on the peaks of Mount Titano. “San Marino can contribute to advancing the goals of the United Nations,” said Mr. Ban. “I look forward to an even stronger partnership as we join forces to build a better future.” Tomorrow, Mr. Ban will take part in the inauguration ceremony for the newly elected Captains Regent, who rotate every six months as the heads of state. Earlier in the day, Mr. Ban met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of San Marino, Pasquale Valentini. During the meeting, they discussed the role and contribution of San Marino to UN’s work, particularly in the areas of sustainable development and global economic governance. They also exchanged views on the global economy and other topics of mutual concern, including women’s empowerment. During this visit to Europe, Mr. Ban will focus on issues such as the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), chemical weapons and UN tribunals. Mr. Ban travels next to Andorra and Monaco, two countries that are commemorating the 20th anniversary of their membership in the UN. He will meet with the Prime Minister of Andorra and the President of the Parliament, before addressing the members of the Parliament. In Monaco, he will meet with Price Albert, the Minister of State, and other Government officials. He will also address the Constitutional Bodies of Monaco. The head of the UN then travels to Spain, where on Thursday he will meet with the Crown Prince and the Prime Minister, and launch an event for the 1,000 days of action for the MDGs ahead of the 2015 deadline for their achievement. Mr. Ban will also travel to the Netherlands where he will meet with Queen Beatrix and Dutch Government ministers. He will also attend the opening session of the 3rd Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention. read more

OSU mens soccer finishes second in Wolstein Classic

Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior midfielder Yianni Sarris plays the ball forward during a game against IPFW Aug. 20, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.The Ohio State men’s soccer team took second in the eighth annual Wolstein Classic over the weekend, finishing behind undefeated UNC Wilmington and going 1-1 in the tournament as it opened regular season play.OSU dropped its first game of the season Friday to UNC Wilmington, 2-1, in double overtime. Buckeye senior captain and defender Sage Gardner scored OSU’s lone goal on a penalty kick in the 64th minute. OSU was forced to play a man down late in the game after freshman defender Tyler Kidwell was shown a red card.The Buckeyes then took on Northern Illinois Sunday afternoon to finish off the tournament. Both teams came out aggressively in the first half and the officials gave out four yellow cards, three to the Buckeyes, and had to stop play to settle down the teams multiple times.“Well we got into a little trouble in the first half with three yellow cards,” coach John Bluem said after the game. “Those players have to be careful if you put them back into the game because if you get another yellow card, then you’re playing a man down, which happened to us Friday night and had a lot to do with our loss.”The Buckeyes scored the only goal of the first half in the 31st minute when Gardner took a free kick from just outside the right side of the box and played the ball in to where senior defender Alex Harrison was waiting to head it in the goal. This was Harrison’s first goal for the Buckeyes after transferring from the University of Pittsburgh for his senior season.Both teams began the second half with the same intensity, and in the 63rd minute senior forward James Stevenson’s penalty kick for Northern Illinois was saved by OSU junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov after he dove to the right and held onto the ball, maintaining the 1-0 lead.In the 73rd minute the Buckeyes added to their lead when sophomore defender Alex Bujenovic saved the ball from going out of bounds and played it in the middle of the box to junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic who put it into the back of the net.Ivanov saved another penalty kick in the 82nd minute, securing his first shutout and the Buckeyes first victory of the season.“I feel great,” Ivanov said. “I mean to keep the shutout and to get that monkey off my back tonight; it’s my first career shutout so I’m really proud about that.”The Buckeyes head to Tulsa, Okla., Friday for the University of Tulsa Classic. They are scheduled to play Tulsa at 8:30 p.m. and finish off the weekend with Southern Methodist Sunday at 1 p.m.Gardner is hoping the victory will carry over into next weekend.“It’s huge momentum, especially after the disappointing loss Friday,” Gardner said. “It immediately turns our season around and I think we take this into a tough weekend next weekend.” read more

Hang on a second Boris Johnson struggles for words in interview about

first_img‘Hang on a second’: Boris Johnson struggles for words in interview about Queen’s Speech Johnson was grilled on the measures the speech highlighted to tackle the UK’s “burning injustices”. Share74 Tweet Email3 Well, there are measures, I believe, in the bill on the courts which I think is supposed to address some of those issues. Jun 22nd 2017, 10:10 AM Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 10:10 AM 31 Comments Image: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Images By Hayley Halpin 25,892 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article UK FOREIGN MINISTER Boris Johnson repeatedly paused, sighed and said “hang on a second” in a radio interview last night as he struggled to explain the basic key points of the Queen’s speech.Yesterday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May presented eight draft laws to take Britain out of the European Union in a legislative programme read out in parliament by Queen Elizabeth II.The foreign minister then did interviews with Channel 4 News, Sky News and Radio 4′s PM to promote the Conservative’s legislative priorities for the new parliament.Johnson landed himself in a sticky situation during his BBC Radio 4 interview as presenter Eddie Mair questioned him about plans outlined by May in her first speech as Prime Minister, specifically those measures related to tackling “burning injustices”.Mair kicked off the interview by asking Johnson what the Queen’s speech does to ensure the criminal justice system “stops treating black people more harshly than white”.Following a pause, Johnson replied: In his next question, Mair asked Johnson about mental health care.It was at this point that Johnson tried to return to the first question, only to be told by Mair: “It’s not a Two Ronnies sketch, you can’t answer that question before last.”Mair answered his own question and outlined what the speech said:It promises a review on the laws on mental health and a discussion paper on children’s mental health. There are no policies, just a review and a discussion from a party that has been in government for seven years.He asked Johnson why so many measures from the Conservative manifesto had been ditched just two weeks after the election.The measures included the pension triple lock, reforming social care, an energy cap, a vote on the hunting act and changes to the winter fuel allowance.“13 million people voted for these policies and, poof, they’re going,” Mair said.Johnson gave a more honest answer: “I’m not going to hide it from you that the election did not turn out exactly as we would have hoped.“It’s our job to form a government if we possibly can and to get on with what I think is a very progressive Queen’s speech.”Read: Taoiseach urged to seek EU support to put more pressure on Egypt to release Ibrahim HalawaMore: Kensington council chief resigns amid Grenfell Tower criticism I think one thing in particular that we are looking at is measures to …hang on a second …there are all sorts of measures that we want to take to ensure that we do not discriminate against everybody. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Image: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Imageslast_img read more

Senior Kinahan associate Thomas Kavanagh jailed in UK on firearms charge

first_imgSenior Kinahan associate Thomas Kavanagh jailed in UK on firearms charge Kavanagh was arrested at Birmingham Airport in January. Stoke-on-Trent Courthouse Monday 2 Sep 2019, 2:06 PM Short URL By Cónal Thomas 12 Comments AN ASSOCIATE OF the Kinahan crime gang has been jailed in the UK for three years for possession of a disguised firearm.51-year-old Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh, of Tamworth, was detained at Birmingham Airport in January as part of a gardaí operation into supply of drugs, firearms and ammunition, as well as money laundering.He was charged with possession of a Section 5 firearm following his arrest, which was carried out as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into the supply of drugs and firearms in Ireland and the UK.The operation was supported by An Garda Síochána and Staffordshire Police.Kavanagh is a brother-in-law of David Byrne, who was shot dead at the Regency Hotel in February 2016. In a statement today, Diane MacKriel of the Crown Prosecution Service said:“Thomas Kavanagh admitted having a stun gun in his home but denied it was disguised as a torch, a denial which would have meant he would have received a lesser sentence.“However, the prosecution was able to show evidence to a jury that enabled them to be sure the weapon was disguised.“The CPS works closely with law enforcement colleagues to combat and successfully prosecute those who deal in firearms or have possession of them.“We support investigators from the earliest stage of an investigation so that strong and robust criminal cases can be presented at court in order that those who use firearms are brought to justice.” Share Tweet Email center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Google Maps Sep 2nd 2019, 2:06 PM Stoke-on-Trent Courthouse Image: Google Maps 13,256 Views last_img read more

A super choice

first_imgAustralians are not saving enough for a self-funded retirement. Or should I say, they are not putting away enough now to live at the standard they want to live at in retirement. Superannuation has been in the news lately because the government is tinkering with super. But poor savings rates for retirement can’t be all the fault of government. Superannuation – when introduced in 1992 – broke the rules that said governments and employers carried the burden for funding our retirements. It shifted private retirement savings from a ‘defined benefit’ system (where the employee is promised a certain amount at retirement by the employer) to a defined contribution system, where every employee has to have 9 per cent of their earnings put in a superannuation fund. This shifted responsibility and risk to the individual, many of whom lacked the skills to do it. But there also came with this system empowerment and individual choice for Australians, younger generations in particular who would have an entire working life to build their savings. So the fact that few young Australians are optimising this tax-friendly retirement system with top-ups to their employer contributions is an interesting story. Why are young Australians not engaged with their super? And when I say young, I mean people from their twenties to their thirties – people who are out of school and working. I don’t think this is about whether the super guarantee is 9 per cent or 12 or 15. If people aren’t embracing it at 9 per cent they won’t be any more interested when it’s higher. I decided to use Twitter to see what people were thinking about retirement and two clear strands of thinking came back. Firstly, we have a system where all the burden falls on people to make the right decisions, but no one seems to be teaching basic investment strategy in high schools. While teachers will understandably groan at adding one more thing to an already crowded curriculum, there really has to be an investment primer for teenagers before they join the work force. The second point concerns modern life: when you get into the phase that brings kids, mortgages and/or career ambition, the last thing you are thinking about is topping up your super and devising a retirement strategy. A number of respondents simply said that with a mortgage and kids, are you kidding about super? Which is the nut we have to crack: we need people to top up their super when they’re at their highest earning years in order to provide the income they need to live well in retirement. But for most people these years overlap with mortgages and kids while the cost of living is rising. There are no easy answers but I will go back to basics and remind everyone that super is their money and it’s their retirement. It’s never too late to become informed and active about super. You may thank yourself for it one day. I would love to know your thoughts. Talk to me on Twitter at @markbouris. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark with any queries you may have or check for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Venom in Verse Aristophanes in Modern Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The next installment in the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria’s (GOCMV) history and culture seminar series is a special not be missed event. Down under from the University of Florida, visiting Professor Gonda Van Steen will present a free open seminar on: ‘Venom in Verse: Aristophanes in Modern Greece’.The professor will delve into the treatment of Aristophanes’ comedies in Greece over the past two centuries.Known for his bold political and sexual humour, couple with the fact that his work detracts from the ideal, modern Greeks took their time in rediscovering his work. It was the Demoticist movement that gave new life to Aristophanes’ comedies, and by the 1930s Karolos Koun along with a small group of Athens College students was staging his plays. The revival of his work continued to see setbacks due to censorship until the mid 1970s, which is now very much a thing of the past with a number of theatre companies embracing his work to the point of exploitation. Named the Cassas Chair in Greek Studies at the University of Florida, Van Steen has written extensively on this subject matter and has authored four books.When: Wednesday 1 July, 2015 at 7 pmWhere: Greek Centre Melbourne (Mezzanine), 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIClast_img read more

Espèces menacées quatre jeunes gorilles sauvés par des casques bleus

first_imgEspèces menacées : quatre jeunes gorilles sauvés par des casques bleusRépublique démocratique du Congo – Quatre bébés gorilles des plaines ont été évacués à bord de deux hélicoptères de l’ONU hors d’une zone de conflits de l’est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Ils ont été transférés mardi dans un sanctuaire construit par l’Institut congolais pour la conservation de la nature (ICCN) à Tayna.Les gorilles des plaines figurent sur la liste rouge de l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN). Menacés d’être capturés par des trafiquants ou abattus pour leur viande, ces quatre individus juvéniles ont été acheminés de Goma vers le sanctuaire de Kasugho, situé dans la réserve naturelle de Tayna, au Nord-Kivu.À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vous”Pour des raisons sécuritaires et pratiques, ces gorilles ont été transportés par hélicoptère par la Monuc (Mission de l’ONU en RDC) pour ne pas les traumatiser” a précisé à l’AFP Cosma Wilungula, administrateur-délégué général de l’ICCN. Et d’expliquer que ces bébés gorilles sont orphelins “parce que les braconniers abattent d’abord leur mère, pour mieux les capturer”. L’ICCN évalue la population des gorilles des plaines, une espèce que l’on ne trouve qu’en RDC, entre 2.000 et 3.000 individus. Les quatre bébés sauvés par les casques bleus de l’ONU seront réintroduits dans leur environnement naturel après une phase préparatoire, lors de laquelle des scientifiques les observeront. Ils seront rejoints par six autres gorilles actuellement sous protection au Rwanda et dont le transfert est prévu pour le 10 juin prochain. Le 29 avril 2010 à 12:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le clair de Lune un danger de plus pour les proies des

first_imgLe clair de Lune, un danger de plus pour les proies des prédateurs ?Une étude américaine montre que les animaux sont loin d’être peureusement terrés, les nuits de pleine lune, de crainte d’être vite repérés par leurs prédateurs. Ainsi, le comportement de chaque espèce par nuit claire dépend surtout de son système neurosensoriel.Aussi magnifique qu’il soit, le clair de Lune peut parfois s’avérer particulièrement désavantageux pour certains animaux. En rendant la nuit moins sombre, il les rend bien plus perceptible des prédateurs. Du moins c’est ce qu’on serait tenté de penser. “Les écologues ont longtemps considéré l’obscurité d’une nuit sans lune comme une couverture de protection pour les espèces-proies nocturnes”, commence Laura Prugh, de l’Institut de biologie arctique de l’Université de l’Alaska à Fairbanks. À l’inverse, une vive lumière lunaire devrait donc clouer ces animaux au gîte, de crainte d’être facilement localisés, en plein air, par leurs prédateurs. Elle devrait aussi stimuler l’activité de ces derniers. Pour évaluer cette hypothèse, Laura Prugh et Christopher Golden, de l’Université Harvard (Cambridge, Massachusetts), ont passé en revue la littérature scientifique à ce sujet, concernant 58 espèces de mammifères nocturnes.Actifs ou non les nuits de pleine lune ?  L’analyse montre que les comportements sont variés, depuis celui des lémuriens de Madagascar, ‘amoureux’ de la pleine lune, jusqu’à celui des rats-kangourous du sud des États-Unis, plutôt ‘lunophobes’. En fait, parmi les animaux-proies, ceux dont la vue est le principal outil de détection, comme les primates, sont plus actifs par nuit claire. En effet, ils ont plus de chance de repérer leurs prédateurs. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?À l’inverse, les espèces comptant plutôt sur l’odorat, comme les rongeurs, ou l’ouïe et l’écholocalisation, comme les chauves-souris, ont tendance à être moins actives lorsque la lune brille. Quant aux prédateurs, certains, les lions par exemple, contre toute attente, se révèlent moins actifs les nuits de pleine lune.Les animaux ‘visuels’ avantagés “La théorie selon laquelle la Lune augmente le risque de prédation néglige le fait que les animaux-proies ont aussi des yeux et les utilisent souvent pour détecter les prédateurs. La lumière lunaire est en effet un risque pour certaines espèces-proies, mais seulement celles qui utilisent leur vision comme un système secondaire plutôt que comme ‘première ligne de défense’. Notre synthèse montre que la Lune peut bénéficier aux proies orientées ‘visuel’”, souligne Laura Prugh.Et les prédateurs doivent aussi compter avec cette réalité. “Nos résultats suggèrent que la Lune modifie les relations prédateurs-proies via des mécanismes plus complexes qu’on ne le pensait auparavant”, conclut la chercheuse.Le 27 octobre 2013 à 09:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Time Inc Unifies Sales Force Eliminates Publishers

first_img Category sales have expanded since February, when it was announced that sales teams would silo into automotive, pharmaceutical, and technology/telecommunications categories. Ellis wrote that this new digital sales force includes concentrated “Centers of Excellence (CEOs) focusing on video, social, data, programmatic and ad products.” On the branded content side, Chris Schraft, president of branded content and native advertising sales at The Foundry, is replacing Greg McCastle as head of the agency development team. McCastle, incumbent managing director and global head of agency development, will leave the company once the transition is complete. Greg Schumann, who was a group publisher until February, will continue as president of the pharmaceutical category, as well as a new retail category. Brendan Ripp, who was also a group publisher until February, will continue as president of the technology and telecommunications category, in addition to the new financial services category. Finally, Christine Wu, SVP of advertising strategy and marketing, will lead corporate marketing and events, advertising strategy, insights and activation. Creative services will be centralized under Wu. Sales planning will be centralized under Andy Blau, SVP and chief business officer. Ellis will manage the entertainment and luxury groups until a third director is hired. Client solutions will be integrated into category and brand sales teams and report to Ellis. It’s a new age at Time Inc. Set to hold its Q2 earnings call next Thursday, August 4, it seems CEO Joe Ripp will have quite a lot to talk about. The new beauty category will be led by former SVP of corporate sales Lauren Newman, who is also now president of her category. Rick Simmons, SVP of the automotive group, will lead the automotive category. Charlie Kammerer is president of three groups, each of which have their own leader. These include the news and finance, sports, and lifestyle groups. Brand sales groups, who report directly to Ellis, further divide and cluster Time Inc.’s many editorial titles. These groups are organized separately from the quadraplex editorial structure of Celebrity, Entertainment and Style; News and Luxury; Lifestyle; and Sports.center_img Mark Ellis, Time Inc. COO. “This new structure will allow us to better serve our advertising partners and deliver on the promise of being a one-stop shop and solutions-based platform for advertisers and agencies,” Ford wrote. Mark Ford, Time Inc. CRO. For digital, Time Inc. will create a new group focused exclusively on digital sales. Brad Elders, president of digital sales, will lead what Ford called “a digital-first sales team that will prospect digital-only non-Time Inc. advertisers.” The memos, from CRO Mark Ford and COO Mark Ellis, detail what is likely the final overhaul in a series of restructuring since the company announced a major executive shuffling on July 13. The news comes on the heels last week’s news that all editorial titles will be split into four thematic brand groups, and Tuesday’s reveal of a new general manager position to liaise between each group’s moving parts.  The new food and beverage category will be led by Karen Kovacs, formerly the group publisher of People and Entertainment Weekly, who now has the title of president. Time Inc. now has one unified sales force, according to twin staff memos released Wednesday. The new structure breaks the advertising and marketing organization into category, brand and digital sales, and completely eliminates the title of publisher. Ron King is senior vice president of the fashion and style, multicultural, and shelter groups, which also have their own leaders.last_img read more

57 quake jolts Colombia

first_imgA 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit central Colombia Monday, shaking large cities including the capital Bogota, officials said, indicating there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.The quake struck at 8:02 am (1302 GMT), with its epicenter five kilometers (three miles) southeast of a town also named Colombia, in the central region of Huila, said the Colombian Geological Service.Schools and offices were evacuated in Bogota, a city of seven million people. Residents reported scenes of panic in other cities where the quake was felt, including Cali, the country’s third-largest.”No reports of damages after earthquake in Colombia. We remain watchful for further reports,” President Juan Manuel Santos said on Twitter.The US Geological Survey put the magnitude at 5.6 and said the quake struck at a depth of 37.3 kilometers.last_img read more

Baltimore Cops Again Accused of Planting Evidence

first_imgBaltimore Police Department officers are under investigation in connection to another body camera video that allegedly shows officers planting evidence. According to charging documents released by the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, the incident took place last November in Southeast Baltimore. Officers said they were conducting a covert drug investigation while searching a car.A still image from video footage capturing a Baltimore police officer allegedly planting drug evidence at a crime scene earlier this year. Last week, news of a second video of Baltimore police allegedly planting evidence at another crime scene has surfaced. (Courtesy Photo)“An additional video raised concerns for one of our prosecutors,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said during a recent press conference. When the Office of the Public Defender reviewed the body camera footage, it showed a series of videos of a car search being conducted. The video footage indicates officers found nothing initially, then the camera is turned off for approximately 30 minutes, before being turned back on. The Office of the Public Defender has said that they will not release the video but have released a statement detailing what the video shows. “When the cameras come back on one officer is seen squatting by the driver’s seat area. The group of officers then wait approximately 30 seconds. Shortly thereafter, another officer asks if the area by that compartment has been searched. Nobody responds, and the officer reaches in and locates a bag that appears to contain drugs right by where the prior officer was. And where the car had been thoroughly searched about a half an hour prior with absolutely no results,” according to the Public Defender’s Office.With the body camera footage serving as evidence, prosecutors have dropped charges against one of the two people arrested in the case. A woman has said that she will hire a lawyer for a possible civil suit. “A good defense attorney is going to argue why was there that gap in time, and why did the cameras go back on just before they found the biggest piece of evidence. You can imagine the doubt that might engender in a jury,” said legal analyst Adam Ruther. “What’s most concerning in this particular video, is it appears officers are working in concert with each other,” said Debbie Katz Levi, with the Office of the Public Defender.Seven officers are named in the case but only two have been referred to the Internal Affairs division. This most recent video evidence of alleged misconduct comes just weeks after another video involving body camera footage of BPD officers shows an officer allegedly place drugs at a crime scene. In that case, State’s Attorney Mosby dismissed charges in 34 cases relying on the testimony of three other officers and the video itself which showed the officer allegedly planting drugs. That officer has been suspended and two others were placed on administrative duty.last_img read more

Our Favorite Pot

first_imgOn 4/20 we tend to celebrate all things pot or pot adjacent. And that is awesome! We dig weed-tech here at Geek. But we also wanted to bow our collective hats to another pot, Hertfordshire’s own Stuart Pot. You might know him from the supergroup Gorillaz. Often referred to as Stu-Pot, the front man is the leader of the gang and the self-described ‘pretty boy.’ The Brit singer is also called 2-D at times. Damon Alban (formally of Blur) breaths voice and Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl) gives life to Stu, literally. The Gorillaz lore is deep and fascinating if you’ve followed their saga over the four phases.The highly anticipated new album is due out April 28th (pre-order here). As we are solidly in Phase Four, the group will be hosting mixed reality events this weekend in 500 locations to kick-off the ‘Humanz’ release. This is Gorillaz’s first album in seven years. Find a Sprit House near you and enjoy the ride. If the new video is any indication this should be another stellar move from Stu-Pot and crew.View as: One Page Slides1. Ragertooth2. Myekaloo3. Rhinestone Girl4. Hetalia5. Nobody6. Feather Flag7. Bijou Glitch8. Hyra9. Vince10. Trash Maiden11. Lolo Lex12. Lolo Lex13. Beat no Sound14. Kotoroki15. Cas AdChoices广告last_img read more

Researchers outline the process by which viruses spread from bats to humans

first_img Citation: Researchers outline the process by which viruses spread from bats to humans (2014, November 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Bats identified as hosts of Bartonella mayotimonensis Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Zoonosis. A dog with rabies. Credit: CDC ( —A large team of researchers with members from the U.S. and Australia has created a paper that delineates the cross-species spillover dynamic involved with viruses that spread from bats to humans. In that paper, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team concludes that the relatively recent trend of humans contracting more and more diseases that originate in bats is likely due to human activities such as encroachment on land already being used by bats. More information: Ecological dynamics of emerging bat virus spillover, Proc. R. Soc. B, 7 January 2015 vol. 282 no. 1798 20142124 Published 12 November 2014. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2124 AbstractViruses that originate in bats may be the most notorious emerging zoonoses that spill over from wildlife into domestic animals and humans. Understanding how these infections filter through ecological systems to cause disease in humans is of profound importance to public health. Transmission of viruses from bats to humans requires a hierarchy of enabling conditions that connect the distribution of reservoir hosts, viral infection within these hosts, and exposure and susceptibility of recipient hosts. For many emerging bat viruses, spillover also requires viral shedding from bats, and survival of the virus in the environment. Focusing on Hendra virus, but also addressing Nipah virus, Ebola virus, Marburg virus and coronaviruses, we delineate this cross-species spillover dynamic from the within-host processes that drive virus excretion to land-use changes that increase interaction among species. We describe how land-use changes may affect co-occurrence and contact between bats and recipient hosts. Two hypotheses may explain temporal and spatial pulses of virus shedding in bat populations: episodic shedding from persistently infected bats or transient epidemics that occur as virus is transmitted among bat populations. Management of livestock also may affect the probability of exposure and disease. Interventions to decrease the probability of virus spillover can be implemented at multiple levels from targeting the reservoir host to managing recipient host exposure and susceptibility.center_img © 2014 Explore further 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. In recent years, bats have joined the list of animals (birds, pigs, etc.) that harbor so named zoonoses—infections that move between species. One of those diseases in the news is the Ebola virus, which many scientists believe originated in bats. Sadly, our knowledge of how viruses move from one species to another is still rather limited, the authors note, which means a lot of work needs to be done. Figuring out how it happens might help prevent it from happening in the future. To further that cause, the researchers with this effort have outlined the path by which diseases make their way from bats to humans.The researchers don’t know how bats get a disease in the first place, but suspect its part of a process that has been going on for thousands of years. Bats live closely together and tend to infect others of their kind quite rapidly. But, over time, the bats have developed an immunity of sorts. They get the disease, but it doesn’t kill them, or stop them from living their lives—and that’s part of the problem. They leave behind urine, feces and saliva, all of which can serve as a carrier to another species—horses, for example, or monkeys. If a horse eats the grass that is growing under a tree habituated by bats, it’s very likely to get a disease. This happened with the Hendra virus in Australia. And if that horse makes its way back to the barn, it’s likely to infect other horses that live there. And if a human being takes care of that horse, that person is likely to become infected as well.It’s all happening, the researchers claim, because humans are cutting down trees used by bats and using the land for other purposes—to put up houses, for example, some of which have trees in their yards. If they are fruit trees, the bats will take up residence, increasing the likelihood of a virus being spread to the people who live there. They note that getting rid of bats is not an option—that would be an ecological disaster—instead they suggest that the best way to prevent viruses jumping to people is to stop people from encroaching on the land where bats live.last_img read more

Programming human cells to follow sets of logical instructions

first_img 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. (—A team of researchers at Boston University has developed a new way to engineer mammalian cells that allows for programming them to behave in desired ways. In their paper published in the journal Nature Biotechnology, the team describes their technique and where they believe such technology is heading. Explore further As scientists around the world look for new ways to prevent and treat diseases, new techniques are emerging, some of which involve programing human cells to behave in desired ways—such as killing cancer cells. In this new effort, the researchers have developed a new way to program mammalian cells using DNA recombinases.To learn how to program cells researchers have worked with simple organisms such as bacteria, which has led to the use of proteins called transcription factors that regulate genes. Unfortunately, that technique has proven unsuitable for programming mammalian cells because it does not produce the same results consistently in all environments. To get around that problem, the researchers instead chose to work with DNA recombinases—enzymes that can be used to cut DNA in predesignated ways and put them back together in new and useful ways.Cutting DNA and sewing it back together allows for programming cells because DNA controls which proteins a cell makes. By cutting and sewing in a certain way, the researchers were able to induce a human kidney cell to produce a fluorescent protein which caused the cell to light up under desired conditions. Inserting other snippets allowed for modifying recombinases that were activated only in the presence of a certain chemical. By cutting multiple DNA snippets, adding new ones and sewing them back together, the researchers found that they were able to create 113 unique circuits that demonstrated a 96.5 rate of success. In one instance, they created a bio-circuit that mimicked a Boolean lookup table—it had six inputs that allowed for executing 16 logical operations.The work by the team was a proof of concept, they’re optimistic that their technique could be used to create new therapies such as bolstering the immune system by programming T cells—perhaps causing them to attack tumor cells. Another possibility is using the technique to program stem cells to grow into desired tissue. New stem cell method produces millions of human brain and muscle cells in days Journal information: Nature Biotechnologycenter_img A depiction of the double helical structure of DNA. Its four coding units (A, T, C, G) are color-coded in pink, orange, purple and yellow. Credit: NHGRI More information: Benjamin H Weinberg et al. Large-scale design of robust genetic circuits with multiple inputs and outputs for mammalian cells, Nature Biotechnology (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nbt.3805AbstractEngineered genetic circuits for mammalian cells often require extensive fine-tuning to perform as intended. We present a robust, general, scalable system, called ‘Boolean logic and arithmetic through DNA excision’ (BLADE), to engineer genetic circuits with multiple inputs and outputs in mammalian cells with minimal optimization. The reliability of BLADE arises from its reliance on recombinases under the control of a single promoter, which integrates circuit signals on a single transcriptional layer. We used BLADE to build 113 circuits in human embryonic kidney and Jurkat T cells and devised a quantitative, vector-proximity metric to evaluate their performance. Of 113 circuits analyzed, 109 functioned (96.5%) as intended without optimization. The circuits, which are available through Addgene, include a 3-input, two-output full adder; a 6-input, one-output Boolean logic look-up table; circuits with small-molecule-inducible control; and circuits that incorporate CRISPR–Cas9 to regulate endogenous genes. BLADE enables execution of sophisticated cellular computation in mammalian cells, with applications in cell and tissue engineering. Citation: Programming human cells to follow sets of logical instructions (2017, March 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

New York bans commercial Airbnbstyle shortterm letting

first_imgNew York bans commercial Airbnb-style short-term letting New York’s ban on commercial short term lettings – and the advertising of non-conforming short terms stays – should provide a model for Australian jurisdictions, says Australia’s peak accommodation body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA).New York state law prohibits apartment owners from renting units for less than 30 days if they are not present, with fines of up to US$7500 for breaches. On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approved a law that also outlawed advertising of short-term stays on sites such as Airbnb that violated the existing law.New York ban details Click HereThe New York law follows similar crackdowns in cities such as San Francisco, Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam, while Dublin and London are also considering tightening regulations.The global move to curb commercial unregulated short-term accommodation comes less than a week after a NSW Legislative Assembly Inquiry recommended a reduction in regulation, a move that has been strongly opposed by resident/strata bodies and regulated accommodation operators.“It is ironic that at a time when city administrators across America and Europe are imposing major restrictions on unregulated commercial short-term accommodation operators that a NSW parliamentary committee should be advocating a softening of regulations,” said TAA CEO, Carol Giuseppi.“The overwhelming majority of listings for unregulated short term accommodation in Sydney are for full houses and flats involving no sharing, and increasingly the sector is being controlled by commercial operators with multiple properties available 365 days a year.“This is the same situation that has occurred in American and European cities and they have taken action to control the situation.“We call on Australian governments at all levels to take note and take action to protect residents, communities and regulated accommodation operators.“As in New York we want a very specific ceiling on the number of days an apartment or house can be let out on the short-term market and we want online distribution channels to be held responsible for ensuring these limits are not exceeded and that they advertise only properties that are compliant – meeting safety, insurance, body corporate, strata, council and state regulations.“We are not against genuine ‘sharing’, but we believe there needs to be sensible and proportional regulations imposed on non-resident commercial property owners – especially multiple-property investors – who rent out full properties for short term stays.”Source = Tourism Accommodation Australialast_img read more