Very upset Escaped dog shot at Winnipeg airport to avoid mishap with

first_imgWINNIPEG – A frightened rescue dog that escaped from a plane and scampered onto a runway at Winnipeg’s airport was shot dead by wildlife control officers after officials feared the pooch might cause an accident.Winnipeg-based Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue says the two-year-old golden-Labrador mix, named Greta, fled from a Perimeter Aviation plane Monday after a flight from Shamattawa First Nation.Airport spokesman Tyler MacAfee says the dog ran onto a runway and forced the crew of a WestJet flight from Las Vegas to abort a landing attempt.MacAfee says the dog started to run back toward the runway a second time and, despite efforts by two officers to coax Greta in, the dog could not be corralled and was shot to avoid another conflict with an aircraft.Rebecca Norman, a Manitoba Mutts director, says Greta had been placed in a standard plastic kennel, but it appears she chewed through the side and jumped from the plane when the door opened.Norman says the organization plans to meet with airport officials to discuss ways to prevent similar incidents.“It was a bit of a shock for all parties involved,” said Norman. “I think everyone did the best that they could, given the scenario. The outcome was as it should be.”Greta was considered a community dog that ran loose, although she wasn’t feral and was still approachable, said Norman.“Dogs don’t take well to taking trips on airplanes. Any dog would be quite fearful after a flight.”Norman said a standard metal kennel had been provided for Greta’s transport, but a volunteer in Shamattawa decided the weight was too heavy to load onto a truck, so the dog was left in the plastic kennel.Norman said the rescue group has flown many dogs in plastic carriers before.A member of a foster family that would have taken Greta before possible placement in a permanent home was waiting at the airport.“They were very upset. This was their first foster dog with us so it was pretty traumatizing. Thankfully, she was able to take another dog that was on the flight,” said Norman.MacAfee said pets have escaped from their crates before, but this is the first time the airport had to shoot an animal.He said they’ve looked at the option of using a tranquillizer gun.“My understanding is that there are no airports in Canada which use that technique, but … if it’s practical and makes sense and works then, absolutely, we would look at it as an option.”Norman said it’s wonderful the airport has offered to meet with her organization, but she’s not sure much will change “in terms of protocol.”“Tranquilizer darts take quite a long time to work and it’s a guessing game on how much the dog weighs and how much medication to give.”Norman also said wire kennels don’t always meet airlines’ size requirements and Manitoba Mutts has spoken to Perimeter Aviation about using carriers with heavier plastic.There was no immediate reply from Perimeter to a request for comment.Manitoba Mutts takes in about 500 dogs a year and has been working with Perimeter for seven years to transport animals from northern communities.— By Ken Trimble in Edmontonlast_img read more

Mummified remains more than 50000 years old unveiled in Yukon

first_imgDAWSON CITY, Yn – A snapshot of life for an ancient predator and its prey is being put on display as the mummified ice-age remains of a caribou calf and a wolf pup are unveiled in Yukon.Paleontologist Grant Zazula said Thursday the specimens unearthed southeast of Dawson City, Yukon, are among the oldest mummified mammal soft tissue in the world.“Once in a while we find remains of ice-age voles or squirrels, but in terms of something significant and crazy like this, this is very, very rare,” Zazula said.Both specimens have been radiocarbon dated to a time more than 50,000 years ago, when the northern landscape was an extremely cold, grassy tundra.While the area around Dawson City is a boreal forest today, the pup and calf were likely navigating a world without trees, where cold, dry winds blew dust around, as evidenced by sediment found with the animals, Zazula said.Many other animals that roamed the land when they were alive are now extinct, including western camels and woolly mammoths.Both specimens were discovered by miners.The mummified caribou calf was found on Tony Beets’ placer gold mine on Paradise Hill on June 3, 2016. It includes nearly the entire front half of the caribou carcass, including torso, head and two front limbs and with skin, muscle and hair intact.The caribou was at a site that contains a volcanic ash bed that dates to approximately 80,000 years ago.“We think this is actually probably the oldest mummified mammal tissue in the world for soft-tissue skin, hair and muscle,” Zazula said.The wolf was found July 13, 2016, on the Favron Enterprises Ltd., claim and is exceptionally well preserved.“It’s beautiful, the fur, it’s got the cute little paws and tail and the curled upper lip showing its teeth. It’s spectacular,” he said.Zazula said local paleontologists were thrilled when they saw the remains.“We sometimes get jealous because in Siberia, we have colleagues who work in Russia, and it seems like they find a new woolly mammoth carcass every summer. But we never seem to find those in the Yukon or Alaska,” he said.Yukon paleontologists identified the mummified remains of a horse in the area about 30 years ago, but Zazula said he’s unaware of any significant soft-tissue mammal specimens since then.Researchers will study the remains to see what they can learn about caribou and wolf ancestors through genetic testing. They can also learn about the animals’ diets, which hold clues to what the environment was like at that time, by studying the chemical composition of their bones and other strategies.Beyond the science, Zazula said he hopes the specimens connect viewers with another time.“When you look at fossil bones, that’s one thing. But when you actually see a whole animal from an ancient time, it brings that ancient time to life,” he said.“It just makes you ponder about the amazing changes that have happened in the environment, the climate and the animal community since that time.”The mummified animals will be on display in Dawson City for the rest of the month, then will join an exhibit at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre in Whitehorse.last_img read more

Palestinian President Commends Morocco’s Support to Palestinian People

first_imgRamallah – Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas commended Morocco’s support to the Palestinian people and their cause, reports Palestinian news agency “WAFA.”The Palestinian president who received on Sunday in Ramallah head of the Moroccan committee at the Organization of solidarity of African-Asian people, Taleï Assaoud Atlassi, praised the sustained support extended by the Moroccan King, people and government to the Palestinian people and to their cause.He also underlined the importance of this kind of visits that express solidarity with the Palestinian people. Established in December 1957, the Organization is a body set up by the 1955 Bandung conference (Indonesia) to consolidate coordination and cooperation between Africa and Asia.last_img

Meng Wanzhou due back in court Tuesday, as China demands Washington drop extradition request

VANCOUVER — The case of a senior executive of Chinese tech juggernaut Huawei Technologies is scheduled to return to court in Vancouver Tuesday.The U.S. Department of Justice laid out its case Monday against Meng Wanzhou and Huawei, unsealing 13 criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction.The indictment, based on 23 grand jury allegations, accuses Huawei and Meng of misrepresenting their ownership of a Hong Kong-based subsidiary between 2007 and 2017 in an effort to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran.The company’s U.S. branch is also accused of stealing trade secrets and equipment from cellphone provider T-Mobile USA.Security staff periodically patrolling the only sign of life this morning ahead of Meng’s court appearance in Vancouver. Plenty of media camped out. @NEWS1130 will be at her appearance later this morning at BC Supreme Court. That happens at 10am. Not 9am, as previously reported. pic.twitter.com/2qXmRatdL3— Mike Lloyd (@llikemoyd) January 29, 2019Meng, who is the company’s chief financial officer and daughter of its founder, is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit both.She is free on bail in Vancouver after her arrest Dec. 1 at the behest of U.S. authorities, who Canadian officials say have already filed a formal request for Meng’s extradition.Flanked by private security she was escorted from the back of the house to a waiting SUV. pic.twitter.com/y25b81pF56— Mike Lloyd (@llikemoyd) January 29, 2019RELATED: U.S. officially files criminal charges against Huawei executiveHuawei called on Washington to stop what it called “the unreasonable crackdown” on the company, and has now China called on Washington to withdraw its request for Meng’s extradition from Canada.China has called on Washington to “stop the unreasonable crackdown” on Huawei. Beijing will “firmly defend” its companies, a foreign ministry statement said.It gave no indication whether Beijing might retaliate for the charges against Huawei, China’s first global tech brand and the biggest maker of switching gear for phone and internet companies.The foreign ministry complained Washington has “mobilized state power” to hurt Chinese companies “in an attempt to strangle fair and just operations.”“We strongly urge the United States to stop the unreasonable crackdown on Chinese companies including Huawei,” said the statement read on state TV. It said Beijing will defend the “lawful rights and interests of Chinese companies” but gave no details.Huawei is calling on Washington to stop “the unreasonable crackdown” on the company and its CFO. US accusations include efforts to circumvent its sanctions against Iran and stealing trade secrets.— Mike Lloyd (@llikemoyd) January 29, 2019RELATED: Dispute with China, carbon tax, your pocketbook expected to dominate spring Parliament sittingMeng’s arrest has touched off a political furor marked by days of angry anti-Canada rhetoric from China’s foreign ministry, culminating Sunday in the firing of John McCallum as Canada’s ambassador to China.McCallum, a former longtime Liberal MP and cabinet minister, had publicly expressed confidence in Meng’s case against any U.S. extradition order. read more

Central African Republic head denounces corruption UN mission says

The monthly report for May from the UN Peace-building Support Office in the Central African Republic (BONUCA), with contributions from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), says Gen. Bozizé criticized the comportment of the magistrates as characterized by corruption, lying and malfeasance, which they substitute for such values as rigor and the strength of the case being judged.BONUCA says it has recommended to the Government measures to ensure security of person and property, to prevent extra-judiciary and summary executions and other violations of fundamental human rights.Former government authorities and some current politicians are being subjected to attacks on their rights, such that some of them have been forced to go into hiding.The report invites the authorities to lead a fight against impunity and to adopt a national human rights plan, in conformity with the international conventions ratified by the CAR, as they prepare for elections in December 2004 or January 2005.

Drop in CO2 emissions from new cars is not hot air

Copies of UK New Car Registrations by CO2 Performance can be downloaded from www.smmt.co.uk Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Average diesel car CO2 falls 12.2 per cent in four years SMMT’s CO2 database is based on figures supplied by manufacturers from the first registration document and are checked with type approval data from the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA). It includes figures for 99.9 per cent of the record 2,458,769 new car registrations in 2001. 45 per cent of new fleet cars report CO2 output below 165g/km He added, ‘There are many important things the industry can learn from UK New Car Registrations by CO2 Performance, not least that it is on course to meet the voluntary targets set to reduce CO2 output by 25 per cent. This is good news for the industry, the environment and ultimately drivers who faces taxes which are increasingly based on their car’s carbon dioxide output.’Notes to editors: The new company car tax regime came into effect in April 2002. Company car tax is now based on the list price of a car adjusted by its carbon dioxide output. Cars emitting less than 165g/km CO2 will be taxed at the lowest rate, 15 per cent of list price. Increments of 5g/km will add one per cent to the taxable liability to a maximum 35 per cent. For example, a car emitting 170g/km CO2 will incur 16 per cent tax on list price, 195g/km will incur 21 per cent. Diesel cars attract an additional three per cent levy. The new CO2 based system replaces the old ‘mileage adjuster’ where company car tax was based on list price adjusted by the number of business miles driven in any one year. In a groundbreaking voluntary agreement, European car manufacturers agreed to reduce average new car CO2 emissions across Europe by 25 per cent from 1995 levels to 140g/km in 2008. The Japanese Car Manufacturers Association (JAMA) and Korean Car Makers Association (KAMA) members have signed a similar agreement. Average CO2 emissions from new cars down 6.4 per cent since 1997, from 189.8g/km in 1997 to 177.7g/km in 2001 A new annual report, based on the SMMT’s unique CO2 database, has revealed that average carbon dioxide emissions from new cars has fallen again. Figures in UK New Car Registrations by CO2 Performance reveal a 1.8 per cent drop last year, with average CO2 output down 6.4 per cent since 1997. The report provides further evidence that the industry is on course to meet voluntary industry targets to cut average CO2 output by a quarter by 2008.One of the reasons for lower CO2 is a surge in sales of ever-cleaner diesel models. In last year’s record new car market, diesel car sales soared by 39.4 per cent to 436,591 units and the report confirms diesel engine technology moving on apace. Average CO2 emissions from diesel models has dropped 12 per cent in four years, nearly twice the average, from 186.7g/km in 1997 to 164g/km.As the government looks to CO2 as the basis of both VED and company car taxation, fleet buyers in particular are making low CO2 emissions a top priority. More than 45 per cent of new cars in last year’s fleet market had a CO2rating below 165g/km, the lowest tax threshold under the new company car tax rules. In total, cars registered to fleets averaged 175.5g/km CO2 in 2001, slightly below the overall market average of 177.7g/km.SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘SMMT is the definitive source of CO2 data, adding to our reputation as the industry’s number one provider of new vehicle registration information.’ read more

Public spaces cinemas to air Toronto Raptors games during NBA finals

As Raptors fever burns its way across Canada, the team’s parent company said it’s trying to help fans far beyond Toronto experience the excitement of the NBA Finals.Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment said Wednesday that 10 Canadian cities have been approved to set up free public viewing spaces where residents can congregate to watch Canada’s sole NBA team face the Golden State Warriors.The viewing parties are a bid to create local version of “Jurassic Park,” the two-block tailgating zone outside the Raptors’ home arena where thousands of fans have celebrated the team’s every victory in their leadup to the finals.MLSE also announced a partnership with movie theatre chain Cineplex, which will open 33 cinemas from Newfoundland to British Columbia for free screenings of the finals.Most of the mini “Jurassic Parks” that are cropping up outside Toronto are in cities across Ontario, but one urban centre in Eastern Canada is also preparing to host the broadcasts.Halifax, where the Raptors played their first exhibition game in 1995, is planning a public outdoor viewing after encouragement from locals.Resident and long-time Raptors fan John Whynot, who was among those urging city officials to set up “Jurassic East,” said he felt it was important to get behind the team.“It’s the only Canadian team,” the 51-year-old IT professional said in an interview. “Who knows when this is going to happen again. You can’t get any bigger than that for basketball.”Social media users seemed to agree, taking to Twitter to lobby mayors in cities such as Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Calgary.“MAKE SOME NOISE CANADA,” wrote one Twitter user. “This isn’t about one city anymore, it’s a whole nation.”In cities where viewings were scheduled, political leaders joined in the overall excitement.Marianne Meed Ward, the mayor of Burlington, Ont., called the Raptor’s playoff run to the finals “our generation’s moment” and anticipated raucous festivities in the space city staff christened “Burlassic Park.”“While I will sadly be away … and missing what is sure to be a great party in our city, I know our residents will be cheering on the Raptors so loudly, I may be able to hear you all from Quebec City,” she wrote on Twitter.Other Ontario communities currently approved by MLSE to set up mini Jurassic Parks include Pickering, Vaughan, Halton Hills, Brampton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Midland and Windsor.MLSE laid out a short list of criteria for cities looking to get on board, stipulating participants must make the event free to the public, air the full broadcast complete with commercials at full volume, and avoid using sponsorships or trademarked material.The City of Kingston also announced plans to hold a public viewing, according to its official Twitter feed and city councillor Robert Kiley.“Sport has the power to bring people together. And sport has the power to play up that which is good in this life: hard work, team work, civic pride,” he said in an email. “My constituent suggested the idea to me and I thought, ‘let’s make the most of this for our community. And let’s do it in a public space!”’One city that has opted out of the national festivities is Vancouver, which issued a statement saying it was unable to find a venue on short notice.“Events of this nature require adequate lead time to plan and execute successfully, and while we reviewed plans for a potential viewing event, we were not able to identify a location that was suitable and available for a series of up to seven games,” it read.Those without access to mini Jurassic Parks may be able to find a public viewing at one of the Cineplex theatres.Cineplex spokeswoman Sarah Van Lange said it’s the first time the company has held national viewing parties for a Toronto-based sports team, adding there appears to be interest across the country.“We have a pretty strong inclination that there is an appetite for viewing parties nationally,” she said, adding Cineplex employees are being encouraged to don Raptors jerseys for the start of the series.Van Lange said tickets for the free screenings will be limited to two per person. They will be up for grabs at participating theatres starting at 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday.Where to watch in Ontario:Cineplex Cinemas Winston ChurchillCineplex Cinemas Courtney ParkSilverCity Newmarket CinemasCineplex Odeon South Keys CinemasGalaxy Cinemas BarrieCineplex Odeon Niagara Square CinemasGalaxy Cinemas PeterboroughGalaxy Cinemas GuelphSilverCity Sudbury CinemasSilverCity Thunder Bay CinemasSilverCity Windsor CinemasSilverCity Burlington CinemasScotiabank Theatre OttawaCineplex Cinemas VaughanCineplex Odeon Ajax Cinemas Related Stories Where to watch Raptors vs. Warriors NBA finalsRaptors’ Masai Ujiri praises former star, coach on eve of NBA FinalsHow the Raptors can end the Warriors’ golden dynastySuperfan Nav Bhatia: A story of love and Raptors basketball The Raptors square off against the Warriors in Toronto on Thursday night. BROWSE cineplex | raptors | where to watch read more

Denvers Defense Used To Make Up For Its Terrible Offense Not This

Entering Denver’s Monday night AFC West showdown with the first-place Kansas City Chiefs, there are few people who hold out much hope for the Broncos’ offense. The unit is perhaps the most beleaguered in the NFL right now. (And there are some really beleaguered units out there — have you watched the 49ers?) After routing the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2, Trevor Siemian and the Broncos have scored just three touchdowns in their past four games — and in their last outing were completely shut out by the Chargers.Now Denver is 3-3, with two more games against divisional leaders looming after tonight. But here’s the interesting thing about the Broncos’ apparent unraveling: The offense may be terrible, but it’s been terrible for three years — including the 2015-16 Super Bowl title run.A closer look at the numbers reveals that the vaunted Denver defense is perhaps not getting enough share of the blame. The Bronco defense is hardly struggling, but Denver’s recent formula for winning allows very little margin for error, and this year there’s been some error.Over the previous two seasons, the Denver defense was truly dominant — No. 1 in Football Outsiders’ DVOA1Defense-adjusted value over average, explained here. for both 2015 and 2016. The Broncos also finished first in passing yards allowed, first in passing net yards allowed per attempt and fourth in total points allowed in both seasons. This despite well-documented struggles at quarterback that limited the offense’s output.While the Broncos’ defense is ranked No. 1 in total yards allowed in 2017, it’s lagging behind the 2016 and 2015 editions in many key metrics. Going into Week 8, the Broncos were ranked fourth in defensive DVOA, and they were allowing a ninth-best average of 5.5 net passing yards per attempt — worsened from league-leading marks of 5.0 in 2016 and 5.1 in 2015. They’re now allowing an average of 19.7 points per game, up from 18.5 in 2015 and 18.6 in 2016.The uptick in points per game might be due to some decline in the unit’s play in high-leverage spots. Per TruMedia, before this weekend’s games, the Broncos were ninth in rate of first downs allowed per pass attempt, down from third in 2016 and first the year before. After two straight years of far surpassing the rest of league in defensive expected points added,2EPA is a metric popularized by ESPN’s Brian Burke, capturing down-to-down effectiveness based on game situation. the Broncos’ 44.84 is a very distant second to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 83.84 — which shows the Broncos are still great at slowing offenses but not quite as great as they’ve recently been.The other culprit is the Broncos’ lack of turnovers. They’ve forced just four turnovers through six games, which currently ranks 30th in the NFL. That’s an average of 0.67 turnovers per game, down from 1.69 in both 2016 and 2015.All these stats paint an almost-complete picture of what’s going on: The Broncos are allowing slightly more yards, first downs and points to come out of the passing game while forcing far fewer turnovers, so they’re less effective at stopping opponent drives.3For the record, the Broncos had the No. 1 per-carry run defense in 2015, fell to No. 18 in 2016 and currently rank No. 2, per Pro Football Reference. But these swings haven’t made much impact on overall defensive effectiveness because of the pass-heavy nature of the NFL — and how dominant the pass defense has been.It’s easy to point to the offense here, too. If you have an offense that can’t win the field-position battle and can’t give the defense time to breathe, it’s hard to dominate on defense. This year, Broncos opponents’ average start position is 32.5 yards out, the furthest-downfield starting position in the NFL.But again, Denver’s defense should be used to this. The previous two iterations of the Broncos’ defense weren’t helped much by the offense and special teams, either; their opponents’ average start positions from their own end zone of 29.5 yards in 2015 and 29.3 yards in 2016 ranked 30th and 23rd, respectively. The field-position woes are also inflating the Broncos’ yardage defense; they’re ranked No. 1 partly because their opponents have the shortest distances to go.Really, the Broncos’ consistency has been remarkable — this year’s dip aside — especially considering the personnel changes. Pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware and safety T.J. Ward were two of Denver’s five Pro Bowl defenders from 2015; the former has since retired, and the latter was released at the beginning of the season. But plenty of superstar talent remains, including All-Pro pass-rusher Von Miller and All-Pro cornerbacks Chris Harris and Aqib Talib — and new arrivals like free-agent DT Domata Peko have made an impact.It’s literally impossible to win when a team’s offense is shut out, as the Broncos’ was in Week 7. But if Denver’s defense can regain the slight edge it had the past two years, the team doesn’t need Siemian to perform like Peyton Manning did in 2014. It just needs Siemian to perform like Manning did in 2015, when taking care of the ball in big games and moving the ball in key spots were enough to win an NFL championship. read more

PS3 sales on the rise despite PSN hacks

first_imgIf PlayStation 3 owners were unhappy with Sony because of the PSN hack and the extended downtime surrounding it, or if you were thinking now would be a good time to pick up a used PS3 at a good price, you’d be wrong. Sony reported that PS3 sales actually went up while PSN was unavailable, and said at E3 that the platform was “stronger than ever.”Sony started off their E3 press event with apologies to the users and customers who have been impacted by the hack and subsequent downtime, but went on to say after the event that they’re doing quite well. Sales of the PS3 are up 14% from this time last year. They also noted that PSN traffic had already gotten up to 90% of traffic prior to the breach, so clearly PS3 owners aren’t worried about going back online.Sony hasn’t wasted time getting back in the game, either. Patrick Seybold, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Sony Computer Entertainment America, noted that the launch of Infamous 2 helped get gamers excited about coming back to the PS3 and PSN. He also praised Sony’s upcoming 3D titles, investment in 3D technology, and new PlayStation Move integration as more examples of how Sony is actively bringing gamers back into the fold.At the same time, no one would expect Sony to have anything but good things to say about the strength and growth of their network after the PSN hack. It does seem clear that gamers are coming back to PSN in droves now that it’s back online, but whether or not that growth is sustainable is another matter.Some people have said they’re just logging in to get their free games, and others point out that 90% of traffic prior to the hack is still a 10% drop. At the same time, others point out that if you have a quality service, you stand by it no matter what. Regardless of how the numbers pan out in the long run, its unlikely that Sony will suffer any serious long-term damage from the hack, even though it was the fourth largest data breach of all time.Read more at IndustryGamerslast_img read more

Several states consider tossing bottle deposit programs

first_imgHARTFORD, Conn. — As curbside recycling has grown, environmentalists around the United States find themselves fighting to protect decades-old bottle recycling programs that critics say are becoming obsolete.Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa are among the states where bills have been proposed to replace the bottle deposits with a tax. Supporters say the tax revenue could support recycling efforts that did not exist when the bottle redemption systems were introduced.The so-called “bottle bills” remain in place in 10 states. Typically, consumers pay an extra few cents when they buy certain beverages, a deposit they get back when they bring their cans or bottles to a redemption center or grocery store.Some fear people will be more likely to toss their empties if they’re no longer worth cash.“This is the most effective, proven way that we have to guarantee that these containers do not end up on our streets and do not end up on our beaches and open spaces as litter,” said Louis Burch, the Connecticut program director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment.In 1971, Oregon became the first state to pass a bottle bill. It was seen as a way to address a growing litter problem along the state’s beaches and highways. Since then, Hawaii, California, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut and Massachusetts have passed similar legislation. The types of beverage containers and the deposit amounts can vary by state.last_img read more

Teen arrested again after tampering with GPS ankle monitor

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – A teen who was arrested after a deadly car crash in Key Biscayne is once again behind bars.According to The Miami Herald, 17-year-old Isaias Medina is back in jail after tampering with his GPS ankle monitor while on house arrest.Medina has been charged as an adult for vehicular homicide.He was originally arrested on New Year’s Day, after crashing his Porsche into a tree on Harbor Drive in Key Biscayne, killing his backseat passenger, 18-year-old college student, Daniela San Miguel.She died at the scene.Investigators said Medina was speeding at the time of the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

7 March speech recognition to be celebrated 25 Nov

first_img.Bangladesh will celebrate the recognition of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s 7th March speech as a world documentary heritage on 25 November.The decision was taken at a meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) last week with PM’s principal secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury in the chair.Officials of different ministries, government divisions, and civil society members and media people were present at the meeting.”We think recognition of Bangabandhu’s 7 March speech as a world documentary heritage is a great achievement for the nation as well as for its history and heritage … inclusion of the speech in the world documentary heritage means involvement with the everlasting world heritage,” Kamal Naser told BSS on Friday.To celebrate this great achievement, he said, joyous processions involving the people of all classes and professions as well as government and private organisations will be staged across the country on 25 November.He said this programme has been taken to inform the people, particularly students and future generations, about the national and international significance of the Bangabandhu’s 7 March speech.The top government official said the celebration will not be limited to as only a festival, it will be in fact as awareness build-up programme so that the students and next generation could be well-informed about the 7 March speech.Describing the recognition as a great pride for Bangalee nation and Bangla language, he said that everybody, especially students, should know about the national and international significance of Bangabandhu’s 7 March speech.”They should also know that what is the Memory of the World International Register and what is the World Documentary Heritage,” he said.”We’re considering taking a special class in all educational institutions to inform the students about these crucial issues,” he added.Kamal Naser said initiatives will be taken to preserve the 7 March speech as a visible one in all public libraries and educational institutions which will remain as a pride for the nation.”The educational institutions will later arrange various competitions like quiz and general knowledge on the 7 March speech,” he said.The prime minister’s principal secretary said cultural functions and concerts will be staged across the country to inform about the significance of the speech.He said the speech will be broadcast in various languages so that world people can know about it.”We will engage our missions abroad in this work,” he said.On 30 October, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recognised the Bangabandhu’s historic 7 March speech as part of world’s documentary heritage. UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova announced the decision at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.According to the decision, Bangabandhu’s 7th March speech has been included in the Memory of the World International Register, a list of world’s important documentary heritage maintained by the UNESCO.The Memory of the World International Register is a list of documents having global significance. The objective of creating the International Register is to ensure preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world.The International Advisory Committee (IAC) is responsible for recommending whether or not a document qualifies for inclusion in the Memory of the World International Register. The International Advisory Committee during its meeting from 24 to 27 October 2017 recommended the 7th March speech for inscription on the Memory of the World International Register.The Memory of the World Register now includes a total of 427 documents and collection from all continents.The 7th March speech of Bangabandhu provided inspiration to the Bangalee nation in their quest for freedom and emancipation. The speech also energised the entire nation and prepared the people for the liberation struggle.It also served as the ultimate source of inspiration for the countless freedom fighters who joined the Mukti Bahini.Bangabandhu’s speech is played throughout the country during various national occasions and continues to reverberate in hearts and minds of the Bangalee people. This speech continues to enthrall people and will continue to inspire succeeding generations of this country.last_img read more

Socities pay price when journos are targeted Guterres

first_imgUnited Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visits a camp for displaced earthquake and liquefaction victims in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on 12 October 2018. Reuters File PhotoUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all to stand up for journalists, truth and justice saying truth never dies.”Reporting is not a crime.Together, let us stand up for journalists, for truth and for justice,” he said in a message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists that falls on 2 November.The UN chief called on governments and the international community to protect journalists and create the conditions they need to do their work.”On this day, I pay tribute to journalists who do their jobs every day despite intimidation and threats. Their work – and that of their fallen colleagues — reminds us that truth never dies. Neither must our commitment to the fundamental right to freedom of expression,” he said.In just over a decade, Guterres said, more than a thousand journalists have been killed while carrying out their indispensable work.Nine out of ten cases are unresolved, with no one held accountable, he added.”Female journalists are often at greater risk of being targeted not only for their reporting but also because of their gender, including through the threat of sexual violence,” Guterres said.This year alone, he said, at least 88 journalists have been killed and many thousands more have been attacked, harassed, detained or imprisoned on spurious charges, without due process.”This is outrageous. This should not become the new normal.When journalists are targeted, societies as a whole pay a price,” said the UN chief.He said he deeply troubled by the growing number of attacks and the culture of impunity.Meanwhile, the European Union said democracy cannot live without free, diverse and independent media. “Journalists and media actors across the globe hold states, government officials, corporations and society at large accountable for their actions.”But far too many among them face threats and attacks simply for carrying out their work, while the perpetrators of these attacks often act with total impunity, it said in a declaration marking the day.”Free journalism is the backbone of free societies: undermining it means undermining our own freedom,” reads the EU declaration.The EU paid tribute to all those journalists around the world who lost their lives and suffered attacks in the exercise of their profession. “We also pay tribute to all those brave journalists who are taking up the work of their colleagues who can no longer pursue their investigations.”The EU said it will continue to use all appropriate external policy and financial instruments to enhance the quality of journalism, access to public information and freedom of expression.last_img read more

Analysis finds species diversity driven by tectonics and climate

first_imgHeat maps for the six selected temporal units, using an equal-area grid of 100-km cell size in Behrmann projection. Colors are based on the ordinary Kriging algorithm with 100-km cell size and 200-km interpolation radius performed on grid-specific species richness. Coloration is equal in all maps, scaled to the maximum grid richness of 218 species (Late Miocene, Lake Pannon). Credit: PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print August 24, 2015, doi:10.1073/pnas.1503992112 Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Land animals proliferate faster than aquatic counterparts The researchers, from the Natural History Museum of Vienna, offer examples of such geodynamics-driven evolution as the development of the Indian monsoon, which was triggered by the collision of the Indian subcontinent with Eurasia causing the uplift of the Himalayas. This paleogeographic-climatic event over 20 million years ago now profoundly affects half of the world’s population. The paper regards hotspots as areas of species richness and their evolution over geologic time. The initiation and demise of continental basins leads to the development and persistence of freshwater and brackish environments, and strongly influences the dispersal, radiation and evolution of marine and nonmarine life. The paper attempts to track the geologic, climatic and physiographic parameters through an examination and regression analysis of marine species diversity in the fossil record.Early Miocene: Around 21 million years ago, there were only three known, fairly small hotspots of species richness. The authors find an increase in diversity that coincides with the rising temperatures after the comparatively cool Oligocene.Middle Miocene: During this period, species richness in Europe increased to a maximum—this occurred at what climatologists refer to as the Middle Miocene Climate Optimum. The changes in speciation were driven by the rise and dissipation of freshwater lake basins; although most declined, a new hotspot on the Balkan Peninsula resulted from the folding of the Dinaride Mountains, accommodating new lakes and species. After the decline, species richness rebounded about 5 million years ago.Late Miocene: All previous European hotspots disappeared, and a very large new one emerged in the Pannonian Basin. A peak in diversity was followed by another major Miocene turnover, with a rise in rates of extinction.Pliocene: The total number of species reached a temporary maximum; this is followed by the extinction of more than 300 species that corresponded with a mid-Pliocene warm period.Pleistocene: Global and regional cooling during this period resulted in a decline in species richness. A number of major long-lived lakes declined, along with the maximum number of species per lake.Recent: The Ice Ages brought glaciation of much of Northern Europe and the Alpine region, and many major lakes and their faunas vanished. Most of the existing lakes emerged after the Last Glacial Maximum, along with their faunas.The researchers demonstrate that the shifts of species richness hotspots throughout time are linked to the development of geologic basins that accommodate long-lived freshwater and brackish environments. They write that “the availability of a persisting, stable geologic basin providing continual freshwater or brackish environments is a prerequisite for hotspot evolution for aquatic gastropods… The rise and demise of species richness hotspots throughout time is tightly related to regional and tectonic phases.” © 2015 Phys.orgcenter_img (Phys.org)—Biology often uses the word “hotspot” to characterize a region that gives rise to an abundance of species over a particular time period. A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the development of continental aquatic species hotspots is tightly linked to the climatic and geodynamic history of the European continent. More information: “Tectonics, climate, and the rise and demise of continental aquatic species richness hotspots.” PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print August 24, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1503992112AbstractContinental aquatic species richness hotspots are unevenly distributed across the planet. In present-day Europe, only two centers of biodiversity exist (Lake Ohrid on the Balkans and the Caspian Sea). During the Neogene, a wide variety of hotspots developed in a series of long-lived lakes. The mechanisms underlying the presence of richness hotspots in different geological periods have not been properly examined thus far. Based on Miocene to Recent gastropod distributions, we show that the existence and evolution of such hotspots in inland-water systems are tightly linked to the geodynamic history of the European continent. Both past and present hotspots are related to the formation and persistence of long-lived lake systems in geological basins or to isolation of existing inland basins and embayments from the marine realm. The faunal evolution within hotspots highly depends on warm climates and surface area. During the Quaternary icehouse climate and extensive glaciations, limnic biodiversity sustained a severe decline across the continent and most former hotspots disappeared. The Recent gastropod distribution is mainly a geologically young pattern formed after the Last Glacial Maximum (19 ky) and subsequent formation of postglacial lakes. The major hotspots today are related to long-lived lakes in preglacially formed, permanently subsiding geological basins. Citation: Analysis finds species diversity driven by tectonics and climate (2015, September 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-analysis-species-diversity-driven-tectonics.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

ContextVision Introduces AIPowered Image Enhancement for Digital Radiography

first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Altumira is designed for all DR systems, from plain X-ray to the most advanced angiography systems. The software can provide greater contrast and resolution in parallel with intelligent noise suppression and harmonized intensity levels also for low-dose fluoroscopy as well as in high-quality angiography sequences.This new product adds to ContextVision’s present product portfolio of image enhancement for 2-D/3-D/4-D ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-ray and mammography.Demonstrations of Altumira, as well as ContextVision’s other solutions, will occur during the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Nov. 25-30 in Chicago.For more information: www.contextvision.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | November 09, 2018 ContextVision Introduces AI-Powered Image Enhancement for Digital Radiography Altumira software addresses challenges regarding durability and high image quality for all X-ray and angiography exams News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s.center_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more A wide variety of image characteristics and requirements for all types of anatomies; and News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more November 9, 2018 — With the integration of deep learning technology, ContextVision takes digital radiography (DR) to new levels with its latest image enhancement platform, Altumira.ContextVision’s new technology supports clinicians to accurately interpret medical imaging, leading the way to better diagnoses and improved patient care. Altumira is specially designed to meet the demanding needs of DR, and addresses significant challenges regarding durability and high image quality that have been difficult to solve before, including: Varying exposure conditions between patients;last_img read more

Costa Rican inflation The 2007 breakthrough

first_imgFrom the print editionOverall inflation in Costa Rica for 2012 has varied from 4.6 to 5.1 percent in April, May and June, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) annual forecast. If there are no extraordinary changes in the economy, inflation should continue in this range for the rest of the year. By comparison, U.S. inflation was at a 1.7 percent annual rate in June. Costa Rica has more than twice the U.S. inflation rate, but the Tico economy should grow more than twice as fast as the U.S. economy this year – a trade-off any entrepreneur will take.On Tuesday, the Central Bank forecast growth for 2012 at 4.8 percent, higher than previous estimates of 3.8 percent.Despite inflation numbers that are high in relation to the U.S. economy, Costa Rica is now operating in an inflation range that was an impossible dream for two generations. Before 2007, the Central Bank would have broken out the champagne if overall price increases could be kept to less than double digits in any given year.In 2007, the Central Bank changed its method for fixing the exchange rate, from a predictable, mini-devaluation scheme to floating the colón and letting private buyers and sellers of dollars determine the exchange rate. To be sure, it’s a “dirty float,” with the Central Bank setting exchange rate floors and ceilings that trigger its intervention if the exchange rate gets too low or too high. But so far, the rate has been more or less stable since 2007, with Central Bank intervention only on the low end of its target range: {500 to the dollar. But at the time the Central Bank made the change to a floating exchange rate, it looked like a gamble – after 24 years, from 1983 to 2007, the economy had become accustomed to the relatively predictable mini-devaluations. During those years, total yearly devaluation averaged 11 percent. What happened to cause the Central Bank to want to fix a system that wasn’t broken? In hindsight, based on success with the floating colón, it would seem that the Central Bank was telling Costa Rica’s exporters that, after 24 years of coddling them with steady devaluation to make exports more competitive, it would now seek to stabilize the exchange rate and concentrate on what should be the No. 1 goal of every central bank: exchange stability with low inflation. In an open economy like Costa Rica’s, where exports and imports total more than 60 percent of gross domestic product, an 11 percent devaluation every year builds a big fraction of that into increased money supply (as exporters change dollars into colones to pay their local production costs), and the full devaluation rate increase into the price of imports. No wonder the country struggled to crack a 10 percent minimum inflation rate in those years when devaluation averaged 11percent.What emboldened the Central Bank to float the colón in 2007? Most likely, the answer is changes in the Costa Rican economy. A generation ago, the big dollar earners for Costa Rica were coffee, sugar, bananas and beef – all agricultural commodities, in which Costa Rica competed on a price-only basis with lower-cost producers all over the world. With those products and that competition, yearly devaluation was necessary to remain competitive. But today, Costa Rica exports mostly services and high-tech goods, and agriculture is only one-sixth of exports. For its modern export product mix, Costa Rica’s educated workforce provides the competitive edge, and the pricing crutch of yearly devaluation is no longer necessary.Rudolf Lucke, a professor at the University of Costa Rica’s Institute for Investigation in Economic Sciences, a think tank, put together the chart pictured above left. Though it starts in 2009, not 2007, the chart shows the Central Bank’s success in bringing down inflation. The graph breaks annualized CPI changes down into component parts: regulated and non-regulated products, and exportable and non-exportable goods and services. In January 2009, the range of inflation components was all over the place, from a low of 11 percent for exportable goods to a high of 17 percent for non-exportable goods. In three years and four months, all the inflation-rate components have converged to between 4-6 percent – a stunning achievement, and the greatest help the government and the Central Bank can give to the poor, who are hardest hit by the inflation tax. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Rising Home Prices Help Older Americans Hinder Younger Buyers

first_img While last year’s rising home prices brought relief to many underwater homeowners, allowing many older homeowners with increased net worth to purchase new homes, they also precluded many young first-time buyers from purchasing, according to a report from Houston, Texas-based “”BBVA Group””:http://www.bbvacompass.com/, a global financial services firm. [IMAGE]””Older homeowners are increasingly able to purchase a new residence with cash only after they sell their current home,”” said Jason Frederick, an economist for BBVA Compass. In December 2013, 42 percent of residential home sales were made in cash, a significant increase from just 18 percent a year earlier. With many older Americans feeling confident as their net worth rises with their home values, homebuilders are now targeting potential buyers 55 years old or older, according to BBVA. Younger Americans who do not yet own a home find themselves in a very different situation from seasoned homeowners. Home price growth has outpaced income growth, and according to Frederick, “”[Y]oung families will [COLUMN_BREAK]need to see faster income growth and save additional money to make a larger down payment.”” Prices will continue to rise this year, but appreciation will slow from the 11.5 percent annual gain last year to a pace of 8.5 percent for 2014, according to BBVA’s projections. Gross domestic product (GDP) and employment will also improve this year, according to BBVA. GDP will grow by 2.5 percent this year, and the economy will add 2.4 million jobs. These improvements will carry over to the residential market, translating to 2.1 million new households over the next two years. “”[H]ousehold formation will increase with economic growth because both immigration rises and young people move out of their parents’ houses,”” BBVA said in its report. However, many of these new households will enter the rental market rather than the purchase market. BBVA predicts rental households will grow by 1.2 million over the next two years, while owner-occupied households will grow by 900,000. Home sales will rise in 2014, according to BBVA. Existing single-family home sales will rise 4.2 percent over the year to about 4.7 million, while new single-family home sales will jump up 13.4 percent over the year to about 490,000.With inventory low, BBVA predicts a 17 percent increase in housing starts this year. Single-family housing starts will total about 810,000, and multifamily starts will total about 274,000 for an overall addition of about 1.1 million housing starts. The healing market will also encounter fewer foreclosures this year than last. BBVA predicts between 700,000 and 800,000 foreclosures this year, down from 1 million last year. Rising Home Prices Help Older Americans, Hinder Younger Buyers in Data February 12, 2014 421 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Equity Home Prices Home Sales Homebuilders Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2014-02-12 Krista Franks Brock Sharelast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had an

first_imgArizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had an up-and-down 2013 season, but he reached a milestone that no one in NFL history had before — throwing for more than 4,000 yards with three different teams. The 11-year veteran reached the mark with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006 and 2007, and also did it with the Raiders in 2012. His 4,274 yards this season were a career high, as were his 22 interceptions and 41 sacks. The former first-round pick out of USC threw for 407 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday. “Personal [milestones] are always nice, but I wasn’t thinking about it,” Palmer said. “It wasn’t one of my personal goals. I wasn’t worried about it, I was thinking about wins and losses.”Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said this season was a testament to Palmer’s resiliency and toughness, as he battled through ankle and elbow injuries as well as a slow start to the season.“He’s as resilient a guy … I can’t say enough about how tough he is mentally,” Arians said. “You know something good’s going to happen eventually, because he’s gonna keep slinging it in there.” – / 22 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Rep LaSata optimistic after revenue estimating conference

first_img Categories: LaSata News,News 12Jan Rep. LaSata optimistic after revenue estimating conference State Rep. Kim LaSata today said steady, sustainable economic growth will continue based on information presented to the House and Senate Appropriations committees during the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, which is the first look at the upcoming economic forecast.The report was compiled by the House and Senate Fiscal agencies and the state budget director. It predicts Michigan’s recovery from the Great Recession earlier this decade will continue.“We have heard good news that our economy is strong and will continue to strengthen in the coming year,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. “Our conservative approach to budgeting and diligence in cutting unnecessary spending has resulted in a vigorous economy that is creating jobs and improving the quality of life for Michigan families.”LaSata said with the arrival of the new year, the Appropriations Committee will soon begin crafting a spending blueprint for the 2018-19 fiscal year.“The information we received today will be important as we begin work on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year,” LaSata said. “I look forward to getting started on a new budget that will continue to ensure the health, welfare, safety and quality of life for all Michigan residents.”#####last_img read more