Thats no bull Manitoba steer Dozer bigger than massive Aussie steer farmer

first_imgSTEINBACH, Man. — A Manitoba farm sanctuary is inviting people to meet a gentle giant after a photo of an Australian steer towering over other cows went viral.Knickers the Holstein has been making headlines Down Under because he stands just under two metres in height and weighs about 1.4 tonnes.But Dozer the steer near Steinbach stands about 2.5 centimetres taller.And that is no bull.Karl Schoenrock from Kismet Creek Farm took in Dozer last spring from an owner in Alberta who wanted a better of quality of life for the massive steer.Schoenrock says the farm takes animals in to live out their natural lives.“Everybody is pretty much smaller than Dozer. Even our horses and everything else, nothing compares,” he said Wednesday.“He is just so calm, with his demeanour.”Dozer currently shares a pasture with two other steers and a horse. (CTV Winnipeg) The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Vancouver millennials have lowest discretionary income after house purchase

Vancouver millennials have lowest discretionary income after house purchase VANCOUVER – A new report says soaring property prices mean millennials in Vancouver have the lowest discretionary income among 10 Canadian cities it analyzed.Vancity Credit Union says a typical Vancouver couple aged 24 to 34, with a combined annual income of about $72,000, would go into debt by $2,745 a year after buying an average priced property and paying essential expenses including property taxes, food, utilities and transportation.The housing market in Toronto is the second-most expensive and a millennial couple there had the next lowest level of discretionary income.The report says a couple in Toronto would have about $3,400 in discretionary income annually after buying an average priced house.Millennial couples in Edmonton have the highest level of annual discretionary income at more than $47,000.The report says that when childcare is added, a Vancouver family with one youngster in full-time care faces a debt of more than $17,000 per year.Income and household spending costs in the report are based on Statistics Canada data. Housing figures are based on prices for March 2016 from real estate boards across the country.Vancity warns that millennials in Vancouver may need to reconsider home ownership as the first and best way to create wealth, adding that a lack of rental housing in the region is also a problem.“The status quo isn’t good enough if we want this generation to be able to put down roots, possibly have a family and still enjoy a basic quality of life in Vancouver,” says William Azaroff, Vancity’s vice-president of community investment.Yearly costs for an average home purchased in Metro Vancouver in 2016 are $44,354, and the report says that millennials would have to give up the dream of a single-family home in order to ease the budget crunch.Buying a townhouse at an average cost leaves about $9,500 annually in discretionary income, and that climbs to about $16,400 if a condominium is purchased, the report says.However, Vancouver lacks an adequate supply of townhouses as an option for families who can’t afford homes.“Toronto and Vancouver are particularly difficult cities in which to raise a family and have money left over to nurture and improve well-being,” the report concludes.“In these cities, basic expenses eat up the majority of income. And in Vancouver, this can be directly correlated to skyrocketing prices for stable, appropriate and affordable housing.”The study makes a number of recommendations, from tax credits for new housing development to creating thousands more units of rental housing by 2021.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said a typical couple would go into debt by $2,745 a month. by The Canadian Press Posted May 11, 2016 1:10 pm MDT Last Updated May 12, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN agency provides assistance for hundreds fleeing town near Lebanons border with

The agency’s spokesperson, Arianne Rummery said today that UNHCR has been working together with Lebanese Government and other partners to provide humanitarian aid, including hygiene and baby kits, mattresses, blankets, bread and canned food, to the refugees.According to the Lebanese municipal authorities, the clashes that began on Saturday have displaced over 2,000 Lebanese and Syrians, mainly women and children. They are currently sheltering in private houses, community centres and schools in Bekaa towns such as Al Marj, Bar Elias and Baalbek.The agency stressed that due to security reasons access to Arsal remained limited, causing shortage of food stocks and baby supplies. While electricity remains cut off, preventing pumping of water from wells, the water supply is also precarious. UNHCR is also concerned about the low number of medical supplies in Arsal, where primary care and mobile medical unit have been mostly suspended. Humanitarian agencies have dispatched mobile medical units to areas and towns in the Bekaa hosting those displaced from Arsal.In a news release, UNHCR noted that those who were able to flee the town cited security concerns, including the risk of being caught in crossfire, as the main reason for leaving their homes.Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria four years ago, UNHCR has registered 42,000 Syrian refugees who fled from Arsal, which was also a home town for some 35,000 Lebanese civilians.Lebanon currently hosts more Syrian refugees than any other country, with UNHCR having registered 1.2 million, equivalent to more than a quarter of Lebanon’s resident population. read more

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Fifth wrestler alleges Jim Jordan knew of sexual abuse

Richard Strauss, a former wrestling team physician and an assistant professor of medicine, is being investigated by Ohio State on allegations of sexual misconduct. Credit: Lantern file photoThree former Ohio State wrestlers  came forward to say that Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan knew of alleged sexual abuse by Dr. Richard J. Strauss while Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach from 1987 to 1995 at Ohio State in a report by NBC.Since the report by NBC, Jordan has denied the allegations, supporters have questioned the timing by the former wrestlers, the president has weighed in and a fifth wrestler has come forward.Jordan denies knowledge of abuseJordan has roundly denied allegations that he knew of any sexual abuse, first in statements by his office and then in an interview on Fox News Friday night.“I never saw, never heard of, never was told about any kind of abuse,” Jordan told Fox News host Bret Baier. “If I did, I would have dealt with it. A good coach puts the interests of his student-athletes first.”During the interview, Jordan questioned the motives of those connecting him to the abuse and pushed the theory popular among those supporting him: the timing of this story is a ploy to keep him from becoming the next Speaker of the House.“I think the timing is suspect when you think about how this whole story came together after the Rosenstein hearing and the speaker’s race,” he said.Jordan, a founding member of the Freedom Caucus and an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, has been pegged as a favorite by hard-line conservatives to take Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan’s position as speaker of the house when he retires following the midterm elections.Trump defends JordanTrump addressed the rumors about Jordan, defending the Republican member of the House aboard Air Force One while en route to a rally in Montana Thursday.“I don’t believe them at all,” he said, referencing allegations that Jordan was aware of sexual abuse while he was a coach. “I believe him. I believe him 100 percent. No question in my mind.”Trump continued that Jordan was one of the best people he has met in his time in Washington.Fifth wrestler comes forwardFormer Ohio State wrestler and UFC world champion Mark Coleman joined the other wrestlers who claimed Jordan knew of the alleged abuse this week saying in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that the only way Jordan doesn’t remember is if he has dementia.“There’s no way unless he’s got dementia or something that he’s got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State,” Coleman said. “I have nothing but respect for this man, I love this man, but he knew as far as I’m concerned.” read more

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Desperate father seeking publics help to locate daughter her mother

Missing is Gabriella Pertab, 11,A desperate father is now seeking the public’s assistance in locating his daughter and her mother, who have been missing for more than two weeks now.Missing are Gabriella Pertab, 11 years old, and her mother- a Venezuelan National- Veronica Escobar, 36, of lot 229 D’andrade Street, Newtown, Kitty, Georgetown.According to the child’s father, Brian Pertab- who resides in the United States- two Sundays ago, he attempted to call his child’s mother but received no answer. He noted that after several calls and efforts to make contact with Escobar proved futile, he opted to call his daughter’s school.“I kept calling and calling, and no one answered. I don’t have any other relatives in Guyana, so I contacted Marian’s Academy to find out if she was there,” he explained.Pertab recalled that to his dismay, the teachers informed him that his child had not reported to school for several days.As such, he returned to Guyana on Tuesday to continue his search for the duo.The distressed father told Inews that he has made reports of them being missing at the Eve Leary Police Station and has even “made immigration checks to see if they left the country.”However, it has all led to a dead end thus far he related.Pertab, who did not divulge much about the child’s mother, explained that he has maintained a ‘remarkable’ relationship with Escobar over the years, and would contact her and his daughter constantly from abroad. He recalled that his last visit to Guyana was in September 2016.The father also noted that this is the first time an incident of this nature has ever occurred, and he is extremely worried, while highlighting that Escobar has never made threats to take his child from him in the past.The frantic parent is requesting that anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of his child and her mother to contact him on 592-611-0777 or  592-231-8676 or to call the nearest police station. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWBD teen missing since Monday; parents asking for public’s help in locating herSeptember 4, 2019In “latest news”Kidnapped 5 – Year – old spotted in Berbice with motherSeptember 19, 2014In “Crime”Guyanese mother, Trini son deportedOctober 30, 2013In “Local News” read more

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CiDRA and KROHNE to deliver SONARtrac systems to Sino Iron

first_imgCiDRA has announced the successful completion of a further project win with KROHNE Australia for CiDRA’s SONARtrac flow measurement solution. These additional systems will support the rollout of the CITIC Pacific Mining Sino Iron project which has been a joint campaign between KROHNE Australia and CiDRA. Michael Murphy, CiDRA’s Managing Director, Asia Pacific states that, “We are delighted to report this significant success with KROHNE Australia, with such a premier project. CiDRA and KROHNE have been collaborating in Australia for over six years and are looking forward to a continued relationship and mutual success for many years to come in this very key industry and market.”CiDRA’s sonar flow meter is the newest class of flow meter that has become an industry standard for slurry measurement. SONARtrac non-intrusive flow monitoring systems do not make contact with the slurry and can be removed and reinstalled without process interruption. SONARtrac systems also demonstrate a very stable output in the presence of a variety of ores, and demonstrate superior levels of performance. This passive, sonar-based technology enables measurements of single phase and multiphase fluids, as well as slurries, with the same level of accuracy and performance.last_img read more

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Chromebook Pixel can boot into Ubuntu and Linux Mint just like a

first_imgThere are plenty of reasons to not want to spend $1450 on the Chromebook Pixel, but most of them are an extension of the fact that Chrome OS hasn’t grown up enough to replace a traditional OS. Fortunately, Google’s new BIOS makes it easier to work around the native operating system than any Chrome OS hardware before it.The main appeal of the Samsung Chromebook and its ilk has been price. For $250, you could afford to pick one up and see if you were going to like it. You could give one as a gift to that family member who considered it a biological imperative to click on every link they came across, leaving you to scrub the shame off of their hard drive the next time you were over for a visit.It seemed, for a while, that the whole point of Chrome OS was to offer something for those who rely on the web exclusively. When offered with inexpensive hardware, this all makes perfect sense. When you offer that web-only experience in one of the most expensive (non-Apple) consumer laptops on the market, the least you can do is make it so power users don’t have to work too hard to get more out of that gorgeous hardware.Like all Chromebooks before it, the Pixel offers a Developer Mode. It’s triggered by a simple toggle switch which, if flipped, allows the user to sit outside of the Chrome OS sandbox and get creative. This version of Chrome OS takes things further with a semi-writable BIOS. Unlike all previous Chrome OS hardware, the Pixel offers a secondary BIOS that is not Read Only, and is accessible in Developer Mode. This means that installing other operating systems is as simple as booting from an SD card or USB stick with a Linux image and then installing, just like you would on any other computer that’s not “protected” with Secure Boot.So far, several users have taken advantage of this, and in a short while there were mostly functional versions of Ubuntu and Mint running on the Chromebook Pixel. You lose that luxurious trackpad until someone gets it working in Linux, but the rest of the OS works just fine.An alternative solution is to use Linux in a virtualized manner. Crouton is a tool developed by a Googler to allow for Ubuntu to exist virtualized, but allow you to use the alternative to Chrome OS as though it is running naturally. Crouton is specifically for Ubuntu right now, with a publicly available GitHub that explains in detail how to install and use this new OS on your Chromebook. Ubuntu will be given its own file system to run in, with applications that run in its own environment, just like a virtual machine.Remember: if you choose to use your Chromebook Pixel this way, you’re stuck in Developer Mode. This means that your Chromebook will take 30 seconds longer than usual to load every time you start it, because the boot sequence feels the need to take that time to remind you that you’re in Developer Mode. It also means that your laptop is less secure, in that a root exploit can grant any user access to the whole system. There’s no real way to escape this, and while it may seem like a small price to pay for full-fledged Linux on your Pixel, it is also a daily reminder that you’re not using the laptop the way it was originally intended.last_img read more

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Google ne filtre plus en Chine mais les autorités veillent

first_imgGoogle ne filtre plus en Chine mais les autorités veillentChine – Google a transféré son site chinois sur Hong-Kong. Désormais, le géant américain ne filtre plus les recherches en Chine : c’est le gouvernement de l’empire du milieu qui s’en charge.Google a décidé de ne plus filtrer ses recherches en Chine. Afin de contourner la loi chinoise, le lien Google.cn a été redirigé vers le lien pour Hong-Kong, Google.com.hk. Néanmoins, ces changements ne modifient en rien les recherches des internautes puisque le gouvernement chinois filtre lui-même les résultats. Ainsi, certains sites politiques ou pornographiques demeurent bloqués tout comme YouTube ou Twitter. Par ailleurs, Pékin a souligné que ces tensions, ayant démarré début janvier avec des attaques virtuelles ciblant la firme américaine, n’altéraient en rien les relations diplomatiques avec les États-Unis.Le 23 mars 2010 à 10:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Special drive to fill vacancies in Police Department Home

first_imgAmaravati: AP Home Minister Mekathoti Sucharita has announced that 333 candidates have been selected in the written examination which was conducted to fill the vacancies in the police department. A total of 1,35,414 candidates have applied for these vacant posts. AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has released the results of Sub Inspector on Monday. After which, the CM and Home Minister has congratulated the candidates who have qualified in the exams. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us On the occasion, Home Minister said a special drive would be conducted to fill the vacancies in the Police Department. She said more 17 percent vacancies in various categories in the police department has to be recruited. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Mekathoti Sucharita has said that 32,745 candidates have qualified in the preliminary and physical fitness test. In the final written exam, 333 candidates have selected. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us In which, 149 are Sub Inspector Civil, 75 are Reserve Sub Inspector of Police, 75 Reserve Sub Inspector of Police (AP Special Police), 10 Deputy Jailer (Male), 4 Deputy Jailer (Women), 20 Station Fire Officers. In the written exam, Paruchuri Mahesh (Nellore), Sheikh Hussain Peera (Kadapa) and Palem Ravi Kishore (Kadapa) scored 255 marks and stood as the toppers and in the women category, Vishwanathpalli Pragna of Krishna district stood as the top topper with 224 marks.last_img read more

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Titan PC Jeweller set to gain from pay commissioninduced salary hike good

first_imgGold demand may have remained subdued in the first quarter of the current financial year due to high prices and jewellers’ strike that extended into April, but the remaining period, especially the second half of 2016-17, is likely to see a boom in business for various reasons.A long wedding season, coupled with a good monsoon and salary hike for government employees in accordance with the proposals of the 7th Central Pay Commission augur well for companies such as Titan and PC Jeweller (PCJ), according to a note by brokerage ICICI Securities.”Ahead, apart from macro benefits such as rollouts of the 7th Pay Commission and normal monsoon, we believe these companies will benefit from 50 percent YoY higher number of wedding days between October 2016 and June 2017, stimulus to revenues and margins due to higher gold prices, and  favourable base,” analysts Anand Mour and Aniruddha Joshi said in their note. The Central government has implemented the pay panel’s recommendations in part, by accepting the salary hike component and releasing the arrears for seven months in one go, while a decision on the quantum of hike in allowances is pending. The outgo on account of salary component itself has been estimated at Rs. 34,600 crore.The analysts said that besides the above-listed positive factors, the shift from the unorganised to organised sector will also boost revenues for jewellery makers.”We expect Titan as well as PCJ to benefit from the shift from unorganised to organised jewellery retailing. Launches of new designs and aggressive network expansion will sustain the growth tempo,” they wrote. Both the companies had reported a modest increase in revenues and profit for the first quarter (Q1) ended June 2016.Titan’s jewellery division Tanishq posted 3.2 percent increase in sales on year-on-year (YoY) basis to Rs. 2,138.32 crore in Q1 from Rs. 2,072.91 crore. ” Retail sales in the first quarter were adversely impacted by fewer wedding dates and a significant impact on revenues in the jewellery industry due to high gold prices,” the Tata Group company said in a statement after declaring Q1 results.PC Jeweller sales rose 10.18 percent to Rs. 1,664.45 crore (from Rs. 1,510.65 crore in the June 2015 quarter). The company reported net profit of Rs. 106.59 crore, up 31.15 percent, YoY.For Titan, which is also into other segments such as watches and other lifestyle products, net profit saw a 16.3 percent drop to Rs. 126.69 crore, YoY. The company attributed the fall to provision made on account of voluntary retirement scheme.The future appears bright for the jewellery industry and these two companies are expected to benefit a lot, reflecting in a likely spurt in their share prices.Titan shares ended 0.76 percent higher at Rs. 401.85 apiece on the BSE on Friday, while PC Jeweller closed 2.11 percent higher at Rs. 238.30.Other listed gold companies include Tribhovandas Zaveri (TBZ) and Gitanjali Gems. TBZ shares closed at Rs. 68.15 apiece, up 2.48 percent, while Gitanjali Gems gained 2.71 percent to end at Rs. 45.40 on the BSE on Friday.Key observations of Q1 results by ICICI Securities:Modest growth reported by jewellery companies in Q1FY17, while gold import declined and unorganised jewellers’ sentiment took a beating.While gold import data shows decline, again, it is not reflective of gold demand trend as household gold supply increased, as stated by managements of jewellery companies on conference calls. Gold is available in the market at discount to MCX prices. While the discount has narrowed from Rs2,000/10gm in Q4FY16 to Rs250/10gm currently, it clearly underlines the flow of non-duty paid gold in the market.Spurt in gold prices leading to consumers postponing jewellery purchase, in turn jewellers increasing focus on studded jewellery.Average gold prices were up 10%, YoY in Q1FY17, highest in the past 14 quarters.The share of diamond jewellery was higher for PCJ as well as TBZ, which has helped drive the EBIT margins upwards. PCJ generally has activation on studded jewellery in March. However, as the industry was closed in Mar’16, PCJ postponed its activation of diamond jewellery to Apr’16.Titan started its activation on studded jewellery in Jul’16 (compared to Jun’15 last year), the revenue share of studded jewellery has dropped, YoY.Jewellers expect demand for jewellery to step up from Sep’16 with the onset of wedding and festival season.Though there will be overhang on the jewellery sector due to uncertainty about the expected GST rate, we believe the overall tax incidence may not increase ahead. Currently, jewellery attracts 10% customs duty, 1% excise duty and ~1% VAT. Even if there is any marginal increase in tax incidence, the shift from unorganised sector to organised sector will be faster post rollout of GST.As the money flow (on implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations) in the hands of consumers coincides with beginning of festive season in India, we expect healthy demand for products such as jewellery, consumer durables, premium FMCGs.last_img read more

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Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Tamil Thalaivas vs Dabang Delhi Preview Prediction Schedule

first_imgTamil Thalaivas in action during Pro Kabaddi 6.IANSThe Dabang Delhi KC will fight it out against Tamil Thalaivas in the Pro Kabaddi League 2019 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday, July 25. Tamil Thalaivas will look forward to continuing their winning form while Dabang Delhi KC who narrowly defeated the Telugu Titans will hope to get wins on back-to-back days.Preview, Prediction and Schedule Tamil Thalaivas Pro Kabaddi League 2018.IANSAfter having a good start to the season defeating Telugu Titans the Tamil Thalaivas will look forward to continuing the momentum in the next match as well. Rahul Chaudhuri contributed with a Super 10 and with two tackle points. Ajay Thakur had the Super Raid of the match. Manjeet Chillar finished with six tackle points while Mohit Chillar scored four tackle points. Their defence looked rock-solid throughout the game and they are definitely pretty much confident. Dabang Delhi.Pro Kabbadi LeagueOn the other hand, Dabang Delhi KC also won the first match of their campaign against the Telugu Titans. But the match was a closely contested one and they emerged as the winners. Navin Kumar, who scored a Super 10 will hope to continue his form throughout the tournament whereas Chandran Ranjit and Meraj Sheykh will also be in action hoping to deliver for the team significantly. Joginder Narwal was pretty much solid in defence and will stand up to do his duties along with the help Ravinder Pahal and Vishal Mane.     According to past records, Dabang Delhi KC are way ahead and the favourites but the Tamil Thalaivas are in good form this time around so it will be a cracker of a match. The Tamil Thalaivas-Dabang Delhi match will start at 7.30 pm IST.TV listings and live streamingThe broadcasting rights of the tournament are held by Star Sports and the matches will be telecasted on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Kannada, Star Sports 1 Telugu and Star Sports 1 Marathi. For live streaming on the internet, the platform will be Hotstar.last_img read more

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Govt to discuss Digital law with journalists programme postponed

first_img.Journalist groups in Bangladesh have canceled planned protests against a new law they say cripples press freedom after the government offered talks instead.The law, which combines some existing measures such as the colonial-era Official Secrets Act with tough new provisions, was passed by parliament on 19 September, three months before an expected national election. It now awaits the signature of President Abdul Hamid to come into force.Journalist groups and unions had planned protests in Dhaka on Thursday and Saturday, but the government has now invited them to join talks expected on Sunday.“If we can achieve our demand through discussion then that is good for all,” said Saiful Islam, president of Dhaka Reporters Unity, a forum for journalists.The unions and the Editors Council of Bangladesh, which represents the country’s largest daily newspapers, will attend the talks.“The information ministry is very much aware about the concern of the journalist community,” information minister Hasanul Haq said in the letter. “It is of the utmost necessity to sit with the Editors Council to discuss the issue, to settle the concerns and ensure free movement of information.”MEDIA FREEDOMThe journalists’ groups have called on the government to revise or drop multiple sections in the law they say stifle media freedom and breach their right to free speech.They are unhappy about a provision that allows police to arrest any individual without a warrant.There is a maximum sentence of 14 years for espionage if an individual is found secretly recording information with electronic instruments inside a government building.Another section imposes the same jail sentence for spreading “propaganda and campaign” against Bangladesh’s 1971 war for independence from Pakistan. A further element journalists have opposed is the inclusion in the law of the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which includes a sentence of up to 14 years for sharing state secrets with an enemy.“This section of this law is a major obstacle for journalists in revealing truth,” said Reaz Uddin Ahmed, acting chairman of the Editors Council.Human Rights Watch has called the law a “tool ripe for abuse and a clear violation of the country’s obligations under international law to protect free speech”.Critics see the law as an authoritarian move by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, already facing flak for violently suppressing protests last month by school students demanding improved road safety and over a campaign against drugs in which security forces are accused of extrajudicial killings.Hasina has defended the new law by saying it is aimed at controlling cyber and digital crimes.“The journalists are only thinking about their interest, not about society and only for that they are raising their voices,” she said this week.Scores of people, including journalists, have been jailed in Bangladesh under Hasina’s rule since 2009 for criticizing the government online.last_img read more

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Model offers insight into how life continues to evolve

first_img More information: Emanuel Gregor Worst et al. “Unbounded growth patterns of reproducing, competing polymers—similarities to biological evolution.” New Journal of Physics. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/18/10/103003 In these reproduction-dominant situations, the evolution of polymers of different lengths bears similarities to Darwinian evolution. As the researchers explain, it is the dynamics of the entire system that selects a particular, new species (length of polymer) in such a way that it can use the existing situation most efficiently to multiply. Each time, the system escapes from this dominance by creating a new species that uses the new situation to its benefit. “We believe that we have created a model system that exposes a dynamic mechanism reflecting essential traits of Darwinian evolution,” said coauthor Karsten Kruse at Saarland University. “In a reproduction-dominated situation, in our system, only certain types of molecular reproducers occur: those that benefit most from a given situation. However, these ‘species’ fail to dominate the situation because of the emergence of ever new other species.”In the future, the researchers plan to modify the model so that the molecules acquire functionality, making them more similar to biological species.”Although the simplicity of our system is what constitutes its quality and makes the message so clear, it is unclear how to devise a more complex system that enables new functionalities in a Darwinian setting,” Ott said. “This is something we plan to address in the future.” Explore further Citation: Model offers insight into how life continues to evolve (2016, November 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-insight-life-evolve.html (Phys.org)—One of the most puzzling things about evolution is that, even after 4 billion years, it hasn’t stopped. Instead of culminating in a single best adapted species, today the Earth contains an estimated 8.7 million different species, all of which will one day die out as a variety of new species takes their places. In the new model, different species (lengths of polymer) emerge for a time, and then “die out” as new species take their place; there is no permanent dominant species. Credit: Worst et al. ©2016 IOP Publishing The results revealed that species evolution depends on which growth mechanism dominates. In situations in which the ligation mechanism dominates, all possible polymer lengths are generated (all multiples of 20 starting with a length of 20, such as 40, 60, 80, and 100 base pairs and above). But when reproduction dominates, only certain lengths appear (specifically, lengths of 10, 20, 40, 80, or 160 base pairs), and only for limited periods of time. Each polymer length follows a pattern in which its numbers exponentially increase, then plateau, and finally decrease, allowing new lengths of polymers to emerge. Although scientists have tried to model these evolutionary dynamics in the lab, such as by using systems of molecules that change over time in some way, most of these models eventually generate a single dominant species and then come to a standstill. Scientists still don’t completely understand how evolution continues to generate new species, which is known to occur even in the absence of changing external pressures. Now in a new study, a team of physicists has developed a theoretical and experimental model of evolution that continues without end, even under constant external conditions. The model may help scientists better understand how the biosphere continues to evolve over billions of years.”We hope to understand the necessary conditions of Darwinian statistics—notably, the coexistence of species that each have a finite lifetime—that emerge with Darwinian evolution,” coauthor Albrecht Ott at Saarland University in Saarbruecken, Germany, told Phys.org. “This seems a major problem that research on the origin of life needs to deal with. Furthermore, molecular systems can help to elucidate mechanisms of speciation, notably the emergence and disappearance of niches.”The new model system consists of linear DNA polymers of different lengths, where the length of a polymer determines its “species.” The polymers can reproduce (creating polymers of the same length) or join together via the polymer-binding enzyme DNA ligase (creating longer polymers, which are new species). In their experiments, the researchers started with polymers that were 10 or 20 base pairs long. After exposing them to temperature variations that promoted reproduction and binding to various degrees, the researchers found that polymers of different lengths began to emerge. When it comes to polymer fragility, size does matter 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. © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: New Journal of Physics In the new model of evolution, polymers can form new polymers of different lengths via an enzymatic ligation process, as shown here. Credit: Worst et al. ©2016 IOP Publishinglast_img read more

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VIDEO Last Chance U star Isaiah Wright charged in fatal stabbing death

first_img Patrick landed a scholarship at Indiana, but was declared a medical hardship after suffering injuries which ended his football career. Wright briefly enrolled at West Georgia, but left the team in 2017. Advertisement Isaiah Wright, a player featured in the popular Netflix series Last Chance U, and his brother who also attended the school, have been charged in connection with a fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old man in Tennessee.Per The Knoxville News-Sentinel report:Camion D. Patrick, 22, of Knoxville, and Isaiah S. Wright, 20, of Harriman, are each charged with one count of criminal homicide in the July 25 death of 18-year-old Caleb Thomas Radford, of Maryville, the Alcoa Police Department announced Thursday.Patrick and Wright both played at East Mississippi Community College. Wright became one of the focal points in season 2 of the series. After showing early promise, he was unable to stay on the field due to injuries, and later clashed with head coach Buddy Stephens. Patrick attended the school and won a national title in 2014, before the series began filming.last_img read more

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What Googles Mobile OS Will Do for Your Next Cell Phone

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 10 min read November 5, 2007 No Google phone exists yet, but the search giant’s announcement of an open platform for mobile-phone apps is a step in the right direction. So when will we see the so-called Android phones from members of the newly founded Open Handset Alliance? We’ll dig into those and more of the key questions surrounding Google’s phone platform in this FAQ. Be sure to check back for updates as the story evolves. (Last updated: 11/07/2007 at 8:20 a.m.)Will a Google Phone ever be made?What has been announced so far?So what is this Android?When will I be able to buy a Google-powered phone?Will other carriers such as Verizon offer Android-based phones?How will Android phones differ from today’s coolest smart phones?Why is a Google mobile platform any better than an existing mobile OS from Palm or Microsoft?Will service providers be able to lock down phones?But with this “open platform” behind the phone, I’ll be able to hack it and customize it anyway, right?What will I be able to customize on an Android phone?What kinds of applications will we see? newWill added customization mean lots of hardware spec confusion when you buy a “Google” phone? newWill I need to know how much RAM, storage, and processing power my phone has? newShould I trust an Android phone? newWill Google phones only be cheap because they’re inundated with ads? newWhat does this have to do with Google’s battle for wireless spectrum? newWill a Google Phone ever be made?Google’s chair and CEO Eric Schmidt won’t officially say. But Schmidt does say that if all goes as planned, we’ll likely see many “Google phones” from a variety of wireless carriers. He also says that once software developers create a mature Android OS, it would be a prime time for Google to release a gPhone.What has been announced so far?The release of the Android platform and the launch of the Open Handset Alliance were the two most substantive news items to come out of Monday’s press conference.So what is this Android?Android is a Linux-based mobile software platform that Google hopes will be the operating system of mobile phones in the future. It will compete with platforms such as Apple’s OS X on the iPhone, the BlackBerry OS, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, and the Palm OS.Google announced the Android platform along with other members of the Open Handset Alliance, a group of 34 hardware and software companies plus wireless carriers committed to creating open standards for mobile devices.The Android platform, according to OHA, is free software available under the Apache open-source license. On November 12, a software developer’s kit (SDK) will release to developers. This will be the first chance for people to see an early incarnation of the OS.When will I be able to buy a Google-powered phone?The first Android phones are expected to be available to consumers in the second half of 2008. The most likely candidates to release Google-powered phones here in the United States are the wireless carriers–Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile–that are part of OHA.HTC and Motorola, both members of OHA, will build phones for the Android platform. Forbes is reporting on an HTC-built OHA reference design code-named Dream featuring a touch screen that swivels to reveal a full keyboard. Apparently HTC is considering a commercial version of the phone and could release such a device as soon as the second half of 2008.Will other carriers such as Verizon offer Android-based phones?Don’t hold your breath for Verizon and AT&T to jump on the Android bandwagon. These carriers say they are worried that the open-software standards could expose users to software attacks or security breaches.Beyond the security issues, wireless carriers have financial considerations, too. A cell phone that allowed customers to use any mobile Web application for free could threaten the revenue of carriers that charge customers for identical applications, such as access to e-mail, games, and GPS features.How will Android phones differ from today’s coolest smart phones?Google says Android will have a browser capable of handling any type of Web content that a desktop computer’s Web browser can handle. That design opens up a treasure trove of possible browser-based services already available to PC users, including contact management, document creation, GPS direction services, and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services.Many of these services could be implemented today but aren’t, largely due to the fact that wireless carriers currently offer basic browsers that restrict users to a walled garden of services.Why is a Google mobile platform any better than an existing mobile OS from Palm or Microsoft?In theory, software developers will be inspired to create mobile applications for Android, for two reasons. First, an open software architecture will allow software developers more flexibility in creating features.Second, Android will break the stranglehold that wireless carriers have on bringing new and free applications to customers. Now smaller companies will have more of an incentive to build innovative mobile applications that otherwise might not have reached consumers because the companies lacked the clout to broker deals with wireless carriers.Will service providers be able to lock down phones?According to the Android open license agreement, anyone can modify the OS to suit their needs–including locking it down. Conceivably a carrier could place restrictions on applications, such as VoIP services that took advantage of a mobile phone’s Wi-Fi capabilities. Being able to receive and initiate calls over VoIP for free on a handset could significantly impact a wireless carrier’s monthly revenue.While Google CEO Schmidt acknowledges that locking is possible, however, he said today that it would be “unlikely” for a carrier to actually do so.But with this “open platform” behind the phone, I’ll be able to hack it and customize it anyway, right?You’ve seen what has happened with the iPhone, right? With an open platform driving all Android phones, hackers should whip up something for any locked-down Android device even more easily. We’d bet that any sufficiently popular locked phones won’t remain that way for long.What will I be able to customize on an Android phone?The Open Handset Alliance platform allows for customization down to the screen you see when you open or turn on your phone. Imagine being able to customize your opening screen with personalized icons, news feeds, weather details, and voice-mail information. Think of a My Yahoo start page for your cell phone. Again, the amount of customization will depend on the carrier.What kinds of applications will we see?Some companies have expressed an intent to develop location-aware services that, for instance, automatically link users to reviews of nearby restaurants. Other services might include a photo application that matches pictures automatically with people you select from your address book. Other applications could include a more robust offering of online real-time multiplayer games.At Monday’s press conference, Google director of mobile platforms Andy Rubin promised the world when it came to applications, stressing that mobile programs would be on a par with apps that people know from the PC-based Web.Will added customization mean lots of hardware spec confusion when you buy a “Google” phone?Yes, but it won’t be anymore complicated than buying a cell phone today. Greg Sterling of Opus Research in San Francisco says with as many handsets expected to run the Android software there are bound to be low and high-end phones.Sterling says that because Android devices rely on third party mobile services and software for advanced features, low-end phones likely will not be able to take advantage of the most resource demanding applications, such as HD video playback. “This doesn’t differ a whole lot from what we have today,” Sterling says.Will I need to know how much RAM, storage, and processing power my phone has?One of the key features of the open handsets that run Google’s operating system is their ability to run applications and services from third-party providers. Just as you can’t run the most system-demanding games on a low-end PC, you won’t be able to run system-taxing mobile applications on low-end Android phones.OHA members say the goal is to maximize handset functionality while keeping system specs as low as possible. However, given that mobile phones are morphing quickly into portable multi-media devices it’s hard to imagine handsets that don’t ship with varying quality displays and storage capacity, for example.Should I trust an Android phone?The Google phones are based on an open operating system, meaning anyone can create software for it. Anyone includes hackers or people with malicious intent who can easily study the OS and create security threats – Trojans, worms, and viruses.But some like Charles Golvin, a wireless analyst at the consultant firm Forrester Research, argue open source software can actually be much less a security risk than closed operating systems like Microsoft Windows. He says the collaborative nature of open software translates into more eyes looking for problems and more hands to fix problems when they are identified.Golvin expects security to be the centerpiece to the Google devices. Companies will need to adapt their policies to deal with the new phones’ security and privacy implications, Golvin says.Will Google phones only be cheap because they’re inundated with ads?No. Google says that it doesn’t believe carriers will subsidize the initial cost or monthly service charges of the phone with advertising. However, over time Google believes this may change. How long we’ll have to wait is anyone’s guess.It’s no secret Google is entering into the mobile phone space to sell ads. But in Monday’s press conference Google said it had no intention of pushing ads on mobile users any harder than it already does with its Mobile AdSense program. Why?Golvin from Forrester points out that mobile phone users are not accustomed to seeing ads on their devices. Google knows this, Golvin says, and won’t risk irritating customers with a mobile ad blitz for cell phones.Google says a cut of the revenue from ads shown on Android handsets will be shared with the wireless carrier. Over time as mobile users become desensitized and mobile ads proliferate wireless carriers will likely reduce monthly fees, Golvin says.What does this have to do with Google’s battle for wireless spectrum?According to Google’s Eric Schmidt, they’re two different initiatives. Android will run well on phones built for any networks.Google is willing to spend $4.6 billion on an upcoming Federal Communications Commission 700MHz spectrum auction. The spectrum is prime wireless real estate for wireless carriers and Google who see it as a perfect opportunity to extend mobile broadband services nationwide.Analysts says this fits into Google’s mobile strategy of extending its reach to mobile phone and beyond. “If Google won the auction it gives them an open road to offer whatever kind of services Google wants,” Forrester’s Golvin says. It’s likely Google would lease the spectrum, if it owned it, to a wireless carrier on the conditions it place no restrictions on Google phones and devices. 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Google CoFounder Take Chances Pursue Your Dreams and Silence the Voices

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global When Sergey Brin co-founded Google as a Stanford Ph.D. student, he never imagined that the company would become so wide-ranging and successful.He certainly never imagined that he’d be onstage at the World Economic Forum, where founder Klaus Schwab would tell him that “the prime minister of quite an important country” recently called Alphabet (Google’s parent company) one of the four powers left in the world.Despite Alphabet’s global dominance, Brin modestly attributes much of his success to luck. He said he was in Silicon Valley, where multiple technological revolutions (semiconductor, internet, mobile) have occurred and where a culture of both experimentation and social responsibility prevails.Related: How Google Has Changed the World“If I told you all of the dumb things I did, we’d have to have a much longer session,” Brin said. “And the successes, they often are chance.”This serendipitous perspective also defines Brin’s view of humanity and business in the future, as he explained in a talk at the World Economic Forum earlier today. Brin began with a caveat about his ability to predict the next technological frontier.“You maybe should doubt my answers a little bit,” he told the audience. Brin then shared an anecdote: A few years ago, he underestimated and largely disregarded Google’s research into artificial intelligence, believing that the concept of “neural nets” had been proven infeasible back in the 1990s. Today, Google Brain, the company’s AI research division, touches nearly all of the company’s projects.Brin encourages experimentation and innovation, just as one of his professors did when he wanted to leave Stanford to launch Google. But his career has taught him that the future is impossible to predict. He is cautious in his forecasts.“The evolution of technology might be inherently chaotic,” he said. “We have a set of values and desires today that are probably pretty different than before the Industrial Revolution, and different still than before the Agrarian Revolution. And we might continue to evolve.”Brin noted that values and desires have shifted as jobs and work have changed, thanks to automation. Automation has given humans more time to think, reflect and pursue work that gives them a sense of purpose. As automation becomes more prevalent, Brin said jobs should retain this role. People should have the means to educate themselves for reasons other than to fulfill an economic need.“I guess I would hope that — as some of the maybe more mundane tasks are alleviated through technology — people find more and more creative and meaningful ways to spend their time,” he said. “People find profound meaning in their day-to-day jobs, and I think that’s an important thing for us to preserve.”He explained that today’s technology provides unprecedented opportunities for young people to pursue their interests — but also a unique new challenge.“There are a lot of affordances that are such conveniences today that make it easy. But there’s also a global stage that makes it hard,” Brin said. “I would encourage young folks to take chances and pursue their dreams and try to silence out the voices that say, ‘Actually, there are 1,000 startups trying to do self-riding bicycles.’”Related: Richard Branson: There Needs to Be ‘Perpetual Revolution’ Within Your BusinessFinally, Brin shared his own values as humanity hurtles toward an uncertain future. He emphasized that the objective of business must shift to meaningful, socially driven goals beyond moneymaking — just as he believes that, despite automation, individuals must continue to have the means to pursue jobs that fulfill their passions.“You can’t just think narrowly, ‘Oh, this is your business, you’re just going to maximize earnings, it doesn’t matter what’s going on around you,” Brin said. “If you look at the laws and regulations and SEC rules, technically you’re meant to be purely profit seeking, and that’s not really a reasonable position to take.” Register Now »center_img January 19, 2017 4 min readlast_img read more

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Man pours chemical toward girl to remove her from Cancun store front

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — An unidentified local man is caught on video emptying a bottle of cleaning chemical in the direction of a small girl in what appears, an attempt to get her to leave the front of a store.The incident was videoed outside an OXXO convenience store in Cancun over the weekend. The video shows an unidentified man spilling muriatic acid, a commonly used cleaning chemical, in the direction of the young Ingenious girl. Many who have seen the socially posted video claim the man did so to remove her from sitting in front of the store.Local journalist Pedro Canché Herrera wrote on social media, “Outrageous: He throws muriatic acid to run the indigenous people out of his Oxxo store in the Hotel Zone of Cancun.”In the 15-second video, you can see a man pouring a line of acid along the sidewalk in the direction of the young girl. She stands up to get out of the way and leaves, which is when he looks back at her and empties the bottle before recaping it.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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300 pairs of connecting staterooms on Carnivals Mardi Gras

first_img Share Tags: Carnival Cruise Line, New Ship, Openings & Renovations Posted by 300 pairs of connecting staterooms on Carnival’s Mardi Gras Wednesday, March 13, 2019 center_img MIAMI — New features on Carnival’s new Mardi Gras ship, set to debut in late summer 2020, include floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors on nearly all verandahs as well as larger, customizable closet space.Mardi Gras will also offer the widest variety of accommodations of any Carnival ship with more than 70% of staterooms featuring an ocean view or balcony, along with 300 pairs of connecting staterooms, for large families or groups. Mardi Gras will also offer the most suites of any Carnival ship, a total of more than 180 of varying size and locations.New details are emerging about the ship, setting sail Aug. 31, 2020. Carnival says the Mardi Gras’ staterooms will reflect new and innovative design practices that are ergonomically-friendly and maximize visual space, clean lines, surfaces and storage. Bookings for the ship opened up in January 2019.“We took a unique approach to our stateroom design with Mardi Gras, utilizing DCA’s design experts who are well known for innovative product design and partnered them with Miami-based interior architect Studio Dado,” said Ben Clement, Carnival’s senior vice president of new builds. DCA is the Warwick, England-based firm that worked with Carnival on the ship’s design. “DCA employed a thoughtful guest-centric approach gleaned from observations of how our guests use their space in conjunction with their vast experience in product design to make the staterooms as comfortable and functional as possible.”Based on a palette of muted turquoise hues, the staterooms’ are enhanced by design touches that include:Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors on nearly all verandahs for easier balcony access;New sofas that flip into a bed and foot stools that open up for storage;Clear glass doors on the in-room mini-refrigerators to see what’s inside;More 110V power outlets and USB connections both on the vanity and by the bed as well as more shelf space to accommodate electronic devices;Flexible bedside reading lamps that allow guests to read without disturbing others;A larger, customizable wardrobe with two pull-out bins, a sliding shoe rack, folding shelves and storage under the bed for luggage.Spacious bathrooms with glass shower doors, a first for Carnival, along with an in-shower shaving bar. Dom Hargreaves, sector manager for DCA Design International, says: “We’ve taken the best practices in new interior design and hotel concepts and applied them to Mardi Gras to create guest-friendly staterooms designed to make guests feel at home.”Mardi Gras will also offer favourites introduced on Carnival’s Vista-class including:The tropics-inspired Havana staterooms feature vibrant interiors and an outdoor patio space.  These staterooms have access to an exclusive open deck with sun loungers, Cuban-themed bar and relaxation pool.Havana Cabana StateroomExtra-roomy Family Harbor accommodations with their nautical décor are located near Camp Ocean, the children’s facility, and have access to the Family Harbor Lounge, an exclusive spot with breakfast and snacks throughout the day, plus board games, family movies, videoFamily Harbor StateroomCloud 9 Spa staterooms feature exclusive, soothing décor, spa bathrobes and slippers as well as Elemis toiletries. These accommodations offer privileges to the ship’s spa.Cloud 9 StateroomDetails on the ship’s suites and amenities will be announced in mid-April, including the premium level Carnival Excel Suites, which will include a set of exclusive features and offerings.The new accommodations complement Mardi Gras’ activities and attractions, including BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, and six themed zones with dining, libation, entertainment and activity offerings.Currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, Mardi Gras is slated to enter service in Europe in August 2020, before repositioning to New York for a series of voyages then shift to Port Canaveral for year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning in October 2020. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Nigeria 28 kids killed by lead poisoning from gold mining

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Twenty-eight children have died from lead poisoning from illegal gold mining in a remote west-central village, Nigerian health officials said, while doctors still are treating thousands from an earlier outbreak.Dozens more children are sick in the Rafi area of Niger state and action must be taken quickly if they are not to suffer irreversible neurological damage, Michelle Chouinard, Nigeria director for Doctors Without Borders, told The Associated Press on Friday. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Her organization still is treating children from a 2010 mass lead poisoning, in Zamfara state, that killed 400 kids and left many paralyzed, blind and with learning disabilities because of a three-year delay in government funding for a cleanup.Chouinard said they have cured 2,688 of 5,451 people infected and hope to complete treatment next year. They have had most success in the worst-affected village of Bagega, where all but 189 of 1,426 people have had the lead leached from their bodies.Junior Health Minister Fidelis Nwankwo said Thursday all those newly infected in neighboring Niger state are under 5 with 43 percent of the 65 sickened children dying.“The devastating impact of this outbreak is associated with new mining sites which were found to contain more leaded ores which are often brought home for crushing and processing,” he said.Previous government efforts to forbid artisanal mining have failed as poor villagers make up to 10 times as much from gold than from farming.In Zamfara state, where the processing area was found to contain over 100,000 parts per million of lead — the United Nations considers 400 parts per million safe — Idaho-based TerraGraphics International Foundation took 5 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Quick workouts for menlast_img read more

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