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SC allows Mehbooba Muftis daughter to meet her in Kashmir

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter to meet her in Kashmir, where she is under detention following abrogation of Article 370. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi allowed Iltija, Mufti’s daughter, to meet her after she submitted in the court that she has no problem in going to her Srinagar residence but has not been able to move out freely there. In her petition, Iltija had submitted that she is concerned about her mother’s health as she has not met her for a month.last_img read more

Police use blanket to rescue man from sinkhole at Sudbury Ont home

first_imgSUDBURY, Ont. – Police say a 55-year-old Sudbury, Ont., man is in hospital after being rescued from a sinkhole.Spokeswoman Kaitlyn Dunn says police got a call late Wednesday morning about a homeowner looking at a hole in the ground by his fence when the ground gave way and he fell in.Dunn says when officers arrived, they found the man was being crushed as soil in the hole shifted.She says officers found a blanket, extended it down the hole to the man and were able to pull him to safety.Dunn says the man was in hospital being treated for undetermined injuries.She says city workers have stabilized the sinkhole.last_img read more

Threeyearold child dies in overnight house fire in central Quebec

first_imgMONTREAL – The three-year-old boy who died after an overnight home fire in Quebec was a “ball of energy” and the light of his mother’s life, a relative said Tuesday.Police have not released the child’s name but Keven Diamond, a cousin of the child’s mother, identified him as Thomas Livernoche.Diamond said the entire family was reeling from the loss of the playful little boy.“He was a ball of energy,” he said in a phone interview.“It was hard to get him to stop moving and playing and being happy.”Police said the fire broke out just after midnight in a single-family home in Trois-Rivieres, midway between Montreal and Quebec City.The child’s parents were both treated for shock and cuts from broken glass that were sustained when they climbed out a window.Trois-Rivieres police spokesman Luc Mongrain said the child’s father went up to the second floor to try to save the boy.“The father tried everything (to rescue the child),” Mongrain said.“He went upstairs but it was impossible to get back down. They (the father and the mother) climbed out the window but were unable to get the child out.”The work of firefighters was complicated by temperatures of -28 C.The cause of the fire is under investigation.Diamond said both parents were hurt in the fire, with the father sustaining serious cuts and burns on his head when he broke through the glass with his face.Diamond, who has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the funeral expenses, says the family is low-income and that his cousin, Johannie Livernoche, had returned to school in the hopes of getting a better job.He’s hoping to spare her an additional financial burden as she mourns her son.“(Thomas) was her reason for living,” he said. “For many in the family, he was their little angel.”He says a funeral director has already approached him to offer the family a reduced fee.Anything raised beyond funeral expenses will be given to help the family, he said.last_img read more

Algonquin grand chief continues Ottawa wigwam protest in front of the former

first_img(Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council Grand Chief Verna Polson in front of her wigwam across from Parliament Hill. Photo: Todd Lamirande/APTN)Todd LamirandeAPTN NewsAlgonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council Grand Chief Verna Polson vows to continue occupying a small wigwam on the sidewalk in front of 100 Wellington Street through the Canada Day long weekend.Polson has been living in the wigwam since last Thursday morning.It’s to send a message that 100 Wellington—a former embassy given to Indigenous people by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau two years ago—sits on unceded Algonquin territory and the Algonquin Nation should share a 25 per cent partnership with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) , and Metis National Council (MNC).The building, which is to be re-purposed as an Indigenous space, sits on prime real estate right across the street from Parliament Hill.Last week at a news conference the Algonquin announced their desire to be equal partners in the building and be able to make decisions about its use.“And it’s time we take our rightful place here at the capital city where our people are from. Our ancestors gave up this land for everyone to live here in harmony. Still yet, they don’t respect Algonquin people,” Polson said last week.She says she wants a meeting with the leaders of the AFN, ITK and MNC to resolve the issue.“The longer I’m kept waiting (for a meeting), the higher our demands will be,” said Polson. However, she wouldn’t specify what those demands will be yet.A possible meeting with the three national Indigenous organizations fell through when Manitoba Metis Federation President, and MNC Vice-president, David Chartrand was tasked with handling the file.But Polson insists on meeting MNC President Clem Chartier and not the vice-president, something Chartrand says won’t be happening.“We allow no one to dictate to us who they’ll meet,” Chartrand told APTN News. “I’m the minister responsible for the file and if (the Algonquin) don’t want to respect our governance then that’s their prerogative. And then there’s no meeting.”“They don’t respect our government if they’re not willing to meet with (myself), but they’re only willing to meet with (President Chartier),” continued Chartrand.Chartrand also states that this issue can only be fixed by the AFN and that the MNC will not be giving up any of their one-third stake in the new Indigenous space.“Algonquins are a member belonging to the AFN and if AFN want to give their seat and their one-third share to the Algonquins, they’re more than willing to do so,” said Chartrand. “But that doesn’t mean the MMF and ITK has got to give up their one-third to appease the Algonquins when it’s an AFN issue.”AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde was at an event in Victoria, B.C. Monday.APTN News asked him about the position of the MNC.“We’re going to try to meet as soon as we can to bring all parties together to dialog and discuss this,” he said. “And hopefully we’ll find a common ground because it’s a good news story, especially 100 Wellington (Street) is right across the street from the House of Commons.“So it’s prime real estate in that territory. But it is on unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin territory and we have to respect that.”The ITK put out a statement late last week saying it was committed to exploring options to achieve a resolution.“Furthermore, ITK has not asked for title related to 100 Wellington, and has no interest in anything but a lease agreement with the appropriate entity/entities to secure use of the building,” it says.Meanwhile, Polson says she has received a lot of support over the weekend. Liberal Member of Parliament Will Amos and NDP MP Niki Ashton said they stood behind what Polson is doing. As well, Senators Lillian Dyck, Dan Christmas and Dawn Anderson did the same read more

RCMP investigating aggravated assault

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are investigating an aggravated assault.Police tape could still be seen Sunday morning in the back parking lot of the Northern Grand Hotel, near the Lonestar Bar.The RCMP haven’t released any detailed information about the assault, and we expect more details to be released on Monday. If you have any information to share about this event, email news@moosefm.calast_img

UN warns floods in southern Africa could lead to food shortages

7 February 2011Heavy rainfall and flooding in of southern Africa have damaged large areas of farmland and crops, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, warning that communities in poorer parts of the region could experience food shortages in the coming months. Heavy rainfall and flooding in of southern Africa have damaged large areas of farmland and crops, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, warning that communities in poorer parts of the region could experience food shortages in the coming months.“Food insecurity levels are already critical in the affected areas of some of these countries and floods will only further worsen the ability of poor farmers to cope and feed their families in the coming months,” said the FAO Regional Emergency Coordinator for Southern Africa, Cindy Holleman.The agency is working with regional and national early warning systems to monitor the evolution in major river basins and to assess the impact on food crops.The region is half-way through the rainy season and the cyclone season is due to peak this month, a situation that puts several agricultural areas along the rivers in southern African countries ­–  Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa – at high risk of flooding, according to FAO.In Lesotho, for example, one of the poorest countries in the sub-region, an FAO assessment team found that in some of the flooded areas, up to 60 per cent of the harvest has been lost and more than 4,700 livestock, mainly sheep and goats, have died.Localized crop losses are also reported along river banks in southern and central Mozambique. Authorities there have declared a red alert for central and southern Mozambique as water flows in the major rivers are above alert levels.South Africa has already declared a national state of disaster in many districts of the country due to the floods that have destroyed thousands of hectares of crop land, and caused damage estimated in the millions of dollars.FAO is participating in various flood impact assessments throughout the region and providing governments with technical advice on flood monitoring systems, preparedness, and measures to prevent the outbreak or spread of animal disease, while simultaneously preparing for possible agricultural aid interventions such as the delivery of quality seeds, and restoring agricultural activities after flood waters recede. read more

Hamilton police seize loaded firearm illicit drugs and stolen property

Hamilton police are thanking the public for their assistance in helping them find a loaded firearm, illicit drugs and stolen property.On November 10 just after 7:30 a.m, a dark coloured SUV was seen striking a hydro pole and fleeing the scene in the area of Barton Street East and Rosslyn Avenue North.With the help of area witnesses, police were able to arrest two men which lead to the seizure of a loaded shotgun, ammunition, illicit drugs and the recovery of the stolen SUV.Steven Henry, 38, and Naomi Sherwin, 30, are facing a number of criminal charges including possession of controlled drugs and fail to comply probation. read more

Annan urges developed nations to dramatically reduce agricultural subsidies

“For many years now, developing countries have been encouraged to eliminate subsidies as a basic step in getting their fiscal houses in order, which in turn would help create the necessary conditions for growth,” Mr. Annan said in a message to a special high-level meeting in New York of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with international finance and economy ministers and world trade officials. “Yet the developed countries persist with agricultural subsidies and tariffs of their own against the exports of developing countries, offsetting or even undoing the benefits of other forms of cooperation with those same countries,” he said in the statement delivered on his behalf by Deputy Secretary-General Louise Frechette. “I urge developed countries to dramatically reduce agricultural subsidies, without delay,” Mr. Annan said. “This would help the world economy. It would remove domestic and international trade distortions. And it would provide a much-needed boost to the Doha (2001 World Trade Organization) negotiations, signalling to developing countries that they can still hope for the development round they were promised.” The Secretary-General noted the present difficult international environment, including serious concerns about the economic impact of the conflict in Iraq, particularly on developing countries, the continuing weak recovery from the slowdown of 2001, and the significant rise in unemployment around the world. “Households and entrepreneurs almost everywhere are concerned about their future and hesitant to make long-term decisions,” he said. “We must all do our part to rebuild global confidence.” Today’s ECOSOC session with finance ministers returning from the World Bank/International Monetary Fund annual spring meeting in Washington and World Trade Organization representatives is part of the key follow-up role assigned the agency by the Monterrey Consensus, which established a working agreement on development principles between developing and developed countries. The Consensus was adopted last year by the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico, which recognized that development advances are a precondition for world stability and security. Mr. Annan noted that a major gap in global governance identified by the Monterrey Consensus was that there was no convenient way for the key specialized multilateral institutions in the fields of monetary, financial, trade and development issues to come together and explore ways to work with each other and reinforce each other’s actions. “The United Nations is the natural home for that discussion, and this meeting is an attempt to provide precisely such an opportunity,” he declared. read more

Nuclear tests 20 years after its adoption the test ban treaty is

Now technically I think we have done it all. We have now an international monitoring system that is effective. Although 92% completed, but we have proven that the 92% completion of the international monitoring system provides better than what it was anticipated at the design of the system. We have an onsite inspection capability that is working- we have proven it through an exercise in Jordan last year when we brought people from all countries- Middle East included: we had Israelis, Iranians, Jordanians, Egyptians, working together for an exercise to try and build the technical capability of the international monitoring system and the verification regime of the test ban treaty. So those are successes; successes that have a little bit of political problem. Now where do we move from there? We have a technical success, and a lack of political action and political will. The past 3 years, our work has been- I wouldn’t say to promote, because the promotion is done, after 20 years if you talk about promotion, it means you have done nothing. It’s not about promotion but it was more about keeping the issue relevant, and raising the awareness of the CTBT at the highest level possible for the international community and our leaders to see the urgency of the entry into force of the treaty. This is where we are today. UN News Centre: The next review cycle of the Non-Proliferation Treaty  (NPT) will start in May 2017. Are you optimistic about the willingness of the international community to get a nuclear weapon free world?Lassina Zerbo :First, let me start how it ended last year. It ended with no consensus document but there were consensus issues in the NPT review conference last year, which is basically the CTBT. The CTBT was a consensus topic. I could say, I am optimistic- if the international community takes it that they should focus on the consensus issue to build upon them before moving onto the issues that are off serious difficulty right now. Is it possible to get immediately a world free from nuclear weapon? It is my wish too, but we have a low hanging fruit; that is the ratification and the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty is a key element in the process of non-proliferation, let us solve that key element; let us use it as a backbone to move on a world free of nuclear weapon. For me, if the international community cannot get an agreement on saying ‘no and never to nuclear testing,’ I’ll find it difficult to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons. We all need to contribute to that, we might not achieve it in our life time, but it is all about what we want to prepare for the future generation. And I think we all have a moral responsibility in there. @media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 770px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -500px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 5.3em; line-height: 1.1em; color:#fff; position: relative; top: 10px; margin-left:-1em; text-shadow: 10px 10px 10px rgba(0,0,0,0.8); width:50%;}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.7em;}strong { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; xfont-family:Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;}.videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 1em; height: 0; margin-bottom:1em;}.videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;}blockquote { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.5em; font-style:italic;} A nuclear test in French Polynesia. Photo OTICE UN News Centre Interview with Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Credit: United NationsUN News Centre: What do you think of the initiative from the United States to submit a draft resolution to the Security Council calling for the end of nuclear tests? Lassina Zerbo :The issue of the Security Council resolution coming as an initiative of the Obama Administration are taken from what the media has been reporting on. We are hearing various vibes about the Security Council resolution- positive, negative. But for my part as head of the organization that serves the purpose of this treaty, anything that pushes the agenda of the entry into force forward and closer, we buy it. Is the resolution something that would help the eight remaining countries as a background to move onto their ratification? Maybe, who knows? Is the resolution stopping or circumventing the ratification process from those countries? I would not think so. Even if President Obama succeeds in getting the resolution by consensus at the Security Council, it would not stop the Senate to advise and consent on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.  So it is its responsibility, and this is US domestic politics. A resolution is for the international community and a ratification is a country’s responsibility: to advise and consent in Parliament, to advise and consent the President. I don’t think they contradict. This is my personal view on the resolution. The resolution can help. If it helps, thank you and we will take it. The former nuclear test site of Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan. Photo ONU/Eskinder Debebe These countries are: China, Egypt, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States. Since taking office in 2013 as head of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), Dr Lassina Zerbo has been striving for the entry into force of the Treaty. He has also sought to strengthen the position of the CTBTO as a centre of excellence for monitoring compliance with the Treaty. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty is a key element in the process of non-proliferation, let us solve that key element; let us use it as a backbone to move on to a world free of nuclear weapons. The CTBTO’s global monitoring network is now 90% complete, with around 300 stations, some in the most remote and inaccessible areas of the Earth and sea. The network captures four types of data: seismic, hydro-acoustic, infrasound and radionuclide. The system detected all four nuclear tests declared by DPRK. Dr Lassina Zerbo was in New York this Wednesday for an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly to mark the International Day against Nuclear Tests. In the margin of the meeting, Dr Zerbo met the UN News Centre to discuss the achievements of his Organization in terms of surveillance but also to deplore the fact that the Treaty has not been into effect, 20 years after being opened for signature. UN News Centre: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. What has been achieved in the past 20 years, including during your three years as the head of CTBTO? Lassina Zerbo : The last 20 years, let me tackle the issue both politically and technically. Politically, I think we have achieved near universalization. 183 countries have signed the treaty. 164, maybe 166 in the next couple of weeks, would have ratified the treaty. This is nearly universal. We’re talking about over 90 percent of the international community that says no and never to nuclear testing. So politically it is an achievement. But politically this achievement seems to be darkened – if I can use this word – by the fact that eight remaining countries are basically taking hostage the international community by not ratifying the treaty to allow its entry into force. And this is the problem we have. And we need some action; we need political will, to try to move the situation. read more

Guterres shocked by Guatemalas decision to expel UN anticorruption official

“He fully expects that [Iván] Velásquez will be treated by the Guatemalan authorities with the respect due to his functions as an international civil servant,” said a statement issued today by the Secretary-General’s Spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric. The statement went on to say that under Commissioner Velásquez’s leadership, the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) has made a decisive contribution to strengthening justice sector institutions in Guatemala, helping to ensure justice was done in numerous cases.“Mr. Velásquez has worked tirelessly to promote a culture that upholds the rule of law and rejects corruption,” it said, adding that the Secretary-General has repeatedly reiterated his full confidence in Commissioner Velásquez. Just two days ago meeting with President Morales at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Guterres reiterated the United Nations’ commitment to the fight against impunity and corruption, and the Organization’s continuing support to the mandate of the CICIG. At that time, the Secretary-General also reiterated his confidence in Commissioner Velásquez.The Commission was created in 2006 when the UN and Guatemala signed an agreement setting up an independent international body to support the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP), the National Civil Police (PNC) and other State institutions in the investigation of crimes committed by members of illegal security forces and clandestine security structures and, more generally, help to disband such groups. Alongside its investigations and technical advice, the main goal of the CICIG’s work is to make recommendations to Guatemala regarding public policies to be adopted strengthening national judicial institutions – including judicial reforms – to allow them to continue to confront illegal groups and organized crime in the future. read more

Libyan national conference postponed nearly 500000 children at direct risk from fighting

Detained migrants and refugees ‘could be used as human shields’Meanwhile, amid reports of clashes involving heavy artillery in residential areas of Tripoli, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, reiterated its fears for the safety of migrants and refugees held in detention centres.“What we are concerned about is that these vulnerable migrants may be caught in the crossfire, especially when armed groups involved in the conflict, exercise influence or control over the detention facilities, these ad hoc detention facilities for migrants,” said Ms. Shamdasani. “Based on previous experience with Libya, we are also concerned that migrants may be used as human shields, or forcefully recruited to fight as well.”Those concerns were echoed by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, whose spokesperson Babar Baloch, said that staff had been in contact with anxious detainees, who number 5,700 in official detention centres.“We have spoken to refugees in detention centres who tell us they can hear the clashes, and many are really scared,” he said. “We are asking, advocating for the release of all migrants and refugees from detention and … seeking a guarantee for the safety of refugees and migrants as well.” Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), made the announcement after condemning Monday’s attack by the self-styled Libyan National Army’s (LNA) aircraft against Meitiga airport, Tripoli’s only functioning terminal that is available for civilian use.The conference was hoping to reach agreement among the various political factions after months of UN-led discussions at a local level nationwide, towards democratic elections which would unify the country and lead to way to economic recovery.The development follows concerns voiced by the UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, that attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure in recent days, may amount to war crimes, including those by LNA commander Khalifa Haftar.Airport attack may have been indiscriminate“Khalifa Haftar’s people are saying that they bombed it because there was a military target,” said Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the High Commissioner’s office, OHCHR. “Now even if this is a military target, all feasible precautions need to be taken to minimize the incidental loss of civilian lives, to refrain from indiscriminate attacks. We have reports that the weapons that were used are not…the latest technology; that they may, in effect, have been indiscriminate.”The spiralling violence comes after years of instability that have followed the overthrow of President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with the internationally-recognized and Tripoli-based Government of National Accord now, in effect, under assault from eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces.More than 3,400 people have fled fighting near Tripoli in recent days, the UN has warned, in addition to “47 dead and 181 wounded” in the last three days, spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said.“The current clashes are burdening the already overloaded health system with frequent supply chain breaks,” Mr. Jasarevic explained, noting that as Libya’s year-old conflict “has dragged on, hundreds of primary healthcare centres and more than 20 of its hospitals have been damaged or closed”.In addition to overstretched health services, the WHO spokesperson noted that one of two doctors killed at the weekend “was reportedly killed while working as part of a field ambulance service”. read more

Karl Albrecht reclusive founder of Aldi supermarket has died aged 94

first_imgKarl Albrecht preferred to avoid public attention and rejected any honours awarded to him, always pointing toward the success achieved by his employees.Karl Albrecht deliberately chose to live a modest life, despite his success, out of the limelight. ALDI STORES IRELAND confirmed this evening that the German company’s famously reclusive founder, Karl Albrecht, has died at the age of 94.Albrecht died on 16 July, but was buried earlier today in a family plot in a small ceremony in the Bredeney district of Essen, near where he lived, AP reports.The supermarket tycoon was born in the German city of Essen in 1920, and with his brother Theo, started off selling buns on the streets.Drafted into the Wehrmacht, the two were taken prisoner by Allied forces in World War II, but after returning home, took over their mother’s corner shop, eventually expanding it into a global low-cost grocery empire.Aldi – which comes from “Albrecht Discount” – currently has thousands of outlets in 17 countries throughout the world, a growth which brought Albrecht an estimated personal fortune of $25.9 billion, and placed him 24th in this year’s Forbes Rich List.Although in Ireland it lags behind major supermarkets like Tesco, SuperValu and Dunnes Stores, the German company – which has 108 outlets here – recently reached a record high share of the Irish market.Albrecht split management of the company with his brother Theo in 1961, taking over Aldi Sud, while Theo ran Aldi Nord.The two were intensely private individuals, who carefully stayed out of the public eye, a tendency that was reinforced after Theo was briefly kidnapped for ransom in 1971.A statement this evening from Aldi Ireland described his life as a “modest” one. Albrecht gave up his oversight of Aldi Sud after he turned 75, and retired from business altogether in 2002. Theo died in 2010.Read: Aldi reaches record market share, with Lidl not far behind>Aldi on the lookout for new hires- and is offering €92,000 a year plus a company car>last_img read more

Poll Would you like to see Labour back in government

first_imgPoll: Would you like to see Labour back in government? Is it time for a comeback? Some of Labour’s high profile representatives. Friday 21 Apr 2017, 8:46 AM Not sure (1001) Yes, depending on who they’re in coalition with (2858) Share Tweet Email Poll Results: THE LABOUR PARTY is holdings its party conference in Wexford this weekend.It’s the first conference with Brendan Howlin as leader after the 30-year TD took over following last year’s general election.The party had entered the 2016 election as coalition partners with Fine Gael. In opposition since, the party has sought to distance itself from the government on a range of issues.In today’s Irish Examiner, Howlin said the party would be open to speaking to all parties in a future post-election shake up.Today we’re asking, Would you like to see Labour back in government? No (14800) Image: Twitter/BrendanHowlincenter_img 160 Comments By Rónán Duffy Yes (2418) 37,444 Views Apr 21st 2017, 8:46 AM Some of Labour’s high profile representatives. Image: Twitter/BrendanHowlin Short URL YesYes, depending on who they’re in coalition withNoNot sureVote Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Drunk Flies Shine Light on Human Intoxication

first_imgStay on target Drunk Shoppers Blow $48B Annually—Mostly on Amazon’Extremely Drunk’ Canadian Curling Team Booted Off Ice Nothing kills a good New Year’s Eve buzz like understanding the science behind intoxication.A new study from Scripps Research uses drunk flies to demonstrate how inebriation actually occurs.Insects and mammals alike can be plastered. So Scripps associate professor Scott Hansen and his team made a bunch of fruit flies merry to track ethanol’s path.The fly is a useful model to study gene activity because its genome is smaller than other animals and easily manipulated, according to Hansen.“They act just like people,” he said about the bugs. “They start losing coordination. They literally get drunk.”As any tippler will know, alcohol acts like an anesthetic, creating a “buzzed” feeling first, then sedation. But how?Scientists looked to the enzyme phospholipase D2 (PLD2), which links ethanol molecules to lipid (fat) in the membrane of the nerve cell. The enzyme appears to create a domino effect within the cell: It generates a fatty alcohol metabolite (phosphatidylethanol [PEtOH]), which builds up and causes nerves to fire more easily, resulting in more hyperactive flies.“With hyperactivity you see the flies run around more, and this is what we equate to being buzzed,” Hansen said.When the team turned off the gene that makes PEtOH, they were able to eliminate the signal, and cancel the excitable effects.This breakthrough, published in the Journal of Molecular Biology, marks the first time this pathway has been identified as a determinant of alcohol sensitivity.With a bit more research, Hansen & Co. may be able to develop an antidote to intoxication or, better yet, hangovers.“Also, understanding this pathway could give insight as to why people use alcohol for pain management,” Hansen said.“It has definitely led to some different ways of thinking about alcohol intoxication at the molecular level,” he continued. “Most scientists thought alcohol had a direct effect. Blocking the enzyme in flies shows that’s not likely true.”More on‘Extremely Drunk’ Canadian Curling Team Booted Off IceDrunk Man ‘Accidentally’ Buys Live Peacock, Salamander on Singles’ DayWorld’s Tiniest Fly With Massive Legs Named For Arnold Schwarzeneggerlast_img read more

Press Talk Lets play ball … someplace else

first_imgPlay ball!Well yes, but not here in Vancouver.On Monday we’ll send a reporter and a photographer to Hillsboro, Ore. to cover the Hops’ home opener. And it’s not just any home opener. It’s the former Yakima Bears’ opening season in a brand new, $15.2 million ballpark.Still, it would be a fair question to ask why The Columbian would travel 30 miles to cover a baseball game in Oregon.Well, it could have been us. It could have been the Vancouver Viziers.It was two years ago when we broke the story that the Yakima team was looking for a new home. We were their top choice. They picked us for a number of reasons but they liked the idea that they would — essentially — be the only game in town. Moving into Oregon meant they had to compete with the Blazers, the Timbers and several major college teams.“Big” Mike Thiessen, part of the Madison Group in Chicago which connects sports teams and communities, was one of the heavy lifters trying to make the Vancouver deal happen. He had done a bunch of advance work before the announcement and was confident. Very confident, actually.When I asked him two years ago what percentage he would give to having the deal come together, he said 90 percent.Privately, I had coffee with Big Mike a number of times and cautioned him that this would not be an easy road. We both know Chicago well, and Big Mike figured he’d seen plenty of politics in the Windy City. I told him he hadn’t seen nothin’ yet.There certainly was local support for the ballpark. Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Democratic County Commissioner Steve Stuart were big backers. Other community movers and shakers were on board as well.last_img read more

Palmer sculptor heats up the art scene

first_imgPat Garley in his Palmer studio. Photo: Ellen Lockyer, KSKA-AnchorageThe technique of bronze casting has been around for thousands of years, but more recently it’s found a foothold in Alaska.  At  Arctic Fires Bronze Sculptureworks in Palmer, a blast of 2000 degree heat from a furnace warms up the studio where Pat Garley melts down  bronze and iron  in the process of creating art.  Garley, a former contractor, has switched to art for his livelihood, and he is now populating Alaska buildings and parks with his metal designs.The studio is a cavernous warehouse behind a tiny frame cottage on a rural Palmer street. Garley, wearing a beard, Carhartts and heavy workboots, looks like a typical Alaskan, except for the diamond in his earlobe. He’s leaning close … too close, I think…to a sturdy furnace on the floor, which is blasting enough heat to melt metal. That’s exactly what he’s intending to do.Listen now:“.. what I am doing, is I am loading in bronze into the furnace while it’s running. As it melts down and makes room, I continue to add bronze. But what I have to do is I have to pre-heat it all before I drop it into the crucible. You cannot drop cold metal into a hot crucible.”“What happens if you do?” I ask.“Well, if it has any moisture on it, and it gets below the surface of the metal, you get a steam explosion. That’s bad”“That’s dangerous. You are not wearing a mask.”“No, because I am being careful.”He’s melting down pieces of a griffin design that didn’t work out. It’s the ultimate recycle..there’s no waste here, as bits of a bronze wing disappear into a crucible set into the searing red glow inside the furnace. He says when the crucible is full, he’ll let the molten metal cook for a while longer.“Then we are going to wait until that metal gets up to a temperature of 2,100 degrees.”“What is it now, do you know?”“Right now it’s probably 1500. Around 1800, the bronze starts to melt.”Garley is using an ancient technique known as the “Lost Wax Process”. He says it’s a method of casting bronze (has not) *that hasn’t* changed much since 3500 BC.“If somebody came today, from that time, and saw what I was doing, they would know what I was doing.”Garley with an in-progress Joe Redington statue. Photo: Ellen Lockyer, KSKA-AnchorageThe ancients didn’t have the advantage of a natural gas powered furnace, though.“They did it with charcoal, and bellows. Lots of labor. The way I do it is still a lot of labor.”Garley’s two story warehouse looks like something out of a homesteaders’ dream.. shelves cluttered with old but usable items, bicycles, truck tires, hoses, tools of all kinds line three walls. The fourth side is all about bronze casting, dominated by primitive wax models, and silicon and rubber molds that litter a long table.And the studio doubles as a regular meeting place for area artists.Garley says blacksmiths meet here, and the studio is a place for bronze casting classes.  He even has a kiln for ceramics artists to use.Nan Potts and Justin Spurlin drop by. Nan has a small iron sculpture she’s working on which will eventually become a sled dog.Justin brings a life-like clay bust he’ll eventually cast in bronze.“Yeah, I’m just finishing up the clay original right now. And then once I get that done, it will go to the molding process.”” And it’s a 3D full bust.”  Garley adds.“What do you mean, 3D?”“Full round”” Oh yeah, 3D”In the bronze casting process, a wax duplicate of a design is made first, then a ceramic shell is molded around the wax. The hard mold is fired in a kiln, the wax melts out through vents installed in the mold, leaving behind a hollow cavity …a sort of inside – out duplicate of the original design, called a negative.Justin’s bust is awaiting a little more work to make it even more lifelike. In clay, it shows minute details of hair and skin and facial expression.“You can see the hair and the eyebrows. You can see the wave in the guy’s hair, you can see the crow’s feet around his eyes and his mouth. How do you get those tiny details in?” I ask.“Well, all that is up to the artist to put them in. This is Justin’s bust, but all those details, to get them into bronze, you got to put them into the original. And then what we do.. the whole goal in bronze is to capture all those details through this process and reproduce it in bronze.”Garley’s Sculptureworks is the only foundry in Alaska, and that’s a benefit for other sculptors, who are spared the big expense of shipping to foundries outside to have their work cast in metal.Garley’s own designs can be seen at the Palmer museum and at the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward. He’ll next tackle a commission from the Mat Su Borough.. a life size image of Joe Redington. The Redington bronze will be an addition to the Borough’s newest school when it is finished.Pat Garley  is one of the recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Award For the Arts and Humanities. He will receive the governor’s honor on January 28 in Juneau.last_img read more

Pave way for beautiful future of children in Warangal

first_imgWarangal: It was a commendable job on part of Telangana government, the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) chairperson Mandala Parashuramulu said, referring to many residential schools that have come up in the State in a bid to impart quality education to students belonging to poor and downtrodden sections.Parashuramulu, who was on a flash inspection of Telangana Minority Residential School for Girls at Shambhunipet in the city on Wednesday, interacted with students and elicited information about the facilities provided in the institution. During his inspection, he thoroughly checked the classrooms, toilets, water purifying plant, kitchen, dining hall etc. The number of inmates in the residential school is 280. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us “As part of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009, the Telangana government has established residential schools exclusively for SC, ST, BC and Minorities,” the CWC chairperson said, appealing to people to make use of facilities provided by the State. He urged the people not to deprive their children of their rights due to poverty. It’s time to desist child marriages and pave way for beautiful future of children, he said. On the occasion, he distributed fruits to students. School principal Raheema was among others present.last_img read more

Leidenfrost effect drops found to be selfpropelled

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Leidenfrost effect drops found to be self-propelled (2018, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Ambre Bouillant et al. Leidenfrost wheels, Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0275-9AbstractAs reported in 1756 by Johann Gottlob Leidenfrost, volatile liquids on hot solids form “gleaming drops resembling quicksilver”, a consequence of their levitation on a vapour cushion. This makes the drops spectacularly mobile, moving away as soon as they are deposited—an observation commonly attributed to gravity or surrounding airflows. This mobility has been exploited to manipulate drops, because tiny forces such as those generated on asymmetric substrates can move them in well-defined directions, a situation that also provides heat evacuation. Here we report that Leidenfrost droplets initially at rest on horizontal substrates self-rotate and self-propel in the direction they are rolling, in the absence of any source of asymmetry or external force. Their rapid internal flow is found to be accompanied by a tilting of their base, which creates a permanent ratchet-like mechanism, entraining the rolling liquid despite the fact that it is not in contact with its substrate. Explore further © 2018 Play Side view of the experiment slowed down by a factor of 40. A water drop with radius R = 1.10 mm is dispensed from a needle at the centre of a hot wafer (T = 350 °C). Tracers (predispersed in the liquid) reveal an internal rolling motion before and after the drop detaches from the needle and self-propels in the rolling direction, like a liquid wheel. Credit: Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0275-9 The researchers also found that the unbalance inside the drop caused the drop to tilt downwards in the same direction that the drop was moving—sort of like a miniature tidal wave. That tilt, they note, worked like a ratchet to keep the drop moving until the drop evaporated completely. They also noted that the drops tended to roll towards a cooler part of the heated surface, suggesting that their movement might be controllable. If so, that could lead to a new type of self-propelled devices. Journal information: Nature Physicscenter_img Behaviour of Leidenfrost drops starting from rest on flat silicon wafers. a, Schematic of the experiment: a quasi-spherical water drop with radius R sits at the centre of a hot wafer with diameter L. Water containing tracers is dispensed from a needle located at a millimetre-size distance H above the substrate. Owing to evaporation, it detaches at a radius R ≈ H/2. b, Chronophotography (timestep of 94 ms) of a water drop with radius R = 1.10 mm. Once liberated, the Leidenfrost drop self-propels on the reflective wafer heated at T = 300 °C. c, Superimposition of 100 trajectories (top views, R = 1.00 ± 0.05 mm) on a wafer at T = 350 °C. All drops self-propel after detachment with straight, isotropic trajectories. The grey zone on the bottom right is hidden by the needle and thus inaccessible experimentally. d, Same experiment for 40 drops with radius R = 2 mm. The roughly straight-line trajectories now follow a common direction. Credit: Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0275-9 A team of researchers at Physique et Mécanique des Milieux Hétérogènes in France has found that Leidenfrost effect drops move around on a hot pan because they are self-propelled. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, the group describes their study of the drops and what they found. 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. Droplet friction found to be similar to that of solid objects When drops of water land on a hot surface they begin moving around in the pan like a hockey puck on ice. Prior research has shown the slipperiness of the drops is due to a thin layer of steam that is created between the drop and the pan—causing the drop to be levitated. As to why the drop moves without prompting, prior researchers have suggested it is due to slight bits of air movement or gravity acting on them. In this new effort, the researchers have found that there is another force involved.To find out why the drops move without apparent cause, the researchers set up an experiment that involved placing a pan on a hot plate surrounded by high-speed cameras which were attached to motion-tracking software. To find out what goes on inside of the droplets, the group injected tiny glass spheres into a small sample of water which was used for generating droplets.In examining the results on their computer screen, the researchers found that larger drops behaved as expected—the glass spheres flowed in a smooth manner and the drops on the hot plate hardly moved. But as the drops on the pan grew smaller due to evaporation, they flattened out and the flow inside of the drops became unbalanced—the unbalance caused the drop to move forward.last_img read more

Holbox pipeline work vital says manager of CAPA

first_imgHolbox, Q.R. — Work to improve the distribution of water on Holbox has some upset after the streets are opened to install the new network of pipeline.Abilio Canto Mena, president of the ejidal commission, says that all the main streets that have been opened are in terrible condition, giving tourists a bad impression. However Silverio Conrado Mariano Canul, head of the Drinking Water and Sewerage Commission described the work as a necessary evil and asked for patience since this is the only way to solve the drinking water problem.He acknowledged that recent rains have delayed the work which leaves the streets in poor condition, adding that the project, once complete, will cover 25 kilometers of pipeline network in five sectors of Isla Holbox with an investment of 45 million peso.He explained that the work has created dissatisfaction in some, but that it is of vital importance to eliminate water shortages in tourist high season.The work being done is part of a large update project by the state government that began in August to improve the supply and distribution of water throughout the island.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

Justin Timberlake says hes made peace with Janet

first_imgJustin Timberlake says he’s made peace with Janet Jackson by The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2018 9:19 am PDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2017 file photo, Justin Timberlake performs at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tenn. Timberlake previewed his new album “Man of the Woods” Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at a venue that was decorated with bushes and trees, and served ants coated in black garlic and rose oil and grasshoppers, showcasing the album’s theme. Timberlake, who will headline next month’s Super Bowl halftime show, worked again with his mega-producer Timbaland on the album. First single and album opener, “Filthy,” debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Justin Timberlake says he has made up with Janet Jackson following the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl in 2004.When asked on a Beats 1 radio interview broadcast Thursday if he and Jackson have since made peace, Timberlake said, “Absolutely.”The singer, who is preparing for the release of his fourth solo album, says he and Jackson have talked privately about the incident.“I don’t know that a lot of people know that,” Timberlake says. “I mean, I don’t think it’s my job to do that, because you value the relationships that you do have with people.”At the infamous halftime show, Timberlake ripped Jackson’s costume to reveal her right breast, bare except for a nipple ring. Jackson was barred a week later from the Grammy telecast.last_img read more