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Ontario man pleads guilty in Air Canada flight disruption case

first_imgAn Ontario man who pleaded guilty in a case involving a dramatic disturbance on an Air Canada flight is now facing the prospect of up to two decades behind bars.Brandon Courneyea’s admission of interference with a flight attendant, entered last month in an Orlando, Fla., courtroom, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a US$250,000 fine.The charge related to Courneyea’s conduct aboard an Air Canada flight that was bringing him home from a brief vacation in Jamaica in May.“Defendant is pleading guilty because defendant is in fact guilty,” reads the plea agreement filed in the case. “Were this case to go to trial, the United States would be able to prove those specific facts and others beyond a reasonable doubt.”Courneyea’s troubles began on May 15 shortly before boarding the Air Canada flight from Montego Bay to Toronto.His wife previously told the Canadian Press her husband had taken a tropical vacation at her urging, but moved up his plans to return home after allegedly receiving death threats.According to court documents, Courneyea took an undisclosed quantity of cocaine before getting on the plane.Once on board, his plea agreement shows he quickly came to the attention of flight attendants when he began disrupting the flight.The document said Courneyea yelled at people for looking at him, threw paper at one of his fellow passengers, and moved erratically through the aircraft without shoes on.When flight crew tried to get him to return to his seat, the document said he went to the back of the plane and began swinging a hot coffee pot at passengers and crew.Courneyea then tried to open the aircraft cabin door, telling those in his vicinity that “it would only take one guy to take the plane down and that he wanted to take everyone with him,” according to his plea agreement.Courneyea then seized another full coffee pot and went after staff before passengers and crew subdued him and bound him to his seat using zip ties, court documents said.The flight was diverted to Orlando, where Courneyea was arrested and taken into custody.Court documents show he spent several days in a hospital for undisclosed reasons before making his first appearance before a judge.Court documents also indicate a Florida judge had agreed to release Courneyea on $125,000 bail and allow him to return to Canada in the weeks prior to his guilty plea, but that he remained in custody.The judge noted that Courneyea, a drywaller living in Amhurstview, Ont., was the father of five children, two with special needs, who Courneyea’s wife is currently caring for alone.Courneyea’s wife declined to comment on the guilty plea, but had previously expressed shock at her husband’s actions.“That is not my husband at all,” Amanda Courneyea said in the days after his arrest. “There’s a lot more to what brought that on, because my husband is the kindest, most loving man you’ll ever meet.”Florida-based lawyer Corey Cohen, who represents Courneyea, did not elaborate on why his client had remained in custody or the reasons behind the guilty plea.Cohen said Courneyea’s sentencing is currently set for Sept. 11.Records show Courneyea brought a motion seeking to postpone the sentencing by a week because of the nature of the charges against him and the significance of the sentencing date. The motion was denied.last_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Head of Quebec provincial police suspended as criminal allegation probed

first_imgQUEBEC — The head of Quebec’s provincial police has been temporarily suspended following an allegation he committed criminal offences.Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault said Martin Prud’homme was removed from his duties today pending an investigation. She has named the police force’s deputy director, Mario Bouchard, as his interim replacement.Head of @sureteduquebec has been removed from duty after public safety minister was alerted to criminal allegations against him. Martin Prud’homme was brought in as Montreal’s interim police chief after scandals rocked the SPVM of evidence fabrication and spying on journalists.— Andrew Brennan (@ACJBrennan) March 6, 2019Guilbault would not give details of the nature of the allegation or say when the offences are alleged to have occurred.She says the investigation will be conducted by Quebec’s police watchdog.Guilbault says Prud’homme has not been arrested and benefits from the presumption of innocence.Prud’homme recently returned to the provincial police after one year as interim chief of Montreal’s police force. He was brought in to deal with internal turmoil in that organization.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Poor state of African roads keeping the continent poor UN advocate says

22 February 2008The sorry state of much of Africa’s transport and communication networks is holding the continent back and preventing its countries from competing on the global market, the United Nations advocate for the world’s poorest States has told the World Bank. In an address a meeting at the Bank’s headquarters in Washington, the UN Special Adviser on Africa, Cheick Sidi Diarra said road transport – which accounts for 90 per cent of inter-urban transport in Africa – was particularly poor.Less than a third of Africa’s estimated two million kilometres of roads are paved, Mr. Diarra noted, and transport costs comprise as much as 77 per cent of the value of African exports.“There is an urgent need for supporting African countries to develop affordable transport systems that would promote trade expansion, economic growth and competitiveness,” he said, especially in landlocked countries.Mr. Diarra, who also serves as the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, said cumbersome border crossing procedures only further exacerbated the problems for landlocked nations.“Because of such realities, landlocked developing countries find themselves among the poorest developing countries today, beset with anaemic growth rates and deteriorating social conditions. The widening development gap between landlocked developing countries, especially those in Africa and the rest of the developing world, is a clear and unmistakable trend,” he added.He called for donor-supported public funding to boost or upgrade Africa’s stocks of roads, buildings and other forms of infrastructure so that it can better compete and work towards the globally agreed set of socio-economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). read more


October 12, 2019 0

Protests as Shiranthi Rajapaksa appears before CID

Protests were staged outside the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today as former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa appeared to make a statement.Shiranthi Rajapaksa was summoned before the CID to be questioned over the murder of rugger player Wasim Thajudeen. Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 with his car found crashed into a wall. According to police reports at the time, the rugby player was driving home after attending a party when he lost control of the car and crashed into a wall on Park Road. The car had exploded instantly and burnt the victim. However suspicions arose later after it was reported that there could have been a political connection in the death of Thajudeen. (Colombo Gazette) read more


October 8, 2019 0

Ahead of Geneva talks UN envoy addresses all Syrians in video message

“My message today is meant to reach every single man, woman, child of Syria, inside Syria and outside, in the refugee camps, or wherever you are,” Special UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said in a video recording. “We count on you to raise your voice, to say khalas, it is enough, to say to everyone who is actually coming – from Syria and from abroad – to this conference that there are expectations on them to make sure that their vision, their capacity of compromise in discussion for reaching a peaceful solution in Syria is now, and they need to produce that,” he said.“You have seen enough conferences, two of them already taken place. This one cannot fail. We’ve heard your voices, we heard when you have been telling us so many times wherever we met you, you Syrian people, you women, men and children of Syria, saying: Enough, ‘khalas, kefaya,’ enough killing, murdering, torturing, prisons.”When he sent out the invitations to the talks on Tuesday, Mr. de Mistura said he was under no illusions about the difficulties in ending a war that has killed more than 250,000 people, sent over 4 million fleeing the country, displaced 6.5 million internally, and put 13.5 million people inside the country in urgent need of humanitarian aid. The refrain has so often been “enough,” he said in his video message today, enough buildings destroyed, enough bombing of cities, enough being humiliated and becoming a refugee and drowning in the Mediterranean.“All this we have heard. Now we need to hear your voice to everyone who is coming to this conference, and saying this conference must be an opportunity not to be missed,” he declared. “We are going not to disappoint you from the UN point of view. You know we will never abandon the Syrian people, but we need now you to feel that this time is the right one, we will do all what we can,” he underscored.Mr. de Mistura has said the Geneva meetings will start with proximity talks and are expected to last for six months, with Government and opposition delegations sitting in separate rooms and UN officials shuttling between them, with the immediate priorities being a broad ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and halting the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).The talks stem from an agreement reached in Vienna in November by the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), comprising the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations, and 17 countries including the United States and Russia, as part of an effort to end the war with an agreement on new governance, a new constitution and new elections. read more


October 2, 2019 0

UN rights chief appeals to India and Pakistan for full and unhindered

“It is unfortunate that our sincere attempts to independently assess the facts in relation to reports of human rights violations have failed,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a news release.He deeply regretted that their requests for access have not been granted, especially given the seriousness of the allegations of the use of excessive force, allegations of state sponsorship of violence, as well as the number of people killed and the very large number of people injured, the continuing unrest and the almost daily reports of violence in the region.The High Commissioner has been engaging with both Indian and Pakistani authorities since the latest outbreak of violence in early July, and has sought access for a team to visit both Indian-administered and Pakistan-administered regions to independently and thoroughly investigate and verify allegations of violations of international law to establish accurate facts, particularly given the conflicting and competing claims on both sides. “We requested full and unhindered access to the affected population, to interview a variety of individuals on the ground, including victims, witnesses, security forces, and with access to relevant documentation,” said Mr. Zeid.He stressed that such access would enable them to provide an independent and fact-based analysis of the situation, which is so crucial in volatile, politically-charged situations. “Without access, we can only fear the worst,” said the UN rights chief, reiterating the request for access to the area. read more


October 2, 2019 0

Moral dilemma  Brock research examines why people choose to buy counterfeit products

Most people know that buying counterfeit knock-offs of luxury products is unethical and even illegal, but that hasn’t stopped the soaring demand for cheap fakes of high-end brands of shoes, golf clubs, perfume, clothes, sunglasses and countless other consumer items.The manufacture and sale of fake brands is a $1.77-trillion global industry, and it shows no signs of slowing down.New research by Kai-Yu Wang, associate professor of marketing at Brock University’s Goodman School of Business, looks at what motivates people to intentionally purchase counterfeit products even when the act doesn’t align with their personal morals.“The demand for counterfeit luxury brands is robust and growing, although the consumption of counterfeit goods is viewed as unethical,” says Wang. “If saving money is the main reason for counterfeit goods consumption, why don’t consumers simply choose cheaper generic brands instead?”The research shows that beyond the obvious money-saving tactic, people are motivated to buy counterfeit items by wanting to enhance their self-image and because they enjoy the “thrill of the hunt” or feeling as though they are part of a “secret society” of discerning shoppers who know just where and how to spot good deals on luxury brand knock-offs.“We also wanted to find out how consumers cope with cognitive dissonance associated with their unethical counterfeit consumption behaviour,” says Wang.Counterfeit luxury in hand, consumers may feel guilty after their purchase but deal with these feelings by denying responsibility or by identifying with loyalty to something else — for example, reasoning that they actually prefer the counterfeit design to the real thing.The research also shows that people who buy counterfeit items do not get embarrassed or feel ashamed of their purchase, but instead can experience these feelings if their deception is exposed to their social circles.Through in-depth interviews with counterfeit-savvy consumers, Wang and his co-authors discovered a range of personal morals — from recognizing the damage they were doing to the brand to rationalizing that the fakes were good for the brand, embodying the saying “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”The study, co-authored with colleagues Xuemei Bian, University of Kent, Andrew Smith, Nottingham University Business School, and Natalia Yannopoulou, Newcastle University Business School, has been published online by the Journal of Business Research. read more


October 2, 2019 0

Brock profs OConnell and Simmons win top national 3M awards

Brock University professors have won two of this year’s 3M National Teaching Fellowships. Considered Canada’s most prestigious prize for teaching excellence at the university level, only 10 are given out nation-wide each year.Tim O’Connell is a Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies, and Nicola Simmons is an Assistant Professor of Education.O’Connell was humbled by the honour, but quickly acknowledged the work of his students, colleagues and Brock’s administration for their contributions to his classroom success.“It really is a group effort,” he said. “I don’t think you can be a good educator without having great people to work with. There are a lot of people behind this.”O’Connell, who joined Brock in 2006, has received significant praise for co-founding the BaseCamp leadership program, where novice students with little experience in outdoor recreation are teamed with senior students for five days of hiking, canoeing and rock climbing that help foster student success and confidence. It’s a model that has been adopted as a best practice by other Canadian universities.Simmons, in the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education, has also made her mark on the country’s educational landscape. She established Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Canada, chaired the Educational Developers’ Caucus, and served as vice-president for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Simmons, who began her post-secondary teaching career in 1986, continues to use innovative methods to engage students. Her approach may lead students to rewrite a course reading as a free verse poem, build with Lego in order to consider the connection between theory and practice, or examine the learner experience by participating in a martial arts class.While both winners like to take unconventional approaches in the classroom, they said it’s their campus support systems that allow those innovative methods to succeed.“You can’t teach or lead if there aren’t people willing to come along with you,” Simmons said. She feels the 3M Award also celebrates the trust shown to educators in the classroom.Anna Lathrop, Brock’s Vice-Provost, Teaching, Learning & Student Success praised Simmons and O’Connell for their outstanding contributions to the University.“It’s clearly a reflection of not only their dedication within the classroom, but also how they have enriched the culture of teaching across the Brock campus, thereby contributed to the scholarship of teaching and learning both provincially and nationally,” she said.“I can’t think of two more eminently deserving faculty members.”The selection of two of Brock’s faculty to win this award in a single year clearly demonstrates Brock’s emphasis on teaching excellence and student-centred learning, Lathrop said.“Ensuring a fantastic student experience is a key goal at Brock and great teaching is central to that end,” said Tom Dunk, Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic.O’Connell and Simmons are “keeping Brock’s tradition of pedagogical excellence alive and well,” he said. “We are all extremely proud of them and grateful for their dedication and commitment to their craft.”Since 1989, Brock faculty members have won 11 of the 3M Awards, ranking in the top 5 among all Ontario universities.The 3M National Teaching Fellowship awards will be presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference in Halifax in June.The recipients will gather again for five days in Quebec in November to discuss teaching strategies and to potentially champion a project together.“This is just such a gift,” Simmons said, excited to work with her fellow recipients. “It’s a gift rather than an award.”Brock University 3M Fellows2017: Tim O’Connell, Recreation; Nicola Simmons, Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education2010: Zopito Marini, Child and Youth Studies2007: David DiBattista, Psychology2004: Lorne Adams, Physical Education and Kinesiology; John Mitterer, Psychology2003: Maureen Connolly, Sport Management2001: Anna Lathrop, Physical Education2000: Barry Joe, Communications, Popular Culture and Film; Germanic and Slavic Studies.1991: Donald Ursino, Biological Studies1989: Clarke Thomson, Geography read more


October 2, 2019 0

Get Big Alfonso Soriano Ties RBI Record as He

Alfonso Soriano, who was traded to New York from the Chicago Cubs last month, is proving to be a great acquisition for the Yankees.The outfielder has had 18 RBIs in the last four games, which tied the MLB record for most RBIs in a four-game span. In his recent game against the Boston Red Sox, Soriano hit three hits and drove in four more runs, which added to his RBI total to lead the Yankees over the Red Sox 10-3.“Here we go again,” Soriano said to the media after the game. “I think the motivation [is] going back to the Yankees, trying to help the team win.”Soriano is leading the charge as the Yankees have won the last five out of six games. The recent wins put the Yankees 7½ games back in the division and 5½ back in the AL wild-card race.“You’re looking at a powerful right-handed hitter in the middle of the lineup who caught fire since he came over,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “It’s had an enormous [impact] on their offense.” read more


September 30, 2019 0

Mens Basketball No 22 Ohio State survives scare against Northwestern with 7165

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) points to the crowd after making a three pointer in the second half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 22 Ohio State (16-4, 7-0 Big Ten) staved off a late comeback attempt by Northwestern (11-9, 2-5 Big Ten) on the road to win 71-65 Wednesday.The Wildcats trailed the Buckeyes by as much as 15 points with 13 minutes left in the game, but a 10-2 run by Northwestern drew the game to within three with 43.2 seconds left. But junior guard C.J. Jackson made three free throws to push Ohio State’s lead to six and ice the game.The Buckeyes outrebounded the Wildcats 38-25. Ohio State shot 47 percent from the field compared to 45 percent by Northwestern. A key difference between the two teams came in free-throw shooting, with Ohio State making 13-of-17 and Northwestern struggling at the line, going just 5-of-10.Ohio State sophomore center Micah Potter led the team in points with 13. He was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field with a 3 and two made free throws. Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop scored just 10 points, his second-lowest total of the season.Northwestern redshirt junior forward Vic Law led all players with 14 points, but struggled from the 3, making just 25 percent. Northwestern got off to a fast start, grabbing the 12-6 lead with 14:14 left in the first half. But from that point on, Ohio State went on a 22-5 run to take the 28-17 lead. Freshman center Kaleb Wesson scored six points during the run. During the first half, Northwestern had production from just four players. Senior forward Gavin Skelly had nine points, senior guard Scottie Lindsey had eight points, Law had seven points and freshman guard Anthony Gaines made a free throw. The rest of the team shot a combined 0-for-5 from the field. read more


September 28, 2019 0

If Ireland actually won the Eurovision would we have anywhere to hold

first_img(Video: MrEsc2012baku/YouTube)If you can remember back to the days when Ireland fell into a pattern of winning and hosting the Eurovision in the mid-90s, you may remember the contests held in Dublin and Cork.Eurovision shows have changed dramatically in the intervening fifteen or so years. Ireland may have had Riverdance, but the contests nowadays are on a much bigger scale, more comparable to a giant pop concert than anything else. There’s huge screens, fancy graphics and a LOT more people attending the actual venue for the show itself.“The average audience at the venue for the Eurovision nowadays is around 23 or 24 thousand people” says Johnny Fallon, who literally co-wrote the book on this year’s Eurovision.That immediately puts Ireland in the difficult position of trying to find a venue large enough, particularly when you bear in mind that Germany held the show in an arena holding 54,000 people in 2011.But Fallon points out that somewhere like the O2 in Dublin, which has a capacity of 14,000, could potentially hold enough people.“There have been smaller arenas used in recent years: Turkey held it in 2004 with an audience of about 13,000, and when Finland won with Lordi the arena held 15,000, so it does happen,” he says.Having a venue on the smaller size eases some of the pressure when it comes to tickets, especially when tickets have to be sold for three nights altogether – the two semi-finals as well as the final itself. Fallon says that demand for tickets is generally high, with fans in the host county as well as Eurovision ‘tourists’ who will travel to the event every year prowling for tickets.Any potential venues in Ireland would also need to be able to handle laser lighting, flames, heavy graphics and giant screens, which have become the mainstay of performances in recent years but which would rule out older venues. Weather concerns also mean that outdoor venues are a non-runner, particularly in unpredictable climates like Ireland, so somewhere like the O2 becomes more likely to be the frontrunner than say, Croke Park.Can we afford it? The next big question is the money. Despite all the jokes about Ireland being too poor to actually be able to afford to host the contest, Johnny Fallon points out that Ireland played host twice in the 1980s (1981 and 1988) despite the dire economic circumstances of the time.“It very much depends how much the host country is willing to spend on it,” he says. “If the national television company wants to spend a fortune on it, they can. If they don’t, then they can very much cut down the production”.The last time Ireland hosted the Eurovision in the last 90s, RTE spent around €5 million in total. Costs have escalated since then: Russia holds the record for the most extravagant Eurovision, spending the equivalent of €31 million to host in 2009.However recent years have seen Finland do it for €12.5 million and Norway spending €25 million. Fallon estimates that RTE would need to spend around €15 to €20 million to host it.“It would be a fairly major committment but on the other hand, the money is always found. Ireland has done it before so we wouldn’t need to convince people of our ability to host, in the way that Russia did a few years ago,” he says. “Plus in the worst case scenario, sometimes the bigger countries will help out financially if there are problems.”So not to get anyone’s hopes up or anything, but all this means that Ireland could technically host the Eurovision. Next, we just have to win the damn thing again…Read: Ireland’s Eurovision semi-final: spacemen, nakedness and Obelix > Read: 6 performances which mean Ryan Dolan has a lot to live up to >Read: The highs and lows of Ireland at Eurovision > NOT TO TEMPT fate or anything, but Ryan Dolan has done a good job so far in helping Ireland’s resurgence at the Eurovision after the doldrums of the mid-2000s.He pulled off a safe but crowd-pleasing performance on Tuesday night, flew through the semi-final with his Euro-friendly pop song,  and is currently a respectable 7th-favourite to win tonight’s contest.All of which is good, but when you’re up against the juggernauts of Finland’s girl-on-girl kiss and favourites Denmark with their mega-voiced dance pop epic, 7th-place isn’t really going to cut it.But Ireland is nothing if not optimistic. One Eurovision expert has pointed out that winners rarely come out of nowhere. Countries often begin their path to victory by giving a good performance in the semi-finals, coming in the top 10 for a couple of years, gradually creeping up to the top 5, and drawing new fans (and more importantly, people from other countries who develop a fondness for the country and begin to consider voting for it) along the way – before eventually hitting the top spot.That’s been the pattern that has emerged in recent years as the Eurovision has grown massively, and if it’s true then it bodes well for Ireland – after not even making it out of the semi-finals in 2008 and 2009, Jedward finished a respectable 8th in 2011.So best case scenario: say Ireland actually wins tonight (or this time next year, or the year after): what would happen? Where would we hold it?What venue could actually hold that many people? last_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

2 killed in gunfight

first_imgGunfight Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo suspected drug traders, who are allegedly called Rohingyas, were killed in a reported gunfight with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Kharangkhali in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Wednesday, according to the law enforcement.Their identities could not be known immediately.BGB said one of their patrol teams stopped a group of Rohingya men who entered Bangladesh through the Kharangkhali border around 4:30am.”The Rohingya men suddenly opened fire when the BGB team challenged them, triggering a skirmish,” said Shariful Islam Jamaddar, acting commanding officer of BGB-2.”Two of the men were killed on the spot,” he said, adding that 190,000 yaba pills were recovered from the spot.The bodies were later handed over to Teknaf police.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the BGB’s version of the incident independently as no version was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any member of the victims’ relatives.last_img read more


September 3, 2019 0

Paper highlights the dismal state of dry forests in tropical regions in

first_img When most people think of forests in the tropics it is generally the rainy kind that come to mind—the might Amazon, for example, is known to people both in and outside of the scientific community. But, mostly ignored or forgotten, the researchers contend, are dry forests that exist in some of the same areas—dry forests that are disappearing at an alarming rate.The researchers note that neotropical dry forests harbor plant species that exist nowhere else on Earth—recent work by members of the team has found large variations in plant species between dry forests which suggests each has a unique intrinsic value. They also conducted an analysis with a database the holds information on 4,660 species of woody plants in the dry forests and identified 12 major plant communities within the region. And alarmingly, they point out that only 10 percent of the forests present prior to humans arriving on the scene still remain today.Humans going back to the Incas have been razing dry forests to gain access to the lush soil that offers prime agricultural opportunities. The researches point out that remaining forests exist in small pockets in many locations in North, South and Middle America and also on many Caribbean Islands. But their presence continues to shrink as very little of the land is protected. The researchers note that unlike the rain forests, very few people are aware of the damage that is being wrought and the loss that will occur if something is not done to prevent the disappearance of such forests altogether.The team is hoping their paper will raise awareness of the plight of the dry forest in the Americas in the scientific community perhaps nudging more researchers to get involved in studying the forests and ways to protect them. They have also commissioned a short animated film that can be shown to non-scientists across the region to heighten awareness of the problem and to garner support for more conservation efforts. (Phys.org)—A very large team of researchers from South America, Europe and the U.S. has published a paper in the journal Science highlighting plant diversity in neotropical dry forests in the Americas and arguing for more protection of such natural areas. 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: Science Logged rainforests can be an ‘ark’ for mammals, extensive study showscenter_img Explore further More information: K. Banda-R et al. Plant diversity patterns in neotropical dry forests and their conservation implications, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf5080AbstractSeasonally dry tropical forests are distributed across Latin America and the Caribbean and are highly threatened, with less than 10% of their original extent remaining in many countries. Using 835 inventories covering 4660 species of woody plants, we show marked floristic turnover among inventories and regions, which may be higher than in other neotropical biomes, such as savanna. Such high floristic turnover indicates that numerous conservation areas across many countries will be needed to protect the full diversity of tropical dry forests. Our results provide a scientific framework within which national decision-makers can contextualize the floristic significance of their dry forest at a regional and continental scale. Citation: Paper highlights the dismal state of dry forests in tropical regions in the Americas (2016, September 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-09-paper-highlights-dismal-state-forests.html Tropical forest in Martinique near the city of Fond St-Denis. Credit: Wikipedialast_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Colours that can add glamour to ensembles this Diwali

first_imgTry opting for colours like emerald and sapphire or go for pale hues with embellishments and pastel to make a style statement this festive season, says an expert.*Persian influence: Radiate royalty with colours like Emerald, sapphire, oxblood red, and Mauve.*Glamorous fabrics: velvet or brocade go best with these colour trend. Dusky or olive skin-tones could carry this trend effortlessly. *For off-beat attires, experiment with colours like lilac or icy-blue, or tangerine, amber, and teal if you feel like wearing an outfit which will make you look good in the little cold weather around you.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf*Pale hues: Nude, beige, and toasted almond are the hues which are on everyone’s must have. Pale hues look best with embellishments.  Mirror work could add a traditional charm to the attire you choose. *Pastel: Dusty pink and serenity are dreamy, neither pale neither flashy. This colour trend is best suited with silver thread embroidery or ivory embellishments.*Vintage grey: Combine this colour with sun-yellow as the combo will create a striking contrast.*Multicolour: Various pieces of your outfit should be in complementing colours, you can team up yellow choli, green lehenga and a red dupatta for an energetic contrast look.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Nvidia unveils a new Turing architecture The worlds first ray tracing GPU

first_imgThe Siggraph 2018 Conference brought in the biggest announcements from Nvidia unveiling a new turing architecture and three new pro-oriented workstation graphics cards in its Quadro family. This is the greatest leap for Nvidia since the introduction of the CUDA GPU in 2006. The Turing architecture features new RT Cores to accelerate ray tracing and new Tensor Cores for AI inferencing to enable real-time ray tracing. The two engines along with more powerful compute for simulation and enhanced rasterization will usher in a new generation of hybrid rendering to address the $250 billion visual effects industry. Hybrid rendering enables cinematic-quality interactive experience, amazing new effects powered by neural networks and fluid interactivity on highly complex models. The company also unveiled its initial Turing-based products – the NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX™ 8000, Quadro RTX 6000 and Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs. They are expected to revolutionize the work of approximately 50 million designers and artists across multiple industries. At the Annual Siggraph conference, Jensen Huang, founder and CEO, Nvidia mentions, “Turing is NVIDIA’s most important innovation in computer graphics in more than a decade. Hybrid rendering will change the industry, opening up amazing possibilities that enhance our lives with more beautiful designs, richer entertainment and more interactive experiences. The arrival of real-time ray tracing is the Holy Grail of our industry.” Here’s the list of Turing architecture features in detail. Real-Time Ray Tracing Accelerated by RT Cores The Turing architecture is armed with dedicated ray-tracing processors called RT Cores. It will accelerate the computation similar to light and sound travel in 3D environments at up to 10 GigaRays a second. Turing will accelerate real-time ray tracing operations by up to 25x than that of the previous Pascal generation. GPU nodes can be used for final-frame rendering for film effects at more than 30x the speed of CPU nodes. AI Accelerated by powerful Tensor Cores The Turing architecture also features Tensor Cores, processors that accelerate deep learning training and inferencing, providing up to 500 trillion tensor operations a second. It will power AI-enhanced features for creating applications with new capabilities including DLAA ( deep learning anti-aliasing). DLAA is a breakthrough in high-quality motion image generation for denoising, resolution scaling and video re-timing. These features are part of the NVIDIA NGX™ software development kit, a new deep learning-powered technology stack. It will enable developers to easily integrate accelerated, enhanced graphics, photo imaging and video processing into applications with pre-trained networks Faster Simulation and Rasterization with New Turing Streaming Multiprocessor A new streaming multiprocessor architecture is featured in the new Turing-based GPUs to add an integer execution unit, that will execute in parallel with the floating point datapath. A new unified cache architecture with double bandwidth of the previous generation is added too. As it is combined with new graphics technologies like variable rate shading, the Turing SM achieves unprecedented levels of performance per core. With up to 4,608 CUDA cores, Turing supports up to 16 trillion floating point operations in parallel with 16 trillion integer operations per second. Developers will be able to take advantage of NVIDIA’s CUDA 10, FleX and PhysX SDKs to create complex simulations, such as particles or fluid dynamics for scientific visualization, virtual environment and special effects. The new Turing architecture has already received support from companies like Adobe, Pixar, Siemens, Black Magic, Weta Digital, Epic Games and Autodesk. The new Quadro RTX is priced at $2,300 for a 16GB version and $6,300 for 24GB version. Double the memory to 48GB and Nvidia expects you to pay about $10,000 for the high-end card. For more information you may visit the Nvidia official blog page. Read Next: IoT project: Design a Multi-Robot Cooperation model with Swarm Intelligence [Tutorial] Amazon Echo vs Google Home: Next-gen IoT war 5 DIY IoT projects you can build under $50last_img read more


August 26, 2019 0

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