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The top 10 science news stories of 2014

first_imgThere may be nothing new under the sun, but scientists have found something new under the moon. Several kilometers below the largest dark spot on our satellite’s near side, researchers have discovered a giant rectangle thought to be the remnants of a geological plumbing system that spilled lava across the moon about 3.5 billion years ago. The finding shows that the moon, early in its history, experienced tectonic and volcanic activity normally associated with large planets.6. How to survive a nuclear explosion Certainly our hairiest story of the year. Men seem to be growing beards in unprecedented numbers, but a recent study suggests that this look is becoming too popular for its own good. In fact, bushy faces may be on their way out.7. Ancient magma plumbing found buried below moon’s largest dark spot It’s been a big year for plastic, from researchers developing self-recycling plastic to discovering trillions of pieces of plastic trapped in Arctic ice. But our favorite plastic story is this one: scientists finding a new type of rock on Hawaiian shores, one cobbled together from beach sand, seashells, corals, and, yes, plastic.3. ‘Bigfoot’ samples analyzed in lab Run! A mathematical model of nuclear fallout suggests that sheltering in place (the first option above) is not always the best survival strategy. If you can reach higher quality shelter in less than 30 minutes (the second option), you sho CORBISThe Black Death may have decimated Europe nearly 700 years ago, but it’s still leaving an impact on people today. A new genetic analysis helps explain why Europeans respond differently from other people to some diseases and have different susceptibilities to autoimmune disorders. The story also left a mark on our readers, who made it our most popular of the year. Any time you can get both “vampire” and “fluffiest” into a headline, you know you’ve got a good story. This one is about the rare tufted ground squirrel, which is twice the size of most tree squirrels and reputedly has a taste for blood. Oh, yeah: It also has the bushiest tail of any mammal compared with its body size.4. Rocks made of plastic found on Hawaiian beach Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)One of the deadliest battles of the U.S. war in Afghanistan may have been caused by plasma bubbles. That’s the conclusion of this unusual study, which finds that the turbulent pockets of ionized gas may have deflected U.S. military satellite radio signals enough to cause temporary communications blackouts in the region. Be sure to check out the amazing artwork.9. Isolated tribe makes contact for the first time Here’s a bit of news we hope you never have to use. Scientists have figured out what you should do if deadly radioactive fallout is headed your way. Here’s a hint: You’ll need a watch and a good knowledge of your surroundings.5. ‘Vampire’ squirrel has world’s fluffiest tail Adapted from illustration by Michael Dillon/LLNL If you want to know about the most amazing science discoveries of 2014, check out our Breakthrough of the Year section. But if you want a list of our favorite science news stories of the past 12 months, you’ve come to the right place. Below are some of the highlights from 2014, a combination of staff picks and our most popular articles.10. ‘Space bubbles’ may have led to deadly battle in Afghanistan Beginning in early July, a few members of an isolated Amazonian tribe emerged from a dense rainforest in Brazil and approached a team of scientists—the first time the villagers had willingly made contact with the outside world. Officials suspect that the tribe fled illegal logging and drug trafficking in their traditional homelands in Peru. Anthropologists remain deeply concerned about the tribe’s future as it encounters novel diseases and resource-hungry outsiders.8. Are beards about to die out? Our favorite story of the year, this one is also among the most surprising. We all know that mice like to run on wheels in cages, but wild mice will do the same on a wheel placed outside. And not just mice—rats, shrews, and even frogs also gave the toy a spin. Many animals, it seems, were just born to run.1. Black Death left a mark on human genome We here at Science don’t spend a lot of time covering ghosts and UFOs, but we couldn’t resist this study—the first peer-reviewed, genetic survey of biological samples claimed to be from Bigfoot and his kin. The conclusions may not surprise you, but the reaction of Bigfoot hunters just might.2. Even in the wild, mice run on wheelslast_img read more

December 3, 2019 0

Indian Olympians on the journey from dream to reality

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November 28, 2019 0

FIFA World Cup 2014: Hold your breath, let frenzy take over

first_imgBrazilian goalkeeper Victor tries to save a goal during an official training session on Tuesday. Brazil take on Croatia at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo. AP photoSit back, and do watch the big game today. With Brazil playing host to its first FIFA World Cup after 64 years, nearly 3-billion people, roughly half of the world’s population, will watch the opening match of the tournament.All eyes will be on Brazil from today, which will host the Summer Olympics two years from now. But it is still not clear which Brazil the world will get to see – the festive, free-spirited South American country, or a country hit by protests over poor public services, and a political system widely viewed as corrupt, besides anger over the $11.5 billion spent on hosting the grand event.In Pics: World Cup 2014 and sex: Who wants it, who does not “The world is going to see multitudes cheering for soccer, but also demanding that our country change,” Helen Santos, a schoolteacher, said as she walked home in Rio de Janeiro. “The world needs to see that we’re a serious country. We’re not just a nation of soccer, but a country striving and demanding the government to provide better education and healthcare. The world needs to see the reality of Brazil, not just the sport.” Football will take the spotlight when play begins with Brazil and Croatia meeting in Sao Paulo on Thursday. Brazilians are hungry to see their team deliver a record sixth World Cup.advertisementCompared to last year, when Brazilians staged rallies against the government and overshadowing the Confederations Cup football tournament, street protests have lessened now. On one of the nights when a match of the Confederation Cup was being played, nearly a million people took to the streets of various cities, and the unrest continued for two weeks.Only time will tell if Brazilians have moved past such mass disruption. “I hope football outshines the protests; I also know there remains a climate of anger,” said Edson Carvalho, an office assistant watching 10 barefoot young men play a pick-up soccer match in Rio’s Botafogo neighbourhood. “What will the world see? I’m waiting to find out myself.”In 2007, when FIFA named Brazil as the host nation for the 2014 World Cup, the country’s folksy and immensely popular president at the time, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, told a celebratory gathering in Zurich he would return home filled with joy – but also feeling the burden that comes with hosting the world’s biggest sporting event. “At the heart of the matter, we’re here assuming as a nation, as the Brazilian state, to prove to the world … that we’re one of those nations that has achieved stability,” Silva said then. “Yes, we’re a country that has many problems, but we’re a nation with men determined to resolve those problems.”Seven years later, all eyes are on Brazil; football has returned to a continent that loves the game. The eyes, however, will also be on those problems Silva referred to, the lingering ills that have not gone away. (With AP inputs from Rio De Janeiro)last_img read more

November 27, 2019 0

Barcelona Edges Panathinaikos, 80-76

first_imgGreek basketball power Panathinaikos came close but lost to Spanish giant Barcelona, 80-76 on Jan. 9, taking its first loss in the final round of 16 in the Euroleague.Adding to the woes, the Greens found out its 77-76 win over fellow power and archrival Olympiakos in the quarter-finals was overturned after a sports judge invalidated it because banned former Panathinaikos President Dimitris Giannakopoulos was sitting courtside in defiance.The Greens will appeal to the Supreme sports Court (ASEAD), but it looks likely it will be Olympiakos to face PAOK in the Thessaloniki semifinal next month and Panathinaikos is out on the technicality.In Spain, Panathinaikos got off to a good start and led by 35-25 before the Spanish team went on a run to tie it at the half, 37-37.A barrage of three-pointers from Marcelinho Huertas, who hit five in a row and 6-of-8 in the game, gave his team a 54-44 lead before the Greek team started clawing back.(making five straight shots for a total of 6/8 in the game) allowed the Catalans to advance by 10 (54-44), before Panathinaikos began eating into its deficit and closing to 77-76 a minute from the end but it fell short. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18, 2019 0

Wind River and TTTech Auto collaborate on autonomous driving applications

first_imgWind River has provided its VxWorks real-time operating system to power the latest versions of MotionWise, TTTech Auto’s safety-software platform for autonomous driving applications. Wind River and TTTech Auto have worked together to develop highly scalable ECUs based on networked multi-core system-on-chips for advanced safety-critical automotive applications. As an underlying software platform for the Audi zFAS architecture, VxWorks maintains and monitors the safety of critical applications. The zFAS platform enables automated driving assistance features such as lane assist, adaptive cruise control, and intersection assist in vehicles including the 2018 Audi A8.VxWorks is designed to host several safety-related software components side by side with non–safety-related components in the overall automotive system architecture. TTTech Auto’s platform was designed for ADAS functions, including autonomous driving and other automotive video camera–based vision applications. The platform can be connected to multiple cameras, and it features deterministic Ethernet networking capabilities.A high-performance RTOS, VxWorks is tuned for both determinism and responsiveness. Its technology includes a modular, future-proof architecture that separates the OS kernel from applications and other packages, allowing for fixes and feature updates with minimal rework, testing, or recertification. The enhanced multicore safety scheduler enables time, resource, and space partitioning for different criticality applications to run side by side and still meet safety standards. VxWorks is a trusted platform with a proven track record in safety- and security-certified environments, making it ideal for current and future applications for connected and autonomous vehicles.In addition to VxWorks software, Wind River provided TTTech Auto with board support packages, middleware development, and network stack integration. The work also included preparation of artifacts and work products for the sensor system host in accordance with functional safety standard ISO 26262, Automotive Safety Integrity Level.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Bridgetek: credit card sized HMI development hardwareNext u-blox: multiradio and gateway modules with concurrent support for Wi-Fi and dual-mode Bluetoothlast_img read more

November 18, 2019 0

Karius suffered concussion in CL final

first_imgLiverpool Karius suffered concussion during Champions League final Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 02:59 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(25) Loris Karius Liverpool Champions League final Getty Liverpool Sergio Ramos Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League The goalkeeper suffered a night to forget against Real Madrid in Kiev, but tests results have shown that he was suffering with a head injury Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius suffered a concussion during his side’s defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.The German was roundly criticised for his performance during the 3-1 loss in Kiev after two calamitous errors led to the Blancos securing a third successive European title.But tests carried out by the Massachusetts General Hospital have now found that Karius was suffering from a head injury at the time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “On May 31, 2018 Mr. Karius underwent a comprehensive examination by Dr. Ross Zafonte and Dr. Lenore Herget in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital,” a statement read.”After carefully reviewing game film and integrating a detailed history – including his reported present and immediate post-contact subjective symptoms – physical examination and objective metrics, we have concluded that Mr. Karius sustained a concussion during the match May 26, 2018.”At the time of our evaluation, Mr. Karius’s principal residual symptoms and objective signs suggested that visual spatial dysfunction existed and likely occurred immediately following the event. Additional symptomatic and objectively noted areas of dysfunction also persisted. It could be possible that such deficits would affect performance.”We also note that Mr. Karius has reported significant and steady improvement since the concussive event, and we expect him to make a full recovery based on the results of the examination. We expect that with treatment and by following prescribed activity protocols he will continue to improve. We have encouraged vigilance and an emphasis on safety in his eventual return to full activity.”Though not confirmed by the statement, there is a suggestion that the injury that Karius suffered came due to challenge from Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who had earlier instigated the first-half challenge that saw Mohamed Salah suffer a dislocated shoulder.Early in the second period the pair were involved a coming together inside the penalty area, with replays showing Karius was caught by the elbow of the Spain international defender.Though clearly shaken by the incident, Karius was able to continue without treatment, with the referee also opting not to award a foul.Moments later the ball was in the back of the Liverpool net as Karius looked to roll the ball out to a team-mate, only for Karim Benzema to block the ball and divert it into the bottom corner.Loris Karius Real Madrid LiverpoolThough Karius had no chance of stopping Gareth Bale’s stunning overhead kick to make it 2-1 following Sadio Mane’s equaliser, his night to forget continued in the closing stages as he spilled a speculative drive from the Welshman into his own net.Though Karius apologised to his team-mates and supporters after full-time, many have questioned whether he should play for the club again, with Roma’s Alisson a reported target to replace him next season.But these latest results may soften those views as he looks to rebuild his career at the age of 24.Karius himself asked for the results of the tests to be revealed, with Liverpool themselves offering no objections having not being involved in the process. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

November 9, 2019 0

It was a victory of passion, heart and absolute desire: Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp

first_img Reuters NewcastleMay 5, 2019UPDATED: May 5, 2019 11:56 IST Juergen Klopp says he is a resigned to whatever fate will throw his team’s way (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLiverpool registered a 3-2 win at Newcastle United on SaturdayLiverpool will host Wolverhampton Wanderers in their final Premier League game on May 12Liverpool need to win their final game and hope that Man City lose their’s vs Brighton to lift the titleThere has been so much to admire in the football produced by Premier League title chasers Liverpool and Manchester City this season with the top two providing the connoisseurs of technique, tactics, and finesse with a true feast.But the final stages of the campaign have also delivered for those who appreciate the games more earthy qualities – the traditional winning character traits of guts and effort.Manchester City had to show all their mettle and steel to earn a 1-0 win at Burnley last week and on Saturday Liverpool showed they have the spirit to face down adversity and find a way to win.Substitute Divock Origi’s 86th minute header – after Liverpool had twice seen their lead rubbed out by a determined Newcastle United – ensured the three points that put the pressure right back on Manchester City.Juergen Klopp’s side have 94 points and City, who face Leicester City on Monday, are two points behind. Never before have two teams passed 90 points in a Premier League season.On the final Sunday – May 12 – Liverpool are at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers and City take on Brighton on the south coast.”Today was a battle of will but it was a victory of passion, heart and absolute desire – absolutely brilliant,” said Klopp.”We could talk about football tonight, we could talk purely about showing real heart, showing real passion and showing real desire.”It was all the more impressive given that on Wednesday Liverpool had expending so much energy at the Nou Camp only to end up with a bitter 3-0 defeat.advertisementThere was no sign of any hangover from that experience however.”It was just brilliant,” said Klopp.”Newcastle showed it as well, unbelievable – they gave us a proper game. I think in our situation with all the circumstances around, some people probably expected us to show a bit of nerves and the boys didn’t. It was just a difficult game for difficult reasons,” said Klopp.Having been pushed all the way by former manager Rafa Benitez’s side, Liverpool must now hope that another of their ex-bosses, Brendan Rodgers, can inspire his Leicester side to an upset against City at the Etihad on Monday.But Klopp says he is a resigned to whatever fate will throw his team’s way.”I accepted long ago that we do everything, absolutely everything, the boys throw whatever they have on the pitch, so that means whether we are champion or not, it is destiny,” he said.”We do everything and we cannot do more – can you get more than 94 points? Can you get more in all the other stuff? Not really. Wow, what a race,” Klopp signed off.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Newcastle United vs LiverpoolFollow EPLFollow Premier leagueFollow Juergen Klopp It was a victory of passion, heart and absolute desire: Liverpool coach Juergen KloppJuergen Klopp’s side have 94 points and Manchester City, who face Leicester City on Monday, are two points behind. Never before have two teams passed 90 points in a Premier League season.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

October 25, 2019 0

Le gouvernement invite les commentaires des familles et des parents sur le

first_imgLe ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance cherche à obtenir les commentaires des parents et des familles sur les forces et les défis liés aux garderies. Un sondage en ligne est maintenant offert pour obtenir les commentaires sur l’accessibilité, l’abordabilité et les programmes de garderie. On encourage également les éducateurs de la petite enfance, les exploitants de garderies et les partenaires à répondre au sondage. Des groupes de discussion pour ces participants sont également en cours à l’échelle de la province. « Nous avons un bon système de garderies dans la province, mais nous pouvons et devons toujours l’améliorer, a dit Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Nous devons recueillir les commentaires des éducateurs de la petite enfance, des familles, des exploitants et des partenaires pour nous assurer d’obtenir une vue d’ensemble du fonctionnement du système afin de pouvoir bien répondre aux préoccupations des personnes qui utilisent et qui offrent les services. » L’examen du secteur de la petite enfance a été annoncé en janvier. Les consultations se poursuivront au cours du printemps, et le ministère préparera un rapport sur les résultats et les recommandations à l’intention de la ministre. Pour obtenir des renseignements sur les groupes de discussion, envoyez un courriel au Un lien au sondage se trouve sur le site Les soumissions peuvent également être transmises par courriel à l’adresse ci-dessus ou par la poste : Examen du secteur de la petite enfanceSection de la petite enfanceMinistère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfanceC.P. 578Halifax (N.-É.) B3J 2S9last_img read more

October 22, 2019 0

Air Canada CEO brushes off trade woes amid higher revenues and lower

first_imgMONTREAL – The head of Canada’s largest airline brushed off concerns around U.S.-China trade woes and wavering stock markets, saying demand for Air Canada flights will hold firm in the near term.“The trade dispute, the softening of the economy, the bumpy equity markets the last few weeks — despite that, in our markets we continue to see strong demand,” said chief executive Calin Rovinescu on a conference call with investors Wednesday.Despite a tumble in profits caused by rising fuel prices, the Montreal-based carrier saw premium fare classes and ancillary fees propel it to better yields in the third quarter, with a healthy outlook for the fourth.“We’ve invested very heavily in the top end of our business, and we think that that is something that helps sustain us,” Rovinescu told analysts.Air Canada’s net income fell 63 per cent year-over-year to $645 million — or $2.34 per diluted share — in the quarter ended Sept. 30. That compared with $1.72 billion, or $6.22 per diluted share a year ago — when the company benefited from an income tax recovery of $758 million.Operating revenues jumped 11 per cent to $5.42 billion from $4.88 billion a year earlier.Excluding one-time items, adjusted earnings decreased 39 per cent to $561 million or $2.03 per diluted share, from $922 million or $3.33 per share a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of $2.09 per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.“Fuel was the dragon slayer, the huge impact on the operating line,” said Robert Kokonis, president of Toronto-based consulting firm AirTrav Inc.Air Canada’s per-litre fuel costs skyrocketted 40 per cent to 83 cents in the third quarter from 59.4 cents a year earlier. Though its operating cost per available seat mile — a key cost-efficiency metric — ballooned by nearly 10 per cent, that same metric adjusted to exclude fuel costs nudged up by only 1.1 per cent.If the economy holds, so will demand, Kokonis said.“Air travel is one of the first sectors to show that there’s going to be an economic retraction because travel is such a discretionary expense — not as much for corporate travel, but certainly leisure travel.”Business and premium economy passengers helped Air Canada offset its fuel expense. Revenue from the business cabin rose by $98 million, a 13 per cent bump, said chief commercial officer Lucie Guillemette. Premium fares helped produce a 4.2 per cent increase in passenger revenue per available seat mile.Ancillary revenues, meanwhile, shot up by 14 per cent over the past nine months compared to the same period last year, driven by baggage fees, upgrades and seat selection.Carriers have been adding fees for a decade and now charge more for seats with leg room, early boarding, meals and beverages, entertainment and wireless access. Air Canada earned more than $1 billion from these payments last year while WestJet Airlines Ltd. collected about $440 million.Rovinescu confirmed Wednesday that Air Canada still expects to seal the Aeroplan deal by the end of the year. In August, Aimia Inc. reached a tentative $450-million agreement to sell the rewards program to an Air Canada-led consortium that, if closed, would end more than a year of confusion over the airline’s commitment to the program it founded.The quarterly results should be viewed “favourably” given “volatile” fuel prices, said Canaccord Genuity Corp. analyst Doug Taylor. Air Canada’s 3.4 per cent uptick in passenger revenue per mile contrasted sharply with WestJet’s 4.4 per cent decline, he noted.“What will be striking over the next year is that even in a scenario where Air Canada’s performance is flat, there are enough other items — the loyalty program…the free cash flow of the company — that there’s a lot of catalysts for share price improvement.”Air Canada’s shares gained $1.50 or 6.4 per cent at $24.91 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA, TSX:AIM)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version reported Air Canada’s net income per diluted share as $6.22.last_img read more

October 13, 2019 0

Morocco Wins Two Awards At Intel Science Competition In Doha

Doha – Morocco won two awards at the fifth Intel Science Competition Arab World 2014 (ISC AW) in Doha, an annual pan-Arab science, technology, engineering and math competition for students in grades 9 to 12.Two 17-year old Moroccan students Ahmed Amrani and Dounia Jaoui won the “modern technologies award” for their project Smart Cane, a white cane designed to facilitate movement to visually impaired people.For their part, Houda Beldi and Zaineb Anaamaoui,17, won the “administration and the social sciences award” for their project “The Inbox,” a software solution that enhances e-mail security. The Grand Prix of the Intel Science Competition went to a group of Lebanese student who presented a collective project that helps preserve the coolness of vehicles parked under hot sun by taking advantage of solar energy. read more

October 12, 2019 0

Fresh clashes in DR Congos North Kivu province displace thousands – UN

While the number of those newly displaced as a result of skirmishes between the national army and fighters of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) is small in relation to DRC’s estimated 1.85 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), the movement of people is noteworthy because the territory of Beni in North Kivu had until now hosted only 10,000 IDPs, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.Last week’s displacement was the first since 2006 caused by fighting involving the ADF, according to OCHA. Aid workers are concerned over the potential consequences of the latest clashes on civilians.“We are concerned by this development,” said Richard Dackam-Ngatchou, acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, who stressed the need to avoid causing suffering to civilians who are caught up in the clashes.The inter-agency Rapid Response to Movements of Population (RRMP) programme has sent a team to the affected area in a bid to ensure that life-saving assistance is urgently provided. A contingency humanitarian response plan is also being drafted to enhance preparedness in the event of more people being forced to flee.Humanitarian agencies currently estimate that at least 14,000 people are in urgent need of life-saving assistance, including food, shelter, water, and medical care. Of these, 2,000 have already been assisted through the RRMP.“We don’t know whether these violent attacks on civilians mark a renewed trend or an isolated incident,” said Mohamed Boukry, Regional Representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The ADF is a rebel group opposed to the Ugandan Government. It started carrying out attacks inside Uganda from hideouts in the west of the country and rear bases in neighbouring DRC in 1996, but has been rarely heard of since 2004 following a major offensive by the Ugandan army against it.The group is one of several foreign armed factions operating in eastern DRC, including the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which also has its roots in Uganda, and the Rwandan Forces démocratiques pour la libération du Rwanda (FDLR).In a related development, a series of attacks affecting humanitarian actors were reported last week in North Kivu, OCHA spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva. A total of 68 attacks involving humanitarian organizations and their staff have been reported since the beginning of this year.Ms. Byrs also said that there were large numbers of sexual violence cases reported in the Isiro area of Haut-Uele district of Orientale province between last May and June, according to provincial authorities there. Perpetrators of those acts of violence are believed to be civilians, according to the reports.According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), 15,275 cases of rape – the vast majority by armed men – were reported in eastern DRC in 2009.On humanitarian funding, Ms. Byrs reported that this year’s consolidated appeal for DRC is currently 41 per cent funded with $335 million of the $827 million requested so far received. The funding gap, if not bridged, is likely to affect key humanitarian sectors including health, food, education and water and sanitation. 13 July 2010Clashes between the army in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and remnants of a Ugandan insurgency forced an estimated 20,000 people to flee their villages in the troubled North Kivu province of the vast African country, the United Nations reported today. read more

October 11, 2019 0

Vaiko threatens to disrupt MRs visit

Inspite of all the sound and fury from MDMK leader Vaiko, the state government is going ahead with its preparations to welcome Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sanchi on September 21. Speaking to Hindustan Times, Vaiko said, “Many others would leave by train and flight and we expect nearly 3,000 workers to be in Sanchi to hold a black flag protest against Rajapakse.” He added: “Rajapaksa’s hands are stained with the blood of innocent Tamils killed during the war in Sri Lanka. Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko has said that on September 17 he and his party activists would leave Chennai for Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh in a convoy of 30 buses. The objective: To protest the arrival of Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa in the world heritage site, 45 km from Bhopal, to inaugurate a Buddhist study centre on September 21.The MDMK as well as the DMK have been protesting Rajapaksa’s visit as they hold him responsible for the death of thousands of Tamils during the civil war in the island nation. While state government officials kept mum on the MDMK leader’s letter to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, they confirmed to HT that the arrangements are underway. “The programme will be held”, said principal secretary culture KK Singh. More than 250 delegates from outside the country would take part in it, he added. (Hindustan Times) read more

October 8, 2019 0

Over 860000 mines booby traps removed

The army says over 860,000 mines and booby traps have been removed since the end of the war in 2009.Brigadier Dhananjith Karunaratne , Commander of the Army Engineer Brigade said that over 80% of the initial 5000 square kilometers that had been heavily mined by the LTTE have now been cleared. Brigadier Dhananjith Karunaratne pointed out that support from MLI has assisted in the success of Sri Lanka’s humanitarian demining project, that recently enabled the completion of resettling nearly 300,000 internally displaced people.Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the U.S Jaliya Wickramasuriya congratulated the award-winning team and thanked the MLI for its genuine efforts to help Sri Lankan people. The Sri Lankan Embassy in the United States quoted the Brigadier as saying in a statement that over 470,000 antipersonnel mines, 1400 antitank mines, 390,000 booby traps, and other improvised explosive devices have been removed since the end of the conflict in May 2009. “Before the internally displaced persons could be resettled, vast areas of land in the north and East needed to be cleared of land mines. The Sri Lanka Army worked quickly to handle the demining process , and they are benefitted greatly from the support of the Marshal Legacy institute and other NGO’s around the world”, he said. The statement said that the Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) of the United States has honored Sri Lanka Army sapper DKN Rohan and Mine Detection Dog Spartacus as the best Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Team for the year 2012. The Sri Lankan team was selected for the prestigious award out of 107 teams representing 11 countries. read more

October 8, 2019 0

Suicide attack amidst group of children draws condemnation from UN in Afghanistan

An explosive-rigged bicycle reportedly detonated in the Qalandarkhail area of Bagram district, as Afghan National Police and international military forces were on foot patrol nearby. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed at least 12 civilians and six service personnel, and injured at least eight people.“A suicide attack amongst a group of children is beyond horrific,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš. “I reiterate UNAMA’s [UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan] repeated calls to the Taliban to immediately ban the use of indiscriminate weapons and to cease attacks in civilian populated areas,” added Mr. Kubis, who is also the head of the Mission.In its 2013 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, UNAMA noted noted an increase of 34 per cent in the number of children killed or injured, as compared with the previous year. The Mission’s human rights team documented more than 1,750 child casualties, at least one-third of whom were killed by improvised explosive devices. Today’s attack comes as the country is awaiting the announcement of a new president. UNAMA noted that preliminary results were announced yesterday from the 14 June run-off vote between candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.“The Mission further notes that the results are not final and are subject to change, and that it would be premature for either of the candidates to claim victory,” it said, reiterating also its call for the candidates and their supporters to exercise restraint. UNAMA urged the electoral institutions – the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) – to cooperate within the framework of their mandates to conduct additional audits of polling stations in “rigorous, timely and expeditious manner,” in particular those which would provide for the investigation of ballots from more than 7,000 polling stations. The Mission encouraged the IEC and the IECC “to demonstrate their commitment to the future of the country by taking the responsibility to fully discharge their mandates while demonstrating the utmost impartiality, transparency and responsibility.” It also urged the institutions to consider other measures that would enhance the integrity of the electoral process. read more

October 2, 2019 0

Road rage killer Kenneth Noye set to be moved to open prison

first_imgHe was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 16 years.A Parole Board spokesman said: “We can confirm that a three-member panel of the Parole Board has not directed the release of Kenneth Noye, however they have recommended that he be transferred to open conditions.”This is a recommendation only and the Ministry of Justice will now consider the advice and make the final decision.”Under current legislation, Mr Noye will be eligible for a further review within two years. The date of the next review will be set by the Ministry of Justice.”The Parole Board review comes after a High Court judge overturned a ministerial decision to block the murderer being transferred to a less restricted jail. Stephen Lee Cameron, 21, who was stabbed to death in front of his girlfriend by Kenneth Noye. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Kenneth Noye wearing glasses and beard while travelling under a false before he was capturedCredit:FIONA HANSON Kenneth Noye wearing glasses and beard while travelling under a false before he was captured Noye was already one of the country’s most feared gangsters when he stabbed Mr Cameron to death on a slip road of the M25 in front of his horrified girlfriend.center_img A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “The independent Parole Board has made its recommendation. We will carefully consider this and make a decision in due course.” He had previously been acquitted of the murder of undercover police officer John Fordham after claiming he had mistaken him for an intruder and was acting in self-defence.But he served 14 years in jail for his part in the 1983 Brink’s-Mat bullion robbery.After killing Mr Cameron, Noye fled the country until a major manhunt traced him to Spain and he was extradited.When Noye was initially jailed for life, there was no minimum tariff set by the judge. But the then Home Secretary, David Blunkett, later recommended that he serve at least 16 years.In September 2015 the Parole Board declined to order Noye’s release and recommended he be transferred to an open prison. But the recommendation was rejected by then justice secretary Michael Gove on November 5 2015.Following a High Court challenge by Noye earlier this year, Mr Justice Lavender quashed the refusal decision.He said in February: “It will be for the current Secretary of State to take a fresh decision whether or not to transfer the claimant to an open prison.”Edward Fitzgerald QC, for Noye, had argued the rejection decision was “unlawful and irrational”.But the judicial review challenge was contested by former justice secretary Liz Truss, who said there was “nothing irrational” in the decision taken. Stephen Cameron was stabbed to death in front of his girlfriend by Kenneth NoyeCredit:PA Kenneth Noye, the road rage killer, could be moved to an open prison after a recommendation by the Parole Board.The 70-year-old was sentenced to life in April 2000 after being convicted of murdering a young man on the M25 in Kent.A review panel did not direct his release, but has concluded that Noye is suitable to be “transferred to open conditions”.The Parole Board stressed that the recommendation must now be considered by the Ministry of Justice before a final decision is made.Noye stabbed 21-year-old electrician Stephen Cameron to death in an attack on the M25 in Kent in 1996.last_img read more

September 25, 2019 0

Being inactive could be more dangerous for the health than being obese

It found that overall, obese commuters who travelled to work by car had the highest likelihood of early death, with a 32 per cent raised chance of mortality compared to cyclists or walkers of normal weight. The research by Glasgow University tracked more than 150,000 adults for five years. But if obese adults travelled to work by foot or bike, their risk was similar to active commuters of a healthy weight. Being inactive could be more dangerous for the health than being obese, research suggests. Slim motorists fared far worse – and were 21 per cent more… A British study shows that corpulent commuters who cycle to work are far less likely to die prematurely than slim people who rely on the car. read more

September 25, 2019 0

Elderly man killed in road accident

Sixty-six-year-old Latchman Sukhu, a Rural Constable attached to the Mibicuri Police Station and late resident of Lot 86 Mibicuri North, Black Bush Polder, Corentyne Berbice, was struck from the bicycle he was riding by an allegedly speeding car on the village public road on Thursday at about 09:40h, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Mibicuri Public Hospital, where he was rushed after the incident.According to reports, motor car HB 8230, being driven by a 35-year-old male of Belvedere, Corentyne, was proceeding south along the eastern carriageway of the public road allegedly at a fast rate when it collided with the cyclist, who reportedly rode out from a street in the area.A breathalyzer test conducted on the driver found no trace of alcohol in his blood.He, however, remains in custody assisting with the investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related11-year-old killed by car allegedly speedingDecember 8, 2016In “latest news”Cyclist killed in Berbice accident by reportedly speeding carJanuary 15, 2018In “Crime”Pensioner killed in EBD accidentAugust 31, 2019In “Crime” read more

September 25, 2019 0

Cengiz Under expects mutual respect from Madrid

first_imgCengiz Under believes European Champions Real Madrid will show mutual respect when they play Roma owing to last season’s performance in the competition.Roma completed an astonishing comeback in last season’s Champions League quarter-final, winning 3-0 at the Olimpico to progress on away goals after a 4-1 defeat in Catalonia.And Turkish forward Under is confident that Los Blancos and everyone else” will have more respect for the Giallorossi after last year’s win over Barcelona.“Against Barcelona, we got a result which was unlikely after the first leg,” Under recalled, speaking to Sky.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“It was an extraordinary thing that no-one expected. I think Real Madrid and everyone else will have more respect for us.“In the meantime, we have Chievo on Sunday, we’re aiming to win that and then concentrate on Real Madrid.“Once we overcome Chievo we can concentrate on Real Madrid as soon as possible.”Eusebio’s men will be hoping to improve on last season’s performance as they hope to win the Champions League for the first time in the history of the club.last_img read more

September 18, 2019 0

Full Show Legally Defining Gender and Cartoonist Ngozi Ukazu Nov 1 2018

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen center_img 00:00 /50:32 On Thursday’s Houston Matters: A new report from the Texas Tribune says while many public defenders across the country are overwhelmed with cases, that’s not the case with those in Harris County’s juvenile division. We talk with Neena Satija, the reporter behind the story.Also this hour: Last week, it was reported that the Trump administration is considering “narrowly defining gender, legally, as a biological immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” We learn what this all means in practical terms for transgender people here in Greater Houston.Then, cartoonist Ngozi Ukazu, who grew up in Houston, tells us how she created Check, Please! — her popular web comic about a college hockey player who loves to bake.And, with a new album called Post-Truth coming out this week, we revisit a conversation and performance we had in 2014 with local band The Wheel Workers.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

September 2, 2019 0

US Attorney for DCs Office Explains Policy on Marijuana Decriminalization

first_imgAs Congress weighs a Washington, D.C. law that decriminalizes possession of a small amount of marijuana, the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia has released a statement explaining its policy on the issue. According to the statement, under the D.C. bill signed by Mayor Vincent Gray in March. smoking marijuana in public would remain a criminal offense. Anyone who smokes marijuana on federal property could still be prosecuted under the D.C. law. “Individuals arrested for merely possessing, but not using, less than one ounce of marijuana on federal property would be presented to our office for potential prosecution under federal law,” said William Miller, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. “We will assess each case on an individualized basis, weighing all available information and evidence, consistent with Justice Department enforcement priorities and the need to use our limited investigative and prosecutorial resources to address the most significant threats to public safety. We rely heavily on diversion programs in our local marijuana prosecutions, and would likely do the same with respect to federal offenses.” U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen himself has not yet made a statement on the issue. In March, Mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill which makes the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil offense subject to a $25 fine. Smoking marijuana would still be a crime, but the maximum punishment would be reduced from a $1,000 fine and six months in jail to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. But Congress must review the law before it can take effect. The bill was introduced by Councilmembers Tommy Wells and Marion Barry and was passed in response to two studies of law enforcement records in the District. The studies found that nine out of 10 arrests for simple drug possession were of African Americans. A 2010 American Civil Liberties Union report found police in D.C. made 836 arrests per 100,000 residents for possession of marijuana. Nationally, 256 people out of every 100,000 were arrested for possession.last_img read more

September 1, 2019 0