96% of teachers nationwide bear the cost each year to equip their classrooms with the basic materials students need to learn. To help alleviate this burden, Adopt-A-Classroom, the award-winning national non-profit organization that helps students and teachers get the materials they need to learn and achieve in the classroom, has teamed up for the second consecutive year with the national off-price retailer, Burlington Stores to support teachers and students nationwide through a chain-wide point-of-sale campaign going on now through August 18.Showcasing his dedication to the cause is Oscar Winning Actor, Artist and Activist, Common, who is once again joining forces with AdoptAClassroom.org and their partner Burlington Stores this back-to-school season. Together with his mother, Dr. Mahalia Hines, a 35-year educator and Chicago Board of Education member, he has worked tirelessly to help hundreds of students have the resources and opportunities they need to have a successful future.On average, teachers spend more than $740 each year to equip their classrooms with the basic materials students need to learn, a spending increase of nearly 25% over the last three years. Further, more than 28% of teachers spend over $1,000 each year to equip their classrooms with basic school supplies. Through this campaign, Burlington’s goal is to fund classroom resources that teachers need to do their job, helping to ensure all students have an equal chance to learn and succeed.This morning, Burlington Stores, AdoptAClassroom.org, Common and Dr. Hines surprised P.S. 111 with a $10,000 donation. This school adoption provides all teachers with funding to ensure they can prepare their classrooms ahead of the school year. Common and Dr. Hines then spent time with fourth and fifth grade students from P.S. 111, viewing some of their creative works including paintings and songs and learning about the inspiration behind them.“Spending time with students and teachers from P.S.111 this morning was a great reminder about how important it is to support schools and get them the supplies they need,” said Common. “My Mother has been in the Chicago school system for more than 35 years, and I am honored to do my part to help teachers get the materials they need to help their students succeed.”The national point-of-sale campaign kicked off in all 640 plus Burlington Stores nationwide on July 8. Customers are encouraged to donate $1 or more at checkout through August 18 to support AdoptAClassroom.org. To further demonstrate Burlington’s commitment to giving back to the communities that it serves, funds raised will be donated to a nearby classroom where there is a Burlington store, and for the retailer’s new stores opening this fall and spring, each new location will ‘adopt’ every teacher in a local school.“At Burlington, we are dedicated to supporting the communities where we live and work and for the second consecutive year, we are pleased to partner with AdoptAClassroom.org and we are honored that Common has continued his commitment to our effort. The funding raised in our stores will help to support teachers as they fill their classrooms with the tools their students need to succeed. Last year, we were able to provide assistance to more than 3,000 teachers and their 75,000 students, and with this year’s campaign, we look forward to furthering our impact,” said President, CEO and Chairman of Burlington Stores, Tom Kingsbury.“It means a lot to AdoptAClassroom.org and the teachers we support to have Burlington as a second-year sponsor,” says Ann Pifer, executive director of AdoptAClassroom.org. “Our public/private partnership with Burlington, Common and Dr. Hines is a great example of the good we can do when we all work together.”For more information visit Burlington.com or AdoptAClassroom.org.
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the deputy commissioner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation to come up with a report on illegal encroachments and unregulated markets at Samalkha Extension near Kapashera here. The order comes as a Delhi Pollution Control Committee report that a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel had gone through. The DPCC status report states that while concerned authorities have taken some steps in the matter, it is not clear whether any effective action has been taken at the ground level, the tribunal noted. “Let a report be filed in the matter before the next date by the deputy commissioner, SDMC,” the bench, also comprising Justice K Ramakrishnan, said, setting July 25 as the next date for hearing the matter. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe order comes on the back of a plea filed by resident Narendra Vats contending that illegal encroachments and unregulated markets have come up at Samalkha Extension, East Telephone Exchange Road near Sonia Gandhi Camp, Samalkha village and National Highway 48. He alleged that various complaints were made to authorities concerned but no effective action has been taken till date. The plea also alleged that the municipal solid waste and other garbage generated by the hotels near the airport was disposed of unscientifically.
Rabat – Some Sahrawis in Tindouf’s Lahmada camp in Algeria, including women, have taken part in a sit-in blaming Polisario for obstructing a political solution to the Sahara conflict.The sit-in took place in front of Boujdour prefecture, inside the Tindouf camps in Algeria, on Tuesday. The Sahrawis complained of the degradation of their situation and tightened restrictions.Lahmada’s population brought their concerns in protest before the separatist leaders, who were gathering at the headquarters of the self-proclaimed “Sahrawi National Council.”. They also hold the Polisario Front responsible for the length of the Sahara conflict, according to Moroccan outlet Le360.In an investigative film produced by Moroccan television channel Medi1TV that aired Sunday, a Spanish journalist spoke with a Sahrawi living inside the Tindouf camps, who asserted that humanitarian aid with food and medicine never reached them but was instead sold in the market in nearby Rabouni.Read also: Sahrawis Protest Tightened Restrictions in Tindouf CampsHe added that anyone who speaks to international media or human rights organizations is severely punished.The man also said that he experienced torture and punishment. When his father and oldest sister died, he reached out to Polisario’s health ministry which denied responsibility for their deaths and told him to remain silent.The Tuesday sit-in is one of the multiple protests the Sahrawis have been conducting in recent months.In early April, dozens of Sahrawis carried out a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the self-styled Sahrawi Ministry of the Interior to protest tightened restrictions at the Tindouf camps in Algeria.In March, several Sahrawi MPs conducted a sit-in in front of Polisario’s secretariat to protest widespread corruption in Tindouf camps.In a public statement, the MPs said they are protesting the waste of public money, abuse of authority for personal purposes, absence of accountability, and the prevalence of all kinds of corruption.
Jean Levac/Ottawa Citizen files Smith could not describe how specific franchises across the country were selected for the protests but said they were chosen by local organizers. She said Leadnow has 500,000 members.Friday’s planned national protests follow similar demonstrations earlier this month at 16 Tim Hortons restaurants in Ontario, organized in response to a few franchises that clawed back workers benefits, paid breaks and other perks as a result of the minimum wage increase in Ontario from an $11.60 hourly rate to $14 at the start of the month.The protests began after Jeri Horton-Joyce and Ron Joyce Jr., the children of the brand’s billionaire co-founders, rolled out the controversial measures at two Cobourg, Ont., locations they own.Finger pointing between the company and franchisees over who bears responsibility for the cuts has intensified an ongoing public sparring over alleged mismanagement that has included several lawsuits filed against each other in recent months.Tim Hortons has said individual franchisees are responsible for setting employee wages and benefits, while complying with applicable laws. But some franchisees argue the corporation, which controls prices, should help owners grappling with the mandated wage hike by allowing them to raise prices. The franchisees want a 10 per cent price hike across the board, according to a source.The Great White North Franchisee Association, which represents half of Canadian Tim Hortons franchisees, has said Ontario’s minimum wage hike and other changes to the province’s labour laws will cost the average franchisee $243,889 a year.Tim Hortons has said the employee benefit cutbacks made by some franchises in Ontario “do not reflect the values of our brand, the views of our company, or the views of the overwhelming majority” of restaurant owners. TORONTO — Protesters angered by some Ontario Tim Hortons franchisees who slashed workers’ benefits and breaks after the province raised its minimum wage plan to spread their rallies to other areas of the country.About 50 demonstrations are planned in cities across the country on Friday, although at least 38 will be based in Ontario, including 18 planned in Toronto. As of Dec. 31, 2016, the number of Tim Hortons locations in Canada was 3,801.Other cities involved in the protest include Calgary, Halifax, Saskatoon, Regina, Vancouver and two other cities in British Columbia.Most Ontarians back minimum wage hike, say it will benefit the economyTim Hortons getting ‘dragged through the mud’ and iconic brand isn’t doing anything to stop itOntario’s minimum wage hike will cost the average Tim Hortons franchisee $243,889 this yearOrganizers behind the protest campaign, dubbed Fight for $15 and Fairness, say the demonstrations planned at specific Tim Hortons franchises on Friday are not about the franchise owners themselves, but rather to pressure their parent company.“If they’re feeling the crunch, they know like we do the answer has to come from corporate head office, not off the backs of employees making a minimum wage,” said Leadnow spokeswoman Brittany Smith.“This is about the multi-billion dollar corporation and its parent company, Restaurant Brands International, who have the means to protect workers, but aren’t doing it.”Protesters at a Tim Hortons location in Montreal on Friday.
It wouldn’t be a crazy theory to suggest the Liberals are worried about the fate of their three precarious seats in Alberta as the Oct. 21 election approaches.The province is home to widespread ire toward the government and a provincial conservative party that just swept to power with a crushing majority. And then there’s this: Edmonton MP Randy Boissonnault has been hurrying around the province this summer, doling out money like a drunken billionaire.No less than 69 cheques have been handed out in the last month by Boissonnault. His colleague in Calgary, Liberal MP Kent Hehr, is in second place with 59 spending announcements to his name.These sweepstakes, funded by tax dollars, have been documented assiduously by Global News chief political correspondent David Akin, who has been tracking and analyzing every government spending announcement, going back three parliaments. That’s more than 26,000 spreadsheet rows, for anyone counting.On Wednesday, Akin noticed an announcement by Nova Scotia MP and cabinet minister Bernadette Jordan.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.A comprehensive study by Joshua Kalla of the University of Berkeley and David Broockman of the Stanford Graduate School of Business found that advertising actually has no effect on voters at all“Now she’s going to be in trouble in her riding. That’s South Shore — St. Margarets. That’s a riding that is likely to move from Liberal, possibly, to Conservative and she’s going to have to fight it out,” said Akin, in an interview with the Post. “And today of all days, she’s got $25 million to build a highway overpass on Highway 103. And she’s had a couple of those. And you kind of go, oh, that just magically happened to get approved and done a week before the campaign? I’m a little cynical.”There’s no question that politicians of all stripes believe this kind of funding and the media coverage it attracts can win over voters for the governing party but, surprisingly, there’s very little research backing that up.In fact, a comprehensive study by Joshua Kalla of the University of Berkeley and David Broockman of the Stanford Graduate School of Business found that advertising actually has no effect on voters at all.“We argue that the best estimate of the effects of campaign contact and advertising on Americans’ candidates choices in general election is zero,” the paper reads. “Our best guess for online and television advertising is also zero, but there is less evidence on these modes.”If direct advertising doesn’t work, then sparsely-attended media appearances that don’t even mention the Liberal Party may be even less effective. It could be that Liberal MPs and cabinet ministers are frantically jet-setting around the country writing billions of dollars worth of cheques for almost no tangible electoral gain.“Our findings also offer an important caveat to the widespread notion that political elites can easily manipulate citizens’ political choices,” the paper reads. It is “exceedingly rare in the elections that matter most” that people will be swayed by conventional campaign tactics.Whether or not these spending announcements are working the way the Liberal Party hopes, the data holds some potentially tantalizing previews of where they are defending their turf and where they’d like to pick up some seats. A National Post analysis of Akin’s data shows a few non-Liberal ridings seeing a flurry of government spending activity.Three ridings in Quebec and two ridings in British Columbia have attracted more than 31 spending announcements since July 1, including Skeena—Bulkley Valley, the riding that currently belongs to long-time NDP MP Nathan Cullen, who is not running in the 2019 election.The other ridings are Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Manicouagan and Mégantic—L’Érable in Quebec and Kootenay—Columbia in British Columbia — all areas that strategists could conceivably have on a list of possible wins for the Liberals.This kind of spending is unprecedented. The Harper government, in the month leading up to the 2015 election, announced spending of about $1.4 billion over the course of 605 announcements. For August alone, the Liberal government’s tally stands at 4,545 spending announcements worth about $12.8 billion. Is a Wexit in Alberta’s future? A Liberal campaign on social issues could create an ‘us-versus-them dynamic,’ with consequences for all parties In mid-August, the Conservatives sent out their own tally, pointing out that the Liberal government has even been bringing along non-sitting Liberal candidates to “bask in the spotlight” of the local media cameras. The Conservatives have also made an official complaint about that practice.“Justin Trudeau has been flying around the country at the taxpayers’ expense, pairing his daily meet and greets with party fundraisers in the evening,” the Conservative press release reads.Although the Opposition has been grousing about the spending, it’s a tricky issue for them. For one, Canadians might actually be happy to see government money being spent in their backyards, whether they perceive it as a cynical attempt to purchase votes or not.“The Tories hate Trudeau’s spending but want to avoid being tagged the ‘austerity party’,” wrote former Harper government spokesman Andrew MacDougall in Maclean’s Magazine.“By deploying the enormous advantages of incumbency, the Liberals have indulged in cynical and time-tested politics. They have stacked the deck as much as possible,” MacDougall wrote.• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter:
Kansas City, Kansas will be the first city to ever have Google broadband. Google is now testing the service, which could come out as soon as 2012. The company held a contest for towns around America to be the first to get Internet speeds as high as 1Gpbs. Kansas City won out.No word on when the city will actually get the service, nor about how much it will cost. However, Google does have plans to bring it to other cities before next year. AdChoices广告Via Hot Hardware
Microsoft may have turned a few heads with the announcement of the Surface RT tablet, but their initial release was far from the major success the company had hoped it would be. Despite looking very similar, the Surface Windows 8 Pro and Surface RT are wildly different computers, and Microsoft is going to have to work hard to show that to those who have already soured on the Surface.HardwareIf you’re looking at these two tablets from the front, there’s no perceptible difference between the Surface Pro and Surface RT. The screen size is identical, and they both use the same VaporMg casing with a kickstand designed to place the screen at the same angle. Both tablets use the Touch and Type covers in the same way. Even the power and volume buttons are identical. You’ll only notice the big difference between the two if you look at them from the side, or if you pick both up at the same time. The Surface Pro is noticeably thicker and heavier than the Surface RT, due to the air vents needed to keep the Intel processor cool and to house the larger battery. (The Surface RT uses a much less demanding ARM processor.)The ports on the Surface Pro are different than those on the RT. The Pro’s USB 3.0 port is in the same place as the USB 2.0 port on the RT, but obviously it’s more useful with a full version of Windows and USB 3.0 speeds. The power port on the Surface Pro is raised slightly to make room for the Mini DisplayPort that Microsoft has used for video out, instead of the microHDMI used on the Surface RT. The Surface Pro includes DisplayPort adapters for HDMI and monitor out, so you can use your existing cables to connect the Surface Pro to a monitor or television.Interestingly, the cover port on the Surface Pro includes some extra pins that are not on the Surface RT. Microsoft has yet to explain what these pins are for, and they don’t exist in any of the specs listings or even the promotional renders for the Surface Pro. It seems likely that Microsoft will announce some additional hardware in the future to take advantage of these pins, perhaps with a keyboard that offers an additional battery like we’ve seen with the other convertible Windows 8 tablets. These pins could also serve as a desktop dock of some kind, similar to what was seen with the Samsung developer preview tablet that was given out during the Windows 8 testing period.Using the Surface Pro and RTWhen you start the Surface Pro next to the Surface RT, the difference between these two tablets becomes quiet clear. The Surface Pro boots in under five seconds, while the Surface RT takes nearly thirty seconds to reach the Start page. When actually using Windows 8, you’ll find that there’s very little difference between the two tablets when navigating the UI, but any time you want to load an application, a website, or execute any complex task at all, the Surface Pro is significantly faster. The Intel Core i5 and HD4000 in the Surface Pro are clearly more capable than the Tegra 3 processor in the Surface RT when comparing tasks that the RT is capable of performing.The Surface Pro is also running Windows 8 Pro, which means it is capable of running apps from the Microsoft Store as well as any other application that you can run on a desktop version of Windows. You can install Diablo 3 right next to Jetpack Joyride, and brag about how much fun it is using your social network of choice on whatever browser you’d like. The experience is significantly better than that of the Surface RT, which isn’t capable of any of these things yet. Where the Surface RT seems barely capable of competing with the iPad and Android tablets, the Surface Pro is more than enough to compete with the MacBook Air and all of Microsoft’s OEM partners.Surface Pro (left) and Surface RT (right) – can’t you tell?Both the Surface RT and the Surface Pro are using Microsoft’s ClearType HD displays, though the Pro is running a 1920×1080 display versus the 1366×768 resolution on the RT. For the majority of things that you do on either of these tablets, you won’t notice a difference in the displays. You can fit more text on the screen with the Surface Pro, but the quality of these screens is so high that you’re unlikely to be able to tell which display is which. The touchscreen on the Surface Pro is more functional, offering ten-point multitouch instead of the five offered on the RT. Additionally, the Surface Pro allows a Wacom stylus input that isn’t available on the RT.Using the Surface stylus is a jarring experience at first, unless you’re used to this kind of input. You can’t use the stylus to navigate the operating system in the same way that you can use finger gestures. The stylus input replicates the mouse input, so when you’re using the two input types together you have to be careful to remove your hand from the screen and swipe with your finger. When using the stylus you can rest your hand comfortably on the Surface without confusing the two input types.Surface Pro under an iPad Mini Microsoft has a lot of work to do in order to convince users that the Surface Pro is not the Surface RT, especially now that the RT has been seen as a commercial failure. There are plenty of good reasons to own a Surface Pro, but in order to move units in any quantity, Microsoft needs to demonstrate that the Windows 8/Surface combination is worth the money, and distance what is essentially a $1000 ultrabook with an abbreviated battery life from the initial impressions of the Surface RT.
Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou on Sunday reiterated that his party will back current President Karolos Papoulias if the latter wants a second term as president, while qualifying, however, that “the best way to honor the position and the individual is via an election of president by a Parliament with a fresh popular mandate”.Papandreou made the statement in response to a press question on whether main opposition PASOK will back Papoulias’ re-election as president, or, cause early elections in the spring, given that 180 MPs are needed to elect a president of the republic, a largely ceremonial position that nevertheless serves as the highest political office in Greece. The former foreign minister, in fact, referred directly to the prospect of early elections by underlining that the country “urgently needs to change course with a new and powerful government, one that enjoys a fresh popular mandate.”Papoulias is also a former foreign minister in successive PASOK governments. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
La Corée du Sud s’allie à la Russie pour cloner un mammouthDes chercheurs russes et sud-coréens se sont alliés pour tenter de créer un mammouth, plus de 10.000 ans après la disparition de l’espèce. Un accord en ce sens vient d’être signé entre l’Université fédérale du nord-est de la République de Sakha, et le controversé biotechnicien Hwang Woo-Suk.Le vice-recteur de l’Université fédérale du nord-est de la République de Sakha a signé un partenariat avec le Sud-Coréen Hwang Woo-Suk, réputé pour ses recherches sur les cellules souches mais très controversé depuis plusieurs années. En 2004, le scientifique de la Fondation Sooam annonçait une première mondiale : le clonage d’un embryon humain pour la recherche scientifique, puis la production de 11 lignées de cellules souches humaines.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Une avancée jugée capitale, avant que la falsification des résultats du chercheur ne soit mise au jour par une commission d’enquête. L’année suivante en revanche, Hwang Woo-Suk Hwang fut officiellement reconnu comme le créateur du premier chien cloné, Snuppy. Puis en octobre dernier, le chercheur a annoncé avoir avoir cloné huit coyotes.Comme le rapporte l’AFP, cette alliance entre le chercheur de la Fondation pour recherche en biotechnologie Sooam et l’Université de Sakah a pour but de créer un mammouth, plus de 10.000 ans après que l’espèce a disparu de la Terre. Pour réaliser ce clone, les scientifiques entendent utiliser les restes de ces mammifères laineux découverts dans le pergélisol en Sibérie. Les recherches doivent commencer dès cette année, dès que la Russie aura envoyé en Corée du Sud ces restes de mammouths. La Fondation transférera quant à elle sa technologie aux chercheurs russes, déjà alliés à des scientifiques japonais dans le même but.”En premier, et c’est le plus dur, nous devons restaurer des cellules de mammouth”, a expliqué à l’AFP Hwang In-Sung, un chercheur de Sooam. Il s’agira de prélever des tissus bien conservés, dans l’espoir d’y trouver des gènes en bon état. “Ce sera très difficile mais nous pensons que c’est possible car notre institut est bon dans le clonage des animaux” affirme le scientifique sud-coréen. Le 14 mars 2012 à 10:22 • Maxime Lambert
NEC VersaPro VZ : Windows 7 hébergé par une tablette 12 poucesNEC propose une nouvelle tablette pesant 952 grammes et embarquant un OS de PC fixe, Windows 7. L’écran de la NEC VersaPro VZ ne fait que 12 pouces (30 cm) et 1024×768 pixels, et pourtant il affiche un OS prévu pour des écrans 20 ou 24 pouces HD. Sans compter qu’il est tactile, alors que les Windows sont prévus pour une souris, excepté le futur Windows 8. C’est sans doute pour cette dernière raison qu’il a été équipé d’un stylet, accessoire plutôt rare de nos jours. La tablette fonctionne grâce à un processeur Celeron 857 1.2GHz, 2Go de RAM, un SSD 64Go. Elle est connectée grâce au Wi-Fi et intègre le LTE en option. Rien de révolutionnaire donc, au contraire d’autres technologies développées par NEC, comme les batteries ultrafines ORB. En effet, ces caractéristiques ne semblent pas bien larges pour faire tourner Windows 7. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Si on peut se poser des questions sur l’ergonomie de Windows 7 sur une tablette, la compatibilité terrible que cela lui confère est l’argument clé de cet appareil. Elle permettra également de faire des saisies en écriture manuscrite, ce que certains pourront apprécier.L’appareil serait seulement disponible au Japon, et uniquement pour les professionnels, via le réseau B2B de NEC, pour un prix de 20 000 yens (environ 185 €). Un palliatif, sans doute, en attendant les fameuses tablettes Windows 8, qui devraient cumuler ergonomie et compatibilité.Le 23 mars 2012 à 09:45 • Emmanuel Perrin
Un nouveau système acoustique pour identifier les animaux d’une forêt Décrivant leurs travaux dans la revue PeerJ, des chercheurs portoricains ont mis au point un logiciel acoustique permettant d’identifier rapidement les animaux émettant des sons dans un périmètre donné, facilitant ainsi le travail des biologistes de terrain.Les zoologues utilisent souvent des enregistrements audio pour identifier et étudier la faune de leur zone de travail, mais cette technique n’est pas toujours facile à mette en œuvre. “Les dispositifs d’enregistrement acoustique existent depuis longtemps, mais ce qui n’existait pas, c’est un moyen de gérer et d’analyser l’ensemble de ces enregistrements”, commence le Dr Mitch Aide.”Si un chercheur avait 50.000 enregistrements d’une minute, il fallait 833 heures pour les écouter rien qu’une fois, et sans pause !”, ajoute le scientifiquede l’Université de Porto Rico qui a conçu un logiciel pour améliorer cette situation. Son nouveau système permet d’enregistrer les sons émis par les animaux, de les rapprocher, en temps réel, d’un référentiel contenant des échantillons acoustiques provenant d’un maximum d’espèces, et de déterminer ainsi rapidement, grâce à sa ‘signature’ acoustique, celle que l’on cherche à identifier via ses appels. Les 833 heures de travail de l’exemple cité précédemment se réduiraient ainsi à environ 1 h, selon l’inventeur. “En laissant ces enregistreurs sur le terrain 24 heures par jour, des semaines voire des années, nous pouvons avoir une bien meilleure idée des tendances de l’activité de nombreuses espèces différentes”, souligne le Dr Aide.Une précieuse aide pour étudier les animaux À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ? “Une des limites est que si une espèce n’émet pas de sons, on ne pourra pas la ‘capturer’. Mais il existe un grand nombre d’espèces – d’oiseaux, d’amphibiens, de mammifères marins ou terrestres, et d’insectes – que nous pouvons surveiller de cette manière”, précise t-il.”Nous avons peu d’informations sur la façon dont le changement climatique et le changement d’utilisation des terres ont une incidence sur la distribution et l’abondance des espèces. Nous avons besoin de bonnes données à long terme, non pas en provenance de quelques sites, mais en provenance de sites du monde entier”, et cette invention pourrait grandement y aider, conclut ainsi le chercheur. Le 20 juillet 2013 à 14:30 • Maxime Lambert
We may well be on the precipice of the sixth mass extinction event in Earth’s history. The last one, as you may know, wiped out most of the dinosaurs and led to a loss of more than 75% of all life on Earth. It’s too early to say for sure, but we are very likely heading for another such event only instead of a massive asteroid sterilizing the planet — it’s us.A new study to be published in the September 16 issue of the journal Science, shows that humans are causing dramatic changes to the global ecosystem, especially for marine life. Speaking to Gizmodo, the study lead, Jonathan Payne of Stanford said, “There is no past even that looks biologically like what’s happening today.”Just seeing that, you might suspect its toxic dumping or global warming that are the cause — and yes they are making it worse — but it’s overfishing. We are draining the oceans of much of its marine life.Payne and his team put together data sets for aquatic organisms to study the effects of ecology on body size. The results are pretty chilling. Larger creatures like whales, dolphins, and tuna are at huge risk.Humans have been pretty predictable, historically speaking. As we spread across the planet, we often over-hunted large game, removing apex predators and finding the biggest, easiest source of calories we could. Once upon a time giant sloths with foot-long claws roamed the Earth, but you haven’t heard much of them, have you? That’s because our ancestors ate them.The oceans, it seems, were safe for a time. Their sheer scale and abundance of life made it hard for early humans to tap the seas like we did the land. But now that we have fishing boats, trawling nets, and harpoons, we’re rapidly depleting the largest animals in the sea.“In a sense, we’re driving evolution [toward smaller individuals],” Payne told Gizmodo. Artificial selection like this could have lasting effects on the biodiversity of the planet. Even if people die off, once evolution changes something, it’s hard if not impossible to go back.Plus, while we’ve been able to take on the ecological niches of many of the species we’ve killed off on land, we can’t fill the same role in the ocean. We could cause a cascading effect which causes damage throughout the food web. Animals play important roles in nutrient cycling and no piece can be removed without mucking up that system.The study suggests that our effect on the oceans is “unprecedented in the history of animal life, [and] may disrupt ecosystems for millions of years.”There is a small glimmer of hope, however. As with global warming, we have the ability to stop this trend, but given how much progress we’ve made on the front over the past 30 years, I’m not holding my breath.
NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a third suspect involved in the murder of a man found inside a burning car in North Lauderdale, Nov. 14.Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives believe that 27-year-old Jeffrey D. Harrell participated in the murder of Darren Butler. They believe Harrell is currently in the Miami area.Two other people — 26-year-old Johntavis McCoe and 18-year-old Rougiena Deriveire — have been arrested and face charges of first-degree murder in relation to Butler’s death.Butler was discovered around 5 a.m. on Nov. 14, when BSO deputies responded to a car on fire at Bicentennial Park, located at 6100 Kimberly Blvd.RELATED: Body discovered inside burning car in North Lauderdale Fire rescue crews extinguished the flames, and Butler’s body was found in the trunk of his Pontiac G6.His death is still under investigation.If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Amaravati: The four Rajya Sabha MP’s have left the TDP and joined the BJP on Thursday. The Kurnool district senior leader and MP TG Venkatesh is also one among them. On the occasion, TG Venkatesh’s son Bharat has responded over the issue. Where he clarified that though his father joined the BJP, he’ll continue in the TDP. In recent elections, TG Bharat has contested as TDP MLA candidate from Kurnool Assembly constituency and got defeated to the YSRCP candidate with nearly 4,000 votes margin. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us With TG Venkatesh joining the BJP, Bharat was also expected to follow his father’s footsteps. But interestingly Bharat confirmed that he will not quit the TDP. He also said that the something was clarified to Nara Lokesh over the phone. Bharat said that his father Venkatesh has phoned him that he is joining the BJP and also said him to choose any party where he can stay. Not only this, soon after joining the BJP he has called up TDP national general secretary Nara Lokesh and said about the joining. Where Bharat said to Lokesh that he will continue in the TDP. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us He remembered that in spite of the pressures, Chandrababu Naidu has trusted him and given him the party ticket in the Assembly elections. Bharat said that he will meet Chandrababu Naidu and Lokesh once they return from the foreign tour. After the state bifurcation, TG Venkatesh has left the Congress party and joined the TDP. In 2014 elections he contested in the election and lost to the YSRCP candidate. Later, TDP supremo has appointed him as a Rajya Sabha member. As his political successor, TG Bharat has entered into politics. In 2019 elections, Bharat got the TDP MLA ticket but lost the election with a close margin.
Croatian former general Slobodan Praljak swallowing what is believed to be poison, during his judgement at the UN war crimes court to protest the upholding of a 20-year jail term. AFP file photoBosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak likely died from heart failure after swallowing potassium cyanide, Dutch prosecutors said Friday, two days after his dramatic courtroom suicide in front of UN judges.“The preliminary results of the toxicological test showed that Mister Praljak had a concentration of potassium cyanide in his blood,” the Dutch prosecution said in a statement.“This has resulted in a failure of the heart, which is pointed out as the suspected cause of death.”The preliminary results were released after an autopsy was carried out on the body of the 72-year-old Bosnian Croat commander, whose shocking final act was broadcast live around the world.On Wednesday in a last show of defiance against the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Praljak swallowed the poison before UN judges, just moments after they upheld his 20-year jail term for war crimes.He remains a hero to many Croats despite his conviction for crimes during Bosnia’s 1990s conflict.Praljak worked in film as well as theatre before joining the military, and on Friday Croatia’s state broadcaster aired one of his movies in a prime evening slot. It announced the broadcast on its website with the title “In memoriam-Slobodan Praljak”.The Dutch prosecution service said “Praljak passed away in Westeinde hospital in The Hague after consuming a fluid substance in the courtroom”.Two Croatian experts were also present during Friday’s autopsy carried out at the Netherlands Forensics Institute in The Hague.Contacted by AFP, prosecutor Marilyn Fikenscher confirmed the autopsy was over, but said “we are still awaiting the final results.”She could not confirm whether his body remained the forensics unit, or what arrangements may be being made to release it to Praljak’s family.Lingering questionsIt remains a mystery how he managed to get the poison held in a small brown bottle past the tribunal’s tight security.“Was the poison already in the prison, or in the courtroom? They need answers to all these questions, because obviously it raises suspicion about possible ‘complicity’ in quote marks by prison staff,” said international lawyer Celine Bardet, an expert in war crimes issues.For Dutch international lawyer Goran Sluiter from the University of Amsterdam there are three scenarios: either Praljak obtained the toxic substance in the UN detention centre where he has been held since 2004, on the way to the court building or inside the courtroom itself.Former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic died in his cell during his trial at the ICTY in 2006. Doctors concluded that he had died of natural causes, and found no other substances in his body.But in the past Milosevic was known to have “self-medicated as evidenced by the finding on occasions of non-prescribed medications in his privileged office and his cell,” the official ICTY report into his death concluded.If Praljak “got hold of the bottle inside the courtroom then that reduces the circle of people who could have helped him. So you are thinking about the lawyers,” Sluiter said.Prison contrabandDiana Goff, law expert and researcher with the Clingendael Institute think-tank, highlighted that “contraband is very easy to get in and out of prisons generally, so it’s not just an ITCY issue.”“There’s many people that it could be. They can have visits from religious officials, they can have doctors, they can have friends, they can have conjugal visits, their family can come,” she told AFP.Praljak’s lawyer Nika Pinter has already said she had had no idea what her client was planning.“Nobody killed him, it was suicide. I am sad but I understand and respect what he did,” she told Croatia’s HINA news agency Thursday.“I never thought he could do such a thing, but I understand because he is a man of honour who couldn’t live with a conviction for war crimes and being led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.”
Stand-up comedy gets a facelift with comedian and writer Sorabh Pant showcasing an interesting piece The Travelling Pants, his travelogue, in Delhi.Giving an extensive insight into his travel experiences, Sorabh has collated this interesting act. Talking about the act, he said: ‘It is a stand-up comedy show about travelling across India and the world. It’s a lot of material that I’ve collected over the last year in Mumbai and abroad. So expect some ridiculous insights into people and travelling quirks and airport announcements and racism.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’So get ready for an 80 minute complete joyride, as Pant covers travel across India, abroad and even that in Delhi, in the process explaining why Bihar is an amusement park, why in America milk rules, why Spanish people are molesters and what lingo improves travel in north India. Asked how he came up with the idea for the show, Pant explained: ‘I’ve always been interested in travel mainly because I’m married. So any excuse to get away is welcomed by both me and my wife! I’ve been writing about travel constantly and been trying to find the humour in the ridiculous ways of people. Whether it’s the Spanish throwing tomatoes at each other for fun or Delhiites being reluctant to give directions, Bengalis obsessed with the age of their restaurants, Biharis trying to parcel their silly tourism as an amusement park or even how uncomfortable it is for Jains in a land like South Africa where fish is vegetarian.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Also, stand-up comedy has taken me to a few countries. I just toured Canada, US and Dubai and all the madness there flew into this special. I love to travel. I love to make jokes. The combination was magic!’ he added.So how many places has he covered in his ‘pants’? ‘Even before I turned nine I had been to Europe and most of India. With my family I’ve travelled to about four continents. So, The Travelling Pants is probably my whole family. In total I think I’ve been to about 23 countries and a lot of Indian states. My passport is quite travel weary, I think I should be like Dawood Ibrahim and get four extra ones for fun! We love travelling so much my wife and me decided to spend our honeymoon bumming a trip to Bhutan with the whole family. Our honeymoon was our family moon!’ said Pant.DETAILAt: Epicentre, Gurgaon When: 2 December; Tickets: Rs 400, 300, 200
Kolkata: The police is taking all necessary steps to avoid any untoward incident during the Independence Day parade to be held at Red Road on Wednesday.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be hoisting the national flag at Red Road. She will also be given guard-of-honour. The programme at Red Road is scheduled to start at 10 am and it will continue till around 11.30 am. The Chief Minister will also be giving out police medals in the same programme.The parade will begin with a tableau of Safe Drive Save Life and subsequently participants from Kolkata Police, West Bengal Police, school children and tableaus of different departments will be passing one after the other. Around 980 children of different schools will be performing in the parade. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The Winners”, a special all-women patrolling team of the city police to combat and prevent incidents of molestation and eve-teasing in the city, will also be participating in the Independence Day parade. A team of women officers of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) will also be taking part in the parade. This will be the first time for the Mounted Police unit taking part in it.There will be tableaus on the projects including Rupashree, Kanyashree, Sabujshree, Khadya Sathi, and Sabujsathi. Besides the tableau of the Youth Services and Sports department with the theme of ‘Football’, there will also be a tableau of the Information and Cultural Affairs department based on the theme of ‘Sampriti’. Flowers will be sprinkled from helicopter at the time of the parade.Kolkata Police has tightened the security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident during the parade. An additional 1,500 policemen will be deployed and at the same time, there will be close monitoring from watchtowers. As many as 10 watchtowers have been erected around Red Road. Three Quick Response Teams (QRTs) will be deployed and there will also be six mobile patrolling units.
Mortgage Fraud Ticked Up in First Quarter: Report Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Housing Affordability Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Service Providers 2012-06-25 Tory Barringer June 25, 2012 424 Views Although mortgage fraud activity seems to be leveling off, a report from “”MortgageDaily.com””:http://www.mortgagedaily.com/ showed that mortgage fraud continues to cause foreclosure problems for the most victimized states.[IMAGE]The “”_Mortgage Fraud Index_””:http://www.mortgagedaily.com/FraudIndex.asp, which reflects mostly criminal cases involving law enforcement and court proceedings, showed that mortgage fraud crawled up in the first quarter of 2012. The index was 1151, slightly above Q4 2011’s 1141 index. The highest recorded index was 2790 in fourth-quarter 2008.””Activity has been fairly consistent as smaller mortgage bankers hit with repurchases continue to uncover fraud committed during the housing boom years,”” said _Mortgage Daily_ founder and publisher Sam Garcia. “”We continue to see a correlation between elevated fraud levels and foreclosures in states like Arizona, California, and Florida.””[COLUMN_BREAK]According to Garcia, most of the cases involve crimes committed five or more years ago, a sign that improved technology and increased fraud prevention practices are reducing losses on recent cases.Florida held the highest state index with 163. The state has held the number-one position for four of the past five quarters. For the first time since the index’s inception in 2006, North Carolina broke into the top five with an index of 53.Florida also sat in first place based on dollar amount involved, with losses more than doubling from the previous quarter. Florida has been in the top five states in this category in nearly every report since the index launched.*Top State Indices* ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ó Florida (163)├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ó California (160)├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ó Minnesota (70)├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ó Ohio (60)├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ó North Carolina (53)*Top States by Amount* ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ó Florida ($260 million)├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ó North Carolina ($226 million)├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ó California ($208 million)├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ó New York ($144 million)├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ó Nevada ($134 million) in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing, Technology Share Share
A European Commission mechanism offering financial support of the bicommunal technical committees to the tune of €1 million over two years has been set up.The money will go towards funding projects and consultants.The co-presidents of the bicommunal technical committees were informed on Wednesday on the application procedure that they will need to follow to retrieve funding.The financial support mechanism was announced by the European Commission on Tuesday, which said that as part of its support for confidence-building measures (CBMs) between the two communities of Cyprus, it has reached a new agreement with the UNDP, whereby it will offer financial support amounting to €1 million over the course of two years.In a meeting at the old Nicosia airport located in the UN-protected area, the Geek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot co-presidents of the technical committees met with the UN special representative Elizabeth Spehar, a representative of the UN office in Cyprus dealing with the issue of technical committees, a representative of the European Commission, and the head of office of the UNDP in Cyprus, Tiziana Zennaro.One quarter of the sum will go toward the creation of an office that will be responsible for informing and assisting the technical committees on the online application procedure that will allow them to retrieve and utilise funds. The office will be hosted in the old Nicosia airport.Applications will be examined by a committee, which will be composed of a representative of the European Commission, the UNDP, the UN office in Cyprus and two coordinators of the technical committees.The committees will be able to apply for funding for short-term and long-term projects, as well as for consultant fees.The evaluation committee will meet once a month.The European Commission representative said the agreement is for two years but could be extended if the scheme is successful You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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