Archeologists hoping to map preConfederation parliament site in Montreal

first_imgMONTREAL – Archeologists at the site of a pre-Confederation parliament in Montreal are about to reach the level they hope will yield a treasure trove of artifacts.Digging began in late July — the third such endeavour since 2010 — in an effort to find out more about the two-storey columned neo-classical building that once stood at Place d’Youville, in Old Montreal.By the end of this week, searchers will reach the layer where the parliament remains have been encased since the building burned to the ground in 1849.Prior to the discovery of the parliament several years ago, the public knew little about the building’s pivotal place in Canadian history or about Montreal’s place as the capital of what was then the United Province of Canada.Louise Pothier, director of exhibitions at Montreal’s Pointe-a-Calliere archeological and history museum, calls it a unique site in Canada.“Nowhere else do we have such intact remains of a place of power, so it makes it very distinct, very special,” Pothier said. “Maybe if we’re lucky enough, (we’ll find) some official objects — some objects related to the business of politics.”The first permanent parliament of the United Province of Canada was housed in the former St-Ann’s Market and held its first session Nov. 28, 1844.Key pieces of Canada’s early legislation were adopted in the building, including the act establishing “responsible government” in 1848 — a vital step in the emergence of a sovereign, English-French democratic state.The turmoil surrounding the Rebellion Losses Bill, legislation that sought to compensate people who sustained property damage during the 1837-38 rebellions against the Crown, would lead to the sacking and burning of the building to the ground on April 25, 1849.When the legislation received royal assent, angry Anglos stormed the building. Tory supporters were opposed to compensating Quebecers and Catholics who’d taken part in the rebellion.Only a few items survived the blaze, including a portrait and a few books.The portrait, depicting a young Queen Victoria from early in her reign, currently hangs outside the Senate chamber in Parliament’s Centre Block in Ottawa.In 2011, Robert Kaplan gave the museum a royal coat of arms that hung above the Speaker’s chair in the parliament. The late Liberal MP and former solicitor general found it in a flea market in New York about 30 years earlier.During the initial digs, expectations were tempered about what might be found. But searchers did unearth a pair of glasses and a tea set in addition to other items from the market’s past: butchers’ hooks, a butcher knife, bones, marbles, coins, and weights used for a scale.The chances of finding any trace of government documents or volumes from the 20,000-plus volume parliamentary library had been deemed unlikely.But in 2013, searchers found the charred remains of about a dozen books in a layer dating to the period of the parliament fire, including at least one French book.“We were very surprised to find that kind of artifact, that kind of object,” Pothier said. “We thought that everything burned in the flames and disappeared completely.”The market, which would be rebuilt before being razed in 1901, was recently used as a parking lot.As it turns out, that last vocation would be a boon for archeologists because everything underneath the pavement was preserved. The new building was rebuilt on top of the remains of the original market, making it like a time capsule.Pothier said previous excavations made it possible to identify places believed more sensitive and rich in terms of possible artifacts.What they find will help them map out the building: where the assembly chamber and legislative council rooms were located as well as personal rooms where parliamentarians would have shaved, cleaned and refreshed themselves or grabbed a bite to eat.In all, about 50 per cent of the former building will be excavated.Hendrik Van Gijseghem, the museum’s project manager, said once they reach that sensitive area, heavy machinery will give way to 22 archeologists, who will look at two-metre-by-two-metre sections, digging in increments of 10 centimetres.The City of Montreal has kicked in $6 million and the site is open to members of the public, who can observe the work from a platform above.“In the end, we’re going to know fairly precisely where such-and-such artifacts are coming from,” Van Gijseghem said. “And with the hope of being able to reconstruct the internal organization and vertical organization of the parliament.”Work is expected to wrap up by November.— Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter.last_img read more

Five things to know about the 20182019 Ontario budget

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government presented its last budget before the June provincial election on Wednesday, a fiscal plan that pours billions of dollars into health care, child care and other programs while putting the province back in the red. Here are five key things about the budget:DEBT AND DEFICIT: The government is going back on its promise to balance the books for another year, and instead projects a deficit of $6.7 billion in 2018-2019. The province won’t be back in the black until 2024-25 — beyond even the next election should the Liberals form another majority in June — according to government projections. Ontario’s net debt, meanwhile, is projected to be $325 billion this year, up from $308.2 billion expected for 2017-18. Interest on debt is expected to be the fourth biggest expenditure, after health care, education, and children’s and social services.POLITICAL LANDSCAPE: The $158.5 billion budget comes as the Liberals, who’ve been in power for 15 years, face an uphill battle for re-election. The party has been lagging in the polls, dogged among other things by its decision to sell off shares of Hydro One and concerns about the rising cost of electricity. In the week leading up to the budget, the Liberals made several major spending promises, which the opposition has denounced as a ploy for votes.DENTAL CARE: The budget contains a few new programs that had not yet been announced, including one that would provide drug coverage and dental care to those who don’t have other health coverage starting in the summer of next year. The program would cost $800 million in its first two years and reimburse up to 80 per cent of eligible prescription drug and dental expenses, up to $400 for singles and $600 for couples, with an additional $50 for each child. The Liberal initiative comes as the NDP has also pledged, if they were to form government, to provide dental coverage for students, seniors and people working jobs without dental benefits by 2020.HEALTH CARE: The health-care sector is getting a major boost, with a promised $2.1 billion going to mental health services over four years and $822 million earmarked for hospital funding. The country’s largest pediatric hospital, Toronto’s SickKids hospital, will also receive $2.4 billion for its 10-year plan to rebuild its aging facility. The Liberals also say they will create 30,000 new long-term care beds over the next decade.SENIORS: The government promises to invest $1 billion over three years, starting in 2019-2020, to give households led by a senior 75 or older up to $750 to help cover the costs of maintaining a home. Seniors will also no longer have to pay deductibles or copayments to get prescription drugs under the Liberals’ expanded OHIP+ program, which would take effect in August 2019. The program is expected to save the average senior $240 a year and cost the province $575 million annually by the time it is fully operational.last_img read more

UN rights expert sounds alarm over blood feuds and domestic violence in

“Blood feud killings – revenge killings by a victim’s family against the killer’s family – continue to have corrosive effects on society,” Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, said in a press statement released at the conclusion of a nine-day fact-finding mission to the Balkan country.Mr. Alston stressed that this is especially true of the “practice of self-isolation by families who fear revenge killings, and a still widespread belief in the justness of collective punishment of innocent family members.”Urging the Government to conduct a survey and analysis of blood feud incidents in Albania and to increase measures facilitating the reconciliation between families, Mr. Alston noted that the number of such disputes has fallen over the past five years.“Civil society organizations and some media reports have clearly inflated the extent of blood feud killings,” he said. “While the true numbers are closer to those provided by the Government, official figures – especially relating to isolated children and families – are probably too low.” In addition, the UN human rights expert underscored the prevalence of violence in the home, noting that at least 15 women were killed in domestic disputes last year and a third of Albanian women reported abuse at home.“While the Government has adopted important initiatives to reduce the widespread violence against women in Albania, it must allocate funds for its programmes,” said Mr. Alston. “Much remains to be done to address the deep-seated patriarchal attitudes leading to violence.” During the mission, Mr. Alston also made inquiries into accountability for the Gërdec explosion, killings after the Kosovo war, and communist-era abuses, including allegations that a few hundred people were tortured or killed in Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) camps in Albania. “None of the international efforts to investigate KLA abuses in Albania has received meaningful cooperation from the Government of Albania,” he said. “Albania still has not comprehensively dealt with human rights abuses, including torture, disappearances and killings, committed during the Communist regime.”Mr. Alston, a Professor of Law at New York University and Special Rapporteur since 2004, reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in an independent, unpaid capacity. 23 February 2010An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern over Albanian society’s widespread acceptance of settling personal scores through deadly violence and prevalence of violence in the home. read more

Canadas major cities scramble to become Amazons second home in North America

TORONTO — Canada’s major cities are vying to become Amazon’s second home, with the mayors of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal all planning to pitch the technology giant on their virtues.Amazon announced on Thursday it is hunting for a site for a new headquarters in North America, in addition to its sprawling Seattle hub, and called for cities to submit their proposals.Mayor John Tory says he will be leading the charge to convince Amazon that it should call Toronto its second home.“We are a bold, innovative city that has plenty of homegrown tech talent. We also continue to attract talent and companies from around the world,” he said in a statement.Tory will have a challenger in Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who said the West Coast metropolis is a top contender for Amazon’s next headquarters.“Vancouver’s world-class tech ecosystem is chock-full of top talent, a prime gateway for international business, a green economy hub and consistently rated as a top liveable city,” Robertson said in a statement.Other mayors took to Twitter to announce their interest and tout why their city deserves the US$5 billion Amazon says it plans to spend on the new campus that will house as many as 50,000 staff.Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said on Twitter he would convince Amazon that the city is its dream metropolis, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson talked up the Edmonton Innovation Corridor, while London, Ont., Mayor Matt Brown noted the affordability of the city.Waterloo, Ont., home to two universities and several U.S. technology giant offices, may also be a good fit, but Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky’s spokesperson said it was too early to comment.Amazon says any city hoping to score the investment will have to meet some key criteria, including a prime location, access to mass transit, and proximity to an international airport.The potential site itself would have to have room to grow, Amazon said, as it wants to expand its new headquarters to as much as eight million square feet in the next decade.Amazon said its search is open to any metropolitan area in North America that meets the parameters — the city itself doesn’t necessarily have to be a million people — but declined to say how open it was to going outside of the United States.“We want to find a city that is excited to work with us and where our customers, employees, and the community can all benefit,” the company said on its search website.Shauna Brail, director of the University of Toronto’s urban studies program, said his home city appears to be the most suited of Canadian contenders.“Toronto would absolutely be the front runner, first as an urban region of six million people with access to many millions more people… within a 90-minute flight from the city. It has access to an airport, access to strong local clusters in terms of education, training, in terms of finance and real estate,” she said.Brail said there could be negative effects from such a big player moving in such as gentrification, transit congestion and increased house prices, but on balance she said it would have more pros than cons.However, with U.S. President Donald Trump’s America First stance, there may be political pressure for Amazon to establish its second headquarters within its own borders, she said.Cities have until Oct. 19 to apply through a special website, and Amazon said it will make a final decision next year. read more

Sri Lanka assures will address issue of bottom trawling

He said that fishing methods such as mechanised and bottom trawling have a multitude of negative externalities that need to be addressed in a holistic manner through multilateral cooperation. He said that reducing marine pollution and mitigating its effects in Sri Lanka has been prioritised in the 2018 budget under the Blue-Green initiatives, and the Government of Sri Lanka has allocated close to Rs.6B to implement long-term solutions to reduce and eliminate marine pollution and developing sustainable fishing practices.Samaraweera said that the Government is taking initiatives to protect numerous lagoons around the island so as to restore their unique eco-systems and making them resilient to climate change. “Hotels and other industries that dispose their waste to the ocean and lagoons will be assisted in investing in technology to ensure zero discharge of waste. The tourism sector stands to benefit significantly from sustainable management of marine resources. Accordingly, areas such as Pigeon Island, Bar Reef, and Delft Island have been declared as conservation and marine protected areas. Several conservation measures have been adopted to protect turtles, dolphins, sharks, whales, and other marine animals by establishing the regulations under the relevant legislation,” he said.The Minister said that in order to build on these initiatives and ensure longevity, a virtual institute for the blue-green economy has been launched as a pilot project, to create and sustain spinout programmes identified under the Blue-Green initiative. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka today assured it will address the issue of bottom trawling and other fishing methods which have a negative impact on marine resources.Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that it is important to control Illegal, Unregulated, Unreported (IUU) fishing. The Minister was speaking at the Regional Symposium on Sustainable Development Goal organized by the Ministry of Fisheries and aquatic and rural economic development held today (June 21) at the Taj Samudra Hotel. read more

Annan names veteran Norwegian diplomat as representative for southern Lebanon

Mr. Annan informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Geir Pedersen to replace Staffan de Mistura, whom the Secretary-General named in January as his Deputy Special Representative for Iraq, and “we expect the Security Council to respond in writing shortly,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told the daily news briefing in New York.During the past two years, Mr. Pedersen has served as Director of the Asia and Pacific Division in the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), in which capacity he also worked on the Middle East peace process and Iraq.Prior to that, he served for many years as a Norwegian diplomat, including a stint from 1998 to 2003 as his country’s representative to the Palestinian Authority. In 1993 he was a member of the Norwegian team to the secret Oslo negotiations that led to the signing of the Declaration of Principles and the mutual recognition between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel. read more

Entrenched inequality must be tackled says Annan at IberoAmerican Summit

In a speech to the Ibero-American Summit in Uruguay, Mr. Annan also stressed the links between development and international migration and said the experiences of Latin American countries with migration would be essential in preparing for next summer’s Global Forum on the issue.“One of these challenges is entrenched inequality… Here in Latin America, inequality and poverty are persisting challenges. The region has the world’s highest degree of inequality in terms of income distribution, with 220 million people living in poverty.”“Achieving balanced, sustainable development also means addressing global inequities. For most countries in this region, that is not about aid. It is partly about debt and volatile capital flows. But most of all, it’s about the fair distribution of gains from international trade. That includes revenues from primary commodity exports, and the free movement of goods, people and ideas.”Mr. Annan said September’s High-Level Dialogue in the General Assembly on migration and development showed how closely they were linked, and added that the world is now ready for a “serious global debate.”“International migration is one of the great issues of this century. Globalization, with advances in communication and transportation, has dramatically increased the number of people who have the desire and capacity to move to other countries. We have entered a new era of mobility. It is essential that we grasp its ramifications,” he said.“Participation in the Dialogue was overwhelming… [Participants recognized] that international migration, development and human rights were intrinsically interconnected; that reaping the full benefits of international migration required countries to respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of all migrants.”He noted that last year alone Latin America and the Caribbean generated a total of 26 million international migrants, 13 per cent of the world total, and said that such “rich experience” has generated “best practices and policies, which can serve as a valuable point of reference for the international community,” particularly in preparing for next year’s first Global Forum on International Migration and Development.In a related development, the UN refugee agency today called on the 22 member states attending this weekend’s Summit to reaffirm their commitment to refugees during their discussions on migration, which will include trying to establish a framework to handle migration movements within their region.“While migration and asylum are distinct experiences, they are becoming increasingly linked, with many refugees travelling alongside migrants to reach a place of safety. Recognising this link is essential to ensure that migration management is consistent with human rights and refugee protection,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Ron Redmond at a press conference in Geneva.“We welcome all efforts to find solutions that foster development and uphold the rights of refugees and others in need of international protection. We also stress that the right to asylum must be an integral part of any migratory framework.” read more

Tchernobyl les oiseaux à plumage orange victimes des radiations

first_imgTchernobyl : les oiseaux à plumage orange victimes des radiationsUne équipe internationale de chercheurs ont démontré pour la première fois que la couleur du plumage des oiseaux pourrait les rendre plus vulnérables à la radioactivité. Les espèces à plumage orange aurait ainsi décliné en Ukraine depuis la catastrophe de Tchernobyl.Alors que le monde commémore aujourd’hui les 25 ans de la catastrophe de Tchernobyl, il semblerait qu’on soit encore loin d’évaluer les conséquences du désastreux accident survenu en 1986. En effet, des chercheurs internationaux viennent tout juste de révéler dans la revue Oecologia que la radioactivité qui plane encore sur le sol ukrainien avait affecté les populations d’oiseaux. À lire aussiCette perruche imite à la perfection R2-D2, le robot de Star WarsDurant 4 ans, les scientifiques ont étudié l’abondance de 97 espèces exposées à différents niveaux de radiation dans des zones périphériques à Tchernobyl. Ils se sont alors aperçus que pour 64 des espèces étudiées : plus la radioactivité était importante plus la population des oiseaux diminuait. “En revanche, les populations des 33 autres espèces ont connu des effets positifs avec les radiations, peut-être dus à une réduction de la compétition avec les autres espèces affectées” a expliqué Ismael Galvan du Laboratoire d’écologie, systématique et évolution de l’Université Paris-Sud, cité par Science daily.La couleur : point faible de certains oiseaux Par ailleurs, les scientifiques ont aussi étudié le plumage des oiseaux, plus précisément les types de pigments présents dans les plumes des volatiles. Ils ont alors fait une découverte étonnante. “L’impact sur les populations dépend, au moins en partie, de la quantité de plumage dont la coloration est générée par la phéomélanine, l’un des deux types de mélanine, qui produit les couleurs orangées et brunâtres” a indiqué le chercheur. L’équipe s’est en effet aperçue que le type de pigmentation interférait avec la capacité des oiseaux à résister à la radioactivité. Ainsi, les volatiles au plumage riche en ce pigment, la phéomélanine, semblaient ainsi être les plus “négativement affectés” par les radiations qui augmentent notamment le stress oxydatif des cellules. Ce plumage plus “réceptif” rendrait alors les oiseaux orangés plus sensibles aux dégâts provoqués par la radioactivité, causant un déclin des populations. Le 27 avril 2011 à 09:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une anatomie hors du commun pour un poisson fossile au corps allongé

first_imgUne anatomie hors du commun pour un poisson fossile au corps allongéPubliant leurs travaux dans Nature Communications, les chercheurs d’une université suisse ont découvert, en étudiant les fossiles d’une espèce de poisson aujourd’hui disparue, une nouvelle ‘astuce’ de la nature pour allonger le corps d’un vertébré. Ces fossiles d’un poisson du Trias à nageoires rayonnées, Saurichthys curionii, découverts sur le Monte San Giorgio, une montagne boisée du sud du canton du Tessin, en Suisse, ont de quoi étonner les paléontologues qui les ont étudiés. Car l’allongement du corps de cette espèce ressemblant un peu au brochet est dû au double arc neural (ou arc vertébral) de ses vertèbres : une structure jamais observée chez d’autres vertébrés !L’équipe dirigée par le Pr Marcelo Sánchez- Villagra, de l’Université de Zurich, a eu la chance de disposer de fossiles ayant conservé non seulement du matériel osseux, mais aussi des tendons et leurs attaches. Leur examen montre que S. curionii n’avait pas un arc vertébral (partie postérieure de la vertèbre) par segment myomérique (bloc musculaire lié à chaque vertèbre), mais deux. Ce qui se traduit par un allongement global de la forme du corps. “Ce modèle évolutif pour [expliquer] l’allongement du corps est nouveau. Auparavant, nous connaissions seulement [comme modèles], soit une augmentation du nombre de vertèbres et de segments musculaires, soit l’allongement de chaque vertèbre”, explique Erin Maxwell, assistant du Pr Sánchez- Villagra.Un poisson moins souple et moins rapideÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les éléments fossilisés permettent également de supposer que Saurichthys curionii n’était pas aussi souple que les anguilles d’aujourd’hui, ni un nageur rapide et endurant comme les actuels poissons pélagiques tels que le thon. Avec son apparence et sa taille d’un demi-mètre environ, ce poisson devait être assez comparable aux actuels Belonidae, communément appelés aiguillettes. (Crédits photo : University of Zurich) Le 13 octobre 2013 à 18:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Last body in Washington mudslide found

first_imgSEATTLE — Searchers on Tuesday pulled what they believe was the last missing body from debris left by a landslide in Washington state that researchers said was likely triggered by heavy rainfall.The intensive search for the 43 people killed in the March 22 disaster in Oso ended in April, but workers have been screening debris and watching for the body of 44-year-old Kris Regelbrugge.Her husband, Navy Cmdr. John Regelbrugge III, also was killed when the slide crossed the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and decimated their home in the community about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.“I’m humbled and honored that we are able (to) return Kris to her family,” Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said in a statement.Researchers said precipitation in the area in March that might have exceeded 30 inches was one of multiple factors that contributed to making the slope unstable. Others included groundwater seeping into the slide mass as well as changes in slope stress and soil that was weakened by previous landslides.last_img read more

Florida company turns humidity into drinkable water

first_img(WSVN) – A Florida company has provided a solution for those without drinkable water: turning humidity into water.According to Fox 13, Drinkable Air has developed a water cooler-sized machine that sucks in air, filters it and stores water. “The humidity is greatest after a hurricane, when machines are most efficient and making the purest water,” Drinkable Air’s vice president Jeff Szur said to Fox 13. “What starts the process is drawing the air into the machine, and we have an antibacterial filter.”The machine can reportedly take two days’ worth of drinkable water for 20 employees.“Anytime it goes from gas to liquid, it’s pure,” said Szur. “Think, how do we distill water? We boil and capture the steam, and then it’s pure. We do that without boiling. We do it with condensation.”However, the machine, which can last 12 years, isn’t cheap at $3,400.“If these machines were already there, you wouldn’t have to worry about shipping water in,” Szur said to Fox 13. “When disaster hits, just turn them on.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Fishermen Receive Fine Probation For Fishing Violations

first_imgTwo fishermen recently learned that commercial trolling out of season – even by a single day – can be expensive.Download AudioThe captain and crewman of the fishing vessel Chief Joseph pleaded guilty in a Sitka courtroom last week to charges of fishing during closed season and unlawful possession of fish. Judge Leonard Devaney sent the vessel owner – 49-year-old Jeffrey Angelo of Samoa, California – to jail for five days and ordered him to pay over $6,000 in fines. The crewman, Alec Hurst, received a suspended jail sentence and a $1,500 fine. Alaska Trooper Sgt. Aaron Frenzel said that cases of pre-season fishing such as this are relatively rare.On June 30, Alaska Wildlife Troopers came upon Angelo and Hurst at anchor in Still Harbor, on the southwest corner of Baranof Island, with evidence of recent fishing on deck. According to the Troopers’ report, Angelo and Hurst knowingly fished 12 king salmon in Whale Bay the day before the king season opened on July 1.Wildlife troopers escorted the Chief Joseph back to Sitka and ordered Angelo to deliver the caught salmon to a processor, forfeiting $691 in proceeds to the state. Both men were then allowed to fish in the opening.Angelo was also cited for failing to display his commercial numbers on the boat and sentenced to three years’ probation. 29-year-old Hurst – a resident of Fort Bragg, CA – was placed on probation for two years.The same day he sentenced the Chief Joseph crew, Judge Devaney ordered 23-year-old Douglas McNamee to pay $1,500 in fines by August 8th for tampering with someone else’s shellfish pots and furnishing sport-caught shellfish to a client.last_img read more

Twitterati slams Trump for bombs all over Kashmir remark

first_imgNew Delhi : “It’s just bombs all over the place” – US President Donald Trump’s vision of Jammu and Kashmir, as if it were another Syria, evoked derision on social media on Tuesday, with Twitterati slamming his comments. One Twitter user posted: “And the way Trump describes Kashmir; ‘bomb blasts here and there, every day, in Kashmir” I doubt whether he’s fed with ISI (Pak) agenda or Top Wanted Terrorist of US rant!? Does he know the ground reality of Kashmir at all? Trump being Trump.” Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us Another tweet went: “Now as US is going to be mediator on Kashmir issue, there will be only bombs and bombs in Kashmir.” “Where did this loudmouth Trump see all around only bombs in Kashmir? We are going there as tourists every now and then and having fun. Why do we see snow-capped mountains, wild orchids, and not bombs there?” another asked. Also Read – Uganda: Traveling girl from Congo dies of Ebola Advertise With Us “‘Bombs going off every day’ internationalises not only ‘terror’ but also the ‘Kashmir issue’. After Pulwama attack, Modi seeks Trump’s ‘mediation’ with Pak over Kashmir. And Donald Trump offers ‘help’. By this raison d’etre, bombs will continue to go off in Kashmir!” went one tweet. “I dunno what’s worse, Imran Khan thinking TRUMPPP is gonna solve the Kashmir dispute or Trump’s pronunciation of “Cashmere” and his view on the region as ‘bombs going off everywhere!'” Advertise With Us “Trump: There are bombs in Kashmir all over. You need to do your homework, I guess,” went one Twitter post. “Seems @realDonaldTrump staff didn’t brief him about origin of these ‘bombs’ in Kashmir. Bombs in Kashmir were/ are supplied from Pakistan by Pak-Army/ ISI. Trump can verify from Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, ISI-chief Faiz Hameed, who’re Imran Khan’s bosses,” said another tweet. On Monday, during a media briefing with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump claimed he had been requested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mediate in the Kashmir issue – which India has strongly denied. Referring to Kashmir, Trump said: “We’ll see if we can do something because I’ve heard so much about Kashmir. Such a beautiful name. It’s supposed to be such a beautiful part of the world. But right now there’s just bombs all over the place. They say everywhere you go, you have bombs and it’s a terrible situation. Been going on for many years. If I can do anything to help that, let me know.”last_img read more

Asian shares at 2month high markets await Trump news conference

first_imgAsian shares pulled ahead to two-month highs on Wednesday (January 11) as investors looked to President-elect Donald Trump’s news conference later in the day for any clues to his policies on tax, fiscal spending, international trade and currencies.While his plan for tax cuts and infrastructure spending has boosted U.S. shares and the dollar, his protectionist statements during the months-long election campaign have kept many investors on edge.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.4 percent to two-month highs, essentially coming back to where it was just before the U.S. election after recovering from losses of over five percent.The gains were led by South Korean shares, which scaled a 1-1/2-year peak as Samsung Electronic hit a record high, cheered by its solid earnings published last week.Japan’s Nikkei ticked up 0.4 percent, snapping three days of losses.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 ended flat on Tuesday (Jan 10), as investors looked also to the start of the earnings season this week to assess if the record levels are justified, following 5 percent gains since the election.”There are underlying expectations that Trump’s tax cuts and infrastructure spending will boost the U.S. economy, which should support markets,” said Masahiro Ichikawa, senior strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management.”On the other hand, if he takes a hard line stance on China in line with his campaign promises, then China would probably take counter-measures, raising concerns about tensions between the U.S. and China,” he added.Trump has vowed to label China a currency manipulator on his first day in office and has threatened to slap huge tariffs on imports from China.U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and top members of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team are discussing a controversial plan to tax imports.Economists have warned that protectionist measures could stifle international trade and hurt global growth.The Mexican peso is taking the brunt of such concerns, hitting a record low on Tuesday.The peso has lost 16 percent of its value against the dollar since Trump was elected.The U.S. currency lost some of its steam against most other currencies as U.S. bond yields have come down, reducing the dollar’s yield allure.The U.S. 10-year yield stood at 2.39 percent, having fallen considerably from its two-year high of 2.641 percent touched on Dec 15.That pushed the dollar’s index against a basket of six major currencies back to 102.15, compared to its 14-year high of 103.82 set on Jan 3.The euro was fetching $1.0543, having gained 0.1 percent so far this week. The dollar traded at 116.10 yen, not far from a three-week low of 115.06 touched on Jan. 6.Bucking the trend was the British pound, which wobbled at $1.2166, having hit a 2-1/2-month low of $1.2107 on Tuesday, pressured by UK Prime Minister Theresa May saying she was not interested in Britain keeping “bits” of its EU membership.That fuelled fears she was setting the course for a “hard Brexit” in which immigration control is prioritised over retaining access to the EU’s lucrative single market.The Turkish lira also slumped to record lows, exceeding 4.0 to the euro for the first time as the country confronts Islamic State and Kurdish militant bombings, an economic slowdown, and political uncertainty over plans to extend President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.Oil prices stabilised for now after having fallen to their lowest in nearly a month on Tuesday, when they slid about 2 percent as doubts mounted over whether producing countries could keep to a deal to cut output.Global benchmark Brent crude futures traded at $53.78 a barrel, having fallen to $53.58 on Tuesday, touching their lowest level since December 15.last_img read more

NAACP Observes 400th Anniversary of Slave Trade in Journey from Jamestown to

first_imgBy Stacy M. BrownNNPA Newswire CorrespondentOn Aug. 18, the NAACP began a journey to honor African ancestors.Members of the storied civil rights organization and numerous guests boarded a bus from Washington, D.C. Their initial destination was Jamestown, in Virginia’s Colonial National Historical Park, where they held a prayer vigil and candle lighting ceremony to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans.The two-week observance included an Aug. 19 visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture which was followed by a trip to Ghana, West Africa, and onto Jamestown—thus the theme “Jamestown to Jamestown.”“This is to honor the memory of all those stolen from Africa over 400 years ago,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson said.“We honor the strength and resilience of our ancestors,” Karen Boykin-Towns, vice chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, wrote on Twitter.“We must use the experience to guide our journey forward. Let’s become renewed in our fight for a democracy that is equal and just,” Boykin-Towns said.During the trip, the NAACP will take part in an ancestral healing ceremony at an ocean, and members will attend a business and development summit. They also will participate in an African ancestry reveal at the Door of No Return. And, embers will get to experience the Assin Manso Last Bath Slave River, where enslaved Africans had their last bath before being shipped to the western world.Highlights of the journey include a welcome by local chiefs, politicians, community leaders and the traditional council of Jamestown, Accra; a tour of the Cape Coast Castle slave dungeons and the West African Heritage Museum in Ghana; and a visit to the W.E.B. DuBois Center and other vital museums and monuments in the West African nation.Members are also invited to visit Kumasi, the home of the great Ashanti Kingdom. Participants will be able to attend the Akwaside Festival at Manhiya Palace, the seat of the Asantehene, King of the Ashanti people.Akwasidae is a festival held every 42 days to honor personal and community ancestors.NNPA officials called this an opportunity to experience traditional Ghanian culture in all its splendor, color, grace, strength and vibrancy.“Jamestown to Jamestown represents one of the most powerful moments in the history of the Black Experience,” Johnson said.“We are now able to actualize the healing and collective unity, so many generations have worked to achieve in ways which bring power to our communities in America, Africa and throughout our Diaspora.”last_img read more

Broadband invisibility in the microwave range

first_img Explore further Citation: Broadband invisibility in the microwave range (2009, September 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-broadband-invisibility-microwave-range.html (PhysOrg.com) — In the series Star Trek, Klingons and Romulans have spaceships outfitted with cloaking devices that hide their presence from sight, as well as from the sensors of their rivals’ spaceships. Unlike current invisibility cloaks, which are mostly effective only over a narrow range, these fictional devices provide a broadband type of invisibility that so far has eluded modern scientists. New invisibility cloak allows object to ‘see’ out through the cloakcenter_img Now, though, a team at the Helsinki University of Technology in Finland has demonstrated broadband cloaking of cylindrical objects in the microwave regime. “This really is a helpful development,” Sergei Tretyakov tells PhysOrg.com. “Most other invisibility devices are very narrow in the range they affect.” Additionally, many invisibility cloaks are produced with the use of materials with extreme electromagnetic properties. “These are exotic materials that often have a great deal of loss and are dispersive,” Tretyakov continues.Along with Pekka Alitalo, Olli Luukkonen and Constantin Simovski, Tretyakov believes that invisibility can be obtained over a broader range of frequencies without the need for electromagnetic mumbo-jumbo. Instead, the Helsinki team makes use of a simple metallic structure made from layers. The results of their experiment can be seen in Physical Review Letters: “Broadband electromagnetic cloaking of long cylindrical objects.”“Even though we are cloaking an object from electromagnetic waves, we don’t need to use special materials with exotic electromagnetic properties to create a cloak,” Tretyakov says. “Instead, it is possible to cloak objects shaped like cylinders using simple structures made from conducting layers.” These cloaking devices are also invisible. The experiment blocking microwave frequencies was done using a waveguide. The cylinder was enclosed with conducting sheets orthogonal to the electric field vector. Tretyakov points out that this setup is ideal for antennas, since it can help weed out interference. “Radio astronomy can probably benefit greatly from this, as you can create support for an antenna, and block out interference. In fact, the cloaking device itself could be an antenna.” One of the advantages of this cloaking device is that it can conduct an electrical current, and offers low loss. Additionally, the fact that it is made from normal metal means that the setup tested in Helsinki would be simpler and less expensive to make than some of the electromagnetic cloaking devices currently being tested.For the most part, this experiment shows a type of broadband invisibility that could be achieved in communications and frequencies dealing mainly with radio. However, Tretyakov and his colleagues also performed a simulation of their cloaking setup in the optical range. “We couldn’t so far make an experiment in the optical range,” he admits, “but our setup should be scalable. And our simulation shows that this should be possible to do with visible objects, not just hiding them in the microwave range.”“Right now we are looking for a little help to set up optical experiments,” Tretykov says. “We want to make the experiment, and it should be possible. But it is a little more complex than using the microwaves, and requires a little more time and funding to set up. But technologically, we should be able to do it.”Perhaps that advanced broadband cloaking device is a little closer than we thought.More Information: Tretyakov, et. al. “Broadband electromagnetic cloaking of long cylindrical objects,” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.103905. Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Improving electron transfer in enzymatic biofuel cells

first_img Citation: Improving electron transfer in enzymatic biofuel cells (2018, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-electron-enzymatic-biofuel-cells.html A team of researchers with members from institutions in Singapore, China and the U.K. has found a way to improve electron transfer in enzymatic biofuel cells. In their paper published in the journal Nature Energy, they describe their technique and how well it works. Huajie Yin and Zhiyong Tang with Griffith University in Australia and the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology in China, offer a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. Journal information: Nature Energy Explore further Enzymatic biofuel cells are, as their name implies, a type of fuel cell based on enzymes as catalysts instead of expensive metals. Because of their potential, scientists have been eager to find ways to overcome problems that have inhibited commercial applications—they are expected to be much cheaper to make than those now in use. Currently, enzymatic biofuel cells are inefficient, have a short lifespan and do not produce much power. These problems, the researchers note, are due to the difficulty in wiring enzymes and electrode surfaces. In this effort, they claim to have overcome some of that difficulty by combining two previously developed methods aimed at solving the problem. The first method involves connecting an enzyme to the surface of an electrode in such a way as to allow the electrons to tunnel between the two—it is called direct electron transfer. The second method involves a mediator that is used help the transfer—it is called, quite naturally, mediated electron transfer.The researchers combined the two approaches to take advantage of the benefits of each. They used laccase as the enzyme and designed a transfer system that connected to a special type of carbon nanotube surface to further improve electron transfer. The system was made of three parts, an ABTS compound (to serve as a mediator), situated between a polypyrrole group at one end and a pyrene group at the other.In testing their technique, the team found that the maximum OOR current density reached as high as 2.45 mA/cm2 and their device was able to keep half of its ORR current for 120 days. They suggest their results show promise and expect further improvements as they refine the technique. More information: Kamal Elouarzaki et al. Coupling orientation and mediation strategies for efficient electron transfer in hybrid biofuel cells, Nature Energy (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41560-018-0166-4AbstractEnzymes are promising electrocatalysts for electron transfer (ET) in many biological processes. Strategies to enhance ET between enzymes and electroactive surfaces include orientation and immobilization of the enzymes and electron mediation. Here, we develop a strategy to couple orientation and electron mediation on electrodes based on carbon nanotubes. This is achieved by the synthesis of a redox mediator that contains an enzyme-orientation site (pyrene), an electron-carrier redox mediator (2,2′-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS)) and an electropolymerizable monomer (pyrrole). The coupling of an enzymatic orientation and a mediated ET in the same chemical structure (pyrrole–ABTS–pyrene (pyrr–ABTS–pyr)) provides a much-improved performance in the bioelectrocatalysis. We demonstrate two fuel cells for the synthesized redox mediator. In a proton-exchange membrane hydrogen/air fuel cell and in a membraneless fuel cell, the pyrr–ABTS–pyr biocathode provides a power density of 1.07 mW cm−2 and 7.9 mW cm−2, respectively. The principle of coupling an enzyme orientation and a redox mediator allows a great variety of mediators to be engineered and provides vast possibilities for the development of fuel cells.center_img Study explores hybrid ultrasmall gold nanocluster for enzymatic fuel cells This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The as-designed poly(pyrr)–ABTS–pyr film. a, Representations of Trametes versicolor Lac with the hydrophobic binding pocket oriented towards the bottom of the page and the T1 copper site located on one side of the enzyme at the base of a hydrophobic pocket, which acts as the binding site of the enzyme substrate. The remaining three copper atoms are bound on the T2 and T3 sites in a triangular cluster approximately 12 Å away towards the other side of the enzyme, where oxygen binds. b, Graphical depiction of the ET from the electrode towards Lac through poly(pyrr)–ABTS–pyr film. Credit: (c) 2018 Nature Energy (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41560-018-0166-4 © 2018 Tech Xplorelast_img read more

Disable Adobe Flash in Edge and IE

first_imgDisable Adobe Flash in Edge and IE by Martin Brinkmann on September 17, 2018 in Internet Explorer – 9 commentsMicrosoft integrated Adobe Flash natively in newer versions of the Windows operating system so that the built-in web browsers Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge can make use of it automatically.The approach offers some benefits: first that Microsoft is in charge when it comes to updates for Adobe Flash, and second that the browsers are compatible with Flash content out of the box.The downside is that Flash is not really super-secure as vulnerabilities are discovered regularly that require patching. While the patching is out of the hand of users, it still means that the integrated version of Flash has vulnerabilities.All of that will change in 2020 when Adobe retires Flash. Up until then though, Flash will remain integrated in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, and it is up to the user or administrator to deal with it.The operating systems come without option to uninstall Adobe Flash. The only option that is provided is to disable Flash in the browsers or using system tools.While there are workarounds available to remove the built-in Flash entirely from a Windows machine, it is recommended that most users don’t make the required modifications as it includes having to make changes to the Registry and using dism to remove packages.You can check out the instructions on the Ask Woody site if you are interested in removing Flash completely.Disable Adobe Flash in Microsoft EdgeMicrosoft Edge is the default Windows 10 web browser and it comes with built-in Flash support and an option to turn off Adobe Flash.How that is done depends on the version of the operating system that is installed. You can check the version of Windows by running winver from Start.Windows 10 version 1803 or earlierOpen Microsoft Edge on the device.Select Menu (the three dots) and then Settings from the context menu.Scroll down and click on “view advanced settings”.Toggle “Use Adobe Flash Player” near the top of the new page so that its status is set to “Off”.Tip: you can undo the change at any time by setting Flash Player in Edge to On again.Windows 10 version 1809Microsoft changed the layout of Edge’s Settings interface in Windows 10 version 1809 (The October 2018 Update).Load the Microsoft Edge web browser on the device.Select Menu and then Settings.Select Advanced from the list of categories.Toggle Use Adobe Flash Player so that it is set to Off.Group PolicyAdministrators may configure the “Allow Adobe Flash” policy to disable Flash on the system using it.  Please note that the Group Policy Editor is only available in professional versions of Windows 10 (basically, in all versions but Windows 10 Home).Activate the Start button.Type gpedit.msc and load the suggested result. Doing so starts the Group Policy Editor.Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Edge.Double-click on “Allow Adobe Flash”.Set the policy to disabled.Click ok.Note: You can turn off Adobe Flash for users under User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Edge.Disable Adobe Flash in Internet ExplorerGroup PolicyAdmins and users can turn off Adobe Flash support in Microsoft Internet Explorer and in applications that use IE technology.Open the Group Policy Editor as described above.Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer > Security Features > Add-on Management.Double-click on “Turn off Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer and prevent applications from using Internet Explorer technology to instantiate Flash objects”.Set the policy to “Enabled”.Click on ok.Note: You find the same policy under User Configuration as well: > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer > Security Features > Add-on Management.The Windows RegistryGünter Born highlights another option to disable Flash in Internet Explorer that requires editing of the Registry.The Registry instructions below disable Adobe Flash in Internet ExplorerWindows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000}] “Compatibility Flags”=dword:00000400 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000}] “Compatibility Flags”=dword:00000400You can download the following zip archive. It includes two Registry files, one to block Flash and another to unblock it again: BlockFlash.zipSummaryArticle NameDisable Adobe Flash in Edge and IEDescriptionFind out how to disable the integrated version of Adobe Flash on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 systems that Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge use.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | September 25, 2008 Chest X-Ray with CAD Designed to Detect Early Stage Lung Cancer Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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W Hotels makes India debut with trippy kaleidoscopic resort in Goa

first_imgW Hotels makes India debut with ‘trippy’ kaleidoscopic resort in Goa << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1 2 3Next Tags: India, Marriott Interntaional, W hotels Posted by Share Photos credit: W HotelsNEW YORK — W Hotels Worldwide has announced the opening of W Goa on Vagator Beach.“It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for our newest W Escape than Goa, with its electrifying nightlife, vibrant fashion scene, and colorful culture,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “As our first location in India, this highly anticipated debut from the W brand promises to be unlike any other hotel in India, combining the bold design and dynamic lifestyle programming that W is known for with a uniquely Goan-twist.”Goa has witnessed vast changes in the influx of visitors over the past decades, from hippies in search of paradise, to New Age devotees, followed by purveyors of psytrance, and the yogaphiles and Burning Man disciples. These days it’s renowned as a beachside playground for Bollywood stars and world travellers alike.WOW VillaSituated between the jungle and the coastline of Vagator Beach, W Goa features 160 guestrooms, including Villas, Chalets, a Marvelous Suite and an Extreme WOW Villa (the brand’s take on the Presidential Suite). A one-hour flight from Mumbai and a 90-minute drive from Goa International Airport, the property overlooks the Arabian Sea and spans 25 acres of exotic sandy beach set against the backdrop of a 500-year old Portuguese fort.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“With a rich natural environment intertwined with its strong cultural roots and eclectic scene, Goa remains a favorite destination for the Indian community; while at the same time continuing to garner international spotlight,” said Rajeev Meenon, Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific excluding China (APEC), Marriott International. “W Goa is set to inject a fresh vibe into the local hospitality scene with the brand’s game-changing style, modern guestrooms, amplified entertainment, and innovative cocktails – all infused with the irresistible mystique of Goa.”Features of the hotel include:‘Trippy’ Kaleidoscopic DesignImagined by interior design house Design Wilkes and architects Eco-ID, W Goa combines the rustic and dramatic landscape of Goa with an exuberant spirit that is unique to W Hotels. The grand entrance features huge, unframed doors that are perpetually open and adorned with art by Goan artist Subodh Kerkar, representing the lunar phases and a nod to Goa’s full moon party culture. Just steps away, behind the reception pods adorned with white Capize shells, is a massive street art mural by Indian artist M. Narayan featuring imagery that celebrates the culture of Goa.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesFor the interiors, the team at Design Wilkes celebrated the local and foreign cultures of Goa, incorporating rich colors and fabrics across the hotel. Each guestroom is decorated in a psychedelic look and feel with ‘trippy’ hues of purples and blues creating a kaleidoscopic melding of color throughout. Many fixtures – from foggy metal closet doors to the ‘beaten’ metal drawers in the bathroom – are purposefully designed so that guests cannot clearly see themselves, but rather just their shape and movements. Each guestroom features a chandelier that looks as though the lights are melting from the ceiling, and each bathroom features a mirror adorned with the shape of the Bodhi Leaf, which is often associated with enlightenment.Spectacular Room Travelweek Group last_img read more