Gov. Parson announces new members of Missouri Conservation Commission

first_img(AP) Half of the members of the Missouri Conservation Commission will be new the next time the panel meets.Gov. Mike Parson announced on Friday that he had appointed Steven Harrison, of Rolla, and Mark McHenry, of Kansas City, to the four-person commission that oversees hunting, fishing and forestry management.They replace Marilynn Bradford, of Jefferson City, and David Murphy, of Lewis County, whose terms expired July 1.last_img

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Atomic Bombs Help Solve Brain Mystery

first_imgThe mushroom clouds produced by more than 500 nuclear bomb tests during the Cold War may have had a silver lining, after all. More than 50 years later, scientists have found a way to use radioactive carbon isotopes released into the atmosphere by nuclear testing to settle a long-standing debate in neuroscience: Does the adult human brain produce new neurons? After working to hone their technique for more than a decade, the researchers report that a small region of the human brain involved in memory makes new neurons throughout our lives—a continuous process of self-renewal that may aid learning. For a long time, scientific dogma held that our brains did not produce new neurons during adulthood, says Pasko Rakic, a neuroscientist at Yale University who was not involved in the study. In 1998, however, a group of Swedish researchers reported the first evidence that neurons are continually born throughout the human lifespan. The researchers injected a compound normally used to label tumor cell division into patients who had agreed to have their brains examined after death. When the scientists examined the postmortem brain tissue, they found that new neurons had indeed sprung forth during adulthood. The cells were located in a part of the hippocampus—a pair of seahorse-shaped structures located deep within the brain and involved in memory and learning. The compound was later found to be toxic, however, and the experiment was never repeated. Since 1998, a number of studies have demonstrated that new neurons are generated in the same small region of the hippocampus in mice and appear to play an important role in memory and learning, says Kirsty Spalding, a molecular biologist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and lead author of the new study. Because the 1998 work was never confirmed by independent research, however, scientists have fiercely argued over whether the neuron birth seen in mice also occurs in people. 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The method, which has taken Spalding more than a decade to develop, hinges on a massive pulse of radioactive carbon-14 isotopes released by nuclear explosions in the 1950s and ’60s, which doubled the amount of carbon-14 in the atmosphere. This pulse stopped with the Limited Test Ban Treaty of 1963, which banned aboveground tests of nuclear weapons, and the unstable carbon-14 isotopes have steadily decayed. Because cells incorporate carbon from the atmosphere into their DNA as they divide, the proportion of carbon-14 to the more stable carbon isotope carbon-12 acts as a time stamp for when a cell was born. Spalding has been using this ratio to determine the age of teeth in forensic investigations and the turnover rate of fat cells. But she had to improve the sensitivity of the technique so that it could detect the isotopic ratio in DNA from the roughly 6-gram sliver of neural tissue in the hippocampus thought to produce new neurons, the dentate gyrus. At best, the isotope is present in only one out of every 15 neurons, she says, making it difficult to detect in small amounts of tissue. For the first 5 years, Spalding worked on finding an effective way of separating the roughly 20 million neurons in the dentate gyrus from other types of hippocampal cells and then extracting their DNA. Discovering that she could use a fluorescence-activated cell sorting machine to distinguish non-neuronal cells from neurons by making them glow in different colors was “a high point,” she says. The next 5 years were largely spent on finding ways to purify the DNA samples and extract and analyze the carbon atoms using high-powered particle accelerators. “We had many years without any results,” Frisén says. “It was fun, but frustrating.” After finally getting the technique down pat, Spalding decided that it was time to try it on some real human brain tissue. She and her colleagues extracted hippocampi from 55 deceased people who had given informed consent to have their brains studied. They then ground up the tissue samples, sorted the cells, and extracted the DNA. Next, she sent the purified genetic material to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, where it was reduced to pure carbon pellets and split into different carbon isotopes by weight in a particle accelerator, allowing the researchers to calculate the ratio between carbon-12 and carbon-14. Spalding, Frisén, and colleagues then created a mathematical model estimating, based on those ratios, the rate of cellular turnover within the hippocampal neurons. More than a third of hippocampal neurons were regularly replaced, with roughly 1400 new neurons added each day during adulthood, they report online today in Cell. “Some cells are dying, some are being replaced,” Spaulding says. “There is a constant flux of life and death.” “This is a spectacular independent confirmation” of the 1998 study suggesting that new neurons are born during adulthood in the dentate gyrus, writes Gerd Kempermann, a neuroscientist at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Dresden, in an e-mail. “It will likely settle the case.” Kempermann says that his own and other’s studies in mice indicate that fresh adult neurons have a specific function in the hippocampus—for example, in helping the brain distinguish between things that belong to the same category, or comparing new information to what it has already learned from experience. The ability to distinguish between the Beatles and Rolling Stones, yet still identify both as “rock bands,” is one example of this type of task in humans, Frisén says. There is another possibility, however: Our ability to replace hippocampal neurons could be an evolutionary vestige that is not all that important today, Rakic says. He argues that human survival may have depended not so much on our ability to produce new neurons, but on our ability to keep old ones in order to accumulate memories over the entire lifespan. Compared with fishes, frogs, reptiles, and birds, some of which can regrow entire brain structures, he says, “it is interesting that neuronal turnover in humans is limited to a single population of neurons in only one relatively small structure, and it is worthwhile to examine why it persists.”last_img read more

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Mohammad Amir can do something special against England: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgKevin Pietersen said Mohammad Amir did not deserve a second chance in international cricket while Graeme Sawnn said he would feel sick when he saw the Pakistan pacer returning to Lord’s hallowed turf after getting embroiled in the infamous spot-fixing scam of 2010. However, the 23-year-old tainted pacer found support in none other than Sachin Tendulkar, who felt he had already been penalised and there was nothing wrong in him being reintegrated into the fold after a lengthy ban.”The guys who have decided to penalise him have done that and he has served a sentence. So it’s fine (for him to make a comeback) I saw an interview with Michael Atherton and he came across as a matured guy. Whatever he spoke, he came across as a balanced guy,” Tendulkar told ESPNcricinfo. (Also read: Alastair Cook contradicts Kevin Pietersen, says Mohammad Amir entitled to make comeback)AMIR ON THE HOT SEAT England and Pakistan clash in the first of four Tests at Lord’s from tomorrow and tempers are already running high. Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad said Amir could expect to cop a few nasty remarks from the crowd before Inzamam-ul-Haq retaliated sharply and said the comments were unbecoming of an international captain. (Also read: Amir can lead Pakistan attack in England: Akram)But Amir’s first spell in England, against Sussex, bore testimony to his destructive abilities, especially in swinging conditions. He cleaned up three top-order batsmen, including former Test batsman Marcus Trescothick, who warned England’s batsmen to be careful of the crafty left-arm seamer. Broad, who will lead England’s attack in James Anderson’s absence for the opening Test, also opined that Amir had the potential to cause substantial damage to the home team.advertisement’GOING TO BE A GREAT SERIES’ Now, Tendulkar, who often trumped several battles against the world’s fiercest fast bowlers., reckoned Amir could do something special against England if he found his rhythm.”Amir has been a good bowler and he has skills. If he gets his rhythm right, he will do something special,” he said.Tendulkar said it will be a good series and suggested a lot would depend on how Pakistan bat through the four Test matches.”It’s going to be a great series. Pakistan have always had a great bowling attack. It will be a competitive series. A lot depends on how Pakistan bat. I think England will test them.”last_img read more

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Bose Home Speaker 300 review: Good things come in small packages

first_img Next Bose Home Speaker 300 review: Good things come in small packagesBose Home Speaker 300 is a smart addition to your smart home. It is compact, it is stylish and it has a balanced sound. Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiOctober 3, 2019UPDATED: October 3, 2019 12:18 IST 8/10HIGHLIGHTSThe Bose Home Speaker 300 costs Rs 26,900 in India.The Bose Home Speaker 300 is available in India in Black and Silver colour variants.The Bose Home Speaker 300 supports Apple AirPlay 2.Smart speakers have become somewhat ubiquitous these days. There was a time when everyone was rushing to buy a portable speaker that they could use anywhere. However, with the recent boom in smart gadget industry, if I may put it that way, Bluetooth speakers have become outdated now. Now everyone wants a speaker that not only sounds good but is also incredibly smart. Bose, the company that has mastered the art of producing pitch perfect sound, entered this arena with the Bose Home Speaker 500, which we reviewed earlier this year, and the Bose Home Speaker 300, which is the star of today’s review.Bose launched the Bose Home Speaker 300 in India earlier this year for Rs 26,900 in Black and Silver colour variants. It features the same aluminum frame design that is sported by its Home Speaker 500. Of course it is compact than its elder sibling and lacks an LED display that shows details like the time, name of the track and the singer, however, it sounds just as good. Simply said, Home Speaker 300 might be short and stout but it’s as they — don’t judge the speaker by its size as it produces a sound that is as good as the Home Speaker 500, which in case you are not is “distinguishable, textured and clear.”Now, design and sound quality are great, but price is one thing that might drive a lot audiophiles away. After all, 27K is not an easy sum to pay, especially when you can get the second generation Amazon Echo Plus (REVIEW) for Rs 14,999 or a brand new Amazon Echo Studio for Rs 22,999 (if you want to buy something on the expensive side). To compliment its stylish design and great sound with another interesting feature, Home Speaker 300 comes with built-in Alexa and Alexa and Google Assistant integration (did I tell you it’s a smart speaker?). This means that you can ask Alexa or Google Assistant to do your personal chores just like you would tell an Amazon Echo smart speaker or a Google Home..oops..Nest smart speaker.advertisementStyle? Check. Sound? Check. Smart stuff? Check. Is everything perfect in case of Home Speaker 300? We will find out in the review below.Looks gorgeousIn my past reviews of Bose products I have repeatedly mentioned how the company is known for its sound quality. But I need to amend that statement now. So here it goes: Bose is a company known for great audio quality and a stunning design. All its products – whether it’s the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 (REVIEW) or the Bose Sleepbuds (REVIEW) – all its products look gorgeous. The Bose Home Speaker 300 is no exception to this rule. It looks simply stunning!Home Speaker 300 measures 6×14.2 x 10.2 cm and it weighs 0.9 kg. By contrast, Home Speaker 500 measures 20.3 x 17×10.9 cm and it weighs 2.15 kg. Needless to say that Home Speaker 300 is a lot more compact than Home Speaker 500. Apart from obvious reduction in size, Home Speaker 300 looks exactly…I mean exactly…like its older sibling if you discount the LED screen in the front. It comes with an anodized aluminum case that features an elliptical design. On the front it has a sleek space which glows White as you interact with virtual assistant. On top it has a set of controls that you can use to control the volume, play or pause the track, connect the speaker with your smartphone or laptop via Bluetooth, connect the speaker via AUX cable, prevent the smart speaker from listening in on your conversations and of course, invoking the virtual assistant of your choice – Alexa or Google Assistant. It also has a set of six preset buttons – just like Home Speaker 500 — that you can use to get tap access to your favourite and more commonly used channels like Amazon Prime Music and Spotify.At the back there is a port to connect the AUX cable, below which there is another button for connecting the power cable. One interesting feature that Home Speaker 300 has is the ability to silence the alarms by patting on the head or should I say tapping on the top of the smart speaker. This is particularly helpful if you are a kind of person who has sets multiple alarms in the morning – some a bit too early — to wake up.Sounds good but Alexa needs helpWhile reviewing the Bose Home Speaker 500, I had written that Bose’s very first smart speaker produces a “balanced audio output”. And while reviewing the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 I wrote that it produces a “crisp, clear and balanced” sound. The point here is to focus on the pattern. Bose products – speakers, smart speakers and headphones – focus on clarity and produce a balanced sound clear. The Bose Home Speaker 300 does all of that a bit more. To break the suspense, it offers a powerful bass effect as well.advertisementBass effect produced by the Home Speaker 300 is so prominent that you can feel the thumping of the music permeating throughout the space where you have kept your modernistic smart speaker. This bass effect is enhanced by the presence of speakers in all directions. This enables the Home Speaker 300 to project sound in all directions uniformly, which in turn gives the users a stereo-sound sort of an experience. This is supported by the speaker’s loud volume. The Bose Home Speaker 300 is loud. I mean really loud. It is enough to be the life of a party at your home. To give you some perspective, it is so loud that you cannot go beyond 50 percent volume in your room.During the course of my review, I listened to a whole bunch of songs. I listened to David Guetta’s Titanium, Avril Lavigne’s Sk8er Boi and Bryan Adam’s Summer of 69. For most parts the sound was well rounded, that is the mids were clear and the lows were balanced. Over all the sound was pleasant even at extremely high volume levels. But at 100 percent volume, these tracks missed out on the clarity a bit.I also listened to Photograph by Ed Sheeran, Whiskey and You by Chris Stapleton and Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett and as expected I could clearly distinguish between every guitar strum, every piano note and every single beat of drum. Listening to Sufi songs like Arziyan by Javed Ali and Iktara by Amitabh Bhattacharya was an equally pleasurable experience even at extremely high volume levels. One possible explanation for this differentiation could be issue with the tracks. The other could be that the Home Speaker 300 in general (or at an optimum sound level) is more compatible Acoustics, EDM, Country and Sufi music genres.Coming to the smart features, you can connect the Home Speaker 300 with either Google Assistant or Alexa and they will perform all your routine chores like setting an alarm, checking news updates, booking a cab, setting reminders etc with ease. And if you have Apple devices, you can connect your Bose smart speaker with them using the Apple AirPlay 2. I paired the Bose Home Speaker 300 with Alexa and I found the entire experience to be a bit bumpy. Alexa is responsive and she obeys all your commands yet it’s not a smooth sail – as it is in case of Echo smart speakers — all the time. For instance if you ask Alexa to set multiple alarms, she would do so without fail but sometimes she would be at a loss of words while confirming her actions. Similarly, sometimes it would be difficult for me to get her to play a specific song or adjust the volume. Needless to say that the speaker’s Alexa integration needs some tweaking. Beyond that everything – the app, the presets and the connections – works without a hitch.advertisementShould you buy Bose Home Speaker 300?Yes, if can afford it. Bose Home Speaker 300 is a smart addition to your smart home. It is compact, it is stylish and it has a balanced sound. And additional qualities like its loudness, its sound projection and AirPlay 2 support just make it that much more enticing. Sure Alexa experience is a bit bumpy, but that’s not something a software update cannot fix. Qualitatively, it’s a good buy.Coming to the price, now that’s a tough one. Home Speaker 300 costs around 27K, which is nearly half the price of 2G Echo Plus. You can even get Echo Show 2G – the giant smart speaker with a display for a price less than that. For your reference it costs Rs 22,999. But it ultimately boils down to a simple fact – what exactly are you looking for. If you are looking for a smart display then Echo Show is worth considering but if you are looking for smart speaker with great sound quality then the Home Speaker 300 should definitely on your list.Bose Home Speaker 300 review8/10ProsBalanced soundStunning designCompactConsPriceyAlexa is bumpyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow BoseFollow Bose Home Speaker 300last_img read more

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Accessible Transportation Supported in East Hants

first_imgGetting to doctors’ appointments, a job interview or to work will become easier for seniors and people with disabilities in East Hants. The province is providing $10,000 to the East Hants Alternative Transportation Service to help purchase a new wheelchair accessible bus. The new bus will serve residents in East Hants. The purchase means there will now be a wheelchair accessible bus to serve nursing home residents, seniors, disabled and other Nova Scotians who require accessible transportation services in the area. Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, will officially launch the new wheelchair accessible transportation service at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 14, at the East Hants Adult Learning Association. “Lack of transportation is a prime barrier to quality of life and one of the single biggest roadblocks for many people to health care, education and employment opportunities,” said Mr. Muir. “Organizations like the East Hants Alternative Transportation Service are making a big difference in people’s lives and government is committed to continuing to support that success.” Last year, community-based organizations funded by the province provided more than 90,000 rides to seniors and people with disabilities in Nova Scotia. These rides helped seniors, persons with disabilities and the economically disadvantaged get to jobs, school, medical appointments and social events. “We’re excited to receive the funding to help us add a wheelchair-accessible vehicle to the East Hants Alternative Transportation Service,” said Robert MacLellan, executive director of the East Hants Adult Learning Association. “The funds will help us to better serve our clients and allow all residents of East Hants, regardless of ability, to have access to reliable, affordable transportation.” The Accessible Transportation Assistance Program helps to improve existing transportation services through the purchase of an accessible vehicle or modification of an existing vehicle. The program is one way the province is demonstrating its commitment to equal opportunity and improving access to community facilities and venues for persons with disabilities. Under this program, cost-shared grants are available to community groups for accessibility-related improvements. For more information on the community and municipal accessible transportation programs, see the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations website at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/infr or call toll-free 1-877-305-RIDE (7433).last_img read more

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NHPC posts 16 jump in Q1 net profit to Rs 989 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: State-run hydro power giant NHPC on Friday posted a 16 per cent rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 989.27 crore for the June quarter, mainly due to higher revenues. The company had reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 851.70 crore in the corresponding period last year, it said in a BSE filing. Total income rose to Rs 2,754.48 crore in the quarter under review from Rs 2,479.09 crore a year ago. Electricity generation is the principal business activity of the company. Other operations, that is power trading, contracts, project management and consultancy works do not form a reportable segment as per the Ind AS norms, it added. As per power regulator CERC’s Tariff Regulations 2019-24, notified on March 7, 2019, the useful life of hydro generating stations has been increased from 35 years to 40 years. This change has resulted in depreciation expense reducing by Rs 20.58 crore, NHPC added.last_img read more

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Senator accuses CRA of doing little to fight offshore tax evasion

first_imgOTTAWA – About one-fifth of a group of wealthy Canadians who took part in a federal government survey last year didn’t believe that a proposed advertising campaign about a federal crackdown on tax cheats would do anything to deter people from using overseas tax havens.There was a similar response from “high net worth” respondents who took part in the survey, conducted last December but released only recently. About one quarter of respondents didn’t believe that the Canada Revenue Agency ads would deter people from taking part in the underground economy.The agency used the results of the research as it worked to figure out how best to push the message that the federal government was going to go after people who tried to use offshore accounts to lower their tax bill back home. Most of the 567 respondents to the online survey agreed in the end that the campaign would make the CRA’s intentions clear.The final report on the campaign, dated September 2017, cost the government $54,240 and arrived just prior to a spiralling flurry of media reports laden with revelations about the widespread use of offshore trusts and accounts.Tax avoidance measures involving offshore trusts are legal, provided that the trust is genuinely managed offshore and that Canadian taxes are paid on any Canadian contributions. And there may be other legitimate reasons for setting up an offshore account, including if you’re a contractor doing work in a particular country.But the depth of their use in Canada — with reporting by the Toronto Star and CBC indicating there are more than 3,000 Canadians named among 13.4 million records dubbed the “Paradise Papers” — fuelled more opposition calls Tuesday for an end to legal loopholes that could be costing the federal treasury billions in lost tax revenues each year.With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travelling overseas, defending the government fell to Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier, who insisted throughout question period that the $1 billion the government has promised to spend on the problem over five years is proof positive that the Liberals are taking the issue seriously.The Canada Revenue Agency, too, was under fire Tuesday as independent Liberal Sen. Percy Downe, a longtime thorn in the agency’s side, accused it of misleading Canadians about the depth of its efforts to combat offshore tax evasion.Downe, who has been pushing for a crackdown on wealthy individuals and corporations who stash their money overseas, said the CRA has been hiding behind “weasel words” to disguise the fact that it’s actually doing little to remedy the problem.He pointed to CRA spending figures tabled in the Senate that showed it spent an estimated $35 million of the $40.1 million budgeted for enforcement for the fiscal year ended March 31, a fraction of the $1 billion total the government has said it’s willing to spend on the problem.The agency has also created a full-time unit dedicated to offshore tax evasion and avoidance, but Downe said the unit was formed by reorganizing existing parts of the CRA and was not provided with any additional budget.Between April 2011 and March 2016, the CRA got convictions on 42 Canadians who used offshore tax havens to hide $34 million in tax payments. The convictions resulted in $12 million and 734 months of jail time, the agency said.That’s likely a tiny fraction of the estimated value of tax revenues that the federal government loses out on every year from people hiding cash in tax havens — a sum the CRA apparently doesn’t track, said Downe. One report from the Conference Board of Canada pegged the so-called “tax gap” at as much as $47 billion a year.Lebouthillier said the government plans to release a report on the international tax gap next year.last_img read more

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Own A Signed Queen Guitar With CharityStarscom

first_imgOne of the most flamboyant, exuberant, universally-loved rock bands in the world is Queen, which was fronted by showman Freddie Mercury until his untimely death in 1991. But his overpowering legacy, and Queen itself, lives on.CharityStars.com is offering a guitar signed by all the remaining members of Queen, plus Adam Lambert, who has toured with Queen as lead singer in recent years. The Stratocaster-style electric guitar was played by Brian May on the UK leg of Queen’s 2017 world tour and marks a brilliant tribute to some true legends of rock, who defined a genre.This guitar is an essential for any collector of Queen memorabilia, representing the chance to own a valuable piece of rock history. Items such as these do not frequently come up for sale, so we suggest moving quickly, as the auction ends this week. The guitar is in brilliant condition, and ready to be played, framed, and cherished.To bid on this beautiful guitar, please click here.As always, CharityStars.com will be donating the profits from the sale to charity. On this occasion, the money raised will go towards the Liverpool FC Foundation. This is the official charity of the football club, delivering a range of initiatives that inspire young people from all walks of life around Liverpool to make a positive change happen for themselves and their communities. It makes an amazing difference, working with more than 3000 young people every week.last_img read more

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FireSmart BC Urges Fort St John to prepare for Wildfire season

first_imgFireSmart BC’s new website is a good resource with practical information about the program and how individuals and communities can get started, including:local FireSmart eventscoursesguidesFireSmart Home AssessmentInformation on how to become a FireSmart Recognized Community“FireSmart BC’s website is a central resource dedicated solely to wildfire prevention for property owners and communities in B.C.,” said Kelsey Winter, FireSmart Program Lead for the BC Wildfire Service. “It provides all the information resources necessary to FireSmart a home or become a FireSmart Recognized Community.”There are now 65 FireSmart Recognized Communities in B.C., and over 100 communities are currently involved in a FireSmart program.“Interagency co-operation is critical in wildfire prevention,” said Councillor Arjun Singh, President of the Union of B.C. Municipalities. “As a member of the BC FireSmart Committee and funding administrator for the Community Resiliency Investment program, we appreciate this ongoing partnership to build awareness and reduce the risk of wildfire.”Anarchist Mountain has been a FireSmart Recognized Community since 2014, focused on protecting the community from wildfires, evacuation preparedness and notification planning. Anarchist Mountain covers 4,800 hectares of forested land about 40 kilometres east of Osoyoos.Every year, dedicated FireSmart volunteers educate residents about FireSmart principles and implement measures to reduce the number of potential ignition sources. Other activities include home assessments, vegetation management, and the controlled burning of residential debris under the guidance of the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department. “Protecting Anarchist Mountain from wildfire is a community effort,” said Denis Thompson, chair of the community FireSmart Board for Anarchist Mountain. “We are available as a resource to any community looking to become a FireSmart Recognized Community.”“We are proud that First Nations communities were among the first in B.C. to become FireSmart Recognized Communities,” said Jeff Eustache, RFT, Manager, Forest Fuel Management Department, First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of British Columbia. “As members of The BC FireSmart Committee, we work to keep wildfire prevention ‘top of mind’ for First Nations.” VICTORIA, B.C. – All British Columbian communities and residents are being asked to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season by mitigating wildfire risks where they live by the BC FireSmart Committee.The Committee is also asking people to join forces and help make their community become a FireSmart Recognized Community, through FireSmart Canada.“Communities whose residents work together to reduce their vulnerability have a greater chance of limiting fire-related damage,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “We encourage all residents in rural communities to take simple and effective measures to FireSmart their homes and properties.”last_img read more

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Painting in honour of Lakshman Kadirgamar unveiled in Geneva

Director General Francis Hurry, recalling his close association with the late Kadirgamar at WIPO praised the late Kadirgamar for helping him to expand his horizon through creative thinking and contribution in the field of intellectual property. At the initiative of Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva, a painting in honour of the Late Lakshman Kadirgamar, the former Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, was unveiled at the WIPO premises by Dr. Liam Fox, the British Secretary of State for International Trade, in the presence of a large gathering of invitees.Dr. Liam Fox praised the late Kadirgamar for his tireless work and outstanding contribution in strengthening global understanding and cooperation, calling him “a giant of a man”. The Sri Lanka and UK Missions in Geneva and the WIPO had coordinated the unveiling ceremony. (Colombo Gazette) The painting by renowned painter Stanley Kirinde had been gifted by Mrs. Suganthi Kadirgamar to the WIPO in commemoration of the life of the late Kadirgamar. read more

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UN Geneva office bugged latest reported case of spying on world body

The device was discovered during renovations between the summer and autumn to the Salon Français, which has hosted such sessions as Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s trilateral meeting with Presidents Jacques Chirac of France and Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in March this year. The salon is also used for video teleconferences with the New York Headquarters. When media reports in February alleged that Mr. Annan’s conversations in his 38th floor New York office were tapped by British intelligence, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said such activities “would undermine the integrity and confidential nature of diplomatic exchanges. Those who speak to the Secretary-General are entitled to assume that their exchanges are confidential,” he added. He said then that the UN would step up routine technical measures aimed at guarding against such invasions of privacy, noting that its premises are inviolable under international law “and we expect all Member States to respect their commitment. We’re throwing down a red flag and saying, ‘If this is true, please stop it,’” he stressed. Earlier this week Mr. Eckhard refused to comment on media reports that the United States administration had dozens of intercepts of phone calls by Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA), the UN watchdog entrusted with preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. The calls were said to have been with Iranian diplomats over that country’s nuclear programme. Confirming the Geneva case, the Director of the Information Service there, Marie Heuzé, told a news briefing: “UN technical workmen found what is considered to be a sophisticated listening device. An investigation has failed to determine who could have planted the device.” UNOG has more than 1,600 staff, provides critical support to the Organization’s efforts, and services over 8,000 meetings every year, making it one of the busiest intergovernmental conference centres in the world and a focal point for multilateral diplomacy. “Together, we strive to strengthen our contribution towards realizing the vision of the United Nations for a more stable, secure and prosperous world for all,” it says in its mission statement. read more

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Actress Geena Davis UN Youth Envoy hold online chat to connect girls

“When we combine technology with young women we are making sure that they are not just empowered but also that they are able to contribute to the development of their society,” the Secretary-General’s Youth Envoy, Ahmad Alhendawi, said during the ‘Innovate Your Future’ online conversation held on the Google+ platform.Mr. Alhendawi, who has extensive experience working with youth in the Middle East, said women are increasingly turning to technology to tackle complex situations in their countries. “They use ICTs not just for political change, but to help their communities,” he said, adding that linking online and offline activities is essential to turn ICTs into a transformational development tool.However, he stressed that ensuring young women have access to ICTs is still a big challenge, particularly in developing countries.Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis, who is the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Special Envoy for women and Girls in ICT, pointed out that even when girls have access to ICTs, their representation in media, including online, is inaccurate and does not encourage their engagement with technology.Research conducted by Ms. Davis’ Institute on Gender and Media found that in family movies produced in the United States – which is a major exporter of entertainment across the world – for every female character in a family movie there are three male characters. “What kids are seeing is very much bereft of female presence,” Ms. Davis said. “This needs to change. Girls need to be more involved in the production and entrepreneurial nature of this technology explosion […] and have their status elevated in the culture by seeing themselves represented in more interesting, varied, and non-traditional ways.”Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the ITU Strategic Planning and membership noted that governments can make a difference by supporting women’s participation in the ICT workforce and encouraging young women to take up careers in the technology sector.“Governments also are key to enabling access to ICTs,” Ms. Bogdan-Martin said. “Many countries are now including gender in their national broadband plans, promoting access and training women to use ICTs.”She also pointed out that during a time when youth unemployment in many regions of the world is a concern, there is a steady demand for individuals with ICT skills, and Governments must make young people aware of these opportunities.The Google+ hangout participants, who also included the Chief Marketing Officer of the online magazine Mashable, Stacey Green, and the Chief Marketing Officer of Cisco, Blair Christie, agreed that the issue of young women and ICTs must be directly referenced in the post-2015 agenda, which seeks to build on the anti-poverty goals known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). ICTs, they said, will enable a more progressive and more empowering agenda for young women.The online conversation, moderated by Gary Fowlie, head of the ITU Strategy and Policy Unit, was part of the Economic and Social Council’s overall “Innovate Your Future” social media campaign on how the world’s youth use science and technology to tackle challenges in their communities. read more

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Brendan Rodgers hails Celtics very pleasing win over Alashkert

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers praised his side’s 3-0 win over Alashkert FC in Tuesday’s first leg of their first qualifying round in the Champions League as “very pleasing”Odsonne Edouard, James Forrest and Callum McGregor were the goalscorers in extremely hot conditions at Yerevan to hand the SPL champions a big advantage heading into next week’s return leg.Rodgers believes that emerging victorious in such challenging conditions is a testament to his players, but conceded that they still have some way to go before they are back to top form.The Northern Irishman told BBC: “It was very pleasing because, of the three first-round ties we have played, that was the most difficult,”Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“To play in that heat and end up controlling the game was pleasing. We concentrated well and scored three very good goals.“We have a long way to go to get to full capacity, but they kept pushing and got their rewards.”Celtic and Alashkert will meet at Celtic Park on Wednesday, July 18 for the second leg.last_img read more

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TCI Govt wants island hunkered down by Thursday

first_img TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Governor John Freeman stated, “I anticipate issuing an evacuation order for Salt Cay tomorrow morning and there will be advice provided in terms of low-lying areas also fairly rapidly to make sure that people are alert as possible.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially opened In addition, Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, Director of DDME explained, “From a category 3 storm, you’re looking at a very strong storm and based on the shifting of the storm moving slightly south, we’re now expecting to either get the storm passed directly over us or to have the righter bands affecting the Turks and Caicos Islands and what the experts in the field are saying is that the righter side of the storm, the right bands, are actually stronger. “Deputy Governor, Anya Williams also added, “as it currently stands, the prediction from the Met office is that by Thursday morning we we should start to see some changes in the weather and then we should have hurricane impact winds and so on on Thursday evening. If that is the case we will be looking at winding down services possibly as early as Wednesday evening so that persons have enough time to be in their own communities and to prepare for the storm. “The Minister in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Delroy Williams had strong advice for the public stating, “We would like to urge all residents and businesses not to take the storm lightly. Prepare yourself. The director have given you a list of all the shelters in the area. What you should do is to take keen notice of which shelter is nearest to you. Prepare yourselves, have a family evacuation plan.”Premier Robinson then added, “And while you’re looking out for your employees please look out for those persons who will be purchasing merchandise from you. It’s important that we continue to say that we don’t have price control in Turks and Caicos but we can have price gouging and we really want to encourage you to not engage in that sort of activity over the next few days.”Another debrief with the media is set for Wednesday as the Governor Dr John Freeman, Deputy Governor Anya Williams, Premier Sharlene Robinson, Minister of Home Affairs Delroy Williams and DDME Director Dr. Virginia Clerveaux all continue with stakeholder meetings for the next three days.  Again schools and government offices will be closedThursday to brace for Hurricane Irma.By Deandrea Hamilton Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews, DDME Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos, September 5th, 2017 – Providenciales – Schools and offices will be closed on Thursday.  An evacuation order for Salt Cay will be given today.  Merchants are warned against price gouging.  Storm shelters are listed and evacuation routes identified.  An amnesty period is on for illegal migrants and the DDME is identified as the real source for storm information related specifically to the Turks and Caicos Islands.Magnetic Media was among the media houses at the Office of the Premier on Monday afternoon where country leaders spelled out what the nation is facing as we prepare for Hurricane Irma. Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Sports Direct to review bonus arrangements

first_imgSports Direct is to review its incentive arrangement after failing to reach the full year earnings targets required to trigger payments under its annual share-based bonus scheme.For the 2,000 eligible employees to receive a payment under the existing annual bonus scheme, Sports Direct needed to record earnings of £420 million, however, the retailer instead achieved £381.4 million.Bonus payments from previous years’ schemes saw employees each take away £9,147 in 2012, £48,305 in 2013 and £12,816 last year.Dave Forsey, chief executive at Sports Direct, said: “Unfortunately, our disappointing results have meant that the group has not achieved the first EBITDA target set by the 2015 share scheme, which is a key long term share-based incentive scheme that rewards eligible staff for their hard work and commitment, and is based on the achievement of four consecutive full-year EBITDA targets.“This is very disappointing as the share scheme is a significant part of our high performance and reward culture, and we are working to replace this arrangement with a new incentive scheme to continue to reward our people for their commitment and performance.”last_img read more

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Small plane makes emergency landing in West Broward

first_imgWEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – A small plane with two people on board made an emergency landing in West Broward.A flight instructor and a student were flying out of North Perry Airport when, officials said, the engine gave out.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where the small plane was seen on a dirt road, near a large, grassy field. Officials were called to reports of a plane down in the area of west of U.S. 27 and north of Taft Street.Both student and instructor could be seen standing outside the aircraft, uninjured.A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and other officials arrived just before 12:30 p.m. in order to assess the situation.No one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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US UK likely to charge multiple banks in Libor rigging WSJ

first_imgAmerican and British regulators are likely to charge several banks with rigging interest rates, including Citigroup, the third-largest U.S. bank, and London-based HSBC Holdings, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority were preparing a final round of civil charges against the banks for rate manipulation in the Libor scandal, the newspaper reported, citing people close to the investigation.The Journal said the CFTC was still investigating J.P. Morgan Chase, the largest American bank by assets, but that may not lead to charges. U.K. regulators said last year they dropped their probe of J.P. Morgan.U.S. and British regulators are leading a seven-year investigation into the manipulation of Libor, or the London interbank offered rate.Libor is a short-term rate financial institutions charge each other for loans that is calculated based on submissions by a panel of banks. Hundreds of trillions of dollars in short-term interest rates, swaps and other financial products are pegged to Libor.last_img read more

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Chernobyl radiation unaffected after roof collapse

first_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Rudenko said the affected area is about 50 meters (165 feet) away from the “sarcophagus,” a shelter built shortly after the 1986 disaster to contain radiation emanating from the exploded reactor. Rudenko said the radiation levels were normal and there was no danger to the public.“Everybody should be absolutely calm,” Rudenko said. “Yes, it is unpleasant, but there is no danger.”The April 26, 1986, accident in the then-Soviet republic of Ukraine sent a cloud of radioactive fallout over much of Europe and forced the evacuation of about 115,000 people from the plant’s vicinity. A 30-kilometer (19-mile) area directly around the plant remains largely off-limits.A new giant arch-shaped confinement is currently being constructed over the old sarcophagus. The construction of the new shelter was not affected by the accident, said Anton Usov, spokesman for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which runs the $2 billion project co-sponsored by the bank and international donors.“The old shelter was not affected, the new safe confinement was not affected either,” Usov said.Vinci and Bouygues, two French construction companies who are contracted to work on building the new confinement, said they had evacuated about 80 workers as a precaution. They had not returned as of Wednesday. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Rudenko called that a standard measure of precaution and said the workers are expected to return as soon as an investigation into the accident is completed and the roof is reinforced in order to prevent water from getting inside.She also added that Ukrainian workers at the plant have not been evacuated or ordered to implement any additional safety measures: “We are not wearing face masks, we have not been evacuated, which is what would have happened had there been danger.”However, some environmentalists expressed concern.“Even if the radiation level has not changed, it’s still an alarming signal,” Vladimir Chuprov, head of the energy program at Greenpeace Russia, said, according to the Interfax news agency. “If the panels in the turbine hall have collapsed, then in principle there is no guarantee that the sarcophagus, built in 1986, will not start falling apart in the near future.”___Lori Hinnant contributed to this report from Paris.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 0 Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian officials on Wednesday sought to reassure the public that radiation levels were unaffected at Chernobyl and there was no safety threat after a partial roof collapse at the exploded nuclear power plant.A 600-square-meter (6,500-square-foot) section of the roof over the turbine hall at the fourth power block collapsed Tuesday, Chernobyl plant spokeswoman Maya Rudenko told The Associated Press. The collapse was caused by heavy snowfall, emergency authorities said. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

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USbased Fresh Del Monte Produce registered a 36

first_img U.S.-based Fresh Del Monte Produce registered a 36% year-on-year drop in gross profit in the second financial quarter despite an increase in net sales.The company said the profit decline from US$123.2 million to US$78.3 million was principally the result of lower selling prices in its banana and other fresh produce business segments, along with rising transportation and production costs.Net sales increased by 11% to US$1.27 billion, which Del Monte attributed to higher net sales in its other fresh produce and prepared food business segments – primarily due to the acquisition of Mann Packing – partially offset by lower sales in its banana business.”The quarter was highlighted by our recent acquisition of Mann Packing Company, and by strong sales growth, despite reductions in pricing across many of our products,” said chairman and CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh. “Uncontrollable factors led by congestion, delays and inclement weather at our loading ports in Central America, substantially lower banana selling prices in Europe, an oversupply of pineapples in North America, continued tightening of the transportation market, and higher commodity costs adversely affected our overall performance.”Looking ahead, we remain firmly focused and committed to investing in and further diversifying our global operations while driving profitable growth over the long-term.”While the banana segment in the second quarter last year accounted for 47% of the company’s gross profits, this year that figure dropped to just 30%. Meanwhile, the other fresh produce segment increased its share from 45% to 60%. The North American market ‘s share of total net sales also increased from 57% to 64% this year, while Europe, the Middle East and Asia all saw decreases.Photo: Shutterstock AUS: Proposed Great Barrier Reef regulations ‘igno … You might also be interested in July 31 , 2018 center_img Fresh Del Monte: Lower banana profits contribute t … Colombia: TR4 suspected on two banana farms … EU-Mercosur trade deal increases risk of banana ov … last_img read more

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