Statement from Valerie Creighton on the Passing of Maurice Boucher

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Toronto, September 19, 2018 – “It is with deep sadness that we advise you of the sudden passing of Maurice Boucher, the CMF’s Director of Marketing and Communications. On behalf of all of us at CMF, our most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.An experienced marketing and communications professional, Maurice joined the CMF team in 2012 to lead our corporate communications, promotional strategies, government and public relations. Maurice was instrumental in developing strategies to elevate the profile of Canadian content and promote the various CMF programs and initiatives with stakeholders. He was very proud of the development of Eye on Canada and the great success of Encore+ and in particular, relished positioning Canadian stories and talent around the world.An elegant and consummate professional, Maurice was a valued member of the CMF family. He was respected and admired by his team and industry colleagues both here at home and internationally. We will miss his steady hand and ironic humour, which got us through many ups and downs during his all-too-brief time with us. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Au revoir, Maurice and travel well… We will miss you.”To honour Maurice Boucher’s memory, donations to the Montréal Heart Institute Foundation are preferred in lieu of flowers.Funeral Service – Saturday, September 29, 2018Visitation: noon to 2:30 pmMemorial Service: 2:30 pmReception: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pmUrgel Bourgie1025 Saint Laurent St., West, Longueuil (Québec)last_img read more

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Atlantic Canadas digital economy growing although rural areas lagging report

first_imgHALIFAX – A new report says the digital economy appears to be on the rise in Atlantic Canada, thanks to a large increase in household internet usage.The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council says 88 per cent of households were using the internet in 2016, compared with 12 per cent in 1997.The report card, issued Thursday by the independent policy research organization, says the rapid growth is due in part to download speeds increasing across the region, with New Brunswick having the fastest average download speed in Canada.But, the council says download speeds and internet access remain much lower in rural communities.In Prince Edward Island, for example, about 50 per cent of households do not have high-speed internet access.Senior policy analyst Fred Bergman says as the internet is increasingly used for streaming videos and music, online gaming and electronic purchases, download speeds have become a “key factor.”All four Atlantic provinces have initiatives underway to meet the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission target of 90 per cent high-speed internet access by 2021, the report notes.“Improving download speeds in rural communities must be a priority if all households and businesses are going to have effective access to the digital economy,” Bergman said in a news release.The report said about two-thirds of Canadians purchased at least one digital product in the last year, with non-store online sales almost tripling in Atlantic Canada between 2012 and 2016, compared with a 90 per cent increase nationally.It cites estimates by Statistics Canada that Atlantic Canadians earned $87 million through offering accommodations on digital sharing platforms, such as AirBnB, in 2017.The report says tracking digital use, purchases and sales is increasingly important, although regional analysis is hindered by a lack of provincial data for e-commerce and production.last_img read more

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Top UN official signals improvement tough challenges in eastern DR Congo

Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC, told the Security Council today that the “remarkable turnaround” came when the mainly Tutsi rebel militia, known as the National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP), and other armed groups declared an end to the violent conflict which had displaced some 250,000 people last year in the volatile North and South Kivu provinces. Last month, the Government and the CNDP signed a peace accord, with the UN and African Union (AU) envoys who facilitated that deal calling today on the international community to continue its support of efforts to consolidate peace and promote development.In his briefing to the Council today, Mr. Doss also attributed the easing of hostilities in the region to improved relations between the DRC and neighbouring Rwanda, commending the two Governments “for their courageous decision to overcome their previous distrust and to focus on common interests of the future.”But the threat of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the Ugandan group known notorious for abducting children as soldiers and sex slaves, must be contained, he stressed, with some 1,100 people having been killed by the rebels between December 2009 and January 2009, hundreds abducted and 200,000 uprooted by the violence.That group has launched “gruesome reprisal attacks” in the wake of the joint military operation between DRC forces (FARDC), Ugandan troops (UPDF) and Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) aimed at flushing the rebels out of the region, the envoy, who also heads the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUC), said.“The LRA has dispersed into small groups, who have sown terror and taken revenge by looting, raping, maiming, abducting and killing civilians in a vast area stretching from northern Ituri to the eastern part of the Central African Republic,” said Mr. Doss.Another major challenge facing DRC and the UN mission, he said, is the integration of former militiamen into the FARDC. Although most elements of the CNDP and other armed groups have been registered, payments of salaries have been delayed and the provision of food and ammunition for troops fighting the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) ¬– the target of recent joint operations conducted by Rwanda and DRC – have been late to arrive.The Special Representative also underscored to the 15-member Council the need to continue military pressure against the 4,500-strong FDLR. “Such pressure has been instrumental in the surrender and voluntary return of combatants and dependents to Rwanda,” he stressed, estimating that close to 7,000 Rwandans have returned home as a result of the joint FARDC-Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) operation.Mr. Doss warned that “if the Kivus continue to struggle with mass poverty, unemployment, and derelict infrastructures, new escalations of violence may emanate from the underlying tensions between ethnic communities.”The armed groups of North and South Kivu declaration that some 47,000 combatants were among their ranks may be an exaggeration, but he said that it indicated how many unemployed youth need to be put to work to avoid the risk of re-mobilization and underlined the importance of economic recovery in mitigating ethnic tensions.Today’s open meeting wrapped up with the Council commending “the improvement of the relationship among the countries of the region,” encouraging them to “continue reinforcing their political, military and economic cooperation to guarantee the long-term stabilization of the Great Lakes region,” according to a press statement read out by Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, which holds the body’s rotating monthly presidency.Welcoming last month’s peace accord, the Council also welcomed the progress made so far in the disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, resettlement and reintegration (DDRRR) programme, calling on those FDLR forces which have not taken part to do so.In today’s statement, the body also voiced its grave concern about the ongoing uprooting of civilians and massive violations of human rights, especially of reports of widespread sexual violence and continued recruitment of children into armed groups, calling for an end to impunity for the perpetrators.In a joint statement today, Olusegun Obasanjo and Benjamin Mkapa, the UN and AU Special Envoys for the Great Lakes Region, praised the courage of signatories of last month’s accord, reminding the parties that “rapid and faithful implementation is key to success, and urged them to fully implement the agreements, in accordance with their stated commitments and agreed timetable.”Further, the envoys urged all involved that “these agreements are not used as a pretext for the emergence of new armed groups in the Kivus.”A new wave of clashes has forced 30,000 people from their homes, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Fighting broke out on 31 March when a group calling itself the Popular Front for Justice in the Congo (FPJC) attacked villages in the Ituri district, also in eastern DRC. A few days later, the self-styled Revolutionary Front for Peace in the Ituri (FPRI), which refused to take part in the UN-AU peace talks and has been blamed for major human rights violations, launched a counter-attack in the area.In today’s statement, the Special Envoys expressed concern over the new displacements, but said that they are confident that “improved relations of good neighbourliness and cooperation between the DRC and Rwanda will bode well for the future peace and development of the entire Great Lakes Region.” They also stressed that “after years of conflict and humanitarian crisis, the region is now yearning for peace, and that the international community is expecting full implementation of the agreements.” 9 April 2009Although a nascent peace process has led to a “sea change” in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a top United Nations official today cautioned that challenges – including rebel groups continuing to wreak havoc in the region – remain. read more

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Security Council wraps up Africa trip with talks in Liberia

The discussions focused on peace, security, economic recovery and development, according to information released by the world body. The subject of the drawdown of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was also on the agenda.The 15-member delegation also visited the Liberia National Police Academy, where the UN has been assisting the Government to recruit, train and deploy new professional police officers, and attended a graduation ceremony for female ex-combatants who have completed training in dressmaking and related skills.The group also met business leaders, including representatives of global steel giant ArcelorMittal and Buchanan Renewable Energy – two companies that are sources of revenue and jobs in Liberia.On Tuesday, Council members held consultations with top UN officials and key diplomats who make up the International Contact Group on Liberia. Also at this meeting were the Ambassadors of China and Libya, as well as the representatives of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Liberia.The team, which left New York on 14 May, also made stops in Ethiopia, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A similar Security Council mission visited Djibouti, Sudan, Chad, DRC and Côte d’Ivoire last June. 20 May 2009A United Nations Security Council delegation met President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia today on the last leg of a week-long visit to Africa. read more

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Hamilton officer charged with impaired driving

A Hamilton Police officer with 17 years on the force has been charged with impaired driving.Police say Const. Jerome Stewart was arrested in an off-duty incident involving a single-vehicle collision with a parked car on Friday.The 51-year-old has been charged with with Over 80 mgs. under the Criminal Code.Stewart has been released and is due to appear in court on Aug. 23.He has been assigned to administrative duties.

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Annan congratulates UKs Blair on elections looks forward to collaboration on UN

A statement issued by a spokesman for Mr. Annan in New York said the Secretary-General “greatly values the close working relationship he has established over the past eight years with Mr. Blair and his Government.”The Secretary-General looks forward to continued collaboration with the British Government in dealing with the many challenging issues before the United Nations, including the critical process of reform the Organization is undertaking,” the statement said.

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Mickey Marotti named FBS strength and conditioning coach of the year

Every spring, Urban Meyer hands over his team to strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti for summer training. On Wednesday, Marotti was handed more than just a football team.Marotti was named the Football Bowl Subdivision’s strength and conditioning coach of the year in his fourth year at Ohio State.Marotti has worked for and with Meyer for years, dating back to 1987, when both were graduate assistants under Earle Bruce with the Buckeyes. That same year, Marotti was the head strength coach at Grove City High School.The strength coach also worked with Meyer at Notre Dame from 1998-2000, and at Florida from 2005-10. He stayed at Florida in 2011 before joining Meyer in Columbus in 2012.While not working with Meyer, Marotti spent time on the strength and conditioning staffs at West Virginia University (1989-1990) and the University of Cincinnati (1990-1998) after earning his undergraduate degree from West Liberty State in West Liberty, W.Va.Meyer said in a press release that he has full confidence in Marotti’s abilities as the Buckeyes are set to defend their first national title in more than a decade.“There are times in the year when the strength staff has more contact with the team than the coaching staff,” Meyer said. “And I have complete trust in Mickey Marotti’s abilities to prepare our student-athletes to be the strongest, fastest and mentally toughest football players they can be.”Marotti was awarded the FBS level of the award, and joined six other award winners all the way from the high school ranks through the NFL. read more

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Morris dancers forced to abandon performance after being accused of racism over

first_imgThey arrived at 11am and had performed without incident in pubs, to groups of local and visiting football fans and to shoppers.But a source close to the group said: “The atmosphere had been great with the vast majority of people, but I was absolutely amazed by the vitriolic abuse they started to receive. The Alvechurch group were heckled by a handful of onlookers during performances in Birmingham, witnesses said  Credit:BPM MEDIA “The issues began when they started dancing near to the Bull outside the Bullring and later near to Marks & Spencer. They were roundly abused and threatened with violence.”One lady was particularly angry and a group of young men started to become very abusive and confrontational, accusing them of being racists, which of course they are not.”They started jumping in between the dancers and knocking off their hats. The dancers tried to explain why their faces were painted black, but they would not listen.”They tried in vain to explain but things took such a turn for the worse that the performances had to be abandoned.” The group formed in 1989 and its dancers dress in black with black painted faces. Morris dancers have performed with black face make-up since the origins of the dancing tradition in the 16th century.Known as “Border Morris”, the tradition sees performers wearing a full-face of black paint in order to disguise themselves.One theory is that it started when impoverished 16th-century farm workers had to conceal their faces to avoid being recognised while begging during winter, as asking for money was illegal.The alleged incidents come after Shrewsbury Folk Festival bosses announced last year that it will no longer book acts who wear full black face paint.Equality group Fairness, Respect, Equality Shropshire (Fresh) said the ban showed sensitivity “to a changed social climate”. But Morris dancers say there were “no racial connotations” and they had “never wanted to upset people”. The group performs with traditional black make-up on their faces  A group of Morris dancers were forced to abandon a performance after they were accused of being racist and threatened over their traditional black face paint, it has been claimed. The Alvechurch group were heckled by a handful of onlookers during performances on two city centre streets near the Bullring in Birmingham on Saturday, witnesses said. The dancers were one of more than a dozen groups which were there to celebrate Plough Monday, the traditional start of the agricultural year.center_img The Alvechurch group were heckled by a handful of onlookers during performances in Birmingham, witnesses said   They tried in vain to explain but things took such a turn for the worse that the performances had to be abandonedSource close to the group The group performs with traditional black make-up on their faces Credit:BPM MEDIA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Save your crusher – new Tyler screening technology minimises scalping challenges

first_imgScalping screens protect primary crushers-thus affecting everything thereafter, including minimising recirculation and maximising material value. Mining companies are continually looking for a more efficient way to eliminate fines from entering the primary crusher and reduce wear. For years, vibrating grizzly feeders have widely been used, but that may be about to change. Eccentric screening technology has been making headway for more than 20 years and is proving to offer multiple benefits that far exceed grizzly feeders. W.S. Tyler’s N-Class Eccentric Scalping Vibrating Screens are one example of this technology. Over the past 20 years, more than 225 units have been sold into aggregate and mining applications throughout the world. This four-bearing vibrating screen features an eccentric shaft assembly technology that offers a unique alternative to grizzly feeders. During every revolution, the eccentricity designed into the shaft forces the screen body upward while the counterbalance weights travel downward. This causes both the force generated by the body and the force generated by the weights to cancel each other out while generating a consistent positive stroke that:Minimises structural vibrationHandles material volume spikes without losing momentumCreates a self-cleaning action that minimises plugging and cloggingImproves overall screening efficiencyRather than use individual grizzly bars, the N-Class scalps materials with up to 101.6-mmthick perforated plate. This in itself provides another set of benefits:Less elongated material falls through the circular perforated plate versus the grizzly feeders screening ‘strips’Multiple decks can be easily set up to best separate multiple productsCircular holes and slightly tapered edges further minimise plugging and cloggingEasier to switch between opening sizesW.S. Tyler’s N-Class Eccentric technology is designed to handle heavy-duty applications, yet is flexible enough to fit into most operations that have an apron feeder or the ability to use one. With an incline of 10-20o, a rubber marshmallow mounting system and heavy-duty frame design, it can take the impact without requiring significant maintenance.Production          Up to 5,000 t/hSize Range          From 1.2 m x 2.4 m up to 2.4 m x 7.3 mMax Particle Size              Up to 203 cm x 101.6 cmMax Particle Thickness  Up to 101.6 cmDecks    Up to twoOptional               Electric brake motor for easier stoppinglast_img read more

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Ireland imports millions of litres of used cooking oil to meet EU

first_imgAN TAISCE HAS flagged serious concerns over the European Union’s biofuel policy, branding it as ‘unsustainable’.The National Trust said that under current EU policy, 70 million hectares – an area the size of Sweden and Poland combined – will be needed to grow enough materials to reach targets set.It has also noted Ireland’s reliance on imported used cooking oil (UCO) as a biofuel source.UCO currently makes up 50% of all fuel on the Irish market, and at present 9.5 million litres, roughly 13% the total amount used, is produced in Ireland, while 39% is imported from Spain, and 20% from the United States.“A far cry”Taking into account other sources of biofuel such as sugar beet and tallow, we import 84% of our biofuel, “a far cry from self-sufficiency” An Taisce said.The organisation called this a “failure of EU biofuels policy to meet one of its key aims, namely, to boost self-sufficiency in terms of transport fuels”.“In terms of reducing emissions most biofuels remain very much unproven”, policy director at An Taisce James Nix said, adding that research has shown that biofuels are not as efficient at reducing emissions as first thought.The 2009 Renewable Energy Directive sets all Member States a binding target for use of biofuels in the transport sector of at least 10% of all energy used“The scheme works by obligating road transport fuel suppliers to bring a certain amount of biofuel, currently 6% by volume of total transport fuel sales, to the market,” Minister Pat Rabbitte has explained.Read: We should be using more seaweed to power things, MEPs say >More: 500 per cent rise in use of biofuel since 2007 >last_img read more

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ASA Succession Planning Workshops Helps Farmers Get Their Ducks in a Row

first_imgYou have heard of the expression “getting your ducks in row.” It means to ensure all the small details or elements are accounted for and in their proper positions before embarking on a new project. To grow the perfect crop, you plan your seed, order your fertilizers, prepare your fields and plant. With a little luck from Mother Nature, you get the right amount of rain and poof! A successful harvest!Without the proper plan you may have forgotten an important part, and then no matter how much rain, your harvest would not be as successful. The same can be said for securing the future of your farm. Not having the right plan can put your life’s work in jeopardy.  Do you have your ducks in a row? If the answer is “No” or “I don’t know,” you should attend the ASA Succession Planning Workshops.ASA and eLegacyConnect can help you get your ducks in a row by attending one of our Succession Planning Workshops and protect your family’s legacy. ASA in partnership with eLegacyConnect is conducting a series of six regional succession planning educational workshops in 2014. The Succession Planning Workshops titled “Five Keys to Effective Succession Planning,” are sponsored by Farm Credit and AGCO, Illinois Soybean Association, Kentucky Soybean Association, Michigan Soybean Association, Ohio Soybean Association and South Dakota Soybean Association.The workshop dates and locations are:June 24, Memphis, Tenn., University of Memphis/ University Center BallroomJune 26, Paducah, Ky., Julian Carroll Convention CenterJuly 30, Sioux Falls, S.D, Sioux Falls Convention CenterAug 19, Columbus, Ohio, Renaissance Columbus DowntownAug 21, Fort Wayne, Ind., The Landmark CentreDec 4, Moline, Ill., Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference CenterThe workshops are open to all soybean producers and have a registration fee for ASA members of $50 for the first person in a family and $30 for each additional family member. For non ASA members, the registration fee for the first person in a family $90 and a $70 fee charged for each additional person. To register, click on the link https://soygrowers.com/succession-planning-workshop/ and choose which city and session you want to attend.The workshops will be taught by Kevin Spafford, founder of Legacy by Design. Legacy by Design is a firm dedicated to succession planning for farm families and agribusiness owners. Over the last 10 years, he’s spearheaded initiatives to improve the way farmers, ranchers and agribusiness owners engage in the succession planning process.For more information about these workshops go to ASA website. For more information about eLegacyConnect click here.last_img read more

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Japanese Pikachu Festival Will Be Happening This August

first_img How much do you love Pikachu and other Pokemon? Would you go to a festival featuring Pikachu and other Pokemon as well? Great news: There’s been a special Pikachu festival for some time that’s taken over Yokohama, Japan for some time now, at least the past three years. It’s going to be happening again this year, with plenty of costumed Pikachu performers touching down in the city, hanging out with people, and being their generally cute selves.The Pokemon Company has already announced that there will be a Pikachu Outbreak, as it’s called, for this year. It will run from August 9 through August 15 featuring a special festive carnival theme, but the official name is a little strange: “The Not Just Pikachu Pikachu Outbreak,” which obviously points to the fact that other Pokemon will be included besides little adorable Pikachu. But what Pokemon are joining in on the fun this time around? Don’t worry, there’s actually an idea going around about that.It appears that other Pokemon, like Squirrel, Charmander, Eevee, Mimikyu, Marill, and Emolga could be coming to hang out at the festival with everyone, including over 1,500 Pikachu characters. Ditto was spotted during one of the festivals last year, but this will mark the first time additional Pokemon were seen joining the festival. It’s good to invite friends, though, and this is going to make for one of the cutest events ever. Just think about sitting around minding your own business and then watching a massive parade of the electric mouse Pokemon scooting on by. You can’t catch them, of course, but you can sure take in all that adorableness and let it wash over you. Make sure to take tons of pictures if you decide to show up at Yokohama, because the only thing cuter than one Pikachu is a whole bunch of them at once, obviously! Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Stay on targetlast_img read more

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See Norman Reedus and Hideo Kojima Dance in the Rain in MGSV

first_imgStay on target Last week, we were treated to a new, and extremely, mind-trippy trailer for Death Stranding. For fans of Hideo Kojima, this was a cause to celebrate since nothing for the game has been shown since this summer’s E3. One fan was so happy about the new trailer’s release that he decided to commemorate the occasion by making a hilarious (and borderline creepy) Metal Gear Solid V PC mod that stars Death Stranding‘s Norman Reedus and the aforementioned Hideo Kojima dancing in the rain.This mod was created by Solidcal Modding, and it uses the infamous Quiet dancing sequence from MGSV but has Reedus standing in for the silent sniper and Hideo Kojima taking the place of Big Boss. Kojima is already in MGSV so this is how his character model was inserted into the mod. As for Reedus, his character model comes from files extracted from the P.T/Silent Hills demo. According to Facepunch.com user, Ware-Wolff, Reedus was actually the player model in P.T and that is how his likeness was in the extracted files.In other Death Stranding news, during this weekend’s PlayStation Experience event, it was revealed that the game is being made on a modified version of Guerrilla Games’ Decima Engine — the same one being used to power the company’s Horizon: Zero Dawn. Before this, it was unsure what engine the game was on since it obviously couldn’t be running on the Fox Engine that Konami owns. Since Death Stranding is using an existing engine, it will hopefully be produced within a reasonable span of time. Secret mission in MGS V: Ground Zeroes predicted Kojima-Konami splitHideo Kojima creates Metal Gear Twitter app for camouflaging tweets last_img read more

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A certain protein could possibly be the key to understanding navigation in

first_img Explore further Citation: A certain protein could possibly be the key to understanding navigation in birds (2018, April 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-protein-possibly-key-birds.html © 2018 Phys.org Migratory birds eye-localized magnetoreception for navigation 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. More information: Atticus Pinzon-Rodriguez et al. Expression patterns of cryptochrome genes in avian retina suggest involvement of Cry4 in light-dependent magnetoreception, Journal of The Royal Society Interface (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2018.0058AbstractThe light-dependent magnetic compass of birds provides orientation information about the spatial alignment of the geomagnetic field. It is proposed to be located in the avian retina, and be mediated by a light-induced, biochemical radical-pair mechanism involving cryptochromes as putative receptor molecules. At the same time, cryptochromes are known for their role in the negative feedback loop in the circadian clock. We measured gene expression of Cry1, Cry2 and Cry4 in the retina, muscle and brain of zebra finches over the circadian day to assess whether they showed any circadian rhythmicity. We hypothesized that retinal cryptochromes involved in magnetoreception should be expressed at a constant level over the circadian day, because birds use a light-dependent magnetic compass for orientation not only during migration, but also for spatial orientation tasks in their daily life. Cryptochromes serving in circadian tasks, on the other hand, are expected to be expressed in a rhythmic (circadian) pattern. Cry1 and Cry2 displayed a daily variation in the retina as expected for circadian clock genes, while Cry4 expressed at constant levels over time. We conclude that Cry4 is the most likely candidate magnetoreceptor of the light-dependent magnetic compass in birds.center_img Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface Credit: CC0 Public Domain Birds that are able to migrate great distances obviously have some form of navigation system—they stop at the same places and have very clear destinations in mind. But how do they do it? In recent years, some in the field believed it had to do with iron-rich cells in their beaks serving as mini-compasses, but this theory has had some problems, such as how the birds translate beak sensations to directional signals. In this new effort, the researchers suggest it is not the cells in the beak that are responsible, but a type of protein that exists in their eyes. The researchers came to this conclusion by studying the brains, muscles and eyes of zebra finches. More specifically, they studied Cry1, Cry2 and Cry4, proteins associated with the circadian clock. The researchers found that Cry1 and Cry2 levels tend to rise and fall throughout each day, but Cry4 remains constant, suggesting it has another purpose.The researchers chose to study these particular proteins because they are made of a type of molecule that sometimes has an odd number of electrons, leaving some unpaired, and thus sensitive to a magnetic field. They also found that Cry4 tends to exist in clusters in a part of the bird retina that tends to get a lot of light and which is sensitive to blue light—this is important because prior studies have shown that birds are only able to navigate when blue light is available. Taken together, the evidence suggests that the protein plays a strong role in navigation.The study does not prove that the Cry4 protein is the key to bird navigation, but it makes a strong case for it. Earlier this month, a Danish and German team of researchers studying robins found that Cry4 levels also remain constant each day, but rise during the migratory season. A team of researchers at Lund University has found evidence that suggests a certain protein plays a prominent role in bird navigation. They have published their findings in Journal of the Royal Society Interface.last_img read more

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17yearold sexually molested by fatherinlaw

first_imgKolkata: A 17-year-old girl was allegedly sexually molested by her father-in-law in New Town on Tuesday.The accused fled the scene immediately after the crime committed. Sources informed that previously he was arrested for the same allegation with another minor girl and a charge-sheet was given against him. Police informed that the victim girl was married four months ago at Pramodgarh. Since her marriage she received good behaviour from her in-laws. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBut situation turned on Monday when her husband and mother-in-law went out in the morning. Around 11 am, when she was in her room, the accused entered without making any noise. Then suddenly he caught her from behind. Though she tried to free herself, the victim failed. Sources informed that she was raped and left in the room. A few moments later she managed to get out and reach her maiden home. On hearing about the incident, the girl’s father took her to New Town police station and lodged a complaint. Though the police acted quickly and went to arrest her father-in-law, he fled the scene immediately after committing the crime. The girl was later taken to Bidhannagar Sub Divisional Hospital for medical examination. Sources informed that signs of rape were established during the medical examination. Police later informed that the accused person committed another rape during the month of September in 2016. He was then arrested by the New Town Police Station.last_img read more

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PHOTOS Public employee unions protest in Costa Rica

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A year later MH17 relatives grieve wait for answers

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 1, 2014. file photo, Silene Fredriksz, left, poses in front of a photograph of her son Bryce, right, and his girlfriend Daisy Oehlers in Rotterdam, Netherlands. On Bryce’s birthday this year, Silene and her husband Rob went to a Dutch military airbase, watched pall bearers solemnly unload coffins from a cargo plane and wondered if they contained parts of the remains of Bryce or Daisy. For many families of the 298 people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down July 17, 2014 over eastern Ukraine, uncertainty and agonizing waiting is still woven into the fabric of their lives a year later. (AP Photo/Mike Corder, File)n Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “Your world stops with a bang,” Silene said at her home in Rotterdam, where flowers and mementos to Bryce and Daisy still dominate the living room. The couple’s bedroom is still the same disorderly mess it was the day they left for a vacation to Bali. “Everything around you continues. You try to participate, but it’s just hard.”As if waiting for remains of loved ones were not bad enough, families also still have not received conclusive answers to many questions about the crash: Who brought down the plane? Will the perpetrators ever face justice? Why was the Boeing 777 heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur even flying over a war zone?International investigators say it will be October before they publish the official cause of the crash. A Dutch-led criminal investigation into the downing won’t be done until the end of the year — adding to family frustrations.“I understand their impatience. They want to know exactly what happened. They want answers,” said Fred Westerbeke, the prosecutor leading the criminal probe. “Many big criminal investigations do take a lot of time and because of all the circumstances this investigation is not an easy one.” ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — On their son Bryce’s birthday this year, Silene Fredriksz-Hoogzand and her husband Rob went to a Dutch air base, watched pall bearers solemnly unload seven coffins from a military cargo plane and wondered if they contained parts of the remains of Bryce or his girlfriend Daisy Oehlers.For many families of the 298 people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down July 17 last year over eastern Ukraine, uncertainty and agonizing waiting is still woven into the fabric of life a year later. The disaster was a second and tragically familiar blow to the extended family in only four months. Maree Rizk’s stepmother Kaylene Mann lost a brother Rod Burrows and sister-in-law Mary Burrows on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which is thought to have plunged in the Indian Ocean on March 8. That plane and all its 238 passengers and crew remain missing. The reasons for their disappearance are a mystery.At least James Rizk did not have to wait too long for his parents’ bodies to return home. They were the first of the 38 Australian permanent residents and citizens killed on Flight 17 to be repatriated, six weeks after MH17 was shot down.Others have had a hard period of uncertainty. Evert van Zijtveld buried only partial remains of his 18-year-old son Robert-Jan and 19-year-old daughter Frederique in December.“You can’t keep saying ‘I’m not going to do anything,’” he said. “We got something back — small as it was — so we gave it a place. The graveyard is close to our home.”But since the funeral, later Dutch missions to recover human remains from the scorched crash site in eastern Ukraine have returned with more fragments of the teenagers, confirmed through DNA analysis by a team that has, in the year since the crash, positively identified remains of all but two of the people killed on MH17. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The vital role family plays in society Now “we don’t know what to do. It’s very difficult to take the decision to open the grave to add pieces of bone,” Van Zijtveld said.On Friday, families will gather again, as they did in the shocked days immediately after the disaster, and hold commemorations.James Rizk is going to the Australian capital, Canberra, where lawmakers are interrupting their six-week mid-year break for a memorial that includes the unveiling of a plaque in the House of Representatives garden listing the names of all 298 victims.The family will then fly from Canberra 480 kilometers (300 miles) to Melbourne for commemorations at their beloved Sunbury Football Club the following day. James Rizk plays at the Aussie rules football club, where his father was a committee member and his mother volunteered in the canteen. Albert and Maree Rizk will be remembered with a plaque on a grandstand to be built within the next year.Families will also gather Friday in the Netherlands. Among them will be relatives of Malaysia Airlines flight attendant Dora Shahila Kassim, who will fly in from Kuala Lumpur.Diyana Yazeera, Kassim’s 16-year-old daughter, hugged a pillow and sobbed as she recalled growing up with her divorcee mother. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home “She was not just my mother but my father, my best friend,” she said at her family’s home. “I don’t know how I am going to live without her.”In Rotterdam, Silene and Rob take comfort from friends and family as the anniversary approaches, but the pain of their loss, if anything, is just getting worse.“We’re a year further, but actually we’ve made no progress,” Rob said. “For us, every day is July 17.”____Associated Press writers Rod McGuirk in Canberra and Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur contributed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The criminal investigation is focusing on a BUK surface-to-air missile downing MH17 as the most likely scenario but is also working to rule out other possible causes. The Dutch Safety Board said in a preliminary report that the plane was hit by multiple high-energy objects, a conclusion experts said bears the hallmarks of a missile strike.Ukraine blames Russian-backed separatist rebels, Moscow blames Ukraine. Countries who lost citizens in the disaster are trying to establish a United Nations tribunal to prosecute any suspects eventually identified.Rob Fredriksz fears economic and geopolitical interests may be part of the delay.“They’re operating too carefully. A bit scared,” he said. “I think it’s politically too sensitive.”Along with the impatience, there is understanding from some relatives.James Rizk, a 22-year-old real estate agent from the Australian city of Melbourne, is confident that the slow but methodical international investigations will eventually mean that the killers of his parents Albert and Maree Rizk will face justice.“I’ve got confidence in our government. They’re doing a good job and I believe they’re on the right track at the moment,” Rizk said. “It’s just one of those things that can’t happen overnight.”last_img read more

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Jetstar announces flights into Beijing

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Jetstar is delving into the growing travel market from China, releasing plans to launch daily flights between Melbourne to Beijing via Singapore.Still subject to regulatory approval, flights are expected to commence from 24 November this year and a part of the carrier’s growth in China and wider Pan Asia expansion strategy.“Jetstar’s expansion into Beijing is also a significant occasion for Australia, not only in terms of tourism and business, but Jetstar is proud to play a part in rekindling an historic link between both countries that dates back to the 1850s gold rush, when many Chinese landed in Melbourne at the height of the Ballarat and Bendigo gold strikes,” Jetstar chief executive Bruce Buchanan said. Mr Buchanan added that the new route would not only benefit the Aussie market but contribute to the 27 percent jump in Chinese passport holders visiting Australia through Melbourne Airport. Utilising the carrier’s A330 aircraft on the route, managing director Andrew McEvoy added that China continues to be Australia’s largest source market by value.He said the market has a potential to grow between AU$7 billion and AU$9 billion by 2020.“To deliver these numbers we still need to see significant growth in aviation capacity from the Chinese market, which is why Jetstar’s new service is very much to be welcomed,” Mr McEvoy said. The carrier has kicked off the news with a special sale late yesterday and a special one-way fare of AU$299 until midnight today.Beijing will be Jetstar’s ninth destination introduced by the airline in China over the past 18 months following Haikou, Shantou, Guilin, Hangzhou and Ningbo.last_img read more

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In September 2019 the Council of Australian Tour

first_imgIn September 2019, the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) will mark its 20th year as an independent association representing tour operators and wholesalers who supply travel product for Australians travelling to domestic and international destinations. Group Touring• Dayana Brooke, The Sustainable Traveller NSW• Hannah Campbell, Global Journeys QLD• Jo Gostin, FBI Travel VIC• Lisa Campany, Flight Centre Edgecliff NSW• Michelle Barker, Jayes Travel NSW Ski• Jenny Tucker, Travel Partners NSW• Kelly West, Noller & Turner Travel Associates QLD Announcing the Star Alliance/CATO prize giveaway partnership for last year’s NTIAs (2018) are (L-R) Fiona Tse (Lufthansa Group), Sern Chupikulchai (Thai Airways), Tommy Lindblad (United Airlines), Rick Pomery (Air Canada), Brett Jardine (CATO), Jum Mu (Air China), Michael Hall (South African Airways), Kathryn Robertson (Air New Zealand), Frederick Lee (Singapore Airlines) and Pauline Leong (Thai Airways)Each fantastic prize for 2019 includes return airfares:8-night Thai islands cruise for two (twin share) with Peregrine Adventures travelling aboard the Panorama II, courtesy Star Alliance Partner Thai Airways & CATO Member Peregrine Adventure Cruising10 day Annapurna Trek with World Expeditions, one of the finest introductions to trekking in the mighty Himalaya, courtesy Star Alliance Partner Air China & CATO Member World Expeditions Spotlight on New York Tour .. Experience the “the Big Apple” alive with the holiday spirit on this spectacular 5-day tour, courtesy Star Alliance Partner Air Canada & CATO Member Collette5 nights for two people at the all-inclusive Club Med Kabira Beach on Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Japan, courtesy Star Alliance Partner Eva Air & CATO Member Club MedA safari for 2 people (twin/Double Share) for 8 nights in Namibia and South Africa, courtesy Star Alliance Partner South African Airways & CATO Member Africa Safari Co.5-day journey to Argentina and Brazil to discover some of the highlights of these two spectacular countries, courtesy Star Alliance Partner Air New Zealand & CATO Member Chimu AdventuresTwo Swiss Travel Passes valid for 8 consecutive days in 1st class across Switzerland. Plus a $500 Expedia travel voucher, courtesy Star Alliance Partner’s Singapore Airlines & Lufthansa (Joint Venture) & CATO Member’s Switzerland Tourism & Expedia TAP5 nights in Aspen, Colorado for two with accommodation at Capitol Peak in Snowmass, lift passes and ski rentals from Aspen Snowmass, and airport transfers to/from Aspen Airport, courtesy Star Alliance Partner United Airlines & CATO Member Sno’n’SkiLEARN MORE ABOUT CATORead the new CATO magazine – Ground Control – HERE. The 2019 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) will be held on Saturday 20 July in the Grand Ballroom at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. Travel Monitor is a proud Media Supporter of The 2019 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA)center_img AFTACATOCATO AwardsG AdventuresGlobusIntrepidNTIAsStar AllianceThe Travel Corporation Fittingly, at the travel industry’s ‘night of nights’ this Saturday (20 July) – The 2019 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) – CATO will, for the first time, launch The CATO Awards, to recognise and reward front line consultants across four niche travel categories, in a dedicated part of the AFTA NTIA Gala Dinner proceedings.The inaugural CATO Awards are supported by a special group sponsorship comprised of Globus, G Adventures, Intrepid and The Travel Corporation, demonstrating the renewed collaborative focus of the land-supply sector. “The CATO Awards are a great opportunity for the land-supply side of the travel industry – tour operators, wholesalers and tourism offices – to recognise talented travel consultants across specific market segments,” said Brett Jardine, CATO Managing Director, of the impetus behind the creation of The CATO Awards.“As the industry evolves we are seeing the explosion of niche operators. Whilst the inaugural awards are focused on Group Touring, Adventure, Ski and FIT, our goal is to raise awareness of all travel intermediaries that are engaged with CATO, all of whom are proudly ATAS Accredited and supply the Australian travel industry.”This year’s Awards will recognise the Consultant of the Year in each of four distinct categories – Group Touring, Adventure, Ski and Independent Travel (FIT) – nominated and judged in alignment with the National Travel Industry Awards process.The 2019 CATO Awards Finalists are:Adventure Travel• Crandon Keddie, Cathie Rice Travel WA• Jos Bauk, Peregrine Travel Centre WA• Kelly Pinkerton, Student Flights Shellharbour NSW• Leanne Flannagan Smith, Back Track Adventures QLD• Rebecca Hausler, Temora Travel NSW F.I.T.• Ash Chawla, Global Sports Travel and Tours QLD• Kieran Mackenzie, Altitude Travel Tea Gardens NSW• Mathieu Cadart, Ucango Pelican Waters QLD• Michelle Barker, Jayes Travel NSW“CATO’s involvement at NTIA delivers an opportunity for us to highlight the significant value of the land-supply sector to a very engaged trade audience. This is the travel industry’s night of nights, and we look forward to being an integral part of the event,” Jardine added. Guests at this year’s NTIAs will also have the chance to win amazing travel experiences thanks to CATO and Star Alliance, who have joined forces for the second consecutive year to create a mega NTIA prize pool giveaway, with members from both organisations. last_img read more

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