Out of Africa, in the Gut

first_imgTalk about following your gut. When humans first trekked out of Africa about 58,000 years ago, they carried with them stone tools, animal skins–and bacteria that cause ulcers and stomach cancer. These anatomically modern humans unwittingly had the guts to spread Helicobacter pylori into Eurasia, where they passed on the bacteria to their descendants, according to a report published online 7 February in Nature. “The evidence is really convincing,” says microbiologist Mark Achtman of the Max-Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, principal investigator of an international team that traced the origins of the bacteria in modern humans.The team has been using endoscopes to collect bacteria from the guts of humans from around the world since 1999. At last count, they had gathered 532 strains of H. pylori from people from 51 ethnic groups. After growing the bacteria in their labs, the researchers sequenced seven gene fragments from the DNA of the bacteria. Then, they used population genetics models to sort the strains into clusters that showed their genetic and geographic patterns. People from east Africa had the most kinds of H. pylori. The further people lived from east Africa, the fewer strains the researchers found. This suggests that the bacteria arose in humans in east Africa, because it would take more time to accumulate so much diversity–and because the root of all the clusters was in east Africa. Conversely, fewer people–and, thus, fewer bacterial strains–reached the hinterlands where the bacteria had less time to accumulate genetic mutations.This finding is consistent with much other genetic evidence that modern humans originated in Africa, says Alan Templeton a population geneticist at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. But researchers disagree about the timing of that exodus–whether the ancestral stock of modern humans left Africa earlier than 100,000 years ago or in the past 60,000 years. In the new report, the researchers use computational simulations to date the spread of H. pylori out of Africa to about 58,000 years ago, which supports a more recent migration out of Africa. “The real novelty here is the timing,” says population geneticist Keith Crandall of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The report does not address two other controversial questions–whether modern humans swept out of Africa in one or multiple migrations, and whether modern humans completely replaced the archaic people they encountered in Europe and Asia.Related sitesFor more on H. pyloriFor more on human history and stomach bacterialast_img read more

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Nadal jumps to fifth, Djokovic maintains top spot in ATP rankings

first_imgSpanish great Rafael Nadal jumped a spot to be fifth, while Britain’s Andy Murray leapfrogged Swiss icon Roger Federer for the second position in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings released on Monday.Nadal, who ended the year without winning a Grand Slam or Masters 1000 tournament, advanced with 4,630 points after the 14-time Major singles champion made a quarter-final finish in the Paris Masters.Also read: Djokovic downs Murray to win Paris Masters Serbian Novak Djokovic held on to his No.1 spot after winning on Sunday the Paris title over Scottish Murray. Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka remained at the fourth spot.Czech Tomas Berdych (sixth), Spaniard David Ferrer (seventh) and Japanese Kei Nishikori (eighth) dropped a place each.American John Isner moved two places up to be 11th, while Croatian Marin Cilic went two spots below to the 13th.The current ATP rankings:1. Novak Djokovic (SERBIA) 15,285 Points2. Andy Murray (SCOTLAND) 8,4703. Roger Federer (SWITZERLAND) 7,3404. Stanislas Wawrinka (SWITZERLAND) 6,5005. Rafael Nadal (SPAIN) 4,6306. Tomas Berdych (CZECH) 4,6207. David Ferrer (SPAIN) 4,3058. Kei Nishikori (JAPAN) 4,3059. Richard Gasquet (FRANCE) 2,85010. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRANCE) 2,635.last_img read more

EPL: Focus on Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka ahead of Manchester United tie

first_imgManchester: Granit Xhaka will lead Arsenal into Monday’s Premier League clash at Manchester United as the club’s new captain, but the Swiss midfielder has to win over plenty of doubters that he is fit to wear the Gunners’ armband. Xhaka’s discipline and defensive awareness have repeatedly been questioned since joining the club from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016, but both Arsene Wenger and current Arsenal boss Unai Emery have consistently put their faith in the 27-year-old. That trust is not replicated by the club’s fans. On one of the few occasions he was replaced by Emery with the Gunners trailing 2-1 to Aston Villa last weekend, Xhaka was booed as he trudged off the field. Despite being down to 10 men, Arsenal turned the game around with the energetic duo of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira buzzing around the midfield.Related News Granit Xhaka stripped of Arsenal captaincy after emotional outburst towards fans That is a combination many supporters would like to see on a more regular basis, but Xhaka’s elevated status in the dressing room means he will remain a fixture for some time to come. Emery sought votes from his squad before naming a five-man leadership group on Friday, of which Xhaka came top, but the Spanish manager is aware of the doubters questioning his decision. “In the dressing room the players voted him as the first (in the) leadership (group),” said Emery on Friday.”I spoke with him, we want to change that opinion outside. That respect he has inside is very, very important. “Each match is for him, for me, for us, is a very good opportunity to show our capacity. “Really I trust and believe in him. He is a good man. A good professional. A good player.” Emery’s trust in Xhaka could easily backfire. Arsenal have a break clause in the contract they handed the former Sevilla manager in 2018 that could see him released at the end of the season if he fails to deliver Champions League football to the Emirates for the first time in four years. “It is a brave decision from the manager,” said former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, who described Xhaka’s performance against Tottenham earlier in the season as being “like a fire engine that turns up and discovers the house has already burned down.” A stereotypical late lunge conceded a penalty that day in the north London derby as Arsenal had to battle back from 2-0 down to salvage a point. Xhaka also described his side as “scared” when they threw away a 2-0 lead at Watford to draw 2-2 earlier this month. Monday’s visit to an injury-ravaged United offers Arsenal a great chance for their first league victory at Old Trafford since 2006. Do so and they will also open up a six-point lead over one of their rivals to break into the top tour. For Emery to show to his superiors that he is making progress as Wenger’s long-awaited successor, he needs Xhaka to start to inspire his side to rise to the occasion. Live on TV Man Utd v Arsenal: Star Sports Select 1 & Select 1 HD, 00:30 (Tuesday) Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Wedding bells for Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and singer Perrie Edwards? Arsenal star Granit Xhaka’s wife makes her Instagram private after death threatslast_img read more

5 tips for better orchestrating your messages this holiday

first_imgIf you want the best response to your outreach this holiday, focus on creating surround sound around your supporters. You want to project the same messages via multiple channels in a well-orchestrated marketing symphony.How do you do that? Roger Craver had some good tips in Fundraising Success that focused on retention. Here are five ways to better orchestrate your messages this holiday, inspired by his thinking.1. Create one message or theme and build on it. You want your outreach via email, direct mail, telephone, social media, mobile, etc. to sound like variations on a theme – not unrelated music. Pick a key idea and reinforce it through each medium through which you contact supporters.2. Contact supporters in multiple ways. The best way to build a relationship with donors is to acknowledge the fact that people like to give in a variety of venues: email, direct mail, Facebook,etc. There are not just pure “online donors” and “mobile donors”and “direct mail” donors – there are donors who choose to mix it up. Research shows donors give the most – and stay the longest – when you take this approach.3. In each form of outreach, reference other ways to connect. Put web addresses for online giving in your direct mail. Put postal addresses on your website. And so on.4. Experiment. Roger notes that some organizations have success when they send text messages to donors the day direct mail hits. Others find better responses by sending emails a little while after a direct mail piece lands. Test different combinations and timing to see what works best for you.5. Plan around the donor. Get all of these pieces playing together by creating a comprehensive plan around the donor (rather than having each department at your organization doing their own thing). You want harmonic sense for your supporters — a lovely set of surround sound rather than a cacophony of ad hoc outreach! So make a calendar from the donor perspective and confirm your supporters are getting the right messages, through the right channels at the right times.last_img read more

Juventus fined, president Andrea Agnelli suspended for ticket touting

first_imgItaly’s soccer federation (FIGC) has fined Juventus, its most successful team, over an alleged scheme of giving tickets to hardcore fans to buy peace in the club’s terraces.FIGC had fined the club 300,000 Euros ($355,650) and given further fines and temporary bans to four of its executives including president Andrea Agnelli, it said in a statement on Monday.Juventus said it would appeal against the ruling. It denied wrongdoing and said it had always worked with police to ensure public safety and order.Investigators had been looking into whether the club gave tickets to fans known as ultras to avoid violence or racial abuse in the stands that might bring fines or docked points.Such a large number of tickets had been given out over such a long period of time that rules on contributing to fan clubs would have been violated, the FIGC court said, although there was insufficient proof that the recipients were touts or criminals.”It is no mystery that the entire management was committed to repairing relations with the ultras,” the ruling read.Agnelli, a scion of the family that owns carmaker Fiat Chrysler, said in May he met the ultras to make sure they did not feel discriminated against, and to avoid “problems of public order”.The FIGC’s court said Agnelli was not guilty of separate accusations that he knowingly met with a member of the powerful ‘Ndrangheta mafia group who was involved in the ticket scam.When he met alleged mobster Rocco Dominello — who has denied any wrongdoing — Agnelli was “totally unaware” of any illegality, the court wrote in its ruling.advertisementAgnelli, who is also the head of the European Club Association (ECA), is now suspended from his role at Juventus for a year and will have to pay a 20,000-Euro penalty.The three other officials have been given the same fine and banned from their posts for up to one year and three months.last_img read more

France 22-16 England: how the players rated in the Six Nations game

first_img Read more Rémy Grosso 6 The Clermont man always looked a menace when he cut inside from the left wing and cut out the threat of Jonny May.François Trinh-Duc 5 Return of the Toulon No 10 was a qualified success. His kicking was inconsistent but quick thinking led to France’s penalty try.Maxime Machenaud 8 The Racing scrum-half was identified by Eddie Jones as France’s danger man and so it proved. One thumping tackle on May.Jefferson Poirot 6 Solved the problem of scrummaging against the powerful Dan Cole. Not the biggest loose-head but made a major impression.Guilhem Guirado (capt) 7 An important figure in the set piece and loose; led by example with another wholehearted display of heavy industry.Rabah Slimani 6 France’s most powerful scrummager made some important tackles and was a key figure in a dominant forward display.Paul Gabrillagues 6 The Stade lock, on only his second Six Nations start, made another big impact and was strong in the set pieces.Sébastien Vahaamahina 6 The giant second-row struggled at the lineout against Itoje but made some big carries and crunching tackles after the break.Wenceslas Lauret 6 The Racing man has had a strong tournament and was another key figure at the breakdown. He made some decent line-breaks.Yacouba Camara 6 He made some rampaging runs in the first half and gave the English back row an uncomfortable evening. Share on Messenger England rugby union team Share on Facebook Uninspired England’s title hopes ended in scrappy defeat by France Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Rugby union Late rally against France cannot hide England’s breakdown failure in Paris Mako Vunipola 7 He may not have relished meeting Clermont’s Slimani again but he coped well in the scrums alongside fellow Saracen George.Jamie George 6 Dylan Hartley’s injury gave him a starting opportunity but he did not have things his own way. Forceful in the loose.Dan Cole 5 Made some big carries in the second half and was strong in the scrums but Kyle Sinckler gives them more energy in the loose.Joe Launchbury 6 England’s most consistent forward in the tournament was playing well until surprisingly substituted in the second half.Maro Itoje 7 By his standards the lock has had an average Six Nations but put pressure on the French lineout in his best display this year.Courtney Lawes 7 Important figure in lineouts and after Hughes left he was England’s best ball-carrier before going to the second row.Chris Robshaw 5 Needed to master Camara at the breakdown but couldn’t manage it. He worked industriously and made some telling tackles.Nathan Hughes 6 He had been impressive on his return from injury and made some good carries before limping off with an injured left leg.REPLACEMENTSLuke Cowan-Dickie (for George 63) 6; Joe Marler (for Vunipola 63) 6; Kyle Sinckler (for Cole 58) 7; James Haskell (for Launchbury 53) 6; Sam Simmonds (for Hughes 23) Added extra pace to the back row 6; Richard Wigglesworth (for Care 66) 6; Jonathan Joseph (for Ford 59) 6; Mike Brown (for Watson 66) 6 Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Support The Guardian features Share on LinkedIn FranceHugo Bonneval 5 Couldn’t repeat his thrilling form against Italy after departing for a head injury assessment. He didn’t return after the break.Benjamin Fall 6 Denied a try by Anthony Watson’s high tackle but the resulting penalty try turned the game France’s way just after the break.Mathieu Bastareaud 7 The biggest back in the tournament. It often took two or three English defenders to stop him. The centre was always a danger.Geoffrey Doumayrou 6 He is largely unheralded outside La Rochelle but is proving a good foil to Bastareaud and made some good half-breaks. France rugby union team Marco Tauleigne 6 France’s key ball-carrier against Italy was prominent again and was important at the breakdown where France were impressive.REPLACEMENTSAdrien Pélissié (for Guirado 65) 6; Dany Priso (for Poirot 65) 6; Cedate Gomes Sa (for Slimani 58) 6; Bernard Le Roux (for Vahaamahina 65) 6; Kélian Galletier (for Lauret 65) 6; Baptiste Couilloud (for Machenaud 71) 6; Lionel Beauxis (for Trinh-Duc 71) 6; Gaël Fickou (for Bonneval ht) 7EnglandAnthony Watson 6 Part of England’s quickest back three he offered more attacking threat than Mike Brown. Unlucky to concede penalty try.Jonny May 6 His late try was a consolation but he made some dangerous runs and was England’s most threatening back.Ben Te’o 6 Picked to counter the pace of Bastareaud and offered some direct running of his own. Justified his selection.Owen Farrell (capt) 7 England’s new captain has had another excellent tournament. He kicked astutely and landed penalties when they mattered.Elliot Daly 6 Announced his comeback with a mammoth penalty and played a key role in May’s try. Looked short of match practice.George Ford 5 Out-of-sorts at Murrayfield and again didn’t control the game. Substituted and his place is under threat next weekend.Danny Care 5 France’s back-row control at the breakdown made the evening difficult and he is not making those trademark sniping runs. Read more Six Nations The Observer Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Six Nations 2018 Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

ICBC Leasing Pens USD 1.1bn Deal with Jaccar and Seatrade

first_imgzoom ICBC Leasing, a unit of Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., has signed loan deals with Belgian reefer company Seatrade and French private holding company of Jacques de Chateauvieux JACCAR Holdings worth a total of USD 1.1 billion.The loans are intended to be used for financing construction of new ships of the two shipping companies at Chinese yards, ICBC Leasing said in a statement.The contract with Seatrade was signed in Belgium on June 29, under the presence of China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.The deal purports a USD 200 million worth loan, intended for construction of 7 reefers scheduled for delivery in early 2016.The second deal was signed three days later when ICBC Leasing agreed to provide JACCAR Holdings with a USD 900 million loan, intended for financing of eight gas carriers, five very large ethane carriers (VLECs) and three multi-purpose gas carriers.The signing ceremony was attended by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls within the framework of Li Keqiang’s ‘One Belt One Road Project’ tour.The Chinese Prime Minister also visited French liner giant CMA CGM to witness signing of two major deals, one with Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM) on financing solutions for a total of up to USD 1 billion, and the second one with China Merchants (CMHI) aimed at developing the strategic “One Belt, One Road” project.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

The United States is Willing to Boost FDI in Morocco Ambassador

Rabat – The United States, which has a free trade agreement with Morocco, is eager to promote US Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Kingdom and readjust the trade balance between the two countries, said, Thursday in Rabat, US ambassador to Morocco Dwight L. Bush.In an interview with MAP on the occasion of a visit of a US commercial delegation to Morocco, Bush noted that the presence of representatives of several companies involved in energy and infrastructure will contribute to reaching that goal, highlighting the high expertize of such US enterprises.“I think that the visit by this US trade delegation will promote American investment in Morocco,” he said, underlining the need to work together with the Moroccan government to achieve that end. According to figures by the US department of commerce, American foreign direct investment to Morocco reached in 2012 around 613 million dollars, versus 550 millions in 2011.Bush also underlined the pertinence of Morocco’s solar energy plan which he described as “visionary” as it seeks to develop renewable and alternative energy sources to reduce the country’s dependency on imported fossil energy.The said delegation includes representatives of Brightsource Energy, Ameroc Tires Export, General Electric, Hecate Energy, International Chem-Crete Group, SoEnergy International, Plasti-fab, SunEdison, Solar Energy Group and Zero Mass Water.With MAP read more

ONSSA Certifies 81 Million Sacrificial Livestock for Eid alAdha

Rabat- Approximately 8.1 million sheep and goats have been prepared for the Eid al-Adha sacrifice, exceeding the demand of consumers.The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries issued the statement, specifying that the certified livestock include 4.6 million male sheep, 1.38 million ewes, and 2.1 million goats. The number of sheep and goats exceeds the anticipated demand.The number of livestock prepared for slaughter in 2018 increased significantly from 2017, when just 5.43 million sheep and goats were certified. Ranchers and professionals in the sector were able to meet the demands of citizens, in addition to supplying 5.45 million cattle, 48 percent up from the expected number, said the ministry in a statement on Wednesday.The ministry assured consumers that animal health surveillance programs and vaccination campaigns by the National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) have ensured that the sacrificial livestock are in a healthy condition in all regions of the kingdom.Sheep prices are estimated based on their weight, age, and sex, ranging from around MAD 1500 and MAD 5000.In June, Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch, the Interprofessional Federation of Red Meat (FIVIAR) President Mohamed Karimine, and representatives of several organizations, including ONSSA, discussed the preparations of livestock for the Eid sacrifice.The group assured Moroccans that all necessary measures were taken to deal with failure or non-compliance with quality requirements and that.Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice)Eid al-Adha will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 22. It is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide on the 10th day of the Islamic Dhu al-Hijjah (the month of pilgrimage) in which the Hajj (pilgrimage) takes place.After performing the Eid prayer in the morning, the oldest males in Muslim families proceed to sacrifice a sheep, goat, cow, or sometimes even a camel.The sacrifice must be performed after prayer, as the Prophet Mohamed said, according to a hadith related by Sahih al Bukhari: “Whoever slaughtered (his sacrifice) before the Eid prayer, should slaughter again.” read more

Keystone XL proponents fight back following pipeline protests urge approval

WASHINGTON — Two days after thousands amassed in the U.S. capital to protest TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, the project’s proponents gathered Tuesday to extol its virtues and accuse its foes of playing fast and loose with the facts.[np_storybar title=”Jack Mintz: The absolute case for why the U.S. should approve Keystone XL” link=”http://opinion.financialpost.com/2013/02/19/jack-mintz-the-absolute-case-for-why-the-u-s-should-approve-keystone-xl/”%5DReturning from Oklahoma, I had the opportunity to read various American newspapers with respect to their take on the demonstrations against Keystone XL this past weekend in Washington, D.C.It is hard to fully understand why Canadian oil sands have become the poster child for environmental movements when far bigger environmental issues lie at the doorstep of U.S. and Chinese coal plants.Continue reading.[/np_storybar]The contrast between the two events was striking — a sea of placard-waving activists, citizens of all ages and Hollywood celebrities gleefully coming together to demand the pipeline’s rejection compared to a panel of sombre, suit-and-tie-clad business executives who argued just the opposite to a small group of assembled media.TransCanada “completely agrees” with U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent proclamations on the need for swift action on climate change, Alex Pourbaix, a top company executive, told a roundtable hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers.“But a complete transition away from carbon fuel is going to take decades …. the U.S. will be reliant on oil for decades,” he said.Does [the U.S.] want to continue to import higher-priced foreign oil from nations that do not support U.S. values?“So it’s really a question of where the U.S. wants its oil to come from — does the U.S. want its oil from a friendly neighbour in Canada and domestic sources like the Bakken play, or does it want to continue to import higher-priced foreign oil from nations that do not support U.S. values? It is that simple.”Pourbaix also disputed the primary charge levelled by environmentalists against the pipeline, which would carry bitumen from Alberta’s carbon-intensive oilsands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.While environmental activists claim the oilsands are a “carbon bomb” that spew massive amounts of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere, Pourbaix said the emissions are in fact “globally immaterial.”“You could shut down oilsands production tomorrow, and it would have absolutely no measurable impact on climate change,” he said. “The oilsands and their greenhouse gas emissions impact have been overstated.”Pourbaix and other stakeholders, including engineer Billy Rogers, all urged Obama to approve the pipeline.“Working on the Gulf Coast Project has afforded me a good income that allows me to support my family,” said Rogers, who’s currently working on the southern portion of the Keystone XL project.“In addition, the construction of this project has had a significant impact in the local communities in which we work as the hundreds of crew members spend their money locally in restaurants, grocery stores, shops — everyone is benefiting.”Climate change is back in the U.S. spotlight after Obama called for action on environmental issues in both his inaugural address and last week’s State of the Union.Keystone XL has long been a flashpoint for the American environmental movement, but with the president now declaring climate change a legislative priority, the $7-billion project is being portrayed as an ever more dastardly villain and a symbol of so-called “dirty oil.”Pipeline proponents have been scrambling to fight back amid signals that Keystone XL is causing tensions in the Canada-U.S. relationship.Pourbaix disputed suggestions on Tuesday that the pro-pipeline forces are losing the public relations war, saying they’ve got the facts on their side.He also deflected questions on what TransCanada would do if the Obama administration were to exact something in exchange for Keystone approval, like a rumoured greenhouse gas levy imposed at the border.If you want to know why Americans are frustrated with Washington, you only need to look at Keystone projectMarty Durbin, head of the American Petroleum Institute, said any such levy would be “misguided” and would hike the costs of doing business for countless firms on both sides of the border.Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, said Americans by and large support the construction of the pipeline.“If you want to know why Americans are frustrated with Washington, you only need to look at Keystone project and the inexcusable bureaucracy and red tape,” he said.“In the State of the Union address and on the campaign trail, President Obama spoke a great deal about economic recovery and an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy. It’s beyond time for those words to be met with action. In a struggling economy, we must not pass up clear opportunities to create jobs and jumpstart growth.”The pipeline, he added, “has been held up for far too long.”“We need approval immediately.”Obama rejected TransCanada’s previous permit application due to concerns about the impact on an ecologically sensitive area on Nebraska. But Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, previously a Keystone foe, recently gave the thumb’s up to TransCanada’s new route around a crucial state aquifer.The U.S. State Department, tasked with making the ultimate decision on Keystone XL because it crosses an international border, is expected to rule on the pipeline’s fate this spring.The Canadian Press read more

Liberals see artificial intelligence as a path to reverse stalled growth

OTTAWA – They see it as a way of saying “Hasta la vista, baby” to years of sluggish economic growth.The federal Liberals are expected to use the upcoming federal budget to foster the development of cutting-edge artificial intelligence in the hope it will be a springboard to attracting investment and creating a highly-skilled new sector of jobs.Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains says fostering AI is one of the pillars of the government’s economic growth strategy.He and others see an opportunity for Canada to exploit its competitive advantage in a technology that is becoming ubiquitous across all sectors — from major companies such as Google or Microsoft to the banking and automotive sectors.The government’s vision of AI-enabled growth is not rooted in the apocalyptic science fiction of Terminator movies where robots destroy humanity (Arnold Schwarzenegger appropriated the Spanish phrase “Hasta la vista, baby” in Terminator 2: Judgement Day before sparking some spectacular explosions).Instead, Bains and others point to two Canadian “pioneers” in AI — Geoff Hinton at the University of Toronto and Montreal computer scientist Yoshua Bengio. They are recognized world leaders in “deep learning” or “machine learning” — advanced algorithms that allow powerful new super computers to essentially think like humans.The minister is also buoyed by signs of foreign capital coming to Canada such as Microsoft’s recent acquisition of the artificial intelligence start up, Maluuba, based in Waterloo, Ont., and Montreal. In a recent conversation with Bill Gates, Bains said the Microsoft co-founder acknowledged that Canada was playing “a leadership role” in AI.“We want to encourage those kinds of investments to continue, to connect with each other on a national level,” said Bains.“If companies are betting on AI, academic institutions are betting on AI, why can’t government be a meaningful partner in this area as well?”Tiff Macklem, the dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, said the government needs to take a hands-on approach to help foster the growth of AI in Canada and to keep expertise in the sector from migrating elsewhere.“I wouldn’t use the word ‘picking winners’,” said Macklem, a former deputy governor of the Bank of Canada.“I would say where the market is picking a winner, the government has a larger role to play to double down on those winners and provide a path to scale up and secure a position in the global market place before anybody else does it.”The government could help support the development of AI in Canada — and keep its experts from being lured abroad to such places as Silicon Valley — by putting federal money into the creation of an AI institute, said Macklem.Financial institutions and auto makers are making big investments to develop AI strategies in Canada, he said.“It’s not enough to have the leading research in the world. We have to also be leaders in commercializing that.”Macklem says AI will eventually reap great economic benefits because of its proven ability revolutionize the speed and efficiency of predictions.The commercial applications of advanced prediction are staggering, and go far beyond common examples such as helping companies predict what people are going to buy to what stocks might be money making investments, he says.“In the next five years, every company is going to need an AI strategy,” he said.But artificial intelligence has its detractors as well.Renowned author and physicist Stephen Hawking told the BBC three years ago that AI could “spell the end of the human race” when machines eventually turn against their human creators.An international coalition of non-governmental organizations has created the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots which is pushing for an international treaty to ban autonomous weapons from the battlefields of the future.Macklem dismisses the doomsday scenarios some associate with AI.“There’s going to be a real issue about whether Canada is at the forefront of this technology or not, because it’s coming,” he said.“Wouldn’t you rather be a disruptor rather than the victim of disruption?” by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 25, 2017 2:30 am MDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liberals see artificial intelligence as a path to reverse stalled growth read more

New 10 billion funding plan targets 260 million missing out on school

The Global Youth Ambassadors, from the charity organization TheirWorld, were at UN Headquarters in New York in support of a funding plan launched by Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education.The $10 billion International Finance Facility for Education aims to get more than 260 million children into the classroom. It targets some of the world’s most marginalized youth and addresses issues which are denying them access to school, such as child labour, child marriage and discrimination against girls.It also aims to help countries achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which calls on governments to deliver equitable, quality education for all.UN chief António Guterres thanked Mr. Brown and the youth representatives for the initiative, stressing that “a huge investment” is needed in global education.Mr. Guterres, who had previously spent 10 years at the helm of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, expressed concern that priority is not given to children’s education during humanitarian crises.“I remember that in emergencies there is this mentality of ‘move the trucks, pitch the tents, find the water, distribute the food, find the vaccines’, but the question of putting the schools to work, finding teachers comes later,” he said, adding that “the amount of humanitarian funding dedicated to education was, and – I believe – still is, extremely reduced.”The Secretary-General also highlighted future education needs, pointing out that one billion young people will enter the labour market in the next decade and the kind of jobs they will perform may differ from those available today. “Education has to be able to address the needs of today, but education needs to prepare us for the future,” he said. read more

Citrus Bowl Matchup

No. 16 Kentucky (9-3, SEC) vs No. 13 Penn State (9-3, Big Ten), Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ESTLOCATION: Orlando, FloridaTOP PLAYERSKentucky: QB Terry Wilson, 1,763 yards passing, 11 touchdowns.Penn State: RB Miles Sanders, 1,223 yards rushing, nine touchdowns.NOTABLEKentucky: The Wildcats’ best regular season in four decades ended with a second-place finish in the SEC East. Their signature win was a 27-16 upset at Florida, ending a 31-game losing streak to the Gators that was one of the longest in college football.Penn State: The Nittany Lions finished 12th in the College Football Playoff rankings and third in the Big Ten East.LAST TIMEPenn State 26, Kentucky 14, Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, 1999).BOWL HISTORYKentucky: First appearance in the Citrus Bowl, third consecutive bowl under Mark Stoops and 18th overall.Penn State: Sixth appearance in the Citrus Bowl, 49th bowl appearance overall.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

Police officer raped underage girls after bragging about his role on the

Waller denies three charges of rape, three charges of grooming under age girls, two charges of inciting sexual activity with a child, one charge of sexual assault, three of sexual activity with a child and one of misconduct in public office.The latter alleges he had a sexual relationship with a complainant in a case being investigated by the police. The trial continues. A police officer groomed, raped and sexually abused a string of teenage girls, bragging about his role on the force, a court has heard.In one case David Waller, 33, raped a 16-year-old girl minutes after she had spotted his police uniform hanging in his wardrobe, it is alleged.He also groomed another teenager by bragging about being a police officer, owning a new BMW and being a glider pilot.Waller, it is alleged, abused his positions of responsibility as a Cleveland Police officer between 2006 and 2010, as a gliding instructor and as a member of theatre groups.Throughout a 12-year period from 2004 to 2016 he ignored his duty of care towards the girls and used his position to groom them into sexual activity with him.He also began a sexual relationship with a woman after meeting her when she went to his force to report a crime.In total he faces 13 charges with eight complainants, seven of them being girls aged 13 to 16.Nine of the offences encompass the four years he was as a serving police officer working in Stockton on Tees.One of his alleged victims later told police that the attentions of the older man made her feel “dead grown up,” unaware that she was being deliberately targeted and groomed for sex. 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. read more

Outotec employees win Technology Awards for significant innovations in mineral processing and

first_imgOutotec granted 25 employees a Technology Award at the Outotec Technology Day on March 7. Technology Awards are granted to encourage Outotec’s employees to create new inventions and innovations and to reward individuals or teams for their significant contributions to Outotec and the industry in general. The awards totalled €110,000. “Outotec is the leader in many technology areas. The leading position is based on our core capabilities, including a strong technology portfolio, expertise, and innovative people. In order to be successful in the technology business, we need to have the best and forefront technologies in Outotec’s portfolio. Therefore, leadership in technology and innovativeness deserve special attention”, said Outotec CEO Pertti Korhonen at the Technology Award Ceremony.In-house R&D and proprietary technologies are an essential part of Outotec business and the company is known for its sustainable minerals and metals processing technologies. The company systematically strengthens its technology portfolio and holds an extensive IPR portfolio with over 4,700 national patents or applications. Outotec aims to apply its minerals and metals technologies in adjacent industries such as energy industry and industrial water treatment for ever more comprehensive life-cycle solutions.Senior Awards for numerous significant contributions to Outotec over a long career were awarded to:Peter Bourke for commercialisation of a number of flotation technologies such as a flotation unit used in the grinding stage to minimise overgrinding, improve recovery and increase mill throughput. He has submitted 14 invention notices and he is the inventor of eight patentsHannu Kemppinen for his significant role as design director and as highly valued chief metallurgist in several concentrator projects around the world. A number of innovative technology solutions have been derived from his workMarkku Kytö for his contribution in development and commercialization of several technologies. Moreover, he has participated as a technological expert in many acquisitions, which have significantly expanded Outotec’s technology portfolio and businessDr. Maija-Leena Metsärinta for her expertise and long career at Outotec research centre in Pori. She has been involved in over 50 large pilot campaigns as project engineer and project manager. She has contributed to 33 invention notices and she is the inventor of 11 patents.Richard Triglavcanin for his contribution to thickener development and commercialisation. He has been the initiator and driver of Vane FeedwellTM, which is the first major thickener feed well innovation on the market for 15 years and the one that has brought clear competitive edge for Outotec.Junior Awards for exceptional innovativeness and commitment to Outotec as a junior employee was granted to:Peter Blanz for his significant contribution to modelling and simulating grinding mill particle behavior. The work has been recognised as state-of-the-art in the fieldMartti Larinkari for his development and innovation of the new application area of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for automation and machine vision-based quality control systemsDr. Michael Missalla for his innovations significantly reducing energy consumption during calcination, which has translated into considerable carbon dioxide emission reductions, too. He is the co-inventor of 28 invention notices and 20 filed patent applications or patents.Dr. Ville Nieminen for his expertise in the electrorefining of copper and electrowinning of copper and nickel. He is the co-inventor of 10 invention notices and five patents or patent applications.Team Awards for a team whose joint effort has resulted in a significant technological contribution was granted to three teams:Jeff Belke, Oskar Gustavsson, Eddie Jamieson, Peter Nilsson, Knut Vaage, and Kjell Winther for Solid and Lined Stainless Steel Grinding Mills for Highly Acidic Conditions. The new mill type is able to grind in acidic conditions, which has opened a new frontier in mining. The stainless steel lining allows improvement in processing efficiency, longer equipment life and makes it feasible to process complex resourcesDr. Nikola Anastasijevic, Steffen Dietzig, Dr. Martin Hirsch, Dr. Ilkka Kojo, Mathias Noll, and Dr. Andreas Orth as Enefit Winning Team that successfully worked to find a new application and business for fluidised bed technology in a totally new industry branch – that of shale oil production from oil shale. The team developed together with Eesti Energia a superior fit between Outotec’s CFB technology and Eesti Energia’s Enefit technology.Dr. Rodrigo Grau, Dr. Gennady Mashevsky, Alexsandr Petrov, and Pentti Sotka for a New Beneficiation Method for Copper Molybdenum Ore. The developed technology gives significantly higher recoveries for molybdenum compared with the conventional solution. The process will give totally new opportunities for Outotec’s concentrator business in treating copper-molybdenum ores.last_img read more

La première maison daccueil pour enfants en fin de vie ouvre en

first_imgLa première maison d’accueil pour enfants en fin de vie ouvre en France”L’Oasis” vient d’ouvrir ses portes à Seysses, près de Toulouse. Il s’agit de la première “maison de répit” de France, où enfants malades en phase terminale et parents peuvent être accompagnés.Les séjours peuvent durer de plusieurs semaines à plusieurs mois à “L’Oasis” de Seysses, à proximité de Toulouse. Cet établissement accueille pour la première fois en France des enfants en fin de vie ainsi que leur famille (parents, frères et soeurs), rapporte l’AFP.La “maison du répit” est destinée aux enfants atteints de cancers ou de maladies neurobiologiques, qui n’ont plus rien à faire à l’hôpital parce que leur état est désespéré. Il faut savoir que chaque année 2.000 enfants de moins de 18 ans en phase terminale sont concernés. “Ce lieu est une alternative à l’hospitalisation”, a déclaré à l’agence de presse son responsable coordinateur, Christophe Carpentier. C’est lui qui a ouvert avec la Croix-Rouge française “L’Oasis”, qui comprend quatre chambres et une “suite familiale” au milieu d’un parc arboré de 12 hectares. Les chambres sont très peu médicalisées mais permettent tout de même de traiter la douleur. Sur place, les familles ont à leur disposition une équipe paramédicale et psychosociale.Chaque année, ce sont 40 à 60 enfants qui peuvent être accueillis avec leurs proches, rapporte l’AFP.Le 2 mai 2011 à 17:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Seven arrested for gun finds by Bahamas Police including a woman

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 4, 2017 – Nassau – More guns are off the streets reports the Royal Bahamas Police and seven people are arrested.   Six males and one female were taken into custody for possession of illegal firearms found on Friday and Sunday.   In Chippingham Nassau, a group of men, acting suspiciously caused a search.  Four rounds of ammunition, a handgun and a shot gun were pulled off two men in that instance.Another search, the day before on Friday in south western New Providence resulted in the discovery of an illegal Smith and Wesson .40 pistol and fourteen rounds of ammunition.   The AntiGang and Firearms unit was acting on information in the matter where the guns and ammo were actually found in a work shed at the cemetery.Around 2:00am Sunday, Officers conducted a search of a home in Yellow Elder Gardens where they recovered a 9mm pistol and two rounds of ammunition.   Four males and one female were arrested in that case.   The general public is also reminded that as of December 31 all firearms licenses expire; renewals can happen between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday at the licensing office on Thompson Boulevard and from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays, also at the licensing office until further notice.#MagneticMediaNews#multiplearrestsoverweekendinNassau Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #multiplearrestsoverweekendinNassaulast_img read more

Smithsonian Expands Sales and Digital Teams

first_imgChris Wightman will be associate publisher/advertising director for Smithsonian Media, reporting to group publisher Jennifer Hicks. His responsibilities will include managing the national sales team, aiming to increase advertising revenue in Smithsonian Media’s print, online and television sectors.Wightman previously served as publisher with Time Inc.’s Golf Magazine and Golf.com. He has also worked with Golf Digest as national sales director. Most recently, Wightman acted as managing director, communications, with the United States Golf Association.Hicks says, “With 25 years of media experience, Chris maintains deep relationships in the advertising and marketing community across multiple key categories. He brings energy and enthusiasm and will be a key component in our drive to break new business and to continue to think creatively.” Tom Ott, president of Smithsonian Enterprises, announced that Bill Allman has been named chief digital officer, a newly created position with Smithsonian Enterprises.In this position, Allman will directly report to Ott. Allman’s responsibilities will include accelerating innovation and business platform growth within Smithsonian’s Media group, directing this focus on Smithsonian-branded websites, brand extensions and the creation of new products.Previously, Allman held the vice president of digital media position with the Bonnier Corporation. There, he managed business, marketing and content strategy for over 60 websites. Allman was the founding managing editor of U.S. News online and also served as a senior writer for U.S. News & World Report. He has also served as general manager and chief content/creative officer for HealthCentral.com, as well as senior vice president/general manager for Discovery Interactive Media.Ott says, “Our growth in the digital space, and our present and future ability to produce and monetize our unique content and products is nothing short of critical for our enterprises. We are thrilled to have someone with Bill’s experience to lead our efforts. Bill was truly a pioneer in the formative years of digital media, and has expanded his experiences and oversight over time at significant companies.”last_img read more