first_imgCALGARY — Canadian actress Amber Marshall has been chosen to lead the Calgary Stampede parade this year.Marshall, 31, is best known for starring as horse-whisperer Amy Fleming, whose family owns a ranch in the long-running CBC drama series “Heartland” filmed just south of Calgary.Marshall and her husband own their own ranch and are active in the rodeo world. The Stampede is celebrating women in western culture this year and president Dana Peers says that makes Marshall a perfect choice.Peers says Marshall represents and promotes western heritage and values both on and off the screen.Marshall says she’s always looked up to women who lead a western lifestyle because they are strong, independent and hard-working.The parade will kick off the 10-day Calgary Stampede on July 5. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Livid with the conflict of interest allegation against him, former India batsman VVS Laxman has lambasted the Committee of Administrators’ handling of the Cricket Advisory Committee, alleging complete lack of communication from the Vinod Rai-led panel. Laxman said the COA has been using the CAC only for selection of senior national coaches despite promising a broader role earlier. Not known to be the most aggressive off the field, the stylish Hyderabadi, in his official response to Ombudsman-cum-Ethics-Officer, gave a rather aggressive rebuttal on the allegations of ‘Conflict of Interest’ while concluding that he is ready to “recuse” if found conflicted. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”On December 7, 2018, we had written to the Committee of Administrators requesting them to clarify the scope of our role and responsibilities. To this date, there has been no reply. Since no tenure had been mentioned in the letter of intent issued in 2015, it was only reasonable to expect some communication on whether the CAC was still in existence. “Unfortunately that hasn’t been forthcoming,” Laxman wrote in his affidavit filed through his lawyer. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersLaxman, along with Tendulkar, replied to notices served by Ombudsman on complaint of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta for performing dual role as mentors (Sunrisers in Laxman’s case) and CAC members. “It will be worthwhile to note that the reason I agreed to be a member was because of the various inputs we were originally tasked with contributing towards the sustained growth of Indian cricket,” he wrote in his reply. “The opportunity to be involved meaningfully in India’s climb towards becoming a cricketing superpower post retirement was privilege enough for me to turn down the offer of remuneration of being a part of CAC,” Laxman said in his affidavit, point 3 (c). “The allegation of the complainant are baseless as we are in no manner selectors of either players or coaches and CAC is not a permanent body,” he wrote.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday hit out at the opposition for its “silence” over the content of a video clip in which Tej Bahadur Yadav, whose candidature from Varanasi Lok Saba seat was rejected, is purportedly talking about assassinating Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At a press conference, the BJP played the video clip in which Yadav, a sacked BSF soldier who was pitted by Samajwadi Party as its candidate against the Prime Minister, is purportedly talking about assassinating Modi and that he knew terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen and LeT. “It’s a very serious matter. It is about the prime minister’s safety. It is about conspiracy to assassinate an elected prime minister. Why is the opposition silent?” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said. Does the opposition agree with what Tej Bahadur Yadav said, he asked. He questioned if SP president Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati will apologise for projecting him as their alliance’s candidate against Modi in Varanasi. The “sponsored attack” on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal echoes for days but the opposition is silent at this threat to Modi, he said. The prime minister is being attacked even though what he said about former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was a “statement of fact”, Patra claimed. To a question about the Supreme Court rejecting the opposition’s review plea on VVPAT, he said their attack on electronic voting machines is an attempt to get an “anticipatory bail” for their impending loss in the general election. The BJP is going to win more than 300 seats in the 543-member House, Patra claimed.last_img read more

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,633.33, down 70.03).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 35 cents, or 3.4 per cent, to $9.95 on 16 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Energy. Down 57 cents, or 1.31 per cent, to $42.81 on 7.5 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Up 34 cents, or 1.92 per cent, to $18.07 on 7.5 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 32 cents, or 3.82 per cent, to $8.06 on 7.4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down 29 cents, or 1.37 per cent, to $20.82 on 6.3 million shares.Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX:FIRE). Health care. Down 37 cents, or 16.74 per cent, to $1.84 on 6.3 million shares.Companies reporting:Interfor Corp. (TSX:IFP). Down 84 cents, or 4.8 per cent to $16.67. Interfor says the company has markedly increased lumber shipments from Canada to China as a result of tariffs imposed on its U.S. production. Barton Bender, vice-president of sales, says it has increased exports from Canada to China despite shipping costs that are roughly 50 per cent higher than from the Southern U.S. Interfor says 2018 was the company best financial year in its history, despite a fourth-quarter loss of $13.2 million or 19 cents per share.CAE Inc. (TSX:CAE). Down 46 cents or 1.6 per cent to $27.62. CAE says its third-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago as revenue also edged lower. The flight simulator manufacturer and training company says it earned a profit of $77.6 million attributable to shareholders or 29 cents per share for the quarter, down from 32 cents per share forecast by analysts. The result was down from $143.8 million attributable to shareholders or 53 cents per share a year earlier when the company benefited from US tax reform and a gain on the valuation of its investment in the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence. Revenue totalled $816.3 million, down from $828.2 million. The Canadian Press read more

EDMONTON — Opposition politicians are raising concerns over a report done for Alberta’s energy regulator that suggests doctors are reluctant to draw links between health problems and the energy industry.[np_storybar title=”In oil sands debate, scientists have become political advocates” link=””%5DPeter Foster: In cranking up concern about local oil sands impacts, Canadian scientists have played a leading activist role. Continue reading. [/np_storybar]“We do have a culture in this province which actively diminishes healthy and important debate about the health and environmental effects of our dominant industry,” NDP critic Rachel Notley said Monday.David Swann, a Liberal member of the legislature, said the government doesn’t even want to know the truth.“It’s clear the government doesn’t really want to know the best science in some of these areas,” said Swann, who lost his job as a public health doctor for speaking out on climate change during the Tory government of Ralph Klein. “They haven’t funded it, and they haven’t disseminated the knowledge appropriately to the physician population.”On Tuesday, a hearing is set to begin in Peace River, Alta., about the source and effects of odours that landowners blame on the local oil patch, particularly the operations of Baytex Energy.Baytex uses an unusual method of heating bitumen in above-ground tanks to extract the oil. Residents say the fumes from those heated tanks are causing powerful gassy smells and leading to symptoms that include severe headaches, dizziness, sinus congestion, muscle spasms, popping ears, memory loss, numbness, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, eye twitching and fatigue.Among the reports commissioned for the hearing by the Alberta Energy Regulator is one from Margaret Sears, a doctor in chemical engineering, who has testified on environmental contamination for many bodies including the Royal Society of Canada.Sears wrote that even though most health professionals believe petrochemical emissions affect health, Peace River doctors seemed unwilling to consider if the conditions their patients complained of were caused by long-term exposure to petrochemicals.“There were reports from various sources that physicians would not diagnose a relationship between bitumen exposures and chronic symptoms, that physician care was refused for individuals suggesting such a connection,” she wrote.Even medical labs refused to conduct an analysis when told it was to be used to try to establish such a link, said Sears.One doctor, in a medical report released as part of the hearing, advised his patient “to go through environmental lawyers” and did not prescribe treatment.Sears confirmed to The Canadian Press that her conclusions were based on interviews with both patients and doctors.She wrote that the physicians’ reluctance stemmed in part from a lack of research they could use to form a credible opinion and in part from “fear of consequences.”“I’m not surprised,” said Dr. John O’Connor, a doctor who was disciplined in 2007 for raising cancer concerns in the oil patch community of Fort Chipewyan. The Alberta Cancer Board has since found elevated levels of four different cancers in the community.“It has been said to me many a time over the last few years, or words to that effect,” he said.“It’s not easy. You set yourself up as a moving target.”Allan Garbutt, president of the Alberta Medical Association, said he couldn’t comment on the specific concerns in Sears’ report.“I certainly agree that physicians must not feel intimidated in exercising their advocacy role,” he said.“There would also be merit in exploring the report’s suggestion that better research on the impact of oil and gas emissions on patients and communities is needed for strong policy development. Better information, training and support for physicians to help diagnose their patients would always be welcome.”Matthew Grant, spokesman for Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne, downplayed Sears’s suggestions.“No concerns of this nature have been forwarded to our office. We would always expect physicians to inform the government of any public health concerns they may have.”Notley said the province has consistently avoided conducting research that could answer the kind of questions being raised in Peace River.“The status quo is to believe that nothing’s wrong and all industry has to do is say, ’Show us a mountain of evidence,”’ she said. “It’s very imbalanced, and that imbalance works against people without the resources to build those mountains of evidence.”Swann said Alberta public health doctors aren’t trained enough to be able to diagnose health complaints caused by environmental contamination.“We haven’t been trained to do the physical assessment, order the right blood tests and put together the exposure with the health systems,” he said. “We’re working in ignorance, and there is the fear of challenging both government and industry in such a dominant industry activity here.”Swann said his experience was widely noted among his colleagues.“I paid a price, 10 years ago. I think the lesson most physicians took from that is that you speak up at your risk.” read more

With extensive experience as an envoy to the United Nations, Liu has visited Sri Lanka several times, including once last year. In a significant move, China has dispatched a special envoy to Sri Lanka, where major Chinese investments are being reviewed since a Beijing-friendly president was ousted from power in January and a recent parliamentary election reinstated a national unity government seeking a more neutral foreign policy.Beijing has appointed Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Zhenmin as the first special envoy for the strategically located Indian Ocean nation since the parliamentary elections in August. His visit comes on the heels of back-to-back trips by the newly elected prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, to India and Japan, the South China Morning Post reported. “The purpose of the special envoy’s trip is to congratulate the prime minister and probably invite him to undertake a China trip, now that he has visited Japan and India,” a Sri Lankan official said. “There has been no high-level interaction between China and Sri Lanka since the August elections. The US, on the other hand, sent two assistant secretaries of state just days after the election. There have also been high-level interactions on the just-concluded UN General Assembly, apart from the prime minister’s visit to Delhi and Tokyo.”China pumped billions of dollars into infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka during the corruption-tainted presidency of Mahinda Rajapaksa. The new government alleges these projects were contracted out on unequal terms favouring Chinese companies. Nearly 70 per cent of the infrastructure projects in the country in the past six years have been funded by China and built by Chinese companies. The most controversial is Colombo Port City, a real estate reclamation project the size of Monaco. The US$1.4 billion project, which would have been the biggest foreign direct investment in Sri Lanka, was shelved after Rajapaksa lost power.Inaugurated by President Xi Jinping in September and financed by state-controlled and Hong Kong-listed China Communications Construction Co (CCCC), the stalled project has become a bone of contention between Sri Lanka and China, which sees it as a barometer of Colombo’s commitment to maintaining good relations. The UN recently passed a major resolution on war crimes during the final years of the civil war between Colombo and Tamil rebels. read more

The “Three Ones” principle was adopted yesterday in Washington, D.C., by a meeting of donor countries in a bid to help improve their ability to work more effectively together with developing countries on a country-by-country basis.The principles include one agreed HIV/AIDS action framework that provides the basis for coordinating the work of all partners; one national AIDS coordinating authority, with a broad based multi-sector mandate; and one agreed country level monitoring and evaluation system, UNAIDS said in a news release.”Today, we left our flags and affiliations at the door,” UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot said. “It is not just about raising more resources, it’s about making sure these resources are spent wisely to help countries mount sustainable and effective AIDS strategies. This is why the Three Ones are so crucial.”Despite stepped up resources and the best intentions, the AIDS epidemic continues to be one of the greatest crises of the century, with 40 million people currently infected, and over 25 million deaths to date, according to UNAIDS.In other news, Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan today was jointly named a Goodwill Ambassador of both UNAIDS and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). He is currently in Cambodia to visit projects dealing with HIV/AIDS and landmines.UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said Mr. Chan’s worldwide fame and popularity will help the agency in its work for children. “UNICEF is delighted that [he] has signed up to be a Goodwill Ambassador,” she said. read more

The one-minute announcement was produced by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with funding from the Government of Japan, and it shows Mr. Chan, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, with six children and some very colourful origami birds.Mr. Chan tells the girls and boys, who come from all over the world, that birds can pass on flu, or avian influenza, to people, so it’s important to stay away from sick and dead birds, especially chickens. He then nods approvingly as 8-year-old Ava pipes up: “But playing with paper birds is fine.”“It was great to work with this group of children on something that concerns Asia and the entire world. This is not about creating alarm but helping children be more alert and careful. When it comes to bird flu, we don’t want to take any chances with our kids,” said Mr. Chan.The children, ranging in age from six to nine, were filmed at Sha Tin Junior School in Hong Kong although bird flu, which was first detected in Southeast Asia, has now spread to most parts of the world and the TV announcement will be broadcast as widely as possible, UNICEF said.There have been more than 230 human cases of influenza caused by the H5N1 virus, over half of which were fatal and 200 million birds have been killed directly by the virus or culled as the first line of defence to contain outbreaks and reduce the possibility of transmission to humans.The great majority of human deaths have been in Asia and all evidence indicates that close contact with sick or dead birds is the principal source of human infection with the H5N1 virus.FAO is leading global efforts to eradicate avian influenza in birds, while WHO is coordinating the worldwide response to human cases of the virus and UNICEF is working closely with UN organizations, governments and other partners to arm families with the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves and reduce the risk of a human influenza pandemic. Watch video full public service announcement read more

In the early hours of Friday morning, a number of assailants reportedly sprayed the Embassy of Israel in the Greek capital with gunfire, hitting the building multiple times. According to media reports, the attack did not cause any casualties or serious damage.In a press statement issued yesterday evening, the 15-member Council commended the Greek Government’s response to the incident including its “unequivocal condemnation and immediate commencement of an investigation” into the attack and emphasized the need to bring the perpetrators to immediate justice.“Terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security,” the Council declared. “Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”The members of the Security Council also reaffirmed the need to combat “by all means” and in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law all threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. read more

“The authorities have a responsibility to give humanitarians more access, including reopening the airport for essential aid deliveries, and the world has an obligation to come to the aid of the Yemeni people,” said William Lacy Swing, the Director General of the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM), on a visit to the country. Responding to the outbreak has been further complicated as the conflict in Yemen has left the country’s water and sanitation systems in near-ruin and almost 80 per cent of the population – some 21 million people – as well as thousands of migrants dependent on humanitarian aid. “The world’s worst cholera outbreak is now part of this volatile mix and, as mind-numbing as it may seem, one million Yemenis are expected to contract the deadly disease by the end of this year,” added Mr. Swing. According to estimates, more than 2,000 people have succumbed to the deadly disease since October last year and 750,000 have been hit with 5,000 additional people being infected every day. Furthermore, more than three million Yemeni children under the age of 5 are at risk of severe acute malnutrition as an ever-present risk of famine looms larger. “The internecine conflict, which has convulsed Yemen for over two years already, shows no sign of being resolved,” said the IOM Director General, noting that the situation of the nearly 6,000 migrants who continue to enter the country each month is of particular concern. “They come in the hope that they can make their way through Yemen to the Gulf countries to find work.” More than two years of brutal conflict has turned this society upside down leaving a trail of needless devastation in its wakeHowever, few realize the grave dangers they are likely to face along the route, including exploitation, abuse and abduction by criminal gangs for hefty ransoms. “For Yemenis and migrants, the protracted conflict has become an endless nightmare,” said Mr. Swing. During his visit, the head of IOM has met with authorities whom he called on to improve humanitarian access. He also met with persons displaced by fighting, whom the UN agency was only able to reach with aid a few weeks ago – the first time they received assistance since fleeing their homes more than a year back. “More than two years of brutal conflict has turned this society upside down leaving a trail of needless devastation in its wake,” noted Mr. Swing, adding: “I urge all parties to the conflict to make real efforts towards finding peace because aid alone is not a solution.” read more

first_imgAfter the decision was made to proceed, Chloe became the first person in the world to be transferred between hospitals with her chest open while on a life-supporting extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine.With the 50cc total artificial heart successfully installed, doctors waited several weeks for the patient’s health to stabilise before transplanting a second donor heart.Parents Fabienne and Todd Narbonne are now campaigning to change the law on organ donation in England to an opt-out system, such as Wales adopted in 2015, where people must specifically refuse consent for their organs to be retrieved.Chloe said her experience had been “life-changing”.“I feel well, like my normal self, but not quite my normal self, not after what I’ve been through,” she told the Guardian.“I guess the artificial heart was my lifesaver.”Chloe was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy when she was four weeks old, a condition where the heart becomes enlarged and cannot pump blood properly.At the age of 11 she had a stroke while waiting for a new heart, and was left close to death when her eventual transplant failed to work. Heart surgeon Andre Simon was forced to rebuild parts of her atrium, or upper chamber had been removed during the failed transplant.Mrs Narbonne said: “How they saved Chloe should be recognised for what it is: miracle.“Without the artificial heart she would be dead.” Without the artificial heart she would be deadFabienne Narbonne A 13-year-old girl has made history by becoming the first British child to receive an artificial heart.Chloe Narbonne, who was 12 at the time, had the device successfully installed during a nine-hour operation at London’s Royal Brompton Hospital after a transplant heart failed.At that point her parents and medical team had the choice of keeping the Worcester resident on life-support, maybe indefinitely, while waiting for a second transplant, or performing the “extremely risky” surgery. 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

The NUS has become embroiled in a row after it abolished the women’s toilets at a trans conference. Its Trans Steering group account provoked outrage when it tweeted that the women’s toilets at the conference in Manchester had been turned into gender neutral facilities – while a men’s toilet was left unchanged. The annual Trans Students Conference, at a Holiday Inn in Manchester, ran for two days and ends today. According to the group the facilities include “a disabled toilet with a gender neutral sign, gender neutral toilets (formerly women’s toilets), another disabled toilet and men’s”. The pronouncement sparked debate online with critics saying that the change discriminated against women. Actress Jane Slavin, who has appeared in Lewis, Coronation Street and Casualty, said there were “few enough women’s toilets as it is”. “Even if you disregard the safe space we need more loos because of biology. We are half the human race,” she said.Producer and writer Tracy King said: “You made the women’s toilets gender neutral but not the men’s? I doubt that’s legal given your obligation to not give men something you don’t also provide for women.”The Trans Steering Group responded by saying: “We weren’t able to make all the toilets gender neutral due to some stipulations by the venue.” 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. It added: “We didn’t get to choose which toilets it happened to. We wanted to make both sets of gendered toilets gender neutral, but the venue did not allow it.” Delegates have debated topics including “transmisogyny and the gender recognition act” and “non-binary inclusivity”, as well as hearing presentations about drug use at university and handing out awards for campaigns and activism. A spokeswoman for the NUS said that since the Twitter account was not an official channel it was unable to provide comment.  A spokeswoman for the hotel said that on the conference floor only the disabled toilets had been made gender-neutral. “For this conference we worked closely with the organisers and arranged for gender neutral toilet facilities to be provided.”The organisers did not have sole use of the meeting space – and given a number of other meetings going on, we have both gender specific and gender neutral facilities available.”We do our upmost to accommodate the needs of all our guests, and over the course of the conference we have provided an additional set of gender neutral toilets,” she said.  read more

first_imgENDA KENNY HAS admitted that he did not contact the leaders of Finland, the Netherlands and Germany after their finance ministers issued a statement in which they seemed to roll back on a decision that the European Union’s rescue fund, once established, will deal with legacy debt issues.The statement published by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, the Finance Minister of the Netherlands, Jan Kees de Jager and the Finance Minister of Finland, Jutta Urpilainen last month appeared to deliver a major blow to hopes that Ireland could secure a deal to reduce the impact of its crippling bank debt.The Government downplayed the announcement with the Department of Finance stating that technical discussions in line with the June summit mandate continue.Speaking in the Dáil today, the Taoiseach reiterated the importance of the decisions taken at that summit on 29 June.The decision was not taken by those three finance ministers but at the highest level of EU governance, said Kenny.He said the decision to include legacy debt in the rescue fund was taken by the 27 leaders of the European Union and that it is “imperative” it is signed off and implemented.“Failure to do so causes frustration, cynicism and anger such as that seen on the streets in other European countries,” he added. “I am very happy to make this case strongly.”The issue will be addressed at European Council meetings on Thursday and Friday, confirmed Kenny.Responding to a question from Micheál Martin, Kenny argued that there were a number of processes in Europe to follow. Martin accused the Taoiseach of making strong statements on the prospective deal but only to home audiences – and not in Brussels.“You seem to think I should ring around because you say so…I am interested in results,” countered Kenny.Gerry Adams also put it to the Taoiseach that his interpretation of the 29 June agreement has been contradicted.Germany, Finland and the Netherlands deliver blow to Ireland’s hopes for bank debt deallast_img read more

first_imgIT MAY BE freezing, but holiday season is beginning.Penneys is decked out in bikinis, and soon the airport will be full to the brim as people head off on their holidays.As a people, we get very excited about going away, which is understandable given the weather at home.  Perhaps as a result of that excitement, we have some very distinctive holiday behaviour.If you exhibit six or more of these distinctive behaviours, then you’re definitely an Irish person on holiday.Get burned on the first day but reassure everyone that it will turn to brownFlickr/hawk684Make ‘best mates’, swear blind you’ll keep in touch and then cross the road to avoid them when you get home because you’re mortified at your holiday carry onFlickr/Mike MileyBring your own tea bagsFacebook/BarrysTeaComplain about the quality of the milk and comment on how good it is at homeFlickr/MuffetWear your county colours around the place in a way you never would at homepressreleases.ieHang an Irish flag from your balconyWhat’s the point of the view otherwise?Flickr/brettanicusClap when the plane landsAdopt the scruffy village dog Flickr/adrianolObsessively check the weather even though there is not a cloud in the skyGet a hair wrap or corn rows to look like you’re not a tourist, then obviously looking like a touristFlickr/koliverMake a beeline for the nearest Irish bar and find someone you know in common with the landlordOptional extra: assess its “authenticity” in disappointed and/or appreciative tones.Flickr/pravin.premkumarWalk two hours to see a rock sticking out of the ground even though you wouldn’t cross the road to see a museum/gallery/monument at homeFlickr/bunnygothArrive down to the pool ashen faced at midday and give all the healthy looking continentals filthies for taking up the sunloungersTripadvisorComplain about the lack of Guinness or the quality of the available GuinnessFlickr/Blootered CerebrationsForcing your compatriots to examine your tan lines several times a dayAll the while examining theirs competitively and feeling miserable if you’re ‘not brown enough’.Flickr/jjprojectsArrive at your destination with an ill thought out fake tanYouTube/ Way Too TanYour suitcase is filled with every Summer item Penneys is sellingYouTube/barrybyrne100You have to be told several times to stop singing in at least two establishments per weekFlickr/favouritethingsSo how did you do?9 essential destinations to see the REAL Ireland>9 things that ALWAYS happened on a family weekend away>last_img read more

first_imgIf you visit right now, you might see a page like this one. Like many streaming music services, it’s not quite available everywhere yet thanks to the arduous process of securing licensing deals with record labels. Deezer, however, thinks it has come up with a pretty good solution to the problem. They’re skipping the U.S.Where Spotify struggled for months to nail down the agreements that allowed it to launch in America, Deezer thinks its time and resources can be better invested elsewhere. Sure, Spotify’s well-received  U.S. debut and subsequent Facebook integration were huge wins for the Swedish company, but there’s plenty of streaming music revenue to be had in other countries around the globe.By negotiating for global rights (and giving the U.S. and Japan a miss), Deezer says its negotiations became infinitely less painful. Deezer has set its sites on other countries where the markets are not yet saturated with scores of me-too streaming services: Germany, Spain, Italy,Korea, Mexico, and Brazil are on their radar — along with more than 90 others.Whether or not those 100 countries can make up for a lack of U.S. availability income-wise remains to be seen. Deezer’s been doing just fine up till now, though, so there’s every reason to thing that the expansion will bolster its position in the global streaming marketplace.Those of you who live in the U.S. who feel shortchanged by being left out of Deezer’s plans, just remember how many awesome services have launched in your country years ago that the rest of us still can’t use. Well, without a proxy, anyhow.For the musicians out there whose tunes get streamed on services like these, a note of apology. Deezer is one of the best-paying companies when it comes to per-play fees, offering artists more than double what Spotify does. Maybe your record labels will wise up and make a U.S. launch happen if you remind them who’s behind the album sales.More at Reuterslast_img read more

first_imgCalmars : des ébauches d’oreilles découvertes chez les céphalopodesÉtats-Unis – Publiée le vendredi 15 octobre dans le Journal of Experimental Biology, l’étude d’un biologiste du WHOI, célèbre institut océanographique américain, montre chez le calmar l’existence d’un système auditif assez proche du notre par certains aspects.Le calmar entend-il ? Peut-il percevoir de façon auditive l’approche de ses prédateurs, s’orienter, interagir avec ses semblables, voire communiquer en utilisant les sons ? Autant de questions que se pose le biologiste T. Aran Mooney, de l’Institut océanographique de Woods Hole. À lire aussiPourquoi le son de notre voix nous paraît-il si étrange sur un enregistrement ?À la base de son cerveau, le calmar possède une paire d’organes, les statocystes, sacs remplis de fluide et contenant un minuscule grain de calcium, prolongés par des cellules ciliées elles-mêmes connectées aux nerfs aboutissant à l’encéphale. Tout comme nos canaux auditifs, dont ils sont comme une ébauche évolutive, ces statocystes jouent un rôle dans l’équilibre de l’animal en déplacement.  En posant des électrodes sur les nerfs liés aux statocystes et en soumettant l’animal à une batterie de tests sonores, Mooney a pu montrer que le calmar entend bel et bien, mais seulement jusqu’à la fréquence de 500 Hz : trop peu pour détecter les signaux d’écholocalisation émis par les cétacés, ses principaux prédateurs. Pour leur échapper, le céphalopode compte davantage sur la faible densité de ses tissus qui, proche de celle de l’eau, le rend difficilement décelable par le redoutable organe de détection des mammifères marins.Le 24 octobre 2010 à 15:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowSulayman Alieu Jack, an erstwhile Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defense who is now Gambia’s ambassador to Ethiopia, has told the TRRC that General Guadebe was a notorious coup maker and he was needed in his country.Jack said this on Monday the 25th March 2019 while testifying before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC).He said General Abacha, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria sent Guadebe to replace General Dada as the head of the Nigerian soldiers in the Gambia.“President Abacha did that because he knew Guadebe was a known coupist in Nigeria. Abacha wanted him out of Nigeria and deployed him to the Gambia,” the witness said.He said as the PS Ministry of Defense, he was assigned to write the letter of appointment of General Guadebe. He said Guadebe was appointed on a two-year contract and he was tasked to maintain discipline and orderliness in the GNA.He said after Guadebe succeeded General Dada, he (Dada) decided not to leave the Gambia. He said Guadebe was appointed on the 6th June 1994 and the coup happened on 22nd July 1994. The witness indicated that the coup met the army commander in his home country, Nigeria. He said at the time of the coup, Colonel Acoji was the acting army chief in place of Guadebe.He explained that the Saihou Sabally went to Nigeria to negotiate with General Abacha in Nigeria to negotiate for him to allow General Dada to continue his duties in the Gambia.About the July 1994 CoupThe witness has denied having any knowledge about the July 1994 coup d’état. He said as a civilian, he had no authority to change any activity that the military was required to carry out. In response to the allegation that he was the one who changed the venue of the supposed activity that the American soldiers were to do in the Gambia, he said the allegation is unfounded. He told the Commission that ex-VP Sabally had no hand in the July 1994 coup.He said the amalgamation of the Gendarmerie into the GPF was a very big mistake by the PPP government. He said the Gendarmerie was a support outfit for the army with paramilitary functions whereas the police were law discipline and law enforcement officers.About the witnessHe said he was born on the 15th July 1958 in Banjul. He gave a run-down of his career in the civil service as well as his educational background. He indicated that he had held different positions such as permanent secretary in various government miniseries. He told the Commission that when the July 1994 took place by members of the Gambia National Army (GNA), he was retired from the last position he held in government which was Permanent-Secretary Ministry of Defense. He is now the Ambassador of the Gambia to Ethiopia.last_img read more

first_imgSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — They rush into the hull of a flaming ship, hoses knocking down every flame in their path. Oddly enough, these are not what we consider local firefighters. They are cops. They are the Harbor Police.“We are a very unique agency,” said Lt. Chris Woodward of the San Diego Harbor Police. “There aren’t many police officers who also get to be firefighters.”Making the Harbor Police even more unique, they are also “extreme divers.” A trifecta of dangerous duties.“We’re comfortable being uncomfortable, is a good way of saying it,” said recent police academy graduate, Haley Ferrer.“For me, being in an environment like this, it’s something I grew up admiring. When you’re put into it, you realize, wow this is what they really do,” Ferrer said.And, she’s really doing it. She among the eight new recruits to take on the “triple duty” of being a Harbor Police Officer.“We have a team of 21-divers. We have sole responsibility for the bay, downtown and the airport,” Lt. Woodward said.When it comes to fighting fires, the Norton Sound is the most high profile in recent times. It burned for almost a week, melting solid steel and shutting down businesses within range of the toxic smoke.“It happens more often that you think. Fires on boats can shut down shipping lanes, shut down commerce and cost millions of dollars. But the biggest thing is saving lives,” Lt. Woodward said.They started out as a tiny little group with a tiny little office near the airport. That was 1962. Fast forward and the Harbor Police have become the most diverse police agency in the state of California. Updated: 7:00 PM Dan Plante, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter San Diego Harbor Police conducts training session in the baycenter_img March 27, 2018 Posted: March 27, 2018 Dan Plante last_img read more

first_imgDeclines were largest in Skagway and the Denali Borough, which are both gearing up for a busy visitor season, according to the State Labor Department. April was the 31st consecutive month Alaska has lost jobs, making this a longer downturn than in the 1980s, when a deep state recession led to 25 straight months of job loss. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State Labor Department released the preliminary estimates showing April employment was down by 1,200, or 0.4 percent compared to April 2017. Although employment losses have lasted longer this time, they were deeper in the 1980s. The comparable national unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, the lowest it has been since 2000. The construction sector held steady in April, with no further job losses. Oil and Gas lost another 500 jobs, while the retail sector loss 600 jobs with the closure of some major national chains.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Friends of Wilmington Tennis is holding its Second Annual Wilmington Tennis Open on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Wilmington High School courts.Register for Junior Singles or Adult Doubles and Mixed Doubles by emailing Registration costs $25.Tournament directors include WHS Girls Tennis Coach Matt Hackett, WHS Boys Tennis Coach Rob Mailey, and Wilmington tennis enthusiast Kathleen Reynolds.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Town Offers Tennis Lessons For Kids (Ages 4-17)In “Community”10th Annual Wildcat Tennis Clinic AnnouncedIn “Sports”last_img read more