first_imgCALGARY — A southern Alberta man who shot at suspected thieves on his rural property is being sued by one of the people.A statement of claim says Ryan Watson entered Edouard Maurice’s property near Okotoks on Feb. 25, 2018.It says that when Watson was discovered and attempted to flee, Maurice fired a warning shot in the man’s direction that struck his right forearm, causing severe damage.The claim alleges the injury was caused by Maurice’s negligence.Maurice was charged with aggravated assault and weapons offences, but the Crown stayed the charges.Watson pleaded guilty earlier this year to mischief and breaching probation and was sentenced to 45 days that he had already served.The lawsuit has not been proven in court and no statement of defence has been filed.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

US factory output falls 0.4 per cent in January, led by big decline at auto plants by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2013 3:21 pm MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. factories slowed production in January after two solid months of cranking out goods. The weakness mainly reflected a big drop in output at auto factories that is likely temporary.Manufacturing output fell 0.4 per cent in January from December, the Federal Reserve said Friday. The decline followed increases of 1.1 per cent in December and 1.7 per cent in November.Overall industrial production edged down 0.1 per cent in January compared with December. Output In mining, the category that covers oil and gas drilling, fell 1 per cent. Utility output jumped 3.5 per cent, as a cold snap led more households to turn up their heat.Factory output, the most important component of industrial production, was dragged lower by a steep 3.2 per cent decline in auto and auto parts production. The auto industry is coming off its best year for sales in five years, one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak manufacturing sector. Sales continue to rise, so production will likely rebound in February.Still, many factories outside the auto industry have been hurt by a slowdown in consumer spending and weaker global growth that has dampened demand for U.S. exports.Economists expect healthier output in 2013, partly because U.S. companies are sitting on large amounts of cash and appear poised to invest some of it in equipment and machinery. Economies in Europe are also healing, and growth in Asia is expected to improve.“Global growth will still be fairly weak this year, which will prevent industry from firing on all cylinders. But there’s no denying that industrial conditions have recently improved,” said Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics.While manufacturing output was down in January, analysts noted there were big revisions that made November and December look even better than first reported. For the fourth quarter as a whole, manufacturing output rose at an annual rate of 1.9 per cent, a significant improvement from the earlier estimate of a slight 0.2 per cent rate.A second report Friday showed that manufacturing activity in the New York area posted a big gain in February. The New York Federal Reserve’s Empire State survey rose to 10.04 in February, compared with a negative 7.78 in January. It was the biggest one-month improvement in this index in more than two years.And a closely watched survey released earlier this month suggests overall manufacturing conditions are improving. Manufacturing activity grew last month at the fastest pace since April, according to the Institute for Supply Management. Factories saw growth in new orders, hired more workers and boosted their stockpiles after two months of declines, the survey noted.Slower growth in stockpiles was a key reason the economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.1 per cent in the October-December quarter, the first contraction in 3 1/2 years. Deep cuts in defence spending and fewer exports also contributed to the decline.Still, economists expect that figure will be revised in the coming months to show a small increase. That’s because December trade data, which wasn’t available when the government calculated its first estimate for fourth-quarter growth, showed solid growth in exports.Economists at Barclays Capital estimate the economy expanded at a 0.5 per cent rate in the fourth quarter. And growth will likely pick up in the January-March quarter to an annual rate of 1.5 per cent, analysts forecast.A better job market could boost consumer spending, leading to faster U.S. growth. Employers added 157,000 jobs in January and an average of 200,000 jobs a month since November. U.S. factories have added jobs for the past four months.Still, unemployment remains high at 7.9 per cent. And Americans are seeing smaller paychecks this year because of an increase in Social Security taxes, which could offset any benefits from stronger hiring. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Trailer manufacturers looking to use the IVA route for the approval of their products will require the braking system to comply with a new, specific, test procedure.VOSA recently released details of the final process and documentation that will form part of a Model Report enabling manufacturers to ‘worst case’ trailers at the time of application. IVA applications for similar trailers can then follow the precedent set in the initial Model Report.Further details can be found at single stage built trailers entering service after 29 October 2012 will be required to have some form of type approval.

LAC Maddison was planning to use the small fee to buy an engagement ring for his girlfriend, Mary Pyle. An hour later he died in agony. It was 1953, and the 20-year-old had been tempted by an advert promising volunteers for tests at the government’s secretive chemical laboratory 15 shillings and an assurance no harm would come to them. His sudden… Drops of the nerve agent Sarin had been dripped onto his arm through two layers of cloth but had absorbed through his skin much faster than the scientists had expected. When Leading Aircraftman Ronald Maddison walked into the sealed gas chamber at Porton Down, his family believe he thought he was taking part in an experiment to cure the common cold.

first_imgA 17-YEAR OLD girl who was being questioned in connection with the murder of Gerard Donnelly in the Phoenix Park last week has been released from custody.She was detained late on Monday night night and questioned at Blanchardstown Garda Station.27-year-old Ciarán Moran was charged at Dublin District Court yesterday with the murder of the 36-year-old, and remanded in custody to appear again next week at Clover Hill District Court.Gerard Donnelly, believed to be from Tallaght, was found burned to death in a sleeping bag early hours of Friday morning.Another man, aged in his 20s, was also questioned in connection with the case. He was released without charge yesterday, with a file to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.Read: Ciaran Moran, 27, charged with murder of Gerard Donnelly (36) in Phoenix Parklast_img read more

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #STORM: It’s windy out there this morning and Met Éireann is warning there may be spot flooding in parts of the country today. Some ferry crossing have already been cancelled this morning, though flights have not yet been affected by the high winds.2. #LIMERICK: Former CEO of Limerick City of Culture Patricia Ryan is expected to make a complaint to gardaí about alleged hacking of her phone messages, the Irish Independent reports. Meanwhile, Chairman Pat Cox is refusing to step down following the controversy in recent days.3. #PROPERTY: Rising house prices in Dublin are masking declines in all other parts in the country, according to a new report, with the average national asking price outside the capital falling by six per cent at the end of 2013.4. #DALE CREIGHTON: Two men in their 20s are due in court today charged in connection with the death of 20-year-old Dale Creighton, who had been seriously assaulted in Tallaght, in the early hours of New Year’s Day.5. #ASSAULT: Gardaí in Dublin are investigating an assault on a young woman in Dublin overnight. The woman was allegedly punched in the face by a man but managed to fight him off and escape.6. #LITTER: A new survey has revealed that Dublin’s north inner city is a litter blackspot and is the dirtiest urban area in the country, the Irish Times reports. The cleanest town in Ireland will be announced later today.7. #SENTENCING: A sex offender, convicted of abusing his stepdaughter for five years has been released from prison after five months, because the courts do not have time to review his ‘unduly lenient’ sentence, the Irish Daily Mail reports.8. #SEPSIS: There is no data available for maternal sepsis in most maternity units across the country, according to a report in the Irish Times which says guidelines for collecting these figures have not been put in place by the HSE.9. #SEVERE WEATHER: We may think we have it bad, but people in parts of the US are bracing themselves for a ‘polar vortex’ which could see temperatures plunge to -51 degrees Celsius. Authorities have been warning people their cars may not start and there may be issues with frozen pipes bursting.last_img read more

first_imgUpdated, 11:50THE HEAD of the HSE’s new national drug purchasing programme has admitted it is “difficult” to defend the prices that Ireland is paying for generic drugs, compared to our geographical neighbours.Prof Michael Barry was responding to a report by the Sunday Business Post which underlined that the HSE can pay up to 24 times more for generic drugs than Britain’s NHS.Susan Mitchell’s research showed that the Irish taxpayer pays €99.89 for olanzapine – a drug to treat bipolar disorder better known as Zyprexa, manufactured by Eli Lilly – while the NHS pays just £3.54, the equivalent of €4.10.Barry, who was appointed to lead the new management programme three months ago, told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that it “isn’t right” that Ireland was paying so much more for generic drugs than Britain was.“It’s very difficult to defend this situation,” he said, saying there had not been “an effective generic drugs market in this country for many, many years”.He said:The price of generic medicines should be anywhere between 50 per cent and 90 per cent below the proprietary drug price, so it’s impossible to defend this.Barry further added that the price for generic drugs was set through negotiation, and “clearly it hasn’t been possible to negotiate with the generic manufacturers”.He said the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012, which is currently making its way through the Oireachtas, would address the issue by allowing the HSE to introduce ‘reference pricing’ for drugs which it considered to be “interchangeable”.This would give the HSE the power to negotiate more firmly with drug companies by threatening to strike a deal with the supplier of another, cheaper alternative version of a drug.That legislation has been cleared by the Seanad and passed second stage in the Dáil in December. It is due to be debated by the Oireachtas health committee in two weeks’ time.“With healthcare expenditure on medicines heading again to €2 billion in 2013,” Barry said, “I don’t think we have any choice but to tackle this area.”Read: Generic meds switch for elderly could save taxpayers up to €152 millionlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A day after being sworn in as Greece’s seventh president, Prokopis Pavlopoulos told journalists that he will make an effort to create greater unity between Greece’s political parties in an attempt to get Greeks back on their feet.“It is a common effort,” he said.“There may be different views about how this could be achieved but the goal is the same. We should not forget this.”When asked about whether he planned to call a meeting of party leaders, Pavlopoulos underlined that such a request must come from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.“If called upon, I will fulfill my role,” he said.He also pledged to combat poverty and unemployment in the crisis-hit country in a battle “for Europe itself.”“We must all contribute to the fight against the scourges of poverty and unemployment,” Pavlopoulos said.A staunch pro-European, Pavlopoulos was elected to a five-year term by a wide parliamentary majority last month.The 64-year-old is a professor of constitutional law and former conservative minister.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

first_imgPep Guardiola believes that competition for places at Manchester City has brought out the very out of defensive pair John Stones and Aymeric Laporte.Having formed a formidable partnership, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte have been impressive at the heart of City’s defense this season, and Guardiola believes they are the long-term future in their central defense.“Yeah, that is idea – that the club has these guys for long-term,” Guardiola told City website.“But still we trust a lot with Vincent and Nico and we can’t sustain a long season with just both of them (Laporte and Stones), it’s impossible as you can see with injuries. Laporte is at good level. But when you play a lot of cup games and in the Premier League and internationals then you need strong defenders.“We are going to help them. We are going to grow John and Aymeric. And if they feel that there are two others as good as they are that is the only way. Few people are so strong to be consistent and strong.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“One of the secrets of the consistency is that the players know they have to play good otherwise someone will take their place.“The best competition isn’t the opponents – it is within the team. That’s why I am so grateful to Manchester City to provide me with this squad.“We played nine different players against Fulham than we did at Spurs and we were still so strong. We were stable.“The players know that they have to be ready to play good to help us remain consistent.”last_img read more

first_img $289 News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Tags Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Samsung Storage devices keep getting bigger and cheaper. Not physically bigger, mind you — they’re pretty much the same size as they’ve been for years, but they hold a lot more stuff. And cost less.Case in point: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Samsung 256GB Evo Select microSD card for $39.99 — a savings of $15 and the lowest price ever.See it at AmazonIncidentally, you can also get the 128GB card for $20, a savings of $5. Just click that option once you get to the product page.What in the world would you do with this much storage? Cards like this can go into phones, tablets, cameras, security cameras, drones, game consoles (like the Nintendo Switch) and so on.Just take note that not every device supports cards of this capacity, so check the specs on yours before you buy.Samsung backs these with a 10-year warranty, and the 4.6-star review average from over 16,000 buyers means you’ll probably be happy with your purchase. 😉Get 35 educational PC games for $14Are we living in the post-PC era, at least when it comes to kids’ games? Phones, tablets, apps — that’s how youngsters have their fun nowadays, right?humble-humongous-entertainment-bundleBy the time your kids work their way through all 35 of these games, they’ll be happy geniuses. Humble Hold that thought. The Humble Humongous Entertainment Bundle offers 35 educational PC games for just $14, and a portion of your payment goes to charity. Combined value: $224.See it at HumbleThe titles here come mostly from Humongous’ Freddi Fish, Putt-Putt, Pajama Sam and Spy Fox series — all of which my kids loved, loved, loved when they were little.They’re all Windows-compatible, but many are Mac- and Linux-compatible as well. Upon purchase, you’ll receive license codes to redeem on the Steam platform.Sure, plunking your kid in front of the computer might not be as convenient as giving them a tablet. But consider this: While some of these games have made their way to app stores, they cost $5 apiece. For less than the price of three of those, you’re getting 35 titles.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Comments See It Storage Video Games Amazon See It Share your voice Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) Amazon Samsung Nintendo $299 See it $299 How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details 6 $299 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best Buy See It Walmart Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Cheapskate Nintendo Switchlast_img read more

first_imgA Rohingya woman looks on after being restricted by the members of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) to enter into Bangladesh side, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on 28 August. Photo: ReutersRohingya refugees in Bangladesh told Monday how they fled for their lives from Myanmar’s army as the UN refugee agency said more than 3,000 had arrived in the past three days.The influx follows a fresh outbreak of fighting between Rohingya militants and Myanmar troops in Rakhine state, which borders Bangladesh.Bangladesh has said there are thousands more Rohingya massed on its border with Myanmar, where the stateless minority face persecution.Dhaka has responded by stepping up border controls and pushing back hundreds of Rohingya who try to enter, although some have still managed to evade the guards.Those who have got through took refuge in the mostly makeshift camps in the coastal town of Cox’s Bazar, where some 400,000 Rohingya are already living after fleeing previous bouts of violence in Rakhine.Sona Mia said at least 800 had arrived at his Balukhali camp since Friday.“Police said we can’t let them stay or else we would be deported. We helped them enter through several points but are sending them to Kutupalong,” said Mia, referring to another camp.Authorities at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital said they were treating 17 Rohingya. One had died of gunshot wounds on Saturday.Mohammad Ziabul, a 27-year-old farmer, fled for his life after Myanmar troops shot and killed his brother.“We started running for cover when Myanmar army started firing indiscriminately on Friday,” he said.“Two bullets hit my body-one at my left hand and the other one at my head. I fell on the ground. My elder brother Dil Mahmud who was also hit by bullet, died on the spot.”He said around 1,000 Rohingya had fled his village alone to hide out in the forest.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said many of the new arrivals are women and children.“UNHCR and other UN Agency teams in registered camps estimated that more than 3,000 ‘newly arrived’ individuals were seen in and around the camp,” said UNHCR spokesman Joseph Tripura.“Many of the new arrivals are women and children including some un-accompanied and/or separated children.”Abdur Rashid, another Rohingya farmer, described walking miles with his 10-year-old son to hospital in Bangladesh after the child was hit by a bullet in Myanmar.“I left my five other children and my wife in Myanmar. I don’t know what happened to them,” he said.last_img read more

first_img Share Allison Shelley for The Texas TribuneFrom left: State Rep. Rafael Anchia; Jose Garza, an attorney for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus; and Nina Perales, vice president of litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, spoke on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on April 24, 2018. Their news conference came after arguments in Abbott v. Perez, a case over whether Texas’ congressional and state House maps were drawn with the intent to discriminate against Hispanic and black voters.The stakes in the fight over Texas’ political maps couldn’t be much higher.While nine political districts are on the line, the U.S. Supreme Court could weigh in on how much say voters of color have in electing who represents them. And the possibility that the state’s election laws could be placed back under federal oversight has been raised.But as the high court’s justices took up the case Tuesday, they spent much of their time questioning whether they even had the authority to pick up where a lower court left off. That court ruled that Texas lawmakers intentionally discriminated against Hispanic and black voters when they drew boundaries for congressional and state House districts.Standing before the nine justices in a packed courtroom, Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller was barely minutes into arguing that there was no evidence that mapmakers acted with a discriminatory purpose when the court’s liberal justices interrupted and asked why the court should consider the case when the state hadn’t been prevented from using its current maps for the upcoming elections.“What does the piece of paper say here?” a visibly annoyed Justice Stephen Breyer said, pointing to an August order by a three-judge federal panel in San Antonio that found the state acted nefariously in adopting maps that undercut the voting strength of Hispanics  The court indicated that several districts needed to be redrawn but didn’t explicitly say the state couldn’t use the maps for the upcoming elections. “It said come to court” to work on a remedy, Breyer added.The state’s chief defense fell on the practical effect the lower court’s order would have on blocking the use of the maps for the 2018 elections. Had the state pushed to use them, the state surely would have been held in contempt even though the lower court didn’t use “magic words,” like injunction, to block them, Keller insisted.“I didn’t say ‘magic words,’” Breyer responded aggressively before challenging Keller to read the lower court’s order to him.Breyer was joined by other liberal justices who were largely skeptical that the court was not yet in a position to decide the complex case that dates back to 2011.At the heart of the case — which the high court is expected to rule on this summer — is whether Texas lawmakers intentionally diminished the voting power of Hispanic and black voters to keep white incumbents in office. The nine maps in question in the case include two congressional districts and seven state House districts. In siding with the civil rights groups, voters of color and Democratic lawmakers that challenged the maps, the lower court’s ruling included findings of intentional discrimination and unconstitutional racial gerrymandering.After making huge gains during the 2010 midterm election, Republicans were looking to solidify their control of the state — and even expand their majorities in Congress and in the state Legislature. But they had to grapple with how to redraw the political maps to account for the state’s growth when demographics were shifting against them. Most of the state’s explosive growth between 2000 and 2010 was attributable to growth of the state’s population of people of color, who are more likely to vote for Democrats.The maps lawmakers first adopted in 2011 to account for that growth never went into effect. Amid legal wrangling over the boundaries, the San Antonio panel in 2012 ordered up temporary maps — largely based on the 2011 maps — to be used for that year’s election. Lawmakers then adopted those maps as permanent when they returned to the Capitol in 2013.The justices on Tuesday took turns trying to untangle the lower court’s ruling that found the original maps were drawn with the intent to discriminate against voters of color and that the intentional discrimination found in the original maps carried over into the 2013 maps in districts where the boundaries remain unchanged.Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito seemed willing to believe the state was well-intentioned when it adopted maps the lower court deemed okay for the 2012 election.“If you’re the attorney general or the Legislature in Texas and you want to take your best shot at a plan that will be accepted by the district court, wouldn’t you take the plan that the district court drafted?” Roberts questioned.The Legislature should have taken it as a “starting point” instead of using it as a “mask” for past discrimination, argued Allison Riggs, senior voting rights attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, who is representing some of the map challengers.“They wanted to end litigation by maintaining the discrimination against black and Latino voters, muffling their growing political voice in a state where black and Latino voters’ population is exploding,” Riggs told the court.The state’s defense of the 2013 strategy rests on its claims that it was taking the lower court at its word and working to end the litigation when it adopted the map it approved — an initiative that should be praised, argued Deputy U.S. Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler, who represented the about-face by the federal government in the case. Under the Obama administration, federal attorneys argued the state’s original maps were discriminatory.“The plaintiffs suggest that there’s something pernicious about ending litigation, but, to the contrary, the state Legislature’s acknowledging that there was prior discrimination, accepting what the district court did as a remedy…and enacting a new law, that’s something to be commended when a state Legislature proceeds in that manner,” Kneedler said.“Are you ending the litigation or are you ending the possibility of a court stopping you from discriminating?” Justice Sonia Sotomayor retorted.Determining whether the state can be held liable for intentionally discriminating against voters of color is key to the challengers’ efforts to persuade the courts to place Texas back under federal supervision.Because of the state’s racially fraught history, Texas for decades was on a list of states that needed the federal government’s permission, or “preclearance,” to change their election laws, a safeguard for voters of color. And federal courts scolded the Texas Legislature — whether led by Republicans or Democrats — for engaging in a pattern of racial discrimination in every redistricting cycle since 1970.But the Supreme Court wiped clean the list in 2013, noting that conditions for voters of color had “dramatically improved.”The court left open the possibility that future, purposeful discrimination could mean a return to preclearance.Noting that the state’s pattern of discriminating against voters of color continues to this day, Austin lawyer Renea Hicks — who is also representing the map challengers — made note of a quip by former Justice Antonin Scalia that defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.The Texas Legislature is not insane, Hicks offered, but it has shown it knows how to take on redistricting in way that diminishes the rights of voters of color.“So I would ask the court to look at it this way: If you’ve done it in 2011 and you know the outcome of it, discrimination is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting and achieving exactly the same results,” Hicks said. “And that’s what happened here.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFROThe District of Columbia Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME) recently had their original production and documentary, “Straight Crankin’ A Go-Go Documentary” selected for a second major film festival, but this time right at home. This year’s DC Black Film Festival is being held from August 15 – 17 at the Miracle Theatre and Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Black Reel Awards qualifying festival supports emerging Black artists, whose projects strive to diversify the industry, by exhibiting and highlighting their films, web series and television series for the industry, media and public. Straight Crankin’ A Go-Go Documentary  has been selected in the “Documentary Films” category.The DC Black Film Festival’s selection marks this film’s second major film festival selection this year. Straight Crankin’ A Go-Go Documentary was also selected for Atlanta’s BronzeLens Film Festival, which is set to take place at the end of August. This is the first time an original D.C. government production has been selected for multiple festivals. The selection follows the many recent accomplishments of OCTFME, including their first Emmy Award win in 2018 and their second Emmy nomination this year. District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser celebrated the documentary’s success.“There are so many amazing stories to tell about the history and culture of local D.C., of Chocolate City, and of the many Washingtonians who helped build the vibrant, diverse and inclusive city we live in today,” said Mayor Bowser. “As a fifth generation Washingtonian, I am proud to celebrate the joy and impact of a uniquely D.C. genre of music.  Now, Straight Crankin’ will help us spread the joy of Go-Go nationwide.”Made by a team proud of their D.C. culture and roots, Straight Crankin’ A Go-Go Documentary draws a spotlight to the history and community of Go-Go music. The 90-minute documentary features interviews with bands like Rare Essence, Backyard Band, and TCB, as well as managers, promoters and other people in the music industry. The documentary covers the impactful 40-year history of Go-Go music, its global reach, and most importantly, its cultural significance to the people of Washington, D.C.last_img read more

first_img We may all be Martians: New research supports theory that life started on Mars ( —A trio of researchers at the University of Nevada has found that phosphate found in minerals on Mars, is far more soluble than it is in natural Earth minerals. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the researchers describe how they synthesized mineral types found on Mars and then tested how well they dissolved in water releasing phosphate as compared to samples from natural Earth minerals. © 2013 Journal information: Nature Geoscience More information: Readily available phosphate from minerals in early aqueous environments on Mars, Nature Geoscience (2013) DOI: 10.1038/ngeo1923AbstractIf the chemistry essential to life was present in water-containing environments on Mars, the processes that led to life on Earth may have also occurred on the red planet1. Phosphate is one of the chemical nutrients thought to be essential for life and is also considered critical to reactions that may have led to life on Earth2, 3. However, low prebiotic availability of phosphate may have been a complicating factor in terrestrial abiogenesis2, 4, suggesting that a similar hurdle may have confronted the development of life on Mars. Phosphate available for biological reactions can be introduced into aqueous environments through dissolution of primary phosphate minerals during water–rock interactions, but little is known about the dissolution of the dominant phosphate minerals found in martian meteorites and presumably on Mars5, 6, 7, 8. Here we present dissolution rates, phosphate release rates and solubilities of phosphate minerals found in martian rocks as determined from laboratory measurements. Our experimental findings predict phosphate release rates during water–rock interactions on Mars that are as much as 45 times higher than on Earth and phosphate concentrations of early wet martian environments more than twice those of Earth. We suggest that available phosphate may have mitigated one of the hurdles to abiogenesis on Mars. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Researchers find phosphate in more soluble form on Mars (2013, September 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Synthetic crystals of the calcium phosphate mineral whitlockite similar to those used to produce the extraterrestrial mineral merrillite. If life ever arose on Mars, merrillite may have been a major source of biologically required phosphate. Largest crystal are ~1mm. Credit: C. T. Adcock / University of Nevada Las Vegas Most scientists agree that phosphate is a key ingredient for life. Put another way, they believe that life couldn’t have evolved without it. For that reason, scientists have been studying ways in which minerals that contain phosphate could have broken down to allow the phosphate to escape. Such studies have thus far found that minerals that hold phosphate on Earth are not very soluble—they don’t break down easily when soaked in sea water. That has led to what Earth scientists call “the phosphate problem.” How did life get started on Earth if there wasn’t enough phosphate around when life was first beginning? Some have suggested the answer is that it didn’t, instead, it started on another planet, such as Mars, and made its way here via meteorites. Prior research has already shown that Mars has much more phosphate than does Earth. In this new effort, the team in Nevada looked at minerals that exist on Mars to see if they might be more soluble in water as well.Lacking samples from Mars to test, the researchers synthesized chlorapatite and merrillite in their lab—two common phosphate bearing minerals found on the Red Planet. They then soaked samples in several tubs, each with a different pH level for varying amounts of time. As they did so, they measured how much phosphate made its way into the water and how long it took. In analyzing their results, the researchers found that more phosphate made its way into the water with both types of minerals and they did so at a faster rate than minerals that contain phosphate found naturally on Earth. In some cases, they report that the Mars rocks released phosphate up to 45 percent faster than Earth rocks.The findings by the team don’t prove that life began on Mars and migrated to Earth—after all, scientists have yet to prove life ever existed Mars. But it does add some credence to the argument that perhaps life did start somewhere other than our home planet, which if true, might mean it’s still out there waiting for us to discover it. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgExercises that improve coordination of muscles that support and control the spine offer a strategy to reduce pain and disability caused by lower back pain, finds a new study.Lower-back pain is one of the most common health conditions worldwide. It can have substantial health and economic costs as people experience disability and general ill health, leading them to need time off work.“Targeting the strength and coordination of muscles that support the spine through motor control exercise offers an alternative approach to treating lower back pain,” said lead author Bruno Saragiotto from The University of Sydney, Australia.Motor control exercise is a popular form of exercise that aims to improve coordination of the muscles that control and support the spine. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Patients are initially guided by a therapist to practise normal use of the muscles with simple tasks. As the patient’s skill increases the exercises become more complex and include the functional tasks that the person needs to perform during work and leisure activities. The study gathered together data from 29 randomised trials involving a total of 2,431 men and women, aged between 22 and 55 years old. The trials investigated the impact of using motor control exercises as a treatment for lower back pain compared with other forms of exercise or doing nothing.The researchers found that people who used motor control exercises experienced improvements, especially in pain and disability compared with minimal intervention.last_img read more

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India recently announced that 8.76 lakh Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) visited India in October this year as compared to FTAs of 7.42 lakh in October, 2016 and 6.83 lakh in October, 2015. The growth rate of FTAs in October, 2017 over October, 2016 has increased to 18.1%, compared to 8.6% in October, 2016 over October, 2015.This year so far, FTAs during the period January- October 2017 were 79.96 lakh with a growth of 15.8% over same period of the previous year, compared to FTAs of 69.05 lakh with a growth of 9.6% in January- October, 2016 over January- October, 2015.The percentage share of FTAs in India during October, 2017 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (21.66%) followed by USA (11.57%), UK (10.23%), Sri Lanka (3.79%), Canada (3.36%), Germany (3.17%), Australia (3.07%), France (2.81%), Russian Fed. (2.81%), Malaysia (2.76%), Japan (2.44%), Thailand (2.10%), China (1.93%), Nepal (1.66%) and the Republic of Korea (1.48%).Among the top 15 ports Delhi Airport was on top (32.56%) followed by Mumbai Airport (14.02%), Haridaspur Land Check Post (11.29%), Chennai Airport (6.10%), Bengaluru Airport (5.19%), Kolkata Airport (4.55%), Gede Rail Land Check Post (3.02%), Cochin Airport (2.70%), Dabolim (Goa) Airport, (2.58%), Hyderabad Airport (2.53%), Sonauli Land Check Post   (1.86%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.77%), Ghojadanga Land Check Post (1.64%), Amritsar Airport (1.53%) and Trivandrum Airport (1.20%) for FTAs in India during October 2017.On e-Tourist Visa, a total of 1.76 lakh foreign tourists arrived during the month of October, 2017, as compared to 1.05 lakh during the month of October, 2016 registering a growth of 67.3%. During January- October 2017, a total of 12.43 lakh foreign tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 7.81 lakh during January- October 2016, registering a growth of 59.2%.The percentage share of top 15 source countries availing e- Tourist Visa facilities during  October, 2017 was as follows: UK (18.2%), USA (9.7%), France (6.3%), Germany (6.0%), Australia (4.3%), Russian Federation (4.1%), Canada (3.9%), Thailand (3.7%), China (3.7%), Korea (Rep.of) (2.6%), Spain (2.3%), Oman (2.2%), Italy (2.2%), Netherlands (1.9%) and Malaysia (1.6%).The percentage share of top 15 ports in foreign tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during October 2017 was as follows: New Delhi Airport (53.0%), Mumbai Airport (16.6%), Bengaluru Airport (5.5%), Chennai Airport (5.3%), Dabolim (Goa) Airport (4.5%), Kochi Airport (3.5%), Kolkata Airport (2.5%), Hyderabad Airport (2.4%), Amritsar Airport (2.0%), Trivandrum Airport (1.1%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.0%), Jaipur Airport (0.7%), Gaya Airport (0.6%), Calicut Airport (0.4%) and Tirchy Airport (0.4%).last_img read more

first_img Down Payment 2017-08-11 Alison Rich Share August 11, 2017 620 Views Before they take their trip down the aisle, many millennials are hitching up for another kind of trip—and it’s taking a big bite out of their bottom line. Destination bachelor and bachelorette parties (think “The Hangover,” but hopefully without lost memory and missing friends) are “becoming the new norm” for many in that demographic, who eschew the traditional night out near home for a getaway to end all getaways, according to a report from Zillow.But instead of just waking up the next day feeling a bit under the weather, these globe-trotting partygoers have another more serious issue to contend with. And one that will stick around longer than a pounding headache or queasy tummy. “Those who attend just nine of these trips in a lifetime will have spent up to $13,788, or 34 percent of a down payment on the median U.S. home,” Zillow reports. Talk about some sobering news.A destination bachelor celebration costs on average $1,532, while a bachelorette fete will run you about $1,106, according to Zillow’s report. “Attending your friends’ bachelor or bachelorette parties can be a trip of a lifetime,” said Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow Chief Marketing Officer. “While everyone’s budget and priorities are different, big ticket expenses like vacations can add up surprisingly quickly—a lot faster than a $19 avocado toast.”Sixty-nine percent of millennials contend that owning a home is necessary to live the American Dream, yet saving money for a down payment is often their biggest barrier to homeownership, Zillow says.So maybe those hometown shindigs aren’t such a bad idea after all.center_img Not-So Wedded Bliss in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

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