Nunavut sees eight per cent growth in population

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut’s population has risen eight per cent between 2006 and 2011.That means 31,906 people are now living in Canada’s newest territory.The population growth is tied to fertility rates. Women in Nunavut have 3.2 children on average.Nunavut, however, has an alleged population density of zero.Why is that?When you divide 1,877,787 square kilometres by just over 30,000 people, you end up with a population density of zero.last_img

Devour Super Bowl ad

NEW YORK — Sex sells … frozen food dishes?Kraft Heinz’ frozen-food brand Devour is trying to make waves during its Super Bowl debut with an ad taking a humorous jab at one man’s “frozen food porn addiction.”Super Bowl ads have long used raunchiness and sex stand out during the Super Bowl, advertising’s biggest stage. But the approach runs the risk of offending the audience.The stakes are high since a 30-second ad can cost more than a reported $5 million.Devour says the 60-second version that debuted online Wednesday is “uncensored” and that a toned-down, 30-second version will air during the Super Bowl 53 broadcast Feb. 3.Mae Anderson, The Associated Press read more

Security must improve before displaced in Darfur can return home – UN

Darfur’s hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) will only return to their home villages and areas once security conditions improve and basic services are operating, the top United Nations humanitarian official said today after visiting one of the war-wracked Sudanese region’s biggest IDP camps. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes met with IDP representatives at South Darfur state’s Ed Daein camp, which is currently home to an estimated 50,000 people. “Clearly, after living in camps – in some cases for over three years – they are frustrated,” he said. “While they expressed a strong desire to return to their home areas, all the people I spoke with were unequivocal that they would only be able to do so when security conditions were right and services were in place.” In total, at least 2.2 million Darfurians are either internally displaced or live as refugees in neighbouring countries because of fighting between rebels, Government forces, allied militia and tribal groups since 2003. More than 200,000 others have been killed. Mr. Holmes also met today with aid workers to discuss the continuing challenges they face in trying to bring relief in Darfur, where car hijackings, assaults and harassment have become increasingly common. “Many organizations also expressed their frustration at bureaucratic impediments which continue to hamper an effective and efficient response,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a media statement. A combination of poor rainfall, infestations and birds mean there could be a poor harvest this season, and UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are warning about a serious food gap emerging, possibly as early as January next year. While in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, the Emergency Relief Coordinator held a short meeting with the Wali, or provincial governor, to discuss mutual concerns about the situation. Tomorrow Mr. Holmes is scheduled to travel to El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur and the home of the planned hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID), for talks with UN staff, partner organizations and local authorities. 30 November 2007Darfur’s hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) will only return to their home villages and areas once security conditions improve and basic services are operating, the top United Nations humanitarian official said today after visiting one of the war-wracked Sudanese region’s biggest IDP camps. read more

Global Fund on AIDS TB and Malaria expected to approve almost 1

The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is expected to approve requests from almost 100 countries for $950 million over two years to support programmes to combat the global scourges that kill over 6 million people annually.The Fund’s Board is expected to give the green light to the proposals at a meeting in Guatemala City from 31 October to 3 November. But some grants may have to wait for further donor pledges because the Fund has a current shortfall of around $300 million, the Fund said in a press release today.“This robust demand for new resources shows that countries both need and can absorb substantial additional resources to fight the three pandemics,” said Professor Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund.“Donors are being presented with high-quality programmes which will save thousands of lives and build a global response to these three pandemics. Donor countries must respond to this challenge by pledging sufficient additional resources so all recommended programs can be funded.”In May, the Global Fund issued its sixth call for proposals for grant funding and, after careful scrutiny, the independently constituted Technical Review Panel has recommended 85 requests for $949 million over two years ahead of the meeting later this month of the Board.Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has become the world’s primary financing mechanism for programmes against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, financing 20 percent of international projects against AIDS worldwide, as well as two thirds of all international tuberculosis and malaria programmes.The Fund is a global partnership between Governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities and represents a new approach to international health financing. It is not an implementing agency but relies on local ownership and planning to ensure that new resources are directed to programs on the frontline of this global effort to reach those most in need. It has approved grants for 386 programmes in 132 countries with a total commitment of $5.5 billion. read more

Xrays reveal secret side to Picassos blue period masterpiece

first_imgThe original landscape hidden behind Picasso’s La Misereuse accroupieCredit:PA La Miséreuse accroupie, 1902. Oil on canvas La Miséreuse accroupie, 1902. Oil on canvasCredit:Art Gallery of Ontario The woman’s back was once a Catalonian landscapeCredit:PA X-rays revealing what's beneath Picasso's painting Picasso masterpiece x-ray reveal different landscape The garden was a popular spot for artists at the time, and the lost oil painting bears similarities to the work of Santiago Rusinol, a great friend of Picasso, and the leader of the Catalan modernist movement.“We know that Santiago Rusino painted this site and we believe other younger Catalan painters would have painted this site too,” said Kenneth Brummel, assistant curator of modern art at the Art Gallery of Ontario.“Because we have not uncovered a signature we cannot attribute the painting to any particular individual, but we are confident it was a younger artist, who lived in or around Barcelona at the turn of the century.”La Miséreuse accroupie was created at the height of Picasso’s Blue Period in 1902, when the artist was suffering from major depression following the suicide of his friend Carlos Casagemas, who shot himself to death in a Paris café.  Reflected in his art, his glum mood led to a series of paintings composed almost entirely in blue and green hues, featuring prostitutes, beggars and drunks. The gloomy subjects and somber colours proved deeply unpopular with the public, and Picasso struggled to sell the work, falling into a period of poverty.Around the same time as the painting Picasso was moving away from Rusinol and the Barcelona artists so the re-use of the canvas could have been a deliberate attempt to destroy the work of former associates, or simply out of necessity because he could no longer afford fresh materials. Researchers suspected there may be another painting underneath because of an uneven texture on the paint, which had cracked revealing unexpected colours underneath. Picasso was also known to paint over other compositions without scraping away the paint beneath and is known to have worked over other artist’s work during his Blue Period. X-rays taken 20 years ago had suggested another composition was beneath but it was only with new technology that the full details emerged. The breakthrough came when senior conservator Sandra Webster-Cook rotated the landscape clockwise by 90 degrees and noticed it matched the woman’s back.center_img The new scans revealed details about the original composition of the painting showing that Picasso originally intended for the woman to be holding bread, a depiction found in a watercolour by Picasso dating from the same year. “The works of art are linked and it allows us to understand what Picasso is thinking about,” said Marc Walton, a research professor at Northwestern University where the imagine techniques were developed. “So what is this hand holding bread – is it a scene of the eucharist, is it something that is religious but he then decides to paint over it because he doesn’t want that connotation in this particular painting? “He used the landscape as inspiration for the shape of the woman. “The hills that were painted in the background become the contours of her back and he uses, it is part of the genius of Picasso, that he sees things in shapes and forms that other people wouldn’t see and then he transforms them into these quintessential works of art.”The new findings were presented at the AAAS annual meeting in Austin, Texas.  Mr Brummel added: “It became evident to both of us that Picasso repurposed the line formed by the ridge of the hills in the background of the landscape as the contour of the right-hand side of the crouching woman. “The similarities in shape and placement of these two forms prompted us to mobilize the resources and support to explore the relationship between the underlying landscape and the visible surface of the painting more deeply.”John Delaney, senior imaging scientist at the National Gallery of Art, also studied the painting with infrared reflectance hyperspectral imaging, which records underlying images depending on their relative transparency of the paint layers.  Picasso hidden side Distribution maps of a few elements characteristic of the pigments present in the different paint layers of La Miséreuse accroupieCredit:PA At first glance the undulating lines of Pablo Picasso’s La Miséreuse accroupie (The Crouching Woman) appear to have been meticulously placed to hint at a shoulder, waist and hip beneath the beggar’s green cloak.But new scans of the Blue Period masterpiece suggest that the Spanish artist actually traced the contours of her back from an image of Barcelona on the canvas beneath.X-rays have revealed an entirely different scene below Picasso’s work, which experts think was a painting of the Parc del Labertint d’Horta, a formal garden on the outskirts of the city.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Behaviour of health care workers at GPHC not acceptable CEO

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNewly-appointed GPHC boss aims to better public image of hospitalJune 14, 2017In “latest news”HERO medical team completes 31 successful surgeries in GuyanaMarch 16, 2018In “Health”Government to address shortage of nurses – Dr. NortonJuly 28, 2016In “Health” Retired Brigadier, George Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of the GPHCIn admitting that some nurses and doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) have bad attitudes, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Hospital, Brigadier (Ret’d) George Lewis during an interview with this media group said that the Institute is working to tackle the issue through training.The CEO explained that he received quite a number of complaints from patients when it comes to the attitude of nurses as well as some doctors.He noted, “The behaviour of not only nurses but of health care workers in general has not been one that is acceptable”.Lewis was keen to note that while some health care workers may have unacceptable attitudes, there are a number of other dedicated and hardworking professionals who ought to be recognized for their service as well. “However in every barrel there might be one and two bad apples and we are working to address that,” he said.According to him, the Hospital hopes to address this issue through training for their health workers.“When we address it through training we are looking at letting the persons understand what is the acceptable behaviour (and) what we expect from them and we think that by providing training, it will help to alleviate the situation,” the CEO noted.He was sure to point out that the attitude of those health care providers will not change overnight but the Hospital will “over a period of time” reduce the amount of reports being received.According to him training has begun with those health care providers. He explained, “We are doing training with two fronts. In some cases it’s in-house, locally at Georgetown Public Hospital where we are doing customer care training. In some cases we bring in facilitators from outside of the hospital”.In addition to that he said that a number of other programmes are ongoing at the Accident and Emergency Department which is working along with a University by the name of Vanderbilt.These programmes are designed to help the Emergency nurses when it comes to professionalism, behaviour, attitude, knowledge and other areas the CEO said.“We are hoping that over time and with training, we are going to eliminate this problem,” the optimistic head asserted.Patients have often times complained about not getting the quality service they require at the GPHC. read more

Une bactérie inconnue découverte dans un lac caché sous lAntarctique

first_imgUne bactérie inconnue découverte dans un lac caché sous l’AntarctiqueVendredi, des scientifiques russes ont affirmé avoir découvert une bactérie inconnue dans le lac Vostok enfouie sous des kilomètres de glace en Antarctique. Après plus de deux décennies de forage, une équipe russe est parvenue en février 2012 à prélever des échantillons dans le lac Vostok, l’un des endroits les plus inaccessibles de la Terre. En effet, ce lac est enfoui sous plus de 3.700 mètres de glace en Antarctique et abrite ainsi un monde protégé de l’extérieur depuis des millions d’années. Un environnement que les scientifiques rêvent de pouvoir étudier depuis des décennies et on dirait qu’ils avaient bien raison.Alors que les premières analyses des prélèvements effectués avaient déçu, les chercheurs russes ont fait une annonce d’importance vendredi : ils auraient découvert une bactérie encore inconnue dans le lac Vostok. C’est en étudiant l’ADN des micro-organismes identifiés dans les échantillons que les scientifiques ont constaté l’existence de celle-ci. Pour poser un nom sur chacun des spécimens présents, ils ont fait appel à une vaste base de données mais n’ont rien trouvé qui correspondait à cette bactérie. Celle-ci était seulement similaire à 86% aux bactéries déjà connues sur Terre.Une vie “non classifiée et non identifiée” Mieux encore : les scientifiques n’ont même pas pu affilier cette bactérie avec d’autres. “Après avoir écarté tous les éléments possibles de contamination, l’ADN n’a coïncidé avec aucun des types bien connus de la base de données. Nous avons qualifié cette vie comme non classifiée et non identifiée”, a expliqué Sergey Bulat, un généticien du Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics cité par RIA Novosti. Pour l’heure, cette conclusion reste à confirmer mais elle a d’ores et déjà attiré l’attention de nombreux scientifiques. En effet, les formes de vie sont façonnées par leur environnement qui est lui-même souvent modifié par ses mêmes formes. Aussi, en savoir plus sur les bactéries qu’abritent le lac Vostok pourrait permettre aux chercheurs de mieux comprendre à quoi ressemble la vie des espèces dans ces eaux piégées dans les glaces depuis des millions d’années.  “L’étude d’observation des organismes et de leur environnement est réellement une étude de l’écologie. En apprendre davantage sur les formes de vie qu’abrite Vostok, nous permettra probablement d’en savoir un peu plus sur le lac lui-même”, a indiqué Alison Murray, professeur associé au Desert Research Institute, un groupe de recherche environnemental basé au Nevada. Interrogée par OurAmazingPlanet, cette scientifique a précisé que l’équipe russe, auteur de la découverte était très consciencieuse et avait certainement réalisé plusieurs tests avant d’annoncer sa découverte. Une découverte qui doit être confirméeÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’après elle, les 86% de similarité découverts sont un indicateur plausible qu’il s’agit d’une nouvelle bactérie. Dans la mesure où toute vie terrestre est reliée d’une manière ou d’une autre, toute valeur en dessous de 80% aurait paru suspecte, a t-elle souligné. Néanmoins, cette découverte ne convainc pas encore tous les scientifiques qui appellent à davantage de vérifications.”Ce type de ‘communique de presse’ scientifique est un peu dangereux. Cela nécessite réellement de passer par la rigueur d’une relecture par d’autres experts du domaine avant que je ne ‘saute à bord’. Que d’autres [scientifiques] regardent leurs méthodes et leurs données fournira un soutien à leurs conclusions”, a commenté pour OurAmazingPlanet Peter Doran, un microbiologiste de l’université de l’Illinois. Mais “si c’est vrai, c’est très excitant”, a t-il ajouté. L’équipe russe prévoit de réaliser une nouvelle collecte d’échantillons en mai prochain et d’atteindre le fond du lac à l’horizon 2014. La profondeur de l’eau en dessous du trou de forage est estimée à 600-700 mètres. “Si nous découvrons dans cette eau les mêmes groupes d’organismes, nous pourrons être sûrs d’avoir découvert sur Terre une nouvelle forme de vie qui n’existe dans aucune base de données”, a ainsi estimé M. Bulat. Le 8 mars 2013 à 10:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les oiseaux respectent les limitations de vitesse

first_imgLes oiseaux respectent les limitations de vitesse !Selon une étude qui a été publiée il y a deux jours, les oiseaux adapteraient leur envol aux abords des routes en fonction des limitations de vitesse.Selon de très sérieux travaux publiés dans les lettres de la biologie de la revue britannique Royal Society, les oiseaux adapteraient leur envol aux abords des routes en fonction des limitations de vitesse.Comme l’explique Pierre Legagneux, un chercheur spécialisé dans le comportement écologiste à l’Université du Québec à Rimouski, les oiseaux comme n’importe quel autre animal, se prémunissent de leurs prédateurs. Pour eux, cela équivaut à évaluer, dans leur environnement, à quelle vitesse un danger va arriver sur eux et le temps dont ils disposent pour s’envoler.De fait, les oiseaux ont pris la mesure de la vitesse généralement respectée par les véhicules.Pour vérifier cela, M. Legagneux et Simon Ducatez ont sillonné les routes de campagne de l’ouest de la France pendant un an. Ils ont ainsi pu observer le comportement de 21 espèces d’oiseaux dans des zones de vitesse variables : 20, 50, 90 ou 110 km/heure. Les deux chercheurs ont calculé la vitesse des oiseaux depuis leur envol pour éviter le véhicule, jusqu’au moment où celui-ci atteint la dernière position du volatile au sol. Réactifs à la vitesse moyenne autorisée sur la route ! À lire aussiCette perruche imite à la perfection R2-D2, le robot de Star WarsAinsi, les deux scientifiques ont constaté que “les oiseaux ne réagissaient pas à la vitesse de la voiture mais à la vitesse moyenne autorisée sur la route”, a indiqué Pierre Legagneux à l’AFP.Au final, un tel comportement animal plaide pour le respect des limitations de vitesse afin de préserver les espèces d’oiseaux menacées, en particulier dans les zones habitées. En effet, “quand on dépasse la limite de vitesse, cela devient plus dangereux pour les oiseaux qui n’adaptent pas leurs réponses aux dangers qui arrivent”, soulignent les scientifiques. Par ailleurs il semblerait que  les oiseaux “associent les intersections avec des vitesses limitées comme un moyen d’abaisser le risque de collision”.Le 23 août 2013 à 17:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Last Last Jedi Trailer is Here You Can Stop Watching Bad Football

first_img Every so often, society finds a way to trick us into watching some sporting event we’d rather skip. The last time they did this was in June, when the Black Panther trailer aired in the middle of an NBA finals game everyone knew the outcome of. Now they’re doing it again with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and a game that matters even less. If you’re one of the many people who sat through tonight’s match-up between the… (frantically googles) Vikings and the Bears? Oh god, I’m so sorry. You can stop now. The trailer is here and you’re now free to spend your time doing literally anything else. Like watching the new Star Wars trailer over and over again.Before you watch it, you should know that it is pretty spoilery. This late in the game, the trailers that come out are typically filled with story details. If you’d rather be completely surprised, skip this one, buy your ticket and wait for December 15. If you don’t care about spoilers and just want to see as much cool Star Wars stuff as soon as possible, buckle up, this is the trailer for you. There’s no shame in either option. Even Rian Johnson has a hard time recommending this trailer, and he’s the guy who made the movie. Stay on target I a legitimately torn. If you want to come in clean, absolutely avoid it. But it’s gooooood….. https://t.co/Y29K5yz8i4— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) October 8, 2017He is right about that last part. The full trailer is embedded below, and if you’re not the type that cares about spoilers, it’s fantastic. This world where we get a new Star Wars movie every year, continues to be pretty great.Told you. More importantly, the release of this trailer means you can now buy tickets to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. What are you still doing here? You’ve seen the trailer, now go! Get your tickets. If tonight is anything like it was when The Force Awakens tickets went on sale, all the ticketing sites will be a little slow due to the sudden influx of every Star Wars fan trying to access them at once. Keep trying. You may inadvertently make the problem worse, but hey. Gotta get those tickets.Once you do, the real hard part begins: Waiting more than two months before you can use them. Judging by the trailer, the wait will only make it sweeter when we finally get to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 15, 2017.center_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

Firefighters put out warehouse blaze in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire triggered an emergency evacuation at a warehouse in Fort Lauderdale.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the fire along Southwest Second Avenue and Southwest 31st Street, Tuesday.The spread from a truck in the area to the warehouse.Firefighters quickly worked to douse the flames as they battled the blaze both from the ground and from the building’s roof.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Meghan Markle planning to make this Shocking move Duchess of Sussex wants

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle may have had enough of the Royal Family. Apparently, Meghan Markle is planning to move Prince Harry and son Archie to the United States to escape the “shadow” of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and her husband Prince William, royal commentator Rob Shuter claimed.Meghan Markle is planning to relocate her family to the United States to “return to her family” and to get out of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s shadow, according to Mr. Shuter. Though Meghan Markle may wish that she could leave the Royal Palace far behind and move to the United States, the reality of her situation might make it highly unlikely. The Duchess of Sussex may not be able to leave the Royal Family and her Royal duties on a whim. Especially, if the Queen has something to say about it.The commentator cited royal sources who suggested the Duchess of Sussex is not “happy coming in second place” behind her in-laws. Speaking on his iHeart Radio show, Mr. Shuter said: “Meghan Markle is leaving Britain with her prince and baby. Meghan Markle refuses to move to Africa, she wants to come to the USA.”  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesThe expert claims that Meghan Markle wants to move away from Kate Middleton. There have been reports of an alleged feud between the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge, but moving to a different country to avoid a person seems a little too much. The expert added: “Meghan knows if she stays in Britain, this will always mean living in their shadow. Meghan is not the type of girl who is happy coming in second place.”We have to say that these claims seem a little far-fetched, but we wouldn’t put it past Meghan Markle to at least try. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

ACC director 3 others summoned for imprisoning wrong person

first_imgThe High Court has summoned a director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and three other government officials to explain why a person named Jahlam, instead of the real accused, had been in jail for the past three years.According to news agency UNB, the four summoned officials were a representative selected by the ACC director, representatives from home and law ministries and plaintiff of the cases.A bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader on Monday passed the suo moto order following a newspaper report published by Prothom Alo under the headline “Wrong accused in jail in 33 cases: Sir, I am Jahlam, not Salek.”Supreme Court lawyer Amit Das Gupta placed the news report before the High Court.The court also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the wrong accused will not be excused from the case and why measures will not be taken to free him from jail.Secretaries of home ministry, law ministry, ACC chairman, ACC DG (law), plaintiff of case, National Human Right Commission Chairman, IG prison, managing director of Sonali Bank were asked to respond to the rule.The report said Jahlam, a jute factory worker, has been serving in jail in place of real accused Abu Salek in 33 cases of embezzling Tk 180 million from Sonali Bank.Jahlam’s will be completing three years in jail on 6 February and now ACC’s investigation found Jahlam innocent in one case and he secured bail in one case while waiting to get bail in rest of the cases.The whole thing started five years back when a letter of ACC reached Jahlam’s house in Tangail asking him to appear before it at 9:30am on 18 December, 2014.The letter also said Jahlam has embezzled Tk 180 million from Sonali Bank using fake voucher.last_img read more

Freeze Warning For Harris County High School Student Shot To Death In

first_img Share Tuesday, November 13, 2018Top afternoon stories:PexelsFreeze Warning Issued For Harris CountyHarris County will see sub-freezing temperatures Tuesday night, prompting the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue a freeze warning for the county.The freeze warning is in effect from midnight to 9:00 am Wednesday, with temperatures expected to drop to 27-32 degrees.To prepare for the cold weather, the NWS says people should take care of the “Four Ps”:• People: Keep warm by dressing in layers. Check on any elderly family or neighbors that may need assistance.• Pets: Dogs and cats get cold too. Bring them inside to keep them healthy and safe. Have plenty of food and water for them.• Plants: Cover or bring in delicate plants to keep them from freezing.• Pipes: Cover exposed pipes to prevent freezing and breaks, and disconnect outdoor hoses.The NWS also recommends having a flashlight, extra batteries, a portable cell phone charger, warm clothes, blankets and a weather radio on hand in case the power goes out.Houston Police DepartmentTroy Finner, executive assistant chief with the Houston Police Department (second from left).Student Shot To Death In River OaksAn 18 year-old Lamar High School student was shot to death Tuesday in the River Oaks area, the Houston Police Department reported.HPD Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner said the shooting occurred around 12:15 p.m. at the 2800 block of Bammel Lane, which is about a four minute walking distance from the high school, which is part of the Houston Independent School District.Finner said the victim and a female were standing and “they were approached by three suspects.” “One suspect walked up and started firing,” Finner added.The male victim was transported to Ben Taub Hospital and was pronounced dead.Finner said he thinks the victim was “targeted” and added he doesn’t rule out the possibility that the shooting was gang related.Ed Mayberry/Houston Public MediaJared Woodfill.Raid At Office Of Prominent LawyerLocal law enforcement raided Monday the office of Jared Woodfill, a prominent Houston lawyer and former chairman of the Harris County Republican Party.The Houston Chronicle reported there are two formal complaints against Woodfill accusing him of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients’ trust accounts.Investigators spent hours searching the office and left with boxes of documents, according to news reports.The Harris County Republican Party said in a statement that “Mr. Woodfill has had no role or involvement in the Harris County Republican Party since he since he was defeated and left office in 2014” and added the matter regarding the raid “is one for the criminal justice system and it would be inappropriate to comment on any pending investigation.”Woodfill was chairman of the county’s Republican Party from 2002 until 2014.last_img read more

Infinity Ward confirms CoD Ghosts is only 720p on Xbox One

first_imgYesterday I reported a rumor that Call of Duty: Ghosts was set to run at native 1080p on PS4, but only 720p on Xbox One. This was backed up by Microsoft evading questions asking for confirmation, and Infinity Ward releasing preview footage from the PS4 version.Today, Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin has confirmed that this is the case. Ghosts is native 1080p on PS4, but will be 720p upscaled to 1080p on the Xbox One. And the reason is one of performance.Although Rubin hasn’t gone into detail, he states that both versions of the game have been optimized to ensure they run at 60fps. Clearly in order to achieve that the Xbox One had to take a resolution hit, which isn’t exactly encouraging for Microsoft.But as I said in the rumor post, these are launch games and developers are working with console software and libraries that is still be worked on and optimized. It could just be a case of the PS4 tools and libraries being in a more mature state than Microsoft’s. However, if this is the case for Ghosts, it would not be surprising to see other launch games doing the same thing. Both Titanfall and Battlefield 4 are expected to be 720p games on Xbox One. Battlefield 4 on PS4, however, runs at 1600 x 900.If you have your heart set on an Xbox One then this news shouldn’t concern you too much. The fact is you’re still getting a game that runs at 60fps in high definition. It’s going to look great, and it’s not like you’re going to be viewing the game next to the PS4 version as you play it.Sony will likely use this as a marketing opportunity, and rightly so. It’s the start of a new console generation and both companies will utilize every advantage they can to get gamers to buy their machine.last_img read more

Androgenetic species of clam utilizes rare gene capture

first_imgCorbicula fluminea. Image credit: USGS 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Androgenetic species of clam utilizes rare gene capture (2011, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-androgenetic-species-clam-rare-gene.html The Corbicula clam is a freshwater species of clams that originated in China and Taiwan but can now be found all over the world. The clams utilize asexual reproduction known as androgensis where the offspring are essentially clones of the male parent. Asexual reproduction lacks genetic recombination and can eventually lead to mutations and possible lineage extinction. This new study reveals that the Corbicula clam may have just found a way to avoid this mutation issue.Hillis and his team looked at the genomes of 19 Corbicula species found throughout the world (both sexual and asexual) and found groups of genes which belonged to one species would show up in another one. This would not occur if the asexual species were strict with their cloning. Hillis found that these clams were essentially using the eggs of other species and occasionally capturing the maternal nuclear DNA in order to replenish the clone’s lineage and avoid lineage mutations.The Corbicula clam is also known for its sudden population increases and has become a pest in many areas of the world. Hillis now plans to look at if there is a connection between the population booms and this rare gene capture event. Explore further More information: Rare gene capture in predominantly androgenetic species, PNAS, Published online before print May 23, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1106742108AbstractThe long-term persistence of completely asexual species is unexpected. Although asexuality has short-term evolutionary advantages, a lack of genetic recombination leads to the accumulation over time of deleterious mutations. The loss of individual fitness as a result of accumulated deleterious mutations is expected to lead to reduced population fitness and possible lineage extinction. Persistent lineages of asexual, all-female clones (parthenogenetic and gynogenetic species) avoid the negative effects of asexual reproduction through the production of rare males, or otherwise exhibit some degree of genetic recombination. Another form of asexuality, known as androgenesis, results in offspring that are clones of the male parent. Several species of the Asian clam genus Corbicula reproduce via androgenesis. We compared gene trees of mitochondrial and nuclear loci from multiple sexual and androgenetic species across the global distribution of Corbicula to test the hypothesis of long-term clonality of the androgenetic species. Our results indicate that low levels of genetic capture of maternal nuclear DNA from other species occur within otherwise androgenetic lineages of Corbicula. The rare capture of genetic material from other species may allow androgenetic lineages of Corbicula to mitigate the effects of deleterious mutation accumulation and increase potentially adaptive variation. Models comparing the relative advantages and disadvantages of sexual and asexual reproduction should consider the possibility of rare genetic recombination, because such events seem to be nearly ubiquitous among otherwise asexual species. (PhysOrg.com) — In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, biologist David Hillis from the University of Texas shows how the freshwater Corbicula clam utilizes rare gene capture to avoid the accumulation of mutations in their androgenetic lines. Study shows value of sexual reproduction versus asexual reproductionlast_img read more

MOF speedboat study adds spark to smart autonomous motors

first_img “Autonomous motors of a metal–organic framework powered by reorganization of self-assembled peptides at interfaces” has been published in the journal Nature Materials. The journal presents new research in materials science and engineering. The study authors noted that a variety of microsystems have been developed that harness energy and convert it to mechanical motion, but they have developed “new autonomous biochemical motors by integrating a metal–organic framework (MOF) and self-assembling peptides.”.The team designed a type of molecular motor that is capable of propelling itself across a liquid surface. They used a highly porous MOF device constructed to leak organic peptide molecules out of the slit, which propels the boat. “The MOF is applied as an energy-storing cell that assembles peptides inside nanoscale pores of the coordination framework,” they wrote. The researchers, led by Hiroshi Matsui of Hunter College, filled the pores in an MOF with the peptide diphenylalanine and floated the particles on water. Adding ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) partially degraded the MOF which allowed the peptide to escape from the pores. “The neat MOF particle is descended immediately to the bottom of the EDTA solution with no transitional and rotational motions and it does not decompose visibly under the microscope in the time frame of this experimental setting,” they wrote.Explaining their work further, Chemistry World, the Royal Society of Chemistry publication, said. “Upon reaching the water, the peptide spontaneously reassembles into a hydrophobic aggregate, reducing the surface tension at that point. The creation of a surface-tension gradient forces the particles to move towards the area with higher surface tension, a phenomenon known as the Marangoni effect.”Scientific efforts to imitate nature’s motile life forms have been part of the quest for autonomous microscopic machines. The study authors said that “This demonstration opens the route towards new applications of MOFs and reconfigurable molecular self-assembly, possibly evolving into a smart autonomous motor capable of mimicking swimming bacteria and, with integrated recognition units, harvesting target chemicals.” The authors are Yasuhiro Ikezoe, Gosuke Washino, Takashi Uemura, Susumu Kitagawa and Hiroshi Matsui. Credit: Kyoto University ‘Seeding’ the next generation of smart materials © 2012 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Research towards self-propelling microscopic machines has a boost in the form of a newly published study by researchers at City University of New York-Hunter College and Kyoto University in Japan. They worked out a ‘molecular motor’ that can move, speedboat-style, across a liquid surface. Journal information: Nature Materialscenter_img Citation: MOF speedboat study adds spark to smart autonomous motors (2012, October 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-mof-speedboat-smart-autonomous-motors.html Explore further More information: www.nature.com/nmat/journal/va … t/full/nmat3461.htmlNature Materials, 2012, DOI: 10.1038/nmat3461 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

What Does Big Tech Know About You Basically Everything

first_imgFebruary 5, 2019 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The seemingly endless stream of Facebook privacy scandals of late — including the latest involving users as young as 13 years old — may have you questioning how much the social network and other tech giants actually know about you.Here’s a hint: practically everything.The folks at Security Baron examined the privacy policies of Facebook, Google, Apple, Twitter, Amazon, and Microsoft and put together a handy infographic showing the types of data each company admits to collecting. For Facebook and others, data is money. But just how much these tech giants actually know about you might be surprising.As you can see in the infographic below, Facebook is particularly data-hungry, even gathering information about your work, income level, race, religion, political views, and the ads you click in addition to more commonly collected data points such as your phone number, email address, location, and the type of devices you use.”Facebook is unusually aggressive,” Security Baron pointed out. “This data can be exploited by advertisers and (hopefully not nefarious) others.”Twitter, in comparison, is “comparatively hands-off,” the site notes. The microblogging service, for instance, doesn’t collect your name, gender, or birthday (Facebook, Google, and Microsoft all do), but Twitter does know your phone number, email address, time zone, what videos you watch, and more.Google and Microsoft, meanwhile, are the other big players when it comes to collecting data.”With Cortana listening in and Gmail seeing all of your emails, the ubiquitous nature of Google and Microsoft gives them access to an uncomfortably large amount of your information,” Security Baron wrote.Check out the full infographic below to see what Facebook, Google, Apple, Twitter, Amazon, and Microsoft may know about you. For tips on securing your digital privacy, check our story, “Online Data Protection 101: Don’t Let Big Tech Get Rich Off Your Info. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

Driver allegedly loses control and hits embankment on N11

first_imgClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A light motor vehicle was involved in a crash on the N11 just before the Clover bend on Saturday night (July 7).It is believed that the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit an embankment.Also read: 3 vehicles involved in crash just past ColensoEmergency officials were on scene.The driver sustained moderate injuries and was stabilised at the scene before being transported to hospital for further treatment.last_img read more

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