first_imgThe tourists in Covent Garden will get an eyeful tomorrow morning, 23rd May, when Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan unveils her sexy new PETA campaign.In the ad, which was shot by top celebrity photographer Trevor Leighton, the newly-crowned ‘FHM Sexiest Woman in the UK’ appears with her naked body covered only in “reptile” paint next to the words “Exotic Skins Belong in the Jungle. Leave Wildlife out of Your Wardrobe”.Those wishing to be there for the launch of the campaign can catch a glimpse of Helen at the northeast corner of Covent Garden Piazza, opposite London Transport Museum, starting at 11:30.“Spring is the perfect time to clean the cruelty from our closets”, says Flanagan. “I know when people see PETA’s video, they won’t want anything to do with the exotic-skins industry and will join me in leaving wildlife out of their wardrobes.”Why do exotic skins make Flanagan’s skin crawl? As shown in PETA’s exposé of the exotic-skins trade, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, snakes, alligators and other exotic animals who are killed for their skins suffer immensely. They are commonly nailed to trees, bludgeoned with hammers and skinned alive, and it often takes hours for the animals to die, usually from shock or dehydration.For more information on how you can help Helen and PETA put an end to the mistreatment of animals, visit read more

first_imgBut that changed last month when TIFF emailed Machado, who identifies as Latinx (a gender-neutral form of “Latina” and Latino”), inviting her to attend as part of its new Media Inclusion Initiative.For the first time this year, TIFF is aiming to grow the diversity of the press corps covering the festival by 20 per cent. That amounts to up to 200 new critics and reporters who offer greater representation in the areas of cultural heritage, gender, sexual orientation and disability.TIFF says it’s responding to requests from the industry to expand the range of the conversation and opinions at the festival.“Often what happens is you get a particular response at a film festival premiere of a film that just reflects the media that happens to be there, the industry that happens to be there,” says Cameron Bailey, the festival’s artistic director.“Then the film goes out into the broader population and the reaction may be different — it might be stronger, it might be less strong, it might be just a different character of a reaction — and that’s because the general populace of filmgoers is often not reflected in who gets to attend the major festivals, and that’s for all kinds of historical reasons.”As part of the initiative, TIFF included a voluntary survey in its press accreditation form this year to get a sense of journalists’ backgrounds and how they identify.TIFF also reached out to entertainment writers and commentators who reflect the range of opinion they’re looking for but hadn’t been to the festival before. They offered them full press passes for the festival.Using funding from a combination of corporate donors, industry donors and public donations, TIFF offered almost 100 of the critics hotel accommodations for four nights during the festival and a reimbursement of their flight costs to get to Toronto.TIFF is also encouraging press to sign up for the Time’s Up Critical database, which aims to create greater diversity among critics and entertainment reporters. The initiative stems from the Time’s Up movement.“Access to these festivals is essential, especially if you want to be considered a professional,” Machado says.“The more access that they give us, the better playing field that we have and the more diverse the film criticism will be.”Danielle Solzman, a transgender freelancer writer in Chicago, says she reached out to TIFF as soon as she heard about the initiative. She now has accreditation to cover the festival for the first time this year.“I think it does make a difference, especially when close to 80 per cent (of film critics), at least on Rotten Tomatoes, are cisgender white men,” Solzman says.“Females, people of colour, LGBTQ — a lot of us don’t get the same amount of opportunities. I feel like I have to scream into the void to be heard…. If you’re not writing for the right outlet, it’s very hard to get on the press list.”Joelle Monique, a freelance film critic in Los Angeles, is also covering TIFF this year after the festival reached out to her.“I know there are so many good writers and strong voices of critique out there, people who are able and willing to do the job but just can’t get into the spaces,” Monique says.“I don’t begrudge anybody who is there — the film community at large is a wonderful place to live and work and thrive in — but to know that there are so many marginalized voices who could do the work who just can’t get into the room, that’s frustrating.”Filmmakers seem pleased with the initiative.“I think it’s a great idea because it’s better than having the bigger players writing about things and getting the credentials where the smaller players are left out,” says two-time Oscar-nominated director Gus Van Sant, who recently released the film “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.”“Inclusiveness and opening the doors, finding ways to bring underrepresented people into the industry, we have to do that,” adds Emmy-nominated director Kari Skogland.“The more you do, the more you get to do — so it’s just, what door do you open so you can start the process?”by VICTORIA AHEARN – THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Yolanda Machado is shown in this undated handout photo. Until recently, covering the Toronto International Film Festival was just a pipe dream for Los Angeles freelance writer Yolanda Machado. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Yolanda Machado Login/Register With:center_img Facebook TORONTO – Until recently, covering the Toronto International Film Festival was just a pipe dream for Los Angeles freelance writer Yolanda Machado.“I never would’ve considered attending. The cost is crazy,” says Machado, who has written for publications including Marie Claire and Harper’s Bazaar, and runs the entertainment blog“Writers that go, their outlets pay for everything. For freelancers, which a large group of diverse film critics and diverse film reporters are, we can’t cover that cost.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

21 April 2010The United Nations labour agency and the Government of Australia have signed the first-ever partnership agreement to support jobs for people in Asia and the Pacific. “This reinforces our bond with Australia and our strong common commitment to the Global Jobs Pact,” said María Angélica Ducci on behalf of Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO)The five-year partnership agreement will provide $13.9 million in the first two years.The funds will go to ILO initiatives, such as the Better Work Programme which was designed in 2006 to improve labour standards and competitiveness, and is being piloted in Jordan, Lesotho and Viet Nam. The funding will also support labour law reform, a Pacific growth and employment plan, youth employment in Timor-Leste, green jobs and labour migration governance.Australian Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib signed the agreement on behalf of his Government while attending the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ meeting in Washington D.C. read more

The National Police Commission has ordered a report from Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara over the manner in which the Police dealt with protesting university students last week.Secretary to the Commission Ariyadasa Cooray said that the IGP was asked to give a detailed report on the Police action which led to over 90 people, mostly students being injured. The students clashed with the Police last week during a protest near the Health Ministry on the SAITM issue. Some students forced their way into the Health Ministry and damaged public property. He was arrested after coming out from a press conference hosted by the IUSF in Colombo. Lahiru Weerasekara was produced before a Magistrate and remanded till July 5. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Convener of the Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF), Lahiru Weerasekara was arrested on Friday over the incident. read more

More than 135 local teachers could lose their jobs under the province’s plan to increase secondary school class sizes.Larger class sizes and mandatory online courses for high school students are among the many education changes announced by the Ontario government.The average class size for high schools will increase to 28 from 22 starting in the new school year in September.The province is also making it mandatory for high school students to take at least four online courses out of the 30 they need to graduate starting in the 2020-21 school year.In a statement, Greg Anderson, chair of the Grand Erie District School Board, said moving to an average class size of 28 students will mean the loss of about 94 teaching positions and eight additional jobs related to secondary school programming.“Understandably, this will create a challenging situation for our board,” said Anderson. “As we are developing our staffing plans moving forward, we will exercise extreme restraint in hiring to replace retiring teachers or those who leave the board for other opportunities.“We will also look for ways to offset the impact of this change over time, as was outlined by the education minister.”Although representatives from the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board wouldn’t speculate on how many jobs could be lost under the provincial plan, the union representing its high school teachers said it could be up to 60, including 40 teachers.“That is a third of our secondary staff,” said Carlo Fortino, acting president of the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Unit of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association. “Many of our young, enthusiastic teachers would lose their jobs.“Many classes could have up to 40 students. It is a recipe for chaos. It’s going to have a dramatic impact. It’s very distressing.”In a statement released by the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, chair Rick Petrella said the board is in the process of finalizing enrolment statistics and staffing projections.“When we receive more information from the Ministry of Education about the proposed changes, we will be in a position to share the impact on our staffing complement,” said Petrella. “Our stable financial position matched with clarification from the ministry will assist us with this process.”Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation president Harvey Bischof said: “The government has declared war on Ontario’s public education system.”He said the increased class sizes, phased in over four years, will result in a cut of 3,630 teachers —  “a loss that cannot possibly be absorbed without a significant impact on student learning and success.”Bischof said other changes announced by the province, including a reduction of 12.91 per cent of the Pupil Foundation grant over four years and a reduction of 5.88 per cent to the overall Grants for Student Needs over the same period, will remove  $1.4 billion from Ontario’s public education system.He said the moves amount to “an appalling betrayal of the public trust.”“Not only do they make a mockery of the claim that there is fat to cut in Ontario’s public education system, but given the premier’s repeated election promises that no jobs will be lost, the government quite simply has no mandate to make the changes.”Fortino said OECTA is looking at several ways to combat the changes, including putting public pressure on the government through protests and letter campaigns. He said they are also considering court options.“Some of these things, including class sizes, are supposed to be collective bargaining items,” he said.Anderson said slightly larger class sizes proposed for Grades 4 to 8 are still being assessed by the Grand Erie board.He added that the board is “pleased” to see the ministry’s focus on increasing exposure to skilled trades, technology and apprenticeship training.“We hope this will help boost Grand Erie’s already strong Specialist High Skills Major programs in construction, manufacturing and transportation.”Anderson said the board is “cautiously optimistic” about the government’s commitment to increasing learning about Indigenous perspectives, cultures, contributions and histories, a “key priority for the board.”He  said Grand Erie also is encouraged that the ministry is seeking input on hiring practices. read more

The recent example of the UN-led tsunami relief efforts, as well as the world body’s ongoing involvement in rebuilding Iraq, demonstrate the UN’s central role in a wide range of matters, as well as its continuing importance to humanity, the Secretary-General wrote in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Annan acknowledged the UN’s imperfections and stressed the efforts he has made over the eight years of his term to improve and strengthen the organization. “I had already done a lot – with the support of Member States, often led by the US – to make the UN more coherent and efficient. Now we need to make it more transparent and accountable – not only to diplomats representing member governments, but also directly to the public.” The Secretary-General also stressed that the UN could not expect to survive into the 21st century unless ordinary people throughout the world felt that it did something for them – helping to protect them against conflict, but also against poverty, hunger, disease and the erosion of their natural environment. “In recent years, bitter experience has taught us that a world in which whole countries are left prey to misgovernment and destitution is not safe for anyone,” he wrote. “We must turn the tide against disease and hunger, as well as against terrorism, the proliferation of deadly weapons and crime – starting, urgently, with decisions from the Security Council to end the abominable crimes in Darfur and bring war criminals to international justice.” He pointed to a high-level summit in September as “a real opportunity to make the UN more useful to all its members,” and noted that he would put before the assembled world leaders “an agenda of bold but achievable proposals for making the UN work better, and the world fairer and safer.” “I know that Americans want to do that as much as any people on earth. More than any other people, they have the power to do it – if they listen to and work with others, and take the lead in a concerted effort. I believe that they will give us that lead. I look forward to September with hope and excitement,” he said. read more

Error forces Bank of America to suspend plans to raise dividend, buy back stock In this Jan. 14, 2014 photo, a Bank of America sign is displayed in Philadelphia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matt Rourke by The Associated Press Posted Apr 28, 2014 7:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Bank of America is suspending a long-awaited dividend increase and stock buyback program after the bank discovered an error in a financial report it gave to the Federal Reserve.The bank said in statement Monday that the error was related to how it valued securities obtained in its acquisition of Merrill Lynch during the financial crisis in 2009.As a result, the bank slightly overstated the amount of capital it held and other financial ratios it reported last month as part of its earnings release and its annual financial checkup with the Federal Reserve, the bank’s regulator.Those ratios are a crucial measure of a bank’s health and help investors and regulators determine how much of a financial cushion it has to help it survive another financial crisis.The error didn’t affect BofA’s earnings, according to the bank’s statement.The news hit the bank’s stock in early trading Monday. BofA slumped 69 cents, or 4.4 per cent, to $15.26.The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank, said it has already notified the Federal Reserve about the needed revisions. It was only last month that the Fed cleared BofA’s proposal to raise its dividend for the first time since the financial crisis when the bank passed its “stress test,” an annual check-up the Fed conducts on the country’s biggest financial institutions.BofA planned to buy $4 billion of its own stock and raise its dividend from a penny per share to 5 cents per shareThe decision to scuttle that plan came about at the Fed’s request, according to the bank’s statement.Bank of America said it will submit a new application to the Federal Reserve to increase its dividend and buy back its own stock. The bank warned that its plans for returning capital to shareholders will likely be smaller than previously planned.The Fed oversees banks’ plans for managing their capital to make sure they have enough money in reserve to keep loans flowing even in during an economic downturn. The Fed has conducted annual tests of the largest U.S. banks every year since 2009, the year after the financial crisis plunged the country into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s. read more

by The Associated Press Posted Dec 9, 2014 3:06 pm MDT A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Dec. 1-7 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Dec. 1-7. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NFL Football: New England vs. San Diego, NBC, 21.15 million.2. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 15.14 million.3. “The OT,” Fox, 14.75 million.4. NFL Football: Miami vs. N.Y. Jets, ESPN, 11.75 million.5. “NCIS,” CBS, 11.58 million.6. “Football Night in America, Part 3,” NBC, 11.51 million.7. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.48 million.8. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 11.28 million.9. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.23 million.10. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 10.62 million.11. College Football: Florida St. vs. Georgia Tech, ABC, 10.15 million.12. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 9.64 million.13. “Christmas at Rockefeller Center,” NBC, 9.52 million.14. “Peter Pan Live!” NBC, 9.21 million.15. NFL Football: Dallas vs. Chicago, NFL Network, 9.11 million.16. “I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” CBS, 9.06 million.17. “Modern Family,” ABC, 9.02 million.18. “CMA Country Christmas,” ABC, 8.9 million.19. “Survivor,” CBS, 8.71 million.20. “The Mentalist,” CBS, 8.7 million.___ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

first_imgRio Tinto is pushing ahead with its industry-leading Mine of the FutureTM programme, with plans for the development and testing of new technologies in underground tunnelling and mineral recovery. Rio Tinto Head of Innovation John McGagh said “Rio Tinto is head and shoulders above the rest of the industry in our technology and innovation programmes. Mine of the Future is becoming a reality today, with full-scale rollout of automation of mine equipment and large-scale tests of tunnelling, mineral recovery and exploration technologies. Being ahead of the pack gives Rio Tinto a competitive edge in the global mining landscape by generating more efficient and cost-competitive methods of finding, extracting and processing mineral resources and providing new, engaging and diverse employment opportunities.”Rio Tinto is expanding trials of new shaft and tunnel boring systems, aimed at significantly reducing the time taken to excavate underground, with the announcement of a second tunnel boring trial. Rio Tinto is working in partnership with Atlas Copco on the trial, which will start in 2013 at Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper (KUC) mine in Salt Lake City. The Atlas Copco Tunnel Boring System at KUC is expected to allow Rio Tinto to tunnel more than 10 m a day – nearly twice the rate of conventional methods.The first tunnel boring trial, run in partnership with Aker Wirth, will begin this year at the Northparkes copper and gold mine in New South Wales. Locations are currently being considered for a shaft boring system trial.McGagh said “More mining is moving underground as deeper ore bodies are identified and open pits come to the end of their lives. Constructing underground mines can be technically challenging, expensive and a slow process. These trials mean we can test the technology to allow us to mine deeper and more safely, with the potential benefits of greater efficiency and speed of underground mine construction which would increase the value of the projects.”Rio Tinto is also working on ways of improving rates of ore recovery from mature and complex deposits. These will be discussed in detail in the magazine in the April issue’s processing focus article.Work is continuing on the development of the VK1airborne gravity gradiometer, an exploration tool with the potential to assist Rio Tinto find future tier one ore bodies. The system detects small changes in the earth’s gravitational field which can indicate the presence of mineral deposits.The first complete system was initially flown in August 2010, and undertook several test flights throughout 2011. A second improved system was constructed in 2011 and has just commenced flight testing near Perth. Once the system approaches target performance, the 2012 plan will extend the test flight programme to the Pilbara.last_img read more

first_imgDinosaures : et si leur crâne changeait de forme avec l’âge ?États-Unis – Plusieurs chercheurs américains ont réexaminé les fossiles d’un gisement du Montana à la lumière d’une nouvelle théorie : certaines espèces répertoriées de dinosaures ne seraient que les formes juvéniles d’autres espèces déjà connues. Une redondance paléontologique, en quelque sorte.John Scannella et Jack Horner, du muséum de Bozeman (Montana), ont étudié vingt-neuf crânes de tricératops et neuf crânes de torosaures issus de la formation rocheuse de Hell Creek, au Montana. Selon eux, divers indices prouvent que les premiers ne sont que de jeunes individus et les seconds des adultes d’une seule et même espèce. Avec l’âge, les trois cornes changeraient de forme et d’orientation, la crête osseuse deviendrait plus mince et moins dentelée, s’amincissant, chez les tricératops les plus âgés, à l’endroit même où l’on observe un trou chez le torosaure.À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutesCes métamorphoses seraient possibles grâce à la nature spongieuse, immature et largement vascularisée de l’os dans ces attributs, qui seraient alors davantage des signaux d’immaturité que des protections, comme on le pensait jusqu’à présent.  Le paléontologue Mike Benton, de l’université de Bristol (Royaume-Uni), considère cette approche comme assez convaincante, soulignant la difficulté à distinguer les deux espèces, par ailleurs tellement étudiées depuis un siècle que l’idée aura du mal à passer… Horner tout comme Mark Goodwin, de l’université de Berkeley (Californie), avaient déjà envisagé ce phénomène l’an passé, à propos de deux autres espèces, le dracorex et le stygimoloch, qu’ils interprétaient comme des formes juvéniles du pachycéphalosaure.Une théorie d’ailleurs émise dès les années 1970 qui, si elle s’avère exacte, réduira de fait le nombre d’espèces de  dinosaures aujourd’hui répertoriées , et devra amener chaque paléontologue à ne pas surestimer la diversité de ce groupe. Le 7 août 2010 à 12:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgJapon : des lunettes futuristes pour tromper nos sensDes scientifiques japonais ont mis au point des lunettes bourrées de technologie capables de modifier l’image de l’objet regardé. Les applications et les résultats de ce matériel sont étonnants.A l’Université de Tokyo, des scientifiques ont développé des lunettes futuristes et bourrées de technologies informatiques. Bien entendu beaucoup plus encombrantes que des lunettes normales, ces montures ont la capacité de tromper les sens du porteur en modifiant l’image de l’objet regardé. L’image est en fait envoyée à un ordinateur qui la recalcule et la renvoie à l’utilisateur qui, en définitive, n’aperçoit que la réalité modifiée par informatique.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Ainsi, un biscuit par exemple, peut apparaître à l’utilisateur plus gros ou plus petit qu’il n’est en réalité. Les résultats sont tout aussi stupéfiants puisque lors de différents essais, les cobayes ont mangé en moyenne 10% de gâteaux en moins lorsqu’ils apparaissaient 50% plus gros et 15% en plus lorsqu’ils semblaient deux-tiers plus petits qu’en vrai. Mieux encore, pour aller plus loin dans la pseudo-réalité, l’équipe de chercheurs a développé un “meta cookie”. Cette fois, les lunettes comportent non seulement un casque couvrant les yeux mais aussi des tubes reliés à des flacons de parfum. Ce système vise non seulement à tromper la vue par la réalité augmentée mais également l’odorat via l’envoi d’effluves vers le nez, ce qui influence in fine la sensation du goût. L’utilisateur peut ainsi avoir l’impression de manger un gâteau au chocolat ou à la fraise alors qu’il est en train de croquer un biscuit sans saveur. “La réalité, c’est dans votre esprit”, s’amuse le professeur Michitaka Hirose qui a mené l’étude relayée par l’AFP. Pour lui, la façon la plus simple de tromper un sens consiste à l’abuser via d’autres sens et cela fonctionne puisque 80% des sujets se sont laissés avoir. Hirose a précisé que si son équipe n’a pas l’ambition de commercialiser ses inventions pour l’instant, elle cherche une éventuelle application de ces systèmes pour les personnes qui souhaitent perdre du poids.Le 9 juin 2012 à 10:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img While most children’s toys get discarded with age, Hasbro’s Nerf Blaster has stood the test of time.The line of plastic firearms—now boasting 14 models—remains popular among adults who grew up playing with the foam-firing weapons.I don’t mean grown men and women are ambushing spouses with surprise Super Soaker attacks or waking their children with an arsenal of darts. (Though how much fun would that be?!)Rather, folks have long been hacking the colorful guns to create DIY laser tag equipment or cubicle intruder deterrents—like the one software maker (pronounced “Neo”) recently built.Showing off its new computing platform, the firm created a sentry Nerf gun that employs facial recognition to find and shoot its target.Affixed to a rotating wooden stand, the cannon features a USB webcam (duct-taped onto the barrel), Raspberry Pi computer, and Raspberry Pi HAT—the latter controlling two attached motors.An MacBook, meanwhile, handles all facial recognition: including collecting video from the webcam and passing it through a trained neural network, which compares images to a database of facial encodings.Once the machine finds the name of your victim person in frame, the laptop sends info back to the Raspberry Pi. The single-board computer, in charge of motion, knows which way to turn, how far to rotate, and, most importantly, when to fire.(Don’t worry: It automatically tilts down so as to not hurl ammunition directly into someone’s face. Depending on the height of your casualty, you’ll probably hit them somewhere in the chest or torso region.)Founded in 2014, software startup “enables real-time intelligence and automation, and empowers you to exploit the vast potential of technology and the Internet,” according to its website.The company is already serving farmers at the Deep Sky Vineyard in Arizona, where’s automated program monitors plants, soil conditions, weather, irrigation systems, and other mechanical devices to apply the necessary resources.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data last_img read more

first_imgSevilla boss Pablo Machin is keen on securing a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League suggesting they will give it their all in the last group tieThe La Liga side who are the record holders of the competition with five titles in the last 12 years – lost 1-0 at Standard Liege on Thursday night, meaning they must beat FC Krasnodar in their last game to qualify.“We have failed again and when this happens in Europe, your position becomes complicated,” Machin told reporters, as cited by Football Espana via the club media.“We were not allowed to play the game we wanted to play and they hurt us on the break, then when Pablo (Sarabia) was sent-off we struggled, that moment killed us.Top 5 La Liga players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in La Liga next…“We now know that to progress is not going to be a stroll in the park and that we will have to fight tooth and nail.“But we are at home in front of our fans and they will push us on to qualify in what will be a difficult match.“This has been a demanding group.”last_img read more

first_imgSince 2011, China has been the number one consumer of Alaska goods. Last year, Alaska exported $1.32 billion worth of goods, including $796.2 million in seafood and $64.6 million in fishmeal, employing thousands of fishermen here. Alaska also exported $355.8 in mineral ore, $49 million in energy, and $48 million and $5.9 million in forest products and machinery respectively. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享 Governor Bill Walker held a press conference today to announce, what he referred to as, “a major initiative to build on the longstanding economic relationship between Alaska and China.” Applications and additional information is available here: Opportunity Alaska: China Trade Mission participants will travel to China May 19 through May 26 to participate in high-level meetings. Businesses will engage with key decision makers to expand Alaska markets, meet potential customers, industry and government officials.  The trade mission will also include networking events with industry and government representatives. Governor Walker, Director of International Trade Shelley James, and Commerce Commissioner Mike Navarre will travel with the businesses selected to participate in the mission. The application process will prioritize existing or developed relationships. Applications will be accepted through Monday, April 2, 2018 Opportunity Alaska: China Trade Mission will help businesses in Alaska build new relationships in China and foster existing ones.last_img read more

first_imgAlaska has more federal land than most states and depends more on federal spending, so Alaska’s governors always have a substantial list of priorities they want Congress or the Administration to accomplish. Like governors before him, Bill Walker says the item at the top of his federal wish-list is opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development. Alaska’s congressional delegation has been trying for decades, but Walker believes opening ANWR is politically possible.Download Audio“I think it is,” he said in a recent interview. “I’m not a stranger to that issue, and I’ve been in D.C. many times over the years on that issue. We’ve come close in the past, so that is certainly going to be a priority for me, absolutely.”He also wants the Obama Administration to expedite all necessary permits and reviews for the Alaska Natural Gas pipeline. The project is a joint effort of the state and the private sector, but Walker says the feds can help by streamlining the regulatory timetable.“Not bypassing the public involvement or process at all but, rather than moving one permit and then the next permit, maybe moving some permits at the same time,” Walker said.Clearly, money matters. Walker this week submitted a bare-bones capital budget that relies mostly on federal funds. Walker says he’s a big fan of infrastructure, and projects that have federal funding are good candidates for the capital budget. But when it comes to the Knik Arm bridge, which isn’t in his first budget, federal construction funds aren’t the only consideration. Walker says he’s concerned about the cost of operation and maintenance.“And we have to sort of figure out this incredible deficit, one of the largest in our state’s history, so it’s hard to ignore that,” he said.Alaska, like most states, has an office in Washington D.C. It’s has five state employees, led for the past three years by Kip Knudson, the director of state and federal relations. Walker hasn’t yet announced who he’ll appoint to the job.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court asked the rebel Congress MLAs of Karnataka to meet Assembly Speaker at 6 p.m. on Thursday regarding their resignations and said Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar should take the decision on the resignations on the day itself. A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said the 10 MLAs, who had moved the top court against the Speaker’s refusal to accept their resignations, could communicate their decision to resign if they so wished, and then the Speaker should take decision today. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us It said the court should be informed on the matter by Friday. The top court also ordered police protection for MLAs after they landed at the Bengaluru airport. The MLAs have parked themselves in Mumbai after tendering their resignations on July 6. Senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for the MLAs, said the Speaker was not doing his duty by not accepting the resignation of the MLAs. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Instead, the Speaker was deliberately dilly-dallying, he alleged. The court took a sharp jibe and said: “How Lucky.” The court said the Speaker should grant them an audience at 6 p.m., and then the MLAs may inform the Speaker about their resignation. “Speaker to take decision forthwith or in the course of the day. The decision to be informed to the court by tomorrow” said the court. Advertise With Us Karnataka rebel Congress and JD(S) leaders who resigned from Assembly, move the top court on Wednesday alleging the Speaker not performing constitutional duty and deliberately delaying the acceptance of their resignations. Rohatgi mentioned the matter before a bench headed by the Chief Justice, and sought urgent hearing on the matter. The court assured that their plea will be heard, but it could not hear the matter on the same day. The petition filed by MLAs claims that the actions of the Speaker “are vitiated by mala fide as evident in his actions”. According to the simple arithmetic, the strength of the House is 224, the government headed by H.D. Kumaraswamy has lost its majority (112 seats) and after the resignation, its strength has been reduced to 103 seats. “Notwithstanding the same and fearing that the Chief Minister may have to tender resignation for want of confidence of the House, the Speaker is acting in a partisan manner to frustrate the will of the House,” the petitioners contended. The 10 MLAs in the petition have made two specific prayers before the court — direct the Speaker to accept the resignations tendered and restrain the Speaker from proceeding with application on disqualification of the MLAs. The petitioners have also requested the passing of an order which it may deem fit in connection with the facts and circumstances of the present case. “Since the time H.D. Kumaraswamy took oath as a Chief Minister, the administration has come to a standstill and maladministration is writ large. In recent days, the government have been rocked by various scandals,” said the petition.last_img read more

first_img 1 2 Around one year after the North American release of the PlayStation 2, Rockstar Games unleashed Grand Theft Auto III. Though the gameplay concepts remained remarkably similar to the two previous overhead-view installments, the engine overhaul and graphical update sparked a gaming phenomenon, inspiring many clones. If you need to fill your free time with GTA gameplay while you’re waiting for the next Rockstar opus, or just don’t want to deal with the GTA brand for whatever reason, there are a number of high quality, similar games on the market.So, while you wait for GTA V to come out, what are some of the best games like Grand Theft Auto?The Saints Row seriesIf GTA had any kind of direct competition, it’s the Saints Row series — specifically with the release of the third installment, aptly titled Saints Row: The Third. Whereas GTA might take itself a little too seriously for a game where just about everyone who’s played it piles up as many cars as possible in an intersection and then watches other cars crash into them, Saints Row realizes people get a little wacky when faced with an open world crime game. Luckily for fans of open world crime/comedy, the SR is actually pretty solid, considering the kinds of outlandish weapons and vehicles it makes available.The Mafia seriesWhereas Grand Theft Auto is centered in some relatively modern time (the earliest being Vice City, which was set in the 80s), the original Mafia is set in the 1930s, but incorporates most of the standard GTA gameplay, such as various cars to steal and drive, third-person shooting, and a large sandbox city in which the player performs missions to rise up through the ranks of the mob.Mafia is considered to be more serious and realistic than GTA, in no small part helped by the fact that following the law would often result in an easier mission.The Simpsons: Hit & RunBack during the PS2 era, The Simpsons franchise branched out in the video game world and cloned a few extremely popular video game franchises. One such game, The Simpsons: Hit & Run, cloned GTA pretty. However, whereas the majority of GTA clones were set in some version of a heavily populated, real-life city, Hit & Run was set in the fictional Springfield — which is awesome if you’re a Simpsons fan. The game allowed you to fully explore the famous fake city, solving absurd and random happenings as they occur — such as Kang and Kodos using soda to make people go insane — and cause a ton of GTA-style havoc as you do it.Next page: Crackdown and other games like GTA…last_img read more

first_img Male wolf spiders cannibalize females Citation: Study finds cannibalism helps some spiders produce more offspring (2012, August 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Photo of Agelenopsis pennsylvanica in funnel web. Image: University of Michigan. More information: Sexual cannibalism is associated with female behavioural type, hunger state and increased hatching success, Animal Behaviour, In Press, … ii/S0003347212002916AbstractPrecopulatory sexual cannibalism may represent the most extreme form of sexual conflict because it necessarily truncates the reproductive potential of the victim. Three of the most prominent mechanisms invoked to explain incidence of precopulatory sexual cannibalism are the ‘adaptive foraging’, ‘aggressive spillover’ and ‘mate choice’ hypotheses. These hypotheses argue that sexual cannibalism is either (1) the result of female choice, where females gauge the benefits of suitors as perspective mates versus prey, (2) a neutral (or deleterious) by-product of selection on aggressiveness in nonreproductive contexts, or (3) a mechanism by which females express their mating preferences, respectively. We tested the predictions of these hypotheses in the funnel-web spider Agelenopsis pennsylvanica using staged laboratory encounters. We then tracked numerous fitness proxies of cannibalistic versus noncannibalistic females to determine whether cannibalism was associated with increased female performance. We found that more aggressive females and those deprived of food were more likely to engage in precopulatory cannibalism. Cannibalism was not associated with male condition, male body size or female body size, nor with the mass of females’ egg cases, the number of eggs therein, or the mass of individual eggs. In contrast, there was a positive association between the mass of the egg case and the number of offspring that emerged in cannibalistic females, but not in noncannibalistic females. Thus, offspring of cannibalistic mothers appear to have increased hatching success in heavier egg cases. This may represent a novel advantage associated with sexual cannibalism.via BBC Explore further © 2012 , Animal Behaviour 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. The researchers, led by Aric Berning, set out to learn more about why the common female funnel grass spider quite often eats male spiders that come near, prior to copulation, which would seem counterproductive, unless it’s seen as a sign of discrimination, i.e. they only eat the ones they don’t want to have as a mate. To learn more they captured a bunch of the spiders and brought them back to the lab. The females were allowed to build webs, and then males were subsequently dumped into them to see what would happen under different circumstances. They found that the females were likely to eat any male that arrived if they were hungry, or just feeling particularly aggressive. In other scenarios, they found the females a little more discerning, allowing some to mate with them, while eating others. In some extreme cases they found some females that refused to eat any males at all, and some that ate every male no matter what else was going on.But they found something else too. In instances where the females dined on a male or two before eventually copulating and producing young, the egg cases they produced tended to be a little more robust than usual and inside of them, were more young than were found in egg cases produced from females that had not eaten males prior to producing the cases and offspring. So it seems that eating a few suitors before giving birth appears to give the females some added vigor in producing and protecting offspring, something that has never been observed in any species before.The researchers don’t know why things work out this way, but speculate that eating males might offer the perfect combination of vitamins and minerals for assisting with case production, or perhaps it prompts a hormonal response. Either way, it appears that the relationship between male and female funnel web spiders is much more complex than it might appear at first glance. ( — Researchers have known for years that many female spiders kill their mates, either before or after mating and some even eat them, and while many theories have arisen as to why this occurs, this newest instance appears to be the most bizarre yet. A team of biologists from the University of Pittsburgh have found, as they describe in their paper published in the journal Animal Behavior, that females of one species of spider that eat males, tend to produce thicker egg cases out of which emerge more hatchlings, than those that don’t. Journal information: Animal Behaviorlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Maulana Azad College authorities have decided to postpone the Annual Inter-College Students’ Fest in the wake of unrest between two groups of students. Trouble brewed during organising the event.A clash had broken out in the college on March 7 and four students were injured. The annual event of the college was scheduled to be held on March 22 and 23. The college principal’s office issued a notification in this regard on Saturday night. “The situation in the college has been tense since Thursday and there have been sporadic instances of clashes. This has prompted us to postpone the event,” a senior college official said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA source in the college said the clash broke out between two student groups with each one intending to have control of the funds for the two-day event. The situation turned so violent that forces from two police stations —Taltala and New Market — had to intervene to bring situation under control. The practical examination of third-year students was going on at the college at the time of the clash and tension on the college premises created panic among the examinees. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that local MP Sudip Bandopadhyay had attended a programme in the college in the morning and had announced some funds from his MPLAD for construction of the ladies hostel at the college. Soon after Bandyopadhay left, the two groups of students picked up a fight with each other. The Trinamool Chatra Parishad unit in the college however attributed the violence to outsiders who were against organising the annual college event. The event was scheduled to be held after a gap of five years.last_img read more

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A Canadian man arriving on a WestJet flight was arrested at the Cancun International Airport after officers found a handgun in his luggage.The man, identified as Timoty N from Calgary, Alberta, was taken into custody by federal police after a routine search of his luggage produced a Colt .25 automatic hand gun. Police also found cartridges.According to police, when performing security and surveillance functions in the international arrivals area of Terminal 4, they inspected the checked baggage of Timoty N which is when the found the gun and ammo.Since he lacked the necessary documentation to bring the weapon into Mexico, he was taken into custody and placed at the disposal of the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Agency.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more