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ScienceShot: Richard III, Begnawed by Worms

first_imgIt’s not every day that the body of a king turns up, especially one who died in battle and was buried in haste. But last year, archaeologists discovered the skeleton of King Richard III under a parking lot in Leicester, U.K. Ever since, researchers have been looking for clues about his life. Using a microscope, the scientists found eggs, just 55 microns wide, of the roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides where his intestines would have been in the grave. Adult roundworms grow up to 30 centimeters long, absorb nutrients from the gut, and can produce 200,000 eggs a day for a year. As published today in The Lancet, scientists found only a few eggs anywhere else around the remains or in the surrounding soil so they conclude that the eggs from his gut (see photo inset) came from a roundworm infection, not contamination of the soil. As roundworm eggs hatch, they dig their way through the heart and lungs, so Richard may have spit blood and suffered abdominal pain. It could have been worse: Noblemen like Richard ate a lot of beef, pork, and fish, which carry the other common gut parasite, tapeworms, but cooking prevents infection. Richard apparently had no tapeworms. He probably acquired his roundworms from water or raw food contaminated with feces, a common fertilizer during the Middle Ages.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Sikkim Gets Its First Airport at Pakyong

first_imgIndia’s Northeastern state of Sikkim entered the aviation map of the country on Sept. 24, with the inauguration of its first airport. The Pakyong Airport, inaugurate by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is 33 km from the state capital, Gangtok, and around 60 km from the Indo-China border.Until now, Sikkim was the only state in the country that did not have an operational airport, NDTV reported. People travelling from or to Sikkim had to go to the Bagdogra airport in West Bengal, which is 124 km from the state. Now Pakyong Airport has joined the land-locked state with the rest of the country via air travel, which will not only ease the travel-related hardships but also promote tourism in the state.The foundation stone of the Pakyong Airport was laid in 2009 by the then Civil Aviation Minister, Praful Patel.The greenfield airport terminal can cater to 50 in-bound and as many out-bound passengers. The first commercial flight from the airport will take off on Oct.4, which will be operated by SpiceJet, PTI reported.While inaugurating the airport, Modi congratulated the people of the state and the rest of the country, saying “Today, it is not only a historic day for Sikkim but also for the country. With the inauguration of the Pakyong airport in the state, the country got its 100th operational airport.”In the Pakyong Airport, Sikkim gets its first airport and India its one hundredth. Today is a momentous day for the aviation sector.Delighted to have inaugurated the airport in Sikkim. Come, visit Sikkim and experience the beauty and hospitality of the state!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 24, 2018The airport is spread over 201 acres, Sikkim Chief Secretary AK Srivastava said, according to PTI. It is located on top of a hill at a height of 4,500 feet above sea level. Built by the Airports Authority of India at a cost of Rs  605 crore, the airport has a 1.75 km runway. It is an “engineering marvel” on account of the soil reinforcement and slope stabilization techniques used in its construction keeping the altitude in mind, the report cited Srivastava as saying.The airport is one of the five highest airports in India, Punj Lloyd, which was awarded the contract for its development, says on its website.Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling also posted the news on his Twitter handle.Ho’nble PM @narendramodi ji dedicates the Pakyong Airport to the Nation,bringing Sikkim in the civil avaiation map. A historic day for us in the State. Also thankful for the gesture of Hon’ble PM for consenting to inaugurate the Airport inspite of his busy schedule.— Pawan Chamling (@pawanchamling5) September 24, 2018SpiceJet will operate its 78-seater Bombardier Q400 flights to and from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati every day under the Civil Aviation Ministry’s Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme, which aims to enhance regional connectivity, Pakyong Airport Director R Manjunatha was cited as saying by the news agency.He added that initially only domestic flights will be operated from the airport but later it will also provide international flight services, which will connect Sikkim with neighboring countries like Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh.The flight schedule given on SpiceJet’s website says that its flight will leave from Kolkata at 9:30 am daily to reach Pakyong at 10:55 am. From Pakyong, the flight for Kolkata will leave at 11:15 am to reach Kolkata at 12:45 am. The schedule for Pakyong to Kolkata will be changed from Oct.16, when the flight will leave Pakyong airport at 2:50 pm.SpiceJet shared the news on its Twitter handle, saying it takes pride in being the first carrier to operate at Pakyong Airport.The country gets its 100th airport and Sikkim, its 1st. Pakyong, Gangtok is the proud city to earn this laurel. With this inauguration, #SpiceJet will continue to connect the unconnected. We take immense pride in being the first carrier to operate at #PakyongAirport— SpiceJet (@flyspicejet) September 24, 2018 Related ItemsAviationsikkimlast_img read more

Five private universities get nod to set up campuses in AP

first_imgVijayawada, Jul 8 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Government today decided to issue Letters of Intent to five private universities for setting up their campuses in the State.The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu here this afternoon.While Amity, SRM and VIT would set up campuses in the new capital region Amaravati, Centurion would open a university on its own land in Vizianagaram district.The Fisheries and Ocean University would come up in Bhimavaram, Information and Public Relations Minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy told mediapersons after the meeting.The Cabinet, at its meeting last month, decided to allot 150 acres of land for Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in Amaravati while the request of Amity and SRM for land was under consideration.The Cabinet today also decided to permit setting up of six “functional universities” in the Public-Private Partnership mode, the Information Minister said.The functional universities would come in the fields of water, energy, logistics, sports, hospitality and fisheries with the respective Government departments tying up with private parties, Reddy added.In another decision, the Cabinet approved the setting up of AP Innovation Society, “the first-of-its-kind in the country”, to promote innovation, incubation and start-ups.The Society would have chapters in each district, said Reddy, who also handles the Information Technology portfolio.In another policy decision aimed at boosting job opportunities, the Government decided to set up MSME Parks (micro, small and medium enterprises) in each of the 175 Assembly segments in the State.”Each MSME Park will come up in 100 acres and each will create 1,000 (total 1.75 lakh) jobs. The Government will develop necessary infrastructure like roads, water and power supply for the parks,” Palle said.advertisement”Land is readily available in 117 Assembly segments. We have to procure land in the rest of the segments.”The Cabinet approved allocation of several thousand acres of land in districts for various purposes. In district of Visakhapatnam, 742 acres would be given for setting up the Knowledge Hub project through the Higher Education Department.Bharat Electronics, a defence PSU, would be allotted 45.27 acres at Palasamudram village, Anantapuramu district for setting up a test-bed facility for radars and weapons systems.Each acre would be sold at Rs 3 lakh. The Government also decided to acquire 125 acres at Veerapanenigudem village near Vijayawada for setting up an engineering cluster for the manufacture of defence machinery equipment.”Already 86 acres is available for the cluster. In all 78 companies will invest Rs 200 crore in the project and create 2,000 jobs,” Reddy said. PTI DBV RSY KJ BASlast_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2017: Are batsmen better captains than bowlers? 11 legendary skippers discuss

first_imgEleven legendary cricket captains, Habibul Bashar, Kumar Sangakkara, Rameez Raja, Aamer Sohail, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly, Graeme Smith, Sunil Gavaskar, Brendon McCullum and Nasser Hussain gathered today in London for Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket.India Today consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai moderated the special session, noting right off the bat that most of ex-players present on the stage were batsmen and not bowlers. ‘Anil Kumble once told me a bowler makes a better captain than batsmen. But why are most captains batsmen?’ Sardesai asked the coterie of captains.Sunil Gavaskar started off on a lighter note, noting how he has a wicket in Tests and so, “I consider myself a bowler and not just a batsman.” “But (on a serious note), generally what happens is that bowlers get a little bit tried with their bowling spells and therefore perhaps are not able to grips with the game is one of the reasons why mainly it’s been batsmen who have been captains.”Kumar Sangakara pointed out that a few countries had had bowlers leading their cricket teams but noted that Sri Lanka has generally gone with batsmen. ‘I can’t pinpoint a reason, I’ve heard the standard jokes about fast bowlers and their mental abilities, but it could be fatigue or it could be that fast bowling at times is a thankless job and that batsman are people who steal the limelight’, the former Sri Lankan skipper said.Graeme Smith, the South African southpaw who holds the distinction of being the most experienced captain, echoed Gavaskar saying that while it all about choosing the right man for the job, sometimes it can be tough for bowlers to keep track of what is happening around them in the game.advertisement’BOWLERS NOT AS BRIGHT AS BATSMEN’Former English captain Nasser Hussain, however, had a straightforward answer: ‘Everyone is beating around the bush, but it is just that bowlers aren’t as bright as batsmen,’ Nasser laughed, but went on to agree with the points raised by Smith and Gavaskar. ‘While you’re bowling, you’re in the over, you’re in the emotion of trying to get a wicket, then when the over ends, you’re pretty tired and aren’t thinking of taking wickets,’ Nasser said.What about wicketkeepers, Rajdeep Sardesai asked the captains, revealing that MS Dhoni once told him that wicketkeepers make the best captains. New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, also a wicketkeeper-captain, however, disagreed, saying wicketkeepers make better vice-captains. ‘Someone standing in the first slip is usually better at being the brains… Wicketkeepers are the best right-hand men for the captains,’ McCullum said.Pakistan’s Rameez Raza also raised the point of how bowlers could fall prey to injuries and may not last an entire series. His compatriot Aamer Sohail went on to note that Imran Khan, a fast bowler, was one of Pakistan’s best captains.Sunil Gavaskar ended the debate on a lighter note, saying that the simple reason for batsmen being captains is that they are better looking.INDIA’S ROLE IN CRICKET AND THE IPL The captains also discussed the role that India’s financial and sporting stature gives it in international cricket.’The responsibility lies with India, England and Australia to take the game forward and maintain an equality in the sport,’ Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, while Graeme Smith said, ‘When you are a powerhouse it comes with great responsibility.’Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly expressed confidence that India has been responsible and went on to say that cricketers make the best administrators of the game. “The best thing that cricketers know is the sport itself,” Ganguly said. On the topic of the Indian Premier League, the captains more or less agreed that the league had been good for the sport.”Ever player has got to be grateful to the IPL. It has opened up more opportunities in the game. The money that it brings, the influence. India also needs other countries,” Graeme Smith said.”IPL has been amazing for cricket. The relationships that we get to forge with other players and to interact with players from different countries, just goes to show the game is global and that’s what the IPL has done,” Brendon McCullum added.Nasser Hussain perhaps put it perfectly, saying, “Is world cricket better off because of India? Of course it is. Would world cricket be a lot worse off without India? Of course it would.”BETTER AT ODIs THAN TESTS Are today’s crickets better at One Day Internationals than they are at playing Test cricket? Without a doubt, Nasser Hussain said. “Today’s players are better in white-ball cricket without a doubt. Players hit the ball harder, further and are stronger than the previous generation,” Hussain said.advertisementOther captains noted that the current generation of cricketers have improved leaps on bounds when it comes to fitness.”Current generation of cricketers are certainly fitter than our generation”, Gavaskar said, while Graeme Smith added, “Cricketers now are more athletic than before. The amount of cricket that is being played now it demands players to be more fit.”Brendon McCullum also mentioned that the fitness among women crickets has improved as well, and as a result, women’s cricket is coming up quickly. “Men’s cricket has been around for a longer time but women’s cricket is coming up quickly and the women athletes are faster, stronger and fitter,” McCullum said.ENGLISH FAVOURITES? England, who are hosting the Champions Trophy this year, could go all the way to win the tournament, both Nasser Hussain and Sunil Gavaskar said. Hussain foresaw a final between England and India with the English coming out on top.Gavaskar said, “I think England have the best chance to win the Champions Trophy. Home conditions make them the favourites and also because they have won more matches than any other side.”Meanwhile, Brendon McCullum didn’t put his money on a single team but said, “The team which has the best players won’t necessarily go on to win the Champions Trophy.”DADA THE NEXT INDIA COACH? Towards the end of the session, Sourav Ganguly joked that come Monday, he will throw his hat in the ring to be the next Indian coach.’I am also part of the advisory committee that will pick the coach, so it all works out well,’ the former left-arm Indian opener said.Earlier in the day, Ganguly had said that the reported rift between captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble was not something someone should comment upon unless they had complete information about the matter.last_img read more

Iraklis Stuns Panathinaikos, 1-0

first_imgATHENS — Apostolos Vellios’ solo effort and score from a tight angle in the first half was enough for Iraklis to beat Panathinaikos 1-0 in the Greek soccer league on Nov. 28.The win kept Panathinaikos eight points adrift of league leader Olympiacos, which hosts Asteras on Nov. 29 and allowed Panionios, a 2-0 winner over Giannena, to catch Panathinaikos in second place, but with one more game played.Iraklis was in eighth place. Also, Panthrakikos beat host Atromitos 2-1.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

US Women Ice Canada, 3-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares KAMLOOPS, British Columbia — The United States was once again too much for Canadian goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer.Hilary Knight had two goals and Brianna Decker scored the winner to help the US begin its title defense at the women’s world hockey championship with a 3-1 victory over Canada on March 28.Knight’s even-strength goal tied it 1-1 with 10:02 to play, and Decker scored a power-play goal about 4 minutes later. Knight added an empty-netter with 20 seconds left.“It took a while for our power play to get going,” Decker said. “Obviously we had a lot of chances throughout the night.“If you look at all the units, they all can capitalize whenever. It’s nice to have four lines that can be on the power play at any time. We use that depth to our advantage.”Laura Fortino scored for Canada 14 seconds into the third period.Alex Rigsby stopped 22 shots for the Americans, and Maschmeyer had 36 saves.It was the third straight solid start by Maschmeyer against the US that ended in a Canadian defeat. The 21-year-old stopped 30 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the US in the final last year, and that followed a 27-save performance in a 3-0 loss in the preliminary round.“It’s always disappointing getting a loss, especially against the U.S.,” Maschmeyer said. “It’s frustrating, but we’re going to use this as momentum and we’re going to get them when it counts.”In other preliminary-round games, Finland beat Russia 5-3, Switzerland beat Japan 4-2 and Sweden beat the Czech Republic 3-2.Canada faces Russia and the U.S. takes on Finland on March 29. Both countries went with their younger, less experienced goaltenders in the opener.Maschmeyer, 21, was given the nod over Charline Labonte for her third career start against the Americans. Rigsby, 24, started for the US ahead of Jessie Vetter.Decker banged in a rebound from the high slot after Maschmeyer’s initial save on Monique Lamoureux’s blast from the point.Knight pulled the U.S. even with a wrist shot that deflected off Canadian defenseman Halli Krzyzaniak’s stick and beat Maschmeyer low glove side.After two scoreless periods and with the US holding a 24-13 edge in shots, Fortino beat Rigsby high stick side from the high slot in front of a full house at the 5,400-seat Sandman Centre.“There’s no medal being given out tonight from that game, so we’ve got to keep going and focus on the next game,” Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin said.The US power play was 44 percent successful at last year’s world championship in Malmo, Sweden, where they scored three power-play goals in the final en route to a 7-5 win over Canada.The Canadians had a pair of key penalty kills in this one before giving up the winner during the third.Canada stopped the Americans on a two-man advantage early in the first period. Overlapping penalties to start the second had Canada short-handed for almost 4 minutes.“You can’t ignore how good their power play is. I’m proud of our girls how they performed on the kill,” Canadian coach Laura Schuler said. “We’ve just got to find a way of putting the puck in the net more 5-on-5 and continue to work on building momentum we generated off our kill.”The hosts generated the bulk of their scoring chances in the middle of the opening period. Momentum swung to the US in the final minutes, though, and the visitors headed to the dressing room up 12-6 in shots on goal.last_img read more

2012 Vawdon Cup

first_imgThe 2012 Vawdon Cup will commence this Friday, 17 August and will be contested over 10 rounds right through until Grand Final day on Saturday, 3 November 2012. This year’s competition will see 81 teams competing across nine divisions, comprising of Men’s, Women’s, Mixed and Masters grades from all over the greater Sydney region.For the first time, the Wollongong Devils will field a Men’s Open team in the Men’s Premier League division which will include 2012 Australian Trans Tasman representatives Matt Tope, Terry Deegan (Men’s) and Michael Chapman (Mixed) as well as plenty of exciting up-and-coming talent. This year’s competition is set to be fierce and last year’s Vawdon Cup winners will be out to retain their titles when the Cup begins Friday night. The draw includes two double-header rounds to be played on Sunday, 9 September (Rounds 4 and 5) and Sunday, 7 October (Rounds 8 and 9).The competition will be an ideal opportunity for those players selected in the New South Wales teams to sharpen their teeth against some of the state’s best talent before they take on Queensland in the 2012 State of Origin Series, to be held in conjunction with the National Youth Championships in late September in Port Macquarie. For more information about the 2012 Vawdon Cup, please visit the following Vawdon Cup Results:Men’s Premier League Eastern Suburbs 8 defeated Penrith Panthers 6Women’s Premier League Wollongong Devils 7 defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 5Mixed Premier League Eastern Suburbs 6 defeated Taren Point 5Men’s Division 1 Wollongong Devils 6 defeated by Hornsby Lions 7Men’s Division 2 Penrith Panthers (1) 9 defeated Liverpool Lightning 7Men’s Division 3Hills Hornets 4 defeated Taren Point 3Women’s Division 1 Wollongong Devils 3 defeated by Eastern Suburbs Roosters 5Women’s Division 2 Hills Hornets 3 defeated by Western Suburbs Magpies 6Men’s MastersPenrith Panthers 7 defeated Western Suburbs Magpies 4Men’s Seniors Canterbury Bulldogs 7 defeated Penrith Panthers 4Related Links2012 Vawdon Cuplast_img read more

NRL-TFA Alliance on show in Central Queensland this weekend

first_imgThe Rockhampton Touch Association will this weekend be the game day sponsor for the Central Queensland Capras versus Easts Tigers round 15 Intrust Super Cup TV game at Browne Park, Rockhampton. The game will be the Capras first televised home game of the season, with the game shown live throughout Queensland with over 100,000 viewers regularly tuning in. Rockhampton Touch Association players will be involved in an exhibition Mixed game in the lead up to the main game, including players from the 2014 Elite Eight winning Queensland Country Outlaws Men’s team, as well as several Australian 18’s and 20’s squad members and National Youth Championships’ Queensland Fire representatives. There are quite a number of familiar faces playing in the Intrust Super Cup this weekend, including Marlon Doak (CQ Capras), Zach Strasser (Redcliffe Dolphins), Ryley Jacks (Burleigh Bears) and Brentt Warr (Mackay Cutters), who all had a strong involvement with Touch Football growing up. For Queensland viewers, you can watch the Channel Nine Match of the Round this Sunday from 2.00pm. Related LinksRockhampton on showlast_img read more

Nominees Sought for 2008 Order of Nova Scotia

first_imgAn author of children’s books, a world-class orthopaedic surgeon, and a champion for women’s politics and human rights are among those who have received the province’s highest honour for achievement. Author Joyce Barkhouse, surgeon William Stanish and humanitarian Flora MacDonald are a few of the outstanding Nova Scotians who have been inducted into the Order of Nova Scotia. And it’s time for more deserving Nova Scotians to join the list. People are reminded to nominate or renominate someone who has made an outstanding contribution to their community for the 2008 Order of Nova Scotia. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 21. “Forty people have been invested into the Order of Nova Scotia since it began in 2002,” said Bill Dooks, Minister responsible for the administration of the Order of Nova Scotia Act. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to nominate someone they feel has made a significant contribution to their community.” Recipients are selected each year by the Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council. In 2007, the Order of Nova Scotia was amended to include a recipient under the age of 26, making a maximum of six people eligible to be inducted into the Order of Nova Scotia each year. “The amendment allows us to recognize the outstanding achievements being made by youth in our communities,” said Sister Dorothy Moore, chair of the Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council. “We encourage people to consider young people for nomination and anyone who has made a positive impact on our communities. We also want to remind people to renominate those who have been considered in the past.” Nova Scotians can be nominated for several reasons. They may work to protect human rights or preserve the cultural identity of their communities. They may be teachers, community leaders or inventors. Others might include peacekeepers, communicators or those who work to preserve the environment. People who wish to renominate someone can fill out a new nomination form and submit a photocopy of the nomination package from the last nomination. Nomination forms can be picked up at all Access Nova Scotia centres. They are also available at Province House, offices of all members of the legislative assembly, Nova Scotia members of parliament and senators, and municipal offices. For more information contact the Protocol Office at 902-424-4463, e-mail or see the website at .last_img read more

Terminator Dark Fate will be Rrated says Tim Miller

first_imgLos Angeles: Filmmaker Tim Miller has revealed that his upcoming directorial “Terminator: Dark Fate” will be an R-rated film. The much-awaited film is a direct sequel to James Cameron’s 1991 “Terminator: Judgement Day” and will retcon the events of last three films of the franchise. Appearing at a panel on San Diego Comic Con, Miller said the R-rating is in the DNA of the franchise, reported Variety. “It’s because it wasn’t always that way, and the fans kind of demanded it. The DNA of ‘Terminator’ is an R-rated f***ing movie,” Miller said. The new film reunites Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who originally starred in the first two films. Edward Furlong, who played John Connor in “Judgement Day”, will also feature in the new movie. In “Dark Fate”, the three actors are joined by newcomers Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna and Diego Boneta. It is set to be released on November 1.last_img read more

Morocco’s Return to AU, ‘Historic’ Act (EL Mundo)

Madrid – Morocco’s formal intention to rejoin the African Union (AU) is a “historic” act, says Monday Spanish paper “El Mundo”.Morocco’s decision was announced by HM King Mohammed VI in a message to the 27th African Union Summit, which is taking place in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.“32 years have passed by since Morocco’s withdrawal from the AU in 1984 (…). It is the only African country that is not a member of this organization, but everything says that this absence will not last” long, stresses “El Mundo” in its web edition. The Spanish paper also underlines HM the King’s assertion in the royal message, according to which “the moment has come” so that Morocco regains “its natural place” within the African Union.Highlighting other passages of the message, El Mundo recalled that Morocco was one of the main founding countries, in 1963 in Addis-Abeba, of the Organization of African Unity.In a message to the 27th African Union Summit in Kigali, HM the King announced on Sunday the return of Morocco to this African organization.“Our friends have long been asking us to return among them so that Morocco may take its natural place within its institutional family. That time has now come,” HM the King said, adding that through this historic, responsible act, Morocco seeks to work within the AU to transcend divisions.With MAP read more

Algerians March in Anti-Bouteflika Protests, Reject Army Intervention

Rabat – On the sixth Friday since the start of anti-Bouteflika demonstrations in Algeria, tens of thousands of Algerians took to the street calling for both the president and his political “gang” to leave. Days after Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s long-time ally, National Army senior officer Gaid Salah proposed the president’s removal through the Algerian Constitution, the people marched today to condemn the army’s intervention in the civil and political life.Chanting freedom slogans and carrying Algerian flags, the Algerian people reiterated their rejection of Bouteflika and his plans. They called for his entire political elite to step down, while also questioning the intentions of the army veteran, Gaid Salah. Algerians are demanding a drastic change in their country’s political system, evidencing growing distrust of the country’s independence war veterans.  Marchers said the country wants a ruler who can communicate with Algerians, deal with increasing socio-economic issues. “We have only one word to say today, all the gang must go immediately, game over … the people want the fall of the regime,” an Algerian merchant told Reuters during protests on Friday, March 29—the sixth Friday since February 22.“Street pressure will continue until the system goes,” said another protester.Read Also: Derradji on Algeria’s Hirak: Army Should Stay out of PoliticsMeanwhile, the ailing president Bouteflika has lost some of his strongest allies in the past few days.Powerful military chief Gaid Salah said on Tuesday that the solution to Algeria’s “crisis” is in the Algerian Constitution’s Article 102 which allows for the removal of an incapacitated president.On the other hand, journalist Hafid Derradji criticized Salah’s statement, calling it “circumentive,” and said that the “army should stay out of politics.” “[Salah’s] intervention can be seen as a way to block the proposal of the temporary presidential council to oust the chief of staff. People have the right to be suspicious, to doubt and fear you because you made us used to not trust you even if you give up,” said the beIN SPORTS journalist.Bouteflika’s ruling party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), supported Salah’s proposal, describing it as “a start to a constitutional plan that will allow us to protect our country from dangers.”The party has also rejected Bouteflika’s idea to hold a national conference which, saying that it is no longer a “valid” one.Another close ally who turned against Bouteflika is the former Algerian prime minister Ahmed Ouyahia, leader of Algeria’s National Rally for Democracy (RND) party. In a Tuesday message, Ouyahia urged Bouteflika to resign.Read Also: Derradji on Algeria’s Hirak: Army Should Stay out of PoliticsSeddik Chihab, a spokesman for RND, which is in coalition with the FLN, took a scathing jab at Bouteflika’s administration in a statement on Wednesday. He described the regime  as a “cancer.”Although Bouteflika withdrew his bid for a fifth presidential term, he announced his plan to hold a “national conference” to approve a new constitution and reform the political system before electoral designation of a  successor. By delaying the April 18 elections, Bouteflika effectively extended his fourth term indefinitely. read more

Leaders hint Poland will not fully apply EU copyright law

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s right-wing leaders have hinted they will not implement fully the European Union’s copyright reform, saying it stifles freedom of speech.Ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said Saturday that a copyright directive adopted by EU lawmakers this week, to be implemented by the 28 member nations, threatens freedom.Proponents say it ensures that authors and artists are paid; the Polish government says the rules will ban the linking of information and memes.Without specifying, Kaczynski said the Law and Justice party will implement it “in a way that will preserve freedom.”His words at the euroskeptic party’s campaign convention ahead of the European Parliament elections in May were apparently aimed at attracting young voters, and countering claims that the party’s policies are curbing free speech and ideas.The Associated Press read more

Canada wastes 873 pounds of food per person a year making us

An international environmental group suggests that reducing Canada’s colossal food waste would be a smart business move and good for the environment.“You can make a really strong business case for action,” said David Donaldson of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, an environmental watchdog agency set up under the North American Free Trade Agreement.Canada is one of the biggest wasters of food on the planet, says the commission’s report, released late last week. The agency found that from farm to table, 396 kilograms of food annually are wasted or lost per capita.That’s compared with 415 kilograms in the United States and 249 kilograms in Mexico.Food is considered lost when it is spilled or spoiled before it reaches its final destination.Not only does that waste have an economic cost — other studies have pegged it at about $30 billion a year — it creates 21 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, largely from landfills.By far the largest part of the waste comes from consumers, says the report. Every Canadian, on average, tosses away 170 kilograms of food a year.The commission’s recommendations focus on the middle part of the food chain where Canada’s groceries are collected, processed, distributed and prepared. That’s where the economic case is clearest, Donaldson said.“You can make a business case for it. Companies can improve the way they do business.”Restaurants could reduce portions, the report suggests. Bread served at tables could be optional. Buffet serving trays could be shallower to reduce the amount of food on display.Retailers could sell cosmetically imperfect produce at a discount, as some already do. Expiry date labels could be standardized.Better tools and techniques to prevent food waste and to make processing and transport more efficient would be a big help, said researcher Tamara Shulman.“We interviewed people from across Canada and everyone’s thirsty to get access to information,” she said.James Rillet of Restaurants Canada said his industry is well aware of the economic benefits of cutting waste.“It’s money out of their pockets.”Rillet’s group already runs programs to help restaurateurs plan better to avoid waste. It’s also working with the Ontario government to avoid food waste due to outdated health guidelines.But he called some of the report’s recommendations simplistic.“Some restaurants are known for their portion sizes,” he said. “There’s so many different concepts.“Consumers want what they want.”The National Zero Waste Council, which is devoted to cutting waste from the Canadian economy, praised the commission’s report and said it echoed many recommendations it has already made.“Best-before dates are low-hanging fruit,” said Denise Philippe. “The dates on our food packaging are all over the map.”Too much food gets tossed because consumers and businesses assume a best-before date is a deadline and not a quality benchmark, she said.“It’s not clear to the consumer and sometimes not to businesses that when we say ‘best before’ we’re not talking about a food safety issue.”Donaldson said more people are becoming aware of the problem.The commission’s report was produced at the request of the three NAFTA governments. As well, all three have signed a United Nations pledge to halve food waste and loss by 2030.A federal strategy is expected this spring.“The issue of food waste, for the last decade, has really come to the forefront,” Donaldson said. read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 07 August 2015

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Microsoft Surface on sale October 26 Updated

first_imgIf you want to buy one of the first Surface or Surface Pro tablets by Microsoft, October 26 is the date to remember. That date probably sounds familiar, and it should: it’s launch day for Windows 8. Correction: The Surface Pro (with an Intel CPU) goes on sale 90 days later.It’s not a surprise that the two launches will coincide. Microsoft’s has a few different goals for the Surface, and chief among them is introducing Windows RT and Windows 8 on well-built, desirable hardware. CEO Steve Ballmer did refer to this launch as Microsoft’s “riskiest product bet yet,” after all. But it’s not just consumers who the company wants to convince.The Surface is also about convincing Microsoft’s OEM partners that this formula can work. Previous-generation Windows tablets have never managed much success, and no Windows OEM has managed anything near what Apple has with the iPad. The Surface and Surface Pro are Microsoft putting its money where its mouth is  and saying that Windows 8 and Windows RT devices can go head-to-head with the best tablets on the market.They’re going to have to prove that they can compete on price, too. Thankfully, the inflated prices for the Surface and Surface Pro that popped up on a Swedish website last week were nothing more than one retailer’s grab for customer cash ahead of launch day.Microsoft is no doubt hoping that consumers react better than Valve’s Gabe Newell did last week. The CEO of all things Steam said Windows 8 will be a catastrophe and noted that his company’s recently redoubled efforts to bring the Source Engine and Steam to Linux are a direct response to its shaken faith in Microsoft. Newell is a former Microsoft employee and is famously distrustful of the company, and he’s probably also a little miffed about the arrival of the Windows Store. It’s going to steal some customers away from Steam, after all, since there’s a games category and everyone who installs Windows 8 or buys a new PC will have the shopping bag icon pinned to their Start Screen from the get-go.More at Cnetlast_img read more

Apple removes YouTube app from iOS 6

first_imgApple has slowly but surely been ridding itself of all its Google baggage on iOS as the legal battles continue to intensify. The big news a few months back was that Google Maps was going away in favor of Apple’s own mapping solution. Now, it looks like the YouTube app is falling by the wayside as well.In the newest iOS 6 beta 4 build, developers and users have noticed that the YouTube app is mysteriously absent. Upon inquiring with Apple PR, everyone is being given the same boilerplate response. Apple says its “license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended,” but it’s okay because you can use the Safari browser to watch videos. Sure, Apple. Sure.Google is working to develop and deploy a new YouTube app in the App Store, but this is going to differ from the official client. The YouTube app has been built into iOS since the very first version of the device.  This was an important workaround for the lack of Adobe Flash in the browser before mobile-friendly HTML5 was rolling out.Being a system app gives a platform various advantages. A larger install base is certainly one, but being the default app for video links isn’t bad either. The iOS platform usually restricts App Store downloads from being used as default apps, so the new YouTube app might get much less usage. It’s not clear what tapping on a YouTube link will do in the future, but I’d wager it will just kick over to YouTube in Safari. On the flip-side, maybe the new app will be really excellent now that Google is unshackled from Apple’s stringent design guidelines for system-level apps.The iPhone is going to have a completely de-Google’d home screen in iOS 6. That’s probably the way Apple prefers it these days, but at least Google search is still built-in — for now.via 9 to 5 Maclast_img read more

New Japan talent backstage at RAW visiting Natalya dedicates match CM Punk

first_img WWE RAW Results – 8/26/19 (Sasha Banks in action, King of the Ring continues) Pinterest WWE RAW Preview: Sasha Banks’ first match since WrestleMania, King of the Ring continues Facebook Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR PWInsider reports that former WWE star and curent New Japan talent, Davey Boy Smith Jr. was backstage at WWE RAW last night in London, England.Natalya dedicated win to British BulldogNatalya dedicated her win from last night’s RAW to her late uncle, The British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith.Dedicated this win tonight on #Raw to my uncle the #BritishBulldog Davey Boy Smith…Every time I’m in England, it’s hard not to think of him. ♥️#AlwaysInOurHearts— Nattie (@NatbyNature) May 15, 2018CM Punk dark match 15 years ago15 years ago, CM Punk and Doug Delicious squared off against Hawk and Animal, The Legion of Doom. LOD had defeated CM Punk and Doug Declicious in a dark match prior to the Smackdown tapings. CM Punk retweeted the following:The story behind this one is great.— Coach (@CMPunk) May 13, 2018center_img Updated RAW Preview: Trish Stratus returning to the ring, Shawn Michaels to appear on Miz TV Twitter Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

Government passes motion to forgive 12 million owed by LIME

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:forgive, lime, pnp, washington misick TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Nov 2015 – The PNP Administration is certain that a motion passed in the House of Assembly today not only saved consumers money but saved telecommunications industry jobs; LIME was forgiven some $12 million in debt when the Government’s motion passed 10 in favor and nine against at Parliament. The Government side calls it a hearty debate which ended with LIME benefitting from “a measure of good gesture, to the longest standing corporate citizen of these islands…”The Office of the Premier explains the move to erase the late fee penalties which were accrued over four years after an audit of the telecommunications company picked up on the expensive error came after negotiations.It was revealed that from June 2010 to May 2014, LIME had not levied taxes on its clients for a wide range of taxable services which amounted to some $3.5 million dollars. But it is the so called, overarching accrual of the penalty charges which brought LIME’s bill to $13 million. LIME paid off the $3.5 million in taxes, and agreed to $1 million dollars of the penalties but asked the government to waive the balance on those penal fees. Finance Minister Washington Misick brought the motion, and shared: “…Governments must be prepared to make tough decisions for the preservation of corporate partners and the business community and for the protection of jobs and citizens who could otherwise be negatively impacted in such situations.” The Opposition side wholly rejected the motion; asking for more information on the situation. Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more