Hospital Foundation raises 80000 on Bluey Day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s cancer care and treatment fund got an $80,000 boost over the weekend.Thirty five residents decided to “be brave and shave” at this year’s Bluey Day fundraiser, which took place last Saturday. The Foundation said that enough hair was collected from the shaves to make eight wigs.The Foundation’s events coordinator Colleen Fraser said that one of the highlights of this year’s Bluey Day was seeing councillor Larry Evans, as well as his son Neil and grandson Linden all shave their heads for the cause. Since 1998, Bluey Day has raised over $1.7 million for the Hospital Foundation.last_img read more

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Barca carry Clasico momentum into Celta clash

first_imgMadrid- Barcelona can build on their win over Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday by moving nine points clear of Los Blancos when they travel to Celta Vigo on Tuesday.The Catalans’ 2-1 win gave them a healthy six point cushion over Madrid with Atletico Madrid just a point behind in second.However, despite dropping just two points in their first 10 La Liga games, Barca coach Gerardo Martino refused to concede that his side are already well on their way to retaining their title. “There is still 60 percent of the league to go and Madrid and Atletico are close. They can still cut the gap.“Right now it counts for our confidence more than mathematically.”Neymar was the star of the show for Martino’s men at the weekend as he scored the opening goal and then teed up Alexis Sanchez to seal the points with delightful chip over Diego Lopez 12 minutes from time.Lionel Messi’s impact on the game though was somewhat restricted by his positioning on the right side of the Barca attack.The World Player of the Year is expected to return to his normal role as a false nine at Balaidos with Cesc Fabregas dropping back into midfield.Sanchez is also expected to start after his positive impression as a substitute and with the Catalan derby against Espanyol just three days away, Martino is likely to rotate his side heavily with Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique likely to be handed a rest.Celta enjoyed arguably an even better weekend as they picked up just their second win of the season by hammering Malaga 5-0 away from home on Saturday.The Galicians are coached by ex-Barca favourite Luis Enrique, who was linked with the Barcelona job when Martino was hastily appointed following Tito Vilanova’s unfortunate resignation due to ongoing cancer treatment in July.And another former Barca man Andreu Fontas believes Celta have nothing to lose against his former club.“The Malaga game was one we all needed, just as much the team as the fans. This victory boosts our confidence and helps us to believe in what we are doing.“Now we have to think about the game on Tuesday against Barcelona, they are a very difficult opponent but we have to try and surprise them. We have very little to lose and a lot to gain.”Real Madrid will have the chance to make up some ground on Wednesday when they host Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu.After a disappointing first-half display at the Camp Nou, Madrid improved mightily after the break and could count themselves unfortunate not to come away with a point as Karim Benzema struck the bar and Cristiano Ronaldo had a strong penalty appeal waved away.Coach Carlo Ancelotti was encouraged by his side’s response after the break and believes it was a sign of their continuing improvement after positive displays against Malaga and Juventus.“We obviously wanted to win that match, you never like to lose, and it was an important game.“But we are improving, the Barcelona game showed that again.”Gareth Bale made just his second start in a Madrid jersey at the Camp Nou but was largely ineffective before being subbed by Benzema on the hour mark.The Welshman is though expected to get his first start at the Bernabeu as he tries to build on his match practice after a series of niggling muscle injuries.Atletico, meanwhile, have to wait until Thursday until they are back in action as they travel to Granada.Diego Simeone’s men recovered from their first defeat of the season last weekend by smashing struggling Real Betis 5-0 at home on Sunday with La Liga’s top-scorer Diego Costa once again on target.Fixtures (all times GMT)TuesdayEspanyol v Malaga (1900)Celta Vigo v Barcelona (2100)WednesdayValladolid v Real Sociedad (1900)Valencia v Almeria (1900)Real Madrid v Sevilla (2100)Osasuna v Rayo Vallecano (2100)ThursdayVillarreal v Getafe (1900)Granada v Atletico Madrid (1900)Real Betis v Levante (2100)Athletic Bilbao v Elche (2100)last_img read more

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Moroccan Woman Arrested Trying to Smuggle SubSaharan in Her Suitcase

Rabat – A 22-year-old Moroccan woman was arrested December 30th for trying to smuggle a 19-year-old sub-Saharan migrant into Ceuta inside a suitcase in her car, according to Spanish media reports.According to a report from the Spanish Civil Guard, the arrest occurred at 04:30 PM, when the service agent at Moroccan customs in Tarajal observed the woman, carrying a suitcase in her car intending to cross the borders.“The officers were alerted by the nervousness of the detainee at the crossing. They then examined the car and they found the migrant inside the suitcase. He was referred to a hospital in the city to receive the necessary medical treatments,” the report said. Spanish police report that the migrant is undocumented but, according to his statements, he said that “he is from Gabon.”A court date will be set in the near future so that the Moroccan detainee can answer the charge of “allegedly abusing the rights of foreign citizens.” read more

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Dow plunges over 300 points TSX drops more than 200 as emerging

North American stocks dropped sharply on Friday as a selloff in emerging market assets fed through to wholesale pullbacks in equities, with the Dow falling more than 300 points, the S&P 500 posting its worst week since June 2012 and the Toronto stock exchange plunging more than 200 points.[np_storybar title=”The stock market correction is here, strategist says” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/01/24/the-correction-is-here-strategist-says/”%5DThe correction many have been waiting for appears to have arrived, according to Tony Dwyer, U.S. portfolio strategist at Canaccord Genuity. Read his explanation. [/np_storybar]The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 215.21 points to 13,717.76 in a broad-based sell-off.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.21 of a cent to 90.31 cents US as Statistics Canada said the annual inflation rate rose to 1.2% in December, compared with 0.9% in November, largely because of higher gasoline prices.Losses were even steeper in New York where the Dow Jones industrials racked up a sizable triple-digit loss for a second day, falling 318.24 points to 15,879.11 after plunging 176 points on Thursday. The Nasdaq was 90.7 points lower to 4,128.17 while the S&P 500 index was down 38.17 points to 1,790.29.Investors have been worried about sharp drops in the values of currencies in several emerging markets, including Turkey, Russia, South Africa and Argentina.These drops were sparked by moves by the U.S. Federal Reserve to cut back on its massive bond purchases, a key stimulus measure that fuelled a rally on stock markets last year and also kept long-term rates low. But U.S. bond yields have risen as the Fed moves to taper its purchases.“If the expectation is in the U.S. that yields start going up, I think the investors who are now overseas in the Turkish, Argentinian, South African or Venezuelan bond markets don’t see the need to stay there anymore — so they repatriate their money,” said John Tsagarelis, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“So there’s a pretty quick outflow and you’re seeing that through the transmission mechanisms of the currencies first and then obviously the bond market and then things follow from there.”The rout in emerging market assets began a day earlier following signs that manufacturing was contracting in China, a major driver of global economic growth.Also weighing on markets has been a slew of fourth-quarter earnings reports out this week that have disappointed on revenue growth.“Many companies last year were coming in line or just coming in slightly below revenue expectations and then beating on EPS because of cost cutting and issues related to maintaining margins and so forth,” Tsagarelis said.“But I think if you don’t have topline growth, cost reductions can only go so far.”Investors are wary of a U.S. market that hasn’t experienced a serious correction in almost 18 months. The S&P 500 soared about 30% last year.Much of last year’s rally was made possible by Fed stimulus in the form of massive bond buying. But the central bank announced last month it was cutting those purchases by US$10 billion a month to $75 billion.The Fed holds its next interest rate meeting next week and traders will be anxious to see if the Fed reduces its asset purchases further.In earnings news Friday, Procter & Gamble said its second-quarter net income fell 16% to US$3.43 billion, or $1.18 per share as the world’s largest consumer products maker faced tough comparisons from a year ago, the stronger dollar and flat sales globally. But its adjusted earnings still beat expectations. Revenue was flat at $22.28 billion, short of the $22.34 billion in revenue analysts expected but its shares headed up 1.2% to $79.18.North American indexes fell sharply during the week with the TSX down 1.23% while New York’s Dow industrials gave back 3.52%.The industrials group led decliners on Friday, down 2.55% with Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) losing $1.77 to $57.93 while Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) dropped $7.22 to $156.88.The base metals sector was close behind, down 1.98% as March copper declined a cent to US$3.278 a pound following a five-cent retreat Thursday on the China manufacturing data. Teck Resources lost 54 cents to C$26.61 and HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) lost 37 cents to $8.93.Financials were also a weight, down 1.61% with Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) 94 cents lower to $20.86, while Royal Bank (TSX:RY) gave back 93 cents to $70.49.The energy sector lost 1.38% with the March crude oil contract down 68 cents to US$96.64 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) fell 71 cents to C$35.47 and Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) shed 89 cents to $36.91.The February gold bullion contract rose $2 to US$1,264.30 an ounce as the gold sector lost early momentum and turned down about 0.7%. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) lost 38 cents to C$21.05 and Kinross Gold (TSX:K) faded nine cents to C$5.15.The tech sector was the main advancer, with shares in business software company Open Text Corp. (TSX:OTC) running ahead $10.81, or 10.79%, to $111 as it posted a quarterly profit of US$53.5 million or 90 cents a share, down from $61.1 million a year ago. Revenue increased to US$363.5 million from $352.2 million. Open Text also said that it will split its stock two-for-one next month. read more

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Indebted Canadians will face highest risk in 30 years when rates rise

OTTAWA — The expected, gradual rise of interest rates over the next few years is poised to push the financial vulnerability of indebted Canadian households well above levels seen in the last three decades, warns a new analysis.A report released Tuesday by the parliamentary budget officer predicted that higher rates expected in the coming years will leave households exposed to economic shocks at “levels beyond historical experience.”The study comes amid concerns that rising debt levels — largely fuelled by surging housing prices — have made households increasingly vulnerable to events like a severe recession that trigger job losses or higher-than-expected interest rates.Why does the Bank of Canada suddenly seem in such a hurry to hike rates?Canadians owe $1.67 for every $1 of disposable income and the $27.5 billion we borrowed in Q1 was mostly mortgagesCanada becoming more vulnerable as rising debt and hot housing get worse, bank warnsRising rates threaten to make it harder for Canadians to pay down their debt, the PBO said.The country’s debt service ratio — the household debt payments relative to disposable income — has already climbed above the historical average seen between 1990 and 2017, said Mostafa Askari, the assistant parliamentary budget officer.“That by itself has to be considered alarming because obviously it means that the households will be more vulnerable over time to any kind of shock to the economic system,” Askari said.Askari said the ratio will continue its ascent when the rock-bottom borrowing rates start rising. Some analysts predict the first hike to come as early as this year.Indebted households will no longer enjoy the offset of lower interest rates on their debt payments, he noted.“We project that household debt-servicing capacity will be stretched even further over the medium term as interest rates return to more normal levels,” the report said.As the economy strengthens, the Bank of Canada has been signalling that it’s moving closer to hiking its benchmark interest rate. Its trendsetting rate has been locked at 0.5 per cent since 2015 and hasn’t seen an increase in seven years.The PBO is projecting the central bank’s rate to rise to three per cent by mid-2020.It predicts the household debt service ratio to reach 16.3 per cent in 2021, which would be nearly 3.5 percentage points higher than the 12.9 per cent average seen between 1990 and 2017. The debt service ratio has crept upwards over the last two years to hit 14.2 per cent early this year, the report said. “Based on PBO’s projection, the financial vulnerability of the average household would rise to levels beyond historical experience,” it said. “Households that are required to devote a substantial portion of their disposable income to service their debts are vulnerable to adverse income and interest-rate shocks, and are more likely to be delinquent in their debt payments.” read more

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Puppy Room still a go at Brock

Although the St. Catharines branch of St. John Ambulance recently put its therapy dog program on hold, a pair of puppy rooms scheduled for March 26 and 28 at Brock are still going ahead.Because the popular visits by therapy dogs and their handlers were already scheduled, Brock’s Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre is working with a number of registered volunteer dog handlers who will bring their canines to campus.The puppy rooms will take place Monday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 28 from noon to 4 p.m. in Pond Inlet. All students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. read more

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Germany Austria take golds on Day 1 of World Cup luge stop

WHISTLER, B.C. — Wolfgang Kindl of Austria won the men’s singles race and the German team of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken prevailed in the doubles race Friday at a World Cup luge event on the track used for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.Kindl broke the track record with his second-run time of 49.837 seconds, capping his victory in 1:39.774. Germany’s Felix Loch was second, about one-tenth of a second back, and Austria’s Reinhard Egger took third.Chris Mazdzer of the U.S. was the top North American finisher, placing sixth.Eggert and Benecken won the doubles in 1:16.691, leading a 1-2-3 German sweep of the medals. Robin Johannes Geueke and David Gamm were second, and Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished third.Tristan Walker and Justin Snith were fifth for Canada, while Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman were seventh for the U.S.Women’s singles and a team relay will be held on Saturday.The Associated Press read more

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Record demand for gold

first_img2006 saw record levels of demand for gold of $65 billion and the highest ever industrial demand of 458 t. Jewellery sales reached an all time record of $44 billion. The year also saw an increase in investment demand of 7% over 2005 in tonnage terms and 45% in dollar terms. This was despite a decrease in supply of 13% in tonnage terms including a sharp reduction in net selling by central banks.Consumers and investors pushed demand for gold to a record level of $65.3 billion in 2006, according to figures published today by the World Gold Council (WGC), with positive tonnage growth in the investment and industrial segments and double-digit dollar growth in the jewellery sector. The record dollar values for overall demand and jewellery demand occurred despite a fall in supply, reducing the quantity of gold purchased. The 2006 figures, compiled independently for the WGC by GFMS, reveal that identifiable investment demand in 2006 was 7% higher than in 2005 in tonnage terms, and 45% higher in dollar terms, spurred by a 27% year on year tonnage increase in holdings of gold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and similar products. The fourth quarter was particularly strong with a 19% rise in tonnage terms and a 51% increase in dollar terms. Jewellery demand rose 14% in dollar terms in 2006 as a whole, but fell back by 16% in tonnage terms due to a volatile gold price in the first half of the year. In the industrial sector, demand rose by 7% in tonnage terms and 45% in dollar terms to set a new annual record.James Burton, Chief Executive of the WGC, commented: “We are very encouraged by the record value of gold demand in 2006, showing that consumers are spending more on gold as jewellery and as an investment. However, we must recognise that although we have seen a steep rise in the dollar value of gold demand, there was also a decline in tonnage demand as extreme price volatility impacted consumers’ jewellery purchases. The first half of the year proved a difficult one for the gold jewellery market as high price volatility deterred consumers from buying. However, more stable prices towards the end of the year resulted in a very satisfactory level of demand.“I am particularly pleased to see the continued growth in demand for gold in industry. Gold’s unique properties make it ideal for use in the development of medical applications, pollution control, air bags, mobile telephones, laptop computers, and many other things that we consider indispensable in today’s society.”Outlook for 2007This year has begun with brisk demand in most jewellery markets in January, while investor interest has also remained positive. Market research findings show that sentiment towards gold jewellery in key markets remains strong. Prospects for both jewellery and investment demand in the first half of the year are good, although any return of excessive price volatility could hinder jewellery purchases.Investment demandIdentifiable investment in 2006 was 7% higher than 2005 in tonnage terms and 45% higher in dollar terms. The fourth quarter was particularly strong with a 19% rise in tonnage terms and a 51% increase in dollar terms.Inflows into ETFs and similar products, at 265 t, were 27% higher than in 2005 (up 73% in dollar terms). The increase is particularly significant since 2005 had benefited from the latter stages of the initial surge of investment into the largest fund, streetTRACKS Gold Shares, following its launch in November 2004, and from the initial investment surge into the third largest fund, the iShares Comex Gold Trust. By way of comparison, 2006 saw the launch of Zürcher Kantonal Gold ETF in Switzerland and GOLDIST issued by Finans Portfoy in Turkey; in addition streetTRACKS Gold Shares was cross-listed on the Mexican and Singapore exchanges.   Investment into the ETFs varied throughout the year but they continued to attract ‘buy and hold’ investors, thus suffering only very limited attrition at times when other gold instruments were seeing disinvestment. By the end of 2006 the gold held by ETF and similar funds amounted to 652.5 t, worth $13.3 billion.Aside from ETFs and similar investment products, net retail investment displayed a steadily improving trend throughout the year. In quarter one and quarter two tonnage was 33% and 18% respectively below year-earlier levels; in quarters three and four tonnage was 16% and 41% higher.Jewellery demandFor the year as a whole, demand rose 14% to a new annual record of $44 billion. Quarter four was also a record in dollar terms at $13.5 billion. However, at 2,267 t, tonnage was 16% lower than a year earlier, mainly due to declines in the first eight months of the year, when price movements were a deterrent to jewellery purchases, especially in Asia and the Middle East.As price volatility subsided from late August, conditions became better for jewellery demand. It then surged from mid-September to late-October when the price fell below $600/oz and remained, until the very end of October, in a $570-$600/oz range. This period also saw the run-up to both Diwali in India and the Eid al Fitr at the end of Ramadan, both of which occurred almost simultaneously in late-October, and which are both strong gold buying occasions. While demand was lower in November, a fall-back of the price in December, coupled with Christmas and the Eid al Adha at the end of the year, helped demand recover.In summary, jewellery demand in quarter four was stronger than in the earlier part of the year. In the first half year it was 28% lower than a year earlier in tonnage terms and effectively unchanged in dollar terms. In quarter three it was 9% lower than a year earlier in tonnage terms but 29% higher in dollar terms. In quarter four 2006 it was 2% higher than in quarter four 2005 and 29% higher in dollar terms.Industrial demandIndustrial and dental demand reached a new record in both tonnage and dollar terms in 2006. Tonnage figures, up 7% on 2005 at 458 t, just outstripped the previous record in 2000. This was due to vibrant demand from the electronics sector, which also established new annual records, rising 11% in tonnage terms to 312 t. In dollar terms the year on year increases were 45% for the category as a whole and 51% for electronics.The growth in electronics was primarily due to heavy demand from a range of consumer goods containing electronic circuitry, supported by strong global GDP growth. This was caused both as a result of newer goods, such as MP3 players or flat screen TVs, establishing themselves in the market place, or by greater use for gold in traditional goods such as automobiles as a result of improved quality and efficiency of components using gold. These gains primarily took place in East Asia, including Japan, and to a lesser extent the US.A wide range of new industrial and medical uses for gold, many using nanotechnology, are being developed, ranging from gold-based mercury traps to remove mercury from coal-fired power station emissions, through fuel cell system catalysts to medical diagnostic and cancer treatments. Most of these are still in the late-research, or at best, very early production phases, and the contribution they will make to demand will not become evident for a few more years.SupplyGold supply was tight in 2006, falling 13% from 2005 levels to 3,451 t, due to a sharp reduction in net central bank selling, and to a sharp increase in producer de-hedging. These factors reduced overall supply by 657 t. Mine output contributed a further 56 t reduction. In 2006 as a whole de-hedging amounted to 403 t compared to just 86 t in 2005. Total mine supply (mine output less net de-hedging) was therefore 15% lower in 2006 than in 2005.Net central bank sales amounted to just 319 t in 2006, less than half the 659 t recorded for 2005. Signatories to the Central Bank Gold Agreement (CBGA) sold just 396 t during the second agreement year (September 27, 2005 to September 26, 2006), over 100 t below the 500 t limit. During the calendar year 2006 its net sales amounted to 341 t, with non-CBGA signatories accounting for 22 t of net purchases.Scrap supply, the only element of supply which is responsive to price movements in the short-term, rose by 180 t, or 20%, but this was not sufficient to counter the 23% fall in the other three elements combined.For further information please visit www.gold.orglast_img read more

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Service level agreements ensure maximum uptime

first_imgSeveral key issues can affect the life cycle and productivity of a screen and have an impact on the bottom line at minerals processing operations. These include the shortage of skills within the industry, which often results in sub-standard maintenance being performed. In addition, maintenance is often undertaken on a reactive rather than a proactive basis, which can lead to further costly issues.“Significantly, Joest Kwatani engineers for maximised tonnage over the screen during its lifetime. However, since screens are such critical elements in the process it is important to undertake regimented maintenance to ensure ongoing efficient operation and improved yield,” says Theresa Walton, General Manager – Service at Joest Kwatani. These issues are best addressed by the implementation of a service level agreement that is customised for individual mine requirements. The first step is to undertake a full audit covering the operating performance and the condition of the screen. “We also consider the upstream processes to ensure that the feed is within the original specifications for which the screen was engineered,” says Walton.An essential part of the audit is a review of the on-site parts stockholding to ensure that all critical components are readily available both for planned maintenance and in the event of unexpected failure. A critical parts stockholding is set up on the customer’s system to facilitate seamless planning and ordering as well as the selection of the correct part. During the audit an historical review is also done to ascertain the level of maintenance being applied, the skill level and the available resources at the mine. This information directly impacts on the frequency at which future maintenance should be conducted. Following the audit, Joest Kwatani develops both a short term action plan and a long term sustainable service programme.“The short term action plan is to bring the screens and feeders back to OEM specification. This will not only improve screening efficiency but could prevent potential catastrophic failure,” says Walton. The structured service programme approach allows customers to select a package that will match the current needs and resources of the plant. In the fixed term action plan Joest Kwatani seconds one of its skilled maintenance crews to site and a full structured maintenance programme is implemented on all vibrating screens and feeders. An experienced screening technician oversees the process and information regarding the screen’s operation is accumulated over its life span which assists in future planning.The second option involves the customer performing ongoing maintenance on the vibrating machinery in line with a structured programme recommended by Joest Kwatani. “This approach involves a large training component to ensure that the customer maintenance personnel understand and can implement the requirements. This results in empowerment, upskilling and the instilling of a sense of accountability in the customer’s personnel. Our supervisory crew is on hand to provide continual feedback, evaluation and assistance where necessary,” Walton points out.Under the terms of the service level agreement, Joest Kwatani undertakes continuous audits at predetermined intervals to measure improvements in performance as well as the condition of the screen. Remedial action is often recommended and could entail the proactive identification of vibrating machines which require extensive repair work or refurbishment as a result of their age. “Proactive involvement in customer plant shutdowns is seen as a vital value added benefit for our customers. We leverage the historical information to ensure that key priorities are addressed which will facilitate optimum throughout and efficiency of the machine and extension of its life,” Walton continues. Joest Kwatani has fixed term multi-year service level agreements in place in coal, diamonds, iron ore and manganese plants.last_img read more

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Eight people arrested over spate of burglaries in Dublin

first_imgEIGHT PEOPLE AGED in their teens and early 20s have been arrested as part of a major garda investigation into a spate of burglaries in Dublin.The eight people – seven men and one woman – were detained after gardaí searched houses in Tallaght and Wicklow early this morning.The burglaries had been taking place on the southside of the city in Dún Laoghaire, Blackrock, Dundrum and Cabinteely.Gardaí in the areas had set up a dedicated investigation called Operation Acer to stop the burglaries. So far jewellery, clothes, computers, electronic equipment and a car have been recovered.Gardaí said this morning that three of the people arrested – two men and one woman – will appear before Dún Laoghaire and Tallaght District Courts this morning.The remaining five people are being held at three different garda stations in Dublin.last_img read more

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Australie les inondations détruisent la Grande barrière de corail

first_imgAustralie : les inondations détruisent la Grande barrière de corail Le mois dernier d’impressionnantes inondations ravageaient l’Australie. Jeudi, le cyclone Yasi a lui aussi frappé le continent en causant des dégâts à la Grande barrière de corail, qui mettra, selon les experts, plusieurs années à se réparer.     Jeudi dernier, le cyclone Yasi a frappé le continent australien. D’une intensité maximale (5 sur 5), ses vents de 290 km/h ont endommagé les coraux de la Grande barrière, indiquent les experts. La Grande barrière de corail australienne fait 354.000 kilomètres carrés mais souffre énormément des changements climatiques. Même si les cyclones sont fréquents dans la région, l’acidification des océans favorise leur fréquence et les coraux en pâtissent directement. À lire aussiRoi de l’imitation, cet oiseau-lyre peut reproduire le son d’un pistolet-laserUn scientifique, cité par Sciences et Avenir, indique que “les cyclones endommagent les récifs. Ils sont particulièrement préjudiciables en eau peu profonde : ils brisent les coraux et peuvent tuer des récifs entiers de coraux vivants, ce qui réduit la surface totale occupée par ces organismes “. De plus, les inondations du mois dernier ont charrié des tonnes de débris et de sédiments sans compter les pesticides et autres impuretés vers l’océan en détruisant les coraux. Selon les autorités du parc marin de la Grande barrière de corail, les coraux pourraient mettre dix ans à se remettre de ces deux catastrophes naturelles. Mais le réchauffement climatique favorise l’apparition de cyclones de plus en plus violents (à l’image de Yasi) qui ne laissent pas le temps aux récifs coraliens de se reconstituer. Depuis 1990, la croissance des coraux de la Grande barrière à très nettement diminué. Le 7 février 2011 à 13:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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ASA Statement on Presidents Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2013

first_imgPresident Barack Obama unveiled his budget for fiscal year 2013 yesterday; a proposal that includes a $32 billion reduction in agricultural spending. American Soybean Association (ASA) President Steve Wellman, a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb., issues the following statement on the president’s proposal:”The president’s proposed agriculture budget reduces the deficit by $32 billion over 10 years. ASA has advocated, throughout the entire deficit reduction conversation, a shared responsibility for deficit reduction across all mandatory and discretionary spending programs, up to and including the elimination of Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payments as well as the Average Crop Revenue Election program as part of ASA’s 2011 Risk Management for America’s Farmers proposal.”However, with the enormous amount of risk farmers are about to undertake by planting a new soybean crop, now is exactly the wrong time to reduce support for the federal crop insurance program. The proposal put forth in the president’s budget would reduce support to farmers who purchase the highest levels of coverage—a backwards approach that discourages producers from purchasing enough coverage to meet their substantial risk management needs.”ASA does applaud the president’s request to increase the 2013 funding level for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) to $325 million—an investment targeting areas key to American scientific leadership, including nutrition and obesity reduction, food safety, sustainable bioenergy, global food security, and climate change.”ASA welcomes the president’s proposed increase for competitive agricultural research at USDA, as all soybean farmers recognize the challenges that growing world food needs present. Ag research is the key to meeting these needs, and the nation simply cannot sustain any further cuts to its agricultural research infrastructure if it is to address the needs of a global population that will grow to more than 9 billion people by 2050. We hope Congress will fund AFRI at the $325 million level proposed by the president.”last_img read more

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Guidance wording lifts TCS Infosys drops on macroeconomic outlook

first_imgIndia’s largest IT company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) gained on the stock market on Monday on the back of better-than-expected FY19 Q4 numbers and a bright outlook. ReutersThe FY19 Q4 results season is unwinding as information technology majors are coming out with better than expected results. However, not all companies have the same outlook, contributing to the divergence in the stocks market behaviour.It is likely that the IT stocks that built up momentum ahead of the season could consolidate a bit, more so in the case of shares of companies with subdued outlook. But the market outlook, in general, remains positive. Dips mark the time for picking up those stocks.The largest IT company by market cap, TCS, broke through a major resistance level of 2,095 on Monday in National Stock Exchange (NSE), picking up from where it left last week. If last week’s consolidation was in anticipation of good results, Monday’s has been building on the momentum provided by better-than-expected results and positive outlook. TCS profit jumped 18 percent to Rs 8,126 crore in a better-than-expected showing.TCS guidance is for the momentum in revenue to continue into FY20 despite some macro challenges on the horizon. Brokerage firm HDFC Securities is bullish about the scrip and targets 2,385. The share looks in line for a breakout after going through multiple resistances. It was trading near the day’s high of 2,117 with one hour for market close on Monday. The share opened with a gap up showing a strong buying trend. The share closed on Friday at 2,014, having traded sideways from the previous day’s close of 2,019. Infosys campus in Bangalore. Infosys FY19 Q4 numbers have beaten forecast but the softer outlook has sent the share to a consolidation mode. MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesInfosys also came out with better-than-expected numbers of 10.5 percent year-on-year increase in profit after tax to notch up Rs 4,078 crore alongside TCS on Friday. But the share suffered on Monday from lacklustre guidance that predicted lower revenues on account of macro-economic challenges in the year ahead. The share that closed on Friday near the low of 747, opened gap down on Monday and hit a low of 732.The share has recovered somewhat and was trading at 727 near the day’s high of 731. Market observers suggest waiting for Infosys stock to consolidate before getting into position for a target of 840. The share is still inside the Ichimoku cloud signifying uncertainty, though the conversion line is still above the baseline, confirming the beginnings of an uptrend, which still requires confirmation through the next few candles.The third largest IT company, Wipro, is also in focus this week as the results are expected later this week. The stock gained through last week in line with analysts’ expectation of robust numbers. The share is knocking at a key resistance level of 290 and a breakout is on the cards if the results beat estimates and the guidance is bright for FY20. The scrip is supported by good volumes buying pressure still evident. The share is trading at the day’s high of 289 and is expected to maintain the momentum.last_img read more

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Woman set ablaze by inlaws dies at DMCH

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA woman, set on fire allegedly by her in-laws, died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Tuesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Saji Khatun, 32, wife of Surman Mandal of Talimnagar village in Bera upazila of Pabna.SM Moinuddin, inspector of Aminpur police station, said Saji succumbed to her injuries around 11:00pm.According to the statement of a case filed by the victim’s father, Surman, a Malaysia expatriate, sent money to the bank account of her sister Shamela Khatun. Shamela gave Saji Tk 3,000 for covering the family’s expenses that led to a frequent quarrel between her and her in-laws.On 9 May, Saji had an altercation with her mother, sister and brother in-laws, and at one stage, they poured kerosene on her and set her on fire.Locals rescued her hearing her scream and took her to Pabna General Hospital. She was later shifted to DMCH.Saji’s father Fajibor Rahman sued six people over the incident. Police have arrested Shamela but the others are on the run.last_img read more

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Biman claims pilot Fazal was not detained at Doha airport

first_imgBimanBiman Bangladesh Airlines on Friday said the pilot who was allegedly held by the Doha International Airport immigration in Qatar for operating a flight without any passport was not detained or arrested, reports UNB.Clarifying the matter in a statement, the national flag carrier said no incident of detention or arrest took place there.On 5 June, Fazal Mahmud reached the Doha Hamad International Airport in Qatar operating an aircraft from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka without any passport, it said.After landing the Doha airport, the matter came to his notice.He did not go to the immigration check-post and rather informed the Biman station manager in Doha and the Dhaka office of the matter.On 6 June, he took the passport by another flight to Qatar.Meanwhile, the government has formed two panels to investigate the incident.A four-member inter-ministerial body has been formed with additional secretary of the cabinet division Nasima Begum as its head to look into the matter.The committee has been directed to submit its report within three working days.Another four-member probe body has been formed by the security services division of the home ministry. The probe body, led by additional secretary of the division Md Azharul Haque, has been asked to come up with the report by seven workdays.last_img read more

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Law being relaxed in interests of transport owners and workers

first_imgProthom Alo File PhotoTen months since the new road transport act was passed, the government is already taking steps to relax its clauses in the interests of the transport owners and workers. The law had been hurriedly enacted following protests against two students being killed by a bus in the capital city last year. The families of the road accident victims are yet to receive justice.The road transport act, in sections 98 and 105, has provision for punitive measures in the case of deaths caused by road accidents. In section 105, the maximum penalty for the driver in such a case is five years imprisonment, in accordance to the penal code. The section also has provision for a Tk 500,000 fine which can be in addition to the prison sentence.Section 98 provides a maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment and such a case will be tried under the Motor Vehicles Act. A fine of Tk 300,000 can be imposed under this section which can be in addition to the three-year sentence. The court may hand over the fine in full or in part to the injured parties in the case. The punishment under these two sections is non-bailable.The transport owners and workers associations have demanded that the sentences and fines under these sections be relaxed. They have even demanded that the non-bailable clauses be made bailable. The government is now in the process of changing the law accordingly.At the road safety council meeting held on 16 February this year, a committee comprising three ministers was formed to present their views regarding the practical aspects of the road transport act. Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan is the head of the committee, with the other two members being law minister Anisul Huq and railway minister Nurul Islam. The committee held a few unofficial meetings, followed by two meetings with the leaders of the transport owner and worker associations.At the last meeting held on 12 June, the transport owners and workers called for a relaxation of the punishment provided in the act. Executive president of the transport workers federation and former shipping minister Shahjahan Khan demanded that the sentences provided in sections 98 and 105 be lessened and that the non-bailable cases be made bailable.Under the new law, a driver must have education up till at least class eight. Anyone with a fake licence can be sentenced to two years imprisonment and a fine up to Tk 500,000. Shahjahan Khan called for the educational qualification requirement to be dropped and for the fine for fake licences to be lessened. The transport sector leaders put forward demands for changes in several others clauses as well.It was decided at the meeting that the road transport ministry would study the similar laws in India, Malaysia and Singapore give its opinion based on this. The ministry was also asked to break up the clauses of section 98 and place these within the other sections of the act.The ministry is reportedly working on how to make certain amendments to the act in keeping with the demands of the transport owner and workers associations. They will propose that section 98 be placed in two separate sections, with the punishment being lessened. The ministry will not directly make any proposal to lessen the sentence in section 98 from five to three years, but will propose that the offence be made bailable.Law minister Anisul Huq told Prothom Alo that the work of the committee comprising three ministers is nearing completion. They will finalise their recommendations after one more meeting. He said that the owners and the workers of the transport sector had the right to make any demand, but only justified demands would be taken into consideration.Sources in the road transport ministry said that the transport sector is being entirely controlled by ruling party leaders. Shahjahan Khan had monopolised leadership of the transport workers. While Jatiya Party secretary general Mashiur Rahman is the president of the transport owners association, it is actually controlled by the association’s general secretary Khandakar Enayet Ullah, the vice president of Awami League’s Dhaka unit. These associations are considered to be strongholds of the government and went out of their way to keep their vehicles on the streets during hartals called by BNP a Jamaat in 20013 and 2015.Shahjahan Khan, speaking to Prothom Alo about changes to be made in the law, said, it is not justified to make the accident cases non-bailable. He said they have made specific demands regarding other unjustified provisions, too. It is now up to the three-minister committee to take the final decision.Pressure for owners and workers from beforeIn face of the student movement for safe roads, the government on 19 September last year hurriedly passed the new road transport act. Then on 28 October last year, the transport owners and workers associations called for a nationwide transport strike, protesting against the new law. The transport workers, during the 48 hour strike, assaulted private vehicle drivers and passengers. They smeared the faces of drivers and passengers with blackened engine oil. So even though the law was passed 10 months ago, it has not gone into effect.Vice chairman of the Road Safety Foundation and Supreme Court lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua told Prothom Alo, it is an insult to those who were killed in road accidents, to the protesters and to those who were jailed for their protests, that the act is being amended even before it has come into effect.He also said that the law is necessary. At the same time, the anarchy in the transport sector, the faulty roads, the lack of safety for the transport drivers, must also be addressed.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir.last_img read more

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Pentagon Agrees To Provide Housing For 20000 Detained Migrant Children

first_imgPhoto by Andy Dunaway/USAF via Getty Images/Via PBS NewsHourA 2003 aerial photo of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.A defense official says the Pentagon has agreed to provide housing on military bases for up to 20,000 migrant children detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.The official says the Department Health and Human Services asked for the space and the Pentagon agreed to support it. The official had knowledge of the request and spoke on condition of anonymity because the arrangement has not yet been announced.It was first reported by The Washington Post.It’s unclear which military bases would be used to house the children. HHS has assessed four military bases as prospective housing for child migrants.Three are in Texas: Fort Bliss, Goodfellow Air Force Base and Dyess Air Force Base. The fourth is Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas. It’s not clear whether other bases are under consideration.The prospect of the U.S. government housing up to 20,000 migrant children on military bases has raised questions on Capitol Hill.Sen. Chuck Schumer said Thursday that he wants to know how many children are already being held after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and in what conditions. Share Schumer asked why reporters haven’t been allowed to tour detention facilities and how the new plan would work. The New York Democrat also wondered how the Trump administration was keeping track of families separated under its “zero tolerance” policy on illegal border crossings.last_img read more

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No 7 Louisville Clinches Series with Second Straight Win at Duke

first_imgHowever, Zach Britton proved to be clutch for the second time this week, lining a 1-1 pitch to left to score Snider for what would prove to be the decisive run. It was the second game-winning RBI in the last four games for Britton, who lifted the Cardinals to victory with a walk-off single against Ole Miss on Tuesday. Strong pitching and timely hitting were the winning combination for the Cardinals on Saturday. Nick Bennett allowed one run over seven innings before turning the ball over to Michael McAvene, who retired all six batters he faced for the save. Story Links ACC Network Extra Preview Live Stats Next Game: at Duke 3/17/2019 | 1:00 PM DURHAM, N.C. – The seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team outdueled No. 24 Duke on Saturday, winning 2-1 to clinch the weekend series at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. McAvene went on to slam the door shut over the final two innings to give the Cardinals their fourth consecutive win and ninth in their last 10 games.center_img Bennett (4-0) then went to work on the mound. The lefthander held the Blue Devils scoreless through the first three innings before a sacrifice fly knotted the game up at one in the fourth. Bennett got better as the game went along, tossing perfect sixth and seventh innings to close out his outing. PDF Box Score With the game tied at one, Jake Snider led off the eighth inning with a single back through the middle. Tyler Fitzgerald hit a deep fly to the right-centerfield gap that advanced Snider to second, but a strikeout left him standing there for the second out of the inning. Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster As it did on Friday, Louisville (15-4, 4-1 ACC) struck again in the first inning. Fitzgerald lined a single to left with one out and moved up 90 feet on a failed pickoff attempt. The junior took third on a wild pitch and the catcher’s attempt to throw him out sailed into the outfield to allow the run to score. Britton was 2-for-3 in the game with the run-scoring single and also reached with a walk to pace the UofL offensive effort. Louisville and Duke will wrap up the series on Sunday, as the Cardinals go for the sweep. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Pigs learn to understand mirrors

first_img Citation: Pigs learn to understand mirrors (2009, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-pigs-mirrors.html 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. A domestic pig on an organic farm in Solothurn, Switzerland. Image: Wikimedia Commons Pigs prefer 3 square meals a day (PhysOrg.com) — A study of domesticated pigs has found that with just a little experimentation they can find food based only on a reflection in a mirror. The study, carried out by Donald M. Broom, Professor of Animal Welfare at Cambridge University in the U.K., found that given a chance to familiarize themselves with a mirror first, most pigs can find food based only on its reflection. Pigs that are not familiar with mirrors look behind them for the food.In the study, soon to be published in the journal Animal Behaviour, four pairs of domesticated pigs were allowed to familiarize themselves with a mirror for five hours. They generally approached it cautiously at first, ending with their noses pressed against the mirror, but one pig charged at its reflection and broke the mirror. They looked behind the mirror, and watched their own reflections moving in front of it.After familiarization, each pig was placed in a pen with an angled mirror and a partition, behind which were treats such as apple slices or M&Ms. Seven of the eight pigs immediately looked behind the partition and found the food. A control group of pigs that had never seen a mirror before searched behind it for the food.Professor Broom said the study shows pigs have a high degree of what he terms assessment awareness, or the ability to use memories and observations to quickly learn to assess a situation and act on it.According to Marc Hauser of Harvard’s Cognitive Evolution laboratory, an understanding of reflections in mirrors has been demonstrated in other nonhuman animals before, but it is paradoxical that many don’t seem to recognize their own reflections. Researchers have confirmed this by marking a spot on the animal with dye and seeing if they try to remove the spot when they see it reflected in a mirror. Only a few, such as bottlenose dolphins, apes, elephants, and magpies, recognize the mark as being on their own bodies. Professor Broom said he had tried marking the pigs, but they took no notice. He said this is hardly surprising because pigs often get marks on their bodies.The study proves pigs have awareness, and Broom said that if an animal is known to be clever it is less likely to be treated as a food-producing machine and more like a sentient being. Perhaps the conditions in which pigs are raised, including overcrowding, which do not meet the needs of the animal, may be improved as a result of the study.via Sciencenews.org© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Why eTN is including a paywall for brands with a story to

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Juergen SteinmetzFor the last 18 years this publication eTurboNews, known as eTN had been the global leader in travel and tourism news. We have 230,000+ travel industry professionals and up to  1.3 million active readers in our extended network. Our substantial readership relies on eTN for breaking and up to the minute coverage on world travel and tourism.We have a small, talented team of editors and writers working 24/7 to bring hourly updates to our loyal readership.  At the same time, eTN receives literally thousands of press releases from airlines, hotels, and destinations each week. Many of these releases are newsworthy, but they are marketing pieces for which the PR agency is paid handsomely. PR agencies do not work without compensation, and neither should eTN, or indeed, any publication. A substantial amount of any marketing budget is invested to hire PR professionals to produce content and pitch it to publications like eTurboNews. Because of our reach and reputation, and the fact our content is positioned prominently in the social media world, search engines and news aggregators like Google, we are inundated each week with media releases.  PR agencies are very appreciative to have their content featured in our newsletters, but more valuable and sought after, which these agencies are very cognizant of, is the long term gain with top visibility with Google.eTN has worked diligently and intelligently to gain top-tier status within the industry and Google for nearly two decades.  However, we can no longer permit PR agencies, while receiving compensation for their services, to expect us to provide quality coverage for their clients without eTurboNews receiving compensation.The fiscal bottom line is, eTN is running a business, not a charity. While we do a large amount pro bono work for a wide range of global organizations, for travel brands wishing to gain market share and increase awareness, we can no longer provide free services.eTN PaywalleTN will continue to provide intelligent reporting, research, and completely independent of advertising. However, we have just launched new updated packages for press releases and advertorial stories to be published on our network for a modest fee. Share this: Press releases from brands that are newsworthy, but who are unwilling to pay for their distribution may be selected to be included on eTN, but we will ask readers to pay up to $1 to read the story or pay $4 for an entire month of unlimited access to all articles on our network. A yearly package is $20. For anyone wanting to stay abreast of breaking global travel and tourism news, we trust they will consider full access to all content.There will never be a fee for those mentioned and those reading our widely unbias and non-advertiorial highly recognized and critical editorial work.Juergen Steinmetz, publisher of eTurboNews said: “We’re taking a first step in the industry to stop the abuse of tourism destinations and tourism brands to pay good money to their PR agencies and expect guys like us to be a free extended arm of this effort. I like to encourage other publication to follow us here, and I am open to discuss a coordinated effort with any competitor. You can contact me at [email protected]   or call me anytime. When press releases become useless i or The Five Myth about PR is a good reference to read. We at eTN would love to promote your brand, cooperate with PR agencies, but we cannot do this as a free service.”PR Agencies, destinations and travel brands interested in our coverage, and who wish to engage with all of our readerships without a paywall, please go to  www.buzz.travel/rates for our affordable options. Like this:Like Loading…Relatedyahoo Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Are You Being Conned By Your PR Agency?LGBT Meeting Professionals Association Announce New Board Members Representing the Wide Spectrum of Diversity in the LGBT CommunityLGBTQ travelers prefer Fort Lauderdale and 1.5 billion in revenue plus an eTN award showsMore articles on eTurboNews click herelast_img read more

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