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‘Anonymous Facebook ads influenced nearly 10 mn British voters’‘Anonymous Facebook ads influenced nearly 10 mn British voters’

first_imgLondon, Oct 20 (IANS) An anonymous political campaign on Facebook has reached nearly 10 million voters, asking them via advertisements to oppose British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the media reported on Saturday.According to The Guardian, it was discovered by the digital campaign group 89up, which shared the details with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) panel into fake news.”In adverts micro-targeted to individual constituencies, voters are exhorted to tell your local MP to bin Chequers,” said the report.”This advertising is designed to specifically influence MPs,” 89up said.All that is known about the campaign is what can be found on its website, Twitter and Facebook accounts.”Going by the name Mainstream Network, the group writes and publishes news stories on its website with an almost exclusively pro-Brexit slant, shared on its social media accounts,” the report added.”Over the last couple of weeks, I received a flood of about 50 emails – some quite abusive – urging me to ‘chuck Chequers’ and vote for out-and-out Brexit,” Labour MP Paul Farrelly was quoted as sayingThe news comes at a time when Facebook is reeling under a couple of massive data breaches including the Cambridge Analytica scandal that impacted 87 million users earlier this year.Facebook says it has set a goal of bringing a transparency feature for political ads — now available in the US and Brazil — to the UK and India by March 2019.With the new ad architecture in place, people would be able to see who paid for a particular political ad.Facebook has also set up a War Room to reduce the spread of potentially harmful content.Facebook faced flak for not doing enough to prevent spread of misinformation by Russia-linked accounts during the 2016 US presidential election.–IANSna/kskadvertisementlast_img read more

De Bruyne relaxed over City talksDe Bruyne relaxed over City talks

first_imgKevin De Bruyne Don’t stress it – De Bruyne relaxed over initial Man City contract talks Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 17:33 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Getty Images Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Manchester City v Napoli UEFA Champions League Club director Txiki Begiristain has spoken to the Belgium midfielder’s agent regarding a new deal at the Etihad Stadium Kevin De Bruyne is happy to focus on extending his fabulous form on the field, with preliminary talks over a new contract at Manchester City having already taken place.KDB 11/10 to score v BurnleyThe Belgium international impressed once more as Pep Guardiola’s side made it three wins out of three in Champions League Group F on Tuesday, holding out for a pulsating 2-1 triumph over Napoli. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Ahead of the match, De Bruyne’s agent Patrick De Koster stated he would seek to use the astronomical wages paid by Paris Saint-Germain to Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as benchmarks when discussing fresh terms with the Premier League leaders.Neymar is reported to earn €600,000 per week at the Parc des Princes, while City are understood to have De Bruyne on a current weekly wage in the region of £115,000.The 26-year-old is under contract at the Etihad Stadium until 2021 and, speaking after he set up Gabriel Jesus’ decisive goal against Napoli, he confirmed De Koster has met with City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain to set the wheels in motion on an extension.”My agent went already one time to Txiki,” he said. “Talks are coming.”I’m patient anyway, I don’t stress it. I think I read something in the press [about his contract] but I have time.”Pep Guardiola Kevin De Bruyne Manchester CityDe Bruyne is similarly at ease when it comes to assessing the hype around a succession of acclaimed showings for City, which culminated in Guardiola fielding questions comparing his midfielder’s talents to Lionel Messi before the Napoli match.”I don’t care,” he said. “I have to do the things that I do.”In football you are going to have highs and lows. In football you have to live in the middle.”I come home and just do what I always do, no matter if it’s a good game or a bad game. I just like to enjoy my football, that’s a big part of me.”I put a lot of passion in what I do and I like to win.”The precision low cross for Jesus in the 13th minute marked De Bruyne’s seventh assist in all competitions this season.His impeccable deliveries during last weekend’s demolition of Stoke City were the talking point of a 7-2 win where the ex-Wolfsburg man did not actually get on the scoresheet himself.Being cast as his team’s chief provider is a role De Bruyne has long relished.Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Champions League“Obviously, the team knows better and better the way I play [but] I think if you check my assists, what I did before in Germany and Belgium, a lot of times it’s the same,” he said.”The way I think is it’s great to get a player in a scoring position. If I can give that ball I will give it because I think at that time in the game it’s the right pass for me.”De Bruyne clattered the crossbar with a fine strike against the Serie A pacesetters, part of an eventful outing that also featured him exchanging cross words with colleagues David Silva and Fernandinho.A late first-half booking was the source of the playmaker’s ire, with his senior team-mates bearing the brunt as he sought to remonstrate with the fourth official at half-time.But De Bruyne was happy to report the trio’s midfield marriage was quickly back on track.”We had a little discussion at the time, it happens,” he added. “There’s nothing wrong. After one minute, it’s over.”At home I get some arguments with my wife. I think it’s normal.”last_img read more

Hazard: I like playing Bournemouth!Hazard: I like playing Bournemouth!

first_imgChelsea Chelsea match-winner Hazard: I like playing Bournemouth! Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 04:17 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea Bournemouth Premier League Getty Chelsea Eden Hazard AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea AFC Bournemouth Premier League The Blues’ win over Bournemouth was thoroughly deserved even though they missed chances, according to the match winner Eden Hazard says he enjoys playing against Bournemouth after he continued his fine record against the Cherries with the winner as Chelsea earned a 1-0 away win on Saturday.The Belgium international made it five goals in five Premier League appearances against Eddie Howe’s side with a left-footed second-half winner, which beat Asmir Begovic at his near post.Everton 5/2 to beat Leicester Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea were comfortable despite the small margin of victory, with Bournemouth only managing one shot on target as the champions moved back to within nine points of leaders Manchester City.The Blues had a goal disallowed from Alvaro Morata, who also had two other excellent first-half chances to score before setting up Hazard’s winner after the interval.”I like to play against Bournemouth!” Hazard said to BT Sport .”I try to play every game like this. I am just happy. I scored, we won.”The only problem is that we should score more goals. We should have got three, maybe four goals to make the game easy. But we didn’t concede a lot of chances and I think we deserved the win. “It was a very good goal, important also. When you play this kind of game you just need to win. We have three points and we move on.”All the team deserve this, we did well defensively, offensively also. I think Thibaut Courtois needed this for the confidence.”Three points secured! #BOUCHE — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 28, 2017 Asked if City could be caught, Hazard said: “The season is long, you never know what can happen. “They are top and play well with a lot of goals – but we have a lot of games to play, we will see at the end of the season.”Next week is huge for Chelsea, who are away to Roma in the Champions League before a crunch Premier League clash against second-placed Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Minister Applauds New Health Promotion Focus in OntarioMinister Applauds New Health Promotion Focus in Ontario

first_imgRodney MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion sent congratulations today, June 30, to Ontario for naming a Minister of Health Promotion. The new portfolio is similar to the Nova Scotia Health Promotion model. Premier John Hamm created Nova Scotia Health Promotion in December 2002 to improve the health of all Nova Scotians now, and for future generations. “In Nova Scotia we have seen how effective a health promotion portfolio can be in creating new opportunities for helping people live healthier lives across the province,” said Mr. MacDonald. “I am pleased to see Ontario make health promotion a priority and send my personal congratulations to Minister Jim Watson on his appointment. I look forward to sharing our own experiences and offering any assistance necessary to the new minister.” Jim Watson, member-of-provincial parliament for Ontario, was appointed by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty as part of a cabinet shuffle. Since the creation of Nova Scotia Health Promotion, smoking rates have dropped from 30 per cent to 22 per cent. This year’s priority areas are healthy eating and physical activity, especially among young people. As a result of new government investments, school boards will have new supports for breakfast programs, following guidelines outlined in the Healthy Eating Nova Scotia Strategy. Participating school boards will also have a sport animator for the next school year. Sport animators will link schools with community sport programs and will provide more opportunities for children to be active. Together these programs help create environments that will allow children to grow into healthy adults. Nova Scotia Health Promotion has six priority areas focusing on physical activity, injury prevention, addiction prevention, healthy eating, healthy sexuality and tobacco control.last_img read more

Watergate scandal figure Dean details TrumpNixon parallelsWatergate scandal figure Dean details TrumpNixon parallels

first_imgWashington DC: John Dean, the White House lawyer who helped bring about the Watergate downfall of Richard Nixon, has told Congress that there are “remarkable” similarities between the former president’s illegal behaviour and alleged acts of obstruction by Donald Trump. Dean told the House Judiciary Committee on Monday that the Mueller report, which outlines 10 possible acts of obstruction by Trump, is equivalent to the famous “road map” that prosecutor Leon Jaworski delivered to Congress in 1974, sparking impeachment proceedings against Nixon and forcing his resignation. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”In many ways the Mueller Report is to President Trump what the so-called Watergate roadmap… was to President Richard Nixon,” the 80-year-old Dean told the House Judiciary Committee. There were “remarkable parallels” between the two, especially related to obstruction of justice, said Dean, who as Nixon’s White House counsel was deeply involved in illegal efforts to stifle the Watergate probe. One of those parallels, Dean noted, was the primary role in Trump’s alleged obstruction efforts of former White House counsel Don McGahn, a main source for the Mueller investigation. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaMcGahn, who has been prevented by the White House from testifying to Congress, “is the most prominent fact witness regarding obstruction of justice cited in the Mueller Report,” Dean said as he himself was 46 years ago. Dean’s testimony came as congressional Democrats debate impeaching Trump for his interference in the special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s Russia meddling investigation. It sparked an angry attack from Trump, who has struggled in vain to put the Mueller probe behind him. On Twitter he called Dean a “sleazebag attorney” in a Democratic effort to “redo” the probe. “Can’t believe they are bringing in John Dean, the disgraced Nixon White House Counsel who is a paid CNN contributor. No Collusion – No Obstruction! Democrats just want a do-over which they’ll never get!” Trump tweeted. Trump told journalists separately that Dean has “been a loser for many years.” Asked if he thought he could be forced to step down like Nixon, Trump replied: “I don’t leave.” “You can’t impeach somebody when there’s never been a thing done wrong,” he added. Dean was the top lawyer for the Nixon’s White House in 1972 when the president sought his help to cover up his staff’s involvement in the break-in of Democratic offices at the Watergate complex.last_img read more

If Canada has a plan to save Trans Mountain cabinet isnt sayingIf Canada has a plan to save Trans Mountain cabinet isnt saying

first_img“We are not going to negotiate in public nor make public threats,” he said.Kinder Morgan gave the government a deadline of May 31 to get reassurance for its investors the pipeline will come to fruition.Conservative natural resources critic Shannon Stubbs said she was “flabbergasted” the cabinet meeting produced no plan.“I think this a colossal failure in leadership,” she said.Iain Black, a former provincial Liberal cabinet minister in B.C. and now president of the Vancouver Board of Trade, said he is not surprised or disappointed there was nothing concrete out of cabinet.“I think the federal government is in some new territory here,” he said.Black said the issue has gone beyond the pipeline itself to a question of if Canada can follow the rule of law to get projects built. If it can’t, he said the impact on investment capital would be immense and crippling.He said he had cleared his schedule over the next three days because there is a lot of work underway within the business community in B.C. across all sectors to try and help get thispipeline project built.Black said Trudeau expended some political capital to approve the pipeline and, until now, he has handled the file in a non-confrontational, “very Canadian way.” But now, he said, the rubber is hitting the road and Trudeau is going to have to be bold.“If ever there was a ‘just watch me’ moment for this prime minister this is it.”Carr said earlier this week the government has legal, regulatory and financial options but did not specify what they are. Broadly, they include financial penalties for B.C., investing in the pipeline in some way to reassure investors and suing the B.C. government to exert jurisdiction. They could also ask the Supreme Court for a ruling on their authority, however, that option was discarded earlier this year because it would be a lengthy process and would imply there is some doubt about who has jurisdiction when Ottawa firmly believes there is none.Although Horgan has threatened to pass regulations that could prevent additional oil from flowing through B.C. on its way to foreign buyers, he hasn’t done so nor has he asked the courts to rule on whether he has jurisdiction to that. The threat alone has been enough to spook investors and without an actual regulation, there is nothing Alberta or Canada can sue over.B.C. is also part of a lawsuit against Ottawa arguing there was not proper consultation with Indigenous communities or other stakeholders when the pipeline was reviewed. A decision in that suit is expected any day.More than 30 Indigenous communities along the pipeline’s route support the project but there are many in B.C. which do not.In Ottawa on Tuesday, a few dozen pipeline protesters blocked commuter traffic on the edge of downtown outside McKenna’s constituency office. In Calgary, several hundred people turned up to rally in favour of the pipeline outside a provincial governmentbuilding.(THE CANADAIN PRESS) In a sign of the heat the cabinet is feeling over this, Sohi lashed out on Twitter earlier this week at B.C. New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart for claiming victory after Kinder Morgan announced it is suspending all non-essential spending on the pipeline until it and its investors feel secure the project won’t be derailed by strong opposition from the B.C. NDP government.“Next time you fly between B.C. & Ottawa, give thanks to thousands of oil workers who enable you to do your job, while you & (Premier John) Horgan sabotage their livelihood,” Sohi responded. “Rest assured, your victory lap is temporary. We will use allavailable tools to get (Trans Mountain) built.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government is “in discussions” with Notley, Horgan and Kinder Morgan. He is to meet Wednesday with Notley in Toronto but it’s not known whether he or another minister, intends to meet personally with Horgan.When asked if Canada would penalize B.C. financially if it doesn’t withdraw its opposition to the pipeline, something Alberta United Conservative party leader Jason Kenney wants to see done, Morneau clammed up. “I apologize in advance I’ve got one minute and I’ve got to catch a plane,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said before making a very brief statement following the two-hour cabinet meeting.“The government is 100 percent behind this pipeline. It’s important for Canada. It was made in the national interests. We believe this is important for all regions of the country. We stand behind our decision.”When asked about Notley’s new suggestion of buying the pipeline entirely Carr repeated his comments from the last two days that there are many options on the table and Canada is considering all of them.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna repeated the statement in French and officially that was it.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, whose Edmonton seat could be at risk if the pipeline expansion fails, was cornered on his way out of the meeting. He wouldn’t discuss cabinet conversations in public but repeated that the government is 100 per cent behind the pipeline.“We will get it done,” Sohi said, before pushing out of the scrum of reporters and heading to his car.center_img OTTAWA, O.N. – The Trudeau government held an emergency cabinet meeting Tuesday aimed at salvaging the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion but did not come up with plan, at least not one ministers are prepared to talk about yet.Hours earlier, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley upped the ante, saying Alberta is not only prepared to invest in the pipeline, but it is also prepared to take it over entirely if need be.But federal ministers had nothing to say about how their government might convince, or force, British Columbia to back off and allow the pipeline to proceed.last_img read more

Loblaw delivers closing arguments in 437million tax dispute with CRALoblaw delivers closing arguments in 437million tax dispute with CRA

TORONTO — A lawyer for Loblaw Companies Ltd. told a Toronto court Tuesday there is no evidence to back the Canada Revenue Agency’s allegations that its Barbadian banking subsidiary was misused for tax avoidance.Loblaw’s lawyer Al Meghji said in his closing arguments at the Tax Court of Canada that Barbados-based Glenhuron Bank is viewed as a bank under Barbadian law, and should qualify for a tax exemption under Canadian law.Department of Justice lawyers had argued during the trial, which began in April, that Loblaw Financial Holdings took steps to make Glenhuron Bank appear to be a foreign bank in order to avoid paying tax.Loblaw, CRA face off in court in $404-million tax avoidance disputeSimplii’s not-so-simple task: Retain 2M customers after CIBC-Loblaws break upGovernment lawyers had argued that the Barbados-based entity did not qualify because, among other things, it mainly invested the grocery giants’ own funds and did not conduct business with arms-length entities.Meghji Tuesday told Justice Campbell Miller that the majority of Glenhuron’s activities involved arms-length entities, such as swap contracts with large banks, and its banking licence from Barbadian authorities is further evidence that it fits the profile of a bank.The dispute centres on the federal government’s reassessments of Loblaw’s subsidiary for several tax years dating as far back as 2001, and could cost the company as much as $437 million according to its latest quarterly report. read more

Vaccination of Berbice pupils… School medical officials guilty of breachingVaccination of Berbice pupils… School medical officials guilty of breaching

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSeveral students rushed for medical attention after receiving vaccines in schoolMarch 3, 2019In “Health”Region 6 spent $2M in 7 days to transport children to GeorgetownAugust 5, 2018In “latest news”Chicken pox outbreak in Paramakatoi climbing, affects 160 students so farNovember 25, 2016In “Health” An investigation into the incident wherein several pupils of the Lochaber Primary School in West Canje, Berbice, had to be rushed for medical attention after receiving vaccines at the school, has found both the head-teacher and the medical officer who administered the vaccines guilty of not adhering to procedures set out by both the Education and Health Ministries.“It must be noted that the Headteacher for that particular institution breached the protocol in terms of parental consent to give the children the HPV vaccines… Also, the health worker too breached the protocol by not seeing the clinic cards and parental consent forms before giving the children the vaccines,” Zamal Hussain disclosed at the Region Six Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meeting on Thursday.Hussain, who heads both the Education and Health Committees at the RDC, was at the time presenting the Regional Education Committee report to the RDC.INEWS had reported last Saturday that the vaccines were administered the Tuesday before and by the next day, several pupils had to be rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital for treatment.The parents of the affected children had complained to this newscast about the adverse effects the HPV vaccines had on their kids.Director of the Regional Health Services, Jevaughn Stephens, had explained that in collaboration with the Education Ministry, all headteachers were invited to a meeting at the Berbice High School, where they were told about the vacancies and given consent forms to give to the parents.But this was apparently not adhered to by the head of the Lochaber Primary.As such, Hussain said that the region is looking at how they will treat the matter.“We don’t know what [should] happen. But the REO (Regional Executive Officer) will look at that in terms of if we should discipline the teacher or just write her to ensure that this occurrence does not find its way again in the system,” he stated.Meanwhile at Thursday’s RDC meeting, APNU Councillor Hasrat Hussain, who himself is an Education Officer, criticised the media for highlighting the issue, saying that they should have waited until the issue was investigated before reporting on it. read more

Schade delivering chrome ore scraper system to KazchromeSchade delivering chrome ore scraper system to Kazchrome

first_imgEarly in 2012, Schade Lagertechnik, part of the AUMUND group, is to deliver a portal scraper with 48 m of rail track and conveying capacity of 500 t/h for chrome ore to TNK Kazchrome in Kazakhstan. It will be employed in Aktobe near the Russian border, in north-west Kazakhstan. Kazchrome is part of the ENRC Group and is a major ferrochrome producer. The company operates several large ferrochrome plants in Kazakhstan. The new portal scraper spans the stockpiled ore and travels back and forth longitudinally over the stockpile. In this instance and owing to the abrasivity of the material, Schade is employing a scraper chain furnished with a wing roller, the bearing being arranged directly on the shaft. The latter was especially developed for highly abrasive bulk materials.The drag link conveyor chain will be used in particular where chain lubrication is not permitted. It is furnished with hardened bolts and bushings which keep the wear factor at a low level. Each link of the bushed chain is additionally equipped with bearings and wing rollers which run in the chain guide. The rollers are furnished with bearings and special seals. An automatic chain tensioning device also ensures a low maintenance requirement. The drive shaft sits in sealed bearings and is fitted with two welded tumblers featuring exchangeable special steel tooth segments. The portal scraper transports the bulk material away in layers from the side slope and guides it over a concrete ramp onto a belt conveyor which is arranged longitudinally adjacent to the stockpile. At the end of the bulk material stockpile the scraper boom lowers by a depth of cut. Then the scraper carries away the next layer in the opposing direction of travel. This process is repeated until the stockpile has been reclaimed in its entirety. Reclamation takes place automatically, while the cutting and grading of the stockpile is usually performed manually by the operators in Aktobe. During reclamation chains and drives run continuously whilst the angle of slope of the stockpile and the front ends of the stockyard are monitored automatically. This monitoring enables the scraper to travel up to the headwall, save for a minimal safety distance. Simultaneous monitoring of the angle of slope prevents the collapse of the side of the stockpile.last_img read more

Un important quartier dhabitation romain mis au jour en SuisseUn important quartier dhabitation romain mis au jour en Suisse

first_imgUn important quartier d’habitation romain mis au jour en SuisseDes archéologues ont découvert un quartier d’habitation de l’époque romaine lors d’importantes fouilles menées dans l’agglomération suisse d’Yverdon-les-Bains, Eburodunum de son nom romain.Les archéologues mettent ce site au jour depuis quatre mois, rapporte Ils y ont découvert des bâtiments composés de pièces d’habitations aux murs ornés de peintures, mais aussi des bassins. Remontant le fil du temps en dégageant plusieurs niveaux superposés, les chercheurs ont également mis au jour des aménagements en bois remontant à l’âge du fer, mais aussi dans la partie supérieure du site, certaines structures datées entre 400 et 600 après Jésus-Christ.À lire aussiLe pharaon Toutânkhamon n’était sans doute pas celui que l’on croitA des niveaux inférieurs, sont apparus des habitations, ainsi que des bâtiments consacrés à l’artisanat et au commerce. Des vestiges construits sur plusieurs époques, entre 15 et 400 de notre ère, ont estimé les archéologues. Plus bas encore, a été mis au jour un vestige du rempart en bois et en pierre sèche de l’oppidum gaulois, datant de 81 avant Jésus-Christ. Des pièces de bois travaillé, très imposantes, ont en outre été dégagées. Bien plus anciennes, elles remonteraient entre 190 à 690 avant Jésus-Christ, estiment les chercheurs.C’est dans le cadre d’un projet de construction immobilière que ces fouilles ont été lancées à Yverdon-les-bains, mandatées par le service d’Archéologie cantonale.Le 16 février 2011 à 10:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le seul fossile connu dune mouche parasite des chauvessourisLe seul fossile connu dune mouche parasite des chauvessouris

first_imgLe seul fossile connu d’une mouche parasite des chauves-sourisPubliant leur étude dans Systematic Parasitology et dans Parasites and Vectors, des chercheurs américains décrivent un fossile unique en son genre, découvert dans de l’ambre en République dominicaine : celui d’un insecte ‘vampire’ qui parasitait les chauves-souris il y a 20 millions d’années. C’est dans de l’ambre (sève d’arbre minéralisée) formée il y a plus de 20 à 30 millions d’années que l’exceptionnel fossile a été découvert par des chercheurs de l’Université de l’Oregon en République dominicaine. Unique en son genre, le fossile en question est celui d’une mouche ‘vampire’, exclusivement suceuse de sang de chauves-souris (dont certaines sont elles-mêmes vampires) et par ailleurs porteur du germe de la malaria.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Or, si l’espèce est aujourd’hui éteinte, elle s’approche de celles qui hantent aujourd’hui encore le corps de certains chiroptères, témoignant que ces “combats” mouche parasite/chauve-souris avaient déjà lieu il y a de cela des millions d’années. C’est ainsi probablement en quittant son hôte pour aller se reproduire que l’insecte s’est englué dans sa prison liquide, rapporte Science Daily.  “Les mouches de chauves-souris sont un cas remarquable de l’évolution spécifique, [ce sont] des animaux qui ont co-évolué avec les chauves-souris et ne se trouvent nulle part ailleurs. Les chauves-souris sont des mammifères qui remontent à environ 50 millions d’années (…). Nous savons maintenant que les mouches de chauves-souris ont été leurs parasites pendant au moins la moitié de ce temps”, a déclaré George Poinar Jr., professeur de zoologie et spécialiste de l’étude des plantes et des animaux anciens conservés dans de l’ambre.Le 11 février 2012 à 12:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ranieri insists Rico is Fulhams first choice keeperRanieri insists Rico is Fulhams first choice keeper

first_imgFulham manager Claudio Ranieri has picked Sergio Rico over Fabri and Marcus Bettinelli as his first choice goalkeeper at the club.Rico joined Fulham in the summer on a season-long loan from Sevilla and was rotated with Fabri and Marcus Bettinelli by former manager Slavisa Jokanovic.After Claudio Ranieri’s appointment in November, he has decided to stick with the Spanish goalkeeper and has made clear his choice.“I watched Sergio Rico when I played against Sevilla [with Leicester], and for me, he’s a very good goalkeeper,” Ranieri told Sky Sports ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Oldham.“When I came here I didn’t want to change so many times – for me, Sergio Rico’s the number one.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“I have not had the opportunity to make a friendly match, a pre-season match to see all of my players. There are some good players I don’t give the chance [to yet].“Then for this match, I want to give some rest to the players involved so many times and give the chance to other players who train very well and they deserve to show their best.“Maybe I can [also] rotate the goalkeeper [on Sunday].”last_img read more

Defense Bill Removes Hurdles for BRAC Sites to Take Advantage of HUBZoneDefense Bill Removes Hurdles for BRAC Sites to Take Advantage of HUBZone

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill provides a tremendous boost to base redevelopment projects attempting to attract tenants interested in qualifying for the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program.Two key changes in the legislation, unveiled Tuesday by leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees, would make it significantly easier for companies to meet the eligibility requirements of the HUBZone program — an initiative offering preferential access to federal procurements to businesses in distressed areas.One change would expand the boundaries of BRAC-related HUBZones beyond the actual base, allowing businesses to hire employees from surrounding areas to meet the program’s requirement for 35 percent of a participant’s workers to live within a HUBZone. The new language allows firms to draw employees from census tracts contiguous to the base, as well as from a second ring of census tracts touching the first ring.Without the change, companies hoping to take advantage of BRAC-related HUBZones needed to find employees living on the former base, a requirement that is virtually unattainable.The legislative change also means companies would be able to take advantage of a BRAC-related HUBZone by locating beyond a closed installation’s boundaries.The change would help base redevelopment projects attract HUBZone participants as well as help the surrounding communities affected by a base closure attract companies looking to participate in the SBA program, explained Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, the LRA transforming the former Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine into Brunswick Landing.The legislation also would extend to eight years — and longer in some cases — the period for which a BRAC-impacted community is designated a HUBZone. Bases that had been designated a HUBZone as of 2010 would retain their status until at least 2020. The extension from five years is needed because it typically takes at least several years for a military service to transfer ownership of an installation after it is formally closed.The new language is a significant improvement, said Levesque. “This is an actual tool that really works for all the communities affected by the 2005 base closure round,” he said.The changes also mark a major victory for ADC, which worked closely with the House and Senate Defense Communities caucuses to realize the relaxed eligibility requirements for BRAC-related HUBZone sites. Maine’s congressional delegation deserves much of the credit. Sens. Susan Collins (R) and Angus King (I) introduced standalone legislation this year that was incorporated into the Senate version of the authorization bill. Earlier Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R) sponsored an amendment which was added to the House version.“This bill takes a significant step forward in improving the HUBZone program for rural communities,” King said in a press release. “By revamping the eligibility criteria, towns and cities that have been hit hard by base closures will be better positioned to revitalize those former bases, jump start economic development, attract businesses, and create new jobs.”last_img read more

Hyundai wants to freak out the world with nextgen Tucsons design reportHyundai wants to freak out the world with nextgen Tucsons design report

first_img Preview • 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Hyundai 29 Photos More about 2020 Hyundai Sonata Tags 3 2019 Toyota Camry Review 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan 2020 Hyundai Sonata brings arresting style to New York More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageHyundai has taken its latest cars in some very interesting directions, so I’m pretty excited to see what’s in store for the Tucson. Hyundai It’s hard to stand out in mass-market segments, which is why I’ve always appreciated it when Hyundai transforms into Weird Hyundai and leans heavy on atypical styling. The automaker is slowly returning to that state with some of its latest debuts, but according to one Hyundai exec, we haven’t even hit peak weird yet.The next-generation Hyundai Tucson is going to be a little wild, MotorAuthority reported Wednesday, citing an interview with Hyundai design VP SangYup Lee. “[T]his is only the beginning … the whole world will freak out over [the next-generation Tucson],” Lee told MotorAuthority. Hyundai may refer to its latest design language as “Sensuous Sportiness,” but I prefer to call it Weird Hyundai, and boy howdy, is Hyundai getting weird with it lately. The Kona subcompact SUV packs a unique squinty face and makes good use of two-tone body cladding, and the yet-smaller Venue adds an extra dash of blockiness. The new Santa Fe adapted the Kona’s front end to a larger body, which was distorted further into the miasma of weirdness with the larger Palisade. Heck, even the refreshed Elantra picked up an odd set of triangular headlights that’s slowly growing on me.And then there’s the Sonata. When Hyundai unveiled the 2020 Sonata, its arresting front end marked a demonstrable shift away from the not-weird Hyundai from the last few years. There’s a set of LED running lights that starts in the headlight assembly and goes up the damn hood, melding with a chrome strip that runs all the way to the rear doors. There’s some wild creasing in the back, too. Heck, even the four-spoke steering wheel is kind of odd. The current Tucson is still a carryover from less peculiar times, and a light refresh for the 2019 model year more or less maintains the same heading. The headlights are a little different, and there’s some new tech behind the dashboard, but for the most part, it’s the same Tucson that had its best-ever sales figures in 2018. I can’t wait to see what Hyundai has in store for it in the future. Share your voice Comments 2019 Honda CR-V review: Still one of the best small SUVs around Future Cars Crossovers Hyundai News • 2020 Hyundai Sonata reveals striking new design ahead of New York Auto Showlast_img read more

ASD suspends Dimond football program amid hazing allegationsASD suspends Dimond football program amid hazing allegations

first_imgThe Anchorage School district is investigating allegations of abusive hazing on the Dimond High football team.Listen nowIn a press release Wednesday afternoon, ASD Superintendent Deena Bishop said she first heard about alleged misconduct involving the team at the beginning of the week. The details of what happened are not yet publicly known, and Bishop said there will not be any further comment on the incident until the investigation is complete.On Monday, television station KTUU reported that a woman claiming to be the parent of one of the players said the incident happened during a weekend game in Fairbanks. KTUU did not name the woman, who said that a group of Dimond seniors “took several freshman team members one-by-one into another room” where the hazing happened. According to the source, the abuse was sexual in nature.ASD wrote that it is suspending all “practices, team activities, and games” for Dimond football this week, and will make a decision about the remainder of the season after investigating further.The district said it reached out to the Anchorage Police Department immediately upon learning about the allegations.last_img read more

Fear and frustration in Irans capital after aborted US attackFear and frustration in Irans capital after aborted US attack

first_imgTehran: Fear of a potential war and frustration over biting sanctions are high in Iran’s capital, after a last-minute decision by the United States to pull back from attacking the Islamic Republic. On the surface, it was business as usual on Saturday in Tehran’s bustling Karim Khan street, a hub for printing parts and materials. Shopkeepers loaded boxes of paper into trucks and print house agents haggled over ink and machine repair prices. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us “We still don’t know what’s going to happen,” said print shop manager Mehrad Farzanegan, less than 48 hours after Washington aborted a military operation against three Iranian targets in response to the Islamic Republic shooting down an unmanned US drone. That escalation came after the US and key allies accused Iran of attacking two vessels earlier this month in the Gulf of Oman, a charge it has vehemently denied. “The economic situation deteriorates by the day (and) sanctions get harder,” Farzanegan said. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Last year, US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out from the Iran nuclear deal and imposed biting sanctions on Tehran. “It is the people, the middle class, which is pressured. Just tell us if a war is going to happen, if not, fix the situation,” he added in frustration. Farzanegan’s cousin, 26-year-old computer repairman Alireza, likewise said he was worried about the prospect of war. “War is not the solution, not anymore,” he said. Advertise With Us After withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal in May last year, the US imposed a first round of sanctions in August, before a second round in November sought to slash Iran’s oil exports. The moves have worsened an economic crisis, fuelling inflation and hitting living standards. That has fed into a measure of defiance on the streets of Tehran. Alireza said that while he hopes Tehran and Washington can repair ties, in the event of war, he is ready to stand up and be counted. “The devotion we have to our homeland makes us stand by our nation despite anything that may happen,” he said. Shahram Babayi, a 38-year old programmer, is also worried about the future. The breadwinner in a family of four, he has long been putting money aside to buy a house, but the spiralling inflation rate made that goal extremely difficult. His savings have finally reached a level where he can afford to buy, but he is rethinking his long-held dream due to the rising threat of military confrontation. “We went to buy the house the other day, and then heard the news. We thought maybe it’s not the best idea,” he told AFP. “The situation is very volatile and there is a chance of a war breaking out,” he said. “We were having dinner and a plane flew over at a very low altitude. It wasn’t a military plane, but everyone freaked out,” he added. On Friday, Trump said that while he did not want war with Iran, if it came to pass, there would be “obliteration like you’ve never seen before.” He has also repeatedly indicated he is open to talks, a stance that has not found favour with Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who earlier this month said his country “has no trust in America”. But some Iranians are not overly worried. Psychologist Mohammad Pouya said the US president blowing hot and cold over his policy towards Iran was just him “acting crazy and unpredictable”. The US is unlikely to go to war because it cannot afford to re-experience the “war trauma” generated by its ill-fated 2003 invasion of Iran’s neighbour Iraq, the 29-year-old said. “He is more of a showman than a politician,” he added.last_img read more

Bhutan PM Tshering at Hasinas office for bilateral talksBhutan PM Tshering at Hasinas office for bilateral talks

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina introduces Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering (L) with cabinet members at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka on 12 April. Photo: PIDBhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering arrived at the Prime Minister Office (PMO) to hold bilateral talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina, reports UNB.The meeting is aimed at increasing cooperation in trade, inland waterways, health and agriculture sectors between the two neighbouring countries.On his arrival at the PMO at 10:00am, Sheikh Hasina received the Bhutanese prime minister at the Tiger Gate and then both leaders moved to the meeting room.Both the leaders sat in tete-a-tete and then will sit for the bilateral meeting.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will lead the Bangladesh side while Lotay Tshering the Bhutan side.After the meeting, a number of bilateral instruments are expected to be signed by the two sides.The bilateral instruments are—cooperation on inland waterways for cargo transportation, cooperation in health and agriculture sectors and cooperation between the public administration training centres of the two countries for exchange of faculty members as well as training and capacity building.Both the prime ministers will witness the signing ceremony.After the meeting, Lotay Tshering will sign the visitors book. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will see him off.Earlier, Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering arrived in Dhaka on Friday morning on a four-day official visit at the invitation of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.last_img read more

IGNCA organises training programme on Library Automation SoftwareIGNCA organises training programme on Library Automation Software

first_imgThe Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) – a premier academic and research institute in the country, in collaboration with Best Book Buddies organized two days hands-on training programme for the use of Koha (Library Information System), on May 23 – 24, at its premises. Koha is open-source library management software, developed by the library community and made available free of cost for the use of librarians world-over. Koha is considered one of the best software in the world for libraries and every library wishes to migrate to it. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDr Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA, inaugurated the programme. While speaking on the occasion, he emphasized that Kalanidhi is the leading repository of research and reference resources in humanities and arts and such academic activities must be continued to benefit the masses. He invited scholars to work with Kala Nidhi on various personal collections of eminent scholars such as A K Coomarswami, Dr Devendra Swarup, Dr Kapila Vatsyayan, Dr Suniti Kumar Chatterji, Professor Hazari Prasad Dwivedi etc. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr Ramesh C Gaur, HOD (Kalanidhi) informed that the response was so overwhelming that within six hours the registration was closed. “Keeping it in view, it has been decided that Kala Nidhi, IGNCA, will organise such training programme once in every two months. Besides IGNCA Delhi, the plan is to organise KOHA training programmes at our regional centres at Bangalore, Ranchi, Varanasi, Gauhati and others,” he further added. Gandotra informed that BBB is providing Koha implementation, hosting, maintenance to libraries free of cost for ever, which would save a total of rupees five lacs per library. Best Book Buddies(BBB) is providing KOHA support service to libraries across 27 countries. IGNCA is also using Koha since last year, which was implemented by BBB.About 100 library professionals, students and users from all over India attended the training programme to understand the importance of Koha and the need of expanding its usage.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Stateroom CategoryStarting in 2020, Azamara will offer guests a more inclusive stateroom category called Veranda Plus. The new accommodation will have the same dimensions and features as a regular Veranda stateroom, for a slightly higher cost, but include additional benefits such as: internet minutes, one night of specialty dining, priority embarkation and more. All of these amenities have been built in price, which will provide a value for guests, versus buying individually. Azamara Journey’s Australia & New Zealand season Azamara’s first ever voyage from Tahiti, a 15-night Tahiti & New Zealand voyage to Auckland departing 23 Jan 2020, with a maiden call to New Plymouth on New Zealand’s West Coast15-night New Zealand and Australia Voyage from Auckland to Sydney departing 8 February 2020, with an overnight call in Hobart.15-night New Zealand Intensive sailing from Sydney to Auckland departing 23 February 2020.15-night New Zealand and Australia Voyage from Auckland to Sydney departing 9 March 2020, with an overnight call in Melbourne.18-night Australia and Bali repositioning itinerary departing 24 March 2019 with calls to ports in Australia and Indonesia. 2020 itinerariesAzamara Cruisescruisecenter_img Cruising New Zealand with Azamara ClubAzamara Club Cruises has announced its 2020 itineraries, including newly added destinations such as South Africa, French Polynesia and Hawaii, and new Land and Sea packages hosted by Micato Safaris, a luxury safari outfitter that will further enhance the brand’s immersive land products.In 2020 Azamara will offer a total of 92 individual cruises across the three ships, 41 maiden ports, 303 late night stays, 170 overnight stays and 40 country-intensive voyages, where guests can explore numerous ports within one country and stay late or overnight in most cities.“Our guests spoke and we listened; the addition of our third ship, the Azamara Pursuit, has allowed us to expand our footprint across all seven continents, bringing guests to new destinations, new experiences, and new opportunities,” said Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises.“In 2020, Azamara will offer a total of 473 late night and overnight stays, a 12% percent increase from 2019, which will allow us to provide our guests with the opportunity to experience night touring at some of the most compelling destinations.” 2020 HighlightsSouth Africa/African and South Pacific ItinerariesAzamara calls to South Africa and ports around Africa for the first time, including: Five-Night Kruger to Cape: A Wildlife & Culinary Safari (offered pre-or post-Azamara voyage)Five-Night Wild Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls & Botswana Safari (offered pre-or post-Azamara Voyage)Kenya – Cruise Global, Stay Local: On this overnight excursion, travellers fly past Mount Kilimanjaro and over the Great Rift Valley to Kenya’s renowned game reserve, Masai Mara, and spend the night at the Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp, located along the Mara River. The excursion includes two game viewing drives in search of elephant, lions, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes and moreSouth Africa – Cruise Global, Taste Local: Departing from Cape Town, the excursion will take travellers to the Paarl region – one of South Africa’s most famous wine-producing areas.Cape Town, South Africa18-night maiden voyage to French Polynesia and HawaiiFrench Polynesia – Cruise Global, Eco Local: Join a marine biologist in this ecotourism and research project on wild, free-ranging dolphins. Learn about the geology of French Polynesia while viewing the dramatic beauty of Moorea from the water. Spinner dolphins, rough-tooth dolphins and pilot whales are seen around Moorea, while an excellent commentary provides details on the remarkable life and society of these wonderful mammals.Hawaii – Cruise Global, Adventure Local: Embark on an underwater exploration of Maui onboard a high-tech passenger submarine. The expedition will pass the “Brig Carthaginian,” a sunken ship built in the 1920s that now acts as an artificial reef off of the coast of Maui’s Puamana Beach Park.last_img read more

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