Top Stories: Death by Amoeba, the Dawn of Plate Tectonics, and Old Violins

first_imgHow Earth Became a Jigsaw PuzzlePlate tectonics—the worldwide face-lift that continually, but slowly, reshapes the surface of Earth—occurs nowhere else in our solar system. Yet there is much we still don’t know about what drives it and when it began. Now, a new study may help resolve one question: when and how Earth’s rigid outer shell, or lithosphere, first divided into plates and their global dance began.Death by Amoeba, a Nibble at a TimeSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Entamoeba histolytica is a mysterious amoeba about a tenth the size of a dust mite. It’s tiny but terrible, infecting 50 million people worldwide and killing up to 100,000 each year. Now, a new report reveals how the microbe does its deadly damage: by eating human cells alive, piece by piece. The finding offers a potential target for new drugs to treat E. histolytica infections.Is Tamiflu Worth It?The antiflu drug Tamiflu can make symptoms disappear a little sooner than they would otherwise, but there is no evidence that it can prevent serious complications from flu, or keep people out of the hospital, says a new study. The results call into question the wisdom of buying massive stockpiles of the drug to prepare for flu pandemics.Cost Skyrockets for United States’ Share of ITER Fusion ProjectITER, an international fusion experiment, aims to prove that nuclear fusion is a viable power source. Although that goal is at least 20 years away, ITER is already burning through money at a prodigious pace. The U.S. contribution to ITER will total $3.9 billion—roughly four times as much as originally estimated—according to a new cost estimate. The numbers are likely to intensify doubts among some members of Congress about continuing U.S. involvement in the project.Elite Violinists Fail to Distinguish Legendary Violins From Modern FiddlesIf you know only one thing about violins, it’s probably this: A 300-year-old Stradivarius supposedly possesses mysterious tonal qualities unmatched by modern instruments. However, even elite violinists cannot tell a Stradivarius from a top-quality modern violin, a new double-blind study suggests.last_img read more

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Here is your horoscope for December 27, 2017

first_imgARIESInsight and intuition can be trusted when making decisions and choices today. You tend to be a perfectionist staying close with established systems and laid down rules. You can be stubborn but need to be flexible to progressive ideas. Meditation is healing. Lucky number 9. Colour red.TAURUSYou bring great energy into earthy matters today! You are able to catch up with backlog at the office, resolve old issues regarding legal or tax problems, and take pending decisions. Personal relationships need your presence along with emotional support. Lucky number 4. Colour brown.GEMINIYou are left with mixed feelings of failure and success as some projects work wonderfully well and other situations defeat you. Health problems need watching and a steady recovery is on the cards! Finances, energy and forces are best conserved for now. Lucky number 7. Colour silver.CANCERYou assess relationships and realize who and what is important in your life. You are likely to actualize potential in different areas of life and be involved in multifarious activity. A change is on the cards! A trip overseas could be rejuvenating. Lucky number 21. Colour blue.LEOYou bring order in chaotic situations. You gain success, wealth and influence in professional aspects. Tender moments and special feelings are shared with your partner. Stay away from a prejudiced and covetous person in the family. Yoga is great for you. Lucky number 4. Colour saffron.VIRGOThe Emperor influences your personal and professional situations. Stability in relationships and power in a professional position is retained. You are energetic and ambitious when dealing with powerful people. Beware of over-weaning pride and ill temper. Lucky number 4. Colour yellow.advertisementLIBRAWith mastery in your craft you integrate resources and forces to achieve targets. You make a new deal or bag a contract. You are into sport and theater today. Goodwill and friendship enhance your social standing. You communicate well and give good counsel. Lucky number 14. Colour blue.SCORPIOPersonal relationships are loving and true. Family and friends look up to you for advice today. A professional opportunity is too good to ignore even if it involves a change of residence. Changes at this point are beneficial and it’s best to flow into them. Lucky number 7. Colour blue.SAGITTARIUSYou establish authority at work and realize an important goal. You stand up for fair play and rights and gain respect and admiration of people around you. You support people and causes with loyalty and zeal. Don’t be afraid to use your position of power. Lucky number 3. Colour red.CAPRICORNYou are full of new ideas and plans, a force to reckon with at home and at work. A focused effort in any direction brings success! Spending time in natural surroundings is therapeutic. Back off now and watch relationships take new direction and meaning. Lucky number 1. Colour green.AQUARIUSCombined energies enable you to complete projects and ventures today. You are a tremendous force to reckon with in your field of activity. Your strength lies in emotional commitment or marriage. Good health brings good cheer as you recover from debility. Lucky number 9. Colour red.PISCESYou are ambitious and creative while achieving goals today. Transactions can be conducted smoothly. You are charming in personal relationships to gain trust and support of your loved one. You may decide to redecorate office or home space to change energy. Lucky number 5. Colour green.last_img read more

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3rd T20I: New Zealand beat West Indies by 119 runs to clinch series and go top of ICC rankings

first_imgColin Munro’s 53-ball 104 and Tim Southee’s 3/21 powered New Zealand to a 119-run victory in the third and final T20I and helped them clinch the series 2-0.The 2-0 series victory helped New Zealand climb on top of the ICC rankings in T20Is, who are followed by Pakistan and India on second and third respectively.Munro became the first-ever batsman to score three T20I centuries. In the process, he surpassed West Indies’ Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, India’s Rohit Sharma and New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, who all have two centuries in T20 internationals, when he reached his century from 47 balls as New Zealand made 243/5 batting first.WATCHThe West Indies were all out for 124 in reply as New Zealand completed a 2-0 sweep of the T20 international series.Munro cleared the fence at the Bay Oval 10 times, was awarded the man-of-the match for his swashbuckling hitting. Speaking about the match and his performance, he was a modest man.”I think sometimes those innings just come around and I was lucky to get a few out of the middle today,” Munro said.No surprises as to who wins the Player of the Match award for the 3rd #NZvWI T20I – it’s @manuz05 for his World Record third T20I century: https://t.co/eZWzcocBre pic.twitter.com/qkfFYegOXy- ICC (@ICC) January 3, 2018Munro shared a 136-run partnership with Martin Guptill for the first wicket as New Zealand took a risk and batted first on losing the toss on a night on which showers were forecast. The openers put on 50 from 27 balls and 100 from 57 balls.advertisementON TOP OF THE WORLDNew Zealand moved ahead of India after winning the first T20I by 47 runs and then leapfrogged Pakistan into the number-one position after clinching the third T20I. New Zealand are now standing on 126 points, while the Caribbean side have dropped from 120 points to 115 points in fifth position.New Zealand had last held the number-one position in October 2017, before they slipped to third following their series loss to India in November.New Zealand will now put their number-one ranking on the line when they will take on Pakistan in the three-match series, beginning January 22.In order to retain the top spot, the Black Caps will have to beat Pakistan by 2-1 or better. Their failure to win the series will mean Pakistan will be back at the top of the table.BREAKING: New Zealand are back on top of the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings after their series victory over West Indies: https://t.co/ZIX664g2Ba #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/QcZROBMRNM- ICC (@ICC) January 3, 2018WINDIES WOESThe tour was one of the worst in West Indies history as they also lost the two-test series 2-0 and the three-match one-day international series 3-0, ending their New Zealand tour without a win.The New Zealand tour was one of the worst-ever results for the Windies as they lost all the matches they played in there while one was a washout. They lost the two-Test series 2-0 and the three-match one-day international series 3-0 prior to the T20Is.(With inputs from AP, ANI)ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar to make his commentary debut in World Cup 2019 opener

first_imgLegendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will be making his on-air expert debut with the World Cup beginning on Thursday in England and Wales.Tendulkar will grace the commentary box during the tournament opener between England and South Africa to be played at The Oval, London.The Master Blaster will join the Philips Hue Cricket Live pre-show in Hindi and English at 1.30 p.m. with his very own segment ‘Sachin Opens Again’ at the Star Sports network. He will be joined by an already illustrious panel of experts, some of whom have had the pleasure of playing alongside and with him.Tendulkar holds a number of ICC Cricket World Cup records. He scored 2,278 runs in the six editions of the World Cup he played.He also holds the record for scoring the highest number of runs in a single edition of the World Cup — 673 in 11 matches in 2003.India will begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa.Also Read | Pakistan to host T20 Asia cup 2020 in neutral venueAlso Read | West Indies are neither favourites nor underdogs: Brathwaite ahead of World CupAlso Seelast_img read more

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Future Sites Named for College Football Playoff National Championships

first_imgThe first College Football Playoff National Championships was played out in Dallas, Texas in January.Executive director Bill Hancock announced on Tuesday that Atlanta, Santa Clara, and New Orleans will be the future sites for the Playoff National Championship game in 2018, 2019, and 2020.This seasons College Football Playoff title game is scheduled for Glendale, Arizona on January 11, and the 2017 title game is scheduled for January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.Oklahoma State is ranked by the College Football Playoff Committee for the first time in program history, earning a No. 14 ranking in this seasons first release.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Spoils shared between Chelsea and Roma

first_imgChelsea 3 Roma 3: Hazard brace rescues Conte’s men after Dzeko double Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 04:46 10/19/17 edenhazard-cropped Getty Images Eden Hazard and Edin Dzeko scored two goals each as Chelsea and Roma played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard scored his first goals of the season to rescue Chelsea as Antonio Conte’s men were held to a dramatic 3-3 draw by Roma in the Champions League.Edin Dzeko had looked set to enjoy one of the most memorable nights of his career after he scored twice – including one of the all-time great Champions League goals – to help Roma rally from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining.However, Hazard spoiled the party for the Italians with an equaliser five minutes later in the Group C clash in London on Wednesday. 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. Going into the game on the back of two Premier League consecutive defeats, Chelsea quickly allayed any nerves around Stamford Bridge when David Luiz guided a sweetly struck shot into the net after 11 minutes and Hazard doubled their lead, turning an Alvaro Morata pass into the net eight minutes before half-time.Full-time: Chelsea 3-3 Roma.What a game. #CHEROM pic.twitter.com/9QzQ5AnbDM— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 18, 2017But Roma were never out of the contest and Aleksandar Kolarov’s goal five minutes prior to the break gave them hope of a second-half reprisal that came true when Dzeko scored a stunning volley and a header to give them the lead.The contest swung from end to end throughout and even at 3-3 there were numerous chances for both sides to find a winner, but a stalemate seemed fitting after Hazard and Dzeko matched each other goal for goal and inspired their sides in equal measure.Returning from injury, Morata fired straight into the arms of goalkeeper Alisson when Hazard played him through on goal in the fifth minute, but the visitors refused to sit back and Diego Perotti went on a mazy dribble through Chelsea’s defence three minutes later.Errors began to creep into Roma’s defensive play and after his ball into the box for Morata was blocked by Juan Jesus, David Luiz ran onto the rebound and stroked it beyond Alisson into the bottom right corner of the net from 20 yards.Just as Roma began to make gains in midfield, Chelsea broke at the other end and Morata’s deflected pass looped over to the far post where Hazard was on hand to tuck the ball into the net from close range.But three minutes later Kolarov, who picked up the ball on the left wing, rounded Cesar Azpilicueta and rattled in a shot that hit the top of the net via a slight touch by Andreas Christensen.In the second half, Dzeko came within a whisker of turning a Kolarov cross into the net as it flashed past his toes inside the six-yard box.What a strike from Edin! On his 100th appearance, the striker thumps an unstoppable first-time volley beyond Courtois!!#ChelseaRoma pic.twitter.com/pKw8U15z9L— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) October 18, 2017Perotti then curled a shot into Thibaut Courtois’ hands with half an hour left to play, before a moment of brilliance changed the complexion of the game.Federico Fazio jogged over the half-way line and played a long, chipped pass forward and Dzeko watched it all the way into the box before meeting it with his boot laces and volleying an unstoppable shot over the head of Courtois.Chelsea had barely reacted to the blow when Dzeko scored again six minutes later, applying a glancing header to Kolarov’s free-kick to take it past Courtois and into the far corner of the net from six yards out.If Roma head coach Eusebio Di Francesco was delighted with that, he will have been equally appalled by the simple nature of Hazard’s equaliser.The Belgian forward was left unmarked when second-half substitute Pedro sent over a routine cross, and Hazard’s header found the bottom left corner of the net with accuracy, prompting a scramble for chances in the last 15 minutes but neither side could force a winner. Key Opta facts:- Roma have never won an away game against English opposition in the Champions League (D3 L6).- Eden Hazard scored his first Champions League goals since March 11th 2015 versus PSG – 952 days ago.- Hazard’s two goals were more than he had managed in his previous 14 games in all competitions for Chelsea (1).- This is the first time that a team managed by Antonio Conte has conceded three goals in a Champions League game.- Chelsea have scored four goals from outside the box in the Champions League this season, more than any other team.- Roma have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 23 away games in the Champions League. read morelast_img read more

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Silversea Cruises Joins the RCL Family

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Royal Caribbean International The ultra-luxury and expedition cruising company, Silversea Cruises, has officially joined the family of Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL).On July 31, the companies informed that they have closed on RCL’s acquisition of a two-thirds stake in Silversea after receiving final approval from regulators.The investment unites two leading players in the cruise industry and fills out RCL’s portfolio of cruise brands across all key market segments.“We are proud to officially welcome Silversea’s industry-leading team to the RCL family,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.Regulators green-lighted Royal Caribbean’s purchase of a 66.7% equity stake in Silversea Cruises, based on an enterprise value of approximately USD 2 billion. Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio will remain Executive Chairman of Silversea and retain a 33.3% stake.The companies also announced Project Invictus, a multi-year initiative to take Silversea’s ultra-luxury offerings to the next level. Project Invictus enhancements range from product upgrades to magnified ship revitalization programs.The first Invictus enhancements will begin rolling out on the Silver Muse on August 19. Immediately thereafter, these and other enhancements will be implemented fleet wide, impacting a wide variety of onboard features and strengthening Silversea’s reputation.Silversea’s growing fleet of ultra-luxury ships will also benefit from an upgrade. The planned renovation of Silver Whisper in December 2018 will be much more comprehensive than initially anticipated. Moreover, Silversea’s Silver Wind will also enter into an enhanced dry dock in December 2018.Both vessels will join the overarching plan for a fleet-wide “Musification” which will take inspiration from the design of the very successful cruise line’s flagship, Silver Muse. The plan will be completed shortly after with an enhanced dry dock of the Silver Shadow.With Silversea joining the RCL lineup alongside Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, TUI Cruises and Pullmantur Cruceros, the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. fleet now numbers 59 ships with an additional 15 on order.last_img read more

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Enjoy the 11 THALI experience

first_imgSingh Sahib restaurant has organised an exclusive 1+1 offer on Thali during the Lunch hours. Get a choice of veg/non-veg thali which includes dishes such as Khushk Aloo Jeera, Singh Sahib Di Daal, Chholey Wadiyan (Vegetarian); Dhaba Meat, Chicken Tikka Masala (Non- veg); Mattha and Gulab Jamun (Desserts) – at INR 1699 all taxes included. This is not it, you can even select unlimited soft beverages as part of the package to complete the culinary experience. When: Until July 31 Where: Singh Sahib Restaurant, Eros Hotel, Nehru Place Price: Rs 1699/– (inclusive of taxes) Timings: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pmlast_img read more

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Sting To Bring Symphonicities To Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert

first_imgCarnegie Hall has announced that Sting will bring his highly acclaimed Symphonicities to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage for a one-night-only gala benefit concert on Monday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. with Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Rob Mathes.Symphonicities features Sting’s greatest hits reimagined for symphonic arrangement with orchestrations by Jorge Calandrelli, David Hartley, Michel Legrand, Rob Mathes, Vince Mendoza, Steven Mercurio, Bill Ross, Robert Sadin, and Nicola Tescari. Selections include fan-favorites such as “Roxanne,” “Next To You,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” and “Every Breath You Take,” plus songs from his enduring solo career—”Englishman in New York,” “Fragile,” “Russians,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “Fields of Gold,” and “Desert Rose.”The concert on December 14, 2015 marks Sting’s first timeheadlining a full performance at Carnegie Hall. He will also be joined by a quintet comprised of Dominic Miller (Sting’s longtime guitarist), Jo Lawry (vocalist), Ira Coleman (bassist), Joe Bonadio (percussionist), and Mike Ricchiuti (keyboards). All proceeds from the performance will benefit Carnegie Hall’s artistic and music education programs.“It was an absolute joy to discover a whole new palate of musical colors and reinvent the songs that have been the staples of my live performances for over thirty years, commented Sting. “I’m thrilled to now bring Symphonicities to Carnegie Hall and to help support their dynamic arts education programs.”Sting first performed at Carnegie Hall in March 1991 at the first of many concerts benefiting the The Rainforest Foundation, the non-profit organization he co-founded with wife, Trudie Styler, in 1989. He has since appeared 18 other times in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at performances supporting important causes, including 16 additional Rainforest Fund benefit concerts; a 1997 concert benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation; and Carnegie Hall’s 120th Anniversary Gala in April 2011, created and hosted by singer-songwriter James Taylor.Gala benefit tickets for An Evening with Sting: Symphonicities include the best possible concert seating as well as admission to either a pre-concert cocktail reception at Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room for $1,000 or the post-concert dinner at The Plaza starting at $2,500. Tables of 8 or 10 for the gala dinner begin at $25,000. All gala tickets are available for purchase starting on Thursday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m. by calling the Special Events office at 212-903-9679 or visiting online at carnegiehall.org/specialevents.A limited number of concert-only tickets, priced $125–$350, will be available for sale to Carnegie Hall subscribers and donors on Monday, August 17 and to the general public on Monday, August 24 at 8:00 a.m. at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or visiting online at carnegiehall.org.last_img read more

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Moroccos ICT market to grow 85 in 2015 IDC

Casablanca – The Moroccan market of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will post a growth of 8.5% in 2015, wrote a report by the International Data Corporation (IDC).According to the report, entitled “IDC Predictions 2015:  Accelerating Innovation – and Growth – on the 3 Platform” and submitted during a conference on Tuesday in Casablanca, ICT investment in Algeria’s yearly growth rate will decline in 2015 to 7.7% and Tunisia’s ICT market will stand at 5.9%. It added that the main sector that will lead investment in the region will be the telecommunications sector whose expenses will increase in Morocco with the launch of 4G, the optic fiber and investment data centers. International Data Corporation, an American market research, analysis and advisory firm, specializes in information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology. read more

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Natural resources minister says slumping oil prices wont deter pipeline plans

SAINT ANDREWS, N.B. — The sinking price of oil hasn’t deterred the Liberal government from the ever-elusive goal of figuring out how to get Canadian energy to tidewater, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said.[np_storybar title=”Deficit concerns heighten as economy teeters on the edge of another downfall” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/deficit-concerns-heighten-as-economy-teeters-on-the-edge-of-another-downfall”%5D It could be time to end the debate over the benefits of using monetary policy versus government fiscal muscle to stop the economy from going over the edge.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Battered by the plunging price of crude, the market is now bracing for what experts predict will be a flood of Iranian oil after the United States and the European Union lifted economic sanctions against Iran.Paired with the steady decline in the value of the Canadian dollar, the drop in commodity values has delivered a financial one-two punch to resource-rich provinces like Alberta.“We’re looking for a sustainable way of getting our resources to tidewater. That’s been our position all along,” Carr said before a cabinet meeting Monday in the seaside tourist community of St. Andrews, N.B.“We don’t control the price of oil. It’s an international situation. Commodity prices are at a low. It’s a reality that we’re having to deal with.”Canadians must be able to have confidence in whatever review process is ultimately approved, said Carr, who acknowledged the effect of the commodity crisis on families, investors and businesses.It’s one Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government intends to address in its first budget, expected in March.“It’s important for us to continue to pay attention to the economy and we’re paying close attention, and with that we’ll be formulating our budget plans with that in mind,” Morneau said.Northern Gateway pipeline gets handed another setback from B.C. Supreme CourtWith B.C.’s rejection of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Canada’s diversification strategy is unravellingThe Liberals vowed during the election campaign not to run deficits of greater than $10 billion this year and next, largely on the back of billions in new infrastructure spending designed to act as economic stimulus.Rona Ambrose, the interim Conservative leader, urged the government to come up with policies to deal with lower energy prices and their economic fallout.“The government has been in office long enough to have a clear plan to deal with the current economic situation, but the sense of urgency from the Trudeau Liberals has been completely absent,” Ambrose said in a statement.The government is already trying to fast-track spending on approved projects waiting in the queue for federal dollars, and has heard concerns from provinces and local governments about capacity issues that may require the federal government to pick up more of the construction tab.Morneau said the government’s challenge now is to fund projects that are shovel-ready and meet the government’s long-term economic goals.“If we find projects that are responsible, that can help us with long-term productivity, that are also ready now, we’d like to move forward.”Morneau is expected to give his cabinet colleagues an update on what he’s been hearing in budget consultations, what finance officials have forecasted for 2016 and what it could all mean for the federal budget.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said Sunday he was going to outline the framework for getting extra spending out the door quickly on public transit, “green” projects like water and wastewater facilities, and social infrastructure like daycares and affordable housing.The presentations are part of a cabinet retreat in New Brunswick to help the Liberals set the overarching goals for 2016 and lay the strategy the government will use to deal with issues facing the country.Cabinet ministers will have a full day of meetings Monday before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a handful of ministers travel overseas to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum. read more

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Thamankaduwa Pradeshiya Sabha chairman arrested

The Chairman of the Thamankaduwa Pradeshiya Sabha, Premasiri Munasinghe has been arrested, the Police said.Munasinghe was arrested together with two others for allegedly obstructing police officers from carrying out their duties. Munasinghe was accused of threatening two Policemen on traffic duty yesterday.The Policemen had instructed the driver of a vehicle to move the vehicle off a pedestrian crossing yesterday. However Munasinghe and two others had then verbally and physically abused the policemen for instructing the driver of the vehicle to move the vehicle. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Stocks edge lower in midday trading Dow could be headed for first

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2013 12:09 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is edging lower in midday trading after a big drop the day before.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 37 points at 14,923 at noon Eastern Daylight Time Thursday, a decrease of 0.3 per cent.The Dow dropped 217 points the day before. The index of 30 big-name stocks could be headed for its first three-day losing streak this year.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down a point at 1,607, a decrease of 0.1 per cent.The Nasdaq composite fell four points to 3,396 points, or 0.1 per cent.L Brands, owner of Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works, fell $1.16, or 2.2 per cent, to $50.50 after reporting sales growth that was below the estimates of financial analysts. Stocks edge lower in midday trading; Dow could be headed for first three-day drop this year read more

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Yemen UNICEF vaccination campaign reaches five million children

“In the last two years, more children have died from preventable diseases than those killed in the violence,” said Meritxell Relaño, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Yemen, in a press release. “This is why vaccination campaigns are so crucial to save the lives of Yemen’s children and to secure their future.”In the first campaign of its kind this year, 40,000 vaccinators spread across Yemen to provide children with polio vaccine and vitamin A supplements. Mobile health teams have reached children wherever they are, including in places where access to health services has been cut off by the fighting. Health workers have shown heroic resolve in crossing frontlines, mountains and valleys to vaccinate children.UNICEF says that the campaign comes at a critical time. Children in Yemen are living on the brink of famine and widespread malnutrition has drastically increased their risk of disease. More than half of Yemen’s medical facilities are no longer functional and the health system is on the verge of collapse.UNICEF is scaling up its humanitarian response, including support for the treatment of 323,000 children against severe acute malnutrition, and the provision of basic healthcare services to one million children and over half a million pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.“Children are dying because the conflict is preventing them from getting the health care and nutrition they urgently need. Their immune systems are weak from months of hunger,” said Dr. Relaño, calling on all parties to the conflict to find a political solution to this crisis. read more

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Victor Tomas returns from injury

Victor TomasXavi Pascual Victor Tomas is back from recovering from the injury, and will be joining the training in the next days, according to the coach of FC Barcelona, Xavi Pascual.Victor Tomas was injured in the second round of the ASOBAL league, and has since been recovering from his hand injury. Xavi Pascual has announced that the player is now back to training, and he might be getting minutes in the Champions League match against Besiktas JK. ← Previous Story Easy job for the champions: Bielecki destroys Gornik Zabrze Next Story → Du Rietz with farewell to the national team read more

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Poll Should large fizzy drinks be banned

first_img Yes (433) Poll Results: A JUDGE IN New York has quashed plans to ban the sale of giant fizzy drinks in the city, re-opening the debate about whether it will be possible to implement the prohibition on selling the drinks.The city’s mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed the ban on drinks above 470ml in size from fast food and other restaurants in a bid to tackle obesity levels. Figures suggest around 6,000 people die in New York every year from problems related to obesity.However critics and lobby groups say the proposal is ineffective as people can just buy as many smaller drinks as they want, and the ban would not apply to supermarkets or shops. The proposal was also criticised for encroaching too much into people’s lives.So today we’re asking: Should there be a ban on the sale of large fizzy drinks in Ireland? No (1367) YesNoVotelast_img read more

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US Navy Swaps Touchscreens For Dials After Fatal Crash

first_img Here’s What It’s Like to Fly Upside-Down in a Fighter JetPentagon to Spend $1.1B on Military Space Programs Stay on target The U.S. Navy is ditching warship touchscreens, reverting instead to physical throttles and conventional helm controls.The move comes two years after a fatal collision between Navy destroyer John S. McCain and tanker Alnic MC in the Straits of Singapore that killed 10 sailors.An investigation into the crash showed that a complex touchscreen system, on which sailors had been poorly trained, contributed to a loss of control of the ship.Eager to embrace new technologies whenever possible, the Navy “got away from the physical throttles,” according to Rear Adm. Bill Galinis, program executive officer for ships.“That was probably the [No. 1] feedback from the fleet,” he explained. “They said, just give us the throttles that we can use.”Which is exactly what the sea force is doing.The switch, rolling out over the next 18 to 24 months, will affect all DDG 51 Arleigh Burke destroyers using the Integrated Bridge and Navigation Service (IBNS).Seaman Joseph Brown mans an older version of helm controls on the bridge of USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) (via U.S. Navy)Beginning next summer, the first in-service ship to be refit is the USS Ramage; the first new vessel to drop touchscreens will be the USS Ted Stevens.“When we started getting the feedback from the [Naval Sea Systems Command fleet surveys] … it was really eye-opening,” Galinis told USNI News. “And it goes into the, in my mind, ‘just because you can doesn’t mean you should’ category.”“We really made the helm control system … just overly complex, with the touch screens under glass and all this kind of stuff,” he admitted during last week’s American Society of Naval Engineers’ annual Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium.That doesn’t mean the Navy is giving up on bridge touchscreens altogether.They are, however, aware that these systems must help crews “quickly pick up” on situational awareness.“The more commonality we can drive into these kind of human-machine interfaces, the better,” Chief Engineer Rear Adm. Lorin Selby added.More on Geek.com:Weird Whale Found by Fishermen Might Be Trained by Russian NavyNew Navy Robot Could Kill You, Wears Cute Dog TagsThe U.S. Navy’s Still Working on a Kick-Ass Railgunlast_img read more

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Alere refreshes benefits for multigenerational workforce

first_imgAlere is refreshing its employee benefits programme in the UK in order to increase engagement and provide more choice for the different generations within its workforce. The diagnostic device and service provider will enhance and expand its existing benefits package from September 2015. This will include the launch of new lifestyle and wellbeing schemes, such as corporate gym membership and lifestyle discounts.It will also introduce online education, as well as defined contribution (DC) pensions governance.Alere has appointed JLT Employee Benefits to design and administer the programme via its employee benefits platform, BenPal.last_img read more

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The Hollywood Reporter Names Daniel Strauss Digital GM

first_imgThe Hollywood Reporter has hired Daniel Strauss as general manager of digital. Strauss, who was most recently chief product officer at digital and mobile content management platform provider Endplay, will oversee all of the digital product development for THR.com.Strauss will have a full plate, leading THR‘s digital channel build-out and new initiatives in video, blogs, social media, email marketing and tablet and mobile apps. He will also be responsible for digital product development, design and partnership creation-as well as standardizing audience metrics and reporting. Strauss will report to editorial director Janice Min.The Hollywood Reporter‘s efforts lately provide some context to Strauss’s responsibilities. In May, THR.com partnered with Fandango to let visitors search movie times and buy tickets. The site, which topped 11 million uniques per comScore numbers in May, has expanded its Movies video channel, launched a new Indie channel and a tech-oriented blog called Behind the Screen. Prior to Endplay, Strauss was co-founder and chief product officer of Shopflick. He also spent five years at Fox Interactive Media as general manager and vice president of FIM Labs and director of production and operations at Fox Sports Interactive.last_img read more

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