first_imgPaola Loriggio, The Canadian Press TORONTO — The Law Society of Ontario says a gender-neutral space has now been created at the province’s top court for barristers needing to change into their robes.The regulator says it has completed the transformation of what was formerly the men’s robing room at Toronto’s Osgoode Hall courthouse so that it can be used by people of all genders.In a tweet earlier this week, the law society says barristers are asked to change in private stalls located in the washroom area. It says there are also private unisex washroom stalls.The organization says the women’s robing room has not been altered and remains available for those who do not feel comfortable changing near men.The renovation was announced in February after Toronto lawyers highlighted the size discrepancy between the women’s space, which holds 12 lockers, and the men’s, which had close to 70.Fay Faraday posted photos of the women’s room on Twitter, prompting Breanna Needham to launch an online petition calling for a unisex space.The petition, which described the rooms as “one representative example of the systemic inequality that is pervasive in the legal profession,” drew significant attention in legal circles and received roughly 900 signatures.“Sometimes, after centuries, change happens quickly,” Faraday wrote on Twitter after the new room was unveiled.The news was largely hailed online, though a few dissenters suggested the move was creating a new type of inequality.“Men lose their change room, women keep theirs. That’s equality today. Where do Muslims, Religious Jews, and modest people change?” lawyer Sam Goldstein tweeted.Lawyers are required to wear black, flowy robes to appear in Superior Court and at the Ontario Court of Appeal. Wearing them outside the courthouse, however, is generally considered “bad form,” according to the law society.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Early career photojournalists looking to gain national exposure are encouraged to apply for the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, a unique opportunity to cover breaking news, major sports and key cultural events with The Canadian Press for six weeks in Toronto. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 13, 2017.This award is open to Canadian photojournalists who have been in the business fewer than five years, including students and freelancers. Award criteria and application instructions, along with the online application form, are available on the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award page.Last year’s winner was Eduardo Lima, who joined Metro Toronto as a staff photographer shortly after his internship ended. Advertisement Facebook “The six-week internship at The Canadian Press was a great opportunity to work inside a wire and learn from experienced photographers,” says Lima. “I finished the award experience knowing that I still have a lot to learn, but I also have a clearer idea of the kind of photojournalist I would like to be.”A report of Lima’s experience, a sampling of photos taken while at The Canadian Press and his original portfolio submission can be found online.Joining the jury this year is Michelle Siu, the 2012 award winner and now a documentary photographer and freelance photojournalist. “Michelle’s greatest strengths are finding the story and human emotion in an image, so we look forward to her joining the jury and bringing a fresh perspective,” says Graeme Roy, director of news photography for The Canadian Press. A full list of the jury—which includes members of Hanson’s family and former photographer colleagues—can be found on the award criteria page.The winner of the 2017 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award will be announced in February. The award will be formally presented at the annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards on June 8, 2017 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.This award is generously supported by Nikon.ABOUT THE TOM HANSON PHOTOJOURNALISM AWARD#tomhansonawardThe Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and The Canadian Press launched the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award in 2009 in memory of award-winning photojournalist Tom Hanson. The award offers a six-week paid internship at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto for a photojournalist in the early stages of his or her career. The selection committee is made up of CJF board members, photographers and photo editors from The Canadian Press and daily newspapers, past winners and members of Mr. Hanson’s family. The winning applicant will complete the internship between April and September 2017, and be paid at the start rate for photographers at The Canadian Press.ABOUT TOM HANSONTom Hanson was a photojournalist whose images from the Oka conflict to the cut and thrust of Parliament told vivid stories. He was an award-winning photographer for The Canadian Press who travelled around the world and across the country, shooting some of the most iconic news and sports images over a 15-year period. When Hanson died suddenly at age 41 in 2009, his family, friends, colleagues at The Canadian Press and the country’s photojournalism community wanted to find an appropriate way to honour his memory, talent and spirit. The result was the creation of the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award.last_img read more

first_imgStarring Amy Keating, Cole J. Alvis, David Patrick Flemming and Justin GoodhandOpening March 16, 2017 at Artscape Sandbox (Adelaide and John)A City will be on stage in Toronto from March 14 to April 2, 2017.(Opening night: March 16).Tickets are available from $20 to $40 by phone at 416-703-0406 xt2001, or online at:www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2858434 Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter A City  by Greg MacArthur is an intimate, personal study of four artists/friends, who tell the story of a famous friend who died under mysterious circumstances, and how he transformed them. The story is revealed through direct address in a disarmingly casual atmosphere, as if the audience were eavesdropping on a personal conversation.Based on the members of a real indie theatre company in Montreal (Sidemart Theatrical Grocery), A City is inspired by documentedstories, recorded text, confessional monologues and fictional writing. An intimate, painfully funny testament to a time and place, it is about the end of a friendship and a shifting world.A world premiere by GREG MACARTHURDirected by JENNIFER TARVER Login/Register With:last_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement TORONTO, June 25, 2018 /CNW/ – Family Channel is planning the perfect summer for kids across Canada with a jam-packed programming event and epic vacation contest that will brighten summer spirits faster than Canada Day fireworks. Beginning July 1, two new series make their debut on the network – Polly Pocket and Trollhunters: Tales ofArcadia – setting up a tidal wave of marathons and movies guaranteed to help viewers beat the heat. Family is also turning one lucky viewer’s vacation dream into a reality with the Dream Day Vacay Contest.After submissions poured in from viewers across Canada describing their ultimate 24-hour family adventure, Family has revealed the five finalists in its Dream Day Vacay contest. From trips throughout the country, to lively events, families proposed excursions that would allow them to enjoy the summers together. Viewers can now vote at Family.ca to decide which once-in-a-lifetime experience Family should fulfill. Voting closes on Friday, July 9.Family Channel dives into its summer programming event with two new series joining the lineup on Canada Day:Polly Pocket – Sunday, July 1 at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT – One-hour SpecialWhen Polly inherits a magic locket from her Grandma that allows her to shrink to four inches tall, she embraces her “pocket-sized” powers and finds the upside of shrinking is big fun for her and her friends! The 60-minute animated special debuts ahead of the series, which joins Family’s schedule permanently on August 4.Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia – Sunday, July 1 at 10 a.m. ET/PT – 90-minute SpecialFrom the limitless imagination of acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth) comes a tale of two worlds set to collide. Jim Lake, an average high school student, yearns for adventure and gets more than he bargained for when he becomes entrenched in an epic battle of good and evil with a secret civilization of mighty trolls. Following its premiere, new episodes of the animated series will air Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT throughout the summer. Viewers can get into the swing of things with Family’s summer schedule shift (July 3) featuring: fan-favourite series marathons daily at 6 a.m. ET/PT and 1 p.m. ET/PT; a back-to-back summer flick frenzy beginning at 9 a.m.; and the continuation of the Super Awesome Fun Time lineup at 3 p.m. ET/PT. Popular shows include: Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, Dawn of the Croods, Johnny Test, Zak Storm, LEGO Friends, The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show, The Adventures of Puss in Boots and Grizzy and The Lemmings.The Family Channel App will also be a prime destination for viewers throughout July and August, hosting super summer episodes and mega movie titles in the Summer Feels playlist. As a special presentation on the Family Channel App, the first nine episodes of Polly Pocket will be released throughout July, ahead of the series premiere in August.Family Channel offers the best in family television entertainment in a premium, high-definition, multiplatform environment. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a daily vacation for Canadian families, Family airs a unique mix of top-rated Canadian and acquired series, movies and specials. Family Channel subscribers have access to the Family Channel App, Family OnDemand and Family Online at no additional cost, to see hit movies and series when they want them, where they want them. Visit us at Family.ca.About DHX Television DHX Television is composed of Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino, and is part of DHX Media Ltd., a leading creator, producer, marketer and broadcaster of family entertainment. Dedicated to celebrating family fun, DHX Television delivers best-in-class programming through premium subscriptions and its original production mandate, and creates and produces captivating in-market events that appeal to Canadian families. DHX Television is home to world-renowned series including The Next Step, Degrassi: Next Class and Teletubbies. DHX Media Ltd. has offices globally, and is traded on the NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange.center_img Polly Pocket premieres July 1 on Family Channel (CNW Group/Family Channel) Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The overall annual pace of inflation slowed to 1.9 per cent in December as gains in the price of gasoline eased up, Statistics Canada said Friday.But economists said the economic strength last year is pushing underlying prices higher.TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto noted that two of the Bank of Canada’s three preferred measures of core inflation, designed to look through the noise of more-volatile items like gasoline, ticked higher last month.“Looking past the energy-led deceleration in inflation, hot growth of the Canadian economy in 2017 now appears [to be] turning into somewhat hotter price growth,” DePratto wrote in brief note to clients.CPI-trim — which helps filter out extreme price changes — rose to 1.9 per cent from 1.8 per cent in November, while CPI-common — which filters out prices that changed due to extraordinary circumstances — climbed to 1.6 per cent from 1.5 per cent. CPI-median was unchanged compared with November at 1.9 per cent.“It provides a little more confirmation that the interest rate hike earlier this month was justified from an economic fundamentals point of view,” DePratto said of the move higher in core inflation.“That core mandate of the bank is to control inflation and this speaks to the need for further hikes.”The Bank of Canada aims to keep inflation at two per cent, the midpoint of a target range of one- to three-per cent over the medium term.In raising its trendsetting rate to 1.25 per cent last week, the Bank of Canada pointed to unexpectedly solid economic data as key drivers behind the decision.CIBC economist Nick Exarhos also noted that underlying inflation trends appear to be firming.“Core inflation metrics are trending in the right direction, something that supports the Bank of Canada’s decision to hike rates at the start of 2018,” he said.“We could see some deflationary pressure from the stronger Canadian dollar, but given minimum wage hikes, a closed output gap, and what is likely to be stronger average pricing for energy over the balance of this year compared to 2017, inflation is likely to accelerate.”Overall, Statistics Canada said Friday that the consumer price index for the final month of 2017 was up 1.9 per cent compared with the same month a year earlier. That compared with a reading of 2.1 per cent in November.Excluding gasoline, prices were up 1.5 per cent year on an annual basis in December, matching the increase in November.Prices were up in seven of the eight major categories as the transportation index, which includes gasoline, and the shelter group led the way.Transportation prices were up 4.9 per cent from a year ago compared with a 5.9 per cent increase in November. Gasoline, a key component of the group, climbed 12.2 per cent compared with a year earlier following a 19.6 per cent increase in November.The shelter index climbed 1.4 per cent compared with a year ago as natural gas prices rose 6.2 per cent following a 3.1 per cent increase in November.Meanwhile, the household operations, furnishings and equipment index fell 0.3 per cent compared with a year ago as the cost of telephone services slipped five per cent as the country’s big wireless companies battled for market share in December with deeply discounted offers.last_img read more

first_imgKuala Lumpur: A Vietnamese woman, who was the second accused in the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was freed from a Malaysian prison on Friday. Doan Thi Huong’s release came after she accepted a deal with Malaysian prosecutors last month and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of “causing injury”. “I met Doan yesterday (Thursday) at the prison to give her new clothes and a pair of shoes,” Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, one of her lawyers, told BBC. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report “She was obviously very happy to be released and looks forward to being reunited with her family.” According to a CNN report, after her release, Doan Thi Huong left for the immigration department, where she is expected to be processed before returning home to Vietnam later on Friday. Her co-defendant Siti Aisyah, an Indonesian national, was freed in March after charges against her were dropped. The prosecution did not provide a reason for the decision. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Kim Jong-nam had been waiting to board a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Macau on February 13, 2017 when the two women approached him in the departure area. CCTV footage showed one of them placing her hands over his face, then both women leaving the scene. Kim Jong-nam died on the way to hospital from what was later found to be exposure to the nerve agent VX, one of the most toxic of all known chemical agents. North Korea has repeatedly denied any involvement in the killing, but four men – believed to be North Koreans who fled Malaysia on the day of the murder – have also been charged in the case. They remain at large despite an Interpol “red notice”. With Doan Thi Huong heading home, it is likely no one will ever be convicted of murder for using one of the world’s deadliest chemical weapons to stage a brazen assassination in broad daylight.last_img read more

9 February 2007Avian influenza, last season transmitted by migrating wild birds, is now being spread through the poultry trade, the top United Nations expert on the issue said today, warning that despite some successful efforts of States to contain the virus, no one can afford to be complacent as it could potentially mutate into a human pandemic. “I’m generally and personally very happy with the way in which countries have organized themselves to try to respond to these challenges,” David Nabarro, Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, told reporters at a briefing at UN Headquarters.However, he cautioned, “We have to not only maintain focus on the challenges of avian influenza, but we must get more pandemic ready.”Since late last year, outbreaks of avian flu have been confirmed in ten countries: Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand, China, Japan, Egypt, Nigeria, Hungary and the United Kingdom. There has been a report, as yet unconfirmed, of an occurrence in Turkey, and there have been no confirmed outbreaks in North and South America. Dr. Nabarro said that he forecasts that more outbreaks are to come, yet currently, it is not possible to predict their geographic distribution.This season’s wave of avian flu, unlike that of last season, is largely believed to be passed on through the poultry trade as opposed to migration of contaminated wild birds. Other methods of transmission of H5N1 include water and soil contamination as well as handling of infected poultry.Since 2003, there have been 272 confirmed cases of the H5N1 virus in humans, with 166 deaths according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). UN agencies are continually concerned that the virus could mutate and be transmitted readily between people, causing a global pandemic.Dr. Nabarro said that necessary measures to be taken against the virus include high-level political government commitment, fortified veterinary and human health services, robust compensation and rehabilitation schemes, private sector and civil society involvement and effective messages conveyed to the general public about the flu.In some instances, mass culling, or extermination, of infected birds will be necessary to prevent a further spread of the virus. Already more than 200 million birds have died worldwide from either the virus or preventive culling in the current outbreak.One of the greatest concerns, according to Dr. Nabarro, is that “in an effort to control the avian virus in countries that are very heavily affected, mass culling of birds, particularly among poorer people, can have really dramatic social, economic and nutritional consequences.”To stave off such outcomes, funds are necessary for both compensation, to reimburse poultry farmers and laborers, and rehabilitation, to allow people to restart their businesses. The World Bank has a fund which distributes grants, of which Nigeria has already been a recipient. In emergencies, the UN has a central account which can dispense money quickly. read more

Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities, John BonnettHarold Innis, a Canadian political science professor whose original ideas broke new ground in media, communications and economic theories, once caused fellow media theorist Marshall McLuhan to declare his own work a “footnote” to Innis’s writings.But Innis has been often misunderstood, in large part because of his heavy writing style.“Behind Innis’s dense verbiage lies a profound philosophy of history,” says historian and Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities, John Bonnett.Bonnett’s recently released book Emergence and Empire: Innis, Complexity and the Trajectory of History unpacks Innis’s ideas, which focus on the impact of “self-organizing, emergent change” on economies and societies.Bonnett is especially interested in Innis’s communications theory.The “material properties of communication media,” for example, initiated a cultural mindset that Innis labeled a “bias.”The material properties of a medium – such as paper, stone, or radio – determined how far messages could travel, and influenced the content and concerns of the people who used them.So, for instance, information written on papyrus in Ancient Egypt reached far-flung destinations because papyrus was easy to carry and people who used it tended to emphasized territorial control and “the dimension of space.”Messages carved on stone tablets, however, “didn’t encourage mobility but were good for inscribing long-term information and were displayed in institutions concerned with time, such as archives, temples or churches,” says Bonnett.Emergence and Empire: Innis, Complexity and the Trajectory of History makes a contribution to the literature on Harold Innis in several unique ways.Bonnett challenges the widely held notion that Innis was a “technological determinist” who advocated that technology primarily determines how people think.“Innis was the sort of person who argues that we innately have a sense or an intuition about space, time, and those intuitions form the basis of all human activity and thought,” says Bonnett. “At base, Innis was not a materialist. He was an idealist historian.”Also, Bonnett argues that information was as important a concept to Innis as media.And, Innis looked to how religion and art “map out” information visually. Innis believed that text required readers to mentally abstract concepts, an activity that is difficult for most people to do, says Bonnett.“If you present information in iconographic format, that makes it easier for people to digest.” read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedC’bean urged to closely monitor depression that could become hurricane by next weekSeptember 8, 2018In “Regional”C’bean keeping an eye on new tropical storm as Dorian moves awaySeptember 4, 2019In “latest news”CDC monitoring flooding at EteringbangAugust 8, 2019In “Environment” According to the Director of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craigm topical depression Kirk could become a tropical storm within the next 21 hours and would be passing close to the Low Coastal Plain of Guyana on Wednesday September 26, 2018.He noted that there is a possibility of heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and high winds, while also explaining on social media that the Commission and Hydromet Services will be monitoring the system.The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said on Monday however, that Kirk is expected to degenerate into a trough of low pressure during the next day or two while it moves quickly across the tropical central Atlantic.Moreover, the NHC said that “The centre of tropical depression Kirk was located near latitude 9.5 north, longitude 37.4 west. The depression is moving toward the west near 24 mph and this fast motion is expected to continue for another day or so. A decrease in forward speed is expected by Wednesday”. read more

first_img Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. 10 things in tech you need to know today A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader WHEN IT COMES to effective branded Facebook posts, there is one rule: The simpler the better.Track Social is an analytics firm that monitors 10,000 brands’ social media activity in real time, and it found that the Facebook posts that got the most likes in September weren’t based on intricate social campaigns. Rather, they were heartfelt.Target and Walmart’s sincere tributes to the victims of the September 11 attacks, and other companies’ get-well-soon messages to various ailing celebrities, generated the most engagement.The counter-intuitive lesson seems to be: Going off-brand, if only briefly, proves your brand has a human side, and thus pays dividends in new brand engagement.last_img read more

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Heritage Jimmy Deenihan said he would like to see as many of the descendants and relatives of 1916 personnel as possible attend and participate in the 1916 commemorative events.The Minister has expressed his confidence that the arrangements for the Centenary of the Easter Rising in 2016 will reflect its historic importance and transformative effect on Irish society.In particular, the Minister intended that the ‘principled commitment and selfless determination of the revolutionary leaders and personnel’ would be acknowledged.He said that throughout the development of the Centenary programme he has been impressed with the “interest and commitment of the family members and their wish to be closely involved in the upcoming commemorations”. I believe that our acknowledgement of the service, sacrifice and achievement of the truly remarkable men and women involved in the Easter Rising, should include a special consideration and their descendants and relatives should be involved.The Minister also asked for relatives who are interested in being represented in the Centenary arrangements to contact the Department.I would be grateful to receive all such expressions of interest in relation to the commemorations in 2016 from families along with information on their familial connection to the Rising.Read: Here’s how €22 million will be spent on 1916 Rising commemorations>Read: After 98 years, Moore Street buildings are to become 1916 Rising commemoration>last_img read more

first_imgCancer : peut-être un traitement contre certaines tumeurs du cerveauCanada – Les chercheurs de l’université de l’Alberta ont découvert les effets bénéfiques d’un médicament générique, actuellement commercialisé pour traiter certains troubles métaboliques. Celui-ci lutterait efficacement contre certaines tumeurs du cerveau. L’acide dichloroacétate (DCA) est habituellement utilisé pour traiter des troubles du métabolisme, notamment l’acidose lactique. Les scientifiques de l’université de l’Alberta lui ont trouvé un autre usage, dans le traitement des tumeurs cérébrales. En effet, dix-huit mois de tests mené sur un petit échantillon de cinq personnes en phase terminale de cancer ont révélé son efficacité : trois d’entre elles ont vu leur tumeur rétrécir et elle a cessé de s’étendre pour un autre malade.Selon le Dr Evangelos Michelakis, l’un des auteurs de l’étude, le DCA est “probablement sans danger et peut-être efficace cliniquement sur certains patients”. Il ajoute : “Étant donnée la petite envergure de cette étude, on ne peut pas faire davantage de spéculations. Cependant, ces premiers résultats sont suffisants pour créer suffisamment d’enthousiasme, d’inspiration et d’élan pour poursuivre les recherches, ce qui impliquerait des expérimentations à plus grande échelle”.Des études sur le DCA et ses possibilités de traitement du cancer avaient déjà été menées sur des rats en 2007, par l’université de l’Alberta. Les scientifiques avaient implanté des cellules cancéreuses humaines chez les animaux : les cancers du cerveau, du poumon et du sein avaient alors été réduits par le DCA. Le 14 mai 2010 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgDes reptiles marins à sang chaud au temps des dinosauresFrance – Il y a 200 à 65 millions d’années, de redoutables reptiles marins hantaient les océans du globe. Avaient-ils le sang chaud comme les mammifères et les oiseaux d’aujourd’hui ou bien le sang froid des poissons et des reptiles actuels ? Des chercheurs français affirment aujourd’hui que certains d’entre eux avaient le sang chaud, ce qui leur conférait un avantage considérable pour une nage rapide sur de longues distances et pour la conquête de régions froides. Pendant le Mésozoïque (entre 200 et 65 millions d’années), alors que les dinosaures peuplaient les continents, les océans connaissaient le règne de redoutables reptiles prédateurs : ichthyosaures, plésiosaures, mosasaures… Comment ces grands reptiles marins régulaient-ils leur température ? Pour le déterminer, une équipe de géochimistes et paléontologues français a utilisé, pour la première fois, les compositions des isotopes stables de l’oxygène (18O/16O) présent dans le phosphate composant le squelette de ces animaux. Les chercheurs ont analysé les restes dentaires de trois groupes majeurs de grands reptiles marins : les ichthyosaures, les plésiosaures et les mosasaures. Ils ont comparé le rapport 18O/16O présent dans l’émail dentaire de ces reptiles à celui de restes de poissons de la même période et retrouvés aux mêmes latitudes. Les poissons, qui sont des animaux à sang froid (ectothermes), présentent une composition isotopique qui reflète la température de l’eau de mer. Chez eux, le rapport 18O/16O augmente tandis que la température des océans diminue. Les différences de composition isotopique entre des reptiles marins et des poissons ayant vécu dans la même masse d’eau, vont refléter leurs différences de température corporelle. Résultat : les chercheurs ont constaté que la température du corps des reptiles étudiés est constante, quelle que soit la température de l’eau. Ainsi, les ichthyosaures et les plésiosaures régulaient leur température corporelle indépendamment de celle de l’eau de mer dans une gamme d’environ 12 jusqu’à environ 36 degrés. Dans le cas des trois grands groupes de reptiles étudiés, les estimations de températures corporelles sont comprises entre 35 et 39°C. Certains grands reptiles marins aujourd’hui disparus étaient donc capables de maintenir une température corporelle plus élevée que celle de leur milieu de vie, suggérant un métabolisme élevé adapté à la prédation et à la nage rapide sur de longues distances, y compris dans des eaux froides. Ces animaux avaient donc un métabolisme de type “endotherme” (capable de produire de la chaleur), du même type que celui des cétacés actuels. Reste à savoir comment et depuis quand ces animaux au sang chaud produisaient cette énergie. Le 19 juin 2010 à 17:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgAvec Microsoft, toutes les surfaces deviennent tactilesLes laboratoires Microsoft Research viennent de présenter les deux nouvelles technologies tactiles sur lesquelles ils travaillent. La première permet de faire de toutes les surfaces des interfaces tactiles. La seconde a pour but de faire fonctionner un appareil tactile à travers un vêtement ou un sac.OmniTouch et PocketTouch : c’est ainsi que Microsoft a baptisé les deux nouvelles technologies qui s’apprêtent à révolutionner nos terminaux tactiles. La première, explique le géant de Redmond sur le site de Microsoft Research, permettra de transformer n’importe quelle surface, même le corps humain, en écran tactile.À lire aussiWindows 8 : Microsoft annonce 40 millions de licences venduesDéveloppée par la société PrimeSense, à l’origine du capteur Kinect de Microsoft, cette technologie fonctionne grâce à une caméra mesurant la profondeur, alliée à un picoprojecteur, un vidéoprojecteur miniaturisé. Pour l’heure le système, particulièrement prometteur, demeure trop imposant pour être commercialisé. Mais les chercheurs de Microsoft planchent sur sa miniaturisation, et affirment qu’il est possible de le réduire à la taille d’une boîte d’allumettes.Comme son nom l’indique, la technologie PoketTouch a, quant à elle, pour but de permettre aux utilisateurs de terminaux tactiles de les utiliser à travers une poche, ou un sac à main. Il sera ainsi possible de faire fonctionner son téléphone ou sa tablette en toute discrétion grâce à un capteur multitouch adapté à l’écran du terminal. Ce système permet de réaliser certaines interactions, comme passer en mode silencieux, verrouiller son téléphone ou envoyer un sms. Des capacités que Microsoft entend étendre, le système présenté n’étant là encore qu’un prototype.Le 19 octobre 2011 à 19:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThe world’s fastest man is trying to break into professional football and played his first minutes with Australian team Central Coast MarinersIrony is very whimsical and never stops surprising anybody.And in the football debut of Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, the irony was present all the time.The Jamaican athlete played his first minutes with Australian A-League club Central Coast Mariners.And he even had a chance to score, but ironically he was too slow and failed to convert.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.“I think the game was very good”, Bolt told reporters after the match as quoted by Diario Olé.“I’m really thankful for my teammate’s support. I was a little bit nervous, and I wished I would have done more but I’m just starting.”“I’m in better shape than some weeks ago, but I have to train in the same way,” he added.“I will need four or five months to feel okay on the team, and to get used to handling the ball.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 9, 2017 – Kingston – Chief Technical Director in the Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry, Dermon Spence, says the Government is committed to ensuring that Jamaicans have access to safe foods.He said focus is being placed on strengthening policy, institutional and regulatory frameworks and providing technical support for food producers in meeting global safety standards through the implementation and maintenance of food-safety quality-management systems.Mr. Spence noted that the management programmes, which include the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), are germane to ensuring food security and boosting trade.   He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the Chile Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Cooperation Project at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston on September 6.The technical cooperation initiative is geared towards the strengthening of the National Codex structure in countries such as Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia and Suriname.    It is focused on the establishment of a sound National Codex Committee that will assist countries to improve participation as well as their ability to discuss topics of interest for the subregion at the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).The international standard-setting body, with more than 180 members, is responsible for a collection of globally adopted standards, guidelines, codes of practice and other recommendations relating to food production and food safety, known as Codex Alimentarius.The CAC was formed within the framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO) to promote the health and safety of consumers and ensure fairness in the food trade.Mr. Spence, who represented Portfolio Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, at the function, noted that Jamaica has benefited tremendously from the project funded by the Governments of Chile and the United States.   He highlighted, among other things, the production of an approved National Codex Procedural Manual and a Codex Strategic Plan.The manual sets out the basic rules of procedure, the process for elaboration of Codex standards and related texts, and basic definitions and guidelines for the operation of Codex committees.   It is particularly useful for national delegations participating in Codex meetings and for international organisations attending as observers.   The strategic plan incorporates a list of programme areas and planned activities with a clearly defined timetable.Executive Secretary of the Chilean Food Safety and Quality Agency (ACHIPIA), Dr. Michel Leporati, said that throughout the world, an increasing number of consumers and governments are becoming aware of food quality and safety issues.“Consumers are now demanding that their governments take action to ensure that foods are of acceptable quality and that the risks of food-borne diseases are minimised,” he noted.Mr. Leporati said it is important to ensure that the food needs of countries are taken into consideration in the approval of food-related standards.  He pledged that Chile, as the Coordinator of the Codex Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean (CCLAC), will be working with countries to address food-safety challenges.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgA plan in the Senate version of the defense authorization bill to limit basic allowance for housing (BAH) payments to actual expenses is being criticized by the Obama administration and military advocates.Instead of offering military members a flat payment based on their rank and location, the Senate plan would cover only expenses for rent and utilities, preventing personnel from pocketing extra payments if they find less expensive housing, reported Military Times.Senate Armed Services Committee staff say the overhaul would save tens of millions of dollars without sacrificing service members’ housing benefits. DOD officials oppose the plan, describing the BAH as part of members’ larger compensation package.In its statement threatening to veto the defense policy bill, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said it “strongly objects” to the proposal, “which would undermine the existing structure of BAH, return the allowance to its distorted state from the mid-1990s, and reinstitute a burdensome and inefficient administrative-authorization process by limiting BAH payments to actual expenses.”OMB’s Statement of Administration Policy criticized the proposed system for ignoring members’ dependency status and said the plan would penalize service members who were part of dual-military couples, a stipulation that would disproportionately hurt female service members. It also would penalize junior members who choose to share housing.Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), have introduced amendments to remove the BAH language on the chamber floor during this week’s debate of the measure.“If it isn’t broke, don’t try and fix it,” said Kelly Hruska, government relations director for the National Military Family Association. “The [Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission] looked at this issue last year, and they found the system wasn’t perfect, but it works,” Hruska said, according to the story.The changes are not part of the defense authorization bill passed earlier by the House. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgBajaj KTM 390 Duke will now be available in Midnight Black colour variant in India beside its signature white shade.The new Midnight Black variant which first appeared at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, in November 2013 will now be available at KTM’s dealerships across the country. According to reports, the company has started accepting bookings for the new colour scheme and is likely to start delivery soon.KTM 390 Duke, India’s first mid-size sports bike, has been a success ever since its entry into the domestic market last June. The bike, which has been conceptualised, developed and designed at the company’s local Chakan production facility in Maharashtra, packs an engine that delivers 43.5 ps of power and 35 NM of torque.”Packing in 44PS of power and 35Nm of torque and weighing only 154 Kg (kerb weight), the 390 Duke has truly been India’s first mid-size sports bike. With the introduction of the new black color KTM fans will have the option of choosing a color that expresses them best,”said Amit Nandi vice president (Probiking) as quoted by OverDrive.KTM which markets its bikes  through its India partner Bajaj Auto currently sells KTM Duke 200 and Duke 390 in the country .The company, which is looking to expand its presence in the domestic market, is speculated to show off its RC200 and RC390 models at the 2014 Auto Expo in Delhi which is scheduled in February. Recently, KTM’s India website had listed the RC 200 and RC 390 models under the ‘coming soon’ tag, indicating their imminent arrival in the sub-continent.last_img read more

first_img Time in a bottle: Scientists watch evolution unfold Citation: Slower evolving bacteria win in the end (2011, March 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-slower-evolving-bacteria.html Professor Richard Lenski of Michigan State University in East Lansing and colleagues aimed to work out if some changes in DNA affect the evolutionary potential, or “evolvability,” of organisms.In the study, the researchers investigated four genetically distinct clones of Escherichia coli clones, and sampled them periodically to look for the presence of five specific beneficial mutations. They discovered that after 500 generations all lineages had acquired beneficial mutations but two had significantly more than the others, which should suggest they were more likely to survive in the long-term than the other line of bacteria. What they found instead was that after 1,500 generations the other two lineages had gone on to dominate.One of the co-authors of the paper, published in the journal Science, Dr Tim Cooper of the University of Houston, Texas, said the bacterial “race” could be compared to the fable of the hare and the tortoise, saying that the hare would win a 100 meter race, but the tortoise might win a marathon. In the “hare” bacteria at least four beneficial mutations were present at the 500th generation, but despite this after another 883 generations they were growing over two percent slower than the other lineages, and by the 1,500th generation, they were extinct in the flasks.To try to find out why, they used frozen samples of the 500th generation of bacteria and ran the evolution experiment again a number of times. In almost, but not all, of these experiments the “tortoise” clones went on to win.They discovered that one of the genes in which beneficial mutations were found at the 500 generation mark was topA, a gene involved in winding DNA into a twisted band, which makes it easier for genes to be turned on and off. The mutations were slightly different in the slow and fast evolving bacteria, with the mutation in the “tortoise” bacteria affecting the next link down in the protein’s amino acid chain.After the 883 generations the “tortoise” topA mutation had interacted with a mutation in another gene called spoT, which increased its fitness. The topA mutation in the other lineages did not interact so favorably with later mutations and the spoT mutation was rendered useless, and made the “hares” less fit for long-term domination.The bacteria used in these experiments are part of a larger evolution study that has been running since 1988, or over 50,000 generations, which makes it the longest-running evolution experiment in the world. The experiment began with a dozen strains of E.coli, bred from a single ancestor. Every 500 generations (75 days), samples of the mixed-strains are frozen and stored and the mean fitness is compared to that of the ancestor. (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists in the US have found bacteria that evolve slowly are more likely to survive in the long term than those evolving more quickly. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further More information: — myxo.css.msu.edu/ecoli/– Second-Order Selection for Evolvability in a Large Escherichia coli Population, Science 18 March 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6023 pp. 1433-1436, DOI:10.1126/science.1198914 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 scanning electron micrograph of E. coli. Credit: NIHlast_img read more

first_imgLong back in 2005, MF Husain had once scribbled a line on an exhibition catalogue at Kumar Gallery- “Am I the relic of British Empire?”, which he did in the margin of a picture of his own work- a flamboyant self-portrait in full regalia juxtaposed with images of Mother Teresa, Lord Ganesha and polo players – that was titled ‘Relics of the Empire’.A collateral event of India Art Fair 2016, the group show titled ‘Celebration’ will be held in the national Capital from January 25 till February 5. The show, where oil on canvas once again will find a place in a group show at Kumar Gallery, also coincides with the 60th year of Kumar Gallery. Around 45 paintings will be showcased by modern masters and renowned artists. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The earliest work in the show is a1938 oil on canvas by Ram Kinkar Baij titled ‘Toilet’ (seated nude lady with maid combing her hair). Then, there is a late 1940s Jamini Roy depicting the finesse of his folk-based lines in a tempera work titled ‘Man with Hookah.Some of the other highlights of the show are a 1996 Rameshwar Broota titled ‘Scripted in Time’ (also the largest in the show at 70 by 90 inches), a 1984 acrylic on canvas titled ‘Radha in Vrindavan’ by KS Kulkarni and a striking work titled ‘The Foreman’ from 1961 by FN Souza. The show also includes never-seen-before works by Husain (a self portrait 1969), Paysage (1958) by SH Raza, rarely seen impastos on paper by Sohan Qadri and an oil on canvas titled ‘To The Market’ (1961) by NS Bendre.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition will also include artworks from the show and astute essays by art critic Keshav Malik, compiled in a comprehensive book of 200 pages. It will also have some of the early shows of modern masters at Kumar Gallery in the 1950’s and 60’s and most candid images of bonhomie amongst Indian artists, critics and their mentors, the Kumars. Captured at various events over the last six decades, these images in the book serve both as visual documentation of historical importance as well as reflect on the evolution and growth of modern Indian art. The show will also be a reflective of Kumar Gallery’s impeccable art collection. Sunit Kumar said: “This is the sixth edition of ‘Celebration’ show but this time, the emphasis is on modern masters whose aesthetic merit is not only publicly acknowledged but who are also academically most sound, the true avant garde of Indian modern art”.last_img read more