Why birds crash into planes

first_imgJust before Christmas, a Southwest Airlines plane carrying nearly 150 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing after colliding with a bird. So how come our feathered friends don’t get out of the way when a giant piece of metal rushes at them? It’s difficult to conduct field experiments without causing actual casualties, so wildlife researchers resorted to virtual reality. They played videos of trucks approaching at speeds ranging from 60 to 360 kilometers per hour toward brown-headed cowbirds in an enclosed chamber and studied the birds’ behavior. The scientists found that the cowbirds paid attention to the distance between them and the truck rather than the truck’s speed, always flying away when the truck appeared about 30 meters away, they report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The strategy may have saved them from natural predators such as hawks, the researchers suggest, but it proves fatal for dealing with highway cars and other vehicles traveling above 120 kilometers per hour. More studies are needed to determine whether other birds and animals behave in a similar way, but the researchers suggest that installing special lights on planes could alert birds to begin their escape from a longer distance away.last_img read more

ICC World T20: We were 20 to 25 runs short, says Kane Williamson

first_imgNew Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said his team were 20 to 25 runs short when they slipped to a seven-wicket defeat in yesterday’s World Twenty20 semi-final against England.The Kiwis went into the match as favourites, as the only remaining unbeaten team in the tournament. England, by contrast, were defeated by West Indies in their opening game before securing wins over South Africa, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.Colin Munro (46) gave New Zealand a strong start, powering them to 89 for one at the halfway stage before Eoin Morgan’s side took control with some smart catching and tight bowling. (Jason Roy fires England into second World T20 final )New Zealand managed only 64 runs in the final 10 overs and 20 from the last four sent down by Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes.”We got off to a good start but we were 20-25 short,” Williamson told reporters. “England bowled really well in that death period which made life very difficult.”Unfortunately we were not able to connect as well as we’d have liked. It certainly was not through a lack of trying.”For a team packed with big-hitters, New Zealand could not press hard enough on the accelerator pedal as England claimed regular wickets.”We were 130 for 3 (in the 16th over) which certainly is a very good platform in any match if you’re playing T20 cricket and we were not able to capitalise on it,” added Williamson.last_img read more

Olympiakos Wins, Panathinaikos Loses

first_imgEuropean basketball champion Olympiakos, hoping to repeat this year after a disappointing season in the Greek domestic league, got its third straight victory in the Euroleague, beating Anadolu Efes from Turkey, 78-60 in Piraeus, but Greek champion Panathinaikos got whipped 87-71 at Unicaja Malaga in Spain.Olympiakos, shaking off its lethargy from Greek league play, ran away with an easy win, dominating the entire game. It was tough on the Turkish team, which is coached by Greece’s Vangelis Angelou.Olympiakos took a big 24-12 lead after one quarter, showing what was to come as sharpshooter Vassilis Spanoulis led the way wity 16 points, while Matt Lojeski and Bryant Dunston, from St. John’s Prep in Astoria, N.Y. each scored 13.Panathinaikos, fresh off an easy victory to win the Greek championship, fell to 3-3 in Euroleague play. Playing with star American James “Airline” Gist, the Greens stayed in the game for the first half and early into the third period before Unicaja started hitting long bombs to put the game out of reach.  Ramel Curry was the top scorer of Panathinaikos with 14 points, all in the first half.The next round of Euroleague games pits Panathinaikos against Olympiakos in Athens in another match of the eternal rivals. A fellow Greek team, Panionios suffered its fifth straight losses in the Euroleague, pounded by the Russian team Nizhny Novgorod, 80-67.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The Clarks Trigenics Collection Goes Modern with a Hint of Heritage

first_img Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs Editors’ Recommendations The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. If you thought Clarks was good only for its classic desert boots, the innovative Clarks Trigenics Collection ought to change your mind — and in short order. Taking the brand’s DNA and penchant for easygoing, easily wearable classics, the Trigenics Collection features touches both new and old, recognizable and unique — and that’s why we’d recommend you pick up a pair as soon as you can.With design details found more commonly on pieces like the brand’s laidback Clarks Wallabee, the Trigenics Collection introduces a decidedly more modern look and feel to Clarks’ lineup of timeless style. It starts right at the ground level, with the Trigenic Flex outsole. The outsole features three parts geared to move with your foot — they’re flexible, lightweight and practically begging to be paired with light wash jeans or slim khaki chinos.From the Trigenics Flow  in crisp vegetable-tanned leather — a shoe that mimics a classic ankle boot or high-top — to the dressier Trigen Wing, you’ve got options aplenty if you’re seeking out a summer footwear upgrade. From a hot summer wedding to a crisp-yet-casual day at the office, nearly any pick in the Trigenic Collection should perform admirably.And with head-turning design details like raised moccasin stitching and colors more commonly found on your favorite sneakers (such as the sharp, white leather Trigenic Flex), you won’t find a similar pair of footwear on the market this season. The brand says the shoes blend a “streamlined finish” and a “futuristic aesthetic,” and they’re entirely right. If you’ve thought about trading in your driving loafers or suede chukka boots — or even your classic white canvas low-tops — for something just a bit different this season, these are the way to go.With seven different color options available for the Trigenic Flex in particular, you’ve got plenty of ways to go in terms of style, whether you team the white leather pair with faded denim and a slim-fit henley or match up the veg tan leather Trigenic Flex with navy chinos and a grey blazer for a mix of high-low, sporty style.It’s an unexpected and welcome offering from a brand that’s done the same thing so well for so long — and it looks like the Clarks Trigenics Collection just might be the latest accomplishment to join the brand’s essential line of stylish footwear.last_img read more

Giveaway: Original Penguin Pajama Pants and Print Underwear

first_img The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game Editors’ Recommendations Every man loves a fun pair of pajama pants and printed underwear. He may not want to admit it, but it’s a fact.And that’s totally cool. Who doesn’t love lounging around with penguins, doughnuts, or bacon strips playfully dotting his legs? Only the heartless who were never boys growing up, that’s who.So, to honor the little boy that’s still inside you somewhere, we partnered up with menswear brand Original Penguin to put a little pizzazz in your pajama pants. Getting its start in the 50s and 60s, Original Penguin has been worn by some of the coolest men of the past six decades. From Frank Sinatra to Arnold Palmer to Clint Eastwood and Brad Pitt, OP’s polos have covered the backs of some of the finest actors, along with modern musical acts like Vampire Weekend and the Arctic Monkeys.Five lucky winners will receive a fun pair of pants and underwear from Original Penguin. The cost? A a few seconds worth of typing and clicking. Simply sign up at the bottom of the page for the prizes below.Steak and Eggs Flannel Pant – $39It might not be as good as getting steak and eggs for breakfast in bed, but wearing them on your pants is a close second.See ItCasette Box Briefs – $24For those of you too young to know, those are cassette tapes featured on this underwear. They were previously used to play music. You may have seen one of their players in an old car. Think of it as the MP3 of the 80s and 90s. For those of you old enough to know, let these babies bring back fond memories of making mix tapes.See It All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Tasc Performance Crafts Sustainable Fabrics Without Sacrificing Style 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know last_img read more


first_imgAcclaimed Canadian actor Joshua Jackson kicks off the 9th annual Suit Drive by making the first donation to the cause at Moores flagship in Toronto- supporting the retailer’s national goodwill campaign to help disadvantaged men and women enter the workforce. Canadians can donate gently worn professional clothing at stores nationally throughout July. (PRNewsfoto/Moores Clothing for Men) “When Canadians donate to the Moores Suit Drive they are giving the transformative power of a suit to men and women in need,” said Richard Bull, Vice President of Merchandising, Moores Clothing for Men. “The generosity of the supporters has a positive impact on our communities across the country.”The donations from the Moores Suit Drive are distributed nationally to more than 65 local recipient organizations that help disadvantaged men and women regain employment through job readiness programs, workforce assistance and gifting of professional attire. Recipient organizations include: ROUTES (ON), Calgary Dream Centre (AB), Our Place Society (BC), Global Gathering Place (SK), Opportunities for Employment (MB), Mission Old Brewery (QC), and Teamwork Cooperative (NS), to name a few.Consumers can donate their gently worn professional clothing, including men’s and women’s suits, ties, jackets, shirts, pants, belts and shoes at 126 Moores store locations nationally throughout the month of July. As a thank you, donors will receive 50 percent off their next purchase of regular priced retail items (excluding shoes, clearance, custom, and Exceptional Value items).To help spread awareness of the campaign, Moores is encouraging consumers to share Moores #SuitDrive social post found on its Facebook and Twitter pages and for individuals to submit their own suit stories on social media using the hashtag #SuitDrive. For more information, visit and follow the campaign on social media: @MooresClothing.About Moores Clothing for Men:Launched in 1980 and a subsidiary of Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TLRD), Moores Clothing for Men is the leading national retailer of men’s business attire in Canada with 126 stores. Moores’ stores carry a full selection of suits, sport coats, slacks, formalwear, sportswear, outerwear, dress shirts, footwear, and accessories in non-exclusive and exclusive merchandise brands such as Joseph Abboud, AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole, Black by Vera Wang, among others. Moores is also the largest provider of tuxedo and suit rentals in Canada. TORONTO — Today, Canadian actor Joshua Jackson, known for his role in the hit TV series The Affair, kicks off the Moores Clothing for Men 9th annual Suit Drive by making the first donation to the cause at the retailer’s downtown Toronto flagship store.“When you donate a suit, you’re not just giving someone a piece of clothing, you’re giving someone a chance to look in the mirror and see themselves differently. You’re giving confidence,” said Jackson. “And that’s a big deal because when you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, positive changes can happen.”Throughout July, Moores Clothing for Men will hold its annual goodwill campaign. Professional clothing donations collected during the Suit Drive give unemployed Canadians who don’t have the resources, a chance to look their best as they transition back into the workforce. Since inception, the Drive has collected close to 435,000 items of professional attire helping to dress hundreds of thousands of Canadians for job interviews. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twittercenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

National Chief candidate Leon Jourdain vows to fix a fractured AFN push

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn just over a week, chiefs from across Canada will converge on Winnipeg to decide who will be the next national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.They’ll have three choices – Perry Bellegarde, Leon Jourdain and Ghislain Picard. One of them will need about 300 votes to win and the chiefs are the people who decide.The people, or the grassroots, don’t get to vote for national chief so APTN National News took questions to the candidates for them.The same questions were emailed to the candidates who were allowed an unfiltered chance to speak directly to the people. Picard and Bellegarde’s responses ran Monday and Tuesday, respectively.Today, we hear from Jourdain, who was an unexpected candidate vowing to fix what critics say is a fractured AFN.APTN: Why do you want to become National Chief?LJ: I want to become National Chief so our Indigenous People can re-organize from the ground up and we can begin that journey toward becoming fully functioning autonomous Nations. It is critical that we reorganize and refocus our systems. The AFN under my leadership will still play a vital role in the political arena but in the strict capacity of being a facilitator, coordinator and negotiator for our member nations in which the multitude of diverse issues, concerns and objectives are heard, addressed and resolved to the optimal benefit of our tribal citizens.APTN: What effect is funding cuts having on the AFN`s ability to lobby for First Nation interests, essentially where`s the money going to come from to get the job done?LJ: The funding cuts are obviously working to the benefit of the colonial governments and resource extraction-based corporations who are relentlessly circumventing our rights, titles and their constitutional obligations by limiting our capacity to be heard in the appropriate and fair venue. Any other group whose constitutional rights are being contravened would be justly accommodated by both government and industry but we are being ignored by everyone. We must refocus our collective efforts but also utilize the courts and exert our rights in all available processes to achieve what is endemically needed in our communities.APTN: How will you work with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, or whoever wins the next general election?LJ: As National Chief, I will work toward creating the nation-to-nation negotiating processes which are enshrined in the constitution through the recognition of treaty and Aboriginal rights which allowed for the creation of this country and will meet with the colonial governments as an partner rather than a subordinate taking direction or accepting a take it or leave it deal as has been happening. We have many laws and the Canadian legal system which we must not hesitate to invoke to attain what is rightfully owed to us by Canada. Whether it is a Conservative or Liberal government in power in Ottawa, the position we must stand fast on is the nation to nation partnership and I will negotiate with any colonial leader as is their constitutional obligation to do so.APTN: To your critics, the AFN is fractured and unworkable. What will you do to unite the organization and make it effective?LJ: As I lay out in my vision, over time the fractures will disappear and the AFN secretariat and political office will be more focused and processes streamlined so the decision making process made at the tribal membership level and carried forward is not lost nor diminished working their ways to the appropriate levels for implementation. We may seem divided to outsiders but in reality, our Indigenous nations are spread out across our homeland like an open hand in times of peace and tranquillity. But when our people, our nations and our ancestral rights are threatened, that open hand closes up into a fist and we stand united and stand fast in protecting and enhancing our rights and that will never change for as long as the sun shines, the grasses grow and the waters flow.APTN: The chair of the Specific Claims Tribunal wrote in a report that if it doesn’t get more resources it will fail. What will you do?LJ: The current land claims processes are all set up for the Indigenous nations to fail and are under the control of the defendant (Canada) in each case who is the judge, jury and executioner who delay, deny and deflect any responsibilities. All these systems must be revisited and a true collaborative and properly funded process created to expedite all land claims while preserving all inherent indigenous and treaty rights and future interests of our Indigenous nations with adequate environmental protection provisions to protect Mother Earth for future generations.APTN: What are you going to do with the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act?LJ: This unilateral government legislation must be reviewed and an education framework will be renegotiated using the mandatory true nation-to-nation agreement which must be invoked for both our nations to sit down and work out the details of them providing the proper funding for our peoples education based on both need as education is both a treaty and Aboriginal right and their constitutional obligations to do so. Education is a birthright which must not be denied to our tribal citizens and future generations.APTN: Chief’s salaries are a big topic at the grassroots level. For example, should a chief make $400,000 a year when 80 per cent of his or her band members live on $400 a month, should there be limits?LJ: All processes of accountability and transparency must be decided at the community level by the people, for the people with the people and not by an advocacy organization like the AFN, nor by the government of Canada. It must be kept in mind that due to diversity of our nations, the one size fits all legislations continuously imposed by Canada are only control by fiscal extortion mechanisms which fail and we must create our own unique and distinct systems in which each individual community determines who is in power, for how long and what they are paid and to whom they are accountable. We do not set the outrageous salaries for federal and provincial elected officials or heads of their departments so why should they set ours?APTN: What do you want to see accomplished after your term in office?LJ: I want to see our Indigenous peoples and nations well on the road to self-sufficiency with our tribal citizens, especially our children walking the road of life with pride, joy, respect and hope for their future living in healthy, nurturing and positive environments from which they can thrive and enjoy the standard of living enjoyed by mainstream society surrounded by respect and recognition of our special place in our ancestral homeland known globally as Canada. Only then, can I accept the fact that I have fulfilled a small part of the sacred obligation each and every one of us owes our Indigenous nations, past, present and future!last_img

Conservatives forced to pull photo of AFN national chief from party website

first_img(Photo from the meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde (left) Photo that appeared on Twitter (right) via @NativeTweets)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Conservative party was forced to pull a photograph of Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde used to promote a petition trolling for signatures in support of the Harper government’s First Nation Transparency Act.The Conservative party posted the photograph Sunday but removed it the same day after receiving a complaint from AFN CEO Peter Dinsdale, a spokesperson for the organization told APTN National News Thursday. The party posted a cropped photo showing only Bellegarde on their Twitter page which was also pulled.The photograph was taken by the Prime Minister’s Office and initially distributed after a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Bellegarde last month.The photo was posted on the Conservative party’s website Sunday, the AFN spokesperson confirmed.“The use of the picture was completely unauthorized. We were not asked if it could be used nor were we given any notice it would be used for such a purpose,” said Don Kelly, spokesperson for the AFN. “Had we been asked, we would have flatly refused. As soon as it came to our attention we called for it to be taken down immediately.”Conservative party spokesperson Cory Hann said the party posted the photo in “error” but quickly corrected the mistake.“The image was placed in error and once the error was realized the image was replaced,” said Hann.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt promotes the petition on the party website and asks for signatures in support of “more transparency for First Nation governments.”APTN National News asked Valcourt’s office whether the minister played a role in the decision to use Bellegarde’s image as part of the pitch for signatures. His office had not responded as of this article’s posting.The Conservative party first posted the petition on its website in December with the image of an inukshuk which is an iconic Inuit symbol. The Inuit are not impacted by the transparency legislation and are not identified as First Nations.The party has so far refused to reveal how many signatures the petition has attracted.Valcourt directed his department late last fall to take several First Nation communities to court for failing to comply with the legislation.Onion Lake Cree Nation is challenging the Act in Federal Court.Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash called the Conservative party “sickening” over its decision to launch the read more

Get ready for Bongzilla selfie frenzy at Vegas pot museum

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets.Las Vegas’ newest attraction — and Instagram backdrop — is a museum celebrating all things cannabis.Nobody will be allowed to light up at Cannabition when it opens Thursday because of a Nevada ban on public consumption of marijuana, but visitors can learn about the drug as they snap photos.It’s a made-for-social-media museum where every exhibit has lights meant to ensure people take selfies worthy of the no-filter hashtag.The facility — whose founder says has a goal of destigmatizing marijuana use — will likely land among the talking points officials and others use to try to draw gambling-resistant millennials to Sin City.It will welcome its first visitors almost 15 months after adults in Nevada began buying marijuana legally, with sales far exceeding state projections.“Our goal when people come out of this is that they don’t fear the cannabis industry if they are not believers in the industry,” founder J.J. Walker told The Associated Press. “Cannabition is not about just serving people that like marijuana, it’s about serving the masses that want to learn about cannabis and or just have fun and go do a cool art experience.”Guests will wander through 12 installations with rooms like “seed,” where people can lie down in a bed shaped like a marijuana seed, and “grow,” which features artificial plants in sizes ranging from inches to feet tall placed under bright lights to represent an indoor cannabis grow facility.Photo ops are also available under a glow-in-the-dark tree, next to a giant marijuana leaf meant to represent an edible gummy and by a 24-foot-tall (7-meter-tall) glass bong that’s dubbed “Bongzilla” and billed as the world’s largest.There is a space with taller-than-you faux buds representing different strains and another room with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s famous “Red Shark” Chevrolet Caprice.This museum in Las Vegas’ downtown entertainment district is not the Smithsonian of marijuana, but it has some educational components. Guests get an introduction from museum guides and some graphics on walls explain how concentrates are made and the differences between indica and sativa cannabis strains.Museums always evolve with the times to remain relevant, and audience engagement is an important goal for the facilities today, said Gwen Chanzit, director of museum studies in art history at the University of Denver. For those who remember very traditional, no-photography-allowed museums, she said, “that ship has sailed.”“Once cellphones became ubiquitous, the culture of museum visiting changed,” Chanzit said.Many of the facility’s exhibits are sponsored by cannabis companies, with their logos prominently displayed. It is common for museums to receive the support of corporations and to place their logo on a wall.Only adults 21 and older will be allowed at Cannabition. The tour is designed to last up to an hour.Walker, the founder, has invited reality TV stars, models and other influencers to Las Vegas for the weekend with the charge of spreading the word about the facility.As for those who buy a ticket but their Instagram followers are only in the dozens or hundreds, Walker said, “you’re still an influencer to your friends.”___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at complete AP marijuana coverage here: .last_img read more

In New York UN Headquarters opens doors this weekend for architecture lovers

Three 45-minute tours, the first intended especially for lovers of architecture, will be available on both Saturday and Sunday (at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30), led by an architect from the team responsible for the proposed renovation of the site.The General Assembly conference halls, which will also be shown on the tours, and the Security Council chamber are considered historic spaces, noteworthy for being “mid-century interpretations of the ancient concept of a legislative-style space,” according to a statement from the UN’s guided tour unit. Besides the Visitors’ Lobby – “an exhilarating space with a real 1950’s ‘boomerang’ design and a very unusual façade” – the less often seen Delegates’ Entrance will also be on the tour route.“The space, which has an unusual configuration, gives insight into how the many officials, employees and visitors at the UN are able to use the facility for various purposes, a reflection of the success of the original design concept,” the statement said. The UN was designed by a team of 11 eminent architects – collaboration being preferred over an international competition – led by American Wallace K. Harrison that began work in early 1947. The other team members were Nikolai D. Bassov, Gaston Brunfaut, Ernest Cormier, Charles E. Le Corbusier, Liang Seu-Cheng, Sven Markelius, Oscar Niemayer, Howard Robertson, G. A. Soilleux, and Julio Vilamajo. This weekend’s tours are the handiwork of openhousenewyork (OHNY), an educational organization devoted to sharing New York’s architectural, urban and historical development by providing access to significant sites. It was inspired by the success of similar events over the past decade in other cities, including London and Toronto. According to the guided tour unit, the tours are by reservation only and interested people can call 212-963-5420 to book a place. Children under the age of five will not be allowed to join. read more

UN forum highlights fundamental role of private sector in advancing new global

“Governments must take the lead in living up to their pledges. At the same time, I am counting on the private sector to drive success,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told more than 350 leaders of business, government, civil society as well as UN officials. “Now is the time to mobilize the global business community as never before. The case is clear. Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals will improve the environment for doing business and building markets. Trillions of dollars in public and private funds are to be redirected towards the SDGs, creating huge opportunities for responsible companies to deliver solutions.”The 17 SDGs are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to wipe out extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.“The SDGs are unprecedented in their ambition – but the fundamental ways that business can contribute remain unchanged,” Mr. Ban stated. “First, companies need to do business responsibly and then pursue new opportunities. In short, companies must not make our world’s problems worse before they try to make them better.”The Forum sought to increase understanding of efforts underway by the private sector and civil society, and provide a platform for the private sector to announce long-term goals and partnerships that will make an important contribution towards achieving sustainable development for all.It also featured the launch of a new tool – the SDG compass. “What the SDG compass is all about is, how can we make it easy for every business in the world to look at the SDGs, to align their strategies, to master and manage the things that are going to help contribute to those SDGs and to then be radically transparent about the progress we make,” said Peter Bagger, President & CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, as he introduced the new tool.The guide outlines five steps for companies to maximize their contribution to the global goals – understanding the SDGs, defining priorities, setting goals, then integrating, reporting and communicating on them.Meanwhile, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark underlined that the new sustainable development agenda cannot be achieved without business.“One of the most wonderful examples I think is what’s been happening in the palm oil sector,” she explained. “It’s been a sector which has struggled with the fact that a lot of the product has been procured from land which was deforested. Well not anymore because most of the procuring power for palm oil is now committed to deforestation-free supply chains, making a huge contribution to climate change mitigation, to biodiversity, to sustainability.” Business leaders also heard from the President of the 70th session of the General Assembly on how the new goals need to be communicated to professional communities worldwide. “We must mobilize a much larger and more varied set of financial resources than was relying on for meeting the [Millennium Development Goals],” said Mogens Lykketoft. “Of course, national governments will continue to have a primary responsibility for financing and managing their own development […] but it will not be enough.”He further noted that large companies as well as wealthy individuals need to pay their taxes where they earn their money, and that all countries should collaborate to build institutions that can manage the fight against corruption and tax evasion. Among the numerous speakers that addressed the Forum was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who highlighted the vital role that having access to technology can play. “Research shows that for every 10 people who gain access to the Internet, about one person gets lifted out of poverty,” he told the gathering.“By connecting more people in developing countries, we have an opportunity to create more than 140 million new jobs, lift 160 million people out of poverty, and give more than 600 million children access to affordable learning tools.” read more

South Sudan now worlds fastest growing refugee crisis – UN refugee agency

“A famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis,” the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Babar Baloch, told journalists at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. He added that “the rate of new displacement is alarming, representing an impossible burden on a region that is significantly poorer and which is fast running short of resources to cope.”Refugees from South Sudan are crossing the borders to the neighbouring countries. The majority of them go to Uganda where new arrivals spiked from 2,000 per day to 6,000 per day in February, and currently average more than 2,800 people per day.“The situation is now critical,” said Mr. Baloch, warning that recent rains are making the humanitarian situation more difficult. VIDEO: UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch warns that South Sudan is facing world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. The UN agency is reiterating its calls for financial support. Aid for South Sudanese refugees is only eight per cent funded at $781.8 million, and UNHCR’s funding appeal for Uganda urgently needs $267 million.The situation in Uganda is a “first and major test” of the commitments made at the Summit for Refugees and Migrants last September, the spokesperson said. RELATED: World leaders at UN summit adopt ‘bold’ plan to enhance protections for refugees and migrantsOne of the main achievements of the Summit was to create a refugee response framework that integrates humanitarian and development efforts. This translates into giving refugees land and allowing them to access job markets, for example. The situation of refugees in Uganda could impact how the UN and humanitarian partners are working to support national authorities in the other neighbouring countries – the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan.“No neighbouring country is immune,” said Mr. Baloch. ‘Security situation continues to deteriorate’Also today, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (UNMISS), David Shearer, warned that the security situation in the country is worsening, and national authorities are not taking action.“The situation in South Sudan continues to deteriorate and generate profound human suffering for the population of that country – suffering in which local and ethnic divisions have been exploited for political ends,” David Shearer told a meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council on South Sudan.He added that the recent escalation of fighting in Equatoria– considered the food basket of South Sudan – has led to a significant displacement of civilians and disrupted food production for the country. Intense fighting is also reported in the Upper Nile. Satellite imagery shows much of one town, Wau Shilluk, destroyed and deserted. The senior UN official reiterated concerns about the humanitarian situation in the country, calling the ongoing crisis “entirely man-made.” An estimated 100,000 people are facing starvation and an additional one million are classified as being on the brink of famine.Mr. Shearer, who is also the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the country, urged access for humanitarian organisations and the UN mission. read more

You Cant Opt Out Of Sharing Your Data Even If You Didnt

The Golden State Killer, who terrorized Californians from Sacramento to Orange County over the course of a decade, committed his last known murder in 1986, the same year that DNA profiling was used in a criminal investigation for the first time. In that early case, officers convinced thousands of men to voluntarily turn over blood samples, building a genetic dragnet to search for a killer in their midst. The murderer was eventually identified by his attempts to avoid giving up his DNA. In contrast, suspected Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo, who was apprehended just last week, was found through other people’s DNA — samples taken from the crime scenes were matched to the profiles his distant relatives had uploaded to a publicly accessible genealogy website.You can see the rise of a modern privacy conundrum in the 32 years between the first DNA case and DeAngelo’s arrest. Digital privacy experts say that the way DeAngelo was found has implications reaching far beyond genetics, and the risks of exposure apply to everyone — not just alleged serial killers. We’re used to thinking about privacy breaches as what happens when we give data about ourselves to a third party, and that data is then stolen from or abused by that third party. It’s bad, sure. But we could have prevented it if we’d only made better choices.Increasingly, though, individuals need to worry about another kind of privacy violation. I think of it as a modern tweak on the tragedy of the commons — call it “privacy of the commons.” It’s what happens when one person’s voluntary disclosure of personal information exposes the personal information of others who had no say in the matter. Your choices didn’t cause the breach. Your choices can’t prevent it, either. Welcome to a world where you can’t opt out of sharing, even if you didn’t opt in.Yonatan Zunger, a former Google privacy engineer, noted we’ve known for a long time that one person’s personal information is never just their own to share. It’s the idea behind the old proverb, “Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.” And as far back as the 1960s, said Jennifer Lynch, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, phone companies could help law enforcement collect a list of all the numbers one phone line called and how long the calls lasted. The phone records may help convict a guilty party, but they also likely call police attention to the phone numbers, identities and habits of people who may not have anything to do with the crime being investigated.But the digital economy has changed things, making the privacy of the commons easier to exploit and creating stronger incentives to do so.“One of the fascinating things we’ve now walked ourselves into is that companies are valued by the market on the basis of how much user data they have,” said Daniel Kahn Gillmor, senior staff technologist with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. A company can run along, not making a cent, but if it has a large user base and reams of private information about those users, then it’s valuable — and can be sold for millions. Companies that collect more data, keep that data, and use it to make connections between users are worth more. Sears, Roebuck and Co. may have been able to infer when you bought a gift from their catalog for a friend who lived in another town, but Amazon has more reason (and more ability) to use that information to build a profile of your friend’s interests.We all saw this in action in the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal. The privacy of the commons is how the 270,000 Facebook users who actually downloaded the “thisisyourdigitallife” app turned into as many as 87 million users whose data ended up in the hands of a political marketing firm. Much of the narrative surrounding that scandal has focused on what individuals should be doing to protect themselves. But that idea that privacy is all about your individual decisions is part of the problem, said Julie Cohen, a technology and law professor at Georgetown University. “There’s a lot of burden being put on individuals to have an understanding and mastery of something that’s so complex that it would be impossible for them to do what they need to do,” she said.Even if you do your searches from a specialized browser, tape over all your webcams and monitor your privacy settings without fail, your personal data has probably still been collected, stored and used in ways you didn’t intend — and don’t even know about.Companies can even build a profile of a person from birth based entirely on data-sharing choices made by others, said Salome Viljoen, a lawyer and fellow with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. Imagine new parents signing up for a loyalty card at their local pharmacy and then filling all of their child’s prescriptions there. The information collected every time they scan that loyalty card adds up to something like a medical history, which could later be sold to data brokers or combined with data bought from brokers to paint a fuller picture of a person who never consented to any of this.So does that mean that, in addition to locking down our own privacy choices, we need to police the choices of our friends and family? No, said Cohen, Gillmor and Viljoen. In fact, the privacy of the commons means that, in some cases, your data is collected in ways you cannot reasonably prevent, no matter how carefully you or anyone you know behaves.Take, for instance, Equifax, the credit-rating company that lost control of the data of 143 million people last year. Those people weren’t necessarily members of Equifax. Instead, the company collected data from other companies the people chose to do business with, and much of that business was stuff people can’t get by without, like renting or owning a home. Or, alternately, consider Facebook, again. That company has admitted it tracks the online behavior of people who never intentionally engage with it at all, thanks to partnerships with other websites. (Like many sites, FiveThirtyEight has this kind of partnership with Facebook. Our pages talk to the social network in several ways, including through ads and comments, and because of the embedded “Like” button.) If hounding every person you’ve ever cared about into adopting encryption tools like PGP sounded like fun, you’ll love living in a van down by the river with no internet access.1And I hope you’re prepared to buy the van with cash, because if you need credit, the credit check the dealer runs could hand your information to Equifax again.Instead, experts say these examples show that we need to think about online privacy less as a personal issue and more as a systemic one. Our digital commons is set up to encourage companies and governments to violate your privacy. If you live in a swamp and an alligator attacks you, do you blame yourself for being a slow swimmer? Or do you blame the swamp for forcing you to hang out with alligators?There isn’t yet a clear answer for what the U.S. should do. Almost all of our privacy law and policy is framed around the idea of privacy as a personal choice, Cohen said. The result: very little regulation addressing what data can be collected, how it should be protected, or what can be done with it. In some ways, Gillmor said, online privacy is where the environmental movement was back in the 1950s, when lots of big, centralized choices were hurting individuals’ health, and individuals had little power to change that. “I don’t even know if we have had our ‘Silent Spring’ yet,” he said. “Maybe Cambridge Analytica will be our ‘Silent Spring.’” read more

In the zone Johnsons 3point shooting keeps Buckeyes in Big Ten Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS — If the Ohio State women’s basketball team (20-9) goes on to win the Big Ten Tournament title, it will have senior guard Brittany Johnson to thank. During Friday night’s quarterfinal round game against No. 5-seeded Iowa (22-8), oft-relied-on sources of offense were less than reliable for the Buckeyes. It took senior center Jantel Lavender nearly 12 minutes to score her first points against the Hawkeyes. By game’s end, Lavender had made five of her nine field-goal attempts. She finished the night with 11 points — 11.6 points below her season average of 22.6 per game. OSU’s second-leading scorer, junior guard Samantha Prahalis, scored only seven points on 2-for-10 shooting from the field. Prahalis also fell short of her season average of 14.1 points per game. OSU coach Jim Foster said he wasn’t satisfied with the Buckeyes’ offensive output. “I thought we were a little careless with the ball,” Foster said. “We were forcing too much in the first half.” Johnson, however, was a scoring threat from the opening tip until the final buzzer. After opening up OSU’s scoring with back-to-back 3-pointers in the first half, Johnson put away the game with three more 3-pointers late in the second. There were a couple more threes in between as well. All told, Johnson made seven of 14 3-point attempts against Iowa and finished the game with a season-high 23-point performance. “I was just in the zone, I guess,” Johnson said. “I just wanted to step up and help my teammates out. That’s what I did.” After the game, Foster said Johnson played well on both sides of the court to lead OSU to the 71-61 win. “(Johnson’s) developed herself into being a great shooter,” Foster said. “I thought her defense tonight was every bit as exciting as the 3-point shots.” Even Hawkeyes coach Lisa Bluder had praise for Johnson. “(Johnson’s) a good player,” Bluder said. “You’ve got to know where she is all the time. She is a really, really good 3-point shooter.” Lavender might have summarized Johnson’s contribution to Friday’s victory most succinctly. “We have the utmost confidence in (Johnson’s) shot,” Lavender said. “She did a great job focusing tonight. That’s what we needed to win.” OSU continues Big Ten Tournament play with a semifinal round game against No. 1-seeded Michigan State (26-4) on Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse. read more

Thérapie génique une technique prometteuse pour soigner les maladies de la rétine

first_imgThérapie génique : une technique prometteuse pour soigner les maladies de la rétineDes chercheurs américains ont créé un nouveau virus qui permet, en quelques minutes et de façon non invasive, de fournir des gènes opérationnels à des cellules rétiniennes génétiquement défectueuses, et de traiter ainsi des maladies comme la rétinite pigmentaire.Au cours des six dernières années, plusieurs équipes de scientifiques ont traité avec succès des patients atteints de rétinite pigmentaire ou de dégénérescence maculaire – des maladies ophtalmiques héréditaires – grâce à une nouvelle thérapie génique. Celle-ci consiste à injecter directement dans leurs yeux un virus chargé de transporter un gène ‘normal’ qui va remplacer, dans la rétine, le gène défectueux responsable de la maladie. La méthode est cependant invasive et sa portée limitée.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Utiliser une aiguille à travers la rétine et injecter derrière celle-ci du virus issu d’ingénierie est une intervention chirurgicale risquée. Mais les médecins n’avaient pas le choix, car aucun virus de transfert de gènes ne pouvait parcourir tout le chemin [à faire] à l’arrière de l’œil pour atteindre les photorécepteurs – les cellules sensibles à la lumière qui ont besoin du gène thérapeutique”, a expliqué le Pr David Schaffer, de l’Université de Californie à Berkeley.Cependant, en 14 ans de recherche, ce spécialiste et son équipe ont généré environ 100 millions de variantes de virus transporteurs, dont 5 ont été retenues. Récemment, ils ont utilisé le meilleur de ces virus, baptisé 7M8, pour transporter des gènes dans l’œil de rongeurs et de singes malades. Injecté dans l’humeur vitrée, le virus génétiquement modifié a réussi, à chaque essai, à atteindre toutes les zones de la rétine et à y restaurer un fonctionnement presque normal.”[Cette technique] fournit des gènes même à une population de cellules délicates difficile à atteindre, d’une manière chirurgicalement non- invasive et sûre. Il s’agit d’une procédure de 15 minutes, et [le patient] a toutes les chances de rentrer à la maison le jour-même”, a indiqué le Pr Schaffer. Face à des résultats aussi prometteurs, “l’équipe collabore actuellement avec les médecins pour identifier les patients les plus susceptibles de bénéficier [des premiers] essais cliniques”, conclut-il.Le 23 juin 2013 à 11:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Working in Clark County Tamara Leibfarth executive chef owner of Simply Thyme

first_imgAs she entered her kitchen and employees were diligently focused on prepping orders of paleo meals for a client, Tamara “Tammy” Leibfarth yelled, “Corner! Corner! Corner!”Shouting “corner” is kitchen behavior to let other cooks know that you’re coming around a blind corner.Leibfarth isn’t in the kitchen as much these days, though — or at least trying not to be. As Simply Thyme Catering soars, the executive chef is spending more time on branding and securing accounts.Indeed, the executive chef has come a long way from her days working at the Yankee Doodle Inn in Toledo, Ohio. Her first post-high school restaurant job, now-shuttered Yankee Doodle would catalyze a long career in the food business. These days, Leibfarth, 58, can be found at her own shop on Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard. And although chefs are hard at work in the back making meals, it’s not for walk-in diners. Leibfarth works in the catering business — a world not quite as romanticized in popular culture as the cutthroat world of restaurant chef work.But to Leibfarth, it can be just as tough. Her staff of 11 people tackled 6,127 catering gigs in 2017. They’re the No. 1 catering company in Vancouver Business Journal’s annual Book of Lists, ahead of Chuck’s Produce & Street Market and The Heathman Lodge and Hudson’s Bar & Grill.In 2017, the business made $879,000 in sales from catering events.‘It knocks all the time’Leibfarth became passionate about cooking when she was a teenager in the 1970s.“I was cooking on Sundays for the family. I learned from my mom. She started a job so I took over that and I really loved it,” she said. After high school, she didn’t pursue culinary school. She took the jump-right-in-and-work-your-way-up route.last_img read more

Salmon Creek Farmers Market set for 10th year

first_imgAnn Foster didn’t know where things were headed when she started the Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market.Now, the market is returning for its 10th year on June 11, and the eighth year at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.“Its whole agenda is about giving small food and farm businesses another marketing opportunity,” Foster said.When the market started, it featured about a half-dozen produce vendors. That number has ballooned to as many as 30 vendors and growers from Clark County. The market offers live music during the lunch hour, but the focus is still on good local food.“It’s not a destination. There aren’t things for kids. There isn’t carnival food. There isn’t picnic tables. It’s for shopping,” Foster said. “It’s got a different feel to it.”Columbia River Sourdough Bakery and Red Truck Farm in Ridgefield are a couple of the local food establishments that had beginnings at the market. Foster said it’s always sad to see vendors leave, but she’s happy for their success and the springboard role the market played in it.“It’s got a very strong community vibe,” she said.The market offers credit, debit and EBT services, and Fresh Match matches up to $5 off an EBT transaction for purchases of fruits and vegetables, according to a market press release. Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks for seniors and for WIC clients are accepted, as well.Prepared food is always available at the market, according to the release, and growers include flower vendors, as well as farms offering perennials, annuals, and vegetable, berry and herb starts. Foster said all the farmers markets in Clark County care deeply about curating a space to feature great food grown locally.“We’re so devoted to giving space to local business,” she said. “We need to encourage that kind of growth in Clark County.”last_img read more

Inter Milan announce new deals for six players

first_imgInter Milan announced that six players have been awarded contract extensions this weekAmong these Nerazzurri players are defender Miranda along with midfield duo Antonio Candreva and Marcelo Brozovic.Miranda, who formerly played for Atletico Madrid and recently hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best player, has signed up for another two years at Inter.Meanwhile, Candreva has agreed to a three-year extension with Brozovic signing for a further four years at the San Siro.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.Inter also announced on their website that Dalbert, Roberto Gagliardini and Matias Vecino have also pledged their futures to them.Both Brozovic and Vecino have been selected as a starter by head coach Luciano Spalletti 13 times between them for Inter this season.Brozovic grabbed headlines this week for the way he famously thwarted Luis Suarez’s free-kick in Inter’s Champions League clash at Barcelona, which he now calls “The Crocodile Move”.The Nerazzurri will now turn their full focus to Monday’s trip to Lazio in the Serie A.last_img read more

ASA Talks Membership and Soybean Issues at Big Iron Show

first_imgNorth Dakota and Minnesota grower leaders discuss membership and other soybean related issues at the 2014 Big Iron Farm Show in Fargo, ND.Grower leaders headed to Fargo, N.D. this week to talk membership and soybean issues at the Big Iron show.The show features more than 900 booths, training sessions, demonstrations and opportunities for the agriculture industry to connect. Big Iron Farm Show is the largest farm show in the upper Midwest. This show is held annually in September at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.last_img read more

Harvest Moon Festival On Saturday

first_imgThere will also be demonstrations on how to get inspired to pickle, can, freeze and store locally-grown and wild-harvested foods for winter use. The Harvest Moon Local Food Festival will be from 10 am – 6 pm, September 15, at Soldotna Creek Park. See the full schedule of Harvest Moon events at Shannon Davis the Executive Director For the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “There’s going to be events happening all day long, farm and food vendors, speakers, and live music.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This Saturday will be the sixth annual Harvest Moon Local Food Festival, at Soldotna Creek Park. This is the Kenai Peninsula’s biggest local food celebration ever, with live music, guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, farm vendors, a “preserving the harvest” tent, food trucks featuring healthy, local ingredients, and all sorts of Alaska Grown and Made in Alaska food and wellness products.last_img read more