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Rabat – Saad Eddine Othmani government program for 2017-2021 announced Wednesday, the new government head unfolded his cultural agenda to support Moroccan culture by improving institutional quality and access and reconciling national heritage with the values of other cultures.“Given the importance of culture and its role in promoting the national identity and contributing to human development, the growth of Moroccan heritage and creativity, and the enhancement of the capacities of our country, the government will devote great importance to develop this area,” explained the government program.The program indicated a range of measures, including: The establishment of a national cultural strategy to strengthen communities through the provision of artistic and cultural platforms and activities.Launching a language policy to reinforce Morocco’s national languages, Arabic and Amazigh, protecting unity, ensuring diversity, and preserving dialects and Moroccan cultural expressions, while at the same time opening up to foreign languages and cultures.The provision and distribution of cultural institutions around the country in a just and supportive manner.Enriching the culture of reading among citizens and preserving national cultural heritage in its multiple dimensions.Conserving and cultivating cultural and natural heritage through the gradual launching of 511 selected sites and developing the legislative framework of historical and living cultural heritage.Gradually increasing the budget allocated to the cultural sector and laying the foundations of the national culture industry.Linking culture with religious and national values, highlighting the cultural symbols of Morocco’s past and present while opening up to universal values of other cultures. read more


8 April 2009The Prosecutor of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today welcomed the sentences handed down to three men who led a rebel movement during the most brutal phase of the West African nation’s decade-long civil war. The Prosecutor of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today welcomed the sentences handed down to three men who led a rebel movement during the most brutal phase of the West African nation’s decade-long civil war.“These sentences represent the gravity of the terrible atrocities for which these men have been held responsible,” said Stephen Rapp, Prosecutor of the Freetown-based SCSL. “Most importantly, they honour the victims, the thousands of men, women and children of Sierra Leone, who suffered because of the acts of these individuals.”Today’s sentencing follows the conviction in February of the former leaders of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) on charges relating to, among others, terrorism, murder, rape, sexual slavery and use of child soldiers, and, for the first time in history, forced marriage and attacks against peacekeepers.Former RUF Interim Leader Issa Hassan Sesay was sentenced to 52 years in prison, RUF commander Morris Kallon to 40 years and former RUF Chief of Security Augustine Gbao to 25 years.In announcing the sentences, the Trial Chamber said it has weighed the “scale and brutality” of the crimes committed and the “vulnerability, number and suffering of victims,” noting that “civilians had been shot, killed, beaten to death, burned alive, hacked to death, raped, mutilated and enslaved.”The Chamber also cited instances where men were disembowelled with their intestines used as checkpoints and civilians were forced to choose between saving their own lives or those of their families.The judges’ decisions have helped to “re-establish justice and the rule of law in Sierra Leone without which lasting peace and development is not possible,” Mr. Rapp stressed.The judgment and sentencing phases of all three of the Court’s Freetown-based trials is over, and the trial against former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who has plead not guilty to the 11 counts of counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other violations of international humanitarian law, is under way in The Hague. read more


Fijian authorities indicated that the public emergency regulation would be lifted by the coming weekend, according to media reports earlier this week.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban welcomed the step and stressed “that it is essential that Fiji’s authorities and all Fijian stakeholders engage in a constructive process of dialogue towards an inclusive election at the earliest.”Commodore Josaia V. Bainimarama, the Prime Minister of Fiji, took power in a coup d’état in 2006. Last year, during an address to the General Assembly’s annual General Debate, he outlined details of a political road map – which includes the drafting of a new constitution – leading to national elections by September 2014. 4 January 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announcement by Fiji that it will lift the state of emergency imposed in 2009, calling it a “positive step” towards restoring constitutional order in the South Pacific archipelago. read more


by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 16, 2016 8:52 am MDT Last Updated Aug 16, 2016 at 4:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Couche-Tard on cusp of deal to buy CST Brands, says published report MONTREAL – Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard says it’s in talks about potential acquisitions but would not confirm a published report that it could be on the cusp of reaching a deal to purchase rival CST Brands.The Wall Street Journal reports the deal — which would bolster Couche-Tard’s position as one of North America’s largest convenience store chains — could be announced as early as this week and would be worth at least US$3.4 billion, the market value of the Texas-based company.The paper cites sources familiar with the matter.However, WSJ warns other bidders — rumoured to include 7-Eleven, Marathon Petroleum, OXXO or a private-equity firm — could ultimately prevail.Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B), which operates the Circle K brand, has about 7,900 locations in North America, behind leader 7-Eleven. CST Brands has more than 2,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada.In a news release issued at the request of the Toronto Stock Exchange, the company confirmed that it’s in discussions with unnamed third parties about possible business transactions.“No formal agreements have been reached. There is no assurance that transactions will result from any of these discussions,” it said in a news release.“Couche-Tard reiterates that it will maintain its disciplined approach to acquisition opportunities to create value for its shareholders.”Chief executive Brian Hannasch said earlier this year that recent acquisitions, including the Esso retail network, don’t prevent the company from pursuing other acquisition targets such as CST Brands — which in March said it was conducting a strategic review that could include selling its network.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets expects the transaction would face Competition Bureau challenges, especially in Quebec, where Couche-Tard has about 800 stores and CST has 533 locations. In Ontario, it has some 1,000 stores while CST has 146 locations.“Nonetheless, an analysis of the potential combination of CST’s footprint in Canada and U.S. and that of Couche-Tard remains intriguing,” she wrote in a report.Nattel said the deal could provide cost savings, including better inside-store supply terms, more efficient gas margin/volume management, reduced corporate overhead and increased market presence.However, Nattel said that existing long-term fuel supply agreements with Valero/Ultramar would appear to offset cost savings from a renegotiated fuel supply agreement.After failing in its public battle a few years ago to acquire Casey’s General Stores, Couche-Tard has preferred “done deals” over public market transactions, she added.Couche-Tard has been a consolidator in the convenience-store sector. Last year, it bought American retailer The Pantry’s 1,500 locations for about US$1.7 billion, including US$840 million for capital leases and debt.It operates convenience stores in Canada, the U.S. and Europe under the Couche-Tard, Mac’s, Kangaroo Express, Topaz, Ingo and Circle K brands. The company earned US$1.2 billion on US$34.1-billion of sales last year, compared to US$11.4-billion of revenues by CST.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Alimentation Couche-Tard’s shares closed up 3.14 per cent to $62 on 1.1-million shares in Tuesday trading.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. read more


Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller has re-injured his shoulder at practice after saying he was “100 percent” Monday morning, a source close to the team told The Lantern TV Monday evening.According to the source, Miller is expected to undergo an MRI on Tuesday.The severity of the injury, as well as how long Miller will be out, was not yet clear as of Monday night.The quarterback has been hurt more than once. Here’s a look at The Lantern’s coverage of his injuries.


Ohio State then-freshman Tre Leclaire maintains possession of the ball in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterAfter being pushed out of the NCAA’s top 20 for the first time this season following Saturday’s 12-7 loss to No. 5 Denver, the now-unranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team must clash with No. 4 Notre Dame and prove it has what it takes to make it back.The Buckeyes have lost two games in the past two weeks and are 5-3 on a season that began with a three-game win-streak. The imposing Fighting Irish are 4-2 with wins against Denver and No. 10 Virginia, but they are also coming off Wednesday’s 13-12 loss to Michigan. Notre Dame’s impressive offense boasts sophomore midfielder Bryan Costabile and junior attack Ryder Garnsey who scored three and five goals, respectively, in the team’s close game against the Wolverines. Costabile’s hat-trick was his third of the season, while Garnsey added one more to his six career hat-tricks. Notre Dame senior defenseman John Sexton and senior attack Mikey Wynne were named the ACC’s Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively, and are forces Ohio State will have to contend with in its upcoming tilt with Notre Dame.The Buckeyes will need to rely on big performances from their key players to keep up with a solid Irish team. Ohio State freshman attack J.T. Bugliosi scored two goals against the Pioneers Saturday, while five other Buckeyes recorded goals. Sophomore attack Tre Leclaire had two assists in the game, tying his season high. Offensive and defensive efforts alike will need to work in tandem to keep the Irish at bay. The Buckeyes expect to play under sunny skies on Sunday when they welcome the Fighting Irish for a noon faceoff at Ohio Stadium. read more


The son of Alex Younger, the head of MI6, has been killed in an accident on a Scottish estate.Sam Younger, 22, who was the middle child of the intelligence chief, died in the early hours of Saturday morning on a private estate in Stirlingshire, according to Police Scotland.It is understood the Edinburgh University student died in a car crash, but police declined to give any further details, other than to say there were no suspicious circumstances.Police Scotland also declined to name the Scottish estate where the accident took place.Mr Younger, 55, and his wife, along with their two other children, aged 24 and 20, appealed for privacy to grieve and celebrate the life of their “wonderful, fun loving son”.Sam was a former pupil of Dulwich College in south London, where he played rugby for first XV. Alex Younger was appointed head of MI6 in November 2014  A statement from Police Scotland said: “Police Scotland can confirm that Sam Younger, a 22-year-old student from Edinburgh University, has died following an accident involving a motor vehicle on a private estate in Stirlingshire on Saturday 30th March 2019.”The family have provided that they wish privacy and space to remember and celebrate their wonderful son.”The death is being treated as unexplained, however there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course, as is standard procedure.” Sam played for Dulwich College’s first XV rugby team Sam Younger was described as a highly talented sportsman A former economics graduate and British army officer, Mr Younger, joined the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in 1991 and was stationed as an operational officer in various locations around Europe and the Middle East.After rising through the ranks, he became a senior operational officer in Afghanistan, based there during the war. Another statement on Twitter, referring to the school colours, added: “He was black and blue until he died – loved every brick of the place.”Kieran Oberman, senior political philosophy lecturer at Edinburgh University, and Sam’s personal tutor, said: “Sam was a lovely student, always warm and friendly. He seemed confident and excited about the future. We are devastated by the tragic news of his death and our thoughts are with his family and friends.” He was appointed head of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in November 2014, becoming the 16th person to lead MI6, but the first to be officially named.Like all his predecessors, he is known by his colleagues as ‘C’, and writes only in green pen when working on official documents.Mr Younger is a descendant of William Younger, founder of the Edinburgh brewers, which bore his name, and which eventually became Scottish and Newcastle.His grandfather was Henry Johnston Younger, who was killed in action at St Valery-en-Caux on 12 June 1940.CORRECTION: Contrary to what was originally stated in this article, MI6 chief Alex Younger’s grandfather was not the 3rd Viscount Younger of Leckie and there is therefore no link to the family of the late George Younger, Defence Secretary in the late 1980s. Nor did the death of Sam Younger occur on the Leckie Estate in Stirlingshire as readers might have understood. We apologise for any distress caused by these errors, which have been corrected.  Sam played for Dulwich College's first XV rugby team Sam Younger was described as a highly talented sportsman Sam Younger was a pupil at Dulwich college Alex Younger was appointed head of MI6 in November 2014  The public school, where old boys are known as Old Alleynians, after the founder Edward Alleyn, paid tribute to him.The Old Alleynians Association said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Sam Younger (OA 2006 – 2015). Sam died in a car accident in Scotland in the early hours of Saturday morning.”A selfless, big hearted, fun loving and committed Alleynian, and Old Alleynian, we offer heartfelt condolences to Sam’s  family and friends.” His family issued a photograph summing up his adventurous spirit, which featured him on an overseas motorcycle trip in 2017.Sam was born in Vienna in 1996, at a time when his father was stationed there with MI6. Sam Younger was a pupil at Dulwich college Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more


first_imgAustralian mining companies are employing a debatable and ill-defined concept to justify their presence in local communities, University of Melbourne research has established. “Mining companies are increasingly claiming to have a ‘social licence’ to operate in certain areas because of perceived benefits to the local community,” according to public policy analyst Dr Sara Bice. “But claims to this ‘licence’ are misleading because the term isn’t formally defined anywhere in law.”Dr Bice’s report, What Gives You A Social Licence?, is published in the current edition of the academic journal, Resources.The study examines how mining companies — including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Xstrata and MGM — conceptualise and define their own ‘social licence’, and voices concerns about how these ‘licences’ are applied in practice.“A traditional licence involves one party empowering another based upon certain conditions and responsibilities. But there are no established criteria for how mining companies and communities might broker a so-called ‘social license’.“Equally, there are no clear rules for how one might be revoked,” she said.Bice, who is based at the University’s Melbourne School of Government, said this lack of clarity negatively affects both resources companies and communities.“The language of licensing leads to confusion. It suggests a formality, and even regulation, which does not exist. In reality, a ‘social licence’ is purely metaphorical.”Bice argues both parties would benefit from greater clarity. “For corporations, better clarity on what their social licence really entails can help quell the ‘vocal minority’ who may engineer a backlash against operations,” she said.“At the same time, clear criteria would protect local communities from big corporations who may claim to hold a licence for which minimum standards have not been set.”last_img read more


first_imgSergeant Campbell should have been warned, which would have allowed him to vary his routine. Police could have mounted visible police patrols in the area and if necessary posted him to an area where the threat would have been diminished or removed. None of this was donePSNI Deputy Chief Constable Alistair Finlay said that the Ombudsman’s report “makes difficult reading”.“It is clear there were significant shortcomings in the RUC handling of information prior to the murder and in both subsequent police investigations into Sgt Campbell’s murder. And for that, I am truly sorry,” he said.More than 30 retired RUC officers provided information to the Police Ombudsman as part of the report but Finlay noted his disappointment that “a number of retired officers felt unable to engage with this Police Ombudsman’s investigation”.Read: Ombudsman finds ‘no evidence’ that RUC involved in murder attempt on Gerry Adams >Read: Gerry Adams: ‘Laissez faire’ comments reflect what is recorded by Smithwick Tribunal > THE MURDER OF a Catholic RUC officer in 1977 could have been prevented by senior officers a report by the North’s Police Ombudsman has concluded.The report into the death of Sergeant Joe Campbell has found that the RUC were aware of specific threats to his life but did not warn him about it.Futhermore, the report found that warnings about the threats were not passed on to detectives who investigated his subsequent murder.Sgt Campbell was shot on the evening of 25 February 1977 as he locked the main gates of the Cushendall Police Station in Co Antrim and died a short time later.In his report, Police Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire said that senior police officers throughout the RUC were aware of documented concerns over Sgt Campbell’s life and “failed to act upon them”:last_img read more


first_img Image: RollingNews.ie By Garreth MacNamee 18,850 Views http://jrnl.ie/3238847 147 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share464 Tweet Email center_img Ibrahim Halawa’s trial has been delayed for a 19th time He remains in custody without trial. Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 1:30 PM Updated 12.40pmIBRAHIM HALAWA TODAY has had his 19th trial date delayed – three years after he was arrested for taking part in a political demonstration.Halawa was arrested and detained at a protest in Cairo in August 2013 held in support of the Muslim Brotherhood which had been ousted from power by the Egyptian military.He is charged with attempted murder but no evidence has ever been presented in his case. Amnesty International has also said it has seen no evidence against him.Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan said she is frustrated at the lack of progress in Halawa’s case. Boylan added that relations with Egypt “cannot continue while Ibrahim is imprisoned”.She said: “Today, Ibrahim faces his 19th trial hearing, having spent over 3 years of his young life behind bars. The 21-year-old has been convicted of no crime and his arbitrary detention and participation in a mass trial violates both Egyptian and international law.” Ibrahim in prison. Source: Somaia HalawaBoylan said there are a number of options open to President Sisi to release Ibrahim, including the presidential decree and the youth amnesty but in order for him to do so, he must be left in no doubt that normal relations between Ireland and Egypt are threatened.Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said that he was “deeply disappointing”.“I am deeply disappointed that this case has again been delayed and I am concerned for Ibrahim to whom we are providing ongoing consular care. Ireland’s Ambassador to Egypt, Damien Cole, was present in the court for today’s hearing and he has given me a report on the hearing.“Ambassador Cole’s report indicates that notwithstanding this adjournment, the judges have indicated a clear desire to move this case forward. Following petitions from defence lawyers today, the hearing was put back to 22 March.”Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin said the delay was disappointing.“This is a bitterly disappointing blow for Ibrahim after the visit of the Oireachtas delegation recently. We now know that Ibrahim will be returned home to Ireland as soon as his trial finishes, but this is a very hollow promise if a trial never happens. It is vitally important that this process is brought to an end.”With reporting by Paul HosfordRead: Irish rugby fan arrested in Italy after ‘trying to grab soldier’s machine gun’ >Read: ‘Nudity isn’t a problem’: Playboy magazine is bringing back pictures of naked women > Feb 14th 2017, 1:30 PM Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more


first_imgThe 5 at 5: Thursday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #FRESH START: Having left the Social Democrats, Stephen Donnelly is joining Fianna Fáil and will be their new Brexit spokesperson.2. #DEEPLY INTEGRATED: The UK government published its long-awaited white paper on Brexit, with its relationship with Ireland forming a key part of the document.3. #COURTS: Gardaí never investigated the destruction of documents in the investigation of alleged crimes by former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick.4. #DUMB: US President Donald Trump and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull have debated over a refugee deal struck between the two countries in November.5. #JNLR: The latest radio figures are out – and we’ve sifted through the listenership numbers behind Ireland’s biggest radio shows.Comments have been closed as a case is ongoing. Feb 2nd 2017, 4:49 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 9,179 Views No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3219575 Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 4:49 PM Share Tweet Email Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodhalast_img read more


first_imgEco-Emballages et Adelphe continuent de recycler Les sociétés Eco-Emballages et Adelphe viennent d’obtenir un nouvel agrément les autorisant à continuer à prendre en charge les déchets ménagers, et ce jusqu’en décembre 2016.   Eco-Emballages et Adelphe ont obtenu officiellement l’autorisation de poursuivre leur mission de recyclage des déchets d’emballage ménagers, révèle l’AFP. Le ministère de l’Ecologie et de l’Environnement a donné cet agrément dans le but de continuer sur la voie fixée par le Grenelle 2 de l’environnement qui demande à ce que 75% des déchets soient recyclés contre 63% à l’heure actuelle. D’autres aménagements doivent intervenir : des aides financières versées aux entreprises seront calculées suivant le respect ou non de critères de fabrication écologique de leurs produits. De plus, le coût de gestion des déchets d’emballages ménagers ainsi que la contribution des matériaux permettant d’atteindre le taux 75% recherchés par le ministère seront pris en compte.Le 3 janvier 2011 à 19:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgKim Gumera of Unalaska kicking at 110″. Gumera won the award for Best Overall Male Athlete. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)The 45th Annual Native Youth Olympics wrapped up in Anchorage this weekend. More than 500 athletes from the furthest corners of the state were joined for the first time in decades by a foreign delegation, a team from the Yukon Territory in Canada. The tournament continues to grow, which organizers believe is a reflection of more deliberate efforts to promote traditional values across the state.Download AudioThe seal-hop is one of 10 events jammed into three days of competition, held for the first time ever on the arena floor of the Alaska Airlines Center. And while it’s thrilling, it can be hard to watch high-schoolers in push-up pose bounce on knuckles and fists for dozens of feet before collapsing. It’s supposed to hurt.“Seal hop is an endurance game,” explained Marjorie Tahbone, a coach from Nome and former NYO champion. “It also is a game that tests your ability to handle pain.”The NYO games are adaptations of traditional practices and competitions rooted in subsistence.“If you can imagine a long time ago, the young hunters would have to go out and they would have to stalk the seal, and they would have to get as close as possible in order to harpoon it,” Tahbone said, “the seal-hop was invented just for that purpose.”The games were a way for hunters to keep their bodies in shape during the cold, dark winter months. Some, like the Indian stick-pool, were good practice for the strong wrists you need grabbing salmon by the tail on a fish wheel. Others have evolved to carry different lessons. The one foot high kick was originally a way to signal a successful hunt from far across the sea ice.Though nowadays, Tahbone said, the real lesson is concentration, “Which was and is still is so important to surviving out in the Arctic when you’re hunting, and when you’re waiting for that seal patiently and trying to stay focused. Because if you don’t pay attention you’re going to miss it, you’re going to lose your chance to feed your family, you’re going to miss it. And that directly applies to our life now.”Tahbone and many of her fellow coaches believe the games are a way of protecting and reinforcing the value system that was built into the subsistence cultures spread across Alaska. And though the hunting methods have changed, the values are durable.“The games still definitely connect us to the way we hunt today,” said Nick Hanson, who has coached in Unalakleet for six years, “it is driven by the ancestors and by the traditions that we’ve held for years and years and years, but we now hunt with boats and guns instead of ice-hopping…but we still want the other hunter in the boat to be just as strong as we are, we still want to share what we catch with our community, and that’s what the games are all about.”Nick Hanson using his third jump on blanket-toss to exhibit control and focus during a backflip, and sticking the landing. (Photo: Hanna Craig, Alaska Public Media)Hanson is a bit of an NYO super-star. He holds records, received an award this year for embodying traditional values, and even did a back-flip during the blanket-toss. He’s also appearing next month on the TV show American Ninja Warrior. But the athletics for him are just a fringe-benefit to the cultural connections that are part the games. One of his athletes, Makiyan Ivanoff, a senior in the Bering Strait School District, thinks NYO is different from other sports he plays because fundamentally it’s not about competition.“I mean we’re competing against each other,” Ivanoff said after winning one-foot high kick, “but everybody is trying to max out, and everybody wants each other to max out and do their best.”Makiyan Ivanoff studying the target before making his first-place kick at 110 inches. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)At the end of the tournament, Ivanoff also took home the Sportsmanship award.Nicole Johnston is one of the chief organizers for the NYO, and held the record for women’s two-foot high kick for 25 years. Since her days competing, the tournament has tripled in size, in part because Alaskans are working more deliberately to protect Native values.“People are a lot more concerned about preserving the culture now, with Western influences or influences from the Lower 48–they want to make sure that everybody is holding on to what they’ve learned from their elders,” Johnston said between hugs from athletes, parents, and coaches after the awards ceremony. “The games have actually grown because of that.”Even the podium stresses the value of mutual strength. The top spot is too high to climb up without help from someone you beat on your way to the top.last_img read more


first_imgSalmon scientist, Megan McPhee. (in red jacket) leads a group on a field trip to a salmon spawning stream near Petersburg as part of the Rainforest Festival. (Photo by Angela Denning/KFSK)The 11th annual Rain Forest Festival wrapped up in Petersburg this weekend. This year’s theme focused on salmon. There were many workshops and field trips on and off the water.Listen nowAbout 20 miles south of Petersburg by road, a few Chinook salmon are slowly swimming in a very shallow gravel creek. They’re not looking very fresh at this point.Megan McPhee is leading our small group. She’s with the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.“Oh, there’s digging right there, you see the female on her side?” McPhee said. “She’s flopping and so what she’s doing is digging a depression in the gravel. And that does two things. It makes a little hole that she could put the eggs in. And also you’ll notice when she does that you’ll see a cloud of silt come up in the water and then float away. So it cleans the silt out of the water.”Too much silt isn’t good for the eggs because it can suffocate them.Salmon are an unusual fish because while most species take days to weeks for their eggs to hatch, salmon take months. They overwinter in the gravel. Today, the effort to nest the eggs is everything these salmon are living for.“They’re hormones are just going nuts, their stress hormones are off the charts,” McPhee said. “Their body’s decomposing, their immune system’s gone. They start to get covered in fungus because their scales reabsorb into their bodies so they have calcium in their bodies and they, yeah, they just fall apart. It’s really interesting and kind of sad.”McPhee gave the festival’s keynote address at the town’s auditorium. She’s done a lot of salmon research around Alaska and has studied why salmon are smaller than they used to be. She says there likely several reasons why. One is because they’re returning to spawn at a younger age. Studies show that salmon are growing faster and returning to spawn earlier. And that makes them smaller.“So it’s kind of a paradox,” McPhee said. “A faster growing fish will actually be among the smaller of the adults because they surpass a threshold for size at an earlier age where their internal status tells them it’s time to mature.”Another reason could be an increase in predators targeting larger salmon specifically, like killer whales and salmon sharks. There are a lot of unknowns. She says there’s much more research that needs to be done.Salmon Scientist, Megan McPhee, talks to a field trip group about a spawned out Chinook salmon in a creek near Petersburg as part of the Rainforest Festival. (Photo by Angela Denning)But just today’s information alone has taught Arian Pregenzer a lot about salmon. She’s visiting the Rainforest Festival from New Mexico.“Any little thing– you can ask question–and they’re telling you stuff and so your mind starts generating more questions,” Pregenzer said.Petersburg resident Lori Dial says she’s learned a lot too.“The most amazing thing about salmon is how they can find their way back,” Dial said.“The olfactory map,” Pregenzer chimes in.“Yeah, they smell,” Dial said. “But you know, I couldn’t find my way back based on that. That’s amazing.”It’s relatively easy to study salmon when they’re spawning here in a creek but it’s much harder when they’re hundreds of miles away in the deep ocean. There’s a real lack of data for that part of their lives. McPhee says a big challenge is the technology to track the fish. Some tagging projects have actually attracted salmon sharks to the fish because of the large batteries they’re carrying. So, really, what could help is a better power source for the tags.“If you could somehow use the energy of the fish-swimming-muscles to somehow recharge something that would maybe work,” McPhee said, laughing. “But I’m not an engineer so I’m talking nonsense!”In any case, McPhee says what is definitely needed is an international effort in ocean-going surveys, having a lot of people in a lot of places working on the same goal. To find out what does happen to the salmon out there. And then they can share that knowledge with the public in a festival like this.The Rainforest Festival was held in Petersburg September 6-9last_img read more


first_imgUS-based online retailer Amazon announced plans to invest $2 billion more in India on Wednesday, after Flipkart revealed the funding of $1 billion the previous day.Amazon entered India in June and has been employing fresh graduates and launching same-day delivery plans, along with new attractive schemes, to boost their business.”With this additional investment of US $2 billion, our team can continue to think big, innovate, and raise the bar for customers in India. At current scale and growth rates, India is on track to be our fastest country ever to a billion dollars in gross sales,” Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, stated in a press release.”A big ‘thank you’ to our customers in India – we’ve never seen anything like this,” he added.Amazon on Monday said it will increase its presence in the country by coming up with five more warehouses, and almost doubling its storage capacity to half a million square feet.”It’s all about who builds up scale faster and remains relevant for the next few decades,” Reuters quoted Harminder Sahani, managing director of retail consultancy Wazir Advisors.Indian online retail business is expanding at an annual growth rate of 34 percent. Amazon sold goods worth $1.6 billion last year and it is expected to touch a revenue of $76 billion by 2021, according to research firm Forrester and Technopak.Earlier this month, the Indian government had proposed allowing FDI in retail during union budget presentation. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed allowing foreign retailers, who manufacture products in the country, to sell through online platforms, a step towards easing overseas investment in the country’s $13 billion e-commerce industry.last_img read more


first_imgThe logo of Samsung is seen on a building during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, SpainREUTERS/Yves HermanLooking to further cement its position in India, South Korean tech major Samsung on Tuesday set up what is arguably the world’s largest mobile experience centre in Bengaluru, barely two months after it opened its biggest mobile factory in Noida.According to Mohandeep Singh, Senior Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India, the tech major is looking to become a part of the larger community in Bengaluru and this (experience centre) is an extension of the firm’s “Make for India” endeavor.”We are looking at more number of such experience centres in the country. We are looking at covering all the big cities in India over a period of time with such centres,” Singh told IANS.However, he did not mention a timeline for the launch of other such centres in India.Bengaluru’s iconic Opera House on Brigade Road was given a facelift to turn it into “Samsung Opera House” that brings together technology, lifestyle, and innovation to offer a unique experience to users and prospective buyers.The centre would offer Virtual Reality (VR), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) experiences and for the first time in India, enthusiasts would be able to enjoy VR experiences such as the “4D Sway Chair” or the “Whiplash Pulsar 4D chair” that makes 360-degrees three-dimensional movements.The tech giant would also showcase its full line-up of smartphones and wearable devices at the experience centre along with flagship consumer electronics products such as the QLED TV, Smart TVs, “The Frame”, and “Family Hub” refrigerators.The centre would also house a home appliance zone which would have a kitchen set-up where a chef would give live cooking demonstrations using Samsung smart ovens.Also, this would be the biggest-ever display of Samsung accessories such as cases, covers and power banks at the “Samsung Opera House” wherein prospective buyers would be offered customization options for accessories.”They would be given choices such as the installation of military strength skins for screen protection and 360-degree body protection (for phones). They can also get laser engraving done of any design or content on the mobile covers they choose,” the company added.”Samsung Opera House” would also house a range of Harman Kardon, JBL and Samsung audio products.In June last year, the South Korean tech major announced a Rs 4,915 crore investment to expand its Noida plant and, after a year, the new facility is ready to double production.The company is currently making 67 million smartphones in the country and with the new plant being functional, it is expected to manufacture nearly 120 million mobile phones.Samsung dominated the premium smartphone segment in India in the first half of 2018 with 48 per cent market share, a report from(CMR) said on 17 August.last_img read more


first_imgI couldn’t be MORE excited! Hey @grantgust, I’m a BADASS!!! https://t.co/QU3ZvIw0AV— Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) November 17, 2016 Stay on target Genre Easter egg Greg Grunberg has been cast in a reoccurring role on CW’s The Flash and is set to make his debut this week.Grunberg, who is a familiar face in sci-fi circles–he’s probably best known for his role on Heroes and for his cameos in J.J. Abrams projects–will be playing Detective Tom Patterson from the Central City Police Department. Patterson is described as “a gruff, stalwart figure” who is “unwavering in his commitment to protecting Central City from the dangerous metas that threaten it.”Although isn’t that similar to Tom Felton’s character Julian? It’ll be interesting to see how Patterson will contribute to ongoing conflicts within the CCPD, especially when one of their CSI technicians is the Flash.Over the past week, Grunberg has expressed his excitement for his “badass” role. Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Uh, did someone say Baddass @CW_TheFlash ??? pic.twitter.com/Xjxo31rJys— Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) November 17, 2016The episode airing this week is the seventh in season three, called “Killer Frost.” The episode was helmed by returning guest director Kevin Smith, who co-hosts Geeking Out with Grunberg. He directed the season two episode “The Runaway Dinosaur,” which was one of the strongest episodes last season.The official synopsis for the episode says we’ll finally be seeing some consequences to one of the major stories this season has been building up to Caitlin Snow’s slow transformation into Killer Frost:“Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) uses her powers to save Barry (Grant Gustin), but as her mother predicted, the effort unleashes her inner Killer Frost. Killer Frost goes on a rampage looking for Dr. Alchemy, kidnapping Julian (Tom Felton) and battling both The Flash and Vibe (Carlos Valdes). Meanwhile, Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) have a heart to heart talk.”The Flash airs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays on the CW. If you’re looking to catch up, you can purchase seasons one and two on Blu-ray.last_img read more


first_imgMake your wardrobe winter ready with some of the smart choices that will never go out of trend. Stylists are sharing some tips on winter outfits to stir your wardrobe.-Tucked in a sweater: This winter you can flaunt your fit and toned tummy even through sweaters. Keeping the fitness factor aside, this trend is quite adorable. The tucked-in and belted sweater style give a more modern and a clean look. You can tuck them into jeans, skirts, trousers or even under a skinny belt. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Pagoda shoulders: Everybody knows that shoulder pads are making a huge comeback this year. But another trend brewing within is that of pagoda shoulders. This style had fallen out of fashion, but now they are making a resurgence. Pagoda Shoulder has a convex line with an elevated outer edge. We have seen them on sweaters, dresses, jackets and dresses, basically, everywhere.-Leather on leather: After the success of denim on denim, now the fashion trends are all about leather on leather. Let go of pairing a leather jacket with jeans or a leather skirt with a satin top. This fall-winter fashion, wearing head-to-toe leather outfits will be in vogue. You can even mix colours, like pairing black with burgundy or brown. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Animal print: This winter there is no escaping from an animal-inspired pattern. The leopard print has always been the hero and hailed by many. The brown sporty patterns are considered to be very versatile. Those who want more of ‘wear it whole day piece’, then invest in a leopard print midi skirt and you will not regret it. -Shades of brown: Despite being shunned by many for some years, this Fall-Winter season, Brown has become the most dominant shade. From trench coat to jumpsuit to zip coat, all styles have gone wild for brown in all its hues. You can simply layer a shirt or jacket over a fine black roll-neck and you’ve nailed.-New way of layering: There are some pretty interesting layering ideas going on in the fashion industry. Few simple styles can be incorporated in our daily life like a new way to fasten your old scarf and trench coat together. For a more elegant yet a chic look you can layer a wool coat on top of a denim jacket.-Scarf prints: The trend of turning a classic silk foulards into slinky dresses and tops has picked up really fast. You no longer need to tie down a scarf to your neck, the trend is making its way to shirts, skirts and dress.last_img read more


first_imgNews | September 15, 2014 ASTRO and AANS Join Forces to Launch Stereotactic Radiosurgery Patient Registry Comprehensive data bank will inform national treatment benchmarks for SRS News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Cardio-oncology | July 29, 2019 Statins Reduce Stroke, Cardiovascular Risk in Cancer Patients Following Radiation Cancer patients taking cholesterol-lowering statin medication following radiation therapy of the chest, neck or head… read more Related Content September 15, 2014 — The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) are partnering to launch and support a national registry for stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) treatments. The SRS patient registry will define national patterns of care in radiosurgery, with an eye to improving healthcare outcomes, supporting informed decision-making and potentially lowering the cost of care for patients. The registry project will gather data from 30 diverse, high-volume sites with data specific to SRS during the next three years. The registry will log de-identified SRS treatment information of thousands of patients affected by brain metastases, benign brain tumors and arteriovenous malformations.“AANS and ASTRO have begun a national prospective radiosurgical registry. The registry underscores the commitment by AANS and ASTRO to enhancing quality care for our patients. It also provides new opportunities for achieving major advances in the management of patients with complex problems such as brain tumors, vascular malformations and functional disorders, which is why the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) is also providing support,” said Jason Sheehan, M.D., Ph.D., FAANS, Harrison Distinguished Professor and vice-chair of neurological surgery at the University of Virginia.ASTRO Health Policy Council Chair and a radiation oncologist at the University of Colorado, Denver, Brian Kavanagh, M.D., MPH, added, “ASTRO is excited to partner with AANS for this important project. Radiosurgery is one of the most important, high-value services we can provide to a wide range of patients for an assortment of benign and malignant cancers. The registry will give us ’big data’ that we can use to refine our current technical and patient selection guidelines with the nuanced observations that can only be derived from large patient cohorts who are followed prospectively in a registry platform.”SRS is a minimally invasive approach utilizing imaging guidance and stereotactic principles to deliver radiation to targeted cells within the body, and it has become an important part of the neurosurgical resources for the treatment of brain metastases, benign brain tumors and arteriovenous malformations.ASTRO and AANS will lead the Scientific Advisory Committee charged with providing strategic oversight for the registry, including but not limited to identifying and approving contributing sites that will participate; developing the plan for data collection; managing the data collection issues; developing plans for data analysis and managing data analysis issues; review and analysis of statistical reports; development of policies and procedures for responding to requests for access to registry data; and for review and approval of the publication or public presentation of data, results or conclusions resulting from the project.Analysis of the de-identified patient data will be scientifically published, and the fully de-identified data elements will subsequently be made available in the public domain. This transparency is important to the registry and will likely stimulate secondary publications beyond what is published by the Scientific Advisory Committee.Major sponsorship for the project has been provided by BrainLab. Additional sponsors are being sought to support the long-term efforts and expansion of the registry.For more information: www.astro.org, www.aans.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_imgTags: Brexit, easyJet Source: The Associated Press Share << Previous PostNext Post >> LONDON — London-based budget airline easyJet says it is opening a base in Vienna, Austria, to prepare for the potential effects of Brexit.EasyJet said Friday it will open a European Union base in Austria’s capital “regardless of the outcome of talks on a future U.K.-EU aviation agreement.”The new easyJet Europe base will grow alongside two existing bases in Switzerland and Britain to form “a pan European airline group.” Easyjet already has staff in Vienna and will add jobs there. But no positions will be moved from the U.K., where the airline will continue have most of its operations.EasyJet said the new base will protect their flying rights in Europe, but that they’ll continue to fight for a Brexit deal that at least allows flights between Britain and the EU. Friday, July 14, 2017 easyJet opens base in Vienna in preparation for Brexit falloutlast_img read more